Third Annual ACT Invitational
ACT Invitational Field of Champions
Nearly half of the 43 drivers in the third annual ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 24 has a Late Model Championship to their name. Twenty competitors ready to tackle the “Magic Mile” this Saturday have scored a Late Model championship in a series or track in the Northeast or Eastern Canada.
Seven of those drivers have claimed a title in the 2011 season including eight-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar and two-time Série ACT Castrol Champion Patrick Laperle. Both drivers have clinched their respective titles with on event remaining, the Rent-A-Wreck Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway on Saturday, October 8.
Other 2011 champions include Guy Caron (Twin State Speedway), Aaron Fellows (Canaan Fair Speedway), Jeff White (Oxford Plains Speedway), Dan McHattie (Kawartha Speedway) and Quinny Welch (White Mountain Motorsports Park).

Serie ACT Castrol
Laperle Holds off Allard for St-Eustache 300 Win
Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC held off a hard charging Karl Allard over the final 10 laps of the Série ACT Castrol St-Eustache 300 at Autodrome St-Eustache on Sunday, September 18. Laperle led for the majority of the event and unofficially locks up the 2011 Série ACT Castrol title.
Laperle started in the eleventh position and worked his way to the front with the help of seven cautions by lap 79. He would lead the next 98 circuits before pitting out of the lead for tires and fuel on lap 176. With fresh tires it took him just 35 laps to work his way back to the point.
Allard started in the third position and led early while battling with Sylvain Lacombe. He relinquished the lead on lap 211 to Laperle on fresher tires. Allard chose to hold off and pit for his fresh tires on the lap 240 caution. After working his way back towards the front, Allard took the final restart on lap 281 as the fourth car on the track but in the second position.

Bond/WIX Tiger Tour
Derrick O’Donnell Pads Point Lead with Johnny Clark Memorial Win at Riverside
Bradford, VT’s Derrick O’Donnell strengthened his ACT Bond/WIX Tiger Tour point lead with a win in the Johnny Clark Memorial 101 at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH on Saturday, September 17. O’Donnell came from the eighth starting position and took the lead after Joe Steffen suffered a flat tire on the final restart of the event.
Steffen lead early before giving up the lead to Bobby Therrien on the first restart of the event. Therrien would lead the next seven laps before pitting during the second caution of the day handing the lead back to Steffen. Steffen held the lead until a flat tire while coming to the green during the final restart.
O’Donnell outran runner-up finisher Tony Rossi over the final thirty-seven lap green flag run. Brendan Moodie, Eric Badore and Therrien came to the checkers three-wide in a battle for third. Moodie edged a sideways Badore by a bumper cover at the line while Therrien settled for fifth. Joey Roberts, defending Tiger Tour champion Jason Bonnett, Tucker Williams, rookie Dylan Payea and Steffen completed the top ten.

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has finalized the invitations for the forty-three (43) teams who will compete in the 3rd annual ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) to be held Saturday, September 24, 2011.
The Invitational is part of a spectacular Saturday race program. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will join the ACT Late Model teams in the biggest triple header event of the year.  
The 2011 edition of the eighty thousand dollar ($80,000) 50-mile Invitational will feature the strongest field of ACT competitors from throughout New England, New York, Ontario and Quebec that have appeared at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the three year ACT partnership beginning in 2009.

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today penalties imposed on the Alex Labbe ACT Castrol team for violations incurred at the CAN-AM 200 held at the Riverside Speedway in Ste. Croix, QC on September 11, 2011. Labbe was disqualified from his win when the team refused to allow their engine to be impounded after a protest was filed by another race team, which is in keeping with ACT rules and procedures.
The following outlines the specific penalties:
        1. Forfeit of the championship points and $5,000 first place purse money from the event.
        2. Loss of all points for the season standings in the ACT Castrol Series.
        3. Suspension from ACT racing for the remainder of the 2011 season.
          [The team had been scheduled to race this weekend (September18, 2011) at the Autodrome Ste. Eustache, Laval, QC in their annual 300 lap event; at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2011 in the $80,000 ACT Invitational; and the Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on October 8, 2011.]
        4. A fine of $3,000, payable in full to the RPQ point fund prior to consideration for reinstatement in ACT racing.

ACT Tour
Brian Hoar Secures 8th ACT Title with $10,000+ Quebec Weekend Sweep
ACT Awards $80,000+ in Doubleheader Weekend
Williston, Vermont’s Brian Hoar secured his 8th career American-Canadian Tour Championship following a sweep of the doubleheader weekend in Quebec. Hoar earned over $10,000 for his Rick Paya Motorsports team with wins in the “Showdown at Chaudiere” at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jct., QC and the Riverside Can-Am 200 at Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix, QC.
Hoar started the weekend by piloting his Goss Dodge Charger to a dominating performance on Saturday, September 10 in the fourth annual “Showdown at Chaudiere.” He led the U.S. team to the overall victory and pocketed $5,500 after the $500 bonus.
His RPM team then headed to Circuit Riverside Speedway for the previously postponed Can-Am 200. Hoar used a last lap pass to earn an apparent second place finish, but then inherited his second win of the weekend following a post race disqualification and picked up the $5,000 check.

Riverside Can-Am 200
Brian Hoar Inherits Riverside Can-Am 200 Win
Seven-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar inherited his second win of the weekend in the ACT Late Model Tour and Série ACT Castrol combination Can-Am 200 at Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix, QC on Sunday, September 11. Hoar finished second to apparent winner Alex Labbé. Labbé was disqualified for failing to comply with a protest by the #91QC team of his ACT sealed crate motor. Labbe was disqualified from the event with no points and no money and has been suspended from further ACT competition for failing to comply with the requested teardown of his motor.
Hoar inherited his second win of the weekend following his “Showdown at Chaudiere” win on Saturday, September 10. It was his 33rd career ACT Late Model Tour win and second straight Can-Am 200 win. Wayne Helliwell, Jr. took over second followed by Hoar’s teammate Nick Sweet in third. Austin Theriualt and Brent Dragon completed the top five.
Patrick Hamel, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Sylvain Lacombe, Claude Leclerc and David Michaud rounded out the top ten. The 200 lap event was completed in two hours and twenty-nine minutes with fifteen cautions.

Showdown at Chaudiere
Brian Hoar Dominates Showdown at Chaudiere
U.S. Team Takes Fourth Straight Overall
Seven-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT dominated the fourth annual “Showdown at Chaudiere” and led the U.S. team to the overall win and the $500 bonus per U.S. team. Hoar led every one of the 200 laps at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee, Jct., QC on Saturday, September 10. He held off several Canadian teams including Jean-François Déry and Karl Allard early, before outrunning Patrick Laperle in the final laps.
Laperle and Allard would take second and third respectively, while Wayne Helliwell, Jr. came from 17th and Randy Potter worked his way from 14th to complete the top five. Déry faded to sixth, followed by Dany Trepanier, Austin Theriault, Theetge and Glen Luce in the top ten.
The U.S. team would finish with a combined 146 points, while the Canadian team finished with 154 points. For the fourth straight Showdown the U.S. team claimed the overall win and each team will pocket a $500 bonus.

Showdown at Chaudiere
ACT Announces “Showdown at Chaudiere” Field
The American Canadian Tour has announced the twenty-four (24) car field for the fourth annual “Showdown at Chaudiere” All-Star event at Autodrome Chaudiere in Valle-Jonction, QC on Saturday, September 10. Twelve (12) teams from the U.S.-based ACT Late Model Tour will head north of the border to take on twelve (12) teams from the Quebec-based Série ACT Castrol.
The All-Star event between the top competitors from the two sister series began in 2008. The 12 U.S. competitors team up to take on the 12 Quebec drivers with the lowest combined team score earning a $500 bonus for each driver. Points are awarded based on finish (ex. 1st place gets 1 point, 2nd 2 points, 3rd 3 points, etc.)
Patrick Laperle, then a member of the U.S. team claimed the win and led the U.S. to victory in the inaugural event in 2008. A year later, Brent Dragon would take the win and again lead the U.S. to the win. Last year Patrick Laperle claimed his second career Showdown win, this time as part of the Quebec team, but the U.S. again claimed the overall win.

Bond Auto Labor Day Classic
Nick Sweet Wins Bond Auto Labor Day Classic
Barre’s own Nick Sweet led the final 15 laps after getting around Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., to win the 33rd annual Bond Auto Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT on Sunday, September 4. The 2010 “King of the Road” piloted his St. J Auto Ford Fusion to the win after taking two right side tires late in the event and slicing through the field. It was Sweet’s second ACT Late Model Tour win of the season, both coming at Thunder Road, and his first career Labor Day Classic win.
Polewarczyk used a similar strategy as Sweet but pitted slightly earlier for his tires. He managed to hang on for second followed by Scott Payea. John Donahue led the first 168 laps but never hit pit road and faded late to fourth just in front of Austin Theriault in fifth. Cris Michaud, Jean-Paul Cyr, Brett Wheeler, Dave Pembroke and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. completed the top ten.