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NH Governor's Cup Unofficial Results
NH Governor’s Cup 150 Unofficial Results
American Canadian Tour
Lee USA Speedway – Lee, NH
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Pos. (Start) Driver, Hometown, Laps Completed
1. (9) Brian Hoar, Williston, VT, 150 Laps
2. (5) Wayne Helliwell Jr., Dover, NH, 150 Laps
3. (19) Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, ME, 150 Laps
4. (13) Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Hudson, NH, 150 Laps
5. (3) Ben Ashline, Pittston, ME, 150 Laps
6. (1) Jeff Taylor, Farmington, ME, 150 Laps
7. (12) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA, 150 Laps
8. (6) Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT 150 Laps
9. (18) Jeffrey Labrecque Jr., Rochester, NH, 150 Laps
10. (25) Ray Parent, Tiverton, RI, 150 Laps
11. (21) Shawn Martin, Turner, ME, 149 Laps
12. (4) Randy Potter, Groveton, NH, 149 Laps
13. (20) Karl Allard, Saint-Felicien, QC, 149 Laps
14. (14) Quinten Welch, Lancaster, NH, 149 Laps
15. (26) Todd Patnode, Richmond, NH, 149 Laps
16. (23) Luke Hinkley, Claremont, NH, 149 Laps
17. (15) Eric Chase, Milton, VT, 148 Laps
18. (24) Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT, 148 Laps
19. (28) Ricky Rolfe, Albany Twp, ME, 148 Laps
20. (8) Donald Theetge, Boischatel, QC, 147 Laps
21. (17) Brent Dragon, Milton, VT, 147 Laps
22. (27) James Linardy, Somerville, MA, 147 Laps
23. (22) Mike Kenison, Lancaster, NH, 146 Laps
24. (7) Glen Luce, Turner, ME, 136 Laps
25. (10) Ben Rowe, Turner, ME, 132 Laps
26. (16) Derek Lynch, Warkworth, ON, 131 Laps
27. (2) Nick Sweet, Barre, VT, 124 Laps
28. (11) Mark Lamberton, Mooers Forks, NY, 87 Laps
Lap Leaders: Jeff Taylor, 1-9; Wayne Helliwell, Jr., 10-72; Ben Rowe, 73-118; Eddie MacDonald, 119-130; Brian Hoar, 131-150.
Time of Race: 1:23:31
Margin of Victory: 0.366 seconds
Cautions: 8 (laps 36, 44, 117, 130, 131, 132, 132, 137)
Heat Winners: Eddie MacDonald, Brian Hoar, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
Consi Winners: Brent Dragon, Ben Ashline
B-Feature Winner: Ray Parent

Lee USA Speedway Saturday Pit Notes
ACT Pit Notes
Lee USA Speedway – Lee, NH
NH Governor’s Cup Practice
Saturday, April 14, 2012
·        40 ACT Late Models took advantage of Saturday’s practice at Lee USA Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s (April 15) New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150.
·        Fourteen (14) different drivers ran within three (3) tenths of a second near the top of the speed charts.
·        Two former NH Governor’s Cup Champions Brian Hoar of Williston, VT and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH turned the two fastest laps of the day, both with 15.6 second laps.
·        Spencer MacPherson of Carleton Place, Ontario had his day cut short after his NAPA Chevrolet broke loose entering turn one sending him hard into the outside wall. MacPherson and team left the track early bound for a local shop to fix the rear clip for tomorrow. The trip from MacPherson’s hometown to Lee USA Speedway is over seven (7) hours.
·        AJ Panessiti of Barnstead, NH also left early after having rearend issues during the second practice session.

VP Race Fuel
ACT LOOKS TO VP FUEL TO GO “GREEN” IN 2012
 
VP RACING FUEL BECOMES OFFICIAL FUEL OF ACT AND THUNDER ROAD
 
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that VP Racing Fuels (VP) would become the “Official Fuel” of ACT for 2012. The ambitious program will begin a major effort on the part of ACT to create both a more “green” environment, and equally important, to begin to contain fuel expenses for over 400 Late Model race teams in the ACT system, and 100 competitors at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT.
 
The program will address the fuel needs of the ACT US, ACT Series Castrol Quebec, and Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT.
 
VP’s C9, an unleaded racing fuel with no ethanol components, will be introduced immediately as a “spec fuel” option in 2012 for the ACT Castrol Series as well as for the ACT Late Models and for all weekly divisions at Thunder Road. C9 will be permitted for use immediately in the ACT Castrol Series. To allow for consumption of leftover Sunoco 110, that fuel will be allowed only until June 30th on the Castrol Series.

ACT Merchants Bank 150 Opens Thunder Road
14th ANNUAL MERCHANTS BANK 150 OPENS THUNDER ROAD SEASON
BARRE’S NICK SWEET LOOKS FOR THREE IN A ROW
 
The ‘Nation’s Site of Excitement’, Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl will open for the 53rd year of stock car racing with the traditional Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 29, 2012. There has been over $30,000.00 in purse and prize money posted for the event, with the winner receiving $3,000.00 for the 150 lap contest. Defending event champion Nick Sweet from Barre, VT has an opportunity to become the first driver to win three in a row. The St J Auto team has back-to-back wins in 2010 and 2011 already in the record books.
 
“The opening Merchants Bank 150 has become really special for our family team. I was born and raised in Barre, I live and work in Barre, and winning at Thunder Road in front of a home town crowd is about as good as it gets in racing for us,” said Sweet.
 
Sweet has three ACT US career wins; all have come at Thunder Road. “We have been lucky to finish second at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and second in the Oxford 250--that was unbelievable--but winning at home is, well, there really is nothing like it. I know how tough it is to race with Phil (Scott, three-time Thunder Road Champion), Dave Pembroke (defending Thunder Road Champion) and Cris Michaud (another three-time Champion) every week at the ‘Road. When you add in the ACT US teams….it really sets the bar high. We will sure give it our best effort to win our third one,” concluded Sweet.

NH Governor's Cup at Lee USA Speedway
ACT NH GOV CUP AT LEE USA FEATURES 13 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS
 
There will be no less than (13) thirteen former champion drivers entered in the 2012 ACT opener at Lee USA on Sunday, April 15, 2012. Between them they have accumulated 48 track and/or touring series championships during their careers. The annual opening New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway is expected to field the best opening day group of racers in its 22 event history.
 
Heading the list of former champions is Brian Hoar, Williston, VT. He is an (8) eight-time ACT Champion and also owns a Thunder Road and Airborne track championship. Hoar also is the defending NH Governor Cup winner. Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT is a (7) seven-time ACT Champion and also is the 2009 Thunder Road track Champion.
 
Part-time ACT driver and noted car builder with nine (9) Oxford Plains Speedway Pro Stock titles, Jeff Taylor from Farmington, ME, along with two-time Oxford Champion Ricky Rolfe from Albany Township, ME will look to take the Cup back to the Pine Tree State.

2012 American Canadian Tour
ACT Returns to Historic Sanair Super Speedway
For the first time in six years and just the second time in over a decade, the ACT Late Model Tour will return to where it all began, Sanair Super Speedway in St-Pie, Quebec, during the 2012 season. On Saturday, August 11, the ACT Late Model Tour and the Série ACT Castrol will visit the 1.3-kilometer speedway for a 100 lap combination event.
The ACT Late Model Tour held its first ever event on April 26, 1992 when they joined the headlining ACT Pro Stock Tour at Sanair Super Speedway. Norm Andrews of Warren, VT claimed the Late Model win in their 25 lap event before three-time ACT Champion Junior Hanley of Oakville, Ontario earned his sixth career Sanair win in the 150 lap Pro Stock event.
The Late Model Tour has visited the Super Speedway just six times in its 20 seasons to date, with the most recent event in 2006. Ben Rowe of Turner, ME claimed the 2006 ACT Super Series win and a $10,000 paycheck after claiming the win in the three segment 150 lap special event. Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar has two Sanair victories, both in 1993, while Steve Miller and Joey Laquerre complete the list of ACT Late Model winners at Sanair. Vermont Lt. Governor Phil Scott is the only competitor to start all six Sanair ACT Late Model events to date.

Ford Blue Oval Cup
Ford Blue Oval Cup Program Enters Third Season in 2012
The Ford Blue Oval Cup expects continued growth entering its third season in 2012. The program has awarded over $30,000 to American Canadian Tour Late Model teams around the Northeast U.S. and Eastern Canada since its inaugural 2010 season.
The Blue Oval Cup program was developed for Ford competitors in ACT Late Model events and ACT affiliated tracks in 2010, the first full-season of the Ford engine’s inclusion in the ACT rulebook. The program saw a near 100% increase in participating competitors during the 2011 season.
“Ford Racing is once again proud to renew the Blue Oval Challenge Cup with the American Canadian Tour. This is the third year for one of the richest programs that Ford Racing offers for the short track racer. Not only do the top 10 ACT Racers using the S347JR have the opportunity for the season end-cash rewards, but all Ford-Powered ACT Racers have access to technical support directly from Ford Racing,” said Mike Delahanty of Ford Racing. “In the three years since introducing the Blue Oval Challenge Cup, a number of the top ACT Teams have made the switch to the S347JR engine, not just for the benefits of the program, but for the race-winning performance that the engine delivers.”

NH Governor's Cup Season Opener
MacDonald and Theetge Enter ACT NH Governor’s Cup Opener
 
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA and Donald Theetge, of Boischatel, Quebec have filed entries for the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 championship stock car season opener at the Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 15, 2012.
 
MacDonald has compiled an impressive regional and national record during his racing career. The ‘outlaw’, as he is often known throughout New England, is one of the last of the Northeast independent teams to race on the national stage in the NASCAR K&N Series. He also has recorded an impressive win record in his appearances with his ACT Late Model over the past several years, including two New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) ACT Invitational wins and two TD Bank Oxford 250 wins. His family owns the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH which is where he first began his racing career.
 
“We have really enjoyed racing with the ACT guys over the past four or five seasons. There is a great mix of veteran and young talent in ACT racing, and we feel lucky to have won a few of the big shows,” said MacDonald.

2012 American Canadian Tour
Veteran Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Focused on 2012 Title
Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH entered the 2011 season as the favorite for knocking off eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar. While things didn’t work out last year, Polewarczyk and his Pole’s Automotive Ford team are refocused and ready to get back to their winning ways in 2012.
In 2010, Polewarczyk had one of the greatest runs in ACT history. He claimed five wins in the final three months of the season and claimed second in the final standings. He earned a win at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and two at Waterford Speedbowl, including the season finale. But his biggest wins of the year came in the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road. It looked like he was poised to make a serious run at the 2011 title after claiming the ACT Goodyear Speedweeks Cup at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway in February 2011.
 “After we went on that streak at the end of 2010, we kind of just let our car sit and didn't do much updating on it before 2011. Meanwhile, everybody else got better and we just got behind the eight ball,” said Pole. “We finally started getting on the right track at the Invitational and Airborne, but the season was over at that point. So to get back into victory lane this upcoming year, we have to work hard on the car, and I have to become more focused on what I have to do as a driver.”

Chevy vs. Ford
ACT CHEVY vs. FORD HEATS UP IN 2012
 
Three years ago the American Canadian Tour (ACT) introduced a Ford crate engine option to their racing program. The goal was to give the Late Model teams some variety, and hopefully make the racing more exciting for the fans, many of whom are die hard Ford fans.
 
Many of the top teams in ACT elected to switch from the Chevrolet crate program, which had been the mainstay of ACT racing since it was developed in 1999. After a couple of years of ‘tweaking’ the rules, officials are hoping that the two major manufacturers’ engine programs have reached the ultimate goal of parity for which ACT racing is known. The goal of Late Model racing has always been to make it a ‘driver’s series’, not a cubic dollar series.
 
“When I was asked to test the original version of the Ford crate motor, I knew it would take some time to get things sorted out. There was no perfect science without actually competing with the engines in actual race conditions,” said Chris Michaud, the three-time Thunder Road Champion and original team elected to do the Ford testing.