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Serie ACT Castrol at Chaudiere
Theetge Edges Laperle to Take Série ACT Castrol Chaudiere Win
As has happened several times at Autodrome Chaudiere, the Série ACT Castrol Frameco 150 final laps on Saturday, August 6 came down to the rivalry between Boischatel, Quebec’s Donald Theetge and St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle. With three restarts in the final four laps, including a green, white, checkered to decide the win, the finish had all the makings of another fireworks filled chapter in the bitter rivalry.
 
Over the first, half of the 150 lap event, it appeared the front of the field was not the place to be. Early leader, Dany Trepanier led all but two of the first 64 laps and held off Laperle, Karl Allard and Theetge for over 20 laps. Then on lap 64, while navigating his way into turn one, contact with a lap car sent him spinning, bringing out the sixth caution and handing the lead to Laperle. Just eight laps later, Laperle and Allard got together battling for the lead, sending Allard spinning and putting both drivers to the rear of the field.
 
This time Theetge was the beneficiary and took over the lead with 72 laps complete. He would lead through lap 123 before an unanticipated lane change by a lapped car caused him to check up to avoid a wreck. This allowed Laperle, who had worked his way through the field back to second, to get under Theetge and take back the lead. It appeared Laperle was going to cruise to the win unchallenged until a caution on lap 146.

ACT Test and Tune at NHMS
ACT Test and Tune Session Readies Teams For All Star Event
 
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) concluded a very successful test and tune session at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Tuesday, August 02, 2011 with forty-five (45) teams in attendance.
 
“I was really proud of the way the first time participants handled the session. We expected the teams who have participated in the previous Invitationals at NHMS to be pretty comfortable, but I am very encouraged with what the first time teams did. It is a lot different going over 160mph down the backstretch at NHMS than what most teams are used to on their short tracks. They did a great job,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.
 
Veteran teams like former NASCAR North and Busch East racers Brian Hoar, Brad Leighton, and now NASCAR K&N star Eddie MacDonald, were expected to have productive test sessions, but a number of very positive surprises came out of the test and tune effort.
 
ACT Director of Competition, Dean Gallison said, “It was great to see some first timers like Peru, MA racer Pete Yetman have such a good session. Claremont, NH’s Aaron Fellows and ACT 2010 Rookie of the Year, Brad Babb from Windham, ME also had outstanding practice sessions. If the odd and even ‘simulated races’ are any indication of what the racing will be like on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th, the fans that head to NHMS are going to be in for a whole lot of fun. Actually, Tom (Curley-race director) shortened the second simulated race when teams started to race three wide for a couple laps trying to win the thing!”

ACT Test and Tune at NHMS
Forty-Five ACT Teams Take Advantage of NHMS Test and Tune
Forty-five American Canadian Tour Championship Late Model teams were on hand for a Test and Tune session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Tuesday, August 2. Team’s from all over the Northeast, Ontario and Quebec were on hand in preparation for the All-Star Late Model Challenge at NHMS on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13.
Inaugural ACT Invitional Champion Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA was the fastest on the day turning a 31.589 lap. Graniteville’s John Donahue was also near the top of the time charts for the majority of the day with his fastest lap of 31.676 seconds.
Other notables among the fastest included Quebec City’s Jean-François Déry, Albany Township, ME’s Ricky Rolfe, and Williston, VT’s Brian Hoar. Former NHMS track champion Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, NH was also quick in the afternoon session. Veteran Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier, VT and former K&N East Series driver Tom Carey, Jr. of New Salem, MA were also fast.

ACT at Beech Ridge
Taylor Wins Beech Ridge Battle for First ACT Victory
 
Farmington, ME’s Jeff Taylor claimed his first career ACT win after a race long battle with Wayne Helliwell, Jr. in the Beech Ridge 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, July 30. Taylor and Helliwell, both in Ford powered rides, swapped the lead seven times from lap 44 to the checkers. The two battled not only themselves but also heavy lapped traffic during long green flag runs.
 
With just three cautions during the event, Helliwell seemed to have the advantage on the restarts, but Taylor had the car to beat on the long runs. After the final restart on lap 134 Taylor finally got the edge and led the final 11 laps to take the win.
 
Helliwell took second followed by Randy Potter picking up his third consecutive top three ACT finish. Jeffery Labrecque earned a season high fourth followed by Austin Theriault in fifth. Brian Hoar took sixth, Nick Sweet, filling in for Eric Chase, took seventh. Rookie Dave Farrington, Jr., Brad Babb and Glen Luce completed the top ten.

ACT Test and Tune at NHMS
ACT Teams to Test at NHMS for August 12-13 All-Star Challenge  
 
The American Canadian Tour announced today that forty four (44) teams are preparing to test at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Teams will be getting ready for the ACT ALL STAR CHALLENGE to be held in conjunction with the IZOD INDYCAR event and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on August 12-14, 2011.
 
The mandatory test session for teams that have not been to NHMS with the ACT Late Model cars was announced last fall. A number of veteran teams who have raced in previous ACT Invitational’s at the region’s largest sporting venue will join the newcomers in the All-Star Challenge.
 
Previous ACT winners at NHMS Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from nearby Hudson, NH plan to attend the session. They will be joined by former NASCAR Busch East veterans Brian Hoar, Brad Leighton, Jamie Aube, Mike Bruno and Tom Carey, Jr. ACT regulars are now considered somewhat experienced as well, and Joey Laquerre, John Donahue, Patrick Laperle and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. can certainly contribute some worthwhile advice to those that attend for the first time, said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

ACT at Beech Ridge
Beech Ridge Has Become a Favorite Stop For ACT Teams
 
     ACT YOUNG GUNS POLEWARCZYK, THERIAULT, AND BABB LEAD THE WAY
       
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (BRMS) in Scarborough, ME is perhaps the most neutral track the American Canadian Tour (ACT) visits during the season-long touring campaign. There will be no weekly teams that enter the event; by design, it might be compared to Oxford Plains Speedway, but veterans will tell you that is not true; it races as good as any track the Tour visits; and the atmosphere from the staff and management to the fans is first class. The food is also some of the best.
 
Defending Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) from Hudson, NH bested a 33-car field to turn his 2010 season around. That victory set the stage for Pole to go on to win at Waterford Speedbowl last August, a podium finish at the Fall Foliage 300 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY last September, and then Pole finished the 2010 season with three wins in a row - the ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the prestigious Peoples United ‘Milk Bowl’ at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road, and a repeat performance in the finale at Waterford Speedbowl in October, 2010.

ACT All-Star Challenge at NHMS
Nine Different States/Provinces Entered in ACT All-Star Challenge at NHMS
Over 70 teams from nine (9) different states and provinces have entered the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model All-Star Challenge at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13. The event, which has a purse of over $122,000, is part of the IZOD Indycar Series weekend.
Entries have been received from Late Model teams in each of the six New England states, as well as New York and the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.
Vermont entrants will be led by current ACT Late Model Tour point leader and seven-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar of Williston. He will be joined by fellow ACT veterans Joey Laquerre, Jamie Fisher, Brent Dragon and Jean Paul Cyr. Thunder Road will be represented by defending champion Nick Sweet, Jamie Aube, Brooks Clark, Scott Payea, and rookie Jimmy Hebert among others.

Serie ACT Castrol
*** Updated with complete unofficial finish. See below (7/18/11)
Patrick Laperle Takes Third Série ACT Castrol Win of the Season at Autodrome St-Eustache
Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC held off defending Série ACT Castrol Champion Karl Allard for his third Série win of the season in the 200 lap event at Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday, July 16. Laperle came from the 14th starting position to take the lead from Allard on lap 104. Just 11 laps later on the sixth caution of the event, Laperle handed the lead back to Allard while pitting for tires.
After charging back through the field, Laperle was returned the favor as Allard pitted for tires on lap 157. Laperle would lead the rest of the way with Allard working his way back to second. London, Ontario’s Jonathan Urlin came from 13th to finish third, followed by Patrick Hamel and Dany Trepanier.
The 200 lap event took one hour, thirty-six minutes to complete with nine cautions. There were no major accidents. The finish of the event remains unofficial pending a scoring recheck.
Laperle, a former Série ACT Castrol Champion and ACT Late Model Tour Champion, already qualified for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 24 with his win in the season opener. The list of invitees remains Laperle, Brian Hoar, Nick Sweet, John Donahue, Jeff White, Daniel Descoste, Patrick Hamel, Alex Labbe and Donald Theetge.

Bond/WIX Tiger Tour
Mike Ziter Wins First Bond/WIX Tiger Tour Event at WMMP
Williamstown’s Mike Ziter earned his first career Bond/WIX Tiger Tour event at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH on Saturday, July 16. Ziter started from the pole, but didn’t have an easy ride to the win. He spent the majority of the event holding off current point leader Derrick O’Donnell, Joey Roberts and defending Tiger Tour Champion Jason Bonnett.
Ziter led all but two laps in the 100 lap event. Ziter held off repeated charges from O’Donnell over the final 20 laps to take the win by a car length. O’Donnell would settle for second, while Joe Steffen came from 11th to take third. Troy Gray and Bonnett rounded out the top five, with Tucker Williams, Eric Badore, Tim Churchill, Bobby Therrien and David Finck completing the top ten.
The event saw a twenty-two car field and was completed in just over 40 minutes with just four cautions for minor incidents.

ACT Late Model Tour at Twin State
Brian Hoar Adds Twin State to ACT Late Model Tour Wins List
 
Seven-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT added Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH to his ACT wins list on Saturday, July 9. Hoar led the final 32 laps of the 100 lap event coming from the sixth starting position. It is Hoar’s 31st career ACT win on 15 different tracks.
 
Groveton, NH’s Randy Potter started on the pole with a +6 in ACT’s unique plus-minus handicap system. He battled with local favorite Luke Hinkley during the early stages of the event and would lead all but two of the first 68 laps. Brent Dragon started in the third position and was a constant contender.
 
Hoar got by Potter to take the lead on lap 69 and never looked back. Potter fell into the clutches of Dragon and the two fought hard with Dragon coming out on top. Potter settled for third followed by Hinkley in fourth. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. had an amazing run coming from the 26th starting position to take fifth. Polewarczyk qualified through the B-Feature after wrecking in his heat race. John Donahue took sixth followed by Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Todd Davis, Guy Caron and Mark Lamberton.