ACT International 500 Pit Notes

ACT International 500 Pit Notes

The American Canadian Tour Late Models ascended on Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY for a day of practice on Saturday, July 20. A total of 46 Late Model teams took advantage of the practice session in anticipation of the Inaugural ACT International 500 scheduled for Sunday, July 21.

Quebec’s Jonathan Bouvrette led a strong contingent of Série ACT competitors and the rest of the field with the fastest time of the day with a 17.054 in the third and final practice session. Fellow Quebecer’s Alex Labbe, Patrick Laperle, Jean-François Déry and David Michaud spent time at the top of the speed charts.

Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar paced the early practice session followed by two-time Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet. 2013 ACT winner Jimmy Hebert was also quick along with current ACT point leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Fellow ACT regulars Chip Grenier, Rowland Robinson, Jr., Bobby Therrien and Ben Lynch posted solid times.

500 Fever - Reason #1 - CONTEST



# 1. ****Here is the final reason to be excited about the inaugural ACT INTERNATIONAL 500 *******


The 10th person who comes up to me at Airborne on Sunday morning and can answer three questions (see below) will be given an all access pass to Sunday’s Race which will include:

                             a) Refund of ticket (front or back gate)

                             b) All access to suite for (2) in main tower (includes food and drink)

                             c) Access to Control Tower (winner only) to become Assistant Race Director with me for the 100 laps of the Reserve Feature for Late Models—talk about getting into the excitement of the action!!!

500 Fever - Reason #2 - The Odds




# 2.  32 ENTRANTS WITH A SHOT AT $25,000...!!!

By now anybody reading this must be wondering who the hell is this Boritus? (Slickapedia description: a know-it-all, who never deals in facts, is arrogant beyond belief, negative beyond description, rather rotund, balding, never clean shaven, beady eyed [never trust a beady eyed], and pretty much a miserable, worthless, middle-aged jealous troll]?? This guy, who lives with his mother, changes jobs during his mid-life crisis, because he is so miserable, has become a long truck hauler because nobody can stand to be around him, and so he can eat at truck stops across the country, thinks his racing career was similar to Jr Hanley’s in terms of credibility, but in reality he was a back-marker with lousy equipment and virtually no skill—but too ignorant to admit it. He spends most of his time in rest areas blogging or chat rooms spewing negativity about anybody and anything racing, which he never gets factually correct------

---what better guy to call on than Boritus to list 32 of the entries who have a shot at winning the Late Model portion of the International 500 this weekend!!! (In no particular order)


·         32vt - Jean Paul CYR—this seven-time ACT champ seems to be getting a handle on his program in 2013. He has some podium finishes this season and is currently third in Thunder Road points, only 10 points out of the lead for his second “King of the Road” title in the past five seasons. Cyr also has lots of seat time at Airborne, winning 4 ACT Tour events. A tenacious competitor---ODDS 3-1...

ACT International 500

Powerful Série ACT Teams Enter ‘500’

The popular Quebec Série ACT has a powerhouse of veteran talent who have entered this weekend’s inaugural ACT International 500 to be held at Airborne Raceway in Plattsburgh, NY.

 Three-time champion Patrick Laperle from Montreal and two-time Série champion Donald Theetge from Quebec City lead a solid contingent of winners into the $140,000.00 International 500 weekend. Theetge has the Série all-time record for the most wins with 20, and Laperle is close behind with 17 wins to his credit.

 “The team is ready to head to Plattsburgh. We will do everything we can to win the $25,000 dollar first place prize. This is the kind of race I like, it puts pressure on the team to prepare the car after each segment, and it puts pressure on me to race as hard as I can. I look forward to going back to the track where I started my career”, said Laperle.

500 Fever - Reason #3


(---the next 500 Fever top 10 articles [# 2] will highlight the entry list by picking some potential winners!!)


Well, we are entering the final week of getting ready for the ACT International 500. This long-awaited inaugural running of ACT’s biggest race in its 28-year history begins a new era this Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21. When you think of Airborne, you have to think of Modifieds!!

The 60+ year history of Airborne Raceway, for the most part, has involved Modified race cars. From the early days in the 50’s and 60’s some of the greatest Modified asphalt drivers from the Northeast, including Quebec took the old half mile by storm.

Serie ACT - Riverside Twin 75s

Dany Trepanier Takes Victory in Riverside Twin 75s

Dany Trepanier of St-Edouard, Quebec claimed the overall Série ACT win in front of his hometown crowd at Circuit Riverside Speedway on Saturday, July 13. Trepanier used a win and a 4th in the twin 75-lap segments to earn the overall win with a score of 5. He bested current Série ACT point leader Donald Theetge, while Jean-François Déry completed the podium.

Trepanier claimed the win in the first segment of the event after starting on the pole. He held off Patrick Cliche and Donald Theetge through six restarts in segment one. He then climbed his way from 12th in the second segment to finish 4th and claim the overall win. The second segment also saw six caution periods.

ACT White Mountain 150

Bobby Therrien Blisters Field to First ACT Win

Rookie Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT set a blistering pace on his way to his first career American Canadian Tour win in the 150-lap event at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 13. Therrien led all but two of the 150 laps as the event saw just 1 caution. Therrien and runner-up finisher Brock Davis broke away from the field following the lap 44 caution and built a large lead while negotiating heavy lap traffic.

Current ACT point leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr. worked his way up from his 9th starting position to third but couldn’t catch the lead two. Brent Dragon took 4th while Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. came all the way from 18th to complete the top five. Jimmy Hebert took 6th while Ben Lynch marched from 20th to 7th. Glen Luce earned 8th, Jeff White 9th and Quinny Welch recovered from a spin to complete the top ten.

VT Lottery Commission Governor's Cup

Cody Blake Lands Governor’s Cup with First Career Win

The spotlight was on NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer at Thunder Road Thursday (July 11), but when the night ended, it was Barre’s Cody Blake who was hoisting the Vermont Lottery Commission Governor’s  Cup in victory lane.

21-year-old Blake in his North Country Federal Credit Union No. 99 spent the final laps with a mirror full of Nick Sweet, who was weaving at his bumper looking for a chance to pounce. “I told him on the radio – stay on the bottom, he can’t get you,” father Greg Blake said. “There wasn’t any emotion from him until the last two laps.”

 “He drove a phenomenal race,” Sweet said. “My car was really good and I was all over him. I hope we gave the fans a good show.”

 “It’s a dream come true,” Blake said in victory lane where he was presented the trophy by Gov. Peter Shumlin. “It’s just amazing.”

500 Fever - Reason #4


 (next week leading up to the ‘500’ weekend there will be the final three ‘top ten’ reasons to be excited about this event ---one of the top 10 will be from the self-proclaimed know-it-all ‘odds maker’ ‘Boritus’ (slickapedia meaning): ‘has no clue, facts, or class, but claims to be the know-it-all about just about everything in short track---in FACT, look for some big rig driver in everyone’s way out of his lane traveling down the highway with a rather rotund, balding, beady- eyed look and you will recognize “Boritus”) ---this 500 Fever top 10 article will highlight the entry list and pick some potential winners!!


 $140,000.00 ---- that about says it all. The posted purse and various bonus money for the ACT International 500 is by far the richest awards posted in the 28 years of ACT racing. This inaugural 500 event will be one of the richest single day short track race events in the country.

Laperle Enters International 500

ACT Champion Patrick Laperle Enters ACT International 500

 Patrick Laperle from St. Denis, QC has confirmed his entry in the American Canadian Tour (ACT) 500 event scheduled for Sunday, July 21 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.

Laperle is a 4 time ACT Champion, with titles in the Serie ACT in 2007, 2011 and 2012. Laperle also won the US ACT title in 2008.

 “My team is coming to Plattsburgh to win the $25,000.00 dollar first prize,” said Laperle. Laperle credited his legion of Quebec fans in helping the 91QC team’s decision to race in the International 500.

 Laperle is considered one of the top racers in the Northeast. The team is one of a few select teams to run the legendary Jr. Hanley prepared chassis. Hanley is a former ACT Champion.

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