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Young Racers Rule At Season Opener

2012 ACT Rookie of the Year Jimmy Hebert claimed an emotional victory in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, but his victory did more than cement his name in the history books of ACT.  For an afternoon, it appeared to usher in a new regime of racers to the 27-year old sanctioning body. 


Hebert’s victory stole headlines across the Northeast, but he was not the only driver that had a career day at the Lee USA Speedway opener.  Five drivers in the top ten claimed career-high finishes on Sunday.  North Haverhill’s Travis Fadden, grandson of the legendary Stub Fadden, finished second on Sunday after earning the pole, and conquered his previous best finish of 12th in just his fifth ACT start.  Rowland Robinson, Jr.’s family run team carved through the field to finish fourth: six positions higher than his previous career best.  Ben Lynch had his best finish of his ACT Career finishing in sixth, and ACT Rookie of the Year contender Travis Stearns earned his best with eighth.  Between the five drivers, they have a combined 53 American Canadian Tour starts.  Just two years ago, none of these drivers had ever competed in a full-time ACT season. 

Hebert Surges to First ACT Victory

Hebert Surges To First ACT Victory

 

American Canadian Tour Rookie of the Year Jimmy Hebert disproved any ideas of a sophomore slump by earning his first-career ACT victory in style at the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 14th.  North Haverhill, NH’s Travis Fadden and Rowley, MA’s Eddie Macdonald finished out the podium for the season opening event. 

The race began with Tiverton, RI’s Ray Parent going door-to-door with pole sitter Fadden for the first six laps, until overtaking him for the early lead.  Fadden stayed hooked to Parent’s back bumper as the field stretched out, bringing defending ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. into third behind the two leaders.  As the pair worked through lap traffic, Hebert worked his way from the 15th starting position to tenth, highlighting a string of daring moves with a 3-wide blast on lap 32.  By lap 57, Hebert had maneuvered his way through the field to 6th place.  Parent and Fadden continued to battle for the lead through lap traffic until a quick move by Fadden left Parent pinned behind a lapped car.  Fadden stole the lead back, and showed the way until the first of six cautions on lap 89. 


ACT Pit Report - Lee USA Speedway
ACT Pit Report – Lee USA Speedway
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Lee, NH - The American Canadian Tour Late Models hit the track for the first time in 2013 with an optional practice at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. Thirty-six (36) cars took advantage of the practice day in preparation for tomorrow’s (Sunday, April 14) NH Governor’s Cup 150 season opener.
Former ACT champions dominated the top of the speed charts in each of the four practice sessions. Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT led one of the four sessions while seven-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT topped the final two. Multi-time Lee USA track champion and defending ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH held down the second fastest spot in each of the four sessions.

Entries Pile for Lee USA Opener

Entries Pile for Lee USA Opener

Macdonald, Theetge File Entries 

Race season is finally upon us as the American Canadian Tour kicks off their 2013 season with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 14th.  The pressure will be on for last year’s winner Brian Hoar and 8-time Lee USA Speedway Champion and defending ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr., but the competition will be hungry after a long offseason away.

Rowley, MA’s Eddie Macdonald, a 2-time Bond Auto ACT Invitational winner, will make the trek to Lee, NH, making him one of the early favorites.  He led laps late in last year’s opening event, but was caught up in an altercation with Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. that ended both drivers’ hopes at the win. 


Merchants Bank 150 Opens 54th Season at Thunder Road

Merchants Bank 150 Opens 54th Season At Thunder Road

Car Show Returns to Barre

The snow is finally melting as race teams and fans prepare for the first real sign of springtime: The 15th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Barre’s Thunder Road on the weekend of April 27/28. 

The race serves as the opening point-counting event for the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stocks, but will also bring in the stars of the American Canadian Tour to challenge the local Late Model division.  Last season fans saw 8-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar pick up his second win of the season at the Nation’s Site of Excitement, with eventual ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. on his tail.  Helliwell will be looking to score the victory at his home track, but he joins a long list of favorites to steal the opening event.


Bonuses Announced for International 500

Bonuses Announced for International 500

The biggest stock car racing event of the summer keeps getting better as American Canadian Tour officials have announced a bonus program for participating racers in the Inaugural International 500 at Airborne Speedway on the weekend of July 20/21. 

Drivers who file their entry by the Tuesday, April 16 deadline will be eligible for Goodyear Halfway Bonus awards, which will make the leader of the half-way mark of each segment $1,000 richer, leaving a potential for a driver to gain up to $3,000 in Goodyear bonuses alone.  On top of that, every team that has filed their entry by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for eight (8) Goodyear tires, a $960 value, to be used for the 300-lap special event.


Thunder Road Late Model Practice Cancelled

Thunder Road Late Model Practice Cancelled

The Late Model practice scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 at Thunder Road has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  Late Model practice tires will still be available from 5-6pm by appointment at (802) 244-6963.  An all division practice at Thunder Road is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17.

The American Canadian Tour will kickoff their season this weekend April 13/14 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH while Thunder Road divisions will see their season opener at the Nation’s Site of Excitement at the Merchants Bank 150 on April 27/28.  A practice for Late Models, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will be held at Thunder Road next Wednesday, April 17 from 4-7pm.  Gates will open at 3pm.  Teams can also pick up practice tires at the Thunder Road tire barn on Tuesday, April 16th from 5-7pm. 

ACT Season Opener Steeped in History

ACT Season Opener Steeped in History

Hoar In Search of Record Third Lee Victory 

2013’s American Canadian Tour Season Opener on April 13/14 will mark the 23rd ACT event at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH – and the 14th Season opener at the track – giving today’s drivers a chance at being a part of a storied history at Lee USA Speedway with the American Canadian Tour.

Lee USA served as the home for the ACT season opener in 1987 – the 2nd full season of the American Canadian Tour – and saw legend Beaver Dragon take the victory.  Dragon wasn’t the only driver to kick off a season with a win at Lee though, as stars like Robbie Crouch, Jean-Paul Cabana, Russ Urlin, Dave Dion, Kevin Lepage, and Ralph Nason won them too, cementing their names into the long-standing history of Lee and the American Canadian Tour.

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Tom Curley

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Tom Curley

President of the American Canadian Tour, Promoter/Co-Owner of Thunder Road

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

In the past, my lifetime passion was sailing, more particularly sailboat racing.  In recent years I would say it has been travel, whether it is Europe, The Caribbean, etc.  I think my favorite hobby now though is going home to my house in Maine, sitting on the porch and watching the waves come in.  I also enjoy Boston Red Sox baseball, the NFL, and NCAA Basketball. 

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

I would say probably when I learned about 40 years ago to appreciate the power of positive thinking.  I have tried to convey, teach, and for the most part utilize that through the better half of my adult life.  It takes work and effort to buy into that kind of philosophy, but it has gotten me through some difficult times.

What is your biggest inspiration? 

There is a famous quote that Robert Kennedy used as his legacy towards his brother John Kennedy, which I have believed most of my life:

“Some men see things as they are and say "why." I dream things that never were and say "why not.”

I have it on my office wall.  I first heard it in 1962 I believe, and I really started to believe it ten years later when it got me through some very difficult times.  I’ve used it ever since.

Vermont State Late Model Championship Series Returns

 Vermont State Late Model Championship Series Returns

Four-Race Schedule Set for Thunder Road and Devil’s Bowl 

After its resurgence in 2012 following a 25-year hiatus, the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series will be back in 2013 for a four-race schedule split evenly between Barre, VT’s Thunder Road and West Haven, VT’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

The first event will be held at Thunder Road during the 51st Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 26.  Last year the event saw eventual King of the Road Nick Sweet take the victory in dominating fashion, picking up his first of two wins in the series.  After that, the VSLCS will turn to the fast Devil’s Bowl half-mile on Friday, June 7 for the second jewel of the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series crown.


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