ACT
ACT 2012 Schedule
ACT ANNOUNCES 2012 SCHEDULE
 
The American Canadian US Tour (ACT) 2012 schedule will feature ten (10) point-counting events at nine different tracks. In addition, there will be four ‘special’ non-point counting events that most ACT teams will put on their 2012 calendars.
 
Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire will continue the tradition of opening the ACT Late Model race season with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 on Sunday, April 15, 2012.  
 
Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT will host the 14th annual Merchants Bank 150 lap event to open the 53rd season at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” on Sunday, April 29, 2012. Thunder Road will present a second event over Labor Day weekend with the 34th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 scheduled for Sunday, September 02, 2012.
 
Devil’s Bowl Speedway, under the new management team of Mike and Alayne Bruno in West Haven, VT will open their season with the historic Spring Green 112 lap championship race on Sunday, May 06, 2012. The freshly paved wide half mile has become a favorite of the ACT teams over the past two years, since the conversion from dirt to asphalt.

American Canadian Tour
ACT TEAMS WILL RECEIVE OVER $100,000 IN POINT FUND AWARDS
 
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that the top teams of the US-based ACT Tour, the Quebec based ACT Castrol Series, and Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl will receive in excess of $100,000 in championship point fund awards at the season-ending ACT banquets to be held in December, 2011 and January, 2012.
 
Highest money earners are car owners Rick Paya from the ACT US Tour and Patrick Laperle from the ACT Castrol Series. They will each receive year-end point fund checks of $10,000.00. Both teams ran the full twelve (12) race series in their respective areas.
 
Brian Hoar, now a record-setting eight (8) time ACT Champion from Williston, VT brought home the championship to Paya’s RPM team, and Patrick Laperle, driving for his family team located in St. Denis, QC, was a second time ACT Castrol Series Champion.

Serie ACT Castrol 2012 Schedule
2012 ACT Castrol Series Schedule Announced
 
The 2012 schedule featuring twelve (12) point- counting events, and the special combination event with the ACT US teams, the “Showdown at Chaudière”, has been announced for the popular Castrol Late Model racing series sanctioned by The American Canadian Tour (ACT).
 
Four tracks will host three events each from the opening event at the Autodrome Montmagny east of Quebec City in late May through the close of the race season at the Autodrome Ste. Eustache outside Montreal. Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste. Croix, QC and Autodrome Chaudière will each host three events, including the CAN-AM combination event with ACT Castrol teams and ACT US teams and the fifth annual “Showdown at Chaudière”.
 
The addition of the Sanair Super Speedway in St. Pie, QC, which will be promoted by Jean Bergeron and the Riverside Speedway, will highlight the ambitious schedule. The event will be 100 miles on the unique tri-oval.
 
“Our ACT Quebec promoters have provided the ACT Castrol teams with their best schedule in the seven years of the series. We are very pleased with the way the 2012 season has evolved, and the addition of Sanair back on the schedule certainly will please the teams”, said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

American Canadian Tour Banquet
ACT and Thunder Road Announce Separate Banquets
For the first time in several years the American-Canadian Tour has announced separate banquets for the 2011 ACT competitors and the 2011 Thunder Road competitors. The ACT Late Model Tour (US) and the Série ACT Castrol (Canada) Banquet of Champions will be held at the Doubletree Inn in Burlington, VT on Saturday, January 21, while the Thunder Road Banquet of Champions will be at the Elks Club in Barre, VT on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
The ACT Banquet will honor Brian Hoar of Williston, VT as the eight-time ACT (US) Champion as well as Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC as the two-time Série ACT Castrol (Canada) Champion. Hoar had a record setting season in his Rick Paya-owned ride for RPM Motorsports. He claimed five point counting wins as well as the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl and the Showdown at Chaudiere non-point counting events. Laperle, who also has a ACT (US) Championship, secured his second career Série ACT Castrol title with four wins in 2011.

American Canadian Tour
Brian Hoar Tops Quarter of a Million Dollars in Career ACT Earnings
Eight-time American Canadian Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT topped the $250,000 mark in career earnings during the 2011 season. Including special events, Hoar pocketed $65,000 in 2011 alone.
Hoar and his Rick Paya Motorsports team put together one of the greatest ACT Late Model seasons ever to claim their third straight title. While finishing outside the top ten just once in twelve starts, the team managed to tie the previous record for most wins in a season with five, which Hoar set back in 1999. Those five wins bring Hoar’s record career wins total to 33.

Ford Blue Oval Cup Challenge
Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Locks Up Second Ford Blue Oval Title
For the second straight year, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH and car owner Bruce Bernhardt won the Ford Blue Oval Cup Challenge and the $5,000 top prize. The E-Keys 4 Cars team competed in a total of 21 eligible events, which was the most of any of the fifteen Challenge teams.
The former Lee USA Speedway Championship team competed full-time on the ACT Late Model Tour for the first time in 2011. They finished second in the ACT final standings.
Including weekly wins at affiliate tracks, Twin State Speedway (Claremont, NH) and Waterford Speedbowl (Waterford, CT), Helliwell earned 9 top fives and 15 top tens during his 21 races. He earned three podium finishes during the 12-event ACT season at White Mountain Motorsports Park (N. Woodstock, NH), Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (Scarborough, ME) and Circuit Riverside Speedway (Ste-Croix, QC).
“This has been a great program for our race team,” said Bruce Bernhardt. “We set a goal to try and repeat as winners of the Blue Oval Challenge and decided to race as many races as we could to achieve that. I am very proud of our team and appreciate the support that Ford has given us over the past couple of years.”

49th Annual People's United Bank Milk Bowl
Brian Hoar Claims 49th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl Win
O’Donnell, Adams and Woodard Lock Up Thunder Road Championships
 
Eight-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT claimed his third career People’s United Bank Milk Bowl win at Thunder Road in Barre, VT on Sunday, October 9. Hoar claimed the 49th running of the Milk Bowl by winning two segments, while holding off a hard charging Nick Sweet over the final 15 laps of the third and final segment. Hoar and his Rick Paya Motorsports team will cash a check of over $10,000 including lap money.
Hoar claimed the Booth Bros./H.P. Hood pole award, setting the fast time in time trials. He cruised to an easy first segment win while leading all 50 laps. Sweet was on his back bumper to take second. The two then worked their way through the field during the 75-lap second segment with Hoar taking twelfth and Sweet in tenth.
The two trailed Scott Payea going into the third segment of 75 laps. Payea held the lead with ten points (4th and 6th), while Sweet had twelve points and Hoar had thirteen.
Sweet, the 2010 Thunder Road “King of the Road,” followed Hoar through the field during the third and final segment including a three wide move to stick to Hoar’s rear bumper. The duo took the first and second spots with under fifteen laps remaining to setup the final duel.  Sweet made a charge on the outside, but didn’t have enough to get by. The pair both finished with a combined 14 points with Hoar winning the tie breaker with a better third segment finish.

Rent-A-Wreck Fall Foliage 200
Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Steals Rent-A-Wreck Fall Foliage Win
Bobby Therrien Takes Bond/WIX Tiger Tour 100 Victory
Hoar, Laperle, O’Donnell Claim ACT Titles
 
Hudson, New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. claimed the American-Canadian Tour Rent-A-Wreck Fall Foliage 200 win at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York on Saturday, October 8. Polewarczyk claimed his first ACT point race win of the season in the combination ACT Tour and Série ACT Castrol event.
 
Polewarczyk led at several points during the event and claimed the lead for good after Groveton, New Hampshire’s Randy Potter got loose coming out of turn two and dropped two tires off the backstretch, while leading on lap 187. Potter made an amazing save and settled in for second. Turner, Maine’s Glen Luce used a late race caution to move into third followed by Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Austin Theriault in the top five.
 
Karl Allard led early from the outside pole, but lost the lead to Potter following the first restart. The outside lane seemed to be the place to be on restarts throughout the event. Polewarczyk joined the mix after the lap 40 restart. Potter and Polewarczyk swapped the lead several before both pitted under caution on lap 131. The majority of the field chose to pit under that caution for tires and fuel.

Rent-A-Wreck Fall Foliage 200
MacDonald, Branham, Bruno Surprise Entries to ACT Fall Foliage
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) Rent-A-Wreck Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway this Saturday, October 8, 2011 will have some surprise entries.
            Perhaps the most surprising entry came from the star of the ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) two weeks ago: Eddie MacDonald, from Rowley, MA who has entered the 200-lap event following his second ACT Invitational win. “I have heard how great Airborne’s half mile races have been, and since our season on the NASCAR K&N Series will be over (MacDonald finished 5th at Dover Downs International Speedway last weekend) this should be a lot of fun. I really enjoy racing with the ACT guys and just maybe Nick (Sweet) and I can have another battle….that would be pretty special,” said MacDonald. Sweet, from Barre, VT, has now finished second to MacDonald in two of the three Invitational events at NHMS. He will be driving the #57 RPM Ford for the Rick and Michelle Paya team to finish out the 2011 ACT points season.
            Hometown favorite, Brian “Bucko” Branham has entered the 200-lap finale. Branham, the former ACT Late Model racer, has spent over twenty-five years racing at Airborne. “I have recently been racing in the Sportsman division, but really wanted to try a Late Model at the new Airborne. Mike Thompson from Vermont has given me the opportunity to drive his car, and I can’t wait,” Branham said.   Branham has been a fan favorite for many years with his ‘no-holds-barred’ racing.

ACT Doubleheader Weekend
ACT Wraps Up Season with Doubleheader Weekend
For the first time in American Canadian Tour Late Model history, the season will come to a close with a doubleheader weekend. The ACT Tour, Série ACT Castrol and Bond/WIX Tiger Tour point battles will conclude on Saturday, October 8 with the Rent-A-Wreck Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. With the tours completed, many teams will head to Thunder Road in Barre, VT for the 49th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl on Sunday, October 9, rain dated from October 2.
Williston, VT’s Brian Hoar will look to conclude his eighth ACT championship season with a third career win in the Rent-A-Wreck Fall Foliage 200. Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC will wrap up his second Série ACT Castrol Championship as he attempts to win his fourth straight Fall Foliage event. Randy Potter, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., and Brent Dragon will be looking for their first wins of the season, while Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Austin Theriault, Ben Ashline and Glen Luce among others will look for their first career ACT wins.