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Another Photo Finish: Hoar Wins

Another Photo Finish: Hoar Wins

Two weeks ago at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Eight-time American Canadian Tour Stock Car Champion Brian Hoar lost the race by .027 of a second – the closest margin of victory in ACT history.  The ACT 100 at Airborne Speedway on Saturday, May 18 was decided by nearly the exact same margin, but this time it was all Hoar, earning the victory with an epic last lap pass of ACT Point Leader Jimmy Hebert, leaving rival Wayne Helliwell, Jr. to round out the podium in third.


In the early going, Hebert muscled by polesitter Eric Chase in the outside lane to gain the lead, bringing Helliwell in tow along with Tiverton, RI’s Ray Parent. The trio split from the field, setting a blistering pace that sent the leaders into lap traffic before lap 30 of the 100-lap event.  Meanwhile, Hoar quietly worked his way from his 13th starting position into the top five. 


Veteran ACT Drivers Look for Edge at Airborne

Veteran ACT Drivers Look for Edge at Airborne 

This Saturday, May 18 the American Canadian Tour will head to Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Speedway for the ACT 100: a race that will pit an experienced veteran class against ACT’s latest youth movement. 

Point leader Jimmy Hebert and fourth-place point man Ray Parent will make just their second trip to Airborne Speedway in their ACT careers, but both earned top ten finishes when they debuted at the track in last year’s season finale.  They make their return in brand new cars in 2013, and look to continue the hottest start of their ACT careers.

ACT Heads to Airborne Speedway

ACT Heads to Airborne Speedway

The American Canadian Tour Stock Car Championship Series turns to Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Speedway for the ACT 100 this Saturday, May 18, marking the fourth point-counting event on the 14-race schedule.

2012 ACT Rookie of the Year Jimmy Hebert continues to show the way on the Tour, leading 8-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar by a slim margin, with defending Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. waiting in third.  The trio has taken a win apiece in the three point-counting events thus far, and now head to Airborne to settle the score.

ACT Point Standings Tighten

ACT Point Standings Tighten

After 113 laps (56.5 miles) of American Canadian Tour Championship Stock Car racing at West Haven, VT’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, the victory in the Spring Green 113 came down to a flip of the coin: a margin that gave reigning ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. a critical early-season win, and left ACT Point Leader Jimmy Hebert’s advantage at just three points.

Helliwell’s triumph over Brian Hoar on Sunday is the closest finish in ACT’s history since the changeover to electronic scoring in 2010.  A difference of just .027 of a second separated the pair at the line, and Helliwell’s victory not only pulled him back into title contention, but saved Hebert from losing the top spot to the eight-time Champion Hoar.

Helliwell Shines in Photo Finish at Devil's Bowl

Helliwell Shines In Photo Finish at Devil’s Bowl

Reigning American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. sent the message loud and clear to his competitors on a beautiful Sunday (May 5) afternoon at West Haven’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway, taking his second victory in-a-row in the Spring Green 113 by just .02 of a second over Williston’s Brian Hoar.  ACT Point Leader Jimmy Hebert continued the hot start to his season and completed the podium in third place.

Helliwell used his second-place starting position to his advantage to jump to the early race lead, bringing eight-time ACT Champion Hoar in tow.  The pair ran away in the front while Hebert and Tiverton, RI’s Ray Parent began the battle with Devils Bowl Speedway Champion Craig Bushey for the top five positions.  A few early cautions for single spins kept the field together early, while Helliwell showed the 31-car field the way. 


Hebert Retains Point Lead, ACT Turns to Devils Bowl

Hebert Retains Point Lead, ACT Turns to Devil’s Bowl

The Merchants Bank 150 at Barre’s Thunder Road cranked up the heat on the American Canadian Tour, shaking up the point standings before a key showdown takes place at the Spring Green 113 this Sunday, May 5 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

Sophomore sensation Jimmy Hebert, who started the year off with his first-ever ACT victory in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup two weeks ago at Lee, backed up his opening day win with a seventh place finish at his home track, Thunder Road.  ACT Rookie-of-the-Year contender Bobby Therrien was impressive in just his third ACT start with a fifth-place finish after battling up front all day, pushing forward a youth movement that continues to gain traction on the Tour.  With his finish on Sunday he secured a position inside the top ten in overall points, joining young standouts Rowland Robinson, Jr. and Ben Lynch who currently sit seventh and eighth and look to ride their opening momentum into West Haven for the Spring Green 113.

Hoar Steals Second Merchants Bank 150

Hoar Steals Second Merchants Bank 150

The sun shined on eight-time American Canadian Tour Champion Brian Hoar, as his trademark patience brought him his second Merchants Bank 150 in as many years on a beautiful afternoon at Barre, VT's Thunder Road on Sunday, April 28.  Middlesex, VT’s Dave Pembroke came home a stout second, and 7-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr brought home a third place finish.

The race began with pole sitter Jay Laquerre running to a large lead in the early going, but it wasn’t long before Pembroke and Hoar muscled their way to the front in the outside lane, with Pembroke snatching the lead on lap 36.  From there Pembroke surged, making short work of lap traffic and building his lead during a long 82-lap green flag run.  ACT Rookie of the Year competitor Bobby Therrien impressed early, working his way towards the front of the pack as high as third in his third career ACT event before the caution. 

When the race restarted, Pembroke was away again while young Therrien battled the veteran Hoar for second place.  Meanwhile, Cyr, 2012 King of the Road Nick Sweet, and New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 Champion Jimmy Hebert crept through the field on their way to the leaders.  When lap 100 struck, the veterans knew it was time to show their hand.


Pit Notes for Saturday, April 27 Practice

Pit Notes for Saturday, April 27 Practice

The stars of the American Canadian Tour and Thunder Road’s local divisions lit up Barre, VT for the annual Car Show on Saturday, April 27 before heading to The Nation’s Site of Excitement for a practice in preparation for the 15th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 28. 

Over 80 stock cars were displayed on Main Street in Barre, VT for Thunder Road’s Annual Car Show.  A large gathering of fans were treated to blue skies, driver autographs and pictures, remote-controlled cars, Troy Kingsbury’s Race to Read program, and WDEV Radio.  The annual Pit Stop contest featured last year’s champions battling to see who could complete the fastest two-tire change.  2012 Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Champion Bobby Therrien stole the show with a fast time of 32.93. 


MacDonald Files Late Entry to Merchants Bank 150

MacDonald Files Late Entry to Merchants Bank 150 

Eddie MacDonald, a two-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner with the American Canadian Tour (ACT), has entered the Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road this Sunday, April 28, adding to a star-studded entry list for Thunder Road’s season opening event.

MacDonald, who finished third at the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup ACT season opener, has a long racing resume in New England. He currently races on the K&N East Tour as well as ACT. 

“The team is very busy preparing the car for this weekend’s race,” said MacDonald.  “It was great to come out of the gate with a podium last weekend at Lee, so we can’t wait to head to Thunder Road,” he finished.

ACT Announces New Champions Program

ACT Announces New Champions Program

The American Canadian Tour has partnered with the Quebec Sportsman Series to provide a new contingency program for their racers in Eastern Canada called the ACT New Champions Program.

The New Champions Program provides a $100 bonus to the highest finishing driver in each event of the Quebec Sportsman Series who has not won a race in 2013.  It will start with the winner of their first event. 

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