ACT
ACT Late Model Tour Challenge
Eddie MacDonald and Joey Laquerre Take ACT Late Model Challenge Front Row at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts and Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier, Vermont will sit on the front row in the first segment of the American Canadian Tour Late Model Challenge at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 13. MacDonald earned a +14 and Laquerre picked up a +11 in ACT’s unique plus/minus handicap system.
Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Austin Theriault, and Donald Theetge will fill the 3rd through 5th positions. Brian Hoar, Alex Labbé, Tom Carey, Jr., Mark Lamberton and Donnie Lashua will complete the top ten starting positions.
Heat winners were Brian Hoar, Eddie MacDonald and Aaron Fellows. The Last Chance races were won by John Donahue and Patrick Laperle. The two ACT Late Model Tour provisionals were awarded to Brent Dragon and Rowland Robinson, Jr., while the two Série ACT Castrol provisionals were taken by Patrick Hamel and Marc-Andre Cliche.

ACT All-Star Challenge at NHMS Entries
ACT All-Star Challenge at NHMS Entries
Car #          Driver                                     Hometown
2ON           Ken Baird                               North Gower, ON
3ME           Dennis Spencer, Jr.           Oxford, ME
3NH           Mike Kenison                      Lancaster, NH
3VT            Ricky Roberts                       Washington, VT
4ME           Brad Babb                             Windham, ME
4ON           Jonathan Urlin                     London, ON
4NH           Larry Riendeau                    Ascutney, VT
5QC            Patrick Cliche                       St-Jean Chrysostome, QC
6ME           Tommy Ricker                     Poland, ME
7ME           Glen Luce                              Turner, ME
7NC            Ben Lynch                             Derry, NH
8QC            Marc-Andre Cliche            Vallee-Jct., QC
11QC         Claude Leclerc                     Lanoraie, QC
12NH         Guy Caron                             Lempster, NH
15ME         #Ben Ashline                       Pittston, ME
15VT          Joey Laquerre                     East Montpelier, VT
16NY          Mark Lamberton                Mooer's Forks, NY
17MA        Eddie MacDonald               Rowley, MA
17RI           Ray Parent                            Tiverton, RI
17ON         Justin Holtom                      Dunrobin, ON
18VT          Jamie Fisher                         Shelburne, VT
19QC         Dany Trepanier                   St-Edouard, QC
21MA        #Pete Yetman                     Peru, MA
21QC         Jean-François Déry            Quebec, QC
22NY          Mike Bruno                          Castleton, VT
23ME         #Dave Farrington Jr.         Jay, ME
24NH         Jeffrey Labrecque             Rochester, NH
25QC         #Yannick Tremblay            Chicoutimi, QC
26VT          John Donahue                     Graniteville, VT
27NH         Wayne Helliwell, Jr.           Dover, NH
28ME         #Rowland Robinson, Jr.   Birch Harbor, ME
29NH         Aaron Fellows                     Croydon, NH
32VT          Jean-Paul Cyr                       Milton, VT
36QC         Alex Labbé                            St-Albert, QC
37VT          Brian Hoar                             Williston, VT
38CT          Joe Curioso                           Mystic, CT
40QC         David Michaud                    Ste-Annes-des-Plaines, QC
40VT          Nick Sweet                           Barre, VT
41VT          Jamie Aube                          N. Ferrisburgh, VT
48QC         Karl Allard                              St-Felicien, QC
49NH         Matt Anderson                   Franklin, NH
51ME         Ricky Rolfe                            Albany Twp., ME
51QC         Patrick Hamel                      St-Croix-de-Lotbiniere, QC
55NH         Brad Leighton                      Center Harbor, NH
55VT          Brent Dragon                       Milton, VT
57ME         Austin Theriault                  Fort Kent, ME
57VT          Mike Stefanik                      Wilbraham, MA
58VT          #James Hebert                   Williamstown, VT
61ME         TJ Brackett                            Buckfield, ME
68VT          Brooks Clark                         Fayston, VT
72VT          Jacob McGrath                    North Claredon, VT
77MA        Jimmy Linardy                     Somerville, MA
78NH         Quinny Welch                      Lancaster, NH
80QC         Donald Theetge                  Boischatel, QC
89VT          Scott Payea                          Milton, VT
91QC         Patrick Laperle                    St-Denis, QC
94ME         Shawn Martin                      Turner, ME
95NH         Patrick Floyd                        Chester, NH
95QC         Jimmy Cormier                    Princeville, QC
97NH         Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.       Hudson, NH
02NH         Randy Potter                       Groveton, NH
05VT          Craig Bushey                        Fletcher, VT
07MA        Tom Carey, Jr.                     New Salem, MA
07ME         Scott Luce                             Strong, ME
08NH         Donnie Lashua                    Canaan, NH
#-Indicates Rookie of the Year Contender

ACT All-Star Late Model Challenge Schedule of Events
ACT All-Star Late Model Challenge Schedule of Events
Thursday, August 11, 2011
1:00pm – 8:00pm – Pre-Registration at Main Gate (Haulers may enter pits)
2:00pm – 8:00pm – Tire Compound will be open
Friday, August 12, 2011
5:30am – 10:00am      Registration at Main Gate
5:30am – 7:00am        Draw for Qualifying (Next to registration building after drivers have registered)
6:00am    Pit Gates Open
                 Tire Compound Open
8:00am    MANDATORY Driver and Spotter Meeting at ACT Tech Trailer
9:00am    ACT Practice
10:00am End ACT Practice
10:25am ACT Heat #1 (20Laps, Qualifying 10 -> +/-, Balance to two (2) Last Chance Races)
11:05am NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Practice
12:15pm ACT Heat #2 (20Laps, Qualifying 10 -> +/-, Balance to two (2) Last Chance Races)
12:45pm ACT Heat #3 (20Laps, Qualifying 10 -> +/-, Balance to two (2) Last Chance Races)
1:30pm    NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Practice
2:25pm    ACT Last Chance #1 (20Laps, Qualifying 5 -> Heat +/-)
3:00pm    ACT Last Chance #2 (20Laps, Qualifying 5 -> Heat +/-)
                 Four (4) Total 100% provisionals available as follows:
                 Two (2) ACT Tour (U.S) 100%
                 Two (2) Série ACT Castrol (Canada) 100%
                 Provisionals awarded to best finish in either last chance race. In the event of a tie (same
                 Finish in 1st and 2nd last chance race), tie will go to the driver in the first last chance race.
4:00pm    NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Qualifying
 
Saturday, August 13, 2011
7:00am – 10:00am      Registration at Main Gate (Pit Passes bought Friday are also good for Saturday)
7:30am    Tire Compound Opens
8:45am    MANDATORY Driver and Spotter Meeting at ACT Tech Trailer
10:30am ACT All-Star Challenge Segment #1 (25 Laps)
12:00pm IndyCar Practice
2:15pm    Indy Lights Qualifying
3:00pm    IndyCar Qualifying
4:15pm    NASCAR Whelen Modified Race
6:15pm    ACT All-Star Challenge Segment #2 (50 Laps)

RPM Motorsports Team Release
Mike Stefanik, RPM Motorsports Team Up For ACT All-Star Challenge At New Hampshire Motor Speedway
(RPM Motorsports Team Press Release 080811) 
The all-time winningest driver in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history will drive an RPM Motorsports car in the ACT All-Star Challenge at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, RPM owner Rick Paya announced Monday.
 
Stefanik, who is one of only two drivers in history to win nine NASCAR touring championships, will drive the No. 57 RPM Racing Engines Ford as he makes his debut in an ACT Late Model.
 
“The whole newness of it is what's exciting for me,” said Stefanik, who has eight career wins at New Hampshire, including six in a Modified. “I really don't know what to expect. I've been told that I've got a really good car, and it usually comes down to the car.
 
“As long as I'm smart with it, I should be OK. It will be on-the-job training.”
 
Stefanik has 70 career Whelen Modified Tour victories and is a seven-time champion of the open-wheeled division. In 1997 and 1998, he won Tour championships while simultaneously winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East titles the same years, joining Lee Petty as the only drivers in NASCAR history to win two NASCAR touring championships in consecutive seasons.

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.