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Serie ACT at Montmagny
Patrick Laperle Wins Serie ACT Event at Montmagny

Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC charged from his ninth place starting position to take the lead on lap six in his Serie ACT victory at Autodrome Montmagny on Saturday, June 7. Laperle lead the remainder of the 100 lap event which was slowed by just three cautions. Alex Labbe came from 15th in the 16 car field to take second followed by Patrick Cliche. Donald Theetge and Steven Boissonneault completed the top five.

The Serie ACT has the next several weeks off before heading to Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday, July 5 for their fourth event of the season.

Serie ACT Unofficial Results - REVISED 6/11/14
Autodrome Montmagny - Montmagny, QC
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Pos. (Start) Car #, Driver, Hometown, Laps Completed

1. (9) 91QC Patrick Laperle, St Denis, Qc, 100

2. (15) 48QC Alex Labbe, St-Albert, Qc, 100

3. (11) 5QC Patrick Cliche, St-Jean Chrys., Qc, 100

4. (16) 80QC Donald Theetge, Boischatel, Qc, 100

5. (6) 31QC Steven Boissonneault, Lyster, Qc, 100

6. (10) 13QC Patrick Boyer, Québec, Qc, 100

7. (8) 11QC Claude Leclerc, Lanoraie, Qc, 100

8. (3) 46QC Steve Simoneau, Val-Bélair, Qc, 100

9. (7) 83QC Martin Goulet Jr., Mascouche, Qc, 100

10. (12) 19QC Dany Trépanier, St-Edouard, Qc, 100

11. (1) 17QC Dave Coursol, St Jérome, Qc, 100

12. (2) 38QC Gaétan Gaudreault, Québec, Qc, 99

13. (15) 97QC Jacques Poulin, Vallee-Jct., Qc, 98

14. (5) 21QC Jean-François Dery, Québec, Qc, 47

15. (4) 41QC Jonathan Bouvrette, Ste Thérèse, Qc, 37

16. (13) 27QC Marco Savoie, St-Lambert, Qc, 15

Lap Leaders: Dave Coursol, 1-5; Patrick Laperle, 6-100.

Time of Race: 59:35

Margin of Victory: 1.712 seconds

Cautions: 3

Heat Winners: Jonathan Bouvrette, Martin Goulet, Jr., Patrick Cliche


Kyle Welch Wins at Riverside

Kyle Welch Scores First ACT Win at Riverside

UPDATED: 6/9/14

Kyle Welch of Newport, NH earned his first career American Canadian Tour win at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH on Saturday, June 7. Welch inherited the win after apparent winner Eddie MacDonald was penalized for a post race tech infraction. MacDonald was penalized to the last car on the lead lap in 11th place.

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. took the early lead from the outside pole, but was quickly overtaken by Emily Packard on lap 20. Packard would lead the majority of the event, which saw no cautions during its 150 laps. Welch closed the gap on Packard’s lead and took the point with just 15 laps to go.

Welch didn’t hold the lead for long as apparent winner MacDonald got by him to lead the final eight laps of the event. MacDonald was later penalized in post race tech for too many spring rubbers in his right rear spring.


American Racer

American Racer Tire Receives Rave Reviews at ACT

There was a big question mark surrounding the beginning of the 2014 season for the dozen weekly tracks and two touring series of the American Canadian Tour. After nearly a decade of racing with the specially designed Goodyear Eagle slicks, a change was mandated at the end of the 2013 season.

“We faced a seemingly daunting task at the end of the 2012 season when Goodyear announced that they were going to discontinue their short track program. ACT was fortunate to negotiate an extra year with Goodyear to allow us to work to find a suitable replacement tire,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour (ACT).


ACT at Riverside Speedway NH

Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Looks for Repeat at Riverside

Veteran driver and perennial American Canadian Tour Championship Contender Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH is off to the best start of his ten (10) year ACT career and currently sits atop the standings. This Saturday, June 7, he will look to continue his run of three straight top fives as the tour heads to Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH for the Central Asphalt Paving 150. He will have to fend off the likes of Jimmy Hebert, most recent ACT winner Ray Parent, and a host of others.

One year ago, Polewarczyk marched from his 12th place starting position to lead the final 39 laps of the ACT 150 at Riverside on his way to his second of three straight ACT wins. His three wins on the season helped him earn second in the 2013 final ACT standings. This season his hunger for a title is more apparent than ever. His intensity and focus guided him to second in the season opener at Lee, fourth at Thunder Road and third in the most recent ACT event at Airborne.


Labbe Rebounds with Riverside Win

Alex Labbe Rebounds with Serie ACT Riverside Win

 

One week after demolishing his Larue Industrial Snow Blowers Ford Fusion at St-Eustache, Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC claimed the win at Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC on Saturday, May 31. Labbe led the final 50 laps of the event on his way to victory lane.

Jean-Francois Dery led early in the event from the pole position before relinquishing the lead to Dany Trepanier following the one and only caution of the event on lap 7. Trepanier would hold onto the lead until just before the halfway point when Labbe would take over for good.


Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic

Jason Corliss Steals Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic Win
Jessie Mueller Wins Second Straight Modified Event at Thunder Road

Barre’s own Jason Corliss scored his first career Thunder Road Late Model win in the 52nd running of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. Corliss stole the win with a last lap pass of multi-time Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet in a photo finish of the first Vermont State Late Model Championship event of the year.

Sweet led every step of the way during the first 99 laps of the caution free 100 lap event. The hometown favorite rode the much favored high lane as he lapped the majority of the field. Sophomore driver Corliss and Cody Blake caught Sweet in the final 10 laps as they worked heavy lap traffic. Corliss got by Blake but couldn’t find the grip to get around Sweet. With the white flag flying, Corliss made a last ditch effort as he threw his Burnett Scrap Metals Ford Fusion to the low lane.


Serie ACT at St-Eustache
Patrick Cliche Inherited Serie ACT Win at Autodrome St-Eustache

Patrick Cliche inherited the Serie ACT win at Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday, May 24 after apparent winner Sylvain Lacombe was penalized in post race technical inspection for a weight infraction. Donald Theetge inherited second and Daniel Descoste tooks third.

Dany Trepanier lead the first 91 laps and appeared to have the field covered before blowing a motor entering turn three. The oil from the motor sent him and the rest of the top three, Jean-Francois Dery and Alex Labbe hard into the wall destroying all three cars.

That handed the apparent win to Sylvain Lacombe who led the final nine laps before being disqualified.

The Serie ACT heads to Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC next Saturday, May 31 for their second event of the season.


Unofficial Serie ACT Finish
Fin. Pos.        Start Pos.           Car #                Driver                                            Hometown                                  Laps Completed
1 17 5QC Patrick Cliche  St-Jean-Chrys., QC
100
2 4 80QC Donald Theetge Boischatel, Qc 100
3 11 2QC Daniel Decoste Oka, Qc 100
4 9 83QC Martin Goulet jr Mascouche 100
5 1 11QC Claude Leclerc Lanoraie, Qc 100
6 2 17QC Dave Coursol St-Jérôme, Qc 100
7 16 99QC Josianne Plante St-Hyacinthe, Qc 99
8 12 46QC Steve Simoneau Val Bélair, Qc 98
9 6 41QC Jonathan Bouvrette Blainville, Qc 96
10 15 38QC Gaetan Gaudreau Québec, Qc 95
11 3 19QC Danny Trépanier St-Edouard, Qc 91
12 8 21QC Jean-François Déry  Quebec, QC
91
13 7 48QC Alex L'abbée St-Albert, Qc 91
14 13 66QC Lucien Rocheleau Terrebonne, Qc 63
15 5 07QC Jean-Pierre Ouimet Terrebonne, Qc 37
16 10 13QC Patrick Boyer Québec, Qc 10
17 14 3QC Sylvain Lacombe Terrebonne, Qc 100
Lap Leaders: Dany Trepanier, 1-91; Sylvain Lacombe, 92-100.
Time of Race: 1:03:23
Cautions: 4 (laps 1, 1, 53, 91)

ACT International 300 Returns

ACT International 300 Returns to Airborne Speedway 

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the second edition of the International 300 stock car race to be held at the Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.  Sunday, July 20 is the date that has been set for the second edition of the biggest seasonal short track event for the popular ACT Late Models from both the United States and Canada. The event will pay $25,000.00 to the winner of the unique “Milk Bowl” style event. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) is the reigning champion.

“It was really amazing to pull off that win a year ago at Airborne.  I feel lucky to be the winner of a Thunder Road Milk Bowl and a Governor’s Cup, an Oxford 250, and this new International race at Airborne. The track races great with the ACT Late Model cars, it’s fast, wide, and very racy. No question that first place also pays well,” said a smiling Joey Pole.

There will be some changes to the format in 2014. The event will retain the traditional three segments which crown the overall winner, but the segments will be shortened to 50 in the first segment and 75 in both the second and third segments. The overall low score will win the $25,000.00, plus lap money.


ACT Announced $100,000 Point Funds

ACT Announced $100,000 Point Funds

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) today announced 2014 point funds for its two touring series, the ACT US and the Série ACT in Quebec, and Thunder Road International Speedbowl, that will total over one hundred and three thousand dollars ($103,000.00) to the competitors of ACT.

“We believe that the difficult recessionary times are behind us and we are looking forward to both our touring events in the US and Canada, as well as what is shaping up to be one of the most interesting weekly programs at Thunder Road that we have seen since the inception of the ACT crate motor program back in 1999,” said Tom Curley, President of ACT.

 The first three ACT US races have resulted in three different winners and large fields of race teams have provided great racing action. ACT Canada begins their title run Saturday, May 24 at the Autodrome Ste Eustache in Quebec. Thunder Road’s regular point season opens with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 25.

VT State Late Model Championship

Memorial Day Classic Starts Vermont State LM Championship

 The Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic will open the third annual Vermont State Late Model Championship Series this Sunday, May 25th at Thunder Road. The series was started when Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, Vermont introduced the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model division weekly to its new asphalt surface in 2012.

“Thunder Road and Devil’s Bowl officials have worked with the ACT office to create this partnership, and the racing has been spectacular at both tracks,” said Tom Curley, President of ACT and promoter at Thunder Road. “Having two very different asphalt tracks competing in Vermont with the high-banked Thunder Road and the very fast, relatively flat, half mile at Devil’s Bowl, has really allowed competitors from both tracks to have a unique racing experience in this State series. The big winners have been the fans as the point battles during the first two years have been outstanding,” concluded Curley.