Bond ACT Invitational at NHMS


Two former winners and a new young gun were the first to accept invitations to the 6th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational to be held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Invitations were first sent to those who qualified throughout the season by winning either an ACT US event or Série ACT event in Quebec.

In 2010, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr (Pole), Hudson, New Hampshire, charged from the 27th starting position on the grid and ran away with an impressive win on the “Magic Mile”. “We had a great finish to the 2010 season. This Invitational win was the icing on the cake. I think we won five races that year and finished second to Brian (8-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar from Williston, VT) in the ACT title battle for the American Canadian Tour Championship (ACT). Winning in front of the huge crowd, in my home state, was about as good as it gets,” said Pole.  Pole is currently leading the ACT Championship hunt with just two races remaining on the schedule.


Pit Notes: NHMS Practice – Afternoon Session

A total of 36 American Canadian Tour Late Model teams attended a day of practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Tuesday, August 19. The teams were preparing for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational on Saturday, September 20.

The top two fast times in the morning practice session held up through the afternoon. Aaron Fellows of Croydon, NH posted the fastest lap of the day with a 32.051 second lap. Around the 1.058 mile, that’s an average of 118.8 mph. Guy Caron’s time just one tenth of a second slower remained the second fastest time of the day.

Right behind that New Hampshire duo was three-time Bond ACT Invitational winner Eddie MacDonald and Jimmy Hebert. Another former Invitational winner in Joey Polewarczyk, Jr completed the top five for fast times. Two-time ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Quebec’s Martin Latulippe, Jeff White, Serie ACT point leader Alex Labbe and Tom Carey, Jr. were all in the top ten for fast times.


Pit Notes: NHMS Practice – Morning Session

A total of 36 American Canadian Tour Late Model teams attended a day of practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Tuesday, August 19. The teams are preparing for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational on Saturday, September 20.

The morning session of practice saw Aaron Fellows of Croydon, NH set the fast time at 32.051 seconds, which is an average speed of 118.8 mph. Fellows has recently returned to ACT competition after suffering a hard accident during the ACT Spring Green at Devil’s Bowl Speedway back in June. He and his team had hoped to get the car put back together in time for the Invitational. Obviously they accomplished that and their hard work paid off during the morning session.

ACT at Beech Ridge

Nick Sweet Snags ACT Victory at Beech Ridge

Barre’s Nick Sweet became the 7th different American Canadian Tour winner in the 7th event of the 2014 season when the tour visited Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, August 9. Sweet led for the majority of the event, but not without fierce contention and multiple lead changes with runner-up finisher Ben Ashline.

Ashline slipped out of the lead after starting on the pole with a plus five in ACT’s unique plus/minus handicap system. Outside pole sitter Stephane Descoste of Oka, Quebec led through the early stages of the event until Sweet took over on the 24th circuit. Sweet made the charge from his 8th place starting position and built a comfortable lead once he reached the point.

Sweet’s lead quickly evaporated when the third caution flag flew on lap 77. Ashline started to Sweet’s outside on the ensuing restart and the pair stayed door-to-door for the next 30 laps. They swapped the lead multiple times including seven official lead changes at the start/finish line during that time. Ashline finally edged by on the outside and Sweet fell in line until the final caution flag of the event on lap 110.

Serie ACT Riverside 100
Serie ACT Unofficial Results
Riverside 100
Circuit Riverside Speedway - St-Croix, QC
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Position (Start) Car# Driver, Hometown, Laps Completed

1. (5) 48QC Alex Labbé, St-Albert, Qc, 100

2. (4) 5QC Patrick Cliche, St-Chrysostome, Qc, 100

3. (2) 31QC Steven Boissonneault, Lyster, Qc, 100

4. (6) 19QC Dany Trépanier, St-Edouard, Qc, 100

5. (1) 41QC Jonathan Bouvrette, Blainville, Qc, 100

6. (12) 13QC Patrick Boyer, Québec, Qc, 100

7. (3) 83QC Martin Goulet jr, Mascouche, Qc, 100

8. (13) 80QC Donald Theetge, Boischatel, Qc, 100

9. (9) 11QC Claude Leclerc, Lanoraie, Qc, 100

10. (11) 51QC Patrick Hamel, Ste-Croix, Qc, 100

11. (14) 17QC Dave Coursol, St-Jérôme, Qc, 100

12. (8) 79QC Maxime Plante, St-Hyacinthe, Qc, 100

13. (15) 56QC Marc Beaudoin, Québe, Qc, 100

14. (17) 7QC Daniel Bergeron, Mirabel, Qc, 100

15. (16) 66QC Gaétan Longtin, Québec, Qc, 99

16. (10) 3QC Sylvain Lacombe, Terrebonne, Qc, 68

17. (7) 07QC Jean-Pierre Ouimet, Terrebonne, Qc, 38

18. (18) 27QC Marco Savoie, St-Lambert, Qc, 0

Lap Leaders: Jonathan Bouvrette, 1-37; Alex Labbe, 38-100.
Cautions: 2 (laps 43, 68)
Time of Race: 56 minutes
Margin of Victory: 4.378 seconds

ACT at Beech Ridge

Polewarczyk, Jr. Favorite to Win ACT 150 at Beech Ridge

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will next appear at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, August 9. The Hudson, New Hampshire native, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) has to be considered a favorite to win the race. In the 2014 ACT Championship standings Pole has a comfortable 56 point lead over second place racer Jimmy Hebert, from Williamstown, VT. He is also winless so far during the 2014 campaign.

Pole has compiled an impressive record during the first half of the 2014 season. In the ACT races to date, the 97NH team has three second place finishes, two third place finishes and two fourth place finishes. He also led the Pro All Star Super Late Model event at Beech Ridge and contended for wins in the Star and White Mountain events he entered this year, and also recently won the Lee USA Granite State Pro Stock race. Pole won the 150 lap Beech Ridge ACT event in 2010; he was runner up to Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA in 2013.

ACT International

Quebec’s Laperle Battles to $26,800 ACT International Win

Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, Quebec has won nearly every big event the American Canadian Tour sanctions, but none match his $26,800 ACT International win at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York on Saturday, July 20. The former ACT and Serie ACT Champion battled by Nick Sweet over the final 20 laps of the third segment to claim the segment and overall win with finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 1st for a combined winning score of 6.

Barre’s Nick Sweet started sixth in the first 50 lap segment and took home the win followed closely by Laperle and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. The trio then flew through the field in the 75 lap second segment using all three lanes around the ½-mile speedway. Polewarczyk claimed second followed by Laperle in third and Sweet in fourth setting up a three way tie with five combined points each for the trio heading into the final segment.

ACT International Pit Notes

ACT International Pit Notes

Hometown favorite Brandon Atkins of Au Sable, New York led the way with the fastest time of the day during the American Canadian Tour’s practice in preparation for tomorrow’s (Sunday, July 20) ACT International 300 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. He set a fast time of 17.191 seconds and topped the speed chart during several of the practice sessions.

Also among the fastest of the day were seven-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar, defending Série ACT Champion Jean-François Déry and fellow Série  ACT frontrunner Alex Labbe. Defending ACT International winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. was also quick. Bobby Therrien, Ben Lynch, Jimmy Hebert, and Quebecer Jonathan Bouvrette also spent time at the top of the speed charts.

ACT International

Hoar and Cyr Renew Rivalry at International 300

Eight-time ACT Champion, Brian Hoar from Williston, VT and seven-time Champion Jean-Paul Cyr from Milton, VT will renew their rivalry at the ACT International 300 on Sunday, July 20 at the Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh.

Over the years the rules have changed, the tracks have changed, the big money races have come along, but the one constant is that long-time veterans Hoar and Cyr still have the competitive standard to garner attention when they pull into a pit area for a major show.

Certainly Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, NH, current point leader on the ACT US, as well as Eddie MacDonald, Nick Sweet, and Ray Parent are a few of the drivers capable of winning the $25,000 first place money, but it is Hoar and Cyr who have set the bar for all others to follow.

ACT International

Veterans Head for International 300

The twenty-five thousand ($25,000) to win International 300 has a record number of American Canadian Tour (ACT) winners headed to the summer spectacular. Recent Vermont Governor’s Cup winner Nick Sweet from Barre, Vermont and Quebec’s Patrick Laperle will be joined by Ray Parent from Tiverton, Rhode Island and State of Maine drivers Jeff White from Winthrop and Rowland Robinson, Jr. from Steuben.

Sweet is a two-time Thunder Road Champion and has enjoyed success on longer tracks such as New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he has two second place finishes to Eddie MacDonald in the inaugural Bond Auto ACT Invitational in 2009 and again in 2011.