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ACT Invitational at NHMS

NHMS ACT INVITATIONAL ANNOUNCES MORE 2010 INVITEES 

 

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced another round of invited teams who have been invited to participate in the second ACT Invitational to be held at the regions largest sporting complex, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, September 18, 2010. The event will be held   as one of three preliminary events leading to the Sunday, September 19th first ‘Chase’ for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. The ACT teams will join the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the Camping World Truck Series in a spectacular triple-header event on Saturday, September 18.

 

The first group of ACT teams, selected a week ago, represented the winners of 2010 championship events and track champion candidates with a few ‘at large’ selections. This announcement is primarily teams from an ‘at large’ pool who participated in a test and tune session last month at the Speedway. “This group represents sixteen (16) more teams in the selection process. This has been one of the most difficult jobs I have had in the racing business. We had 71 teams test and they all did a great job. They really are all deserving of being part of the 43 team starting grid. That is the problem; there are only 43 spots for 71 worthy teams,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

Bond Auto Labor Day Classic

Patrick Laperle Claims Bond Auto Labor Day Victory

St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle held off a late charging Phil Scott to claim the ACT Late Model Tour win in the 32nd running of the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT on Sunday, September 5. Laperle led the final 14 laps of the 200 lap event after getting around Dave Pembroke.

Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. and current ACT Late Model Tour point leader Brian Hoar battled for the first 160 laps of the event. They swapped the lead eight times amongst themselves before Pembroke joined the mix with fresher tires on lap 160. Pembroke would hold the lead until lap 187 when Laperle took over also on fresher tires.

Phil Scott ran in the top three for the majority of the event until pitting for tires on a lap 167 caution. He proceed to slice through the field followed closely by Hoar and Randy Potter who also pitted on lap 167 with the same strategy.


Bond Auto Labor Day Classic

Sweet Defends Home Turf in Bond Labor Day Classic

Barre’s own Nick Sweet will defend his home turf at Thunder Road International Speedbowl against the ACT Late Model Tour stars in this Sunday’s (September 5) 32nd running of the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200. The recently crowned 2010 “King of the Road” will battle with the likes of current ACT Tour point leader Brian Hoar, Brent Dragon, John Donahue, who has won the last three Thunder Road Late Model features, and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. among others.

As the hometown favorite, Sweet has had one of the most outstanding seasons at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” in recent memory. He has already captured two big wins this season with the Thunder Road season opening ACT Tour Merchants Bank 150 in May and the Carquest Governor’s Cup 100 in June. In the 15 events held at Thunder Road this season Sweet has yet to finish outside the top ten. It is this consistency that helped him claim the 2010 Thunder Road Late Model Championship by just six points last Thursday (August 26).

ACT Invitational

ACT ANNOUNCES FIRST INVITEES TO NHMS INVITATIONAL II

 

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the first group of invitees to the second annual ACT Invitational to be held Saturday, September 18, 2010. The region’s greatest triple header of the year at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway will have the ACT Invitational joining the NASCAR Whelen Modified division and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in an event with added laps and additional teams for the 2010 version.

 

“The second ACT Invitational is one of the most anticipated events of the year for short track teams from throughout New England and the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. We had two great days of testing this month, with over 70 teams spending two days at the ‘Magic Mile’. Now the hard part of determining who will make up the 43-team roster begins. This first group is mostly made up of those that have gotten invited by winning races in 2010 or a few ‘at large’ bids for those that are having outstanding seasons and have been supporters of ACT racing,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

Showdown at Chaudiere

Laperle Dominates Showdown at Chaudiere
U.S. Team Takes Team Bonus

St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle dominated the third annual American-Canadian Tour (ACT) “Showdown at Chaudiere” at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec on Saturday, August 28. The special all-star race featured 12 of the top drivers from the Quebec-based Série ACT Castrol Edge against 12 of the top drivers from the American-based ACT Late Model Tour.

Laperle started on the pole position after earning a +5 handicap in ACT’s plus-minus handicap system. The U.S. team earned the outside pole thanks to six-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vermont, who would lead the first 32 laps. Laperle would take the lead from Hoar on a lap 32 restart and would proceed to lap all but the top three while leading the last 167 laps.

Fellow Quebecer Donald Theetge earned the runner-up position after battling the majority of the event with Hoar. Hoar would earn third while Groveton, New Hampshire’s Randy Potter finished fourth after going down a lap with under 10 laps remaining. ACT Late Model Tour Rookie Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine completed the top five.

SHOWDOWN AT CHAUDIERE

Allard and Hoar Lead Teams into “Showdown at Chaudiere”
Over $35,000 Up For Grabs

The third annual “Showdown at Chaudiere” at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec will feature 12 drivers from the Quebec-based Série ACT Castrol Edge versus 12 drivers from the American-based ACT Late Model Tour this Saturday, August 28. The 24 car field will battle for a purse of over $35,000 including a $500 per driver bonus for the winning team and $5,000 to the winner.

The Canadian team will be led by current point leader Karl Allard of St-Felicien, Quebec who has won five Série ACT Castrol Edge features already in 2010 including two 150 lap events at Autodrome Chaudiere. He will be joined by the 2008 Showdown winner Patrick Laperle, Jean-François Déry, rookie Jimmy Cormier, Gaëtan Lauzier, rookie Alex Labbe, Claude Leclerc, Jonathan Desbiens, Patrick Cliche, Jacques Poulin, Patrick Hamel and 2009 Série ACT Castrol Champion Donald Theetge.

ACT Tour at Waterford

Joey Pole Wins Nutmeg State 100 at Waterford

Hudson, New Hampshire’s Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. earned his sixth career ACT Late Model Tour win in the Nutmeg State 100 at Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT on Saturday, August 21. Pole started in the third position and worked his way around Brent Dragon and Waterford regular Jeff Smith to take the lead on lap 31. He would lead the remainder of the 100 lap event.

ACT Tour point leader and defending champion Brian Hoar came from the 12th starting position to take second while Dragon had to settle for third. Smith held on for fourth while Mark Lamberton completed the top five. Jeff Zuidema, rookie Brad Babb, John Donahue, Randy Potter, and Bruce Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top ten.

The Nutmeg State 100 was the tenth event on the 2010 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. It was completed in just over 56 minutes and was slowed by just four cautions.

BOND/WIX TIGER TOUR

Jason Bonnett Wins Bond/WIX Tiger Tour 100 at Canaan

St. Albans, Vermont’s Jason Bonnett claimed the win in the third Bond/WIX Tiger Tour 100 event of 2010 held at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, NH on Saturday, August 21. Bonnett survived four early cautions as he climbed his way through the field from his 15th starting position to inherit second on lap 20 after Joel Hodgdon was spun out of the lead by Derrick O’Donnell. After a three lap battle with rookie Jason Corliss, Bonnett took the lead for good and dominated the remainder of the event.

Tony Rossi claimed second while current point leader Tom Therrien worked his way back to a third place finish after being involved in an early caution. Hodgdon recovered to take fourth followed by Jimmy Hebert completing the top five. O’Donnell finished sixth followed by David Finck, Bobby Therrien, Josh Demers and Jay Webb.

The 100 lap event was completed in one hour and eleven minutes including a short red flag period due to a wild ride by Jason Corliss into a tire barrier off the backstretch on lap 89. Corliss was ok but his car couldn’t continue. The race saw a total of 10 cautions. 21 cars took the green flag with 13 taking the checkers, eight of which completed all 100 laps.

 


NHMS Test and Tune Day 2

Laquerre Tops ACT Test and Tune at NHMS Day 2

Montpelier, Vermont’s Joey Laquerre topped the speed charts of day number 2 of the ACT Test and Tune session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Wednesday. Laquerre averaged 119 miles per hour on his fast lap of 32 seconds flat. He came up just hundredths of a second behind yesterday’s fast time set by Brian Hoar.

Turner, Maine’s Ben Rowe, Hudson, New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. and Patrick Laperle of Montreal, Quebec were the only other competitors of the day to break into the 32.0 range.

Another 31 teams from around the Northeast and Quebec took to the Magic Mile looking to earn an invite and preparing for the second annual ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 18. The teams received seven hours of on track time including two 12 lap simulated races. The races, much like Tuesday’s, were reminiscent of the competitiveness seen in last fall’s Inaugural ACT Invitational. Former NHMS track champion Brad Leighton claimed the win in the first race while Laquerre took the honors in the second.

NHMS Test and Tune Day 1

Hoar Leads ACT in NHMS Test and Tune Day 1

Six-time and defending ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vermont set the pace in Tuesday’s Test and Tune session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). Hoar set a fast time of 32 seconds flat, which is an average of 119 miles per hour around the Magic Mile.

A total of forty cars showed up for the first of the two day session in preparation for the second annual ACT Invitational at NHMS on Saturday, September 18. Late Model teams from around the Northeast, Ontario and Quebec received a full seven hours of practice including two 12-lap simulated races.

The simulated races in the afternoon session of practice were competitive as teams were comfortable after the morning tests. Both races were won by Ford Blue Oval Cup competitors as Turner, Maine’s Glen Luce took the checkers in the first and Graniteville, Vermont’s John Donahue earned the win in the second. Both races saw several teams working their way from the back using all three racing grooves.