ACT
Short Track Style on the Magic Mile
ACT TEAMS READY FOR
“Short Track Style on the Magic Mile”
AUG 12-13  
  
The biggest race in the 27-year history of the American Canadian Tour (ACT), on the biggest stage in northeast motorsports--the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), is just a month away. Over 70 teams from throughout the Northeast and eastern Canada have already entered the $120,000.00 event.
 
“This is going to be the most unique stock car race ever run at the NHMS. It is designed to be “short track style on the Magic Mile”, said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.
  
Friday, August 12th, ACT racing will include 20-mile qualifying heat events set up from a draw-for-position format. Next up will be ‘Last Chance’ 20-mile races for those who will attempt to fill the 44-car All Star Challenge field. The heats and last chance races on August 12th will pay a purse of over $50,000!
 
Saturday, August 13th, the ACT $60,000 plus feature event will be run in two segments. The first race will be a 30-mile contest lined up according to the ACT qualifying heats. Feature points will be issued with 1 for a win, 2 for second, 3 for third etc., assigned throughout the field.

ACT at Twin State Speedway
ACT Teams Gear Up For Twin State Speedway Tour Event
                  
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) heads to Twin State Speedway this Saturday night for the sixth race on the championship trail for 2011. Four different winners and a couple of podium surprises have made the popular ACT US Tour one of the most competitive in recent years.
 
Seven-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar opened the season with a win at Lee USA in a Chevrolet in April. He followed that up with a win in the RPM team Ford in May at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Vermont. The biggest challenger to Hoar so far in the 2011 ACT season has been “Irish” John Donahue from Graniteville, VT. Donahue has compiled an impressive win at White Mountain, second place finishes at Lee USA, and Devil’s Bowl and a third at Thunder Road in the five races in which he has competed. Defending track champion Nick Sweet from Barre, VT won the Thunder Road Merchants Bank opening event, and Oxford Plains winner Jeff White from Winthrop, ME put out an outstanding effort when he took on 40 Late Model teams to win the 150-lap event at the well-known speedway in Maine.
 
“This is really a dream come true. Now if I can just do it in the Oxford TD Bank 250, I can afford to race for a couple more years!!”, said a jubilant White in victory lane.

Serie ACT Castrol
Alex Labbé Outruns Three Champions For First Série ACT Castrol Win
Sophomore driver Alex Labbé of St-Albert, QC earned his first career Série ACT Castrol win in a 250 lap event at Autodrome Montmagny in Montmagny, QC on Saturday, July 2. Labbé started ninth in the 22 car field and outran three Série ACT Castrol Champions (Donald Theetge, Karl Allard and Patrick Laperle) for the win. The 2010 Rookie of the Year took the lead with 16 laps to go after contact between leader Karl Allard and a lapped car.
Patrick Laperle led early in the event after pitting for tires and fuel around lap 75. He came back up through the field to take the lead on lap 116. Donald Theetge, Allard and Labbé all pitted around the lap 180 mark and charged up through the field. Allard took the lead on lap 185 and seemed to have the field covered before getting chopped by a lapped car. The contact caused Allard to spin bringing out the final caution and handing the lead to Labbé.

ACT EVENT POSTPONED
ACT Event at Oxford Plains Speedway Postponed
The American Canadian Tour event scheduled for Saturday, June 25 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine has been postponed due to rain. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 20.
Many of the ACT stars will return to OPS for the TD Bank 250 on Sunday, July 24 to take their shot at a $25,000 payday.
The next event on the ACT Late Model Tour schedule is now the 100 lap event at Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH on Saturday, July 9.

American Canadian Tour
Roberge Suspended Following Série ACT Castrol Riverside Event
The American Canadian Tour has announced a suspension and fines for Kevin Roberge and his #16QC team. Roberge and team have been suspended from ACT competition for the remainder of the 2011 season after their actions at Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix, Quebec during a Série ACT Castrol event on Saturday, June 18.
Roberge will have to pay a fine of $1,500 to the RPQ point fund before consideration of reinstatement. Crew member Serge Roberge will have to pay a fine of $500 before consideration of reinstatement. Crew member Dany Lagace has been fined $5,000, which is payable to the RPQ point fund and must be paid before consideration of reinstatement. Lagace is also suspended from entering the property of any ACT event for the remainder of the 2011 season.
All ACT affiliated tracks have been notified of the suspension. If a track does not observe the Lagace suspension, it will be taken into consideration during future ACT sanction agreements.

ACT Tour
***Revised Finish Following Score Check (6/21/11)
John Donahue Earns Fourth Career ACT Win at White Mountain Motorsports Park
 Graniteville, VT’s John Donahue took his fourth career ACT Late Model Tour win at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH on Saturday, June 18. Donahue, in his Ford, came from the sixth starting position for his second career win at the ¼ mile speedway.
Donahue held off ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar and White Mountain Motorsports Park Champion Quinny Welch on several restarts, before outrunning a hard charging Randy Potter who came from 21st. Welch led the early stages of the event before Donahue took over just before the halfway mark. The battle of the night belonged to Potter, Hoar and Wayne Helliwell for second. Potter would win the battle and was running down Donahue when the checkers flew.
Potter would take second followed by Helliwell, Hoar and Jamie Fisher in the top five. Second year driver Austin Theriault earned sixth with Tom Carey, Jr., Glen Luce, Eric Chase,  and Ben Ashline completing the top ten. Title contenders Brent Dragon and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. were both involved in accidents and had to settle for finishes well outside the top ten.

Serie ACT Castrol
Patrick Hamel Scores First Career Série ACT Castrol Win at Riveride Speedway
 
St-Edouard’s Patrick Hamel earned his first career Série ACT Castrol win after inheriting the lead with just seven laps remaining in the Hamel Construction 100 at Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix, QC. Hamel ran in the second position for most of the event while battling with early leader Claude Leclerc and Donald Theetge in the later stages of the event. Hamel put up a great battle but over the final 47 lap green flag run it appeared he had nothing left for Theetge.
 
Theetge was working his way through a couple of lap cars with Hamel hanging several car lengths back with seven laps to go. Theetge made contact with a lap car going into turn three on the 94th circuit, which created a slow leak in his left front tire. Hamel passed the slowing Theetge and cruised to the win. Theetge limped around for the remaining laps and finished 16th just one lap down.
 
Patrick Laperle recovered from an early spin to claim the runner-up position while David Michaud earned his second podium finish of the season in third. Sophomore driver Alex Labbé took fourth with veteran Claude Leclerc earning his second straight top five in fifth. Jean-François Déry, Dany Trepanier, Karl Allard, Patrick Cliche and Jacques Poulin completed the top ten.

Serie ACT Castrol

Patrick Laperle Wins Série ACT Castrol Montmagny 100

 

St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle led the final 40 laps of the Série ACT Castrol Montmagny 100 at Autodrome Montmagny in Montmagny, Quebec on Saturday, June 11. Laperle worked his way through traffic from the 14th starting position during a 99 lap green flag period after the only caution of the event of lap 1. It is the second win of the Série ACT Castrol season for the former series champion. Laperle was in his Chevrolet powered ride.

 

Defending Série ACT Castrol Champion Karl Allard claimed the runner-up position, while second year driver Jimmy Cormier ran in the second position for most of the event before fading to third. Veteran Claude Leclerc and Jean-François Déry rounded out the top five. Donald Theetge, David Michaud, Kevin Roberge, Jonathan Bouvrette and Jonathan Desbiens completed the top ten.

 

Twenty-one cars attended the third event of the Série ACT Castrol season. Rookie driver Gaetan Gaudreault blew a motor during practice and Brian Custeau, who was going to drive for car owner Paul Michaud, scratched from the event during practice. All 19 cars in the starting grid completed the event. Nine cars were on the lead lap. The event was completed with just one caution on lap one and was finished in just 34 minutes and 30 seconds. It was the only caution of the day, including qualifying.


ACT Late Model Tour

Jeff White Takes First ACT Win in Big JAB 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway

 

Winthrop, Maine’s Jeff White earned his first career American Canadian Tour win in dominant fashion at his hometrack of Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, June 4. White led all but three laps in the Big JAB 150 while battling with seven time and defending ACT Champion Brian Hoar.

 

Hoar held on for second followed by Brent Dragon, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. and another Oxford regular TJ Brackett rounding out the top five. Shawn Martin completed the three Oxford regulars in the top ten with a sixth. Wayne Helliwell was the biggest mover in the 150 lap event as he came all the way from 32nd to finished seventh. Eric Chase, Jeff Labrecque, Jr., and 2010 ACT Rookie of the Year Brad Babb completed the top ten.


Serie ACT Castrol

Daniel Descoste Wins First Career Série ACT Castrol Feature in St-Eustache 100

 

Veteran Série ACT Castrol competitor Daniel Descoste of St-Joseph-du-Lac, Quebec earned his first career win on the series in the St-Eustache 100 at Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, Quebec. Descoste worked his way by 2010 Série ACT Castrol Champion Karl Allard on lap 66 and was never seriously contested in the remainder of the 100 lap event.

 

Allard fell back to third behind runner-up Patrick Hamel on the final restart. Jonathan Bouvrette and Patrick Laperle, who recovered from a spin, completed the top five. Donald Theetge, Dany Trepanier, Alex Labbe, Claude Leclerc and Marc-Andre Cliche rounded out the top ten.

 

The event was completed in just 1 hour and 4 minutes with just seven cautions. Descoste, Allard and Jean-François Déry all led the event at one point. Déry was disqualified from the event due to intentional spinning Laperle after trying to turn him head-on into the wall.

 

Descoste becomes the second different winner in two Série ACT Castrol events so far in the 2011 season. He joins Laperle as the first two Quebec qualifiers for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 24.