Unbuckled: Getting To Know Ray Parent

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Ray Parent

Driver of the #17RI Amtrol Ford Fusion

Hometown: Tiverton, RI

2012: 7th place overall on the American Canadian Tour. 

What are your favorite hobbies in the offseason?

Skiing.  My boys just turned 12 and 13 and they are snowboarding and skiing so I love skiing with my wife and kids who I don’t get to see much during race season.  I also coach recreational basketball with my kids.

What do you do for work?

I am a sales rep.  I sell heating products to plumbing and heating wholesalers for Dan Davis Sales.

What is your biggest life accomplishment, would you say?

Honestly, I’m proud of being able to raise my family.  My wife and I raised two good boys, we have a nice house, and we live in nice neighborhood.  I’ve just surrounded myself with good people.  My grandfather use to tell me if you surround yourself with good people good things happen, and I’ve had a lot of good things happen.  Winning Loudon was obviously my biggest racing accomplishment ever, but I have to tell you finishing third down in New Smyrna, that was a huge accomplishment too.

Tracks by the Facts - Airborne Speedway
Tracks by the Facts – Airborne Speedway
Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York will host three ACT-sanctioned events in 2013 including the non-point counting Inaugural International 500 on July 20 and 21. The ½-mile speedway will also host a 100 lap event in May and will be the final stop on the 2013 ACT Tour with the Fall Foliage 200 in September.
·        Airborne has held 40 ACT Late Model Tour events, the second most of any track behind Thunder Road.
·        Its first event was in May 23, 1992. It was the second ever ACT Late Model Tour event and Brian Hoar took the win.
·        The most recent ACT event at Airborne was on October 7, 2012. It was the final ACT event of the 2012 season and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. claimed the win and the 2012 ACT title.
·        Brent Dragon and Dave Whitcomb are tied for the most ACT starts at Airborne with 34.

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Brent Dragon

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Brent Dragon

Driver of the #55VT Beverage Mart Chevrolet

Hometown: Milton, VT

2012: Finished 5th overall on the American Canadian Tour.

What are your favorite hobbies in the offseason?

Oh, I hunt pretty much the whole time.  Already got a couple of deer this year, two 8-pointers but no big ones.  Yet! 

What is your biggest life accomplishment, would you say?

I’ve had pretty much a high school education, and I’ve made it to being a sales manager for Charlebois freightliner.  It took a lot of years and hard work to get to that position and I enjoy it a lot.

Tracks by the Facts - Devil's Bowl Speedway
Tracks by the Facts – Devil’s Bowl
Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT will once again hold the third event of the American Canadian Tour season in 2013. The ½-mile speedway has hosted a Tour event in each of the last two seasons and has quickly become a favorite among ACT drivers. Along with the Spring Green on Sunday, May 5, the Tour will be back for a second event on Sunday, July 28.
·        Devil’s Bowl has hosted two tour events to date. The first was May 22, 2011 and the most recent was May 6, 2012.
·        Brian Hoar claimed the 2011 win, while Wayne Helliwell, Jr. earned his first career ACT win at Devil’s Bowl in 2012. Both drivers would go on to win the ACT Championship in those respective years.
·        Ten different drivers have a top five finish, meaning no driver has finished inside the top five in both events.

Unbuckled: Getting to know Glen Luce
Unbuckled: Getting to know Glen Luce
Driver of the #7ME Stevens Electric and Pump Service Ford Fusion
Hometown: Turner, ME
2012: Finished 13th in the ACT US Point Standings
What are your favorite hobbies in the offseason?
I downhill ski a lot with my family, and snowmobile. I also do a lot of hunting. I was just in Saskatchewan, Canada for eight days, and I’m going hunting again with my two boys after Christmas for four days. I did get a deer on my trip that pushed 300 pounds, but 3 years ago I got one that was 326! 
What do you do for work?
I am a logging contractor. I buy big chunks of land and clear them for development or I cut and clear land for other land owners and foresters. Logging is all I’ve ever done. I was introduced to it when I was 10 years old and now I own my own company. I have seven employees that work for me and I still go out into the woods every day. I actually probably work more today than I did 10 years ago.
Big Plans for 2013?
I am running the full American Canadian Tour schedule. Really hoping to pick up where we left off in the Milk Bowl. Things were really clicking, plus we have some new team members and a new car for 2013.

ACT "Tracks by the Facts" - Thunder Road
Tracks by the Facts – Thunder Road
The second event on the 2013 ACT season will be the Merchants Bank 150 Thunder Road season opener on Sunday, April 28. It will be the first of two ACT events at the ¼ mile Barre, Vermont highbanks with the second being the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic on Sunday, September 1.
·        Thunder Road has hosted 62 ACT Late Model Tour events to date.
·        The ACT Late Model Tour first visited Thunder Road in its inaugural season in 1992. That event was won by Greg “Burger” Blake on June 18.
·        Thunder Road has awarded $1,460,485 in prize money in those 62 ACT events.
·        Patrick Laperle has earned the most money in Thunder Road ACT events with $64,778 in 31 starts. He has four ACT wins at Thunder Road including three Milk Bowls and a Labor Day Classic. He has only led 66 total laps in ACT competition at Thunder Road.

ACT "Tracks by the Facts" - Lee USA Speedway
Tracks by the Facts – Lee USA Speedway
With the release of the 2013 American Canadian Tour schedules we’ll be taking an in depth look at the tracks ACT will be visiting next summer.
The 2013 ACT season will kick off with the annual NH Governor’s Cup 150 at the 3/8ths mile Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire on Sunday, April 14.
·        Lee has hosted the ACT season opener five times (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
·        The American Canadian Tour first visited Lee in 1987 with the former Pro Stock Tour. Beaver Dragon and Robbie Crouch claimed the two Lee wins that year.
·        Lee hosted 12 ACT Pro Stock events from 1987 through 1995. Ralph Nason won the final ACT Pro Stock event there.
·        The first ever ACT Late Model Tour event at Lee USA Speedway was on September 21, 2003 and was won by Patrick Laperle.

2013 ACT Schedule

2013 ACT Schedule Announced

Three New Tracks Slated for 2013

ACT officials have announced a 14-race schedule for the 2013 American Canadian Tour season at eleven different Northeast short tracks.  The schedule will include three new additions to the Tour schedule.  There will also be three more non-point counting special events during the 2013 campaign. 

The Tour will return to 2012 tracks Lee USA Speedway, Thunder Road, Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Airborne Speedway, White Mountain Motorsports Park, and Beech Ridge Speedway in 2013.  A visit to Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH is planned for a 150-lap event on Sunday, June 2nd and will mark the first time ACT has raced there since 2004.  The American Canadian Tour will also head to Canaan Fair Speedway on Saturday, June 15th for the first time since 2005, and has set a date for Star Speedway on Saturday, July 6, last visited in 2003. 

2013 ACT Serie ACT Castrol Schedule

ACT Announces 2013 Série Castrol Schedule

Following a joint meeting of all participating Quebec promoters and the American Canadian Tour, the 2013 Série ACT Castrol schedule has been announced.  Along with significant bonuses and increases in purse, the 11-race schedule will include races at Autodrome Montmagny, Circuit Riverside, Autodrome St Eustache, Sanair Super Speedway, and Autodrome Chaudière.

The season will boast the richest purses in Série ACT Castrol history with over $400,000 being offered, and will include an $80,000 point fund for teams that participate in 100% of the events. $20,000 will be awarded to the Série ACT Castrol Champion. Another $70,000 in tire bonus money will be spread evenly throughout teams that participate in the full schedule.

2012 ACT Headlines

2012 ACT Headlines

The 2012 American Canadian Tour season was one for the ages with one of the most thrilling point battles in the history of the Tour, but 2012 was more than just a two-horse race.  Below are the major storylines from the 2012 ACT Championship season.

Helliwell VS Hoar

The biggest story of 2012 was the dethroning of legendary eight-time Champion Brian Hoar.  To put the RPM team’s dominance into perspective, RPM won the ACT championship with Jean Paul Cyr five years straight from 2003-2007 until Quebec’s Patrick Laperle claimed the championship in 2008.  In 2009, RPM returned to the top with Brian Hoar, and won in 2010 and 2011. Helliwell and Hoar’s heavyweight battle at Airborne was exactly that.  It marked only the second time in a decade that an RPM team had not won the championship.  Helliwell had an average finish of fifth, flew to nine top tens in ten races and seven top fives.  He only finished worse than seventh one time, and yet still had to pull off a win in one of the greatest duels in American Canadian Tour history to claim the title.

Youth Movement

Rookie Jimmy Hebert got off to a rough start in 2012, but after the halfway point showed he has the grit and determination to become one of ACT’s rising stars.  After failing to qualify for his first two events of the season, Hebert recovered in the second half of the season to finish tenth overall in his first full year with The Tour.  Hebert nearly won the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and also turned heads at Thunder Road’s 50th Annual Milk Bowl.  Hebert improved leaps and bounds late in the year, and will continue to grow in 2013. 

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