50th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic
Sweet Rolls to First Memorial Day Classic Victory
In a race that had eluded his prestigious racing career, Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet methodically worked his way to the victory in the 50th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road in Barre, VT on Sunday, May 27, 2012. The Memorial Day Classic was the first of four events in the Vermont State Late Model Championship series. Sweet held off Lt. Governor Phil Scott and Brent Dragon, who flew through the field from the 12th and 16th starting positions to finish second and third. 
The race began with pole sitter and former Oxford Plains Speedway Champion Ricky Rolfe showing the way early, only to engage with a heated back and forth struggle with Milton’s Scott Payea. Rolfe and Payea traded the lead back and forth, side by side for more than half of the race. Scott and Sweet trailed the pair for the majority of the exchange as the top four ran in a tight battle for the point. Scott took over on the outside lane for 12 laps only to see Nick Sweet steal it away for good on a lap 68 restart.

Serie ACT Castrol Season Opener
Allard Steals Série ACT Castrol Opener at Montmagny
Former Serie ACT Castrol Champion Karl Allard, of St. Félicien, QC claimed the victory in the season opening event at Autodrome Montmagny in Montmagny, QC on Saturday, May 26. He had to earn it by fending off two-time and defending Série ACT Castrol Champion Patrick Laperle, and early leader Jean-François Déry who finished third. 
The early part of the race was led by Jonathan Desbiens from the pole starting position until the second caution of the event on lap 9. Déry then flew to the point and dominated the race, multiple car lengths ahead of the field at times, and looked like the car to beat. Meanwhile, Allard and Laperle picked their way through the field from 13th and 16th respectively over the first three-quarters of the event.
A lap 75 caution brought the challenge from former champs Laperle and Allard, and Déry was outdueled by Allard for the win at the restart. David Michaud came home fourth, and former champ Donald Theetge came back from a flat tire to finish fifth. Dany Trepanier, Patrick Cliche, Desbiens, Gaetan Lauzier and Eric LeHoux completed the top ten.

Helliwell's Lead Trimmed, Competition Stirs

Helliwell's Lead Trimmed, Competition Stirs

Eight-time American Canadian Tour Champion Brian Hoar started off his title defense with convincing victories in 2012, beating out four-time Lee USA Speedway Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. by a collective car length in each of the first two events. The pair soared far above the field and looked to be gearing up for a two car battle for the 2012 ACT Championship. Last Sunday, May 20 at Oxford Plains Speedway it all changed.

After the ACT all-time win list leader Hoar notched the first two victories of the year, first-time winners dominated the next pair of events to carve their names into the 2012 title hunt. Helliwell shook off being second fiddle to Hoar and claimed the Spring Green 112 in commanding fashion for his first ACT win, and stole a point lead that Hoar had held for nearly three years. Coming into the Armed Forces 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, Helliwell had a comfortable 30-point lead over Hoar, who was still 19 points ahead of third place Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.

American Canadian Tour
Ashline Dominates, Claims First ACT Victory
Ben Ashline, of Pittston, ME dominated the American Canadian Tour Armed Forces 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, May 20 to pick up his first ever ACT victory in only his second full season. He was followed to the line by Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., and Oxford Regular Jeff White of Winthrop, ME. Brent Dragon of Milton, VT and Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, ME rounded out the top five.
Starting on the outside of pole sitter Rowland Robinson, Jr., Polewarczyk jumped to the early lead and looked like the car to beat. After a lap 35 caution, White flew to the top spot in the outside lane, but his lead was short lived after a challenge from young Ashline who stormed from the 13th starting position. The 2011 ACT Rookie of the Year rose to the challenge after two disappointing finishes in the first three events and put any ideas of a sophomore slump to rest, dominating the field for the remainder of the event. 

Serie ACT Castrol Season Opener
Canadians Prepare for Montmagny Opener
After a long off-season, the stars of the Série ACT Castrol are preparing their cars for the 2012 season opener at Autodrome Montmagny in Montmagny, QC on Saturday, May 26. Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC will look to begin his title defense with a message at Montmagny, but he won’t be the only one. 
2010 Série ACT Castrol Champion Karl Allard of St-Felicien, QC is eager to improve on his runner-up points finish in 2011, and Autodrome Montmagny is just the place for him to start. Allard is the only driver to have finished in the top five in all of the last six races at the track, dating back to May of 2009. However, Allard’s consistency will have to combat Laperle’s overpowering 3 wins in the last 5 races at Autodrome Montmagny.

ACT Armed Forces 150 at Oxford
Brackett Trio Prepares for Oxford Opener
Tim, TJ, and Vanna Brackett have sent entries for the American Canadian Tour Armed Forces 150 this coming Sunday May 20. This will be the first time a father and daughter have raced together in an ACT race. 
2010 Oxford Plains Speedway Late Model Champion Tim Brackett and son TJ Brackett have raced several times on the ACT Tour together.   TJ has been hot at Oxford, finishing in the top ten in his last four starts with the Tour. This year the Oxford 150 is even more of a family affair.
Tim’s 25-year old daughter Vanna Brackett will be making her first appearance in an ACT Late Model.  Her storied career includes four championships in the “Ladies Division” at Oxford Plains Speedway where she is the all-time win leader with 35 feature victories. The Oxford 150 will be the first time ever that Tim has raced with his daughter. He is thrilled with the opportunity.

American Canadian Tour
American Canadian Tour First Three Events by the Numbers
The American Canadian Tour Late Model Stock Car season is off to a strong start in the first three (3) events of the 2012 season. All three ACT events to date have produced everything needed for exciting short track racing, including multiple battles for the lead, lots of passing and side-by-side racing, and, unfortunately, even a devastating multi-car pileup. Pit stop strategy was critical at Lee USA Speedway and Thunder Road, while Devil’s Bowl was all about lane strategy. Here’s a look back at the first three ACT Late Model events by the numbers:
·        The first three events were a total of 412 laps and was completed in a combined 3 hours, 50 minutes and 52 seconds.
·        The events saw a combined 21 cautions, which averages out to one caution every 19.6 laps completed.
·        The combined margin of victory for all three events was under a second at .836 seconds.
·        A total of 13 different drivers have led at least one lap so far this season.
·        There have been 17 lead changes.
·        49 of the combined 92 starters of the feature events have finished on the lead lap.

American Canadian Tour
Oxford Stars Return to Defend Home Track
The American Canadian Tour heads to Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME for the Oxford 150 next Sunday, May 20. For most teams, it serves as the fourth point counting event on the American Canadian Tour series and the last long distance event before the legendary Oxford 250. For a few, it is a return home. 
Turner, ME’s Shawn Martin will be making the trip to Oxford in an effort to claim his third ACT victory. His resume at Oxford Plains Speedway stands out with two ACT victories, 11 weekly feature wins, and a 2004 Track Championship. Ricky Rolfe of Albany Township, ME is a multi-time champion of Oxford Plains Speedway and also owns two ACT victories at the track, most recently in 2008.

American Canadian Tour
Hoar’s Epic ACT Reign Hits Speed Bump
On Sunday, May 6 Brian Hoar of Williston, VT relinquished the American Canadian Tour point lead to Dover, NH’s Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Helliwell dominated the second half of the Spring 112 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on his way to his first ever ACT victory, while Hoar struggled early and came home 11th. The finish seemed uncharacteristic of Hoar, known for his eight American Canadian Tour Championships and “ice cold” driving style, but uncharacteristic hardly describes the historic run that was shattered on Sunday. 
Hoar’s 11th place finish marked just the third time he has finished outside the top ten in a point-counting event in his last 35 ACT starts. More impressive than that was the streak in which Hoar sat atop the points list.

Theriault, Sweet Join Polewarczyk in Speed 51 Short Track Draft

Theriault, Sweet Join Polewarczyk in Speed 51 Short Track Draft

Speed, a racing news publication, has chosen Fort Kent, ME’s Austin Theriault and Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet as two of the top 51 short track drivers in the country in their "Speed 51 Short Track Draft."

Theriault, coming off a third place finish at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on the American Canadian Tour, was chosen as the 41st best driver in the country. Speed 51 touted the young star saying, "Talented and consistent in different forms of Late Model racing," and, "Theriault has been turning heads all across New England for a few years". Theriault beamed with pride at the news.

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