Hoar Closes Point Gap, Heads for Thunder Road

Hoar Closes Point Gap, Heads for Thunder Road

Labor Day Classic Kicks off $300,000 Fall Winnings

The championship battle for the American Canadian Tour’s biggest stars will be in town for a critical points event this Sunday, September 2 at the 34th Annual Bond Auto Labor Day Classic at Barre’s Thunder Road. Point leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr. will have to defend his slim 22-point lead from eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar, hot off his win at Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix, QC last weekend.

With two races remaining for the Championship to be decided, a familiar two-horse battle has re-emerged. Dover, NH’s Helliwell leads Williston, VT’s Hoar by 22 points coming into the Labor Day Classic, a track where Hoar owns 12 victories. The pair has combined for 13 top tens in 16 starts, vaulting them into a championship scrap that is now coming down to the wire.

Riverside Can-Am 200
Brian Hoar Claims Third Straight Can-Am 200
Eight-time American Canadian Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT outdueled Quebec’s Jean-François Déry for his third straight Can-Am 200 win at Circuit Riverside Speedway on Saturday, August 25. Hoar and Déry ran nose to tail with Déry out front for the majority of the event as the two lapped all but the top nine cars. As the ten laps to go signal was given, Hoar turned up the pressure and began his assault for the lead.
The two swapped the lead several times over the next three laps, but Déry held the lead each time at the line. Hoar completed an incredible inside-out move in turn one on lap 192 to complete the pass for the win, his third of the season. Déry was followed to the line by defending Série ACT Castrol Champion Patrick Laperle and Donald Theetge in third and fourth respectively.
Veteran ACT competitor Randy Potter rebounded for a fifth place finish after being involved in a wreck on the very first lap of his heat race. After missing the consolation event as they completely rebuilt the front suspension, Potter was relegated to the 34th starting position and worked his way to fifth during the event.

Sweet Looks to Defend Labor Day Classic
Champ Sweet Looks to Defend Labor Day Classic
In 2012, Barre’s own Nick Sweet has been busy with one of the most successful Thunder Road Late Model seasons in recent memory, but when the dust settles at the end of the month in Thunder Road’s Late Model division, his focus will turn to the race he owned in 2011: The Bond Auto Labor Day Classic.

Last year, Sweet lost the championship to Middlesex’s Dave Pembroke in late August, but was offered the seat of the RPM #57 car, teammate to eight-time Champion Brian Hoar, for the Labor Day Classic. Sweet flew to his first victory in the event, etching his name once more in the granite stones at Thunder Road.

Helliwell Wins Sanair 100
Helliwell Flies High, Claims Victory in Sanair 100
American Canadian Tour point-leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH beat the rain and nearly 40 other competitors to claim the victory at Sanair Super Speedway in St-Pie, QC on Sunday, August, 12. Helliwell was hunted by eight-time Champion Brian Hoar who finished on his tail in second, and young sensation Austin Theriault to complete the podium. Rowley, MA’s Eddie Macdonald took fourth, and former Serie ACT Castrol Champion Karl Allard rounded out the top five.
After completing seven laps before getting rained out the previous night, Patrick Laperle re-assumed the lead in the early laps stretching out over fellow ACT Castrol Champion Karl Allard, and Helliwell. The race was slowed by just one yellow, when the car of rookie Etienne Cliche spun on lap 35. With the field back together, Helliwell mounted his attack, passing Allard for second and finally diving hard underneath Laperle for the lead on lap 55. From there, Helliwell sliced through lap traffic, leaving only 16 cars of the 39 car starting field on the lead lap.

Sanair 100 Postponed
Sanair 100 Postponed Due to Rain
The Sanair (Super Speedway) 100 in St-Pie, QC on Saturday, August 11 has been postponed due to rain after completing 7 laps of the feature event. The event will be completed on Sunday, August 12with a post time of 1:00pm.
The drivers voted to qualify the feature event based on practice times after rain threatened all day. Serie ACT Castrol points leader Patrick Laperle started on the outside pole next to ACT point-leader Wayne Helliwell, but had already jumped out to a lead by the time the rains came. 39 cars ACT and Serie Castrol competitors started the feature event.   
On lap seven, Laperle led fellow Serie ACT Castrol Champion Karl Allard and pole-sitter Helliwell. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. and Jean-Francois Dery completed the top five cars in the running order on lap seven. Brent Dragon, Austin Theriault, Eddie MacDonald, Ryan Nolin, and Brian Hoar completed the top ten.
The Sunday, August 12 rain-date will feature the stars of the American Canadian Tour, Serie ACT Castrol as well as Supertrucks and Sportsman divisions. Pits will open at 10 am, and post time is 1:00pm.
For additional information head to, call the ACT office at (802) 244-6963, or email us at

First Ten Invited to NHMS Bond Auto ACT Invitiational
First Ten Invited to NHMS Bond Auto ACT Invitational
Helliwell, Laperle Lead Invites to New Hampshire
ACT officials have announced that the first ten invitations to the Bond Auto American Canadian Tour Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH have been confirmed. Competitors have been invited based on performance thus far in 2012, or have earned their invite by scoring a feature victory on either the American Canadian Tour, or Serie ACT Castrol. Six American teams and four Canadian teams have been invited thus far.
The six invites on the American side include ACT Point leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Eight-time American Canadian Tour Champion Brian Hoar, 2011 Rookie of the Year Ben Ashline, former Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet, as well as former Oxford Plains Speedway Champion Ricky Rolfe, and former ACT Invitational winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.

Chaudiere 150
Laperle Dominates for Second Straight Castrol Win
St-Denis, QC’s Patrick Laperle dominated on his way to his second straight Série ACT Castrol win at Autodrome Chaudiere on Friday, August 3. The defending Castrol Champion lapped all but the top five of the 18 car field, while leading the final 111 laps of the 150 lap event.
Former Castrol Champion Karl Allard jumped out to the point from the outside pole after the initial green. However, his lead was short lived as Donald Theetge used the outside line to take over the lead on lap 9. Theetge broke away from the field and built himself a healthy lead over the next 30 laps. Coming off of turn four to complete the 39th circuit, Theetge unexpectedly slowed and coasted to a stop, bringing out the first caution. Theetge’s day would be over due to distributor issues.
Allard would inherit the lead for the first restart of the event, but Laperle made short work of the battle and took the lead for good on lap 40. Jean-Francois Dery chased Laperle after the second caution flag on lap 42 for a minor spin. The two worked through lap traffic but Dery could not close the gap. The third and final caution came out on lap 146 bringing the field back together, but Laperle was too strong and held a lapped car cushion over Dery on the final restart.

ACT Returns to Sanair
ACT Returns to Sanair Super Speedway
Sanair Turns to Night Racing for First Time Ever
For the first time since July of 2006, American Canadian Tour officials have announced a return to the historic Sanair Super Speedway in St-Pie, QC on Saturday, August 11. To add to the event, the 7/8 mile triangular oval will present the race under the lights for the first time in history.  
The return to Sanair Super Speedway is a special one for ACT President Tom Curley. “I remember when we opened the new ‘Super Speedway’ at Sanair in 1983, nearly 30 years ago,” said Curley. “It was a thrill for the NASCAR North teams back then, and now with the ACT teams having had a few years experience at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, this should be quite a show,” he finished.

St-Eustache 200

Laperle Shines at Autodrome St-Eustache

Dery, Allard Charge to Podium Finishes

Defending Serie ACT Castrol Champion Patrick Laperle surged for his second win of 2012 at his home track of Autodrome St-Eustache (QC) on Saturday, July 28th. Laperle had to fend off former champion Karl Allard in the closing laps, as well as point leader Jean-Francois Dery who was spoiled in search of his third win in a row on the Serie ACT Castrol.

Blainville, QC’s Jonathan Bouvrette lead the field to the green and ran away away after a brutal wreck off the start that claimed the car of Gaetan Gaudrealt.  Bouvrette’s lead was short-lived, however, as his mirror was filled with two-time Serie ACT Castrol Champion Donald Theetge, who dove underneath to steal the lead on lap 15.

American Canadian Tour
Austin Theriault Battles to Rain Shorten Win at Beech Ridge
Fort Kent, ME’s Austin Theriault secured his first career American Canadian Tour win in a rain shortened event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, July 28. Theriault and his Pelletier Ford Ford Fusion battled with last year’s Beech Ridge ACT winner Jeff Taylor of Farmington, ME for the majority of the event and came out on top just before the fourth and final caution flew on lap 112 due to rain. Jay, ME’s Dave Farrington, Jr. had a career day and completed the all Maine and all Ford podium.
Twenty-nine American Canadian Tour Late Models took the green flag with the threat of rain looming over head. Taylor jumped to the lead from the pole position but not without Theriault all over his back bumper. Sporadic sprinkles of rain began around the lap 20 mark and Theriault decided to make his move, taking the lead on lap 26. The 18 year old Theriault broke out to a straight away lead and began picking off lap traffic until the first caution flew on lap 69.

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