Unbuckled: Getting To Know Wayne Helliwell, Jr.

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Wayne Helliwell, Jr.

Driver of the #27 E-Keys 4 Cars Ford

Hometown: Dover, NH

2012: Earned his first American Canadian Tour Championship

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

I’m not sure I have any real hobbies; it’s a full-time job working in the garage.  As a big family thing, we like to go out and try new random places to eat; stuff that’s way off the mark and just pretty different throughout New England.  My job and racing bring me to a lot of different places, and many times we’ll just take off and try new stuff. I think you can find a lot of good places like that.

What do you do for work?

I am a fire-sprinkler system installer for Mammoth Fire Protection. This is the only job I’ve ever had.  I’ve been working here since 1993, so about 20 years.

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

The things I’m most proud of are my three daughters.  I was extremely young when I had my first daughter, I think I was 15 when the girl was pregnant, so that was a real life lesson.  My daughter and I  practically grew up together. There were a lot of things to learn as she grew and now that my daughters are almost adults, they are not only my children but really good friends as well.  I never understood when my parents said the same thing about me, but now I do. They were young parents, too.

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Jean-Francois Dery

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Jean-François Déry

Driver of the #21 Giguere Portes Et Fenetres Toyota

Hometown: Quebec, QC

2012: Runner-up on Série ACT Castrol


What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

In the off season, I work hard at my shop and at my home to make up for the time I lose in the summer.  I also try to spend as much time as possible with my family.

What do you do for work?

I am the owner of a used car and mechanic shop in downtown Quebec City.

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

I think my biggest accomplishment is completing the long, hard road it took to arrive in ACT competition, mostly competing and winning in different series with the lowest budget and junk yard parts!  I had the help of my family and my friends, though. The power of the love of the sport and my passion gives me what I need to continue.

ACT International 500
Modifieds Set To Roll At International 500
Full Schedule Announced
As American Canadian Tour Late Model teams from across New England and Eastern Canada prepare for the biggest showdown of the summer at the International 500 at Airborne Speedway on Sat/Sun, July 20/21, another division prepares for battle: Airborne Speedway’s own Ernie Tool’s Modified division.
The Plattsburgh, NY Speedway’s headline division, which consists of the thunderous 358 Modified cars, will pound the pavement for twin 50-lap events with the lowest point total taking the victory. The winner will take home a cool $3,000: the biggest purse of the Modified’s season at Airborne. It will serve as a key mid-summer points race towards their 2013 championship hopes.

Tracks by the Facts - Autodrome Chaudiere
Tracks by the Facts – Autodrome Chaudiere
Autodrome Chaudiere in Valle-Jonction, Quebec will host the 5th event on the Serie ACT Castrol 2013 schedule. The 1/3-mile speedway has hosted 12 Serie ACT Castrol events to date.
·        Michael Lavoie won the first ever Serie ACT Castrol event held at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 29, 2007.
·        Patrick Laperle won the most recent Serie ACT Castrol event at Chaudiere on August 3, 2012.
·        Donald Theetge holds the record for the most wins with 4. Other winners include Karl Allard (3), Patrick Laperle (3), Alexandre Gingras, and Michael Lavoie.
·        Patrick Laperle holds the record for most top fives (9), most top tens (10) and most money earned ($18,230).
·        Laperle has also led the most laps at Chaudiere with 597 and the most most laps led in a single event with 138 on May 21, 2011.
·        Karl Allard and Patrick Laperle are tied for a record 8 events led at Chaudiere.

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Brian Hoar

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Brian Hoar

Driver of the #37 RPM Racing Engines Dodge

Hometown: Williston, VT

2012: Second place overall on the American Canadian Tour

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

I’ve been running a lot the last few years; I’m training to run VT city marathon again.  That’s what takes up a lot of my free time if I’m not chasing my daughters at gymnastics meets and snowmobiling.  I usually get a little hunting in during the fall. 

What do you do for work?

I am the dealer principle of Goss Dodge.  It’s the family business. My Dad worked here for years and years, purchased the company back in the 70s, and I’ve worked here all my life on and off, mostly on. I run the company now.  I’m the Dealer Principle and General Manager and get all the fun that goes with it. 

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

My championships and racing accomplishments, I think.  Family is very important to me, but can I really say it’s my great accomplishment to have raised my kids to this point? I feel like that’s my duty as a father. Racing has done a lot for me personally, and especially as far as self esteem goes and what not because I wasn’t successful at a lot of other sports.  I was naturally successful in snowmobiling, and once I hopped in a racecar, I never looked back. I have a lot of pride in the things I’ve accomplished behind the wheel, and I think they’ve defined me as a person.

International 500 Reaches Record $140,000 Purse

International 500 Reaches Record $140,000 Purse

American Canadian Tour officials have announced that the Inaugural ACT International 500 to be held at Airborne Speedway on the weekend of July 20/21 will exceed a total purse of $140,000, making it the richest event in ACT’s 28-year history. 

Airborne Speedway Promoter Mike Perrotte can’t wait to get the weekend started.

“I’m extremely excited to have a race of this magnitude here.  It will be without a doubt the biggest event ever held at Airborne Speedway,” said Perrotte.  “It’s a big boost to our community.  Fans from all over will get to watch more than 500 laps of exciting short track racing from teams all over New England, New York, Rhode Island, Quebec and Ontario.  It’s going to be a huge event.”

Tracks by the Facts - Autodrome St-Eustache
Tracks by the Facts – Autodrome St-Eustache
Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, Quebec will host three (3) Serie ACT Castrol events in 2013 including the annual St-Eustache 300 to close out the season in September.  
·        St-Eustache has hosted 16 Serie ACT Castrol events from 2007 to 2012, including one combination event with the ACT US series.
·        Normand Lavigueur won the first ever ACT Late Model event held at St-Eustache on May 26, 2007.
·        Patrick Laperle has dominated at his hometrack, holding the records for wins (8), top fives (14), top tens (16) and money earned ($40,425).
·        Laperle also holds the record for most laps led (1,373) and most laps led in an event (231) on September 26, 2010, and most events led (14).
·        Laperle has also won four (4) of the last five (5) ACT events held at St-Eustache including the two most recent, July 28, 2012 and September 16, 2012.

Unbuckled: Jimmy Linardy
Jimmy Linardy
What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?
I work a lot of hours in the off season, about 18-20 hours a day in my business. That doesn’t leave me much time for hobbies, unfortunately!

What do you do for work?
I am a heavy duty truck and diesel mechanic and a tow truck driver. I own a truck garage called Jim’s Heavy Duty Service. We aren’t the biggest shop in Boston but we are the busiest. 

What is your biggest life accomplishment?
Being the owner/operator of my own business. I’ve been self employed since 1987 and I’m still doing it. Been doing the same work I do now since 1979, so I’m pretty proud of that.

Tracks by the Facts - Montmagny
Tracks by the Facts – Autodrome Montmangy
Autodrome Montmagny in Montmagny, Quebec will host the 2013 Série ACT Castrol season opener as well as two more events later in the season. Montmagny has hosted 14 Série ACT Castrol events to date including the first ever Série ACT Castrol event on May 19, 2007. Montmagny has also held one ACT US event back on August 29, 1999.
·        Karl Allard has started all 15 ACT events at Autodrome Montmagny (14 Serie ACT Castrol, 1 ACT US). Jonathan Desbiens, Claude Leclerc and Jacques Poulin have all started all 14 Serie ACT Castrol events.
·        Patrick Laperle holds the record for most Montmagny wins with 4. Other winners include Karl Allard (2), Jean-François Déry (2), Mario Gosselin (2), Donald Theetge (2), Brian Hoar (US), Alex Labbe and Sylvain Lacombe.
·        Mario Gosselin’s two wins came in his only two career ACT starts at Montmagny.
·        Donald Theetge holds the record for the most top fives with 9.
·        Jean-François Déry holds the record for the most top tens with 12.

Unbuckled: Getting to know Dany Trepanier
Unbuckled: Getting To Know Dany Trepanier
Driver of the #19 Trepanier Motorsports Ford
Hometown: St- Edouard, QC
2012: Finished 5th Overall on ACT Série Castrol
What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?
Without any doubt, it is hunting. I am a very big fan of moose and deer hunting. For me it is a passion that is almost as important as racing. 
What do you do for work?
For 10 years I have been working with different race tracks, but I am also a co-owner of a restaurant in Iqaliut, Nunavut in the North of Canada.

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