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Bonuses Announced for International 500

Bonuses Announced for International 500

The biggest stock car racing event of the summer keeps getting better as American Canadian Tour officials have announced a bonus program for participating racers in the Inaugural International 500 at Airborne Speedway on the weekend of July 20/21. 

Drivers who file their entry by the Tuesday, April 16 deadline will be eligible for Goodyear Halfway Bonus awards, which will make the leader of the half-way mark of each segment $1,000 richer, leaving a potential for a driver to gain up to $3,000 in Goodyear bonuses alone.  On top of that, every team that has filed their entry by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for eight (8) Goodyear tires, a $960 value, to be used for the 300-lap special event.


Thunder Road Late Model Practice Cancelled

Thunder Road Late Model Practice Cancelled

The Late Model practice scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 at Thunder Road has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  Late Model practice tires will still be available from 5-6pm by appointment at (802) 244-6963.  An all division practice at Thunder Road is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17.

The American Canadian Tour will kickoff their season this weekend April 13/14 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH while Thunder Road divisions will see their season opener at the Nation’s Site of Excitement at the Merchants Bank 150 on April 27/28.  A practice for Late Models, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will be held at Thunder Road next Wednesday, April 17 from 4-7pm.  Gates will open at 3pm.  Teams can also pick up practice tires at the Thunder Road tire barn on Tuesday, April 16th from 5-7pm. 

ACT Season Opener Steeped in History

ACT Season Opener Steeped in History

Hoar In Search of Record Third Lee Victory 

2013’s American Canadian Tour Season Opener on April 13/14 will mark the 23rd ACT event at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH – and the 14th Season opener at the track – giving today’s drivers a chance at being a part of a storied history at Lee USA Speedway with the American Canadian Tour.

Lee USA served as the home for the ACT season opener in 1987 – the 2nd full season of the American Canadian Tour – and saw legend Beaver Dragon take the victory.  Dragon wasn’t the only driver to kick off a season with a win at Lee though, as stars like Robbie Crouch, Jean-Paul Cabana, Russ Urlin, Dave Dion, Kevin Lepage, and Ralph Nason won them too, cementing their names into the long-standing history of Lee and the American Canadian Tour.

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Tom Curley

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Tom Curley

President of the American Canadian Tour, Promoter/Co-Owner of Thunder Road

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

In the past, my lifetime passion was sailing, more particularly sailboat racing.  In recent years I would say it has been travel, whether it is Europe, The Caribbean, etc.  I think my favorite hobby now though is going home to my house in Maine, sitting on the porch and watching the waves come in.  I also enjoy Boston Red Sox baseball, the NFL, and NCAA Basketball. 

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

I would say probably when I learned about 40 years ago to appreciate the power of positive thinking.  I have tried to convey, teach, and for the most part utilize that through the better half of my adult life.  It takes work and effort to buy into that kind of philosophy, but it has gotten me through some difficult times.

What is your biggest inspiration? 

There is a famous quote that Robert Kennedy used as his legacy towards his brother John Kennedy, which I have believed most of my life:

“Some men see things as they are and say "why." I dream things that never were and say "why not.”

I have it on my office wall.  I first heard it in 1962 I believe, and I really started to believe it ten years later when it got me through some very difficult times.  I’ve used it ever since.

Vermont State Late Model Championship Series Returns

 Vermont State Late Model Championship Series Returns

Four-Race Schedule Set for Thunder Road and Devil’s Bowl 

After its resurgence in 2012 following a 25-year hiatus, the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series will be back in 2013 for a four-race schedule split evenly between Barre, VT’s Thunder Road and West Haven, VT’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

The first event will be held at Thunder Road during the 51st Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 26.  Last year the event saw eventual King of the Road Nick Sweet take the victory in dominating fashion, picking up his first of two wins in the series.  After that, the VSLCS will turn to the fast Devil’s Bowl half-mile on Friday, June 7 for the second jewel of the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series crown.


Unbuckled: Getting To Know Patrick Laperle

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Patrick Laperle

Driver of the #91 Gestion Ford

Hometown: St-Denis, QC

2012: Won Record Third Série ACT Castrol Championship

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

Snowmobiling and RC Racing.  I’ve been doing that ever since I can remember. I think I was 8-years old when I got my first RC car, and when I started racing real cars I stopped doing it for awhile and picked it up again maybe 3-4 years ago.  I do it about an hour from where I live, it’s a very nice club. 

What do you do for work?

I paint cars. That’s why my racecar looks so good!  And I own a recycling business with my brother. 

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

It would have to be in 2008 when I won my third Milk Bowl and the ACT US Championship at the same time.  Going into the race we were behind Scott Payea for the championship, and we won by one point and I won the Milk Bowl by two.  When the dust settled we were thinking about that all night.  We had a very big party!

ACT Makes Key Staff Changes

ACT Makes Key Staff Changes

Lynch Joins Série ACT Castrol as Chief Steward

American Canadian Tour officials have announced the hiring of several new officials across the Série ACT Castrol, Thunder Road, and the American Canadian Tour for the 2013 season. 

The overhaul is headlined by the hiring of former Kawartha Speedway (ON) manager Derek Lynch as the Chief Steward of the Série ACT Castrol.  Lynch started racing with ACT at just 17 years old in the late 1980s, and had won the Oxford 250 before heading to the NASCAR Busch North Series.  His career eventually led him to Charlotte, NC, where he worked in fabrication for Darrell Waltrip racing.  In 2000, he married Cait Curley, daughter of long-time Thunder Road promoter Tom Curley, and took over management at Kawartha Speedway.  He left Kawartha at the end of last season.


Lee USA Speedway Opens 28th ACT Season

Lee USA Speedway Opens 28th ACT Season

As the American Canadian Tour’s 28th season shifts into full gear, teams prepare for the opening race on April 13/14 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH.  After one of the closest point battles in ACT history in 2012, eventual Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. edged out 8-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar with a victory in the season finale, and will look to continue his momentum at the Lee opener in 2013.  

Helliwell will be challenged by ACT star Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., who got his start in full-bodied stock cars at Lee USA Speedway.  While Helliwell has amassed 8 track championships at Lee USA, he remains in search of his first ACT victory at his home track.  Polewarczyk won the opener at Lee in 2008.


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.

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