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ACT Spring Green 111 at Devil's Bowl
Brian Hoar Earns Second Straight ACT Spring Green Win
 Seven-time and defending ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT claimed his second straight Spring Green and his second win of the 2011 season at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, May 21. Hoar won a hard fought battle with leader Craig Bushey and later John Donahue to lead the final 36 laps and earn the win. Hoar’s win came in his first event in his new Ford powered ride out of the Rick Paya stables.
Shelburne, VT’s Jamie Fisher and Windham, ME’s Brad Babb swapped the lead early in the event as they sat on the front row after earning +6’s in ACT’s +/- handicap system. Bushey took over from his sixth place starting position on lap seven and would swap the lead with several drivers for the majority of the event including Ricky Rolfe and Fisher before giving up the lead for good to Hoar on lap seventy five and faded to eighth.
Donahue claimed second followed by Claremont, NH’s Todd Davis in third, Glen Luce from Turner, ME in fourth and rookie driver Ben Ashline from Pittson, ME rounding out the top five. Babb, Fisher, Bushey, Randy Potter and Quinny Welch completed the top ten.

Serie ACT Castrol Season Opener
Patrick Laperle Wins Série ACT Castrol Season Opener at Autodrome Chaudiere
 
St-Denis, QC’s Patrick Laperle wins the Série ACT Castrol season opener at Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, May 21. Laperle started on the pole position after earning a plus four in the plus-minus handicap system. The former Série ACT Castrol and ACT Late Model Tour Champion battled for the majority of the event with defending Série ACT Castrol Champion Karl Allard from St-Felicien, QC.
 
The two swapped the lead several times until Laperle took over for good on lap 63. Allard still fought on the outside on multiple restarts before spinning on a lap 144 restart and hitting the wall coming out of turn four.
 
Laperle earned his 10th career Série ACT Castrol win and his fourth win at Autodrome Chaudiere including two “Showdown at Chaudiere” wins. He now joins ACT Late Model Tour winners Brian Hoar (Lee USA Speedway) and Nick Sweet (Thunder Road) as the first three qualifiers for the third annual ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 24.

Spring Green 111 at Devil's Bowl
DEVIL'S BOWL SPRING GREEN 111 UP NEXT FOR ACT US
                  
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will make its first ever appearance at the fast ½ mile Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT this Sunday afternoon. The 38th running of the Spring Green 111 is expecting to have over 30 teams converge on the scenic, newly paved speed plant, built and operated by the Richards family since 1967. The inaugural event one year ago opened the renovated semi-banked progressive track with the Thunder Road ACT Late Models. The battle between local favorite Mike Bruno from nearby Rutland and former Thunder Road Champion David Pembroke was a classic 100-lap battle seen by a full house and a very enthusiastic crowd.
 
“It was a return to the asphalt Late Models for me and really turned out to be one of the most fun races I have ever been a part of,” said Mike Bruno.
 
“The track raced great and trading the lead for most of the 100 laps with Pembroke was a great way to begin the process of changing from 30 plus years of dirt racing to the asphalt at Devil’s Bowl. I am really looking forward to going back there this weekend,” concluded Bruno.
 
The change from a Thunder Road point race to a full ACT event will see lots of new faces taking on the ½ mile. Only 6 of the 27 teams that opened the 2010 season are expected to return with the ACT US Tour this coming Sunday. One of the returning teams includes 7-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr from Milton, Vermont. Cyr is a former dirt racer from Devil’s Bowl, and after an experiment as a driver only for various teams over the past couple years, he has returned to running his own team on the ACT in 2011.

Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic Double Header
49TH THUNDER ROAD MEMORIAL DAY CLASSIC DOUBLEHEADER MAY 29TH
 
Mekkelsen RV from East Montpelier, VT has been supporting Thunder Road for many of the fifty-two years of the track’s history. The 49th edition of the Memorial Day Classic will host a 100-lap Thunder Road ACT Late Model event and a 100-lap opening event on the 2011 Bond/WIX Tiger Tour.
 
 “This should be one of the most exciting Memorial Day Classics for fans and competitors in years. My guess is that the competition in 2011 among the Late Models is going to be the best we have seen in recent memory, and the addition of the Bond Tigers, which many of us graduated from, certainly adds another dimension to this traditional holiday weekend,” said three-time Thunder Road Champion Cris Michaud from Northfield, VT.
 
The Thunder Road Late Model division has enjoyed unusual growth during the off-season. Returning contenders will begin the run for the “King of the Road” title, beginning with the Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic. Coming back to race the full season are veteran racers Scott Payea from Milton, VT, former NASCAR North drivers Jamie Aube, or Ferrisburgh, VT and Mike Bruno from Rutland, VT. Thunder Road already has some of the best Late Model racers in the country with former Champions Jamie Fisher, Phil Scott, Dave Whitcomb, Dave Pembroke and defending Champion Nick Sweet all ready to start the 2011 campaign at the Memorial Day Classic, Sunday, May 29.
 
The list of Late Model winners at Thunder Road who will join the impressive field include: multi-time winner John Donahue, Graniteville, VT; Joey Becker, Cambridge, VT; Matt White from Northfield; Brooks Clark and Grant Folsom from Waitsfield, VT; and Reno Gervais, of Island Pond, VT. The newcomers are equally as strong, led by sophomore driver Cody Blake, Barre, VT, and Rookie of the Year contender Jimmy Hebert from Williamstown, VT.

Serie ACT Castrol
ACT CASTROL SERIES READY TO OPEN AT CHAUDIERE
 
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will open the 5th season of championship stock car racing for the Série ACT Castrol on Saturday, May 21. The popular series will begin the 2011 season at Autodrome Chaudiere in the Beauce Region of Quebec, just east of Quebec City.
 
This will be the first time the Series has opened its season at the Vallee Junction, QC bullring, which has become a favorite of Castrol Series teams. There are always huge supportive crowds, and traditionally some of the most exciting racing on the Series. It is the home of the ACT Showdown of Champions, a special 200-lap race between the best of the Castrol teams and the best of the US teams, at the end of each season paying $5,000 to win with $40,000 in overall purse and prize money to the top eleven (11) competitors from the ACT Castrol Serie and ACT US regulars.
 
“We are really looking forward to the opening of the 2011 season with our Castrol Series. We have received tremendous support over the past few years from both the competitors and Quebec promoters. We are very proud to have helped build such a popular and successful program in Quebec,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.
 
Two former Castrol Série Champions will headline an expected field of 30 teams who plan to attend the season opener. Defending Castrol Champion Karl Allard and two-time Champion Donald Theetge (2006, 2009) will face off in the first battle for the 2011 Championship. Both drivers have had remarkable success at Chaudiere. Allard is coming off an unprecedented six (6) wins on his way to winning the 2010 Castrol Championship title, two of those wins came at Autodrome Chaudiere. Allard and Theetge hold nearly all the statistical records at the speedway.

ACT Late Model All-Star Challenge at NHMS
AMERICAN CANADIAN TOUR ANNOUNCES NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY LATE MODEL ALL STAR CHALLENGE CRITERIA

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today the criteria and format for the first NHMS - ACT All Star event to be held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) over the weekend of August 12-13, 2011.
 
The event will be presented as part of the announced INDY weekend at the region’s largest sporting facility, and only super speedway. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Division will join the ACT Late Models as part of an “ALL STAR” weekend for short track, featuring full-fendered ACT Late Models and the open-wheeled NASCAR Modifieds.
 
The American Canadian Tour Late Models are the most popular stock car division racing in the Northeast at a premiere weekly level, competing at twelve (12) weekly short tracks in the region, and also on two of the most popular touring series in the northeast: the ACT US Tour in New England and New York, and ACT Serie CASTROL Edge, throughout the Province of Quebec.
 
Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour said, “We want as many Late Model teams to be able to compete at NHMS for this event as possible. It is great that Jerry Gappens, Vice President and General Manager of NHMS has enough confidence in our Late Model teams to offer us this opportunity. We have tried to develop the safest and most competitive set of criteria for racing at NHMS, based on our “ACT Invitational” experience over the past couple years. The goal is to allow as many teams and fans as possible the unique chance to race and enjoy short track type racing at the Magic Mile.”

Merchants Bank 150
Nick Sweet Takes Second Merchants Bank 150 in a Row
 
Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet claimed his second straight Merchants Bank 150 win at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday, May 1. The defending track champion came from his 8th starting position to take the lead from Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. on lap 91. Sweet would work his way through lap traffic with ease and never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the event.
 
Graniteville’s John Donahue led from the outside pole for the first four laps before Polewarczyk took over from the fourth place starting spot. Polewarczyk survived the only restart of the event after a lap 9 caution for a spin. He then took control of the event and lapped the majority of the field before Sweet reeled him in and took the lead.
 
Polewarczyk held on for second, Donahue claimed third, St-Denis, QC’s Patrick Laperle and seven-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar completed the top five. London, Ontario’s Jonathan Urlin came all the way from the 21st starting position to take sixth, Groveton, NH’s Randy Potter rebounded from an early spin to take seventh, Ben Ashline, Quinny Welch, and Mark Lamberton rounded out the top ten.
 
The event only saw one caution on lap 9 and completed the race on a 141 lap green flag run. It was completed in just 39 minutes and 24 seconds.

Merchants Bank Weekend
Thunder Road Car Show and Practice
Merchants Bank Weekend
·       102 cars lined Main Street of downtown Barre for the annual Thunder Road car show on Saturday, April 30.
·       Seven-time and defending champion Brian Hoar and his Rick Paya Motorsports team claimed the title in the 2011 pit stop contest.
·       47 ACT Late Model Tour cars attended practice at Thunder Road following the annual car show parade up Quarry Hill.
·       The fast times of the day were in the 13.2’s and 13.3’s. Much like the Lee USA Speedway practice a couple of weeks ago, a wide range of cars managed to hit that range at some point during the day. In no particular order Randy Potter, Jimmy Hebert, Scott Luce, Matt White, Brian Hoar, Cody Blake, Phil Scott, Nick Sweet, John Donahue, Quinny Welch, Dave Pembroke, Cris Michaud, Joey Laquerre, Jean-Paul Cyr, Brent Dragon, Jamie Fisher, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. all managed to hit that range.
·       There were no major accidents during the day’s practice and all the teams are expected to be back for tomorrow’s running of the 13th Annual Merchants Bank 150.
·       Class day festivities begin at 1:00pm with the first ACT Late Model Tour heat race set to roll at 1:30pm. The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Junkyard Warriors will make for a full card of racing.

Merchants Bank 150
THUNDER ROAD REGULARS DEFEND TURF IN
MERCHANTS BANK 150
 
 
The 13th annual Merchants Bank 150 will open the new season at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday, May 1, 2011. There is no track on the American Canadian Tour (ACT) schedule that presents a bigger challenge to the ACT regular touring teams than Thunder Road and its regular teams. As many as eight (8) former Thunder Road “King of the Road” champions are expected to be at the opening event.
 
Defending ACT Champion and 2011 point leader coming out of the opening event at Lee USA Speedway, Brian Hoar said, “I have had some pretty good success over the years at Thunder Road, I even won the King of the Road title in 1999, but that seems like a long, long time ago.”
 

 “When you have to compete against the kind of talent we have on the Tour this year with guys like Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), John Donahue, Randy Potter, Brent Dragon, Joey Laquerre and a whole lot of others, and then you add in Thunder Road champions like Nick Sweet (defending Champion), two three-time champions: Phil Scott and Cris Michaud, guys like Fisher, Pembroke and Whitcomb, just to name a few, it really is mindboggling. I love the competition, and this is about as good as it gets in short track racing,” concluded an excited Hoar.


ACT Contingencies
Bassett, Five-Star, Racing Electronics and Race Basics Continue ACT Contingency Programs in 2011
The American Canadian Tour will continue contingency programs from Bassett Race Wheels, Five-Star Race Car Bodies, Racing Electronics and Race Basics Chassis for the 2011 season. These four companies provide product certificates for each event on the ACT Late Model Tour and the Série Castrol Edge, as well as contribute to the yearly point funds.
Five-Star Race Car Bodies of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin has been working with ACT the longest of the four companies. They started their program with ACT in 1991 and they’ve signed on through the 2013 season. Along with certificates for body parts for each ACT event they also raffle off a certificate for a full body at the annual Banquet of Champions held each January.
Concord, North Carolina’s Racing Electronics has been a part of the ACT contingency program since 1992. Not only do they supply certificates at each ACT event, they are also the official radio supplier for the ACT Tour, Série Castrol Edge, and Thunder Road. They supply many of the ACT Late Model teams with their radio needs and attend several events each season with technical support
Bassett Race Wheels of Burlington, Wisconsin has signed on for their 13th season with ACT. For over 40 years the company has been building the strongest, lightest, and truest steel racing wheels. Drivers finishing in the runner-up position at each event in 2011 will receive certificates for Bassett wheels.