ACT Returns to Riverside Speedway This Weekend

ACT Returns to Riverside Speedway This Weekend

The American Canadian Tour will return to Groveton, NH’s Riverside Speedway this Sunday, June 2nd for the Bond Auto ACT 150.  It will be the first ACT race at the quarter-mile track since 2004.

With point leader Brian Hoar’s plans to run a limited schedule in 2013, the door has swung wide open this weekend at Riverside for ACT’s top talents.  Sophomore driver Jimmy Hebert has come out of the gate on fire, sitting second in the overall points coming into his first Late Model appearance at Riverside Speedway.  Reigning Series Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr., who won the first Clash of the Titans 150 held at the speedway in 2009, will attempt to erase the 15-point deficit between himself and the upstart Hebert. 

Serie ACT to Open This Saturday at St Eustache

Série ACT to Open This Saturday at St Eustache 

After a rainout last weekend at Autodrome Montmagny, Série ACT will get underway this Saturday, June 1 with the season opening event at Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, QC. 

Autodrome St Eustache most recently hosted a season opening event for the series in 2010, and will serve as the kickoff to an 11-race schedule in 2013.  Série ACT underwent major improvements in the offseason, putting up over $400,000 in purse money, including an $80,000 point fund and $70,000 in tire bonus money for teams who participate in all the Série ACT events.  It is the largest purse in series history.

Reserve Tickets Go On Sale for ACT International 500

Reserve Tickets Go On Sale for ACT International 500 

Reserved-seat tickets for the American Canadian Tour Inaugural International 500 stock car race at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Speedway on Sunday, July 21 are now available to buy at ACT’s Waterbury, VT Office.

Reserve-seat tickets are $40 each and will claim a spot in one of the top five rows in Airborne Speedway’s East and West Grandstands for the Sunday, July 21 main event.  The $40 covers the reservation of the seat, and admission for Sunday’s events.  More information on advance general admission tickets will be out in the coming weeks.

Thunder Road to Host NASCAR Star

Thunder Road to Host NASCAR Star

Clint Bowyer to Race in VT Lottery Commission Governor’s Cup 

Thunder Road officials announced this morning that NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer will be participating in the Vermont Lottery Commission Governor’s Cup at Barre VT’s Thunder Road on Thursday, July 11. 

Bowyer, who currently sits fourth overall on the Sprint Cup Series, will pilot a Crazy Horse racing Toyota Camry in the 150-lap event.  His car will be painted to match his #15 Michael Waltrip racing ride that he currently drives in NASCAR’s top division.

“I think Clint Bowyer is about as ‘old school’ a racer as NASCAR has,’” said long-time Thunder Road Promoter Tom Curley.  “To have guys like Tony Stewart and now Bowyer come to the Governor’s Cup race at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” is a great thing for our fans and teams at Thunder Road,” he finished. 

Serie ACT 100 at Montmagny Postponed

Série ACT 100 at Montmagny Postponed

The ACT 100 at Autodrome Montmagny in Montmagny, QC scheduled for Saturday, May 25 has been postponed due to weather. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 27th. 

The race scheduled for Saturday would have been the season opener for the Série ACT, kicking off an 11-race championship chase with unprecedented money on the line.  The series came to the track three times in 2012, seeing former Champions Karl Allard, Patrick Laperle, and 2013 title favorite Jean-Francois Dery take victories.

The Serie ACT season opener now becomes the St-Eustache 100 at Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday, June 1.

Thunder Road's Memorial Day Classic Postponed

Thunder Road’s Memorial Day Classic Postponed

The 51st Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic at Barre’s Thunder Road scheduled for Sunday, May 26 has been postponed to Monday, May 27 for a Memorial Day special due to inclement weather.

The Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic will serve as the first race of the Vermont State Championship Series as well as the first point-counting event for the King of the Road Title at Thunder Road.  The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will continue their point battles, along with a special first-time appearance from the Devil’s Bowl Dirt Modifieds. 

Camping will still be allowed at Thunder Road for the weekend, starting at noon on Friday, May 24.

Post time will be 1:30pm for The 51st Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Monday, May 27. 

Thunder Road Practice Cancelled

Thunder Road Practice Cancelled 

An all division practice at Barre’s Thunder Road scheduled for Wednesday evening (May 22) has been canceled due to impending weather. 

The practice was schedule for Wednesday in preparation for the 51st Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic, which is slated to run this Sunday, May 26.  The annual event will begin the title chase for the Late Model King of the Road, as well as continue the point battle for the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stocks.  It is also the first race of the four-race Vermont State Championship Series, and will include a special first appearance from the Devil’s Bowl Dirt Modified division.

Post time for the event will be 1:30pm.  Pits will open at 8am. Front gate will be open at 10am.  Adult admission will be $15, children 12 and under $3, and a family of four will be $30. 

Hoar Takes Over ACT Point Lead

Hoar Takes Over ACT Point Lead

Hebert Penalized for Post Race Technical Infraction 

After Saturday’s ACT 100 at Airborne Speedway, eight-time American Canadian Tour Stock Car Champion Brian Hoar has moved into the championship points lead with four events complete. 

Hoar took the point lead after second-place finisher Jimmy Hebert suffered a post race technical infraction on Saturday night.  Repairs made to Hebert’s damaged race car after a heat-race altercation with another competitor caused the rear end to shift.  This resulted in a left side weight infraction in technical inspection following the feature race.  The team was issued a $500 fine and was docked 12 championship points.  Hebert remains second in the overall standings, just 11 points out of the lead.

Another Photo Finish: Hoar Wins

Another Photo Finish: Hoar Wins

Two weeks ago at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Eight-time American Canadian Tour Stock Car Champion Brian Hoar lost the race by .027 of a second – the closest margin of victory in ACT history.  The ACT 100 at Airborne Speedway on Saturday, May 18 was decided by nearly the exact same margin, but this time it was all Hoar, earning the victory with an epic last lap pass of ACT Point Leader Jimmy Hebert, leaving rival Wayne Helliwell, Jr. to round out the podium in third.

In the early going, Hebert muscled by polesitter Eric Chase in the outside lane to gain the lead, bringing Helliwell in tow along with Tiverton, RI’s Ray Parent. The trio split from the field, setting a blistering pace that sent the leaders into lap traffic before lap 30 of the 100-lap event.  Meanwhile, Hoar quietly worked his way from his 13th starting position into the top five. 

Veteran ACT Drivers Look for Edge at Airborne

Veteran ACT Drivers Look for Edge at Airborne 

This Saturday, May 18 the American Canadian Tour will head to Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Speedway for the ACT 100: a race that will pit an experienced veteran class against ACT’s latest youth movement. 

Point leader Jimmy Hebert and fourth-place point man Ray Parent will make just their second trip to Airborne Speedway in their ACT careers, but both earned top ten finishes when they debuted at the track in last year’s season finale.  They make their return in brand new cars in 2013, and look to continue the hottest start of their ACT careers.

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