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2011 ACT Racing Guide
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The 2011 Racing Guide includes stats for the ACT Late Model Tour from 1992 to 2010, the Série ACT Castrol Edge from 2005 to 2010 and the former ACT Pro Stock Tour from 1979 to 1995 plus over 100 pictures.
Find season reviews for the 2010 ACT Tour and Série ACT Castrol Edge Champions and Rookie of the Years as well as 2010 point standings including total money earned. Also included are all 2010 race reports.
Stats consist of speedway records for every track the ACT Tour and Série ACT Castrol Edge have competed on; champions, rookies, special award winners and the top ten in points for each season; race winners; cumulative driver records; season and career records (most wins, most laps led, etc.) and driver profiles.

2011 ACT Tour
Sophomore Drivers Babb and Theriault Ready for 2011 ACT
After competing in one of the closest Rookie of the Year battles in American Canadian Tour (ACT) history, Windham, Maine’s Brad Babb and Fort Kent, Maine’s Austin Theriault are ready for 2011. The two finished just three points apart in the 2010 Rookie of the Year standings.
Babb came out on top of the standings and claimed the 2010 ACT Rookie of the Year honors after capturing his first career top five in the season finale at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl. With the help of his crew chief and father, Bobby, a former ACT competitor, he also earned an impressive sixth place in the 2010 ACT standings.
Babb is in his senior year of high school, but has made time to work for his father’s logging company, snowmobile and prepare the car over the winter months. “We only have a couple small things left. If Lee (the 2011 season opener) was next week we’d be ready,” said Babb.

Curley's Corner - February 2011
February 2011
CURLEY’S CORNER
 
What a great race event the Goodyear Speedweek Cup at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida was last week. The reaction from the wonderful northern fans who went to Florida to support the show and the remarkable effort the very ‘mixed’ group of ACT competitors put on for two nights was nothing short of exceptional.
 
What was most interesting was there were two very different races on each night, but both were equally entertaining. Sunday we had a classic battle for the win between breakaway stars Joey Pole and Patrick Laperle (both of whom had run New Smyrna before and it showed). That race could have gone either way. Equally competitive was a group of 6 or 7 teams racing together in the top 10, side-by-side for what seemed like the full 100 laps. It was a great first effort. Monday was one of the best races we have seen in years. The inversion and a race under their belts brought a whole bunch of people out to race. There was not much question that Joey and Patrick were going to have their hands full, and they did. Great performances by ACT Champ Brian Hoar, Mark Lamberton, Jonathan Urlin, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., and Patrick Hamel.

Goodyear Speedweeks Cup Success
ACT NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY SPEEDWEEKS VISIT A SUCCESS
       
The 28 teams and officials of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) who participated last Sunday and Monday nights in 100 lap events at the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) in Florida, universally gave a resounding ‘thumbs up’ to the experience.
 
The $35,000.00 inaugural Goodyear Speedweek Cup saw twenty eight (28) American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams from throughout the Northeastern United States and two Provinces of Quebec and Ontario present what many determined to be the most competitive events in years.
 
“The strong car count and the ACT rules package really provided an outstanding couple of 100 lap events,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour. “The “northern style” heats, double file restarts, and inversion of the field for the finale was met with lots of enthusiasm by fans in the stands and from lots of other racers in the pits. We were certainly a bit nervous taking on this project, but the teams should all be proud of their results. Both 100 lappers had great racing from first down through the field and the teams should be proud of their effort,” Curley concluded.

Goodyear Speedweeks Cup
Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Claims Goodyear Speedweeks Cup Title
Brian Hoar Wins Second 100 Lap Event
Hudson, New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. worked his way through heavy traffic from his 18th starting position to finish 5th in the second round of the Goodyear Speedweeks Cup at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Florida on Monday, February 14. The fifth place effort along with his win in Sunday’s 100 lapper earned him the low score of six points, just edging out seven-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar who earned seven points in the Goodyear Speedweeks Cup standings.
Hoar of Williston, Vermont took the win in Monday night’s feature after starting 13th. Mark Lamberton of Mooers Forks, New York used a second place effort to claim third in the overall standings. In the final 100 lapper Jonathan Urlin of London, Ontario, Lee USA Speedway Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, New Hampshire, and Polewarczyk completed the top five. Quebec’s Patrick Hamel, Massachusetts Eddie MacDonald, Quebecers Karl Allard and Patrick Laperle and Florida’s Pete Potvin rounded out the top ten.
The early stages of the event saw Goodyear Speedweeks Cup Standing leaders Polewarczyk, Laperle, Quebec’s Alex Labbé, Lamberton and Helliwell battle their way to the front. The outside groove appeared to be the fast lane as they worked their way to the front. Labbé fell out of contention after bouncing off the wall about midway through the event and lost a lap on pit road. Laperle made a pit stop for an adjustment while running in the top ten after the halfway mark and couldn’t make it back to the front.

Goodyear Speedweeks Cup Night 1
Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Takes Goodyear Speedweeks Cup Win on ACT’s First Night at New Smyrna Speedway
Hudson, New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. continued his hot streak on the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) with a win in Sunday’s Goodyear Speedweeks Cup feature at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Florida. Polewarczyk had to hold off St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle for the win.
After starting on the outside pole, Polewarczyk quickly jumped out to a large lead, while Laperle worked his way through the field from his ninth place starting position. A caution on lap 34 gave Laperle his first shot at Polewarczyk. The two battled for the lead before another caution came out on lap 41 for a hard hit into the front stretch wall by East Montpelier, Vermont’s Joey Laquerre.
Polewarczyk gained the advantage in the outside lane on the restart to claim the lead. The two would swap it again before Polewarczyk took over for good on lap 60. Laperle would get to the rear bumper of Polewarczyk several times as they worked their way through lap traffic in the final 40 laps.
Polewarczyk and Laperle were followed by Quebec’s Alex Labbe coming all the way from the 14th starting position. New Hampshire’s Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and New York’s Mark Lamberton completed the top five. Seven-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vermont took sixth followed by Massachusett’s Eddie MacDonald, Quebec’s Karl Allard, Ontario’s Jonathan Urlin and two-time Série Castrol Edge Champion Donald Theetge of Quebec completed the top ten.

Goodyear Speedweeks Cup
ACT VETERAN CHAMPIONS WILL BE CHALLENGED AT NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY
 
Veterans of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) will find plenty of eager young and veteran talent to challenge them at the inaugural Goodyear Speedweeks Cup event to be held at the New Smyrna Speedway during the upcoming World Series of Asphalt Stock Car racing this month.
 
Past American Canadian Tour Champions, Brian Hoar from Williston, VT, Karl Allard, Ste Felicien, QC, Donald Theetge, Quebec City, QC and Patrick Laperle from Ste-Denis sur Richeleau, west of Montreal, have all won multiple championships during their successful careers.
 
Hoar is a seven time and defending ACT Champion. He has been winning races at all levels of competition for nearly 20 years. After winning five ACT Late Model championships between 1993 and 2000, he moved over to the former NASCAR Busch East division. He became a top competitor, won Rookie of the year in 2001, a Busch East race at Thunder Road Speedbowl in ’03, and the yearly track championship at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2006.

Goodyear Speedweeks Cup
SQUIER AND MOODY TO CALL NEW SMYRNA ACT WORLD SERIES EVENTS
 
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that Motorsports Hall of Famer and former CBS Senior Motorsports Editor Ken Squier will join Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius Radio host Dave Moody at the ACT Goodyear Speedweeks Cup events in Florida next month.
 
Squier, founder and co-owner of Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT has been synonymous with Daytona Speedweeks since the 1960’s. He was the public address announcer for many years, beginning in 1965, co-founded the Motor Racing Network, and he may be most recognized as the person most responsible in brokering the 1979 CBS television network first ever live four-hour broadcast of the Daytona 500 between the network, the Daytona Int’l Speedway and NASCAR. Squier still is active in short track racing and many nights will be behind the microphone at the Thursday night weekly races at Thunder Road. He shared the radio broadcast duties with Dave Moody at the first ACT Invitational held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2009. Squier will continue his work with Speed Channel next month, bringing historic insights to viewers throughout the 2011 Speedweek events at Daytona. He will also call the first-ever ACT event at the New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday night, February 13, 2011.

Banquet of Champions
Brian Hoar and Nick Sweet Take Top Honors at ACT/Thunder Road Banquet of Champions
Seven-time American Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion Brian Hoar of Williston was honored for his 2011 ACT Late Model Tour stock car championship on Saturday, January 22 at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. Hoar earned three wins and never finished outside the top ten in the 13 event 2011 season. The championship was his second in a row with car owner and crew chief Rick Paya, who also has seven career titles as a crew chief and owner. Over 400 team, fans and officials were in attendance to help celebrate the team’s championship, which included a $10,000 point fund check. The team earned over $30,000 for their efforts in 2010.
The 42nd Annual MacTavish Award was given to two-time Série ACT Castrol Edge Champion Donald Theetge of Boischatel, Quebec for his dedication to Northeast stock car racing and ACT for over two decades. The prestigious MacTavish Award is named for legendary New England racer Don MacTavish who was killed in 1969 while racing at Daytona International Speedway. Theetge began racing with ACT in 1988 on the former Pro Stock Tour and has been one of the most skilled and respected drivers in the Northeast and Quebec ever since. He accepted the award at the 2010 Série ACT Castrol Edge Banquet of Champions in Quebec City, Quebec on Saturday, January 15.
The 2010 Thunder Road International Speedbowl Late Model Championship honors went to hometown favorite Nick Sweet of Barre. Sweet earned the “King of the Road” title in just his third season of Late Model competition. The 2008 ACT Late Model Tour Rookie of the Year and former Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Champion returned to his hometrack and finished sixth in 2009. During his 2010 Championship run, he won two of the biggest events of the season in the opening day Merchants Bank 150 and the Carquest Governor’s Cup 100. In one of the closest battles in Thunder Road history, Sweet edged out runner-up Dave Pembroke and third place finisher Lt. Governor Phil Scott for the title.

ACT/Thunder Road Banquet of Champions
ACT/Thunder Road Announces Nominees for Special Awards at 2010 Banquet of Champions
The American Candian Tour (ACT) and Thunder Road International Speedbowl have announced the nominees for the special awards to be handed out this Saturday, January 22 during the 2010 Banquet of Champions ceremony at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. Over 400 teams, fans and officials will be in attendance for the celebration.
As in years past, the Most Improved Driver Award and the Sportsmanship Award winners will be selected by votes from their fellow drivers and ACT/Thunder Road officials. The top four nominees for each award have been determined. Also the top five finalists for the Dr. Gordon R. “Doc” Nielsen Rookie Award have been selected.
The “Doc” Nielsen Rookie Award is presented to the most outstanding rookie competitor each year. Past winners include Thunder Road Late Model Champions Jamie Fisher and Nick Sweet, as well as former Street Stock Champion and current Tiger Sportsmen competitor Bobby Therrien.
This year’s finalists include ACT Late Model Tour Rookie of the Year Brad Babb of Windham, Maine, and fellow ACT rookie Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine. All three Thunder Road Rookie of the Year winners have also been nominated. Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and former Street Stock Champion Jason Corliss of Danville, is joined by Street Stocker Thomas Placey of Bradford, and in the Late Models second generation driver from Barre, Cody Blake.