Ford Blue Oval Cup Challenge

Ford Blue Oval Challenge Has Lots Of New Competition

The Ford Blue Oval Challenge for ACT Late Model teams will see some administrative changes and a whole lot more competition in the upcoming 2011 race season.
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) and Ford Sportsman Circle Track Racing, a division of Ford Racing, announced today the second year of the “Blue Oval Challenge” for the Ford competitors racing in ACT events or at ACT affiliated Late Model tracks.
“A year ago we designed the Ford Blue Oval Cup program to make sure we covered all the ACT touring events, special events, and the affiliate tracks throughout the Northeast and Provinces of Canada. The events at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida provided a great start to the 2011 season, and needless to say, Ford was delighted that Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) won the Goodyear Cup driving a Ford,” said Mike Delahanty, Program Manager-Sportsman Circle Track Racing for the Ford Racing Technology Division of Ford Racing.
The popularity of the Ford program will be in evidence throughout the region with the start of the coming season. The number of Ford teams to compete in ACT racing this coming year has more than doubled.


ACT Tour
West Warwick, R.I. (March, 2011) - AMTROL, has reached an agreement with Rayline Racing to sponsor the AMTROL #17 car, driven by Ray Parent of Tiverton, Rhode Island. Parent and the AMTROL #17 car will compete in 16 race events on the American Canadian Tour (ACT), with stops throughout the Northeast, including the world class New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. “We are really excited to be able to open up some partnership opportunities for AMTROL through the ACT network. I am proud to be driving the AMTROL #17 car and we are looking forward to a very successful 2011 season”, said Parent.

“This is an exciting initiative for AMTROL which will give us an opportunity to promote the AMTROL brand around the many racing events throughout the year and we are looking forward to seeing the #17 car in action on the very competitive ACT circuit”, said John Cooper, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AMTROL.

ACT/Thunder Road Picture Draw
ATTENTION ALL ACT AND THUNDER ROAD DRIVERS: Due to the success of the Late Model “Picture Draw,” we are now expanding the contest. The ACT Late Model division will now also have a draw for two (2) tires at the Série Castrol Edge season opener at Autodrome Chaudiere. The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Junkyard Warriors will be included with a draw of their own on Merchants Bank opening weekend at Thunder Road, with an award of 2 tires for the Tigers and 2 tires for the Street Stocks/Warriors.
Send us a picture of your car as it currently looks (completed or in progress) and you will automatically be entered into a draw for two (2) Goodyear tires. Late Model draws will be held at the 2011 season opening NH Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway (Lee, NH) on Sunday, April 17, the Merchant’s Bank 150 season opener at Thunder Road (Barre, VT) on Sunday, May 1 and the Série Castrol Edge season opener at Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, May 21.
The Bond Auto Tigers Sportsman draw and the Street Stock/Junkyard Warrior draw will be at the Merchant’s Bank season opener on Sunday, May 1.
Email the picture to along with your name, hometown and car number by Wednesday, April 6th (extended from previous Late Model deadline). All pictures will be posted on or
To be eligible for the draw you must attend and attempt to qualify at Lee USA Speedway, Thunder Road or Autodrome Chaudiere. These are separate draws and you’re only eligible for each event in which you attend and attempt to qualify. One picture submission enters you for all applicable draws if you attend the events.

ACT Late Model Tour Season Opener
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will open the 2011 season at the Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 17, 2011 with many new faces in the pits.
Two veteran Oxford Plains Speedway competitors plan to start their 2011 ACT seasons at Lee. Shane Green, South Paris, ME will drive the Geoffrey Low entry, and Dennis Spencer from Oxford, ME both have a lot of experience with ACT racing. Oxford Plains has presented 22 ACT Late Model races, plus four non-point TD Bank Oxford 250s. Both drivers have participated in most of those events and Spencer participated in the second annual ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) last September.
A long-time competitor from Massachusetts will make his first point race starts at the opening event in 2011. Peter Yetman, Peru, MA had a solid first time ACT outing at the recent New Smyrna Speedway in Florida this past February. Yetman was introduced to ACT racing by third-year competitor Jeff Zuidema. After making the trip to Florida this past February, Yetman told the staff at ACT, “I am friends with Jeff and he told me that racing with the group from ACT was respectful and a lot of fun. He and I raced at the Thompson Speedway together, and he was right about the racing in ACT. Florida was a great trip and I am anxious to start the season at Lee USA.”

2011 Serie Castrol Edge
Autodrome St-Eustache and Autodrome Chaudière Swap Opening Dates
American Canadian Tour (ACT) officials announced today the 2011 Série Castrol Edge season opener on Saturday, May 21 has been changed from Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, Quebec, to the 1/3 mile Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jonction, Quebec. The 100 lap St-Eustache event has been moved to Saturday, June 4.
The two speedways agreed to switch their opening Série Castrol Edge dates last week. It will be the first time since 2007 that the Série Castrol Edge season opener will not be held at the fast ½ mile of Autodrome St-Eustache. Autodrome Chaudière will hold the opener for the first time in Série Castrol Edge history as part of their 20th season celebration. Both tracks have three ACT events scheduled for the 2011 season including the Showdown at Chaudière all-star event in September.

2011 ACT Racing Guide
2011 American Canadian Tour Racing Guides Still Available
Can’t get in the racing frame of mind with all this snow? Get ready for the 2011 American Canadian Tour season opener on Sunday, April 17 at Lee USA Speedway with the 2011 ACT Racing Guide available now for just $10.
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
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
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.