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ACT Driver of the Day - Bobby Therrien

ACT Driver of the Day: Bobby Therrien

Therrien added the 2013 ACT US Rookie of the Year Title to his list of accomplishments which includes championships in the Tiger Sportsmen and Street Stock ranks at his home track of Thunder Road.

On his way to the Rookie of the Year title, Therrien put together one of the most successful rookie seasons in the history of ACT, and also finished 4th in the final standings. He pocketed over $16,000 for the season.

With just one career ACT start before the season, Therrien claimed his first career top five in the second event of the year. He proved it wasn’t a fluke by racking up eight top tens on the season, including his first career win. That win came in dominant fashion as he led all but two of the 150 laps at White Mountain. Therrien is one of just four drivers to claim an ACT feature win during their rookie season.

2013 Stats – 5th Place
Starts – 14
Wins – 1
Top 5s – 4
Top 10s – 8
Avg. Fin. – 10.4


ACT Driver of the Day: Ben Lynch

ACT Driver of the Day: Ben Lynch

Lynch, a New Hampshire native that spends his winters at school in North Carolina, competed full-time on the ACT Tour for the first time in 2013. He completed all but five laps run on the tour and was one of just three teams to finish all 14 events on the year. He turned a lot of heads with an impressive season on his way to 5th in the final ACT standings. In the second half of the season, he finished the final eight races of the year with six top tens. He gained valuable experience this season and it will be entertaining to watch him put it to use in 2014.

2013 Stats – 5th Place
Starts – 14
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 0
Top 10s – 8
Avg. Fin. – 10.8


ACT Driver of the Day - Etienne Cliche

ACT Driver of the Day: Etienne Cliche

Etienne Cliche followed up his 2012 Rookie of the Year season on the Série ACT with an outstanding performance in 2013. He claimed his first career top ten finish in the final standings with a 6th place effort. He also scored his first three top five finishes. He finished fifth at his home track of Autodrome Chaudiere, as well as Autodrome Montmagny and Autodrome St-Eustache. Cliche continued to compete with the veterans and keep his car in one piece each and every week.

2013 Stats – 6th Place
Starts – 11
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 3
Top 10s – 9
Avg. Fin. – 8.3


Speed51 Awards

Fan Support Earns ACT and Thunder Road Speed51 Awards
Alan Ward Snaps Best Action Photo of 2013

The American Canadian Tour and Thunder Road earned several awards in the 2013 Speed51 Awards thanks to their diehard fans. The awards included Best Promoter, Best Short Track and Best Action Photo by Thunder Road’s Alan Ward. The annual awards are voted on by fans from across the nation on the premier international stock car racing news website www.speed51.com. Speed51 follows series and tracks from all over the United States and Canada, bringing the latest news and coverage to fans unlike any other site.

ACT and Thunder Road promoter Tom Curley was voted as the best promoter of 2013. He received the award for his continued efforts in developing ACT as one of the premier series in the United States and Canada, and maintaining Thunder Road’s status as one of the top short tracks in the country.

ACT Driver of the Day - Travis Stearns

ACT Driver of the Day: Travis Stearns

Rookie ACT competitor Travis Stearns of Auburn, ME and his new team had one heck of season on their way to 6th place in the final standings. While there were the normal rookie growing pains, Stearns’ season was highlighted by continued improvement. To witness the improvement, look no further than the two events at both Devil’s Bowl and Thunder Road. During the first trips to the two speedways, this rookie finished 22nd at Thunder Road and 24th at Devil’s Bowl. When the tour returned to the tracks during the second half of the season this driver claimed a career high second at Devil’s Bowl before earning his first career ACT win in the Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road. His Labor Day Classic 200 win was a sweet victory for both himself and car owner Richard Green.

2013 Stats – 6th Place
Starts – 14
Wins – 1
Top 5s – 3
Top 10s – 4
Avg. Fin. – 14.1


ACT SERIE QUEBEC ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT CHANGE
ACT SERIE QUEBEC ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT CHANGE

The U.S.-based American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a management change for its Canadian Late Model stock car series, beginning in 2014. Racing Promotion Management, Ltd. (RPM), a Quebec-based company, led by long-time racing enthusiast and promoter Sylvain Brouillette and his partner Jean-François Fredette, will take over the day-to-day promotion, marketing and event responsibilities for the 2014 season.

ACT took over the struggling Series in 2007, and it has turned into the most exciting stock car racing in Quebec, drawing large crowds and crowning notable champions of the Series like Donald Theetge from Quebec City, Patrick Laperle from Montreal, Ste. Felicien’s Karl Allard, and 2013 defending Champion Jean-François Déry from Quebec City.

ACT Driver of the Day - Claude Leclerc

ACT Driver of the Day: Claude Leclerc

Claude Leclerc is a stock car racing legend. He was on the NASCAR North Tour during its first season back in 1979. He competed in each season on the North Tour and then joined ACT during its inaugural season in 1986 through the final Pro Stock season in 1995. After competing in select ACT Late Model events, he joined the Série ACT in its first season back in 2007. The 72 year old has been racing full-time on the series since. Between the North Tour, ACT Pro Stock Tour, ACT Late Model Tour U.S., the Série ACT QC, and ACT special events, Leclerc has now started in 495 feature events and will make his 500th start in 2014. The veteran holds the record for the most career starts on the combined North/ACT Pro Stock Tour with 397 and the record for Série ACT starts with 73. He will be the first driver ever to make his 500th feature start with the ACT organization. During the 2013 season, he proved he still has what it takes and claimed a runner-up finish in the first event of the season at Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, Quebec.

2013 Stats – 7th Place
Starts – 11
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 2
Top 10s – 6
Avg. Fin. – 9.7

ACT Driver of the Day - Ray Parent

ACT Driver of the Day: Ray Parent

In just his third season with the ACT Tour, Ray Parent of Tiverton, RI came out of the gate on fire. He jumped into the title contention by rattling off five top tens in the first five events. He and his Amtrol Ford team remained a threat to win each and every week. For the second season in a row, the 2012 Bond Auto ACT Invitational winner claimed 7th place in the final standings.

2013 Stats – 7th Place
Starts – 12
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 3
Top 10s – 8
Avg. Fin. – 10.3


ACT Driver of the Day: Rowland Robinson, Jr.

ACT Driver of the Day: Rowland Robinson, Jr.

With the help of his family team, Rowland Robinson, Jr. of Steuben, ME claimed 8th place in the 2013 ACT standings. He and his team traveled the farthest to nearly every event on the schedule once again this season. Along the way they continued to reach new heights and accomplish new goals. He earned a top ten in the standings with four top ten finishes, including the first three top fives of his career. In just his second full season on the tour, he pocketed a $1,900 point fund check for his 8th place effort.

2013 Stats – 8th Place
Starts – 14
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 3
Top 10s – 4
Avg. Fin. – 14.7


ACT Driver of the Day: Martin Goulet, Jr.

ACT Driver of the Day: Martin Goulet, Jr.

As the 2013 Série ACT Rookie of the Year and 10th place competitor, Martin Goulet, Jr. of Mascouche, QC showed tremendous improvement throughout his rookie season. With the help of his father as his crew chief, he learned the ropes of ACT Late Model racing and gained valuable experience. His improvement was apparent with the first three top ten finishes of his career. His development into a successful Série ACT competitor will be entertaining to watch in the future.

2013 Stats – 10th Place
Starts – 11
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 0
Top 10s – 3
Avg. Fin. – 14.6