ACT International 300 Returns

ACT International 300 Returns to Airborne Speedway 

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the second edition of the International 300 stock car race to be held at the Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.  Sunday, July 20 is the date that has been set for the second edition of the biggest seasonal short track event for the popular ACT Late Models from both the United States and Canada. The event will pay $25,000.00 to the winner of the unique “Milk Bowl” style event. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) is the reigning champion.

“It was really amazing to pull off that win a year ago at Airborne.  I feel lucky to be the winner of a Thunder Road Milk Bowl and a Governor’s Cup, an Oxford 250, and this new International race at Airborne. The track races great with the ACT Late Model cars, it’s fast, wide, and very racy. No question that first place also pays well,” said a smiling Joey Pole.

There will be some changes to the format in 2014. The event will retain the traditional three segments which crown the overall winner, but the segments will be shortened to 50 in the first segment and 75 in both the second and third segments. The overall low score will win the $25,000.00, plus lap money.

ACT Announced $100,000 Point Funds

ACT Announced $100,000 Point Funds

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) today announced 2014 point funds for its two touring series, the ACT US and the Série ACT in Quebec, and Thunder Road International Speedbowl, that will total over one hundred and three thousand dollars ($103,000.00) to the competitors of ACT.

“We believe that the difficult recessionary times are behind us and we are looking forward to both our touring events in the US and Canada, as well as what is shaping up to be one of the most interesting weekly programs at Thunder Road that we have seen since the inception of the ACT crate motor program back in 1999,” said Tom Curley, President of ACT.

 The first three ACT US races have resulted in three different winners and large fields of race teams have provided great racing action. ACT Canada begins their title run Saturday, May 24 at the Autodrome Ste Eustache in Quebec. Thunder Road’s regular point season opens with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 25.

VT State Late Model Championship

Memorial Day Classic Starts Vermont State LM Championship

 The Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic will open the third annual Vermont State Late Model Championship Series this Sunday, May 25th at Thunder Road. The series was started when Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, Vermont introduced the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model division weekly to its new asphalt surface in 2012.

“Thunder Road and Devil’s Bowl officials have worked with the ACT office to create this partnership, and the racing has been spectacular at both tracks,” said Tom Curley, President of ACT and promoter at Thunder Road. “Having two very different asphalt tracks competing in Vermont with the high-banked Thunder Road and the very fast, relatively flat, half mile at Devil’s Bowl, has really allowed competitors from both tracks to have a unique racing experience in this State series. The big winners have been the fans as the point battles during the first two years have been outstanding,” concluded Curley.

Parent Wins at Airborne

Ray Parent Battles to ACT Airborne Win

Rhode Island’s Ray Parent battled through an intense final six laps to claim his first career American Canadian Tour point counting event victory in the Airborne 100 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, May 17. Parent edged Quebec’s Jonathan Bouvrette by half a car length at the checkered flag and New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. took third. It was the ACT Late Model Tour’s 250th event since its inception in 1992.

Parent started on the pole of the 100 lap event after earning a plus three on his way to his heat race win. He led through the first caution of the event on lap six, but relinquished the lead to Bobby Therrien following the ensuing restart. Several laps later Parent returned to the point and built a giant lead over an 88 lap green flag run. It looked like Parent would ride to an easy win before the second caution flag flew on lap 94.

ACT Heads to Airborne

Airborne Park Speedway to Host ACT 100

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will head for one of their favorite tracks, Airborne Speedway, on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The fast, progressively banked one-half mile speedplant has seen some of the most competitive events in the long history of ACT racing.

 “It’s just one of those tracks that you love to race at. Of course, I love it since I won the $25,000 in the ACT International last year. This race will be different than the International with the three segments, or the 200-lap traditional Fall Foliage that we run at Airborne. It is longer in length than most of our short tracks, but it is also faster and things can happen pretty quickly,” said Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, New Hampshire. Pole currently sits in third place, just 16 points from leading the points race.

ACT Late Models 250th Event

ACT Late Models Reach 250th Event
Pays Out over $5.5 Million

The American Canadian Tour will reach a milestone when the Late Model Tour rolls into Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY next Sunday, May 17. It will be the 250th point counting event for the ACT Late Models, which began touring back in 1992. Also with the completion of the Airborne event, the American Canadian Tour will have paid out over $5.5 Million to the Late Model teams.

Over the past 23 seasons and now 249 events, the Late Models have moved from the shadows of the former ACT Pro Stocks, to the premier stock car touring series in the Northeast.

The first ever ACT Late Model event was held at Sanair Super Speedway in St-Pie, QC on April 26, 1992. Norm Andrews of Northfield, VT bested the 26 car field in the 25 lap event. He was the first of what has now become 69 different ACT Late Model feature winners.

ACT Spring Green Make-Up Date Announced

ACT Spring Green Make-Up Date Announced

A make-up date for the ACT Spring Green 114 has been announced by Devil’s Bowl Speedway Management. The event will now be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15. The event was originally scheduled for last Sunday, May 4 but postponed due to saturated grounds and continuing rainy weather.

The event now becomes the 5th on the nine race 2014 ACT schedule. Current ACT point leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr. will attempt to make history with his fourth straight ACT win at the ½ mile speedway. It will be no easy task as he will have to battle the likes of Jimmy Hebert, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Emily Packard and Ray Parent, who are all off to a great start so far this season and hungry for their first Devil’s Bowl win.

POSTPONED: ACT Spring Green at Devil's Bowl

ACT Spring Green at Devil’s Bowl Postponed

Devil’s Bowl Management has announced the postponement of the ACT Spring Green 114 originally scheduled for this Sunday, May 4 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The event has been postponed due to saturated grounds and unfavorable forecasts for this weekend.

The event will be rescheduled for a later date that will be announced as soon as it has been determined.

The American Canadian Tour heads next to Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh on Saturday, May 17 for a 100 lap event. It has now become the third event on the nine race 2014 ACT Schedule.

ACT Spring Green 114

Helliwell Leads ACT to Devil’s Bowl

Two-time and defending American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH finds himself atop the ACT Standings as the Tour heads into its third event of the season, the Spring Green 114 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this Sunday, May 4. Helliwell is fresh off a $5,000 victory at Thunder Road last weekend and headed to one of his favrite tracks on the ACT schedule, the ½-mile Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

Helliwell claimed his first career ACT victory during the 2012 running of the Spring Green event at Devil’s Bowl. He then scored both ACT wins at the speedway last season, including the Spring Green 113 by a nose over eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar. All three wins helped him on his way to back-to-back ACT Championships.

16th Merchants Bank 150

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Wheels His Way to Merchants Bank Win

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH used a cross over move on Jimmy Hebert with about 15 laps to go to claim his first career Thunder Road win in the 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 27. Hebert held on for second while 17 year old Emily Packard came home third.

Hebert led for the majority of the event after taking the lead on lap 26 from his third place starting position. He held off two former Thunder Road Late Model Champions in Nick Sweet and Derrick O’Donnell in a fierce battle, while protecting the low lane. With just under 20 laps to go, Sweet and O’Donnell made hard contact on the backstretch, bringing out the ninth caution of the event. Sweet would be done to the day with front end damage, while O’Donnell returned after changing a flat.