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ACT ALBANY-SARATOGA SEASON OPENER

ACT TEAMS SCRAMBLE TO GET READY FOR OPENER

 

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams are looking forward to opening the season at the newly paved Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY on Sunday, April 25. Many are a little bit anxious, having never seen the new track before. There was plenty of excitement when the announcement came last fall about the track going back to asphalt after over 30 years as a dirt CVRA (Champlain Valley Racing Association) track under the Richards family.

 

“This is not how we expected to make the first trip to the Malta track,” said Joey (Pole) Polewarczyk, Jr., the young racing star from Hudson, NH. “We would have liked to have gotten the Governor’s Cup race in at Lee USA Speedway, but Mother Nature was against us. Lee is definitely where I think I have some kind of advantage, (Pole won the race in 2008 and finished runner-up in 2009), but really, Albany-Saratoga is a place where nobody is going to have an advantage, and that is kind of cool,” concluded Pole.

 

The reports are that only the Burlington, VT-based SD Ireland team of Jamie Fisher, and Twin State regular Aaron Fellows from Claremont, NH have been able to get to the New York track this spring to test and tune. Most race teams like going to a new race facility, and a strong field of traveling teams from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts are expected to start the season at the 4/10th mile speedway. There will also be teams from Ontario, Quebec, and New York.

ACT ALBANY SARATOGA SEASON OPENER

ALBANY-SARATOGA SPEEDWAY TO OPEN THE ACT SEASON

 

The rain postponement at the Lee USA Speedway has opened the door for the first race of the 2010 American Canadian Tour (ACT) season to be held next weekend (April 25) at the Albany Saratoga Speedway located in Malta, New York. The recently paved 4/10-mile speed plant will be the ultimate ‘neutral’ track for the ACT teams. The track changed to asphalt for the 2010 season, after over 35 years as a dirt race track. This will be the first appearance ever for ACT Late Model race teams.

 

“This should be pretty interesting. There are only a couple of teams that have been to Albany-Saratoga testing this Spring, so just about nobody has any real edge going into the first race of the season,” said ACT Director of Competition, Dean Gallison. “With the new asphalt, the experience of these teams as far as set up goes will be more critical than ever. It should be a great show”, concluded Gallison.

FORD BLUE OVAL CUP CHALLENGE

DONAHUE JOINS THE FORD BLUE OVAL CHALLENGE TEAM

 

John Donahue from Graniteville, VT is the latest to join what has become a potent Ford Blue Oval Challenge Team for the 2010 campaign on the American Canadian Tour (ACT). Donahue was the hottest driver during the final half of the 2009 campaign. He is a favorite to contend for the title in 2010.

 

“I have always been a Ford man, and it was driving me crazy hearing about all the good

teams that have gone to a Ford motor program for the coming season,” said team owner Kendall Roberts, from Barre, VT. “Just look at the top teams that are running Fords this year--- Michaud, Pole (Joey Polewarczyk), that guy that won the Lee championship (Wayne Helliwell, Jr.), we raced against him at Groveton and he is a very good racer. I just had to get on the bandwagon. We plan to give Ford and our National Guard Ford Fusion the ACT title in a FORD”, concluded Roberts.  Joey Laquerre, from East Montpelier, Vermont and Glen Luce, from Turner, ME are also part of the Ford program. Both are veteran drivers with multiple championships and wins.


NHMS ACT INVITATIONAL II ANNOUNCEMENT

ACT II INVITATIONAL AT NHMS JUMPS TO 43 STARTERS IN 2010

 

Officials of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) announced today that the starting field for the second edition of the ACT Invitational will be increased from 36 teams last year to 43 teams in 2010. The event is part of a mega triple-header to be held on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the region’s most notable speedway. The Invitational will join NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tour and the Camping World Truck Series to provide the fans with the most exciting triple-header of the year.

 

“The great success we had with the inaugural ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last year has given us the confidence to invite several more teams to make up the starting field for this year’s race”, said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour. “We will soon be announcing another great promotion for all the fans that attend weekly affiliate ACT tracks, and all ACT touring events during the upcoming season,” concluded Curley.

 

The race has been extended to 60 miles for the 2010 version. There will be a mandatory caution flag between lap 28 and 38, if there is no racing caution that occurs during that time frame. Teams will be allowed to pit for adjustments and tires if they choose to pit, but it will not be mandatory. “This format really sounds like a lot of fun. I think it will certainly add some strategy to the race and make for some tough decisions about whether to pit or not,” said Brent Dragon, one of the top contenders for the ACT title in 2010.

MARITIMES ANNOUNCEMENT

CENTRE FOR SPEED IN SHEDIAC TO INTRODUCE ACT LATE MODELS IN 2011

 

The Center for Speed (CFS) in Shediac, New Brunswick announced today that the 2011 season will offer some changes in the type of race divisions that will be offered to Maritime stock car racing teams. The introduction of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model division as a premiere weekly division has generated enthusiasm among many of the top tier CENTRE racers.

 

“The time is right for our race facility and race teams to join forces with what has become the most successful form of weekly and touring racing in the Northeastern United States and in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. We are happy and excited to be the first organization in the Maritimes to introduce this very successful type of Late Model racing to our region,” said Tim Wile, the General Manager of the CENTRE of Speed.

The ACT program has expanded over the past decade to include a dozen weekly tracks and two major touring divisions throughout New England, Quebec, and Ontario. ACT Late Model programs are supported at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine, home of the famous “Oxford 250”; New Hampshire tracks:  White Mountain, Twin State, Lee USA, Canaan Speedway; Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts, and Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut. Thunder Road Speedbowl in Vermont is the home of the ACT Late Model division, and Capital City in Ottawa, along with Kawartha Speedway in Ontario, also are affiliate tracks of the ACT program. The American Canadian Tour in the United States and the ACT Castrol Series in Quebec and Ontario are two of the most successful traveling tours in the Northeast.


LEE SEASON OPENER

LEE USA LATE MODEL TEAMS READY FOR ACT OPENER

 

Opening season excitement returns to Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 18, 2010. The traditional opening event of the race season for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) at Lee USA presents a special challenge for the ACT teams. The New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 used to have a decided edge to the touring teams, but not anymore.

 

“The Lee Late Model teams have come a long way over the past several years in gaining experience in long distance races. When you combine that with the ‘home track’ advantage, there are always some Lee teams that challenge for good finishes in the opening event,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, which opens its 25th season of sanctioning races throughout the Northeast and Canada on April 18th at Lee, NH.

 

2009 Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. from Dracut, MA will be driving the Bruce Bernhardt Ford and will lead the Lee contingent at the opening event. Other Lee regulars expected to make a run for the NH Governor’s Cup are former champion JR Baril, Bryan Kruczek, and former winner on the ACT at Canaan Fair Speedway in 2005, AJ Begin from Merrimac, MA.

ACT 25th Season Rookies

ACT Tour Sees Invasion of Teenage Rookies

The 2010 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Rookie of the Year (ROTY) battle is shaping up to be one of the best in recent history. ACT will see six drivers competing for the 2010 ROTY honors, including four teenagers with a combined three career ACT starts.

The eldest of the teenage group is 18 year old Dave Farrington, Jr. of Jay, ME. Farrington, a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of

Maine-Orono, finished 8th in the Pro Stock standings at Wiscasset (ME) Speedway, but has never made an ACT Tour start.

Brad Babb of Windham, ME has the best career ACT Tour finish of the ROTY contenders after finishing 6th in the 2009 season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway (Oxford, ME). It is the only ACT start for the 17 year old to date. Babb earned the 2009 Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (BRMS) Rookie of the Year title and finished sixth in the final Pro Series point standings. He also has the advantage of looking to his father, Bobby, who is a muli-time BRMS track champion.

AUTISM FUNDRAISER
  ACT Drivers Support Autism Puzzle Foundation

Star drivers from the American Canadian Tour (ACT) and Thunder Road International Speedbowl will be on hand to support the 5th Annual Autism Puzzle Foundation Casino Night and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 10 at the Barre Auditorium in Barre, VT.

The night begins with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by casino games (Craps, Roulette and Black Jack) as well as a silent auction with over 150 items up for bid. ACT and Thunder Road drivers Brian Hoar, Phil Scott, Jean-Paul Cyr, Dave Pembroke, John Donahue, Nick Sweet, Robbie Crouch, Joey Laquerre and Eric Chase along with ACT President Tom Curley will be on hand as casino dealers. There will also be four grand prizes given away: $1,000 cash; one week in Ireland including flights and accommodations for two; one week in a Las Vegas condo just off the strip, including flights for two; a race package including two tickets, hospitality and flight.

The doors to the Barre Auditorium will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, with dinner starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $125 (includes dinner for two plus $150 in poker chips for the casino). For tickets or more information call Randy Lamberti at (802)249-0798, Ron Lamberti at (802)249-2124 or Chickey Stevens at (802)272-9861. For more information on the Autism Puzzle Foundation check out their website: www.vtautismpuzzle.org.


A LOOK AT THE 2010 SEASON
“MORNING LINE” 2010 AMERICAN CANADIAN TOUR SEASON

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION
Compiled by: G.A.Ronie, LV, Marrm, BL LLC ASSOCIATES

The following outlines some of the odds for the coming 2010 season, as compiled by a noted short track handicapping firm. The opinions and results are solely the responsibility of the compilation group. Any comments or remarks should be addressed to those responsible or just “deal with it”. Enjoy, and good luck to all race teams entering the new season. Does not include all entries, and apologies go out to those that did not receive proper recognition or were inadvertently omitted.

(Championship odds for 2010 based on international calculations)

(no particular season finishing order implied)

*********SOME FULL TIME CONTENDERS*********

ODDS TEAM NAME
3-2 37VT BRIAN HOAR - This six-time ACT Champion and his newly formed RPM Motorsports team took a while to get things together during 2009, but they hung in during the transition and by mid-season had positioned themselves to make a run for the title. With a dramatic win at Waterford, they finished the season with consistent top finishes. They are the ones to beat in 2010.

CAUTION: Likes to win and will risk it at times…could cost them a title.
BIGGEST ASSET: Have put together a ‘dream team’, with plenty of experience, and one of the best drivers in ACT history.

ACT TOUR SEASON OPENER

LEIGHTON TO DEFEND TITLE AT ACT LEE USA OPENER

 

Center Harbor, New Hampshire’s Brad Leighton, defending Champion of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup has entered the opening event for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) at the Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Leighton won the 2009 event after holding off the 2008 Governor’s Cup winner, Joey Polewarczyk, from nearby Hudson, NH.

 

Over fifty cars attempted to qualify for the event that saw nine different leaders before Leighton took over on lap 132 of the 150 lap grind. There were only five cautions in the event that saw one of the largest opening day crowds at Lee USA in many years.

 

“I am happy to get this first win of the season here at Lee Speedway, and I am really happy that in a few months I will be able to head about 30 minutes up the road to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) for the first ACT Invitational,” said an excited Leighton in victory lane.

 

Leighton was a former ACT Pro Stock Champion in 1995, and he is a two-time NASCAR Busch East Champion, winning in 1999 and 2000. He also has accumulated 8 wins at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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