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FORD BLUE OVAL CUP CHALLENGE

HELLIWELL LOOKS TO JUMP START

FORD BLUE OVAL CUP CHALLENGE AT WATERFORD

Lee USA Speedway 2009 Champion, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. is looking to get a head start on the other ACT Ford team

members in the 2010 season-long campaign. It was announced today by car owner Bruce Bernhardt that the team will head to Waterford Speedbowl for the opening event at the ‘Bowl’ over the weekend of March 27-28.

 

“We are definitely planning to go to Waterford for the practice on Friday, and if things go as we hope they will, we will plan to run the 50-lap Late Model feature,” said Bernhardt. Waterford is an affiliate track of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model program. With the ACT system of universal rules, it allows teams from throughout the northeastern United States and Canada to travel to a large number of tracks in the region.

 

“We are trying to get ready for our season at Lee USA, and we are really looking forward to the opening event when the ACT touring teams begin their season in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. As defending champions of our home track, we want to try and give the Tour guys all we can. We are also trying to get a head start on the Ford Blue Oval Cup Challenge point fund,” concluded Bernhardt.

BELLEROSE RETURNS TO THUNDER ROAD

BELLEROSE AND LAQUERRE TEAM UP AGAIN

FOR 2010 SEASON AT THUNDER ROAD

 

It has been a decade since Tracie Bellerose from Gorham, NH made history at Thunder Road International

Speedbowl (TR) in Barre, VT. She became the first woman to win a major championship at one of the nation’s most famous and toughest short tracks. In a surprise today, Bellerose announced that she would be returning to full time racing with the same crew chief and team that brought her to national prominence in 2000.

 

“When the opportunity came calling, this kid (Bellerose) knew exactly what she wanted and that was to go back to racing competitively. I tried golf, but the golf carts were too slow, I then bought a Harley, but wrecking that on the highway was way worse than a couple of memorable wrecks I had at Thunder Road. Quite frankly, I have not even been able to visit Thunder Road as a spectator - I have missed racing so much. Obviously, I am pretty excited,” said Bellerose.

 

There will be no rust on the team she is joining. The Laquerre Race Team located in Barre, VT, owned by Jeff Laquerre, won the 2009 50th Anniversary “King of the Road” title at Thunder Road with seven-time American Canadian Tour Champion Jean-Paul Cyr. Cyr has moved over to a full-time effort on the popular touring series, and that opened the door for Bellerose to return to the driver’s seat for the championship Laquerre team.

TIRE NOTICE

TIRE NOTICE

GOODYEAR TIRES HAVE STARTED TO ARRIVE. FIRST ADVANCE SALE OF TIRES WILL BE THURSDAY, MARCH 18TH FROM 5:30PM TO 7:00PM AT THE THUNDER ROAD TIRE BARN. LATE MODEL TEAMS MAY PICK UP PRACTICE TIRES ONLY.

BOND AUTO TIGER SPORTSMEN ARE ALLOWED 4 TIRES PER TEAM. THOSE TIRES ARE FOR PRACTICE, SET UP AND MAY BE RUN THE FIRST EVENT. ADDITIONAL TIRES ARE COMING IN AND SHOULD BE AVAILABLE AT PRACTICE ON TUESDAY, APRIL 13TH.


25 YEARS OF ACT RACING

1991 Champion – Junior Hanley

The 1991 season was the first of three consecutive seasons in which Junior Hanley earned the ACT Tour championship. It was Hanley’s first full

season with ACT and he set the record for most money earned in a single season with over $236,000 in winnings. 1991 saw just seven event winners; Hanley (7), Crouch (6), Dave Dion (3), Kevin Lepage (2), Ralph Nason, Bob Randall and Dan Beede, in its 21 events. Randall and Beede earned their first career wins. Future ACT Tour champion Brad Leighton earned the Rookie of the Year honors, while driving a June and Gardiner Leavitt owned ride. Below is a review of Junior Hanley’s first title season:

“To the amazement of many, Canada’s most famous stock car racing outlaw, Junior Hanley, made the commitment to run the entire ACT schedule in 1991. But his decision was not as surprising as one might think. With some $400,000 in season ending monies available, including a $50,000 bonus to the driver who could earn the most points during the seven month race season, it was, quite possibly, one of the more logical conclusions reached by the Campbellville, Ontario resident.
Perhaps the one thing that was shocking to the racing community about Hanley’s decision was his choice of car – a Ford Thunderbird. Never in the Series’ 13 year history, had a Ford won the Championship. It looked like the General Motors domination might be in for a challenge.
Hanley’s vast experience on the short tracks of the United States and Canada proved invaluable to the Nova Scotia native as he had not previously seen five of the venues on the ’91 schedule. He finished a respectable ninth after losing a tire while leading in the season opener at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway, a one-third mile track he had never seen before.
After a rain out at Sanair, where Hanley proved to be proficient, the Series moved on the Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for the first of a trio of events planned at the seacoast oval. He salvaged a 12th in the Coca Cola 100 after battling with 56 others just to earn a starting position in the main event. He dropped from fourth to sixth in the standings.

FORD RACING

ACT ANNOUNCES FORD RACING BLUE OVAL CUP TEAM CHALLENGE

 

Ford Racing and the American Canadian Tour (ACT) recently announced an aggressive $35,000.00 contingency program in 2010 for those teams that have supported the Ford-powered S347JR ACT crate engine program.

 

ACT has announced the criteria for the program:

 

  • Ford teams must be registered and approved with ACT office
  • Competing teams must be 100% ACT legal
  • Butler MacMaster Engine seals must be present and not tampered with
  • Individual tracks must validate official finishes with ACT throughout the season
  • Any violation of the sealed Ford engine program will result in loss of all points and disqualification from the Ford contingency program for the remainder of the season
  • Any track adjustments to the Ford rules must be approved by ACT for continued involvement in the 2010 contingency program
Rules and criteria are subject to change in the interest of competition

2010 FULL SEASON ENTRIES

25th ACT SEASON SEES NEAR RECORD FULL SEASON ENTRY LIST

 

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will celebrate 25 years of Championship Stock Car Racing with one of its largest

number of pre-season full season entered teams. The balance of veteran champions and new teams joining the US touring division represents five New England states and two provinces of Canada. ACT statistician Nick Bigelow said, “I have reviewed past seasons and this looks like the most diverse and best count ACT has had in the past half dozen seasons.”

 

A fourteen race schedule will carry teams from the shores of Connecticut at the historic Waterford Speedbowl to new tracks located as far north as Quebec City, (the newly renovated 5/8th mile Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix), and west to the newly paved 4/10th mile Albany Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY, just outside the New York capital city.

 

Veteran title chaser Brent Dragon from Milton, VT said, “This is a great schedule for those of us that like touring. New tracks are always interesting and with two new tracks on the schedule just undergoing renovations and paving (Albany-Saratoga and Riverside-Ste Croix), along with my favorite recently renovated half mile Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY, I hope this is the year I can finally win an ACT Championship.”

2010 INFORMATION
TIRE NOTICE  -  Goodyear tires have been ordered and expected arrival is March 15. First advance sale for practice and set up tires will be Thursday night March 18 at the tire barn. 

Waterford Speedbowl will have an open practice on Friday, March 26 and that there is a Late Model 50 Lap event opening Waterford for the season on Sunday, March 28.

Thunder Road Practice for All Divisions is Tues. April 13.
Pit gates open at 3pm, practice runs from 4pm to 7pm. Pit gate fee is $10.  Rain date will be Wednesday, April 14.

25 YEARS OF ACT RACING

1990 – Robbie Crouch Returns

The fifth season of the American-Canadian Tour saw the return of the Tour’s most accomplished driver. Robbie Crouch returned after

running just part time in 1989. His 1990 championship was his fourth in the first five years of ACT racing. He also won championships in 1983 and 1984 on the NASCAR North Tour. With his four wins in 1990 he increased his career win total to 68, nearly three times more than any other driver at the time.

In the second season of the GM National Stock Car Series, consisting of ten events at seven different tracks across three Canadian provinces, Randy MacDonald edged out Crouch by 14 points for the title. For the second year in a row Dave Dion, running a limited schedule, won the ACT Showdown at Beech Ridge along with three other events in just 9 starts. Race winners included Crouch (4), 1989 Champion Russ Urlin (4), Dion (3), Dragon (3), Junior Hanley (2), Jean-Paul Cabana (2), Claude Leclerc, 1990 Rookie of the Year Steve Knowlton, MacDonald and Ralph Nason.

ELECTRONIC SCORING

ACT RACING CHANGES TO ELECTRONIC SCORING IN 2010           

 

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that all racing in the 2010 season will be done with electronic scoring.

This will include weekly events at Thunder Road, both the ACT US and Castrol Tours, and the Bond Auto/WIX Tiger Sportsman Series.

 

“This is a real change from 50 years of how it has been done,” said Tom Curley, President of ACT and Managing Partner at Thunder Road. “I guess after 50 years it was inevitable that we needed to step up to the modern technology. I am sure Doc (Gordon Nielsen, Chief Scorer for Thunder Road, the former Catamount Stadium, and all the ACT Tours for over 35 years) would approve of this move at this time.”

 

With the high demands of three Tours and Thunder Road weekly, it has been increasingly difficult to find scorers. For some of the ACT senior scorers, as young as they are, having babies also necessitated this change.

WATERFORD SPEEDBOWL

Waterford Speedbowl Late Model division changes to Goodyear Tire in 2010

Waterford Speedbowl Management has announced its Late Model division will compete on Goodyear tires in 2010.  All competitors will be

required to compete on the designated Goodyear tire compound, beginning with the season opening Budweiser Blastoff event March 26-28.

The Goodyear model D2672 and D2882 tires will be introduced.  This change helps the Speedbowl become congruent with the ACT Late Model tire program in place across New England and on the ACT’s U.S and Canadian tours.  Goodyear tires will be available for purchase by Speedbowl Late Model teams at Budweiser Blastoff opening weekend and each week during the 2010 race season.  The tires can also be mounted at the track.  The Speedbowl’s Late Model division competes in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series as Division 2. 

“The folks at ACT have done their homework and have a good product with this tire” stated Speedbowl Race Director Tom Fox.  “Many of our competitors who have competed on these Goodyear tires in the past have liked their performance. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from competitors in favor of the switch”.


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