The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that Bond Auto Parts, a family run business since 1956

with 37 locations throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, will become the title sponsor of the 2010 ACT 4 event series for the “Tiger Sportsman” division, known as the Bond Auto/WIX Tiger Sportsman Tour.


The Sportsman division is a Limited Late Model car, which has been a mainstay of Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT, the home of Bond Auto.

“We are really happy to be able to support this ACT division, which will appear in several markets that we service,” said Mark Mast, Vice President of Marketing for Bond. “Our employees have been great fans of ACT and Thunder Road over the years, as well as all the regional race tracks. This series of 100 lap events for the popular ACT Tiger Sportsmen seemed like a great fit for some of our marketing needs, and allows us to show support for the racers that have always supported our Bond Auto locations.”





The Kendall Roberts-owned National Guard team of veteran driver John Donahue filed the first full season entry for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) 2010 season. There was plenty of excitement following

the recent 2009 Banquet of Champions, and ACT headquarters received the Donahue entry 24 hours after the entry forms were sent this week.


“We are very excited about taking a run for the title this year,” said car owner Kendall Roberts. “We really came together as a team around TD Bank 250 time last season when Dale Shaw started giving us a hand, and John and the team have been very busy getting things freshened for the 2010 season. Everyone is excited about our new car, and we still get charged up about weekly racing at Thunder

Road. We will be ready as soon as spring gets here,” concluded Roberts. The Donahue team is only one of three teams that ran the entire ACT US Tour and a full weekly schedule at Thunder Road in 2009. Jamie Fisher of Shelburne, VT and Eric Chase of Milton, VT were the other drivers to tackle both schedules in 2009, and are expected to do the same in 2010.




The Série ACT Castrol event scheduled for Capital City Speedway in Ottawa, ON has been canceled and will not be rescheduled in 2010.


“There was a change in management over the past month, and since the previous lessee had scheduled the event for June 12, 2010 we have carried it on our schedule since last November. The new management has decided to step away from the touring type events and we will respect that decision,” said Darla Hartt, Vice President and Director of Administration for the American Canadian Tour which has sanctioned races at the speedway for the past three seasons.


In a related story, it was agreed that the Late Model division at Capital City will continue to operate as an ACT affiliate track. The Late Model rules follow the ACT regional universal rule business model.

2009 Banquet of Champions

Hoar, Cyr and NHMS Honored at ACT/Thunder Road Banquet of Champions

American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model stock car Champion Brian Hoar of Williston was

2009 ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar and team

honored for his sixth career ACT Late Model Tour Championship on Saturday, January 16 at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington, VT. Hoar currently holds the record for the most career wins in ACT Late Model Tour history with 25, including back-to-back wins at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and Waterford Speedbowl in 2009.  These wins, plus 11 top tens in 13 starts, helped Hoar edge out runner-up Scott Payea. Hoar was joined by over 500 teams, fans and officials as he celebrated his first championship with new car owner Rick Paya. Paya also has previous ACT Tour championships as a crew chief and car owner with Jean-Paul Cyr.

General Manager of NHMS Jerry Gappens accepts MacTavish Award from ACT President Tom Curley

The 41st Annual MacTavish Award was given to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) for their contribution to Northeast stock car racing. The prestigious MacTavish Award is named for legendary New England racer Don MacTavish who was killed in 1969 while racing at Daytona International Speedway. In 2009, NHMS hosted the first annual ACT Invitational, which invited 36 of the best Late Model competitors from around the region. It was the showcase event for ACT Late Model competition during the 2009 season.

25 Years of ACT Racing

1988 - Crouch Dominates for Fifth Title

The 25 years of American Canadian Tour racing in review continues with a look at the 1988 season. The 1988 season saw another dominating performance from Robbie Crouch, who won a record third consecutive ACT Coors Tour Championship and set the record for the most wins in a season at 11. Ironically the 1988 season also saw the first ACT Coors Tour win for Junior Hanley who would eventually match Crouch’s three straight titles and set a new record of 12 wins, all in the 1993 season. The following is an excerpt from the 1989 souvenir racing guide:

“1988 saw Robbie Crouch win 11 races (a new record) on his way to an unprecedented fifth title. Crouch outdistanced first year runner Russ Urlin of London, Ontario, Jean-Paul Cabana, Ricky Craven, and Paul Richardson for the championship.

2009 ACT Point Fund



The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced that the total point fund awards for the 2009 season will total over $85,000. The annual Banquet of Champions will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in So. Burlington, VT on January 16, 2010.


The ACT TOUR will honor the 2009 Championship team of Brian Hoar and owner/crew chief Rick Paya, who also owns RPM Engines in Georgia, VT. Hoar will celebrate his sixth American Canadian Tour title, and car owner, Rick Paya, will also celebrate his sixth ACT title, having won previous titles as crew chief and then owner of the only seven-time ACT winner in its 25-year history, Jean-Paul Cyr. The RPM team will receive $10,000 first place point money at the annual festivities for their efforts during the 2009 thirteen (13) race campaign.




The American Canadian Tour (ACT) Tiger Sportsman division will compete in a mini-series in 2010. The popular Limited Late Model division will have a new tire by Goodyear, an expansion division at the beautiful White Mountain Motorsport Park (WMMP), and a four event Tour at four different race venues.


The opening event will be held on Saturday, June 5 at the White Mountain Motorsport Park ¼ mile oval in Woodstock, New Hampshire. White Mountain was one of the original tracks that helped start the ACT Late Model division touring back in 1998. That series has been going back to WMMP ever since. “We have adopted the ACT Sportsman rules for 2010 at WMMP, and with the large number of these cars at Thunder Road, we are hoping to show our race teams and fans how much fun this division can be for weekly racing,” said Donnie Avery, owner of the family run granite state facility.

25 Years of ACT Racing

Crouch Rolls to Fourth Championship

While the second season of American Canadian Tour racing saw various changes in the rulebook, the outcome was the same as the Inaugural 1986 season. The 1986 saw firsts, like the creation of the Stock Car Connection, a combination series with the American Speed Association (ASA) and the ACT Tour, and lasts, like the final race at Catamount Stadium. Below is another excerpt from the 1989 souvenir program:

“A whole new look for ’87 – sleek, classy, fast fiberglass machines. Lighter weights, 9:1 engines, all 105” wheelbase, made for the transition to the SCC-type (Stock Car Connection) cars in preparation for the six combination races.

Beaver Dragon jumped out of the box, scoring a win at the first-ever Coors Tour event at Lee USA. Eventual Bosch/BFCP Rookie of the Year Paul Richardson, won event #2 at Catamount, garnering a $1,000 bonus from the New Champions program for breaking into the Winner’s Circle. Jean-Paul Cabana, looking at retirement at the end of ’87(Note: Jean-Paul didn’t cut back on his racing schedule until the 1992 season), showed that he hadn’t forgotten the way to victory lane by putting his Olds in victory lane 4 times including the VT Milk Bowl and the last ever Late Model event to be held at Milton, Vermont’s Catamount Stadium, the New England 300. It was history in the making, as Cabana had won the first ever main event at the same track in 1965.

25 Years of ACT Racing

25th Anniversary

The American-Canadian Tour will be celebrating its 25th season in 2010 and as part of the anniversary celebration we will be taking a look back at the beginning as a way of reflecting on where the Tour has come over the years. Below is an excerpt from the 1989 souvenir program, recapping the inaugural 1986 season. Its titled “Crouch Back at the Top.”

“A new sanctioning body, the American Canadian Tour (ACT) enthusiastically debuts, a former champion, Dick McCabe, is welcomed back to full-time competition, and the formation of the Stock Car Connection, are the headlines of the year. Additionally, Robbie Crouch remounts the champion’s podium, winning a remarkable ten feature events.

It was Crouch’s year. The L&W/Allen Lumber Team started with a vengeance, taking the point lead after the third race of the year and never looked back.

Stub Fadden took the Spring Green season opener at Catamount while Chuck Bown, Claude Leclerc, and Crouch posted early wins. Lancaster National Speedway outside Buffalo, New York (a 5/8ths mile oval), hosted its first Tour event, with Crouch scoring the victory. The Late Models also ran the big oval at the Bryar Motorsport Park for the first time. Claude Leclerc posted his second win of the year on Bryar’s 5/8ths.


Meet Brent Dragon

#55VT Beverage Mart/Furniture World/Charlebois Chevrolet Impala

Hometown: Milton, VT                Date of Birth: February 18, 1966

Brent is a salesman for R.R. Charlebois Inc. in Milton, where he also lives with his wife June, who is his spotter on race days.

2009 Season: Brent finished 5th in the final ACT Late Model Tour point standings in 2009. It is his 10th straight season finishing in the top ten. He has now finished in the top ten in 15 of the 18 ACT Late Model Tour seasons. His win at Twin State at the end of July was his ninth career ACT Late Model Tour win, which places him tied for fourth on the all-time ACT Late Model Tour wins list. His start in the New England Dodge Dealers Fall 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway was his 174th career ACT Late Model Tour start, the most for any driver. His ninth place effort was his 113th career top ten finish, which is also the most by any driver. Brent also won the second annual Coors Showdown at Chaudiere, which matches the top 11 ACT Late Model Tour competitors against the top 11 Série ACT Castrol competitors in a 200 lap event at Autodrome Chaudiere. He also became the first American to ever win a Série ACT Castrol event with his win at Riverside (Ste-Croix) Speedway in June.

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