ACT
Contingencies

Race Basics and Bassett Renew ACT Contingency Programs for 2010

Race Basics Chassis and Bassett Racing Wheels have recently announced the renewals of their contingency programs with the American

Canadian Tour (ACT) for the 2010 season. Both companies supported ACT teams competing on the U.S. based ACT Tour and the Quebec based Série ACT Castrol in 2009 and look forward to continuing their support in 2010.

2010 will be the twelfth season of partnership between Bassett Racing Wheels and the American Canadian Tour, dating back to 1999. Bassett will award certificates for their racing wheels to ACT competitors finishing in the runner-up position in each of the 26 touring events plus the top three in the year end standings for both tours. Their contributions to ACT teams will exceed the $1,200 mark. Bassett is based in Burlington, Wisconsin and sells a variety of different steel racing wheels.

GOODYEAR TIRE TEST

GOODYEAR ACT LIMITED LATE MODEL TIRE TEST SUCCESSFUL

 

 

Officials of the Goodyear Engineering and Racing Division and the American Canadian Tour (ACT) have announced that the final test of their new tire designed for a Limited Late Model was very successful.

 

Veteran racer Joey Laquerre from Barre, VT took his ACT Tiger Sportsman car to Hickory Speedway in North Carolina last week to assist with the test of the D2637 - 7.5” treaded tire designed for a Limited Late Model, or +/- 3000 lb ‘street stock’ division type race car.  Laquerre originally tested the Goodyear D2635 tire for the ACT Sportsman division in 2008. He was instrumental in helping to get the modifications made resulting in a revolutionary tire for these kinds of race cars throughout the country. Laquerre also did extensive testing on the ACT Late Model tire in 2004, which led to present use by a dozen tracks, and both ACT Touring divisions in the US and Canada.

FORD RACING

FORD RACING ANNOUNCES $35,000 CONTINGENCY FOR 2010 ACT TEAMS

 

Ford Racing announced an aggressive $35,000 contingency plan for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) for

the 2010 campaign. The contingency program, tailored to support those teams that have chosen to compete in 2010 with the Ford powered S347JR engine in any ACT affiliate track weekly events, as well as the touring programs under the ACT sanction, is the largest contingency plan offered in the 25-year history of ACT.

 

“We want short track supporters across North America to know that we are very supportive of their efforts. Short tracks have been the backbone of stock car racing for over 50 years, and Ford recognizes their importance. We believe the contingency program that we have offered the ACT competitors and supporters reflects our support,” said Mike Delahanty, Program Manager-Sportsman Circle Track Racing for the Ford Racing Technology division of Ford Racing.

 

The Ford spec engine program was begun as a joint venture between Ford engineering and ACT in 2008. After months of research and development to make the Ford compatible with the existing motors that were exclusive in weekly and touring Late Model racing throughout the Northeast, the approved product was introduced at the beginning of the 2009 season. Long-time ACT competitor, and three-time King of the Road Champion at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT, Cris Michaud, brought Ford Racing their first crate victory in mid-summer last season. 2009 Lee USA Track Champion Wayne Helliwell, and ACT regular young gun Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, NH, among others, have switched over to Ford for their 2010 campaigns.

THEETGE FOURTH AT DAYTONA

Série ACT Castrol Champion Donald Theetge Fourth at Daytona

2009 Série ACT Castrol Champion Donald Theetge and his brother Benoit finished fourth in the Fresh From Florida 200 on Friday, January

29. The first event on the 2010 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Challenge schedule was run around the Daytona International Speedway road course.

The Theetge brothers competed in the Street Tuner (ST) Class while driving the #77 Skunk2/Auto Frank et Michel Honda Civic Si for Compass360 racing. They finished 27th overall (out of 75 competitors) and fourth in the ST Class after completing 63 laps (220.5 miles) on the 3.5 mile road course. They finished the race in two hours and ten minutes with an average speed of 88.79 mph.

ACT LATE MODEL TOUR BREAKS $4 MILLION

ACT Late Model Tour Breaks $4 Million Mark

After handing out point fund checks for the 2009 season at the ACT Banquet of Champions, the ACT Late Model Tour has awarded over 4 million dollars in purses and point funds for its 198 point counting events over the past 18 seasons.

The ACT Late Model Tour was formed in 1992 and held eight events in its first season. The Late Model Tour was an opening act of sorts for the ACT Pro Stock Tour and ran 25 and 50 lap events. That changed after the 1995 season when the Late Models replaced the Pro Stocks as the headlining division.

Since then the ACT Late Model Tour has seen tremendous growth with more events, higher car counts and more competitive racing thanks to a rules package that has kept the cars cost effective. The Tour reached an all-time high during the 2009 season as they competed in the Inaugural ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the lone superspeedway in New England.


BOND AUTO/WIX TIGER SPORTSMAN TOUR

BOND AUTO ANNOUNCES ACT 2010 ‘TIGER’ SPORTSMAN TOUR

 

 

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.”

FULL SEASON ENTRIES

DONAHUE FILES FIRST FULL SEASON ENTRY FOR 2010 ACT TOUR/

ALLARD FIRST TO FILE FULL SEASON FOR THE SERIE ACT CASTROL

 

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.


SERIE ACT CASTROL

ACT ANNOUNCES 2010 CASTROL SERIES SCHEDULE CHANGE

 

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.

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