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ACT Driver of the Day: Martin Goulet, Jr.

ACT Driver of the Day: Martin Goulet, Jr.

As the 2013 Série ACT Rookie of the Year and 10th place competitor, Martin Goulet, Jr. of Mascouche, QC showed tremendous improvement throughout his rookie season. With the help of his father as his crew chief, he learned the ropes of ACT Late Model racing and gained valuable experience. His improvement was apparent with the first three top ten finishes of his career. His development into a successful Série ACT competitor will be entertaining to watch in the future.

2013 Stats – 10th Place
Starts – 11
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 0
Top 10s – 3
Avg. Fin. – 14.6


2014 VT State Late Model Championship

VT State Late Model Championship Sees Changes in 2014
Labor Day Replaces Governor’s Cup

The four race Vermont State Late Model Championship series, which boasts an $11,000 point fund, will see changes in 2014. The series, which features four events split between Vermont’s only two paved oval speedways, will now include the Labor Day Classic at Barre’s Thunder Road on the schedule, instead of the Vermont Governor’s Cup as in years past.

The Vermont State Late Model Championship was created in 2012 and hosts two races each at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven and Thunder Road in Barre. Once again the series will kick off with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 at Thunder Road on Sunday, May 25. The 1/4-mile portion of the series will conclude with the Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, August 31. The Labor Day event will also be the final Thunder Road Late Model point-counting event for 2014.

Serie ACT Stat Attack

Stat Attack
All stats are from Série ACT (Quebec) Late Model point counting events only.

·         51 different drivers attended at least one of the 11 events in 2013.

·         All 51 of those drivers qualified for at least one event.

·         206 different drivers have now attempted to qualify for at least one of the 75 events run since the inception of the Série ACT in 2007.

·         171 different drivers have now started a feature event.

·         8 drivers started their first feature in 2013.

·         3 different drivers led their first laps of Série ACT competition. (Martin Goulet, Jr., Glen Luce, Jimmy Hebert)

·         58 different drivers have now led at least one lap in Série ACT competition.

·         Patrick Cliche, Dany Trepanier, Jonathan Bouvrette and Jimmy Hebert all earned their first career Série ACT wins.

·         23 different drivers have now won a Série ACT feature.


2013 ACT Banquet of Champions

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Jean-François Déry Take Top ACT Honors
Quebec’s Larue Brothers Accept Prestigious MacTavish Award

Burlington, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) held its annual Banquet of Champions at the Doubletree Inn in Burlington, VT on Saturday, January 11. ACT honored its 2013 champions and top ten competitors from the Northeastern U.S.-based ACT Late Model Tour and the Quebec-based Série ACT. ACT Late Model competitors from across the region battled in point counting and special events for their share of over $900,000 in purses and point funds during 2013.

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH and car owner Bruce Bernhardt earned their second straight ACT Late Model Tour title in 2013. Helliwell defended his 2012 title with two feature wins and another ACT Championship. He and his team narrowly avoided disaster in the final event of the season and hung on to their slim lead to earn the title. Helliwell and Bernhardt also claimed the Ford Blue Oval Cup title for the fourth straight season.


ACT Stat Attack

Stat Attack
All stats are from ACT US Late Model point counting events only.

·         133 different drivers attended at least one of the 14 events in 2013.

·         121 of those drivers qualified for at least one event.

·         682 different drivers have now attempted to qualify for at least one of the 247 events run since the inception of the ACT Late Model Tour in 1992.

·         536 different drivers have now started a feature event.

·         34 drivers started their first feature in 2013.

·         Eric Chase (104) and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (100) made their 100th career starts in 2013.

·         8 different drivers led the first laps of their careers. (Brockton Davis, Todd Davis, Travis Fadden, Dave Farrington, Jr., Ray Parent, Rowland Robinson, Jr., Travis Stearns, Bobby Therrien)

·         156 different drivers have now led at least one lap in ACT competition.


2014 ACT US Schedule

ACT 2014 Schedule Released

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) released its 2014 schedule which is highlighted by visits to nine (9) different Northeast tracks. The schedule includes a total of twelve (12) events with nine (9) Championship point counting events and three popular ‘special’ events on the calendar.

The traditional event to open the 2014 campaign on April 12-13 will once again be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The ACT has been visiting the 1/3 mile oval since Red and Judy MacDonald purchased the speed plant in 1987. “It is just one of those relationships that have endured throughout the past 25 years. We tried to help Red and Judy when they first started, and they have been there for us whenever we needed help over the years. This kind of relationship, in this type of business, is generally very rare, but greatly appreciated” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, which was established in 1986.


2014 Serie ACT Schedule

ACT Serie Quebec 2014 Schedule Released

 

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a nine-race schedule for the Série ACT 2014 season. Entering the eighth (8th) year of championship stock car racing, both the opening ACT event to be held May 24, 2014 and the final event, September 14, 2014 will be held at the Autodrome Ste Eustache (ASE) outside of Montreal. ASE will also host a third event on July 05, 2014.

 

Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste. Croix, QC is the oldest affiliated track with ACT. Promoters Jean and Guilluame Bergeron host three events. Events will be held on May 31, 2014 and August 02, 2014. The spectacular 5/8th mile track that sits along the St. Lawrence River, just minutes from Quebec City, will also host the 5th annual Can-Am 200 on Saturday, August 23rd. The event will see the very best of the Quebec teams compete in a grueling 200 laps against the best of the ACT US teams.


ACT Introduces KONI Shock Option for 2014

American Canadian Tour Introduces KONI Shock Option in 2014

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced that they have entered an agreement with KONI, one of the largest suppliers of shocks around the world, to introduce an additional shock option beginning in 2014. The shock which will be admitted to the approved ACT shock program is the new KON 30-7499.

Jim Ryan, automotive sales manager for KONI USA said, “KONI has enjoyed a successful relationship with the American Canadian Tour for over a decade. We were happy to enter a discussion on how we might be able to help racers from both the weekly affiliate tracks and the two touring series. The mission was to provide a shock that would in effect ‘tie down’ the front end of the race car while keeping within the ACT cost conscience business model. After a testing session last month, we were all very happy with the results, and KONI will begin the manufacturing process immediately.”


2014 Thunder Road Schedule

Thunder Road Announces 2014 Schedule

Thunder Road International Speedbowl has released its 2014 stock car racing schedule. The schedule features 18 events from the end of April through the beginning of October, as is tradition at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.” The biggest change for 2014 is the switch from Sunday “Twilight” events in early June to the return of the traditional June Thursday night events.

The season will kick off with the 16th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on the weekend of Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. The Merchants Bank event will be the only American Canadian Tour races at the ¼-mile in 2014.

The 52nd Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic will be on Sunday, May 25. This event will be the first of the 2014 Vermont State Championship events. The season will be highlighted by big Thursday nights. The Governor’s Cup 150, the second of Thunder Road’s VT State Championship events, will be on June 26 with the Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Fireworks night the following week on July 3.


Ford Blue Oval Cup Championship

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Captures 4th Ford Blue Oval Cup Title

Dover, NH’s Wayne Helliwell, Jr. earned his 4th consecutive Ford Blue Oval Cup title after finishing 5th in the Fall Brawl at Riverside Speedway (Groveton, NH). Helliwell has now won the Ford title in each of its four seasons to date.

The 2013 Ford Championship saw the closest battle ever heading into the final eligible race. Helliwell lead by just one point over Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Polewarczyk was involved in an accident in the second half of the 200 lap event, which effectively ended his title hopes. Helliwell was leading late until fading back to 5th following the final caution flag on lap 196.