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500 Fever - Reason #3

TOP 10 REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE ACT INTERNATIONAL‘’500”

(---the next 500 Fever top 10 articles [# 2] will highlight the entry list by picking some potential winners!!)

# 3.  AIRBORNE MODIFIED TWIN 50’s

Well, we are entering the final week of getting ready for the ACT International 500. This long-awaited inaugural running of ACT’s biggest race in its 28-year history begins a new era this Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21. When you think of Airborne, you have to think of Modifieds!!

The 60+ year history of Airborne Raceway, for the most part, has involved Modified race cars. From the early days in the 50’s and 60’s some of the greatest Modified asphalt drivers from the Northeast, including Quebec took the old half mile by storm.

Serie ACT - Riverside Twin 75s

Dany Trepanier Takes Victory in Riverside Twin 75s

Dany Trepanier of St-Edouard, Quebec claimed the overall Série ACT win in front of his hometown crowd at Circuit Riverside Speedway on Saturday, July 13. Trepanier used a win and a 4th in the twin 75-lap segments to earn the overall win with a score of 5. He bested current Série ACT point leader Donald Theetge, while Jean-François Déry completed the podium.

Trepanier claimed the win in the first segment of the event after starting on the pole. He held off Patrick Cliche and Donald Theetge through six restarts in segment one. He then climbed his way from 12th in the second segment to finish 4th and claim the overall win. The second segment also saw six caution periods.


ACT White Mountain 150

Bobby Therrien Blisters Field to First ACT Win

Rookie Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT set a blistering pace on his way to his first career American Canadian Tour win in the 150-lap event at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 13. Therrien led all but two of the 150 laps as the event saw just 1 caution. Therrien and runner-up finisher Brock Davis broke away from the field following the lap 44 caution and built a large lead while negotiating heavy lap traffic.

Current ACT point leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr. worked his way up from his 9th starting position to third but couldn’t catch the lead two. Brent Dragon took 4th while Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. came all the way from 18th to complete the top five. Jimmy Hebert took 6th while Ben Lynch marched from 20th to 7th. Glen Luce earned 8th, Jeff White 9th and Quinny Welch recovered from a spin to complete the top ten.

VT Lottery Commission Governor's Cup

Cody Blake Lands Governor’s Cup with First Career Win

The spotlight was on NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer at Thunder Road Thursday (July 11), but when the night ended, it was Barre’s Cody Blake who was hoisting the Vermont Lottery Commission Governor’s  Cup in victory lane.

21-year-old Blake in his North Country Federal Credit Union No. 99 spent the final laps with a mirror full of Nick Sweet, who was weaving at his bumper looking for a chance to pounce. “I told him on the radio – stay on the bottom, he can’t get you,” father Greg Blake said. “There wasn’t any emotion from him until the last two laps.”

 “He drove a phenomenal race,” Sweet said. “My car was really good and I was all over him. I hope we gave the fans a good show.”

 “It’s a dream come true,” Blake said in victory lane where he was presented the trophy by Gov. Peter Shumlin. “It’s just amazing.”


500 Fever - Reason #4

TOP 10 REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE ACT INTERNATIONAL‘’500”

 (next week leading up to the ‘500’ weekend there will be the final three ‘top ten’ reasons to be excited about this event ---one of the top 10 will be from the self-proclaimed know-it-all ‘odds maker’ ‘Boritus’ (slickapedia meaning): ‘has no clue, facts, or class, but claims to be the know-it-all about just about everything in short track---in FACT, look for some big rig driver in everyone’s way out of his lane traveling down the highway with a rather rotund, balding, beady- eyed look and you will recognize “Boritus”) ---this 500 Fever top 10 article will highlight the entry list and pick some potential winners!!

 # 4.  PURSES/BONUS PLANS

 $140,000.00 ---- that about says it all. The posted purse and various bonus money for the ACT International 500 is by far the richest awards posted in the 28 years of ACT racing. This inaugural 500 event will be one of the richest single day short track race events in the country.


Laperle Enters International 500

ACT Champion Patrick Laperle Enters ACT International 500

 Patrick Laperle from St. Denis, QC has confirmed his entry in the American Canadian Tour (ACT) 500 event scheduled for Sunday, July 21 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.

Laperle is a 4 time ACT Champion, with titles in the Serie ACT in 2007, 2011 and 2012. Laperle also won the US ACT title in 2008.

 “My team is coming to Plattsburgh to win the $25,000.00 dollar first prize,” said Laperle. Laperle credited his legion of Quebec fans in helping the 91QC team’s decision to race in the International 500.

 Laperle is considered one of the top racers in the Northeast. The team is one of a few select teams to run the legendary Jr. Hanley prepared chassis. Hanley is a former ACT Champion.


VT Lottery Commission Governor's Cup 150

Clint Bowyer Prepares for Challengers in Thunder Road Gov. Cup

Race driver Clint Bowyer, whose next event is Thursday night at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road, was part of a last lap charge this past weekend to win the Daytona 400. He wound up 4th in the 200 mph chase. But that charge has projected him to 2nd place in the NASCAR National Sprint Cup standings behind 5-time National Champion Jimmy Johnson.

This Thursday night’s 150 lap battle for the Vermont Lottery Commission Governor’s Cup on the Barre high banks won’t see the Daytona speeds, but promises to be just as great a challenge for Bowyer, with regional stock car stars eager to prove they can race with one of the nations very best. Barre’s Nick Sweet, Montpelier’s Dave Pembroke, and the three-time T-Road Track Champion Lt. Governor Phil Scott will be joined by Burlington’s Trampas Demers, Chip Grenier, Brooks Clark and 16-year old Emily Packard. Some 30 ACT Championship Late Model cars are expected.


500 Fever - Reason #5

TOP 10 REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE ACT INTERNATIONAL‘’500”

(over the weeks leading up to the ‘500’ weekend there have been and will continue to be two or three ‘top ten’ reasons to be excited about this event posted---check back often over the final weeks and you too will catch  the ‘500 Fever’ ----) 

# 5.  “MILK BOWL STYLE”

Well, we are half-way to the BIG SHOW at the BIG A!!! Just a couple of weeks until the ACT International 500 at Airborne Speedway on Sunday, July 21!!!!     

The Milk Bowl format was the brainchild of Thunder Road founder Ken Squier back in the 1960’s. Ken was working for ABC Television, and as hard as he tried at that time, all the respect Motorsports got was a quick 30-second clip of the winner of the Daytona 500 or Indy 500. Ken came up with the idea of a ‘segment race’. Break the race up and have 3 starts, 3 finishes (he felt those were generally perceived as the most exciting parts of a race to the casual observer). Also get the fans involved with a scoring system. Thus was born the Milk Bowl format for Thunder Road. Amazingly, to this day he still tries to get network television and promoters from Daytona to Charlotte to buy into this theory to make the racing more exciting, get fans involved more, and make every lap and every pass meaningful.

ACT Tour - Star 150

Joey Polewarcyzk, Jr. Takes Three Straight with Star Win

Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH became just the third driver to win three American Canadian Tour Late Model point counting events in a row with his victory at Star Speedway on Saturday, July 6. Polewarczyk joins Ben Rowe (2006) and Gary Caron (1995) as the only three straight ACT Late Model winners.

Polewarczyk and fellow New Hampshire native Wayne Helliwell, Jr. put on a show for their hometown fans for the majority of the event. Helliwell took over the lead on lap 53 and just over 10 laps later Polewarczyk arrived at his back bumper from his 9th starting position. Over the next 70 laps, the duo held the top two spots as they battled for the win. Helliwell protected the outside groove and kept the momentum off the corners as Polewarczyk fought for every inch on the inside. Polewarczyk caught the break he needed as the final caution flag flew on lap 135.

Serie ACT - Chaudiere 150

Donald Theetge Takes Second Straight Série ACT Win

Boischatel, Quebec’s Donald Theetge earned his second straight Série ACT win on Friday, July 5 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jct., QC. Theetge used the final restart on lap 131 of the 150 lap event to muscle his way around longtime event leader Patrick Laperle. Laperle made several last ditch efforts over the final 19 laps, but to no avail as Theetge protected the outside line and took away Laperle’s momentum.

The two rivals spent the majority of the event at the front after working their way from about mid-pack of the 26 car field. Laperle would get to the point first, taking away the lead from Dany Trepanier on lap 46. Theetge pulled up to his rear bumper one lap later and the latest chapter of the Theetge/Laperle rivalry began. The two swapped the lead several times over the remainder of the event and through several restarts. Laperle seemed to have the field covered until Theetge restarted on the outside on the final restart.