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2009 ACT Point Fund

AMERICAN CANADIAN TOUR PAYS OUT $85,000 POINT FUND FOR 2009

 

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.


TIGER TOUR

AMERICAN CANADIAN TOUR ANNOUNCES 2010 ‘TIGER’ SPORTSMAN TOUR

 

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.

DRIVER PROFILE

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.


2010 ACT Tour Schedule Revision

WATERFORD SPEEDBOWL ADDS CLOSING EVENT TO ACT SCHEDULE

 

Officials at Waterford Speedbowl have announced an agreement with the American Canadian Tour (ACT) to close the 2010 season with a Fall Doubleheader stock car 300 lap spectacle. The Late Model stars of the ACT and the ‘Bowl’ will join the southern New England SK Modified division at Waterford on the weekend of October 09/10.

 

The event will feature 150 lap main events for each division. The ACT Championship will be decided at the fall event, and teams from throughout the northeastern United States and Canada are expected to make the trip to the historic coastal Speedbowl. The popular SK Modified division, which has become a staple of Southern New England racing at the Speedbowl, Stafford Motor Speedway, and Thompson Speedway will assure a large field of the powerful open-wheeled stock cars.

ACT INVITATIONAL

NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF THE AMERICAN CANADIAN TOUR INVITATIONAL IN SEPTEMBER 2010

 

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway have reached an agreement for the Second Annual ACT Invitational to take place at the only superspeedway in the Northeast on Saturday, September 18, 2010.

“The overwhelming success of the inaugural ACT Invitational this past September made it an easy decision to have the short track stars of our region return again next September,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Thirty-six teams from all six New England states, Quebec, and Ontario took part in the inaugural ACT Invitational during the SYLVANIA 300 weekend this past September.  One of the largest Saturday crowds in the 19-year history of the speedway was treated to an action packed tripleheader of racing featuring the American Canadian Tour Late Models, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Tiger Sportsman Tire

GOODYEAR AND ACT ANNOUNCE LTD LATE MODEL TIRE

 

Thunder Road famed Tiger Division Receives New Goodyear Tire for 2010

  

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the American Canadian Tour (ACT) have recently announced a new tire design for the very popular Tiger Sportsman division at Thunder Road in Barre, VT.

 

During the original test session when ACT made the decision to switch over to the Goodyear brand for a seven-inch tire for the Ltd. Late Model-style car, several of the teams thought the Goodyear seven-inch treaded tire would better serve their needs if the engineers could add another half inch to the center of the tire. After a full year of racing on the seven-inch units, Goodyear has agreed to develop the seven and one-half inch version of the popular tire.

Scott Junod, Goodyear Sales Manager, Short Track Racing, said “ACT has been good for our presence in the Northeast and eastern Canada over the past five years with the growth of their Late Model racing, and we feel we can help them out with the development of a treaded Limited Late Model tire in order to meet their needs. I have seen ‘Tiger/Sportsman’ (Limited Late Model division at Thunder Road) races a number of times, and it really is an incredibly successful division. The Airborne Park Speedway also uses Goodyear’s seven-inch tire in two of their divisions with great success.”


SERIE ACT CASTROL BANQUET

Donald Theetge Honored at Série ACT Castrol Banquet

2009 Série ACT Castrol Stock Car Champion Donald Theetge of Boischatel, Quebec was honored at the annual Série ACT Castrol Banquet of Champions at the Best Western Hotel Universel in Drummondville, QC on Saturday, November 21. It is Theetge’s second career Série ACT Castrol Championship, with his previous title coming in 2006. The top ACT  teams, officials and fans were in attendance to help honor Theege and his team. Theetge beat 2008 ACT Tour Champion Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, Quebec in the closest point battle in Série history to become the first Série ACT Castrol repeat champion. With his two victories during the 2009 season, Theetge also became the all-time Série ACT Castrol wins leader with 14. Theetge’s championship earned him a point fund paycheck of $9,000.


2010 ACT SCHEDULE

PARTIAL 2010 ACT SCHEDULE RELEASED

 

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the majority of its 2010 US Tour schedule. The confirmed schedule shows a total of 13 events, which will take place at nine (9) different racing facilities. There are two additional events that are expected to be announced within the month, according to Darla Hartt, Vice President and Director of Administration.

 

“The ACT Tour has enjoyed tremendous support in the Northeast and throughout the provinces of Quebec and Ontario over the past five years. We had many opportunities to book additional events as we continue to enjoy growth with our Late Model business model, but we feel at this time it is in the best interest of our affiliate tracks and race teams to continue to concentrate in helping our weekly affiliate tracks and marketing areas that best serve our various sponsors and team needs. We continue to study the possibility of how we might be able to accommodate an expanded schedule in the future as the popularity of regional Late Model racing continues to develop,” said Tom Curley, President of ACT. “We have reserved two dates for events that we are very hopeful will be a part of the 2010 campaign. We plan to release those dates before the end of this month, but wanted our present and interested race teams to have the benefit of the completed schedule to date,” concluded Curley.

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