Nick Sweet Claims Milk Bowl Pole

Barre’s Nick Sweet earned the Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole award at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Saturday, September 26. Sweet ran a lap of 13.110 on the ¼ mile speedbowl and will sit on the pole for the first segment of the 47th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl on Sunday, September 27. Sweet earned $1000 from Booth Bros./H.P. Hood for his qualifying efforts.

Only four other times Milk Bowl history has a Barre driver claimed pole position. Chester T. Woods set the fast time in 1970, Dan Beede sat on the pole in 1991 and 1992 while brother Chuck Beede started at the front in 1996.

Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. came up just short in his attempt for four straight pole awards. His fastest lap was just 54 one-thousandths of a second off of Sweet’s fast time. Pole had to settle for the outside pole position.





Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 

8:00     LM Pits Open

            Tire Compound

            Tech Inspection

9:00     Pits Open—Sportsman, SS, JYW


            Spectator Gate Opens

11:00   Practice

            -ACT Late Models

            -NAPA Tiger Sportsmen

            -Allen Lumber SS/Power Shift JYW

            -ACT Late Models

            -NAPA Tiger Sportsmen

            -Allen Lumber SS/Power Shift JYW

            -ACT Late Models

12:50   Post Parade (44 LM,1 TS,99 SS,05 JYW)

1:00     (4) Tiger Heats(10L; Q4-HCAP; 4>Consi)

            (3) SS Heats (10L; Q6-HCAP; Bal>Res.)

            (1) JYW Heat (10L; Q4-HCAP;Bal>Res.)

            Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Time Trials

            Tiger Consi (12L; Q4-HCAP)

            Reserve Feature (25L, Q6 SS, Q2 JYW)

            Booth Bros./H.P. Hood “Triple 50s”

            ACT Late Model Final Practice

5:00     CLOSE TRACK

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009

8:00     Pits Open (all)

            Tire Compound

            Tech Inspection

10:00   Mandatory Driver Meeting

            Spectator Gate Opens

11:00   Practice

            -ACT Late Models

            -NAPA Tiger Sportsmen

            -Allen Lumber SS/Power Shift JYW

            -ACT Late Models

            -NAPA Tiger Sportsmen

12:45   Close Track—STAGE FIRST 24 CARS

            Chittenden Draws

1:00     Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl Last Chance

            Pre-Race Ceremonies/Intro Segment 1

            Segment 1 Chittenden Milk Bowl

            Tiger B Feature (L-TBA, Q6,2 top 20prov)

            SS/JYW Feature (25 Laps)

            Segment 2 Chittenden Milk Bowl


            NAPA Tiger Sportsmen Feature (50L)

            Segment 3 Chittenden Milk Bowl

            Chittenden Milk Bowl Victory Lane

Schedule Subject to Change


New Faces Take on Chittenden Milk Bowl

Lots of new names will be at Barre’s Thunder Road this weekend for their first Chittenden Milk Bowl experience. These “outsiders” will invade the Barre highbanks to take on the Thunder Road and American Canadian Tour regulars in the 47th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl on Sunday, September 27.

Newcomers Wayne Helliwell, Jr. (2009 Lee USA Champion), Quebec’s Daniel Bergeron, stock car builder Jeff Taylor, White Mountain’s Bernie Lantagne and Travis Fadden will take on local favorites Dave Pembroke, 2009 King of the Road Jean-Paul Cyr, Nick Sweet, Phil Scott, Jamie Fisher and Eric Williams among others.




The American Canadian Tour (ACT) crowned Quebec City, Quebec veteran racer Donald Theetge as the 2009 Série ACT Castrol Champion. It was the second ACT Championship for the Theetge team. Theetge led the JPN Racing Patrick Laperle team by 33 points going into the final and longest race of the season, a 300-lap event on the 4/10ths mile oval at Autodrome St. Eustache, just outside Montreal.


Theetge was racing comfortably past the halfway mark in the 300-lap grind when he was involved in a major wreck on the front stretch. The race car suffered what appeared to be irreparable damage. “My team never gave up. My guys literally rebuilt the entire left side of the front suspension during the middle of the race. I have won this ACT Castrol title because of them. They were unbelievable, and I am very proud of how hard they worked to give us a chance to win the title”. Theetge finished 18th after returning to the race 50 laps down. He won the Championship following a bizarre set of events.

ACT Invitational

American Canadian Tour Proves Major Success at NHMS

As American Canadian Tour (ACT) competitors prepare for the 47th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl, the grand finale of the 50th Anniversary Season at Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl, all of New England is buzzing about their performance this past weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) in Loudon, NH. With some of the best racing of the meet, negotiations are already underway for a return in 2010.

ACT President Tom Curley stated, “There are several details to be worked out but the reaction from the speedway and the crowd made it an unqualified success.”

The Inaugural ACT Invitational saw Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA come from the 19th starting position to take the win. Other big movers were Barre’s Nick Sweet from eighth to second, fourth place Canadian Patrick Laperle started 18th and Graniteville’s John Donahue from 21st to finish fifth.


Jonathan Urlin Wins St-Eustache 300

Condon, Ontario’s Jonathan Urlin won the St-Eustache 300 at Autodrome St-Eustache on Sunday, September 20. Urlin was chased to the line by Sylvain Lacombe and Karl Allard. The race was slowed by 13 cautions and was completed in just over 2 hours and 25 minutes. There were five lead changes among four drivers.

The St-Eustache 300 was the final race of the 2009 Série ACT Castrol season. The difference between the top two in the point standings is one point based on the unofficial finish pending a scoring recheck. Therefore the champion will not be announced until the scoring recheck is completed.


Eddie MacDonald Takes Inaugural ACT Invitational Checkers

Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA won the Inaugural ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. MacDonald came from the 19th starting position and took the lead on lap 36 from young Brandon Watson from Stayner, ON.

Watson hung with MacDonald, not more than a car length away and eventually took the lead again on the lap 41 restart. MacDonald would eventually take the lead again for good.

“It was awesome to win the first ACT race here. I’m sure there will be more but winning the first one is special. There were still a lot of fans in the grandstands from after the truck race,” said MacDonald who scored his second win of the weekend after taking the East Series race at NHMS on Friday.


Thomas and Doiron Front Row of ACT Invitational

Groton, CT’s Bruce Thomas and Berwick, ME’s Joey Doiron will lead the 36 car ACT Invitational field to green at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Thomas will be on the pole and with Doiron to his outside.

Thomas earned his invitation as the current point leader at Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. Four races still remain at Waterford including an event tonight, which Thomas will try to get back for after the Invitational. “We’re going to try and stay out in front and set a fast pace so we can get back in time for the race tonight at Waterford,” said Thomas. “We aren’t the fastest car out there but we have the clean air to help us out.”Thomas has three career titles at Waterford Speedbowl and is on his way to a fourth thanks to nine wins this season.




This weekend’s American Canadian Tour (ACT) Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) will seem like a homecoming of sorts to several of the drivers who race with the ACT. Former NASCAR driver Brian Hoar from Williston, VT is a past NHMS Track Champion. Hoar is currently leading the 2009 ACT Championship point battle and looking for his 6th overall ACT title. Brad Leighton is the most prolific winner in NHMS history, with eight (8) wins to his credit. Part-time ACT racer Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA won both Camping World East events held at the Speedway in 2008. MacDonald is in a point race with Ryan Truex for the NASCAR Camping World East title and will be entering both races at New Hampshire this weekend.


When asked how he felt about heading to the Invitational, former King of the Road title holder and recent winner of the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road, Dave Pembroke, of Montpelier, VT said, “I am a little concerned that those guys will try and pay me back!”




The field is set for the inaugural American Canadian Tour (ACT) Invitational to be held this weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) in Loudon, NH. The 36-car field for the historic first-ever Late Model stock car race is filled with the best short track drivers in the Northeastern US and provinces of Quebec and Ontario, Canada. The $65,000 event is slated to take green at 5:30 Saturday afternoon, following the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ‘Heluva Good! 200’.


ACT teams from throughout the Northeast have spent the past six months battling each other for a coveted spot in what will be the most unique racing opportunity most have had in their careers.

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