Thunder Road Pushed Back by Rain to Friday

The Harvest Equipment stock car racing program set for Thursday, June 18 at Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl has been washed away by rain.  The four-division card has been rescheduled for Friday, June 19 at 6:30pm.  Gates will open at 5:00pm, regular admission rates will be in effect at $9.50 for adults, $3 for children (6-12), and just $20 for a family of any two adults and any two kids. NASCAR Legend Bobby Allison will still be making his scheduled appearance tomorrow night.


Harvest Equipment Night was scheduled to be the second Thursday night event of the 50th Anniversary Season. It is the fourth race of the year for the NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Powershift Junkyard Warriors. The ACT Late Models will run their second weekly event of the season at tomorrow’s Harvest Equipment event.


Dave Pembroke of Montpelier, VT leads the Late Model division after his win during the first Thursday Night event sponsored by Ferguson Waterworks. Barre’s Cody Blake is currently atop the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division by just nine points, while Rookie of the Year contender Tucker Williams of Hyde Park, VT leads the Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Waitsfield’s Kevin Streeter holds the Powershift Junkyard Warriors points lead.




The American Canadian Tour (ACT) defending Champion Patrick Laperle from St Denis, Quebec has entered the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 on June 25th at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT.  Laperle not only won his first ACT US title at the ¼ mile bullring in 2008, but he has a knack for winning the big shows at what many call the toughest quarter mile in America. Laperle is defending Champion of the 2008 Chittenden Milk Bowl, which he also won in 2006.


The challenge to race against one of NASCAR’s greatest drivers, Tony Stewart, who will also compete in one of the most exciting 150 lap events of the season on Thursday, June 25th was just what the JPN Laperle Racing team enjoys. “I can’t wait to race against Tony Stewart. My brother and I are huge fans of his and this is going to be one of my best racing memories. The idea that I can just race and not worry about ACT Série Castrol points or anything like that is what I love to do. I hope we come to the wire side-by-side for the win after 149 laps. It would be the thrill of a lifetime”, said Patrick Laperle.


Sean Kennedy Wins Toromont CAT 100       

Ottawa, ON – Sean Kennedy of Dunrobin, ON won the Toromont CAT 100 at his hometrack, Capital City Speedway. Kennedy took the lead from another local Matt Moffiitt on lap 25 and never looked back. The Capital City Speedway regulars used their experience on the third-mile oval to their advantage and two of them finished in the top five.

2008 ACT Tour Champion Patrick Laperle won a late battle with Jonathan Urlin to capture the second place position. Urlin came home third, followed by Matt Moffitt, and Yvon Bedard rounded out the top five. Last week’s winner, Donald Theetge finished sixth, chased to the line by Daniel Descoste, Pier-Luc Ouellette, Brandon Watson, and Ken Baird finished in the top ten.

Unofficially, nine cars finished on the lead lap of the 100 lap event that was slowed by seven cautions. The last caution came on lap 44 as the final 56 laps were run without a yellow.

Kennedy becomes the ninth driver to qualify for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as there have been no repeat winners in the combined nine events on the Series ACT Castrol and the ACT Tour. Kennedy becomes the only qualifier so far from the Province of Ontario. He joins drivers from Vermont, New Hampshire and Quebec.

The Series ACT Castrol will be at Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC next Saturday, June 20. The ACT Tour will also be running next Saturday as they were rained out at Waterford Speedbowl this weekend and will be completing the final 72 laps of the event.

Unofficial Finish

1              14           Sean Kennedy

2              91           Patrick Laperle

3              4              John Urlin

4              44           Matt Moffitt

5              9PQ        Yvon Bédard

6              80           Donald Theetge

7              2              Daniel Descoste

8              8QC        Pier-Luc Ouellete

9              19           Brandon Watson

10           79           Michael Lavoie

11           12           Ken Baird

12           85           Trampas Demers

13           27           Alexandre Gingras

14           00           Steve Munro

15           21QC     Jean-François Déry

16           48QC     Karl Allard

17           11PQ     Claude Leclerc

18           31           Spencer MacPherson

19           7              Pete Vanderwyst

20           15QC     Kevin Roberge

21           5QC        Patrick Cliche

22           28QC     Dany Ouellet

23           30           Stéphane Durand

24           17ON     Justin Holtom

25           51PQ     Patrick Hamel

26           97PQ     Jacques Poulin

27           37           Stefany Malanka

28           92           Jonathan Desbiens

29           88           Tim Dorning

30           07           Tim Kirby

31           10QC     Stéphane Descoste

32           26QC     Valerie Chiasson

33           99           Derek White



Ford Racing Announces ACT Contingency Program
With its S347JR engine approved for competition on the American Canadian Tour (ACT) and its affiliate weekly series tracks, Ford Racing has announced a contingency program to support the Ford racers in these series. Racers in the US ACT Late Model Tour, Canadian Serie ACT Castrol Tour, as well as weekly Late Model series at ACT-approved affiliate tracks will be eligible for awards contingent on the use of the
M-6007-S347JR Sealed Racing engine. The payouts for the series are as follows:
ACT Late Model Tour and Serie ACT-Castrol Tour
        Race winner        $500
        Second              $250
        Third                 $100
ACT Affiliate Approved Late Model Weekly Program
        Race Winner        $250
        Second              $125
        Third                 $ 75
Racers are required to register for the contingency program at:
Click on "contingency" under Team Ford Racing. 

Nutmeg State 100

Speedbowl’s Late Model Competitors Ready to Host ACT Tour

Waterford, CT (June 8, 2009) – Late Model teams at Waterford Speedbowl will have Saturday June 13th off from NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action.  The ACT Late Model Tour visits the historic shoreline oval for a 100-lap event however, which some ‘Bowl competitors are hoping to provide some home cooking in.

The Speedbowl Late Model division is comprised of ACT-legal cars, giving the “home team” of drivers a leg up on the ACT Tour competition when it comes to experience and number of laps around the tricky three eighths mile Speedbowl.  Waterford regulars Bruce Thomas Jr. and Tim Jordan will lead the charge for the locals.  Others expected to defend their turf versus the Tour include Dennis Stampfl, Allen Coates, and Joe Curioso.   Another driver looking to qualify is Howard Payne.  Payne is just getting started in the division, but the multiple-time winner in the Truck Series has proven to be a quick learner in his racing career.  Payne will be racing for a cause, donating any winnings from his effort to Racing Against Cancer.


NASCAR’S Tony Stewart Excited about Thunder Road Governor’s Cup

NASCAR Sprint Cup point leader Tony Stewart told GWC blogger Travis Barrett at Dover, Delaware last week that he is excited about his upcoming June 25th visit to Thunder Road. Stewart will compete in the CARQUEST Governor’s Cup 150 with 30 of the best Late Model teams of the American Canadian and Thunder Road regulars.

Stewart, coming off his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory as a car owner at Pocono Raceway last Sunday, is now perhaps the premiere racing star of the NASCAR Cup circuit. Stewart transcends ‘old school’ drivers like Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip and the new breed drivers like Carl Edwards, the Busch brothers and Jimmy Johnson. Stewart has raced in multiple disciplines of racecars, including Indy open wheel cars, sprint cars, and all forms of stock cars. He has made it clear to track owners that he is coming to Thunder Road to race.  

Series ACT Castrol

Donald Theetge Captures Le AIM Quebec 150 Victory

Donald Theetge of Boischatel, QC took home the victory in the Le AIM Quebec 150 in front of a thrilled crowd at Autodrome Chaudiere. Theetge worked his way through traffic from the fifteenth starting position to take the lead on lap 55 from Patrick Hamel. Theetge then had to hold of Hamel, Karl Allard and Patrick Cliche in the later stages of the race.

Newcomer to the Series ACT Castrol this year Marc-Andre Cliche led during the early part of the 150 lap event. During a caution period on lap 31 he relinquished the lead when he had to pit. Dany Ouellet would inherit the lead but it was short lived as Justin Holtom took the lead two laps later. However, Holtom was penalized for using the bump and run to get by. Patrick Hamel would then take the lead for eighteen laps before Theetge took over for good.


The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that the Ford S347JR crate engine has been approved for competition starting immediately.  

For the past eighteen months the engineers from Ford Racing in Dearborn, Michigan have been working in conjunction with ACT motor builders Butler & MacMaster of Hallowell, Maine on the research and development of a Ford crate engine that will be compatible with the GM ZZ4 crate engine. 

“It has taken a little longer than we had anticipated, but we wanted to make certain that the Ford program is going to fit our business model”, said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour. “The important thing here was to make sure that the Ford and GM motors match up without one having an advantage over the other. It was just as important to have each motor capable of winning on our weekly tracks or at Tour events. I think we have accomplished that after several changes over the past few months. I can’t say enough about the cooperation we have had from Ford, Dave MacMaster and especially Kendell Legendre and Cris Michaud who have spent many hours preparing the car, and then have tested no less than seven or eight times to help bring this project to fruition”, continued Curley. 

To:                  ACT Competitors
From:             ACT Office
Date:             June 3, 2009
Subj:             Rules
The following are amendments and/or clarifications to the current ACT Late Model Rules, as published in the ACT Procedures and Rules Manual, copyrighted in 2007.
Page 42, Number 17 - Shocks
Brand approved is KONI and must be run at all ACT events.
            A.            Model #:            KON30-7436 (recommended)
                                                      KON30-9325 (recommended)
Shock bump stops will be NOT be allowed on ACT approved
KONI shocks, effective June 8, 2009.
                        An approved piece of chain link may be used on the lower front suspension, and must be mounted securely.
EIRI 060309

Jean-Francois Dery Wins Red Bear 100

Jean-Francois Dery Wins Red Bear 100

Montmagny, QC – Jean-Francois Dery of Quebec, QC wins the Red Bear 100 at Autodrome Montmagny after a fierce battle with eventual third place finisher Donald Theetge. Justin Holtom led for the earlier stages of the race before Theetge took over. Theetge and Dery then fought for the lead, rubbing fenders multiple times. Dery held the lead through five late cautions while battling Theetge. Eventual runner-up finisher Trampas Demers got by Theetge in the final laps.

Dery was chased to the line by Demers, Theetge, Karl Allard, and Michael Lavoie rounding out the top five. Alexandre Gingras, Patrick Laperle, Jacques Poulin, Eric St-Gelais and Patrick Hamel complete the top ten.

Dery becomes the second Series ACT Castrol competitor to qualify for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He joins other qualifiers Patrick Laperle along with ACT Tour qualifiers Brad Leighton, Eric Williams, Scott Payea, Joey Polewarczyk Jr., and Dave Pembroke.

Twenty-nine cars attempted to qualify bringing the Series ACT Castrol average car count to 31.5 cars per event. The Series ACT Castrol will be back in action next week at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 6.

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