ACT
MERCHANTS BANK 150 SCHEDULE

 

 

 

 

Schedule Subject
     to Change     
 
Saturday,  May 2, 2009 
8:00 - 11:00        Advance pit registration at CAR SHOW
8:00 - Noon        1st round tire(4) for car show entrants only
                             (car must be at car show and hauler in pits)
Noon                    Pit Registration
                             Balance 1st round tires (4)
           (car must be in pits-tires will be based on 1st in pits)
                             2nd round tire by draw ALL (2) tires
 
 
SAT. PRACTICE:
Noon               Safety inspection SS/PSW
 
12:30 - 12:50   NAPA Tiger Sportsman CAR SHOW
12:50 - 1:10     LATE MODEL CAR SHOW
1:10 - 1:30       Allen Lumber/Power Shift Warrior CAR SHOW
1:30 - 2:00      NAPA Tiger Sportsmen
2:00 - 2:30      LATE MODEL
2:30 - 2:50      Allen Lumber/Power Shift Warrior 
2:50 - 3:20      NAPA Tiger Sportsman
3:20 - 3:40      LATE MODEL
3:40 - 4:00      Allen Lumber/Power Shift Warrior 
      3:45 LATE MODEL TIRES RELEASED FOR SCUFF
4:00 - 4:20     NAPA Tiger Sportsman
4:20 - 4:50     LATE MODEL
4:50 - 5:05     Allen Lumber/Power Shift Warrior FINAL
5:05 - 5:25    NAPA Tiger Sportsmen FINAL
5:30 - 6:00    LATE MODEL FINAL
 
ALL LM TIRES MUST BE RETURNED
 
                           CLOSE TRACK
 
Sunday , May 3, 2009
7:30         OFFICIALS MEETING TECH TRAILER
8:00         Pit Gates Open
                Tire Compound Open
8:30        Merchants Bank 150 Inspection
10:00      Drivers Meeting
 
SUN. PRACTICE:
10:50                    Past Champions Practice (25,37,11,75,14,91,6,18,44,7)
11:00 - 11:15      Allen Lumber SS/Power Shift Warrior
11:15 - 11:45      LATE MODEL
11:45 - 12:05      NAPA Tiger Sportsman FINAL
12:05 - 12:35      LATE MODEL FINAL
12:35 - 12:50      Allen Lumber SS/Power Shift Warrior FINAL
                                              CLOSE TRACK
 1:00                    CLASS DAY ATIVITIES
 1:30                    ACT HEATS (15 laps)
                             Sportsman Heats (12 laps)
                             SS/PSW Heats (10 laps)
                             ACT Consi (s) TBA
                            Sportsmen Consi (12 laps)
                            SS/PSW Main Event (25 laps)
                                            5 Minute Mini Intermission
                            ACT LAST CHANCE TBA
                           Sportsman “B” Feature TBA
                           SS/PSW ‘Reserve’ Feature (25 laps)
                                             INTERMISSION
                           Grid 11th Annual Merchants Bank 150
                          Merchants Bank 150
                          Victory Lane
                          SPORTSMAN FEATURE (35 laps)
 
 

50th Anniversary Season at Thunder Road
NASCAR CUP DRIVER DAVID RAGAN COMING TO THUNDER ROAD
 
Unidilla, Georgia’s Sprint Cup Series aspiring stock car driver, David Ragan, will race at Thunder Road Thursday August 27th in the final evening program of its 50th season.
 
“We wanted superstars from our past, present, and future to highlight our 50th anniversary activities,” said track co-owner Tom Curley. With 82-time Cup winner and Daytona 500 Champion Bobby Allison appearing on Thursday, June 18th and one of the very best NASCAR stars of today, Tony Stewart, coming to race the CARQUEST Vt Governor’s Cup on June 25th, we wanted a racer who we believe is ready for future stardom on NASCAR’s top level of racing. David Ragan is the real deal,” concluded Curley.
                  

BRAD LEIGHTON WINS NH GOVERNOR'S CUP

Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, NH wins the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. Leighton came from deep in the field starting 19th to become the first qualifier for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The deciding battle of the race came on lap 130 when Leighton got by defending NH Governor’s Cup Champ Joey Pole of Hudson, NH. The two had to fight through heavy lap traffic due to a long green flag run from lap 52 to the finish.

 

Leighton said, “It’s a real honor to be the first qualifier for the New Hampshire Invitational. The Invitational is going to be a huge boost for the ACT series and attract tremendous regional exposure. And it’s great to be part of it.”

 

Rounding out the top five were Joey Pole, Scott Payea, Eddie MacDonald, and Quinny Welch. Coming home sixth was Ricky Wolf Jr., John Donahue, Wayne Helliwell Jr., Brian Hoar, followed by teammate Mike Olsen finishing in tenth.


ACT Tour

Pit Notes from Lee USA Speedway 4/19/09

 

  • Yesterday 45 cars took advantage of the two one-hour practice sessions at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. The practice served as a test and tune for today’s New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. As drivers shook off the rust from a long winter, they appeared to get comfortable and became racier as the day went on. There were few wrecks or issues throughout the day.
  • Among the fastest cars of the day was Lee regular Bryan Kruczek of Newmarket, NH. He was fast right out of the trailer and spent the majority of his time on the high side of the track. Throughout the day non-Lee regulars attempted to mimic his line and find the fast way around.
  • Also near the top of the speed charts was five-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar in the #37 Rick Paya machine. Hoar has signed on for the full 2009 season after several years’ absence. Paya and Hoar will be a strong team as Paya has also won several Tour championships with his previous driver, Jean-Paul Cyr.
  • Tour full-timer Jeff Zuidema had a rough start to the season. His first practice session ended early when he broke a push rod. They pulled the motor at the track and trucked it to Dave McMaster’s shop about two hours away. The repair took four hours and the crew had it back at the track first thing this morning. They are currently re-installing the motor and should be ready in time for practice.
  • One of the two accidents of the day involved Pete Potvin on the first lap of the final practice. Potvin appeared to get loose coming off turn four before overcorrecting and hitting the wall nose first at the flag stand. He was able to drive away with no serious damage. The only casualty was his bumper, which had to be cut off and welded back on. He will be ready for today’s race.
  • The second incident of the day occurred when Joey Laquerre broke a tie rod and tangled with Travis Stearns. Stearns suffered only cosmetic damage while Laquerre’s only damage was the tie rod. This accident ended the day’s practice. Both Stearns and Laquerre are expected to be fixed before post time.
  • James Linardy also had some issues yesterday. They too had to pull the motor to make a repair. The problem has been fixed and they are ready to race.
  •  The anticipation is mounting for today’s New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 as the 45 or more drivers will battle for 30 qualifying spots.
  • Today the pit gate opens at 9 a.m., front gate opens at 10 a.m. Practice will begin at 12 noon with post time at 1 p.m. It is currently sunny with no clouds in the sky and no threat of rain for the day.

ACT TOUR
MEDIA PICKS MACDONALD TO WIN AT LEE NH GOVERNOR’S CUP
 
The Northeast Media have picked the ‘outlaw’, Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA to win the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 this weekend at the Lee USA Speedway.
 
The contest, conducted by the American Canadian Tour sanctioning body, (ACT) asked media from throughout the Northeast to send in their picks for those drivers they think will qualify for the inaugural ACT INVITATIONAL Late Model event to be held this September at New England’s only Super-Speedway, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). 

ACT FORD CRATE MOTOR UPDATE
ACT FORD Crate Motor Passes Initial Tests
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has successfully completed the first two tests on a new Ford crate engine program. The tests were conducted at the White Mountain Motorsports Park in Lincoln, NH last week, and during a test and tune session at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT on Tuesday, April 14, 2009.
Veteran ACT driver Cris Michaud, of Williamstown, VT, along with his crew chief Kendell Legendre, was asked to do the testing. “It took a bit of work to convert our existing GM-equipped car to the Ford, but we managed to accomplish it. We were pretty happy with the first test, and yesterday at Thunder Road we felt we might be a little short on gear, but the FORD motor never skipped a beat. The times were certainly in line with what the GM crates average at White Mountain and Thunder Road”, said Legendre, who is a former Late Model racer at both facilities.
      

LEE USA SCHEDULE & INFORMATION
ACT TEAMS - MISC MEMO
 
LEE USA SCHEDULE & Information
 
Forecast: Long term shows 60 and sunny Saturday
              Sunday partial sunshine…mid 50’s
             [Rain is not forecast until Monday at this time]
 
Saturday Schedule 
April 18, 2009
 
                            A FOUR-TIRE EVENT
 
10:00  
·        Pits open (Late Models will pit in main pit area)
·        Tire compound open --- practice tires
                      NOTE:(LEE competitors are encouraged
                      to purchase practice tires from the
                      the Lee tire supplier)
REMINDER: ALL RACE TIRES PURCHASED MUST REMAIN OUTSIDE HAULER NEXT TO REAR GATE AT ALL TIMES WHEN RELEASED FROM THE TIRE IMPOUND AREA. Your support of this policy will be appreciated
              11:00
·    Tech opens (preliminary safety check)
 Full Tech will be conducted on Sunday morning
·    Tire Draw for first round race tires maximum (4)
·    First round mounting and impound (tires will be released at 3:45 for ‘scuffing’ at final practice session and will be immediately returned to impound following practice.)
 
12:00
·        PRACTICE (schedule subject to change)
·        12:00 - 1:00 ACT Late Model practice
·        1:00 – 2:00 Divisional practices
·        2:15          Qualifying heats for support divisions
·        3:45 – 5:00 ACT Late Model final practice
(scuff session)
·         5:00 – Track Closed
(Haulers may be left in pits overnight)

50th Anniversary Celebrations at Thunder Road
KING RICHARD PETTY COMING TO THUNDER ROAD’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
 
Richard Petty, stock car racing’s all-time Champion, will appear at Barre’s Thunder Road as part of the track’s season-long 50th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday Night, July 30th. The 7-time National Champion, and record 7-time Daytona 500 mile winner, holds the record of 200 major wins in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His closest rival on that win list is David Pearson at 105, with Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison tied for third at 84.
Petty is considered the cornerstone of the sport’s popularity and growth. Thunder Road’s history parallels the Petty legend. The Level Cross, North Carolina native won his first race in 1960 on a half-mile dirt track in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Petty name still dominates the sport 17 years after he retired as a driver. Many consider his 27 wins--including 10 in a row in 1967--the greatest single season performance in NASCAR history.

50th Anniversary Celebration at Thunder Road

 BOBBY ALLISON TO APPEAR AT THUNDER ROAD IN 2009

Three-time Daytona 500 mile stock car champion Bobby Allison will participate in the 50th anniversary celebration at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road this summer. Allison will make an appearance at the high-banked track on Thursday night June 18th.

Ken Squier, co-owner of Thunder Road said the announcement of Allison’s appearance was part of a year-long Thunder Road effort to recognize and honor great racing talent from the beginning of the Barre track’s history to today. "The track’s intention is to honor the greats from the 60’s to today, national stars and Thunder Road’s own greats. Actually we’re planning to present another NASCAR star driver for the future who will compete against Thunder Road regulars later this season," said Squier.


NHMS ACT INVITATIONAL
Goodyear ACT INVITATIONAL Test at NHMS Successful
Loudon, NH - Former American Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion Phil Scott of Middlesex, Vermont was the first American Canadian Tour driver in history to take laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Scott, along with veteran Donald Theetge of Quebec City, Quebec, conducted a successful two-day Goodyear tire test in preparation for the inaugural ACT INVITATIONAL to be held at NHMS on September 19, 2009 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup opening Chase weekend. 
ACT officials who were present at the test session also gained valuable information as they prepare for the event that will qualify 36 teams during the 2009 race season. Aero packages and brakes were a couple of concerns prior to the test session. Dean Gallison, the ACT Director of Competition was very satisfied with the results. “The aero packages on both cars were very different with regard to bracing and we didn’t seem to have any problems. The cars certainly appeared stable on the race track at speeds approaching 140 mph, and the report was that the brakes held up better than at some of the long fast short tracks that we run on. We will recommend a couple of things to help teams before we have our two-day test and tune session in August”, said Gallison. 

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