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.


Dave Pembroke Captures Second Career Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic Victory

Dave Pembroke of Montpelier, VT takes home the win in the 47th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. Pembroke chased leader Joey Polewarczyk for the first 82 laps before Pole lost control off the top of turn 3. Pole ran the high groove while Pembroke attempted to get by on the inside. Pole broke away from the field while working through lap traffic. After the caution on lap 82 for Pole, Pembroke couldn’t be touched.

The Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic was slowed by only four cautions including a multi-car wreck in turn one on the 64th lap. The last caution was the one that claimed Pole on lap 82. After the lap 82 restart Pembroke checked out while Brian Hoar and Scott Payea battled for the second spot. Hoar came out on top with Payea, Cris Michaud and Randy Potter rounding out the top five.

Series ACT Castrol St-Eustache Finish

Official Series ACT Castrol St-Eustache Results

Fin Pos Start Pos Car # Driver
1 3 91 Patrick Laperle
2 6 80 Donald Theetge
3 9 19 Brandon Watson
4 10 71 Pete Vanderwyst
5 5 03 Martin Lacombe
6 4 27 Alexandre Gingras
7 20 85 Trampas Demers
8 8 48QC Karl Allard
9 14 8 Pierre-Luc Ouellete
10 2 20 Max Descoste
11 11 72 Jacques Laperle
12 7 30 Stéphane Durand
13 24 5QC Patrick Cliché
14 25 79 Michael Lavoie
15 23 38QC Martin Goulet
16 13 31 Spencer MacPherson
17 15 51PQ Patrick Hamel
18 30 26QC Valerie Chiasson
19 29 28QC Dany Ouellet
20 1 2 Daniel Descoste
21 26 9PQ Yvon Bédard
22 17 21QC Jean-François Déry
23 27 6 Pierre Graton
24 18 7PQ Daniel Bergeron
25 12 11PQ Claude Leclerc
26 22 40QC David Michaud
27 16 3 Sylvain Lacombe
28 21 92 Jonathan Desbiens
29 19 10QC Stéphane Descoste
30 28 97PQ Jacques Poulin


The Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic Twin 100’s at Thunder Road for American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models and the True Value Modified Racing Series will also honor generations of racing heroes who helped build the venerable quarter mile high-banked short track into one of the most famous in North America.


Flathead drivers of the 60’s like Harold Hanaford, Johnny Gammell and the Ingerson Brothers, along with the stars of the 70’s --- ‘Mod Squad’ members, Robbie Crouch, Johnny Rosati and Joey Kourafas, and favorite Bay State adopted son, Dave Dion, have all provided race fans in the Northeast with spectacular racing. Generations of Vermont Dragons, Canadians Cabana, Whitlock, and Laperle, and present champions Scott, Michaud and Williams have all helped Thunder Road earn its moniker as the ‘Nation’s Site of Excitement’.  Located in the granite capital of the world, Barre, Vermont, a new Memorial Park has been established to help celebrate the 50th anniversary year to pay tribute to the long list of Thunder Road champions.

ACT Tour

ACT Tour Returns to Thunder Road for Memorial Day Doubleheader

The 50th Anniversary Season at Thunder Road International Speedbowl will continue on Memorial Day weekend when both the ACT Tour and the True Value Modified Racing Series battle the high banks of the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.”

May 24th will mark the 47th running of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100. It has become a staple of the Thunder Road season and now the ACT Tour schedule. Winners of this prestigious event include legends such as Bobby Dragon, Dave Dion, Robbie Crouch, and Jean-Paul Cabana, as well as today’s heroes, Phil Scott, Cris Michaud, Brent Dragon, Dave Pembroke and last year’s winner John Donahue among others.

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