ACT
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. 

ACT Tour

“Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald Enters Season Opener at Lee USA Speedway

 

The 2009 season is shaping up to be the year of the “outlaw” on the ACT Tour. Leading the charge of the outlaws is Camping World East Series regular Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA, who will be at the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee (NH) USA Speedway.

 

MacDonald competed in four ACT Tour events in 2008. He finished in the top ten in all four of them and had an average finish of 4.5. One of his two second place finishes last year came in the season opener at Lee. MacDonald captured his only ACT Tour win at Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway in 2007.

Thunder Road 50th Anniversary
     TONY STEWART COMING TO CELEBRATE THUNDER ROAD’S 50TH
  STEWART TO RACE IN  VERMONT GOVERNOR’S CUP 150
 
Thunder Road officials confirmed that two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart will be racing in the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 150, Thursday, June 25 as a part of the 50th Anniversary celebration season at Thunder Road International Speedbowl.
 
Stewart has long been regarded as one of the most versatile and accomplished stars of NASCAR stock car racing. A multi-time USAC open wheel sprint car racer in his early years, Stewart then went on to race in the Indianapolis Racing League. Stewart was the only rookie to sit on the pole of the Indianapolis 500. He joined the Joe Gibbs racing in 1997. Stewart won 33 NASCAR Cup races while racing for Gibbs.
 
Tom Curley, promoter and co-owner of Thunder Road said, “ Of all the people, in any form of racing, the one driver I wanted to help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Thunder Road was Tony Stewart. I have always thought that Tony Stewart represents what stock car racing is supposed to be about. He will definitely be coming to race, and that is what Thunder Road fans and competitors expect.
 
The CARQUEST Governor’s Cup will draw the best competitors from the American Canadian Tour (ACT) along with Thunder Road’s best Late Model teams. Earlier this year ACT gave a special event status to this year’s Governor’s Cup. It will be one of four specials designated as a ‘Qualifier’ for the September 19th ACT INVITATIONAL to be held on the NASCAR ‘Chase’ opening weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire in September. If Stewart wins the event, and elects to compete, NHMS will increase the starting field for this September’s INVITATIONAL.
 
Stewart said, “ Thunder Road has been on my list of short tracks I just had to race at in my career. I have heard so much about this track from so many different people around the country. Thanks to my friend Kenny Schrader for getting them to add some laps to the Governor’s Cup. From what he tells me the competition is tough and whoever wins needs all the laps he can get.” Stewart is the owner of the famous Eldora Speedway in Ohio. He is an avid supporter of short track racing.

 
A special commemorative 50th Anniversary – Tony Stewart Governor’s Cup ticket will be available at a discount price beginning at Thunder Road’s Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic double header over the May 23/24 weekend. The American Canadian Tour will be joining the True Value Modified Racing Series in a twin 100-lap event.
 
Ticket prices for the Carquest VT Governor’s Cup will be Adult - $17 in advance, Adult - $20 day of race, all kids (6-12) $3. Pits will open at 3 pm; front gates will open at 4 pm. Post time is 6 pm. Feature event post time is 8 pm.
 
 
For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963 or media@acttour.com
 

ACT TOUR
WISCASSET 300 TO BECOME ACT INVITATIONAL QUALIFIER

 CENTER OF SPEED 150 LATE MODEL EVENT ADDED TO LOUDON RACE

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model teams, along with a host of local teams throughout New England, will have another opportunity to qualify for the inaugural ACT INVITATIONAL to be held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway as part of New England’s NASCAR September 18-20th race weekend in 2009.  

Doug and Becky White, owners of the revitalized Wiscasset Speedway in Wiscasset, ME, have reached an agreement with the American Canadian Tour to include their Center of Speed 300 Late Model portion of the event as a Qualifier for the much-heralded ACT INVITATIONAL.

ACT TOUR
ACT TOUR TO OPEN SEASON AT LEE USA WITH
GOVERNOR’S CUP 150 AT LEE USA SPEEDWAY
 
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model teams will open the most ambitious schedule ever with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 lap championship event on April 19, 2009 at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire.
 

The excitement for the 2009 lid-lifter has reached an all-time high. Besides capturing an opening day victory, the winner of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 will become the first of thirty-six qualifiers for the inaugural ACT INVITATIONAL to be held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2009. It has brought out the most competitive field of racers to an ACT opening event in many years.


Lefthander Chassis Announces 2009 Reward Program

                   LEFTHANDER CHASSIS ANNOUNCES 2009 PROGRAM

             FOR ACT TOUR AND SERIE ACT CASTROL LEFTHANDER TEAMS


FORD BLUE OVAL CUP CHALLENGE

HELLIWELL LOOKS TO JUMP START

FORD BLUE OVAL CUP CHALLENGE AT WATERFORD

 

 

Lee USA Speedway 2009 Champion, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. is looking to get a head start on the other ACT Ford team members in the 2010 season-long campaign. It was announced today by car owner Bruce Bernhardt that the team will head to Waterford Speedbowl for the opening event at the ‘Bowl’ over the weekend of March 27-28.

 

“We are definitely planning to go to Waterford for the practice on Friday, and if things go as we hope they will, we will plan to run the 50-lap Late Model feature,” said Bernhardt. Waterford is an affiliate track of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model program. With the ACT system of universal rules, it allows teams from throughout the northeastern United States and Canada to travel to a large number of tracks in the region.

 

“We are trying to get ready for our season at Lee USA, and we are really looking forward to the opening event when the ACT touring teams begin their season in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. As defending champions of our home track, we want to try and give the Tour guys all we can. We are also trying to get a head start on the Ford Blue Oval Cup Challenge point fund,” concluded Bernhardt.

Historical ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Creates Buzz

           On September 19th, 2009, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) will become the 23rd different track to host an American-Canadian Tour Late Model event. It will also become the largest track (1.058 mile) to ever hold an ACT event, surpassing the 7/8ths mile Sanair Super Speedway in St. Pie, PQ.

           Sanair Super Speedway held the inaugural ACT Late Model Tour race and was won by Norm Andrews of Warren, VT on April 26, 1992. To date, there have been 186 ACT Late Model Tour events with 57 different winners, including the non-point counting All-Star race at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallée-Jonction, PQ held in 2008.


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