ACT Lee Opener


There are a number of veteran American Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car drivers looking for their first wins in the traditional spring opening event at the Lee USA Speedway’s New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Coming fresh off his NASCAR K&N win at the rugged Bristol Motor Speedway, Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA has to be considered a favorite to win at his family-owned track. “I would think that a betting man might be smart to forget the NCAA Final Four and drop a dime on the “Outlaw” winning the annual ACT opener,” said ACT President, Tom Curley. “Eddie has won ACT races before, and he has been in a position to win at Lee on several occasions over the years, but has not grabbed the checkers yet. He usually finds a way to get to the front, although his schedule usually does not allow for much practice compared to other teams. He still is long overdue to win the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup,” concluded Curley.


The best group of young talent in nearly 30 years has emerged to challenge some of the biggest stock car racing stars in the Northeast during the 2014 American Canadian Tour (ACT) upcoming season.

“Having this many talented young teams is exactly what ACT racing was designed for. All these teams have come out of weekly tracks and are now testing the longer distance events. ACT tries to create schedules that will still allow teams to race at their “home tracks” during the height of the race season. We have lots of events scheduled in early Spring and later in the Fall. Watching these new young teams develop has become one of the most fun parts of the business for me. There is nothing more exciting than to see a young racer win his/her first major event!!”, said Tom Curley, long-time promoter of ACT racing.


American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams look at Lee USA Speedway’s annual New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 to kickstart their race season on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The optimism is well-founded. ACT Late Models can boast 10 different winners in 11 events held at Lee since 2003.

The list of winners is impressive, with a huge diversity of experience. Starting the list of winners are two Canadian teams, featuring four-time ACT US and Canadian Champion Patrick Laperle from St. Denis, QC and NASCAR Canadian Champion DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, ON in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

ACT Driver of the Day - Jean-Francois Dery

ACT Driver of the Day: Jean-François Déry

 Déry put together arguably the most consistent championship season in the history of the Série ACT on his way to the 2013 title. After coming up just short in 2012, the hunger for his first career championship was apparent each and every week. He claimed a win in the season-opening even at Circuit Riverside Speedway, but it wasn’t until his second win of the season at Autodrome St-Eustache that he claimed the point lead. Once he gained the lead, he never let it go as he finished the season with a string of five straight podium finishes to claim the title. Along with the 2013 title, Déry took home over $48,000 for his efforts last season.

2013 Stats – 1st Place
Starts – 11
Wins – 2
Top 5s – 9
Top 10s – 10
Avg. Fin. – 4.3

ACT Driver of the Day - Wayne Helliwell, Jr.

ACT Driver of the Day: Wayne Helliwell, Jr.

Wayne Helliwell, Jr.’s name has become a synonym for winning in Northeast stock car racing. In 2013, he captured his second straight American Canadian Tour Championship and his fourth straight Ford Blue Oval Cup Championship. He swept the two events at Devil’s Bowl Speedway as part of his remarkable nine podium finishes during the season, not including his runner-up finish in the 5th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In just his third full season on the ACT Tour, Helliwell has solidified himself as one of the all-time greats in the history of the American Canadian Tour.

2013 Stats – 1st Place
Starts – 14
Wins – 2
Top 5s – 10
Top 10s – 13
Avg. Fin. – 4.5

ACT Driver of the Day - Alex Labbe

ACT Driver of the Day: Alex Labbe

Labbe returned to Série ACT with a new team in 2013 and scored big wins on both sides of the border. He finished as the 2013 runner-up in the final standings after scoring back-to-back wins during the Série ACT season. The former Série ACT Rookie of the Year also scored a win in the ACT US season finale at Airborne. A week later, he earned the Milk Bowl pole at Thunder Road and picked up a third place finish in what is known as the “Toughest Short Track Race in America.” He earned over $45,000 during the 2013 season.

2013 Stats – 2nd Place
Starts – 11
Wins – 2
Top 5s – 8
Top 10s – 9
Avg. Fin. – 5.1

ACT Driver of the Day - Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.

ACT Driver of the Day: Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.

Polewarczyk had another career year in 2013 on his way to a runner-up finish in the ACT point standings. He tied an ACT record with three straight feature wins during the first half of the season. The veteran then earned his biggest win of the year in the ACT International event at Airborne and pocketed the $25,000 check. Polewarczyk competed in his 100th career ACT point-counting event in the season finale at Airborne Speedway. Between the 14 point-counting events, his $25,000 win in the International and fifth place efforts in the Invitational at NHMS and Milk Bowl at Thunder Road, Polewarczyk took home over $55,000 in 2013.

2013 Stats – 2nd Place
Starts – 14
Wins – 3
Top 5s – 10
Top 10s – 12
Avg. Fin. – 4.9

ACT Driver of the Day - Jimmy Hebert

ACT Driver of the Day: Jimmy Hebert

Hebert had a career year during his 2013 sophomore campaign on the ACT Tour. The 2012 ACT Rookie of the Year jumped into the title picture by claiming his first career win in the season opening event at Lee USA Speedway. He continued his successful season with his second career win when the Tour visited Sanair Super Speedway. He claimed third in the final standings and earned over $25,000 between the Tour and special events.

2013 Stats – 3rd Place
Starts – 14
Wins – 2
Top 5s – 6
Top 10s – 13
Avg. Fin. – 7.2

Fellows Files First Full Season Entry

Veteran Aaron Fellows ‘All-In’ for 2014 ACT U.S.

Veteran stock car driver Aaron Fellows, from Croydon, New Hampshire, is the first to file a full season entry for the 2014 American Canadian Tour season. Fellows has compiled an impressive ten championships in his weekly short track career in both the weekly Late Model and Modified divisions at New Hampshire’s Twin State (6) and Canaan (4) Speedways.

“We have decided to give the ACT Tour a try this year. With the shutdown of Canaan, and the rumors of some veteran teams planning to cut back from a full touring schedule, this looks like an opportune time. We had some good finishes in the races we were at last season with ACT. Top ten runs at Canaan and Beech Ridge gave our team some confidence. Of course the highlight of the year was when we finished fourth at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). The Bond ACT Invitational is really a short track racers dream event. My goal is to get back to NHMS in September,” said Fellows.

ACT Driver of the Day - Jonathan Bouvrette

ACT Driver of the Day: Jonathan Bouvrette

Bouvrette had a breakout year in just his third full season of Série ACT competition in 2013. He was a threat to win each and every week on his way to career highs in top fives and top tens. His efforts secured him four in the final Série ACT standings. He also scored his first career win in dramatic fashion in the season finale. After running near the front and finishing fifth in the Saturday event of the St-Eustache doubleheader, he dominated the 200-lap event on Sunday for his first career Série ACT win. He will be a contender for the 2014 Série ACT title. He took home over $24,000 for his efforts on the Série ACT and in non-point counting events in 2013.

2013 Stats – 4th Place
Starts – 11
Wins – 1
Top 5s – 6
Top 10s – 8
Avg. Fin. – 8.0