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500 Fever - Reason #5

TOP 10 REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE ACT INTERNATIONAL‘’500”

(over the weeks leading up to the ‘500’ weekend there have been and will continue to be two or three ‘top ten’ reasons to be excited about this event posted---check back often over the final weeks and you too will catch  the ‘500 Fever’ ----) 

# 5.  “MILK BOWL STYLE”

Well, we are half-way to the BIG SHOW at the BIG A!!! Just a couple of weeks until the ACT International 500 at Airborne Speedway on Sunday, July 21!!!!     

The Milk Bowl format was the brainchild of Thunder Road founder Ken Squier back in the 1960’s. Ken was working for ABC Television, and as hard as he tried at that time, all the respect Motorsports got was a quick 30-second clip of the winner of the Daytona 500 or Indy 500. Ken came up with the idea of a ‘segment race’. Break the race up and have 3 starts, 3 finishes (he felt those were generally perceived as the most exciting parts of a race to the casual observer). Also get the fans involved with a scoring system. Thus was born the Milk Bowl format for Thunder Road. Amazingly, to this day he still tries to get network television and promoters from Daytona to Charlotte to buy into this theory to make the racing more exciting, get fans involved more, and make every lap and every pass meaningful.

ACT Tour - Star 150

Joey Polewarcyzk, Jr. Takes Three Straight with Star Win

Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH became just the third driver to win three American Canadian Tour Late Model point counting events in a row with his victory at Star Speedway on Saturday, July 6. Polewarczyk joins Ben Rowe (2006) and Gary Caron (1995) as the only three straight ACT Late Model winners.

Polewarczyk and fellow New Hampshire native Wayne Helliwell, Jr. put on a show for their hometown fans for the majority of the event. Helliwell took over the lead on lap 53 and just over 10 laps later Polewarczyk arrived at his back bumper from his 9th starting position. Over the next 70 laps, the duo held the top two spots as they battled for the win. Helliwell protected the outside groove and kept the momentum off the corners as Polewarczyk fought for every inch on the inside. Polewarczyk caught the break he needed as the final caution flag flew on lap 135.

Serie ACT - Chaudiere 150

Donald Theetge Takes Second Straight Série ACT Win

Boischatel, Quebec’s Donald Theetge earned his second straight Série ACT win on Friday, July 5 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jct., QC. Theetge used the final restart on lap 131 of the 150 lap event to muscle his way around longtime event leader Patrick Laperle. Laperle made several last ditch efforts over the final 19 laps, but to no avail as Theetge protected the outside line and took away Laperle’s momentum.

The two rivals spent the majority of the event at the front after working their way from about mid-pack of the 26 car field. Laperle would get to the point first, taking away the lead from Dany Trepanier on lap 46. Theetge pulled up to his rear bumper one lap later and the latest chapter of the Theetge/Laperle rivalry began. The two swapped the lead several times over the remainder of the event and through several restarts. Laperle seemed to have the field covered until Theetge restarted on the outside on the final restart.


500 Fever - Reason #6

TOP 10 REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE ACT INTERNATIONAL‘’500”

 

(over the next four weeks leading up to the ‘500’ weekend there will be two or three ‘top ten’ reasons to be excited about this event---check back often over the next few weeks and you too will catch  the ‘500 Fever’ ----) 

 

# 6.  RESERVE FEATURE

HELLO!!!   

IF YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THE MAIN EVENT YOU WILL BE ENTERED IN THE INTERNATIONAL 500 RESERVE 100 LAP FEATURE!!!!

·       -The 500 IS A ONE DAY EVENT FOR ACT LATE MODELS!!! YOU DON’T HAVE TO COME FOR TWO DAYS TO BE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WITH THOSE WHO COME TO PRACTICE AND PARTY ON SATURDAY…it is about controlling your costs to race in this event.

 -        -THE RESERVE PURSE IS OVER $21,000.00

           -FIRST PLACE IS $3000.00

 ·         -10TH IS $660 DOLLARS

 ·         -30TH IS $400 DOLLARS

 ·         -THE RULE ON LIMITED TIRES MEANS EVEN IF YOU JUST TAKE GREEN YOU WILL COME WITHIN $100 DOLLARS OF PAYING YOUR TIRE BILL

 ·          -THIS POSTED RESERVE PURSE IS $5,000.00 LARGER THAN THE May 18 ACT US Airborne 100 lap event this year!!!!

 ·         -YOU GET TO RACE, BABY!….CATCH THE 500 FEVER!!!!


500 Fever - Reason #7

TOP 10 REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE ACT INTERNATIONAL‘’500”

 (over the next four weeks leading up to the ‘500’ weekend there will be two or three ‘top ten’ reasons to be excited about this event---check back often over the next few weeks and you too will catch  the ‘500 Fever’ ----) 

# 7.  ACT +/- system

Dave Dion taught me to always think about the fans. So let’s start with the fans regarding handicaps.

I believe fans spend their money coming to a short track to hopefully watch action-packed, competitive racing. Certainly they cheer for their heroes and become boo-birds for those they love to hate, but the bottom line is they pay to see RACING ….and that includes all racing-- HEATSCONSI(S) and FEATURES.

Here are some of the more popular handicap procedures used by various weekly tracks and tours around the country.  I have added a little commentary on each to try and give you my perspective on why I like some and literally hate others:

ACT International 500

ACT INTERNATIONAL 500 FULL OF RIVALRIES

OVER $140,000 IN POSTED AWARDS BRINGS OUT THE BEST

Veteran teams from both sides of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) racing borders are being challenged by dynamic young teams in 2013. The ACT International 500, which will be held at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY the weekend of July 20/21 will re-establish old rivalries between the US and Canada, and new rivalries between veteran favorites and brash new-comers from both the US and Quebec-based ACT organizations.

Leading the US veterans to the richest race in the history of ACT is a long list of Champions. Defending and current point leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr. from Dover, NH, and eight (8) time ACT champion Brian Hoar, Williston, VT will return to competition. The hottest driver currently on the US Tour, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), Hudson, NH, is the youngest of the veterans to enter the mid-summer event. Three-time Airborne ACT Champion Brent Dragon, Milton, VT, and Barre Vermont’s favorite son, and reigning “King of the Road’’ at Thunder Road Speedbowl, Nick Sweet are just a few of the veterans who will look to win the posted $25,000 winner’s share of the rich one day event.


Vermont Lottery Commission Governor's Cup 150

NASCAR Star Clint Bowyer Set to Tackle Thunder Road

Stock car superstar Clint Bowyer has added his entry to the 2013 Vermont Lottery Commission Governor’s Cup race Thursday night, July 11th at Barre’s Thunder Road. The Emporia, Kansas NASCAR Sprint Cup racer, currently third in the nation has said that on his bucket list is a trip to Barre’s Thunder Road and one he really wanted to take care of.

Bowyer, who drives the No. 15 Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing finished third this past weekend in Kentucky and remains third in the national standings behind Jimmy Johnson and Carl Edwards.

“I have been told that Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace all came to Barre and came out losers”, said Bowyer. “ I am looking forward to the 150 lap Governor’s Cup race as a chance to redeem and try out the Thunder Road drivers, which I hear are as aggressive as anything in the country. For me this is going to be a fun night.”


500 Fever - Reason #8

500 Fever

TOP 10 REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE ACT INTERNATIONAL‘’500”

 (over the next four weeks leading up to the ‘500’ weekend there will be two or three ‘top ten’ reasons to be excited about this event---check back often over the next few weeks and you too will catch  the ‘500 Fever’ ----)

# 8 in the TOP 10 Reasons to be excited about the ACT International 500

 

The anatomy of putting together a major event promotion like the ‘ACT International 500’ on July 20-21 this summer begins with putting numbers together.

·        What is the cost to do this kind of event?

·        How much can you expect fans to pay?

·        What will be a great financial draw for race teams?

·         What kind of realistic projection can you expect for attendance on both the grandstand side and pit side?

·        What other prices are you competing with in the market for similar racing or other sporting events? 

 

COSTS

You get the idea.  The research shows that putting on big short track events is financially pretty high risk---but the business of short track is all about risk and reward.  It is also about balancing costs and revenues for fans and competitors, hopefully with a reasonable profit at the end of the promotion.  After all, short tracks are a business, and to stay in business, I am sure you all know that businesses have to make a profit!


Serie ACT - Montmagny 250

Donald Theetge Wins Fight for Serie ACT 250 Victory

Donald Theetge of Boischatel, QC won a fierce battle with current Série ACT point leader Patrick Cliche to claim the victory in the Montmagny 250 at Autodrome Montmagny on Sunday, June 30. Theetge pocketed over $4,000 after stealing the win in the final ten laps.

Theetge and Cliche climbed through the field, from 13th and 15th respectively, during the early stages of the 250 lap event and used the same strategy of pitting for tires on the lap 139 caution. The two worked their way back through the field to setup a spectacular final 50 laps. For the second race in a row, Cliche led the most laps of the event but each one of them had Theetge on his rear bumper looking for any mistake or opening. Theetge pulled even with Cliche on the inside line several times, but each time Cliche would power back by on the outside.

With fifteen laps to go, the duo was battling heavy lap traffic when Theetge turned up the tempo. While coming up on a lap car entering turn one with just six laps to go, both drivers overdrove the corner causing an eight wheel slide. The pair gathered their cars back up for the drag race down the backstretch and Theetge finally got the advantage entering turn three. Cliche made several more attempts to get back under Theetge but to no avail.

Serie ACT Montmagny 250 Postponed

Série ACT Montmagny 250 Postponed
Make-up Date Sunday, June 30

Autodrome Montmagny officials have postponed the Série ACT 250 scheduled for Saturday, June 29 due to forecasted rains. The event will be run on Sunday, June 30 with Série ACT qualifying beginning at 2:00pm.

The Montmagny 250 will be the second Série ACT event of the 2013 season. Jean-François Déry of Quebec City stole the win in the season opener at Circuit Riverside Speedway. Patrick Cliche led the majority of the event and used the bonus points to claim the point lead.

The Série ACT Montmagny 250 qualifying will begin at 2:00pm on Sunday, June 30 at Autodrome Montmagny in Montmagny, Quebec.