Speed51 Awards

Fan Support Earns ACT and Thunder Road Speed51 Awards
Alan Ward Snaps Best Action Photo of 2013

The American Canadian Tour and Thunder Road earned several awards in the 2013 Speed51 Awards thanks to their diehard fans. The awards included Best Promoter, Best Short Track and Best Action Photo by Thunder Road’s Alan Ward. The annual awards are voted on by fans from across the nation on the premier international stock car racing news website Speed51 follows series and tracks from all over the United States and Canada, bringing the latest news and coverage to fans unlike any other site.

ACT and Thunder Road promoter Tom Curley was voted as the best promoter of 2013. He received the award for his continued efforts in developing ACT as one of the premier series in the United States and Canada, and maintaining Thunder Road’s status as one of the top short tracks in the country.

ACT Driver of the Day - Travis Stearns

ACT Driver of the Day: Travis Stearns

Rookie ACT competitor Travis Stearns of Auburn, ME and his new team had one heck of season on their way to 6th place in the final standings. While there were the normal rookie growing pains, Stearns’ season was highlighted by continued improvement. To witness the improvement, look no further than the two events at both Devil’s Bowl and Thunder Road. During the first trips to the two speedways, this rookie finished 22nd at Thunder Road and 24th at Devil’s Bowl. When the tour returned to the tracks during the second half of the season this driver claimed a career high second at Devil’s Bowl before earning his first career ACT win in the Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road. His Labor Day Classic 200 win was a sweet victory for both himself and car owner Richard Green.

2013 Stats – 6th Place
Starts – 14
Wins – 1
Top 5s – 3
Top 10s – 4
Avg. Fin. – 14.1


The U.S.-based American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a management change for its Canadian Late Model stock car series, beginning in 2014. Racing Promotion Management, Ltd. (RPM), a Quebec-based company, led by long-time racing enthusiast and promoter Sylvain Brouillette and his partner Jean-François Fredette, will take over the day-to-day promotion, marketing and event responsibilities for the 2014 season.

ACT took over the struggling Series in 2007, and it has turned into the most exciting stock car racing in Quebec, drawing large crowds and crowning notable champions of the Series like Donald Theetge from Quebec City, Patrick Laperle from Montreal, Ste. Felicien’s Karl Allard, and 2013 defending Champion Jean-François Déry from Quebec City.

ACT Driver of the Day - Claude Leclerc

ACT Driver of the Day: Claude Leclerc

Claude Leclerc is a stock car racing legend. He was on the NASCAR North Tour during its first season back in 1979. He competed in each season on the North Tour and then joined ACT during its inaugural season in 1986 through the final Pro Stock season in 1995. After competing in select ACT Late Model events, he joined the Série ACT in its first season back in 2007. The 72 year old has been racing full-time on the series since. Between the North Tour, ACT Pro Stock Tour, ACT Late Model Tour U.S., the Série ACT QC, and ACT special events, Leclerc has now started in 495 feature events and will make his 500th start in 2014. The veteran holds the record for the most career starts on the combined North/ACT Pro Stock Tour with 397 and the record for Série ACT starts with 73. He will be the first driver ever to make his 500th feature start with the ACT organization. During the 2013 season, he proved he still has what it takes and claimed a runner-up finish in the first event of the season at Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, Quebec.

2013 Stats – 7th Place
Starts – 11
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 2
Top 10s – 6
Avg. Fin. – 9.7

ACT Driver of the Day - Ray Parent

ACT Driver of the Day: Ray Parent

In just his third season with the ACT Tour, Ray Parent of Tiverton, RI came out of the gate on fire. He jumped into the title contention by rattling off five top tens in the first five events. He and his Amtrol Ford team remained a threat to win each and every week. For the second season in a row, the 2012 Bond Auto ACT Invitational winner claimed 7th place in the final standings.

2013 Stats – 7th Place
Starts – 12
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 3
Top 10s – 8
Avg. Fin. – 10.3

ACT Driver of the Day: Rowland Robinson, Jr.

ACT Driver of the Day: Rowland Robinson, Jr.

With the help of his family team, Rowland Robinson, Jr. of Steuben, ME claimed 8th place in the 2013 ACT standings. He and his team traveled the farthest to nearly every event on the schedule once again this season. Along the way they continued to reach new heights and accomplish new goals. He earned a top ten in the standings with four top ten finishes, including the first three top fives of his career. In just his second full season on the tour, he pocketed a $1,900 point fund check for his 8th place effort.

2013 Stats – 8th Place
Starts – 14
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 3
Top 10s – 4
Avg. Fin. – 14.7

ACT Driver of the Day: Martin Goulet, Jr.

ACT Driver of the Day: Martin Goulet, Jr.

As the 2013 Série ACT Rookie of the Year and 10th place competitor, Martin Goulet, Jr. of Mascouche, QC showed tremendous improvement throughout his rookie season. With the help of his father as his crew chief, he learned the ropes of ACT Late Model racing and gained valuable experience. His improvement was apparent with the first three top ten finishes of his career. His development into a successful Série ACT competitor will be entertaining to watch in the future.

2013 Stats – 10th Place
Starts – 11
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 0
Top 10s – 3
Avg. Fin. – 14.6

2014 VT State Late Model Championship

VT State Late Model Championship Sees Changes in 2014
Labor Day Replaces Governor’s Cup

The four race Vermont State Late Model Championship series, which boasts an $11,000 point fund, will see changes in 2014. The series, which features four events split between Vermont’s only two paved oval speedways, will now include the Labor Day Classic at Barre’s Thunder Road on the schedule, instead of the Vermont Governor’s Cup as in years past.

The Vermont State Late Model Championship was created in 2012 and hosts two races each at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven and Thunder Road in Barre. Once again the series will kick off with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 at Thunder Road on Sunday, May 25. The 1/4-mile portion of the series will conclude with the Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, August 31. The Labor Day event will also be the final Thunder Road Late Model point-counting event for 2014.

Serie ACT Stat Attack

Stat Attack
All stats are from Série ACT (Quebec) Late Model point counting events only.

·         51 different drivers attended at least one of the 11 events in 2013.

·         All 51 of those drivers qualified for at least one event.

·         206 different drivers have now attempted to qualify for at least one of the 75 events run since the inception of the Série ACT in 2007.

·         171 different drivers have now started a feature event.

·         8 drivers started their first feature in 2013.

·         3 different drivers led their first laps of Série ACT competition. (Martin Goulet, Jr., Glen Luce, Jimmy Hebert)

·         58 different drivers have now led at least one lap in Série ACT competition.

·         Patrick Cliche, Dany Trepanier, Jonathan Bouvrette and Jimmy Hebert all earned their first career Série ACT wins.

·         23 different drivers have now won a Série ACT feature.

2013 ACT Banquet of Champions

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Jean-François Déry Take Top ACT Honors
Quebec’s Larue Brothers Accept Prestigious MacTavish Award

Burlington, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) held its annual Banquet of Champions at the Doubletree Inn in Burlington, VT on Saturday, January 11. ACT honored its 2013 champions and top ten competitors from the Northeastern U.S.-based ACT Late Model Tour and the Quebec-based Série ACT. ACT Late Model competitors from across the region battled in point counting and special events for their share of over $900,000 in purses and point funds during 2013.

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH and car owner Bruce Bernhardt earned their second straight ACT Late Model Tour title in 2013. Helliwell defended his 2012 title with two feature wins and another ACT Championship. He and his team narrowly avoided disaster in the final event of the season and hung on to their slim lead to earn the title. Helliwell and Bernhardt also claimed the Ford Blue Oval Cup title for the fourth straight season.