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.

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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.

  The 2009 version of the American Canadian Tour will show fans a major change from recent years. You would have to go all the way back to 2000, and the end of the Brian Hoar era, to find an ACT champion running for the 2009 title. Hoar will be looking for his sixth (6th) ACT title while driving for veteran car owner and crew chief Rick Paya. Paya helped lead all time ACT champion Jean Paul Cyr to seven championships, and knocked off 5 in a row between 2003 and 2007. Canadian star Patrick Laperle took home the honors in 2008. Laperle was the first Canadian ever to win an ACT Late Model crown. Laperle also won the ACT SERIE Castrol championship in his home province of Quebec in 2007. Neither Cyr nor Laperle will contend for the 2009 ACT Championship, which presents a ‘wild west - winner take all’ opportunity for many veterans and skilled young teams to challenge for the title in 2009.

Dragon and Polewarzcyk first to file 2009 Full Season Entries
Milton, Vermont’s veteran race driver, Brent Dragon and Hudson, New Hampshire’s young star Joey Polewarzcyk (‘Pole’) were the first to file full season entries to race for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Championship during the 2009 thirteen race campaign. Dragon has finished either 2nd or 3rd during half the dozen years he has raced on the TOUR. Joey “Pole” has finished in the top 10 in points since joining the TOUR full time in 2005, at the age of sixteen.

Dragon, a multi-time Airborne Speedway Champion considers the addition of a 300-lap race at Airborne this September a favorable windfall for his 2009 effort to capture the ACT Championship. Dragon said, “I think it is about time we finally get a championship on the American Canadian TOUR. Having a second race at my favorite track (Airborne) hopefully will work in our favor. Dragon went on the say, “We were so proud to win the prestigious MacTavish Award at this year’s banquet, I can’t think of a better way to back it up than by winning the ACT title in 2009.” Dragon knows that it won’t be easy. The competition at ACT seems to get deeper and deeper each season. Maine veterans Glen Luce and former Oxford champion Ricky Rolf, along with 5-time ACT champion Brian Hoar from So. Burlington, VT, as well as the veteran team of Randy Potter from New Hampshire have all thrown their hats in the ring as title contenders to spoil Dragon’s bid.

Thunder Road announces NO SMOKING policy in 2009
Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl has announced that beginning in 2009 there will be no smoking in the family grandstand of the 50-year old stock car racing facility.

Promoter Tom Curley said, “ We have had an increasing number of requests from our fans over the past few years to implement this no smoking policy. With the recent news regarding second hand smoke, we have decided to make the family grandstand a non-smoking area for the comfort of the fans who want to enjoy the races in a smoke-free environment. We recognize the rights of our smoking customers and will allow smoking in the upper grandstand and throughout the remainder of the facility, but request that the concession areas be respected as smoke-free as well.”

Thunder Road recently announced a level-funded family value ticket for the 2009 race season. The no smoking policy was a natural follow up based on the large number of children who accompany their parents and grandparents to the races throughout the summer season.

A regular Thunder Road race fan, Harriet Combs, said, “ It is about time that Thunder Road came up with this no smoking policy, especially in the family seating section. I couldn’t be happier and appreciate the Thunder Road management taking this long over due position for those of us that don’t want to be around the second hand smoke. I think this is a fair solution to both the smokers and the non-smokers.”

Curley went on to say that any Gold season pass holders who are affected by the no smoking policy in the family grandstand and wish to change seating for the 2009 season should contact the Thunder Road office. Management will be happy to accommodate seating change requests.

Thunder Road opens its 50th season of racing with the 11th annual Merchants Bank 150 for the American Canadian Tour on Sunday May 03, 2009. Scott Payea of Milton is a two-time winner and defending champion of the Merchants Bank 150.

For additional information contact the Thunder Road office at 802.244.6963 or

American-Canadian Tour Begins Development of Ford Crate Engine
Ford Racing and the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model stock car series have begun development of a new Ford crate engine for use on the ACT Late Model Tour, Série ACT-Castrol, and in weekly Late Model divisions around the northeastern United States and Canada in 2009. The Ford engine will be the first non-General Motors powerplant option in the division since the crate engine program was introduced a decade ago. All ACT-legal Late Models currently utilize a “spec” GM ZZ4 engine.

Production of the first Ford Racing prototype crate engine has been completed at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. The engine was shipped to the east coast for dynamometer, reliability, and comparability testing at Butler & MacMaster Racing Engines in Hallowell, Maine, the official crate engine supplier of ACT. The first on-track test is anticipated to take place in Virginia or the Carolinas in March.

“We are pleased to have Ford’s direct involvement in the development of a Ford ‘crate engine,” said ACT President Tom Curley. “The introduction of another manufacturer is long overdue, and we’re confident that the long-time debate of Ford-versus-Chevrolet will give our fans and race teams something to cheer for.”

Long-time Ford supporter and former ACT competitor Dave Dion is excited about the development. “It’s encouraging that Ford wants to step up in the local short track programs,” said Dion, “but I’m not saying that because I’m a Ford guy. I would be excited about it if it was Chevrolet, Chrysler, Toyota, or anyone else. There’s a real value in this project.” Dion explained that grassroots involvement from major companies like Ford will benefit the bigger picture. “I’m from the old school where options were everything in racing, and good-natured rivalries and debates were a healthy part of the sport,” Dion said. “If Ford can bring some of that atmosphere back to local racing by competing against the Chevrolets, then short track racing as a whole wins. On top of that, Ford gets a lot of exposure during these tough economic times. It’s very necessary.”

Curley and Dion have been working together on the project for nearly two years, and Dion has offered his ongoing help with research and development to make the program a success.

For more information on the American-Canadian Tour, call (802) 244-6963
Contact: ACT Media Phone: (802) 244-6963 Fax: (802) 244-1616

February is always a good month. In February we pass the ½ way mark of the winter season. Generally by now everyone has pretty much had time to hunt, vacation, attend banquets and either celebrate a great past season, or in some cases, forget about what is past and look with optimism toward the coming season.
Each February signals Daytona and the ‘unofficial’ beginning of the coming race season. Just the idea of seeing some racing after four or five months without it is enough to get the enthusiasm going. In an attempt to enter the 21st Century here at ACT and Thunder Road, I am going to try and write you some thoughts each season and post it on the ACT/TR internet site for a few days. Obviously, the winter quarter is the season of great expectation. Most race teams start looking forward to the Spring and a chance to ‘start over’ for another season. All of us pretty much do the same, although this has been a very, very busy ‘off season’ for us here at the ACT/TR office.

ACT, Thunder Road Announce 2009 Schedule Changes
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) and Thunder Road offices announced today final changes to their 2009 schedules.
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway has confirmed Saturday, September 19, 2009 for the inaugural ACT Invitational at the Northeast’s only super speedway.

Thirty-six of the best Late Model race teams in the Northeast and Canada will be invited to participate over the Fall NASCAR weekend at NHMS in this $65,000.00 event. Approved qualifiers will come from all 2009 ACT Tour events in the US; all the winners on the very successful Sërie ACT Castrol throughout Quebec; and additional invitations will be available to teams from ACT rules-affiliate tracks including champions from Thunder Road Speebowl (Barre, VT), Oxford Plains Speedway (Oxford, ME), Lee USA Speedway (Lee, NH), White Mountain Motorsports Park (Lincoln, NH) Seekonk Speedway (Seekonk, MA), Waterford Speedbowl (Waterford, CT), Twin State Speedway (Claremont, NH), Kawartha Down Speedway (Peterborough, ON) and Capital City Speedway (Ottawa, ON). Additional non-point events will also award winners with invitations to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway which include the TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway on July 19, 2009, the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on June 25, 2009, and the Showdown at Chaudiere All Star Race at Valle Junction, QC being held on August 29, 2009.

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