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.

ACT Invitational Joins a Super September Saturday Line-Up at NHMS

LOUDON, N.H. (January 14, 2009) - New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced today that the inaugural American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Invitational will be run on Saturday, September 19 at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The stars of the ACT and the Canadian Série ACT-Castrol will get their first superspeedway experience after the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire 100 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series New Hampshire 200 races.

The ACT Invitational will have a purse of more than $65,000 for invited and approved teams that attend this historic, groundbreaking Late Model stock car racing event.

"This is an incredible day of racing for our fans," said New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice-president and general manager Jerry Gappens. "The Invitational is a great addition to our already strong Saturday schedule. I really appreciate NASCAR's Mike Helton and his team for working with us to add this event to an already jam-packed schedule. For my money, this Saturday lineup will feature the most exciting, competitive and diverse dayof racing in all of motorsports."The ACT Invitational race will be a 50-lap all-star event with 36 starters.Each 2009 race winner up to the running of the Invitational on the

U.S.-based ACT Late Model Tour and the Québec/Ontario-based SérieACT-Castrol will be awarded a guaranteed starting spot and a $500 bonus for each win contingent upon participation at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway event.

Laperle, Dragon, Williams Honored at ACT/Thunder Road Banquet of Champions

American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model driver Patrick Laperle from Montreal was honored as a first time winner of the United States ACT Championship at the annual Banquet of Champions on Saturday night at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, VT. Over 500 teams and fans celebrated with Laperle, as he became the first Canadian driver to win the ACT title since Jr. Hanley took the honors in 1995. Laperle is the first Quebec driver to ever win the US championship. Laperle won the ACT Canadian Serie Castrol championship in 2007. Laperle beat Milton, Vermont driver Scott Payea for the 2008 US title by a single point in the final race of the year. He had to win his third Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road last fall to win the ACT title.

            The 40th winner of the prestigious MacTavish Award was given to Milton, Vermont’s Brent Dragon. The award named for legendary New England racer Don MacTavish, who lost his life racing at the Daytona Int’l Speedway in 1969, made Dragon the third member of the first family of racing in Vermont to be honored with receiving the MacTavish, following wins by his father Harmon “Beaver’ Dragon in 1979, and uncle Bobby Dragon in 1983.

            Thunder Road International Speedbowl crowned Hyde Park, VT’s Eric Williams the 2008 ‘King of the Road’. Williams had previously won titles in the ACT NAPA Sportsman division at both Airborne Speedway and Thunder Road. Williams captured the 2008 Late Model crown on the final race of the year by only 3 points over multi time track champion from Montpelier VT, Phil Scott.

Moody inducts Tom Curley into NEAR Hall of Fame

Skip Barber, a five-time national champion sports car racer and the present owner/operator of Lime Rock Park, heads up an impressive list of presenters at the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Induction Banquet Sunday Jan. 25 at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT.


A one-time Formula 1 competitor, Barber is the perfect choice to induct Northeast Connecticut neighbor John Fitch. A racer of international acclaim, Fitch’s accomplishments also include design work on the original Lime Rock.


Harvard educated, Barber’s resume includes success in Formula Ford, Formula 5000 and GT cars. His driver’s school is among the best in the world.


Airborne Speedway Redesigned, Fall Foliage 300 Returns to ACT Schedule

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Speedway Promoter Mike Perrotte has announced plans for a major renovation of the historic Plattsburgh, NY stock car track, including a total reconfiguration of the racing surface and layout for the 2009 racing season. As a result, the track has added a second American-Canadian Tour Late Model Championship event, the storied Fall Foliage 300, to its 2009 schedule.
The addition of the race brings the ACT schedule to 13 championship events, and compliments the annual Spring Green 100 at Airborne on May 9. The 38th Annual Fall Foliage 300 will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009. The 300-lap distance will also be the first of its kind for the present-day ACT Late Model Tour.
Airborne Speedway’s 4/10-mile, D-shaped layout will be partially razed to allow construction of new, sweeping, progressively-banked corners, creating multiple racing grooves and closer competition. The present layout has been in use since 1990. Previously, Airborne Speedway had been a 5/8-mile track with both dirt and asphalt surfaces since 1954.

2009 ACT Tour Schedule





1. Sun., Apr 19 – Lee USA Speedway – Lee, NH – 150 laps
2. Sun., May 03 – Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, VT – 150 laps
3. Sat., May 09 – Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, NY – 100 laps
4. Sun., May 17 – Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME – 150 laps
5. Sun., May 24 – Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, VT – 100 laps
6. Sat., Jun 13 – Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT – 100 laps
*** Thu., Jun 25 – Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, VT – 150 laps
7. Sat., Jun 27 – White Mountain Motorsports Park – North Woodstock, NH – 150 laps
8. Sun., Jul 12 – Kawartha Speedway – Fraserville, ON (Peterborough) – 200 laps
*** Sun., Jul 19 – Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME – 250 laps
9. Sat., Jul 25 – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – Scarborough, ME (Portland) – 150 laps
10. Fri., Jul 31 – Twin State Speedway – Claremont, NH – 100 laps
*** Sat., Aug 29 – Autodrome Chaudière – Vallée-Jonction, QC – 200 laps
11. Sun., Sep 06 – Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, VT – 200 laps
12. Sun., Sep 13 - Airborne Speedway - Plattsburgh, NY - 300 laps
*** Sat, Sep 19   – New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, NH – 50 laps
*** Sat./Sun., Sep 26/27 – Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, VT – 150 laps
13. Sun., Oct 11 – Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME – 150 laps
*** – denotes non-championship (non-points) events
Schedule subject to change

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