OFFICIAL FINAL POINT STANDINGS
after Fall Foliage 200
1. Wayne Helliwell 1255
3. Jimmy Hebert 1163
4. #Bobby Therrien 1052
5. Ben Lynch 1009
6. #Travis Stearns 933
7. Ray Parent 920
9. Brent Dragon 857
10. Glen Luce 745
3. 58vt L. Hebert 1163
4. 5vt P. Duto 1052
5. 7nc M. Lynch 1009
6. 16me R. Green 933
7. 17ri R. Parent 920
9. 55vt B. Dragon 857
10. 7me G. Luce 824
1. Bobby Therrien 163
2. Travis Stearns 136
3. Emily Packard 55
4. Kyle Welch 52
5. Joey M. Laquerre 48
6. Derrick O'Donnell 34
7. Brandon Atkins 27
8. Martin Goulet Jr. 17
9. Shawn Knight 15
11. Jason Corliss 8
12. Kyle Pembroke 7
13. Marco Bilodeau 6
SÚrie ACT Points
FINAL DRIVER STANDINGS
AFTER St-Eustache 200
1 JF Dery 1018
2 Alex Labbe 1010
3 Donald Theetge 952
5 Dany Trepanier 900
6 Etienne Cliche 886
7 Claude Leclerc 855
8 Patrick Boyer 807
9 Patrick Hamel 742
10 #Martin Goulet 730
1 21QC J.F. Dery 1018
2 48QC D. Larue 1010
3 80QC D. Theetge 952
4 41QC J Bouvrette 943
5 19QC D. Trepanier 900
6 98QC B. Duval 886
7 11QC C. Leclerc 855
8 13QC P. Boyer 807
9 51QC P. Hamel 742
10 84QC M. Goulet 730
1 Martin Goulet 111
2 Christopher Bedard 104
3 Marco Bilodeau 32
4 Bobby Therrien 23
5 Travis Stearns 17
6 Emily Packard 6
Ford Challenge Pts
1.Wayne Helliwell, Jr.290
2. J. Polewarczyk, Jr. 289
3. Ray Parent 182
4. Glen Luce 181
5. Chip Grenier 165
6. Dave Pembroke 162
7. D.Farrington, Jr. 151
8. Alex Labbe 127
9. Aaron Fellows 104
10. Emily Packard 46
11. Patrick Laperle 45
12. Tom Carey, Jr. 24
See Standings section for full standings and explanation of points system.
Monday, December 02 2013 @ 10:50 AM EST
Contributed by: ACT Staff
ACT 2014 Schedule Released
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) released its 2014 schedule which is highlighted by visits to nine (9) different Northeast tracks. The schedule includes a total of twelve (12) events with nine (9) Championship point counting events and three popular ‘special’ events on the calendar.
The traditional event to open the 2014 campaign on April 12-13 will once again be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The ACT has been visiting the 1/3 mile oval since Red and Judy MacDonald purchased the speed plant in 1987. “It is just one of those relationships that have endured throughout the past 25 years. We tried to help Red and Judy when they first started, and they have been there for us whenever we needed help over the years. This kind of relationship, in this type of business, is generally very rare, but greatly appreciated” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, which was established in 1986.
Wednesday, November 27 2013 @ 04:11 PM EST
Contributed by: ACT Staff
ACT Serie Quebec 2014 Schedule Released
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a nine-race schedule for the Série ACT 2014 season. Entering the eighth (8th) year of championship stock car racing, both the opening ACT event to be held May 24, 2014 and the final event, September 14, 2014 will be held at the Autodrome Ste Eustache (ASE) outside of Montreal. ASE will also host a third event on July 05, 2014.
Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste. Croix, QC is the oldest affiliated track with ACT. Promoters Jean and Guilluame Bergeron host three events. Events will be held on May 31, 2014 and August 02, 2014. The spectacular 5/8th mile track that sits along the St. Lawrence River, just minutes from Quebec City, will also host the 5th annual Can-Am 200 on Saturday, August 23rd. The event will see the very best of the Quebec teams compete in a grueling 200 laps against the best of the ACT US teams.
Tuesday, November 05 2013 @ 04:40 PM EST
Contributed by: ACT Staff
American Canadian Tour Introduces KONI Shock Option in 2014
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced that they have entered an agreement with KONI, one of the largest suppliers of shocks around the world, to introduce an additional shock option beginning in 2014. The shock which will be admitted to the approved ACT shock program is the new KON 30-7499.
Jim Ryan, automotive sales manager for KONI USA said, “KONI has enjoyed a successful relationship with the American Canadian Tour for over a decade. We were happy to enter a discussion on how we might be able to help racers from both the weekly affiliate tracks and the two touring series. The mission was to provide a shock that would in effect ‘tie down’ the front end of the race car while keeping within the ACT cost conscience business model. After a testing session last month, we were all very happy with the results, and KONI will begin the manufacturing process immediately.”
Friday, November 01 2013 @ 11:29 AM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Thunder Road Announces 2014 Schedule
Thunder Road International Speedbowl has released its 2014 stock car racing schedule. The schedule features 18 events from the end of April through the beginning of October, as is tradition at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.” The biggest change for 2014 is the switch from Sunday “Twilight” events in early June to the return of the traditional June Thursday night events.
The season will kick off with the 16th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on the weekend of Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. The Merchants Bank event will be the only American Canadian Tour races at the ¼-mile in 2014.
The 52nd Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic will be on Sunday, May 25. This event will be the first of the 2014 Vermont State Championship events. The season will be highlighted by big Thursday nights. The Governor’s Cup 150, the second of Thunder Road’s VT State Championship events, will be on June 26 with the Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Fireworks night the following week on July 3.
Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Captures 4th Ford Blue Oval Cup Title
Dover, NH’s Wayne Helliwell, Jr. earned his 4th consecutive Ford Blue Oval Cup title after finishing 5th in the Fall Brawl at Riverside Speedway (Groveton, NH). Helliwell has now won the Ford title in each of its four seasons to date.
The 2013 Ford Championship saw the closest battle ever heading into the final eligible race. Helliwell lead by just one point over Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Polewarczyk was involved in an accident in the second half of the 200 lap event, which effectively ended his title hopes. Helliwell was leading late until fading back to 5th following the final caution flag on lap 196.
While Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. decided the American Canadian Tour Championship a few weeks ago at Airborne Speedway in the Fall Foliage 200, but they have one more title to settle this weekend. The duo sit atop the Ford Blue Oval Cup Standings separated by just one point, Helliwell leads, heading into the final ACT-affiliated event at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH this weekend.
The Ford Blue Oval Cup Challenge is a season-long point system that awards competitors who use Ford’s S347JR engine in ACT series and approved affiliated track events. Competitors use their best 18 events in the Ford Blue Oval Standings. The 2013 championship team will receive $2,000 for their effort. Helliwell is a two-time Blue Oval Cup Champion and has been atop the standings for the majority of the 2013 season. Polewarczyk has earned the most wins for Ford this season with four, and his 5th place effort in the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road brought him within one point of the lead.
Nick Sweet Takes First Milk Bowl Victory Shawn Fleury and Bunker Hodgdon Earn Track Titles
Barre’s own Nick Sweet claimed his first career Milk Bowl in the 51st running of the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Sunday, October 6. Consistency was the key for Sweet, who drove the St. J Auto Buick to segment finishes of 6th, 8th and 4th to win $10,000 in the season finale at Thunder Road.
Sweet began the final 50-lap segment in 17th, one spot behind 2013 Thunder Road champion Derrick O’Donnell, who entered the final round with lowest point total (11), and eight positions behind three-time Milk Bowl winner Brian Hoar.
One lap into the final segment, O’Donnell’s bid came apart when he spun out after contact with Lance Allen and took a blow from Alex Labbe.
On the restart, Hoar sat 9th with Sweet in 17th as a heavy mist came and went threatening to end the race early. Rain would have been a reprieve for O’Donnell, but through four more restarts and some pause for the weather, the race, and Sweet continued on.
Quebec’s Alex Labbe Scores Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award
Racing stateside is becoming very agreeable with 2013 Série ACT Runner-up Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC.
One week after winning the ACT Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Park Speedway, the 20-year-old Canadian racer won the Booth Brothers/HP Hood pole award at Thunder Road and will start on the point in Sunday’s (October 6) 51st Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl. He became the first Quebec driver to earn the pole award and the $1,000 bonus since Patrick Laperle in 2002.
Labbe best 49 other ACT Late Model teams when he turned Saturday’s fastest lap (13.159) in qualifying. Three-time Milk Bowl winner Brian Hoar (13.206) will be his partner on the front row.
“This was my second time trying to qualify for the Milk Bowl,” the former go-kart racer said. “The first time, in 2010, I didn’t make it. I just wanted to get into the race, but the car felt really good. I practiced on older tires, but I went out on new tires for the time trial. In the 50-lap race, I let (Patrick) Laperle go. I want to keep my stuff for tomorrow.”
A total of 46 American Canadian Tour Late Models were in attendance at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT for Friday’s (October 4) practice session in anticipation of the 51st People’s United Bank Milk Bowl. Practice was delayed and started around 1:30pm due to some showers. The session was extended until 6:00pm to give teams time to get comfortable on the new American Racer tires.
A diverse group of competitors ran near the top of the speed charts all day. Former Milk Bowl Champions Jean-Paul Cyr, Brent Dragon, Brian Hoar, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Cris Michaud and Dave Pembroke were among them. Several drivers looking for their first career Milk Bowl wins also turned quick laps, including Chip Grenier, Trampas Demers, 2013 Thunder Road Champion Derrick O’Donnell, Cody Blake, Nick Sweet and Stacy Cahoon. A contingent of Quebec stars was also quick in the practice sessions. Alex Labbe and three-time Milk Bowl Champion Patrick Laperle led the way with Jonathan Bouvrette and Stephane Descoste not far behind.
Thursday, October 03 2013 @ 09:54 AM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
ACT Young Stars Ready to Spoil Milk Bowl for Veterans
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) young stars heading to the 51st Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl has a list deep in numbers and talent. Looking for first wins in what is arguably one of the most famous short track races in the country, first time winners include young local and young touring stars from throughout New England and Quebec.
Thunder Road hopefuls who have not held up the Milk Can are led by two-time ‘King of the Road’ Nick Sweet. Sweet is the home-town kid who made Thunder Road his own playground, coming up through the ranks of 4-cyl racing, then graduating to the intermediate Limited Late Model Tiger Sportsman division. He is always a favorite to win at his home track in any event. “I guess I would like to win this race as much as any I have ever been in. I almost won at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s ACT Invitational a couple years ago. I’ve done well and been in a position for a win a couple times at the Oxford 250, and have been lucky to have won a few of Thunder Road’s big ACT events, but I am still missing the biggest one!. Maybe this is my year,” said Sweet.