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Serie ACT photo

St-Eustache, QC – Martin Goulet Jr. earned his first career Série ACT victory in style on Saturday, July 4, going pole-to-pole to win the St-Eustache 100 at Autodrome St-Eustache in Quebec.

 

The Mascouche, QC driver started on the pole and was never headed despite challenges from former Série ACT Champion Jean-François Déry, Jonathan Bouvrette, and point leader Dany Trépanier. Goulet eventually stretched out his winning margin in a race slowed just twice by caution. He also became the second driver in 2015 to earn the Bond Auto Parts New Champions Breakout Award.

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photo by RPM 360

photo by RPM 360

On April 26 the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea opened its 2015 season. Nearing the end of the 50 lap feature there was a violent crash between Bruce Knowles and John Larsen reducing the 2014 NHMS Oval winning machine to a mangled mess of metal and wires. On July 5 the repaired Dodge Neon returned to the track as a surprise to NEMST officials with one mission in mind, defend the 2014 NHMS win. From the minute Justin Larsen unloaded the machine it was the fastest at the track setting the fast time of the day in qualifying of 36.010, a full seven tenths of a second quicker than the closest competitor.

 

For the 2nd Annual New Hampshire Motor Speedway Oval event 38 tour style mini-stocks rolled through the tunnel over the Independence Day weekend from as far away as North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Thanks to numerous individuals and sponsors the purse was able to be increased to nearly $10,000 in cash and prizes including $30 for the leader of each lap.

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photo by Rich Hayes

photo by Rich Hayes

Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway celebrated the annual Independence Day holiday on Friday night July 3, with a full card of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action on the track followed by a gigantic fireworks display high in the sky above “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.

Lee’s weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series regulars put on another excellent show for the fans, with last-lap passes the order of business for most of the night. Northfield, NH veteran Leslie Keyser got the job done in the 30-lap Ekeys4cars Supermodified main event, passing Kingston‘s Kyle Sawyer with the checkered flag in sight to score his first win of the season. Read Full Article →

Alan Ward photo

Alan Ward photo

Barre, VT – Kyle Pembroke scored the surprise of the 2015 Thunder Road weekly season with his first career Late Model victory in the CVMC ExpressCare Trophy Dash on Sunday, July 5.

 

The third-year Late Model competitor and St. Michael’s College student took the lead around the outside from veteran Shawn Fleury on lap 43 of the 50-lap event. Pembroke then pulled away in the final laps for his first win in a full-bodied stock car.

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Photos by Norm Marx

Photos by Norm Marx

Eddie MacDonald wins again at NHMS in first-ever Super Late Model race at New England’s Superspeedway

 

Loudon, New Hampshire – Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts added another page to his impressive New Hampshire Motor Speedway resume, scoring an impressive victory in the AIM 60 Pro All Stars Series race, the first-ever Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at the “Magic Mile.”

 

It was the seventh victory on the 1.058-mile oval for MacDonald, a three-time winner in NASCAR K&N East Series competition at NHMS, to go along with three race victories in ACT Invitational Late Model competition.

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GROVETON, NH – Jeremy Davis used the outside groove to pass Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and power his way to Victory Lane in the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Speedway 51.

 

Helliwell, Jr. seemed to be the car to beat early, as the two-time American-Canadian Tour (ACT) champion shot out to a commanding lead.  Jeremy Davis jumped to the second spot, and began to run Helliwell, Jr. down, before the first of ten cautions brought the field back together on lap 37.  Helliwell, Jr. would fend Davis off on the first restart, but Davis would hold his own on the outside groove after a restart on lap 67.  Barry Gray would slow in turn one and two bringing out the caution, just before Helliwell, Jr. and Davis would tangle, leaving Davis sideways in the infield.  With Gray being the caution car, Davis and Helliwell, Jr. would get their spots back, setting up another battle.

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by Ken Minott

     Drivers and fans alike gathered at Maine’s fastest oval on Saturday night to celebrate the 4th of July holiday and Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of the checkered flag. Group 2 divisions were in action with Modifieds, Strictly Streets, Outlaw Minis, and Late Model Sportsman. The flex race of the night was the Amsoil Nelcar Legends. The show ended with a fireworks display for the fans.
    The Modified division rolled out with the first feature of the evening. Although they were the spotlight division for the night, the drivers voted in a prerace meeting to shorten their race from 40 laps down to their normal 30 lap distance. Ten cars were on hand for the night, but only seven managed to make the feature. #33 of Ron Bryant started at the pole position with the #61 of Shawn Austin alongside. The #5 of Mark Lucas came into the weekend as the man to beat, riding a five race win streak. With a pair of the top contenders unable to make the feature, Lucas was able to remain undefeated. Austin held the early lead for the first couple laps until the #7 of Steve Reno took over the lead. Lucas picked his way up from his 5th starting spot and raced his way up to 2nd. He chased Reno until the leader nearly spun out racing out of turn 4. Lucas quickly took the lead as they completed lap 8. Things settled down up front for the remainder of the race and it would go caution free to the checkers. Lucas took the win by a half car length over Reno. For Reno, his runner up finish was his first podium finish of the season. #85 of Jairet Harrison took 3rd.

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ops_logo_185Oxford, Maine – Timmy Brackett of Buckfield padded his slim lead atop the Budweiser Championship Series Super Late Model standings Friday night, posting an impressive victory in the 50-lap race topping the Dave’s Small Engines/Walker Mowers Holiday racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway.

 

Brackett led the vast majority of the race, breaking a string of disappointing finishes in recent weeks, holding off Scott Robbins of Dixfield to earn his trip to victory lane.

 

Multi-time OPS track champion Shawn Martin of Turner ran most of the event in second position before racing under the checkered flag in third place.  Scott Farrington of Minot made a late charge into fourth position, with the top five filled out by Shawn Knight of South Paris.

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Alan Ward photo

Alan Ward photo

Barre, VT – Local driver Cody Blake got the jump on a late restart and cruised to his second career Thunder Road Late Model victory in the Aubuchon Hardware Trophy Dash on Thursday, July 2.

 

Blake was running third when John Donahue, attempting to challenge Boomer Morris for the lead, lost control and hammered the turn 4 wall, flipping on his roof. After a subsequent caution on the first restart attempt, Blake got the break on the second attempt and took home his first victory since 2013.

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Eric LaFleche/Victory Lane Radio photo

Waterbury, VT – The third annual American-Canadian Tour (ACT) International 500, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway, is sure to see some the best racing in the history of the fast 1/2-mile oval. The twin 200-lap events for the ACT Late Models and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models has more than $110,000 in posted awards and $10,000 guaranteed to each winner. The event has drawn big interest from both the United States and Canada, creating a true International feel for for fans.

 

The top ACT Late Model drivers from Quebec are expected, including five former Série ACT Champions. 2014 ACT International winner and multi-time Série ACT Champion Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC is an early favorite to keep the top prize in la belle province. Laperle won last year’s event after a thrilling 30-lap battle with former Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet.

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Eddie MacDonald will drive in the Pro All-Star Series inaugural appearance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 4 and 5. The series will partner with The North East Mini Stock Tour at Loudon for the Sunday doubleheader. The Pro All Stars will practice Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. with qualifying and the 60 lap feature scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

“The Outlaw” will drive the brand new #66 owned by Dave Lemieux and Brian Neal and built in the BCR shop owned and operated by longtime race driver Bobby Cabral. The team has been busy building the car at Cabral’s Plaistow, N.H. shop for the debut of the racing series on the one mile oval. Few drivers, if any, have logged more miles and wins at Loudon through the years. Eddie Mac is a multiple time winner in both the K&N Pro Series East and American Canadian Tour. His racing experience at NHMS also includes starts in the Sprint Cup, Xfinity, Craftsman Trucks, and the Whelen Modifieds. Eddie Mac will race in the Cup, K&N, and the ACT again this summer. Read Full Article →

GSPS2GROVETON, NH – Tracy Gordon will be back behind the wheel of a Pro Stock this weekend, as the Granite State Pro Stock Series travels to Speedway 51 (NH), on July 4.

 

The twelve-time K&N Pro Series East feature winner will pilot the Alphacon/WDW Machine ride, normally driven by Matt Frahm. 

 

Even though Gordon has not been behind the wheel in over a year, the Maine driver is confident to be back in the driver’s seat, saying “I think it will be just like taking a winter off.  The Frahm’s are a well-prepared team, and I am confident going into the event.”

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Dave Brown photo

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model drivers throughout the northeast United States and Canada are now gearing up for the third annual ACT International 500 at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. The two-day event on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 is setting up as the summer showpiece of local short-track racing in in the northeastern United States and Canada.

The International is also the third doubleheader of the year between ACT and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS). Both the ACT Late Models and PASS Super Late Models will run 200-lap straight-up features, with more than $110,000 in total prize money and $10,000 guaranteed to each winner. The ACT portion of the event marks a change from the three-segment format used in the first two Internationals. Read Full Article →

GSPS2GROVETON, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will see new blood joining the ranks, as Derek Ming returns to his home track to compete in the Twisted Tea Firecracker 151, at Speedway 51 (NH), July 4.

 

Ming, of West Burke, VT, has plenty of laps under his belt at the ¼ mile facility, including three championships in two different divisions.  While winning a title in the former Outlaw division in 2009, Ming went undefeated, winning every race he entered.  Ming has multiple wins in the Late Model division at the track, and picked up a sixth-place finish in the Generation Next 151 under the ACT banner, after starting tenth.

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