ACTWaterbury, VT – American Canadian Tour officials have announced a New Champions Program for the ACT U.S. Tour in 2015. The program is a revival of the old New Champions point standings from the former ACT Pro Stock Tour in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The ACT New Champions Program will include any driver who has not won more than one ACT U.S., Série ACT or special ACT-sanctioned event prior to the start of the 2015 season and is approved by ACT. The program will award eligible drivers points and year-end monies based on a separate point system for each ACT U.S. point-counting event they attend and attempt to qualify for. A point fund has been established for this program.

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Story by Chris Roy
Michael Moody, of West Gardiner ME. is the defending Champion in the Mini Cup Series at Richmond Karting Speedway (RKS). “It was awesome to win my 1st championship at RKS. My cousin Justin and friend Dan really worked hard on the car to get it where I could compete.”

So what has Michael been doing while waiting for the green flag, “I’ve been doing a lot of plowing and snowmobiling this off season.”

Well the race tracks here in Maine have been averaging at least 1 snow storm a week for the past 2 months, so will the snow be gone before opening day on April 26th, at Richmond Karting Speedway. “I honestly do not think the snow will be gone although I really hope it is.” Read Full Article →

Seven Sleds in FlightCLARKSBURG, Mass. (Feb. 25, 2015) – For the first time in many years, the excitement of championship snowmobile racing returns to its roots in southern Vermont, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) will contest round eight of its nine-race 2015 schedule on Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, at the beautiful Magic Mountain ski area in Londonderry.

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photo by Jamie Williams

photo by Jamie Williams

Durham, ME – Evan Beaulieu has had a busy offseason, and through the bitter cold of the Northeast during this time of year, it’s hard to realize that the race season is right around the corner. The first reminder comes this weekend, as Evan will take part in the 7th Annual DT100 for Make-A-Wish Foundation event held at Maine Indoor Karting in Scarborough, Maine.  The event brings together over 100 of the best drivers along the East Coast to compete against each other in equally prepared go-karts, all for a great cause.  The race, which Evan finished fifth overall in last year, raised over $30,000 last year for Make-A-Wish and the pre-race net donations have raised over $20,000. This is an event Evan looks forward to every year. Read Full Article →

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Photo Lenora Libby

Story by Chris Roy

Travis Poulliot, of Madison, Maine has been spending a lot of time over the winter getting ready for the green flag to fly. “This offseason has been busier than ever, acquiring a new car for 2015 and making plans for the 2015 race season.”

Travis is doing double duty this race season racing at two different tracks Speedway 95 and Wiscasset Speedway. “We will be running Speedway 95 and Wiscasset during 2015. We will be starting the season in Hermon, (Speedway 95) and at the very least attending the 75 lapper at Wiscasset. Our major goal is to run up front consistently and be a contender for the win every week. I love how big and how fast Wiscasset is and the atmosphere is great. I’ve never set tires on Speedway 95 so that’ll be a new thing this year as well.” Read Full Article →

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Story by Chris Roy
11 year old Kate Re of Lovell, Maine is getting ready for the 2015 race season in the Junior Sportsman Division, at Richmond Karting Speedway. “I’m excited to start the racing season and am almost ready. The karts are mostly ready having participated in two motorsports shows this winter – Northeast Motorsports Expo and Racin’ Preview 2015. We still have some mechanical work to do but we are ready for the most part.”

Even in the off season, the Re race team has been gearing up for race new season. “We did a couple car shows in the off season, helping to support Richmond Karting Speedway. I’ve also done a lot of snowmobiling and we’ve been getting some new safety equipment for the upcoming season.” Read Full Article →

29 Theriault 26 PeltierCHARLOTTE, NC (February 24) – With Speedweeks 2015 concluding at Daytona International Speedway, race fans and pundits are now reflecting on what this year’s action might tell us about the new season. Upon observation, several Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model graduates had a successful start. 2011 PASS South Super Late Model rookie, Ryan Reed, shocked the racing fraternity by capturing his first Xfinity Series win with a last lap pass of former PASS South car owner Brad Keselowski.

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Photo by Eric LaFleche

Photo by Eric LaFleche

Waterbury, VT – American Canadian Tour (ACT) sophomore driver Josh Demers of East Montpelier, VT graduated from the Bond Auto Tiger division in 2013, an intermediate division at his home track Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT.

That year, Demers also bought a used ACT Late Model in anticipation of moving full-time to the ACT Late Models at Thunder Road in 2014. He entered his first ACT Late Model event at the inaugural International race held in July 2013 at Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY. It was a $25,000.00 to win race with every major team in ACT registered to compete. After qualifying heats and consolations, Demers had one final chance to get into the biggest race of the year. He needed to win the “last chance race” which offered a purse of $3,000.00 to win or, give up the money, and receive a starting spot in the 300-lap segment main event and start dead last in 40th position. He gave up the money and went into his first ever ACT Late Model event. Read Full Article →

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Photo – Chip Cormie

New Smyrna Beach, Florida – After competing in the Florida Governors Cup and the Red Eye 100 at New Smyrna late last year and early in 2015, the Derek Griffith race team were gearing up for their most successful speedweeks to date.

Unfortunately, after a lap one skirmish that left the No 12 Mom’s of Manchester Toyota Camry on the wrecker back in the pits, the young New Hampshire driver had a lot to think about.

I hated what happened on lap one, Louie [Crew Chief Louie Mechalides] put such a good car under me, for us to get wrecked on lap one was terrible. Read Full Article →

309-PASS South Print LogoCHARLOTTE, NC (February 19) – As the 2015 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) season approaches in just over two weeks at South Carolina’s Dillon Motor Speedway, a pair of talented brothers fully expect to be part of the championship chase. Coulter Motorsports expands in 2015, fielding the Noles Cabinets #2 Chevrolet for Trevor Noles in the PASS South Super Late Model division, while newcomer Wesley Noles will drive the Wurth Military Missions In Action #22 Chevrolet in the PASS Pro Late Model division.
Trevor Noles heads to Dillon Motor Speedway for the 10th Annual South Carolina Clash as a preseason favorite for the PASS South Super Late Model championship. But, that optimism is tempered by the memory of a slow start to the season in 2014 which the team could never fully recover from. Noles finished a very disappointing 28th in last year’s season opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and followed that up with more disappointment by finishing 14th at Dillon. However, with a full year now under his belt racing PASS South Super Late Models and teamed again with veteran crew chief Randy Renfrow, Trevor believes the team will fare much better in this year’s “Clash.”

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photo by Donald Rideout

photo by Donald Rideout

story by Chris Roy

This race season Donald Rideout of Washburn, ME., is once again working with Camp Adventure. The Cary Medical Center runs the Camp Adventure Program, which helps teens with type 1 diabetes. At Camp Adventure, the kids participate in all kinds of outdoor activities, like going hiking, canoeing as well as arts and crafts, just to name a few of the activities. The camp also educates the kids on learning things that help to manage their diabetes.

Donald won’t be racing this year but, that doesn’t mean he has stopped working on the race car for 2015 race season. “We are having our 4th annual Camp Adventure raffle this year. Camp Adventure is a camp for teens with type 1 diabetes. It is a chance for them to enjoy all the same activities as other children but with others who have the same thing that they do. They are more comfortable knowing that they are not alone. In fact, most of the staff at Camp Adventure Read Full Article →

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EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – Excited to be back in the race car, Packard rolled the 9x Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels car out of the hauler for the first practice of the 2015 American Canadian Tour season.  “We have never been racing down south with the ACT car and New Smyrna was a different track than what we have up north,” said Packard. “The track was really fast, but a lot of fun to drive and a great experience for me and the team.”

 

With the sun shining and warm temperatures, Packard began getting acclimated with New Smyrna Speedway.  Since her fellow competitors already had an advantage of practicing and racing 100 laps the day before, Packard spent the first practice learning the track and dialing the car in.  “We were a little behind by not racing on Sunday, and all the things that we fought in practice on Monday; the other teams had already been able to overcome,” Packard said, “but we spent the day gaining on the car and getting it ready for the race.”

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New Smyrna Beach, FL – Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA completed the sweep by winning all three American Canadian Tour events at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, FL. His third win in four days came on Wednesday, February 18 in the second 100-lap segment of the American Racer Challenge Cup. His two wins in the American Racer Challenge Cup segments earned him the overall Challenge Cup win.

MacDonald came from deep in the field after the inversion of Monday night’s finish in the first segment. Two-time ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. tried to play spoiler to MacDonald’s perfect week as he led the way up through the field. The duo made it inside the top ten until Helliwell spun to bring out the second caution of the event on lap 28. MacDonald continued to work his way toward the front methodically, while Helliwell came tearing back through the field. Read Full Article →