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Eddie MacDonald “struggled” with the Hancock Electric Motor Chevy for most of the 2nd annual ACT International 300 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y. posting a 13th place finish. The #17Mass. Late Model owned by Freddie Peterson from Peterson’s Auto Body located in Saugus, Mass. completed the first two segments in eighth and ninth place respectively but was unable to complete a lap on the half-mile oval’s final 75 lap segment.

 

“We struggled right from the first practice trying to find some speed but nothing worked,” said the frustrated Eddie Mac. “It was one of those days that you can honestly say we tried every possible combination but nothing gave us the speed we needed. We seem to struggle at this track. We had one good run here last year and we even tried that set-up but that didn’t work either. It was frustrating for Rollie, the crew and me. We thought we maybe hit on something during the first segment but even that didn’t last.”

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The 41st running of the Oxford 250 was a crowd pleaser as sixty of the best Super Late Model teams in the country converged on the small town of Oxford, Maine to participate in the historic event. The fans were treated to over seven hundred laps of racing, with several teams collecting checkered flags, but none as happy and as excited as Travis Benjamin, whom collected his second straight $25,000 payday, plus lap money.

Forty-four Super Late Models lined up on the grid with Concord, N.C. speedster, Preston Peltier and Turner, Maine’s, Shawn Martin filling the front row when the green flag flew. Peltier jumped to lead and held the point for the first 21 laps with the exception of lap six when Kelley Moore edged him out at the stripe. Joey Doiron raced by Peltier on lap 21 and held the point for the next 66 laps with Austin Theriault, Shawn Martin, Scott Mulkern and Moore in tow. Theriault held the lead through four restarts before he and Travis Benjamin pitted for tires and fuel on lap 185, setting the stage for a storybook ending. Cassius Clark took over the lead from Theriault as pit stops completely changed the lineup around. DJ Shaw, Richie Dearborn, Scott Moore and Johnny Clark were all now in the top five and ready to challenge for the lead. Clark held the lead all the way until lap 220 when Richie Dearborn edged him to the stripe when the final caution waved.
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Mark Lucas took advantage of another driver’s displeasure to capture the inaugural Mayhan Antiques & More 75 lap main event. Other support division winners visiting Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy victory lane on day three of the Oxford 250 weekend included Josh Childs, Mathew Bourgoine, and Kris Watson.

Joshua Brown was headed for an easy win in the PASS Modified race, but tangled with a lapped car around lap 50. Contact sent the #05 of Ron Henry around in turn three bringing out the caution. The field raced back to green with Brown pulling away once again. Mitch Miller raced his way to second while Mark Lucas and Andy Shaw battled for third. Lucas raced by both Shaw and Miller to take over the second spot, but had nothing for Brown until Brown was run high by Henry in turn four allowing much of the field to race by, handing Lucas the lead. Lucas cruised to his second win of the weekend, and the hefty $1,000 payday. Miller placed second ahead of Shaw, Brown and Billy Dixon.
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by Lisa Maguire

 

Wiscasset Speedway underwent a makeover this past week.  The back stretch wall was pushed back, making a bit more room on the back stretch at Maine’s fastest oval.  Ken Minott, track promoter / announcer, said, “It’s going to help the outside guy when they’re racing out of turn two onto the back stretch.  It’s going to give them the room they needs so they’re not squeezed against the wall.  It will make for better side by side racing. We’ve got to thank Reno Excavation & Paving of West Bath for all their hard work getting it ready in just a week”. The new portion of track was put to the test on Saturday when fans lined the grandstands to watch Group Two Division races.  Late Model Sportsman, Strictly Streets, Mini Trucks, and Thunder 4’s all raced.  The flex race of the week was a non-point New England Four Cylinder Prostock feature.

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Plattsburgh, NY – Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, Quebec has won nearly every big event the American Canadian Tour sanctions, but none match his $26,800 ACT International win at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York on Saturday, July 20. The former ACT and Serie ACT Champion battled by Nick Sweet over the final 20 laps of the third segment to claim the segment and overall win with finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 1st for a combined winning score of 6.

 

Barre’s Nick Sweet started sixth in the first 50 lap segment and took home the win followed closely by Laperle and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. The trio then flew through the field in the 75 lap second segment using all three lanes around the ½-mile speedway. Polewarczyk claimed second followed by Laperle in third and Sweet in fourth setting up a three way tie with five combined points each for the trio heading into the final segment.

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act300Hometown favorite Brandon Atkins of Au Sable, New York led the way with the fastest time of the day during the American Canadian Tour’s practice in preparation for tomorrow’s (Sunday, July 20) ACT International 300 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. He set a fast time of 17.191 seconds and topped the speed chart during several of the practice sessions.

 

Also among the fastest of the day were seven-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar, defending Série ACT Champion Jean-François Déry and fellow Série  ACT frontrunner Alex Labbe. Defending ACT International winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. was also quick. Bobby Therrien, Ben Lynch, Jimmy Hebert, and Quebecer Jonathan Bouvrette also spent time at the top of the speed charts.

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NEMST1The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour kicked off the 2nd half of its 2014 season at Star Speedway in Epping, NH on Saturday with the tour hosting its highest car count ever at Star. 26 of the Twisted Tea touring mini stocks rolled into the paddock area and prepared their cars for a 50 lap feature and the first under a new $100 Bounty put on current point leader Toby Wells.
Emerson Cayer, Justin King, and Toby Wells all won their respective heats with great battles throughout each field exciting the crowd for the main event of the evening. Cayer drew an invert chip of 4 rows to set the field for the feature with Trombley and Helliwell set to lead the field to green. Cayer and Wells would start 11th and 12th due to NEMST rules not allowing current year winners to start within the top 10.
The initial green was short lived as Nick Maniatis pushed it 3 wide into turn one and was clipped and collected by Mike Viens and Justin King, King would be done for the evening following his excellent heat race performance. The field was reset and returned to a clean green, Trombley broke out to the early lead with Helliwell, Maniatis, and Larsen quickly following in tow.

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Travis Benjamin Wins 2014 Oxford 250

Results:
 

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FINISH CAR# DRIVER
1 17 TRAVIS BENJAMIN
2 57 AUSTIN THERIAULT
3 33 RICHIE DEARBORN
4 77 CASSIUS CLARK
5 61 TJ BRACKETT
6 1 TYLER DIPPEL
7 35 DEREK RAMSTROM
8 4 BEN ROWE
9 21 DAVID OLIVER
10 94 SHAWN MARTIN
11 73 JOEY DOIRON
12 60N DJ SHAW
13 54 JOHNNY CLARK
14 55VT BRENT DRAGON
15 03 SCOTT MOORE
16 00 BRIAN KRUCZEK
17 60 TIM BRACKETT
18 24 MIKE ROWE
19 29 TREVOR SANBORN
20 73ME ADAM POLVINEN

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Quebec’s Laperle Battles to $26,800 ACT International Win

Plattsburgh, NY – Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, Quebec has won nearly every big event the American Canadian Tour sanctions, but none match his $26,800 ACT International win at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York on Saturday, July 20. The former ACT and Serie ACT Champion battled by Nick Sweet over the final 20 laps of the third segment to claim the segment and overall win with finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 1st for a combined winning score of 6.

Barre’s Nick Sweet started sixth in the first 50 lap segment and took home the win followed closely by Laperle and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. The trio then flew through the field in the 75 lap second segment using all three lanes around the ½-mile speedway. Polewarczyk claimed second followed by Laperle in third and Sweet in fourth setting up a three way tie with five combined points each for the trio heading into the final segment.
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CHRIS BOWIE GRABS AN EMOTIONAL LATE MODEL VICTORY AT WISCASSET SPEEDWAY.
by Lisa Maguire

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Wiscasset Speedway underwent a makeover this past week. The back stretch wall was pushed back, making a bit more room on the back stretch at Maine’s fastest oval. Ken Minott, track promoter / announcer, said, “It’s going to help the outside guy when they’re racing out of turn two onto the back stretch. It’s going to give them the room they needs so they’re not squeezed against the wall. It will make for better side by side racing. We’ve got to thank Reno Excavation & Paving of West Bath for all their hard work getting it ready in just a week”. The new portion of track was put to the test on Saturday when fans lined the grandstands to watch Group Two Division races. Late Model Sportsman, Strictly Streets, Mini Trucks, and Thunder 4’s all raced. The flex race of the week was a non-point New England Four Cylinder Prostock feature.
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FLEMMING WINS SECOND IWK 250 PRESENTED AT RIVERSIDE SPEEDWAY

(Antigonish, NS. July 19, 2014) – John Flemming (Halifax, NS) captured the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body at Riverside International Speedway by besting Donald Chisholm (Antigonish, NS) on a restart with three laps remaining in the race. It is Flemming’s second IWK 250 win. Chisholm, who dominated and led 218 laps of the event, had to settle for the runner -up spot for the second consecutive season in the biggest race of the year at his home track. Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake, NS) edged out Shawn Tucker (Fredericton, NB) for third with veteran George Koszkulics (New Glasgow, NS) rounding out the top five.

Flemming, in the #97 Happy Harry’s Affordable Building Center Dodge Charger, started off his day by winning a Dartmouth Dodge Heat Race. Chisholm and Koszkulics also picked up heat race qualifier victories. Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA) paced the field in both the King Freight Dash and the Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials, putting up a 14.197 second lap in qualifying. Brad Mann (Glen Levit, NB), in his final Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour start of his 30 year career, took home the Exide Batteries Hard Charger, picking up 12 positions in the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body to finish 14th in the 29 car field.
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Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway hosted the annual El Camino Night on Friday night, with some 40 local members of the National El Camino Owners Association (NECOA) cruising the oval after the completion of qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.

 

This year’s El Camino Night featured representatives of every decade of El Camino, with dozens of restored vehicles representing the various generations, ranging from one of the original 22,246 built in 1959, a few of ‘60’s vintage, a handful of ‘70’s models, and several from the 1980’s taking part in the exhibition.  The crowd cheered in appreciation as the El Caminos toured the track and participated in a burnout competition.

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-    The famed Lee USA Speedway will host the Granite State Pro Stock Series for the first time ever on Friday, July 25th. 

 

The 3/8 mile, semi-banked oval has always been a favorite with racers, and now the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be a part of the track’s storied history.  The usual suspects have already entered the Seacoast 100, including Derek Griffith, Matt Frahm, Larry Gelinas, the O’Sullivan brothers, Barry Gray, Dillon Moltz, and Brad Babb, and are joined by drivers like George Helliwell, Bobby Cabral, Babe Branscombe, and Joey Squeglia.  Squeglia had set fast time in practice at the Star 100 at Star Speedway just a few weeks ago, but suffered bad luck in the feature, leaving the Derry, NH driver without the results he deserved. 

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act300Waterbury, VT – Eight-time ACT Champion, Brian Hoar from Williston, VT and seven-time Champion Jean-Paul Cyr from Milton, VT will renew their rivalry at the ACT International 300 on Sunday, July 20 at the Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh.

 

Over the years the rules have changed, the tracks have changed, the big money races have come along, but the one constant is that long-time veterans Hoar and Cyr still have the competitive standard to garner attention when they pull into a pit area for a major show.

 

Certainly Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, NH, current point leader on the ACT US, as well as Eddie MacDonald, Nick Sweet, and Ray Parent are a few of the drivers capable of winning the $25,000 first place money, but it is Hoar and Cyr who have set the bar for all others to follow.

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