From the monthly archives: "January 2008"

       WATERBURY, VT – Three Québec stock car racers have filed the first full-season entries for the American-Canadian Tour’s 2008 Série ACT Castrol, a Late Model series with events in Québec and Ontario.  Veterans Karl Allard of St-Félicien and Yvon Bédard of St-Nicolas, along with sophomore competitor Stéphane Durand of Québec, are the first to have committed to the nine-race schedule.

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THE MODERATOR: We have Patrick Carpentier, who incidentally is the only NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver who actually lives in Las Vegas.

Patrick, talk about how the test has gone. This is your other hometown track.

PATRICK CARPENTIER: Yeah, exactly. It's nice to sleep home, come back testing the next day.

But it's been not too bad. Yesterday we struggled a bit at the beginning of the test. Today has been a little bit better. I'm working with my teammates quite a bit. Kasey drove my car earlier this morning, and we changed few things and stuff like that. It's been wonderful. They've been working with me, helping quite a bit.

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-by Justin St. Louis

Torco Racing Fuels was recently named the Official Fuel Supplier of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), in a partnership with Rob Tower of RT Raceparts in Hudson, NH.  Torco will be used in all Late Model cars competing on the ACT Late Model Tour, the Série ACT Castrol, and at Thunder Road in Barre, VT, and will provide championship and point fund bonuses to racers at the end of the season.

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DOVER, Del. — He’s been portrayed as an intimidating, car crushing creature who wreaks havoc on NASCAR’s most skilled competitors. He’s been molded into the winner’s trophy, playfully mimicked by victorious drivers, featured in a comic book, and posed as an action figure. In 2008, Miles the Monster will become the largest attraction at a NASCAR track and will be one of the tallest fiberglass structures in the world. The Monster Monument will stand 46-feet-tall amongst race fans in the newly created Victory Plaza at Dover International Speedway.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 27, 2008) – The Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates racing program became the first team to capture a Rolex 24 At Daytona overall victory in three straight years when Rolex Series stars Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Dario Franchitti captured the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season opener in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Lexus Riley. The record breaking race was the 46th running of the classic endurance race.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2008) – Soon, NASCAR team transporters will embark on their late-January trek across plains, mountains and deserts – an annual cross-country pilgrimage crucial to a fast start.

For NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series teams, the western swing of NASCAR Preseason Thunder – the sport’s annual preseason test sessions – extends some recent learning curves.
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Canadian Champ plans PASS North, National Championship SLM Campaign

NAPLES ME – Multi-time Canadian late model champion John Fleming has announced his intentions to compete in the full schedule of Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model races in 2008.

The Halifax Nova Scotia native has made annual PASS North appearances since the series' inception in 2001, but 2008 will mark his first all out assault on the east's fastest full bodied racing circuit. Fleming has relocated his race team to Buckfield Maine, where veteran PASS crew chief Seth Holbrook will oversee the preparation of Flemings' familiar number 97 Roofing Connection/Certainteed Building Products Dodge Chargers. 

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Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Howard Motorsports have joined forces as Childress-Howard Motorsports (CHM) to field a Daytona Prototype team for a limited number of events in the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

The announcement was made and the No. 2 CHM Pontiac Crawford was unveiled this evening at the RCR facility during its stop on the NASCAR Media Tour. The team will utilize the driving talents of Andy Wallace and be powered by a Pontiac engine in a Crawford DPO3 chassis.

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Dale Earnhardt�s 2001 Participation In Rolex 24 At Daytona Reintroduced Sports Car Racing To NASCAR Fans, Competitors

As fast as the media could report it, word shot around the world in the fall of 2000 when Dale Earnhardt announced he would compete in the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Feb. 3-4, 2001, barely three months away on Daytona International Speedway�s 3.56-mile road course.

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2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Television Broadcast Times Announced

FOX, TNT, ABC, ESPN, And SPEED Showcase All Events

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2008) – Broadcast times for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  season have been announced, beginning with FOX’s broadcast of the non-points Budweiser Shootout at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Feb. 9 at Daytona International Speedway

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       WATERBURY, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car racing organization has reached an agreement with RT Raceparts of Hudson, NH and Torco Racing Fuels to be the Official Fuel Supplier for all ACT Late Model racing in the United States and Canada, including Barre, VT’s Thunder Road, the ACT Late Model Tour, and the Série ACT Castrol, effective immediately.  It is anticipated that other ACT-affiliated tracks in the region will become part of this program.

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-by Justin St. Louis

It may be the dead of a snowy, cold winter, but a handful of American-Canadian Tour racers are headed to the
track.  With Florida’s, ahem, slightly warmer climate than the frigid northeast, no less than five drivers with
ties to ACT are headed to the south the get their off-season fix.
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Evoking the past while focusing on the future, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France addressed the media Monday at NASCAR’s annual preseason press conference in Concord, N.C.

NASCAR is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year – and the 50th running of the Daytona 500 next month. Those milestones were front and center during the event at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center, starting with France’s “state of the sport” speech that also recognized the importance of the fans to the sport’s growth.
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