From the monthly archives: "April 2010"

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will celebrate twenty-five years of sanctioning and managing stock car races in 2010, and the quarter century old sanctioning body will award its race teams with over $100,000.00 in post-season awards. This will mark the first season the various point funds have topped the century mark.

“Our Late Model program has grown significantly over the past decade. ACT has tried to maintain the balance between keeping this division cost-effective, whether it is weekly racing or Tour racing. Most of our Tour competitors, and those weekly racers that have supported the ACT Late Model rules formula, are primarily focused on winning championships, which is the way it should be. It is still great that we can reward the teams with some financial awards at the end of a long season of racing,” said Darla Hartt, Vice President of the American Canadian Tour.

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NEW ENGLAND MOTORSPORTS NORTH By Lou Modestino(for 4/30-5/2/10)

Over fifty (50) American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model teams are expected to battle the high banks of Thunder Road in Barre, VT for thirty (30) qualifying spots in the $25,000 Merchants Bank 150 opening event this Sunday, May 2, 2010 at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”, Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road.

Thunder Road presents a unique challenge for teams of the ACT. There are a large number of regular veteran touring teams entered, including, multi-time champions Brian Hoar and Jean Paul Cyr (the defending Thunder Road Champion). Joining them with plenty of experience are Brent Dragon, Scott Payea and Hudson, New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. These teams are joined by the Thunder Road regular weekly competitors, including three time champions Cris Michaud and Phil Scott, and former Thunder Road champion David Pembroke. Regulars Nick Sweet, Rich Lowery, Joe Becker, Matt White, Brooks Clark and Trampas Demers only add to the depth that the weekly racers bring to the Merchants Bank 150.



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Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that the highly anticipated Ford Blue Oval Challenge winner’s share of the overall point fund has been increased from $3,000 up to $5,000 to win.  A lucrative Ford contingency program was announced late last fall for the teams on both the ACT US and Castrol programs. Also, all Ford teams running at approved affiliate ACT tracks will be eligible to receive bonus money in the Blue Oval Challenge Cup portion of the overall program. Mike Delahanty, the Program Manager-Sportsman Circle Track Racing for the Ford Racing Technology Division of Ford Racing, announced last February the program for ACT Ford competitors. It is one of the richest contingency programs in the history of ACT with over $35,000 up for grabs among the region’s Ford crate teams.



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Waterbury, VT – There will be a new challenge for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Thunder Road Late Model teams when they begin pursuit of the 2010 “King of the Road” title in 2010. With the announcement of the Sunday, May 23rd opening event at the newly renovated and paved Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, VT, the ACT Late Models from Thunder Road have been invited to compete at the historic speedway. It will be the first point-counting event of the season for the Thunder Road Late Models.

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LEE, NH- The Lee USA Speedway has been “cleared for takeoff” by the Town of
Lee on the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing season, which
begins this Friday night, April 30th.

With a number of rookie drivers expected to compete this season, the first
on-track activity will be a Rookie Orientation on the race track at 4:00 PM.
That will be followed by practice at 5:00 PM, with race time scheduled for
7:00 PM sharp. Gates will swing open earlier than normal, at 2:00 PM to
allow teams extra preparation time for the first event of 2010.

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Naples ME (4/26) PASS North’s tenth anniversary season gets underway on Saturday afternoon May 1st at Scarborough Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, and racers and race fans from throughout the region are ready for the long awaited opening day.

There’s a healthy list of pre-entries in the headlining PASS super late model division. Adam Bates, Johnny Clark, Ben Rowe, Kelly Moore and Richie Dearborn all have to be considered threats for the opening day win. Travis Benjamin, Scott Chubbuck, Matt Frahm and Joey Doiron all run strong at the Ridge. Gary Smith, Donnie Whitten, Scott Alexander, Chuck Colby and John Higgins are all pre-entered plus fans can expect to see a number of Beech Ridge Pro Series regulars attempt to steal the touring pros’ thunder.

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Josh and Ryan St. Clair both earned victories at Speedway 95 Sunday afternoon, but each took a different path to reach victory lane as a large opening day crowd watched under sunny skies. In the Late Model division, Josh shot past pole sitter Brenton Parritt of Steuben at the drop of the green flag and held the lead all the way to the checkers in the caution free 35 lap feature even. Parritt, who had earned the pole position by winning the qualifying heat, looked at St. Clair’s bumper from about 6 feet away for the entire distance, and finished the race in second place. Hometown racer Dale Swoboda of Hermon brought his Impala home third, with Oakland’s Mike Landry finishing in fourth. Orrington’s John Kalel Jr. finished his first Late Model feature in the fifth spot.

In the Super Streets, Ryan St. Clair drove past Lamoine’s Derek Mingo by using the inside groove in the closing laps to put his car in the second spot at the finish. In the post race inspection, Ryan’s run up the inside proved to be the winning move of the race when first place finisher Steve Moulton of Holden was disqualified for running an illegal spacer plate on his engine. Also disqualified in the post race inspection was third place finisher Doug Sinclair of Hermon, who was found to have illegal shock absorbers installed on his car. This brought the finishing order to 1. Ryan S. Clair, Liberty, 2. Derek Mingo, Lamoine, 3. J.R. Robinson, Steuben, 4. Meghan Allen, Winterport and 5. Mike Overlock, Franklin. Moulton was the winner of the qualifying heat.

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Peltier paces PASS South at Orange County

Rougemont NC (4/25) Preston Peltier used the bottom groove to work his way past Ryan Moore on lap 112 of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Orange Blossom Special to claim his second consecutive PASS South super late model win of 2010. It was also Peltiers’ second consecutive PASS Orange Blossom Special victory at the Rougemont North Carolina speed plant.

Daniel Hemric made his PASS debut a successful one with a strong second after a brief stint in the lead, and fast timer Joey Gase raced home third. 2007 PASS South Champion Ryan Lawler was fourth and Andy Loden came home fifth. Moore faded to sixth at the finish followed by Ryan Blaney, Evan Jackson, Tim Nooner and early race leader Devin Jones. Moore led the most laps (24-112) before relinquishing the lead to Peltier.

Peltier is now tied with Corey Williams and Ben Rowe atop the PASS South career win column with five.

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April 25, 2010
TALLADEGA, ALA. – It’s a matter of inches at Talladega Superspeedway. Every lap. NASCAR’s superstars run inches apart, lap after lap.

It was only fitting that Sunday’s race, called the Aaron’s 499, was decided by inches. Mere inches at 195 miles per hour.

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NAPLES ME (4/23) After reviewing weather forecasts in and around the Durham, NC area, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have determined that all activities scheduled for the PASS South Super Late Models at the Orange County Speedway will go on as planned this weekend with a few minor schedule changes. 

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Waterbury, VT – Over fifty (50) American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model teams are expected to battle the high banks of Thunder Road for thirty (30) qualifying spots in the $25,000 Merchants Bank 150 opening event on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”, Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road.

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Waterbury, VT – Fans at the opening events on the 2010 American Canadian Tour (ACT) will see a host of veteran returning drivers, along with lots of new teams—the most diverse group the popular regional Tour has seen since it started touring in 1996.



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Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams are looking forward to opening the season at the newly paved Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY on Sunday, April 25. Many are a little bit anxious, having never seen the new track before. There was plenty of excitement when the announcement came last fall about the track going back to asphalt after over 30 years as a dirt CVRA (Champlain Valley Racing Association) track under the Richards family.

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