From the monthly archives: "August 2010"

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the first group of invitees to the second annual ACT Invitational to be held Saturday, September 18, 2010. The region’s greatest triple header of the year at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway will have the ACT Invitational joining the NASCAR Whelen Modified division and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in an event with added laps and additional teams for the 2010 version.



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Late Model championship at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, capturing his
eighth win of the season in the 25-lap E Keys 4 Cars-sponsored feature
event.

Helliwell’s impressive eight-win season aboard the Bruce Bernhardt Ford
locked up the title with another week still remaining on the schedule, and
marks the second consecutive Late Model championship for the team.

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Naples, ME 8/29/10- Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South fans that have followed the series’ super late model cars and stars over the past two seasons saw a racer come into his own Saturday night at South Boston (VA) Speedway when Jimmy Weller scored his first PASS super late model victory in the PASS SoBo 150

Weller has made big strides all season long and he was able to seal the deal by surviving a lap 135 restart alongside teammate Ryan Blaney. Veteran Jay Fogleman rounded out the podium with his third place run.



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Unity, Maine – Defending Unity Raceway Late Model champion Frank Moulton of Burnham took another big step toward his third straight championship in the premiere division at Maine’s Toughest Racing Oval Saturday night, posting his fifth straight victory in the 35-lap feature race.

 

Other racers visiting victory lane before one of the season’s best crowds included Brad Bellows (China Village), Chris King (Burnham), Corey Walker (Augusta), Mike Wilson (Chelsea), Justin Moore (Madison), Mika Wilson (Chelsea), Jason Bosworth (Cornville), Ryan Chadwick (Wiscasset) and Dan Snow (Pittston).

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U.S. Team Takes Team Bonus

Vallee-Jonction, QC – St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle dominated the third annual American-Canadian Tour (ACT) “Showdown at Chaudiere” at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec on Saturday, August 28. The special all-star race featured 12 of the top drivers from the Quebec-based Série ACT Castrol Edge against 12 of the top drivers from the American-based ACT Late Model Tour.

Laperle started on the pole position after earning a +5 handicap in ACT’s plus-minus handicap system. The U.S. team earned the outside pole thanks to six-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vermont, who would lead the first 32 laps. Laperle would take the lead from Hoar on a lap 32 restart and would proceed to lap all but the top three while leading the last 167 laps.

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Scarborough, Maine- Steve Carrier led all 40 laps of the NASCAR Pro Series feature race Saturday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. It was the third win of the season for Carrier who jumped into the lead from the outside pole position. Chris Thorne gave early chase but surrendered the second place position to Bill Whorff on lap 3. With Carrier in front and pulling away, the focus turned to the race for second place as Whorff and Thorne were side by side for second and third while Mike Rowe and David Oliver were side by side for fourth and fifth. Carrier cruised home for the win but the race for the all important point positions went to the wire for second through fifth. At the checkered flag Chris Thorne edged Bill Whorff for second as Whorff got third. David Oliver nipped Mike Rowe for fourth shifting Rowe to fifth at the finish.



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Donahue Earns Third Straight Feature Win

Barre, VT – Barre’s own Nick Sweet claimed the 2010 Thunder Road Late Model “King of the Road” title with his third place finish on Aubuchon Hardware Late Model Championship night on Thursday, August 26. Sweet’s third was enough to edge out Middlesex’s Dave Pembroke by just six points.

Sweet went into the final Thursday night event of the season trailing Pembroke by just two points. After winning his heat race, Sweet led Pembroke by eight points going into the final 75 lap feature. The two contenders started the race door handle to door handle with Sweet 13th and Pembroke 14th. They weaved their way through heavy traffic to get to the front by the first caution on lap 43. Pembroke would get around Sweet during the remaining 3 cautions but came up just short of getting around John Donahue for the feature and championship win.

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With only three races remaining in the K & N Pro Series East schedule, Eddie
MacDonald is prepared for a solid finish to move into the top five in the
championship point’s race in the American Fence Association 150 presented by
Mayfield Ice Creamier at Gresham Motorsports Park on Saturday, August 28th.
The team currently sits in sixth place as they have come on strong in the
last three races.

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CHARLOTTE, NC (August 20) – Ever since Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced their intentions to bring racing back to the Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway earlier this year it has created quite a buzz in the racing world. After all, the upcoming Labor Day Classic to be held September 3-4 will mark the return of racing to North Wilkesboro after a 14 year hiatus. And, if that was not enough, PASS President Tom Mayberry shocked the short track racing community when he announced that the 63-year-old facility will host a 300 lap Super Late Model event paying at least $75, 000 to the winner April 7-9, 2011.

“It’s a great honor for everyone associated with PASS, from the teams to the officials to the fans, to join Speedway Associates in bringing true short track action back to North Wilkesboro,” said Mayberry. “North Wilkesboro Speedway presents many unique challenges to our competitors and we think the fans that attend our races this year and in 2011 will see some of the most unbelievable racing they’ve ever witnessed.”

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Theriault’s Rookie Stock Keeps Rising
16-year-old ACT driver finding consistency in season’s 2nd half

FORT KENT, Maine — Austin Theriault felt like he was starring in an episode on the old VH1 reality show “The Surreal Life” during a recent trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“We were in the Cup garages,” Theriault said of the two-day test for ACT Late Model Tour teams last week at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series facility, New England’s largest track. “It was surreal. Put it this way: The first time I went out on the track, I didn’t want to come back in.

“That’s how much I enjoyed it there.”

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Waterbury, VT – The third annual “Showdown at Chaudiere” at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec will feature 12 drivers from the Quebec-based Série ACT Castrol Edge versus 12 drivers from the American-based ACT Late Model Tour this Saturday, August 28. The 24 car field will battle for a purse of over $35,000 including a $500 per driver bonus for the winning team and $5,000 to the winner.

The Canadian team will be led by current point leader Karl Allard of St-Felicien, Quebec who has won five Série ACT Castrol Edge features already in 2010 including two 150 lap events at Autodrome Chaudiere. He will be joined by the 2008 Showdown winner Patrick Laperle, Jean-François Déry, rookie Jimmy Cormier, Gaëtan Lauzier, rookie Alex Labbe, Claude Leclerc, Jonathan Desbiens, Patrick Cliche, Jacques Poulin, Patrick Hamel and 2009 Série ACT Castrol Champion Donald Theetge.

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Naples ME (8/22) The Pro All Stars Series (PASS ) South super late models get back at it in earnest this weekend as the east’s fastest full fender short trackers make their annual Virginia stop on Saturday August 28 at “America’s Hometown Track”, South Boston Speedway.

The exotic super late models will tour the 4/10 mile oval for 150 green flag laps, headlining an exciting program that will feature twin 75’s for the NASCAR Whelen Late Models and a 75 lap feature for the Rolling Thunder modifieds.

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Special 75-lap Late Model Feature on Final Thursday

Barre, VT – This Thursday, August 26 will be the final Thursday Night event on the 2010 Thunder Road International Speedbowl schedule and the deciding event in the Late Model “King of the Road” battle. Three Late Model drivers have separated themselves from the field and will tackle the Barre highbanks one last time in a special 75 lap Late Model feature presented by Aubuchon Hardware to conclude the 2010 championship hunt.

Current point leader Dave Pembroke of Montpelier has held the points lead since the third event of the season but has never seen his lead grow to more than 22 points. The 2007 Thunder Road track champion now has a 2 point lead going into the final race for the championship.

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Unity, ME — Frank Moulton of Burnham is hot in the stretch drive as he seeks his third consecutive Late Model track championship at Unity Raceway. The Burnham driver claimed his fourth consecutive checkered flag in the top class at Maine’s Toughest Racing Oval, extending his point lead in the process.
Vassalboro’s Ed ‘Fubby’ Drake claimed runner-up honors, while Freedom teenager Dylan Turner picked up third-place hardware. Seth Raven of Waldo and Jeff Burgess of Fairfield rounded out the top five.

Super Street point leader Nate Weston of Madison returned to victory lane in the top support class at the third-mile oval. Weston’s closest challenger under the checkered flag was Waterville’s Ricky Burgess, with ‘Cowboy’ Dan Trask racing to the final podium finishing position. Steve Rackliff of Starks and Oakland’s Skip Conner completed the top five rundown.

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The North East Mini Stock Tour will be making their first appearance at Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH on October 16 and 17 for TSS’ Fall Challenge Weekend. The event will be the ninth and final event for the NEMST in 2010. The NEMST will bring its challenging full bodied minis into western New Hampshire for 50 green flag laps where the 2010 Champion will be crowned. After a few phone calls and email’s NEMST director Bob Guptill and Mike Parks of TSS got the deal confirmed over the weekend.

With the average car count growing and growing the NEMST will  provide excellent racing on the challenging 1/3 mile oval. With most race seasons starting to wind down the NEMST is headed into full swing with races at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on September 12, Seekonk Speedway on October 2, and Unity Raceway on October 10 before coming to a head at TSS on the following weekend.

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