ACT Awards American Racer Three Stars for Oxford Plains 150

T.J. Ingerson/ photo

T.J. Ingerson/ photo

ACT Awards American Racer Three Stars for Oxford Plains 150

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or any other accepted reason is used to decide the award recipients.

The Three Stars are chosen by ACT officials and will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a race of their choosing during the 2015 season.


The ACT Tour returned to action this past Saturday, July 25 with its second visit of the year to Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. The race was postponed nearly a month from its original date, but defending Tour Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr. and young star Brad Babb made up for the wait with a scintillating battle for the win over the race’s final 20 laps. The battle ended when the two made contact with four laps to go, with Babb eventually spinning in turn two and “Joey Pole” going on to his fourth win of the year.

But quality racing was also happening behind the lead duo. As many as six cars dueled for the fourth position in the race’s middle stages, including Eddie MacDonald, Travis Stearns, Jimmy Hebert, and Emily Packard. Meanwhile, rising star Dillon Moltz and two-time ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. methodically worked their way up from the 16th and 17th starting positions, eventually crossing the finish line second and fifth, respectively. There were a number of candidates for the Three Star Awards, and after due consideration, the winners are as follows:

*Brad Babb, Windham, ME – #15NH – Brad Babb scored an upset win this past May by capturing the Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road, and he showed on Saturday that this performance was no fluke. Babb got underneath Joey Polewarczyk Jr. on lap 112 of the 150-lap event and seemed poised for his second ACT win. But Pole stayed in Babb’s shadow, and the gloves eventually came off as both drivers gunned for the victory – Babb looking to triumph in his home state, and Pole trying to gain ground in the ACT Tour championship hunt.

The battle came to a head when the two got together on the frontstretch with four laps remaining. Babb slid up the track in turn one and appeared to regain control, but spun exiting turn two. It was a heartbreaking result for the Joey Laquerre–owned team as they ended up 11th in the final rundown. But it was nonetheless a statement race for Babb and his team, proving they can consistently run with the best of the ACT Tour. Babb thus receives a Star Award for his effort.

*Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, VT – #58VT – Hebert opened 2015 with a fifth-place finish at Oxford and seemed poised for another strong year. But the season quickly spiraled into a rash of crashes and mechanical failures, with the #58VT team falling as low as 13th in points. They showed signs of life with a 10th-place finish in the non-point ACT International at New York’s Airborne Park Speedway, but a return trip to Oxford was ultimately what the doctor ordered.

Hebert started 10th and remained in the top-10 for the entire event, being part of a tight battle for fourth place on back in the middle stages. After dodging a pair of late spins, Hebert found himself in third for the race’s final restart. Unfortunately, Hebert got pinned behind a lapped car and was edged at the line by Bobby Therrien as a result. Still, a fourth-place finish shows the team is still capable of contending and could spark a second-half surge. For digging in and refusing to concede the season, the Larry Hebert–owned receives a Star Award.

*Rowland Robinson Jr., Steuben, ME – #28ME – 2015 had been a down year for this small family-run team entering the Oxford Plains 150. After posting four top-10 finishes in each of the previous two seasons, Robinson had just one in the first half of 2015. The team used the time following the initial Oxford postponement to regroup, and showed signs of rebounding on Saturday.

Robinson started fourth after earning a +4 in his qualifying heat and was strong early in the main event before dropping back in the middle stages. But he remained on the lead lap during two long green-flag runs, and while other drivers pitted for adjustments or were felled by incidents, Robinson kept on trucking and brought home a season-best seventh-place finish. The result moved Robinson back into the top-10 of both the ACT Tour point standings and the Bond Auto Parts New Champions standings. The team brings its first Star Award of the season into the Tour’s next event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, where they look to build on last year’s sixth-place result.

The ACT Tour returns to Maine with its annual visit to Scarborough’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 8. Joey Pole holds a seven-point lead over Wayne Helliwell Jr. in the championship battle, while just 16 markers separate third-place Brad Babb from seventh-place Nick Sweet, who won last year’s event at the 1/3-mile oval. Post time is 7:00pm.

Sunoco Modified Drivers to Compete for Special Bonuses at Whelen Night

Thompson SpeedwaySunoco Modified Drivers to Compete for Special Bonuses at Whelen Night

(THOMPSON, CT) – On Wednesday, August 26, the Sunoco Modifieds will compete in their annual 20/20 Sprint race as part of Whelen Night, presented by King Cadillac GMC at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP). The event will see teams compete in two 20-lap points races, followed by a 10-lap sprint to determine the overall purse for the event, with the winning driver taking home $1,800.

There is even more money on the line for Sunoco Modified teams on Wednesday night with two extra bonuses to be earned. Waddell Communications, the Official Radio provider for TSMP, will be offering the “Perfect Challenge” bonus which will give $500 cash to a driver should he or she win all three races of the night.
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Thunder Road Late Model “Triple Crown” Returns on WDEV/Calkins Night

thunderThunder Road Late Model “Triple Crown” Returns on WDEV/Calkins Night

Barre, VT – Thunder Road Speedbowl wraps up the month of July this Thursday, July 30 with WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets Night. In addition to a full card of racing for all weekly divisions, the event will see the return of the semi-feature and Maplewood “Triple Crown” for the Thunder Road Late Models.

The 15-lap semi-feature will pit the top finishers in the Late Model qualifying heats against each other for bonus points and purse money. A progressive cash bonus has also been posted for any driver who can complete the Triple Crown by winning their heat, the semi-feature, and the main event in the same night. The bonus begins at $500 and increases by $100 for each event until the Triple Crown is won. The program will run for the remaining Thunder Road Thursday night schedule.
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A Tale of Two Cities: Rollins, Tanguay Eye Home Track from Different Views

north-east-street-stock-tour-logoA Tale of Two Cities: Rollins, Tanguay Eye Home Track from Different Views
A Look Ahead to “Friday Night Lights” at Lee USA Speedway

LEE, NH – As the North East Street Stock Tour returns to Lee USA Speedway for “Friday Night Lights”, presented by the Gobbi Corporation, on July 31, two drivers look to the event from different ends of the spectrum.

Geoff Rollins is in mid-stride, after picking up the win in the Christmas in July event at Monadnock Speedway on July 11, and looks to continue his success at another of his home tracks, Lee USA Speedway. Rollins is currently second in points in the Late Model Sportsman at the track, and finished second in the exhibition event for the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST), back in May.

Rollins will be running his familiar orange #02 car in his return home, and is confident in the change, saying “We are piloting our own car that’s orange and has a 02, and anything orange goes faster. I have won a 50 lapper here with this car. We put this new car together in two weeks, but it doesn’t scare me at all.”
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Monadnock Speedway Results

MonadnockWINCHESTER—The weather finally cooperated this past Saturday at Monadnock Speedway this past Saturday, where there was a packed crowd for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours’ O’Reilly Auto Parts 200.

Prior to racing action the Boniface Award Winners from last week were presented with their prizes for their performance in the most recent Sportsman Modified feature.
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Bear Ridge Speedway Results 7/25/15

Jason Colbeth goes for a wild flip in the DIRTcar Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupe makeup feature and comes back to finish 6th in the regular feature for the night.

BRADFORD, VT – The Sprint Cars of New England hit the Ridge for their fourth of seven events for the year. SCoNE veterans Chris Donnelly and Jacob Williams were no challenge for the new boy in town. Scott Holcomb hailing from Conn, having run in the New York ESS series is no stranger to the wings or to Bear Ridge Speedway, competing bi-weekly in the USAC DMA Midgets. It only took Holcomb 2 weeks at the Ridge to reacquaint himself with the Wings, finishing in victory lane his last visit and taking the win dominantly this week. Donnelly finished second with Jacob Williams taking third. Will Hull and Lacey Hanson completed the top five. [Read more…]

Packard Scores 6th Place finish as ACT Returned to Oxford Plains Speedway

photo by RPM 360

photo by RPM 360

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – There is just something about Oxford Plains Speedway that manages to bring out the best in 18 year old Emily Packard.  In the American Canadian Tour’s return to OPS this past weekend, Packard seemed pick up where she left off in April, bringing home a 6th place finish in her Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels 9ME car.


Short her regular crew chief (Neal Woodward) this weekend, Emily’s dad Ellery Packard stepped in to turn the wrench and help get the car dialed in.  “Dad was brushing up on his crew chief skills this weekend,” Packard said, “Neal had a prior commitment, and dad stepped in.  It took him a little bit to get confident on the adjustments he was making but he did a great job and it showed all day.”  In the first practice of the day, Packard went right to the top of the speed charts, and she continued to be fast through the last two practices, showing 2nd fastest on the speed chart in final practice.  “We unloaded and we were really quick,” said Packard.  “We made some minor changes to try to better the car a little more throughout practice, but it was good right out of the trailer.”

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Wells Battles To Top Spot In Oxford

Wells Battles To Top Spot In Oxford

The NEMST made its way to Oxford Plains Speedway for their first feature event at the legendary facility Saturday Night. An initial gloomy forecast slightly reduced the car count to a strong 25 tour-style minis throughout the pit area. Early on in practice long time Oxford mini stock competitors Justin Larsen and Rob Greenleaf were turning the fast laps around the facility.

Matt Sonnhalter, Justin Larsen, and Toby Wells all won their respective heats with Sonnhalter drawing a 5 row invert for the feature event. After the invert Jimmy Childs and Nick Anderson would lead the field to green for the first time in each drivers NEMST history. The top half of the field was littered with long time fast Oxford competitors and invading NEMST drivers that run within the top five across New England.
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Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington continued to add to his win total at Speedway 95 Saturday night as he picked up win number 4 for the season in the Dysart’s Late Models. McLaughlin lined up 3rd on the grid for the green, but contact between pole sitter Don Alexander Jr. of Glenburn and Wayne Parritt Jr. of Steuben coming to the green sent Parritt into the turn one dirt berm and to the pits for the night, allowing McLaughlin to line up outside Alexander for the start. McLaughlin quickly put his car out front and remained there for the entire caution free 40 lap distance. Brenton Parritt of Steuben, the division’s defending champion and current points leader came from his 8th place start to finish second. Dean Smart of Bradley finished third, with Alexander coming in fourth. Milo driver Nick Jenkins rounded out the top five.
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