Bond Awards $10,000 for Invitational Bonuses

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Waterbury, VT – Bond Auto Parts has announced a new program for the American Canadian Tour competitors who win qualifying events and attend the prestigious Bond ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 20. Bond has put up a total of $10,000 spread across nine qualifying events for drivers and fans.

Bond has announced that they will award ACT competitors $1,000 for their first win in the nine qualifying events. Repeat winners will receive $500 for each additional win, while the other $500 will be awarded to the highest finishing driver who has not yet won or received a bonus in a qualifying event. The nine events include the first seven American Canadian Tour point counting events, as well as the Vermont Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road and the International race at Airborne. Along with the $1,000 bonus, Bond Auto will also award the 15th place finisher in each of the nine events with a $100 Bond Auto gift card.
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Surprise Entry For Saturday’s VMRS Race At Monadnock

vmrslogo1Canaan, NH. – Sitting at a desk Tuesday afternoon looking over notes saved in case he needed to refer to them one day, Kirk Alexander, the Valenti Modified Racing Series all-time winner at 31 victories, was trying to find the right set-up, the magic that worked for him so many times in the past, the magic he hopes he can create again when he climbs into the John Corliss owned, Trader John Guns sponsored, # 88 modified race car, on Saturday night, April 19, at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, New Hampshire.

Alexander, of W. Swanzey, NH., will be filling the seat of long-time archrival Jim Boniface who is battling a courageous fight with cancer. It’s a situation Alexander knows all to well. He lost a brother to the disease in 2008.
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Enhanced PASS TV Returns To Broadcast 9th Annual Easter Bunny 150 At Hickory

New PASS TV logoNAPLES, ME (April 15) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today the re-launch of PASS TV in a unique partnership with (MSB) and PASS TV Powered By and will feature a live Pay-Per-View broadcast of the 9th Annual Easter Bunny 150 from the legendary Hickory Motor Speedway this Saturday night, April 19. The partnership will utilize MSB’s years of expertise in covering short track racing events and will also feature live fan interaction through Race22′s live race updates throughout the day from Hickory.

“We’re very excited to announce this partnership with MSB and Race22 to bring fans around the world unprecedented coverage of the Easter Bunny 150,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “The Easter Bunny 150 has established itself as one of the biggest Super Late Model races in the country and we’re glad that fans can be a part of this great event wherever they live.”
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WiscassetMaine’s fast oval track is ready to embark on its 45th season on Saturday afternoon April 19th at 2:00pm. It also marks the second full season under the ownership and guidance of Richard and Vanessa Jordan on Kingfield. The 2014 season will once again feature a split schedule where the track’s 8 regular divisions are divided into 2 groups which alternate week to week. Group 1 consists of Pro Stocks, Napa Super Streets, Outlaw Mini’s and N.E.4-cylinder Pro’s. Group 2 will include Late Model Sportsman, Strictly Streets, Thunder 4 Minis, and Trucks. Each week a “Flex” race will be added to give fans a 5 division show. Flex races include various regional touring series, or other events such as Enduros or Flagpole races. Track announcer / promoter Ken Minott says they are excited to get the season underway. “Last year we were just getting the operation off the ground. We brought a new team together and tried a few new & creative things to bring Wiscasset Speedway back to life after being dormant for a couple years. Now we’re excited to take the next steps toward making this facility everything we know it can be. Once again it will all be about giving fans a fun, affordable and timely show. We’ve got some bigger races and other neat things planned for the fans this season too.”
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Thunder Road Enters 55th Season with ACT Merchants Bank 150

actBarre, VT – Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT will enter their 55th season of stock car racing with the 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27. The stars and cars from the American Canadian Tour Championship Series (ACT) will tackle both the high banks of the famous Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, and one of the largest fields of regular Thunder Road Late Model racers in recent memory. The Merchants Bank event has been the season opener at the ¼-mile speedbowl since 1999.

Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) from Hudson, NH is looking for his first win in a Merchants Bank opener. When asked why Thunder Road is so tough, the 2014 ACT title contender said, “I love racing at Thunder Road and I hate racing at Thunder Road. It‘s been good to me and frustrating for me. Man, you earn everything you get every lap at that place. First, you have to race the track, which is high-banked, narrow, two grooves and pretty wild. Then you have to take on what is probably the largest and best group of weekly racers in the country, along with the Tour regulars. I have won some big shows (Governor’s Cup 150 in 2009 and the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl in 2010), but I’ve always wanted to win the Merchants Bank opening race. It would give our team tremendous momentum toward our goal of winning the ACT title this year,” concluded Pole.
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Emily Packard finishes 12th in ACT Tour Season Opener at Lee USA Speedway

Emily trackThe American Canadian Tour kicked off its 23rd season at Lee USA Speedway again this year with the Governor’s Cup 150 on Sunday April 13th. Hitting the track for her first race of the season, Emily Packard, the 17 year old East Montpelier native, brought home her 9X Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels sponsored car in 12th place.

Rain early in the day changed the track and the schedule, shortening day and allowing little to no practice to feel the car out prior to the heat races. Starting 5th in the heat race, Packard dropped back a position early on fighting a pushing race car, but battled her way up to 4th by Lap 4. The closing laps found her in a battle of side by side racing for the last three laps holding off the 5VT car to cross the line in 4th place to secure her place in the show. “I hope it was an exciting race for the fans to watch, because it was definitely exciting from the driver’s seat,” said Packard of her tight racing with the 5vt car, “it was a good (heat) race and a good start to the season.”

Starting 9th, Packard had a good handling car, but fell back a few spots where she concentrated on saving her tires for later in the race. On lap 47, Packard passed the 37VT to move up to the 12th position and gaining on the next car in line, only to have the caution come out on lap 53. A couple of the leaders chose to pit, allowing Packard to move up to 10th on the restart. “We were able to drive away from the guy behind us and ride for a while,” said Packard. The second caution came out on lap 71, and Packard restarted 15th, working her way around the 3/8ths mile track, for the next 75 laps, moving up to 13th place. “There were a good amount of laps that we were running and taking down lap cars. We were trying to make passes and fill any holes that we could.” When the final caution came out on lap 146, Packard found herself restarting in 12th position, as the 17RI spun out while battling for the lead. When the checkers fell, Packard came home with a 12th place finish. “I think it’s a very respectable finish and I am really happy with it going into the start of the season,” said Packard. “And a big thank you to my sponsors, Northstar Fireworks, Packard Fuels, Yipes! of Barre, Fecteau Homes, Berlin Optical Expressions,, Be the Match, Rutland Regional Medical Center, and R.G. Paving.”

Next up for Packard is the ACT Race at Thunder Road April 26th and 27th.

Keith Rocco Dominates 2014 VMRS Season Opening Event

waterfordBy Brian Darling

The Valenti Modified Racing Series kicked off its 11th season with a banner field of cars on hand at Waterford Speedbowl for the tracks annual Blastoff Weekend Saturday and Sunday. Keith Rocco scored a convincing victory for car owner John Rufrano following the 100-lap feature, wiring the race from green to checkered flags to finish off a big weekend for the second-generation driver from Berlin (CT). Rocco won the track’s NASCAR SK Modified and Late Model features Sunday as well, tying a 54-year old track record with three wins in a single day at the speedway.
The buildup of anticipation for the series over the offseason culminated with a star studded 33 entries vying for the 24 starting positions for Sunday’s 100-lap feature. Saturday’s three 12-lap heat races were won by Keith Rocco in the Rufrano #68, his brother Jeff Rocco in the Pane #57 and Ted Christopher in the Brady #00. Justin Bonsignore brought the Barry #21 home a winner in Saturday’s 15-lap consolation race.
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Eddie MacDonald Wins the American Canadian Tour Opener at Lee USA Speedway

Eddie VLBy Dick Casey 

Eddie MacDonald crossed another item off his racing “bucket list” winning the Governor’s Cup 150 at his home track in ACT’s 23rd season on Sunday. Driving the Freddie Peterson owned Late Model, Eddie Mac started on the pole, then faded back to preserve tires , and then taking the lead with five laps to go on the three‐eighths mile oval owned by his parents, Judy and Red MacDonald. The win was the first in nine ACT attempts at Lee for the Rowley, Mass. Veteran. 

“This win is just incredible,” said Eddie Mac in Victory Lane. “We wanted this one for a long time. We have had fast cars in the past but have been unable to get the win. I am so happy and thankful for Sheila and Freddie Peterson for all their support. I know this win means a lot to them and I am glad we could get it for them. Rollie (LaChance) and I have been lucky enough to win some big races including Loudon, the Oxford 250, and Bristol recently but this one has eluded us so now I can cross this off the bucket list.  Of course, winning at Lee in front of my mother and father, family, and all our friends and fans is really something special.” 
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Lee USA Speedway 4/13/14 ACT Governor’s Cup 150 Photos by Rich Hayes

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LEE USALee, NH – The season-opening American Canadian Tour (ACT) New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 got the 2014 Lee USA Speedway campaign underway on Sunday afternoon, despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to stop the action.

Lee USA’s track crew and ACT tour officials stuck to their guns and beat the morning-long rain to    put on a tremendous show for the hardy fans who waited it out, and they certainly got their money‘s worth during the course of the afternoon.

The supporting show featured the scaled-down racers of the NELCAR legends and the Northeast Classic Lites, and both clubs turned out in full force for the season opener.  Multi-time Lee USA winner Shawn Buffington bested the NELCAR contingent, with teammate Tom Gray and 2013 series champion Mathew Burgione rounding out the podium.

In the Northeast Classic Lites main, it was veteran campaigner Duane Skofield taking down the win over 2013 champ Adam “A.J.” Giacomozzi and Jim Wentworth.  John Fultz had a scary moment in that one, as he slammed the frontstretch wall and destroyed his racer.  Fultz walked away from the incident unhurt.

After four qualifying heats, two consis, and a last chance qualifier set the starting field for the ACT New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150, local favorite Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald found himself on the pole for the main event by virtue of his plus-five handicap heat race win.

When the 30-car starting field took the green however, MacDonald led just a single lap before he dropped back several positions, while Ben Lynch (laps 2-3), Ray Parent (laps 4-33), and Stephane Descoste (laps 34-63) all spent time up front in the fast-paced early stages of the event, which ran caution-free for the first 63 laps.

Two-time race winner Brian Hoar brought out the race‘s first yellow flag with a spin in turn two on that 63rd circuit, ending his chances for a third Governor‘s Cup victory.  When the action picked up again, Parent once again moved past Descoste out to the lead, and he remained in command for the next 82 trips around the fast 3/8th‘s mile Lee oval.

But MacDonald had been saving the best for last, and as the laps wound down, he began reeling in the leader, and with some heavy lapped traffic ahead, caught Parent with less than ten laps left in the race.  MacDonald looked low at first, but eventually moved to the high side and made his way

past Parent with four laps left, as Parent lost control and spun out of contention with the checkers nearly in sight, finishing 13th in the final tally.

MacDonald easily led the way over the remaining laps to score his first-ever Governor‘s Cup win by nearly a full second, making the long-awaited first trip to ACT Governor’s Cup victory lane at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“, the facility owned and operated by his parents, Red and Judy MacDonald.

Two more former Lee USA regulars followed MacDonald across the stripe, with former race winner Joey Pole and two-time and defending ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. rounding out the post-race podium.  A pair of Quebec-based drivers were next in the final rundown, with Alex Labbe taking down fourth, and Descoste coming home fifth.

2013 Governor’s Cup winner Jimmy Hebert managed an impressive sixth-place finish after starting scratch on the field in the 30th spot, with Ben Ashline, Ben Lynch, Bobby Therrien, and Rowland Robinson, Jr. rounding out the top ten.

Lee will have their next Test & Tune on Saturday, May 10th.  Gates will open up at 9am and practice will start atnoon.  All cars and all other track cars are welcome.

The next event at Lee USA Speedway will be held on Sunday, May 11th with the Modified Bull Ring Bash 100along with the Super Modified and the Hobby Stock Divisions.  We will be celebrating Mothers Day here at Lee USA Speedway.