ACT Awards American Racer Three Stars for Oxford Plains 150

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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.

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OXFORD PLAINS 150

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.

A Tale of Two Cities: Rollins, Tanguay Eye Home Track from Different Views

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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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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

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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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Jared FryarJared Fryar Survives Wild Night For First Career PASS South Win At Caraway

SOPHIA, NC (July 25) – Jared Fryar took the lead from veteran Greg Marlowe with 13 laps to go and led the rest of the way to score his first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win Saturday night at Caraway Speedway. Fryar had to survive a wild event that saw the caution flag wave six times in the 125 lap event on PASS Fan Appreciation night at the races.

“I got a little nervous when we dropped back to seventh there, but luckily we were able to get back to third and cruise and then we got a late race caution and things fell our way,” said Fryar, who has finished no lower than fourth in just three PASS South starts in 2015. “He [Marlowe] was hard to get by there, but it just feels awesome to finally get my first PASS Super Late Model win. I just can’t thank all of the people who have stuck behind me and believed in what we’re doing.”

In qualifying, PASS South points leader Zane Smith paced the 20 car field in qualifying with a lap of 98.967 miles per hour around the tough .455 mile speedway. Following the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Smith would slot into the seventh starting position while Joey Coulter and Joey Padgett would move to the front row to lead the field to green.
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Polewarczyk Completes Season Sweep at Oxford After Late Incident

Joey PolePolewarczyk Completes Season Sweep at Oxford After Late Incident

Oxford, ME – Joey Polewarczyk Jr. won his fourth American-Canadian Tour (ACT) event of the season in the Oxford Plains 150 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, July 25 after a late incident while fighting with Brad Babb for the lead.

Hudson, NH’s “Joey Pole” took the lead for the final time with four laps remaining after he and Babb made contact racing for the top spot in turn one. Babb slid up the track before gathering the car, but subsequently lost control exiting turn two and spun to bring out the caution.

After another caution on the restart, Pole held off a final charge from Dillon Moltz to complete the season sweep at the 3/8-mile oval and unofficially retake the points lead. The normally popular driver was then booed in Victory Lane.
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Quiet Dominance: Jeremy Davis Cruises to Victory in Seacoast 100

Jeremy Davis Seacoast 100 Victory lane (Rich Hayes Photo)Quiet Dominance: Jeremy Davis Cruises to Victory in Seacoast 100

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The Tamworth, NH driver started sixth on the grid, and took little time to work his way into the top three. Davis shot to the outside of Derek Griffith on lap 17, and was the leader at the stripe. Davis would hold off Griffith on four different restarts, before taking off on a 60-lap green flag run, putting a full lap between himself and all but the top six drivers.
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