Waterbury, VT – The inaugural New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) presented by American Racer is already shaping up to be one of the biggest stories of the Northeast stock car racing season. With several weeks still left to register, the entry list is already a who’s-who of Late Model racers in the region, with drivers such as Scott Dragon, Quinny Welch, and Wayne Helliwell Jr. signed up for the program’s first season.
The first season of the Challenge Cup is expected to be the start of a long-running program to reward the grassroots weekly racer. Five tracks in four different states are slated to participate with more than 60 qualifying Late Model events scheduled at these tracks. From this long list, registered drivers will take their 10 best results using a special point system based on finishing position, car count, and cars passed.
The season-long NELMCC presented by American Racer champion is guaranteed a minimum of $3,000 on top of their weekly winnings. With a total point fund that now exceeds $12,000 and season-ending contingency prizes posted by Crazy Horse Racing, Port City Race Cars, ARBodies, and Five Star Race Car Bodies, there are plenty of reasons for even more drivers to sign up before the April 24 deadline.
May 8 and 9 Set as Northeast Classic Make-Up Dates if Needed
Waterbury, VT and Naples, ME – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Star Series (PASS) officials announced today that Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 have been set as “if needed” make-up dates for the inaugural Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). While the event has not officially been postponed at this time, recent developments have led to setting the alternative dates so teams and fans can prepare for the possibility.
The decision to reserve the make-up dates came in the wake of a stay-at-home order issued by the state of New Hampshire due to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. This order is currently in effect from midnight on March 27 until May 4, which would span the current April 17 and 18 dates for the Northeast Classic. The U.S.-Canada border is also temporarily closed to nonessential travel as a result of the outbreak, which would affect Quebec teams planning to attend the event.
ARBodies, Five Star Both to Award Challenge Cup Certificates
Waterbury, VT – Two more season-ending prizes have been added to the pool for the inaugural New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) presented by American Racer. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that ARBodies and Five Star Race Car Bodies will each award a $500 product certificate to a participating driver following the 2020 Challenge Cup season.
The pair of certificates join the Crazy Horse Racing/Port City Racecars ACT chassis drawing that was previously announced. To be eligible for these drawings, drivers must register for the NELMCC presented by American Racer by the April 24 deadline. They must also compete in at least 10 eligible Challenge Cup events this year.
Thompson Speedway Joins Late Model Challenge Cup Program
Waterbury, VT – Drivers going after the 2020 New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) presented by American Racer now have another venue and state in which to chase the title. American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Thompson Speedway officials announced today that the Connecticut track has joined the NELMCC program for its inaugural season.
Thompson Speedway becomes the fifth track affiliated with the weekly racing program. The 5/8-mile speedway joins Vermont’s Thunder Road Speedbowl, New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park and Star Speedway, and Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway. Thompson’s addition also means tracks from four different states will be represented in the NELMCC presented by American Racer.
Naples, & ME Waterbury, VT – Officials for the Pro All Star Series (PASS) and the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) have announced the event schedule for the inaugural 2020 Northeast Classic slated for Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18. The two premier full fendered series’ in the Northeast are partnering up on New England’s biggest stage for what is hoped to be a yearly event.
“What bigger way to open our 2020 Northeast racing season than on the biggest stage in the region,” said Pass president Tom Mayberry. “We’re glad to be working with ACT and NHMS on this event and aim to make it a new annual tradition for racers from Connecticut to Quebec.” The Northeast Classic will also feature open races for the powerful Tour-type Modifieds, the always popular Street Stock class, as well as the newly added New England Mini-Stock Tour (NEMST) making its 7th appearance at the “Magic Mile”.
Dubeau Enters ACT History Books at 2019 Banquet of Champions Knights, Payea, and Kuhn Family Receive Special Awards
Montpelier, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) put a bow on the 2019 season at the ACT Banquet of Champions on Saturday, January 18. Plainfield, NH’s Rich Dubeau was recognized as ACT Champion at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Montpelier, VT as well as many other drivers and people who stood out during the 2019 racing campaign.
Dubeau was crowned champion of the ACT Late Model Tour after one of the most unlikely title runs in series history. Racing with one of the smaller teams and budgets on the Tour, Dubeau won the first two ACT races of his career and posted eight top-5 finishes in 10 point-counting events.