Thunder Road Replaces Seekonk on Late-July ACT Schedule
Waterbury, VT — American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have announced the series will head to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Sunday, July 26 for the 22nd Community Bank N.A. 150. The event replaces the Bay State Classic at Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway on the late-July ACT Late Model Tour schedule.
Earlier Monday, Seekonk officials announced the postponement of the Bay State Classic that was scheduled for Wednesday, July 29. With the track still working through the reopening process, and significant restrictions still in place for attendance and out-of-state visitors, it was determined the event could not happen at this time in a way that would be successful for the teams, fans, and sanctioning bodies. Officials are hoping to hold the event later in 2020 or in 2021.
Helliwell Takes Advantage of Late Tangle for Oxford Win
Oxford, ME — Dover, NH’s Wayne Helliwell Jr. took full advantage of a late incident involving then-leader Joey Polewarczyk to snag the victory American-Canadian Tour (ACT) victory in the Oxford 150 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, June 28. It was the 13th career point-counting ACT win for the three-time champion and continued his strong start after a runner-up in the season opener.
Helliwell was inside Hudson, NH’s Polewarczyk for the lead with seven laps to go as both were attempting to get around defending ACT Champion Rich Dubeau, who was fighting to stay on the lead lap while running in the sixth spot. With Polewarczyk going to the outside entering turn three and Helliwell looking inside, Dubeau lost grip and slid up the track into the leader.
Star-Studded Entry List Filling Up for Independence Day 200 Advance Tickets Still Available for First NASCAR Modified Visit to White Mountain
N. Woodstock, NH – Some of the biggest names in Northeast Modified racing will make White Mountain Motorsports Park their stomping ground next Saturday, July 4. The Independence Day 200 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour already has an impressive entry list that will add an exclamation point to the track’s “Thunder in the Mountains” moniker.
From former NASCAR Modified Tour champions Doug Coby and Justin Bonsignore to winners of the region’s most historic Modified shows, the stars will be out this coming Independence Day. Series officials are expecting a field of at least 30 teams to roll through the pit gates for 200 laps of pulse-pounding action.
ACT Rolls into Oxford This Sunday for Next Bout of 2020
Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) heads to the great state of Maine this Sunday, June 28 for the Oxford 150. The event at Oxford Plains Speedway is part of a Twin 150’s doubleheader with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) as both get into the rhythm of their 2020 seasons with worldwide coverage on Northeast Sports Network.
While the ACT Late Model Tour’s first visit to Oxford this year comes more than two months after the originally scheduled date, teams are happy to be making the trip. With 33 prior events at the legendary 3/8-mile speedway, the track is an important part of series history, and three scheduled treks in 2020 will only add to the track’s rich history for ACT standouts such as Jimmy Hebert, Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Rich Dubeau, and Bryan Kruczek.
Decision Made Out of Fairness to Southern New England Teams
Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials announced today that the debut season of the New England Late Model Challenge Cup presented by American Racer has been postponed to the 2021 decision. The decision was made due to continuing uncertainty about when multiple Southern New England tracks who signed up for the program can officially get their season underway.
Guidelines and restrictions related to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak had already delayed the racing season across the region. While three of the five tracks originally planning to participate in the Challenge Cup have finally been able to start their seasons, two others — Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts and Thompson Speedway in Connecticut — are still waiting for the go-ahead from state officials. The latest indications are that neither track will be reopening before late July at the earliest, likely resulting in a further-shortened season for both.
Ming Opens Point-Counting Season with White Mountain Victory
N. Woodstock, NH – Island Pond, VT’s Derek Ming started the 2020 “King of the Mountains” championship chase in the best way possible by capturing the Foley Oil & Propane Late Model win at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 20. The veteran took the lead from South Barre, VT’s Mike Bailey on a lap-12 restart and sped off to victory in the first point-counting event of the year for the Late Model class.
Ming earned the fourth starting spot in qualifying for the 50-lap feature and was content to ride early as Bailey and Jon Savage swapped the lead back and forth. When the first caution flew on lap 8 for a crash involving Rhode Island invader Mike Benevides and rookie Andy Hill, Ming was running in the third spot behind the lead duo.