Sylvain Morin photo

Sylvain Morin photo

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have officially announced the 2016 Série ACT schedule. The Quebec-based Late Model Tour will run an eight-race schedule at three different tracks from May through September.

 

The season will get underway on Saturday, May 21 at Autodrome St-Eustache. The 100-lap event is the first of three visits to the 1/3-mile speedway in 2016. The series will have another 100-lap event at St-Eustache on Saturday, July 9 and a 150-lap event on Saturday, August 20.

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Eric LaFleche/Victory Lane Radio photo

Eric LaFleche/Victory Lane Radio photo

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the release of the 2016 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. The 13-event series will see the Tour visit 12 different tracks in six U.S. states and the province of Quebec as they pursue the $10,000-to-win ACT Championship.

 

The season will once again kick off with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 10 and crown the 2016 champion at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 15. Other traditional early-season events which have returned include the 18th Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on May 1, the Spring Green 116 at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway on May 14, and a 100-lap event at Fair Haven, VT’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway on June 4.

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Heather Aube photo

Heather Aube photo

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT), in collaboration with the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk Speedway, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, has announced the creation of the Southern New England Tripleheader for the 2016 stock car racing season. The three-event series will match up the best of the three track’s weekly racers with the stars of the ACT Late Model Tour.

 

The Tripleheader will be held on three unique race tracks – the 1/3-mile New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk Speedway’s ¼-mile bullring, and the 5/8-mile high banks of Thompson Speedway. The series includes a special $7,500 point fund for local weekly teams which participate in all three events. The events will also award championship points for ACT competitors as part of their $30,000 Championship point fund, which includes $10,000 for the 2016 ACT Champion.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series on Display at Northeast Motorsports ExpoMoltz Champion 2

AUGUSTA, ME – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be a part of the 28th annual Northeast Motorsports Expo, at the Augusta Civic Center, in Augusta, ME, on January 8-10.

The Northeast Motorsports Expo is a chance for organizations, sponsors, and race teams to display their hard work for the upcoming season, and gives racers and fans a chance to ask questions and gather information for the year ahead. The Northeast Motorsports Expo holds the annual Helluva Good Pit Crew Competition, Memorabilia Auction, and will also include a spotter’s seminar from Shawn Waddell, of Waddell Communications.
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leeAlthough the 2015 racing season has ended, the excitement at Lee USA Speedway continues heading into the winter months with the first of many announcements that are expected to come in advance of the 2016 season.

At the annual Banquet of Champions on November 21, it was announced that Seacoast Wholesale would be stepping up to play a major role in the sponsorship of the highly-competitive Late Model Sportsman division at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”, and more details on the specifics were released this week.

Seacoast Wholesale is located on Lafayette Rd. (Rte. 1) in Hampton Falls, NH and specializes in quality pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUV’s, both foreign and domestic. Read Full Article →

photo by Rich Hayes

photo by Rich Hayes

Manchester, NH –  The annual Lee USA Speedway “Banquet of Champions”
closed out the 2015 season at the Executive Court Inn and Conference Center on Saturday night, with Tommy Tombarello, Jr., Jay Sands, Dennis Dumas, Troy Washburn, and Jesse Tellier celebrated as the best of the year at New Hampshire’s “Center of Speed”.

After Master of Ceremonies John Spence, Track Manager Bill Callen and owner Red MacDonald recognized the loyal staff and legion of sponsors, it was on to showcasing the accomplishments of the best drivers to circle the seacoast oval in the past season.
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Alan Ward/Big Al's Photos photo

Alan Ward/Big Al’s Photos photo

Waterbury, VT – RPM Motorsports has announced that former American-Canadian Tour (ACT) standout Scott Payea will join the team for the 2016 ACT Tour season. Milton, VT’s Payea returns after two years off from racing to compete for the Tour championship behind the wheel of the RPM Racing Engines Ford with car owner and crew chief Rick Paya.

 

Payea previously competed on the ACT Tour for six seasons beginning in 2005. He was the ACT Rookie of the Year in 2005 and finished runner-up in points for three straight years from 2007-2009, losing the 2008 championship to Patrick Laperle by a single point. Payea also won five Tour events, including two victories in the Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road as well as wins at White Mountain Motorsports Park, Waterford Speedbowl, and Airborne Park Speedway.

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troadBarre, VT – Thunder Road International Speedbowl honored its 2015 Champions with the annual Banquet of Champions at the Barre Elks Club on Saturday, November 14. Derrick O’Donnell received the top honors for the third consecutive season in the Thunder Road Late Model division, while Brendan Moodie and Jamie Davis earned their first Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stock championships, respectively.

 

North Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell became the second driver in Thunder Road history to win three straight “King of the Road” crowns, joining Chuck Beede’s run from 1992-1994. O’Donnell’s championships came in his first three years in the division. He earned a career-high four wins in 2015, giving him a total of seven for his career. Among the victories was his second Memorial Day Classic triumph as well as a win in the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships. O’Donnell also finished second in the Milk Bowl and third in the Vermont Governor’s Cup.

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GSPS2MANCHESTER, NH-          The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has announced the date to the year-ending 2015 Championship Awards Banquet. This year’s banquet will take place Saturday, January 9, at one of New Hampshire’s premier event destinations, the Executive Court Banquet Facility in Manchester, NH. The top-10 in the final point standings in the series’ fourth full season will be honored, as well as the 2015 champion, Derek Griffith.

 

Along with the top-10 being recognized at the Championship Awards Banquet, there will be multiple specialty awards handed out, including many prizes from the GSPSS Contingency Awards Program.

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Larry DemarBarre, VT – Thunder Road legend Larry Demar died Thursday, November 12 overnight at his home after a battle with cancer. The Hardwick native made his name at Barre’s Thunder Road as well as its sister track Catamount Stadium in the formative years of both speedways, which included becoming the first driver ever to win all three segments of the Vermont Milk Bowl.

 

Demar rose to stardom in the early years of the famed Flying Tiger division. He earned the “King of the Road” titles in 1966 and 1967, capping the two-year run by winning the Milk Bowl in 1967. He remains one of only three drivers to sweep the three-segment event in its 53-year history. In addition, he won the Labor Day Classic both years and was the 1966 Memorial Day Classic Champion.

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NEMST1On the heels of the first King of the Mini Stocks event at the North South Shootout in Concord, NC a new series in gaining traction in the southeast United States. The South East Mini Stock Tour (SEMST) is a vision of Bob Guptill, promoter and founder of the North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) a series that runs on tracks all over New England with exciting finishes and large car counts.
 
The SEMST will hold its first sanctioned events in 2016 with 5 races to be scheduled. The series will be built with multiple types of cars in mind. Much like its northern counterpart the SEMST will feature front wheel drive and rear wheel drive competitors on track at the same time in this outlaw type series. Focusing on tracks within central North Carolina and Southern Virginia the series will visit 5 different venues in 2016.
 

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Photo submitted by Scott Lanpher

Photo submitted by Scott Lanpher

17-year old Reid Lanpher of Manchester , Maine recently wrapped up the 2015 NASCAR Whalen All American Series Championship.

Lanpher also won the Pro Series Championship at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

The championships were both decided on the same night as Lanpher entered the final event with only a 10-point lead over Garret Hall of Scarborough, Maine. Read Full Article →