ACTWaterbury, VT –The never-ending winter of 2015 has forced officials of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and the Lee USA Speedway to postpone the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12.

 

“We have waited in hopes that we would start to get some relief from the massive amount of snow we received this past winter in our region,” said Bill Callen, manager of the Lee USA Speedway. “We wanted to get things opened up in time for our ACT opening event, but that is going to be impossible with the amount of snow that still is at the Speedway. We know that fans and teams have always enjoyed coming to Lee for the first event of the season, but unfortunately we still have snow drifts from the frontstretch up over the grandstands! We just don’t believe we can get things prepared appropriately in the next two weeks. The best thing for all concerned was to give some early notice, as many teams and fans travel from Quebec, Maine and Vermont to our traditional ACT openers.”

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photo by RPM 360

Story by Chris Roy
Two time Pro Wraps Bandolero Champion, Casey Call, looks to make it 3 in a row this season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “I’m definitely going to try but the competition gets harder every year and I know it will not be an easy task!”

The 2015 race season gets underway for the bandolero series tentatively on May 16th “Yes and I can’t wait for racing to start!” Read Full Article →

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photo by Norm Marx

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Anderson, SC – After a solid first outing in the #4 Woodman Racing Super Late Model, Joey Doiron made the trek down south once again for the second Pro All Stars Series South and the first in the PASS National championship at Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, South Carolina. After working on the car’s handling throughout the day, the team got the car right for the feature. Doiron drove to the front and fought with eventual winner Ben Rowe for the win after contact while racing for the win lead to Doiron finishing the event in the sixth position.

“I’m proud of how far we came today, this car was really good at the beginning of the race,” Doiron said of his race, “I was racing with Ben (Rowe) and we were putting on a great race and unfortunately we just got together a little bit and it knocked our toe out, it was just hard racing for the win, that’s what people come here to see.” Read Full Article →

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photo by RPM

When Eddie MacDonald takes the green flag to open his NASCAR K & N Pro Series East season at Bristol it will be as defending champion after posting the impressive win last year in the Pittlite 125. The Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevy piloted by the veteran racer started 13th in the event last season and had the crowd on its feet as Eddie Mac drove to the front in a door to door battle with Ben Rhodes to lead the final two laps for the win. The Rowley, Mass. driver is entering his 15th year in the series and will start in his 183rd race with hopes to repeat last year’s performance.

“The win last year at Bristol was huge for our team,” said Eddie Mac while preparing the #71 for the race in the Newburyport, Mass. shop. “It was definitely one of the highlights of my career to win there. The track is awesome in every way. You dream about racing there and to get a win there is definitely the icing on the cake. We knew we had a good car despite not qualifying all that well (13th) but Rollie (LaChance) had a great set up and it handled well right from the start. After the break I knew I had something for the leaders and it was a lot of fun to race for the win. That race really gave us the boost we needed to run well the rest of the season even though we ran a part-time schedule.” Read Full Article →

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photo by Travis Neale

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Aliyah Neale, of Royalston, MA., will be racing in the #14 car in the ProWraps Bandolero Series, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “I’ve been racing Karts since 6 years old. I think this was the next step. Besides who doesn’t want to own their own race car.”

There is no off season for racers, they just find a different car to race. “I like to go to Maine Indoor Karting in the off season. I can’t go all winter without racing! I also love to play soccer.”
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arb1Greenbrier TN. (3/21) The CARS Tour for super late model and late model stock car racers has created a tremendous off season buzz in the southeast racing scene, and Aluminum Racing Products (AR Bodies) is pleased to be on board with awards for all CARS Tour competitors

AR Bodies will award product discount certificates to the fifth place finisher in every super late model and late model stock car feature; season ending awards include a complete “A” package body for the 2015 late model stock car titlist and a $1,000.00 product discount certificate for the 2015 super late model champion. Read Full Article →

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Anderson, SC – DJ Shaw and the #60 Precision JLM Racing team got their 2015 season kicked off this past weekend at Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, South Carolina. The “Peach Blossom Special” was the start of the Pro All Stars Series National schedule. The team faced plenty of adversity this past weekend, as they swapped cars twice, and fought through mechanical failures before calling it a night early in the 150 lap event after the brakes failed and ended the race in the 16th position.

The weekend started with the primary car’s engine smoking in the first practice. The team turned around quick and rolled out the backup car, and showed plenty of speed throughout practice. However, the team found more engine issues with the backup car and went back to the primary car during the final practices of the day. After practice the team had to change radiators and turn it around quickly before qualifying. Shaw was only able to qualify 16th, but felt like he had a good piece to run the race with. After just 20 laps, Shaw stormed through the field and cracked into the top five. As soon as he did though, the brakes failed on the 60 Precision JLM car, and Shaw fought brake fade for the rest of the night before bringing the car in for good with 15 laps remaining, finishing in the 16th position. Read Full Article →

photo by Alan Ward

photo by Alan Ward

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will compete in three 150-lap events on three completely different tracks in all three northern New England states to open the 2015 season. The New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150, set for Sunday, April 12, is the traditional opening event for ACT teams held yearly at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. Teams will then travel to Oxford Plains Speedway (OPS) in Oxford, ME a week later, followed by their annual visit to Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT.

The fast Lee 3/8th-mile oval might statistically favor multi-time Lee champion and two-time ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr., but he has tried eight times to date with a best finish of second in last year’s event, and is long overdue for a win. There is also favorite Eddie MacDonald, who is on a roll with five consecutive wins in recent outings, going back to the Thunder Road Milk Bowl last October. McDonald captured the NH Governor’s Cup last year in his ninth try at his home track. Defending 2014 ACT Champion Joey Polewarczk, Jr. (Pole) is also considered a favorite, but his only win at Lee USA came in a 100-lap opening race back in 2008. Read Full Article →

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photo by RPM 360

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Brady R. Campbell from Stetson, Maine is getting ready for the 2015 race season in the Jr. Sportsman Series at Richmond Karting Speedway. “We still need to dig our trailer out of the snow and take the go kart out and put it all together.”

Though race season is only a month away, Bradley has kept busy in the off season. “Hunting, Ice Fishing, Snowmobiling and waiting for the race season.”
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troadBarre, VT – Thunder Road International Speedbowl honored its 2014 Champions with the annual Banquet of Champions at the Barre Elks Club on Saturday, March 21. Derrick O’Donnell received the top honors for the second consecutive season in the Late Model division, while Nick Sweet also went back-to-back in claiming Vermont State Late Model Championship. Jason Woodard and Tommy Smith earned the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stock championships, respectively.

 

O’Donnell, of North Haverhill, NH, became the sixth driver in Thunder Road history to repeat as “King of the Road”, doing so in his first two years in the division. O’Donnell caught fire in the second half of the season, ending the year with seven straight podium finishes, including the third Late Model victory of his young career in mid-August. O’Donnell also finished runner-up in three of the biggest races on the 2014 calendar: the Vermont Governor’s Cup, the Labor Day Classic, and the Milk Bowl. Read Full Article →

309-PASS South Print LogoBen Rowe Snaps Dry Spell With Peach Blossom Special Win At Anderson

WILLIAMSTON, SC (March 21) – 3-time Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National Champion Ben Rowe began his title defense in style with a thrilling win in Saturday night’s Peach Blossom Special for the PASS South Super Late Models at Anderson Motor Speedway. Rowe held off rookies Zane Smith and Jared Fryar to snap a winless streak dating back to November, 2013 when he won the North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway.

“It was cat-and-mouse the whole race and on the restart I got out in front, I was just trying to keep the 77 [Smith] 2-3 car lengths behind,” said Rowe, after his 9th career PASS South Super Late Model win. “We stayed here till 8:30 last night working on a skip we had in the engine and I can’t thank my guys enough. It took me by surprise when [Smith] got up on the outside, but it’s tough. These kids are pretty fun to race with and coming to the checkers like that was pretty cool.” Read Full Article →

photo by Eric Lafleche

photo by Eric Lafleche

Waterbury, VT – A trio of 21-and-under drivers are aiming to step up to the plate in 2015 and make their mark on the American-Canadian Tour (ACT). Emily Packard, Kyle Welch, and Brandon Atkins all experienced success during their first full seasons on the ACT Tour in 2014, and are looking to emerge as title contenders this season.

 

Of the three, Packard enjoyed the strongest overall 2014 season. After competing part-time on the ACT Tour in 2013, the then 17-year-old moved up to a full schedule last year and turned heads early. The East Montpelier, VT resident scored her first Tour podium finish in the second race of the year with a third-place effort in the Merchant’s Bank 150 at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT in late April.

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photo from GSPSS

Lanpher Looks for Redemption at IceBreaker

 

Walpole, NH-    Just weeks away from the start of the 2015 season, the title hunt is beginning to take shape for the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

 

A mix of veteran and young drivers have made the commitment to become the fourth champion in series history.  Former Oxford 250 winner (1996), “Lightning” Larry Gelinas has announced his intentions of being crowned champion.  The Buxton, ME driver set a torrid pace in the first half of the 2014 season, including five (5) top-5 finishes in the first five races, including a win at Hudson International Speedway, but back-to-back finishes outside the top-15 put a damper on Gelinas’ bid on the championship, ending the season with a third-place overall finish in the standings.

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