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Waterbury, VTThe 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 to give the award 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 2015.

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Barre, VT—The 53rd Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic will be held at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 24 and is shaping up as one of the biggest ever. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Series are making their inaugural visit to Thunder Road, marking the first time Super Late Models take to the high banks in 20 years.

A host of Thunder Road locals and American-Canadian Tour (ACT) regulars have entered the PASS 150-lap event. 1999 “King of the Road” and eight-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar is an early name to watch. The Williston, VT veteran has 16 wins at Thunder Road, including three in the Vermont Milk Bowl and a win with the NASCAR Busch North Series in 2003. Read Full Article →

SONY DSCThe Benjamin Motorsports team headed across the border this past weekend and raced in Valle Junction Quebec. The team was looking to turn it season around and need a good run. In the first practice the team would have to go to work because of an engine issues. The team found a broken rocker in the cylinder head and it would take all day to get it fixed and the team would have to miss all the practice and qualifying races. That meant the 17 car would start in the 21st position for the 150 lap feature.
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309-PASS South Print LogoPASS Young Guns Looking To Follow In Fathers’ Footsteps At Concord

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 19) – Anticipation continues to build as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models and KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series prepare for this Friday night’s Old Glory Twin 125s at Concord Speedway. Located about 20 minutes from Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Old Glory Twin 125s will mark the first racing action held at Concord Speedway since PASS held the Mason Dixon Meltdown there in November, 2012.

PASS South is celebrating 10 years of making Super Late Model history in 2015 and has established itself as one of the premier short track divisions in all of racing. Likewise, Concord Speedway has made its share of history. First, as a 4/10 mile dirt oval that hosted such legendary names as Freddy Smith, Jack Pennington, Jeff Purvis, and Mike Duvall. And then, transforming into its triangular shaped, half-mile paved configuration that the stars of PASS and the KOMA Unwind Modifieds will tackle on Friday night. The iconic Big 10 Super Late Model Series made names of such short track stars as Rich Bickle, Jack Sprague, and Freddie Query, just to name a few.
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NEMST1Veterans Top NEMST at Lee USA

On what was the most beautiful day of 2015 so far 23 NEMST minis packed the infield of Lee USA Speedway for the 2nd annual Bull Ring Bash. Practice early in the day revealed that Tim Collins was the fastest car at the speedway for the 3rd event of the NEMST Season. Tim was joined by 2014 champion Toby Wells and Matt Sonnhalter at the top of the leaderboards.

Collins started at the rear of the first heat race and had his work cut out for him to earn heat points by finishing in the top 5. Collins thundered through the field diving low, shooting high, and running 3 wide to make his way to the front. On lap 7 he took the lead from Louis Maher and walked to the Environmental Engines victory. Toby Wells ran hard in the 2nd heat starting mid pack and making his way to the front passing 2011 Champion Rob Greenleaf on his way to the Environmental Engines Heat Race win. Collins drew an invert of 1 row for the feature as the lineup was set.
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Wiscasset, ME – The Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour rolled through the gates of Wiscasset Speedway on Saturday, for the second of the scheduled nine visits to the coastal raceway in 2015.  For the first time in quite a number of years, the INEX National Qualifier for the State of Maine was awarded to Wiscasset, as their interest in and support of legend cars has become second to none.  With 19 cars signed in to compete, and 50 laps the distance, this very special feature event was a treat for the teams and fans alike.  With the regular NELCAR lineup rules tossed out the window for the day, the heat races would determine the feature starting grid, straight up.
For heat 1, U.S. Marine Veteran Pete Cannell in the 88 was on the pole, with the 70 of Tylar Braunschweig to his outside. Braunschweig got the advantage into turn 1, and took off with the lead. Canadian driver Cory Hall in the 08 made his way by Cannell from the 3rd spot, with Alan Smith in the 33 following Hall through from 5th.

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Photo by Norm Marx

Story by Evan Beaulieu

Vallee-Junction, Quebec – Joey Doiron had an impressive return to the Autodrome Chaudiere this past weekend, as he led 80 laps en-route to a runner up finish in the “Frameco 150” Pro All Stars Series North event.  It was another strong performance for Doiron at one of his favorite race tracks, and he always enjoys going to race in Canada.

“Everyone up here treats us really well when we race here, and I really enjoy this track and be able to run our big motor, this place is a blast,” Joey said after the race, “I’m happy we ran so well but I really want a win here too, we will get it soon enough though if we keep running top three here.” Read Full Article →

NEMST1On what was the most beautiful day of 2015 so far 23 NEMST minis packed the infield of Lee USA Speedway for the 2nd annual Bull Ring Bash. Practice early in the day revealed that Tim Collins was the fastest car at the speedway for the 3rd event of the NEMST Season. Tim was joined by 2014 champion Toby Wells and Matt Sonnhalter at the top of the leaderboards.

 

Collins started at the rear of the first heat race and had his work cut out for him to earn heat points by finishing in the top 5. Collins thundered through the field diving low, shooting high, and running 3 wide to make his way to the front. On lap 7 he took the lead from Louis Maher and walked to the Environmental Engines victory. Toby Wells ran hard in the 2nd heat starting mid pack and making his way to the front passing 2011 Champion Rob Greenleaf on his way to the Environmental Engines Heat Race win. Collins drew an invert of 1 row for the feature as the lineup was set.

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Photo Credit Chip Cormie

Gray Looks to Add Fourth Win at Winchester, NH Track

 

WINCHESTER, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Monadnock Speedway for the third event of the championship series, on May 23. 

 

The Memorial Day 100 will be the seventh time the series has run at the Winchester, NH ¼ mile, and has seen three different winners (Barry Gray, Matt Frahm, Mike O’Sullivan).

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ACTPolewarczyk Wins “Battle of the Border” With Laperle at Airborne Spring Green

Plattsburgh, NY—Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk Jr. came out on top of a battle with St-Denis, QC’s Patrick Laperle to win the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Spring Green 115 at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Sunday.

Defending ACT Late Model Tour Champion “Joey Pole” took the lead from Laperle on lap 82 and led the rest of the way in the ACT U.S. and Série ACT combination event. Pole had lost the top spot to Laperle on a lap 44 restart, but stalked him for nearly 40 laps and eventually came away with his second win of the season and second straight ACT victory at Airborne.
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EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – The season started off as a busy one with 3 races in a row, and now after a weekend off, Packard is anxious to get her 9me Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels car back on the track for the Spring Green 115 at Airborne Park Speedway.  “I am really looking forward to going to Airborne Park this weekend,” said Packard.  “We have been having some good luck this season, and I am hoping to continue that success.”

 

Finishing 11th in last season’s spring American Canadian Tour race at Airborne Park Speedway, Packard hopes to continue her streak and better that finish on Saturday.  In two of the three races this season, Packard found herself starting back in the pack, and passing a number of cars to make her way forward to finish in the top 6.   “This weekend I would like to undo the jinx I have with heat races,” Packard said. “I would like to finish better in my heat race so that I can start far enough forward in the feature that by lap 100 I am in the hunt and not just cracking the top 10 and having to pass so many cars to get there.”

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Barre, VT—Thunder Road’s American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models begin their 2015 championship chase on Sunday, May 24 in the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100. Montpelier, VT’s Josh Demers, entering his sophomore season, will be looking to build on his unexpected performance at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida this past February.

Coming off a 12th-place points finish in Demers’ rookie year at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road, expectations were low entering the American Racer Challenge Cup at New Smyrna. At one point, when asked why the team was going to Florida, Demers’ father Randy responded that “someone has to finish last.”

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benjamin3TOP 10 AT STAR SPEEDWAY FOR THE BENJAMIN MOTORSPORTS TEAM

The Benjamin Motorsports team was back in action again last weekend at Star Speedway in Epping New Hampshire. Star Speedway is a very tight quarter mile race track that the drivers really have to get up on the wheel and do some driving and the track puts on a great show for the fans. There was 32 very competitive super late models in the pit area and after practice the Benjamin Motorsports team was in the top 10 in speed.
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photo by Norm Marx

photo by Norm Marx

Barre, VT—The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models make their inaugural visit to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 24 as part of the 53rd Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. The 150-lap event, held in tandem with the 100-lap Classic for Thunder Road’s American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models, is shaping up to be one of the biggest events of the early 2015 season.

 

PASS’s trip to the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” was born from an off-season alliance between ACT and PASS. It will be the first time Super Late Models have visited the track since the 1995 Vermont Milk Bowl won by Petrolia, Ontario’s Dave Whitlock with the former ACT Pro Stock Tour. 2012 PASS North Champion Travis Benjamin is one of the many drivers excited about the event.

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