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Emily Packard

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt – First time out at the Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix Quebec with the American Canadian Tour, and things did not go how the 17 year old East Montpelier, VT driver had hoped.  Emily Packard and the 9x Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels team spent the three practices working on the handling of the car to make Packard more comfortable getting around the track.  “It was definitely a track that took some getting used to,” said Packard, “and it took me some time adapt to it, but we eventually go the car to my liking.”

 

When the heat races rolled off, Packard started ninth in the third heat, and struggled to gain any ground on her competitors.  When the heat race ended, Packard had moved up to seventh place which meant that she would need to run one of the two consolation races to try to get in the feature.  Starting in fourth in the second consolation race Packard continued to fight her race car and the track, and finished the race in fifth place.

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Matt Frahm 3rd, Brad Babb 1st, Barry Gray 3rd

PHOTO CREDITS CRYSTAL SNAPE

Hudson, NH-      Brad Babb fended off threats from Barry Gray and Matt Frahm to claim the victory in the Hudson Hugger at Hudson International Speedway, recording his first victory with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

 

Adam Norton led the field to green in his second race for the series in 2014, with Babb starting to his outside.  Babb would nudge ahead to lead the first lap, eventually clear Norton, and begin to pull away from the field.  Bobby Baillargeon, who was looking to grab his third straight Hudson Hugger win, bounced off the front stretch wall on lap 9, bringing out the first of six cautions of the day.  Babb jumped to the lead once more, as a good battle between Frahm, Gray, Dillon Moltz, and Derek Griffith brewed behind him.  Griffith’s day would begin to turn sour as his LCM/FEP Insurance Toyota brought out the caution on lap 37.  Multiple tries to complete the lap ensued, but the caution flew two more times, including a chain-reaction incident which sent Moltz down pit road, before the field settled in for another green flag run.

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NEMST1Another legendary event for the 2014 season of the North East Mini Stock Tour was held Saturday August 23 for the only Maine event of the Pine Tree State based series. With help from Tire King and Belly Busters Concessions the NEMST was able to increase the purse for the top 5 finishers of the event and offer a $750 to win payday!
Under cloudy skies twenty-seven tour style mini stocks entered the pit area to begin pre-inspection and registration for the nights 50 lap Main Event. The cars were split into 3 heats races and set off for their qualifying races shortly after 6:00 PM. Shawn Kimball, Justin Trombley, and Toby Wells all took home their respective heat race wins. By fortune of winning the first heat race Justin Trombley got to draw the invert for the starting lineup. Justin selected the chip marked for a 7 row invert.

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photo by Norm Marx

photo by Norm Marx

Hermon, Maine – Cassius Clark of Farmington survived a rough-and-tumble finish to wrestle victory away from DJ Shaw in Sunday’s Hight Chevrolet 150 Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at Speedway 95 in Hermon, Maine.

 

Clark and Shaw, rubbing doors and fenders while trading paint in the closing laps, suffered mostly minor cosmetic damage until after the checkered flag, when contact from behind left the winner with a wrecked #77 Hight Chevrolet that never made a victory lane appearance with its’ triumphant driver.

 

Clark, looking as unhappy as any winner could in victory lane, expressed his displeasure at Shaw’s drive, even predicting “I don’t know who will be getting the big trophy in November, but I know it won’t be (Shaw).”

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Fleury

photo by Alan Ward

Billado, Bousquet, Martin Take Tiger Triple 50 Wins

Barre, VT – Shawn Fleury of Middlesex battled by John Donahue on the final restart with three laps to go in the 50 lap Thunder Road Late Model feature during the Jet Service event on Sunday, August 24. Following the second and final caution of the event on lap 47, Fleury started to the outside of Donahue and the duo swapped paint all the way around the highbanked quarter-mile during a wild finish over the final three laps. On the final lap, Fleury got the advantage in the high lane and claimed his second win of the season.

 

Donahue settled for second ahead of current point leader Derrick O’Donnell completing the podium. Jason Corliss and Trampas Demers earned top five finishes. Nick Sweet, Joey Laquerre, rookie Eric Badore, Brooks Clark and rookie Josh Demers completed the top ten.

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Bodyshop1TAMWORTH NH (8/23) In a joint announcement today Aluminum Racing Products President Jerry Criswell, The Body Shop proprietor Norm Desjardins and Northeast Legend Car Auto Racing President Brett Alexander introduced a new program to aid NELCAR Legend racers that plan to make the move to late model racing.

Effective immediately, any registered NELCAR driver or car owner that is currently building or intends to build an ABC bodied race car for a weekly or touring racing series qualifies for the ARBodies “Next Step” program. Through a joint agreement with ARBodies’ parent company Aluminum Racing Products and The Body Shop, NELCAR will award a product certificate valid for a $500.00 discount on any one of ARBodies popular “M” body packages, a comprehensive kit that is ideal for racers either constructing or refurbishing a late model race car.

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ACT American Canadian Tour

Joey Polewarczyk Jr. Claims First ACT Win of Season in Can-Am

St-Croix, QC – Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH solidified his American Canadian Tour point lead with his first win of the season in the ACT Can-Am 200 at Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC on Saturday, August 23. Polewarczyk became the eighth different ACT winner in the first eight point counting events and pocketed over $5,000 for the victory. Serie ACT point leader Alex Labbe claimed second in the race, which was the seventh event on the Quebec-based series.

Polewarczyk started in the fourth position on the 33 car field and ran in the top five throughout the 200 lap event. He started outside Wayne Helliwell, Jr. on the 12th and final restart of the race with 25 laps remaining. Helliwell had led the majority of the event and still seemed to have the race in hand as Polewarczyk slipped back to second on the restart. Just a few laps later, however, Helliwell’s steering column broke ending his day and handing the lead to Polewarczyk.
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ACT American Canadian Tour

POLEWARCZYK, MACDONALD, WELCH FIRST TO ENTER INVITATIONAL

Waterbury, VT – Two former winners and a new young gun were the first to accept invitations to the 6th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational to be held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Invitations were first sent to those who qualified throughout the season by winning either an ACT US event or Série ACT event in Quebec.

In 2010, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr (Pole), Hudson, New Hampshire, charged from the 27th starting position on the grid and ran away with an impressive win on the “Magic Mile”. “We had a great finish to the 2010 season. This Invitational win was the icing on the cake. I think we won five races that year and finished second to Brian (8-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar from Williston, VT) in the ACT title battle for the American Canadian Tour Championship (ACT). Winning in front of the huge crowd, in my home state, was about as good as it gets,” said Pole. Pole is currently leading the ACT Championship hunt with just two races remaining on the schedule.
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(Halifax, NS, August 20, 2014) The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is headed to Petty International Raceway this Saturday for the Atlantic Dodge Dealers 150. This is the third and final trip of the season to the ¼ mile oval located just outside of Moncton in River Glade, NB. The 150-lap stock car event marks round ten of 12 for the popular regional touring series. The Atlantic Dodge Dealers 150 is the highlight event of the 50th running of the River Glade International taking place this weekend at Petty Raceway. Grandstands for Saturday’s main event open at 3:00 PM, qualifying will take place at 5:10 PM with Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials. Feature racing is slated for 6:00 PM.

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troadBarre, VT – Thunder Road officials have announced Jet Service Envelope night scheduled for Thursday, August 21 has been postponed due to rain. The event has been rescheduled for Friday, August 22 with the same 6:00pm post time.

Friday night’s action will include the entire card of racing originally scheduled for tonight. The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen will headline the evening with Triple 50 features. The Late Models and Street Stocks will run regular events, plus the annual Run-What-U-Brung will be run during intermission.

Just three races remain in the 2014 Late Model “King of the Road” battle. Defending Champion Derrick O’Donnell used a win and a second place finish in last week’s two features to take over the top spot. Two-time “King of the Road” Nick Sweet sits just 15 points back.

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Griffith at Hudson 2014

PR/Photo – Eric LaFleche

Hudson, NH – Teenager Derek Griffith looks to return to the podium after the 17 year-old saw a two race podium finish streak come to an end as he wound up finishing in the 18th spot at Star Speedway on August 16, 2014.

Fast forward a week and the MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing team returns to the track that Derek cut his teeth on, Hudson international Speedway in Hudson, NH for the Hudson Hugger 100
Griffith raced numerous years on this unique ¼-mile oval, racking up many victories and gaining valuable experience that he hopes will serve him well and bring the No. 12 Tyngsboro Motors Toyota Camry to victory lane.

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24GordonWinsMichigan04.jpgLee, NH – The final month of racing toward the goal of the 2014 season championships began at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Supermodifieds, Late Model Sportsmen, Hobby Stocks, and Ironmen joined by the touring Northeast Classic Lites for an entertaining night of racing action at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”.

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GSPS2By  Shawn Sicard

Walpole, NH-    Bobby Baillargeon returned to form as he picked up a podium finish in his second race with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) in 2014; a third place finish in the Star 100 at Star Speedway in Epping, NH.  The Kingston, NH driver will try to stay hot as he is ready to defend his title at the Hudson Hugger this Sunday, August 24th, at Hudson International Speedway in Hudson, NH.

 

Baillargeon is a star at Hudson, with two wins and a third place finish in 4 starts at the track with the GSPSS.  The runner-up to the 2012 champion, Baillargeon has won the first two Hudson Hugger events at the ¼ mile speedplant.  “We are going to work hard to make it three in a row,” Baillargeon stated.  “You have to set a pace that won’t kill your car and get it done.  Just keep all the fenders on the car.”  Baillargeon will be piloting the #82 MMS Northeast/Performance Unlimited Chevrolet at the Hudson Hugger.

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