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Valenti Modified Racing SeriesPasteryak Becomes Title Contender With Oxford 100 Win

Oxford, Maine. – Two-time Valenti Modified Racing Series champion Chris Pasteryak of Jewett City, CT, dominated Saturday’s running of the ‘Oxford 100’ to become the seventh different winner in seven races at Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine. The race was the headline event on the eve of the 42nd running of the famed ‘Oxford 250.’

Pasteryak from his pole starting position led all but 20-laps enroute to his fourth VMRS win this season and his 10th career victory. He is now tied for fourth with Rowan Pennink, each with 10 wins, on the series all-time win list.
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Alan Ward/Big Al's Photos

Alan Ward/Big Al’s Photos

Barre, VT – N. Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell put an exclamation point on his bid for a third consecutive Thunder Road championship by making a late charge for his fourth win of the season Thursday, August 27 on Cody Chevrolet Cadillac Night.

 

O’Donnell broke out of traffic late in the 50-lap main event and sliced through the front of the pack, passing cars low and high before reaching leader Mike “Beetle” Bailey. The two-time defending champion then swung to the outside of Bailey and grabbed the top spot with just three laps remaining.

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RPM_6310Loudon, NH – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) held its annual Test and Tune session Wednesday, August 26 at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Twenty-four ACT Late Model drivers took to the track in preparation for the 7th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Saturday, September 26

 

Lempster, NH’s Guy Caron set the fast time of the day with a lap of 31.926 seconds. Three-time Invitational winner Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA was second-fastest at 31.974 seconds and ranked at the top of the charts in nearly every session.

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Sylvain Morin photo

Sylvain Morin photo

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 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 the 2015 season.

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emily mugTop Ten for Packard at Ste-Croix, QC’s Circuit Riverside Speedway

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – Determined to gain back some of the points lost in the previous race due to a late race incident, Packard in her 9xME Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels car drove a clean and well calculated race to bring home a much-deserved 9th place finish.

Making only her second visit to the 5/8 mile oval in Ste-Croix, the East Montpelier native had a decent car in practice, with the team making numerous changes throughout to dial the car in to the 18-year olds liking. “We had a decent car throughout practice,” said Packard. “We spent most of practice trying to figure out the track just because it is so different from anywhere else. We weren’t super-fast, but the car was pretty good. When we put on new tires in final practice, the pace picked up some and we knew we would have a good car for the heat.”
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ACTPole Repeats in ACT Can-Am 150 at Circuit Riverside

Ste-Croix, QC – Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk Jr. turned an early setback into an opportune moment en route to winning the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Can-Am 150 at Ste-Croix, QC’s Circuit Riverside Speedway on Saturday, August 22.

“Joey Pole” was involved in an incident with Martin Goulet Jr. and Brandon Atkins on lap 18 of the 150-lap event and pitted for two tires and adjustments during the resulting caution. After driving back up to third on the track, Pole inherited the lead when leaders Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Jean-François Déry pitted under caution with 44 laps remaining.
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500web-PASS-2006-MasterEntry List Reaches 60 As 42nd Annual Oxford 250 Approaches
Drivers From 11 States and 2 Canadian Provinces Are Currently Entered

NAPLES, ME (August 20) – As the 42nd Annual AIM Recycling Oxford 25 Presented By Kenny U-Pull approaches in less than two weeks at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway, the entry list continues to grow for North America’s greatest short track event. Currently, 11 states and 2 Canadian provinces are represented in the impressive list of drivers who have entered so far for this impressive race. Veteran Patrick Laperle of St. Denis, Quebec, Canada becomes the 60th driver to pre-enter for this year’s edition of the event. Since the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has taken the week off, Laperle, along with former ACT champions, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Brian Hoar, will be attempting to make their first starts in the Oxford 250 since 2012.

Oxford 250 Several former 250 winners are among those pre-entered, including two-time defending champion, Travis Benjamin, 2012 winner, Joey Polewarcyzk, two-time winner, Ben Rowe, and Mike Rowe, who will be seeking an unprecedented fourth win in the race. Entering the 42nd Annual Oxford 250 weekend as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Model points leader, Mike Rowe will be very aware of fellow championship contenders DJ Shaw and Joey Doiron as they each seek their first wins in the prestigious event.
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photo by RPM 360

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – After a week off, Emily Packard and her 9xME Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels team is ready to take on the 5/8 mile asphalt Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste. Croix, QC.  This will be the American Canadian Tour sophomore driver’s second time racing at the speedway and is the second of four combination races with the Série ACT.   “I enjoyed running here last year,” Packard said. “It’s a unique track with different elevation, so when you come out of four, you can’t really see the middle of the front stretch.  It’s a fun and fast race track, and I look forward to our return there.”

 

In last year’s event the 18 year old East Montpelier driver suffered a flat tire early into the race, and had to pit to change it and repair some damage to the car.  This cause her to go several laps down, but she got back out there and picked off as many cars as she could salvaging a 16th place finish.  “Last year was a pretty strange experience,” said Packard, “we had a flat tire about 40 laps into the race and had to pit to change it.  I went back out and tried to finish the race in the best position that I could.  Being down a few laps, I stayed out of trouble and learned a few things about running the track that I hopefully can use this race.”

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Alan Ward photo

Alan Ward photo

Barre, VT – Milton’s Eric Badore held off point leader Derrick O’Donnell to score his first career Thunder Road Late Model win and the “Triple Crown” in the Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Trophy Dash on Thursday, August 20 in front of a full house at the Barre high banks.

 

The second-year driver started on the pole and led the whole way in the caution-free 50-lap feature, but Island Pond’s Brett Gervais followed him like a shadow for most of the event. N. Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell entered the fray in the final 10 circuits and began working Badore’s outside with three laps to go.

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Alan Ward photo

Barre, VT – Thunder Road racing legend and family patriarch Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier has been elected to the New England Auto Racing (NEAR) Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.

 

The 71-year-old Laquerre is the all-time winningest driver at Barre’s Thunder Road with 45 wins, including a record 17 in the Tiger Sportsmen and 14 in the Late Models. His most recent Thunder Road victory came in a Late Model feature on June 5, 2014. Laquerre was the 1982 “King of the Road” and also won five championships in the Mini Stock division between 1973 and 1980.

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Dave Brown photo

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Série ACT head to Ste-Croix, QC’s Circuit Riverside Speedway this Saturday, August 22 for the Can-Am 150. U.S. drivers have dominated the annual Tour combination event since its incarnation in 2010, but the top Série ACT drivers are ready to defend their turf.

 

The Can-Am 150 is the tenth of 13 race in the ACT U.S. schedule and the eighth in the 12-race Série ACT season. Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk Jr. triumphed in the 2014 running at the 5/8-mile oval and clinched his first ACT Tour Championship in the process. Defending Série ACT Champion Alex Labbé is the only Quebec driver to win an ACT combo event at Circuit Riverside, having captured the 2013 edition.

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Alan Ward/Big Al’s Photos photo

Barre, VT – The next-to-last Thursday night event of the 56th Thunder Road racing season is this Thursday, August 20 with Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night. N. Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell is just three races away from a record-tying third consecutive “King of the Road” title, making each spot critical this Thursday night.

 

The evening will also feature the annual “Run-What-U-Brung” spectator races, allowing people to race their registered and inspected street vehicles mano-a-mano around the ¼-mile oval. Participants must register at the pit gate by 5:30pm, purchase a pit pass, and wear a full racing helmet.

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NEMST1Under the hot sunny summer skies of Southern Massachusetts 29 Texas Roadhouse Mini Stocks rolled into the pit area of Seekonk Speedway for the first race of the 2015 Thirty Racewear Triple Crown and the 7th event for the season points championship. Toby Wells has won the previous 6 events in 2015 in dominating fashion.

 

Of the 29 mini stocks in the pit area there was a mix of NEMST veterans, rookies, and Seekonk regulars coming to show their hand in the 40 lap main event to be held later in the evening. The heats races went smooth with Glen Thomas, Derek Robbie, and Darryl Church taking home their respective wins and rolling into the feature with incredible momentum.

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Alan Ward photo

Alan Ward photo

Barre, VT – Seventeen-year-old Stephen Donahue of Graniteville was not to be denied at Thunder Road on Thursday, August 13 as he took the overall win in the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Twin 50s on U.S. Army Recruiting Night.

 

The rookie won the first 50-lap feature after Wolcott’s Brendan Moodie blew a right-front tire while racing with Donahue coming to the white flag. But Donahue had a right front of his own go down on lap 12 of the second feature after contact with point leader Jason Woodard.

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