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By Shawn Sicard

North Woodstock, NH-  Brad Babb held off a hard charging Jeremy Davis in a caution-riddled event to pick up his second win of the season in the Fadden General Store 100 at White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP).

 

The largest field of the year saw 32 cars fight to get into the inaugural Fadden General Store 100.  After the inversion, Bobby Nadeau and Barry Gray led the field to green at the head of the 24 car pack to begin the race.  Gray would overtake Nadeau and lead the first few laps, before the first of 12 cautions came out for Nadeau, as the Buxton, Maine driver spun on lap 15.  That would pit veteran against young-blood as Gray would see Babb on his outside on the restart.  Babb took the lead on lap 16, and would fend off Gray’s multiple challenges on restarts, including a hard hit by 2012 champion Bobby Cabral head-on into the wall, until Jeremy Davis nabbed the second spot, setting up a good battle between two feature winners on the 2014 season.  Davis and Babb had the cars to beat, as on every restart the two would rocket in front of the rest of the field, and at one point enjoyed a 10 car-length lead over the rest of the pack. 

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By: Dick Casey

Eddie MacDonald wanted a fourth victory in the six events held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Bond ACT Invitational but a skipping engine throughout the race produced a third place finish in the 43 car field that was halted at lap 44 due to darkness. The problem is nothing new to the team and despite their best efforts to solve the problem at the shop and on the dyno, the gremlin persisted.

 

“We really thought we had the problem solved when we found bent throttle plates in the carburetor but it showed up again during the morning practice,” said Eddie Mac. We changed carburetors twice during the practice but nothing worked. We have been through the engine, wiring, fuel, and anything else you could think of since last season but couldn’t solve it. It is very frustrating to run out there like that knowing if we didn’t have this glitch, we would have competed for the win. We were very lucky to run third with the problem we had. I feel bad for car owner Freddie Peterson who has done everything he could to fix the problem. With the process of elimination, we think we could have a solution. We’ll see.”

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EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – In her third trip to the American Canadian Tour Bond Auto Parts Invitational  it was the 17 year old Vermont native, Emily Packard, that was leading them to the line as she started from on the outside pole in her 9x Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels car at the “Magic Mile”.

 

After only one early morning practice, Packard was 37th fastest, but during the draw for starting position, she pulled the second starting position for the start of the race.  As the green flag waved, Packard dropped back a few spots initially, setting her pace and hitting her marks, running in the top 10 for the first 12 laps of the race.  “We had a really good day,” Packard said “and we were getting comfortable with the car, running in the top-10 to top-15 through most of the race.” By lap 30 Packard found herself in the 20th position, where she settled in and found her rhythm staying out of trouble as her fellow competitors drove three and four wide.

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Loudon, NH – Two-time American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. claimed the win in the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Saturday, September 20. The race was called complete on lap 44 due to darkness.

 

“Unbelievable!” said Helliwell in the post race press conference. “To be honest, I always have high hopes. We had a good car after practice. I’ve been under the weather the last couple weeks and it’s great to come back like this. Unbelievable!” he continued.

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Loudon, NH – For the second consecutive year, Auburn, Maine’s Travis Stearns will lead the 43-car Bond ACT Invitational field to green at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Saturday, September 20. East Montpelier, Vermont’s Emily Packard will start to his outside in the front row of the star-studded field. Glen Luce of Turner, Maine, Larry Gelinas of Buxton, Maine and Brandon Atkins of Au Sable Forks, New York will all start in the top five.

 

The American Canadian Tour Late Models completed their morning practice session with only a few issues on Saturday. Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vermont suffered a broken rocker arm in his motor and only completed four laps of practice. Guy Caron of Lempster, New Hampshire broke a transmission but still managed a top ten time in practice. Both teams have made the necessary repairs and will be ready for the green flag this afternoon.

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Emily PackardPackard excited for ACT race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – After a couple poor experiences at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the 17 year old East Montpelier native looks forward to redeeming herself. Emily Packard loves racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and is hoping for a good run on Saturday in her 9x Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels car in the Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational.
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PR/Photo – Eric LaFleche

N. Woodstock, NH – Teenage Hotshoe Derek Griffith is excited about this coming weekend’s trip to White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP).

 

WMMP is a picturesque ¼-mile bullring in northern New Hampshire that offers touring series the opportunity to race at one of the nicest facilities in New England.

 

Griffith is coming off a great podium finish at the Inaugural NH Classic 100 at Star Speedway on September 7, 2014. Derek started in the second spot for the 100 lap feature and stayed in the top 5 all day long. The podium finish allowed Griffith to pull ahead of Barry Gray for third place in the season long points battle. With 2 races to go, Derek feels he can seize an opportunity as the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) makes its first ever trip to WMMP.

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-    With only two races remaining, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has seen 9 different winners in 9 races on the 2014 season.  The next stop on the tour, the beautiful North Woodstock, NH facility, White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP), will throw a wild-card in the mix to keep the streak alive, as the GSPSS will race at the ¼ mile track for the first time in the series’ short existence.

 

The top three drivers in the 2014 championship standings have all recorded a win; Matt Frahm (Monadnock 5/31), Dillon Moltz (Star 9/7), and Larry Gelinas (Hudson 6/15).  However, five of the top 10 drivers in the point standings have not recorded a win (Derek Griffith, Mike Parks, Tommy O’Sullivan, Cory Robert, and Bobby Cabral).  Moltz, who has kept his no. 5, RB Performance/Brackett Mechanical Chevrolet, in the top of the field for the majority of the races this season, finally broke through and picked up the win at the NH Classic at Star Speedway last Sunday, September 7.  The former Waterford Speedbowl champion now sits just 15 points behind point leader, and career wins leader, Matt Frahm.  Gelinas, who led the points earlier in the season, sits only 17 behind Frahm with two races remaining. Read Full Article →

ACT LogoIncludes Full Bond ACT Invitational Roster

Waterbury, VT – The starting field for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, September 20, 2014 has been set. The sixth edition of the event will have the American Canadian Tour (ACT) introducing fans to a promising future for regional Late Model short track stock car racing. Veteran champions and former NHMS winners Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA; Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), Hudson, NH; Ray Parent, Tiverton, RI; and Brian Hoar, Williston, VT have all won events at the “Magic Mile”. This year there are lots of young emerging stars who will challenge the veterans.

 

Top ten point chasers who are looking to make a statement at the Bond Auto ACT Invitational include two Vermont drivers, Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown and 18 year-old Emily Packard, E. Montpelier. Hebert already has two ACT wins with an opening event at Lee USA Speedway in 2013 and a win at the 7/8ths mile Sanair Speedway, outside Montreal, Quebec. He was also second-fastest of the thirty-five (35) cars participating in the recent test and tune session at NHMS. Packard may have more laps in 2014 than any other competitor in the field entering the Invitational. She has raced a full schedule on the ACT US and is currently 5th in points, less than 10 points out of second place. She also has maintained full-time weekly schedules at both Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT and Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

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456Randy Cabral is a one man thrill show. He didn’t disappoint the fans at Oswego Speedway on Sunday night with his demonstration of driving skills and speed on the way to his fifth win of the season.

Cabral of Kingston, MA tracked down Mendon, MA driver John Zych and passed him on the final turn to win the 25 lap NEMA midget feature, part of the Race Of Champions Weekend at Oswego. The midgets had waited over 24 hours to run their event, after being rained out on Saturday. They ran an abbreviated program without heats and only one round of practice.

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332The starting field for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, September 20, 2014 has been set. The sixth edition of the event will have the American Canadian Tour (ACT) introducing fans to a promising future for regional Late Model short track stock car racing. Veteran champions and former NHMS winners Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA; Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), Hudson, NH; Ray Parent, Tiverton, RI; and Brian Hoar, Williston, VT have all won events at the “Magic Mile”. This year there are lots of young emerging stars who will challenge the veterans.

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ACT LogoWaterbury, VT – The starting field for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 20 has been established. A field of 43 teams will compete in the 50-mile event that pays a minimum of seventy-five hundred dollars ($7,500) to win and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for 43rd. Teams have been chosen from throughout the Northeastern United States and the Province of Quebec, Canada to take part in one of the American Canadian Tour’s (ACT) most anticipated events of each year.
Previous Bond Auto ACT Invitationals have been won by some of the most notable names throughout the short tracks of the Northeast. Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA has three (3) Invitational wins; Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) from Hudson, NH, and Ray Parent from Tiverton, RI each has won an Invitational. Using the unique ACT handicap system, every Invitational winner has come from a starting position no better than 19th-28th to take the wins.

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Epping, NH-        Thrillin’ Dillon Moltz of Waterford, CT. became the newest winner for the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Sunday, which has seen 9 different winners in 9 races in the 2014 season, picking up the win at Star Speedway in the NH Classic 100.  Moltz started on the pole in the 16 car field and led all 100 laps, en route to his win.

 

Moltz and Derek Griffith brought the field down and ran one-two until the first of three cautions came out on the second circuit, when Tom Carey Jr spun in the second turn.

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Lee, NH – With the 2014 championship season rapidly winding down, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions put another night of racing in the record books at Lee USA Speedway on Friday, with the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsmen taking center stage with the running of the 50-lap Lance Davis Memorial.

 

Running in memory of the longtime Lee racer, the LMS turned out in full force for the night‘s racing action. When flagman Don Horvath let them loose, it was Alfred, ME’s Ray Dinsmore leading the way, but he quickly gave up the point to Jesse Bousquet of Pittsfield, who led the way thought lap eight.

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awwwWEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has disqualified driver Robert Bryant, Jr. and the No. 3RB car from the Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand feature race held on Friday, August 15. Bryant crossed the finish line in second place behind winner Josh Masterson in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature race for the Late Model division.

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