MacDonald wins at Thompson, Payea reigns Elusive 1st ACT Championship for Payea

Thompson, Ct. – Eddie MacDonald took control of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) 75-lap season finale at Thompson Speedway Saturday and sped off to a dominant win.


Four spots back, Scott Payea nailed down the 2017 ACT championship in the Harrison Redi-Mix No. 37. With his eighth top-five finish in nine races.


MacDonald, driving the Hancock Electric No. 17, took the lead briefly from Thompson regular William Wall on lap 12, regained it for keeps on lap 19 and then survived four restarts before drawing away once the race stayed under green.


Eddie MacDonald Victorious in ACT Season Final Race at Thompson

ACT photo

By: Dick Casey

Winning the final race of the season is always the sweetest and Eddie MacDonald did just that with a dominant performance in the American Canadian Tour’s 75 lap feature at Thompson Motor Sports Park Sunoco World Series of Racing Saturday night. The victory was especially sweet after a disappointing 11th place finish in the Pro Stock feature on Friday night.

Saturday’s ACT Late Model practice was reduced to one half hour due to morning rain but the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy ran in the top three and posted a +3 rating in the heat. Eddie Mac started fifth then raced to a second place finish to receive the fifth starting position for the season finale on the fast, high-banked 5/8th of a mile oval.

Bryan Searles#07, Mr. Determination!!!

photo by RPM 360

Story by Chris Roy

Bryan Searles, of Presque Isle, Maine competed in 4 different series at 3 different race tracks (Thundering Valley Raceway – Richmond Karting Speedway, and Spud Speedway)   during the 2017 race season.   Driving the #07 Bryan was able to win two championships. One at Spud Speedway, the other at Thundering Valley. Then round off the season with a second place in the RKS “XXX” Series and a 6th for overall points in the RKS regular season. “It feels like I worked really hard to get here and that everyone has been really kind and helpful. Everyone has been really good competition for me and that’s helpful since I want to go to NASCAR someday.”


With all the races he ran this past season Bryans highlight came during a night race at RKS, “One of my most memorable moments from this year was, my first win at RKS, was that I won the first triple X race.”


Curtis Gerry wins PASS Super Late Model race at Oxford Plains Speedway, Travis Benjamin earns second series championship

photo by Norm Marx

Oxford, ME — Curtis Gerry of Waterboro nailed down his second PASS Super Late Model win this season at Oxford Plains Speedway Saturday afternoon, while his closest on-track rival, Travis Benjamin of Belfast, riding a runner-up finish to nail down his second career PASS North championship.

Gerry, who added his name to the lists of Legends by winning the 44th Annual Oxford 250 back in August, had the best season of his career hot on the heels of what was previously his best year ever in 2016.

The Saco House of Pizza 7 and Gerry methodically cruised into contention from 12th starting position as Ben Rowe, Tracy Gordon, Dave Farrington and Joey Doiron took turns setting the race pace, with Brandon Barker also a notable early factor.





THOMPSON, Conn. – In just his first start of the season on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Derek Ramstrom proved to be the dominant driver in Friday’s 60-lap feature at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

After winning his heat race, Ramstrom had to start eighth because of an invert, but he didn’t let that stop his run to the checkered flag. The driver of the No. 35 quickly worked his way to the front of the pack and took the lead for the final time on a lap 31 restart. The race went from there to the checkered under green flag conditions and Ramstrom was never challenged.


Lee USA Spedway 10/8/17 Race Report

photo by Rich Hayes

Lee, NH – The annual Advanced Gas Distributors Oktoberfest event attracted race teams from all over New England for the traditional season-ending event at New Hampshire’s Center of Speed over the weekend, featuring ten divisions of racing action on the fast 3/8ths mile oval.

Saturday’s calendar featured qualifying for all ten divisions, with the Pure Stock main one of two run as part of the day one program.  Claremont’s Zach Lyn came home as the big winner in that one, outrunning a full 24-car field to post the win.

Former Lee USA Pure Stock champion Jesse Tellier came on strong late in the race to checker second aboard the Rob Carleton entry, with perennial Oktoberfest contender Matt Gauffin overcoming some mid-race issues to round out the podium in third with his beautifully prepared Saab.  Chris Fultz and Kyle Currier rounded out the top five finishers.

Woodard Disqualified, Suspended Following Flying Tiger Mini Milk Bowl

Waterbury Center’s Jason Woodard was found to have an illegally altered tire following the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger Mini Milk Bowl on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials announced today that Jason Woodard has been disqualified from his apparent victory in the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger Mini Milk Bowl held as part of the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.


As part of post-race technical inspection following the two-segment event, tire samples were taken from Woodard’s car and sent to an independent laboratory for further evaluation. Lab testing revealed that Woodard’s tire had been illegally altered.


Eddie MacDonald Posts Three Top Tens at Seekonk and Lee

photo by Rich Hayes

By: Dick Casey

Eddie MacDonald piloted the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Late Model Chevy to a third place finish in the DAV Fall Classic at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, then raced to a determined seventh place run in the EXIT Realty/Grimm Construction Pro Stock Chevy in the final feature of the night. The team then headed to Eddie Mac’s family track, Lee USA Speedway for Sunday’s Pro Stock feature in the annual Oktoberfest to close out the racing season at the Lee, N.H. facility.

With the team unable to participate in the Friday practice session at Seekonk due to scheduling conflicts, the crew arrived Saturday morning prepping both the late model and the pro stock for the morning practice. Eddie Mac started third in the first of three pro stock 12 lap heats to score a third place finish placing him in the seventh slot in the feature. Eddie Mac drew the fourth slot in the third late model 12 lap heat then spent the rest of the time stuck on the outside with the preferred lane on the bottom to finish fifth. The Freddie Peterson owned Chevy would start 13th in the 50 lap feature.


ACT title within Payea’s grasp

Series finale at Thompson  October 14

Thompson, Ct. – American Canadian Tour (ACT) point leader Scott Payea will attempt to close out his record-breaking season by becoming the 2017 tour champion Saturday, October 14 at the 55th Annual Thompson Speedway World Series.


Payea became the first ACT Late Model driver ever to win four consecutive tour events earlier this season with victories at Devil’s Bowl, Thunder Road, White Mountain and Seekonk Speedway.


Corliss Crosses Over for Win in 55th Vermont Milk Bowl

Barre’s Jason Corliss plants a kiss on Miss Vermont Milk Bowl 2017 after taking the win in the 55th running of the famed event. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, Vt. – Hometown driver Jason Corliss earned the biggest win of his Thunder Road Late Model career on Sunday, October 1, beating out South Burlington’s Trampas Demers to with the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank. It was the fourth Late Model win of the season and eighth of the young standout’s career.


Corliss entered the third and final 50-lap segment bringing up the rear of a four-car battle for that saw Barre’s Nick Sweet, Colchester’s Scott Payea, Demers, and Corliss separated by just four total points. While Sweet fought an ill-handling car and Payea struggled to move through the field, Demers and Corliss sliced through traffic and found themselves sitting fourth and fifth with less than 20 laps to go.


Gravel Sets New Track Record to Earn Milk Bowl Pole

Wolcott’s Marcel J. Gravel will be on the pole for the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl after turning a lap of 12.236 to break the Thunder Road track record. (T.J. Ingerson/ photo)

Barre, Vt. – Wolcott’s Marcel J. Gravel will lead the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Sunday, October 1. The sophomore Thunder Road Late Model competitor circled the high banks in 12.236 seconds to set a new track record, eclipsing the previous mark of 12.245 seconds set by Sylvain Metievier at the 1995 Milk Bowl.


Gravel was the 32nd driver to take time on Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day and laid down the record-breaking lap on his first trip around the speedway. In doing so, he knocked South Burlington’s Trampas Demers off the top spot. Demers settled for second with a near-record time of 12.267 seconds and will start on the outside pole on Sunday.



* Matt Dufault took checkers – failed post race tech
* Kyle Hewins – first repeat winner of Shootout (won 2015)
Pos No. Name Home Town Laps Diff
1 51 Kyle Hewins Leeds 40
2 24 Jonathon Emerson Sabattus 40 0.126
3 23 Zachary Emerson Sabattus 40 4.427
4 21 Zach Nicholson Ctr Ossipee 40 8.908
5 55h Kurt Hewins Leeds 40 9.27
6 66 Mac Hannan Union 40 9.698
7 81 Lewis Anderson Hollis 40 10.588
8 69 Ryan Lund Hollis 40 10.794
9 47 Brian Caswell Buxton 40 11.154 (more…)