Championship Defenses Beginning in Earnest at Northeast Classic
Waterbury, VT and Naples, ME — The inaugural Northeast Classic debuts this Saturday, April 17 at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Although the prestige and big payday of winning at “The Magic Mile” is foremost in many racers’ minds, the card is also an early proving ground in five different major regional touring series.
The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model Tour and Northeast Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) have their first point-counting events of the season on Saturday. For the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models, it’s their second North Series and third National Series events of the year. The EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge has its second event of 2021 after they and PASS North debuted at the Thompson Speedway Icebreaker That means for defending champions Jimmy Hebert (ACT), D.J. Shaw (PASS North), Mike Hopkins (PASS National), Desmond Skillings (NEMTS), and Duane Noll (Pro Trucks), a strong run at the Northeast Classic would put them in great early position for a championship defense.(more…)
Silk Pounces Late to Win Thompson Icebreaker 125
Carey, Barnett, and Bello Take Victories in Icebreaker Nightcap
Thompson, CT — Norwalk, CT’s Ron Silk took advantage of a late caution flag to snag the $10,000 top prize in the Icebreaker 125 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday, April 10. Silk took the lead from Berlin, CT’s Keith Rocco with 12 laps remaining and was the inaugural winner of the new Outlaw Open Modified Series at the Icebreaker nightcap.
It was the first-ever Tour-type Modified victory for Haydt Yannone Racing and came at the end of a night where Silk went up and down the running order like a yo-yo. The former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion kept fighting, though, and triumphed at the Icebreaker for the first time since 2012.(more…)
Heath posts respectable finishes in Waco, Paige
Texas Two-Step serves to enhance learning
LAMESA, Texas (March 28, 2021) — With temperatures going up and race season in full swing throughout the deep south, it’s starting to feel a lot like summer for one Maine native now racing in Texas and Oklahoma.
Chad Heath continued his busy string of short track races, posting respectable finishes at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway (Elm Mott) and Cotton Bowl Speedway (Paige) over the weekend. Friday he started eighth and drove to a 16th-place finish at HoT and capped the weekend with an 8th-place run at CBS.(more…)
Gary Dwinal gearing up for sophomore campaign on PASS Mod tour
Famed Geritol Gang returns to growing series in 2021
LISBON, Maine (March 26, 2021) — Veteran short track racer Gary Dwinal is gearing up for his second season of Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Modified competition in 2021, and will be striving to repeat the strong debut he made last year in the popular open-wheel touring division.
Dwinal, 60, put in an amazing effort in 2020 after having been out from behind the wheel for years. The easy-going driver earned one win (Oxford 250 weekend), six top-five and nine top-10 finishes. It was a impressive season for the elder statesman of PASS Mods, and he isn’t slowing down.(more…)
Many ACT Tour Regulars Starting Season Early at Hickory
Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) is closing in on its first-ever visit to North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3. Although the Hickory 125 and Easter Bunny 125 do not count for points, many drivers planning an ACT championship run in 2021 have decided to start their season early at the 0.363-mile oval.
After a cold, snowy New England winter, a trip to North Carolina is exactly what the racing doctor ordered. Racers such as Ben Rowe, Tom Carey III, Stephen Donahue, and Reilly Lanphear are jumping at the chance to compete at the “Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars”. They’ll then have two weeks to prepare for the Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 17, which opens the 12-event ACT Late Model Tour schedule.(more…)
Weekly Racers Hitting the Road for Opportunity to Race at Hickory
Entry List Reaches 30 Cars for Inaugural Visit
Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) is less than three weeks away from its inaugural trip to North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway. Although the track is more than a 14-hour drive from ACT’s Central Vermont offices, the starting field will have a familiar flavor for fans of weekly Northeast Late Model racing.
More than half the current entry list consists of local Late Model racers from around the region. These racers will spend the summer making the one-a-week trek to their home track. However, a pair of events at the “Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars” represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to hit the road for one of North America’s most famous short tracks.(more…)
Northeast Classic Schedule and Pricing Announced
Waterbury, VT and Naples, ME — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) have announced the schedule of events and pricing for the inaugural Northeast Classic at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 17. The long-awaited event on the “Magic Mile” has a six-division card featuring the biggest auto racing stars in the region.
The weekend begins with an optional practice day on Friday, April 16. The pits will open at 8:00am with practice from 11:00am to 5:00pm. All six divisions who are competing Saturday are welcome to attend the Friday session.
On Saturday, the pits will open at 7:00am with practice at 9:00am. The front gates will also open at 9:00am. Each division gets one extended round of practice. Qualifying begins at 11:00am with features slated to begin at 1:30pm.(more…)
Purse Structure Announced For Thompson Weekly Divisions
More Than $23,000 in Posted Awards Per Event Set Between Five Divisions For 2021
Waterbury, VT and Naples, ME — American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Star Series (PASS) officials have announced the purse structure for the five weekly divisions set for competition at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in 2021.
A total of nearly $24,000 in posted awards have been set to be distributed to the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, SK Light Modifieds, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stocks at each event. All five divisions will compete as part of the six-race oval track event schedule at Thompson, which begins with the annual Icebreaker on April 10-11. The schedule also includes four Wednesday night races in the summer (June 16, July 7, August 11 & September 15) and the Sunoco World Series (October 8-10).(more…)
ACT Hickory Doubleheader & Easter Bunny 150s to Be Broadcast on Speed51.TV
Hickory, NC — A spring tradition in the Carolinas which has grown each year is the PASS Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway. This year, Easter weekend will be bigger than ever at “The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars,” and fans unable to attend the event can spend the holiday weekend watching along on Speed51.TV.
With COVID-19 leading to the cancellation of the 2020 Easter Bunny 150, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) will contest two 150-lap Super Late Model features. They will be joined by the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), making its first trip to the North Carolina bullring.
Racing on both Friday and Saturday, April 2-3, will be streamed live on Speed51.TV, allowing fans from around the world to watch all of the excitement.(more…)