Jacob Perry #76 – “Opportunity Came Knocking”

photo by Cheryl Perry

Story by Chris Roy

Jacob Perry of Stonington, CT., will be starting a new adventure this race season, as he gets behind the wheel in the #76 Valenti Modified car this season. Like most race car drivers Jacob has been getting ready for the 2018 race season, “Working on the racecars, using Iracing to practice and snowboarding.”


Jacob will be racing the full V-Modified schedule, a total of 15 races at 8 different tracks including 1 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The first race of the season is on April 7th at Thompson Motorsports Park. “The track I’m looking most forward to on the schedule is probably NHMS. I can’t wait to be up on the big track after running the Bandolero track there. I’m also excited for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.”


Maplewood and Irving to Sponsor Thunder Road Late Model Division

The Thunder Road Late Model division will be known as the Maplewood/Irving Late Models through the 2020 season. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, VT – Thunder Road officials announced today that they have signed a multi-year agreement with Maplewood Convenience Stores and Irving Oil to become the entitlement sponsors of the Thunder Road Late Model division. The agreement runs through the 2020 season and includes full naming rights to the track’s top auto racing class.

The Maplewood/Irving Late Models have been the lead division at Thunder Road since 1992 when the division was created. They were known at the time as the Late Model Sportsmen. The division competes under American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model rules.


Rowdy #54 – Hugging the Low Line.

Story by Chris Roy

David “Rowdy” Smart of Exeter, NH., will be doing double duty again this race season. Competing in the Ironman Division at Lee Speedway as well as Star Speedway in New Hampshire. In the off season you can find David online doing Iracing, video games, Facebook Live Fans and Secondlife.


This race season “Rowdy” is looking to take home 2 championships and doing more car show for the fans.


ACT Announces Point Fund Increase for 2018 Season

The ACT Late Model Tour champion will receive $10,000 in point fund money in 2018, with almost $41,000 in total posted awards for the top point finishers and rookie drivers. (Alan Ward photo)

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials announced today that they have finalized the point fund for the 2018 ACT Late Model Tour season. A total of $40,750 has been posted in season-ending awards, a total increase of nearly $10,000 over the 2017 season.

The 2018 ACT Late Model Tour champion will receive the same $10,000 point fund award has they have in recent seasons. However, substantial increases have been posted for much of the top-10. Second place in the final standings for the upcoming season will receive $6,000, while the third-place finisher is slated to earn $4,500. Fourth and fifth place will collect $3,500 and $3,000, respectively.


Travis Dunbar #6 – Returns to Maines Fastest Track!

Story by Chris Roy

Travis Dunbar of Auburn, Maine will be back in a Pro Stock sponsors by Northeast log sales for the 2018 race season at Wiscasset Speedway. In the off season Travis has been busy, “Working in Biddeford as the IEP Coordinator, spending time with my family, and getting ready for the 2018 race season.”


Last Season Travis raced at OPS in the Bud Super Late Model Series, “We have been racing in the pro stock/super late model division since 2015. After trying the grueling weekly racing schedule at Oxford Plains Speedway, we decided to return to the high banks and bi-weekly racing schedule at Wiscasset Speedway.”


Potter Joins ACT as Technical Inspector

Randy Potter (#02NH), seen here in ACT Late Model Tour competition in 2011, has joined the ACT staff as as technical inspector for the 2018 season. (file photo

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials announced today that Randy Potter has joined the ACT staff as a Technical Inspector. Potter will work alongside Director of Competition Pete Knights at all ACT Late Model Tour events throughout the 2018 season.


Potter has been involved in Northeast racing for more than three decades as a competitor. He raced full-time on the ACT Late Model Tour during the 2007-2012 seasons, winning one event and finishing in the top-10 in points each season. Knights served as Potter’s crew chief during his time on the Tour.