2020 Northeast Classic Cancelled

Event Now to Debut in 2021

Waterbury, VT and Naples, ME – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Star Series (PASS) officials have announced the 2020 Northeast Classic at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) has been cancelled. The inaugural edition of the event will now take place on April 16 and 17, 2021.

Despite the hopes of series officials, and a previous postponement to May 8 and 9, it became clear in recent days that holding the Northeast Classic in 2020 was no longer practical. The state of New Hampshire recently extended its State of Emergency declaration, and indications are that New Hampshire’s Stay at Home order will also be extended beyond the current May 4 expiration date.

Furthermore, the U.S.-Canada border remains closed to non-essential business, which would prevent the large amount of Quebec-based teams and fans who planned to attend the Northeast Classic from doing so. With the current health and safety concerns, and other postponements and uncertainty throughout the Northeast racing world making rescheduling even more difficult, the decision was made to wait until 2021 for the debut of the highly-anticipated event.


GSPSS and Star Speedway postpone May Race

The Granite State Pro Stock Series was supposed to have contested its opening round on Saturday April 25. Despite a picture perfect afternoon for racing, that did not happen. Now, again due to Covid-19, round two of the 2020 season has been postponed.

   The second event for the series was scheduled to be held at Star Speedway in Epping NH. The quarter mile Bullring has quickly become a series favorite for drivers and fans alike. As of this release, no makeup date has been announced but conversations between series president Mike Parks and Star Speedway promoter Bobby Webber are ongoing.

   “We would really like to be able to hold both races scheduled at Star”, Stated Parks “As we hear what the Governor of NH has to say over the next few weeks, we will look at both schedules and see what can be made to work”.

   Unfortunately for fans and racers alike racing throughout the country and even the world has temporarily been interrupted for an indefinite period of time. “We have been listening to the governors and health officials of all the New Engand states as we look to see what can be saved of the 2020 schedule,” stated Parks. “We definitely don’t want to risk the health of any of our loyal fans and competitors”


ACT Season Opener at Oxford Postponed

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have announced the postponement of the ACT Oxford 150 that was scheduled for Sunday, April 26 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. No make-up date has been set at this time.

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The Oxford 150 had been slated to open the ACT Late Model Tour and Pro All Star Series (PASS) North seasons. However, a Stay-at-Home order remains in effect for the state of Maine through at least April 30 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, forcing the event’s delay.

As with the also-postponed Community Bank N.A. 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road, ACT officials will wait to reschedule the Oxford event until a clearer picture has emerged about when the 2020 season can begin in earnest. In the meantime, ACT will continue to take guidance on the situation from various state officials and health experts.


Community Bank N.A. 150 Officially Postponed

Barre, VT – Thunder Road and American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have officially postponed the Community Bank N.A. 150 that was scheduled for Sunday, May 3. The Annual Thunder Road Car Show that was set for Saturday, May 2 has also been postponed.

The decision to push back each event was made after the Vermont “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order was extended to May 15. This order limits gathering sizes and business operations to help combat the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak.

Make-up dates for the Community Bank N.A. 150 and Car Show have not been set at this time. Instead, Thunder Road and ACT will wait to reschedule them until a clearer picture emerges of when the 2020 racing season can begin. While no further event postponements have officially been determined, officials acknowledged that such actions may ultimately prove necessary if it is still not healthy and safe to hold racing events.

“These are uncertain times, and we’re working to make the best of them just like our teams and fans are,” Thunder Road managing partner Cris Michaud said. “At this point, we’re only sure of two things: we won’t be racing on the first weekend of May, and we’ll do everything we can to eventually get the full season in as long as it’s safe and prudent to do so. To that end, we’re taking guidance directly from state officials and health experts, and we’ll continue to monitor the situation and act accordingly.”


NASCAR Announces Nominees For NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2021

NASCAR Announces Nominees
For NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2021, Landmark Award

Burton, Earnhardt Jr., Edwards, Elder, Matthews nominated for first time

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 7, 2020) — NASCAR today announced the 15 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021, introducing the Modern Era and Pioneer Ballots for the first time.

The list includes five first-time NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees – three on the Modern Era Ballot and two on the Pioneer Ballot.

Jeff Burton (21-time Cup Series winner), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (15-time most popular driver) and Carl Edwards (28-time Cup winner) join seven previous nominees on the Modern Era Ballot. Three-time Cup champion crew chief Jake Elder and renowned car builder Banjo Matthews join three previous nominees on the Pioneer Ballot, designed to honor those whose careers began more than 60 years ago (prior to 1961 for the Class of 2021).

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will consist of two inductees from the list of Modern Era nominees, and one from the list of Pioneer nominees – for a total of three new inductees in 2021.

Janet Guthrie returns as a Landmark Award nominee, rejoining Alvin Hawkins, Mike Helton, Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Ralph Seagraves. Potential Landmark Award recipients include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.

The Modern Era Ballot and Landmark Award nominees were selected by the Nomination Committee, which consists of representatives from NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks. The new Honors Committee, largely comprised of all living Hall of Famers, Landmark Award winners and Squier-Hall Award winners, selected the Pioneer Ballot. Both committees’ votes were tabulated by accounting firm EY.

Following are the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2021 nominees and Landmark Award nominees:

Modern Era Ballot

Neil Bonnett, won 18 times in the NASCAR Cup Series including consecutive Coca-Cola 600 victories

Jeff Burton, won 21 times in the NASCAR Cup Series including the Southern 500 and two Coca-Cola 600s

Dale Earnhardt Jr., 15-time NASCAR Cup Series Most Popular Driver and two-time Xfinity Series champion

Carl Edwards, winner of 28 NASCAR Cup Series races and 2007 Xfinity Series champion

Harry Gant, winner of 18 NASCAR Cup Series races, including two Southern 500 victories

Harry Hyde, 1970 NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief

Larry Phillips, first five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion

Ricky Rudd, won 23 times in NASCAR Cup Series, including the 1997 Brickyard 400

Kirk Shelmerdine, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief

Mike Stefanik, winner of record-tying nine NASCAR championships

Pioneer Ballot

Jake Elder, three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief

Red Farmer,three-time NASCAR Late Model Sportsman champion; 1956 Modified champion

Banjo Matthews, built cars that won more than 250 NASCAR Cup Series races and three championships

Hershel McGriff, 1986 NASCAR West Series champion

Ralph Moody, two-time NASCAR Cup Series owner champion as mechanical genius of Holman-Moody

Landmark Award

Janet Guthrie, the first female to compete in a NASCAR Cup Series superspeedway race

Alvin Hawkins, NASCAR’s first flagman; established NASCAR racing at Bowman Gray Stadium with Bill France Sr.

Mike Helton, named third president of NASCAR in 2000; career included track operator roles at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway

Dr. Joseph Mattioli, founder of Pocono Raceway

Ralph Seagraves, formed groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Northeast Classic Officially Postponed to May 8 and 9

Waterbury, VT and Naples, ME – Racers and fans awaiting the inaugural Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) will have to wait a few more weeks. American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Star Series (PASS) officials announced today the highly-anticipated event has officially been postponed to Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9.

The rescheduling comes in the wake of an ongoing stay-at-home order issued by the state of New Hampshire as a response to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. The order is in effect until May 4, which spans through the original mid-April Northeast Classic date.


Star-Studded Entry List Growing for First Season of Challenge Cup

Waterbury, VT – The inaugural New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) presented by American Racer is already shaping up to be one of the biggest stories of the Northeast stock car racing season. With several weeks still left to register, the entry list is already a who’s-who of Late Model racers in the region, with drivers such as Scott Dragon, Quinny Welch, and Wayne Helliwell Jr. signed up for the program’s first season.

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The first season of the Challenge Cup is expected to be the start of a long-running program to reward the grassroots weekly racer. Five tracks in four different states are slated to participate with more than 60 qualifying Late Model events scheduled at these tracks. From this long list, registered drivers will take their 10 best results using a special point system based on finishing position, car count, and cars passed.

The season-long NELMCC presented by American Racer champion is guaranteed a minimum of $3,000 on top of their weekly winnings. With a total point fund that now exceeds $12,000 and season-ending contingency prizes posted by Crazy Horse Racing, Port City Race Cars, ARBodies, and Five Star Race Car Bodies, there are plenty of reasons for even more drivers to sign up before the April 24 deadline.