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Rowe Snaps Long ACT Winless Drought at Oxford as Hebert Locks up First Title

Belanger Overwhelms Field in Flying Tiger Oxford Open

Photo: Daniel Holben

Oxford, ME — Turner, ME’s Ben Rowe and Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert took home the glory of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) season finale at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, October 18. Rowe broke a long ACT dry spell with his victory in the Lee’s Family Trailer Sales & Service 150 while Hebert’s third-place finish clinched his first ACT Late Model Tour championship.

For Rowe, it was the multi-time Pro All Star Series champion’s first win in an ACT-sanctioned event since 2006 — a drought of more than 14 years. Hebert, meanwhile, finally claimed a title after having finished second or third in the ACT standings four different times during his career.

Stark, NH’s Jamie Swallow Jr. set the early tempo, snatching the lead from polesitter Marcel J. Gravel amidst a trio of early cautions. Once the field got going, Swallow checked out, putting several seconds between himself and a raging battle that included Ryan Kuhn, Rowe, Tom Carey III, D.J Shaw, Derek Gluchacki, and others.

Swallow ran away again following a pair of lap-42 yellows, but when the race resumed after a lap-62 red flag for T.J. Laro’s head-on frontstretch crash, things tightened up at the front. Rowe stuck with Swallow this time around while Shaw, who entered the event as the only driver who could catch Hebert for the title, also got into the mix.

After following an increasingly loose Swallow through some lapped traffic, Rowe put his Ford to the inside entering turn one on the 81st circuit, completing the pass just before the seventh caution flag flew for Jeff Lebrecque Jr.’s spin. Swallow put his bumper back ahead for a lap following the restart, but Rowe surged in front once again the next time around.

Hebert, who by that point needed only a 16th-placce finish to salt away the championship, then put on a blitz of his own. The Vermonter moved into third following the lap-81 caution and slid into second after a lap-107 yellow when Peyton Lanphear climbed the dirt pile in front of a backstretch light pole. As Swallow and Shaw got shuffled backwards, the Massachusetts trio of Carey, Kuhn, and Gluchacki rejoined the fray.

One final caution after Lebrecque pounded the wall on the front chute set up a 36-lap shootout to end the season. As the laps wound down, Rowe, Hebert, Carey III, and Kuhn broke away, running inches apart for the win. Carey got beneath Hebert for second with five laps to go and made a run at Rowe, but the crafty veteran held him off by a car length for the win.

Carey’s second-place finish was still the best of his ACT career. Hebert took third and the championship along with it. Kuhn came in fourth while Gluchacki secured the ACT Rookie of the Year award with a career-best fifth-place result. Swallow, Stephen Donahue, Erick Sands, and Gravel rounded out the top-10.

Young hard charger Ben Belanger of Whitefield, NH put on a master class in the ACT Flying Tiger Oxford Open to pick up his second win of the season. Belanger started on the outside pole and immediately put his fender out front of Hardwick, VT’s Jaden Perry. After running side-by-side for several laps, Belanger got clear and immediately started driving away from the field.

Reigning Thunder Road Flying Tiger champion Jason Woodard got around Perry for second following a lap-23 caution for Colin Cornell’s stalled machine. Waterbury Center, VT’s Woodard did his best to try and snooker Belanger on two subsequent restarts, but Belanger had more than enough to counter.

The youngster pulled away following the final caution at lap-42 to win by a straightaway over Woodard. All three of Belanger’s career Flying Tiger victories have now come in 75-lap races, with the Oxford Plain Speedway triumph joining two at New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Behind the lead duo, the action stayed hot with the rest of the frontrunners swapping positions back and forth. Thetford, VT’s Brandon Gray picked his way through the pack to finish a strong third. Kelsea Woodard made a spirited run at catching Gray in the closing stages before settling for fourth. Sam Caron, Cameron Ouellette, Perry, Bryan Wall Jr., Tanner Woodard, and Kevin Streeter completed the top-10.

The 2020 American-Canadian Tour racing season is now complete. The status of the annual ACT Banquet of Champions is up in the air pending local health and safety guidelines. The 2021 schedule will be announced before the end of the year.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com or www.oxfordplains.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

AMERICAN-CANADIAN TOUR

OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY – OXFORD, ME

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

ACT LATE MODEL TOUR

LEE’S FAMILY TRAILER SALES & SERVICE 150

Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps

1. ( 13 ) Ben Rowe ( 4ME ) , Turner, ME , 150 Laps

2. ( 3 ) #Tom Carey III ( 5MA ) , New Salem, MA , 150 Laps

3. ( 11 ) Jimmy Hebert ( 58VT ) , Williamstown, VT , 150 Laps

4. ( 5 ) Ryan Kuhn ( 72MA ) , E.Bridgewater, MA , 150 Laps

5. ( 14 ) #Derek Gluchacki ( 03MA ) , Dartmouth, MA , 150 Laps

6. ( 2 ) Jamie Swallow Jr. ( 4NH ) , Stark, NH , 150 Laps

7. ( 9 ) Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 150 Laps

8. ( 6 ) D.J. Shaw ( 04VT ) , Center Conway, NH , 150 Laps

9. ( 22 ) Erick Sands ( 36NH ) , Hampton, NH , 150 Laps

10. ( 1 ) #Marcel J. Gravel ( 86VT ) , Wolcott, VT , 150 Laps

11. ( 29 ) Dylan Payea ( 7NH ) , Milton, VT , 150 Laps

12. ( 20 ) Joey Laquerre ( 15VT ) , E. Montpelier, VT , 150 Laps

13. ( 10 ) Dillon Moltz ( 5ME ) , New Sharon, ME , 150 Laps

14. ( 16 ) Bryan Kruczek ( 19NH ) , Newmarket, NH , 150 Laps

15. ( 17 ) Christopher Pelkey ( 64VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 149 Laps

16. ( 15 ) Brockton Davis ( 47NH ) , Whitefield, NH , 148 Laps

17. ( 23 ) Reilly Lanphear ( 21VT ) , Waterbury, VT , 148 Laps

18. ( 27 ) James Linardy ( 77MA ) , Somerville, MA , 146 Laps

19. ( 18 ) Peyton Lanphear ( 22VT ) , Waterbury, VT , 146 Laps

20. ( 7 ) Jamie Aube ( 41VT ) , Charlotte, VT , 146 Laps

21. ( 24 ) Matt Anderson ( 49NH ) , Andover, NH , 145 Laps

22. ( 28 ) Tom Sheehan ( 65NH ) , Bow, NH , 143 Laps

23. ( 25 ) #David MacDonald ( 69ME ) , New Gloucester, ME , 142 Laps

24. ( 19 ) Jeff Lebrecque Jr. ( 12NH ) , Rochester, NH , 114 Laps

25. ( 26 ) Randy Cole Jr. ( 55MA ) , Middleton, MA , 92 Laps

26. ( 8 ) Jesse Switser ( 25NH ) , W. Burke, VT , 91 Laps

27. ( 30 ) Bryan Mason ( 10NH ) , Milan, NH , 83 Laps

28. ( 4 ) T.J. Laro ( 27NC ) , Franklin, NH , 62 Laps

29. ( 12 ) Matthew Morrill ( 9NH ) , Moultonborough, NH , 47 Laps

30. ( 21 ) Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) , Hinesburg, VT , 43 Laps

Lap Leaders: Marcel J. Gravel, pole; Jamie Swallow Jr., 1-80; Ben Rowe, 81; Swallow, 82; Rowe, 83-150. (4 lead changes among 3 drivers)

Time of Race: 1 hour, 29 minutes, 46 seconds   Margin of Victory: 0.299 seconds

Cautions: 9 (laps 0, 1, 5, 42, 42, 62, 81, 107, 116)

Heat Winners: Jimmy Hebert, Matthew Morrill, Ben Rowe

Consi Winner: Tom Carey III

ACT FLYING TIGERS

OXFORD OPEN

Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps

1. ( 2 ) Ben Belanger ( 99NH ) , Whitefield, NH , 75 Laps

2. ( 3 ) Jason Woodard ( 68VT ) , Waterbury Ctr., VT , 75 Laps

3. ( 9 ) Brandon Gray ( 00VT ) , Thetford, VT , 75 Laps

4. ( 10 ) Kelsea Woodard ( 55VT ) , Waterbury Ctr., VT , 75 Laps

5. ( 4 ) Sam Caron ( 07VT ) , Milton, VT , 75 Laps

6. ( 6 ) Cameron Ouellette ( 90VT ) , Barre, VT , 75 Laps

7. ( 1 ) Jaden Perry ( 92VT ) , Hardwick, VT , 75 Laps

8. ( 15 ) Bryan Wall Jr. ( 77NH ) , Kingston, NH , 75 Laps

9. ( 12 ) Tanner Woodard ( 68NH ) , Waterbury Ctr., VT , 75 Laps

10. ( 17 ) Kevin Streeter ( 67VT ) , Waitsfield, VT , 75 Laps

11. ( 8 ) Justin Prescott ( 44VT ) , Williston, VT , 75 Laps

12. ( 14 ) Kasey Beattie ( 45NH ) , St. Johnsbury, VT , 74 Laps

13. ( 5 ) Michael Clark ( 2VT ) , Littleton, NH , 74 Laps

14. ( 16 ) Aaron Maynard ( 45VT ) , Lyndonville, VT , 73 Laps

15. ( 11 ) Colin Cornell ( 54VT ) , E. Burke, VT , 45 Laps

16. ( 7 ) Matthew Potter ( 23VT ) , Marshfield, VT , 44 Laps

17. ( 13 ) Eric Messier ( 88NY ) , Hinesburg, VT , 8 Laps

Lap Leaders: Jaden Perry, pole; Ben Belanger, 1-75. (1 lead change among 2 drivers)

Time of Race: 30 minutes, 44 seconds   Margin of Victory: 2.028 seconds

Cautions: 3 (laps 23, 28, 42)

Heat Winners: Mike Clark, Cameron Ouellette

ACT Season Finale and Flying Tiger Open at Oxford Postponed to Sunday

Daniel Holben photo

Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Lee’s Family Trailer Sales & Service 150 and Flying Tiger Oxford Open at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway has been postponed to Sunday, October 18 at 1:00pm.

The decision to postpone was made by track and series officials due to the weather outlook for the original Saturday, October 17 race date. The forecast calls for rain from now until early-to-mid Saturday afternoon. Furthermore, temperatures are expected to be below 50 degrees throughout the day on Saturday, making track-drying a difficult proposition.

With these things in mind, officials elected to push the ACT season finale back one more day. The Sunday outlook is for sunny weather and a high of 60 degrees, meaning much more favorable conditions in which to crown the 2020 ACT champion.

The pits will open at 7:00am on Sunday with practice beginning at 9:30am. A full schedule of events will be announced shortly.

“Given the circumstances, both us and Oxford this is the best decision,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “Both the ACT Late Model Your season-ender and the Tiger Open are big events for the teams involved, and you want the best racing conditions possible. We clearly weren’t going to get those on Saturday. Sunday looks a lot better, so we look forward to seeing everyone then either at the track or live on Speed51.TV.”

General admission is $25 with limited fan attendance. A live pay-per-view of the event will also be available for $25 on Speed51.TV. Visit www.speed51.TV to learn more or sign-up.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com or www.oxfordplains.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

ACT Set to Crown Champion at Oxford This Weekend

Flying Tigers Join Card for Maine ACT Showdown

Daniel Holben photo

Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) is slated to descend on Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway this Saturday, October 17 at 1:00pm for the final event of the 2020 racing season. The Lee’s Family Trailer Sales & Service 150 for the ACT Late Model Tour and Oxford Open for the ACT Flying Tigers send off the 35th season of ACT competition with a bang.

Despite a season with unique challenges never before seen in ACT’s long history, the finale is still brimming with excitement and intrigue. Late Model stars like Jimmy Hebert, D.J. Shaw, Ben Rowe, Dylan Payea, and Derek Gluchacki are ready for 150 more laps to decide who will end the campaign on a high note. They’ll be joined by Flying Tiger standouts Jason Woodard, Cameron Ouellette, Colin Cornell, and more in an encore trip to the famous 3/8-mile oval.

Saturday’s event is the third ACT trip of the year to Oxford. It is the first time since 2008 that ACT has three events in a season at the track. All the contenders have plenty of laps under their belts, giving them a good idea of what works and what doesn’t. That means everyone is likely to have their best machine possible, setting up a shootout among ACT’s best.

The racer with the most to gain this weekend is Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert. Now in his ninth year of regular ACT Late Model Tour competition, the veteran can practically taste the championship. After multiple second- and third-place point finishes in his career, and with a growing family taking up more of his time, Hebert knows this his best chance yet to finally bring home a crown.

Hebert enters Saturday with a 38-point lead over Center Conway, NH’s D.J. Shaw. If Shaw earns maximum points at Oxford, Hebert needs to finish 10th or better to claim the title. Hebert’s two victories this year also give him the tiebreaker since Shaw has yet to win in ACT competition.

Should Shaw pull off the comeback, he would make history along the way. The three-time Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model champion would become the first driver to also own an ACT title. As the current PASS point leader and most recent series winner, Shaw has a puncher’s chance to win two of the Northeast’s most prestigious touring titles in the same year.

Both Shaw and Turner, ME’s Ben Rowe have triple-duty planned for the weekend. The many-time champions are running a pair of PASS North Series event on Saturday and Sunday. In between, they will tackle the ACT Late Model Tour main event. Rowe finished second to Hebert in the last visit to Oxford and aims to do one spot better.

Behind Hebert and Shaw, plenty is left to decide. East Bridgewater, MA’s Ryan Kuhn sits third in the standings. However, he is scrambling to get a car together after destroying his ride in a rollover at the Vermont Milk Bowl.

That could open the door for youngsters like Milton, VT’s Dylan Payea and North Dartmouth, MA’s Derek Gluchacki. Payea had the race of his Late Model life in ACT’s second Oxford visit, finishing fourth after a race-long battle. Gluchacki is in the driver’s seat for the ACT Rookie of the Year title and has been a consistent top-10 runner all year.

Graniteville, VT’s Christopher Pelkey is also one to watch as he tries to keep his Rodney Rood–owned Chevrolet in the top-five in owner points. Joining the young guns is the 77-year-old veteran Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier, VT behind the wheel of the car Scott Payea drove to two series championships.

The ACT Flying Tigers are part of Saturday’s card as well for the second Oxford Open 75. The race last year was a hit with teams and fans, and another solid showing is expected.

Waterbury Center, VT’s Jason Woodard, the inaugural Oxford Open winner and reigning Thunder Road champion, is bringing a whole fleet of cars this time around. Woodard’s children, third-year Tiger racer Kelsea Woodard and Thunder Road Street Stock runner-up Tanner Woodard, are both racing this weekend. The team also maintains a car for rookie Bryan Wall Jr. of East Kingston, NH, who won twice at Thunder Road this year.

Hardwick’s Jaden Perry is trying to equal Woodard’s accomplishment from 2019 in more ways than one. He has already posted victories at Thunder Road and White Mountain Motorsports Park this year. An Oxford win would give him first-place trophies from three different tracks.

Other notable names who have filed Flying Tiger entries include number-three Thunder Road point finisher Cameron Ouellette, multi-time White Mountain winner Michael Clark, and rising star Colin Cornell. Maynard brothers Adam and Aaron will battle for bragging rights while Kevin Streeter makes a rare 2020 appearance. Williston, VT’s Justin Prescott, a multi-time Road Warrior winner, is making his Flying Tiger debut in a car purchased from Cooper Bouchard.

The American-Canadian Tour puts a wrap on the 2020 racing season at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway this Saturday, October 17. The ACT Lee’s Family Trailer Sales & Service 150 and Flying Tiger Oxford Open are part of a five-division card. The PASS Super Late Models also go 150 laps while the PASS Modifieds and Honey Badger Bar & Grill Street Stock Series have a pair of 50-lap features. Qualifying begins at 1:00pm.

Admission is $25 per person with limited fan attendance. A live pay-per-view broadcast will also be available on Speed51.TV with more information to be announced.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com or www.oxfordplains.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.