Category Archives: ACT-American Canadian Tour

First Monadnock Event in 19 Years Could Provide Early-Season Shakeup ‘Alan Ward photo

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Barre, VT — For the first time in nearly two decades, the ACT Late Model Tour will return to the tight turning highbanks of Winchester, New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway. The Monadnock 150 serves as the third race on the 2022 ACT schedule and provides a new challenge to the top runners in pursuit of the Northeast’s biggest prize; the American-Canadian Tour championship. 

Without a reliable notebook, even New England and Quebec’s best touring Late Model racers are going in blind, but ready to put their skills to the test. Point leader Derek Gluchacki made the trip over last Saturday to get acclimated to a new track while second-in-points D.J. Shaw will no doubt tap into his Pro Stock success at the Winchester oval for Sunday’s double-duty.  

One of the most excited drivers to hit the pits on Sunday morning is the New Salem, Massachusetts native Tom Carey III. “[Monadnock] was the first place I ever raced,” said Carey. “I ran almost a full season my first year [in 2013], and won the championship in ’14.”  

When asked if he has a leg up on the competition, Carey said “I think we’ll be strong, even though it’s been a while. Really, I’m most excited for all my friends and family to be able to come and see me race, being just a 15-minute ride.”  

In order to wave the checkered flag for his hometown crowd, Carey will stand toe-to-toe with some stiff competition. While Gluchacki and Shaw look to keep their current point cushions, Quebec’s Jonathan Bouvrette is desperate for a big turnaround from his early catastrophes and Stephen Donahue looks to continue his momentum from Thunder Road. Former champion Rich Dubeau also looks to keep his top-ten-in-points position as does Shawn Swallow, Erick Sands and Jimmy Renfrew Jr.  

With top Rookie of the Year contender Jaime Swallow Jr. jumping into a back-up car following a devastating crash in practice up at Groveton’s Riverside Speedway last Saturday, Cody Leblanc, Robby Gordon Douglas and Quebec’s Alexendre Tardif look to break out of their three-way-tie for second in the Rookie standings. 

Invaders looking to take on Monadnock alongside the ACT regulars include former Thompson Speedway Late Model champion and Tour-type Modified fan-favorite Woody Pitkat in the 91CT Hartwell Motorsports entry. Evan Hallstrom, coming off his first top-ten in the Robbie Crouch and A.J. Squier owned machine, is also entered as is three-time Thunder Road ‘King of the Road’ Jason Corliss with the Burnett Scrap Metals team.     

The Monadnock 150 for the ACT Late Model Tour alongside the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models and Modified series is set for Sunday, May 22 with a 3:00pm Post Time. The inaugural PASS Super Late Model event is also set for a 150-lap distance while the Modifieds go for a hard charging 40-lapper. This will serve as the second ACT and PASS doubleheader event of 2022.  

Grandstands open at 12:30pm with General Admission set at $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 years old and free for ages 5 and under. Pit Passes are $45 per person and pit gates will open at 10:00am. The ACT & PASS Combination event at Monadnock Speedway will be broadcast live and around the world on Racing America to monthly and yearly subscribers. 

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

Sweet is Still the ‘King of Barre’ in Fourth Community Bank 150 Triumph 

Prescott Earns Powerhouse First Tiger Win, Switser and Putney Take 4-Cylinder Gold 

Alan Ward photo

Barre, VT — With 117 cars on hand for the 63rd Season Opener at Thunder Road International Speedbowl, 17 qualifying races were needed before the four feature races took the green creating some of the best stock car racing in the United States at the ‘Nation’s Site of Excitement.’ When all the dust settled Sunday afternoon, a first time winner stood amongst hardened veterans and the ‘King of Barre’ remained on his throne. 

The rk Miles Street Stocks pulled an impressive 32 cars for opening day as part of the ACT Community Bank 150. Three qualifying heats set the scene for an exciting 25 lap feature that took a turn for the worst on lap 2. With outside polesitter Thomas Peck getting loose in turn two a pile-up ensnared former champions Jamie Davis and ‘The Farmer’ Gary Mullen along with rookie Zach Audet in the #9.  

Even with a final caution on lap 14, Waterford, Vermont’s Dean Switser Jr. led the way from the start, flying under the checkered with Jeffery Martin hot on his tail for second. Following the post-race inspection of apparent 3rd place driver James Dopp, it was determined his left-side weight was over rule requirements and Haidyn Pearce was awarded the bronze on opening day. 

The Burnetts Scrap Metals Road Warriors included a strong field of 18 cars for the first of May for the large crowd on hand. A relatively clean feature event for the crash-bang division with the first caution on lap 9 as Robert Catchapaw rode the wall in his Dukes of Hazzard inspired #03. The ensuing restart took Road Warrior stalwarts Jason Kirby and Rodney Campbell out of competition with three weeks to prepare for Memorial Day weekend. ‘Barbie Boy’ Frank Putney took the win in his hot pink ride followed by Nate ‘Tater’ Brien and Flyin’ Fred Fleury to fill out the podium. 

The Number One Support Division in North America rolled out 28 strong after their B-Feature for a 40 lap dash with all eyes set on the Community Bank bonus in victory lane. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers also had trouble on lap 2 between the #66VT of JT Blanchard and #28VT of Ryan Boutin. After the cleanup, they blistered the high banks until a small scuffle on the 21st circuit with Kevin Streeter’s #67VT brought out caution number two.  

After taking the green, a huge pileup started in turn three with multiple cars scrambling and spinning to avoid the mayhem. Six cars were involved but all managed to return for the closing laps. In the final 17 laps, Williston, Vermont’s Justin Prescott managed to pace the field ahead of Derrick Calkins and Mike Billado. They would remain in line under the checkered flag.  

Following a post-race burnout, Prescott received huge applause from the jovial crowd with a very excited pit crew behind him. Barre’s Jason Pelkey took a strong 4th place finish while rookie driver Kaiden Fisher grabbed his first top-5 in the Flying Tiger division. 

Lastly came the big dance. Thirty-four American-Canadian Tour Late Models from across New England and Quebec converged onto Thunder Road to qualify for one of twenty-six starting positions for the 24th Community Bank 150. After Cody Leblanc earned the ACT provisional and Scott Dragon earned the Thunder Road provisional, twenty-eight cars lined the front stretch, ready to take on the second ACT Late Model Tour event for 2022.  

Marcel Gravel took a +6 in heat one to start on the pole, leading the first third of the annual 150-lapper. Although stalked close behind by former King of the Road Derrick O’Donnell and 2021 Thunder Road midseason champion Christopher Pelkey. St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle brought out the first two cautions on laps 28 and 43 for separate spins with an ill-handling car. After throwing everything they could at it, Laperle would end his frustrating day on lap 49. 

After patiently making his way from 12th on the start, Barre’s Nick Sweet methodically made his way to the front and around Gravel for the lead on lap 53. Following a lap 64 caution involving Thunder Road locals Darrell Morin and Tyler Cahoon in turn four, Sweet would continue to patiently make his way through lap traffic even when completely boxed in on the bottom with O’Donnell and Pelkey gaining behind him. On lap 88, after suffering with electrical issues all day, Rookie of the Year candidate Cody Leblanc turned into the infield after his ignition quit.  

The last caution on lap 116 came out for the spinning Marcel Gravel in turn two. A great day turned sour for the Wolcott driver, pulling it into the pits on lap 132 to end his day. By then, it was the Sweet show through and through, leaving only the battle for second. Sweet took his 4th Community Bank 150 win followed by O’Donnell and Pelkey for 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Thunder Road regular Kyle Pembroke and defending King of the Road Jason Corliss took 4th and 5th followed by Stephen Donahue, Jimmy Hebert, Rich Dubeau, D.J. Shaw and Evan Hallstrom to round out the top-10.  

Thunder Road will roar again on Sunday, May 29th for the 59th running of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. Along with 125 laps for the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnetts Scrap Metals Road Warriors, the mighty tour-type modifieds return to ‘The Road.’ The $10,000-to-win Granite Capital 100 for the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series will feature some of the biggest names in Modified racing when they hit the track, it’s a can’t miss show! 

The ACT Late Model Tour continues the 2022 season with a 150 lap event alongside the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model and Modified divisions at Winchester, New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway on Sunday, May 22nd

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

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, media@thunderroadvt.com, or visit www.thunderroadvt.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ThunderRoadVT. 

Thunder Road International Speedbowl – Barre, VT 

Community Bank 150 

Sunday, May 1, 2022 

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS 

ACT Late Model Tour (150 Laps)  

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

1. (12), Nick Sweet (40VT), Barre VT, 150 

2. (4), Derrick O’Donnell (60NH), N. Haverhill NH, 150 

3. (2), Christopher Pelkey (64VT), Graniteville VT, 150 

4. (7), Kyle Pembroke (27VT), Montpelier VT, 150 

5. (23), Jason Corliss (66VT), Barre VT, 150 

6. (11), Stephen Donahue (2VT), Graniteville VT, 150 

7. (14), Jimmy Hebert (58VT), Williamstown VT, 150 

8. (15), Rich Dubeau (30NH), Lebanon NH, 150 

9. (18), DJ Shaw (04VT), Ctr. Conway NH, 150 

10. (26), Evan Hallstrom (48VT), Northfield VT, 150 

11. (10), Derek Gluchaki (03MA), Dartmouth MA, 150 

12. (8), Jimmy Renfrew Jr. (00NH), Candia NH, 150 

13. (13), Tyler Cahoon (38VT), St. Johnsbury VT, 150 

14. (25), Brandon Lanphear (16VT), Morrisville VT, 150 

15. (5), #Stephen Martin (01VT), Craftsbury Common VT, 149 

16. (20), #Jamie Swallow Jr. (4NH), Stark NH, 149 

17. (6), Brooks Clark (68VT), Fayston VT, 149 

18. (3), Erick Sands (36NH), Derry NH, 149 

19. (28), Scott Dragon (0VT), Milton VT, 149 

20. (19), Brendan Moodie (94VT), Wolcott VT, 149 

21. (21), Darrell Morin (17VT), Westford VT, 149 

22. (9), Chip Grenier (62VT), Orange VT, 148  

23. (17), Shawn Swallow (04NH), Groveton NH, 148 

24. (24), Cooper Bouchard (7VT), Hinesburg VT, 148 

25. (22), Alexandre Tardif (21QC), Quebec City, Canada, 148 

26. (1), Marcel J. Gravel (86VT), Wolcott VT, 132 

27. (27), #Cody Leblanc (7NH), Berlin NH, 88 

28. (16), Patrick Laperle (91QC), St-Denis QC, 49 

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers (40 Laps)  

Pos., Driver (Car #), Hometown 

1. Justin Prescott (44VT), Williston, VT 

2. Derrick Calkins (15VT), Hinesburg VT 

3. Mike Billado (8VT) Grand Isle, VT 

4. Jason Pelkey (64VT) Barre VT 

5. #Kaiden Fisher (18VT) Shelburne VT 

6. Mike Martin (01VT) Craftsbury Common VT 

7. Jason Woodard (68VT) Waterbury Center VT 

8. Tyler Austin (5VT) E. Calias VT 

9. Joel Hodgdon (36VT) Craftsbury Common VT 

10. Craig Bushey (05VT) Fletcher VT 

11. Kevin Streeter (67VT) Waitsfield VT 

12. Jaden Perry (92VT) Hardwick VT 

13. Cameron Ouellette (90VT) Barre VT 

14. Sam Caron (07VT) Colchester VT 

15. Robert Gordon (20VT) Milton VT 

16. Kevin Boutin (25VT) Fairfax VT 

17. Chris LaForest (56VT) Barre VT 

18. Logan Powers (31VT) Middlesex VT 

19. Ryan Boutin (28VT) Fairfax VT 

20. Kelsea Woodard (55VT) Waterbury Center VT 

21. Tanner Woodard (86NH) Waterbury Center VT 

22. Michael MacAskill (3VT) Williamstown VT 

23. Colin Cornell (35DG) E. Burke VT 

24. Bryan Wall Jr. (77NH) E. Kingston NH 

25. Ryan Ware (32VT) E. Burke VT 

26. Rich Lowrey (8NH) South Hero VT 

27. Adam Maynard (45VT) Milton VT 

28. J.T. Blanchard (66VT) Graniteville VT 

rk Miles Street Stocks (25 Laps)  

Pos., Driver (Car #), Hometown 

1. Dean Switser Jr. (16), Waterford VT 

2. Jeffrey Martin (8), Barre VT 

3. Haidyn Pearce (2), Chelsea VT 

4. Josh Lovely (54), Williamstown VT 

5. Kyler Davis (68), Berlin VT 

6. Justin Blakely (17), Graniteville VT 

7. Tyler Whittemore (74), Barre VT 

8. Kyle MacAskill (7), Williamstown VT 

9. Trevor Jaques (57), Milton VT 

10. Tommy Smith (22), Williamstown VT 

11. Todd Raymo (24), Swanton VT 

12. Kasey Collins (98), Berlin VT 

13. Jamie Davis (43), Johnson VT 

14. Luke Peters (26), Groton VT 

15. Gary Mullen (29), Tunbridge VT 

16. Mark Beaulieu (11), Essex Junction VT 

17. Michael Gay (3), So. Burlington VT 

18. William Hennequin (47), Morrisville VT 

19. Eric MacLauglin (6), Milton VT 

20. Kyle Gravel (5), Wolcott VT 

21. Thomas Peck (96), Waterbury VT 

22. Juan Marshall (79), Pittsfield VT 

23. Zach Audet (9), Morrisville VT 

24. Cam Powers (30), E. Montpelier VT 

25. Curtis Frank (33), E. Thomsham VT 

26. Mekayla Bowen (12), Morrisville VT 

27. Patrick Tibbetts (34), Plainfield VT 

28. Jesse Laquerre (71), Berlin VT 

29. Paige Whittemore (73), Graniteville VT 

30. Scott Weston (04), Berlin VT 

DNS – Taylor Hoar (48), South Hero VT 

DSQ – James Dopp (0), Northfield VT 

Burnett Scrap Metal Road Warriors (20 Laps)  

Pos., Driver (Car #), Hometown 

1. Frank Putney (88), Graniteville VT 

2. Nate Brien (16), Williamstown VT 

3. Fred Fleury (99), Graniteville VT 

4. Taylor Sayers (95), Barre VT 

5. Ben Bushey (07), Springfield VT 

6. Karl Sheldon (93),  

7. Neal Foster (19), Moretown VT 

8. Ryan Sayers (94), Barre VT 

9. Josh Vilbrin (77), Graniteville VT 

10. Bill O’Connor (96), S. Washington VT 

11. George Hoyt (1), Braintree VT

12. Nick Copping (50), Barre VT 

13. Bobby Bell (11),  

14. Kris Russell (53), St. Johnsbury VT 

15. Rodney Campbell (10), Worcester VT 

16. Jason Kirby (71), Milton VT 

17. Robert Catchapaw (03), Waterbury VT 

Forty Teams from Coast of Connecticut to the St. Lawrence Seaway Ready to Tackle New Hampshire’s Magic Mile

Daniel Holben Photo

Barre, VT & Naples, ME — The 2nd Annual Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, April 16th is not only set to be the biggest American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) collaboration at NHMS yet, but one of the biggest events of 2022. Well over a hundred cars have entered between the six divisions, with over ninety camping registrations filed (with room for more) and the ACT, PASS and NHMS offices have been flooded with phone calls for the past two weeks! Nearly forty-five ACT Late Models representing every New England state and the Canadian province of Quebec are entered to kick off the 31st season in style with the $5,500-to-Win Northeast Classic 50.

It takes a championship caliber team to run up front at New England’s biggest racetrack, and there certainly won’t be any shortage of talent this weekend. The Canadian contingent alone includes multi-time ACT touring champion Patrick Laperle, Serie-ACT champions Dany Trepanier and Jonathan Bouvrette, 2021 Bacon Bowl 200 winner Alexandre Tardiff and NASCAR stand-out Raphael Lessard. Tardiff, Lessard and Autodrome Chaudiere competitor Sebastien Couture have all sent their mounts to Port City Race Cars for a refresh, while Bouvrette is ready to tackle the 13-race ACT schedule in 2022 and is prepared to start his season on a high note.

American home-turf defenders include former champions Ben Rowe, Jimmy Hebert and Rich Dubeau who lead a battle-hardened group of former Tour winners and the top ACT Late Model front runners from across New England. Dubeau’s team have been excitedly preparing for the Northeast Classic since Christmas. “I’m looking forward to competing [and] it’ll be great to see everyone again,” said 2019 ACT Tour Champion Dubeau. “I’m hoping we can bring some speed against some of the best drivers in New England and Canada.”

One of the toughest opponents facing Dubeau has yet to earn the ACT Championship, though he’s two-for-two in runner-up points standings. Center Conway, New Hampshire’s DJ Shaw is looking for a major pay-day, and a personal first. Shaw will be starting his third season behind the wheel of Arnie Hill’s #04VT on the ACT Late Model Tour, looking to bring Hill’s team the championship trophy that has illuded them the past two years. 

“I’m excited to get back to Loudon and get things started on the ACT side of things,” said Shaw. “It’s always fun to run the double headers but the opportunity to run two cars at the Magic Mile is always a lot of fun!” Shaw was able to shrink a 50-point deficit to Jimmy Hebert in 2020 to just 5-points behind Ben Rowe in a nail-biting championship race at Seekonk last October and is already an early favorite for the 2022 crown. Both Shaw and Rowe look to rake up an $11,000 trip to the bank should one of them sweep both the ACT and PASS 50-lap events.

Joining the defending champion Rowe, Mike Hopkins and Dillon Moltz will also represent the Pine Tree State of Maine. Williamstown’s Jimmy Hebert and Island Pond’s Derek Ming will represent Vermont while former Snowflake 100 winner Jake Johnson and ACT Invitational winner Woody Pitkat are among those representing Connecticut. Massachusetts and New Hampshire hold the lion’s share of entries with standouts like Tom Carey III, Erick Sands, Derek Gluchaki and three, North Country Swallows; Jamie, Shawn and Jamie Jr. Lastly, Rhode Island’s Mike Benevides and Jason Larivee Jr. round out the New England representation of the 2nd Annual Northeast Classic.

The 2nd Annual Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway begins with Practice Day on Friday, April 15th. All Northeast Classic divisions will be given practice time on the track from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Saturday, April 16th begins with the New England Racers Reunion and Car Show presented by Wall’s Ford at the North East Motor Sports Museum starting at 9:00am. At the South end of the NHMS property, the Racers Reunion is only $5 to enter, with proceeds benefitting the museum to keep our Northeast racing history alive.

Saturday racing action starts with qualifying at 10:30am with feature racing to immediately follow. The ACT Late Model Tour, PASS Super Late Model National Championship and Modified Racing Series are set for Triple-50 Lap feature events along with the R&R Race Parts NH Open Street Stocks, Northeast Mini Stock Tour and EXIT Realty Pro Truck Series.

Grandstand tickets will be available at the Box Office with the front gate opening at 9:00am on Saturday, April 16th. General Admission is $40 each with Ages 12-7 $10 each and Ages 6 and Under are free! Live stream pay-per-view is available around the world through Racing America powered by Speed 51.TV for those who can’t make it to the track.

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

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com or visit www.proallstarsseries.com.  Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.