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White Mountain Planning Huge September to Close Out Season

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N. Woodstock, NH — White Mountain Motorsports Park is getting back in action this Saturday, September 4 with the Leaf Peepers 100. After a weekend off for the Oxford 250, the North Woodstock track has a mammoth September planned with multiple major touring series and big events.

The final month of White Mountain’s 29th racing season begins on Saturday with a 100-lap showdown for the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models. Just three point-counting events are left, meaning the long-distance showdown is big for the “King of the Mountain” title.

Jeff Marshall, Quinny Welch, and Oren Remick need to make hay while the sun shines if they’re going to catch Candia, NH’s Jimmy Renfrew Jr. Saturday also includes championship action for the Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s plus the Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks.

The following Saturday, September 11 marks the return of the North East Mini Stock Tour. The second WMMP visit of the season for the region’s preeminent four-cylinder series is paying $1,000 to the winner. Stars like Emerson Cayer, Erin Aiken, Cody Leblanc, and Desmond Skillings know how rare a four-figure prize is, and the racing will reflect this. The Late Models, Flying Tigers, Strictly Stock Mini’s, and Arnold’s Wayside Diner Dwarf Cars make it a five-division card.

On Saturday, September 18, Foley Oil & Propane presents the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models. They will go 150 laps in their second White Mountain trip of 2021. Point leader Johnny Clark of Hallowell, ME must hold off Ben Rowe, Dan Winter, Kate Re, and Rowland Robinson Jr. if he wants to win his first PASS championship since 2011.

The 18th is also Championship Night for the Late Models as they crown the 2021 “King of the Mountain”. An ACT event the following weekend could lead to some interlopers getting tuned up, making it possible for a big points comeback to happen. The PASS Modifieds and Kids Trucks join the penultimate weekend for 2021.

Everything comes to a head with Fall Foliage Weekend on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26. Saturday at 4:00pm is the R&R Raceparts NH Fall Foliage 100, a $5,000-to-win event for 8-cylinder Street Stocks and ACT Flying Tigers. Entries have arrived steadily for the biggest Street Stock race ever at White Mountain. The Strictly Stock Mini’s, Dwarf Cars, and Kids Trucks wrap up their 2021 seasons the same day.

Then on Sunday the 26th at 1:00pm, the ACT Late Model Tour is back for the $5,000-to-win Fall Foliage 200. It’s the 10th event on the 12-race ACT schedule, so it will be huge in their championship quest. If the race is anything like the Midsummer Classic 250 or Spring Green, fans are in for a memorable show.

The Flying Tigers have their title ride on the same day while the Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors of Thunder Road, GoMotorsportsShop.com NELCAR Legends Tour, and NELCAR Bandoleros come to town for some Northern New Hampshire racing. A $35 two-day adult ticket makes it affordable to get out for a weekend at the track before banquet preparations and offseason work take over.

White Mountain Motorsports Park begins the stretch run this Saturday, September 4 at 6:00pm with the Leaf Peepers 100 for the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models. The evening includes a full card for the Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s, and Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and $30 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).

For more information, contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.whitemountainmotorsports.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at @WhiteMtnMotorsports.

Labor Day Classic on Sunday Starts Big Money ACT Stretch

Weekly Warriors Ready to Keep Trophy in Vermont at Historic Event  

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Barre, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) heads to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road this Sunday, September 5 for the 43rd Optical Expressions Berlin Labor Day Classic. The $5,000-to-win showdown, which can be seen at the track or live on FloRacing, kicks off a “Show Me the Money” stretch for ACT with a quartet of high-paying competitions around the region.

Each of the next two point-counting events on the ACT schedule — Sunday’s Labor Day Classic 200 and the Fall Foliage 200 at White Mountain Motorsports Park on September 26 —are paying $5,000 to win and $500 to take the green flag. ACT stars D.J. Shaw, Ben Rowe, Tom Carey III, Derek Gluchacki, Jimmy Hebert, and others will go toe-to-toe against the best weekly racers from both tracks for more than $30,000 in posted awards per event.

Sandwiched between those events is a $10,000 to win shootout for ACT’s Canadian friends. The non-point Bacon Bowl 200 is slated for Saturday, September 11 at Vallée-Jct., QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere. It’s a fantastic stage for former event winners Patrick Laperle and Jonathan Bouvrette plus Canadian étoiles like Dany Trepanier, Alexandre Tardif, Raphael Lessard, and Alex Guenette.

This “Big Four” concludes with the non-point Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3. Officials have posted $62,000 in awards for the 59th Milk Bowl, which includes $10,000 to win, $1,100 to start, $7,500 in lap money, and $1,000 for the polesitter.

It all begins with the Optical Expressions Berlin Labor Day Classic. The event is the only one of Thunder Road’s crown jewels that dates to the inaugural 1960 season. After a hiatus from 1978 to 1996, the event returned in 1997 and is now a staple of the ACT schedule. Some of the legends on the list of previous winners include Dave Dion, Larry Demar, Jean-Paul Cabana, the Dragon brothers, Dale Shaw, Robbie Crouch, and Brian Hoar. Nick Sweet leads the way with four Labor Day Classic wins; no one else has triumphed more than twice.

There is plenty of intrigue to the event beyond the large purse and historical significance. For starters, the ACT championship battle remains tight. Center Conway, NH’s D.J. Shaw is still the leader, but Turner, ME’s Rowe is the new number-two man. Although Rowe finished third to Shaw’s second at last Saturday’s Oxford Plains 125, Rowe’s bonus points for leading the most laps closed the gap between them to six points.

New Salem, MA’s Tom Carey III is now 19 points behind Shaw after salvaging a ninth-place finish at Oxford despite handling issues. They are now the three front-runners for the nearly $12,000 in cash and contingency awards guaranteed to the champion. Derek Gluchacki, Stephen Donahue, rookie Shawn Swallow, and Oxford winner Jimmy Hebert will need to go on a rampage over the final four events to have a shot at the title.

Donahue and Hebert have a great chance to gain some ground at their home track of Thunder Road. To do so, though, they’ll have to beat out the track’s top weekly racers. Most of the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model regulars have already filed their Labor Day Classic entries. This includes top-10 point racers Christopher Pelkey, Tyler Cahoon, Kyle Pembroke, Brendan Moodie, and Marcel J. Gravel. Donahue also races weekly at the track and has a feature victory this year.

The leading rookie, Morrisville’s Brandon Lanphear, is in for the 200-lap duel as is Orange’s Chip Grenier. Although point leader Jason Corliss and multi-time champion Scott Dragon have not yet sent in entries, they are widely expected to compete, as are recent first-time winners Darrell Morin and Cooper Bouchard.

Several part-timers with great success at Thunder Road are also officially committed to the event. Defending Labor Day Classic champion Bobby Therrien, reigning Community Bank N.A. 150 winner Brooks Clark, and former Memorial Day Classic champion Cody Blake are gunning for the $5,000 top prize. Suffice to say the Tour invaders have their work cut out for them if they want to tame the Barre high banks.

The Labor Day Classic also has a strategy element in the winning equation. Teams have the option to put on two fresh tires at any point during the feature. A racer with a good-but-not-great car could potentially steal the win thanks to a well-timed stop. Conversely, a driver who’s dominated the event may be hung out to dry by pitting too soon or too late. Even if a team has what they think is the perfect plan, the cautions need to fall the right way so they can put that plan into action.

The last few years, the top finishers in the Optical Expressions Berlin Labor Day Classic went the whole 200 laps without pitting. This year, however, is the first Classic with the new ACT Hoosier racing tire. At White Mountain Motorsports Park, new tires provided a noticeable advantage on long runs in the Midsummer Classic 250. It remains to be seen if fresh rubber will have the same effect at Thunder Road.

Fans have plenty to cheer for on the Labor Day Classic undercard, too. Due to recent postponements, the RK Miles Street Stocks are running two features. The first feature has double the prize money courtesy of live streaming partner FloRacing, meaning a lot of points and cash are on the line for the four-cylinder class.

A full card is also scheduled for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors. Including the qualifying rounds, nearly 500 laps of racing are planned for Sunday afternoon. Add in holiday camping and a charity cornhole tournament on Saturday by 802 Cornhole, and it will be a great weekend at Thunder Road. People can even make their motorsports weekend a doubleheader with the Leaf Peepers 100 at Thunder Road’s sister track White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday night.

Barre, VT’s Thunder Road welcomes the ACT Late Model Tour this Sunday, September 5 at 1:00pm for the 43rd Optical Expressions Berlin Labor Day Classic 200. ACT’s touring stars take on the top weekly Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model racers for $5,000 to win. The card includes double features for the RK Miles Street Stocks plus action for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors.

Admission to the Labor Day Classic is $25 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. Advance tickets are available at www.happsnow.com/event/thunder-road-speedbowl. The event will also be televised live on FloRacing for those with a paid subscription.

For more information, 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.

Sunoco Modified Triple Crown Announced for Thompson World Series

Triple Crown Replaces August 11 & September 15 Events Lost Due to Tire Shortage

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Waterbury, VT and Naples, ME — American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have announced the Sunoco Modified Triple Crown as part of the 59th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on October 8-10. The Modifieds will run a full program each day of the World Series with separate qualifying and features.

The Triple Crown Series is replacing the events the Sunoco Modified division has lost at Thompson Speedway in 2021 due to the ongoing national tire shortage. The Sunoco Modifieds were forced to be left off the card for the Midsummer 75 on August 11 and will also not be a part of the Tripoint Showdown 75 presented by Twisted Tea on Wednesday, September 15.

However, Hoosier Tire East officials have indicated the tire situation should be resolved by the time the World Series arrives on the calendar. Based on this information, ACT and PASS officials are making the Sunoco Modifieds a centerpiece of the three-day racing festival, which also includes the $20,000-to-win Thompson 300 for the Outlaw Open Modified Series.

The Sunoco Modifieds are running one event each on Sunoco World Series Friday, Twisted Tea World Series Saturday, and Sunoco World Series Sunday. All events will count towards the 2021 Thompson Speedway track championship. More information is to-be-determined.

“We wanted to do something for the Sunoco Modified division and its fans,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “The tire shortage has affected tracks and series throughout the country. In our region, the SK Modifieds were who got the short end. Thankfully, it looks like there will be plenty of tires available by early October. It created a great opportunity for a Sunoco Modified mini-series to end their season on a high note.”

With the announcement, the division line-up for the Twisted Tea Tripoint Showdown 75 on September 15 has been set. The $5,000-to-win Outlaw Open Modified Series feature, which is the final tune-up for the Thompson 300, headlines the card. It’s joined by a $1,200-to-win ACT-type Late Model feature plus the Vandi Auto Supply Limited Sportsmen, SK Light Modifieds, and Thompson Mini Stocks.

ACT and PASS are still offering bonus money for Sunoco Modifieds who enter the Tripoint Showdown 75. The highest-finishing Sunoco Modified will receive an extra $400 on top of the posted purse. There is also a $300 bonus for the second-highest Sunoco Modified, $200 for the third-highest, and $100 each for the fourth- and fifth-highest.

SK Light Modified teams will be able to buy at least one tire for the Tripoint Showdown event and possibly two depending on availability. More information, including the schedule of events, will be announced next week.

The Sunoco Modified Triple Crown Series is also the latest piece in the puzzle for the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing schedule. Other confirmed events include the Thompson 300 on Sunday, the ACT Late Model Tour and PASS Super Late Models on Saturday, the track’s local divisions, and an 8-cylinder Street Stock Open. Officials are finalizing the division line-up and should have an announcement ready soon.

The Wednesday racing series at Thompson Speedway wraps up with the Tripoint Showdown 75 presented by Twisted Tea on Wednesday, September 15 at 6:00pm. The Outlaw Open Modified Series has a $5,000-to-win showdown featuring some of the biggest names in Tour-type Modifieds. They’ll be joined by the Late Models, Vandi Auto Supply Limited Sportsmen, SK Light Modifieds, and Mini Stocks. Admission is $30 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. There will also be a live pay-per-view on Speed51.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.

For general Thompson Speedway inquiries, call (860) 923-2280, email oval@thompsonspeedway.com, or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy.