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ACT and PASS Invade Hudson This Sunday

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Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) are days away from a trip to New Hampshire’s Hudson Speedway. The Sunday, June 20 tripleheader is a long-overdue journey to the Southern New Hampshire bullring for both series as their championship battles heat up.

The ACT Hudson 150, which is on the first official day of the 2021 summer, is only the second ACT event at Hudson Speedway ever — and the first in 20 years. The PASS Super Late Models are making their inaugural trip to Hudson as the track celebrates its 75th anniversary.

That means the vast majority of Sunday’s field, from 10-time PASS champion Ben Rowe to new ACT winner Tom Carey III, is hitting the high banks for the first time. They’ll have to get up to speed fast as their seasons get serious. Add in a PASS Modified feature with a large field expected and you have the recipe for a perfect Sunday evening of motorsports.

For two drivers, though, Sunday is a homecoming. ARCA Menards Series racer Derek Griffin and former ACT champion Joey Polewarczyk are both natives of Hudson, NH who still live in the area. Griffin got his start racing 4-cylinder cars at Hudson before graduating to the Super Late Model and national touring ranks. “Joey Pole” won a Granite State Pro Stock Series at the track in 2019 and finished third in 2020.

Their familiarity with the track mean both Griffith and Polewarczyk have an early edge heading into Sunday’s event. But with plenty of talented racers joining them, nothing is guaranteed.

On the ACT side, Rowe and Carey lead the way. They sit 1-2 in the point standings just four digits apart. Turner, ME’s Rowe has been a model of consistency as the only driver to finish in the top-10 of all four features. New Salem, MA’s Carey has sandwiched his recent White Mountain win around a runner-up finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and now aims to become more consistent. With Sunday’s event being the fifth of 12 point-counting events on the schedule, the halfway bell is already near in the title fight.

Center Conway, NH’s D.J. Shaw and Graniteville, VT’s Stephen Donahue are close behind the front duo. The next pack includes sophomore Derek Gluchacki of Dartmouth, MA and rookies Shawn Swallow and Erick Sands. Defending champion Jimmy Hebert has said he’ll be at Hudson and will go trophy-hunting after a miserable three-race stretch. Part-time standouts such as Ryan Kuhn and Trent Goodrow are expected to join the regulars is a showdown that could go any which way.

In the PASS Super Late Models, six-time champion Johnny Clark of Hallowell, ME is chasing title number seven. The reigning Oxford 250 winner has a 52-point lead over Rowe with Sunday marking the one-third point of the PASS season. Right behind Rowe is Harrison, ME’s Kate Re, the 17-year-old Super Late Model sophomore who has been the season’s breakout star. Re posted two podium finishes at Hudson Speedway in 2019 with the PASS Modifieds, which surely has her young team feeling upbeat about their Super Late Model chances.

Dan Winter and PASS newcomer Rowland Robinson Jr. round out the top-five. They’ll be joined by D.J. Shaw, Jeremy Davis, Scott McDaniel and others who are ready to figure out the cramped Hudson arena.

Even with all of that to watch, the PASS Modifieds could very well steal the show. The resurgent division has been drawing 20-plus cars at every event. Those teams are putting on some amazing racing with three-wide passes for the lead and other breathtaking moves.

Naples, ME’s Spencer Morse, the 2019 PASS Modified Champion, leads the standings going into Hudson Speedway. He’s being shadowed by A.J. Cates, Garrett Lamb, Troy Morse, and other eager for a title. Gray, ME’s Tyler King, the 2020 champion, is trying to rebound from a rare did-not-finish last time out due to overheating issues.

The ACT Late Model Tour and PASS Super Late Models heads to New Hampshire’s Hudson Speedway on Sunday, June 20 at 5:30pm. Both series will go at it for 150 green-flag laps with the PASS Modifieds rounding out the card. Admission is $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under.

For more information about ACT, 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.

Oxford Plains Speedway Replaces Monadnock on ACT-PASS Schedule with July 11 Showdown

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Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) announced today that the doubleheader originally planned for Monadnock Speedway on July 4 has been moved to Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, July 11. Qualifying begins at 4:00pm with features to follow.

The program will remain the same, with twin 150-lap features for the ACT Late Model Tour and PASS Super Late Models plus a 50-lap PASS Modified shootout. The post time was chosen in part because of the potential for extremely hot midday temperatures in mid-July. It also allows weekly Late Model and Super Late Model racers around the region more time to get their cars ready so they can compete at Oxford if they choose.

The complete schedule of events and pricing will be announced in the coming weeks. Please check the ACT, PASS, and Oxford Plains Speedway websites for further updates. Monadnock Speedway and ACT are still in discussions about the possibility of an event at the track later in the year if scheduling allows.

The ACT Late Model Tour is next in action this Saturday, June 12 at North Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park for the 46th Caron Fabrication Spring Green. The 121-lap shootout is joined by the local Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s, and Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks with a 6:00pm post time. Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and $40 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).

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.

Shaw Claims First ACT Victory in Series Return to Lee USA Speedway

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Lee, NH — Center Conway, NH’s D.J. Shaw took home his first career American-Canadian Tour (ACT) victory on Sunday, May 16 following a hard-fought Lee USA 150 at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway. The multi-time Pro All Stars Series (PASS) champion held off New Sharon, ME’s “Thrillin’” Dillon Moltz for the runner-up spot on the track before being named the winner a little more than an hour later.

Shaw inherited the win after Wayne Helliwell Jr. was disqualified in post-race technical inspection for a chassis infraction. It bookended a day where reigning ACT champion Jimmy Hebert crashed hard in the final ACT practice session and was unable to even take the green flag as a result.

Graniteville, VT’s Stephen Donahue earned the pole in qualifying for the first ACT visit to Lee USA Speedway since 2018. The youngter led the first two laps before Shaw sailed underneath him. A flurry of early cautions followed, including back-to-back spins by brothers Shawn and Jamie Swallow Jr. On the fourth restart of the race at lap 12, Helliwell drove around the outside of Shaw to take the lead.

Dover, NH’s Helliwell then paced the field for more than 50 circuits, which included a lap-39 caution for Peyton Lanphear’s spin. It wasn’t for lack of effort by Shaw, though, as he constantly was peeking to Helliwell’s inside. Shaw finally got the bite on lap 66 and went underneath Helliwell to retake command.

He remained there until Jesse Switser’s turn-three spin brought out the sixth caution at lap 86. Shaw chose the outside for the restart after seeing how well it had worked for Helliwell. However, Shaw slipped coming out of turn four, with both Helliwell and Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk Jr. shooting past as a result.

The field bunched up again on lap 96 when Reilly Lanphear looped it in turn three and Switser caromed in, ending both their days. Helliwell settled into the lead on the ensuing green-flag run with Shaw getting back around Polewarczyk for second. He couldn’t close the gap on Helliwell, though, until they caught a quartet of cars inside of 20 laps to go.

With three cars in the pack racing to stay on the lead lap, Helliwell had his hands full — which let Shaw, Polewarczyk, and Moltz get to his rear deck-lid. As Helliwell tried the outside of Dylan Payea, Shaw went low and led lap 137. Helliwell was back in front as the field started lap 138. Before the circuit was completed, the “calamity corner” of turn three struck again. Shawn Swallow and Joey Laquerre touched, and the resulting stack-up caused Donahue to spin in front of the leaders, with everyone managing to escape.

By ACT procedure, the field went back to the last completed lap for the restart, which put Shaw on the point. Helliwell drove past on the restart with two more cautions — one for Payea and Laquerre collecting the turn-three wall, and another for Ben Rowe’s spin with a flat right-rear tire — slowing the field before race’s end. When it was all said and done, though, it was Shaw and his Arnold Hill Motorsports team holding the winner’s trophy — Shaw’s first in ACT Late Model Tour competition.

Moltz ended up with the second spot while Polewarczyk completed the podium. Candia, NH’s Jimmy Renfrew Jr. followed up his Late Model victory at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday night with a fourth-place on the ACT stage. Rookie Erick Sands, Derek Gluchacki, Shawn Swallow, Rowe, Donahue, and Laquerre completed the top-10.

The ACT Late Model Tour is next on track at North Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 12 at 6:00pm for the Caron Fabrication Spring Green. The Tour regulars will take on many weekly Foley Oil & Propane Late Model competitors for 121 laps in the traditional ACT event. They’re joined by the Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis, and Arnolds Wayside Diner Dwarf Cars. Admission is $20 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-12, and $40 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).

For more information about ACT, 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.

ACT LATE MODEL TOUR

LEE USA SPEEDWAY — LEE, NH

LEE USA 150

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

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

1. ( 3 ) D.J. Shaw ( 04VT ) , Center Conway, NH , 150 Laps

2. ( 5 ) Dillon Moltz ( 5ME ) , New Sharon, ME , 150 Laps

3. ( 6 ) Joey Polewarcyk Jr. ( 97NH ) , Hudson, NH , 150 Laps

4. ( 11 ) Jimmy Renfrew Jr. ( 00NH ) , Candia, NH , 150 Laps

5. ( 12 ) #Erick Sands ( 36NH ) , Derry, NH , 150 Laps

6. ( 8 ) Derek Gluchacki ( 03MA ) , North Dartmouth, MA , 150 Laps

7. ( 16 ) #Shawn Swallow ( 04NH ) , Lancaster, NH , 150 Laps

8. ( 7 ) Ben Rowe ( 4ME ) , Turner, ME , 150 Laps

9. ( 1 ) Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 150 Laps

10. ( 19 ) Joey Laquerre ( 15VT ) , E. Montpelier, VT , 149 Laps

11. ( 18 ) Peyton Lanphear ( 22VT ) , Waterbury, VT , 148 Laps

12. ( 13 ) Matt Anderson ( 49NH ) , Franklin, NH , 148 Laps

13. ( 21 ) Tom Carey III ( 5MA ) , New Salem, MA , 146 Laps

14. ( 20 ) #Kevin Vaudrien ( 70VT ) , Brattleboro, VT , 145 Laps

15. ( 2 ) Dylan Payea ( 7NH ) , Milton, VT , 140 Laps

16. ( 15 ) Reilly Lanphear ( 21VT ) , Waterbury, VT , 95 Laps

17. ( 10 ) Jesse Switser ( 25NH ) , West Burke, VT , 95 Laps

18. ( 14 ) Eddie MacDonald ( 17MA ) , Rowley, MA , 58 Laps

19. ( 9 ) Jamie Swallow Jr. ( 4NH ) , Stark, NH , 51 Laps

20. ( 22 ) James Linardy ( 77MA ) , Somerville, MA , 33 Laps

21. ( 17 ) Bryan Mason ( 10NH ) , Milan, NH , 23 Laps

DSQ ( 4 ) Wayne Helliwell Jr. ( 27NH ) , Dover, NH

Lap Leaders: Stephen Donahue, 1-2; D.J. Shaw, 3-12; Wayne Helliwell Jr., 13-66; Shaw, 67-86; Helliwell, 87-136; Shaw, 137; Helliwell, 138-150. (6 lead changes among 4 drivers)

Time of Race: 1 hour, 19 minutes, 12 seconds   Margin of Victory: 0.362 seconds

Cautions: 10 (laps 5, 6, 6, 12, 39, 86, 96, 137, 140, 141)

Heat Winners: Stephen Donahue, Wayne Helliwell Jr., Dillon Moltz

Consi Winner: Jimmy Renfrew Jr.