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Boston Beer Company Renews Agreement for Two Wednesday Night Shows at TSMP

Photo Tom Morris/Myracenews

Barre, VT and Naples, ME — Officials from the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) announced today that they have renewed their partnership with the Boston Beer Company for a third consecutive year at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway. Boston Beer, through its popular Twisted Tea brand, will serve as the headline sponsor for a pair of Wednesday Night Specials slated for June 15th and July 13th. 

Both events include a $5,000-to-win Outlaw Open Modified Series showdown along with a full card for all five local Thompson divisions. The first Wednesday night event on June 15th will now be known as the Nutmeg State 75 presented by Twisted Tea. Racing continues with the third event of 2022 on Wednesday, July 13th when the six-division line-up roars back to life at the Twisted Tea Midsummer 75. 

The agreement continues a partnership that began in 2020. Boston Beer Company sponsored three divisions at the 58th World Series of Speedway Racing, continuing as a summer series partner in 2021, setting the stage for this year’s multi-race deal. As part of the agreement, Boston Beer Company products will be sold in the Thompson Speedway concession area for fans of legal drinking age.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the Boston Beer Company,” PASS President Tom Mayberry said. “Our fans have told us how much they enjoy watching some great racing while responsibly enjoying Boston Beer Company products on a warm summer night.” 

Boston Beer Company of Boston, MA is the fourth-largest brewery in the United States. Jim Koch founded the brewery in 1984 with Samuel Adams Boston Lager as its initial offering. The Vienna lager has remained the company’s flagship beverage to this today. The Samuel Adams line now includes more than a dozen year-round brews along with popular seasonal offerings such as Cold Snap, Summer Ale, Octoberfest and Winter Lager.

In addition to expanding its Samuel Adams line-up, Boston Beer Company has added several other nationally-known brands, including Twisted Tea Hard Iced Tea, Truly Hard Seltzer, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, and Dogfish Head Craft Beer & Spirits. Learn more about the company and its products at www.bostonbeer.com.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park opens its summer racing season on Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00pm. The Nutmeg State 75 presented by Twisted Tea will feature the region’s top open-wheel racers for the $5,000-to-win prize as part of the Outlaw Open Modified Series. The Sunoco Modifieds, ACT-type Late Models, Limited Sportsmen, SK Light Modifieds, and Mini Stocks join them on the card.

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. 

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.

Nearly Eighty ACT & PASS Teams Ready for the 2nd Northeast Classic at NHMS

Barre, VT & Naples, ME — The 2nd Annual Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is set to be the best yet in it’s young existence. American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials are excited to announce that both headline divisions have received nearly 40 entries each! The 31st season of ACT Late Model Tour action is set to start in style with the return of champions and our much-missed Canadian friends while PASS will celebrate their 79th National Championship event at the Magic Mile.

DJ Shaw is looking for redemption in 2022 Alan Ward Photo

The $5,500-to-win Northeast Classic 50 has attracted some of the best Late Model drivers and teams from across New England and the province of Quebec. Former Champions Ben Rowe, Jimmy Hebert, Rich Dubeau, and Patrick Laperle, along with Serie-ACT champions Dany Trepanier and Jonathan Bouvrette, have all entered to take the early season prize. It won’t be all that easy for the combined ten championship-earning drivers.

DJ Shaw leads an impressive contingent of drivers looking to give the Old Guard champions a run for their money. Shaw, one of New England’s most prolific stock car racers, is still reaching for his first NHMS brass ring. Alongside Shaw, former ACT Rookie of the Year Derek Gluchacki and ACT Invitational winner Woody Pitkat are ready to use their big-track experience to tackle the competition – fierce competition at that.

Bacon Bowl 200 winner Alexandre ‘Fireball’ Tardif, White Mountain front-runner Jimmy Renfrew Jr., Snowflake 100 winner Jake Johnson and Florida Speedweeks driver Jean-Philippe Bergeron are all included in the entry list, along with an impressive crop of new rookie drivers for 2022. Multi-time Northeast Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) champion Cody Leblanc has been preparing his ride all winter, as has fellow North Country fixture Jamie Swallow Jr. Jamie spent much of 2021 racking up seat time across New Hampshire, earning victories at White Mountain, Riverside and Star Speedway along the journey.

Just across the fence, the PASS Super Late Model garage will be just as busy. While Ben Rowe and DJ Shaw pull double-duty shifts between their PASS and ACT mounts, plenty of others are looking to capitalize as the former champions burn the candle at both ends.

The New Hampshire contingent might just have it in the bag with an Outlaw, a Pole and a newly-minted NASCAR Xfinity driver. Joey Polewarczyk has been extremely competitive and consistent in his new Richard Moody Racing machine while the return of fellow Hudson native Derek Griffith from two Xfinity Series weekends is sure to turn up the wick. Following a less-than-impressive debut at Hickory Motor Speedway two weeks ago, Eddie MacDonald is ready to return to his winning ways at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With over ten wins at New England’s racing mecca, the Outlaw will certainly be in contention for another trophy.

Meanwhile, Kate Re is perhaps the one seeking redemption the most. After a devastating practice wreck at Thompson Speedway last Friday, the Kulwicki Driver Development Program finalist is looking to make up for lost ground against both her PASS and KDDP competitors. Just as fun to watch will be Scarborough, Maine’s Garrett Hall after showing great speed to start the year at both Hickory and Thompson.

Dark horse candidates with big-track experience like Connecticut’s Cory Casagrande, Maine’s Alan Tardiff, Nova Scotia young-gun Austin MacDonald and inaugural Northeast Classic victor Johnny Clark are also on the hunt for New Hampshire Motor Speedway glory.  

With nearly eighty entries between the ACT Late Model Tour and PASS National Championship, it’s no surprise the R&R Race Parts NH Street Stock Open is blowing up with entries to boot! Oxford Plains Speedway stand-out Jordan Russell is ready for another rumble at the Magic Mile, as is Street Stock tourer Chris Riendeau out of Vermont. Maine will also be well represented by Brian Caswell and powerhouse Kris Watson going head-to-head with defending winner Jimmy Renfrew Jr. representing Candia, New Hampshire.

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. On Saturday, April 16th, the racing action starts with qualifying at 10:30am and feature racing set to begin at approximately 12:15pm. The ACT Late Model Tour, PASS Super Late Model National Championship and Modified Racing Series are set for Triple-50 Lap feature events with support from 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!

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.