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Canadian Teams Prepared to Defend Home Turf from American Invaders

Barre, VT — With the American-Canadian Tour returning to the Province of Quebec for the first time in two years following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadians that have kept the racing flame alive North of the Border are ready to take on all challengers. Along with the four full time Quebec teams that are already taking on the full American-Canadian Tour schedule in 2022, weekly racers from Autodrome Chaudiere and across Quebec will have their chance to grab the brass ring and add their names to the record books.

The brightest color to watch for this Saturday night in Vallee-Jonction is the iconic orange mount of former American-Canadian Tour champion Patrick Laperle. Le Grande Laperle is once again in the points with a podium finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in April and rebounding from a flat right front tire to a 12-place finish at the 47th Spring Green at White Mountain Motorsports Park just two weeks ago. Currently fifth in the standings, the $5,000 USD win could be the boost that Laperle needs to nab a second American-Canadian Tour championship, fourteen years after his first.

Another team to keep your eyes on is Blainville’s Jonathan Bouvrette. Following a wreck in practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a heat race crash at Thunder Road and a destroyed rear end in practice at White Mountain, the 41QC team is desperate just to start a feature event. Bouvrette will have to tap into his past successes at Chaudiere to turn around his brutal, hard luck return season to the Tour.

Alongside the former Serie ACT champions, Rookie of the Year candidate Alexendre Tardif is ready to take over the Rookie standings with his past successes at the Vallee-Jonction third-mile. Autodrome Chaudiere will also be represented by Michael Lavoie, the former Serie ACT winner and recent victor in Chaudiere’s Langis Caron 150 in May and local fan favorite Jeff Cote.

The Claude Leclerc 150 celebrates the Iron Man of American-Canadian Tour competition who has been a fixture in Northeast racing since the Northern NASCAR circuit of the 1970s to today. Leclerc has nearly 600 ACT Sanctioned starts to his credit and a decades-long reputation as a gentleman towards his competition whether on the flat corners of Martinsville, high banks of Nashville or his local haunts at Catamount Stadium, Sanair, Thunder Road and Oxford Plains.

The $5,000 USD-to-win Claude Leclerc 150 presented by J.A. Larue will feature the best American and Canadian competitors at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec on Saturday, June 25th. For $40 CAD, fans can take in the return of the American-Canadian Tour for the first time in Quebec since 2019 along with the NASCAR Trucks, Vintage and Sport Compacts that call the Autodrome home weekly. The Claude Leclerc 150 will also be broadcast live, 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.

After Two Years, the American-Canadian Tour is Ready to Return to Quebec

Sylvain Fournier photo

Barre, VT — Ever since its inception in 1986, the American Canadian Tour has built and maintained a concrete connection with stock car racers and fans on both sides of the United States and Canadian border. Never did anyone believe something could ever break that bond but in walked COVID-19 in March 2020. The pandemic forced the 35-year partnership between Americans and Canadians to virtually cease, without warning. Over-optimistic outlooks forced many disappointments among officials, drivers and fans over the last two years, but the time has finally come to reunite international friends North of the Border.

The second edition of the Claude Leclerc 150 presented by J.A. Larue will feature the best of New England’s touring stars against the strength of Canada’s finest short trackers at Quebec’s fastest bullring, Autodrome Chaudiere. Heralded as the ‘Little Bristol’ of Quebec, Chaudiere posts lightning speeds for the American-Canadian Tour on a track surface that promotes constant two and three-wide racing across the one-third-mile speedway.

Among the American hopefuls are two that have had experience in Vallee-Jonction are New Hampshire natives D.J. Shaw and Cody Leblanc. While Leblanc is playing catch-up in the Rookie of the Year standings, Shaw is on the hunt for his first American-Canadian Tour championship. In two previous trips North of the Border, Shaw has stood victorious in Autodrome Chaudiere victory lane with the Pro All Stars Series but looks to add the American-Canadian Tour Claude Leclerc 150 trophy to his mantle.

“I’m excited to go back up there,” said number-two-point-man D.J. Shaw on Monday. “It’s been a long time and it’s a really nice facility that puts on great racing for the fans. It will for sure have an awesome crowd and hopefully I can carry some of my past successes up there into the ACT side of things and give the 04 team a shot at another win!”

The Claude Leclerc 150 celebrates the Iron Man of American-Canadian Tour competition who has been a fixture in Northeast racing since the Northern NASCAR circuit of the 1970s to today. Leclerc has nearly 600 ACT Sanctioned starts to his credit and a decades-long reputation as a gentleman towards his competition whether on the flat corners of Martinsville, high banks of Nashville or his local haunts at Catamount Stadium, Sanair, Thunder Road and Oxford Plains.

The Claude Leclerc 150 presented by J.A. Larue features a $5,000 USD-to-win purse for the best American and Canadian competitors to battle for at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec on Saturday, June 25th. For $40 CAD, fans can take in the return of the American-Canadian Tour for the first time in Quebec since 2019 along with the NASCAR Trucks, Vintage and Sport Compacts that call the Autodrome home weekly. The Claude Leclerc 150 will also be broadcast live, 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.

Two-Time Hebert returns to the Spring Green Record Books

N. Woodstock, NH — The 47th running of the American-Canadian Tour Spring Green heralded just as much acclaim as the previous forty-six editions. While a stout battle between champions and championship-hopefuls ruled the front row for 122 laps, it was a newly crowned two-time winner standing in victory lane, flanked by those who so valiantly fought for the same honor to join the likes of Dion, Cabana and the Dragon brothers.

In all, twenty-nine American-Canadian Tour pilots from the Province of Quebec and the New England states converged onto New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) to do battle for the third race of 2022. Leading the way was ACT point leader Derek Gluchacki who came off a stellar win in last Saturday’s local 100-lap event at White Mountain.

One of White Mountains top Late Model prospects, Kasey Beattie, led the early pace, much to the excitement of the local crowds on hand. Then former ACT champion Jimmy Hebert showed his power at the Mountain, getting around Beattie on a lap-18 restart to take charge over the sophomore driver while behind him current Rookie of the Year contender Jamie Swallow, Jr. battled hard with Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. The Juniors battled hard until a lap-31 caution with the ensuing restart allowing Renfrew to focus on Hebert.

The two drove hard on every inch of the White Mountain pavement while the threatening black-and-blue hood of Derek Gluchacki loomed a safe two-car-lengths behind, waiting for the slightest bobble from the leaders. Through the following cautions, it was a game of chess between Hebert, Renfrew and Gluckacki, often seeing them tight nose-to-tail, studying each other’s every move.

After the final caution on lap-99, the threesome continued their own battles up front, allowing defending Spring Green champion Tom Carey III and last year’s Milton CAT Midsummer 250 winner Jason Corliss to move in closer. By the final five laps it was all sewed up for Jimmy Hebert as he screamed into victory lane followed by Derek Gluchacki and Jimmy Renfrew Jr. for second and third respectively. Carey came from nearly the end of the 27-car field to finish fourth followed by Corliss, no doubt preparing to defend his own honor come July 30th.

Defending White Mountain track champion Jeff Marshall made steady progress to earn sixth, D.J. Shaw rebounded from an incident with Renfrew in the closing laps to take seventh and Kasey Beattie nabbed eighth. Rich Dubeau came back from his lap-31 spin to claim ninth and multi-time White Mountain champ Quinny Welch rounded out the top-ten.

The Ammonoosuc Asphalt Mini Late Models finally made their grand debut with seventeen in the pits, mechanical problems during practice and the heat races whittled it down to thirteen starters for their inaugural 40-lap feature. When it came to green it was all outside polesitter Matt Sonnhalter, who never looked back and handily grabbed the opening win for the five-race series. Fellow North East Mini Stock Tour frontrunners Nick Anderson and Desmond Skillings rounded out the podium.

A solid night for the Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers found the master Shane Sicard schooling a pair of top prospects in their 35-lap feature. Kyle Streeter, in his first full season at White Mountain claimed second and Rookie of the Year hopeful Chandler Potter earned third over cousin Matt Potter.

In the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis saw polesitter Adam Sicard earn his first win in 2022, dominating the division from the drop of the green. Nick Pilotte tried his hardest but found a home in second place, following a strong run through the field. Tyler Thompson made it three-podiums-in-a-row with his third place showing.

Lastly, the Wayne’s Market Dwarf Cars returned to White Mountain with defending champion Tommy Smithers standing in victory lane, following his crew chief duties for his son Tommy in the Flying Tiger division. Jason Wyman and Bobby Brown joined him with second and third.

Up next for the ACT Late Model Tour is the much anticipated return to Quebec after a two-year, COVID-controlled hiatus. Autodrome Chaudiere in beautiful Valle-Jonction, Quebec will provide the backdrop for the stars of the American-Canadian Tour as they battle hard for the $5,000 top prize in the second running of the Claude Leclerc 150 presented by Larue on Saturday, June 25th. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

White Mountain Motorsports Park returns to action on Saturday, June 18with the New England Dwarf Car Series invading the North Woodstock high banks. Alongside the touring series will be the five local divisions including the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models, Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis, Ammonoosuc Asphalt Mini Late Models, and Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Division. Schedule and pricing will be released in the coming days.

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 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.

White Mountain Motorsports Park – N. Woodstock, NH

47thSpring Green 122 presented by Caron Fabrication

Saturday, June 11, 2022

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

47th ACT Spring Green presented by Caron Fabrication – 122 Laps

1          58VT    Jimmy Hebert              Williamstown, VT

2          03MA  Derek Gluchacki          North Dartmouth, MA

3          00NH   Jimmy Renfrew Jr.      Candia, NH

4          5MA    Tom Carey III               New Salem, MA

5          66VT    Jason Corliss               Barre, VT

6          22NH   Jeff Marshall               Littleton, NH

7          04VT    D.J. Shaw                     Center Conway, NH

8          45NH   Kasey Beattie              St. Johnsbury, VT

9          30NH   Rich Dubeau                Lebanon, NH

10        78NH   Quinten Welch            Groveton, NH

11        5ME     Dillon Moltz                 New Sharon, ME

12        91QC   Patrick Laperle            St-Denis, QC

13        04NH   Shawn Swallow           Groveton, NH

14        61ME   Gabe Brown                Center Conway, NH

15        21QC   Alexandre Tardif         Quebec, Canada

16        12NH   Jeffrey Labrecque Jr.   Strafford, NH

17        27NC   #Robby Gordon Douglas  Charlotte, NC

18        4NH     #Jamie Swallow Jr.      Stark, NH

19        36NH   Erick Sands                  Derry, NH

20        67MA  Jared Curtis                 Rutland, MA

21        7NH     #Cody Leblanc             Berlin, NH

22        27NH   #Cam Huntress            Rochester, NH

23        49NH   Matt Anderson            Franklin, NH

24        55QC   William Larue             Quebec, Canada

25        15ME   Travis Stearns              Auburn, ME

26        21VT    Reilly Lanphear           Waterbury, VT

27        92VT    Jaden Perry                 Hardwick, VT

Ammonoosuc Asphalt Mini Late Models – 40 Laps

1.         33VT    Matt Sonnhalter          White River Jct., VT

2.         55        Nick Anderson

3.         90        Desmond Skillings       Antrim, NH

4.         93NH   Tim Paquette               Bennington, NH

5.         1NH     Kenny J. Marrier         Newfields, NH

6.         37        Dustin Jackson             Bethlehem, NH

7.         31        Brett Jackson               Bethlehem, NH

8.         76        Garrett Labounty        

9.         7NH     Matt LeBlanc              Berlin, NH

10.       5          Eric Banks       

11.       82        Richard Stockwell        Bourne, MA

12.       40        Nadine Coates             Newport, NH

13.       66        Normand Raymond     Sherbrooke, QC

Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers – 35 Laps

1          4NH     Shane Sicard               Barton, VT

2          37VT    Kyle Streeter               Waterbury Ctr., VT

3          22NH   #Chandler Potter         Plainfield, VT

4          23VT    Matthew Potter          Marshfield, VT

5          18VT    #Kaiden Fisher             Shelburne, VT

6          49NH   Jody Sicard                  Gilmanton, NH

7          68VT    Jason Woodard           Waterbury Ctr., VT

8          93VT    Tim Hunt                    

9          55NH   Tanner Woodard         Waterbury Ctr., VT

10        2VT      Michael Clark              Littleton, NH

11        22VT    Travis Patnoe              Wolcott, VT

12        93FL     Jeff Oeschger              Dover, FL

13        60NH   #Thomas Smithers VI  Gilmanton, NH

14        15NH   Joey Laquerre             E. Montpelier, VT

Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis – 25 Laps

1.         16        Adam Sicard                Barton, VT

2.         52        Nick Pilotte                  Jefferson, NH

3.         51        Tyler Thompson          Lincoln, NH

4.         15        Chris Moulton             Pepperal, MA

5.         17        Les Washburn             Bethlehem, NH

6.         4          Donnie Baumgardner N. Woodstock, NH

7.         32        Cloey Grondin             Quebec, Canada

8.         09        Jack Hayes                   Littleton, NH

9.         16NH   Kristian Switser           Waterford, VT

10.       14        Jillian Baumgardner    N. Woodstock, NH

11.       57        Todd Derrington         Littleton, NH

12.       92        Jason Goodboul, Jr.     Lincoln, NH

13.       10        Gavin McGinnis           St. Johnsbury, VT

14.       87        John Judd       

15.       1          Scott Senecal              Lisbon, NH

16.       19        Dave Driscoll               N. Woodstock, NH

Wayne’s Market Dwarf Cars – 25 Laps

1.         60        Tommy Smithers         Gilmanton, NH

2.         88        Jason Wyman              Easton, NH

3.         27        Bobby Brown              Lincoln, NH

4.         93        Dave Gyger                 Campton, NH

5.         41        Jeff Ainsworth             Bethlehem, NH

6.         11        Joey Deguio                 Plaistow, NH

7.         52        Chad Dufour                Littleton, NH

8.         23        Ethan Tyrrell               Worcester, VT