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ACT Announces $5,000 Top Prize for Inaugural Challenge Cup

Connecticut’s Ryan Morgan Early Leader in Challenge Cup Standings

Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the point fund for the inaugural New England Late Model Challenge Cup. The champion will receive a $5,000 top prize in the new regional series designed to reward weekly racer.

A total of 33 drivers registered for the first Challenge Cup season, creating a point fund of $17,300. The top-10 in the final standings will all receive a payout on top of whatever prize money earned at their home track. Top weekly and regional racers such as Wayne Helliwell Jr., Jason Corliss, Stacy Cahoon, Woody Pitkat, and early point leader Ryan Morgan are among those aiming for the $5,000 champion’s share.

The runner-up in the 2021 ACT Challenge Cup is slated to get a $2,500 bonus. Third place earns $2,000 with $1,700 for fourth. Each of the top-10 in the season-long standings will take home at least $700.

Multiple contingency awards are also on the line. Port City Racecars and Crazy Horse Racing will raffle off a brand-new ACT chassis at season’s end. To be eligible, drivers must have registered for the Challenge Cup by the April 5 deadline and run at least 10 eligible events.

ARBodies and Five Star Race Car Bodies have also posted $500 product certificates for a season-ending draw. These will be raffled off among drivers who finish in the top-10 in points and run that respective body type throughout the year.

Drivers can earn points at nine different tracks this year. Vermont’s Thunder Road; New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park, Lee USA Speedway, Monadnock Speedway, Claremont Motorsports Park, and Hudson Speedway; Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway and New London-Waterford Speedbowl; and Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway are all part of the 2021 Challenge Cup.

Several tracks have already run eligible Challenge Cup events. Through the first weekend of May, North Franklin, CT’s Ryan Morgan is the early leader. Morgan has declared Thompson Speedway as his “home track” and came in second at the annual Icebreaker. He then made the trip to Seekonk Speedway on Sunday, May 2 for their opener, where he posted a 5th-place finish. With both events meeting the 18-car “full field” requirement under the Challenge Cup point system, Morgan is off to a strong start.

Seekonk regulars Gerry DeGasperre Jr and Mark Hudson also started their Challenge Cup seasons at Seekonk with top-10 finishes. Derek Gluchacki, Woody Pitkat, Charles Bailey III, Brian Tagg, and Charles Bailey IV have an event in the books from the Thompson Icebreaker.

There’s still a long way to go, though. Thunder Road and White Mountain Motorsports Park, who have the most registered Challenge Cup drivers, have yet to begin their weekly Late Model seasons. White Mountain has its first eligible Challenge Cup event this Saturday, May 8 while Thunder Road opens the Late Model doors on Sunday, May 30. Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl, which has several racers gunning for the Challenge Cup, also will run its first Late Model event on May 8 as part of the annual Blastoff.

Fans and drivers can follow along with the inaugural New England Late Model Challenge Cup all season at www.acttour.com/nelmcc. There they can find the latest point standings, the list of registered drivers, the full point fund payout, and much more.

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.

Hebert Finally Tastes NHMS Victory at Northeast Classic

Clark, Santos, and Cayer Take Thrilling Wins; Renfrew & Ferreira Also Triumph

Daniel Holben photo

Loudon, NH — Reigning American-Canadian Tour (ACT) champion Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown, VT finally scored a long-awaited victory at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Sunday, April 18 in the inaugural Northeast Classic. Hebert was awarded the win following post-race technical inspection, giving the veteran a triumph he’d been chasing for his entire decade-long Late Model career.

The now eight-time ACT Late Model Tour winner was leading the event with three laps to go before getting passed by Center Conway, NH’s D.J. Shaw. However, Shaw was later disqualified for a carburetor infraction. This gave Hebert the win and a $5,000 top prize on a busy afternoon at “The Magic Mile”.

East Bridgewater, MA’s Ryan Kuhn started on the pole and led the first four laps. Shaw then passed him from the fifth starting spot and drove away from the field. Hebert and New Salem, MA’s Tom Carey III followed Shaw around Kuhn, who was eventually felled by a brake problem. The duo could only watch Shaw drive into the afternoon sun until a competition caution on lap 27 for right-side tires and adjustments.

Shaw pulled away again after the restart until Jimmy Renfrew Jr. smacked the backstretch wall with 11 laps to go. The leader chose the inside for the restart, but Hebert made a charge on the outside, taking the top spot after two laps of side-by-side racing.

Hebert held the lead through one more caution on lap 43 for Dylan Payea’s stalled automobile. Shaw, though, had the faster long-run car and got below Hebert in turn three for the top spot with laps winding down. The joy was short-lived, however, and Hebert was named the victor in his first Late Model race driving a Ford.

Carey moved up into the second spot following the disqualification after a late battle with Ben Rowe. Turner, ME’s Rowe became the new third-place finisher. Mark Jenison, Derek Ming, Stephen Donahue, Trenton Goodrow, Erick Sands, Robby Gordon Douglas, and Payea rounded out the top-10.

In the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model National Championship event, Hallowell, ME’s Johnny Clark got his first “Magic Mile” win after a 50-lap barnburner. Clark, the multi-time PASS champion and reigning Oxford 250 winner, first grabbed the lead from Turner, ME’s Ben Rowe on lap eight. Clark paced the field until the caution flag on lap 24 for Zig Geno’s spin, which saw polesitter Brandon Barker get the jump on the restart.

After a competition caution on lap 30 for two fresh tires and adjustments, the action really heated up. The yellow came back out two circuits later for debris, and on this restart, Derek Griffith made a three-wide move entering turn to take over the point. In the process, 11-time NHMS winner Eddie MacDonald got shuffled out of second spot just as he looked ready to challenge for the victory.

Jeff White then spun on the backstretch with 12 laps to go for the fourth and final caution. This time, it was Griffith getting shuffled as Barker again leapt off the outside. Barker led the 39th circuit before Herman, ME’s Mike Hopkins — who’d started dead-last in the 25-car field — blew underneath him to pace lap 40.

Once again, Windham, ME’s Barker found a way back to the front, going around Hopkins entering turn one the very next time around. Clark followed Barker and looked multiple times to his inside over the next six laps. With four laps to go, Clark got the run he needed off turn two. The veteran snatched the lead entering turn three and then slammed the door on Barker’s crossover attempt. Clark, Barker, Hopkins, and D.J. Shaw then ran under a blanket until the final lap, when Hopkins’ bid for second let Clark scoot away for the victory.

Although Hopkins came up short of second on the track, he inherited the spot in post-race technical inspection when Baker was disqualified for an engine infraction. Shaw became the new third-place finisher, giving him two podium finishes on the day. Jeremie Whorff, Ben Rowe, Dennis Spencer, Jake Matheson, Alex Labbe, Griffith, and Rowland Robinson Jr. finished fourth through 10th.

Franklin, MA’s Bobby Santos III won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the third straight time in a breathtaking 50-lap Tour-type Modified Open. Santos was running second to Harvard, MA’s Matt Swanson when the race’s only caution flew at lap 25 for teams to change right-side rubber.

On the restart, Swanson spun his tires and fell back. Santos assumed the lead, and the race transformed from a sedate affair to another “Magic Mile” classic.  Santos and early leader Mike Christopher Jr. double-swapped the lead on three straight laps, with Christopher taking the lead entering turn one and Santos pulling the crossover move in turn three. They pulled the same sequence on laps 33 and 34, and on the fifth “double-cross”, polesitter Chase Dowling stole second place from Christopher.

Dowling then flexed his muscle, passing by Santos to lead laps 35 and 36. The two then officially exchanged the lead five more times over the next six laps. Even then, there were double-swaps again on laps 46 and 47. Ronnie Williams followed Santos to the inside for second with three to go, and although Dowling was able to repass him, the sequence cost Dowling enough time that he couldn’t run Santos back down. All told, the 50-lap feature had 9 official lead changes plus 16 more unofficial lead changes.

Santos, Dowling, and Williams were the top-three finishers in that order. Eric Goodale and Christopher rounded out the top-5.

Contoocook, NH’s Emerson Cayer recovered from a stumble on a late-race restart to win the 20-lap North East Mini Stock Tour feature. Cayer was way out in front with five laps to go when Ray King pounded the sand barrel at the pit road entrance, drawing the race’s only caution and forcing a lengthy clean-up.

When the event when back green, Cayer was slow to get up to speed and fell to fourth. Defending NEMST champion Desmond Skilling eventually wrestled the lead away from Nick Anderson while Cayer tried to come back. Cayer would lose ground on the long straightaways, but make it all back and then some in the turns.

As the field took the white flag, Cayer was back up to second, and he went to the outside of Skillings in turns one and two. As they drag-raced down the back stretch, Berlin, NH’s Cody Leblanc dove inside three-wide. Skillings and Leblanc barely touched entering turn three — but it was enough for Cayer to scoot around the high side and take the victory.

Antrim, NH’s Skillings held off Leblanc for second. Anderson, Mike Viens, Jacob Gustafson, Nick Maniatis, Cris King, Jesse Copp, and Justin King completed the top-10.

Candia, NH’s Jimmy Renfrew Jr. earned some redemption after his ACT Late Model misfortune by winning the 8-cylinder Street Stock Open. Renfrew utterly dominated the event, going wire-to-wire in the 25-lap feature.

Four cautions slowed the field in the first nine laps, including a yellow on lap seven after Ryan Waterman and Jordan Russell pounded the turn-one wall. The resulting delay to repair damage to said wall was the only thing that could slow Renfrew down. A tight battle developed for the second-through-fifth spots during the second half of the race, but Renfrew was long gone, winning by more than nine seconds.

West Newfield, ME’s Devin McConologue fended off Milford, NH’s Steve Dickey for the runner-up position. Corey Hutchings, Kris Watson, Kyle Gero, T.J. Cochrane, Adam Maynard, Ryan Phillips, and Andrew Morin also took home top-10 finishes.

Lowell, MA’s Jason Ferreira dominated the 25-lap EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge feature to win the series’ first-ever NHMS visit. Ferreira started on the pole only to see East Windsor, CT’s Jim Boyle get the jump at the initial green flag.

After Ferreira held off a brief challenge from Warwick, RI’s Ryan Vanasse for second, his truck suddenly came to life. He swung underneath Boyle on lap three to retake the top spot, then pulled away down the stretch to win the caution-free event.

Boyle parried Vanasse’s charges to take the second spot while Vanasse completed the podium. Andy Lindeman and former champion Gerard Giordano Jr. came home fourth and fifth.

The ACT Late Model Tour is next in action at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl on Sunday, May 2 for the Community Bank N.A. 150. The touring stars join Thunder Road’s Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models for 150 laps at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, RK Miles Street Stocks, and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors complete the card. Post time is 1:30pm.

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.

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.

NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY — LOUDON, NH

NORTHEAST CLASSIC

SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

ACT LATE MODEL TOUR

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

1. ( 9 ) Jimmy Hebert ( 58VT ) , Williamstown, VT , 50 Laps

2. ( 2 ) Tom Carey III ( 5MA ) , New Salem, MA , 50 Laps

3. ( 6 ) Ben Rowe ( 4ME ) , Turner, ME , 50 Laps

4. ( 12 ) Mark Jenison ( 22RI ) , Warwick, RI , 50 Laps

5. ( 4 ) Derek Ming ( 45VT ) , West Burke, VT , 50 Laps

6. ( 14 ) Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 50 Laps

7. ( 7 ) Trenton Goodrow ( 31MA ) , Carver, MA , 50 Laps

8. ( 17 ) #Erick Sands ( 36NH ) , Derry, NH , 50 Laps

9. ( 13 ) Robby Gordon Douglas ( 27NC ) , Charlotte, NC , 50 Laps

10. ( 11 ) Dylan Payea ( 7NH ) , Milton, VT , 50 Laps

11. ( 8 ) Jesse Switser ( 25NH ) , West Burke, VT , 50 Laps

12. ( 18 ) Mike Benevides ( 50RI ) , Westerly, RI , 50 Laps

13. ( 22 ) Jamie Aube ( 41VT ) , Bow, NH , 49 Laps

14. ( 20 ) Michael Lindquist ( 71CT ) , Sandy Hook, CT , 49 Laps

15. ( 21 ) Gerard Giordano, Jr. ( 15NY ) , Freeport, NY , 49 Laps

16. ( 19 ) Matt Anderson ( 49NH ) , Franklin, NH , 49 Laps

17. ( 10 ) Derek Gluchacki ( 03MA ) , North Dartmouth, MA , 48 Laps

18. ( 23 ) #Tom Sheehan ( 65NH ) , Bow, NH , 47 Laps

19. ( 15 ) Shawn Swallow ( 04NH ) , Lancaster, NH , 43 Laps

20. ( 3 ) Jimmy Renfrew Jr. ( 00NH ) , Candia, NH , 39 Laps

21. ( 24 ) #Kevin Vaudrien ( 70VT ) , Brattleboro, VT , 28 Laps

22. ( 1 ) Ryan Kuhn ( 72MA ) , E. Bridgewater, MA , 28 Laps

23. ( 16 ) Woody Pitkat ( 91CT ) , Bellingham, MA , 19 Laps

24. ( 25 ) Jamie Swallow Jr. ( 4NH ) , Stark, NH , 0 Laps

DSQ ( 5 ) D.J. Shaw ( 04VT ) , Center Conway, NH , 0 Laps

PASS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

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

1. ( 3 ) Johnny Clark ( 54 ) Hallowell, ME , 50 Laps

2. ( 25 ) Mike Hopkins ( 15 ) Hermon, ME , 50 Laps

3. ( 10 ) D.J. Shaw ( 60 ) Ctr. Conway, NH , 50 Laps

4. ( 8 ) Jeremie Whorff ( 00 ) Bath, ME , 50 Laps

5. ( 2 ) Ben Rowe ( 4 ) Turner, ME , 50 Laps

6. ( 18 ) Dennis Spencer ( 12 ) Oxford, ME , 50 Laps

7. ( 7 ) Jake Matheson ( 52 ) Hillsboro, NH , 50 Laps

8. ( 5 ) Alex Labbe ( 47 ) St-Albert, QC , 50 Laps

9. ( 13 ) Derek Griffith ( 12G ) Hudson, NH , 50 Laps

10. ( 6 ) Rowland Robinson Jr. ( 20 ) Steuben, ME , 50 Laps

11. ( 16 ) Kate Re ( 10 ) Harrison, ME , 50 Laps

12. ( 11 ) Anthony Constantino ( 14ME ) Turner, ME , 50 Laps

13. ( 19 ) Jeff White ( 50 ) Winthrop, ME , 50 Laps

14. ( 22 ) Brian Whalley ( 02 ) Laconia, NH , 50 Laps

15. ( 9 ) Mike Scorzelli ( 18S ) Feura Bush, NY , 50 Laps

16. ( 21 ) Logan Melcher ( 41 ) Fayette, ME , 50 Laps

17. ( 20 ) Scott McDaniel ( 14 ) Livermore, ME , 50 Laps

18. ( 23 ) Zig Geno ( 57 ) Canterbury, NH , 50 Laps

19. ( 12 ) Tyler Tomassi ( 76RI ) W. Greenwich, RI , 49 Laps

20. ( 14 ) Eddie MacDonald ( 17MA ) Rowley, MA , 43 Laps

21. ( 4 ) Alan Tardiff ( 9T ) Lyman, ME , 40 Laps

22. ( 15 ) Dan Winter ( 81 ) Deerfield, NH , 33 Laps

23. ( 17 ) Nicholas Lascuola ( 39 ) Abington, MA , 30 Laps

24. ( 24 ) Devin O’Connell ( 43 ) Madison, CT , 8 Laps

DSQ ( 1 ) Brandon Barker ( 88 ) Windham, ME ,   Laps

TOUR-TYPE OPEN MODIFIEDS

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

1. ( 7 ) Bobby Santos III ( 44MA ) Franklin, MA , 50 Laps

2. ( 1 ) Chase Dowling ( 9CT ) Bethlehem, CT , 50 Laps

3. ( 5 ) Ronnie Williams ( 25CT ) Tolland, CT , 50 Laps

4. ( 6 ) Eric Goodale ( 58NY ) Riverhead, NY , 50 Laps

5. ( 2 ) Mike Christopher Jr. ( 7NY ) Wolcott, CT , 50 Laps

6. ( 4 ) Anthony Nocella ( 92MA ) Woburn, MA , 50 Laps

7. ( 3 ) Matt Swanson ( 3MA ) Harvard, MA , 50 Laps

8. ( 9 ) Sam Rameau ( 06MA ) Westminster, MA , 50 Laps

9. ( 8 ) Jeffrey Gallup ( 4MA ) Agawam, MA , 50 Laps

10. ( 10 ) Andy Shaw ( 60NH ) Center Conway, NH , 50 Laps

11. ( 11 ) Joel Monahan ( 03MA ) Whatley, MA , 16 Laps

NORTH EAST MINI STOCK TOUR

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Emerson Cayer ( 88 ) Contoocook, NH

2. Desmond Skillings ( 90 ) Antrim, NH

3. Cody Leblanc ( 7NH ) Berlin, NH

4. Nick Anderson ( 55 ) Oxford, MA

5. Mike Viens ( 85 ) Seekonk, MA

6. Jacob Gustafson ( 66 ) Webster, NY

7. Nick Maniatis ( 63 ) Hooksett, NH

8. Cris King ( 38 ) Derry, NH

9. Jesse Copp ( 37 ) Rochester, NH

10. Justin King ( 48 ) Derry, NH

11. Tom Silva ( 31 )

12. Eric Bourgois ( 87 )

13. Pat Houle ( 57 ) Vernon, VT

14. Mitch Bombard ( 54 )

15. Evan Bourgois ( 78 )

16. Erin Aiken ( 33NH ) Claremont, NH

17. Dave Trudeau Jr. ( 97 ) Mansfield, CT

18. Dana Shepard ( 43 ) Putney, VT

19. Ray King ( 15 )

20. Nadine Coates ( 40 ) Newport, NH

21. Eric Pomasko ( 471 )

22. Dave Trudeau Sr. ( 79 )

8-CYLINDER STREET STOCK OPEN

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

1. Jimmy Renfrew Jr. ( 00 ) Candia, NH

2. Devon McConologue ( 18 ) West Newfield, ME

3. Steve Dickey ( 98 ) Milford, NH

4. Corey Hutchings ( 36 ) Salem, CT

5. Kris Watson ( 35 ) Kenduskeag, ME

6. Kyle Gero ( 19CT ) Baltic, CT

7. T.J. Cochrane ( 06 ) Buffalo, NY

8. Adam Maynard ( 45 ) Milton, VT

9. Ryan Phillips ( 89 ) Buxton, ME

10. Andrew Morin ( 30 ) Old Saybrook, CT

11. Rahr Hagar ( 01 ) 0

12. Craig Smith ( 11X ) Newport, NH

13. Chaz Briggs ( 82 ) Portland, ME

14. Kevin Mason ( 37 ) W. Warwick, RI

15. Lewis Anderson ( 81 ) Hollis, ME

16. Aaron Plemons ( 67 ) Uncasville, CT

17. Brian Caswell ( 47 ) Buxton, ME

18. Jordan Russell ( 4 ) Norway, ME

19. Ryan Waterman ( 75 ) Danielson, CT

EXIT REALTY PRO TRUCK CHALLENGE

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Jason Ferreira ( 24 ) Lowell, MA

2. Jim Boyle ( 02 ) East Windsor, CT

3. Ryan Vanasse ( 31 ) Warwick, RI

4. Andy Lindeman ( 3 ) Poestenkill, NY

5. Gerard Giordano Jr. ( 15 ) Freeport, NY

6. Emma Monahan ( 78 ) Waterford, CT

7. Lucas Leone ( 1 ) Southington, CT

8. Connor Souza ( 38 ) East Providence, RI

9. Brandon Hunt ( 84 ) East Windsor, CT

10. Dave Koenig ( 97 ) Oceanside, NY

11. Randy Burr ( 32 ) Middleboro, MA

12. Dylan Cabral ( 19 ) Richmond, RI

13. Brad Caddick ( 48 ) Wyoming, RI

DNS Nicholas Cashman ( 18X )

Contenders Emerge on Rain-Shortened Northeast Classic Practice Day

Alan Ward Photo

Loudon, NH — Well over 120 drivers got their New Hampshire Motor Speedway race weekend off to an early start at Northeast Classic Practice Day on Saturday, April 18. Although time was precious to ongoing weather issues, several notable contenders emerged in each division as they prepared for Sunday’s big-money showdowns.

After practice started a little late due to track-drying efforts from Friday’s snow, and despite a couple brief showers, each division was able to get in two rotations. Shortly after 3:00pm, though, more steady rain moved in. Faced with the prospect of needing at least two hours to re-dry the 1.058-mile oval, officials elected to call the day short. Sunday’s forecast is much more favorable with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 50s.

A total of 26 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models and 27 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models took advantage of the time they had to dial in their cars. Double-duty racer D.J. Shaw of Center Conway, NH ended up topping the ACT charts. Shaw, a five-time PASS champion and last year’s ACT Late Model Tour runner-up, set the day’s fast time at 31.689 seconds in a brand-new car from the Arny Hill Racing stable.

East Bridgewater, MA’s Ryan Kuhn and reigning ACT champion Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown, VT were the other Late Model drivers to crack the 32-second barrier. Hebert did so in his first outing after converting his title-winning car to a Ford engine and sheet metal over the winter. Stephen Donahue, Woody Pitkat, Tom Carey III, and Derek Gluchacki also looked string throughout the afternoon.

The only ACT driver to encounter significant trouble was Lancaster, NH’s Shawn Swallow. For the second time in as many events this year, the veteran developed engine valve trouble in the first practice session of the day. His team reportedly had finished patching up the car by early evening and is ready to race in tomorrow’s point-counting opener.

On the Super Late Model side, it was 2019 PASS National Champion Mike Hopkins of Hermon, ME showing the way. Hopkins followed up third-place finishes in the first two PASS National events of the year with a lightning-fast 29.534-second time in an abbreviated second session.

To no one’s surprise, Rowley, MA’s Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald wasn’t far behind. Even though MacDonald was “only” second-fastest on the PASS time sheet at 29.609 seconds, the 11-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner has to be considered the Northeast Classic favorite. Shaw, Brandon Barker, Johnny Clark, and NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Alex Labbe looked like potential threats to dethrone him.

The North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) and Open Street Stocks also had solid turnouts, with car counts unofficially reaching the mid-20s by day’s end. Multi-time NEMST champion Emerson Cayer of Contoocook, NH was the fastest 4-cylinder racer by a longshot on Saturday. His quick time of 35.189 second was nearly half a second faster than Oxford, MA’s Nick Anderson. Defending NEMST champion Desmond Skillings of Antrim, NH also looked strong. On the 8-cylinder side, Jimmy Renfrew Jr., Devon McConologue, and Jordan Russell were among the drivers to watch.

The Tour-type Modifieds got a chance to tune up for their $5,000-to-win, 50-lap Sunday sprint. Major Modified stars such as Bobby Santos III, Mike Christopher Jr., Anthony Nocella, and Eric Goodale were in attendance for practice. However, it was Harvard, MA’s Matt Swanson topping them all with a 29.253-second lap.

That blazing time, equal to 130.202 MPH, came in a rules package that sees the Modifieds racing at “The Magic Mile” without a restrictor plate for the first time in nearly 30 years. Ronnie Williams, Andy Shaw, Sam Rameau, and Chase Dowling were some of the other drivers enjoying some high-speed action.

Last but not least, the EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge turned their first laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. By day’s end, Lowell, MA’s Jason Ferreria was the only trucker who came in below the 34-second mark. Gerard Giordano, Jr., the winner of the season-opening thriller at Thompson Speedway, was in a near dead-heat with Andy Lindeman for second on the charts.

By unofficial count, at least four racers will do double-duty on Sunday. Ben Rowe and D.J. Shaw running both the PASS and ACT features. Renfrew will pilot both an ACT Late Model and a Street Stock, while Giordano has his Late Model and Pro Truck in the pits. All of them are legitimate contenders in at least one of those events, adding another interesting foil to the day ahead.

The Northeast Classic at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway goes green this Sunday, April 18. A six-division card features $5,000-to-win events for the ACT Late Model Tour, PASS Super Late Models, and Tour-type Modifieds. The EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge, 8-Cylinder Street Stocks, and North East Mini Stock Tour are also on the card.

Qualifying begins at 11:00am with features at 1:30pm. General admission is $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under. Tickets will be sold at the track on race day. A live pay-per-view is available on Speed51.TV for $29.99.

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.

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.