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ACT Season Finale and Flying Tiger Open at Oxford Postponed to Sunday

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Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Lee’s Family Trailer Sales & Service 150 and Flying Tiger Oxford Open at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway has been postponed to Sunday, October 18 at 1:00pm.

The decision to postpone was made by track and series officials due to the weather outlook for the original Saturday, October 17 race date. The forecast calls for rain from now until early-to-mid Saturday afternoon. Furthermore, temperatures are expected to be below 50 degrees throughout the day on Saturday, making track-drying a difficult proposition.

With these things in mind, officials elected to push the ACT season finale back one more day. The Sunday outlook is for sunny weather and a high of 60 degrees, meaning much more favorable conditions in which to crown the 2020 ACT champion.

The pits will open at 7:00am on Sunday with practice beginning at 9:30am. A full schedule of events will be announced shortly.

“Given the circumstances, both us and Oxford this is the best decision,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “Both the ACT Late Model Your season-ender and the Tiger Open are big events for the teams involved, and you want the best racing conditions possible. We clearly weren’t going to get those on Saturday. Sunday looks a lot better, so we look forward to seeing everyone then either at the track or live on Speed51.TV.”

General admission is $25 with limited fan attendance. A live pay-per-view of the event will also be available for $25 on Speed51.TV. Visit www.speed51.TV to learn more or sign-up.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com or www.oxfordplains.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

ACT Set to Crown Champion at Oxford This Weekend

Flying Tigers Join Card for Maine ACT Showdown

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Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) is slated to descend on Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway this Saturday, October 17 at 1:00pm for the final event of the 2020 racing season. The Lee’s Family Trailer Sales & Service 150 for the ACT Late Model Tour and Oxford Open for the ACT Flying Tigers send off the 35th season of ACT competition with a bang.

Despite a season with unique challenges never before seen in ACT’s long history, the finale is still brimming with excitement and intrigue. Late Model stars like Jimmy Hebert, D.J. Shaw, Ben Rowe, Dylan Payea, and Derek Gluchacki are ready for 150 more laps to decide who will end the campaign on a high note. They’ll be joined by Flying Tiger standouts Jason Woodard, Cameron Ouellette, Colin Cornell, and more in an encore trip to the famous 3/8-mile oval.

Saturday’s event is the third ACT trip of the year to Oxford. It is the first time since 2008 that ACT has three events in a season at the track. All the contenders have plenty of laps under their belts, giving them a good idea of what works and what doesn’t. That means everyone is likely to have their best machine possible, setting up a shootout among ACT’s best.

The racer with the most to gain this weekend is Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert. Now in his ninth year of regular ACT Late Model Tour competition, the veteran can practically taste the championship. After multiple second- and third-place point finishes in his career, and with a growing family taking up more of his time, Hebert knows this his best chance yet to finally bring home a crown.

Hebert enters Saturday with a 38-point lead over Center Conway, NH’s D.J. Shaw. If Shaw earns maximum points at Oxford, Hebert needs to finish 10th or better to claim the title. Hebert’s two victories this year also give him the tiebreaker since Shaw has yet to win in ACT competition.

Should Shaw pull off the comeback, he would make history along the way. The three-time Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model champion would become the first driver to also own an ACT title. As the current PASS point leader and most recent series winner, Shaw has a puncher’s chance to win two of the Northeast’s most prestigious touring titles in the same year.

Both Shaw and Turner, ME’s Ben Rowe have triple-duty planned for the weekend. The many-time champions are running a pair of PASS North Series event on Saturday and Sunday. In between, they will tackle the ACT Late Model Tour main event. Rowe finished second to Hebert in the last visit to Oxford and aims to do one spot better.

Behind Hebert and Shaw, plenty is left to decide. East Bridgewater, MA’s Ryan Kuhn sits third in the standings. However, he is scrambling to get a car together after destroying his ride in a rollover at the Vermont Milk Bowl.

That could open the door for youngsters like Milton, VT’s Dylan Payea and North Dartmouth, MA’s Derek Gluchacki. Payea had the race of his Late Model life in ACT’s second Oxford visit, finishing fourth after a race-long battle. Gluchacki is in the driver’s seat for the ACT Rookie of the Year title and has been a consistent top-10 runner all year.

Graniteville, VT’s Christopher Pelkey is also one to watch as he tries to keep his Rodney Rood–owned Chevrolet in the top-five in owner points. Joining the young guns is the 77-year-old veteran Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier, VT behind the wheel of the car Scott Payea drove to two series championships.

The ACT Flying Tigers are part of Saturday’s card as well for the second Oxford Open 75. The race last year was a hit with teams and fans, and another solid showing is expected.

Waterbury Center, VT’s Jason Woodard, the inaugural Oxford Open winner and reigning Thunder Road champion, is bringing a whole fleet of cars this time around. Woodard’s children, third-year Tiger racer Kelsea Woodard and Thunder Road Street Stock runner-up Tanner Woodard, are both racing this weekend. The team also maintains a car for rookie Bryan Wall Jr. of East Kingston, NH, who won twice at Thunder Road this year.

Hardwick’s Jaden Perry is trying to equal Woodard’s accomplishment from 2019 in more ways than one. He has already posted victories at Thunder Road and White Mountain Motorsports Park this year. An Oxford win would give him first-place trophies from three different tracks.

Other notable names who have filed Flying Tiger entries include number-three Thunder Road point finisher Cameron Ouellette, multi-time White Mountain winner Michael Clark, and rising star Colin Cornell. Maynard brothers Adam and Aaron will battle for bragging rights while Kevin Streeter makes a rare 2020 appearance. Williston, VT’s Justin Prescott, a multi-time Road Warrior winner, is making his Flying Tiger debut in a car purchased from Cooper Bouchard.

The American-Canadian Tour puts a wrap on the 2020 racing season at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway this Saturday, October 17. The ACT Lee’s Family Trailer Sales & Service 150 and Flying Tiger Oxford Open are part of a five-division card. The PASS Super Late Models also go 150 laps while the PASS Modifieds and Honey Badger Bar & Grill Street Stock Series have a pair of 50-lap features. Qualifying begins at 1:00pm.

Admission is $25 per person with limited fan attendance. A live pay-per-view broadcast will also be available on Speed51.TV with more information to be announced.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com or www.oxfordplains.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

Corliss, Therrien Both Ready for Another Piece of Milk Bowl History

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Barre, VT — When the 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank goes green at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, October 4, two drivers will be on everyone’s short list of contenders. Barre’s Jason Corliss and Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien have combined to win the last three Milk Bowls, making them the early favorites as “The Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America” draws closer on the calendar.

Both Corliss and Therrien have been drivers to watch every time they’ve showed up at Thunder Road over the past four seasons. Corliss has now won the last two “King of the Road” titles. Therrien captured the 2017 title and finished second to Corliss this year. The duo has six Thunder Road wins this year between them and split the track’s two American-Canadian Tour (ACT) events.

Now the pair again set their sights on one of the country’s most famous short track races. Both understand the importance of the Milk Bowl and the place it holds in Thunder Road annals.

“(The Milk Bowl) is such a prestigious race, and so much weight is put onto the race because it’s so difficult,” Corliss said. “It’s so hard to win or even just have a good run. And there’s been so much prestigious and nostalgia that’s gone along with this particular race. There’s just such a feeling going into the track on Milk Bowl Weekend. You get pumped up about it even if you’ve been in (Thunder Road) a thousand times before — there’s a certain energy the Milk Bowl brings that’s just special.”

It is no surprise these two stars have shone the brightest on one of New England racing’s biggest stages. Therrien was unstoppable in 2019, winning the Vermont Milk Bowl from the pole. His final score of 8 points was almost twice as good as runner-up Brooks Clark.

Corliss won the previous two Milk Bowls in two of the biggest thrillers the event has ever since. He captured the 2017 event in a tiebreaker with Trampas Demers after passing him with less than 10 laps to go in the final segment. In 2018, Corliss waited until the last second, stealing the overall win from Therrien on the final corner as they scrambled around a slower car.

Both have their sights set on another piece of history in the 2020 edition. Corliss could become just the seventh driver to win at least three Milk Bowls. He would join Robbie Crouch, Brian Hoar, Russ Ingerson, Kevin Lepage, Patrick Laperle, and Nick Sweet. Only Ingerson, Laperle, and Sweet have pulled the 3-wins-in-4-years feat Corliss is aiming for.

Therrien, meanwhile, would be the seventh driver to go back-to-back in the Milk Bowl if he triumphs on October 4. If not for Corliss’s late pass in 2018, Therrien could well be in position for the first Milk Bowl three-peat.

The quest for both drivers begins Saturday, October 3 with Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day. A good performance in Saturday’s time trials and 50-lap qualifying races puts a driver in excellent position on Sunday. Therrien is one of 12 drivers to win the Milk Bowl from the pole while Corliss started sixth and third, respectively, for his two wins. Conversely, a poor Saturday effort can affect the rest of the weekend, as Corliss experienced in 2019.

“There’s no guaranteed success in this race, that’s for sure,” Corliss noted. “We came in last year, again on a championship, but quite admittedly I didn’t qualify well…even though we run 200 laps’ worth of racing between the 50-lap qualifier and the three 50-lap segments, those two laps (in time trials) do matter. We put ourselves in a hole to start the weekend and started too far back in our qualifier.”

Corliss and Therrien will also have plenty of challengers in their bid to continue Milk Bowl dominance. Two-time “King of the Road” Scott Dragon, Midsummer Classic 250 winner Dillon Moltz, multi-time Pro All Stars Series (PAS) Champion Ben Rowe, and defending ACT Rookie of the Year Ryan Kuhn are just a few of the big names that have committed to the 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank. Most of the Thunder Road Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models are confirmed for attendance, and several other top regional Late Model drivers are rumored to be planning their trip to Barre.

Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend begins Friday, October 2 at 6:00pm with Mekkelsen RV Milk Bowl Friday. An afternoon open Late Model practice will be followed by a four-division card featuring the PASS Super Late Models, PASS Modifieds, Honey Badger Bar & Grill Street Stock Series, and North East Mini Stock Tour.

Saturday, October 3 at 1:00pm is Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day with the three-segment Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Sunday, October 4 at 12:15pm. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors, 7-Eleven Dwarf Cars, and Junior Champ Karts are also in action throughout the weekend.

Advance tickets for all three days of Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend are available now at https://happsnow.com/event/Thunder-Road-Speedbowl.  Adult admission is $20 for Friday, $10 for Saturday, and $30 for Sunday. Kids ages 12 and under are $5 on Friday/Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Visit www.thunderroadvt.com for camping information plus health and safety requirements for in-person attendance. All three days of the Vermont Milk Bowl will also be broadcast live on the Northeast Sports Network. Sign up now at www.NSNsports.net/sponsors/racing.

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, media@thunderroadvt.com, or visit www.thunderroadvt.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ThunderRoadVT.

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