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ACT & PASS Announce Division Line-Up for 59th World Series at Thompson

17 Divisions on Card with Multi-Day & Single-Day Ticket Options

Waterbury, VT & Naples, ME — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) have announced the division line-up for the 59th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. A total of 17 regional touring series, local divisions, and open shows are on the calendar for the three-day racing festival from Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 10.

The centerpiece of the Sunoco World Series is the return of the $20,000-to-win Sunoco Thompson 300 for the Outlaw Open Modified Series on Sunday, October 10. The biggest names in Tour-Type Modifieds have filed their entries for the event, including Icebreaker 125 winner Ron Silk, multi-time Thompson Speedway champion Keith Rocco, Race of Champions Modified champion Patrick Emerling, two-time Outlaw Modified winner Ronnie Williams, and four-time Modified Racing Series champion Jon McKennedy.

The build-up to the main event includes the ACT Late Model Tour, PASS Super Late Models. Sunoco Modified Triple Crown Series, and much more. A total of nine different champions are being crowned throughout the weekend. All divisions will hold their qualifying and feature events on the same day.

Lap sponsorships for the Sunoco Thompson 300 are still available for $50 per lap. All lap sponsor money goes to the leader of that lap, further increasing the potential payout. Please call the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963 or download the form at www.acttour.com if you are interested in lap sponsorship.

The first green flag of the 59th Sunoco World Series flies at 5:30pm on Friday, October 8. World Series Opening Night includes the first round of the Sunoco Modified Triple Crown Series and the championship event for the Thompson Late Models. Friday also includes an 8-cylinder Street Stock Open, the Senior Tour Auto Racers (STAR) Modifieds and Late Models, and the Vintage Outlaw Modifieds. Rotating practice will begin at 11:00am for all participating World Series divisions except ACT and PASS.

Racing resumes October 9 with Twisted Tea World Series Saturday beginning at 2:30pm. Eight divisions are on the Saturday program, which is headlined by a pair of 75-lap features for the ACT Late Model Tour and PASS Super Late Models. They are joined by the NEMA Midgets, round two of the Sunoco Modified Triple Crown, the EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge, the championship events for the Vandi Auto Supply Limited Sportsmen and North East Mini Stock Tour, and the Pro-4 Modifieds.

The Sunoco World Series comes to a head on Sunday, October 10. Qualifying begins at 12:30pm following an Outlaw Open Modified Series practice session. In addition to the Thompson 300, Sunday’s schedule will include the final round of the Sunoco Modified Triple Crown, the NEMA Lites, and championship events for Thompson’s SK Light Modifieds and Mini Stocks.

The complete schedule of events, including pit opening times and order of events, is expected to be finalized by end-of-day Tuesday. Advance general admission tickets will go on sale later this week at www.happsnow.com/event/Thompson-Speedway-Motorsports-Park-YHPQ. Camping spots can be reserved by submitting the form at www.thompsonspeedway.com.

Fans and teams will have a variety of grandstand and pit ticket options at the 59th Sunoco World Series. Combined with the single-day race format for all divisions, this gives teams and fans flexibility about how they choose to experience the Sunoco World Series.

Three-day general admission tickets are $75 for adults, $20 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. A two-day ticket for Saturday and Sunday is $60 for adults and $15 for kids ages 6-12.

Single-day tickets will also be offered. Sunday-only admission is $40 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12. Saturday-only admission is $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12. Friday-only admission is $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12.

Three-day World Series pit passes are $90 for adults and $45 for kids ages 12 and under. Sunday-only is $50 for adults and $25 for kids ages 12 and under, Saturday-only is $40 for adults and $20 for kids ages 12 and under, and Friday-only is $30 for adults and $15 for kids ages 12 and under.

Fans who can’t make it to Thompson Speedway can watch every lap of the Sunoco World Series live via pay-per-view on Speed51.TV. Pricing will be comparable to that of purchasing grandstand tickets.

Thompson Speedway caps its 2021 racing season with the annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing from Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 10. The weekend is highlighted by the $20,000-to-win Thompson 300 for the Outlaw Open Modified Series. The weekend also includes the Sunoco Modified Triple Crown Series, ACT Late Model Tour, PASS Super Late Models, The NEMA Midgets, all local divisions, an 8-Cylinder Street Stock Open, and more.

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.

White Mountain Planning Huge September to Close Out Season

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N. Woodstock, NH — White Mountain Motorsports Park is getting back in action this Saturday, September 4 with the Leaf Peepers 100. After a weekend off for the Oxford 250, the North Woodstock track has a mammoth September planned with multiple major touring series and big events.

The final month of White Mountain’s 29th racing season begins on Saturday with a 100-lap showdown for the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models. Just three point-counting events are left, meaning the long-distance showdown is big for the “King of the Mountain” title.

Jeff Marshall, Quinny Welch, and Oren Remick need to make hay while the sun shines if they’re going to catch Candia, NH’s Jimmy Renfrew Jr. Saturday also includes championship action for the Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s plus the Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks.

The following Saturday, September 11 marks the return of the North East Mini Stock Tour. The second WMMP visit of the season for the region’s preeminent four-cylinder series is paying $1,000 to the winner. Stars like Emerson Cayer, Erin Aiken, Cody Leblanc, and Desmond Skillings know how rare a four-figure prize is, and the racing will reflect this. The Late Models, Flying Tigers, Strictly Stock Mini’s, and Arnold’s Wayside Diner Dwarf Cars make it a five-division card.

On Saturday, September 18, Foley Oil & Propane presents the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models. They will go 150 laps in their second White Mountain trip of 2021. Point leader Johnny Clark of Hallowell, ME must hold off Ben Rowe, Dan Winter, Kate Re, and Rowland Robinson Jr. if he wants to win his first PASS championship since 2011.

The 18th is also Championship Night for the Late Models as they crown the 2021 “King of the Mountain”. An ACT event the following weekend could lead to some interlopers getting tuned up, making it possible for a big points comeback to happen. The PASS Modifieds and Kids Trucks join the penultimate weekend for 2021.

Everything comes to a head with Fall Foliage Weekend on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26. Saturday at 4:00pm is the R&R Raceparts NH Fall Foliage 100, a $5,000-to-win event for 8-cylinder Street Stocks and ACT Flying Tigers. Entries have arrived steadily for the biggest Street Stock race ever at White Mountain. The Strictly Stock Mini’s, Dwarf Cars, and Kids Trucks wrap up their 2021 seasons the same day.

Then on Sunday the 26th at 1:00pm, the ACT Late Model Tour is back for the $5,000-to-win Fall Foliage 200. It’s the 10th event on the 12-race ACT schedule, so it will be huge in their championship quest. If the race is anything like the Midsummer Classic 250 or Spring Green, fans are in for a memorable show.

The Flying Tigers have their title ride on the same day while the Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors of Thunder Road, GoMotorsportsShop.com NELCAR Legends Tour, and NELCAR Bandoleros come to town for some Northern New Hampshire racing. A $35 two-day adult ticket makes it affordable to get out for a weekend at the track before banquet preparations and offseason work take over.

White Mountain Motorsports Park begins the stretch run this Saturday, September 4 at 6:00pm with the Leaf Peepers 100 for the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models. The evening includes a full card for the Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s, and Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and $30 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).

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.

Labor Day Classic on Sunday Starts Big Money ACT Stretch

Weekly Warriors Ready to Keep Trophy in Vermont at Historic Event  

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Barre, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) heads to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road this Sunday, September 5 for the 43rd Optical Expressions Berlin Labor Day Classic. The $5,000-to-win showdown, which can be seen at the track or live on FloRacing, kicks off a “Show Me the Money” stretch for ACT with a quartet of high-paying competitions around the region.

Each of the next two point-counting events on the ACT schedule — Sunday’s Labor Day Classic 200 and the Fall Foliage 200 at White Mountain Motorsports Park on September 26 —are paying $5,000 to win and $500 to take the green flag. ACT stars D.J. Shaw, Ben Rowe, Tom Carey III, Derek Gluchacki, Jimmy Hebert, and others will go toe-to-toe against the best weekly racers from both tracks for more than $30,000 in posted awards per event.

Sandwiched between those events is a $10,000 to win shootout for ACT’s Canadian friends. The non-point Bacon Bowl 200 is slated for Saturday, September 11 at Vallée-Jct., QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere. It’s a fantastic stage for former event winners Patrick Laperle and Jonathan Bouvrette plus Canadian étoiles like Dany Trepanier, Alexandre Tardif, Raphael Lessard, and Alex Guenette.

This “Big Four” concludes with the non-point Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3. Officials have posted $62,000 in awards for the 59th Milk Bowl, which includes $10,000 to win, $1,100 to start, $7,500 in lap money, and $1,000 for the polesitter.

It all begins with the Optical Expressions Berlin Labor Day Classic. The event is the only one of Thunder Road’s crown jewels that dates to the inaugural 1960 season. After a hiatus from 1978 to 1996, the event returned in 1997 and is now a staple of the ACT schedule. Some of the legends on the list of previous winners include Dave Dion, Larry Demar, Jean-Paul Cabana, the Dragon brothers, Dale Shaw, Robbie Crouch, and Brian Hoar. Nick Sweet leads the way with four Labor Day Classic wins; no one else has triumphed more than twice.

There is plenty of intrigue to the event beyond the large purse and historical significance. For starters, the ACT championship battle remains tight. Center Conway, NH’s D.J. Shaw is still the leader, but Turner, ME’s Rowe is the new number-two man. Although Rowe finished third to Shaw’s second at last Saturday’s Oxford Plains 125, Rowe’s bonus points for leading the most laps closed the gap between them to six points.

New Salem, MA’s Tom Carey III is now 19 points behind Shaw after salvaging a ninth-place finish at Oxford despite handling issues. They are now the three front-runners for the nearly $12,000 in cash and contingency awards guaranteed to the champion. Derek Gluchacki, Stephen Donahue, rookie Shawn Swallow, and Oxford winner Jimmy Hebert will need to go on a rampage over the final four events to have a shot at the title.

Donahue and Hebert have a great chance to gain some ground at their home track of Thunder Road. To do so, though, they’ll have to beat out the track’s top weekly racers. Most of the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model regulars have already filed their Labor Day Classic entries. This includes top-10 point racers Christopher Pelkey, Tyler Cahoon, Kyle Pembroke, Brendan Moodie, and Marcel J. Gravel. Donahue also races weekly at the track and has a feature victory this year.

The leading rookie, Morrisville’s Brandon Lanphear, is in for the 200-lap duel as is Orange’s Chip Grenier. Although point leader Jason Corliss and multi-time champion Scott Dragon have not yet sent in entries, they are widely expected to compete, as are recent first-time winners Darrell Morin and Cooper Bouchard.

Several part-timers with great success at Thunder Road are also officially committed to the event. Defending Labor Day Classic champion Bobby Therrien, reigning Community Bank N.A. 150 winner Brooks Clark, and former Memorial Day Classic champion Cody Blake are gunning for the $5,000 top prize. Suffice to say the Tour invaders have their work cut out for them if they want to tame the Barre high banks.

The Labor Day Classic also has a strategy element in the winning equation. Teams have the option to put on two fresh tires at any point during the feature. A racer with a good-but-not-great car could potentially steal the win thanks to a well-timed stop. Conversely, a driver who’s dominated the event may be hung out to dry by pitting too soon or too late. Even if a team has what they think is the perfect plan, the cautions need to fall the right way so they can put that plan into action.

The last few years, the top finishers in the Optical Expressions Berlin Labor Day Classic went the whole 200 laps without pitting. This year, however, is the first Classic with the new ACT Hoosier racing tire. At White Mountain Motorsports Park, new tires provided a noticeable advantage on long runs in the Midsummer Classic 250. It remains to be seen if fresh rubber will have the same effect at Thunder Road.

Fans have plenty to cheer for on the Labor Day Classic undercard, too. Due to recent postponements, the RK Miles Street Stocks are running two features. The first feature has double the prize money courtesy of live streaming partner FloRacing, meaning a lot of points and cash are on the line for the four-cylinder class.

A full card is also scheduled for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors. Including the qualifying rounds, nearly 500 laps of racing are planned for Sunday afternoon. Add in holiday camping and a charity cornhole tournament on Saturday by 802 Cornhole, and it will be a great weekend at Thunder Road. People can even make their motorsports weekend a doubleheader with the Leaf Peepers 100 at Thunder Road’s sister track White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday night.

Barre, VT’s Thunder Road welcomes the ACT Late Model Tour this Sunday, September 5 at 1:00pm for the 43rd Optical Expressions Berlin Labor Day Classic 200. ACT’s touring stars take on the top weekly Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model racers for $5,000 to win. The card includes double features for the RK Miles Street Stocks plus action for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors.

Admission to the Labor Day Classic is $25 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. Advance tickets are available at www.happsnow.com/event/thunder-road-speedbowl. The event will also be televised live on FloRacing for those with a paid subscription.

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.