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Lee, Thunder Road Swap May Dates on ACT Schedule

Street Stock Open Added to Lee USA Card

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Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have announced an update to the 2021 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. The May 2021 events at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway and Barre, VT’s Thunder Road have switched places to better accommodate the tracks.

The 23rd Community Bank N.A. 150 at Thunder Road is now slated for Sunday, May 2. The event is the opener for Thunder Road’s 62nd season of competition. An optional practice day is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 1.

The Lee USA 150 will be a one-day show on Sunday, May 16. It is part of an event that includes the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models and PASS Modifieds. An 8-cylinder Street Stock Open has also been added to the Lee USA card. More information on both the Lee and Thunder Road events will be available closer to the start of the season.

“After speaking with Lee USA officials, we decided this was the best option for everyone,” ACT and Thunder Road managing partner Cris Michaud said. “They wanted the doubleheader to be a little later in the month, and it actually works out well for us, since teams that run both Thunder Road and White Mountain Motorsports Park will have a less hectic start to the year. We look forward to seeing everyone at both Thunder Road and Lee in a few months.”

The 2021 ACT Late Model Tour season opens at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 17 with the inaugural Northeast Classic. The event also features the PASS Super Late Models, a Tour-Type Modified Open, the North East Mini Stock Tour, an 8-cylinder Street Stock Open, and the Exit Realty Pro Truck Challenge. It kicks off a 12-event schedule that takes the Tour to nine different tracks throughout New England and Quebec.

The full ACT schedule can be found at www.acttour.com/actusschedule. The 2021 ACT Late Model rules are also posted on the Tour website at www.acttour.com/rules. The series expects to release the full-season entry form shortly after the new year.

For more information on 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.

2021 ACT Late Model Tour Schedule of Events

(updated 12/3/2020)

#             DAY       DATE     EVENT                                                   TRACK                                                   LOCATION

—             Fri           Apr 16    Northeast Classic Practice Day           New Hampshire Motor Speedway     Loudon, NH

1              Sat           Apr 17    Northeast Classic                                  New Hampshire Motor Speedway     Loudon, NH

2              Sun         May 2     23rd Community Bank N.A. 150           Thunder Road Speedbowl                   Barre, VT

3              Sun         May 16   Lee USA 150                                          Lee USA Speedway                              Lee, NH

4              Sat           Jun 12     46th Spring Green                                 White Mtn. Motorsports Park            N. Woodstock, NH

5              Sat           Jun 20     Hudson 150                                           Hudson Speedway                                Hudson, NH

6              Sun         Jul 4        Independence Day 150                        Monadnock Speedway                        Winchester, NH

7              Sat           Jul 24      Claude Leclerc 150                               Autodrome Chaudiere                         Vallée-Jct., QC

8              Sat           Jul 31      Midsummer Classic 250                      White Mtn Motorsports Park             N. Woodstock, NH

***         Sat           Aug 7      Bacon Bowl 200                                    Autodrome Chaudiere                         Vallée-Jct., QC

9              Sat           Aug 28    Oxford Plains 150                                 Oxford Plains Speedway                      Oxford, ME           

10           Sun         Sep 5      43rd Labor Day Classic 200                   Thunder Road Speedbowl                   Barre, VT

11           Sat           Sep 25    Fall Foliage 200                                     White Mtn. Motorsports Park            N. Woodstock, NH

***         Sat/Sun  Oct 2/3   59th Vermont Milk Bowl                       Thunder Road Speedbowl                   Barre, VT

12           Sat           Oct 23    Haunted Hundred                                Seekonk Speedway                              Seekonk, MA

*** – denotes non-point event

Schedule Subject to Change

Griffith Repeats as GSPSS Oktoberfest Champion

Sunday October fourth, the Granite State Pro Stock Series made its annual trek to Russ Conway’s Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway and for the second year in a row Derek Griffith bested all comers.

Under a picture perfect sky the teams of the GSPSS assembled at one of the traditional events in New England to contest a 100 lap affair. Practice was smooth for most and all looked to be well until it was time for The Crazy Horse Fast Time Challenge. Due to a tight schedule and a short turn around from practice, time trials were canceled and heat races were lined up based on final practice speeds.

Heat number one was won by Dylan Estrella who was making his first start of the season. He beat Rusty Poland to the line and would redraw pill number one and start the main event on the pole.

Heat two would go to Eddie MacDonald despite pressure from a very fast Joey Doiron. Point leader Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk would finish in third making him the final car from his heat in the redraw in the redraw.

Heat three would go to the hottest driver in pro stock racing of late. Derek Griffith would beat out home town drivers Wayne Helliwell Jr and Jimmy Renfrew Jr to remain nearly perfect over the last month. In a bit of an upset he would draw third and start the main on the inside of row two.

Due to the stellar car count a consolation round would be needed to complete the starting line up and it did not disappoint. After mechanical difficulties plagued second place point man Ray Christain III in practice and qualifying, he would win the consi convincingly and head to the main event with a shot of confidence.

As the feature rolled out twenty four cars strong, anticipation was high. Early mid pack contact triggered a major incident on the back stretch eliminating several competitors from contention. Eddie Macdonald and Brandon Barker were both expected to run well but had there days ended in the lap seven incident. Bobby Bailargeon and Kevin Casper were both sidelined as well.

From lap eight on, the race would be run in fairly clean fashion. Derek Griffith would would go to the lead early and open up a lead of half a straightaway. He would maintain a healthy gap for the majority of the event as he tried to preserve his tires. Late in the going 2019 series champion Doiron would line up to Griffith’s outside for a restart but despite running well on the high side, Griffith would get clear in fairly short order.

Griffith would cruise to his second series victory in three starts and defend his Oktoberfest title. Doiron and Renfrew Jr would round out the top three with point leader Joey “Pole” and last weeks winner David Darling finishing out the top five.

Christain III would charge from his nineteenth starting spot to finish sixth just ahead of pole sitter Estrella. Helliwell Jr, Rusty Poland and third place point man Angelo Belsito who would complete the top ten.

The series has a few weeks off now before heading to the New London Waterford Speedbowl to crown its champion. Joey “Pole” heads to the CT oval with a thirty point advantage over hometown driver Christain III. That final event of the season will be held on Saturday afternoon October 24th.

For more information as well as an event schedule stay tuned at www.gspss.net or follow the series on facebook, twitter and instagram.  You can also follow track at www.speedbowlct.com or on their various social media platforms.

Results:

1 – 12g Derek Griffith

2 – 73 Joey Doiron

3 – 00 Jimmy Renfrew JR

4 –  97 Joey Polewarczyk

5 –  52 David Darling

6 – 93ct Ray Christian III

7 – 46 Dylan Estrella

8 –  27nh Wayne Helliwell Jr

9 –  44p Rusty Poland

10 – 8b Angelo Belsito

11 – 90nh Casey Call

12 – 52nh Jake Matheson

13 – 29a Adam Gray

14 – 18 Jeff Fagan

15 – 2 Tom Scully Jr

16 – 55 Cody Leblanc

17 – 77 Jeremy Sorel

18 – 48g Larry Gelinas

19 – 3 Travis Buzzull

20 – 56 Evan Beaulieu

21 – 17ma Eddie MacDonald

22 – 88b Brandon Barker

23 – 82 Bobby Bailargeon

24 – 88 Kevin Casper

                Contingency Awards:

Sunoco Race Fuels heat race winners – 5gallons of race fuel – 46 Dylan Estrella, 17ma Eddie MacDonald, 12g Derek Griffith

 Crazy Horse Fast Time Challenge – Time trials canceled due to time constraints

Magnus Performance Parts – 7th place finisher $100 product certificate – 46 Dylan Estrella

Matco Tools : product certificates – winner $75 – 12g Derek Griffith – Random Draw $75 – to be drawn at the next event

    American Racer Hard Charger – one free tire – 93ct Ray Christain III

    AR Bodies hard luck award – $100 product certificate – 88 Kevin Casper

Granite State Pro Stock Series Headed to Lee for Oktoberfest

As the 2020 racing season winds down, the action for the Granite State Pro Stock Series heats up. October fourth, the series will headline the Sunday portion of the annual Russ Conways Oktoberfest at the Lee USA Speedway.

For the first half of the season it was Ray Christain III dominating the point standings. The Uncasville CT driver suffered a parts failure at the Sept. race at Claremont Motorsports Park and was involved in a hard crash at the last event in Waterford CT. Christain III now sits 26 points behind Hudson NH’s Joey “Pole” Polewayczyk with Angelo Belsito forty points behind Pole.  All three drivers have entered to compete at Lee and gather all the points they can.

Derek Griffith is the defending winner of this race and comes in as the hottest driver in the northeast. In his last three starts, Griffith has won two races carrying a $10,000 winners check at each and finished second at the prestigious Star Classic. Griffith will look to keep his hot streak going at Lee this weekend.

Seekonk MA’s Dave Darling ran away with the last event the series contested to pick up his first win of 2020. Darling kept his nose clean during the chaotic first third of the Waterford race, then showed that he had the best car by leading the rest of the way. He will head to Lee looking to prove that this was no fluke.

Other drivers entered at Lee with ties to Seekonk Speedway include Kevin Casper, Ryan Vanasse, Dylan Estralla, Tom Scully Jr and Larry Gelinas. With Seekonk not running due to governmental restrictions there are a number of teams looking to get in some racing before the season is over.

Also on the entry list is a strong contingent of drivers from Maine. Brandon Barker, a two time winner with the series at Lee, has filed an entry and he will be joined by Travis Buzzel, Evan Beaulieu, Rusty Poland and Trevor Sanborn who won a pair of features at Beech Ridge Speedway this year.

Adam Gray took over the controls of the family 29 for the Waterford race and will be back in the car at Lee. The team showed good speed in practice and time trials but struggled to race well. The former championship winning team will look to improve this weekend.

A pair of rookie of the year contenders will be in action at Lee. Cody LeBlanc opted to not compete at Waterford but is registered at Lee. Casey Call had a career run going at waterford. He ran second for many laps and finished in the top five when his car faded in the closing laps.

Other entrants include 2019 champion Joey Doiron in Wright Pearsons car as well as local drivers Bobby Baillargeon and Bobby Cabral.

Jimmy Renfrew Jr will return to the series after taking most of the summer off to concentrate on other racing. He will be joined by another local hot shoe, Wayne Helliwell Jr who is entered in Bruce Barnhardts 27.

The entire GSPSS program will take place on Sunday Oktober fourth, including practice, the Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge, heat races and the one hundred lap main event. Time trials are scheduled to go off at 1:45 with heats to follow.

For more information go to www.gspss.net or www.leeusaspeedway.com or visit either at any of their social media platforms.