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Forty Teams from Coast of Connecticut to the St. Lawrence Seaway Ready to Tackle New Hampshire’s Magic Mile

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Barre, VT & Naples, ME — The 2nd Annual Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, April 16th is not only set to be the biggest American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) collaboration at NHMS yet, but one of the biggest events of 2022. Well over a hundred cars have entered between the six divisions, with over ninety camping registrations filed (with room for more) and the ACT, PASS and NHMS offices have been flooded with phone calls for the past two weeks! Nearly forty-five ACT Late Models representing every New England state and the Canadian province of Quebec are entered to kick off the 31st season in style with the $5,500-to-Win Northeast Classic 50.

It takes a championship caliber team to run up front at New England’s biggest racetrack, and there certainly won’t be any shortage of talent this weekend. The Canadian contingent alone includes multi-time ACT touring champion Patrick Laperle, Serie-ACT champions Dany Trepanier and Jonathan Bouvrette, 2021 Bacon Bowl 200 winner Alexandre Tardiff and NASCAR stand-out Raphael Lessard. Tardiff, Lessard and Autodrome Chaudiere competitor Sebastien Couture have all sent their mounts to Port City Race Cars for a refresh, while Bouvrette is ready to tackle the 13-race ACT schedule in 2022 and is prepared to start his season on a high note.

American home-turf defenders include former champions Ben Rowe, Jimmy Hebert and Rich Dubeau who lead a battle-hardened group of former Tour winners and the top ACT Late Model front runners from across New England. Dubeau’s team have been excitedly preparing for the Northeast Classic since Christmas. “I’m looking forward to competing [and] it’ll be great to see everyone again,” said 2019 ACT Tour Champion Dubeau. “I’m hoping we can bring some speed against some of the best drivers in New England and Canada.”

One of the toughest opponents facing Dubeau has yet to earn the ACT Championship, though he’s two-for-two in runner-up points standings. Center Conway, New Hampshire’s DJ Shaw is looking for a major pay-day, and a personal first. Shaw will be starting his third season behind the wheel of Arnie Hill’s #04VT on the ACT Late Model Tour, looking to bring Hill’s team the championship trophy that has illuded them the past two years. 

“I’m excited to get back to Loudon and get things started on the ACT side of things,” said Shaw. “It’s always fun to run the double headers but the opportunity to run two cars at the Magic Mile is always a lot of fun!” Shaw was able to shrink a 50-point deficit to Jimmy Hebert in 2020 to just 5-points behind Ben Rowe in a nail-biting championship race at Seekonk last October and is already an early favorite for the 2022 crown. Both Shaw and Rowe look to rake up an $11,000 trip to the bank should one of them sweep both the ACT and PASS 50-lap events.

Joining the defending champion Rowe, Mike Hopkins and Dillon Moltz will also represent the Pine Tree State of Maine. Williamstown’s Jimmy Hebert and Island Pond’s Derek Ming will represent Vermont while former Snowflake 100 winner Jake Johnson and ACT Invitational winner Woody Pitkat are among those representing Connecticut. Massachusetts and New Hampshire hold the lion’s share of entries with standouts like Tom Carey III, Erick Sands, Derek Gluchaki and three, North Country Swallows; Jamie, Shawn and Jamie Jr. Lastly, Rhode Island’s Mike Benevides and Jason Larivee Jr. round out the New England representation of the 2nd Annual Northeast Classic.

The 2nd Annual Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway begins with Practice Day on Friday, April 15th. All Northeast Classic divisions will be given practice time on the track from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Saturday, April 16th begins with the New England Racers Reunion and Car Show presented by Wall’s Ford at the North East Motor Sports Museum starting at 9:00am. At the South end of the NHMS property, the Racers Reunion is only $5 to enter, with proceeds benefitting the museum to keep our Northeast racing history alive.

Saturday racing action starts with qualifying at 10:30am with feature racing to immediately follow. The ACT Late Model Tour, PASS Super Late Model National Championship and Modified Racing Series are set for Triple-50 Lap feature events along with the R&R Race Parts NH Open Street Stocks, Northeast Mini Stock Tour and EXIT Realty Pro Truck Series.

Grandstand tickets will be available at the Box Office with the front gate opening at 9:00am on Saturday, April 16th. General Admission is $40 each with Ages 12-7 $10 each and Ages 6 and Under are free! Live stream pay-per-view is available around the world through Racing America powered by Speed 51.TV for those who can’t make it to the track.

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.

Nearly Eighty ACT & PASS Teams Ready for the 2nd Northeast Classic at NHMS

Barre, VT & Naples, ME — The 2nd Annual Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is set to be the best yet in it’s young existence. American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials are excited to announce that both headline divisions have received nearly 40 entries each! The 31st season of ACT Late Model Tour action is set to start in style with the return of champions and our much-missed Canadian friends while PASS will celebrate their 79th National Championship event at the Magic Mile.

DJ Shaw is looking for redemption in 2022 Alan Ward Photo

The $5,500-to-win Northeast Classic 50 has attracted some of the best Late Model drivers and teams from across New England and the province of Quebec. Former Champions Ben Rowe, Jimmy Hebert, Rich Dubeau, and Patrick Laperle, along with Serie-ACT champions Dany Trepanier and Jonathan Bouvrette, have all entered to take the early season prize. It won’t be all that easy for the combined ten championship-earning drivers.

DJ Shaw leads an impressive contingent of drivers looking to give the Old Guard champions a run for their money. Shaw, one of New England’s most prolific stock car racers, is still reaching for his first NHMS brass ring. Alongside Shaw, former ACT Rookie of the Year Derek Gluchacki and ACT Invitational winner Woody Pitkat are ready to use their big-track experience to tackle the competition – fierce competition at that.

Bacon Bowl 200 winner Alexandre ‘Fireball’ Tardif, White Mountain front-runner Jimmy Renfrew Jr., Snowflake 100 winner Jake Johnson and Florida Speedweeks driver Jean-Philippe Bergeron are all included in the entry list, along with an impressive crop of new rookie drivers for 2022. Multi-time Northeast Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) champion Cody Leblanc has been preparing his ride all winter, as has fellow North Country fixture Jamie Swallow Jr. Jamie spent much of 2021 racking up seat time across New Hampshire, earning victories at White Mountain, Riverside and Star Speedway along the journey.

Just across the fence, the PASS Super Late Model garage will be just as busy. While Ben Rowe and DJ Shaw pull double-duty shifts between their PASS and ACT mounts, plenty of others are looking to capitalize as the former champions burn the candle at both ends.

The New Hampshire contingent might just have it in the bag with an Outlaw, a Pole and a newly-minted NASCAR Xfinity driver. Joey Polewarczyk has been extremely competitive and consistent in his new Richard Moody Racing machine while the return of fellow Hudson native Derek Griffith from two Xfinity Series weekends is sure to turn up the wick. Following a less-than-impressive debut at Hickory Motor Speedway two weeks ago, Eddie MacDonald is ready to return to his winning ways at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With over ten wins at New England’s racing mecca, the Outlaw will certainly be in contention for another trophy.

Meanwhile, Kate Re is perhaps the one seeking redemption the most. After a devastating practice wreck at Thompson Speedway last Friday, the Kulwicki Driver Development Program finalist is looking to make up for lost ground against both her PASS and KDDP competitors. Just as fun to watch will be Scarborough, Maine’s Garrett Hall after showing great speed to start the year at both Hickory and Thompson.

Dark horse candidates with big-track experience like Connecticut’s Cory Casagrande, Maine’s Alan Tardiff, Nova Scotia young-gun Austin MacDonald and inaugural Northeast Classic victor Johnny Clark are also on the hunt for New Hampshire Motor Speedway glory.  

With nearly eighty entries between the ACT Late Model Tour and PASS National Championship, it’s no surprise the R&R Race Parts NH Street Stock Open is blowing up with entries to boot! Oxford Plains Speedway stand-out Jordan Russell is ready for another rumble at the Magic Mile, as is Street Stock tourer Chris Riendeau out of Vermont. Maine will also be well represented by Brian Caswell and powerhouse Kris Watson going head-to-head with defending winner Jimmy Renfrew Jr. representing Candia, New Hampshire.

The 2nd Annual Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway begins with Practice Day on Friday, April 15th. All Northeast Classic divisions will be given practice time on the track from 11:00am to 5:00pm. On Saturday, April 16th, the racing action starts with qualifying at 10:30am and feature racing set to begin at approximately 12:15pm. The ACT Late Model Tour, PASS Super Late Model National Championship and Modified Racing Series are set for Triple-50 Lap feature events with support from the R&R Race Parts NH Open Street Stocks, Northeast Mini Stock Tour and EXIT Realty Pro Truck Series.

Grandstand tickets will be available at the Box Office with the front gate opening at 9:00am on Saturday, April 16th. General Admission is $40 each with Ages 12-7 $10 each and Ages 6 and Under are free!

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.

Icebreaker Weekend Starts 83rd Thompson Season with Shattering Success

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Thompson, CT — The annual Icebreaker weekend Saturday opener was nothing short of a shattering success for Thompson Speedway and co-promoters Tom Mayberry with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and Cris Michaud with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT). Growth in both the Sunoco Modified and Mini Stock divisions showcased a strong faith local drivers have in this combined venture between Michaud and Mayberry while the racing itself provided racefans with some much-needed entertainment after another New England winter. The visiting PASS Super Late Models, EXIT Realty Pro Trucks and NEMA Lites also wowed the crowd with defensive driving and plenty of highspeed thrills, with a few spills along the way.

Starting off feature racing action was the first event for the Sunoco Modifieds in 2022. The 30-lap sprint proved coming off Thompson’s Turn 2 straight and true is no easy feat with all four cautions resulting from spins coming off the East corner of the track. Newton, Connecticut’s Stephen Kopcik kept the lead from the initial green before Jon Puleo threw his No.7 to the bottom coming out of Turn 2. Puleo would lose the lead with another slide job move from Kopick when Stafford Speedway super star Todd Owen started pressuring the duo at the halfway point.

The final caution on lap 26 bunched up the field, leaving Kopick with a rearview mirror full of Owen and fellow standout Mike Christopher, Jr. With Christopher in second, Kopick drove on the defense as the two swapped lanes again and again in the final five laps. Coming down to the checkered flag, Christopher threw one last, desperate shot to the bottom of Turn 4 undernieth Kopick, but it was too little, too late. Stephen Kopick would claim the Sunoco Modified’s Icebreaker victory with Wolcott’s Christopher in second and Somers’ Owen in third.

The NEMA Lites brought their usual lightning speed to the Thompson Icebreaker weekend with their 25-lap feature going green-to-checkered in under nine minutes. Danielson, Connecticut’s Todd Bertrand took the gold with his No.48 while a pair of Massachusetts drivers swept the rest of the podium. Medway’s Jake Trainor took second and Kyle Valeiri from Monument Beach earned third.

The only thing in DJ Shaw’s windshield this afternoon was redemption. Last year’s PASS Icebreaker 75 proved elusive for Shaw who had to settle for 6th following Derek Griffith’s dominance of the 2021 event. Content with following pole-sitter Johnny Clark through the opening stages, Shaw laid in wait for the first 40 laps until Clark’s handling faded away, the No.54 coming out of Turn 4 nearly sidewise on multiple occasions. On lap 47, Nova Scotia’s Austin MacDonald, a major threat for the lead throughout his preliminary heat and the feature, slammed hard into the Turn 1 retaining wall before coming to a rest against the wall in Turn 2.  

On the restart, Shaw launched like a rocket, with Clark and Jake Johnson in tow. While these three took off, the remaining top-ten cars cruised around the 5/8-mile under a blanket before veteran drivers Joey Polewarczyk and Eddie MacDonald left the party. In the remaining laps, Shaw, Johnson and MacDonald made their own lane to the finish while Polewarczyk and fellow New Hampshire driver Gabe Brown mixed it up in the final two laps with Brown on top for fourth and Polewarczyk capping the top-five.  

The Thompson Mini Stocks rolled out onto the track seventeen-strong compared to just eleven during last year’s Icebreaker weekend. The first caution flag flew on lap 6 with the strong-running No.31 of Tommy Silva took a dive into the frontstretch grass, just barely missing the inside retaining wall. By then, 2021 champion Jarred Roy had already taken the lead, and kept it through to the end of their first 20-lap feature of 2022. Charles Canfield would take second with Kevin Moore, recovering strong from a missed-shift restart, to finish third.

To round out the day, the EXIT Realty New England Pro Trucks launched their 2022 season with plenty of action. Early into the 35-lap feature, three trucks came together coming off the fourth corner with Tyler Chapman having to take his No.81 truck behind the wall. Following several peaceful laps, Andy Pellagrini drove off Turn 4 with a little too much throttle, spinning him backwards into the frontstretch grass and into the inside pit wall. After twenty feet of scraping atop the concrete wall, Pellagrini come to rest on top with his drivers-side tires free-floating. After the crowd received another lesson in the infamous Thompson Double Hook, Gerard Giordano, Jr. once again took the Pro Truck Icebreaker victory with Duane Knoll and Connor Souza rounding out the podium.

With weather for Sunday looking far less than favorable, the decision was made Saturday to postpone Sunday’s Icebreaker 125 schedule to Saturday, April 9th. This coming Saturday the rescheduled $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 will roll alongside the Thompson ACT-type Late Models, SK Lite Modifieds and Limited Sportsman. Pits will open at 9:00am with practice to follow. Racing set to begin at 1:00pm.  Specific times and other information will be released this week. Combo General Admission tickets will be honored for Saturday’s rescheduled event, as will pit passes. You must keep and show your pit passes on Saturday to be honored. Any questions can be made to the ACT office email and phone.

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.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park – Thompson, CT

Thompson Icebreaker

Saturday, April 2, 2022

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

PASS Super Late Models (75 Laps)

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

1. (4), DJ Shaw (60), Ctr. Conway NH, 75

2. (10), Jake Johnson (15MA), Rehoboth MA, 75

3. (8), Eddie MacDonald (17MA), Rowley MA, 75

4. (7), Gabe Brown (50), Ctr. Conway NH, 75

5. (22), Joey Polewarczyk (4NH), Hudson NH, 75

6. (12), Ryan Kuhn (72), East Bridgewater MA, 75

7. (1), Johnny Clark (54), Hallowell ME, 75

8. (5), Cory Casagrande (7CT), Stafford Springs CT, 75

9. (14), Ben Rowe (4), Turner ME, 75

10. (2), Garrett Hall (94), Scarborough ME, 75

11. (3), Dave Farrington (23), Jay ME,75

12. (13), Brandon Barker (88), Windham ME, 75

13. (16), Jake Matheson (52M), Hillsboro NH, 75

14. (11), Derek Gluchaki (48), Dartmouth MA, 75

15. (9), Tyler Tomassi (76RI), West Greenwich RI, 75

16. (15), Joshua King (21), Vernon VT, 75

17. (17), Michael Scorzelli (18), Feura Bush NY, 75

18. (18), Dan Winter (81), Deerfield ME, 74

19. (21), Mike Mayberry (45), Naples ME, 74

20. (19), Brandon Turbush (06), Manorville NY, 71

21. (6), Austin MacDonald, Pictou NS, 47

22. (20), Austin Teras (29), Grey ME,

23. DNS JP Josiasse (24J), Ennismore, ONT

Sunoco Modifieds (30 Laps)

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Stephen Kopcik (179), Newton CT

2. Mike Christopher, Jr. (82), Wolcott CT

3. Todd Owen (81), Somers CT

4. Troy Talman (3), Oxford MA

5. Jon Puleo (7), Branford CT

6. Keith Rocco (57), Berlin CT

7. Danny Cates (46), Chaplin CT

8. Tyler Berry (18), Griswold CT

9. RJ Marcotte (5) Millville MA

10. Bill Anderson (89), Wolcott CT

11. Cody Rose (62), Worcester MA

12. Mark Bakaj (27), Lebanon CT

13. Adam Gada (27A), Bozrah CT

14. Jason Sundeen (26), Douglas MA

15. Paul LaPlante (02), Scituate RI

16. John Lowinksi-Low (33), Thompson CT

17. DNS Corey Berry (39), Moosup CT

18. DNS Ronnie Williams (50), Tolland CT

NEMA Lites (25 Laps)

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Todd Bertrand (48) Danielson CT

2. Jake Trainor (29), Medway MA

3. Kyle Valeiri (17), Monument Beach MA

4. Dylan Coutu (53), Griswold CT

5. Avery Stoehr (10), Lakeville MA

6. Paul Scally (30), Paul Scally MA

7. Joey Bailey (21) Manhattan NY

8. Eric Bacon (26) Brimfield MA

9. Brayden Egan (59), Ashford CT

10. Tiana Kibbe (94), Fairfield CT

11. Chris Vose (3), Gloversville NY

12. Dan Cugini (51) Marshfield MA

Mini Stocks (20 Laps)

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Jarred Roy (1CT), Moosup CT

2. Charles Canfield (25), East Haven CT

3. Kevin Moore (82), Moosup CT

4. Chris Garside (83), Groton CT

5. Dave Trudeau (97), Marshfield CT

6. John Bavolacco (42), Stratford CT

7. Rick LaFlesh (9CT), Griswold CT

8. Tommy Silva (31), Gales Ferry CT

9. Sam Mesick (2), Norwich CT

10. Kyle Wing (7), Marshfield CT

11. Bill Schoeler (84), Warwick RI

12. Steve Michalski (44), Brooklyn CT

13. Nadine Coates (40), Newport NH

14. Ray Herman (91), Baltic CT

15. Jeff Martin (8), Barre VT

16. Chris Ivory (94X), Oakdale, CT

17. Brad Caddick (18) Wyoming RI

EXIT Realty Pro Truck Feature (35 Laps)

Pos., Driver, Car #

1. Gerard Giordano, Jr. (15)

2. Duane Knoll (2)

3. Connor Souza (38)

4. Nathan Smith (55)

5. Devin Deshaies (66)

6. Dave Koenig (97)

7. Andy Lindeman (3)

8. Jim Boyle (02)

9. Todd Taylor (47)

10. Clark Brooks (21)

11. Andrew Morin (10)

12. Mike Cavallaro (80)

13. Randy Burr (32)

14. Emma Monahan (78)

15. Gee Perry (85)

16. Joe Arena (1)

17. Ryan Perry (83)

18. Chris Taylor (5)

19. Kyle Gero (19)

20. Andy Pellagrini (6x)

21. Roger Hunt (48)

22. Ron Hunt (82)

23. Tyler Chapman (81)