Devil’s Bowl Speedway Opens New Dirt Track Era with Exciting 2018 Schedule

ATTACHED PHOTO: Devil's Bowl Speedway will host 19 events in 2018 during its return to full-time dirt track racing.  (Barry Snelling/Devil's Bowl Speedway photo)

Devil's Bowl Speedway Opens New Dirt Track Era with Exciting 2018 Schedule

Historic $10,000-to-win Sportsman Modified "Vermont 200" headlines 19-race calendar


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WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Vermont's Devil's Bowl Speedway has unveiled its highly anticipated 2018 stock car racing schedule, sparkling with a mix of 19 exciting weekly and special events.  The Rutland County track, in its 52nd season, will return to full-time dirt racing on a half-mile surface for the first time since 2009, and competition will again be sanctioned by the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

The biggest event in Devil's Bowl Speedway history will be held on the weekend of September 15-16, with a race format never attempted before at any track: The "Vermont 200" for Sportsman Modifieds.  The race, which will be open to any driver, is for Northeast-style Sportsman Modifieds with the "602 crate" engine package and will pay a minimum of $10,000 to the winner.  At 200 laps in distance and with a record total purse estimated at $35,000, the race will be the longest, richest event ever held for the division at any track.

All of Devil's Bowl Speedway's divisions will be in action at the event, along with the track's annual Saturday night year-end bonfire and barbeque party.  Additional details surrounding the Vermont 200 Weekend event will be announced in the coming weeks, including the weekend schedule, rules, entries, and purses.

The Vermont 200 is far from the only major event; the weekly Sunday night racing season opens with a Memorial Day special on the evening of Sunday, May 27, to kick off the new half-mile dirt track era.  The winged Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE) tour will make its first of four appearances for the season at the opener, and the King of Dirt Racing Series (KOD) organization will have its first stop of the year as well, with a Sportsman Modified race that drew 42 entries last year.

The SCoNE Sprint Cars will also be in action at the Coca-Cola Independence Day Firecracker, with a special mid-week date on Tuesday, July 3; at a rare Twin 20 double-feature event on Sunday, August 12; and at the Labor Day Special on Sunday, September 2.

All three KOD tours will each make stops at Devil's Bowl as well.  The Sportsman opener on May 27 kicks off the season, and the ground-pounding KOD Small Block 358 Modifieds will have a special mid-week event on Wednesday, June 6.  The KOD 358s will also headline the "C.J. Richards Memorial 67" on Sunday, July 29, and the KOD Pro Stocks will run their "Carl Vladyka Memorial 29" during the Vermont 200 Weekend in September.

Devil's Bowl Speedway will also hold two independent special events for 358 Modifieds: Twin 20-lap feature races on Sunday, July 15, and a 30-lap feature on Sunday, September 2.

The weekly Sunday night schedule is highlighted with special extra-distance races for all of Devil's Bowl Speedway's regular Sportsman Modified, Limited Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock, and 500cc Mini Sprint divisions, as well as special promotions for fans at nearly every event.

Following the Vermont 200 Weekend on September 15-16, the season wraps up on Sunday, September 23, with the re-created "Mountain Man 200" Enduro event.  The survival-of-the-fittest race will feature bone stock, 

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nearly-street-legal vehicles with amateur drivers racing for 200 laps and $2,000 to win.  The race is green-flag only, with the red flag only displayed in emergencies.  Full Enduro rules and entries will be announced in the future.

The full season schedule is available online at www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com (or see below).  The Banquet of Champions, which will officially bring the 2017 season to a close, will be held on Saturday, January 27,at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, Vermont.

Devil's Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., four miles north of Exit 2 off of U.S. Route 4 and just 20 minutes from Rutland, Vt.  For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or call (802) 265-3112.  Devil's Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedwayand on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.


Devil's Bowl Speedway 2018 Schedule of Events

Division Key:

NWAAS = All Weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Divisions; KOD = King of Dirt Racing Series; SCoNE = Sprint Cars of New England

358 = Small Block 358 Modifieds; Bandits = Bandit Youth Mini Stocks; Ladies = Ladies Mini Stocks


1. Sunday, May 27 – 5:00 p.m. – 52ndSeason Opener – Memorial Day Special (rain date Mon., May 28)

NWAAS Divisions + KOD Sportsman Modifieds + SCoNE Sprint Cars

2. Sunday, June 3 – 5:00 p.m. – Mini Stock Special Event

NWAAS Divisions

3. Wednesday, June 6 – 7:00 p.m. – King of Dirt Small Block 358 Modifieds (rain date Wed., June 20)

NWAAS Divisions + KOD 358 Modifieds (Sportsman Mod and 500cc Mini Sprints OFF)

4. Sunday, June 10 – 5:00 p.m. – Weekly Event

NWAAS Divisions + Bandits

5. Sunday, June 17 – 5:00 p.m. – Father's Day Special – Topless/Wingless Night

NWAAS Divisions

6. Sunday, June 24 – 6:00 p.m. – Nostalgia Night

NWAAS Divisions + Bandits + Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds (500cc Mini Sprints OFF)

7. Tuesday, July 3 – 6:00 p.m. – Coca-Cola Firecracker Special – FIREWORKS! (rain date Wed., July 4)

NWAAS Divisions + SCoNE Sprint Cars

8. Sunday, July 8 – 6:00 p.m. – Super Stock Special Event

NWAAS Divisions + Ladies

9. Sunday, July 15 – 6:00 p.m. – Vince Quenneville Sr. Memorial & 358 Modified Twin 20s

NWAAS Divisions + 358 (500cc Mini Sprints OFF)

10. Sunday, July 22 – 6:00 p.m. – 500cc Mini Sprint Special Event

NWAAS Divisions + Bandits

11. Sunday, July 29 – 6:00 p.m. – C.J. Richards Memorial 67 – KOD Small Block 358 Modifieds

NWAAS Divisions + KOD 358 Modifieds (Sportsman Mod and 500cc Mini Sprints OFF)

12. Sunday, August 5 – 6:00 p.m. – Limited Sportsman Special Event

NWAAS Divisions + Bandits

13. Sunday, August 12 – 6:00 p.m. – Sprint Cars of New England Twin 20s

NWAAS Divisions + SCoNE Sprint Cars + Ladies (500cc Mini Sprints OFF)

14. Sunday, August 19 – 6:00 p.m. – Charlie LaDuc Memorial 54

NWAAS Divisions + Bandits

15. Sunday, August 26 – 5:00 p.m. – "Double Stack Night" – Double Features All Divisions

NWAAS Divisions

16. Sunday, Sept. 2 – 5:00 p.m. – FIREWORKS! – SCoNE & 358 Modifieds (rain date Mon., Sept. 3)

NWAAS Divisions + SCoNE Sprint Cars + 358 + Bandits

17. Sunday, Sept. 9 – 5:00 p.m. – Leon Gonyo Memorial 50

NWAAS Divisions + Ladies

18. Sat./Sun., Sept. 15/16 – VERMONT 200 WEEKEND – $10,000 TO WIN SPORTSMAN RACE

NWAAS Divisions + KOD Pro Stocks + Bandits (full details to be announced)

19. Sunday, Sept. 23 – Mountain Man 200 Enduro

Enduro 200 (full details to be announced)



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NASCAR Updates National Series Sunoco Rookie of The Year Points System

NASCAR Updates National Series Sunoco Rookie of The Year Points System

New Guidelines Designed to Further Highlight Abundance of Young Talent


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2018) –  Exactly one month from today, the green flag will wave over what is expected to be the youngest DAYTONA 500 field in NASCAR history. And today, NASCAR announced an update to the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points structure in all three national series, placing a brighter spotlight on some of those young stars.


Beginning this season, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point system will mirror the points structure that awards the season-long championship, including stage points and playoff points, with the eventual Sunoco Rookie of the Year earning the most points throughout the season.


As is the case with the season-long points structure, a race win will earn a Sunoco Rookie 40 points and five playoff points. A second-place finish will earn a Sunoco Rookie 35 points; a third-place finish nets 34 points, and so on. A Sunoco Rookie who wins a stage will earn 10 points and one playoff point.


"The focus on our rising stars has never been stronger and simplifying the Sunoco Rookie of the Year system made perfect sense," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "Our fans track closely the progress of our young drivers and matching the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points structure with the championship points will help them follow this prestigious program and award more closely than ever before."


The new Sunoco Rookie of the Year guidelines will take effect in all three NASCAR national series – the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.



The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com andwww.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat ('NASCAR'). For race tickets, visit www.NASCAR.com/tickets.



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Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series to Return to Thunder Road in 2018

Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series to Return to Thunder Road in 2018


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Barre, VT – Thunder Road officials have announced that Myers Container Service has signed a multi-year agreement to return as the title sponsor of the Triple Crown Series for the Lenny's Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers. The series debuted in 2017 with Craftsbury Common's Mike Martin capturing the inaugural championship.


The Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series in 2018 will once again consist of three 75-lap races for Thunder Road's famed Flying Tiger division. All three events will award both Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series points and Lenny's Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger track championship points. There will be a separate championship and point fund for the top finishers in the final Triple Crown standings.


The first Triple Crown event will headline the 2018 weekly racing opener on Friday, June 8 as part of Capital City Auto Mart Night, while the second event will be held on Thursday, July 12 during Fairpoint/Consolidated Communications Night. The Triple Crown championship will be awarded Thursday, August 9 on Cody Chevrolet Cadillac Night.


"The Red Can Family is once again excited to sponsor the Triple Crown Series," Myers Waste & Recycling owner Jeff Myers said. "As a local family business we are proud to support another local organization. I have enjoyed attending races at Thunder Road since I was a kid and I am proud to pass along my excitement for racing to my children and now my grandchildren."


"We're thrilled to be holding the Triple Crown Series again and are fortunate to have the support of Myers Container Service," Thunder Road co-owner Cris Michaud added. "The series was well-received by drivers and fans in 2017, and with a large class of new drivers anticipated in the Flying Tigers, we are looking forward to even bigger things in 2018 and beyond."


Myers Container Service is a leading waste removal and no-sort recycling company with offices in Colchester, Moretown, and St. Johnsbury. They provide residential, commercial, industrial, and roll-off services throughout the state of Vermont. In addition, Myers C&D Recycle Center in Colchester is the only state-certified construction and debris recycling center.


For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963media@thunderroadvt.com, or visit www.thunderroadvt.com orwww.theredcanfamily.com.



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Potter Joins ACT as Technical Inspector

Potter Joins ACT as Technical Inspector


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<<ATTACHED PHOTO: (Car5.JPG): Randy Potter (#02NH), seen here in ACT Late Model Tour competition in 2011, has joined the ACT staff as as technical inspector for the 2018 season. (file photo)>>


Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials announced today that Randy Potter has joined the ACT staff as a Technical Inspector. Potter will work alongside Director of Competition Pete Knights at all ACT Late Model Tour events throughout the 2018 season.


Potter has been involved in Northeast racing for more than three decades as a competitor. He raced full-time on the ACT Late Model Tour during the 2007-2012 seasons, winning one event and finishing in the top-10 in points each season. Knights served as Potter's crew chief during his time on the Tour.


In addition, Potter was also a multi-time Late Model Champion at Speedway 51 in his hometown of Groveton, NH when it was known as Riverside Speedway. He began his racing career in 1983 in the track's Super Stock division and has competed as recently as this past season.


"I raced against Randy for a number of years throughout the Northeast and have always known him to be an enthusiast, respectful, and stand-up person," ACT co-owner Cris Michaud said. "Having raced and worked on ACT-type Late Models for so long, he comes to this position with the knowledge base that is essential for success. With Randy and Pete having a long history together as well, we're excited about what both will bring to ACT."


For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com.



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Raphael Lessard Joins KBM Super Late Model Program

Raphael Lessard Joins KBM Super Late Model Program

16-Year-Old Canadian Driver to Make Debut in No. 51 Camry at SpeedFest MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 15, 2018
) – Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that 16-year-old Canadian driver Raphael Lessard will pilot the team's No. 51 Super Late Model in 18 events during the 2018 season. Lessard will make his KBM debut Sunday, Jan. 28...


MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 15, 2018) – Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that 16-year-old Canadian driver Raphael Lessard will pilot the team's No. 51 Super Late Model in 18 events during the 2018 season. Lessard will make his KBM debut Sunday, Jan. 28 in the ARCA/CRA Super Series SpeedFest at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Ga.

Lessard is scheduled to compete for the CARS Super Late Model Tour championship and will also compete in several high-profile Super Late Model events this year, including The Rattler at South Alabama Speedway in Kinston, Ala., the North-South Super Late Model Challenge and the All American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., the U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, the Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.

The Quebec native captured the 2016 CARS Super Late Model Tour championship after recording four wins, one pole, 157 laps led, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes across 10 races. He also finished inside the top-10 in three premiere events that year; the All-American 400, the Winchester 400 and the Snowball Derby. In 2017, Lessard added his fifth career CARS Tour win while competing in a limited schedule, captured the pole and won the shootout race for the inaugural U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol and posted an average finish of 11.5 in two ARCA Racing Series starts.

"Raphael has put himself on the map in the Super Late Model world the last few years and we're excited to see what he can do behind the wheel of our No. 51 Toyota in 2018," Kyle Busch said. "To be able to win races at such a young age while also learning a new language and how to communicate with his team is pretty remarkable, so we're confident that he's only going to get better as he continues to mature both on and off the track."

"I'm really excited to join Kyle Busch Motorsports for the next step in the development of my career and looking forward to the opportunity to learn from Kyle and everyone involved in the Super Late Model program," said Lessard.  "I want to thank Toyota Racing Development, my parents and all of the partners that believed in me and made this possible."

Notable wins for the KBM Late Model team since its inception in 2007 include: Wisconsin All-Star 100 at the Milwaukee Mile (Kyle Busch 2008), Red Bud 300 at Anderson Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009), Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009, Erik Jones 2013 & 2014 and Noah Gragson 2017), Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009 & 2017 and Erik Jones 2013), SpeedFest at Lanier National Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009 & 2010), SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital Speedway (Kyle Busch 2012), Rowdy 251 at Berlin Raceway (Kyle Busch 2010, 2011 & 2012), All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville (TJ Reaid 2010), Slinger Nationals at Slinger Super Speedway (Kyle Busch 2011), the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway (Kyle Busch 2011), Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway (Kyle Busch 2013), the Howie Lettow Memorial at the Milwaukee Mile (Kyle Busch 2013 and Erik Jones 2014) and the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway (Christopher Bell 2015).

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The Greatest Show on Dirt Will Invade Airborne Park Speedway for the First Time on July 25

The Greatest Show on Dirt Will Invade Airborne Park Speedway for the First Time on July 25

CONCORD, NC - Jan. 13, 2018 - With great excitement the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series announces that The Greatest Show on Dirt will make its inaugural visit to Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
Airborne Park Speedway is a half-mile premier dirt track facility that has converted from asphalt to dirt racing multiple times throughout its 64 years of existence. The most recent transformation came before the start of the 2017 season, which ended 26 consecutive years of Airborne as a pavement track.

"Airborne has gone back and forth between asphalt and dirt since its inception in 1954. It's always been about what product is hot, and recently that has been dirt track racing," Airborne Media Director Robby Knowles said.

Last year, Airborne hosted the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and will do so again in 2018, a month before the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes center stage at the half-mile track on July 25.

"The Outlaws are the biggest product dirt racing has to offer, and we are looking forward to exciting our existing fans and expanding the fan base of Airborne Park Speedway, especially the Canadian market," Knowles added.

Airborne Park Speedway is less than 50 miles from the Canadian border - just an hour from Montreal - and a strong Canadian contingency of fans and drivers are expected to make the tow for the Outlaws debut at the historic facility. The World of Outlaws will conclude the Empire State swing with weekend races at Ransomville and Weedsport, offering the area's dirt racing heroes three races in five nights to compete against The Greatest Show on Dirt.

"In the track's 64-year history, I can't think of an event that trumps this in magnitude. We are looking forward to the biggest event in Airborne Park Speedway history," Knowles said in anticipation of this summer's visit by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

Tickets for the Outlaws' inaugural visit to Airborne are set to go on sale on Monday, January 29. Stay tuned to the World of Outlaws social channels for further information.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is the premier winged Sprint Car Series in the World, featuring the most world-class drivers. Beginning in 1978, the World of Outlaws tour invades racetracks and thrills fans across the United States while sanctioning events at some of the most famous dirt racing facilities in the world. In 2018, the Outlaws will be racing for nearly $6 million in purses and other prize money across the nearly 90 events.

The Series that is rich in history and tradition will embark on its 40th anniversary season starting in early February. The Outlaws will make stops at 25 states spanning from Volusia Speedway Park in Florida to Airborne Park Speedway in New York and as far west as Skagit in Washington State and many, many tracks in-between before concluding the season with the World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

For more information on the World of Outlaws visit www.WorldofOutlaws.com

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Une entente de principe historique est intervenue entre la Direction de l'Autodrome Montmagny et celle de l'Autodrome Chaudière pour un championnat conjoint de huit (8) courses pour les pilotes de la Classe Sport Compact Élite, saison 2018, en plus de chacun leur championnat distinct de six (6) courses.


Pour participer au championnat conjoint, les pilotes attitrés à la piste de Montmagny et de Vallée, doivent faire deux(2) courses sur l'autre piste participante. Ils peuvent y aller à plusieurs reprises, mais seulement les deux(2) meilleurs résultats seront comptabilisés.



12 MAI ---PRATIQUE                                

26 MAI---50 TOURS                                  

23 JUIN---50 TOURS                                 

21 JUILLET---50 TOURS                           

11 AOÛT—50 TOURS                                 

  1 SEPT.---50 TOURS                                  

15 SEPT.----50 TOURS                                   




20 MAI---35 TOURS



  4 AOÛT---35 TOURS

26 AOÛT---35 TOURS

 8 SEPT.---35 TOURS




Deux milles dollars (2000.00$) réparti comme suit :1er (500$)—2ième (250$)---3ième (225$)--- 4ième (200$)---5ième (200$)---6ièm(175$)---7ième (150$)---8ième à 10ième( 100$).




Quinze-cent dollars US(1,500 US) plus 500.00 $Can. réparti comme suit :1er(500 US)--2ième(325 US)--3ième(250 US)--4ième(225 US)--5ième(200 US--6ième à 10ième(100$Can.)

Pour le nombre de tours, il y aura deux (2) qualifications de 10 tours suivies à MONTMAGNY d'une finale de 50 tours en segment de 20-15-15 et à VALLÉE d'une finale de 35 tours en segment de 20-15. Les Cinq premiers inversés de chaque qualification pour le départ de la finale.


n  À Montmagny comme à Vallée, chaque pilote participant à la finale et conforme à la règlementation aura droit aux bourses suivantes :1er (150$)-2ième (100$)-3ième (90$)-4ième(80$)-5ième (70$)-6ième et plus (60$)

n  En plus d'Allocations de Kilométrage aller-retour : 300 à 400 (40$)-400 à 700(50$)-  700 et plus 60$, calculées  selon le site : www.distances.com, payable à la deuxième présence consécutive du calendrier de chaque piste.


Les règlements sont les mêmes qu'en 2017 sous la responsabilité de Tommy Grondin pour Vallée et Maxime Gagnon pour Montmagny. Les deux vont travailler en collaboration et en double à quelques reprises.


Les Logos des commanditaires(2) de la classe de chaque piste doivent apparaître sur le pare-brise de chaque voiture, donc moitié/moitié.


Cette entente de principe a été signée à Québec le dimanche 14 janvier 2018 par le propriétaire de l'Autodrome Montmagny, M. Kenny Thériault et M. Normand Gilbert, co-propriétaire de l'Autodrome Chaudière devant plus d'une quinzaine de pilotes présents et enchantés de cette association.


André Gagnon

Pour Autodrome Montmagny

Pour Autodrome Vallée-Jonction.










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ACT, ARbodies Announce Multi-Year Contingency Agreement

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<<ATTACHED PHOTO (thompson0141726.JPG): ACT and ARbodies have entered into an official contingency sponsor agreement that extends through the 2020 racing season. (Alan Ward photo)>>



Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and ARbodies have announced a new contingency agreement for the ACT Late Model Tour and Série ACT. ARbodies, neé Aluminum Racing Products, will become an official contingency sponsor of ACT in an agreement that runs through the 2020 racing season.


As part of the contingency deal, ARbodies merchandise certificates will be awarded to the eligible race winner and 10th-place finisher at each ACT Late Model Tour and Série ACT event. If said finishers are not eligible for the awards, the merchandise certificates will be awarded to the next eligible competitor.


In addition, an ARbodies complete "A" body package will be raffled off to one eligible driver in each series at their season-ending Banquet of Champions. Winners can elect to receive a discount on a complete "M" body package in lieu of the A body.


"We're excited to enter into this new relationship with ARbodies," ACT co-owner Cris Michaud said. "The company has a great history of products and of working with the ABC Late Model body template, and we look forward to partnering with them going forward."


ARbodies has been a manufacturer of race car bodies for more than 30 years. Based in Tennessee, the company produces a full line of bodies and components for asphalt and dirt short track cars throughout the United States.


For more information, please contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com or www.arbodies.com.



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Peterborough Speedway Staff Starts Work on the 2018 Schedule

Peterborough Speedway Staff Starts Work on the 2018 Schedule

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


The first half century of action at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval entered the history books with the final checkered flag of last year's Autumn Colours Classic. At the same moment, staff and officials at Peterborough Speedway began making plans for the 2018 schedule. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says that the off-season is almost busier than when the next Saturday night racing program gets underway.


"At this time of year, we're always looking forward and thinking about the new season," said Josiasse. "There are sponsorship packages to put together and updates to the rule book that need to be finalized. Working toward opening the gates on the Victoria Day weekend takes a lot of effort behind the scenes and we're in the office to get things ready."


Josiasse says he's hoping the hometown speed plant can carry the attitude of the track's 50th annual season into 2018. The golden anniversary campaign ran rain-free during the regular schedule, with a brief weather delay during the Autumn Colours Classic the only blemish on the year. At the track's awards banquet, Tyler Betts, Noel Snow and Tim Burke accepted the accolades as first-time champions in the Organics & Glass Late Model, Jiffy Lube Mini Stock and Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck divisions respectively. Jeremy Kelly claimed his second straight Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun title, with Anthony DiBello earning his 3rdThunder Car Crown in 4 seasons.


Starting in 2018, the division that had been known as 4Fun will undergo a name change to 'Bone Stock', while the former Thunder Car class will now go by the Super Stock title. Josiasse and the Peterborough Speedway team will also be part of a multi-track group that will promote events in the rebranded Ontario Super Late Model Series. 75 lap shows will include time trials to determine qualifying spots and the winner's payout proposed for $2500, with a strong payout through the running order. The tour's first of 8 dates is scheduled for Saturday, May 26th at Flamboro, with stops at Sunset, Sauble, Jukasa Motor Speedway and the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City leading up to the series' finale – October 6th and 7th – at the Autumn Colours Classic.


"Our commitment to quality, family motorsports entertainment remains the same as we head into the track's 51stseason of continuous operation," Josiasse said. "It's a very competitive marketplace and we need to give the fans the best value for their dollar, week-after-week."


Bullring bullet points: Peterborough Speedway's 2018 schedule will be officially released at the 4th annual Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – March 9th, 10th & 11th – at the International Centre in Toronto.


Fans can also keep up-to-date with the latest off-season news and information by visitingwww.peterboroughspeedway.com, liking the track's Facebook page and following it on Twitter.


Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Enniskillen, Ontario's Tyler Betts captured the 2017 Late Model championship at Peterborough Speedway. The venue known as Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is already making plans for its 51st season of continuous operation.


Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media



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PASS Releases 2018 North Super Late Model Schedule

PASS Releases 2018 North Super Late Model Schedule


-       Oxford Plains Speedway To Host 6 Events Including The 45th Annual Oxford 250, Paying $25,000 To Win On Sunday, August 26


-       PASS 300 At Beech Ridge Joins Icebreaker At Thompson and Oxford Plains Opener Again In April


-       PASS Adds Dates At Thunder Road, Petty, And Speedway 51



-       For Immediate Release


NAPLES, ME (January 6) – Coinciding with the series banquet tonight, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced the release of the 2018 schedule for the PASS North Super Late Models.  The Northeast's top short trackers will once again compete at some of the best speedways in New England and Canada, highlighted by the 45thAnnual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway on the final weekend of August.  The season will begin for the third straight year at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut as part of the Icebreaker weekend on April 7-8.  PASS will return to Canada in 2018 with a first ever trip to New Brunswick's Petty International Raceway in June.  The PASS North Super Late Models will compete on 10 different speedways in 4 states and Canada in 2018.

"We believe this is another really great schedule for the PASS North Super Late Models," said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  "This year we will celebrate our 18th year of sanctioning races throughout the United States and Canada and we're glad to begin new partnerships, while continuing to build on old ones. The Oxford 250 has found a home with its August date and has solidified its place as one of short track racing's biggest events and we're glad to continue that tradition in 2018." 

The 45th Annual Oxford 250 will continue as one of the crown jewel events in short track racing with racers from all across North America set to compete for $25,000 to win, plus guaranteed lap leader money on August 24-26.  The 250 will again cap off a full weekend of short track racing action on the famed Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine's biggest sporting event of the year. Last year, Curtis Gerry took home over $30,000 in his first ever win in the 250.

A final tune-up to the Oxford 250 will take place on Sunday, July 29 at Oxford Plains Speedway.  In addition, Oxford Plains Speedway will once again host the PASS North Super Late Models on Sunday, April 15, and Sunday May 20 and will crown the PASS North titlist with the season finale on Saturday, October 13.

Following a successful debut in 2016, PASS will again sanction a special Independence Day weekend show at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, July 1.  This event will be a non-points event, featuring PASS "non-winners."  The winner will be given a guaranteed starting spot for the 45thAnnual Oxford 250. 

In 2018, PASS North returns to Canada debuting at Petty International Raceway in New Brunswick on Saturday, June 2.  PASS North will also be returning to Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH on Saturday, August 11 for the first time since Trevor Sanborn took the checkered flag there in 2010.

Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway will host the PASS North Super Late Models three times in 2018, featuring the PASS 300 on Saturday, April 28, followed by events on Saturday, July 7, and on Saturday, September 22. 

Speedway 95 in Hermon, ME returns to the PASS North schedule for a fifth consecutive year with a 150 lap event slated for Sunday, June 17.

PASS will make its first of four trips in 2018 to the state of New Hampshire on Saturday, May 5 at Star Speedway.  PASS will make its only stop of the year at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, September 15.  The series will also be in the Granite State on Friday, August 3 for an event at Lee USA Speedway. 

The Super Late Models of PASS will compete again at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Vermont, but for the first time ever, will have two races there. The PASS North Super Late Models will race for 150 laps, joined by the Thunder Road Late Models, for the Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic 100 on Sunday, May 27.  Then, the night before the 56th Annual Milk Bowl at Thunder Road, PASS North will return for a 150 lap race on Friday, September 28.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America's premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway. For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 oralandietzpass@live.com.  Please visit ProAllStarsSeries.com for more information.  And, don't forget to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

2018 PASS North Super Late Model Schedule

April 8                                    Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park                    Thompson, CT

April 15                      Oxford Plains Speedway                                      Oxford, ME

April 28                      Beech Ridge Motor Speedway                            Scarborough, ME

May 5                         Star Speedway                                                      Epping, NH

May 20                       Oxford Plains Speedway                                        Oxford, ME

May 27                       Thunder Road International Speedbowl                        Barre, VT

June 2                        Petty International Racewa            y                                  River Glade, NB

June 17                     Speedway 95                                                          Hermon, ME

*July 1                        Oxford Plains Speedway (non-points, non-winners) Oxford, ME

July 3                          Possible TBD, Will Be Announced By 2/1/18

July 7                          Beech Ridge Motor Speedway                             Scarborough, ME

July 29                       Oxford Plains Speedway                                        Oxford, ME

August 3                    Lee USA Speedway                                                           Lee, NH

August 11                  Speedway 51                                                          Groveton, NH

August 24 - 26          45th Annual Oxford 250                                           Oxford, ME

September 15          White Mountain Motorsports Park                                    N Woodstock, NH

September 22          Beech Ridge Motor Speedway                             Scarborough, ME

September 28          Thunder Road International Speedbowl                        Barre, VT

October 13                Oxford Plains Speedway                                        Oxford, ME

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