For Immediate Release                                                ACT – 111010-59


        Waterbury, VT – Building on the success of the past two ACT Invitationals, officials from New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) and the American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that the largest touring late model series will add a second event to the ‘Magic Mile’ in 2011.


The event will be presented as part of the IZOD Indy Car Series weekend on August 12-13, 2011 at the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England, the region’s only super speedway. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Division will join the ACT Late Models as part of an ‘ALL STAR’ weekend for short track racing, featuring full-fender ACT Late Models and the very popular open-wheeled NASCAR Modifieds.


“The past two years, the ACT Invitational has provided entertaining and exciting racing for our fans here,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of NHMS. This premier short track touring series helped grow our annual September NASCAR Saturday into a great tripleheader.


“When we added the IZOD Indy Car Series to our 2011 schedule, August 12-14, I wanted to make Saturday a ‘Short Track Showdown’ that showcases short track stars from around the northeast,” Gappens added. The format and number of teams we expect to be at NHMS for the August 12th-14th weekend is unprecedented. It should be very exciting for our fans and for the teams of the ACT.”


The ACT Late Models and NASCAR Modifieds feature events will be run on Saturday afternoon, August 13, which also includes Indy Car Series practice and record-breaking qualifying.


According to officials at the ACT headquarters, the event will be open to all ACT affiliate track Late Model teams that are a.) ACT legal, b.) in the top 15 in weekly points at an ACT affiliate track by entry deadline, c.) enter the event timely, and d.) get approval of their entry from their local track and from ACT. Additional teams from both touring series of the American Canadian Tour in the US and Quebec will be eligible to enter and go through the approval process. Each of the touring divisions will receive points toward the 2011 championships.


“Obviously, we are very excited about this announcement for ACT Late Model teams from throughout the region. This will certainly be different than this coming year’s ACT Invitational race on September 24th. After a couple years of watching how exciting and respectful the Late Model teams have been at New Hampshire, we wanted to give more Late Model teams an opportunity to race there. Being at Loudon over Indy weekend August 12-14, will be a dream come true for many of the Late Model teams. We expect to have as many as 100 teams trying to qualify for what will be a very unique short track kind of race on the ‘big track’,” said Tom Curley, the President of the American Canadian Tour.


More details regarding qualifying procedures and purses for the NHMS ACT Late Model ALL STAR event are expected in the coming months.


Tickets for the IZOD Indy Car 225 on August 14th start at $35 and advance tickets Saturday’s “Short Track All-Star Showdown” are only $25 for adults. Contact the NHMS Ticket office at 603-783-4931 or go to www.nhms.com for more information.


For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963, www.acttour.com, or media@acttour.com. Information is also available at www.nhms.com








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Nous vous présentons aujourd’hui le nouveau Logo de l’Autodrome Chaudière, saison 2011. Déjà vingt ans pour cette piste qui a été inaugurée le 9 août 1992. En terre battue au départ, puis asphalté avec nouvelle configuration en 2005.


M. Michel Lessard en a toujours été l’unique et seul propriétaire, secondé par sa conjointe Rachel. Puis ses enfants Pierre, Sylvie, Isabelle et leur conjoint respectif ont apporté leur contribution au succès de l’entreprise. Un succès familial digne de mention.


La direction vous propose une saison 20ième Anniversaire composée de huits programmes avec des primeurs jamais présentées au Québec, dont trois courses de la Série ACT et le 150 tours de la SERIE PASS,  Samedi 25 Juin, avec entre autres les Ben Row et Mike Row,  Mario Gosselin et Kevin Roberge. Une commandite de Les Habitations Dany Lagacé Inc.


Un Album Souvenir pour souligner l’événement et d’autres nouvelles dans les jours à venir.


André Gagnon, Directeur du Développement et Relationniste

Autodrome Chaudière, Vallée-Jonction


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DELAWARE SPEEDWAY: Whelen Modified Tour heading to Delaware in 2011

Delaware Speedway's historic 60th season is set to be an exciting one as the speedway begins to rollout its plans to celebrate.  The speedway took to the A-Channel News at Six airwaves this evening with NASCAR representatives Bob Duvall and George Silbermann to unveil the first part of that celebration: this season the famous NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its first ever stop in at Canada's most historic asphalt racetrack.


More than a first for Delaware Speedway, the event also represents a first for the tour itself as it will be the first ever Canadian race for the tour.  The tour will be at the track September 3 and 4 as part of the Great Canadian Race Weekend.  The main event will run on September 4.


"The Whelen Modified Tour has been one of the top fan requests to have brought to the track for a number of years," said track General Manager Joe Czernai.  "We're proud to have come to the point where we can offer this event as part of our racing lineup, more of which will be announced in the coming weeks".


The Whelen Modified Tour is one of four NASCAR sanctioned regional touring series across the United States, along with the Whelen Southern Modified Tour and the East & West K&N Pro Series.  The tour is considered the next level above the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division, in which Delaware Speedway drivers compete on a weekly basis and is a developmental step for drivers aiming to compete in the top levels of NASCAR competition.


The Whelen Modifieds themselves trace their development to the early days of stockcar racing and are considered NASCAR's oldest racing division.  The vehicles are powered by 625 horse power V8 engines, the cars are capable of speeds of up to 150 mph (approximately 240 kph) when set loose on an open track.  Being their first stop at Delaware Speedway, discovering how they will perform on the half-mile is one of the thrills that await fans in September.


Delaware Speedway is also announcing plans to field a competitor in the event.  The track has moved to acquire a Whelen Modified vehicle and plans to put home track hero D.J. Kennington of St. Thomas behind the wheel for the historic race.  Kennington began his career racing in the Street Stock division at the track seventeen years ago and has since moved through the ranks of Late Model and touring series competition.  Kennington has competed in the NASCAR Nationwide series and has won the two most recent NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races held at the track.  He also recently earned the 2010 championship in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.


Ticket availability for the event and season pass information for the full season will be announced in the near future. All information will be posted to the track website as soon as it is available, at www.delawarespeedway.com.


About Delaware Speedway: Delaware Speedway is a half-mile paved oval stock-car track, located just west of London, Ontario, Canada. Since 1952, Delaware Speedway has been the home to some of the finest stock car racing in Canada. Its unique natural amphitheatre-like setting allows a family or group of friends to enjoy exciting, comfortable and affordable evening or afternoon of racing.  Delaware Speedway is a proud member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series which promotes the best in local racing competition across North America.


For more information contact speedway General Manager Joe Czernai: (519) 652-5068 ext 204. // By John Houghton




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NASCAR Canadian Tire PR : 2011 Schedule

Season Opens May 28 at Mosport Speedway; Covers 12 Tracks In Five Provinces

·         Circuit ICAR Date Added To Series Slate

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 10, 2010) – NASCAR announced today the 2011 schedule for the fifth season of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, which takes the series to some of the top racing facilities throughout Canada.


The schedule features 12 dates at 12 different tracks across five provinces. The slate includes tracks and events familiar to the series, but the addition of another road-course event is new for next season.

The 2011 campaign gets underway on Saturday, May 28 at Mosport Speedway near Bowmanville, Ont. It is the first time the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series opens its season at the half-mile oval. Last season, Don Thomson Jr. earned the victory in an August race. This will be the earliest date the track has hosted Canada's premier racing series.

The season's second date takes the Canadian Tire Series to a new venue – Circuit ICAR located on the grounds of Montreal's Mirabel Airport. The 1.86-mile road course is located on the former passenger terminal's apron.

The series again will be included in many of Canada's largest motorsports events. For the fifth consecutive year, the Canadian Tire Series will share Montreal's legendary Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on IÎe Notre Dame with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. This year's signature event on the schedule is slated for Saturday, Aug. 20. Additionally, a date at Toronto's Exhibition Place is set for Saturday, July 9. It is a pairing with the IZOD IndyCar Series at the popular Honda Indy Toronto. Two-time series champion Andrew Ranger picked up wins in both of these races last season.

The annual swing through Western Canada will include stops at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C., and Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Sask. Both events resulted in standing-room-only crowds with Scott Steckly winning in British Columbia, and eventual series title winner DJ Kennington in Saskatchewan.

Another popular date is the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Quebec, which is on tap for Aug. 6-7. Last season, Ranger thrilled the fans of his home province with his third straight victory on the 1.53-mile temporary street course.

In what has become a tradition, the season will close and a new champion crowned at Kawartha Speedway, a .375-mile oval near Peterborough, Ont., on Saturday, Sept. 24. Last year, Pete Shepherd III picked up his first series-career win in the event, while Kennington celebrated his first series championship.

The 2011 calendar of races was revealed to many of the series' competitors and track operators at the NASCAR Canadian Recognition VIP Reception held Wednesday evening at The Fermenting Cellar inside The Distillery in downtown Toronto. This event recognized the accomplishments of participants in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, as well as competitors participating in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in Canada.

Other 2011 highlights include:

*       The 2011 schedule includes races on seven ovals: Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, Barrie Speedway, Delaware Speedway, Kawartha Speedway, Mosport Speedway, Motoplex Speedway and Riverside International Speedway; and five road courses: Circuit de Trois-Rivieres, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Circuit ICAR, Mosport International Raceway and the temporary street course at Toronto's Exhibition Place.
*       June 11 will be the series' third consecutive year of competing at Delaware Speedway. Kennington has held serve at his home track by being victorious in each of the first two races there.

*       On June 25-26, the series will run at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont., at the facility's 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course. The race is part of an eventful weekend at the 750-acre facility. Last year, JR Fitzpatrick out dueled both Ranger and Jason Bowles for his second win at the track.
*       The Barrie (Ont.) Speedway date is set for Saturday, Sept. 10. Each of the past four trips to Barrie on this weekend has resulted in overflow crowds. The .333-mile tri-oval always produces one of the most exciting and action-filled events of the season. In 2010, Kennington edged Thomson by just .015 of a second.
*       The trip east to the Maritime Province of Nova Scotia for a Saturday, Sept. 17 event at Riverside International Speedway is a popular stop for the competitors. Tackling the high-banked turns of the .333-mile scale version of the legendary Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway is always a thrill for both competitors and fans. Kennington collected his fifth win of the season in this event.


Date                      Track (Length)                                                          Location                       

Sat., May 28         Mosport Speedway (.5-Mile)                                      Bowmanville, Ont.

Sun., June 5          Circuit ICAR (1.86-Mile road course)                         Montreal, Que.

Sat., June 11         Delaware Speedway (.5-Mile)                                    London, Ont.

Sun., June 26        Mosport Int'l Raceway (2.459-Mile road course)       Bowmanville, Ont.

Sat. July 9             Toronto Exhibition Place (1.755-Mile road course)    Toronto, Ont.

Sat., July 23          Motoplex Speedway (.5-Mile)                                    Vernon, B. C.

Wed., July 27        Auto Clearing Motor Speedway (.333-Mile)               Saskatoon, Sask.

Sun., Aug. 7          Circuit de Trois-Rivieres (1.53-Mile road course)      Trois-Rivieres, Que.

Sat., Aug. 20         Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (2.709-Mile road course)     Montreal, Que.

Sat., Sept. 10        Barrie Speedway (.333-Mile)                                      Barrie, Ont.

Sat., Sept. 17        Riverside Int'l Speedway (.333-Mile)                          Antigonish, N. S.

Sat., Sept. 24        Kawartha Speedway (.375-Mile)                                Peterborough, Ont.

Tentative - Subject to Change

From Shon Sbarra, NASCAR Public Relations


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