Autodrome St-Eustache - Reprise du Challenge 200..sous le soleil

Dimanche, le 9 octobre


Si on se fie aux prévisions météorologiques, c’est par un dimanche ensoleillé et une température de 20 degrés et plus que sera reprise la course CHALLENGE 200 OXYGÈNE 640 contremandée la semaine dernière à cause d’une température tout à fait différente de 10 degrés, accompagnée d’une froide pluie.


Lorsque la nouvelle de la remise a été annoncée, sur le coup de midi dimanche passé, près de cent voitures avaient été inspectées et avaient pigé leurs positions de départ pour la finale de 200 tours. Au moment d’écrire ces lignes, plus d’une cinquantaine de participants s’étaient ajoutés. Les organisateurs s’attendent donc à un nombre record pour une course enduro composée exclusivement de voitures 4 cylindres.


C’est à 10 h 00 dimanche matin, le 9 octobre, que les puits seront ouverts. Les voitures non inspectées, dimanche dernier, devront obligatoirement subir le test de freins et l’inspection requise avant d’accéder à la piste pour les pratiques. Les voitures munies des autocollants d’inspection déjà émis pourront, quant à elles, accéder à la piste pour les essais de 10 h 15 à midi.


Les amateurs présents auront, quant à eux, droit à toute une enlevante épreuve de 200 tours dont le signal du départ sera donné à 14 h 00 précises.


Le prix d’admission sera de 20 $ pour les adultes, 10 $ pour les 13 à 17 ans et tout à fait gratuitement pour les enfants de 12 ans et moins. L’admission dans les puits est de 25 $ pour tous.


Prendre note que la course ENDURANCE 250 pour les 4, 6 et 8 cylindres et le SMASHFEST ont été décalés d’une semaine (les 16 et 23 octobre respectivement) en raison de cette reprise du CHALLENGE 200, ce dimanche.


Pour toutes informations supplémentaires, nous vous invitons à consulter les sites web www.autodrome.ca et www.anca-qc.com



Source :            Yves Ladouceur

                        Directeur des opérations courses






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MacDonald, Branham, Bruno Surprise Entries to ACT Fall Foliage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             ACT-100511-63

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) Rent-A-Wreck Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway this Saturday, October 8, 2011 will have some surprise entries.

            Perhaps the most surprising entry came from the star of the ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) two weeks ago:  Eddie MacDonald, from Rowley, MA who has entered the 200-lap event following his second ACT Invitational win.  “I have heard how great Airborne’s half mile races have been, and since our season on the NASCAR K&N Series will be over (MacDonald finished 5th at Dover Downs International Speedway last weekend) this should be a lot of fun.  I really enjoy racing with the ACT guys and just maybe Nick (Sweet) and I can have another battle….that would be pretty special,” said MacDonald.  Sweet, from Barre, VT, has now finished second to MacDonald in two of the three Invitational events at NHMS.  He will be driving the #57 RPM Ford for the Rick and Michelle Paya team to finish out the 2011 ACT points season.


            Hometown favorite, Brian “Bucko” Branham has entered the 200-lap finale.  Branham, the former ACT Late Model racer, has spent over twenty-five years racing at Airborne.  “I have recently been racing in the Sportsman division, but really wanted to try a Late Model at the new Airborne.  Mike Thompson from Vermont has given me the opportunity to drive his car, and I can’t wait,” Branham said.   Branham has been a fan favorite for many years with his ‘no-holds-barred’ racing. 

            “I think it’s great that Bucko has a ride for this event.  He was a great supporter of ACT and certainly one of the favorite drivers at Airborne when we ran the track from 1990 through 2004.  He continues to be a top runner with the Sportsman division, and having him in the Fall Foliage will definitely give the local fans someone to cheer for, and no doubt will have me on the edge of my seat,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

            Yet another surprise entry will be that of 2006 asphalt dirt Modified Champ Mike Bruno from Rutland, VT.  Bruno, the former dirt racer, turned to ACT Late Models and NASCAR North before heading back to dirt and asphalt dirt racing.  In 2011 Bruno ran both ACT events and asphalt dirt Modifieds.  “I just had to enter this race.  I was there when ACT opened the asphalt half mile back in the ‘90s, and I returned with a dirt Modified a few years ago.  Going back with our ACT car for the Fall Foliage will be a lot different, but the new Airborne track is just one of those tracks that all racers want to race on”, said Bruno.

            The Fall Foliage 300 will consist of a 200-lap combination point event for the ACT US and ACT Castrol Series competitors.  Teams from both sides of the border, including US and Castrol Champions Brian Hoar and Patrick Laperle, will head the list of ACT Late Model entrants.  Over 40 teams are expected to compete in the final point event of the year for both series.

            The Bond/Wix Tiger Tour will complete their season with a 100-lap event at Airborne.  Bradford, Vermont’s Derrick O’Donnell leads the Tiger Sportsman group to Airborne, but will be trying to capture his first Tiger Tour title with limited experience at the half mile.  Several Vermont drivers will attempt to add their name to the trophy, including Joe Steffen from Essex Jct., defending Tiger Tour champion Jason Bonnett from St. Albans, and Joey Roberts from Georgia.  All have lots of experience at Airborne.  “I don’t know if we have enough to catch Derrick, but the battle from second to seventh in the standings should be pretty intense.  Airborne is one of our favorite places to race, so we are really looking forward to it”, said Smith McKay, owner of the #00 that former Tiger Sportsman Champion Joe Steffen drives.

            Gates will open at 10am Saturday, October 8, 2011.  Post time is 1pm.  Admission is just $18 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.


For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963, www.acttour.com, or media@acttour.com.




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Federated Auto Parts Race Teams Have Gone Pink

For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011



(CONCORD, N.C.) - Federated Auto Parts and its drivers Ken Schrader and Tom Hessert have gone pink. The Federated teams will showcase pink-themed paint schemes for the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.


Schrader will sport a Breast Cancer Awareness scheme on his No. 9 Federated dirt modified car, which he will race throughout the Midwest during October, while Hessert will drive his No. 52 Federated Pink Chevrolet in the final two races of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.


Hessert's car will make its first appearance at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. on October 7, and then again in the season finale, the Toledo 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio on October 16. Hessert is currently seventh in the ARCA points standings.


"Tom and I are proud to be running special paint schemes on our Federated Auto Parts cars all next month," said Schrader, from his North Carolina race shop. "We have lost too many friends to breast cancer. If we can help in the fight against this disease and build more awareness for women everywhere, then we're all for it. The cars will certainly stand out and make a statement - an important one for all of the women in our lives."


(For images of the pink No. 52 Ken Schrader Racing car, please contact Susan Russo of Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. Contact information is at the bottom of this press release.)


In conjunction with the Federated Auto Parts special paint schemes, R&R Enterprises has produced an exclusive line of merchandise to support the team's campaign. Schrader's wife, Ann, will be participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte, N.C., on October 22 and 23, in honor of two longtime friends, Lisa Meloni and Laura Jones, who have lost their battle with cancer.


Included in the "offering" are T-shirts, license plates, decals, dog tags, and a ladies hat. Designs feature trendy graphics in vibrant shades of pink and blue that complement the KSR team and sponsor logos. Showcased in pink, the racing theme featured throughout the merchandise will appeal to everyone. Merchandise may be ordered online at http://www.r-ronline.com, http://www.r-rracewear.com, by phone at 1-877-730-6953, and at http://www.schraderracing.com.


KSR, Inc., its partners, and fans will donate to Mrs. Schrader's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer fundraising goal through the sale of the "pink" campaign merchandise, which will be offered for a limited time. Direct donations may be made to Mrs. Schrader's fundraising efforts at http://hop.to/legsforlisa.


"The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer will be a challenge and is just one way to honor my two dear friends Laura and Lisa," said Ann Schrader. I'm thankful to Federated Auto Parts for supporting this, and many other causes in which Ken and our team participate. Federated Auto Parts came up with a great paint scheme and R&R has produced some darling merchandise that has true meaning behind it. Ken's fans have been very generous in supporting my fundraising goal. I'm hoping that Ken and Tom can put the Federated cars in Victory Lane to bring even more awareness to the fight against breast cancer!"


To learn more about the KSR, Inc. Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, visit http://www.schraderracing.com.


Note: This is an unedited Automobile Racing Club of America re-distribution of a press release from Ken Schrader Racing, Inc.



Susan Russo

Ken Schrader Racing, Inc.


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Maryeve Dufault Returns To ARCA Competition Vowing To Prove

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (October 5, 2011) - - Maryeve Dufault, driver of the No. 12 Race Engines Plus / Dodge Motorsports / Tony Marks Racing Dodge Charger will make her first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start in nearly two months when the green flag waives for Friday night’s Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway.


Dufault, the Sorel, Quebec Canada native last competed at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in the Pennsylvania ARCA 125 where she bolted from her 27th place starting position to finish a commendable 13th  earning her the Hard Charger Award.  Dufault returns to the cockpit for the final two races at Kansas Speedway and Toledo Speedway respectively where she intends to provide her team with another finish inside the top-10.


And if there is a track that offers the most probable circumstance for that goal to become a reality, Kansas Speedway might just be the place. Carrying a similar outline to Chicagoland Speedway, the site of Dufault’s 10th place finish in June, the Tony Marks Racing (TMR) skips to the “Land of Oz” hoping to deliver their second straight top-10 finish on Friday night.


“I’m ready for Kansas,” said Dufault, who has since made her NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. “We had a good thing going at Pocono and despite the break in-between, I am really excited about climbing back behind the wheel of our No. 12 Race Engines Plus / Dodge Motorsports / Tony Marks Racing Dodge Charger and fight towards another top-10 finish.”


“We’re bringing fast racecars to the track,” Dufault said. “As a team, we skipped the dirt races all together and Jared did a great job at Madison and Salem. Both of us tested this past weekend at Toledo Speedway to prepare for the season finale and I feel like we’re both are going to have really strong racecars.  We’re all looking forward to the remaining two races and beyond.”


As far as Kansas Speedway is concerned, it will be business as usual when she puts on her helmet and takes to the mile-and-a-half-track for the first time in her ARCA career.


Dufault, in her off time has also packed her belongings and made the long trek from California to North Carolina where she now calls “home” in an effort to be closer to her team and marketing partners.


“I’m enjoying living in North Carolina,” Dufault sounded. “It’s a lot different than California, but I like the change. I’m able to spend a lot of time at the shop and hang with my team and racing friends even more now that I’m here near them. It’s been another step in the right direction.”


“Ryan (Chism, crew chief) and the entire team have been working hard on the car for the past couple of weeks. It looks sweet. It’s a one-day show at a big track and a quick turn-around between qualifying and the race, so keeping ourselves on our agenda will be critical to having a good night. For me, I have to use patience, not get anxious and stay focused. Hopefully when it’s all said and done, we can find ourselves in the same scenario as we did at Chicagoland.”


Tony Marks, a former racer and Ohio entrepreneur offered his thoughts on Friday night’s stakes. “Everyone at TMR is looking forward to having Maryeve back in her seat again this week,” Marks offered. “We have our cars ready to go and the team is still riding high from our finish at Salem Speedway. There isn’t a question in my mind that with a little bit of luck and some patience too, Maryeve can keep the team headed in the right direction on Friday night.”


In addition to Race Engines Plus and Dodge Motorsports, Dufault will carry the signage of Cool Off Icy Towelettes, Terry Henricks Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep / Ram and the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) as associate marketing partners for the team’s inaugural debut at Kansas Speedway.


TMR development driver Jared Marks after finishing a career-best fifth at Salem (Ind.) Speedway last month will be on-hand at Kansas Speedway but due to ARCA’s age restrictions will be unable to participate in Friday night’s shootout. Instead, Marks will return to form in a second TMR entry at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, October 16.


The Kansas Lottery 98.9 (99 laps / 148.5 miles) is the 18th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 11th ARCA event held at Kansas Speedway is a one-day show. Practice begins Friday, October 7 with a two hour and 15 minute practice session planned from 9:00 a.m. -11:15 a.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin later in the day at 5:35 p.m. The field will take the green flag approximately two hours later at 7:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,330th race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.


To learn more about Tony Marks Racing, please click over to Tmr-racing.com.


For more on Maryeve Dufault, please log onto Maryeveracing.com.


For additional information on TMT, Inc. please visit; tmtcompanies.net.


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