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Merchants Bank à la piste Thunder Road
Champion en titre de la série ACT-Castrol, Patrick Laperle de St-Denis-sur-Richelieu a démontré qu’il était prêt à entreprendre la défense de celui-ci, dimanche après-midi à la piste Thunder Road de Barre au Vermont. Cette épreuve, le Merchants Bank 150 a été remportée par nul autre que Brian Hoar, le multiple champion du tour américain de l’ACT alors que Laperle a pris place sur la troisième marche du podium.

Cette course a nécessité six drapeaux jaunes dont un pour un carambolage au 70e passage impliquant neuf voitures dont celles de Brent Dragon, Chris Michaud, Ben Rowe, Glen Luce et Randy Potter. Le poste de commande a changé en neuf occasions parmi six pilotes.
Lors de sa qualification, Laperle avait pris le départ de la troisième place pour terminer quatrième alors que dans le Merchants Bank 150, il est parti de la 19e position pour remonter en troisième dans le dernier tiers.
Laperle a été plus chanceux que ses compatriotes Stéphane et Daniel Descostes ainsi que le nouveau venu Réjean Bissonnette qui n’ont pu se qualifier.
Dimanche prochain, le tour américain disputera sa troisième épreuve de la saison à la piste Devil’s Bowl au Vermont alors que Laperle entreprendra la défense de sa couronne ACT-Castrol à l’Autodrome Montmagny, le samedi 26 mai.


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Rutland's Rock Station 101.5 "The Fox" to Sponsor Devil's Bowl Speedway Spring Green

ATTACHED PHOTO: The American-Canadian Tour comes to Devil's Bowl Speedway for the "101.5 The Fox Spring Green 112" on Sunday, May 6.  (Leif Tillotson photo)
Will also present C.J. Richards Memorial Vintage Weekend in July 
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RUTLAND, VT – Rutland’s Rock Station, 101.5 “The Fox” will become a major player at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT in 2012.  The Fox will be the presenting sponsor of the season-opening “101.5 The Fox Spring Green” stock car racing event on Sunday, May 6, and has signed on for the “101.5 The Fox Vintage Racing Festival” as part of the inaugural C.J. Richards Memorial Weekend on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22.

Race fans will be treated to a live remote broadcast by 101.5 The Fox during the first-ever Downtown Rutland stock car show for Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday morning, May 5.  The 101.5 The Fox Spring Green on Sunday, May 6 features a 112-lap race for the American-Canadian Tour Late Models, along with championship openers for the Bond Auto Parts Modifieds, Renegades, and Bombers in the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
The 101.5 The Fox Vintage Racing Festival will feature race cars of all types from years gone by during the inaugural C.J. Richards Memorial Weekend in July.  The three-day event features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing at Carrara Masonry & Concrete Night on Friday, July 20, a car show for vintage race cars and hot rods on Saturday, July 21, and on-track vintage racing and car show awards on Sunday, July 22.
“We’re thrilled here at The Fox to be a major part of the racing action at Devil’s Bowl this year,” said General Manager John Gales.  “Rocking and racing go hand in hand and our thousands of listeners are going to love checking out the action at Devil’s Bowl this summer.  Plus, The Fox is going to love giving away tickets all summer long as well.”
The 101.5 The Fox Spring Green opens Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s 46th racing season on Sunday, May 6.  Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 1:30pm with green flag racing beginning at 2:00pm.  General admission is $18 for adults, 15 for seniors (62+), and free for children 12 and under.  Discount season passes are also available.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, six miles north of Exit 2 on US Route 4.  For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or click www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.

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Brian Hoar Claims Elusive ACT Merchants Bank 150

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Barre, VT – Eight-time and defending ACT Champion Brian Hoar, of Williston VT, rode a hot streak on his way to his second win in a row on the ACT Tour in the Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 29 at Thunder Road.  Hoar fought off former Lee USA Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr, of Dover NH, and two-time Serie ACT Castrol Champion Patrick Laperle of St. Denis, QC for his first ever Merchants Bank 150 win. 

Hoar started from the second position, after a +6 plus minus out of his heat, and stole the lead from Thunder Road defending Champion Dave Pembroke on lap 21. Hoar paced the field for 19 laps only to lose the lead to seven-time ACT Champion Jean Paul Cyr on lap 40.  Cyr took the lead and looked unstoppable for 79 laps, slicing and dicing through lap traffic, until lap 109 caution in which he pitted after the other leaders to take tires.  Helliwell Jr, and two-time Merchants Bank 150 Champ Nick Sweet battled it out before Sweet headed down pit road on a lap 116 caution, leaving Hoar, Laperle, and Helliwell to fight for the win. 
Helliwell gave everything he had trying to pick up his first ACT tour win, nose to tail between two former ACT champs for the last 10 laps.  Hoar survived an assault of moves from Helliwell, even recovering from being sideways out of turn four with two laps to go.  Laperle stormed from the 19th starting position, but had to turn his focus on a late race charge for third from John Donahue of Graniteville, VT who finished fourth.  Jean Paul Cyr rebounded from his tire stop to round out the top five.
The race was completed in 1:13:55 but was slowed by 6 cautions and a red flag for a multi-car wreck on lap 70.  Many cars were involved including 2011 ACT Rookie of the Year Ben Ashline, multi-time Thunder Road Champion Cris Michaud, Ben Rowe, Randy Potter, Glen Luce, Cody Blake, Quinny Welch, Jamie Aube, and Brent Dragon. The multi-car incident started with Michaud bouncing off the widowmaker and collecting the remainder of the group at the entrance of pit road.
Hoar had already qualified for the Bond Auto ACT Invitational on Saturday, September 22 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with his win in the season opener at Lee USA Speedway two weeks ago. 47 ACT Late models attempted to qualify for the 30 car field.  23 cars finished on the lead lap. 
Blair Bassett of Worcester, VT claimed an emotional first ever Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman win, fending off Scott Coburn, Chris Pelkey, 2011 Rookie of the Year Kyle Pembroke, and Joe Steffen.  Rounding out the top ten was Mike Martin, Dylan Payea, George May, Josh Demers, and Matt Potter. 
All-time Street Stock win leader Tommy Thunder added another to the list picking up his 23rd win in dominating fashion in the Allen Lumber Street Stock division.  He was chased to the line by Garry Bashaw, Bunker Hodgdon, Jason Kenison, and Daniel Lathrop.  Completing the top ten was Dean Switser, Ben Belanger, Nick Pilotte, David Whitcomb, and Danny Doyle. 
Thunder Road is off until Memorial Day for the 50th RV Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 27.  The American Canadian Tour Late Models head to Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT for  101.5 The Fox Spring Green 112 next Sunday, May 6 with a 2pm post time. 
Merchants Bank 150
American Canadian Tour
Thunder Road International Speedbowl
Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pos. (Start) Driver, Hometown - Lap
1. (2) Brian Hoar, Williston, VT - 150 Laps
2. (9) Wayne Helliwell Jr., Dover, NH -150 Laps
3. (19) Patrick Laperle, St-Denis, QC – 150 Laps
4. (5) John Donahue, Graniteville, VT -150 Laps
5. (8) Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT – 150 Laps
6. (27) Trampas Demers,  South Burlington, VT – 150 Laps
7. (15) Luke Hinkley, Claremont, NH - 150 Laps
8. (4) Brooks Clark, Fayston, VT - 150 Laps
9. (23) Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, ME – 150 Laps
10. (3) Nick Sweet, Barre, VT – 150 Laps
11. (10) Scott Payea, Milton, VT - 150 Laps
12. (13) Brett Wheeler, Waterbury, VT – 150 Laps
13. (7) Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Hudson, NH - 150 Laps
14. (1) Dave Pembroke, Middlesex, VT – 150 Laps
15. (18) Ricky Rolfe, Albany Twp, ME – 150 Laps
16. (29) Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT – 150 Laps
17. (25) Rowland Robinson, Jr.,  Birch Harbor, ME – 150 Laps
18. (6) Mark Lamberton, Mooers Forks, NY – 150 Laps
19. (20) Jamie Aube, No. Ferrisburg, VT – 150 Laps
20. (14) Glen Luce, Turner, ME – 150 Laps
21. (24) Brent Dragon, Milton, VT – 149 Laps
22. (17) Travis Fadden, North Haverhill, NH - 149                Laps
23. (11) Cris Michaud, E. Montpelier, VT – 148 Laps
24. (30) Eric Chase, Milton, VT – 148 Laps
25. (22) Phil Scott, Berlin, VT – 128 Laps
26. (26) Quinten, Welch                Lancaster, NH – 70 Laps
27. (28) Cody Blake, Barre, VT – 70 Laps
28. (16) Randy Potter, Groveton, NH - 70Laps
29. (12) Ben Ashline, Pittston, ME – 70 Laps
30. (21) Ben Rowe, Turner, ME – 69 Laps
Lap Leaders: Dave Pembroke (1-21), Brian Hoar (22-40), Jean-Paul Cyr (41-109), Wayne Helliwell Jr. (110), Nick Sweet (111), Helliwell (112-116), Patrick Laperle (117), Helliwell (118-128), Hoar (129-150)      
Time of Race: 1:13:55(red flag 14:21)                                                                                      
Margin of Victory: .279 seconds                                                                                
Cautions: 6 (laps 21, 65, 70(red), 109, 116, 128)                                                                                  
Heat Winners: Joey Polewarczyk Jr, Cris Michaud, Brett Wheeler, Glen Luce
Consi Winners: Mark Lamberton, Ben Ashline, Brian Hoar                                                                                            
B-Feature Winner: Quinny Welch                                                                                            

Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Top Ten
Pos. Driver, Hometown
1. 21 Blair Bessett Worcester, VT
2. 1 Scott Coburn Barre, VT
3. 64 Christopher Pelkey S. Barre, VT
4. 27 Kyle Pembroke Montpelier, VT
5. 00 Joe Steffen Grand Isle, VT
6. 01 Mike Martin Craftsbury Comm., VT
7. 07 Dylan Payea Henniker, NH
8. 16 George May Barre, VT
9. 10 Josh Demers Middlesex, VT
10. 23 Matt Potter Marshfield, VT

Allen Lumber Street Stocks Top Ten
Pos.  Car # Driver, Hometown
1. 50 Tommy Smith Williamstown, VT
2. 92 Garry Bashaw Lincoln, VT
3. 83 Bunker Hodgdon Hardwick, VT
4. 03 Jason Kenison Groveton, NH
5. 6 Daniel Lathrop Morrisville, VT
6. 16 #Dean Switser Jr. Lyndonville, VT
7. 99 Ben Belanger Whitefield, NH
8. 11 Nick Pilotte Jefferson, NH
9. 77 Dave Whitcomb Elmore, VT
10. 88 Danny Doyle Hancock, VT


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Buescher Earns Fourth Career Menards Pole Award, Second at Salem

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

(SALEM, Ind.) - Chris Buescher drove to the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell in just his second trip to Salem Speedway three seasons ago, and repeated that feat today in preparation for tomorrow's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200.

Buescher, driving the familiar No. 17 Ford of Roulo Brothers Racing, completed his qualifying lap in 17.06 seconds (117.116 mph) to edge Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott for the top spot. The 200-lap, 111-mile race will start at 2:15 p.m., with live timing and scoring coverage and live audio coverage available at ARCARacing.com.

Emily Headley, an Ansell territory manager from Cincinnati, presented the award to Buescher in Salem Speedway's infield.

The pole award was Buescher's fourth in 37 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events since 2009, and his first since July 2010 at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Buescher's pole speed ended up the fastest for ARCA at Salem since Justin Lofton earned the pole at 117.981 mph in April 2009.

After a cool morning and threats of sprinkling rain, the sun appeared over Salem Speedway for the afternoon qualifying session, causing slick conditions. Even for Buescher, who has six previous starts at the high-banked, 0.555-mile oval, the weather conditions gave Salem a new face.

"It's definitely slick and definitely getting a little rougher," he said. "There's more character, I guess you could say. It's still a fun track here. We're working on it and trying to go a little better on these longer runs. I think this new tire's falling off a little more, so we're working on that a little bit. Overall, it's still running pretty good."

Buescher said the car he has this weekend is one he's driven a lot in the past, and he figures the race setup to be as dialed in as for his Salem victory last fall.

"(Crew chief and team co-owner) Gary (Roulo) has worked hard all through practice and we think we're in a good position," he said.

Clint King, last fall's Salem pole winner, and Tom Hessert completed the top five. Chad Hackenbracht, May 2011 winner Brennan Poole, Mikey Kile, Mason Mingus, and 15-year-old Erik Jones rounded out the top 10.

Nine-time Salem Speedway winner Frank Kimmel will start 11th.

After leading the first practice but having to recover from driveline issues, Will Kimmel qualified 14th at his home track.

The full starting lineup is available at ARCARacing.com.

WUME 95.3 FM of Paoli, Ind. will produce and air the online audio broadcast for ARCARacing.com, and also air the race in southern Indiana. The race is scheduled as the third of 20 this season.

2012 is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The complete 2012 event schedule is available at ARCARacing.com.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway for the first time. In June, the first event at Minnesota's Elko Speedway will give ARCA a race in a 29th state.

Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.

Griffin Hickman, ARCA

Don Radebaugh, ARCA

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14th Annual Merchants Bank 150 Weekend

Thunder Road International Speedbowl
·         109 cars attended the annual Car Show held at Thunder Road
·         46 ACT Late Models participated in practice in preparation for Sunday’s Merchants Bank 150.
·         Joey Polewarcyzk Jr. of Hudson, NH had the fastest lap time of 13.069.
·         Other fast times were set by defending Late Model Champion Dave Pembroke, two-time defending Merchants Bank 150 Champion Nick Sweet, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, former Rookie of the Year Cody Blake, as well as Ben Rowe, Brooks Clark, Randy Potter, and Cris Michaud in the Merchants Bank Ford Fusion.

·         Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, ME was also fast in practice after flying back from a fifth place finish at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL in his Brad Keselowski Racing Development ride on Friday night.
·         Four (4) Canadian teams participated in practice with former ACT Champion Patrick Laperle the fastest among them with a time of 13.175
·         Cris Michaud, of E. Montpelier won the pit stop contest with a time of 21.69 after Patrick Laperle’s team recorded a time of 21.63 but received a 10 second penalty for two loose lugnuts
·         Brent Dragon of Milton, VT was the most consistent driver of the day.  He was in the top five fastest cars in the first three practices.
·         All but two of the ACT Late Model Champions over the past 20 years (Pete Fecteau and Lance Ferno) will attempt to qualify for The Merchants Bank 150
·         David Finck of Barre, VT and Shawn Fleury of Middlesex, VT  were consistently the fastest Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen
·         Cam Ouelette of Barre, VT and Tommy Smith of Williamstown, VT ran the fastest times of the day in the Allen Lumber Street Stock division. 
·         Street Stock driver Brock Parrot of Williamstown, VT took a spin after a malfunction in the drive train, and the wheel of the #35 Street Stock of Keith Fortier of Hinesburg, VT came off entering turn one.  All were okay. 
·         With no major wrecks or spins, all the cars participating in practice today are expected to attempt to qualify for the Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 29 at 1pm. 
ACT Late Model Top 20 Practice Times
Saturday, April 28, 2012
1. 97nh Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. - 13.069
2. 88vt Nick Sweet - 13.105
3. 10nh Ben Rowe - 13.140
4. 14vt Phil Scott - 13.169
5. 55vt Brent Dragon - 13.172
6. 68vt Brooks Clark - 13.172
7. 02nh Randy Potter - 13.175
8. 91qc Patrick Laperle - 13.175
9. 99vt Cody Blake - 13.184
10. 6vt Cris Michaud - 13.186
11. 40vt Eric Chase - 13.193
12. 44vt Dave Pembroke - 13.197
13. 18vt Jamie Fisher - 13.205
14. 57me Austin Theriault - 13.211
15. 85vt Trampas Demers - 13.227
16. 37vt Brian Hoar - 13.235
17. 27nh Wayne Helliwell, Jr. - 13.242
18. 89vt Scott Payea - 13.255
19. 16vt Joey Becker - 13.269
20. 58vt Jimmy Hebert - 13.273

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 En raison des prévisions de temps froid avoisinnant les 0 degrés prévues pour demain matin, la journée "Porte Ouverte"  a été reportée au VENDREDI LE 4 MAI en soirée.


 Pour l'occasion, les puits ouvriront à 18h30. Les activités telles que les inspections, vente de pneus et essais en piste auront lieu tel que prévu, en espérant que Dame Nature sera de notre côté.


Noter que l'ENDURO 200 prévu pour dimanche le 29 avril aura lieu tel que prévu. Les puits ouvriront dès 7h00 am. 

Yves Ladouceur


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Laperle Files Entry to Merchants Bank 150

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Dimanche à la piste Thunder Road
Photo: Le champion 2011 Série ACT Castrol Patrick Laperle (91QC) fait un dépassement sous Scott Payea (89VT) à la piste de Thunder Road dans le cadre du Labor Day Classic 2011 (Photo courtoisie Alan Ward)
Barre, VT – Deux fois champion de la série ACT-Castrol, Patrick Laperle a fait parvenir son inscription en prévision de la 14e édition du Merchants Bank 150 qui se déroulera à la piste Thunder Road, dimanche prochain. Cette ancienne vedette du tour américain de l’ACT qui a remporté la couronne en 2008, a choisi cette compétition pour lancer sa saison 2012
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Laperle Files Entry to
Merchants Bank 150

Attached Photo: PatrickLaperle.jpg – 2011 Série ACT Castrol Champion Patrick Laperle (91QC) looks for room under Thunder Road regular Scott Payea (89VT) during the 2011 Labor Day Classic. (Photo by Alan Ward)

Barre, VT - Two-time and defending Serie ACT Castrol Champion Patrick Laperle has filed his entry for the 14th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road.  The former ACT US star, who won the ACT Championship in 2008, will make his return to the Barre Highbanks to kick off the 2012 season.

.La fiche de Laperle à ce spectaculaire tracé fait de lui un candidat sérieux à la victoire. De ses 19 victoires dans l’ACT, quatre d’entre elles sont survenues à la piste Thunder Road et il est au troisième rang au chapitre des succès dans l’ACT. Patrick s’est également signalé plus d’une fois dans le prestigieux Milk Bowl et en 2010, il a triomphé lors du Labor Day Classic.

Il va sans dire que Laperle est très enthousiaste concernant son début de saison.
« Normalement nous participons à quelques courses durant la saison hivernale, mais cet hiver, nous ne sommes pas sortis. Nous sommes donc plus qu’excités de commencer la saison », de dire Laperle. « Pour cette saison, nous avons de nouveaux commanditaires qui nous aiderons à participer à plus de courses. Cependant, nous allons les prendre l’une après l’autre et nous suivrons nos performances » de conclure Laperle.

Pour ce lever de rideau à la piste Thunder Road, Laperle aura de l’opposition, car les deux pilotes le précédant dans la liste des vainqueurs de l’ACT seront également de la partie. Huit fois champion de l’ACT, Brian Hoar qui a triomphé à la piste de Lee tentera de poursuivre dans le même sens dans ce championnat américain de l’ACT. Également sept fois détenteur de la couronne américaine, Jean-Paul Cyr tentera d’empêcher Hoar d’atteindre son objectif. Il compte également sur de bons résultats en 2012 pour rejoindre Hoar au sommet.

Vainqueur des deux dernières éditions du Merchants Bank 150, Nick Sweet sera sur place dans le but de réussir un triplé. Champion de la piste Thunder Road, David Pembroke sera également du nombre des participants tout comme les réputés Phil Scott et Chris Michaud. Pour cette 14e édition du Merchants Bank 150, on pourra franchir les tourniquets dès dix heures. L’admission pour les adultes sera de 20$.
Laperle’s resume at Thunder Road makes him an early favorite for the Merchants Bank 150.  His 19 ACT wins, four of which have been at Thunder Road, is third overall on the All-Time ACT Win List. He is a multi-time Thunder Road Milk Bowl Champion as well as the 2010 Labor Day Classic winner.

Laperle is enthusiastic about starting the 2012 racing season.

“Usually we compete in races over the winter, but we did not do that this year.  We are more excited than ever to start the season.” commented Laperle. “We have added some new sponsors this year which will allow us to race more, so we will take it one race at a time and see where we are.” Laperle finished.

Laperle will not be without competition at the Thunder Road opener, however, as the two drivers listed above him on the ACT All Time Win List will also be in competition.  Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT fresh off of his win at Lee USA in the season opener will be looking to continue his hot streak on the ACT U.S.  Seven-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT will be looking to dethrone Hoar and tie him in ACT Championships during the 2012 season.  There will also be stiff competition from Barre’s Nick Sweet, the winner of the last two Merchants Bank 150s, David Pembroke of Middlesex, VT, the defending Thunder Road Late Model Champion, as well as multi-time champions Phil Scott and Cris Michaud. 

Gates open for the 14th Merchants Bank 150 at 10 am on Sunday April 29, 2012. Post time is set for 1:00 pm. Admission is: Adult $20.00, Children 12 and under are free.

For additional information, head to www.acttour.com  or email us at media@acttour.com


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Pro Late Models Headline Weekend

New Smyrna Beach, Florida (4/26/12)

After mother nature washed out the action last weekend, the FASCAR tracks come roaring back this Friday and Saturday night with two action packed nights.

Friday night (4/27) the Weekly Racing Series Pro Late Models take center-stage at the Orlando Speedworld oval track. Friday night's lineup also includes Heat Races and Features for the Pro-Trucks, Legend Cars, Super Stocks, Mini-Stocks, Strictly Stocks and the open-wheeled E-Modifieds which have provided some of the best racing of 2012 throughout the State. All the racing action on Friday night is just $12.00 General Admission with Kids 11 & under getting in FREE with a paying Adult.

On Saturday night (4/28) the action shifts from the tight bull-ring of Speedworld over to the high-banks of Florida's fastest short-track, the half-mile New Smyrna Speedway. The Pro Late Models Challenge Series highlight the night's schedule as they are set for 100 green-flag laps in just the second race for Florida's newest Late Model series. Joining the Pro Late Models on Saturday night will be the Weekly Racing Series Super Late Models in a rare double-bill for the two Late Model divisions. Also scheduled are the Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro-Trucks, Super Stocks, Mini-Stocks and the Strictly Stocks. General admission for Saturday night is $20.00 Adults with Kids 11 & under getting in FREE once again with a paying Adult.

With the rare opportunity of racing both Pro and Super Late Models on the same night at the same track, look for a few teams to be hauling two cars to New Smyrna on Saturday night. 

Just a handful of races into the 2012 season the racing action is already in mid-season form at both tracks with battles to claim Track Championship honors already heating up in several divisions. For complete Point Standings breakdowns for both tracks, use the links below:

That's two big night's of racing this Friday and Saturday night with the FASCAR sister-tracks. 

Friday - April 27, 2012
Orlando Speedworld 
Pit Gates Open at  4:00pm 
Racing Starts at 8:00pm 

Saturday - April 28, 2012New Smyrna Speedway
Pit Gates Open at 3:00pm
Qualifying for Pro Late Models 6:30pm
Racing Starts at 7:30pm 


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Downtown Rutland to host Devil's Bowl Speedway Car Show

Community celebration kicks off Vermont track’s new era

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RUTLAND CITY, VT – The cars and stars of Devil’s Bowl Speedway are coming to the heart of one of Vermont’s biggest cities.  On Saturday, May 5, stock cars and drivers from four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will line the streets of Downtown Rutland to usher in a new era of racing at the nearby track.  The inaugural Downtown Rutland car show in will be in support of the Spring Green 112, the track’s season-opening event, on Sunday, May 6.


From 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 5, as many as 50 race cars will line Merchants Row for a “meet and greet” car show between Washington Street and Center Street.  Race fans will have a chance to get up close and personal with not just the fire-breathing race machines from Devil’s Bowl Speedway, but also with the local men and women who dare to drive them each week at the fast asphalt half-mile oval.  Show-goers are also encouraged to support the businesses and restaurants along Merchants Row and throughout Downtown Rutland during the car show. 

Michael Coppinger, Executive Director of the Downtown Rutland Partnership, helped make the event become a reality.

“Downtown Rutland is honored and excited to play host to the first Devil's Bowl Speedway welcome party ever in Rutland City.  Stock car racing is one of the most popular sports in the country and because of that we feel this event will draw many spectators into the downtown from all over our region,” Coppinger said, hinting at possible future opportunities with track owners Mike and Alayne Bruno.  “We wish the new owners of Devil's Bowl Speedway the best of luck and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Cars and drivers from Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s Bond Auto Parts Modified, J&S Steel Late Model, Renegade, and Bomber divisions will be on hand at the Downtown Rutland show, along with select American-Canadian Tour Late Model teams.  An open practice session will follow at the race track.

On Sunday, May 6, Devil’s Bowl Speedway opens its 46th racing season with the Spring Green 112.  Opening ceremonies begin at 1:30 p.m., with qualifying set for 2:00 p.m.  General admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (62+), and free for children 12 and under; discount season passes are available. 

Rutland is the third largest city in Vermont and is easily accessed by U.S. Routes 4 and 7, by rail on Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express (New York City), and by air on Cape Air (Boston).  Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, six miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4, and just 20 miles from Downtown Rutland.  For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or click www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.




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Ansell Back as Sponsor of ARCA Racing Series Event at Chicagoland Speedway; Ansell ActivArmrR 150 Set for Saturday, July 21

For Immediate Release:

Thursday, April 26, 2012


(RED BANK, N.J.) - Officials from Ansell Protective Products, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, and Chicagoland Speedway have announced that Ansell and its new ActivArmr® product line will sponsor the Ansell ActivArmr® 150 at the 1.5-mile oval on Saturday, July 21.


Ansell, the worldwide leader in protective handwear, sponsored ARCA Racing Series events at Chicagoland in 2009 and 2010, and returns to the track after one year as a race title sponsor at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.


"It's great to welcome Ansell to our terrific lineup of entitlement partners for the 2012 season," said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. "Ansell has a long-standing reputation for providing its clients with quality, reliable products to succeed in safer and more productive work environments. We look forward to working with them during the upcoming season to both highlight the Ansell brand and bring our fans action-packed racing during the Ansell ActivArmr® 150 race in July."


The race is scheduled as the 12th of 20 in the ARCA Racing Series season, and will play a key role in determining the contenders for the championship in ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season.


Professional construction workers told Ansell what they needed, and Ansell delivers with ActivArmr® Jobsite Gear. The ActivArmr® Jobsite Gear gloves are tailored to the specific needs of each trade and provide an optimal balance of protection, dexterity, and comfort never before seen in a construction glove.


"Ansell is excited to be back at Chicagoland Speedway to sponsor the Ansell ActivArmr® 150," said Steve York, director of channel and vertical development for Ansell. "The Chicagoland area is Menards' largest market, and it affords us the opportunity to meet with our customers and also introduce Ansell products to a wide range of new users. Our plan for this year's race is to further expand the ActivArmr® brand and drive excitement around our experiential display that will educate the race fans on the hand protection options available from Ansell."


Ansell continues its position as the Official Safety Glove of the ARCA Racing Series, enhanced by a special award sponsorship for all 20 ARCA Racing Series races: The Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell.


Ansell's motorsports involvement began in January 2009, when Ansell and Menards teamed with nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel. The marketing program is anchored by a business-to-business relationship between Ansell, the world's largest manufacturer of protective gloves and clothing, and Menards, the nation's third largest home improvement retailer. The sponsorship launched the Ansell line of hand protection products and made the product available for purchase in over 250 Menards stores in 2010.


Today, the relationship continues in stores and on the track, as Kimmel aims for his 10th ARCA championship and 75th ARCA victory in his first year with ThorSport Racing.


Practice for the Ansell ActivArmr® 150 is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. on Friday, July 20, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 10 a.m. the next day. The Ansell ActivArmr® 150 will take the green flag at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, starting a doubleheader with that evening's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. Live television coverage of the Ansell ActivArmr® 150 will air on SPEED. All times are Central.


The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway for the first time. In June, the first event at Minnesota's Elko Speedway will give ARCA a race in a 29th state.


Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.



Griffin Hickman, ARCA

Don Radebaugh, ARCA


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"Pin It Forward" Campaign To Kick Off 2012 NASCAR Day Celebration

Victory Junction To Receive Annual Donation From Proceeds

Generated By 2011 NASCAR Day And Other Charitable Activities


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2012) – NASCAR Day, an annual celebration of NASCAR’s fans, charities and spirit, will have extra incentive for fans to share their passion for the sport and make a difference in the lives of children this year.


The ninth celebration of NASCAR Day on Friday, May 18th will encourage fans to join The NASCAR Foundation’s initiative in the “Pin It Forward” campaign. Fans are invited to connect and share their pride for NASCAR by posting stories and uploading pictures on the foundation’s Facebook page.


NASCAR Day’s impact in the racing family already has been felt with the foundation’s commitment to positively impacting the lives of children. This week, on Friday, April 27th, The NASCAR Foundation will present the Victory Junction camp for chronically ill children with a $565,000 donation, consisting of 2011 fund-raising efforts through NASCAR Day, the NASCAR Unites campaign and the Tom Murphy Memorial Golf Classic, a charity golf tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Since it began in 2004, NASCAR Day has raised nearly $10 million for charity.


“The NASCAR Foundation remains proud to continue to support Victory Junction and all the wonderful opportunities that they provide children in need,” said Sandy Marshall, executive director, The NASCAR Foundation.


To continue raising awareness, fans can visit The NASCAR Foundation’s Facebook page between now and NASCAR Day to “Pin It Forward” with their $20 donation for a pair of commemorative pins – one for yourself, one for a friend. In addition to helping the cause online, fans may post pictures displaying their spirit – and their pins – and share the story of what it means to “Pin It Forward.”


Accounts to engage with this promotion are The NASCAR Foundation’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/NASCARFoundation and @NASCAR_FDN on Twitter. The associated Twitter hashtag for this initiative is #NASCARDay. Submissions received will be featured across various communication channels including NASCAR television and social media platforms.


For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/NASCARFoundation. To learn more about The NASCAR Foundation, log on to NASCAR.COM/foundation.



The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for one of North America's premier sports. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 150 countries and in 20 languages. In the U.S., races are broadcast on FOX, TNT, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, SPEED and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. NASCAR fans are among the most brand loyal in all of sports, and as a result more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, and one local grassroots series, as well as two international series. Also part of NASCAR is GRAND-AM Road Racing, known for its competition on road courses with multiple classes of cars. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., NASCAR has offices in eight cities across North America. The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Capital City 400 presented by Virginia is for Lovers at Richmond International Raceway, will air April 28 on FOX at 7:30 p.m. ET. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.NASCAR.COM. Follow NASCAR on www.facebook.com/NASCAR or on Twitter: @NASCAR


About The NASCAR Foundation

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR family and its commitment to serving communities. The NASCAR Foundation seeks to raise funds and increase volunteer participation to support nonprofit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that affect the ability of children to live, learn and play. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: NASCAR.COM/foundation.


About Victory Junction

The 84-acre camp – which has hosted more than 14,000 chronically ill children free of charge thanks to the generosity of donors since it opened in Randleman, N.C., in 2004 – was started after a major fund-raising effort by Kyle and Pattie Petty and with the help of the NASCAR community. It was created in memory of and to fulfill the vision of their son Adam, who died in a racing accident in 2000 at age 19. Ground was broken for a proposed second camp on a 71-acre plot near Kansas City, Kan., in 2009. Visit the website www.victoryjunction.org or follow on Twitter: @victoryjunction.


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Terry Senneker Signs Up for Toledo Allegiant Gold Cup Race

For Immediate Release:

Thursday, April 26, 2012



(TOLEDO, Ohio) - Wayland, Mich. driver Terry Senneker has inked his entry for this Sunday's 100-lap ARCA Allegiant Gold Cup Series event at Toledo Speedway, which is one half of the 7Up Twin 100s at the half-mile paved oval. The ARCA CRA Super Series will also be in competition, with a separate 100-lap event for the stock-bodied late models.


Senneker, one of the top outlaw Late Model racers in the Midwest, will make his first trip to Toledo in several years. The second-generation star is a threat to win wherever he races, and Terry kicked off the 2012 season in winning style by capturing the 100 lap event at the Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI April 14.


In fact, the pavement Late Model racing season is just 2 weeks old in this area, and the winners of both events are scheduled to be at Toledo this Sunday, April 29. Kalamazoo Speedway winner Steve Needles, fresh off his win in the Intimidator 100 last Saturday night, is also entered for the Toledo event. Needles will be looking for his first-ever victory at the Glass City oval.


As of 5 p.m. today, a total of 33 ARCA CRA Super Series cars and 26 ARCA Allegiant Gold Cup cars are entered for the doubleheader. The forecast for Sunday is sunshine and temperatures in the low 50's.


A section of Toledo's new grandstand has been completed and will be open for Sunday's race, giving race fans a new and spectacular view of the track.


An open practice session is slated for Saturday, April 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge for spectators for Saturday's practice. Tours of the new grandstands will be available Saturday afternoon, which includes a large handicap seating area. 7Up will be giving away a bottle of 7Up for fans that venture to the top of the new stands in the "Pop at the Top" promotion during the practice day.


Sunday's schedule has practice beginning at 11 a.m., time trials go at 12:45 and racing begins at 2 p.m. The pits will open both days at 9 a.m. The ticket office and grandstand gates will open at 11 a.m. Sunday morning. All seating is general admission.


For additional information, including the updated entry lists, log onto www.flatrockspeedway.com or www.toledospeedway.com. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/toledoflatrock or follow us on twitter @toledospeedway or @flatrockspeed. The track phone number is 419-727-1100.



Scott Schultz, ARCA


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