For Immediate Release ACT – 041012-19
Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that
VP Racing Fuels (VP) would become the “Official Fuel” of ACT for 2012. The
ambitious program will begin a major effort on the part of ACT to create both a more “green” environment, and equally important, to begin to contain fuel
expenses for over 400 Late Model race teams in the ACT system, and 100
competitors at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT.

The program will address the fuel needs of the ACT US, ACT Series Castrol Quebec, and Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT.  VP’s C9, an unleaded racing fuel with no ethanol components, will be introduced immediately as a “spec fuel” option in 2012 for the ACT Castrol Series as well as for the ACT Late Models and for all weekly divisions at Thunder Road. C9 will be permitted for use immediately in the ACT Castrol Series. To allow for consumption of leftover Sunoco 110, that fuel will be allowed only until June 30th on the Castrol

In addition to C9, VP110 will also become a “spec fuel” option available to U.S. Late Model teams competing in the ACT US and Thunder Road Late Models. These two ACT/VP “spec” fuels and the one remaining approved fuel will be permitted in the U.S. throughout the 2012 season.

Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour said, “The timing of
establishing this relationship with VP is just about perfect. The cost of fuel for
everyone, not just racers, is continuing to escalate. VP has helped to design a
program for our racers by introducing this spec fuel. We believe this will help
address the costs to racers, and at the same time help us become more
environmentally friendly. It follows closely our philosophy about cost concerns, just like twelve years ago when we introduced the crate motor,” said Curley.

Testing of the fuel has been conducted at the headquarters of the ACT crate
motors, Butler & MacMaster in Hallowell, ME. “We were impressed with the comparative results. Our data showed that C9 ran very clean, and actually created a couple pounds of additional torque and horsepower from what we have been used to seeing with these motors,” said Dave MacMaster, the innovative veteran motor builder of both the GM and Ford crate motors for ACT since their beginning.

The VP program designed by Jim Kelly, Director of Racing Fuel Sales for VP, has a variety of financial and incentive programs for each of the ACT sanctioned affiliates. Beyond fuel cost savings to the racers, VP has announced a VP Hard Charger program which will issue free fuel certificates for five gallons of ACT/VP “spec” fuel at every ACT US and Castrol Series event. The team that improves their position the most in feature events, and has not won an ACT or Castrol event in 2012, will be eligible. The same VP Hard Charger program will be introduced to the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman division at Thunder Road in 2012. 

“VP Racing Fuels is very pleased to be involved with ACT and its many affiliate
tracks and programs. We have watched ACT become innovative-- implementing cost-saving measures for their race teams, and taking a leadership role in asphalt short track racing over the past couple of decades. We hope that we can contribute to that continual effort with our ACT VP Racing Fuel programs. We look forward to working with the race teams and ACT for many years,” said Kelly. “Our C9 ethanolfree unleaded is one of our newest products. It makes great power at a very good price, and in addition to working great in their ACT engines, racers will find that C9 will perform really well in their off-road competition snowmobiles, quads, and motocross bikes.”

All ACT and Thunder Road race teams will receive a Technical Memo outlining the new VP fuel programs and availability before the opening of the season at the Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 15, 2012. Over 40 Championship ACT Late Model teams are expected to compete at the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150.

For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963,
www.acttour.com, or media@acttour.com or VP at 302.368.1500,
vpracingfuels.com, or jimkelly@vpracingfuels.com

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Coming Up in the ARCA Racing Series: Salem

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - One month has passed since the most recent race on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule, but teams will soon be back in action - and at one of the tracks which is most notable in ARCA's 60 years, no less.

On April 29, the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway will bring ARCA competitors to the high-banked 0.555-mile oval in southern Indiana for the first time this year and 91st time since 1955. The ARCA Racing Series - ARCA's flagship series for developmental drivers and veterans alike - will hold practice and qualifying on Saturday, April 28, with the race set for Sunday afternoon.

The basic facts and figures surrounding the race are as follows:

What: Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200, the third race of 20 on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series schedule

When: 2:15 p.m., Sunday, April 29

Where: Salem Speedway

Distance: 200 laps, or 111 miles

Last year's winner (spring): Brennan Poole. Poole's win for Venturini Motorsports at Salem Speedway on May 1, 2011 came in his first ARCA Racing Series start.

Last year's pole winner (spring): Ty Dillon, 17.509 seconds (114.113 mph).

ARCA qualifying record at track: Gary Bradberry, 16.785 seconds (119.035 mph) - 1994.

Last year's race summary: Poole started second to Dillon but fell one lap off the pace just after the halfway point. Poole later earned the lap back and passed Tom Hessert for the lead on Lap 176. He held Dillon and nine-time Salem winner Frank Kimmel off over the final restarts of a race which was extended to 206 laps because of late incidents and caution periods.

Who's in: Among the notable pre-entries are: Poole; Kimmel; Hessert; Sean Corr; Chad Hackenbracht; Mikey Kile; Matt Lofton; Jared Marks; Ryan Reed; Chris Buescher, the September 2011 Salem winner and ARCA Rookie of the Year; Chase Elliott, son of NASCAR champion Bill Elliott; Erik Jones, ARCA's first 15-year-old driver; Clint King, last fall's pole winner at Salem; Alex Bowman, a two-time ARCA winner; and Will Kimmel, last fall's runner-up at Salem.

Schedule of accompanying on-track events: Practice: 12-12:45 p.m., 1:15-2 p.m., Saturday, April 28; Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell: 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 28.

History at track: ARCA first raced at Salem Speedway in 1955; Jack Harrison won the first three ARCA events at the track. ARCA champion Jack Bowsher won seven straight races at Salem between 1963 and 1965. Eight different drivers have won the last eight events at Salem; one of those drivers is Indiana's Frank Kimmel, who earned his first Salem victory in 1998 but has not won in a span of 65 races since the September 2008 event at the track.

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
(419) 574-2685 (mobile)

Don Radebaugh, ARCA
(419) 450-0611 (mobile)

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Kyle Grissom earns first PASS super late model win at Hickory




Chris Ragle

Charlotte, NC 4/9/12- It’s no secret that Kyle Grissom has had success throughout the late model stock car ranks, but just because one has that success doesn’t mean it automatically transfers to the super late model ranks as many have found out. Kyle Grissom, however; wasted no time to making his presence known to the super late model world by winning the PASS South Easter Bunny 150 Saturday night at the Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina.

Grissom, son of 1993 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Steve Grissom, was able to fend off challenges from several different drivers on multiple occasions before pulling away for the win in the final ten laps. The PASS South  newcomer set fast time in qualifying before leading on five different occasions for a total of 101 laps behind the wheel of his #31 Harrison’s Workwear Chevy Impala enroute to his first series win.


“None of us expected to win this quick in the PASS South Series, especially at a race like the Easter Bunny, but Greg Marlowe built us an awesome racecar that was hooked up all night long. I had such good forward bite through the center of the turns that I was able to just focus on saving my right rear tire,” said Grissom in victory lane. “I had a lot of fun racing against Andy (Loden) and everyone else that we raced against there at the end for the win because it was just good clean racing. That’s why there’s so many people here tonight in the grandstands at Hickory to watch this race; they know they are going to see some good racing when the PASS series comes to town. A huge thanks goes out to Marlowe Chassis, Harrison’s Workwear, and RE Suspensions for this one. Hopefully we can do it again in two weeks at Orange County.”

Early on in the 150 lap event it was several familiar names in the form of Ryan Blaney and Andy Loden that took turns leading due to top ten qualifying efforts before succumbing to Grissom’s #31 machine. The starting field stayed tight all night long as thirty of the thirty-two car starting field was still on track at the event’s halfway point, before a string of cautions for minor incidents ended a few drivers nights just past lap seventy-five.

Just as the event was heading into the final stretch, series points leader Preston Peltier, experienced a problem that sent him fading through the field. The mechanical issue quickly turned into a bigger issue for the former series champion when his #26 Sig’s Tire Center Chevy Impala got collected in a three car incident ending his night early. The final caution of the night set up a twenty-five lap sprint to the finish when two former Easter Bunny 150 race winners, Ben Rowe and Ryan Lawler, tangled in turn four battling for the sixth position.

Brad Keselowski Racing development driver Landon Cling finished a career best second after having to race his way into the feature event through one of two last chance races for non qualified drivers after time trials. Cling, who is contending for the series championship in 2012, methodically made his way through the field picking off cars one at a time before edging third place finisher Trey Mitchell and PASS North Series regular Cassius Clark for the position on the white flag lap.


Mitchell, making his first series start of 2012, and Clark, driving for southern series car owner Dick Woodman, put on a show for the fans to remember that packed the house at the Hickory Motor Speedway. The two drivers raced nose-to-tail and side-by-side throughout the second half of the event before settling for their above stated positions. Last year’s Orange Blossom Special 125 winner at the Orange County Speedway, Roger Lee Newton rounded out the top five.

Next race for the PASS South Series “Bad Boys with the Bad Fast Toys” is the Orange Blossom Special 150 at the Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina on Saturday April 21st. For more information on this race and the rest of the PASS South Series schedule in 2012 visit www.proallstarsseries.com.

PASS South Easter Bunny 150

Hickory Motor Speedway-Hickory, NC


1) #31 Kyle Grissom 2) #29 Landon Cling 3) #47 Trey Mitchell 4) #8 Cassius Clark5) #33 Roger Lee Newton

6) #25 Ross Kenseth 7) #12 Jared Marks 8) #22 Kyle Bonsignore 9) #74 Ryan Lawler 10) #4 Jay Fogleman

11) #4n Ben Rowe 12) #19 Nate Caruth 13) #02 Tim Nooner 14) #62 Brandon Ward 15) #48 John Batten

16) #101 Trevor Sanborn 17) #76 Jerick Johnson 18) #98 Ryan Blaney 19) #66 Steve Wallace 20) #2 Gray Gaulding

21) # 88 Kyle Dessouza 22) #89 David Latour Jr. 23) #29L Andy Loden 24) #2n Matt Matheson 25) #41 Wes Burton

26) #26 Preston Peltier 27) #81 Craig Goess Jr. 28) #26c Tyler Church 29) #11 Mark Gibson 30) #71 Jimmy Doyle

31) #12c Garrett Campbell 32) #80 Dustin Hubbard


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