2012-05-30

La Série ACT CASTROL EDGE, les SPORTSMAN, la Triple Couronne Bestbuy , les Vintage et les catégories ANCA

 LA TABLE EST MISE POUR TOUT UN SPECTACLE

À ST-EUSTACHE CE SAMEDI.

 

Le premier samedi du mois de juin sera le théâtre d’une journée de courses des plus remplies à l’Autodrome St-Eustache alors que les amateurs seront témoins de la 2e confrontation des pilotes de la série ACT CASTROL EDGE qui disputeront une course de 100 tours sur l’ovale de 4/10e de mille de l’ASE.

 

Le pilote du Lac St-Jean, Karl Allard, vainqueur de la première manche de samedi dernier verra un compétiteur de taille s’ajouter au peloton alors que le réputé Sylvain Lacombe, un habitué et favori à St-Eustache a annoncé sa participation avec sa voiture 3jr à cette épreuve au cours de la semaine. Patrick Laperle et les autres vedettes de cette série n’ont pas l’intention eux non plus de lâcher le morceau et feront une lutte acharnée pour le titre de cette course.

 

Parmi les pilotes de la région métropolitaine, mentionnons Maxime Pelletier, le champion Sportsman ANCA qui participera à cette épreuve ACT, en plus de défendre son titre en Sportsman, Jonathan Bouvrette, le vétéran Claude Leclerc et les autres pilotes en provenance de partout au Québec compléteront la liste des participants.

 

En Sportsman, comme mentionné plus haut, le champion 2011 et meneur au championnat en 2012 après deux épreuves tentera de maintenir sa position en tête du classement, mais aura à faire face aux Steve Côté, Martin Goulet, Jean-François Bouvrette, Martin Lacombe et les autres de la division maîtresse de l’ANCA à St-Eustache.

 

Les Sport Compactes, quand à eux disputeront la première de trois  épreuves de la Triple Couronne Bestbuy, les 2 autres épreuves ayant lieu à Ste-Croix et Montmagny en juillet. Le jeune Maxime Gauvreau, 17 ans, tentera de répéter son exploit de la première course du 19 mai en essayant de réaliser une 2e victoire d’affilée, mais aura à faire face aux pilotes de la région de Québec en plus des autre réguliers de cette populaire catégorie de niveau provincial. Ces derniers pourront, en plus de la bourse attribuée, profiter d'une promotion de Morin Performance qui permettra au meneur du 37e tour (mi-course) de se voir attribuer un bonis d'achat de 200$ appliquable sur tout achat chez Morin Performance.

 

Les amateurs bénéficieront également de la visite de la troupe de Patrick Verner avec leurs voitures « Vintages » des années 70, un groupe toujours impressionnant à regarder évoluer en piste.

 

Le programme sera complété avec les pilotes des catégories Légendes Modifiées, Production et Challenge 4 alors que les pilotes Stéphane Aubin, Patrick Leporé et Jérémie Fournier tenteront de répeter leurs victoires du dernier programme dans leurs catégories respectives.

 

Pour l’occasion les pilotes de la série ACT et Sportsman ANCA seront invités à accéder aux puits à 13h00, tandis que les puits ouvriront à 14h00 pour les autres divisions.

 

Les pratiques débuteront à 14h25, les qualifications à 16h40, tandis que le programme principal débutera par la présentation des finales à 18h30.

 

L’admission dans la section « admission générale »  sera de 30$ pour les adultes, 15$ pour les 13 à 17 ans et gratuit pour les petits de 12 ans et moins. L’admission dans les puits sera de 35$ pour tous.

 

Pour les informations supplémentaires on peut appeler au 450-472-6222 ou 514-591-4388 ou visiter les sites www.autodrome.ca et www.anca-qc-com



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Yves Ladouceur

Directeur des opérations courses

AUTODROME ST-EUSTACHE

Prés. ANCA

COURSE XTRÊME NON-VOYANTS

Bur: (450) 472-6222

Rés:(450) 735-4444

 

 


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DEVIL'S BOWL SPEEDWAY: Proctor Holds Devil's Bowl Point Lead Entering Carrara Masonry Event

ATTACHED PHOTOS:

proctor.jpg -- Ron Proctor (#27) leads the Bond Auto Parts Modified division entering Friday's Carrara Masonry & Concrete/Mobil 1 event at Devil's Bowl Speedway. (MemorEvents photo)

1.jpg -- Ron Proctor in victory lane at last week's People's United Bank Memorial Day Special at Devil's Bowl Speedway.  (MemorEvents photo)

 

Proctor Holds Devil’s Bowl Point Lead Entering Carrara Masonry Event

Bushey tops Late Models, Renegade leaders deadlocked

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                     DBS-052912-1

 

WEST HAVEN, VT – Defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing champion Ron Proctor finds himself atop the Devil’s Bowl Speedway point standings for the first time in 2012 entering Friday’s Carrara Masonry & Concrete Night presented by Mobil 1. The Charlton, NY veteran used a stellar double-feature performance to vault ahead of Jessey Mueller at last week’s People’s United Bank Memorial Day Special.

Proctor’s victory and runner-up finishes in twin 20-lap races came at the right time, as previous leaders Jessey Mueller and Vince Quenneville, Jr., suffered their worst showings of the season in the crash-marred second feature.  Proctor now leads Brandon, VT driver Quenneville by 26 points (253-227), while Mueller is part of a three-way tie for third with Alex Bell and rookie Joey Roberts, each with 222 points through the first five feature events.

 

Craig Bushey of Fairfax, VT has turned back-to-back wins into the point lead in the J&S Steel Late Model division.  Bushey took the first Late Model win of his career at the Central Vermont Motorcycles Trophy Dash on Sunday, May 20, then backed it up five days later at the People’s United Bank event.  He leads Northfield, VT’s Matt White by 23 points (162-139), with Rutland, VT driver Kevin Elliott third another five points behind.  New Hampshire’s Bryan Town and New Yorker Dan Petronis complete the top five.

The Renegade division is in a tie at the top, as Robert Gordon and Frank Monroe find themselves deadlocked at 204 points apiece.  Gordon, of Milton, VT, has a pair of wins, while former champion Monroe, of Granville, NY, has a win and two runner-up finishes.  People’s United Bank winner Ryan Keith of Pittsford, VT is third (190 points), followed by Jeremy Jones and rookie Robin Cummings.

Bomber rookie Josh Masterson of Bristol, VT is still riding an impressive streak to begin his stock car racing career, and leads his division after three wins in four starts.  Harold LaVair, Jr., of Gabriels, NY trails Masterson by 16 points (218-202) and won at the Central Vermont Motorcycles event.  Garry Bashaw, John McCarron, and Ray Germain, Jr., run 3-4-5.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway rolls along with its Friday summer schedule with Carrara Masonry & Concrete Night presented by Mobil 1 on Friday, June 1 at 7:30pm.  Gates open at 6:00pm, with green flag racing set for 7:30pm.  General admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (62+), and free for children 12 and under.  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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LIVE AUDIO RACE COVERAGE COVERAGE AT ARCARACING.COM

 

   

Pre-Race Audio Coverage Starts at 8:30 p.m. Race at 9:00 p.m. 

Live Timing & Scoring Coverage of all On-Track Activities
(All Times Eastern) 

 

 

WEEKEND SCHEDULE 

 

 

Saturday, June 2      

Practice: 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Final Practice: 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell: 6:00 p.m.

Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care at 9:00 p.m. 

(All Times Eastern)  

 

FACTSHEET 

  • RACE: AKona 200 presented by Federated Car Care   
  • TRACK: Elko Speedway
  • LOCATION: Elko, Minnesota
  • WEBSITE:  www.arcaracing.com 
  • RACE DISTANCE: 200 Laps / 75 Miles
  • TRACK CONFIGURATION:  0.375-Mile Paved Oval
  • FIRST ARCA RACE: 2012
  • TOTAL ARCA RACES RUN: 0
  • QUALIFYING RECORD: TBD 
  • RACE RECORD: TBD
  • NO. OF ARCA RACES WON FROM THE POLE: TBD  

Elko Race #6

The Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care, the first-ever appearance of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in the state of Minnesota, is the sixth of 20 events on the 2012 schedule. It follows events at Daytona, Mobile, Salem, Talladega and Toledo.

 

Five Races, Five Different Winners   

Five events so far in 2012 have produced five different winners: Bobby Gerhart at Daytona where he picked up a record eighth career Daytona triumph; Cale Gale at Mobile, who's spending the majority of his time on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule; Alex Bowman at Salem, who's currently eighth in Series standings; Brandon McReynolds, who is the son of former NASCAR crew chief and current FOX TV analyst Larry McReynolds; and Chris Buescher at Toledo, his fourth win there in his last five attempts on the northern Ohio half-mile. The win catapulted Buescher to second in Series standings, just 15 points away from leader Tom Hessert.

 

Series Standings: Top-Five Tight to Elko
The diversity in winners and overall competitiveness of the Series has produced a very tight championship points battle headed to Elko Speedway, with one-quarter of the season down. Cherry Hill, New Jersey's Tom Hessert, who drives for Ken Schrader Racing, leads with a slim 15-point margin over Chris Buescher, last year's Rookie of the Year and runner-up championship driver. Buescher, under the Roush-Fenway Racing development banner, drives Fords fielded by longtime ARCA car owners Gary and Russ Roulo, AKA, the Roulo Brothers. Rookie Brennan Poole, who drives for Venturini Motorsports, is third in points, only 20 markers out of the lead with New Philadelphia, Ohio driver Chad Hackenbracht trailing in fourth, just 30 behind the leader. Series veteran and nine-time Series champion Frank Kimmel is fifth in points, 45 points out of first.

 

Veteran Kimmel Back on the March 

Frank Kimmel turned 50 years young in late April, yet the nine-time Series champ is clearly still on his game. Kimmel, whose winless streak is 68 races long, has not gone to victory lane since September of 2008. After struggling with his own team for four seasons, the 74-time Series winner (second all-time to Iggy Katona's 79 wins) has new life with ThorSport Racing in 2012. After a disappointing start in 2012, Kimmel has rebounded with runner-up finishes at Salem and Toledo, coupled with a solid seventh place finish at Talladega. Kimmel is the all-time Series lap leader with 10,354 laps led in 194 races. Kimmel is also the all-time superspeedway lap leader with 2,677 laps led in 81 races. The Clarksville, Indiana second-generation ARCA veteran will see Elko Speedway for the first time this weekend.

 

Venturini Motorsports x 5 at Elko
Venturini Motorsports is headed to Elko well stocked with five teams entered, including a No. 55 Chevrolet with Erik Jones (Byron, Michigan) driving. Jones was 15 years old when he made his Series debut at Mobile Int'l Speedway back on March 10, becoming the youngest driver to ever start an ARCA race. Jones will actually be 16 when the green flag falls at Elko, as his birthday is May 30th. Also entered for Venturini Motorsports are rookie Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, Calif.) in the No. 15, rookie Brennan Poole (The Woodlands, Texas) in the No. 25, rookie Nelson Canache (Caracas, Venezuela) in the No. 35 and series veteran Steve Arpin (Fort Frances, Ontario) in the No. 66.

 

Steve Arpin Returns
Steve Arpin, who has been absent from the tour for more than a year, returns to ARCA competition this weekend at Elko Speedway. Arpin, who ran two full seasons in 2009 and 2010, has not raced in ARCA competition since Daytona, 2011. The Fort Frances, Ontario native cut his teeth running modifieds on dirt tracks in the Minnesota/Wisconsin area; however, he has never raced at Elko, which is true of the majority of ARCA drivers who will compete in this Saturday's Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care. Arpin is a three time ARCA winner with victories, all in 2010, at Salem Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt.

 

Local Favorite Joey Miller Saddles-Up for Elko 

Lakeville, Minnesota's Joey Miller could not withstand the temptation to climb back into an ARCA car, especially at what he considers his home track at Elko Speedway.

"Elko's a great little track, and it's 10 minutes from my house, so I definitely consider it my home track," said Miller.

"I've got more laps there than anywhere else, that's for sure. The track isn't the widest track I've ever been on, but what's great about it is that it's a two-groove track, so a guy's going to have the ability to come from the back and move forward if he needs to. It's a tight, racy, little track, and with these big heavy ARCA cars on it, it's going to make it even tighter. I think the fans are in for one heck of a show." Miller's previous credentials in ARCA are impressive. He has 20 top-10 finishes among 31 prior starts in ARCA competition, and the first of his five wins came in his series debut at Nashville Superspeedway in 2004. He later won at Berlin Raceway in Michigan, Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Nashville again, and Salem Speedway in Indiana. In 2005, his only full season in the series, he finished second in points to nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel. Miller's crew from that time - including crew chief Mike Chaffee and car chief Mike Resop - will work with the driver at the Akona 200. Miller said the volunteer crew gets together twice a week to prepare the car.   

 

Youngest to Oldest: A full 61 years separate the youngest driver in the field at Elko and the oldest. Byron, Michigan's Erik Jones, who turned 16 on May 30, is the youngest driver entered while James Hylton, at 77, is the oldest. As Jones is officially the youngest driver to ever compete in an ARCA race, Hylton is officially the oldest. Hylton, the 1966 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year, will turn 78 on August 26th. Hylton is entered in his own No. 48 Radon.com Ford.

 

One Fast Female Entered
Milka Duno, a three-time Indianapolis 500 starter, is the only female driver entered in the Akona 200 at Elko. Duno, from Caracas, Venezuela, drives for ARCA champion car owner Eddie Sharp with veteran crew chief Dave Leiner directing the effort. Duno will be driving the No. 6 MilkaWay.com-CanTV Toyota.

 

 


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L’ACTION REPREND VENDREDI LE 1 JUIN!

                                                           

                             

C'est vendredi le 1er Juin que l'action reprend à l'Autodrome Chaudière de Vallée-Jonction avec son spécial MIX/SINTO Médias Beauce où les animateurs de Radio Beauce Mix et Cool affronteront ceux de Cheq FM dans une course de six tours.

Lors de ce programme où les quatre classes locales seront en action, de nombreux prix de présence, gracieuseté de MIX 99.7, seront attribués.

 

 

SS AIM QUÉBEC

Toutes les voitures présentent au programme d'ouverture seront de retour en piste. D'autres pilotes SS ont également confirmé leur présence, dont Tony Côté et François Lessard. C'est donc dire que l'opposition sera forte pour Gerry Bilodeau, vainqueur de la dernière course qui devra surveiller les Mercier, Poulin, Drouin et les deux recrues Philippe Poulin et Julien Bernier. Une finale qui promet.

 

SPORT COMPACTE BESTBUY PIÈCES D'AUTOS

Dominic Jacques devra surveiller les Godbout, Blanchette, Carrier et surtout Olivier Labbé Pelletier qui progresse de course en course.

LIMITÉ COOL FM 103.5

Les Marcoux, Cloutier, Simoneau, Vachon, Perreault, Vir et Cie vont tout mettre en œuvre pour tenir tête au favori Stéphane Lecours de Lac Etchemin.

KAMIKAZE FM 101.3

Une finale où la participation augmente à chaque programme.

C'est donc un rendez-vous pour vendredi, 1er juin 19h30. Ouverture des puits à 15H30 et l'entrée des spectateurs à 16H30.

Remis au lendemain samedi 2 juin à 18h00 en cas de mauvaise température.

André Gagnon, Relationniste, Autodrome Chaudière

               

 

PROGRAMME DU VENDREDI 1 JUIN 2012                                                        

LE « MIX 99.7/SINTO MÉDIAS BEAUCE»

15H30--   Ouverture des Puits

16H30--   Ouverture pour les spectateurs

17H45—RÉUNION DES PILOTES

 Pratiques     

18H00—KAMIKAZE

18H10—SPORT COMPACTE

18H30—LIMITÉ

18H50—SS AIM QUÉBEC

19H10--  Piste Fermée

 

19H25— QUALIFICATION LIMITÉ

19H30— SEMI-FINAL KAMIKAZE

19H40— SEMI-FINALE SPORT COMPACTE

19H55— QUALIFICATION SS AIM QUÉBEC

20H05— QUALIFICATION SS AIM QUÉBEC 

20H15—QUALIFICATION LIMITÉ

20H20—COURSE MIX 99.7 MEDIAS BEAUCE

                INTERMISSION

20H45— FINALE SPORT COMPACTE  

21H00—FINALE KAMIKAZE       

21H05—FINALE LIMITÉ

21H20—PRÉSENTATION PILOTES  SS AIM QUÉBEC

21H30—FINALE MIX 99.7/SINTO «SS AIM QUÉBEC»

 

SUJET À CHANGEMENT SANS PRÉAVIS

André Gagnon, Relationniste, Autodrome Chaudière, Vallée-Jonction

 

 


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PASS triple header matinee at Riverside Speedway Sunday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media, contact Norm Desjardins: racewithpass@yahoo.com

 

 

NAPLES ME (5/30) The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) takes its racing road show to northern New Hampshire on Sunday June 3 when all three PASS North touring series tackle the tough quarter mile known as Riverside Speedway.

 

The Groveton speed plant will host the touring pros after a one year hiatus and fans of the Super Late Model, Mod and Sportsman series are anxiously anticipating their return to the Connecticut river valley oval.

 

It's race number three of the Bull Ring Tour, a stretch of three New Hampshire quarter miles in a row that have seen a pair of Clarks in victory lane in the first two editions. Johnny Clark scored at Star Speedway and Cassius Clark showed the way at White Mountain Motorsports Park, and both drivers have Riverside Speedway wins on their resume. Joey Doiron won the super late model season opener at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and he continues to lead the standings with 646 points while DJ Shaw has moved up to second with 635, and Lonnie Sommerville sits in third with 633. 150 green flag laps is the distance.

 

Riverside Speedway has been a staple of the PASS Mod schedule in seaons past and its no surprise that two time series champion Andy Shaw has the two most recent race wins at “Grovetona”. There's a new look to the division in 2012 with a slew of new teams in the open wheel ranks and Shaw has plenty of challengers for the crown. Shaw leads Dana Reed by a single point in the standings; Travis Buzzell trails Reed by five markers. Shaw and series newcomer Rusty Bryant have each scored a feature win. They'll battle for forty green flag laps at Riverside.

 

The PASS Sportsman have had a few weeks off to prepare for Riverside, and you can expect a 75 lap battle between the touring regulars and the local heroes. Dan Mckeage was the 2010 Sportsman winner at Riverside and he will be looking for his first visit to victory lane of 2012. Carey Martin leads Joe Pastore and Craig Smith by twelve markers after two events. Martin and JR Baril claimed the seasons' first two checkers.

 

The ever popular monster trucks and the Allison Legacy series round out a fantastic afternoon of motorsports mayhem, North Country style. Post time at Riverside is 1:30 PM .

 

Take a minute to view the latest Pro All Stars Series news, photos, point standings and more at www.proallstarsseries.com . Riverside Speedway is on line at www.riversidespeedway.org .

 


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NASCAR : J.F. DUMOULIN REJOINDRA SON FRÈRE L.P. EN PISTE À ICAR

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NASCAR : J.F. DUMOULIN REJOINDRA SON FRÈRE L.P. EN PISTE À ICAR

 

Trois-Rivières, le 30 mai 2012 – L’épreuve de Mirabel n’était pas prévue au calendrier 2012 de Jean-François Dumoulin. Toujours à la recherche d’un partenaire majeur pour participer à l’ensemble des circuits routiers de la série NASCAR Canadian Tire et à la course de Nationwide à Montréal (18 et 19 août), c’est grâce au soutien des partenaires que l’aîné des frères Dumoulin sera en piste ce week-end aux côtés de Louis-Philippe au Grand-Prix ICAR Lucas Oil présenté par Budweiser.

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NASCAR: JEAN-FRANCOIS DUMOULIN JOINS BROTHER

 LOUIS-PHILIPPE DUMOULINS’ SIDE AT ICAR

 

Trois-Rivieres, May 30th, 2012 – The Mirabel event was not in Jean-Francois Dumoulins’ 2012 calendar. Continuously searching for major partnerships to participate in the 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series road circuit and Montreal’s Nationwide events (August 18th and 19th), it is with our partners’ support that the eldest of the Dumoulin brothers will be on the track alongside Louis-Philippe at the ICAR Lucas Oil Grand Prix presented by Budweiser.  

 

 

 

La série NASCAR Canadian Tire (NCATS) est de passage pour la deuxième année consécutive au circuit de Mirabel (2 et 3 juin). Jean-François Dumoulin a eu la possibilité de tester une partie du tracé dans différents bolides et ce week-end sera entre autre l’opportunité pour lui d’expérimenter en piste les ajustements effectués au cours de l’hiver sur la voiture n°04 Groupe Bellemare/ACASS.

 

 « Cette épreuve a été confirmée en début de semaine, avec l’appui de nos partenaires dont ACASS, Bellemare, Manac, GP3R, Hairfax et Paraphe. C’est l’occasion d’entrer dans le rythme des courses de NASCAR, de retrouver l’équipe Dumoulin Compétition et de se préparer pour le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières [3, 4 et 5 août]. Les améliorations apportées dernièrement sur la voiture n°04 Groupe Bellemare/ACASS pourront être évaluées en piste. Je suis très content de débuter cette saison plus tôt cette année », partage avec enthousiasme Jean-François Dumoulin.

 

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin se réjouit de compétitionner aux côtés de son frère pour la première fois cette saison. Le pilote de la voiture n°47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare avait rapidement apprivoisé le circuit ICAR en 2011 et signé une 4e position.

 

 « J’ai vraiment hâte de courir de nouveau à Mirabel. Nous avons terminé dans le top-5 au Canadian Tire Motorsport Park [20 mai, Bowmanville, Ontario] avec la voiture n°47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare. Je suis confiant que nous pouvons offrir une bonne performance devant nos supporteurs et partenaires », mentionne le détenteur du titre de Recrue de l’année 2011 NCATS.

 

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin ajoute : « La piste à ICAR est serrée, il y aura certainement beaucoup d’action et la stratégie d’équipe sera d’autant plus importante. Quel plaisir de piloter la Dodge Challenger n°47 aux couleurs de notre partenaire majeur WeatherTech Canada. Nous sommes impatients de l’éprouver en piste à nouveau. »

 

WeatherTech Canada conçoit, développe des accessoires automobiles haut de gamme et sur mesure pour les consommateurs et les manufacturiers. Ils fabriquent et manufacturent digitalement des tapis de voiture toutes saisons, tapis de protection arrière ainsi que des garde-boues (sans vis), aux États-Unis, pour tous types de véhicules en Amérique du Nord. Les ingénieurs utilisent les outils les plus sophistiqués disponibles pour la saisie des données et la géométrie complexe des véhicules, telles que les surfaces au sol, les zones de rangement, les ouvertures de fenêtre ou les ailes (standards de qualité optimale).

 

Trente bolides sont attendus au Grand-Prix ICAR Lucas Oil présenté par Budweiser (30 tours, 102 km). Jean-François Dumoulin sera au volant de la voiture nº04 aux couleurs du Groupe Bellemare/ACASS et Louis-Philippe Dumoulin prendra le départ à bord de la voiture WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare nº 47. Les qualifications auront lieu à 16 heures le samedi 2 juin, puis le drapeau vert de la course sera donné à 13h30, le lendemain (dimanche 3 juin).

 

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The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) will feature a race at the Mirabel Circuit for a second consecutive year on June 2nd and 3rd. Jean-Francois Dumoulin has had previous windows to test a variety of cars on this track, and this weekend will be an opportunity to experiment with the adjustments made last winter on the n°04 Groupe Bellemare/ACASS car.

  

“This race was confirmed at the beginning of the week with our partners support, ACASS, Bellemare, Manac, GP3R, Hairfax and Paraphe. It is the perfect occasion to get into the NASCAR rhythm, reunite with the Dumoulin Competition Team, and prepare for the Grand-Prix of Trois-Rivieres [August 3rd, 4th, and 5th]. It will also allow us to test the improvements made on the n°04 Groupe Bellemare/ACASS car on the track. I am delighted to begin the season earlier this year,” shared Jean-Francois Dumoulin.

 

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin is pleased to compete alongside his brother for the first time this season. The driver of the n°47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare car quickly assimilated the ICAR circuit in 2011 resulting in a 4th place finish.

 

“I am eager to race in Mirabel once again. We finished with a top-5 at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park [May 20th Bowmanville, Ontario] in the n°47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare car. I am confident that we will once again be able to offer a good performance for our partners and supporters,” mentioned the 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year.

 

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin added: “The ICAR circuit is narrow, there will certainly be a lot of action and the team strategy will be crucial. It is a pleasure driving the n°47 Dodge Challenger with our major partner WeatherTech Canadas’ colors. We can’t wait to return on track once again.” 

 

WeatherTech Canada designs, develops and produces high quality digitally custom-fitted FloorLiners, All-Weather Floor Mats, Cargo Liners and No-Drill Mudflaps in the USA on North American machinery for customers and manufacturers. Engineers use the newest technology available for data entry and the geometric complexity required by the vehicles for floor-surface coverings, storage areas, aisles and window openings (at a superior quality standards).

 

Thus far, thirty cars are expected to participate in the ICAR Lucas Oil Grand Prix presented by Budweiser (30 laps, 102 km). Jean-Francois Dumoulin will be at the wheel of car nº 04 Groupe Bellemare/ACASS and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin in the nº 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare car. Qualifications will take place on Saturday June 2nd at 4pm with the green flag waving on Sunday June 3rd at 1:30 pm.

 

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Linc Brown: It Just Makes You Stronger

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications

 

There is nothing so good that it couldn’t be better.  Few things are so bad that they couldn’t be worse.  It’s how you handle the different levels of success or adversity that determine your strength.  Coming back to Kawartha Speedway’s headline NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Model division for the first time since 2008 has put a lot on Linc Brown’s plate.  The pressure of getting his 2012 Dodge Charger ready for action at Ontario’s premiere motorsports facility is taking time and effort behind the scenes and in the race shop.  That’s in addition to a full-time job and responsibilities as a husband and father.  No one could blame the 46 year-old racer from Colborne, Ontario for being a little distracted.

 

Before starting each season, the 3/8th mile oval at Fraserville, Ontario hosts an evaluation session to allow drivers a chance to check the performance of their equipment before the drop of the year’s first green flag.  Call it a ‘test’ or a ‘practice’, the concept is the same.  Find out how the car performs under varying track conditions and learn what needs to be done to make things better.  While he was looking forward to the opportunity to get on the track, Brown and his team were thrown a curve before even turning a lap.

 

“We were just a couple of blocks away from the shop, when the trailer developed a flat tire,” said Brown.  “That allowed us to ‘practice’ our pit stop skills and ‘test’ our tire changing abilities.  Getting the trailer off the ground with the racecar, pit cart and all our supplies inside is no easy task, but luckily we were able to call a friend who pitched-in to assist and we were back on the road without having to unload everything.”

 

Even with their arrival at the track delayed, Brown and the team were able to put the #99 Kawartha Metals/The Wolf 101.5/Don Butt Auto Body/Mayhew Graphics/Clarke Motorsports Communications machine through its paces to work toward achieving a baseline set-up prior to the June 1st season opener.  That’s where another issue – this time with the racecar – cropped-up.

 

“For some reason, the car was hitting the rev limiter way too early,” said Brown.  “We tried to increase the range, but it didn’t make much difference.  Then during the last couple of sessions, I found the car was extremely loose.  My crew chief Ed saw it was sitting very low in the right-rear corner and high on the left-front, which is exactly the opposite to what you want.  The right-rear coil-over sleeve had slid-up to the top of the shock.  Luckily, we encountered both problems during the test and not on opening night.”

 

Brown says he was also hoping to put a fresh set of Goodyear rubber on the car, but the practice wrapped-up before he had the chance.  It’s a change that will have to wait until the first round of hot laps before the season opener Friday, June 1st.

 

Photo attachment:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications

Kawartha Speedway’s May 25th test session had some tense moments for Linc Brown, but it gave the Colborne, Ontario racer some interesting notes for the track’s opening night.

 

Prepared by:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications

 


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Deuxième manche de la série ACT-CASTROL

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Deuxième manche de la série ACT-CASTROL

LA PRÉSENCE DE SYLVAIN LACOMBE BROUILLERA-T-ELLE
LES CARTES À L’AUTODROME ST-EUSTACHE, SAMEDI SOIR ?
Sylvain Lacombe de Terrebonne a laissé entendre qu’il sortait de la retraite afin de prendre part à la deuxième manche de la série ACT-Castrol, l’ACT 100, à ce complexe motorisé des Basses Laurentides. Le pilote Lacombe Démolition n’a plus besoin de présentation et encore moins auprès des assidus de l’endroit.
 Dans sa carrière, il a visité plus que quiconque le cercle des vainqueurs à l’ASE et il a décroché de nombreux titres. C’est en à la fin calendrier 2007 qu’il a décidé de prendre une semi retraite ne participant qu’à quelques courses par saison. Champion de la série nationale Castrol en 2005, Sylvain est encore au deuxième rang des gagnants Castrol avec 14, soit deux de moins que le Québécois Donald Theetge qui a toujours éprouvé plus que sa part d’ennuis à St-Eustache où il ne compte qu’un podium en 13 visites. Son unique succès remonte au 2 juillet 2006 dans le temps de la série nationale Castrol.

Pour en revenir à Lacombe dont l’objectif est de remporter la victoire, sa dernière victoire à St-Eustache remonte au 31 juillet 2010. En 13 courses depuis 2007, il a un dossier de trois triomphes et deux autres podiums. Sa présence pourrait bien mêler les cartes entre les pilotes qui ont entrepris la saison dernièrement à l’Autodrome Montmagny.
C’est à Patrick Laperle de St-Denis-sur-Richelieu que revient l’honneur d’avoir le meilleur dossier à St-Eustache. Depuis 2007, il y revendique six succès et dix présences au total sur le podium d’honneur. Samedi, il sera encore le pilote à neutraliser. Pour sa part, le Félicinois Karl Allard n’a qu’une visite dans le cercle des vainqueurs, mais six podiums. En 2011 lors des deux dernières confrontations, Allard a toujours suivi Laperle au fil pour ainsi récolter deux deuxièmes.
Voilà pour les meneurs qui ont déjà gagné un championnat Castrol, mais cette saison, il  y en a d’autres qui pourraient bien imiter Patrick Hamel de St-Édouard-de-Lotbinière qui a brisé la glace devant ses partisans, la saison dernière. Son concitoyen Dany Trépanier n’est pas tellement loin de coupe aux lèvres, lui qui a réalisé une solide prestation en terminant troisième lors du dernier St-Eustache 300.
Tout comme Theetge, Jean-François Déry de Québec a été plus que malchanceux lors de ses visites à ce complexe motorisé et en une seule occasion, il a réussi un podium. Également, il y a d’autres pilotes de cette série qui connaissent bien ce tracé de quatre dixièmes de mille. Qu’il suffise de mentionner les noms de Jonathan Bouvrette qui a déjà mérité un titre Nascar à l’ASE, David Michaud de St-Anne-de-Plaines qui est plus que confiant et connaît un excellent début de saison, Maxime Pelletier, le monarque Sportsman qui a joué de malchance à Montmagny, Jean-Pierre Ouimet et quelques autres.
En raison de la qualité du peloton des engagés lors de cette deuxième confrontation, on peut s’attendre à beaucoup d’action. C’est toujours très serré et la moindre erreur peut mener à la catastrophe.
Les cinq catégories de l’ANCA, incluant la classe Sportsman, seront également de la partie. Un communiqué devrait être expédié par l’ASE sous peu.
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Pour informations : ACT
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Collaboration : Yvon Larrivée
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Two NASCAR Nationwide Series Teams Penalized For Infractions At Charlotte Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 29, 2012) – NASCAR has penalized two NASCAR Nationwide Series teams for rules infractions that were committed last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

The No. 41 car was found to be in violation of Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20A-12.8.1(B) (body height requirements – car failed to meet the minimum front car heights) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.

 

As a result, crew chief George Church has been fined $10,000 while owner Rick Ware and driver Timmy Hill have been penalized with the loss of six championship owner and six championship driver points, respectively. The violation was discovered during post-race inspection May 26.

 

Philippe Lopez, crew chief for the No. 43 car, and Michael Wright, car chief for the No. 43 car, have been penalized for rules infractions discovered during opening day inspection May 24. Lopez has been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Wright has also been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31

 

The No. 43 car rules violations referred to Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20-A of the rule book); 20A-2.1E (streamlining of the contours of the car, beyond what is approved by the series director will not be permitted. Installation of air directional devices, underpans, baffles, shields or the like beneath the car or the car’s hood and fender area, front firewall, floor, rear firewall area, rear deck and quarter panel will not be permitted. If, in the judgment of NASCAR officials, any part or component of the car not previously approved by NASCAR has been installed or modified to enhance aerodynamic performance, will not be permitted. All cars must remain standard in appearance); 20A-3.10A (front upper bumper cover must be from the respective OEM manufacturer and must be approved by NASCAR. The front lower bumper cover and rear bumper cover must be from an approved manufacturer and must be approved by NASCAR. Once approved, the front lower bumper covers may be used on all approved models. NASCAR officials may use bumper covers provided by the respective manufacturer as a guide in determining whether a competitor’s bumper cover conforms to the specifications of the NASCAR rule book. Unless otherwise authorized by the series director, cutting and reshaping of bumper covers will not be permitted.)

 

Contact:

Kerry Tharp

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

 


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Bryan Mercer: Basic Black is Back on Track

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications

 

After an unusually mild winter, drivers, teams and race fans can’t wait to get back to their favourite weekly track.  With Kawartha Speedway set to kick-off its 2012 season Friday, June 1st Bryan Mercer is hoping to take care of some unfinished business.  The Port Hope, Ontario veteran – who works as a service advisor at Quantrill Chevrolet Cadillac GMC – won a pair of 2011’s biggest events before mechanical issues in the 5th race of the year hindered his efforts for the balance of the campaign.

 

As always, Mercer and his hard working crew spent the off season checking and re-checking every corner of the car to get the #81 Sine’s Flooring/Durmach Tooling Chevrolet Impala set for the Fraserville, Ontario 3/8th mile oval’s lid lifter. The 38 year-old says he’s comfortable – albeit not yet confident – that they’re ready to roll into action.

 

“There is always work to be done on the car.  Constantly things we want to try,” said Mercer during a break at the Friday, May 25th practice session.  “The guys are always thinking about how to make things better.  Some of what we try works, while some doesn’t.  That’s where a session like this comes in handy for all the teams.  You’re not under the gun to get the car perfect for the next race or facing the pressure of fixing a problem during a yellow flag.  We can make the necessary adjustments and then get back to the track for a few laps to see how the car works without the anxiety of a ticking clock.”

 

Although the car was initially ‘loose’, Mercer says that run was on used tires and the handling characteristic changed as the rubber went through a heat cycle.  He was able to keep it solidly on the faster bottom line through the turns and then move to the top groove on the straightaways.  As the team worked on revising the car’s set-up, the driver admitted to being a little rusty as well.

 

“Driving and racing are 2 different things,” said Mercer.  “It always takes a bit of time to get used to things behind the wheel when you’ve been away for a bit.  The feel of the belts and finding a comfortable position in the seat – especially for the extra distance shows – are part of the process.  The racecar doesn’t have many similarities to your personal vehicle.  Things in the driver’s compartment are designed to stay in the same place and once the green flag drops, you have to deal with what you have.”

 

With the car on jackstands after the final session, the crew checked things over before loading their piece into the trailer while the driver renewed acquaintances with some friends and team supporters before calling it a day.

 

Bryan Mercer Motorsports, Up to the Minute:  The team hauled to Sunset Speedway at Innisfil, Ontario on Sunday, May 27th to be part of the McColl Racing Enterprises Late Model Series.  Starting 15th on the grid, Mercer brought the car home in 11th place.  After battling from the back of the pack on 3 different occasions, Mercer says he was pleased with the results – although disappointed that the car sustained some serious front end damage in a fight for position on the green/white/checkered finish.

 

For 2012, Bryan Mercer’s #81 Kawartha Speedway NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Model is supported by Sine’s Flooring, Durmach Tooling, Creative Edge Graphics, Jim’s Pizza & Pasta, Appleman Carstar Collision Centre, Cressman Tree Maintenance and Landscaping, Quantrill Chevrolet-Cadillac-GMC, B & G Equipment, Dent Tec, Northumberland News, NAPA Automotive, Glass 1 Auto Glass – Mobile Service, LVG Auctions and Clarke Motorsports Communications.

 

Photo attachment:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications

Bryan Mercer turned-in some solid laps on-board his #81 Sine’s Flooring/Durmach Tooling Impala Friday, May 25th in preparation for the 2012 season opener at Kawartha Speedway.

 

Prepared by:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications

 


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