His 2012 Kawartha Speedway Performance Gives Howie Plenty to 'Crowe' About.

By Jim Clarke, Kawartha Speedway PR/Clarke Motorsports Communications


Sometimes, things just come together.  A change you make in your racing program works and makes all the difference in how your team performs.  That slight adjustment can turn a top 10 player into a raceday winner.  At the end of the 2011 campaign, Alderville First Nation’s Howie Crowe – a veteran runner in Kawartha Speedway’s Thunder Car division – decided it was time to do something different. In the past, he’d used a variety of cars his team had at their disposal, but prior to the start of the new season, he acquired the piece Ken Donaldson Jr. had steered to the previous year’s track championship.  It was a move that paid an immediate dividend.


“There was nothing wrong with what I had done up until now,” said Crowe after Kawartha’s most recent event.  “I finished 9th in points in 2007, but missed the top 10 a year later.  A 7th during 2009 was followed by 4th in 2010 and 6th last year.  Our team also won the Dedicated Pit Crew Award in 2011, but there was something in the back of my mind that told me I could still do more.  I think I just got tired of looking at the overall standings on the web-site and seeing a zero next to my name in the column where it showed career wins.”


Crowe made a change to that statistic Friday, July 6th when he parked his #28 Crowe Brothers Roofing/Trails End/Larry Crowe Sr. Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the winner’s circle during Kawartha Speedway’s 3rd event of the 2012 season.  Since then, he has added a regular string of qualifying round wins to his resume and enters the final night of the season second in Thunder Car points, just 21 markers out of the top spot.


“It’s a good position to be in, but I don’t know if our team has anything for the #53,” said Crowe.  “There’s no disputing the year Matt and his bunch have had.  He has a pair of main event wins and it seems wherever I run, he’s either right on my back bumper or I’m on his.  The final point positions will be determined by good luck for one driver and bad luck for the other. No matter what happens or where I finish in the eventual rundown, I can’t help but be happy with the way our car has performed since the first green flag of the year.”


The Thunder Car point battle is the tightest of all the regular divisions at the 3/8th mile oval, but positions could change through the NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Model and Hasiuk Trailer and Container Rental Mini Stock standings on Kawartha Speedway’s last night of the year as well.


Kawartha klips:  The final regular event of the 2012 season – Friday, September 7th – will be a full night of action at the Fraserville 3/8th miler.  In addition to the Hasiuk Trailer and Container Rental Mini Stocks, Thunder Cars and the NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Models, the show will also include the annual 75 lap Don Biederman Memorial for the OSCAAR Super Late Models, the first Kawartha appearance by the OSCAAR Modifieds and the 4th run for the Ontario Legends Series.  Gates will open at 3:00; with racing starting at 6:00...The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will crown this year’s champion at the 250 lap season finale Saturday, September 22nd.  For full schedule details and the latest track news, see www.kawarthaspeedway.com.


Photo attachment:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications

Alderville First Nation racer Howie Crowe (#28) is just 21 points out of the Thunder Car division lead heading into the final night of action – Friday, September 7th – at Kawartha Speedway.


Prepared by:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications


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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 News & Notes: Barrie

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·         With Three Races To Go; Down The Stretch They Come


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 3, 2012) – No one is happier than D.J. Kennington.


In the Wahta Springs 300 on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Barrie (Ont.) Speedway the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 takes to an oval track for the first time since July 25. And Kennington is happy not only because he won that evening in Saskatoon, Sask., but also for the fact that he has emerged victorious in each of the four races on ovals this season.


The 2012 season concludes with three straight circle-track events beginning with the Barrie contest and culminating on Sept. 22 in the Pinty’s 250 presented by Dodge at Kawartha Speedway near Peterborough, Ont.


“We’ve fared pretty well on the ovals this year and have been able to build a points lead,” said Kennington. “I don’t take anything for granted, though.”


Out of St. Thomas, Ont., Kennington leads the championship point standings by 33 points over Andrew Ranger. J.R. Fitzpatrick sits 35 points back while defending series champion Scott Steckly lurks 42 points away. So, there are plenty ready to pounce should Kennington falter.


Coming close only to have the prize snatched away nearly was made an art form by Kennington in years past, but those demons were erased – hopefully for good from his point of view – in 2010 when he claimed the Canadian Tire Series title.


“Coming close was never good enough, but it’s absolutely not an option now,” said Kennington, pilot of the No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge. “We’re going to make sure we have everything covered, but try not to be too (crazy) with it.”


The Barrie event can be a wild card, for sure. It’s close quarters racing at its best on the tight .333-mile tri-oval.


“Racing at Barrie can get pretty physical,” said Kennington, a three-time Barrie winner. “Just like a lot of short tracks it’s all about track position and survival. You have to keep your emotions in check because people are hitting you from every angle. There’s lots of stuff going on and you have to keep your mind on the job.”


A year ago, Kennington finished seventh while Mark Dilley claimed a hometown victory in Barrie.



RACE: Wahta Springs 300

PLACE: Barrie (Ont.) Speedway

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 8

TIME: 8 p.m. ET

TV SCHEDULE: TSN, Sat., Sept. 15, Noon ET; RDS2, Wed., Oct. 3, 10 p.m. ET

TRACK LAYOUT: .333-mile paved tri-oval

2011 WINNER: Mark Dilley

2011 POLESITTER: Scott Steckly

EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 1-1:30 p.m., 2-2:30 p.m.; Qualifying 5:45 p.m.; Autograph Session 6:30 p.m.; Pre-Race Ceremonies 7:25 p.m.

TRACK CONTACT: Diane Cunningham at 705-487-0279 or diane@barriespeedway.com

TWITTER: @BarrieSpeedway


NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Tim Southers, (386) 235-3634 or tsouthers@nascr.com Twitter: @tsouth1968

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The Race: This is the 10th event of the 2012 season for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 and the fifth of seven oval-track events on the schedule. This is the series’ eighth visit to Barrie.


The Procedure: The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 21 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 300 laps covering 99.99 miles.


The Track: Barrie Speedway opened in 1965 and has had substantial improvements made since 1999. At that time, the track was widened and lengthened from a .25-mile oval to its current unique .333-mile tri-oval configuration. The tri-oval and pit road are situated on the backstretch.


The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Barrie is 13.903 seconds (86.226 mph) set by Don Thomson Jr. on June 28, 2008. The 300-lap race record is held by D.J. Kennington at 1 hour, 40 minutes, 8 seconds established on Sept. 11, 2010 for an average speed of 59.860 mph.


The History: Barrie Speedway has hosted more NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 events than any other track. Kennington leads all drivers with three wins including both visits in 2007 – the series’ inaugural season. Last year, Mark Dilley won a caution-filled event with Jason Hathaway in second and Kerry Micks in third.



Dodge Dominant: Dodge has won six of the seven previous Barrie Speedway events with D.J. Kennington and Scott Steckly accounting for five of those. The only non-Dodge winner was the Chevrolet of Don Thomson Jr. in Sept. 2009.


Leading The Way: While winning two times in Barrie, Scott Steckly has led a series-best 658 laps at the cozy .333-mile tri-oval. Thomson has been out front for 409 laps and Kennington has set the pace for 323 circuits.


Long Haul: The 300-lap Wahta Springs-sponsored event in Barrie is one of three races scheduled for that many laps. The Canadian Tire Series went 300 laps in July at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C., and will again at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S. on Sept. 15.


Home Tracks Update: Dwayne Baker leads the Wahta Springs Limited Late Model division by 99 points over defending track champion Ron Quesnelle. In the Canestoga Sprayers and Asphalt Repair Thunder Cars Rick Walt leads Leonard Johnston by 75 points. Charlie Smith leads Adam Misener in the St. Onge Pure Stocks division.



Quick Out Of The Box: Three drivers making their NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 debut at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ended up with top-10 finishes within the 34-car field. The performances of Timmy Hill, who finished sixth, and Austin Dillon in seventh place weren’t terribly surprising considering both are NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars. However, the ninth-place showing by Xavier Coupal was noticeable. Coupal competes in the Quebec Sportsman Series on a regular basis.


Pole Position Success: J.R. Fitzpatrick won from the pole position at Montreal. It’s the second time this season that the polesitter drover to Victory Lane with D.J. Kennington accomplishing the feat on June 23 at Delaware (Ont.) Speedway.


Three And Three: Despite losing to Fitzpatrick for the second time on his home turf, Andrew Ranger still continued torrid Montreal pace. In six outings, Ranger has three wins and three second-place finishes.


Figure Eight: With a 14th-place finish in the NAPA AUTOPRO 100 Ron Beauchamp Jr. had his streak of four straight eighth-place finishes snapped that dated back to the Vernon, B.C., event in July.



The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series makes its annual pilgrimage to the Canadian Maritimes to tackle the high-banked turns of Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S. Riverside is a .333-mile scale version of the legendary Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Last season, Scott Steckly picked up his third win of the season en route to his second series championship.


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Joey Doiron: Auto Value 250 Speedway 660 Race Report

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GEARY, New Brunswick – Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine, finished fifth in his first career start in the Auto Value 250 at Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick, on Sunday, September 2. The annual end-of-summer Super Late Model open competition on the .333-mile oval attracted a handful of PASS North Series regulars as well as a number of Maritime-based Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour competitors. Doiron won his heat race and qualified fourth in the 28-car field after being among the fastest cars in practice. He led in the early going, recovered from two small mechanical issues and held on to finish fifth after challenging eventual winner Cassius Clark for the lead late in the event.


WHO: Joey Doiron, Berwick, Maine
TEAM: No. 73 JBJ Machine/Scarborough Downs Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: John Doiron, Berwick, Maine
WHAT: Auto Value 250
WHERE: Speedway 660, Geary, New Brunswick (.333-mile oval)



It was pretty good. We were one of the best cars all weekend, but just not the best car at the time we needed to be. We started fifth in the heat race, and we won it going away. I knew we were good at that point, but I just wasn't sure how good we were going to be compared to everyone else. Then at the start of the race, John Fleming and I walked away from the field.

Last year at this time, we would have been ecstatic with a Top-5 in a race like this, but everybody's pretty disappointed. We had the best car hands-down all weekend and to not get more out of that is disappointing.


(After a Lap 60 caution) we went green, and all of a sudden the thing wouldn't turn. Every single corner, I thought I was going to take down the dirt bank. We came in and found out we had the toe in knocked in an inch. Luckily we were able to fix that and get the car back, but we lost a lot of track position. The car was definitely as good as it was before, but I had to be really careful coming back up through. Those guys use a lot of race track.

By the last 50 laps or so, every lap I was inching closer (to the leader). I finally got a caution with 40 to go. He was definitely getting tight, and at that time, I thought I was going to be able to drive by him when the green came out. But I got jacked up from behind on the restart, lost track position, and drove into Turn 1 and the car just bottomed out. I'd go in the corner and it would ride on the frame. We just hung on to get what we could.

We took a quick look. It was something in the right front – a spring or a shock.



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Continued Rain Forces Postponement of DuQuoin Event


For Immediate Release:

Monday, September 3, 2012


 (DUQUOIN, Ill.) - Continued rain in southern Illinois, a remnant of Hurricane Isaac's progression through the Midwestern United States, has forced ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards officials to postpone today's Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.


Though light, the system circling the region has been consistent enough to leave the mile-long dirt track and surrounding fairgrounds unsuitable not only for racing, but also for the related activity of race teams, officials, emergency vehicles, fans, and more. Seven inches of precipitation have fallen over the area in the past three days.


Officials had expected dry conditions Monday and made the preemptive decision to push the day's schedule back three hours to allow the track to dry, but the rain continued.


The race has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 14.


The ARCA Racing Series will travel to the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic presented by Federated Car Care at Indiana's Salem Speedway on Saturday, September 15.


Practice for the year's second race at Salem will take place over two sessions, from 12:30-1:15 p.m. and 1:45-2:30 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is scheduled for 4 p.m., and a driver autograph session will be open to all fans from 4:45-5:15 p.m. The 200-lap, 111-mile race will start at 7:15 p.m.


ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage throughout the day, and ARCA Racing Network hosts Charlie Krall and Tim Clagg will deliver a live audio call for the race on the site.


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 26 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 0.375 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 and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time.


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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Oxford Plains Speedway Results

September 1, 2012

Championship Night







Bill Grover



Ronnie O'Brien ( R )



Gerard Cote



James Record ( R )



Roger Bourgoin


Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies






Tasha Dyer



Missy Morgan



Deanna Bisbee



Michele Bisbee



Rachel Dubois ( R )


Call of the Wild RV Sport Truck






Opie Allard



Ryan Farrar



Gerry McKenna



Neil McKenna ( R )



Corey Williams


Runnin' Rebel






Craig Bartlett



Jamie Leavitt



Jonah Farrington



Cody Chiasson ( R )



Jeff Hebert


Outlaw #1






Deanna Bisbee



Todd Bisbee



Jake Hethcoat



Gerry Freve



Joe Morey


Outlaw #2






Fred Clavet



Pat Maloy



Kyle Treadwell ( R )



Dan Brown



Mike Blue


Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Mini Stock






George Fortin ( R )



Scott Farrington ( R )



Jamie Heath ( R )



Chris Morris



Dan Morris


Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Strictly Stock






Ryan Hewins



Spencer Morse



Kurt Hewins



Zach Bowie



Skip Tripp


Oxford Networks Late Model






Chris Coolidge



Don Wentworth



Shawn Knight



Tim Brackett



Billy Childs, Jr.



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Oxford Plains Speedway
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No Stone Unturned!

Airborne checkers for Dupree, Stone wins title

SOUTH PLATTSBURGH – Todd Stone became the 2012 Airborne DIRTcar Modified champion by finishing third in the Mike Watts Memorial 50-lap main – one spot behind title contender Pat McGrail.


 Pat Dupree of Saranac Lake, Airborne’s all-time Modified win leader (27), thwarted McGrail’s best chance at the crown, which was to win himself and have Stone place fourth or lower.


Dupree took command on a lap 9 restart after early contender Matt Woodruff shot off the top of turn three. McGrail started 10th and finally made it to within a car-length of the leader on lap 40.


One lap earlier, after a lengthy battle, Stone, driving the G. Stone Motors 1X, got underneath Pierre Berthiaume for third – a pass that sealed the deal no matter what happened at the front.


On a final restart with five laps to go, Dupree quickly pulled away in the Fournier Farm Equipment/Saranac Country Store No. 24 for the win. “This time I kept the right rear on it,” Dupree said, referring to a tough loss to McGrail on the final lap a week ago. “It’s been a pretty good year after all.”


Berthiaume hung on for fourth ahead of Leon Gonyo. The second half of the top-10 was Aaron Bartemy, Roger Labreche, Kris Vernold, Adam Bartemy and Richard Tisseur.


It was the first Airborne crown for the Middlebury, VT driver who completed every lap of every event while winning four times – just as McGrail did.


“All week I was thinking that if I couldn’t win it, it wouldn’t be bad to lose it to Pat,” Stone said. “He’s a class act and an excellent driver. I did the best I could - the right rear was all used up at the end.”


McGrail started 10th, worked hard to pass Chris Cayea for 4th on lap 13, and then stayed on the throttle to battle Gonyo for three laps to move into third behind Berthiaume.


Joe Warren of West Chazy carried the Renegade checkers on his sponsor’s (Freihofer’s) night. It was his third win of the year and it kept him mathematically alive in the championship battle to be decided next Sunday.  Lance Rabtoy rallied late to claim the runner-up spot. Point leader Kevin Boutin of Fairfax, VT got up for third. Jason McClatchie and Mark Caron rounded out the top five. Caron, trying for his first podium finish of the season spent 20 laps in the top three.


Rob Clark of Keeseville chased down Rob Sines, took the lead with two laps left and went on to win the Mini Modified feature, which earned him a recliner from race sponsor Choice Furniture. Sines finished a season’s best second, ahead of Josh LaPorte, Erick Sayles and Jim Collins.

Joe Daniels of Saranac , a few weeks removed from a vicious hit into the frontstretch wall, was a first-time winner in the 20-lap Sportsman Modified feature in the Westside Auto No. 46. Jamie LaFountain drove to his ninth top-five finish of the season as the runner-up. Nick Heywood was third, followed by Travis Bruno and Eric Lauziere.



Modifieds – 50 Laps

Mike Watts Memorial

1) Patrick Dupree 2) Pat McGrail 3) Todd Stone 4) Pierre Berthiaume 5) Leon Gonyo 6) Roger Labreche 7) Kris Vernold 8) Adam Bartemy 10) Richard Tisseur 11) Max Viens 12) Andy Heywood 13) Todd Ormsby 14) Jason Durgan 15) Chris Cayea 16) Andy Lindeman 17) George Foley 18) Jessey Mueller 19) Mikhail Labreche 20) Craig Reyell 21) Matt Woodruff 22) Mike Wells 23) Mike Reyell


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Austin Theriault Racing: ACT Late Model Tour Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl Race Report

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BARRE, Vt. – Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, finished fifth in the ACT Late Model Tour Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., on Sunday, September 2. Theriault started 29th in the 30-car field, used pit strategy early in the race to gain track position, and then picked up two spots over the final four laps to finish in the Top-5 for the seventh time in nine ACT races this season. The Brad Keselowski Racing development driver remained the only driver on the ACT Late Model Tour to have finished in the Top-10 in all nine points races, and the AT Racing No. 57 Pelletier Ford Ford Fusion has two Top-10s in two races at Thunder Road in 2012.


WHO: Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Maine
TEAM: AT Racing No. 57 Pelletier Ford Ford Fusion
CREW CHIEF: Mickey Green, South Paris, Maine
WHAT: ACT Late Model Tour Labor Day Classic 200
WHERE: Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl, Barre, Vt. (.25-mile banked oval)



Overall, it was a long day. We started at the rear of the heat race and couldn't quite get our track position back. We ran the whole system through the consi and the B feature. Sometimes, that's the way it works. You've got to recover and you have to race your way from the back.

It was a decent day. To get a Top-5 out of it was pretty good.


The first set of tires we had, I don't know what happened to them. The car just got really, really free. I think we overestimated for that when we put rights on. We tightened it up some more (on the pit stop), but the second set of rights didn't free it up like the first set did.

We were a little tight at the end.


We lost some points, yeah, but right now our main focus is on going to win – we're going to win the next race at Chaudiere (next week). The points will end up wherever they end up.


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Barracuda Racing's Top Ten Streak Continues




Baltimore, MD - August 2, 2012 - Alex Tagliani and his Barracuda Racing crew earned an eighth place finish during a caution-filled race on the streets of Baltimore Sunday afternoon.

The Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT featured plenty of action for the fans, including nine caution flags and a constant threat of rain. Barracuda Racing pitted on lap 16 as rainclouds rolled in and precipitation became consistent. The radar showed a clearing only 11 laps later, so the team made another pit stop to switch back to slicks. A final pit-stop on lap 57 completed the team's three-stop strategy.


Barracuda Racing now leads the IZOD IndyCar Series in top ten finishes, with Baltimore marking eight out of the last nine races. Tagliani expressed his confidence in the team's performance, despite a minor setback during the rain-related pit stop sequence.

"During the race, while we were on rain tires, there was a miscommunication between Todd [Malloy] and myself. I think we were both talking at the same time and I didn't hear him tell me to pit. I didn't bring the car in when he told me to because of the miscommunication, so it cost us a bit but we recovered really well. 

We started P13 and we just never gave up. We struggled a bit this weekend in regards to car setup but we definitely made some better calls and adjustments for the race, I'm very proud of the Barracuda Racing team and we were able to score some more points for the championship. It was really good. Plus, a lot of things that we learned can be applied for the future and will definitely make our team stronger."

In two weeks, the IZOD IndyCar Series heads to Fontana, CA for the season finale. The MAVTV 500 will take place at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, September 15. Pre-race activities will begin at 4:30 p.m. PDT with an estimated green flag scheduled for 5:50 p.m. The 250-lap competition will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. Fans can also listen to the radio broadcast on IMS Radio Network and Sirius (XM 94 and Sirius 212).

About Bryan Herta Autosport
Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta and noted race engineer and team manager Steve Newey, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Firestone Indy Lights competition since 2009 and recently won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second IZOD IndyCar Series start. The Indianapolis, Ind.-based squad made its IndyCar debut in 2010 contesting the Indianapolis 500. New for 2012, BHA has formed a joint venture with Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. (BBM) to field a full time entry in the IZOD Indycar Series for Canadian driver Alex Tagliani.  Based in Toronto, Ontario, Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. is the coming together of leading sports and entertainment property development professionals, Chris Bowers and David Bowen, along with the financial management experience of Trapeze Asset Management Inc. For more information, please visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.

About Barracuda Networks Inc.
Barracuda Networks combines premises-based gateways and software, virtual appliances, cloud services, and sophisticated remote support to deliver comprehensive content and network security, data protection and application delivery solutions. The company's expansive product portfolio includes offerings for protection against email and Web threats as well as products that improve application delivery and network access, message archiving, backup and data protection. Coca-Cola, FedEx, Harvard University, IBM, L'Oreal, and Europcar are among the more than 150,000 organizations protecting their IT infrastructures with Barracuda Networks' range of affordable, easy-to-deploy and manage solutions. Barracuda Networks is privately held with its International Headquarters in Campbell, Calif. For more information, please visit www.barracudanetworks.com.


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Hoar Wins Big, Sends Championship Message

Gonyaw, Pilotte Pick up Feature Wins


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Barre, VT – Eight-time Champion Brian Hoar made it clear his championship defense was far from over on Sunday afternoon at Thunder Road, claiming the clutch victory in the 34th Annual Bond Auto Labor Day Classic. Current point leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr. made him earn it, finishing a close second, and three-time Thunder Road track champion Cris Michaud rounded out the podium finishers.


Rookie Jimmy Hebert led the way early until a lap 33 caution when Helliwell spun in turn three.  Hebert retained the lead following the restart, but was overpowered by Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. on lap 54 of the event.  His lead, however, was short-lived when a hard charging Brent Dragon charged from the tenth starting position to take the lead on lap 68. 


The strategy chess match began on lap 71, when struggling point leader Helliwell, who was on the verge of going a lap down, ducked down pit road along with Hoar, Michaud, multi-time champion Phil Scott, seven-time ACT Champion Jean Paul Cyr, and others. 


As the green flag laps continued, the strategies began to play out as Hoar and Helliwell sliced through the field on their way to the front.  By lap 113, the pair was at the head of the pack: Hoar riding the very rim of the track and Helliwell planted firmly on the bottom.  The duo had the crowd on their feet until lap 164 when a caution brought hometown favorites Scott Payea and Michaud to the mix.  Payea and Michaud took turns at the eight-time Champion, but both came away empty handed while Hoar refused to give up the top lane.  With 20-laps to go the gloves came off as Helliwell jumped back into the fight.  Payea faded, and a desperate Helliwell muscled by Michaud for second with just four laps remaining and escaped with a slim 8-point lead over Hoar unofficially. Polewarczyk took home fourth with Fort Kent, ME’s Austin Theriault finishing fifth.  Brooks Clark, Dragon, Rookie Ben Lynch, Payea, and 2012 King of the Road Nick Sweet rounded out the top ten.


The race was slowed by five cautions, and was completed in 1 hour, 6 minutes and 33 seconds.  Hoar has already been invited to the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September, 22. 


Hoar looked unstoppable in victory lane. “We got really lucky with pit strategy, and I have to thank my car owner Rick for that,” said Hoar. “That was a ton of fun, I love the new outside lane here at Thunder Road.  Racing with Wayne is just great, what a class act,” he finished.


Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman driver Randy Gonyaw had to earn his second win of the year, surviving an attack from top drivers Bobby Therrien and David Finck who finished in three way battle for the win.  Milton’s Eric Badore took home fourth, and point leader Brendan Moodie, Jr. rounded out the top five. 


Gonyaw came under attack early from two-time 2012 feature winner Chris Pelkey, who beat and banged Gonyaw for the lead in the early laps.  After a lap 7 caution, “Double O” Joe Steffen and David Finck began their march to the front of the field.  High point driver Jason Allen and Josh Demers were well on their way to the front, but with three laps to go Allen spun in front of the field in a brutal front-stretch wreck collecting Demers. Gonyaw got the early jump for the three-lap shootout, but it was Bobby Therrien swinging high and wide trying to claim the win on the top side as the race came to a close.  Therrien was a half-car back from a sideways Gonyaw when the checkers flew. 


Gonyaw was speechless in victory lane. “I don’t even know what to say,” said Gonyaw. “I really thought I was going into the infield for a second there, I just can’t believe it,” he finished.


The Allen Lumber Street Stocks saw a pivotal championship message sent by point-leader Nick Pilotte, who won his second feature in a row on Sunday evening.  Pilotte was chased to the line by fellow top three point runners from 2011 Bunker Hodgdon and defending Champion Greg Adams to complete the podium.


The race was slowed by two early cautions for spins, allowing teen sensation Emily Packard to climb her way to the third position by lap 7.  Packard and veteran racer Marvin Johnson battled for second behind pole-sitter Keith Fortier until a lap 14 yellow.  Packard used the outside groove to steal the lead, but was followed closely by Pilotte.  Pilotte carefully waited for his moment, diving to the inside when a hole presented itself and powering to the victory.  He survived a late-race restart when first-year driver Bob Eldred hit the turn four wall, vaulting into the air before getting pummeled in the door by Morrisville’s Dan Lathrop, claiming both cars.  Packard fell to fourth in a tight last lap battle with Adams, and Morrisville’s Jamie Davis rounded out the top five.


The American Canadian Tour is back in action for the Bond Auto ACT Invitational on Saturday, September 22 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Many of the stars of the ACT Tour will then head to Thunder Road on Sunday, September 30 for the 50th People’s United Bank Milk Bowl, where they will be joined by final championship races for both the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks.  Post time is 1:00pm. 



Bond Auto Labor Day Classic – Unofficial Results

Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, VT

Sunday, September 02, 2012


American Canadian Tour Championship Late Models – Unofficial Results

Pos. (Start) Driver Car # Hometown

1. (5) Brian Hoar 37VT Williston, VT

2. (9) Wayne Helliwell Jr. 27NH Dover, NH

3. (25) Cris Michaud 6VT E. Montpelier, VT

4. (8) Joey Polewarczyk Jr. 97NH Hudson, NH

5. (29) Austin Theriault 57ME Fort Kent, ME

6. (6) Brooks Clark 68VT Fayston, VT

7. (10) Brent Dragon 55VT Milton, VT

8. (16) #Ben Lynch 7NC Derry, NH

9. (20) Scott Payea 89VT Milton, VT

10. (7) Nick Sweet 88VT Barre, VT

11. (1) #Jimmy Hebert 58VT Williamstown, VT

12. (3) Cody Blake 99VT Barre, VT

13. (11) Glen Luce 7ME Turner, ME

14. (23) Phil Scott 14VT Berlin, VT

15. (12) Randy Potter 02NH Groveton, NH

16. (17) Dave Pembroke 44VT Middlesex, VT

17. (15) Joey Laquerre 15VT E. Montpelier, VT

18. (4) Ray Parent 17RI Tiverton, RI

19. (19) Jamie Fisher 18VT Shelburne, VT

20. (2) Jean-Paul Cyr 32VT Milton, VT

21. (13) Trampas Demers 85VT South Burlington, VT

22. (14) Scott Dragon 16NY Colchester, VT

23. (28) Jamie Aube 41VT No. Ferrisburg, VT

24. (21) Rowland Robinson, Jr. 28ME Birch Harbor, ME

25. (30) Ricky Rolfe 51ME Albany Twp, ME

26. (24) Eric Williams 7VT Hyde Park, VT

27. (18) Eric Chase 40VT Milton, VT

28. (22) Luke Hinkley 31NH Claremont, NH

29. (27) Lance Allen 17VT Barre, VT

30. (26) Chip Grenier 9VT Graniteville, VT


Lap Leaders: Jean Paul Cyr (1), Jimmy Hebert (2-53), Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (54-67), Brent Dragon (68-81), Dave Pembroke (82-90) Dragon (91-107), Brian Hoar (108-200)                                                                          

Time of Race: 1:06:33                                                                                    

Margin of Victory: 1.126 seconds                                                                                             

Cautions: 5 (Lap 33, 71, 81, 120, 163 )                                                                                      

Heat Winners: Wayne Helliwell, Jr., David Pembroke, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Brent Dragon                          

Consi Winners: Scott Payea, Brooks Clark                                                                                            

B Feature: Cris Michaud                                                                                               



Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen – Unofficial Results

Pos. (Car #) Driver, Hometown

1. (22) Randy Gonyaw S. Barre, VT

2. (4) Bobby Therrien Hinesburg, VT

3. (90) David Finck Barre, VT

4. (4) Eric Badore Milton, VT

5. (94) Brendan Moodie Wolcott, VT

6. (26) Mike Ziter Williamstown, VT

7. (2) John Lambert Northfield, VT

8. () Joe Steffen Grand Isle, VT

9. (61) Jason Corliss Barre, VT

10. (1) Scott Coburn Barre, VT

11. (31) Shawn Fleury Middlesex, VT

12. (68) #Jason Woodard Waterbury Ctr., VT

13. (85) Adam Pierson East Corinth, VT

14. (9) #Chris Roberts Washington, VT

15. (71) Darrell Morin Essex Jct., VT

16. (64) Christopher Pelkey S. Barre, VT

17. (27) Kyle Pembroke Montpelier, VT

18. (10) Josh Demers Middlesex, VT

19. (14) Doug Crowningshield Barre, VT

20. (5) #Josh Payea Georgia, VT

21. (7) Dylan Payea Henniker, NH

22. (1) Mike Martin Craftsbury Comm., VT

23. (60) Jeff Bousqet 0

24. (29) Jason Allen Barre, VT

25. (97) Steve Denio 0

26. (33) Alex Ferno E. Montpelier, VT


Allen Lumber Street Stocks – Unofficial Results

Pos. (Car #) Driver, Hometown

1. (11) Nick Pilotte Jefferson, NH

2. (83) Bunker Hodgdon Hardwick, VT

3. (42) Greg Adams Jr. Hardwick, VT

4. (98) Emily Packard E. Montpelier, VT

5. (43) Jamie Davis Wolcott, VT

6. (0) Stephen Hodgdon 0

7. (33) #Kevin Wheatley Brookfield, VT

8. (35) Keith Fortier Hinesburg, VT

9. (8) #Kevin Dodge Barre, VT

10. (47) William Hennequin Morrisville, VT

11. (90) Cameron Ouellette Barre, VT

12. (29) Gary Mullen Tunbridge, VT

13. (77) Dave Whitcomb Elmore, VT

14. (50) Tommy Smith Williamstown, VT

15. (39) Troy Kingsbury Waitsfield, VT

16. (75) Joe Fecteau Hardwick, VT

17. (32) #Daniel Brassard E. Randolph, VT

18. (46) #Paul Grant E. Calais, VT

19. (23) Mike MacAskill Williamstown, VT

20. (92) Garry Bashaw Lincoln, VT

21. (31) Bob Eldred Waterbury, VT

22. (6) Daniel Lathrop Morrisville, VT

23. (59) Scott Maynard Burlington, VT

24. (10) Alan Maynard Fairfax, VT

25. (24) Marvin Johnson Essex Jct., VT

26. (25) Jennifer Getty Cambridge, VT

27. (05) Donnie Yates N. Montpelier, VT

28. (09) Amanda Habel Roxbury, VT

29. (16) #Dean Switser Jr. Lyndonville, VT

30. (88) #Tommy Elwood Morrisville, VT





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