ACT Young Champions Lead 29 Teams to New Smyrna Speedway

ACT Young Champions Lead 29 Teams to New Smyrna Speedway

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Waterbury, VT – 2014 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Champions Alex Labbe, (21 years old), of St-Albert, Quebec and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), (25 years old), from Hudson, New Hampshire, have both been celebrated by their peers for their championship runs last season. They now lead twenty-nine (29) teams from eight (8) different states and the province of Quebec to the New Smyrna Speedway World Series of Asphalt Racing on Sunday-Tues, February 15-17, 2014. 

Quebec leads the list with seven (7) teams, featuring, Labbe, former ACT Champions Patrick Laperle and Donald Theetge. Also making the trip will be Jean-Pierre Ouimet, Martin Latulippe, Daniel Descoste, and Brandon White.

New Hampshire and Massachusetts will each send five teams on the mid-winter southern trip. ACT US Champion Joey Pole is the defending champion of ACT's first trip to New Smyrna in 2011 and will lead the New Hampshire contingent.

"I can't think of a better way to start the defense of our Championship in 2015 than to grab the win in the American Racer Challenge Cup again. Even though these races are not point races for our upcoming season, it is a great way to get an early feel for the season. It is not going to be easy, last time at New Smyrna I only won by a point over Brian (eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar), and it looks like this year is really packed with talented teams", said Pole.

Two-time ACT title holder Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Kyle Welch, Aaron Fellows and Luke Hinkley will make up the balance of a very potent New Hampshire team.

The surprise for the 2015 trip was the number of Massachusetts teams which will be represented on the Florida trip. The five teams feature one of the favorites to win any ACT event in Eddie MacDonald. The Rollie Lachance-led team has three (3) New Hampshire Motor Speedway Bond Auto ACT Invitational victories, (2) Oxford 250 titles, and the Freddy Petersen-owned team won the Thunder Road 52nd annual Milk Bowl last October. Veteran NASCAR racer Tom Carey, Jr., long-time ACT competitor Jimmy Linardy, Pete Yetman and Eddie Leclerc round out the Massachusetts field.

The State of Vermont will send four (4) teams to Florida. Both Jimmy Hebert and Emily Packard have proven to be skilled long track racers how finished in the top five of the 2014 ACT Standings. Long time veteran and former winner at NSS, Eric Chase and 2014 Thunder Roadrookie Josh Demers make up the balance of the Vermont team.

The Pine Tree State of Maine, sends a trio of young talented racers of ACT racing. Rowland Robinson, Jr. will join Travis Stearns and Bradley Babb at the American Racer Challenge Cup.

The state of Connecticut will be represented by the Rocco brothers. Twins Keith and Jeff are both well known throughout southern New England for their Modified success at Waterford Speedbowl, Thompson Speedway and Stafford Speedway. Keith is also a multi-time Late Model Champion at Waterford.

Three additional states will send single team representatives. 

Rhode Island sends ACT veteran Ray Parent from Tiverton. Parent finished third in his ACT Championship bid in 2014, won his first ACT point event on the ½ mile at Airborne Park Speedway, and is the 2012 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Invitational winner. 

The 2014 Rookie of the year was Brandon Atkins from Au Sable, New York. This 18 year-old is one of the new young faces of ACT racing. This will be his first competitive effort at the super fast ½ mile.

A surprise entry makes up the eighth state represented. One of the newly appointed NASCAR "Drive for Diversity" team members, Dylan Smith from Concord, North Carolina, has entered the American Racer Challenge Cup. Smith started his career at Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl in Barre, VT in an ACT Late Model. 

The ACT teams will open competition with a 100-lap event on Sunday, February 15, 2015immediately following the season opening event for the NASCAR K&N Series at New Smyrna Speedway. Finishes in the 100 lap events on Monday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17will be combined to decide the overall finish of the American Racer Challenge Cup. Teams will draw for starting positions in the heat races and will use the unique ACT plus/minus system for feature line ups on Sunday and Monday. The second leg of the American Racer Challenge Cup on Tuesday will be lined-up based on an inversion from the first leg finish on Monday. (ACT's plus/minus rewards driver's points for each position gained in the heat races. Drivers who improve their position in the heats get a "plus" value, while drivers how lose spots in the heats get a "minus" value. These values decide the feature starting line-up). The total purse and prize money posted for the three ACT events is over $55,000.00.

ACT Roster for New Smyrna Speedway
Car #   Driver                                      Hometown                 
1CT      Keith Rocco                             Berlin, CT
2QC     Daniel Descoste                      St-Joseph, QC
4NY      Brandon Atkins                        Au Sable Forks, NY
9NH     Kyle Welch                              Newport, NH
9ME     Emily Packard                         East Montpelier, VT
10MA  Tom Carey, Jr.                         New Salem, MA
10VT    Josh Demers                            Montpelier, VT
14MA  Eddie Leclerc                          Taunton, MA
15VT    Brad Babb                               Windham, ME
16ME   Travis Stearns                         Auburn, ME
17MA  Eddie MacDonald                   Rowley, MA
17RI     Ray Parent                              Tiverton, RI
21MA  Pete Yetman                           Peru, MA
27NH   Wayne Helliwell, Jr.                Dover, NH
28ME   Rowland Robinson, Jr.             Steuben, ME
29NH   Aaron Fellows                         Croydon, NH
31NH   Luke Hinkley                            Claremont, NH
40VT    Eric Chase                               Milton, VT
40NC   Dylan Smith                             Concord, NC
48QC   Alex Labbe                              St-Albert, QC
58VT    Jimmy Hebert                         Williamstown, VT
68CT    Jeff Rocco                                Wallingford, CT
77MA  Jimmy Linardy                         Somerville, MA
80QC   Donald Theetge                      Boischatel, QC
84QC   Martin Latulippe                     Vallee-Jct., QC
91QC   Patrick Laperle                        St-Denis, QC
96QC   Brandon White                        Kahnawake, QC
97NH   Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.              Hudson, NH
07QC   Jean-Pierre Ouimet                Terrebonne, QC

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


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Alex Labbe Honored for 2014 Série ACT Title

Alex Labbe Honored for 2014 Série ACT Title

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Waterbury, VT – Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC was honored for his 2014 Serie ACT Championship during the annual Banquet of Champions at the Complexe des Seigneuries in St-Agapit, QC on Saturday, January 24. Labbe earned his first career Série ACT title with the help of three feature wins during the 2014 campaign. Dave Coursol of St-Jerome, QC was honored as the 2014 Série ACT Rookie of the Year. Steven Duguay of the Goulet team took home the Crew Chief of the Year honors. 200 guests were on hand for the awards ceremony, which honored the top drivers from the 2014 Série ACT season.

Labbe joined the Larue Brothers' team beginning in 2013 when they claimed second in the Série ACT final standings. The Larue Brothers, Denis and Louis have been long time competitors on the Série ACT. They claimed the 2010 Série ACT Championship with driver Karl Allard and they were honored as the 2013 Don MacTavish Award winners. During the 2014 season, the team also earned with their championship a top five in the sixth annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and started outside pole for the 52nd Annual Milk Bowl at Barre, VT's Thunder Road.

Coursol took the top honors for Série ACT Rookies in 2014. He had a solid season and showed vast improvement throughout the year. His season was highlighted by his first career top ten finish at Autodrome St-Eustache.

Steven Duguay of the Goulet Racing Team was honored as the 2014 Serie ACT Crew Chief of the Year. He helped lead sophomore driver Martin Goulet, Jr. to a fourth place effort in the 2014 Serie ACT final standings.

Several of the top Quebec teams are making their final preparations for the ACT events at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, FL scheduled for Sunday through Tuesday, February 15 through the 17.

The 12-event 2015 Série ACT season will kick off officially with the season opener at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY onSaturday, May 16 with the Spring Green 115.

For more information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963 or media@acttour.com or visit www.acttour.com or www.serieact.com.


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