Stridsberg Appointed New Media Director for ACT

Stridsberg Appointed New Media Director for ACT

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Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced the appointment of Michael Stridsberg of Berlin, VT as the new Media Director for both the US touring series and Thunder Road International Speedbowl. He will replace Nick Bigelow who has handled numerous duties for the two organizations since his graduation from college in 2009. Bigelow studied engineering, and has taken a position with New England Wire Technologies in Lisbon, NH, a developer of wire products.

"Nick has provided ACT and Thunder Road with an outstanding foundation in modernizing our media department, web sites, and handicapping system. His passion was statistics, and he leaves with all ACT records in good order. He handled the majority of the track day duties as head scorer for our companies. His conscientious efforts will be missed," said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, Ltd.

Stridsberg and his family have been around the race business for many years. He has worked the Thunder Road race day pits for the past few years, is familiar with handicapping, and has been a correspondent for Vermont Motorsports Magazine, helping to chronicle various stories and results from races throughout the region. He also will take on the new duty of electronic scoring for both ACT and Thunder Road events.

"We were pleased to have Michael available on such short notice, and especially for his willingness to join our staff full time with the 2015 season just about upon us. This means we should be in excellent shape going forward. Michael has a keen interest regarding many facets of our short track needs, and we are confident that ACT can continue to set high media and internal race day standards throughout the coming season," said Darla Hartt, Vice-President of ACT, and General Manager of Thunder Road.

"This is a great opportunity for me to be involved full time with the ACT-Thunder Road team. The timing for me could not have been better and I can't wait to get started next week. Simply working at Thunder Road on race days was a dream come true, and I'm honored to now be an even bigger part of the team. I am familiar with a lot of the demands required working at ACT and Thunder Road, although filling Nick's (Bigelow) shoes, with all the duties he took on will certainly present a huge challenge. I feel I am up for doing the job for the media and competitors and am looking forward to getting started," said Stridsberg.

The American Canadian Tour opens its 30th season of sanctioning short track Late Model racing throughout the Northeastern United States, and province of Quebec. The traditional New Hampshire Governor's Cup 150 will take place at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH on Sunday, April 12, 2015. A power packed field is expected to kick off the new season for ACT US, which will be highlighted by 17 point and special events throughout New England, New York, and Quebec. The ACT Quebec Serie will have an ambitious 14 race series, traveling throughout tracks in Quebec, New York and New England.

For more information visit www.acttour.com, email media@acttour.com or call the ACT office at 802.244.6963.


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PASS South Season Set To Roll Off Saturday At Dillon

PASS South Season Set To Roll Off Saturday At Dillon


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CHARLOTTE, NC (March 3) – The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models are prepped and ready to go as the series prepares to kick off its 10th anniversary season this Saturday afternoon at Dillon Motor Speedway.  For the fourth time in the last seven years, the South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway will be the first race of 15 in a season that stretches through November for the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models.

            Dillon Motor Speedway's 4/10 mile, egg-shaped layout always presents a tough challenge to PASS competitors, but has provided many memorable finishes.  In 2013, Austin Theriault used lapped traffic to his advantage to take the lead from Preston Peltier in the final corner and win in the closest finish in PASS South history.  And, last year, Daniel Hemric passed Cole Timm with a handful of laps to go to take his first ever South Carolina Clash win.

            After a stellar season in 2014, Timm comes back to Dillon looking for redemption and, not only as a favorite for the win, but as a seasoned veteran seeking his first championship.  Likewise, last year's PASS South Super Late Model champion, Tyler Church, who has always ran well at Dillon, hopes to capture his first series win since taking the checkered flag at Ace Speedway last May.

            But, a new crop of championship contenders have emerged in 2015 hopiing to start their seasons off with a win in the South Carolina Clash.  Trevor Noles returns for his second season driving Super Late Models for Coulter Motorsports.  Noles closed out 2014 with his first career PASS South win in the Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National Motorsports Park.  Jody Measamer's Aquavapor-sponsored #98 also returns looking to build on several strong runs over the last two seasons.  However, Measamer would like to avoid last year's exciting start at Dillon which saw him tumble several times down the frontstretch in a grinding multi-car crash. And, Californian Zane Smith, will be back in 2015, but with a new team, driving for Gary Crooks Racing out of Mooresville, NC.  Smith has already had a strong start to the year, capturing the Speedweeks title at New Smyrna Speedway in February.

            Woodman Racing will be back with another dual threat, but will be competing for a championship for the first time since 2013. Tate Fogleman joins Woodman Racing in 2015 hoping to better his best career finish of 3rd from a year ago at Southern National Motorsports Park.  Woodman's second entry will once again have a number of drivers behind the wheel, with PASS North standout Joey Doiron piloting the car at Dillon as well as the next two PASS South races at Anderson Motor Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway.

            But, with Dillon Motor Speedway's challenging layout a veteran might have the best opportunity for a win.  Two-time All Pro Series champion and multi-time Dillon Motor Speedway track champion, Hal Goodson, makes his return to PASS for the first time in a number of years.  In 2010, Goodson scored his best career PASS South Super Late Model finish, coming home second to Ryan Blaney at Dillon in the South Carolina Clash.  And, western North Carolina veteran Jimmy Doyle looks to start off strong at Dillon as he prepares to make a full out assault on the championship in 2015.

            The PASS Pro Late Models will also kickoff their season Saturday at Dillon.  Last year's champion Walker Yates, along with Nick Robinson, are making the move up to Super Late Models, which opens up this year's race for the championship.  Zachary Dabbs returns to defend his win last year at Dillon, as well as the leading winner from a year ago, Kodie Conner.  Newcomers this year include Wesley Noles, who will be driving as a teammate to his brother, Trevor, with Coulter Motorsports and Georgia's Chandler Smith.  Smith makes the move to the PASS Pro Late Model division from the Bandolero ranks and will be racing in a close partnership with Cole Timm and his dad, Murray.

The 2015 season is just around the corner and will begin on Saturday, March 7 with the 10th Annual South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway with rotating practice starting at Noon, followed by qualifying at 3:30 PM, and feature racing at 5 PM for the PASS South Super Late Models, PASS Pro Late Models, Challengers/Chargers, and Legends.  Please go to ProAllStarsSeries.com for entry forms and the complete weekend schedule.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America's premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039or alandietzpass@live.com.  And, don't forget to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.


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“Young Guns” Youth Racing Division to Debut at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

ATTACHED PHOTO (credit MemorEvents): Devil's Bowl Speedway has created the new NEK Trophy "Young Guns" division and instruction school for racers age 10-14.  A successful test race in 2013 saw Alexis Aiken (center) win over Tyler Tewksbury (right) and Xander Emerson (left).
"Young Guns" Youth Racing Division to Debut at Devil's Bowl Speedway

Safety courses, driving school, races to be offered for aspiring racers age 10-14


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WEST HAVEN, VT – Stock car racing's youth movement has a new home in Rutland County, as Devil's Bowl Speedway has announced the formation of the new Young Guns division.  The new class, sponsored by NEK Trophy, will utilize the same rules used in the track's Portland Glass Mini Stock division and will offer supervised safety and driving instructions and real on-track racing experience for drivers age 10-14.

The Young Guns division has been created after three years of research and discussion with parties in the racing industry and beyond.  After receiving requests from several local families to consider a youth racing division, Devil's Bowl Speedway owners Mike and Alayne Bruno got hands-on experience when their own son, who was 10 years old at the time, raced with a similar division in New Hampshire.

The Brunos have since worked closely with insurance regulators and Vermont government officials to create a structured program that allows young racers to compete in a safe, controlled environment.  Mandatory "school" sessions will be held at the track, and all aspiring Young Guns drivers must pass safety procedure and car control tests before being approved for competition.

"We have wanted a division like the Young Guns for a while, but all the pieces needed to be in the right place," Alayne Bruno said.  "We wanted to see this division from the viewpoint of the parents first, and then we went to work with the State of Vermont to get the proper approval."

Devil's Bowl Speedway officials took part in several hearings at the Vermont State House in Montpelier regarding lowering the legal age limit in Vermont race track pit areas to 10 years old.

"We approached the State from the position that we're trying to build the interest in our sport from an early age, and we were able to run a successful test race in September 2013," Mike Bruno said.  "The lawmakers were receptive and even noted that kids are allowed to take hunter's safety courses and carry firearms in the woods at age 10.  The bill was passed and took effect on July 1, 2014, but even then we still felt that we needed to take our time and get the work done behind the scenes before we started racing."

A schedule of school dates and race events for the NEK Trophy Young Guns division will be released in the near future. Families with questions regarding the Young Guns division are encouraged to contact Devil's Bowl Speedway via email atdevilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com or by telephone at (802) 265-3112.

Devil's Bowl Speedway's 49th season of stock car racing opens with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series on Saturday, May 9.  Devil's Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4.  For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or call (802) 265-3112.  Devil's Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.


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