ACT Lee USA Opener Historically Unpredictable

ACT Lee USA Opener Historically Unpredictable


<ATTACHED PHOTO (lee04131418.jpg): Eventual winner Eddie MacDonald (17MA) battles for the lead with Ray Parent (17RI) early in last year's NH Governor's Cup at Lee USA Speedway as Stephane Decoste (78QC) looks to the inside. (photo by Al Ward)>


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Waterbury, VT- American Canadian Tour (ACT) fans attending the annual New Hampshire Governor's Cup 150 opening events at the Lee USA Speedway are generally the real winners at the seacoast oval on opening day. Sunday, April 12 will be no exception. History shows that there are many surprises in opening events at the fast 3/8 mile oval.


In the ten years running the NH Governor's Cup, there has only been one repeat winner. Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT won the title back-to-back in 2011 and 2012. In 2009, Hoar and teammate for the event Mike Olsen (N. Haverhill, NH) looked like runaway favorites until Goodyear tire issues took both teams out of winning contention while running in the first two spots during the first half of the event.


In 2011 local racer and first time ACT competitor Fulton Mountain finished the race in third and was never to be seen again at an ACT event!


Perhaps the biggest surprise for the ACT teams was in 2010 when the rain-postponed event occurred in June, and local weekly racers Miles Chipman and Jeff Labrecque finished in the first and second place spots respectively.


"The 2010 event with Miles Chipman and Jeffrey Labrecque was really an important indicator that the ACT Late Model business model of cost contained rules regarding engines, shocks, and tires was still viable. Throughout the late 90's, and into the first half of the new century, there was not much question that we had great parity in the division. During the first half of the 2000's ACT touring for this division became popular, just as it had been in the 80's and mid-90's with the Pro Stocks (Super Late Models). Unfortunately for ACT Pro Stocks, the costs to teams, promoters, and ultimately fans got out of control, and in 1995 that all ended. We have tried to be diligent in keeping our business model of Late Model racing for both weekly and touring interests cost controlled. But as history has taught us, that always brings the challenge for organizers to make sure builders and some teams don't begin to violate the overall intent of a division, in the interest of their personal competitive edge," said ACT President Tom Curley.


One of the most emotional wins at Lee USA came when former Thunder Road International Speedbowl Tiger Sportsman division champion Jimmy Hebert (Williamstown, VT), in only his sophomore year, won his first ACT Tour event at the opening season NH Governor's Cup in 2013. Equally impressive that year was the second-place effort by N. Haverhill, NH's Travis Fadden.


In last year's event, it became a pack of champions running to the wire. Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA won his first opening day event after many tries, and soon-to-become 2014 ACT Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Hudson, NH), along with two-time ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. from nearby Dover, showed why they are championship caliber. They all finished on the podium. The Canadian fans in attendance were not disappointed when Alex Labbe (Ste. Albert, QC) finished fourth and went on to win the 2014 Série ACT Championship. There was also still the "Lee opening surprise run" when Quebecer Stephane Descoste (Oka, QC) pulled off his best U.S. finish in fifth.


Following the recent triple 100's as part of the American Racer Challenge Cup at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida, most fans who attended the February races saw an outstanding performance from Bradley Babb (Windham, ME) in the Joey Laquerre–owned team ride, while Rowland Robinson, Jr. (Steuben, ME) showed he was in race trim entering the new season. 2014 ACT Rookie of the Year Brandon Atkins (Ausable, NY) figured out the fast half-mile by the end of the week. Both he and Emily Packard (E. Montpelier, VT) look to be ready for breakout sophomore seasons beginning at Lee USA.


Quebec teams Alex Labbé, Donald Theetge, Stéphane Descoste, and Jonathan Bouvrette are all expected to enter the Lee opening event, in preparation for the opening event of their 2015 Série ACT campaign – the Spring Green 115 at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday, May 16.


Teams will have a full day of practice at Lee on Saturday, April 11. Post time for Sunday, April 12 is 1:00pm.


For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963,media@acttour.comor visit www.acttour.com or www.leeusaspeedway.com.



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Six races confirmed for Jean-François Dumoulin


Trois-Rivieres (Quebec, Canada), March 12, 2015 – Perseverance, tenacity, and professional networking allow the opportunity for Jean-François Dumoulin, today, to announce the partnership with Motorsports in Action and his participation in multiple events of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in 2015. It is with great excitement that the elder Dumoulin brother will be invested in this new project in order to stand out on road circuits as well as train up on oval tracks behind the wheel of the #04 Dodge Bernier Crepeau / Bellemare Group / ACASS.


"Announcing six races before the beginning of the season is a first for me. Racing on oval circuit is a very interesting challenge, especially in a competitive series such as NASCAR Canadian Tire," shares the enthusiastic driver of the #04 Dodge Bernier Crepeau / Bellemare Group / ACASS.


Long-time friends and professional partners Eric Kerub (owner of the MIA-Motorsports In Action race team) and Jean-François Dumoulin have been wishing to develop this association for a long time. "We've been working together for several years. I coached Eric in the beginning, and the projects kept developing constantly at the mechanical, adjustment, strategic, Micra Cup car preparation levels, and more. It's really fun!" mentions Jean-François Dumoulin.


"I've known JF for several years, his reputation as a driver and instructor is established. A collaborator in multiple professional cases, MIA had wished to become a partner of Dumoulin Competition so that JF could participate in a full season. The occasion presented itself, and we bought two powerful cars to insure he has a quality vehicle for the first races of the 2015 season."


The cars bought by MIA are those that were driven by Alex Guénette in 2014. Throughout the 2015 season, Dumoulin Competition will also count on the frequent collaboration of King Autosport, notably for the adjustment of the #04 Dodge Bernier Crepeau / Bellemare Group / ACASS cars (Circuits confirmed on page 2).


Upcoming partnerships


Discussions are underway with potential partners so that Jean-François Dumoulin can participate in the whole championship.  "There are talks going on for both races in Western Canada, among others. The fact that Louis-Philippe is the 2014 champion opens up doors and our objective is to participate in the whole season, we must, however, find the required financing."


Motorama Custom Car Show & Motorsports (Toronto, Ont. - March 13-15, 2015)


Jean-François Dumoulin will take part in Saturday's NCATS Driver Autograph Session, which takes place from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., while Sunday's runs are from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Following Sunday afternoon's autograph session – from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. – the NCATS drivers will take to The Johnsonville Stage for a 30-minute Q&A with the fans. During this session, hosted by Dave Bradley – a member of the broadcast team for the NCATS race broadcasts on TSN – the drivers will discuss their news and plans for 2015 and will take questions from the fans in attendance. Series director Alex Nagy will also participate in the on-stage session.


Confirmed circuits:

May 17Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (http://www.mosport.com

June 13Autodrome Chaudière (http://autodromechaudiere.ca

June 20Sunset Speedway (http://sunsetspeedway.ca

July 5: Circuit ICAR (www.circuiticar.com

July 25Autodrome St.-Eustache (www.autodrome.ca

August 2Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres (www.gp3r.com


MIA – Motorsports In ActionWith over 50 years of combined Motorsport experience, MIA is making a name for itself in the industry in "La Belle Province". Being trackside, situated at Autodrome St-Eustache, gives our clients "real time" results, testing their vehicles. One stop shopping is our strength, from high-end mechanics, exotic automotive maintenance, complete race car building and design to prestige paint and meticulous detailing. "Leave it, then enjoy it!"http://motorsportsinaction.com.


Bernier Crepeau Chrysler Fiat: With 25 years of experience, the family business has built an enviable reputation in the field of vehicle acquisition. If the future of this company is linked to the loyalty of its customers, it is also held by the reliability and strong communication of its team. This team is at your disposal, ready to listen to you, to hear you. Passion, care, and determination. A team willing to go the extra mile, with its ears wide open. http://www.berniercrepeau.com/.


Group Bellemare: Competitive and dynamic, Thomas Bellemare's innovative and growing family team is ready to take on any challenge. With support from senior members and a qualified team of managers, the third-generation Bellemares are reaching new heights. Built upon a solid past, the company moves forward with an exceptional team of experts and seeks a select group of clients. Our clients continue to benefit from our wide variety of services that target a large number of sectors. As a result, our visibility is constantly on the rise.Working with the Bellemare team has become a measure of success. Start off right by choosing a winning team! www.groupebellemare.com.


"Passion – Performance – Partnerships"


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Six courses confirmées pour Jean-François Dumoulin


Trois-Rivières (Québec, Canada), le 12 mars 2015 – Persévérance, ténacité et réseautage professionnel permettent aujourd'hui à Jean-François Dumoulin d'annoncer le partenariat avec Motorsports in Action et la participation à plusieurs épreuves de la série NASCAR Canadian Tire en 2015. C'est avec engouement que l'aîné des frères Dumoulin s'investit dans ce nouveau projet afin de se démarquer sur les circuits routiers et faire ses classes sur circuits ovales au volant de la Dodge n˚04 Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / ACASS.  


« Annoncer six courses avant le début de la saison est une première pour moi. Rouler sur circuit ovale c'est vraiment un défi intéressant, d'autant plus dans une série compétitive comme la NASCAR Canadian Tire », partage avec enthousiasme le pilote de la voiture n°04 Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / ACASS.


Amis de longues dates et partenaires professionnels, Eric Kerub (propriétaire de l'écurie MIA-Motorsports In Action) et Jean-François Dumoulin souhaitaient développer cette association depuis longtemps. « Nous travaillons ensemble depuis plusieurs années. J'ai coaché Eric au début, puis les projets se sont constamment développés au niveau mécanique, ajustement, stratégie, préparation des voitures de la Coupe Micra et autres, c'est vraiment l'fun ! », partage Jean-François Dumoulin. 

« Je connais JF depuis plusieurs années, sa réputation de pilote et d'instructeur est établie. Collaborateur dans plusieurs dossiers professionnels, MIA souhaitait devenir partenaire de Dumoulin Compétition pour que JF puisse participer à une saison complète. L'occasion s'est présentée et nous avons acheté deux voitures performantes lui assurant un volant de qualité pour les premières courses de la saison 2015. »


Les bolides achetés par MIA sont ceux pilotés par Alex Guénette en 2014. Au cours de la saison 2015, Dumoulin Compétition pourra d'ailleurs compter sur la collaboration fréquente de King Autosport notamment pour l'ajustement des voitures n°04 Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / ACASS (circuits confirmés en page 2).


Partenariats à venir


Des discussions sont actuellement en cours avec des partenaires potentiels pour que Jean-François Dumoulin puisse participer à l'ensemble du championnat. « Il y a des pourparlers, entre autres, pour les deux courses dans l'Ouest Canadien. Le fait que Louis-Philippe soit le champion 2014 ouvre des portes et notre objectif est d'effectuer la saison complète, toutefois nous devons trouver le financement ».


Motorama Custom Car Show & Motorsports (Toronto, Ont. - 13 au 15 mars 2015)


Jean-François Dumoulin participera aux séances d'autographes et entrevues qui se dérouleront les samedi 14 (15h à 16h) et dimanche 15 mars (12h30 à 13h30). Plusieurs pilotes de la série NASCAR Canadian Tire se joindront à lui le dimanche (13h30-14h), notamment pour la tribune questions-réponses des supporteurs - animée par Dave Bradley (TSN) – au cours de laquelle ils annonceront leur programme de course pour la saison 2015.


Circuits confirmés :


17 mai : Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (http://www.mosport.com

13 juin : Autodrome Chaudière (http://autodromechaudiere.ca)

20 juin : Sunset Speedway (http://sunsetspeedway.ca

5 juillet : Circuit ICAR (www.circuiticar.com

25 juillet : Autodrome St.-Eustache (www.autodrome.ca

2 août : Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres (www.gp3r.com


MIA – Motorsports In Action : Avec plus de 50 ans d'expérience en sport automobile, MIA fait sa marque dans l'industrie de La Belle Province. Étant situé sur le site de l'Autodrome St-Eustache, nos clients ont l'assurance de résultats en temps réel pour les essais de leurs véhicules. Notre philosophie d'achat centralisé en un seul endroit est notre force, de la mécanique avancée à la maintenance des véhicules exotiques, de l'assemblage complet de voitures de course, en passant par le design soigné et la peinture de prestige. http://motorsportsinaction.com.


Bernier Crépeau Chrysler Fiat : Fort de ses 25 années d'expérience, l'entreprise familiale s'est bâti une réputation des plus enviables dans le domaine d'acquisition de véhicules. Si la pérennité de cette entreprise tient à la loyauté de sa clientèle, elle tient d'abord par la confiance et la communication de son équipe. Cette équipe est à votre disposition. Prête à vous écouter, à vous entendre. D'la passion, de l'écoute et de la détermination. Une équipe le cœur dans la main, les oreilles grandes ouvertes. http://www.berniercrepeau.com/


Groupe Bellemare : L'entreprise Thomas Bellemare Ltée. se veut dynamique, prête à relever les défis, innovatrice et composée d'une équipe familiale, en pleine évolution. Le passé étant garant de l'avenir, l'entreprise compte sur une équipe formidable et bénéficie d'une clientèle de choix. Étant très diversifiée et offrant des services dans de nombreuses lignes (transport, béton, machinerie lourde, grues, abrasifs et minéraux, environnement et recyclage), les clients sont encore mieux servis www.groupebellemare.com.


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