Série ACT Gears Up for Airborne Triple Crown

Série ACT Gears Up for Airborne Triple Crown


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       ACT-041315-27


<<ATTACHED PHOTO (vlf_8006.jpg): 2013 Série ACT Champion Jonathan-Francois Déry (21QC) of Quebec, QC will be among those competing for the Série ACT Triple Crown. (Eric LaFleche photo)>>


Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Airborne Park Speedway have announced a new "Triple Crown" program for the Canada-based Série ACT Late Model Tour. The 2015 Triple Crown will offer point fund of more than $10,000 to Série ACT competitors for events held at the ½-mile oval in Plattsburgh, NY.


ACT will visit Airborne three times in 2015. The Série ACT season and the Triple Crown will kick off with the Spring Green 115 on Saturday night, May 16 as part of a combination event with the ACT U.S. Tour. The International 500 on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 will be the Triple Crown's second leg, with the ACT championship cars running a 200-lap open event in their half of the program. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will also run a 200-lap event that weekend.


The final event of the Triple Crown will be the 41st Fall Foliage 200 on Saturday, October 3.The Série ACT season finale is another combo event with the ACT U.S. Tour. The top Série ACT drivers for the three races will share in the point fund. Drivers must be Série ACT 100%'ers and attend all three Airborne events to be eligible for the fund.


"Jamie Atkins (owner of Airborne Park Speedway) and I were planning the 2015 season, and we both agreed that the ACT races at Airborne had a huge number of avid Quebec fans attending," said American-Canadian Tour President Tom Curley. "Airborne and Plattsburgh are only 30 minutes from the Canadian border, and over the past 60 years, the ½-mile track has always had great support from our northern teams and fans. It is great to see that tradition continue."


A full description of the program is available at www.acttour.com in the Forms/Entries section.


A number of Série ACT drivers are expected to compete for the Triple Crown Championship. Defending Série ACT Champion Alex Labbe won the 2013 Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne and was sixth in the ACT International 300 last July. Blainville, Quebec's Jonathan Bouvrette finished second in a photo finish to winner Ray Parent in a 100-lap ACT U.S. Tour race at Airborne last May.


2013 Série ACT Champion Jean-Francois Dery showed his Airborne abilities with a 5th-place effort in the 2014 ACT International 300, trailing only event winner Patrick Laperle among Canadian drivers. Other top Quebec runners such as two-time Champion Donald Theetge, Patrick Cliche, Martin Goulet Jr., and ACT Pro Stock Tour veteran Claude Leclerc will also contend for the Triple Crown.


Série ACT will begin their 2015 season and the Triple Crown on Saturday, May 16 at Airborne Park Speedway. Post time for the event is 5:00pm. The ACT U.S. Tour will open its season on Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 pm at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME. Both the ACT Late Models and the Pro All Stars Series will run twin 150-lap events.

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



Pour lire le reste /

ACT and Bond Auto Parts Expand New Champions Program

ACT and Bond Auto Parts Expand New Champions Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    ACT-04XX15-XX

<<ATTACHED PHOTO (vlf_5261.jpg): Steuben, ME's Rowland Robinson Jr. (28ME) and Barre, VT's Mike Ziter (54VT) are among the drivers expected to compete for the American-Canadian Tour Bond Auto Parts New Champions title in 2015. (Eric LaFleche photo)>>

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Bond Auto Parts, Inc. have expanded the recently announced New Champions program for the 2015 season. Among other changes, the Bond Auto Parts New Champions program will now be open to drivers in Série ACT, the Canadian division of ACT. The program will also include three awards for all eligible New Champion drivers in 2015.

The Bond Auto Breakthrough Award has now been added to the 2015 program. Under this award, any New Champion–eligible driver who wins an ACT U.S. or Série ACT event during the 2015 season will receive a $500 bonus. This bonus can be earned once per driver.

Phase two of the program for New Champion contenders is a $2,500 bonus at the 7th annual Bond ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, set for Saturday, September 26. $500 will be awarded to each of the top-five finishing New Champion–­eligible drivers, regardless of finishing position. Drivers must have competed in a minimum of five ACT-sanctioned events in 2015 prior to the Invitational in order to receive this bonus.

The third phase of the Bond Auto Parts New Champions program will be the $5,000 season-ending point fund. The program will now award points to eligible drivers at both ACT U.S. and Série ACT events, as well as ACT non-point counting events which are open to all drivers. A single combined point standings will be kept. To be eligible for the point fund, which will award payouts to the top five positions, drivers must have attempted to qualify for 100% of the point-counting events on either series.

"The Bond Auto New Champion entitlement is indicative of a sponsor understanding the importance and need of supporting a program for all the racers," American-Canadian Tour President Tom Curley said. "Bond Auto understands racing, and providing the majority of ACT teams and fans with this kind of program is certain to add an element of excitement to the upcoming season."

Bond Auto Parts, Inc. is one of the largest auto parts dealers in the Northeast. The family-owned operation has been in business since 1956 and now has 45 locations throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York.

Bond Auto has a longtime association with ACT. In addition to their involvement with the Invitational, they are also the title sponsor for the Tiger Sportsman division at Barre, VT's Thunder Road Speedbowl.

"The ACT footprint really matches up well with our regional footprint of store locations," Bond Auto Parts VP of Marketing Mark Mast stated. "It's exciting to see the New Champions Program brought back from years ago. With a long history of supporting ACT, it felt like a natural fit for Bond Auto to jump on board with this program. Anytime we can sweeten the purses is a good thing, as these drivers and teams are working hard week in and week out to remain competitive."

Eligibility requirements for the program remain unchanged. Any driver who has not won more than one ACT-sanctioned event prior to the 2015 season, and is approved by ACT, will be eligible. This includes ACT U.S., Série ACT, and special non-point ACT-sanctioned events.

The Bond Auto New Champions program is a revival of the old program from the former ACT Pro Stock Tour. Previous drivers who topped the New Champions standings include former NASCAR Champion Randy LaJoie, former ACT Tour Champion Brad Leighton, Northeast racing legends Joey Kourafas and Dale Shaw, and former ACT standout Derek Lynch.

Among others, drivers expected to compete for the 2015 Bond Auto Parts New Champions title include:


Brandon Atkins


Emily Packard


Kyle Welch


Tom Carey Jr.


Patrick Boyer


Bradley Babb


Travis Stearns


Rowland Robinson Jr.


Aaron Fellows


Luke Hinckley


Todd Davis


Jonathan Bouvrette


Patrick Hamel


Mike Ziter


Daniel Descoste


Martin Goulet Jr.


Full details of the entire program and complete updated point standings can be found at www.acttour.com in the New Champions section on the side menu of the ACT front page.

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



Pour lire le reste /