Northeast Late Model Standouts Set Sights on ACT International 500

Northeast Late Model Standouts Set Sights on ACT International 500


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<<ATTACHED PHOTO (517.JPG): 2013 ACT International winner Joey Polewarczyk Jr. (#97NH) and 2014 International winner Patrick Laperle (#91QC) battle for the lead in the Spring Green 115 at Airborne Park Speedway this past May. (Dave Brown photo)>>


Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model drivers throughout the northeast United States and Canada are now gearing up for the third annual ACT International 500 at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. The two-day event on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 is setting up as the summer showpiece of local short-track racing in in the northeastern United States and Canada.


The International is also the third doubleheader of the year between ACT and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS). Both the ACT Late Models and PASS Super Late Models will run 200-lap straight-up features, with more than $110,000 in total prize money and $10,000 guaranteed to each winner. The ACT portion of the event marks a change from the three-segment format used in the first two Internationals.


"I feel like this year's race is more my style," 2013 International winner Joey Polewarczyk Jr. said. "Obviously we had success in the first International, and we've had success at the Vermont Milk Bowl before, but I like to think of myself as more of a long distance–type racer. I think 200 laps straight-up plays into my favor a little bit more."


"Joey Pole" is one of several drivers who have committed to running both the ACT and PASS features, including 2014 ACT International winner Patrick Laperle, eight-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar, and former ACT Tour Rookie of the Year Bobby Therrien. It will be Pole's second time doing double-duty this year after running both series in the inaugural ACT-PASS doubleheader at Oxford Plains Speedway in April.


"At Oxford we had our ACT car going well, and we thought we had our PASS car going well, but we ended up struggling with it," Pole said. "We're still learning with the Super Late Model, but we're going to Airborne, which we've been to numerous times – and we have our ACT car going pretty good there. Airborne is one of if not my favorite tracks, and hopefully that gives us an advantage on the PASS drivers, because they've never been there before."


Many of the top ACT Tour runners will be in attendance, including third-place point driver Jeff White, Merchants Bank 150 winner Brad Babb, and multi-time Tour winner and Thunder Road Late Model Champion Nick Sweet. The event is also the second leg of the Série ACT Airborne Triple Crown for Quebec drivers such as current Série ACT point leader Dany Trepanier and former Champions Alex Labbé and Jean-François Déry.


On the PASS side, current PASS North point leader Mike Rowe of Turner, ME has committed to the race, as have former Champions D.J. Shaw, Ben Rowe, Johnny Clark, and Cassius Clark. PASS South second-place point driver Tate Fogelman will make the trip from Durham, NC for the National Championship event, and former NASCAR Modified Champion Ted Christopher will drive a Mulkern Racing entry.


"One of the benefits of the off-season discussions we (ACT) had with PASS was the opportunity to put on a race like the International," ACT President Tom Curley said. "Both the opening doubleheaders at Oxford Plains in Maine and Thunder Road in Barre, VT this spring were well received by fans who follow both series. We now add in Série ACT with Quebec teams like Alex Labbe, Jean-François Déry, Dany Trepanier, and Donald Theetge, who will all join the battle for $10,000 to win. It is a dream event for fans. With some teams racing in both 200-lap events, and more than $100,000 up for grabs racing on one of the best ½-mile tracks in the country, this is a Late Model fan's dream weekend. It is definitely a do not miss event if you like Late Model stock car racing."


The third annual ACT International 500 will take place on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. Qualifying begins on Saturday, July 18 at 6:30pm, with features on Sunday, July 19 with a post time of 1:00pm. An optional practice day will be held on Friday, July 17. General admission is $40 for Saturdayand Sunday, $20 for Saturday only, or $35 for Sunday only. Reserved seats are $60 for both days or $50 for Sundayonly.


For more information or to order tickets contact the ACT offices at 802.244.6963media@acttour.com, or visitwww.acttour.com or www.airborneparkspeedway.com.



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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: ICAR

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: ICAR

Analyzing The Ecko Unlimited 100 At Circuit ICAR


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 1, 2015) – The 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 returns to the road with the fifth annual Ecko Unlimited 100 at Circuit ICAR on Sunday in Mirabel, Quebec. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:


Ecko Unlimited 100 Setup:

·        Andrew Ranger has been victorious in each of the three previous seasons at Circuit ICAR, and was two laps away from winning the inaugural 2011 event before being involved in an accident.

·        Ranger has won 10 of the 18 road course events in series history contested in his native Quebec: three at ICAR, three at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, four at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.

·        Although neither has a win at ICAR, L.P. Dumoulin and Scott Steckly have both posted a series-best average finish of 3.5 there through the first four races.


At Circuit ICAR:


·        The International Center of Advanced Racing (ICAR) is located on the grounds of Montreal-Mirabel International Airport, which closed to passenger flights in 2004.

·        The racing facilities began operation in 2008 as a private club, and competition was opened to the public in 2009.

·        The complex includes facilities for auto and motorbike racing, drag racing and karting.



·        Robin Buck won the inaugural NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 event at Circuit ICAR on June 5, 2011. Alex Tagliani was the series' first ICAR pole winner.

·        Andrew Ranger has won the three subsequent races at ICAR in 2012-14. He led wire-to-wire in 2013.

·        Qualifying was rained out in 2012. Ranger's pole-winning effort in 2013 established the track record.

·        Ranger has led 60-percent (75/124) of the total laps contested in the first three ICAR races.

·        Dodge has been the winning manufacturer for all four previous NCATS ICAR events.


Circuit ICAR Data

Race #:  4 of 11

Track Layout:  2.113-mile, 14-turn road course

Race Length:  30 laps (63.37 miles/102 kilometers)

Telecast: TSN – July 11 at 1 p.m. ET; RDS – July 25 at 2 p.m.


Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Race Winner:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 69.596 mph, 54 mins. 39 secs.

2014 Pole Winner:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 79.274 mph, 95.956 secs.

Qualifying Record:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 79.289 mph, 95.938 seconds, July 7, 2013

Active Category Leaders at Circuit ICAR:

1. Andrew Ranger … 3

2. Robin Buck … 1



1. Andrew Ranger … 2

    Alex Tagliani … 1


Top Fives

1. L.P. Dumoulin … 4

2. Andrew Ranger … 3

    Scott Steckly … 3


Top 10s

1. L.P. Dumoulin … 4

    Scott Steckly … 4

3. Jeff Lapcevich … 3

    Andrew Ranger … 3

Laps Led

1. Andrew Ranger … 75

2. Alex Tagliani … 24

3. D.J. Kennington … 6

Laps Completed

1. L.P. Dumoulin … 124 (all)

    D.J. Kennington … 124

    Andrew Ranger … 124

    Scott Steckly … 124



1. nine drivers … 4 (all)


Select Driver Highlights:

Patrice Brisebois (No. 71 Jiffy Lube Quebec Dodge)

·        Has participated in 12 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 races since 2009.

·        Best career finish is 12th, recorded at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2009 and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres in 2013.

·        Has finishes of 17th (2011) and 21st (2014) in two previous appearances at Circuit ICAR.


J.F. Dumoulin (No. 04 Bernier Crepeau Chrysler/Bellemare Dodge)

·        Has 11 top 10s in 22 career NCATS starts with a best finish of third at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this May.

·        Twenty of his 22 appearances have come on road courses, where he's posted an average finish of 13th.

·        Has an average finish of 13th and a best result of seventh (2012) across the four previous ICAR events.


L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)

·        The 2014 NCATS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 18 top fives and 31 top 10s in 51 career starts.

·        Has three wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 23 career road course starts.

·        Has registered finishes of fourth, fourth, third and third in the four previous ICAR races.


Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Fast Eddie/Choko/HGC Chevrolet)

·        Has six wins and 62 top 10s in 101 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.

·        All six of his wins have come on ovals, where he has posted 45 top 10s in 65 starts.

·        Has 16 top 10s, an average finish of 14th and a best result of second (Edmonton City Centre Airport, 2012) in 36 career road course starts.

·        In the four ICAR events he's posted an average finish of 17th with a best showing of ninth (2014).


D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)

·        The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (69) and top 10s (84), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 101 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).

·        Has a streak of 64-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2009.

·        Has two wins, 24 top fives, 28 top 10s and an average finish of seventh in 36 career road course starts.

·        In the four ICAR events he's recorded an average finish of 11th with a best result of fifth (2012).


Gary Klutt (No. 59 CLT Corp./Legendary Motorcar Chevrolet)

·        Has a win, two poles and six top 10s in nine career NCATS starts.

·        Has a win and a pole (CTMP, May 2015), four top 10s and an average finish of 10th in six career road races.

·        Finished eighth last year in his ICAR debut.


Alex Labbe (No. 36 Lou's BBQ/Cathcart Trucking Dodge)

·        Has two poles, three top fives and six top 10s in 11 career starts with a best finish of second, recorded twice.

·        In seven career road course starts he has three top 10s, an average finish of 15th and a best result of fourth.

·        Has finishes of sixth, 11th and fourth at ICAR the three previous seasons.


Kerry Micks (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/Dickies Ford)

·        Has three wins, four poles and 52 top 10s in 83 career starts.

·        Has competed in 35 of the 36 all-time road course events with two wins, a pole, 21 top 10s and an average finish of 10th. The only road race he missed was due to illness last year at ICAR.

·        Finished 19th, 21st and seventh in the first three NCATS events at ICAR.


Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)

·        The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series' all-time wins lead (19) and ranks second in poles (15). Has 44 top fives and 62 top 10s in 75 career starts.

·        Has competed in 33 of the 36 all-time road course races and maintains series records for wins (15), poles (15), top fives (27), top 10s (30), races led (26), laps led (427), average start (3.8) and average finish (3.8).

·        Finished 21st in the inaugural ICAR event, and has won the subsequent three, including the last two from the pole. Has led 71 of the 91 laps contested during those three triumphs.

·        Currently holds the series' record for consecutive wins at a track with three (ICAR, 2012-14; Trois-Rivieres, 2008-10).


Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

·        Has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first eight years of NCATS competition.

·        Owner of 16 wins, 13 poles, 61 top fives and 74 top 10s. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,953 and is one of three drivers to start each of the 101 all-time events.

·        Has three poles, 20 top fives, 29 top 10s and an average finish of ninth in 36 road course starts. Has been a runner-up on the road on four occasions, including twice at ICAR.

·        Has finishes of second, third, second and seventh in the four ICAR events.


Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/CGI/CanTorque Chevrolet)

·        Has two wins, five poles, eight top fives and 11 top 10s in 27 career NCATS starts.

·        Has a win (Edmonton, 2008), four poles, five top fives and an average finish of 16th in 14 road course starts.

·        Earned the inaugural ICAR pole and has finishes of eighth (2011) and fifth (2014) there.


Other Driver Notes

·        Marc-Antoine Camirand's best finish (third, CTMP, May 2015) and one pole (Trois-Rivieres, 2014) were both recorded on road courses.

·        Anthony Simone's best career finish is second, recorded three times, all in road course events (CTMP, 2009; Trois-Rivieres, 2009; Edmonton, 2010).

·        Trevor Seibert's personal best are third place finishes on road circuits (Trois-Rivieres, 2007; Edmonton, 2012).

·        Elie Arseneau's best finish in 11 career starts is 12th, recorded in 2011 at ICAR, a facility owned by his family.


Up To Speed:

·        The 2015 season is the ninth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.

·        The 2015 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.

·        Rookie Gary Klutt won the season-opening Pinty's presents the Clarington 200 from the pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 17.

·        Jason Hathaway reached Budweiser 300 Victory Lane for the second year in a row at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 13.

·        Alex Tagliani earned his first NCATS oval victory on June 20 when he won the inaugural Sunset Speedway event.

·        Following Circuit ICAR the series will make its annual Western Swing to Edmonton International Raceway (July 11) and Auto Clearing Motor Speedway (July 15).



Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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Les prostocks en vedette ce samedi 4 juillet 2015

Mercredi 1er juillet 2015,






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Objet : Les prostocks en vedette ce samedi 4 juillet 2015


- RPM Speedway de Saint-Marcel.  Un 50 tours imposant pour les prostocks qui compte comme la deuxième épreuve de la série prostock Dirt et aussi comme troisième manche de la confrontation Ultime prostock.

Prostock (50  tours)

Il s'agit ici d'un 50 tours exceptionnel pour la course Ultime prostock qui fonctionne habituellement avec deux courses dont toutes les positions sont inversées dans la deuxième finale. Si lors de leur dernier passage au RPM, Rock Aubin #4 est parvenu en 25 tours à remonter tout le peloton pour gagner les deux courses, imaginez ce qui peut arriver en 50  tours. 22 voitures étaient présentes au dernier rendez-vous, une seule n'a pas pu participer à la deuxième finale : Rolland Hébert #97 souhaitons-lui une meilleure chance cette fois.

Sport Compact (20 tours)

Premier passage des Sport Compact cette année au RPM. Ils étaient venus à quatre reprises l'an dernier. Dominik Blais #45 a été nommé champion même si Marc Véronneau #8 avait remporté les 4 courses. Les deux seront de la partie samedi. Les recrues Kevin Vilnis Caron #666 et Patrick Audet dans le D1 de sa copine y courront pour la première fois. Sébastien Beauregard #83, Sébastien Bouvier #33, Patrick Prémont-Délisle #53, Bruno Lafontaine #19 et Alexis Charbonneau #49 ont promis être de retour chez nous. Danick Sylvestre #9 qui a passé la semaine à réparer sa voiture qui a violemment frappé le mur à Granby devrait aussi revenir si tout va bien avec elle.


Lightning Sprint (20 tours)

Alex Therrien #21 est en haut du classement de la série avec deux victoires l'une la semaine dernière à Drummond et l'autre du coté américain à Mohawk. Charles-David Dumont #41 recrue 2014 y a terminé troisième. Jordan Poirier #28 a quant à lui 3 victoires sous la cravate dont l'une au RPM. Normand Hamel #44H a confirmé sa deuxième présence chez nous question de revenir à ses anciennes luttes avec Guillaume Neiderer #51 présentement deuxième au cumul.

Modifiés (2 x 40 tours)

Ces finales s'inscrivent dans les courses de début de série Dirt (Super Series Starter) consistant en vingt-sept courses dans le circuit Nord-Est dont les trois meilleurs résultats seront retenus dans le classement final de la série Dirt Mod 358. Yan Bussière #21 se joindra aux 25 voitures régulières chez nous pour marquer des points dans la série Dirt. Tel que l'illustre l'affiche au bord du chemin du RPM Speedway, la guerre épique est reprise entre David Hébert #ONE et Mario Clair #22C au top du classement du RPM.

Mod Lite (20 tours)

Kevin Burke #91 une recrue de l'an dernier seulement domine le classement avec deux victoires : une chez nous et une à Drummondville samedi dernier. Richard Tessier #85 est deuxième au cumul avec trois troisièmes positions, mais aucune victoire encore. Martin Fleurent #52 est en position 3 avec un podium qu'il est allé chercher à Granby, mais lui aussi n'a pas encore atteint la plus haute marche du podium.

Mini Mod (20 tours – grande piste)

Patrick Lapolice #68 est au faîte du classement avec 4 points sur Jean-François Leblanc #21. Le pilote rochois Maxime Desrosiers #3m est présentement troisième au classement. Lors de la dernière course sur le grand ovale, c'est Lapolice qui avait remporté les honneurs. Le groupe compte une nouvelle recrue qui a couru pour la première fois chez nous le 6 juin, Fernand Bessette #B7F. La recrue Brandon Beauregard #74 en sera à sa première présence à vie au RPM ce samedi.

Slingshot JR ( 10 tours) Slingshot SR ( 15 tours) petite piste

Les fils et filles d'anciens et d'actuels pilotes reprennent du service au plus grand plaisir de leurs parents et des spectateurs. N'oublions pas Bryan Préville #3, l'exception qui confirme la règle, qui n'est pas la progéniture de pilote, mais montre qu'il a ça dans le sang. Le slingshot senior Gabriel Lussier #23 et le slingshot junior Alexandre Lizotte #39 sont toujours chefs de classement avec leurs deux victoires respectives.

Caroline Champigny, relationniste du RPM Speedway

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Crédit photo : Sylvain Morin


St-Eustache, 1er juillet 2015 -. C'est vers l'Autodrome de St-Eustache que les pilotes de l'ACT se dirigeront ce samedi pour y disputer la 4e course de la saison 2015 en ce 4 juillet, une finale de cent tours, lors de cette 2e visite de la saison à ce complexe motorisé des basses-Laurentides sur la couronne nord de Montréal.


Si on se fie à la course de samedi dernier, une des plus disciplinée de la saison, où l'action n'a pas manqué, avec des changements de meneurs répétés et des dépassements des plus spectaculaires où les luttes étaient intenses autant en avant  que  partout sur la piste, bien malin est celui qui pourra prédire le dénouement de cette finale de samedi à St-Eustache.




Photos Sylvain Morin : Jonathan Bouvrette et Karl Allard, respectivement 2e et gagnant de la dernière finale ACT seront  à surveiller à St-Eustache Samedi.


Le pilote du Lac St-Jean, Karl Allard, qui a remporté l'épreuve de Montmagny tentera de répéter son exploit pour une 2e victoire d'affilée. Il aura cependant fort à faire, alors que le favori et multiple champion local de St-Eustache, Jonathan Bouvrette de Blainville,   qui a terminé en 2e position derrière Allard, samedi dernier,  après avoir dominé durant une vingtaine de tours en est un autre qui veut cette victoire, lui qui connaît  ce tracé, y ayant remporté plusieurs victoires et championnats au début de sa carrière. Un autre des favoris, Danny Trépanier, qui occupe le premier rang du classement viendra tenter de se maintenir au sommet. On s'attend aussi à la présence des Patrick Hamel, Gaétan Gaudreault, Steven Boissonneault et autres de la région de la vieille capitale,


Le gagnant des deux premières finale disputées en sol québécois, Alex Labbé de St-Albert, aux commandes de la voiture 48, voudra, lui aussi s'imposer après avoir connu quelques problèmes avec sa voiture lors de sa dernière course. Patrick Cliche de Lévis, le meneur des 65 premiers tours de cette finale de samedi dernier, de même que les Déry, Theetge et autres  comptent bien faire sentir leur présence..


Parmi les pilotes habitués au circuit de l'ASE, Martin Goulet jr, de Mascouche qui a éprouvé des problèmes qui ont ruiné sa soirée de samedi dernier sera en piste, de même que le vétéran Claude Leclerc (11) de Lanoraie, qui a inscrit le 4e meilleur temps lors des pratiques à Montmagny seront sur place. On s'attend aussi à la présence des Jean-Pierre Ouimet (07) de Terrebonne, Gaétan Longtin (66) de Châteauguay. Il y a aussi les recrues, Charles Harvey, Patrick Boucher, ainsi que Dave Trevors, Dave Coursol et Daniel Bergeron de St-Benoit Mirabel, entr'autres, qui pourraient y être, de même que d'autres qui n'ont pas encore corfirmé leur présence.


En plus des pilotes LMS, les divisions NASCAR locales de l'ASE,  Sportsman Lucas Oil ASE, Sport-Compactes et Légendes modifiées, ainsi que les Challenge 4 et Modifiés 358 compléteront le programme de la soirée.


En bref, toute une soirée, où l'action sera au programme. Les puits ouvriront à 14h30, les pratiques toutes divisions débuteront à 15h15, les qualifications à 17h40 et les finales à 19h00, alors que la finale 100 tours ACT se mettra en branle à 21h00.


Le prix pour l'admission général a été fixé à 30$ pour les adultes, à 15$ pour les 13-17 ans, alors que les enfants de 12 ans et moins seront admis gratuitement.


Le prix d'admission dans les puits sera de 35$ pour les adultes, 20$ pour les 13-17 ans et 10$ pour les 12 ans et moins.



Source : Yves Ladouceur

Crédit-photos : Sylvain Morin

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