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Le 30 septembre 2015

Après deux semaines hors-piste Raphaël Lessard reprend le volant de la voiture #71 FRL Express de l'équipe David Gilliland Racing pour le Pass Championships Fall Foliage Festival à Oxford Plains Speedway, ME.

L'équipe se dirige tout d'abord ce jeudi en Ohio sur la piste de Columbus Motor Speedway pour une journée intensive de test. Pour l'occasion, Raphaël aura la chance d'avoir David Gilliland comme coach. D'ailleurs, David prendra le volant de la voiture de réserve pour rouler en piste avec Raphael.  L'équipe prendra ensuite la route pour Oxford pour participer à son dernier programme de la saison sur ce tracé.

Étant la dernière épreuve du championnat PASS North, Raphael participera tout d'abord à une journée de pratique le samedi 3 octobre.

Le programme de 150 tours se déroulera ce dimanche 4 octobre. Suivez-nous sur la page Facebook de l'équipe Raphael Lessard #71. Nous vous tiendrons au courant du déroulement de ce weekend !

Marie-Claude Levasseur, Relationniste 

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PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models Set For Season Finale This Weekend At Oxford

PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models Set For Season Finale This Weekend At Oxford

 - For Immediate Release

NAPLES, ME (September 30) – Following the grind of a season that began back in April, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models will conclude their 2015 campaign this Sunday afternoon at Oxford Plains Speedway.  While veteran Mike Rowe is on the verge of capturing his first title since the 2006 PASS South Super Late Model championship, several drivers would like to end the season on a high note.

            Fellow veteran and former 6-time series champion Johnny Clark has reason to be excited heading to this weekend's 150 lapper.  Clark recently ended a long dry spell by capturing his fourth checkered flag in the prestigious Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.  But, Clark credits his recent turn around with a decision to step back and compete in several local shows at Oxford Plains Speedway prior to the 42nd Running of the Oxford 250 in late August.

            "We needed to get our baseline back," says Clark, a winner of over 30 PASS Super Late Model races during his legendary career.  "Running weekly at Oxford Plains Speedway allowed us to work on one setup.  We were lucky enough to find ourselves in victory lane the week before the 250."

With a strong run in the Oxford 250 behind them, Clark and his Clark's Car Crushing #54 team shifted their focus to the 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.  A strong car and the right pit strategy allowed Clark to flex his muscle and capture his first PASS win in over a year.  A win that Clark hopes not only propels him to a strong finish to this season, but an even stronger and more competitive 2016.

            "I feel like winning the 300 was huge for us," said Clark.  "We went from struggling in PASS races lately to backing up our strong run in the Oxford 250.  I think it's important for us to carry momentum into the offseason.  I want to finish the season on a high note for our sponsors and crew."         

A strong group of contenders have already filed entries for this weekend's PASS Championship Fall Foliage Festival at Oxford Plains Speedway including former Oxford 250 winners Travis Benjamin and Glen Luce and 2015 race winners Joey Doiron, Bryan Kruczek and Mike Rowe.  Veterans Richie Dearborn, Tracy Gordon, Scott Mulkern, Gary Smith, Alan Tardiff, and Bobby Timmons will be joined by a strong group of Maine racers that includes Corey Bubar, Chris Coolidge, Dave Farrington, Jr., Reid Lanpher, Scott McDaniel, Adam Polvinen, Scott Robbins, Dennis Spencer, Jr., Kirk Thibeau and Alan Wilson.  Bobby Therrien will be making the tow from Vermont, while Raphael Lessard will be making the trip from Quebec in the David Gilliland Racing entry.

            A busy weekend of action begins this Saturday afternoon at Oxford Plains Speedway with optional practice going from 2 – 5 PM.  On Sunday, pit gates open at 7:45 AM followed by rotating practice for the PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models, PASS Modifieds, Mini Stocks, and Legends.  Heat races will begin at 1:30 PM, followed by main events for all divisions.

Entry forms and the complete weekend schedule for the events at Oxford Plains Speedway and Myrtle Beach Speedway can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

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 Presented By Kenny U-Pull 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 704-231-2039 or 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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Statement from Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, On Tony Stewart

Statement from Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, On Tony Stewart


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2015) – "When I think of Tony Stewart, unmatched passion and a pure love of the sport come to mind. He has won championships and millions of fans. But he has given back so much more, and that's what I admire most. Today's news was bittersweet for all, but we know Tony will continue to be a big part of our sport in his roles as a team and track owner. On behalf of the entire NASCAR family, I thank Tony for his many years of excellence and competitiveness, and wish him nothing but the best in his final season as a driver in the Sprint Cup Series."



Brett Jewkes

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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National Motorsports Appeals Panel Statement

National Motorsports Appeals Panel Statement


(Sept. 30, 2015)


The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered the appeal of a P4 penalty issued on Sept. 23 to Rob Kauffman (owner), Clint Bowyer (driver), and Billy W. Scott (crew chief) relative to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicle #15 at Chicagoland Speedway.


The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book: Sections 12.1, 20.14c,,,,


The original penalty assessed included a $75,000 fine, three-race suspension and six months' probation for Scott and loss of 25 championship car owner and 25 championship driver points to both Kauffman and Bowyer.


Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:


1.                  The Appellants violated the Rule or Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice.

2.                  That the Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalty assessed by NASCAR.


The panel consisted of the following three individuals:

Mr. Paul Brooks

Mr. Bill Lester

Mr. Bill Mullis


The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book as the Expedited Final Appeal. The deadline for filing is 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 30.

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ACT Titles Come Down to the Wire at Fall Foliage 200

ACT Titles Come Down to the Wire at Fall Foliage 200


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<<ATTACHED PHOTO (IMG_2578.JPG): St-Edouard, QC's Dany Trepanier (#19QC) is seeking to clinch his first Serie ACT Championship in Saturday's Fall Foliage 200. (Alan Ward/ Big Al's Photos photo)>>


<<ATTACHED PHOTO (IMG_2312.JPG): Dover, NH's Wayne Helliwell Jr. (#27NH) has a 13-point lead over Joey Polewarczyk Jr. in the ACT U.S. Tour standings with two races remaining. (Alan Ward/Big Al's Photos photo)>>


Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) championship battles on both sides of the border are coming down to the wire as ACT heads to Plattsburgh, NY's Airborne Park Speedway for the 41st Fall Foliage 200 this Saturday, October 3.


The combination event between the ACT U.S. Tour and the Quebec-based Série ACT at the fast ½-mile oval will crown the 2015 Série ACT Champion. St-Edouard, QC's Dany Trépanier enters the event with a 30-point lead over 2013 Série ACT Champion Jean-François Déry. Trépanier is chasing his first series championship after finishing second to Alex Labbé in 2014.


"A lot of teams have a big budget to race, but I have a small, small budget," Trépanier recently said. "We do it with my family and a couple of friends and we work hard every week."


The Fall Foliage 200 is also the next-to-last event of the season for the ACT U.S. Tour. Two-time ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. holds a 13-point lead over defending Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr., with the two having already swapped the point lead seven times this season. Both are former winners of the Fall Foliage 200, an event that dates back to 1972 at the former Catamount Stadium.


"The points battle has been so close that a bad finish will basically take you out of it," Pole said. "A third-place finish is not a good day. That's weird to say, but you'll lose points that way. It's definitely tough."


The top ACT drivers from the United States and Quebec look to add their name to a winner's list that includes seven-time champion Robbie Crouch, Bobby Dragon, Dave Dion, and Butch Lindley. Windham, ME's Brad Babb seeks his third win of the season, while number-four point driver Jeff White of Winthrop, ME looks for his first win of the year. Youngsters Emily Packard, Kyle Welch, Brandon Atkins, and Rowland Robinson Jr. are trying to finish the year strong, while Jimmy Hebert comes off an impressive showing in the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


Among the Quebec contingent, Alex Labbé is gunning for his second Fall Foliage 200 win and fifth of the season. Patrick Laperle will challenge for his fifth Fall Foliage victory. Jonathan Bouvrette has a big lead in the Bond Auto Parts New Champions standings and could seal the top spot with a win. Patrick Cliche and Martin Goulet Jr. have secured positions in the top-five in points but are looking for more.


The 41st Fall Foliage 200 for the ACT U.S. Tour and Série ACT is this Saturday, October 3 at Plattsburgh, NY's Airborne Park Speedway with a 2:00pm post time. The event also includes the Tiger Sportsman/Renegade American Racer Team Challenge, which features twin 25-lap features with both an overall winner and a team bonus for the division with the best combined results. Admission is $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under.


For more information contact the ACT offices at 802.244.6963media@acttour.com, or visitwww.acttour.com.



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Stewart To Retire After 2016 Season; Passes Torch To Bowyer In 2017

'Smoke' Signals Exit

Stewart To Retire After 2016 Season; Passes Torch To Bowyer In 2017


KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2015) – After 17 years competing at NASCAR's highest level, Tony Stewart has decided his 18th year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be his last. The three-time series champion will retire following the 2016 season, whereupon Clint Bowyer will take the wheel of the No. 14 machine beginning in 2017.


Since 2009 Stewart has held the dual title of driver/owner at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). He co-owns the team with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. Stewart will join Haas as a fulltime owner in 2017, with Bowyer being Stewart's hand-picked successor to drive the No. 14 car.


"This is a moment every driver eventually comes to terms with, and I know this is the right decision for me," said Stewart, owner of 48 Sprint Cup victories, 15 of which have come with SHR. "2016 will be my last year in a Sprint Cup car, but it's not my last year in NASCAR. I love this sport and I love being a part of it, and instead of seeing me in a firesuit on Sundays, you'll see me in a pair of jeans, and maybe even a pair of khakis.


"I plan to make the most of my final year as a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and part of that is to ensure that when Clint Bowyer takes over the No. 14 in 2017, he has everything he needs to win races and contend for the championship. I'm very comfortable with this decision and what the future holds for me and Stewart-Haas Racing."


Bowyer is an eight-time race winner in the Sprint Cup Series and finished second in the 2012 championship standings.


"Today is an incredible opportunity and I'm proud and excited to take over the No. 14 in 2017," said Bowyer, the 2008 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion. "Whether it's racing him on Sunday or watching my dirt late model teams race at his famed Eldora Speedway, Tony and I share the same passion for racing. That makes this opportunity a perfect fit for me. I appreciate everything he's done for me and the sport of auto racing. These are big shoes to fill, but boy am I ever looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a champion's ride, and have Tony there with me along the way."


Haas, who formed Haas CNC Racing in 2002 before partnering with Stewart to create SHR in 2009, embraces the transition.


"Tony Stewart has been a game-changer for Stewart-Haas Racing and for motorsports," Haas said. "I always had an incredible amount of respect for what he could do with a racecar – any racecar, as he's been successful in everything he's ever driven. In getting to know Tony Stewart the businessman, I found a very smart person with excellent people skills. He's extremely valuable to our race team and a strong voice in our sport. His passion for motorsports is unmatched, and I'm proud that his future outside of the No. 14 Chevrolet remains with Stewart-Haas Racing."


The primary partners currently represented on the No. 14 Chevrolet include Bass Pro Shops, Mobil 1, Rush Truck Centers, Code 3 Associates, Coca-Cola, Jimmy Johns and Haas Automation. Announcements regarding the partnership lineup for the No. 14 team in 2016 and beyond will be made in the lead up to the 58th Daytona 500 on Feb. 21 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. 


"I have been blessed with fantastic partners throughout my racing career, and I take a lot of pride in the lifelong friendships formed and the great business successes we've been a part of," Stewart said. "I never would've accomplished all that I've achieved in racing if it weren't for the support of corporate America. They helped a kid from Columbus, Indiana, reach his dreams and I'll be forever grateful."


About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The team fields four entries in the elite Sprint Cup Series – the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart, the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Danica Patrick, the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick and the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet for Kurt Busch. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with approximately 280 employees. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.



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Challenge 200 ce dimanche à l’Autodrome St-Eustache

Challenge 200 ce dimanche à l'Autodrome St-Eustache

La saison 2015 du complexe sport motorisé de l'Autodrome St-Eustache tire à sa fin, toutefois, 2 épreuves d'endurance sont à l'horaire lors des 2 prochains weekends. Les drags de rue du mercredi et jeudi quant à eux, continueront jusqu'à ce que la température le permette.

Dimanche le 4 octobre, les voitures à 4 cylindres de 94 po et plus d'empattement, envahiront la piste pour une épreuve de 200 tours. Plusieurs pilotes réguliers des différentes séries de l'ASE seront en piste alors que leur saison officielle est terminée depuis le 20 septembre dernier.

Dimanche le 11 octobre, ce sera au tour de bolides de 4, 6 et 8 cylindres de 101 po d'empattement et plus de se disputer la victoire dans une finale de 250 tours. L'Endurance 250, où comme plusieurs l'appelle, le ''250 tours'' tout court, est devenu au fil des ans, une épreuve classique de fin de saison.

Souvent imitées, jamais égalées, les épreuves d'endurance de l'Autodrome St-Eustache regroupent souvent années après années, le plus grand nombre de bolides au départ et sont sans contredit les plus spectaculaires au Québec. Regroupant tant des pilotes de course aguerries que des pilotes d'un jour, ce sont des courses qui savent tenir en haleine les spectateurs dans les gradins. Aucun drapeau jaune n'est déployé, seuls les drapeaux vert du départ, blanc du dernier tour et le quadrillé annonçant la fin de l'épreuve. Le drapeau rouge est utilisé seulement en cas d'obstacles majeurs et dans les cas ou un pilote éprouverait des difficultés pouvant être nuisibles à sa sécurité.

Plusieurs pilotes des quatre coins du Québec sont attendus pour se livrer une lutte des plus endiablées alors que les dépassements, les carambolages, les manœuvres spectaculaires et sensations fortes, sauront tenir les amateurs en haleine pendant les 200 tours et les 250 tours de ces épreuves respectives.

L'inscription pour ces événements est nécessaire en contactant l'Autodrome au 450-472-6222 au coût de 120,00$ par voiture incluant 4 billets d'entrée. Les règlements sont disponibles sur le site Autodrome.ca

Alors que la saison automnale des couleurs est à nos portes, des voitures de toutes les couleurs déferleront sur la piste ovale de l'Autodrome St-Eustache afin de vous en faire voir de toutes les couleurs dès ce weekend.

C'est un rendez-vous le dimanche 4 octobre prochain à l'ASE, l'ouverture des puits est prévue pour 9h00, et le signal de départ est quant à lui prévu pour 14h00. L'admission générale est de 20,00$ et les enfants de 12 ans et moins sont admis gratuitement.

De l'action mur à mur et pare-chocs à pare-chocs garantie!

Source : Justin Beaudin, pour l' ASE

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