ACT Makes Long-Awaited Return to Thompson for Season Finale

ACT Makes Long-Awaited Return to Thompson for Season Finale


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<<ATTACHED PHOTO (DSC05598.JPG): The American-Canadian Tour returns to Thompson Speedway for the first time in 23 years this Saturday, October 17 for their 2015 season finale. (Heather Aube photo)>>


Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) makes its long-awaited return to Connecticut's Thompson Speedway thisSaturday, October 17 for the World Series 100. Dover, NH's Wayne Helliwell Jr. will look to secure his third ACT Tour Championship in the season finale as part of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by XtraMart.


Helliwell and his Bruce Bernhardt–owned team hold a 42-point lead over rival Joey Polewarczyk Jr. Their title bid will be broadcast live on FansChoice.TV worldwide.


"I think we're going to treat this race like we normally do," Helliwell said. "When you try to overthink things or change the way you do things, that's when things go wrong. As long as we do our homework and cross our T's and dot our I's at the shop, hopefully things will go alright.


"The broadcast is a really good thing," he added. "We've got family all across the U.S., and they really enjoyed the TV time we had down in Florida (at New Smyrna Speedway). I've already got the phone calls out, and they're all excited. They feel like they'll be a part of it."


Plenty is left to be decided in the ACT Tour standings in the season finale. Windham, ME's Brad Babb looks to secure third place in points, while fellow Mainer Jeff White leads a tight battle for fourth with Vermont's Emily Packard and New York's Brandon Atkins. Kyle Welch, Rowland Robinson Jr., Jimmy Hebert, and top rookie Rich Dubeau all hope to finish the year strong.


The World Series 100 is the ACT Late Model Tour's inaugural trip to the fast 5/8-mile speedway. ACT last visited the track in 1992 with the former Pro Stock Tour. It will also be ACT's first event in Connecticut since the 2010 season finale at Waterford Speedbowl.


"I think it's great ACT is coming back," Helliwell said. "Bruce and I have been saying for years that it would benefit the Tour and everybody if we could get back down to the Waterfords, and the Thompsons, and even Stafford. That area's fan base is really, really big. I know it's Modified country, but I think if we can put on some shows like we do at Loudon and other tracks, we'd win over a lot of fans."


The Tour regulars will also be joined by longtime ACT standouts such as Williston, VT's Brian Hoar and Rowley, MA's Eddie MacDonald. Hoar earned his record 41st ACT Tour win in the Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Park Speedway earlier this month, while MacDonald scored his fourth Bond Auto ACT Invitational win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September.


A number of Thompson Speedway Late Model regulars will also take on the ACT standouts. Thompson point leader Brian Tagg of Oxford, MA was a regular on the ACT Tour in 2014 and will try to defend his home track. Wallingford, CT's Jeff Rocco earned a guaranteed starting spot by winning the Late Model 20/20 Sprint in July. 2014 Most Improved Driver Jared Materas has also entered the event.


The World Series 100 for the ACT Tour is Saturday, October 17. ACT qualifying begins at 2:15pm with features for all divisions starting at approximately 5:00pm. ACT will also hold open practice on Friday, October 16.


For more information contact the ACT offices at 802.244.6963media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com orwww.thompsonspeedway.com.



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NASCAR Announces Base 2016 Rules Package

NASCAR Announces Base 2016 Rules Package

Rules Developed from Continuous Collaboration with the Industry


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 14, 2015) – NASCAR announced today the base NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rules package to be used during the 2016 season. The package was delivered to teams after an extensive collaborative process between NASCAR and industry stakeholders.


The base package will include a 3.5-inch spoiler, a 0.25-inch front leading splitter edge and a 33-inch wide radiator pan. These components will provide lower downforce on the cars, and Goodyear will develop tires to complement them. Earlier this season, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway featured a similar aero package.


"NASCAR has worked tirelessly with our teams, drivers, manufacturers and Goodyear to develop a rules package that provides fans with the best racing possible," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "The success of the races at Kentucky and Darlington in similar trim proved extremely valuable in accelerating rules development for 2016. Now, as teams have even more time to prepare and a strong baseline of data, we anticipate the racing to be even better."


Characteristics of the lower downforce rules package includes more off-throttle time for drivers and decreasing corner speeds. This generates more passing zones over the entire track, and allows for multiple tire combinations to be levered.


In addition to the base package, each track will continue to feature specific rules, including tire combinations and drive train configurations, to create the best racing for each track length, layout and surface. Rear gear ratios will be adjusted to maintain a maximum engine speed of 9,000 RPM and a 1.38 third gear ratio will be used at all tracks smaller than 1.25 miles. The digital dashboard, which was optional for teams during the second half of this season, will be mandatory in all vehicles.


"Our team at the NASCAR R&D Center is constantly looking at the racing, and evaluating ways to continue to improve it," O'Donnell said. "Using science and technology and qualitative data compiled from world-class engineers throughout the industry as our guideposts, we will always look to make the racing better for our fans."


Several safety updates have been instituted, including a double NACA duct where a right-hand side window is used, a fire suppression system activation cable routed to the dash or right-hand side leg board and a seat belt restraint system that meets SFI 16.6 specification.


Click here for a document outlining the base 2016 rules package.




The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association® (IMSA®) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR atwww.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.



Kurt Culbert

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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Rob Yetman three-peats at Syracuse

Rob Yetman three-peats at Syracuse

Posted: 13 Oct 2015 10:29 AM PDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y.- October 11, 2015 – Polesitter Rob Yetman of Castleton, N.Y., won the DIRTcar NE Pro Stock 25-lap feature at the New York State Fairgrounds Sunday.

Yetman's third straight Super DIRT Week victory – a $2,000 triumph, was hotly contested by Francois Adam of St. Pie, Quebec.

Adam was able to sneak ahead of Yetman to lead lap 24, but Yetman stayed on Adam's outside through turns one and two and used a lapped car as a pick off the second corner to regain command.

Adam fell short of hitting paydirt in his fifth career event appearance. His runner-up performance was his third straight top-five finish after placing fourth in 2013 and fifth in '14.

Glenn Forward of Morrisville, N.Y., the 2015 Utica-Rome Speedway Pro-Stock champion, finished third. Forward, who was the 2014 runner-up, started eighth on the grid.

Yetman drove the Lazzaro's Auto Body/Prestige Sealcoating No. 7 for car owner Joe Lazzaro.

"He is always at his fastest here," Adam said of Yetman. "I was able to catch and pass him, but the lapped cars were trouble for me. I got blocked in turns 1 and 2 and he got by me."

Jay Corbin started ninth and placed fourth. Dave Bissonette completed the top five.

DIRTcar Pro Stocks Super DIRT Week Syracuse Fairgrounds; Oct. 11, 2015

Pro Stock Feature (25 Laps): start in (*)

  1. 7 Rob Yetman (1)
  2. 1 Francois Adam (3)
  3. 7c Glenn Forward (8)
  4. 8 Jay Corbin (9)
  5. 47 Dave Bissonette (6)
  6. 2 Pete Stefanski (12)
  7. 24 Robbie Speed (11)
  8. 690 Sid Harner Jr. (17)
  9. 4 Rock Aubin (18)
  10. 8c Sean Corr (10)
  11. 2H Luke Horning (4)
  12. 324 Jason Casey (15)
  13. 93 Kenny Martin Jr. (20)
  14. 7d Chuck Dumblonski (7)
  15. 4 Chad Arsenault (14)
  16. 14 Kim Duell (16)
  17. 73 PJ Peters (5)
  18. 48R Jocelyn Roy (13)
  19. 4c Dean Charbonneau (21)
  20. 15v Guy Viens (22)
  21. 711 Russ Marsden (29)
  22. 27 Bill Knapp (25)
  23. 17 Nick Hilt (23)
  24. 4d Dave Rogers (28)
  25. 315 Jonathan Routhier (19)
  26. 6 Stephane Lebrun (24)
  27. 23 Chuck Townslee (30)
  28. 17 Jocelyn Chicoine (32)
  29. 338 Pascal Payeur (31)
  30. 715n Nick Stone (2)
  31. 11 Ed Thompson (27)
  32. 5c Randy Cosselman (26)

The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, Pole Position Raceway and Dig Safely New York. Contingency sponsors are ASI, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, FX Caprara, Fox Shox, Impact Race Products, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Performance, Racing Electronics, Superflow, TNT Rescue and Wrisco Aluminum.

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