NASCAR Pinty’s Series Tour Statistical Advance: CTMP

NASCAR Pinty's Series Tour Statistical Advance: CTMP

Analyzing the Can-Am 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 31, 2016) – The with just three races remaining in the 2016 NASCAR Pinty's Series season, all eyes will be on the top five drivers in the points standings. The series returns to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario for the second time this season and the world-class facility has hosted the NPS more than any other track (13). Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:


Can-Am 200 Race Setup:
• Andrew Ranger will look to add to his record 22 series wins this weekend and regain the lead in the points standings he lost to Cayden Lapcevich after the series' most recent race at Riverside.
• D.J. Kennington's average finish of fourth is the best among all active drivers at the road course.
• A total of 10 Josten's Rookie of the Year competitors are slated to compete in the race this Sunday.


At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park:

• Opened in 1961 as Mosport Park. The name Mosport was a contraction of motor sport.
• Has played host to the American Le Mans Series, CASCAR Super Series, Can-Am, Formula 1, IndyCar, Tudor United SportsCar and USAC Champ Car, among others, through the years.
• Welcomed the NASCAR Pinty's Series for the first time on June 17, 2007 in an event won by Andrew Ranger.
• Was renamed from Mosport International Raceway to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in February 2012.
• Held its inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Sept. 1, 2013, won by Chase Elliott.


• CTMP has welcomed the NPSS 13 times previously, the most events any track has held since the series began competition in 2007.
• This is the fourth season in a row that CTMP will hold two NPS road course events after single races there from 2007-12.
• Three drivers (Jason Hathaway, D.J. Kennington and Kerry Micks) have participated in all 13 previous events, and three are expected to extend the streak this weekend.
• The 13 previous races have produced six different winners, led by J.R. Fitzpatrick's five.
• There have been six different pole winners in the 13 contests, led by Andrew Ranger's six.
• There has yet to be a wire-to-wire victory at CTMP, but two of Ranger's wins were earned from the pole, as was Gary Klutt's last in 2015.
• Fitzpatrick was the youngest CTMP race winner at 20 years, 1 month and 6 days in 2008.
• L.P. Dumoulin was the oldest CTMP victor at 34 years, 6 months and 11 days in 2013.


Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Data
Race #:  10 of 12 overall, 2 of 2 at CTMP
Track Layout:  2.459-mile, 10-turn road course
Race Length:  51 laps (125.4 miles, 201.8 kilometers)
Telecast: TSN - Sun., Sept. 11, 2 p.m.; RDS2 - Tues., Oct. 4, 7 p.m. ET 


Qualifying/Race Data
2015 Race Winner:  Jason Hathaway, Dodge, 76.108 mph, 1 hr. 38 mins. 52 secs.
2015 Pole Winner:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 106.904 mph, 82.807 secs.
Qualifying Record:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 106.904 mph, 82.807 secs., 8/30/15


Active Category Leaders at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park:

1. Andrew Ranger … 3
2. L.P. Dumoulin … 2
3. D.J. Kennington … 1
    Gary Klutt … 1


1. Andrew Ranger … 6
2. Gary Klutt … 1
    Alex Labbe … 1


Top Fives
1. D.J. Kennington … 12
2. L.P. Dumoulin … 6
    Andrew Ranger … 6


Top 10s
1. D.J. Kennington … 13
2. Andrew Ranger … 9
3. Robin Buck … 8


Laps Led
1. Andrew Ranger … 89
2. L.P. Dumoulin … 53
3. Jason Hathaway … 37


Laps Completed
1. D.J. Kennington … 659 (all)
2. Kerry Micks … 641
3. Andrew Ranger … 543


Select Driver Highlights:
L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)

• The 2014 NPS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 28 top fives and 43 top 10s in 68 career starts.
• This will be his ninth appearance at CTMP with two wins, six top-five and seven top-10s.
• Finished fourth in last year's final season standings.
• This will be his 10th appearance at CTMP.


Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Raybestos/Fast Eddie/Choko/HGC Chevrolet)
• Has eight wins and 71 top 10s in 118 career starts. Is one of two drivers that have participated in every race in NPS history.
• Finished a career-best second in last year's final season standings.
• This will be his 14th appearance at CTMP with one win, two top-five and seven top-10 finishes.


D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NPS champion. Maintains series records for top fives (75) and top 10s (98), and is one of two drivers to start each of the 118 all-time events.
• Ranks second in series history in wins (19), laps led (2,820) and ranks fifth in poles (11).
• Sits seventh in points after nine races with eight top 10s and a best finish of third at CTMP.
• Finished seventh in last year's final season standings.
• Has one win, a series best 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in his previous 13 appearances at CTMP. He's never finished below seventh at the road course.


Gary Klutt (No. 59 Pioneer Tools/CLT Financing Corp. Dodge)
• Has a win, a pole and 16 top 10s in 25 career NPS starts. Both the pole and win came in last year's season-opener at CTMP.
• Finished fifth in last year's final season standings winning Josten's Rookie of the Year honors.
• The NASCAR Next driver has scored four top-10s in six previous starts at CTMP.


Alex Labbe (No. 36 Cam-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou's BBQ Ford)
• Has one win (Chaudiere – 2016) five poles, nine top fives and 14 top 10s in 24 career starts. 
• Has top-10 finishes in three of his five appearances this year.
• Has nine top 10s with an average finish of 11th in 13 career road course starts.
• This will be his third start at CTMP. Labbe won the pole for the Victoria Day weekend race at CTMP in May and finishes fifth for his lone top-five finish so far at the facility.


Kevin Lacroix (No. 74 Bumper To Bumper/Total/Go Fast Dodge)
• Has two poles, three wins, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 15 career starts. 
• Recorded two wins in seven starts during his debut season in 2015. Won road races at Circuit ICAR and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres. Won from the pole at Trois-Rivieres for the second year in a row in August.
• Is the first driver in series history to record two victories in rookie season.
• Became the first driver in the history of the series to win a caution-free race last season at ICAR.
• This will be his fourth appearance at CTMP.


Cayden Lapcevich (No. 76 Fastline Motorsports Dodge)
• Has made 14 career starts in the NASCAR Pinty's Series and recorded his first career win at Wyant Group Raceway in July. He picked up his second win two weeks ago in Riverside.
• Enters this race leading the NPS points standings for the first time in his young career by 12 points over Andrew Ranger (373-361).
• Recorded his first top-five finish at CTMP in May and has two top-10 finishes in three previous starts at the Bowmanville course.


Kerry Micks (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)
• Has three wins, four poles, 31 top fives and 55 top 10s in 91 career starts.
• Has made five previous starts this year. Best finish was fifth in the return to the road course in Toronto.
• Has two wins, a pole, 21 top 10s and an average finish of 10.5 in 37 career road course starts.
• Has participated in all 12 CTMP races and has an average finish of 12th with a best run of second (2008).


Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 champion is the series' all-time leader in wins at 22 and holds the record for the poles with 19. Has 53 top fives and 77 top 10s in 92 career starts.
• Finished third in last year's final season standings.
• Has three wins, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes with a series best six pole awards in 11 previous starts at CTMP.


Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Riobel/Complexe JCP/Juste du Chevrolet)
• Has five wins, six poles and 16 top fives, 26 top 10s in 42 career NPS starts.
• Three of his five wins at have come on the ovals (Sunset Speedway 2015-16, Edmonton).
• In three previous starts at CTMP, he has one top five and two top-10 finishes.


Up To Speed:
• The 2016 season is the first for new series sponsor Pinty's and the 10th overall for the Canadian-based NASCAR division.
• The 2016 schedule features 12 races at 11 different tracks across five provinces and a return to the road course in Toronto as part of the IndyCar weekend in July.
• Quebec native Andrew Ranger took the lead on the penultimate lap of the season opening race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park to score the win.
• Alex Tagliani made Quebec drivers two-for-two this season after he won the Leland Industries 300 at Sunset Speedway for his third career series victory.
• Alex Labbe won from the pole last weekend in an exciting finish with rookie Cayden Lapcevich. It was Labbe's first career win.
• Andrew Ranger retook the points lead and also became the first multi-race winner of the season with his third win at ICAR two weeks ago.
• Alex Tagliani was able to hold off Andrew Ranger in a green-white-checkered finish in the series return to the road course in Toronto for his second win of the season.
• Alex Tagliani took the lead on Lap 88 and remained out front the rest of the way to score his second consecutive win and third of the season at Edmonton. Tagliani will try and become the first driver since Scott Steckly in 2013 to win three NPS races in a row.
• After finishing second twice earlier this season, Josten's Rookie of the Year contender Cayden Lapcevich scored his first series win at Wyant Group Raceway. He also became the youngest winner in the history of the series.
• Kevin Lacroix set a new track record in qualifying and went on to lead every lap at Trois-Rivieres to pick up his second straight win at the historic road course and third win of his career.
• Rookie Cayden Lapcevich took the lead from Jason Hathaway with 10 laps remaining to score his second win of the season and overtake the points lead in the process.


Tim Southers
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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GRANDE FINALE du championnat ACT propulsé par Viau Ford

GRANDE FINALE du championnat ACT propulsé par Viau Ford

C’est samedi le 3 septembre à l’Autodrome Montmagny qu’on connaitra le dénouement de la saison ACT propulsée par Viau Ford avec le couronnement de son champion de l’édition 2016. Patrick Laperle est l’actuel meneur avec 730 points, son objectif c’est un 4e championnat ACT Québec, rien de moins, il détient présentement 15  points d’avance sur son plus proche rival, Donald Theetge. L’intensité sera à son comble ce samedi entre les deux meneurs, Theetge n’entend pas terminer deuxième. On pourrait assister à une lutte à trois puisque Dany Trépanier, le champion défendant, n’a pas renoncé au titre. Il croit encore à ses chances malgré un écart de 25 points, selon lui tout est encore possible. Pour Jean-François Déry 4e au championnat ça sera difficile de ravir le titre avec 33 points d’écart ses chances sont surtout mathématiques à moins d’une catastrophe parmi les meneurs mais Déry vise la victoire, il pourrait devenir un acteur important dans l’issue du championnat.

Un peloton relevé pour la dernière épreuve de la saison
Ce n’est pas moins de 23 pilotes qui ont signifié leur intention de participer à la dernière épreuve de la saison, une course de 100 tours présentée à l’Autodrome Montmagny. Les réguliers, tous des fiers pilotes comme Jonathan Bouvrette, Martin Goulet Jr, Simon Roussin, Daniel Bergeron, Gaétan Longtin ainsi que le vétéran Claude Leclerc ont l’intention de terminer sur une bonne note afin de revenir en force l’an prochain.

Deux pilotes talentueux font leur début en ACT. 
Il s’agit de Samuel Charland, pilote de Sportsman Québec qui sera à bord de la deuxième voiture préparée par Jean-François Déry et  Éric Gagnon, qui a évolué cette saison en Sportsman ASE, prendra le volant de la deuxième voiture de Dany Trépanier. Deux pilotes rapides qui voudront s’imposer. 
L’action ne manquera pas car d’autres pilotes veulent aussi en mettre plein la vue, on n’a qu’à penser à Michaël Lavoie, un pilote qui possède beaucoup d’expérience en Stock Car. Patrick Cliche, Gaétan Gaudreau, Carl Poulin, Marc-André Cliche et le duo de frère Jean et Marco Bilodeau, tous des pilotes qu’il faudra surveiller. 
Vous voulez voir de l’action, vous voulez savoir qui sera champion de ACT 2016 ? Alors, c’est un rendez-vous à ne pas manquer ce samedi à l’Autodrome Montmagny. 
Yvan Provencher pour ACT Québec propulsé par Viau Ford

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Labor Day Weekend at Airborne

Labor Day Weekend at Airborne
PLATTSBURGH- Labor Day Weekend is upon us and that means the racing season is winding down at Airborne Park Speedway. Just four point counting events remain for the three regular racing divisions.
            The Ernie's Discount Tools Sportsman Modifed point battle is coming down to four-time defending champion, Nick Heywood and the veteran racing professor, Bucko Branham. Heywood leads the division with eight wins and 908 points. Branham has collected three wins and 889 points, 19 out of the top spot. This weekend, the Sportsman Modifieds will run double features and will be a perfect opportunity for Branham to cut into the differential between himself and Heywood.
            50 laps will be the scheduled distance this weekend for the Jeffords Steel Renegade Division. The all-time winningest driver in the division, Robert Gordon has three wins and 759 points to lead the division. Defending champion, Richie Turner, also has three wins but sits 29 points back with 730.
            The Busch Beer Mini Modifieds will run double features this weekend. Dale O'Neil has dominated the division, picking up 11 wins on the season and accumulating 821 points. Josh LaPorte sits second in points with three wins and 772 points.
            Racing action begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, with gates opening at 4 p.m. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. Admission prices for the Labor Day show will be $12 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12 and $25 for two adults and two children.

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Ranger Looks to Repeat May Magic, Regain Points Lead

Pinty's Series News & Notes: CTMP

Ranger Looks to Repeat May Magic, Regain Points Lead


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2016)  Andrew Ranger hopes to turn his luck around this weekend after mechanical issues at Riverside International Speedway not only took him out of the race, but also from the top of the NASCAR Pinty's Series championship standings.


The Roxton Pond, Quebec, native looks take the points lead back at the placewhere he took control of championship race at the start of the season - Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.


Ranger passed Jason Hathaway on the penultimate lap in May to score his first of two wins this season and to set his sights on his third series championship.


Two weeks ago, rookie Cayden Lapcevich took the points lead after scoring his second victory at Riverside. That gave the 16 year-old driver a 12-point advantage with three races remaining.


Ranger has already won three of his 11 starts at CTMP and this weekend could be an opportunity for him to catch or pass Lapcevich in the standings before the season's final two races, which will be held at ovals Autodrome St-Eustache and Kawartha Speedway. Lapcevich hasn't finished worse than third in the series' five oval races this year.


RACE: Cam-Am 200

PLACE: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario

DATE: Sunday, Sept. 4

TIME: 1 p.m. ET

TRACK LAYOUT: 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course

2015 WINNER: Jason Hathaway

2015 POLESITTER: Andrew Ranger

EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday: Practice 10:40 a.m. – 11:25 p.m.; Final practice 1:10 - 2 p.m.; Qualifying 4:40 p.m.; Sunday: Can-Am 200 11:05 a.m.

TRACK CONTACT: Ryan Chalmers, 905-983-9141,ryan@ctmpark.com



NASCAR CONTACT: Tim Southers, 386-235-3634;tsouthers@nascar.com; Twitter: @Tsouth1968


Fast Facts

The Race: The Can-Am 200 will be the 10th of 12 races during the 2016 NASCAR Pinty's Series championship season. This will be the tour's 14th all-time visit to the historic road course, and the second of two slated for this year.


The Procedure: The starting field is 32 cars, including provisionals. The first 27 cars will qualify through time trials while the remaining five starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 51 laps (200 kilometers/125.4 miles).


The Track: The Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, formerly known as Mosport Speedway, is part of Canada's largest motorsports complex. The 750-acre, multi-track facility is located within the Greater Toronto Area, north of Bowmanville, Ont. CTMP also features the 2.459-mile road course, a 2.4-kilometer advanced driver and race driver training facility and a 1.4-kilometer karting track. The facility opened in 1961 and has hosted stock car, Formula 1 and IndyCar events over the years. Canadian Tire acquired the naming rights to the facility in 2013.


The Records: Andrew Ranger holds the qualifying record at 82.807 seconds, 106.904 mph, set on Aug. 30, 2015.


Can-Am 200 Notes

Klutt to Pull Double Duty: Gary Klutt has already scored a NASCAR Pinty's Series win at CTMP last year and he'll try to get his second win in the Can-Am 200. He will also be driving the No. 51 JEGS Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and will attempt to become the first driver to sweep both races on the same day.


Tagliani to make his first start at CTMP: After having Pier-Luc Oullette drive his car to a respectable 11th-place finish in May while he competed in the Indianapolis 500, Alex Tagliani will make his first start of the year at CTMP. Tagliani has scored a series-high three wins this season and sits third in the standings despite missing the season opener.


Champions in the Field: Three former champions will be in the field. Two-time champions D.J. Kennington and Andrew Ranger will be joined by L.P. Dumoulin in the starting lineup. All three drivers have recorded wins at CTMP.


Hathaway Looks To Keep Momentum: While the top-two championship contenders battle it out, one driver will try and build on his momentum from Riverside and success past success at CTMP. Jason Hathaway scored his first top-five finish of the season at Riverside and is the defending winner of the Can-Am 200. The win in the race last year was the veteran's first triumph on a road course and finishing second to Ranger in May makes him one of the favorites in Sunday's annual event held in conjunction with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.


Lacroix Goes For Another Road Course Win: Kevin Lacroix is the most recent winner of a road course event on the NASCAR Pinty's Series schedule, winning from the pole at Trois Rivieres. He will try to win back-to-back road course races this weekend for the second year in a row. He's done it before in 2015 with wins at Circuit ICAR and at Trois-Rivieres.


Labbe Looks to Remain Fast: After winning the E3 Spark Plugs pole at CTMP in the May race and leading the first eight laps of the race on the way to a fifth-place finish, Labbe will try and score his second win of the season this Sunday in his Can-Am sponsored car.


Tim Southers

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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Championship Clash at Peterborough

Championship Clash at Peterborough Speedway Puts It All on the Line

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Journalists and public relations representatives have devoted their entire careers to creating a collection of creatively clever clichés that can be used to describe any variety of important events. Suffice to say, the Championship Clash – Saturday, September 3rd – at Peterborough Speedway is the most significant show of the regular season. Drivers in the Battlefield Equipment 4Fun, Jiffy Lube Mini Stock, Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model fields will know their final 2016 point standing finishing position when the night's final checkered flag flies. To add to the level of immense enthusiasm, the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models will be on hand to delight the bevy of motorsports aficionados with a 50 lap main event.


After last year's champions in the Thunder Car and Late Model divisions didn't return to defend their honours, there will be new titleholders in each class. Across the board, the point battles are so tight, it would be impossible to predict any outcome. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says officials will kept busy throughout the night, calculating the final results.


"This could be one of the busiest nights of the regular season for our staff and officials," said Josiasse. "The standings are so close that positions may very well change lap after lap in the qualifying heats and feature event races. If someone has an especially rough outing, another driver could capitalize on their bad luck and move up a position or 2 in the final rundown."


It isn't just the regular divisions at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval that will be part of the title fight. The 50 lap OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model feature race will help narrow down the drivers eligible for the 2016 championship, which will be decided Sunday, October 9th at the Autumn Colours Classic.


Schedule details for Peterborough Speedway's regular season finale Championship Clash – Saturday, September 3rd – finds pit gates opening at 1:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 3:00. The first qualifying heat take the Great Canadian RV green flag at 5:00.


Full schedule details – along with up to the minute news and results – are always available atwww.peterboroughspeedway.com, by liking the track on Facebook or following it on Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


A strong run in the 50 lap feature during Peterborough Speedway's Championship Clash – Saturday, September 3rd – could put Roy Passer (#27) in the running for the 2016 OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model title.


Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media



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AUTODROME CHAUDIÈRE: Une intermission enlevante le 9 septembre prochain

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Le 30 août 2016, Vallée-Jonction


Une intermission enlevante le 9 septembre prochain


Le vendredi 9 septembre à l'Autodrome Chaudière Vallée-Jonction nous vous présenterons tout un spectacle pendant l'intermission.

En effet, nous recevrons un jeune pilote de 19 ans, Yan Bilodeau. Débutant en snowcross à l'âge de 3 ans, il poursuit ensuite en motocross dans la classe midget (mini-sprint sans aileron).


Il a su se démarquer dans toutes les classes ou il a coursé par de nombreux podiums et victoires. Après avoir coursé en Mini Sprint, il a fait le saut en Sprint Car; classe dans laquelle il évolue depuis maintenant 3 ans. 


Se qualifiant à la prestigieuse course du Grand National en septembre depuis 3 ans, il fait partie des 30 meilleurs pilotes sur 85 en Amérique du Nord. C'est dans le top 15 qu'il a terminé l'an dernier.


La voiture que vous verrez en piste le vendredi 9 septembre possède une cage tubulaire de marque Eagle munie d'un  moteur de 360p cube avec 700HP. Pesant 1475 livres incluant le pilote, elle est alimentée au méthanol à injection mécanique ainsi qu'une boîte msd avec poteau de feu donc, aucune batterie. Ne possédant aucune transmission ni démarreur, elle doit être poussée afin de prendre le départ sur la compression. L'aileron permet une plus grande vitesse dans les courbes donnant un appui au sol.  Elle est chaussée normalement de pneus de terre avec une moyenne de 12-14 pouces de circonférence entre les deux pneus.


Soyez présent pour avoir la chance de voir sur l'ovale incliné de Vallée-Jonction cette voiture au concept unique.


Suivez les prochains reportages, je vous présenterai la famille Bilodeau; impliqué dans le monde de la course automobile!


Marie-Claude Levasseur, Relationniste

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For Immediate Release:                                                                      ACT082716-19


            Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program will continue in 2016. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT US Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the recipients.


The three stars are chosen by officials and winners will receive certificates for the use of a free American Racer tire at a future Tour race of their choosing during 2016.


The awarding of the stars does not allow for anybody in the top three to receive the recognition.







100 LAPS


First, from everyone at ACT a big congratulations to three-time ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and the entire Bruce Bernhardt team for their Oxford 250 win!!!!! Next, a congratulations to every ACT team that was at Oxford on Saturday night. It was an excellent 100 lap stock car race, with a front running battle that started early and finished late. The race up front with Scott Payea and Brad Babb was a treat for race fans, and then the laps with Eddie MacDonald joining the battle made for a great finish. The "flat tracks" at Beech Ridge and Oxford have both provided exciting competition, and the upcoming Fall Foliage 200 at Beech Ridge in September should be a great show for teams and fans.


ROWLAND ROBINSON, Jr., Steuben,, ME— 28ME   —After his impressive performance at Beech Ridge earlier in the month, apparently the Maine native is feeling comfortable at his Maine-based tracks. After pitting on lap 7 at Oxford for an adjustment, JR rallied for an impressive run through the field to finish seventh (7th). This was one of those times when many Robinson fans wanted a 150 lap race, as the 28ME was still looking strong after the 100 laps concluded. In the first race at OPS this year it certainly looked like this team was positioned to take down a win, and they appear to have things headed in the right direction going into the 200 at Beech Ridge. Once again, congratulations to this family team from "Down East" for an outstanding performance at Oxford.


RYAN OLSEN, N. Haverhill, NH –61NH –  This rookie driver has shown steady improvement throughout the season.  His steady ride on Saturday night at the Oxford Plains Speedway was a statement of how much improvement this driver has made over the course of the 2016 season. Coming from a family of racers, Ryan has now established himself as very capable of running longer distance events. With the guidance of Joey Pole and Ryan's dad Mike, the 2016 season looks to have a strong finish from Ryan. The Oxford 6th place finish is impressive because most of his career has been at the quarter mile, banked White Mountain Motorsports Park. The drive on Saturday night was steady and a solid performance for the Rookie. Congratulations to the 61NH team --- well deserved.





EMILY PACKARD, E. Montpelier, VT –9ME –  Emily is running a split schedule this year, but Oxford has always been a track she has been able to get around at very well. Last Saturday was no exception. Unfortunately, it was a struggle to keep coming back from either being caught up in a skirmish or having a spin, through no fault of her own. She continued to rally throughout the event and fought back from the rear to finish 8th. What was impressive is that if you are not running for points and are at the rear of the field, the perseverance to continue and finish with a respectable top ten is an accomplishment. Another of the Joey Pole development programs gave her a car capable of winning, but her finish after a difficult night was just as impressive. For sticking with it Emily Packard receives a Star of the Race award.


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

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Betty Jane France Passes Away

Betty Jane France Passes Away

France Founded, Chaired The NASCAR Foundation


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2016) – Betty Jane France, a philanthropist in support of children's health causes, passed away Monday evening. France is the mother of NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy.


A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the former Betty Jane Zachary was the widow of the late NASCAR Chairman and CEO William C. France, who passed away in 2007. Betty Jane France was executive vice president and assistant treasurer of NASCAR and the chairwoman emeritus of the NASCAR Foundation.


"Last night, the NASCAR family lost a mother, a grandmother, a friend and the light that guided the sport's charitable arm," said Brian France. "My mother taught us incredible values, that of love, patience, compassion and joy. She embraced life every day, and nothing fueled her passion more than children. Her unmatched efforts in building The NASCAR Foundation improved the lives of millions of children throughout this country. And because of that, her legacy will live forever.


"My father leaned on my mother throughout his life, relying on her wisdom and calming demeanor to help grow the sport of NASCAR. She was there, every step of the way. When we lost my father, her positive presence remained, as she used her immense skill to grow NASCAR's heart and soul, The NASCAR Foundation.

"Our family thanks you for all of your thoughts, prayers and well wishes. My mother was a special woman, and an impressive person, and she will be dearly missed."


France became chairwoman of The NASCAR Foundation upon the foundation's inception in 2004. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, the foundation is an entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities.


The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide, recognizing outstanding charitable and volunteer efforts of NASCAR fans, was created in her honor in 2011.


France was a longtime community leader in Daytona Beach, Florida, and best known as a steadfast champion of health care for children. She assisted in the establishment of "Speediatrics" children's care unit at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach and at Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Florida.


In 2003, France was presented the Halifax Medical Center Foundation's Humanitarian Award in recognition of her advocacy, commitment, support and advancement of numerous area community service organizations including the Volusia/Flagler chapter of the American Red Cross.


She was a member of the Junior League of Daytona Beach serving on boards of numerous area community service organizations.


In July 2008, she was named as an honorary co-chairperson for the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, a project headed by longtime NASCAR team owner Richard Childress in Winston-Salem, N.C.


Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.



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