Therrien, Helliwell Open Thunder Road on Top

Therrien, Helliwell Open Thunder Road on Top


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Barre, VT—Hinesburg, VT's Bobby Therrien heads to the "Nations Site of Excitement" as the American Canadian Tour (ACT) points leader this weekend for the 57th season opener of Barre, VT's Thunder Road. Therrien, with a dominating win in the season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway and a 7th place finish last Sunday at Lee USA Speedway, leads three-time ACT Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. by just two points heading into the 18th Merchants Bank 150 on Sundayat 1:00pm. Helliwell, with a fourth place finish in the opener at Oxford and a strong second last week at Lee, is looking to carry the checkered flag around the high banked ¼ mile track again like he did in 2014. Brad Babb, driving the Joey Laquerre owned 15NH, stole the show in last year's Merchants Bank 150 with Helliwell settling for second place.  Babb became the 12th different winner in 17 editions of the event.

The ACT Tour drivers will not only be competing against each other but will also have to battle many of the weekly Thunder Road Late Model competitors. Second generation driver Cody Blake, Jason Corliss and Trampas Demers have filed entries to compete and Lt. Governor Phil Scott attended an open practice session at Thunder Road on April 20th.

Thunder Road's 57th season-opening weekend begins on Saturday, May 2 with the annual Thunder Road Car Show on Main Street in Barre from 9:00am to 12:00pm, followed by the race car parade up Quarry Hill to the track featuring the Catamount Pipe Band, the "Warpipes of Thunder Road." An open practice session for all divisions will follow and is open to the public. Post time for the Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, May 1 is 1:00pm. Admission is $25 for adults with kids 12 and under admitted free.



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History will be made on Saturday, May 28th at the Northern New Hampshire speed
plant, Speedway 51 in Groveton, as for the first time, the ground pounding Modifieds of
the Valenti Modified Racing Series will take to the track at the NAPA Spectacular. These
sleek, high horse powered rockets will blast around the ¼ mile asphalt facility at record
Series promoter Jack Bateman is excited about their first venture to Northern, New
Hampshire stating, "Our drivers love to run on the bullrings of the northeast, and we have
heard so much about the two grooves of racing here at Speedway 51. We will definitely put
on a great show for the fans."
Speedway 51 owner, Joey Laquerre is also looking forward to the Valenti Modified
Racing Series coming to Speedway 51. "This is our second year of operation and when we
looked for entertainment to bring in, the Valenti Series was a perfect fit for our fans. I
can't wait until May 28th."
Joining the Valenti Modified Racing Series at the NAPA Spectacular will be the
North Country Ford Late Models, The Sign Depot Tigers, Pepsi / Schweppes Street Stocks,
White Mountain Community College Pure Stocks, and the AB Excavating Daredevils. Post
time for this giant event is 5:30pm.
For more information on this event and others please visit our website at
www.speedway51int.com, or call the Track hotline at 802-479-2074. Speedway 51 is located
on Brown Road in Groveton, New Hampshire.
New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member and track owner, Joey Laquerre, opens
the gates to his Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire, for the first ever VMRS visit.

The event will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 28.

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Mike Wallace Steps into the Ring for the Late Model Championship Fight


Mike Wallace Steps into the Ring for the Late Model Championship Fight

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


When Peterborough Speedway's 2016 season takes the green flag, a hometown kid hopes to be one of the leading contenders for the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model track championship.


Mike Wallace isn't just a familiar face in the pit area at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. Its where he grew up. His passion for the sport began during the 12 years that his family owned the Mount Pleasant Road raceway and after advancing through the driving ranks with some solid seasons in the Mini Stock division, the 37 year-old scored his first career Late Model main event win Late Model victory in the later stages of the 2015 campaign. With the new season less than a month away, Wallace will make a fresh start with an invigorated program.


"That feature race win couldn't have come at a better time," admitted Mike Wallace. "So much of what gets done in weekly racing is about attitude and that checkered flag was the spark that ignited the fuse for my team. I'd already started thinking about making some changes in our operation and now we're definitely headed in the right direction."


One of the first steps Wallace, a 3rdgeneration racer – whose father and grandfather also logged seat-time in the sport – took is to acquire a new car to begin the 2016 calendar. The machine is a McColl Racing Enterprises chassis from the shops of former Kawartha Speedway Late Model runner Bryan Watts. Usually one of the more reserved drivers in the highly competitive field, Mike Wallace is proud to say that he's fired-up about the new season and can't wait to hit the track.


"Self confidence is a wonderful thing," said Mike Wallace. "I can start the year with the knowledge that I've been to victory lane and there aren't a lot of drivers in the field who can say that. The experience of getting out of the car after a big win is amazing and something I never want to forget. It makes you sit a little taller in the seat, looks great on a resume and is a strong conversation starter when you're meeting with potential sponsors."


For 2016, the #27 Late Model program is proudly supported by marketing partners JRB Engines & Performance, JBEX Construction, Kirk Morris State Farm Insurance, Puckrin & Latreille Real Estate Group, Custom Mobile Wash, Sitescape Landscape, Merrett Home Hardware Building Centre, Mister Transmission Peterborough, Shawn Micks Investments, Morgan-Amber Photography and Spencer Lewis Promotions. Mike Wallace Racing is actively seeking additional advertising assistance for the upcoming season.


Prospective sponsors can reach and follow the team through the Mike Wallace Racing page at www.facebook.com or @Blueprint27MW on Twitter. 


Photo attachment: Morgan-Amber Photography


After regrouping during the winter months, Peterborough's Mike Wallace is ready to mount a charge toward the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model title at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.


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


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L'action commence bientôt


Samedi le 7 mai l'Autodrome Drummond ouvrira ses portes pour une 66e saison de courses, la 11e sous la gouverne de Yan Bussière. Et comme toutes les années les amateurs d'émotions fortes sont fébriles et attendent cette soirée avec impatience. 


L'action débute le 7 mai avec le retour de la "Soirée découverte". Une soiréà 14$ dollar qui permet à plusieurs de découvrir la dextérité et le spectacle offert par les pilotes de stock-car sur terre battue, un spectacle unique. Les Modlite, Pro-Stock, Lightning Sprint, Sportsman et les Modifiés seront en piste avec chacun une finale. Mais surtout, la course spéciale en duel, le "Marche ou crève" sera de retour. L'an passé Sébastien Gougeon l'avait remporté contre Alan Therrien et plus tard en fin de saison, tous se souviennent de la victoire de Jean-François Corriveau devant nul autre que Chris Raabe. Ce dernier sera de retour régulièrement à L'Autodrome Drummond pour le plus grand plaisir des amateurs.


Grosse saison en vue avec pas moins de 15 programmes de coursesa l'horaire. L'ouverture officielle se déroulera le 21 mai, pour le reste de la programmation en résumé, les ESS (Empire Super Sprint) seront de retour le 4 juin, la série Gros block "Super DIRTcar séries" le 26 juillet et le 10 septembre dans le cadre du Racemania 12. Et tout se termine lors de la classique Automnale Série DIRT le 24 septembre. Et pour le reste de la programmation il sera extrêmement intéressant de surveiller les performances du champion 2015, Steve Bernard. Sera-t-il en mesure de contrer les attaques de Mario et Gino Clair, la famille Therrien et Sebastien Gougeon entre autres!


Bonne saison à tous et se donne rendez-vous le 7 mai.


Marc "Enzo" Tessier

Directeur des communications 

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