American Canadian Tour

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American Canadian Tour
ACT Tour logo.jpg
CategoryStock car racing
CountryNortheast United States, Quebec, Canada
Inaugural season1986
Drivers' championACT Late Model Tour – Rich Dubeau (2019)
Série ACT – Jonathan Bouvrette (2017)
Official websiteACT Tour
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) is a late model stock car racing series based in the northeastern United States, and Quebec, Canada. The current American-Canadian Tour Late Model Tour was founded in 1992 as a cost-cutting, regional touring division conducts races across New England and Quebec. The ACT Late Model Tour will open it's 29th season in April 2020 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.

History[edit]

In 1979, television and radio journalist Ken Squier and his business partner Tom Curley formed the NASCAR North Tour for late-model Sportsman-type cars. With sponsorship from companies like Coors, Molson, Skoal, STP, Valvoline and General Motors, the NASCAR North Tour visited the short track showplaces of the northeastern United States and Canada: Thunder Road in Vermont, Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine, Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, Thompson Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut Sanair Super Speedway near Montreal, Cayuga Speedway in Ontario, and Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Southern stars Butch Lindley, Bill Dennis, Harry Gant, Tommy Ellis, Gene Glover, L.D. Ottinger and Bosco Lowe were frequent visitors to NASCAR North Tour events, along with national icons Bobby Allison, Buddy Baker and Dale Earnhardt.[1]

In 1980, there was more sponsorship support for the tour. Molson was signed as the major sponsor and car counts kept growing. 1982 was a banner year for the tour as it made their its appearance at Dover Downs Speedway as the support division for the Winston Cup race. Purses and point funds kept growing to levels over $1 million by 1985. However, several lawsuits filed by various competitors had soured NASCAR on the tour and NASCAR dropped its sanction of the tour at the end of the 1985 season.[2]

Following the decision by NASCAR to cease sanctioning the Coors Tour following the 1985 season, Curley formed the independent American-Canadian Tour in 1986, continuing the series as the ACT Pro Stock Tour.[3] In 1992, a second series was added, the ACT Late Model Sportsman International Series. With the closing of the Pro Stock Tour after the 1995 season, this series, currently[when?] known as the ACT Late Model Tour, became the ACT's premier circuit. Two years after its inception in 2005, the ACT took over the Canadian-based Serie Nationale Castrol LMS Quebec, renaming it as the Séries ACT and casting it as a Canadian sister series to the New England centered Late Model Tour.

All-time drivers and guest appearances[edit]

Can-AM 200, Circuit Riverside Speedway Ste-Croix 2011

Brian Hoar, possibly the greatest ACT late model driver of all time and the wmost successful driver of the series, started collecting his ACT points championships early, winning his first in 1993. He later won the ACT points championship four years in a row from 1997 to 2000 and later three years in a row from 2009 to 2011. Hoar also holds the record for the number of wins in the ACT racing league with 42. Outside of Hoar's eight championships, he has finished in the top three in the points standings fourtimes.[4]

Jean-Paul Cyr, another of the great ACT late model drivers, also started his successes early, winning his first and second ACT points championship in 1994 and 1996. Cyr won a record five straight ACT points championships from 2003 to 2007, bringing his all time ACT championship total to seven. Cyr also holds third place on the all-time ACT wins list with 19 career wins.

Patrick Laperle is the only driver to win both the ACT Tour Championship and the ACT Castrol Series Championship, doing it in back-to back-years (2007, 2008). Laperle is fourth on the all-time wins list for the ACT late models with 18 wins, behind Hoar's 42 wins and Cyr's and Joey Polewarczyk Jr.'s tie for second all-time, each with 19 wins. In 2009, Laperle lost the ACT Castrol series championship by one point to twice champion Donald Theetge in a controversial final race that in which Theetge was involved in a crash and also Laperle go a lap down because of a flat tire and receiving a one lap penalty for a pit infraction. Laperle went on to win Serie ACT points championships in 2011, 2012 and 2016.

The NASCAR star Kevin Harvick took on the ACT regulars on July 21, 2008, at the New England Dodge Dealers TD Banknorth Oxford 250 in Oxford, Maine. Harvick won the race, showing that he was able to take home wins even on small town short tracks.[5]

Tony Stewart, one of NASCAR's best, and now an owner in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, took part in the CarQuest Vt Governors Cup on June 25, 2009, at Thunder Road International Speedbowl. Stewart had a 16th-place start for the race and finished in the 16th-place position. He later said that Thunder Road beat him. The young star Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, New Hampshire, won the non-points event.[6]

David Ragan, then a young and up-and-coming star in the NASCAR series, took part in the August 27, 2009, race at Thunder Road International Speedway. It was Thunder Road's 50th year and Ragan raced in the final evening program during its 50th season celebrations.[7]

NASCAR Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series and Pinty's Series driver D. J. Kennington is the only driver in ACT Late Model Tour history with a win in his only career start with the tour. Kennington won the New England Dodge Dealers 150 at Lee USA Speedway on September 26, 2004.[8]

ACT Late Model Tour champions[edit]

Year Races Champion Point Margin
2019 10 Rich Dubeau +85
2018 10 Scott Payea +35
2017 9 Scott Payea +33
2016 13 Nick Sweet +10
2015 13 Wayne Helliwell, Jr +66
2014 9 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr +134
2013 14 Wayne Helliwell, Jr +15
2012 10 Wayne Helliwell, Jr +16
2011 12 Brian Hoar +135
2010 13 Brian Hoar +159
2009 13 Brian Hoar +35
2008 11 Patrick Laperle +1
2007 13 Jean-Paul Cyr +95
2006 11 Jean-Paul Cyr +48
2005 10 Jean-Paul Cyr +119
2004 14 Jean-Paul Cyr +19
2003 16 Jean-Paul Cyr +13
2002 16 Phil Scott +102
2001 15 Pete Fecteau +12
2000 12 Brian Hoar +49
1999 13 Brian Hoar +184
1998 9 Brian Hoar +156
1997 8 Brian Hoar +47
1996 8 Jean-Paul Cyr +2
1995 8 Lance Ferno +3
1994 6 Jean-Paul Cyr +23
1993 6 Brian Hoar +45
1992 8 Dave Whitcomb +37

Série ACT champions (2007 - 2017)[edit]

Year Races Champion Point Margin
2017 6 Jonathan Bouvrette +24
2016 8 Patrick Laperle +18
2015 12 Dany Trepanier +28
2014 8 Alex Labbé +74
2013 11 Jean-François Déry +8
2012 12 Patrick Laperle +68
2011 12 Patrick Laperle +153
2010 11 Karl Allard +34
2009 9 Donald Theetge +1
2008 8 Alexandre Gingras +3
2007 12 Patrick Laperle +16

NASCAR North (1979-1985) and ACT Pro Stock Tour (1986-1995) Champions[edit]

Year Races Sanction Champion
1995 17 ACT Pro Stock Tour Brad Leighton
1994 16 ACT Pro Stock Tour Mike Rowe
1993 21 ACT GM Goodwrench Tour Junior Hanley
1992 23 ACT Pro Stock Tour Junior Hanley
1991 21 ACT Pro Stock Tour Junior Hanley
1990 22 ACT Coors Tour Robbie Crouch
1989 23 ACT Coors Tour Russ Urlin
1988 21 ACT Coors Tour Robbie Crouch
1987 27 ACT Coors Tour Robbie Crouch
1986 20 ACT Coors Tour Robbie Crouch
1985 30 NASCAR Coors Tour Randy LaJoie
1984 29 NASCAR Stroh's Tour Robbie Crouch
1983 27 NASCAR Stroh's Tour Robbie Crouch
1982 33 NASCAR Molson Tour Dick McCabe
1981 27 NASCAR Molson Tour Dick McCabe
1980 25 NASCAR North Tour Beaver Dragon
1979 27 NASCAR North Tour Beaver Dragon

ACT Late Model Tour tracks[edit]

Track Location Races Last Race Last winner
Thunder Road International Speedbowl Barre, VT 72 2019 Rich Dubeau
Airborne Park Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 46 2016 Eddie MacDonald
Oxford Plains Speedway Oxford, ME 36 2019 Bryan Kruczek
White Mountain Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH 30 2019 Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH 15 2018 Scott Payea
Riverside Speedway Groveton, NH 14 2018 Jimmy Hebert
Circuit Riverside Speedway St. Croix, QC 13 2015 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Scarborough, ME 11 2017 Eddie MacDonald
New London-Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT 8 2018 Scott Payea
Devils Bowl Speedway West Haven, VT 8 2017 Scott Payea
Sanair Super Speedway St. Pie, QC 8 2013 Jimmy Hebert
Canaan Fair Speedway Canaan, NH 8 2013 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
Star Speedway Epping, NH 7 2019 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, MA 7 2017 Scott Payea
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, CT 6 2019 Jonathan Bouvrette
Autodrome Chaudière Vallee-Jonction, QC 5 2019 Rich Dubeau
Claremont Speedway Claremont, NH 4 2011 Brian Hoar
Autodrome St-Felicien St. Felicien, QC 4 1999 Alexandre Gingras
Kawartha Speedway Fraserville, ON 3 2009 Brad Leighton
Monadnock Speedway Winchester, NH 2 2003 Todd Stone
Riverside International Speedway Antigonish, NS 2 1996 Jim Cilley
Autodrome St. Eustache St. Eustache, QC 1 2007 Patrick Laperle
Adirondack International Speedway Beaver Falls, NY 1 2001 Todd Stone
Hudson Speedway Hudson, NH 1 2001 Pete Fecteau
Autodrome Montmagny Montmagny, QC 1 1999 Brian Hoar

ACT Pro Stock Tour, Serie ACT and Special Event Tracks[edit]

Track Location Last Race Last winner Sanction
Richmond Raceway Richmond, VA 2019 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr Commonwealth Classic 65
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, NH 2017 Woody Pitkat 9th Annual ACT Invitational
New Smyrna Speedway Samsula, FL 2015 Eddie MacDonald World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
Capital City Speedway Sittsville, ON 2009 Sean Kennedy Serie ACT-Castrol
Speedway 660 Geary, NB 1995 Ralph Nason ACT Pro Stock Tour
Scotia Speedworld Halifax, NS 1995 Scott Fraser ACT Pro Stock Tour
Unity Raceway Unity, ME 1994 Brad Leighton ACT Pro Stock Tour
Jukasa (Cayuga) Motor Speedway Hagersville, ON 1993 Junior Hanley ACT GM Goodwrench Tour
Mosport Speedway Bowmanville, ON 1993 Junior Hanley ACT GM Goodwrench Tour
Sauble Speedway Hepworth, ON 1993 Junior Hanley ACT GM Goodwrench Tour
Flamboro Speedway Hamilton, MA 1993 Bill Zardo ACT GM Goodwrench Tour
Delaware Speedway Delaware, ON 1992 Junior Hanley ACT Pro Stock Tour
Exhibition Stadium Toronto, ON 1990 Ralph Nason ACT Coors Tour
River Glade Speedway River Glade, NB 1989 Russ Urlin ACT Coors Tour
Bryar Motorsports Park Loudon, NH 1988 Robbie Crouch ACT Coors Tour
Wiscasset Speedway Wiscasset, ME 1988 Ricky Craven ACT Coors Tour
Lancaster National Speedway Lancaster, NY 1988 Robbie Crouch ACT Coors Tour
Catamount Stadium Catamount, VT 1987 Jean-Paul Cabana ACT Coors Tour
Autodrome Val Belair Val-Saint-Michel, QC 1987 Robbie Crouch ACT Coors Tour
Dover International Speedway Dover, DE 1985 Chuck Bown NASCAR Coors Tour
Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford Springs, CT 1985 Robbie Crouch NASCAR Coors Tour
Spencer Speedway Williamson, NY 1985 Hector Leclair NASCAR Coors Tour
Holland International Speedway Holland, NY 1985 Robbie Crouch NASCAR Coors Tour
Autodrome Mont Laurier Mont Laurier, QC 1984 Jean-Paul Cabana NASCAR Stroh's Tour
Spud Speedway Caribou, ME 1984 Tom Glaser NASCAR Stroh's Tour
Westboro Speedway Westburo, MA 1982 Stub Fadden NASCAR Molson Tour
Autodrome de Laval Laval, QC 1982 Jean-Paul Cabana NASCAR Molson Tour
Riverside Park Speedway Agawam, MA 1982 Dick McCabe NASCAR Molson Tour

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The History of the American Canadian Tour". American Canadian Tour. Archived from the original on August 11, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  2. ^ "NASCAR North/ACT Pro Stock Series". ACT History.com. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "Group formed to oversee Coors tour". Lewiston Daily Sun. Lewiston, ME. November 15, 1985. p. 23. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "ACT Late Model Tour Winners, 1992-2013". American Canadian Tour. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  5. ^ "TD Bank 250: Cup drivers runneth over ... and over, and over". Sun Journal. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "Carquest Governor's Cup 150". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "Thunder Road Celebrates Final Thursday Night Race With NASCAR Cup Driver David Ragan". WhoWon.com. Archived from the original on December 31, 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
    - "NASCAR CUP Driver David Ragan Coming To Thunder Road". American Canadian Tour. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  8. ^ "Riverside Speedway Improvements Ahead Of Schedule". The Caledonian Record. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013.

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