Helliwell Takes Advantage of Late Tangle for Oxford Win
Oxford, ME — Dover, NH’s Wayne Helliwell Jr. took full advantage of a late incident involving then-leader Joey Polewarczyk to snag the victory American-Canadian Tour (ACT) victory in the Oxford 150 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, June 28. It was the 13th career point-counting ACT win for the three-time champion and continued his strong start after a runner-up in the season opener.
Helliwell was inside Hudson, NH’s Polewarczyk for the lead with seven laps to go as both were attempting to get around defending ACT Champion Rich Dubeau, who was fighting to stay on the lead lap while running in the sixth spot. With Polewarczyk going to the outside entering turn three and Helliwell looking inside, Dubeau lost grip and slid up the track into the leader.
Star-Studded Entry List Filling Up for Independence Day 200 Advance Tickets Still Available for First NASCAR Modified Visit to White Mountain
N. Woodstock, NH – Some of the biggest names in Northeast Modified racing will make White Mountain Motorsports Park their stomping ground next Saturday, July 4. The Independence Day 200 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour already has an impressive entry list that will add an exclamation point to the track’s “Thunder in the Mountains” moniker.
From former NASCAR Modified Tour champions Doug Coby and Justin Bonsignore to winners of the region’s most historic Modified shows, the stars will be out this coming Independence Day. Series officials are expecting a field of at least 30 teams to roll through the pit gates for 200 laps of pulse-pounding action.
Decision Made Out of Fairness to Southern New England Teams
Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials announced today that the debut season of the New England Late Model Challenge Cup presented by American Racer has been postponed to the 2021 decision. The decision was made due to continuing uncertainty about when multiple Southern New England tracks who signed up for the program can officially get their season underway.
Guidelines and restrictions related to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak had already delayed the racing season across the region. While three of the five tracks originally planning to participate in the Challenge Cup have finally been able to start their seasons, two others — Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts and Thompson Speedway in Connecticut — are still waiting for the go-ahead from state officials. The latest indications are that neither track will be reopening before late July at the earliest, likely resulting in a further-shortened season for both.
Ming Opens Point-Counting Season with White Mountain Victory
N. Woodstock, NH – Island Pond, VT’s Derek Ming started the 2020 “King of the Mountains” championship chase in the best way possible by capturing the Foley Oil & Propane Late Model win at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 20. The veteran took the lead from South Barre, VT’s Mike Bailey on a lap-12 restart and sped off to victory in the first point-counting event of the year for the Late Model class.
Ming earned the fourth starting spot in qualifying for the 50-lap feature and was content to ride early as Bailey and Jon Savage swapped the lead back and forth. When the first caution flew on lap 8 for a crash involving Rhode Island invader Mike Benevides and rookie Andy Hill, Ming was running in the third spot behind the lead duo.
ACT Announces Tentative Schedule for Rest of 2020 Season
Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a tentative schedule for the remainder of its 2020 racing season. The ACT Late Model Tour is planning up to 10 total events including last weekend’s opener. However, the schedule remains subject to change based on further developments related to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak.
The next event on the provisional schedule is a trip to Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, June 28 for a 150-lap event. Confirmation of whether this event will happen is expected by next Monday. The visit to Star Speedway that was slated for June 27 has been cancelled. Next, ACT will head to Groveton, NH’s Riverside Speedway on Saturday, July 11 for the Gardiner and June Leavitt Memorial 150. It will be ACT’s first visit to Riverside since 2018.
N. Woodstock, NH – Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert showed that fortune favors the bold by capturing the 45th Spring Green 120 at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 13. Hebert made a three-wide move to swipe the lead following a lap-93 restart before holding off American-Canadian Tour ACT) champions Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Joey Polewarczyk Jr. down the stretch in the ACT season opener presented by C&S NAPA Auto Parts of Littleton/Whitefield and Sanel NAPA.