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American Canadian Tour
CategoryStock car racing
CountryNew England and Upstate New York, United States
Southern Quebec, and New Brunswick, Canada
Inaugural season1986
Drivers' championACT Late Model Tour – Rich Dubeau (2019)
Série ACT – Jonathan Bouvrette (2017)
Official websiteACT Tour
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 in Saint-Pie, Quebec, 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]

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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.

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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 most 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.

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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]

YearRacesChampionPoint Margin
201910Rich Dubeau+85
201810Scott Payea+35
20179Scott Payea+33
201613Nick Sweet+10
201513Wayne Helliwell, Jr+66
20149Joey Polewarczyk, Jr+134
201314Wayne Helliwell, Jr+15
201210Wayne Helliwell, Jr+16
201112Brian Hoar+135
201013Brian Hoar+159
200913Brian Hoar+35
200811Patrick Laperle+1
200713Jean-Paul Cyr+95
200611Jean-Paul Cyr+48
200510Jean-Paul Cyr+119
200414Jean-Paul Cyr+19
200316Jean-Paul Cyr+13
200216Phil Scott+102
200115Pete Fecteau+12
200012Brian Hoar+49
199913Brian Hoar+184
19989Brian Hoar+156
19978Brian Hoar+47
19968Jean-Paul Cyr+2
19958Lance Ferno+3
19946Jean-Paul Cyr+23
19936Brian Hoar+45
19928Dave Whitcomb+37

Série ACT champions (2007 - 2017)[edit]

YearRacesChampionPoint Margin
20176Jonathan Bouvrette+24
20168Patrick Laperle+18
201512Dany Trepanier+28
20148Alex Labbé+74
201311Jean-François Déry+8
201212Patrick Laperle+68
201112Patrick Laperle+153
201011Karl Allard+34
20099Donald Theetge+1
20088Alexandre Gingras+3
200712Patrick Laperle+16

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

YearRacesSanctionChampion
199517ACT Pro Stock TourBrad Leighton
199416ACT Pro Stock TourMike Rowe
199321ACT GM Goodwrench TourJunior Hanley
199223ACT Pro Stock TourJunior Hanley
199121ACT Pro Stock TourJunior Hanley
199022ACT Coors TourRobbie Crouch
198923ACT Coors TourRuss Urlin
198821ACT Coors TourRobbie Crouch
198727ACT Coors TourRobbie Crouch
198620ACT Coors TourRobbie Crouch
198530NASCAR Coors TourRandy LaJoie
198429NASCAR Stroh's TourRobbie Crouch
198327NASCAR Stroh's TourRobbie Crouch
198233NASCAR Molson TourDick McCabe
198127NASCAR Molson TourDick McCabe
198025NASCAR North TourBeaver Dragon
197927NASCAR North TourBeaver Dragon

ACT Late Model Tour tracks[edit]

TrackLocationRacesLast RaceLast winner
Thunder Road International SpeedbowlBarre, VT722019Rich Dubeau
Airborne Park SpeedwayPlattsburgh, NY462016Eddie MacDonald
Oxford Plains SpeedwayOxford, ME362019Bryan Kruczek
White Mountain Motorsports ParkN. Woodstock, NH302019Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
Lee USA SpeedwayLee, NH152018Scott Payea
Riverside SpeedwayGroveton, NH142018Jimmy Hebert
Circuit Riverside SpeedwaySt. Croix, QC132015Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
Beech Ridge Motor SpeedwayScarborough, ME112017Eddie MacDonald
New London-Waterford SpeedbowlWaterford, CT82018Scott Payea
Devils Bowl SpeedwayWest Haven, VT82017Scott Payea
Sanair Super SpeedwaySt. Pie, QC82013Jimmy Hebert
Canaan Fair SpeedwayCanaan, NH82013Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
Star SpeedwayEpping, NH72019Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
Seekonk SpeedwaySeekonk, MA72017Scott Payea
Thompson Speedway Motorsports ParkThompson, CT62019Jonathan Bouvrette
Autodrome ChaudièreVallee-Jonction, QC52019Rich Dubeau
Claremont SpeedwayClaremont, NH42011Brian Hoar
Autodrome St-FelicienSt. Felicien, QC41999Alexandre Gingras
Kawartha SpeedwayFraserville, ON32009Brad Leighton
Monadnock SpeedwayWinchester, NH22003Todd Stone
Riverside International SpeedwayAntigonish, NS21996Jim Cilley
Autodrome St. EustacheSt. Eustache, QC12007Patrick Laperle
Adirondack International SpeedwayBeaver Falls, NY12001Todd Stone
Hudson SpeedwayHudson, NH12001Pete Fecteau
Autodrome MontmagnyMontmagny, QC11999Brian Hoar

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

TrackLocationLast RaceLast winnerSanction
Richmond RacewayRichmond, VA2019Joey Polewarczyk, JrCommonwealth Classic 65
New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayLoudon, NH2017Woody Pitkat9th Annual ACT Invitational
New Smyrna SpeedwaySamsula, FL2015Eddie MacDonaldWorld Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
Capital City SpeedwaySittsville, ON2009Sean KennedySerie ACT-Castrol
Speedway 660Geary, NB1995Ralph NasonACT Pro Stock Tour
Scotia SpeedworldHalifax, NS1995Scott FraserACT Pro Stock Tour
Unity RacewayUnity, ME1994Brad LeightonACT Pro Stock Tour
Jukasa (Cayuga) Motor SpeedwayHagersville, ON1993Junior HanleyACT GM Goodwrench Tour
Mosport SpeedwayBowmanville, ON1993Junior HanleyACT GM Goodwrench Tour
Sauble SpeedwayHepworth, ON1993Junior HanleyACT GM Goodwrench Tour
Flamboro SpeedwayHamilton, MA1993Bill ZardoACT GM Goodwrench Tour
Delaware SpeedwayDelaware, ON1992Junior HanleyACT Pro Stock Tour
Exhibition StadiumToronto, ON1990Ralph NasonACT Coors Tour
River Glade SpeedwayRiver Glade, NB1989Russ UrlinACT Coors Tour
Bryar Motorsports ParkLoudon, NH1988Robbie CrouchACT Coors Tour
Wiscasset SpeedwayWiscasset, ME1988Ricky CravenACT Coors Tour
Lancaster National SpeedwayLancaster, NY1988Robbie CrouchACT Coors Tour
Catamount StadiumCatamount, VT1987Jean-Paul CabanaACT Coors Tour
Autodrome Val BelairVal-Saint-Michel, QC1987Robbie CrouchACT Coors Tour
Dover International SpeedwayDover, DE1985Chuck BownNASCAR Coors Tour
Stafford Motor SpeedwayStafford Springs, CT1985Robbie CrouchNASCAR Coors Tour
Spencer SpeedwayWilliamson, NY1985Hector LeclairNASCAR Coors Tour
Holland International SpeedwayHolland, NY1985Robbie CrouchNASCAR Coors Tour
Autodrome Mont LaurierMont Laurier, QC1984Jean-Paul CabanaNASCAR Stroh's Tour
Spud SpeedwayCaribou, ME1984Tom GlaserNASCAR Stroh's Tour
Westboro SpeedwayWestburo, MA1982Stub FaddenNASCAR Molson Tour
Autodrome de LavalLaval, QC1982Jean-Paul CabanaNASCAR Molson Tour
Riverside Park SpeedwayAgawam, MA1982Dick McCabeNASCAR 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.

External links[edit]

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