LATEST SITE UPDATES:
- Updated ACT Late Model Tour, Bear Ridge Sportsman Modifieds, all current Thunder Road divisions, and Milk Bowl
and T-Road Renegade/Strictly page.
Updated ACT Late Model Tour, Modified Racing Series, and some Major Event pages. Looking into full site redesign, since
this one is starting to malfunction pretty hard on the back end. Sorry for any abrupt changes in font type or size.
3/03/13 - Updated WMMP Late
9/24/12 - Lots of updates: ACT Late Model
Tour, ACT Castrol, Devil's Bowl Modifieds, all Thunder Road divisions and special events. Added T-Road Rough Rider
page. More coming soon, and will be working with Nicholas Teto to add updates from southern New England tracks over
1/03/12 - Updated a PILE of stuff,
since it's been more than a year. Look for updated winners and champions on ACT Late Model Tour, ACT Castrol, ACT Tiger
Tour, Modified Racing Series, Bear Ridge, Devil's Bowl, Thunder Road, WMMP Late Model, and elsewhere. Will try
to not go 15 months before the next update. All these additions done with the late Cho Lee in mind. Miss
10/29/10 - Updated Bear
Ridge, Devil's Bowl, Thunder Road, ACT, Castrol, Tiger Tour, and Modified Racing Series winners/champions
9/03/10 - Updated Bear Ridge,
Devil's Bowl, Thunder Road, ACT, Castrol, and Tiger Tour winners
6/28/10 - Updated Bear Ridge,
Thunder Road, and ACT winners
6/07/10 - Updated Bear Ridge Sportsman
Modified and ACT Tiger Tour winners
6/05/10 - Updated Série ACT-Castrol
and Thunder Road winners, Memorial Day Classic winners, Merchants Bank 150 winners, VT Governor's Cup winners, Thunder Road
Mid-Season Championship winners, Labor Day Classic winners, Thunder Road ACT Late Model Tour event winners. Started groundwork
for Bear Ridge Speedway and Devil's Bowl Speedway Index pages. Whew...
5/17/10 - Updated ACT Late Model
Tour winners and plus/minus pole winners
5/02/10 - Happy racing season!
Updated ACT Late Model Tour winners and plus/minus pole winners, updated Thunder Road winners. Bear Ridge Speedway page
to be added soon (I think).
10/16/09 - Updated ACT Late Model
Tour winners, champions, and plus/minus pole winners - CONGRATS! to Brian Hoar on his ACT Late Model Tour championship!
10/05/09 - Updated Thunder Road
and Vermont Milk Bowl winners and champions - CONGRATS! to Jean-Paul Cyr, Jimmy Hebert, Gary Mullen, and Donny Yates
on their championships, and to John Donahue on his Milk Bowl win!
10/01/09 - Updated ACT Late Model
Tour and Série ACT-Castrol winners
9/10/09 - Updated ACT Late Model
Tour, Série ACT-Castrol, and Thunder Road winners
8/22/09 - Updated Thunder Road
8/19/09 - Updated Thunder Road,
WMMP Late Model, and ACT Tiger Sportsman Series winners and champions
8/12/09 - Updated ACT Late Model
Tour, Série ACT-Castrol, ACT Tiger Sportsman Series, and Thunder Road winners, and updated the 1987 All American 400 page
in the Stock Car Connection index, thanks to Richard Bohms and Elgin Traylor
7/28/09 - Updated ACT winners
and all-time stats
7/25/09 - Updated Thunder Road
winners and Major Events
7/17/09 - Updated ACT and Thunder
7/10/09 - Updated White Mountain
Late Model winners
7/09/09 - Updated Thunder Road
7/08/09 - Updated ACT and Thunder
6/22/09 - Updated Série ACT-Castrol and
Thunder Road winners
6/12/09 - Updated Série ACT-Castrol and
Thunder Road winners
5/27/09 - Updated ACT, Série ACT-Castrol, and
Thunder Road winners
5/04/09 - Updated ACT and Thunder
4/07/09 - Added/corrected Northeastern
info. Thanks to the unending work by Paul Bellefeuille, the Class A and Class B research is virtually complete.
There are some special event winners (Powder Puff, Businessman's Races) I've tracked down that I will add in time. Can't
wait for the reunion on July 18!
3/26/09 - Paul Bellefeuille is
at it again! Added 1961, '64, and '65 Class A champions at Northeastern Speedway. More info coming soon...
3/18/09 - Added 1966 Class B/Semi-Late
Model results at Northeastern Speedway. Thanks to Big Bigelow and Paul Bellefeuille!
3/17/09 - Added/corrected some information on the Class
A/Coupe and Class B/Semi-Late Model divisions at Northeastern Speedway - thanks to Big Bigelow! Happy St. Patrick's
2/18/09 - Added all available
information on the Class A/Coupe and Class B/Semi-Late Model divisions at Northeastern Speedway.
2/09/09 - Began work on the Northeastern
Speedway index, LOTS more to come. Also, we're pretty sure Thunder Road's 1978 stuff in LMS, Grand American, and Mini
Stock is now complete.
11/15/08 - Updated a lot of various
Thunder Road stuff from 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, and 1976 seasons
11/10/08 - Added 1976 T-Road winners
in LMS and Mini Stock divisions, added 1976 Limited Sportsman page with winners, added Strictly Street page with winners,
still tweaking stuff in random places
10/29/08 - Added/corrected 1975 winners
for Thunder Road LMS, Hurricane, and Mini Stock, added some long-lost stuff on the 1978 season (the year Tommy Kalomiris
ran the place into the ground), tweaked some other things here and there
10/20/08 - Added the ACT Overall
Championship page, fixed the Twin 50 Series page
10/16/08 - Added some stuff to
the Classic Vermont page (1969-72 point standings, etc.), added the 1971 Sanair Int'l Raceway Top 10 LMS standings to the
Classic Québec/Ontario page, added 1993 season winners to Thunder Road Street Stock page
10/02/08 - Updated all ACT and
Thunder Road stats, update Milk Bowl page, more to come
9/11/08 - Updated all ACT and
Thunder Road stats, updated/corrected some Major Events and Driver Profiles, updated WMMP Late Model winners through current
8/04/08 - Updated ACT and Thunder
6/06/08 - Added Thunder Road stats:
1973 Late Model Sportsman, Hurricane, and Mini Stock. Enjoy the Frank Kuhlman victory! Added/Updated LOTS of stuff
in the "Classic Québec/Ontario" section - Thanks to MAG and Ti-Gaz!
5/28/08 - Okay, so it's been a
while. I'll try to get better about that, but can't promise anything. Updated all ACT and Thunder Road stuff.
1/16/08 - Updated WMMP Late
Model and Kids Truck winners and champions, updated Don MacTavish and Ed Carroll award winners, corrected some SCC
info, added some stuff to "Classic Vermont" page.
12/04/07 - Updated ACT Late Model
Tour, Série ACT Castrol, Thunder Road 2007 winners and champions. Also, added 1982 Thunder Road Tiger Sportsman and
1966 Thunder Road Flying Tiger winners and made corrections to 1960 Thunder Road Sportsman Coupe winners.
I received a huge amount of good information from Christian "Ti-Gaz" Genest
(a super-fan from Québec) during the season, and I plan to get that up in the proper place over the next few weeks.
Found some interesting records for the old Bayside Raceway in Malletts Bay, VT from the late 1950s, planning a page for that,
as well. Let's see... Could probably add some Catamount and Thunder Road stuff, update White Mountain, Airborne, PASS,
TVMRS... holy crap, I've got some work to do!
NASCAR Busch East and Whelen Modified pages are gone.
7/01/07 - Updated ACT, Airborne,
Thunder Road, PASS winners
6/22/07 - Updated ACT, Airborne,
Thunder Road, PASS winners
6/08/07 - Updated ACT (all), Airborne,
Thunder Road, PASS (all), TVMRS winners
5/15/07 - Updated ACT, Airborne,
Thunder Road winners
5/07/07 - Updated ACT, Thunder
Road, PASS, TVMRS winners
4/29/07 - Updated ACT winners and ACT
+/- pole winners. Added a lot of stuff to Airborne and WMMP pages last week, forgot to post an update. My bad!
4/21/07 - Added some stuff to the Classic
4/18/07 - Added three 1988 events to
Stock Car Connection page, created Classic Vermont page, added Spring Green to Major Events page, added Rookie of the Year
winners to NASCAR North/ACT Pro Stock Tour and ACT Late Model Tour pages
4/14/07 - Updated PASS South
11/24/06 - Added Thunder Road stats: 1994-2003
11/22/06 - Added Thunder Road stats: 1977
Grand American, 1980 and 1988 Street Stocks
11/12/06 - Added new Features page and posted Top 25 list
10/15/06 - Updated PASS North winners; started
PRO Tour page
10/04/06 - New "Take" posted; Updated Airborne,
Thunder Road, PASS North, BES winners and champions
9/17/06 - Updated PASS North, WMT, BES winners
9/16/06 - New "Take" posted
9/12/06 - Added lots of stuff to Stock Car
9/10/06 - Updated Airborne, TVMRS, PASS North
winners, ACT +/- pole page
9/04/06 - Updated Airborne, Thunder Road,
ACT, TVMRS, PASS Outlaw, PASS Mods winners
8/27/06 - Updated Airborne, TVMRS, PASS
South winners, started Thunder Road Hurricanes page, added 1977 season to Thunder Road LMS winners list
8/24/06 - Updated Thunder Road winners
- CONGRATS TO CHAD WHEELER!
8/22/06 - Added some new baby pictures!
8/19/06 - Added Classic Quebec Series
8/17/06 - Created IPSC and NEPSA pages
8/14/06 - Created News and Updates page, added
1987 Sanair event to Stock Car Connection page
8/13/06 - Updated Airborne, Thunder Road, ACT, PASS (all
four divisions), and TVMRS winners
8/05/06 - Added Serie Nationale Castrol page and Catamount
Tiger Sportsman page; updated Airborne, ACT, and TVMRS winners, started White Mountain Motorsports Park pages. PRO Truck
Tour page to be added soon, many thanks to Norm Marx!
8/01/06 - Airborne and Thunder Road winners updated, Major
Events page updated a little bit, TVMRS page updated, Catamount page template started
- "Justin's Stories/Photos" page started - inclduing
pics from the TD Banknorth 250 on 7/30! Click here to see them!
7/20/06 - 2006 winners updated, Ed Carroll Award page added,
Street Stock and Tiger Sportsman winners updated, ACT Pro Stock page started
10/03/06 - With ACT releasing its (very
confusing) 2007 schedules this week and Oxford Plains Speedway announcing its new Oxford Late Model Challenge program a few
weeks ago, I've pasted together a schedule of special events that as many as 160 or more American Late Model teams are eligble
to run. Add in Canadian teams and others from southern New England that could make changes to their cars, and the number
approaces 230. Bear with me as this is all speculation and certainly not official, and I guessed on some dates
based on this year's schedule. But check this out:
Location Laps Series
4/29 Oxford Plains
5/06 Thunder Road
5/13 Lee USA Lee, NH 100 Lee
5/27 Thunder Road
6/02 Circuit Ste-Croix Ste-Croix,
6/09 Oxford Plains
6/16 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY
6/24 Circuit Ste-Croix Ste-Croix,
200 Super Series
No. Woodstock, NH
7/08 Sanair Super
Spdwy St-Pie, QC
150 Super Series
7/12 Thunder Road
7/22 Oxford Plains
8/04 Seekonk Speedway
8/11 Oxford Plains
No. Woodstock, NH
9/02 Thunder Road
200 Super Series
No. Woodstock, NH
100 Open Comp
9/23 Lee USA
9/30 Thunder Road
150 Super Series
10/06 Oxford Plains
10/21 Lee USA
100 Open Comp
ACT = ACT Late
= ACT Super Series
OLMC = Oxford
Late Model Challenge Series
Lee = Lee USA
Speedway weekly series
TR = Thunder
Road weekly series
Open Comp = Unsanctioned
open competition event
That is some serious racing
right there, and you can bet that some big names from other areas will show up for a lot of them.
I am really confused about
the whole Tour schedule vs. Super Series schedule thing. I mean, I get it, I understand what's going on, but it's too
much work to figure out. The deal is this: the 2007 ACT Late Model Tour championship will be based on the 8-race schedule
(races listed as "ACT" above) and each driver's two best performances in the Super Series, so long as they're not the Oxford
250. The 250 will not count toward the championship, yet teams will receive 100 points for filing
an entry and competing in the event.
All together now... "What?"
I hate it when championships
are based on only the best races you turn in, too. It should be based on every race, no matter what. Basically,
it allows you to skip two races and win the championship, and it's just not right.
If there is going to be an
ACT Tour, crown an ACT champion. If there's going to be a Super Series, crown a Super Series champion. But for
god's sake, don't combine them, then drop two races. PASS did that last year with the Unity race, and all did it was
leave you wondering who was really leading the points from mid-June to the end of the year. Now, fans and teams are likely going to leave Oxford next October not knowing who
won the title until they read it somewhere a day or two later.
It also disallows any on-track
championship celebration following the final event, which is a shame. Fans honoring their champion is a huge tradition
in motorsports, and all the required math following the final checkered flag is just going to put a damper on that part of
But all complaining about points aside, the 2007 schedule is jam-packed with awesome races. I am surprised the
Lee is not on the ACT schedule. The openers at Lee the last two or three years have pulled in 60 cars, even for
a dinky purse that only paid like $2,500 to win.
I hope that Airborne's race goes off without a hitch in 2007, because I realy feel that ACT has sort of kicked that place
to the curb. I understand that rain happens and everything, but it seems like there was very little effort made to reschedule.
I also understand that ACT may not totally be at fault for that, but it's a crime when the Fall Foliage (which has become
less and less prestigious almost every year since 1995) is a.) scheduled to be run as a Tiger race, and b.) cancelled altogether,
even when the next day's weather forecast looks good. Add to that the fact that the Tour race was wiped
out, and it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I bet that if someone was to redesign the infield pits and advertise a
Super Series-type event there with a big purse, you'd get the 40, 50, 60 cars Airborne used to bring in. I guess I'm
in no place to complain, since I didn't drag my sorry butt over to Plattsburgh this year, but I wish it got treated better
by the family that raised it.
I won't be able to attend the second half of the Milk Bowl this coming weekend (and boy do I hate iParty for that), but
I'd like to congratulate everyone in advance, and cross my fingers the Joey Polewarczyk can back up his time trial with
a segment win or something. That kid deserves a good run at Thunder Road, and the Milk Bowl is a great pace for it to
happen. Ryan Nolin needs it, too.
Ryan Vanasse is absolutely the hard luck poster boy for ACT. People don't consider him a threat, and it's a shame.
The kid is a wheelman, he just has THE WORST luck. At least he had some good runs in mid-summer, and he got a Saturday
night win at Seekonk a few weeks back. All I can say to the Team V guys is to hang your heads high. You actually
had a great year, just not on paper. Things will get better because they have to.
Keep watch on the brand new VermontSportsMagazine.com
, I'll be covering Vermont motorsports for them. Pich' got me turned on to the site, and they asked me to join
them. I'll definitely be doing Thunder Road and ACT stuff, and I'll likely keep tabs on Vermont drivers in other series
(PASS, Busch East, TVMRS, etc.). Hopefully I can get to Bear Ridge and Devil's Bowl a couple times in 2007, as well.
Who knows, maybe I could take in some SCCV and snowmobile stuff, too! Stay tuned!
9/16/06 - I just read some news from Lee USA Speedway that's
both exciting and disappointing to me. Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Phil Baril, Jr. (aka J.R.) are two of my favorite
drivers from the seacoast area, and I've always enjoyed watching them race. They battled tooth and nail for the Late
Model title at Lee this season, and Helliwell was crowned champion after his win in the final points race of the year last
week. The win was his fifth of the season, and Baril had won four to that point. But here's the fun part - when
Lee tech officials heard early in the night that bot teams were planning on protesting each other's spec engines, they decided
that both engines would be pulled and sent for a full teardown at Butler/MacMaster (the ACT/New England Late Model spec motor
builder) in Maine. Simply put, Helliwell's motor was found to be illegal, while Baril's was in compliance
of the rulebook. This is from the official Lee USA release:
"In what shaped up to be a much hyped season long battle that thrilled fans right down to the final night
of competition, second generation drivers Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Phil Baril, Jr. both found when the checkered flag dropped
on the final point race last Friday night, it was not the end of their weekly showdowns, but the beginning of a tumlutuous
week ... that would impact the 2006 season and bring an end to what manager Peter Watson called "A week I'd like to forget."
The end result found Helliwell disqualified as last week's winner and the 2006 championship taken away from
him. Baril was awarded the track title for the Late Model division.
Watson disclosed the decision to impound both engine was made in advance of the season championship night
by track officials. "We heard there might be cross protests by both teams, so we made the decision for them."
He continued, "The engines were taken to Butler/MacMaster on Tuesday, September 12, and their findings showed the Helliwell
engine was in violation ... in more than one area and the Baril engine complied. We had no choice but to take the action
we did, taking a championship away from a race team is not an easy thing to do."
Watson summed up the announcement by stating, "There is talk ... that Baril had his small motor in the cat
on the last night of the season with the championship on the line. Our tech department checked engine seal numbers during
the season and he always had the same engine number and seals in the car. The engine we tested was the same engine that
tech saw in the car every time."
It seems pretty black and white to me, and it was nice of Peter Watson to add that final statement on Baril's behalf.
The ability to check an engine using that system is another great reason why the "spec motor" concept should be adopted universally
in my opinion. It's unfortunate that Helliwell was disqualified and lost a championship, but on the other hand, he was
cheating and got what he deserved.
I have enjoyed watching both drivers in everything from Supermodifieds to Street Stocks, and wish that both would give
ACT racing a whole-hearted try some day.
Congratulations to the J.R. Baril team on the championship, they worked their tails off this year.
The recently-announced Oxford Late Model Challenge for 2007 is nothing short of RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME! A five-race
series that will pay out over $300,000 is good for absolutley everyone involved in the Late Model division throughout New
England. There will be drivers and cars from Oxford, Lee, Thunder Road, Seekonk, White Mountain, ACT, the Castrol
Series, and likely other venues that compete under similar rules. The veteran fans of New England are calling it a revival
of the old Oxford Open Series of the 1970s and '80s. From what I've read and heard, those were some exciting races,
and helped shape the face of racing throughout our region AND the country. Hopefully the attention this high-dollar
series will bring will really help spread the spec motor fire to places beyond our neck of the woods, and maybe, MAYBE, some
day, there can be a national spec motor series. The 2007 season will be very important for the Late Model division as
a whole, and I hope it's as successful as I think it will be.
8/14/06 - I am floored by the announcement that the Oxford
250 will be a Late Model race using ACT rules next year, although I've known it was coming for over a year. I'm not
mad, but I don't know if I'm happy, either. I guess I'm skeptical and anxious to see what happens. Who's
going to explain the change to the Whorff guys and SP2, the teams that have really spent all the money and time and energy
getting the 250 back to national prominence? There must be a lot of disappointed people in Maine right now, but probably
not nearly as many as all the happy folks in Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire. When you look at it,
there will be 100-120 cars in the pits next July, and that can't be bad, they'll just all be different. I'll miss Jeff
Taylor and Cassius Clark and Rollie MacDonald and all those guys, but it'd be so cool to see a kid like Ryan Nolin pull off
a win like Jeremie Whorff did this year. I dunno, I can't wait until 2007... I think.