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2020 NELMCC
New England Late Model Challenge Cup

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ACT Announces New England
Late Model Challenge Cup
for Weekly Racers
2020 New England Challenge Cup
Team Registration Form PDF
ACT Challenge Cup Point System PDF
Waterbury, VT 1-6-20 – Weekly Late Model racers around the Northeast will have the opportunity to race for even more during the 2020 season. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the inaugural New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) presented by American Racer to reward the top participating drivers around the region.

Throughout 2020, registered Late Model drivers will earn points towards the NELMCC presented by American Racer based on their performance at participating tracks. A separate point fund has been posted with $3,000 guaranteed to the Challenge Cup champion and additional payouts for other top finishers.

Four tracks are slated to participate in the inaugural Challenge Cup: Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl; N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park; Epping, NH’s Star Speedway; and Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway. Each of the four tracks use ACT Late Model rules for their weekly racing programs.

All weekly Late Model features at these tracks will be eligible for NELMCC presented by American Racer points. ACT Late Model Tour events at these tracks will not be eligible, even if the event is also awarding weekly championship points.

“Seekonk Speedway is excited to participate in this program and give our Late Model teams a chance to compete in something bigger without having to travel,” Seekonk Speedway Director of Business Development Ed St. Germain said. “The Seekonk Late Model field has produced some exciting young drivers in the last decade and we look forward to seeing them take part in the Challenge Cup. Seekonk is committed to the success of the ACT program and the exciting racing it produces."

A special Challenge Cup points system will award points based on finishing position and field size. Bonus points will also be awarded for wins and positions gained. Tracks will be responsible for reporting the results of each event to the ACT office, which will oversee the program.

The 10 best weekly performances for each registered driver across all participating tracks will count towards their NELMCC total. This means weekly Thunder Road Late Model competitors can earn NELMCC points at White Mountain Motorsports Park events, Seekonk Speedway Late Model racers can earn points at Star Speedway events, and so on.

To be eligible for the New England Late Model Challenge Cup presented by American Racer, drivers must register with the ACT office and pay a $100 entry fee. One hundred percent of all registration fees will be added to the NELMCC point fund. The fund also includes contributions from American Racer and participating tracks with the final total expected to be well over $10,000.

In addition to the $3,000 guarantee for the NELMCC champion, the remainder of the top-10 in the final standings will receive payouts. The champion driver will be honored at their home track’s season-ending banquet.

“We developed the Challenge Cup program as a way to reward weekly racers,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “Touring racers often get the glitz and glamour, but the weekly racer is what makes local racing work. Without Late Model drivers showing up week after week at their home track all summer, and supporting the ACT Late Model Tour whenever they come to town, there wouldn’t be a Tour. We’re looking forward to the first year of this program and to seeing it grow in the years to come.”

“We’re also excited to have American Racer onboard for the Challenge Cup,” Michaud said. “They understand the value of the weekly racer, too, and they jumped at the chance to support them with this program. We hope to have them as a Challenge Cup partner for a long time.”

The deadline to register for the NELMCC presented by American Racer is Friday, April 24. Final point fund payouts will be announced following the close of registration. The entry form is linked below.

An “early entry” deadline of Monday, March 2 has also been set. Drivers who file their entry form by the early deadline will be entered into an American Racer tire draw. Two names will be drawn and the winners will each receive two free American Racer tires.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
2020 New England Challenge Cup
Team Registration Form PDF
 
ACT Reveals Unique
Challenge Cup Point System
ACT Challenge Cup Point System PDF
Waterbury, VT - 1-15-20 - The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the point system for the inaugural New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) presented by American Racer. The $3,000-to-win weekly racing championship will use a unique system that rewards drivers for their feature event performances based on finishing position, field size, and positions gained.

As previously announced, a driver's 10 best weekly feature performances at participating tracks will count towards their Challenge Cup point total. This includes weekly events at Barre, VT's Thunder Road Speedbowl; N. Woodstock, NH's White Mountain Motorsports Park; Epping, NH's Star Speedway; and Massachusetts' Seekonk Speedway.

ACT Late Model Tour events and open events at these tracks are not eligible for NELMCC points. Once a driver has exceed 10 combined features at these tracks, subsequent events may replace a previous event if a higher point total is earned.

Eligible feature events will award two points per position up to a full-field maximum of 18 cars. For example, a 14-car feature will award 28 points for first, 26 points for second, 24 points for third, and so on. An 18-car feature will award 36 points for first, 34 points for second, and so forth. If the starting field exceeds 18 cars, all finishers from 18th on back will receive two points.

Four bonus points will be awarded for a feature win. One bonus point will also be awarded for every position a driver gains in a feature event compared to their starting position. For example, if a driver starts 11th and finishes 6th, they will receive five bonus points in addition to their feature finish points.

If more than 18 cars start a feature, then starters from 19th on back will use 18th as their starting spot for bonus point purposes. Drivers will not be penalized points if they lose positions during a feature.

"We created this system because we think it fits what the Challenge Cup is all about," ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. "It rewards doing well in larger fields, and it rewards passing cars, which are two of the most exciting parts of racing. These things also give more incentive for drivers to travel. By increasing the field size at the track they travel to, they increase the maximum points they can earn. And by starting at the rear like new drivers usually do, they can get more passing points. It will certainly be fun for the fans watching top drivers from other tracks show up to try to come from the rear."

The full point system outline and official entry form for the New England Late Model Challenge Cup presented by American Racer are now available at https://www.acttour.com/forms as well as participating track websites. The deadline to register is Friday, April 24. Drivers who file their entry by Monday, March 2 will be entered into a drawing that awards two prizes of two free American Racer tires.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
 
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Star-Studded Entry List
Growing for First Season of
NELMCC Challenge Cup
Waterbury, VT - 4-3-20 - The inaugural New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) presented by American Racer is already shaping up to be one of the biggest stories of the Northeast stock car racing season. With several weeks still left to register, the entry list is already a who's-who of Late Model racers in the region, with drivers such as Scott Dragon, Quinny Welch, and Wayne Helliwell Jr. signed up for the program's first season.

The first season of the Challenge Cup is expected to be the start of a long-running program to reward the grassroots weekly racer. Five tracks in four different states are slated to participate with more than 60 qualifying Late Model events scheduled at these tracks. From this long list, registered drivers will take their 10 best results using a special point system based on finishing position, car count, and cars passed.

The season-long NELMCC presented by American Racer champion is guaranteed a minimum of $3,000 on top of their weekly winnings. With a total point fund that now exceeds $12,000 and season-ending contingency prizes posted by Crazy Horse Racing, Port City Race Cars, ARBodies, and Five Star Race Car Bodies, there are plenty of reasons for even more drivers to sign up before the April 24 deadline.

Multiple drivers from all five tracks have already put in their names to contend for the crown. Currently, Barre, VT's Thunder Road and N. Woodstock, NH's White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) lead the way in sheer volume with several clear favorites in the title chase.

Groveton, NH's Quinny Welch and Milton, VT's Scott Dragon headline the early entry list among Northern New England racers. Welch won his fifth straight WMMP Late Model title last year and eighth overall while finishing in the top-5 in every event. Dragon, meanwhile, has won two of the last four Thunder Road Late Model championships and collected a track-high four victories in 2019.

Several other racers from these two tracks figure to be contenders. Barre, VT's Cody Blake tied Dragon for the most top-5 finishes at Thunder Road last year and also has been impressive in occasional visits to WMMP, giving him a viable second option to pick up points. St. Johnsbury, VT's Stacy Cahoon is a five-time WMMP champion while his son Tyler of Danville is coming off a bounce-back season at Thunder Road.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has entered the Challenge Cup as the three-time Thunder Road champion comes off his best season in years. Monroe, NH's Oren Remick won two features at WMMP last year and is always a contender at the track. Stephen Donahue, Andy Hill, and John Donahue are among the other drivers who have accepted the challenge.

Southern New England will also have a strong presence. The two biggest name in the region to join the Challenge Cup are Dover, NH's Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Sturbridge, MA's Woody Pitkat. Helliwell, a three-time American-Canadian Tour champion and former Oxford 250 winner, is a true wild-card in the NELMC season. With past success at all the participating tracks, one could see the orange #27NH show up to chase Challenge Cup points anywhere on any given night.

Pitkat, on the other hand, could be a sleeper for the title. Thee Modified standout is also a top Late Model racer in his own right, winning the 2002 Late Model championship at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway and nearly winning it again last season. The track is participating in the NELMCC, and the program gives Pitkat an incentive to branch out in 2020.

Warwick, RI's Mark Jenison should also be a factor in the overall standings. The veteran finished top-5 in points at both both Thompson Speedway and Massachusett's Seekonk Speedway in 2019, showing multi-track versatility that could be vital under the Challenge Cup system. Teenager Derek Gluchacki of Dartmouth, MA finished runner-up in Thompson Speedway points and also had a podium finish at Seekonk.

Norton, MA's Mark Hudson was a Seekonk winner last year and is already a Challenge Cup winner this year. He and Middletown, MA's Randy Cole, Jr., a Star Speedway regular, each won two free American Racer tires as part of a drawing for early entrants. Epping's NH's Star Speedway will also be represented by Hampton, NH's Jay Sands.

Drivers have until Friday, April 24 to register for the NELMCC presented by American Racer. Forms are available at www.acttour.com  as well as participating track websites.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com , or visit www.acttour.com . You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
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ARBodies and Five Star
Both to Award NELMCC
Challenge Cup Certificates
Waterbury, VT - 3-9-20 - Two more season-ending prizes have been added to the pool for the inaugural New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) presented by American Racer. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that ARBodies and Five Star Race Car Bodies will each award a $500 product certificate to a participating driver following the 2020 Challenge Cup season.

The pair of certificates join the Crazy Horse Racing/Port City Racecars ACT chassis drawing that was previously announced. To be eligible for these drawings, drivers must register for the NELMCC presented by American Racer by the April 24 deadline. They must also compete in at least 10 eligible Challenge Cup events this year.

The latest contributions by ARBodies and Five Star further sweetens the pot for the first Challenge Cup campaign. The combined value of the season-ending point fund and contingency drawings is now nearing $20,000. At least $3,000 will go to the NELMCC champion. New registrations are arriving on a regular basis which will further grow the point fund.

"We're excited to add two more great companies and drawings to the Challenge Cup," ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. "ARBodies and Five Star are already great contingency partners with the ACT Tour, and having both on-board for the Challenge Cup is even better. We think this program is just the start of even bigger things for the region's weekly racers."

The NELMCC presented by American Racer is a new program for weekly Late Model racers in New England. Five tracks in four different states will be part of this season's championship. The 10 best results for registered drivers across all participating tracks will count towards their point total using a special system based on finishing position, car count, and cars passed.

Drivers have until Friday, April 24 to register for the Challenge Cup. Registration forms and other information are available at www.acttour.com as well as participating track websites. Tracks taking part include Vermont's Thunder Road Speedbowl, New Hampshire's White Mountain Motorsports Park and Star Speedway, Massachusetts' Seekonk Speedway, and Connecticut's Thompson Speedway.

ARBodies and Aluminum Racing Products of Greenbrier, TN manufactures a full line-up of bodies for asphalt and dirt track race cars. The company was founded in 1982 and their cutting-edge technology can be found at short tracks throughout North America. They make products for ACT Late Models, the Late Model Stock Cars of the Southeast, Dirt Late Models, 8-cylinder Street Stocks and many other types of race cars.

Five Star Race Car Bodies of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin is a division of Five Star Fabricating, Inc. Since 1979, they have produced bodies for asphalt and dirt oval track racing, drag racing, road racing and off-roading. Five Star's innovative bodies are used in the NASCAR Cup Series, NHRA Funny Cars and other top racing series around the world.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

Crazy Horse, Port City to
Award ACT Chassis as
Part of Challenge Cup
Barre, VT - 3-6-20 - One lucky racer chasing the 2020 New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) presented by American Racer will have a big prize awaiting them at season's end. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT), Crazy Horse Racing, and Port City Racecars have announced that a Port City ACT Late Model chassis will be awarded following the weekly racing program's inaugural campaign.

The Port City chassis winner will be chosen by random draw among all drivers who sign up for the Challenge Cup by the April 24 deadline. This drawing will be held at the conclusion of the 2020 season.

This contribution by Crazy Horse Racing and Port City Racecars adds to a rapidly growing awards pool for the NELMCC presented by American Racer. The season-long point fund is now approaching $12,000 and will continue to increase as more drivers register. The season-long champion is guaranteed $3,000 for their efforts.

In addition, two American Racer tires each will be randomly awarded to two drivers who registered by the March 2 early-entry cutoff. The tire draw winners will be announced shortly.

"Having Crazy Horse and Port City join the Challenge Cup is big for everybody," ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. "Mitch and Judy Green from Crazy Horse are longtime supporters of New England auto racing and were a contingency partner with the ACT Tour for many years. Bringing them and Port City onboard adds another reason for drivers to go after the Challenge Cup crown. We're sure everyone will be excited to learn who's getting a new Port City chassis for the 2021 season!"

The NELMCC presented by American Racer is a new program to reward weekly Late Model racers in New England. Registered drivers' 10 best results at participating tracks will count towards their point total using a special system based on finishing position, car count, and cars passed. Tracks taking part include Vermont's Thunder Road Speedbowl, New Hampshire's White Mountain Motorsports Park and Star Speedway, Massachusetts' Seekonk Speedway, and Connecticut's Thompson Speedway.

Drivers have until Friday, April 24 to register for the Challenge Cup and thus be eligible for the season-ending Crazy Horse/Port City drawing. Registration forms and other information are available at www.acttour.com as well as participating track websites.

Crazy Horse Racing of South Paris, ME is a leading Northeast manufacturer and dealer of auto racing chassis, engines, and high-performance parts. Owners Mitch and Judy Green work with tracks, series, and drivers throughout the region. In August 2019, Crazy Horse became the exclusive dealer of Port City Racecars chassis in the Northeastern U.S. and Canada's East Coast. Learn more at www.crazyhorseracecars.com.

Port City Racecars of Mooresville, NC has been producing championship-winning chassis, suspension parts, and technical support since 1978. Founded by Harley Boeve and now run by Gary Crooks, the company serves racers throughout North America in divisions ranging from template Late Models to pavement Modifieds. Learn more at www.portcityracecars.com.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
 
Thompson Speedway Joins Late
Model Challenge Cup Program
Waterbury, VT - 2-3-20 - Drivers going after the 2020 New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) presented by American Racer now have another venue and state in which to chase the title. American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Thompson Speedway officials announced today that the Connecticut track has joined the NELMCC program for its inaugural season.

Thompson Speedway becomes the fifth track affiliated with the weekly racing program. The 5/8-mile speedway joins Vermont's Thunder Road Speedbowl, New Hampshire's White Mountain Motorsports Park and Star Speedway, and Massachusetts' Seekonk Speedway. Thompson's addition also means tracks from four different states will be represented in the NELMCC presented by American Racer.

All scheduled weekly Late Model events at these tracks are eligible for points towards the Challenge Cup. The 10 best results for each registered driver at participating tracks will count towards their total. A special point system is in place based on driver's feature finishes and event car counts, with bonus points for wins and cars passed.

An additional track also means a boost to the season-long point fund for the NELMCC presented by American Racer. Total awards are now guaranteed to exceed $10,000 with $3,000 guaranteed to the champion. All driver registration fees will be added to the point fund, meaning the total payout will continue to increase as more drivers officially join the roster.

"Adding Thompson Speedway to the Challenge Cup is a good thing for everyone," ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. "Having another track provides more opportunities for all weekly drivers involved to chase the championship. This is especially true for southern New England drivers now that another track in their area has joined. It also means more potential rewards for weekly competitors who join, which is the reason this program was created."

"Most importantly, having five tracks now in the Challenge Cup shows the belief this region has for the weekly Late Model program," Michaud continued. "Each track uses the ACT Late Model rules, and together, they're making a commitment to the weekly racer who makes ACT what it is. We're looking forward to a great season for everyone involved."

Registration forms and other information for the NELMCC presented by American Racer are now available on the ACT website as well as participating track websites. Drivers have until Friday, April 24 to file their entry. Those who register by Monday, March 2 will be entered into a drawing where two drivers each receive two free American Racer Tires.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
 
Deadlines Approaching for
NHMS Garage Stalls and
Early NELMCC Entry
Waterbury, VT - 2-21-20 - Two important registration dates for American-Canadian Tour (ACT) competitors are fast approaching. The first two days of March are also the initial deadlines to reserve garage space at the Northeast Classic and enter the New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) presented by American Racer.

ACT team requests for garage stalls at the inaugural Northeast Classic must be postmarked by Sunday, March 1. Spaces are already filling up fast for the event at Loudon, NH's New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) this April. Reservation requests are open to ACT and Pro All Star Series (PASS) teams until the March 1 date. The rental fee is $100 per garage stall with two teams per stall.

After the March 1 deadline, NHMS garage space requests will be opened to all other divisions competing at the Northeast Classic. This includes the Tour-type Modifieds, 8-cylinder Street Stocks, and Mini Stocks. The reservation form is available at
https://www.acttour.com/new-england-late-model-classic.

Meanwhile, Monday, March 2 is the early-entry deadline for the inaugural NELMCC presented by American Racer. All drivers who file their entries by this date will be entered into a bonus drawing. Two registered names will be chosen to receive two free American Racer tires.

This bonus comes on top of the announced awards for the weekly racing program. Five tracks from four states have joined the Challenge Cup. A driver's 10 best finishes in regular weekly events across all participating tracks count towards their point total with $3,000 guaranteed for the season-long champion. The total point fund already exceeds $10,000, and the $100 entry fee from each driver will also be added to the point fund.

Registration forms are available on participating track websites. This includes Vermont's Thunder Road Speedbowl, New Hampshire's White Mountain Motorsports Park and Star Speedway, Massachusetts' Seekonk Speedway, and Connecticut's Thompson Speedway.

"The Northeast Classic and Challenge Cup are shaping up to be two of the biggest things this year for Late Model racers in the region," ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. "By registering early for each, drivers maximize their potential rewards and make sure they get the most out of their experience. We'll continue to make more announcements as we get closer to the start of the season."

The American-Canadian Tour kicks off its season as part of the Northeast Classic at Loudon, NH's New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18. The ACT Late Model Tour go 60 laps while the PASS North Super Late Models open their point-counting season with a 50-lap event. Open events are also scheduled for the Tour-type Modifieds, 8-cylinder Street Stocks, and Mini Stocks.

Friday, April 17 is a Practice Day with rotating practice from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Qualifying for the Northeast Classic begins at 11:00am on Saturday, April 18. The pits open at 7:00am both days. Should weather be a factor, the rain date has been set for Sunday, April 19.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
 
 
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