Saturday, August 3rd

ACT Midsummer 250 - $10,000 to win
Mark Alan Sumner Photos
Helliwell Takes Advantage of Late
Tangle to Win Midsummer 250
Sicard, Sicard, & Brown
Triumphant in Weekly Action
N. Woodstock, NH - Dover, NH's Wayne Helliwell Jr. was in the right place at the right time to score the victory and the $10,000 top prize in the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Midsummer 250 at N. Woodstock, NH's White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) on Saturday, August 3. Helliwell took the lead with four laps remaining after Jimmy Hebert and Scott Payea tangled on a restart, then held off a last-lap bid by Graniteville, VT's Stephen Donahue for the win.

Helliwell's sudden rise to the top spot was just the latest twist in a race that was full of them. The three-time ACT champion had been running in the top-five through the late stages, but Hebert seemed to have the race in hand as the laps wound down - a feat made even more impressive by going the whole way on the same four tires.

But Trent Goodrow spun in turn two to bring out the event's 11th caution on lap 246. The yellow allowed Payea - who had already led 40 laps after starting 23rd - to draw to Hebert's outside. The first two attempts at the restart were waved off, and on the third try, the lead duo got together entering turn two. Payea spun and both drivers were sent to the rear. That put Donahue and Helliwell on the front row for the restart, and when the green flag waved again, Helliwell made the outside groove work to grab his 12th career ACT Late Model Tour win.

Donahue was the dominant driver early, taking the lead from polesitter Scott Dragon on lap four and staying out front for more than 70 laps. A competition caution for a fuel stop on lap 75 closed the field back up, and after the caution came back out three laps later for Jonathan Bouvrette's spin, Groveton, NH's Quinny Welch drove past him to take the top spot. During the caution, ACT point leader Rich Dubeau was one of a handful of drivers to change tires as strategy began to play itself out.

Donahue and Welch swapped the lead twice more after another pair of quick cautions before the field settled into a long green flag run. Welch, the WMMP Late Model point leader, proceed to lead 87 straight laps before Mark Jension hit the turn-two wall on lap 170 to bring out the sixth caution. During that yellow, all lead-lap cars except for Hebert, Dubeau, and Adam Gray came to the pits for tires. At that point, Williamstown's Hebert was the only driver in the field still on the same tires he started with, and he assumed command for the restart.

Hebert led the next nine laps until another yellow flew for Gray's turn-two crash. The outside had been the place to be on restarts all night, and this time, it was Payea's turn to ride the rim, completing his drive to first after needing to qualify through the B-Feature. Payea led the next 40 laps, but on the race's next restart at lap 219 for Jesse Switser's spin, Payea succumbed to the inside curse as Donahue took the lead back.

During this time, Hebert had hung with the leaders even on his old tires. As Donahue and Payea diced for the point, Hebert saw a chance and made a daring three-wide move into turn three with 22 laps to go. Just seconds after Hebert crossed the line in first, Corey Mason spun in turn two to bring out the ninth caution, locking the pass into the record books. Mason was subsequently disqualified from the event for intentionally hitting another car under the caution.

All the while, Helliwell was lurking. The veteran started 15th and spent the first two-thirds of the event hanging around the back half of the top-10. Once the mass tire stop occurred on lap-170, he started creeping closer and closer to the front. Helliwell broke into the top-three for the first time on lap 206 and bounced between the third and fourth spot for the next 40 laps, waiting for an opportunity to strike.

That opportunity finally arrived with four laps to go. Hebert had managed to make the inside work on a lap-236 restart from a debris caution, but Goodrow's spin put Hebert and Payea side-by-side one more time with Donahue and Helliwell right behind. The contact between the leaders opened the door for Helliwell, and while Donahue tried to sneak back through in the final corners, "The Punisher" brought home the win. It was Helliwell's second straight victory at WMMP after taking the New Hampshire Governor's Cup the week before.

Donahue earned an ACT career-best second-place finish. Barre, VT's Jason Corliss was quiet most of the night but also took advantage of the late tangle to come home third. Milton, VT's Scott Dragon took fourth with Plainfield, NH's Dubeau rounded out the top-five. Welch, Ryan Kuhn, Payea, Joel Hodgdon, and Hebert finished sixth through 10th.

Jonathan Bouvrette, Dylan Payea, and Dubeau won the qualifying heats. Helliwell and Christopher Pelkey were victorious in the consolation rounds while Cody LeBlanc captured the last-chance B-Feature.

Barton, VT's Shane Sicard picked up his second straight win and sixth of the year in the Wells River Chevrolet Tigers. Sicard went neck-and-neck with his brother Jody at the front for nearly the entire first half of the 35-lap feature before grabbing the lead on the 16th circuit.

Shane then began to pull away while Jody and Cooper Bouchard went at it for second - a battle that came to an end when Bouchard tagged Sicard coming off turn two with 10 laps remaining. Jody Sicard went for a spin to bring out the caution and both drivers were sent to the rear for the restart. Shane then held off Bradford, VT's Amanda Wheeler and E. Burke, VT's Colin Cornell down the stretch for the victory. Polesitter Nathaniel Parkin took fourth while Matthew Potter finished fifth as a last-minute substitute for his uncle Michael.

Another Sicard found Victory Lane in the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini's as Barton, VT's Adam Sicard took his fourth win of the season. Sicard came from 11th on the starting grid in the 25-lap feature and worked his way to the front as rookie Jillian Baumgardner and veteran Brett Jackson went at it at the front.

The event's first caution on lap 14 allowed Sicard to close up, and he had negotiated his way to the second spot when the second yellow flew with six laps to go after Les Washburn's machine came to a halt. Jackson then slipped up on the restart, allowing Sicard to drive underneath and motor off to the victory.

Passumpsic, VT's Jamie Ball powered his way to second in the final dash to the finish. The division's two top rookies, E. Burke, VT's Darren Newland and Littleton's Tyler Thompson, were third and fourth while point leader Ryan Ware of Littleton came in sixth. Dustin Jackson, Brett Jackson, Kodi Sabins, Nate Walton, and Baumgardner completed the top-10.

Lincoln's "Downtown" Bobby Brown snapped Andy Hill's four-race winning streak in the 7-Eleven Dwarf Cars. Brown started on the outside pole of the 25-lap feature and immediately wheeled it around Northfield, VT's Timothy Sherman Jr. for the top spot. Hill gave chase from the 12th starting spot and was already up to second by lap seven. But Brown was able to hold off Hill following the second caution and lap-14, and while Hill remained glued to Brown's bumper for the rest of the event, Brown stayed out front to take the win.

Hill padded his point lead with the second-place finish while Gilmanton's Tommy Smithers came in third. Norm Forest, Jeff Ainsworth, Dave Gyger, Ethan Tyrrell, Kevin Wyman, Chad Dufour, and Sherman also earned top-10 finishes.

White Mountain Motorsports Park welcomes the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge presented by for the Thunder in the Mountains this Saturday, August 10 at 6:00pm. The Bullring Bash tour-type Modifieds have a 100-lap, $3,500-to-win event while the Midstate Site Development Legends have a 35-lap, $1,500-to-win feature. The Foley Oil & Propane Late Models and Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers are also on the card. Admission is $25 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and $50 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).

For more information, contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963 or



Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps
1. ( 15 ) Wayne Helliwell Jr. ( 27NH ) , Dover, NH , 250 Laps
2. ( 3 ) #Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 250 Laps
3. ( 10 ) Jason Corliss ( 66VT ) , Barre, VT , 250 Laps
4. ( 1 ) Scott Dragon ( 16VT ) , Milton, VT , 250 Laps
5. ( 13 ) Rich Dubeau ( 30NH ) , Plainfield, NH , 250 Laps
6. ( 9 ) Quinten Welch ( 78NH ) , Groveton, NH , 250 Laps
7. ( 4 ) #Ryan Kuhn ( 72MA ) , E. Bridgewater, MA , 250 Laps
8. ( 23 ) Scott Payea ( 37VT ) , Colchester, VT , 250 Laps
9. ( 16 ) Joel Hodgdon ( 36VT ) , Craftsbury Common, VT , 250 Laps
10. ( 11 ) Jimmy Hebert ( 58VT ) , Williamstown, VT , 250 Laps
11. ( 6 ) Dylan Payea ( 7NH ) , Milton, VT , 250 Laps
12. ( 5 ) Christopher Pelkey ( 64VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 248 Laps
13. ( 14 ) #Trent Goodrow ( 31MA ) , Carver, MA , 248 Laps
14. ( 22 ) Adam Gray ( 97MA ) , Granby, MA , 248 Laps
15. ( 26 ) Mathieu Kingsbury ( 9QC ) , Blainville, QC , 247 Laps
16. ( 20 ) Matt Anderson ( 49NH ) , Franklin, NH , 244 Laps
17. ( 25 ) Scott Coburn ( 72VT ) , Barre, VT , 240 Laps
18. ( 21 ) Cody LeBlanc ( 55NH ) , Berlin, NH , 226 Laps
19. ( 17 ) Jesse Switser ( 25NH ) , West Burke, VT , 217 Laps
20. ( 7 ) Jonathan Bouvrette ( 41QC ) , Blainville, QC , 175 Laps
21. ( 8 ) Mark Jenison ( 22RI ) , Warwick, RI , 169 Laps
22. ( 12 ) Bryan Kruczek ( 19NH ) , Newmarket, NH , 124 Laps
23. ( 2 ) Shawn Swallow ( 04NH ) , Lancaster, NH , 81 Laps
24. ( 18 ) Cody Blake ( 7VT ) , Barre, VT , 73 Laps
25. ( 24 ) John Donahue ( 26VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 7 Laps
DSQ ( 19 ) Corey Mason ( 1NH ) , Groveton, NH , 0 Laps

Lap Leaders: Scott Dragon, 1-3; Stephen Donahue, 4-78; Quinten Welch, 79-82; Donahue, 83; Welch, 84-170; Jimmy Hebert, 171-179; Scott Payea, 180-219; Donahue, 220-227; Hebert, 228-246; Wayne Helliwell Jr., 247-250. (9 lead changes among 6 drivers)

Time of Race: 1:59:06 Margin of Victory: 0.151 seconds

Cautions: 12 (laps 37, 75 [competition], 78, 82, 83, 170, 179, 219, 228, 236, 246, 246)

Heat Winners: Jonathan Bouvrette, Dylan Payea, Rich Dubeau

Consi Winners: Wayne Helliwell Jr., Christopher Pelkey

B-Feature Winner: Cody LeBlanc
8/3 Midsummer 250 Results
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Shane Sicard ( 4NH ) Barton, VT
2. Amanda Wheeler ( 20NH ) Bradford, VT
3. Colin Cornell ( 55NH ) E. Burke, VT
4. Nathaniel Parkin ( 88NH ) Bradford, VT
5. Matthew Potter ( 23NH ) Plainfield, VT
6. Sid Sweet Jr. ( 93VT ) Williamstown, VT
7. Cooper Bouchard ( 7VT ) Hinesburg, VT
8. Jody Sicard ( 49NH ) Gilmanton, NH
9. David Baron Jr. ( 28NH ) Manchester, NH
10. Chris Chambers ( 14VT ) Brookfield, VT
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Adam Sicard ( 16 ) Barton, VT
2. Jamie Ball ( 99 ) Passumpsic, VT
3. #Darren Newland ( 25 ) E. Burke, VT
4. #Tyler Thompson ( 51 ) Littleton, NH
5. Ryan Ware ( 32 ) Littleton, NH
6. Dustin Jackson ( 37 ) Bethlehem, NH
7. Brett Jackson ( 31 ) Bethlehem, NH
8. Kodi Sabins ( 36 ) Windsor, VT
9. Nate Walton ( 88 ) Derby Line, VT
10. #Jillian Baumgardner ( 14 ) N. Woodstock, NH
11. Scott Senecal ( 1 ) Lisbon, NH
12. #Gavin McGinnis ( 10 ) St. Johnsbury, VT
13. #Andrew Kachmarik ( 94 ) Maidstone, VT
14. James Stone ( 92 ) St. Johnsbury, VT
15. Keri Driscoll ( 91 )
16. Hunter Garduno ( 13 ) West Fairlee, VT
17. Rusty Drew III ( 4 ) Franklin, NH
18. Les Washburn ( 11 ) Bethlehem, NH
19. Jason Fallman ( 21 ) N. Woodstock, NH
20. Dave Driscoll ( 19 ) N. Woodstock, NH
DNS #Laci Potter ( 55 )
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Bobby Brown ( 27 ) Lincoln, NH
2. Andy Hill ( 8 ) Waterford, VT
3. Tommy Smithers ( 60 ) Gilmanton, NH
4. Norman Forest ( 01 ) Dunbarton, NH
5. Jarred Ainsworth ( 41 ) Bethlehem, NH
6. Dave Gyger ( 93 ) Campton, NH
7. Ethan Tyrrell ( 23 ) Worcester, VT
8. Kevin Wyman ( 02 ) Bath, NH
9. Chad Dufour ( 52 ) Littleton, NH
10. Tommy Smithers ( 60 ) Gilmanton, NH
11. Timothy Sherman Sr. ( 68 ) Berlin, VT
12. Jason Wyman ( 88 ) Easton, NH
DNS Cody Wyman ( 00 ) Bath, NH
DNS Colby Bourgeois ( 33 ) St. Johnsbury, VT
Saturday, August 3rd - 6:00 PM

ACT Midsummer 250 - $10,000 to win
Current Thunder Road point leader and defending track champion
Scott Dragon (#16VT) has entered the Midsummer 250, as has former
Memorial Day Classic winner Tyler Cahoon (#38VT).
Photo by Alan Ward
Entry List Growing
for Midsummer 250
Waterbury, VT - Some of the biggest names in Northeast Late Model racing are adding their names to the entry list for the Midsummer 250 at N. Woodstock, NH's White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) on Saturday, August 3. Racers from throughout New England and Canada will join the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) regulars in hopes of bringing home the $10,000 winner's prize.

With big money on the line, it's no surprise that star Late Model racers from around the region are preparing to take their shot. Early entries such as St-Denis, QC's Patrick Laperle and Hudson, NH's Joey Polewarczyk will be joined by ACT championship contenders, top weekly warriors, and solid part-timers seeking their chance at glory.

"This race is a big deal," Polewarczyk said. "$10,000 to win is a big payday. It can help a team get through the rest of the year. It's a race that I would absolutely love to add my name to. From the looks of it, this is going to turn into an annual event, so we'd love to get our name on the trophy early rather than late. If we can add our name to the list, it would just solidify us a little bit more!"
Photo by Mark Alan Sumner
Several track champions from around the region have signed up for the biggest ACT event of the summer. Seven-time WMMP Late Model Champion and current point leader Quinny Welch #78 of Groveton, NH was one of the first Midsummer 250 entries. He's since been joined on the entry list by defending Thunder Road Late Model Champion and current point leader Scott Dragon of Milton, VT. Dragon is also a multi-time ACT Late Model Tour winner and two-time winner of the Vermont Governor's Cup, showcasing his skill in long-distance events.
Photo by Alan Ward
Former Speedway 51 Champion Corey Mason #1nh of Groveton, NH has also entered the Midsummer 250. Mason was a top-five points finisher with ACT in 2018 and leads the 2019 Speedway 51 standings. He has multiple top-five finishes at WMMP, making him an instant contender.
Photo by Alan Ward
Another racer sure to be a factor is Newmarket, NH's Bryan Kruczek #19nh. The veteran won the ACT season opener at Maine's Oxford Plains Speedway and has two more top-five finishes since then in a part-time schedule. Kruczek and his Bobby Webber Jr. Racing team have been one of the revelations of the season, and a 250-lap event will be a real test for the pairing.

A number of other weekly competitors are joining Welch, Dragon, and Mason. Lyndonville, VT's Scott Corey has been a strong runner at WMMP this season and recently picked up a break-through victory. Barre, VT's Cody Blake, meanwhile, is in the thick of the championship chase at Thunder Road. Blake will pilot Mike Foster's #7VT Late Model at the track where he finished fourth in last year's ACT event.

Danville, VT's Tyler Cahoon has a Memorial Day Classic win at Thunder Road and currently sits in the track's overall top-10. His father Stacy is a four-time WMMP Champion, giving Tyler an extra base of knowledge. Southern New England will be represented by Warwick, RI's Mark Jenison, who ranks second in the Late Model standings at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway.

Two former ACT regulars who remain familiar to many local fans have also filed their entries. N. Haverhill, NH's Ryan Olsen is a former top-10 ACT points finisher and a multi-time WMMP winner. While he has cut back his schedule in recent years, Olsen finished fifth in his only WMMP appearance this season. Franklin, NH's Matt Anderson has been a full-timer with both ACT and WMMP at different points of his career and hopes that experience will pay dividends.

"It's pretty cool to have such a diverse field," Polewarczyk said. "We've been around the Late Model racing scene for over 10 years now. We've been pretty fortunate to meet not only all the Tour regulars and the guys like Patrick Laperle, but also people like Quinny Welch, the White Mountain regulars, and the Thunder Road guys. It's great to race with them, and they're all going to come together for this big race.

"Everyone's going to be competitive," Polewarczyk added. "I don't feel like anyone has a clear advantage. It's home for the White Mountain guys, and they're going to try to defend it, and they'll be quick. But being 250 laps, it kind of plays into the Tour guys a little bit more, because the longer-distance race are what we're more accustomed to. It'll be interesting for sure."

These racers and many more will join the stars of the ACT Late Model Tour for a no-holds-barred affair. Plainfield, NH's Rich Dubeau is looking to take another step towards his first ACT championship. But Williamstown, VT's Jimmy Hebert and Colchester, VT's Scott Payea have won the last two ACT events at WMMP, meaning either or both could make a big gain.

E. Bridgewater, MA's Ryan Kuhn is trying to put an exclamation point on an impressive rookie season while Milton, VT's Dylan Payea is on the verge of making the leap. Quebecers Jonathan Bouvrette, Mathieu Kingsbury, and Claude "The Ironman" Leclerc are expected to join Laperle in trying to bring the trophy back to la belle province. Meanwhile, youngsters Christopher Pelkey, Trent Goodrow, Reilly Lanphear, and Peyton Lanphear have all been making progress throughout the year.

Qualifying for the Midsummer 250 begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, August 3. The $10,000-to-win ACT Late Model Tour event at White Mountain Motorsports Park is part of a full card that also includes the track's Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini's, and 7-Eleven Dwarf Cars. The pits open at 11:00am and the front gates open at 2:00pm.

Admission is $25 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and $50 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963,, or visit
Saturday, August 3rd - 6:00 PM

ACT Midsummer 250 - $10,000 to win
Laperle, Welch, Pole Among
Early Commits to Midsummer 250
Waterbury, VT - Entries from the biggest names in Northeast Late Model racing have already started to arrive for the Midsummer 250 at N. Woodstock's White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) on Saturday, August 3. The $10,000-to-win affair is drawing interest from racers in both the U.S. and Canada as the longest, richest event on the ACT Late Model Tour calendar.
St-Denis, QC's Patrick Laperle is aiming to break the record for most ACT-sanctioned Late Model wins at the Midsummer 250.
Photo by Alan Ward
St-Denis, QC's Patrick Laperle was one of the first to file an entry for the Midsummer 250. "Le Grand" Laperle has been knocking off big wins his entire American-Canadian Tour (ACT) career, including three victories in the Vermont Milk Bowl and a $25,000 score in the 2014 ACT International.

The former ACT & Série ACT Champion is looking for his second career victory at WMMP and first since back in 2002. A victory would break a tie with fellow legend Brian Hoar for the most ACT-sanctioned wins - and add another five-figure payday to his ledger in the process.

"For sure, there's big money to win," Laperle said. "Last time we were there in May, we finished fifth, and the car wasn't as good as it is right now. So I think we have a good shot for the win. But you never know. There's a lot of good racers that are going to be there - all the best from ACT plus some guys from Quebec are going to be there, so it's going to be tough. But it would be awesome to win."

"We ran this event last year, and the car wasn't that good, and we didn't even finish the race," Laperle added. "But with the way the car is going right now, I think we've got a good shot. We've changed a bunch of stuff on the car. Every time we change stuff, though, it's getting better. So that's good news for us - maybe not for the competition, though!"
Groveton, NH's Quinny Welch will lead the White Mountain regulars at the Midsummer 250 who take on the ACT invaders.
Photo by Mark Alan Sumner
The current WMMP point leader is also ready to defend his home track. Seven-time WMMP Late Model Champion Quinny Welch of Groveton, NH has sent in his Midsummer 250 entry and will headline the list of locals who try to outrun the invaders.

Welch took second in ACT's first visit to WMMP this year for the Spring Green. Should Welch succeed in doing one spot better, he would become the first track regular to win an ACT Late Model Tour event.
Hudson, NH's Joey Polewarczyk has numerous big ACT wins in his career and is looking for one more at the Midsummer 250.
Photo by Daniel Holben
ACT has also received a verbal commitment from Hudson, NH's Joey Polewarcyzk, the winner last time out at Star Speedway. "Joey Pole" has been running a partial ACT Tour schedule this year in his return to competition, but the team confirmed following their Star victory that they will be at WMMP on August 3.

Like Laperle, Polewarczyk is no stranger to big ACT Late Model wins. 2014 Tour Champion has victories in the ACT International, Oxford 250, ACT NHMS Invitational, and Vermont Govenor's Cup under ACT rules. Earlier this year, Pole came out on top in ACT's inaugural visit to Virginia's Richmond Raceway, joining a select group that has won at the historic track.

These invaders and many others will join the best of the ACT Late Model Tour in an event that comes as the championship hunt is hitting high gear. Lebanon, NH's Rich Dubeau currently holds a 14-point edge over Williamstown, VT's Jimmy Hebert. Two-time defending champion Scott Payea of Colchester is 55 points behind Dubeau in third. With just four point-counting events remaining, every lap will matter for the trio from here on out.

Many other ACT regulars could be a threat to win the $10,000 top prize. East Bridgewater, MA's Ryan Kuhn earned his first ACT podium finish at Star and now returns to a track where he has multiple top-10 finishes. Blainville, QC's Jonathan Bouvrette resurrected his season over the month of June and looks to keep the momentum rolling.

Milton, VT's Dylan Payea turned in his season's best effort at Autodrome Chaudiere, a bullring that bears similarities to the New Hampshire oval. Chris Pelkey, Scott Coburn, Claude Leclerc, and the rest of the Tour regulars are also
ready to roll.

Teams can enter the Midsummer 250 by submitting the entry form at The early-entry deadline for the event is Monday, July 22.

The Midsummer 250 is coming Saturday, August 3 at N. Woodstock, NH's White Mountain Motorsports Park. Qualifying begins at 6:00pm. The ACT Late Model Tour will be joined by WMMP's Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini's, and 7-Eleven Dwarf Cars. The pits open at 11:00am and the front gates open at 2:00pm. Admission is $25 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and $50 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963,, or visit