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NELMCC
New England Late Model Challenge Cup
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Registered drivers can earn Challenge Cup points at any of the nine
participating tracks in events that also count for weekly points.
(Alan Ward photo)
Challenge Cup Ready for
2021 Debut on Grand Scale
Nine New England Tracks Registered with
Point Fund That Could Exceed $20,000
2021 New England Challenge Cup Entry Form
ACT Challenge Cup Point System PDF
Waterbury, VT -- After a one-year delay, The New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) is finally debuting in 2021 -- and it will be even bigger than originally planned. American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials confirmed today that nine tracks have signed up for the first season of the series that will pit weekly Late Model racers from across the region in a summer-long battle for pride, glory, and some serious prize money.

The inaugural Challenge Cup was originally slated for the 2020 season before being pushed back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The basic format remains the same, with registered drivers taking their 10 best eligible finishes at participating tracks towards the season-long point standings.

However, the scope of the program has grown tremendously during the one-year hiatus. Nine tracks from four New England states have signed up, nearly double the amount that were originally registered for 2020.

The increase in tracks also means an increase in the season-ending awards. A guaranteed minimum point fund of $14,000 has been posted for the Challenge Cup. The $100 registration fee for each driver will also be added to the point fund in full. For example, if 40 drivers sign up for the series, another $4,000 would be added to the point fund for a total of $18,000.

Should registration be on pace with the 2020 pre-pandemic numbers, the total point fund could exceed $20,000. A minimum prize of $3,000 goes to the overall winner. At least the top-10 drivers in the final standings will receive payouts.

Several big contingency and raffle awards have been posted, adding even more value to the program for racer. A Port City Chassis by Crazy Horse Racing will be raffled off at season's end. To qualify for the chassis raffle, drivers must register by the deadline and attempt to qualify for at least 10 point-counting events.

ARBodies and Five Star Bodies are each awarding a $500 product certificate. Drivers who finish in the overall top-10 and have declared they are running an AR or Five Star body will be eligible for these raffles.

Drivers who register by the early-entry deadline of March 1 will also be entered into a Hoosier Tire raffle. Two randomly chosen entrants each receive two free ACT Late Model tires from Hoosier. ACT will also honor the tire awards of the 2020 pre-pandemic raffle winners if they register for this year's Challenge Cup.

"This program is a huge step forward for weekly Late Model racing in New England," ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. "The Challenge Cup was one of the things we were most excited about in 2020 before the pandemic. Now, with nearly twice as many tracks on board plus some great contingency partners, it's going to be even bigger for teams and fans."

"Weekly racers are the backbone of the sport, and it's important to reward them for their efforts," Michaud went on. "We've come up with a program that does so and which we think will boost car counts and action throughout the region."

Four tracks from the original 2020 slate will return for the 2021 debut: Barre, VT's Thunder Road Speedbowl; North Woodstock, NH's White Mountain Motorsports Park; Connecticut's Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; and Massachusetts' Seekonk Speedway.

Five other tracks have joined the Challenge Cup. Connecticut's New London-Waterford Speedbowl will be the second Connecticut track. Furthermore, four tracks from the New Hampshire Short Track Racing Association (NHSTRA) have signed up: Monadnock Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, Hudson Speedway, and Claremont Speedway.

Any competitor at the four NHSTRA tracks must use the ACT Late Model rules option the organization has introduced for the 2021 season. In other words, cars need to be 100% ACT legal for drivers to earn Challenge Cup points.

All weekly Late Model features at participating tracks will be eligible for the Challenge Cup. Registered drivers can earn Challenge Cup points at any of the nine tracks. For example, a Thunder Road Late Model regular can also earn points at White Mountain, and a Thompson Speedway regular can also earn points at New London-Waterford Speedbowl or Monadnock Speedway.

A driver's 10 best performances across all tracks count towards their NELMCC total. Points will be awarded based on finishing position, car count, and cars passed. The full system is available at www.acttour.com/NELMCC.

Participating tracks are responsible for reporting results to the ACT offices. ACT Late Model Tour events and "open events" at these tracks are not eligible for Challenge Cup points.

To register for the New England Late Model Challenge Cup, drivers must submit the entry form along with a $100 registration fee by Monday, April 5. Entries postmarked by Monday, March 1 will be eligible for the Hoosier tire drawing. The entry form and point system outline are available at www.acttour.com/NELMCC and on 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.
A total of nine tracks across four states will participate in the inaugural
New England Late Model Challenge Cup, including Barre, VT's
Thunder Road Speedbowl.
(Alan Ward photo)
The total point fund and contingency awards for the Late Model Challenge Cup
could well exceed $20,000 once driver registration is complete.
(Mark Alan Sumner photo)
 
The ACT Late Model Tour will open its 30th point-counting season
with the Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on
Saturday, April 17. (Alan Ward photo)
Late Model Racers Across Region
Already Preparing for Big April
Waterbury, VT -- Even with snow still on the ground, the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) seasons are coming up fast. Racing gets underway just after the calendar turns to April, with a doubleheader at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway on April 2 and 3 followed by the inaugural Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on April 17.

The triplet of events is a big way to kick off the 36th season of ACT competition and 30th for the ACT Late Model Tour. The first-ever visit for the series to the historic Hickory oval -- known as the "Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars" -- will be followed by the start of the point-counting season at New England's most widely-recognized racetrack.

It's no surprise that some of the biggest names in Northeast Late Model racing are signing up for these events. They will take advantage of the opportunity to compete on two of the country's most meaningful stages for short-track warriors. The entry lists for each event should only grow bigger as the dates near.

A who's-who of touring and weekly racers are registered for either or both tracks. Some of the drivers currently slated to compete at both Hickory and NHMS include multi-time Pro All Stars Series (PASS) champion Ben Rowe of Turner, ME; defending Monadnock Speedway champion Aaron Fellows of Croydon, NH; former Riverside Speedway champions Jeff Marshall of Gilman, VT and Shawn Swallow of Lancaster, NH; and rising star sisters Reilly and Peyton Lanphear of Duxbury, VT.
Thunder Road Late Model champions Bobby Therrien (#5VT) and
Jason Corliss (#66VT) are two of the drivers registered for the ACT
doubleheader at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway.
(Daniel Holben photo)
Meanwhile, three-time ACT champion Wayne "The Punisher" Helliwell Jr. of Dover, NH has committed to the Hickory doubleheader. So are Thunder Road standouts Jason Corliss of Barre, VT and Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT, who've combined to win 3 of the last 4 track championships. Drivers ready to start their season at NHMS include defending ACT champion Jimmy Hebert, former Rookie of the Year Ryan Kuhn, and multi-time Thunder Road and White Mountain Motorsports Park winner Stephen Donahue.

The PASS Super Late Models are also part of both events. Like ACT, their Hickory and NHMS entry lists are loaded with notable racers. The Northeast Classic registration list alone is more than 30 names long as of press time. Former champions Ben Rowe, Center Conway, NH's D.J. Shaw, Farmingdale, ME's Johnny Clark, Belfast, ME's Travis Benjamin, Farmington, ME's Cassius Clark are among the early highlights. Recent New Smyrna Speedweeks winner Derek Griffith is entered for NHMS as are Kuhn, Snowflake 100 winner Jake Johnson, and Oxford 250 winner Curtis Gerry.

Rowe, Shaw, Griffith, and Johnson will all travel to Hickory Motor Speedway in early April for the 15th and 16th annual Easter Bunny 150s. They'll be joined by Canadian Super Late Model standout Cole Butcher and youngsters Trevor Sanborn, Gabe Brown, and Evan Hallstrom among others.

Both events at Hickory as well as the Northeast Classic count towards the 2021 PASS National Championship. As such, a lot will be on the line over those two weeks, with the national title frontrunners likely emerging as the checkered flag flies at NHMS.

ACT opens its 2020 season at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3. The ACT Late Models will run the Hickory 125 on Friday and the Easter Bunny 125 on Saturday. The PASS Super Late Models have a pair of Easter Bunny 150s with one each day. Ticket prices and other information are to be announced.

The first point-counting event for the ACT Late Model Tour will be the Northeast Classic at Loudon's New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 17. The card includes $5,000-to-win events for the ACT Late Models, PASS Super Late Models, and Tour-Type Modifieds. The North East Mini Stock Tour, EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge, and an 8-cylinder Street Stock Open are also part of the program. An optional practice day is scheduled for Friday, April 16.

Registration is still open for each event. The entry forms for the ACT Hickory 125 and Easter Bunny 125 are available at www.acttour.com/forms. The latest on the Northeast Classic can be found at www.acttour.com/northeast-late-model-classic.

PASS entry forms and entry lists can be found at www.proallstarsseries.com. For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com. Don't forget to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

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.
ALL 2021 NELMCC/ACT TOUR STORIES HERE
More than 30 PASS Super Late Models are registered for the NHMS
Northeast Classic, which is part of the PASS National Championship series.
(Norm Marx photo)
 
(Matthew Wiernasz/WWLP22 News photo)
ACT Switching To Hoosier Tires
Beginning at Community Bank N.A. 150
Waterbury, VT - The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will be sporting some new shoes in 2021. ACT announced today that its officially sanctioned series and tracks are switching to Hoosier tires starting with the Community Bank N.A. 150 at Thunder Road on Sunday, May 2.

ACT Late Models will run a new 8-inch tire specially designed and built for the division. The tire is the result of extensive testing by Hoosier and ACT that focused on reliability and overall performance. ACT has worked directly with Rob Summers, the owner of Hoosier Tire East, throughout the testing process.

The tires cost $130 each, the same price as the 8-inch American Racer tire the class had been using. ACT and its affiliate tracks have been using American Racer as a Late Model tire supplier since the start of the 2014 season.

"We think this is the start of a great partnership," ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. "Rob Summers has been a pleasure to work with. He understood exactly what we were looking for in a tire and has worked tirelessly to create a tire that fit those requirements. We believe this switch will be a benefit to our teams and help produce great racing for the fans. We're looking forward to seeing how they react at Thunder Road's opening weekend on May 1 and 2."

The Late Models will remain on the current American Racer tire for the Twin 125s at North Carolina's Hickory Speedway on April 2 and 3 and the Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on April 17. This allows racers to start the season on a tire they're more familiar with and lets ACT use up its current tire inventory. Beginning with the Community Bank N.A. 150 on May 2, the ACT Late Model Tour, Thunder Road, and White Mountain Motorsports Park will begin using the specially-built Hoosier ACT Late Model tire.

The ACT Flying Tigers that compete at Vermont's Thunder Road and New Hampshire's White Mountain Motorsports Park are also getting a tire makeover. In 2021, they will compete on a 7-inch Hoosier tire that is nearly identical in performance and price to the current American Racer tire. The Thunder Road Street Stocks will run a 14-inch diameter Hoosier tire.

Hoosier Racing Tire was founded by Bob Newton in 1957. Over the years, they have designed and provided tires for numerous series, from regional Late Models to the NASCAR Cup Series. Hoosier tires can be found in stock car racing, dirt track racing, rally racing, drag racing, and many other disciplines. They are headquartered in Lakeville, IN and were purchased by Continental Tire in 2016.

Hoosier Tire East was formed in 1982 by the late Bob Summers, whose son Rob now runs the company. They are based in Manchester, CT and distribute tires to a variety of tracks and touring series throughout the Northeastern United States.

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. To learn more about Hoosier Racing Tires and Hoosier Tire East, visit www.hoosiertire.com or www.hoosiertireeast.com.
(Daniel Holben photo)
 
(Daniel Holben photo)
ACT Heading to Hickory This
April for Twin 125-Lap Events
Series Making Inaugural Visit to
Historic North Carolina Track
Waterbury, VT - The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) is heading south to get an early start on the 2021 racing season. Officials announced today that a pair of ACT Late Model events have been scheduled at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway for Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3.

The 125-lap events are part of a doubleheader organized by the Pro All Stars Series (PASS). The trip will be ACT's first-ever visit to the historic 0.363-mile speedway.

Friday, April 2 is the ACT Hickory 125 along with the 2020 PASS Super Late Model Easter Bunny 150, which was pushed back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Saturday, April 3 features the ACT Easter Bunny 125 and the 2021 Easter Bunny 150. Post time is 5:00pm each day.

Both the Friday and Saturday events will have separate qualifying, features, and purses. The events will not count for points towards the ACT Late Model Tour championship.

"We're getting more excited about this event every day," ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. "When Tom Mayberry of PASS invited us to be part of the event, we were immediately intrigued. However, we wanted to make sure there was enough interest from teams before committing. The response we got was incredibly positive and convinced us to say yes."

"Hickory is one of those bucket-list tracks for a series," Michaud went on. "It's like the trip to Richmond Raceway two years ago or the first ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway back in 2009. Almost every short track racing fan has heard of Hickory. We're honored PASS would even consider having us at the event, and we think it's going to be a great show."

The entry forms for both Easter Bunny 125s are now available at www.acttour.com/forms. The early-entry deadline is March 1, 2021. Event schedules and other information will be announced soon. Details are subject to change pending the course of the ongoing pandemic.

Hickory Motor Speedway opened in 1951 and is known as both "The World's Most Famous Short Track" and "The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars". The NASCAR Cup series held 35 events at the track between 1953 and 1971. The NASCAR Xfinity Series then held 42 events at Hickory from 1982 through 1998. Hickory was also a regular stop for the NASCAR Modified and Late Model Sportsman National Championships, Grand National East Series, Dash Series, X-1R Pro Cup Series, and other tours throughout its history. PASS has sanctioned both PASS South and PASS National Championship Series events at the track since 2006.

Hickory began its life as a 1/2-mile dirt track and went through multiple configurations before adopting the current 0.363-mile paved layout in 1970. Past winners at the track include legends such as Junior Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Harry Gant, Richie Evans, Bobby Allison, Jack Ingram, Tommy Houston, and Bubba Pollard.

The full 2021 ACT schedule can be found at www.acttour.com/actusschedule. The ACT Late Model rules are also posted on the Tour website at www.acttour.com/rules.

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.
 
The ACT Late Model Tour returns to Lee USA Speedway on May 16
for the first time since 2018. (Daniel Holben photo)
Lee, Thunder Road Swap
May Dates on ACT Schedule
Street Stock Open Added to Lee USA Card
2021 ACT TOUR SCHEDULE PDF
Waterbury, VT - American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have announced an update to the 2021 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. The May 2021 events at New Hampshire's Lee USA Speedway and Barre, VT's Thunder Road have switched places to better accommodate the tracks.

The 23rd Community Bank N.A. 150 at Thunder Road is now slated for Sunday, May 2. The event is the opener for Thunder Road's 62nd season of competition. An optional practice day is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 1.

The Lee USA 150 will be a one-day show on Sunday, May 16. It is part of an event that includes the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models and PASS Modifieds. An 8-cylinder Street Stock Open has also been added to the Lee USA card. More information on both the Lee and Thunder Road events will be available closer to the start of the season.

"After speaking with Lee USA officials, we decided this was the best option for everyone," ACT and Thunder Road managing partner Cris Michaud said. "They wanted the doubleheader to be a little later in the month, and it actually works out well for us, since teams that run both Thunder Road and White Mountain Motorsports Park will have a less hectic start to the year. We look forward to seeing everyone at both Thunder Road and Lee in a few months."

The 2021 ACT Late Model Tour season opens at Loudon's New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 17 with the inaugural Northeast Classic. The event also features the PASS Super Late Models, a Tour-Type Modified Open, the North East Mini Stock Tour, an 8-cylinder Street Stock Open, and the Exit Realty Pro Truck Challenge. It kicks off a 12-event schedule that takes the Tour to nine different tracks throughout New England and Quebec.

The full ACT schedule can be found at www.acttour.com/actusschedule. The 2021 ACT Late Model rules are also posted on the Tour website at www.acttour.com/rules. The series expects to release the full-season entry form shortly after the new year.

For more information on ACT, 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.
 
ACT will have three point-counting events at White Mountain Motorsports Park
in 2021, including the $10,000-to-win Midsummer 250 on July 31 and the return
of the Fall Foliage 200 on September 25. (Daniel Holben photo)

ACT Announces Schedule for
30th Late Model Tour Season

2021 ACT TOUR SCHEDULE PDF
Waterbury, VT - The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the 2021 schedule of events for the ACT Late Model Tour. Twelve point-counting events are slated for the Tour's 30th season across nine tracks throughout New England and Quebec.

ACT will also sanction multiple big-money, non-point events throughout 2021. Highlights of the schedule includes six sanctioned events that pay at least $5,000 to win, six doubleheader events with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS), long-awaited returns to several tracks throughout the Northeast, and the renewal of one of ACT's oldest events.

In announcing the schedule, ACT stressed that it is subject to change based on the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Events could be dropped, added, or moved depending on how the situation evolves regionally and nationally over the coming months.

The 2021 ACT season begins at Loudon's New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) with the inaugural Northeast Classic. A practice day is scheduled for Friday, April 16 with qualifying and a $5,000-to-win feature on Saturday, April 17. The event was originally supposed to debut in 2020 before getting pushed back a year due to the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak.

After a week off, the ACT Late Model Tour heads to New Hampshire's Lee USA Speedway on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2. The 150-lap event comes following a two-year ACT hiatus from the track. The PASS Super Late Models are also on the card at both NHMS and Lee.

On Sunday, May 16, ACT rolls into Barre, VT's Thunder Road Speedbowl for the 23rd Community Bank N.A. 150. The Tour then has three weeks off before traveling to N. Woodstock, NH's White Mountain Motorsports Park for the 46th Spring Green on Saturday, June 12. Thunder Road and White Mountain are the only tracks booked to host multiple point-counting ACT events in 2021.

The next two events are ACT/PASS doubleheaders at New Hampshire tracks that last held an ACT event more than a decade ago. Sunday, June 20 will see the ACT Tour visit Hudson Speedway. The only previous Tour visit was a 2001 event won by Pete Fecteau. On Sunday, July 4, ACT journeys to Winchester, NH's Monadnock Speedway for the Independence Day 150. The last ACT trip there was a 2003 event won by Todd Stone.

ACT then has three straight big-money showdowns on the calendar. Saturday, July 24 is the $5,000-to-win Claude Leclerc 150 at Vallée-Jct., QC's Autodrome Chaudiere. The following Saturday, July 31 is the third annual $10,000-to-win Midsummer Classic 250 at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Saturday, August 7 is the ACT-sanctioned C$10,000-to-win Bacon Bowl 200 at Autodrome Chaudiere. Although the Bacon Bowl is a non-point event, officials are discussing potential bonus programs for Tour teams that make the trip.

Following a break, ACT makes its lone 2021 stop at Maine's Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, August 28 as part of the "Night Before the Oxford 250" program. A second trip to Thunder Road is in store the following Sunday, September 5 for the 43rd Labor Day Classic.

To conclude the month of September, ACT is bringing back one of its most storied traditions. On Saturday, September 25, White Mountain Motorsports Park will host the Fall Foliage 200 with a $5,000 winner's purse. It becomes the fifth different home track for the event, which was last contested in 2016 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

The non-point, $10,000-to-win 59th Vermont Milk Bowl at Thunder Road is next on the card. ACT then crowns its 2020 champion at Masschusetts' Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, October 23. The PASS Super Late Models and Tri-Track Open Modified Series are also on the Seekonk card with a trio of "Haunted 100" features.

The full ACT schedule can be found at www.acttour.com/schedule.

The 2021 ACT Late Model rules are also posted on the Tour website at www.acttour.com/rules. More information, including the full-season entry form, will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information on ACT, 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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