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ACTion News 4/25/05
Apparently, the Seacoast Late Model Challenge 100 has so huge even Mother Nature couldn’t handle it. As you probably know by now, the opening event of the ACT Late Model Tour was rained out last weekend, but Lee USA Speedway officials have rescheduled the race to Friday, May 6. Gates will open at 1:00pm, practice starts at 3:00pm, and the qualifying action gets under way at 6:00pm. We expected as many as 65 cars, so it's a show you won't want to miss! With the rain, that means the 2005 season opener will now take place at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road this weekend, with the Merchants Bank 150.

The Merchants Bank Car Show returns to Main Street in Barre City on Saturday, April 30, where cars from the Tour and each of Thunder Road’s four racing divisions will line the streets of the Granite Capital. Show hours are 9:00am to Noon, with an all-divisions – and likely all-methods necessary for some teams – Pit Stop Contest at 10:30am. The show will close with a full parade of race cars up Quarry Hill to the speedway, with practice sessions beginning at 1:30pm. Thunder Road’s famous “Class Day” ceremonies will kick the season off in style on Sunday, May 1 at 1:00pm, with the first green flag waving at 1:30pm.

Five Star Race Car Bodies Named “Official Body” Of ACT And Thunder Road
Waterbury, VT – Five Star Race Car Bodies has renewed its agreement with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) to be the “Official Body” of ACT and Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in 2005. Located in Twin Lakes, WI, Five Star has been instrumental in the development of the ABC body concept, which has been adopted by the ACT Late Model Tour in 2005.

The ABC body program was created to establish a universal standard for the bodies used on most Late Model stock cars. With the cooperation of Five Star and other top manufacturers, the aerodynamically identical ABC bodies have quickly become a leading option in many short track series, including ACT.

ACTion News 4/18/05
Last weekend was a busy one for ACT teams – between the Berlin Mall car show and two New Hampshire race tracks holding open test days, over 30 teams from all four ACT/Thunder Road divisions were in action. Six beautiful cars from the ACT Late Model, NAPA Tiger Sportsman, and Allen Lumber Street Stock divisions were joined at the Berlin Mall by a couple of PowerShift Junkyard Warriors. The Late Model of Jerry Lesage, Tiger Sportsmen Tom Therrien, Scott Coburn (right), and Travis Paquet, and Street Stock rookies Kyle Tatro and Ron Gabaree had their fine looking machines on display, with a very nice spectrum of colors among them. And to the credit of Warrior guys James Dopp and Dave LaFleche, at least the leftover wrinkles in their cars were covered with shiny new paint! Special thanks goes to each of those drivers for helping the show a success, and thanks also to Cris Michaud, Nick Sweet, Justin Hart, and Joe Small for helping out with Sunday’s autograph session.

To see photos from the Berlin Mall Car Show, CLICK HERE!