ACT 2014 Schedule Released
Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) released its 2014 schedule which is highlighted by visits to nine (9) different Northeast tracks. The schedule includes a total of twelve (12) events with nine (9) Championship point counting events and three popular ‘special’ events on the calendar.
The traditional event to open the 2014 campaign on April 12-13 will once again be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The ACT has been visiting the 1/3 mile oval since Red and Judy MacDonald purchased the speed plant in 1987. “It is just one of those relationships that have endured throughout the past 25 years. We tried to help Red and Judy when they first started, and they have been there for us whenever we needed help over the years. This kind of relationship, in this type of business, is generally very rare, but greatly appreciated” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, which was established in 1986.
The home of the ACT, Thunder Road International Speedbowl will host its only point counting event with the Merchants Bank 150 on opening weekend April 26-27. Next up will be the historic Spring Green 114 to be held at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, May 4. This will be the fourth opening day Spring Green event at the super fast ½ mile oval.
The teams will take a couple weeks off before returning to action at what has become a favorite track of many ACT teams, the Airborne Speedway. The first of two point counting events will be held on Saturday, May 17 at the Plattsburgh, NY oval. The final point event of the season, and second at Airborne, will be the Fall Foliage 200 on Saturday, September 27.
The month of June will see two events in the Granite State. Riverside Speedway in Groveton will hold a 150 lap race on Saturday, June 7. In one of the most memorable events of 2013, winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, NH said, “This bullring races unbelievably great. We had so much fun racing last year. It was white knuckle and about as close racing as you can have. I am excited about having Riverside on the schedule again.” A regular stop on the ACT Late Model Tour since 1998, the scenic White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) is scheduled for an annual 150 lap event on Saturday, June 21.
One of New England’s premiere race tracks, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (BRMS), will again present an ACT event on Saturday, August 9. The very competitive 1/3 mile seacoast Speedway has become one of the most exciting events on the annual schedule for both teams and fans. A different winner at every BRMS event for the ACT Late Models is what the record book shows. The summer visit promises to produce one of the best events of the year.
Two weeks to re-group and off to the only US-Canadian event of the year, the 5th annual CAN-AM 200 will take place at the Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste Croix, QC. The scenic 5/8ths mile speedway sits next to the St Lawrence River and always guarantees a competitive event as the best of the Serie ACT and US teams square off for bragging rights. This event will take place on Saturday, August 23.
The US ACT competitors will also compete throughout the summer race season at three ACT sanctioned ‘special non-point events’. Three popular events will post combined purses of over a quarter million dollars ($250,000.00). The “International” at the Airborne Speedway will take place the weekend of July 20. The best of all ACT teams from both the US and Canada will be invited to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Cup Chase weekend in September for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational. The 55th run for the Milk Bowl will be held at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT and will close out the 2014 season the weekend of October 4/5.
2014 ACT Schedule
# Day Date Track Location Laps
1 Sat./Sun. Apr-12/13 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH 150
2 Sat./Sun. Apr-26/27 Thunder Road Barre, VT 150
3 Sun. May-04 Devil's Bowl Speedway West Haven, VT 114
4 Sat. May-17 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 100
5 Sat. Jun-07 Riverside Speedway Groveton, NH 150
6 Sat. Jun-21 White Mountain Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH 150
*** Sun. Jul-20 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 200
7 Sat. Aug-09 Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Scarborough, ME 150
8 Sat. Aug-23 Circuit Riverside Speedway St-Croix, QC 200
*** Sat. Sep-20 Bond Auto ACT Invitational at NHMS Loudon, NH 50
9 Sat. Sep-27 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 200
*** Sat./Sun. Oct-04/05 Thunder Road Milk Bowl Barre, VT 150
*** - non-point counting events
Schedule Subject to Change
ACT Serie Quebec 2014 Schedule Released
Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a nine-race schedule for the Série ACT 2014 season. Entering the eighth (8th) year of championship stock car racing, both the opening ACT event to be held May 24, 2014 and the final event, September 14, 2014 will be held at the Autodrome Ste Eustache (ASE) outside of Montreal. ASE will also host a third event on July 05, 2014.
Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste. Croix, QC is the oldest affiliated track with ACT. Promoters Jean and Guilluame Bergeron host three events. Events will be held on May 31, 2014 and August 02, 2014. The spectacular 5/8th mile track that sits along the St. Lawrence River, just minutes from Quebec City, will also host the 5th annual Can-Am 200 on Saturday, August 23rd. The event will see the very best of the Quebec teams compete in a grueling 200 laps against the best of the ACT US teams.
Autodrome Montmagny will have an ACT event on June 07, 2014. The fast 1/3rd mile will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the traditional 250-lap race on August 30, 2014.
The popular Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallée Jonction, QC will be the fourth different track to host the ACT series. The mid-summer, July 12, 2014 event will once again be a 150-lap competition for stars of the Serie ACT.
Many of the SERIE ACT competitors will also compete throughout the summer race season at ACT sanctioned events in the US. Three popular events will post combined purses of over a quarter million dollars ($250,000.00). The “International” at the Airborne Speedway will take place the weekend of July 20. The best of the Quebec teams will also be invited to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Cup Chase weekend in September for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational. The 52nd run for the Milk Bowl will be held at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT and will close out the 2014 season the weekend of October 04-05, 2014.
2014 SERIE ACT SCHEDULE
# Day Date Track Location Laps
1 Sat. May-24 Autodrome St-Eustache St-Eustache, QC 100
2 Sat. May-31 Circuit Riverside Speedway St-Croix, QC 100
3 Sat. Jun-07 Autodrome Montmagny Montmagny, QC 100
4 Sat. Jul-05 Autodrome St-Eustache St-Eustache, QC 100
5 Sat. Jul-12 Autodrome Chaudiere Vallee-Jct, QC 150
*** Sun. Jul-20 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 200
6 Sat. Aug-2 Circuit Riverside Speedway St-Croix, QC 100
7 Sat. Aug-23 Circuit Riverside Speedway - Combo St-Croix, QC 200
8 Sat. Aug-30 Autodrome Montmagny Montmagny, QC 250
9 Sun. Sep-14 Autodrome St-Eustache St-Eustache, QC 300
*** Sat. Sep-20 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, NH 50
*** Sat./Sun. Oct-04/05 Thunder Road Milk Bowl Barre, VT 150
***non-point counting event
Schedule Subject to Change
Centennial Field honored by Ballpark Digest for 2013 Ballpark Renovations
Improving fan amenities in a cost-effective manner is always a challenge for team owners. In Burlington, Vermont and Davenport, Iowa, team owners managed to pull off serious upgrades on a budget, as Centennial Field, home of the Vermont Lake Monsters (short season; NY-Penn League) and Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits (Low Class A; Midwest League) are the winners of the best renovations (under $1 million) for 2013 from Ballpark Digest, the leading guide to ballparks and baseball on the Internet.
In both cases, the improvements were multiyear efforts, with 2013 the first season they were available during the whole campaign. And, in both cases, the improvements were significant enhancements that featured fans first.
“It takes a serious commitment to fan comfort to take on improvements like these, and in both cases it's pretty amazing to see such upgrades cost less than a million dollars,” said Kevin Reichard, Ballpark Digest publisher. “These teams and their owners deserve recognition for going above and beyond.”
In Burlington, the Lake Monsters worked with the city on a renovation plan that included the installation of permanent seating on what had been a bare-concrete grandstand. The concrete general-admission sections in both the first- and third-base grandstands were replaced by 1,500 brand new permanent fixed seats, giving fans a more comfortable and enhanced view of the game. The backstop behind home plate was been moved out 12 feet closer to home plate and roughly 100 seats have been created in a new seating area to give fans a field level view of the action. In addition, a seating area was been created next to the visitors dugout in front of the third base grandstand. Both the home and away dugouts were been demolished and replaced with larger and more modern dugouts that are approximately 50 percent larger with more amenities than the previous dugouts. Finally, the fences surrounding Centennial Field were moved 10-20 feet closer to the playing field, decreasing the foul territory while enlarging the BBQ section down the left-field line to create more fan space for a better viewing experience.
The changes extended the life of the oldest venue in affiliated baseball. The site has been home to baseball since 1904, and officially opened on April 17, 1906 with University of Vermont's 10-4 victory over the University of Maine. The current concrete and steel main grandstand was erected in 1922, to replace the original wooden bleachers, which burned down in 1913.
“It has been fantastic to see the transformation of Centennial Field over the past two seasons,” said New York-Penn League President Ben Hayes. “The increased fan amenities, in addition to the resources committed to needed ballpark infrastructure, has ensured that Vermont Lake Monsters baseball will continue its great tradition of support in and around the Burlington, VT area for years to come.”
“The Vermont Lake Monsters are incredibly honored to have been named the recipient of the award,” said Lake Monsters Vice President Kyle Bostwick. “We are appreciative of Ray's (Vermont Lake Monsters owner Ray Pecor) commitment to Lake Monsters baseball which allowed up to do these renovations, and excited to be able to continue to provide the best in summertime entertainment to our fans.”
“Today's pro-baseball environment is sometimes too focused on the latest and the greatest,” Reichard said. “The renovation of Centennial Field, the oldest affiliated ballpark, should be noted by baseball fans everywhere as a cause for celebration.”
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Vermont Lake Monsters announce 2014 field staff
The 2014 Vermont Lake Monsters field staff will include a pair of new coaches with the additions of former Major League players David Newhan as manager and Tommy Everidge as the team's hitting coach, the NY-Penn League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics announced with the release of the full coaching staffs throughout the Athletics organization by Oakland.
Newhan and Everidge will join 2013 Lake Monsters pitching coach Craig Lefferts and athletic trainer Toshi Nagahara. Newhan replaces Rick Magnante, Vermont's skipper during its first three seasons as an affiliate of the Athletics (2011-13), and Everidge replaces 2013 hitting coach Lloyd Turner. Both Magnante and Turner will hold the same positions in 2014 with the Single-A Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League.
Newhan, the 14th manager in Lake Monsters history, joins the Athletics organization after serving as the hitting coach for the San Diego Padres-affiliated Lake Elsimore Storm in the Single-A California League since 2011. A 17th round selection by Oakland in the 1995 draft, Newhan made his Major League debut with San Diego in 1999 and spent parts of eight seasons with the Padres, Phillies, Orioles and Mets before ending his Major League career with the Astros in 2008.
A .253 career hitter with 23 home runs and 120 RBI in 413 career Major League games, Newhan's best season came with Baltimore in 2004 when he hit .311 with 66 runs, eight homers and 54 RBI in 95 games. The 40-year-old Pepperdine University Hall of Famer is the son of former LA Times baseball writer Ross Newhan, who received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) in 2000.
Everidge, who was drafted by the Athletics in the 10th round of the 2004 draft and hit .224 with two home runs and seven RBI in 24 games for Oakland during the 2009 season, will be making his debut as a Minor League coach. Everidge spent seven years in the Athletics minor league system, hitting .276 with 121 home runs in 800 games, before playing for the independent Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League in 2011 and 2012 before retiring.
Lefferts returns for his second season as pitching coach after the Lake Monsters finished with the second-best team ERA (3.06) in Vermont history in 2013. With a 12-year Major League career from 1983 to 1994, Lefferts rounds out an all-Major League experienced staff for the 2014 season.
The Lake Monsters will be holding a free Family Fun Fest - Proudly brought to you by Free Press Media on Saturday, November 23rd from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vermont. The event will feature the fan favorite bounce castle, inflatable obstacle course, indoor wiffle ball hitting station, free McKenzie's hot dogs, new merchandise, Champ. and much more.
Sterling College Launches Mountain & Trail Running and Nordic Skiing Teams
November 5, 2013—Craftsbury Common, VT—Sterling College announced today the formation of two new athletic programs: Trail and Mountain Running and Nordic Skiing.
Sterling College now has the first collegiate program in Mountain and Trail Running in the United States. Student athletes will compete locally and regionally in events throughout the Green Mountains, White Mountains, and the Adirondacks.
"Sterling College proves that being community-oriented and supportive doesn't mean we can't be competitive," said Allison Van Akkeren, faculty in Outdoor Education. "Each race is a personal challenge, and students will be able to support each other through these challenges."
Sterling students, staff, and faculty train to prepare for competitions from an annual 5k trail series at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, to 50k and 50 mile ultramarathons in and around New England. There is also a trail running class offered at Sterling.
Sterling College’s first Nordic ski team will launch in the winter of 2014. The team was developed in close collaboration with the renowned Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
Adrian Owens, faculty in Outdoor Edcuation, said, "The ski team will not only be able to take advantage of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center's trails, but we have great trails right on campus as well." He added, "The team is a great opportunity for students to explore the self motivation needed for individual endurance sports."
The team will work with both Outdoor Center coaches as well as Sterling College faculty, and they will have the opportunity to ski in Division 3 USCSA competitions, as well as local and regional races.
While the ski team is a new addition to campus, Sterling College has a rich history of skiing on campus. The 1972 Olympic Nordic tryouts were held on the fields and in the woods behind the College’s Simpson Hall. The long-time Nordic coach Marty Hall described the 1972 course as “one of the best and well-planned cross-country courses I have seen in the United States.” Competitors who went on to represent the U.S. in the Sapporo Olympics included skiers Martha Rockwell, Barbara Britch, Mike Elliott, and Mike Gallagher, among others. Additionally, Sterling College offers classes in Nordic skiing.
Thunder Road Announces 2014 Schedule
Barre, VT – Thunder Road International Speedbowl has released its 2014 stock car racing schedule. The schedule features 18 events from the end of April through the beginning of October, as is tradition at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.” The biggest change for 2014 is the switch from Sunday “Twilight” events in early June to the return of the traditional June Thursday night events.
The season will kick off with the 16th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on the weekend of Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. The Merchants Bank event will be the only American Canadian Tour races at the ¼-mile in 2014.
The 52nd Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic will be on Sunday, May 25. This event will be the first of the 2014 Vermont State Championship events. The season will be highlighted by big Thursday nights. The Governor’s Cup 150, the second of Thunder Road’s VT State Championship events, will be on June 26 with the Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Fireworks night the following week on July 3.
The annual Times Argus Mid-Season Championship will offer double points and double action on Thursday, July 17. August will begin with the “People’s Race,” the 30th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200 on Sunday, August 3. August will close with the 36th Annual Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, August 31, which will determine the 2014 Thunder Road Late Model “King of the Road.”
The 54th season of stock car racing at Thunder Road will come to a close with the 52nd running of the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl on the weekend of October 4/5. Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will crown their Champions on Milk Bowl weekend.
2014 Thunder Road Schedule
# Day Date Event
1 Sat./Sun. April 26/27 Merchants Bank 150 – ACT
2 Sun. May 25 Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic
3 Thurs. June 5 Weekly Event
4 Thurs. June 12 Weekly Event
5 Thurs. June 19 Casella Waste Management Night
6 Thurs. June 26 Vermont Governor’s Cup 150
7 Thurs. July 3 Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Fireworks
8 Thurs. July 10 FairPoint Communications Night
9 Thurs. July 17 Times Argus Mid-Season Championships
10 Thurs. July 24 Safelite Auto Glass Night
11 Thurs. July 31 WDEV/Calkins Night
12 Sun. Aug. 3 M&M Beverage Enduro 200 – SS Special
13 Thurs. Aug. 7 Weekly Event – Tigers 100
14 Thurs. Aug. 14 Weekly Event
15 Thurs. Aug. 21 Weekly Event
16 Thurs. Aug. 28 Weekly Event
17 Sun. Aug. 31 Labor Day Classic 200
18 Sat./Sun Oct. 4/5 People’s United Bank Milk Bowl
2013-14 Lyndon State Men’s Basketball Schedule
11/1 vs. UQAM (exhibition), 7:00
11/10 @ Dartmouth, 2:00
11/21 vs. Western New England, 7:00
11/23 @ Plymouth State, 3:00
12/6 @ Thomas, 5:30
12/7 @ Maine-Farmington, 1:00
12/9 vs. Westfield State, 7:00
12/12 @ New England College, 5:30
12/14 vs. Colby-Sawyer, 1:00
12/30 @ University of Vermont, 7:00
1/3 @ Naismith Classic vs. Springfield College, 5:30
1/4 @ Naismith Classic vs. Wesleyan/Bridgewater St., TBA
1/9 vs. Castleton State, 5:30
1/11 vs. Johnson State, 1:00
1/14 vs. Middlebury, 5:30
1/16 vs. Green Mountain, 5:30
1/18 @ Castleton State, 3:00
1/24 vs. Maine Maritime, 5:30
1/25 vs. Husson, 1:00
2/1 @ Johnson State, 3:00
2/4 @ Green Mountain, 7:30
2/7 vs. Maine-Farmington, 7:30
2/8 vs. Thomas, 3:00
2/14 @ Husson, 7:30
2/15 @ Maine Maritime, 3:00
2/20 @ Colby-Sawyer, 7:30
2/22 vs. New England College, 3:00