Barre, Vermont – To cap off a three-week streak of championship stock car racing, the American-Canadian Circuit returns to Barre, on Thunder Road, Vermont, for the 44th New England Federal Credit Union Labor Day Classic , Sunday, September 4. The 200-lap, $5,000 up for grabs event has been a staple of the Thunder Road and US-Canada touring calendar for decades and provides an exciting challenge for today’s top teams every year as they s are racing to carve their name in granite alongside some of England’s most iconic new drivers.
The New England Federal Credit Union Labor Day Classic saw some of the greatest drivers in New England stock car racing history take the checkered flag in hand and engrave their names on the grand granite monument of Thunder Road. Dave Dion, Jean-Paul Cabana, The Dragon Brothers, Dale Shaw, Brian Hoar, Patrick Laperle and Nick Sweet all won the annual end of summer event.
Each year, the NEFCU Labor Day Classic is one of the toughest for regulars on the touring series as they take on the tough weekly riders on one of the toughest circuits in the northeast. Among them, DJ Shaw, Alexendre Tardif and Derek Glucaki have the most to lose. The three leaders of the rankings of the American-Canadian circuit will face those who have a lot of experience on the high banks of Thunder Road.
Leading the local charge are two former track champions and Labor Day Classic winners. Bobby Therrien and Jason Corliss each have something to prove after their part-time schedules in 2022 were sparse compared to some in this weekend’s competition roster. NEFCU Labor Day Classic winner Brooks Clark is also back, ready to try and make his mark in the history books once again. Jimmy Hebert also indicated that if his team can transform their Late Model after their Pro All Stars Series debut at the Oxford 250 last Sunday, the former ACT champion will return to the track that started it all.
Dark Horse contenders include ACT Ironman, Quebecer Claude Leclerc and Bellingham, Massachusetts driver Woody Pitkat. “The Sultan of Stafford,” Pitkat will drive the same Hartwell Motorsports #91CT Ford Mustang that earned him a 17th-place finish at the Memorial Day Classic last May and is looking for more. Accustomed to modified Extra Distance Tour type events at southern New England arenas like Stafford, Thompson and Seekonk Speedway, Pitkat’s frequent experience with pit strategy could give him an edge against his ACT competition this Sunday. .
The iconic 200-lap event requires six Hoosier racing tires, up from the usual four, which means each driver will have two change tires waiting for them in the pit area. The New England Federal Credit Union Labor Day Classic involves the strategy of teams and team leaders to find the right time to pit their driver against fresh rubber and may be the deciding factor in who wins the $5,000 prize. and who was just there for the ride.
The stars and cars of the US-Canada Tour return home to Barre at the Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Vermont on Sunday, Sept. 4 for the 44th Annual New England Federal Credit Union Labor Day Classic. In addition to the $5,000 USA-Canada Tour Classic up for grabs, 200 laps, the Flying Tigers of Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors complete a full championship stock car racing card on one of the most emblematic dates of the annual calendar.
All racing events at Thunder Road Speedbowl, the 44th New England Federal Credit Union Labor Day Classic and the $100,000+ Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl will be broadcast live and worldwide on FloRacing with a monthly or annual subscription. For more information on FloRacing, visit www.FloRacing.com or www.FloSports.tv.
For more information about the US-Canada Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
– Press release of the American-Canadian tour