Barre, Vermont – After taking a week off, the US-Canada Tour returns to its Granite State home in North Woodstock at New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park for the 44th Fall Foliage 200. The $5,000 Fall Foliage event up for grabs is the final three at the New Hampshire oval for the US-Canada tour in 2022 and comes at a pivotal time in the season. As tracks in Quebec and New England wrap up their championships, ACT officials expect another big group of talented teams to make the trip to one of the most popular tracks in the circuit.
DJ Shaw has almost completely cemented his run for the US-Canada Tour title after winning just over a week ago at the 44th Labor Day Classic at Barre, Thunder Road in Vermont. After dominating the field to win the Milton CAT Midsummer Classic 250 in July, Shaw is one of the main hopes for Sunday’s event with the AH Fence Ford Mustang. Shaw returns to the spot that introduced the New Hampshire native to full-fender stock car racing and is looking to add another crown jewel of the American-Canadian circuit to his trophy case.
Top rookie candidate Alexendre ‘Fireball’ Tardif is desperate for a win and White Mountain Motorsports Park is, statistically speaking, not his best track. Tardif finished 15th in the Spring Green 122 in June and 18th in the Midsummer Classic 250 in July but the Quebec team is far from giving up. Presenting the strongest title run by a Quebec team in recent memory, Team Tardif has a lot of uncertainty about never seeing the grounds at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts or New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut. . They’ll need a solid fall foliage run to keep their title hopes alive.
If you’re looking for the closest example of a “sure thing,” look no further than Derek Gluchacki of North Dartmouth, MA. Glucaki was just perfect at White Mountain after sweeping the Wall’s three Platinum Late Model Series Fords down the track all summer long en route to the inaugural championship. The versatile team also picked up victories at Oxford Plains, Thompson, Seekonk and New Hampshire Motor Speedway this season, a testament to their ability to regroup quickly for the best results.
With four events remaining in the season, Gluchacki and Tardif are still mathematically capable of taking control of the championship on or just before the end of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl 150 season in October. Unfortunately for them, the Arny Hill – DJ Shaw combination continues to have only one place outside the top ten in over 30 events together. Stranger things have happened in the race, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Williamstown, former Vermont American-Canadian Tour champion Jimmy Hebert will make the short trip down the Kancamagus Freeway to one of his favorite racetracks next Sunday. Hebert is looking to make it two in a row at Fall Foliage after winning last year‘s event over Gabe Brown and Gluchacki. North Haverhill, New Hampshire, Ryan Olsen, also submitted for the Fall Foliage 200 after finishing 10th in the Midsummer 250 with Waterbury Center, Vermont, Tanner Woodard. Woodard took a 5th-place finish in his second start on the USA-Canada circuit at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway in August, he’ll be one to watch at home this Sunday.
The US-Canada Tour returns to North Woodstock in New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park for the final time in 2022 with the 44th Fall Foliage 200 on Sunday, September 18. The $5,000 to be won over 200 laps event will be joined by a special $1,000 to be won over 50 laps championship event for Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers plus Wayne’s Market Dwarf Cars, the Thunder Road rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors! Posting time is 1:00 p.m.
As part of a Fall Foliage double weekend, Super Late and Modified Pro Series All Stars models are coming to town on Saturday, September 17, joined by the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis as they crown their champion of the White Mountain Trail and the Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Division. Posting time is 6:00 p.m.
General admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday are set at $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Two-day tickets are available at $40 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.
– Press release of the American-Canadian tour
-Photo credit: Erik Tavares
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