Trackside -- Matt Kimball

Short Track Showdown Mini-Stock winner Matt Kimball of Bennington.

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will get after it Saturday at Star Speedway in the $5,000-to-win Dream Ride 150, the finale of the Late Model Summer Kickoff Series.

The last time ACT made an appearance on the Epping quarter-mile, Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson took home the winner’s check. Polewarczyk doesn’t run the full ACT schedule, but he’s expected to be on hand this weekend.

In the most recent Summer Kickoff Series race at Thompson, there was a lot of close spirited action before Jimmy Hebert prevailed by besting Woody Pitkat, Bryan Kruczek and defending Tour champion Scott Payea.

Kruczek drives the Vynorius Piledriving No. 19 for car owner and track promoter Bobby Webber Jr. How sweet do you think it would be for Kruczek and Webber Jr. to meet up in victory lane Saturday night?

Another key contender will likely be Rich Dubeau, who hails from Lebanon and was the winner of the first Summer Kickoff Series event a few weeks ago in Quebec. The victory was a Tour first for Dubeau and he’s currently second in the standings, 10 points behind Hebert.

Star’s Late Model division adheres to the ACT rulebook, so there will be quite a few drivers with plenty of 2019 laps at Star in the field, including points leader Jeremy Hedges of Rochester, Mass., and veteran Charlie Rose.

There were some smokin’ hot finishes last weekend at the Turn Four Automotive and Performance Northeast Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

In Super Late Model action, Eddie MacDonald and Pro All Star Series regular Mike Hopkins arrived at the finish line at the same instant. The win went to MacDonald, who has a storied history of success on the Magic Mile. Hudson’s Derek Griffith was third, followed by Nova Scotia teenager Austin MacDonald and Ben Rowe.

The Valenti Modified Series event was won by Ronnie Williams by half a car length over Anthony Nocella. The pair had worked together draft-wise to overtake Chase Dowling, who led much of the way. Jeff Gallup wound up in third.

Williams and Nocella had started 16th and 18th, respectively. Williams was driving Gary Casella‘s No. 25, which had an engine go up in smoke in practice Saturday.

The race was red-flagged after a hard collision sent veteran Roy Seidell of Easthampton, Mass., to the hospital, where he is expected to remain for a few more days.

The next Valenti Modified Series event is at Monadnock on Saturday, July 6.

Forty-two cars rolled out for the Street Stock Showdown. Alby Ovitt of Somersworth was the best of them all in a repeat performance of his 2018 win. Connor McDougal of Rochester finished second. Connecticut veteran Corey Hutchings was third ahead of Steve Landry of Tyngsboro, Mass., and Oxford Plains regular Kyle Hewins.

Three other Granite Staters cracked the top 10: Stephen Dickey of Hudson (7th), greybeard Ron Bolduc of Plaistow (9th) and Paul Palen of Plaistow (10th).

The Mini Stocks also had a strong turnout at NHMS. Matt Kimball of Bennington, the 2018 Monadnock Mini Stock champion, who has moved up into the Sportsman Modified division this season, went back to four cylinders and drove the Edmunds Ace Hardware No. 50 to victory. Emerson Cayer of Contoocook and Devin Guy of Dublin were second and third.

The ISMA Supermodifieds begin their season Saturday at Monadnock with a $4,000-to-win, 75-Lap event sponsored by Carquest Genden Auto Parts. The winged Supers had a light 2019 schedule to start with and then had a cancellation at Lancaster (N.Y.) and a recent rainout at Delaware Speedway in Ontario. Monadnock’s five weekly divisions are also scheduled.

Tonight’s slate at Thunder Road includes double features for the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models.

Saturday at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, it’s the second event of the Flying Tiger Triple Crown Series.

As a part of Friday’s weekly program at Lee USA, there will be double features for the Six-Shooters. The following Friday, July 5, the Granite State Pro Stock Series is in on EKeys4Cars Fireworks Night.

Earlier this week at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Stewart Friesen passed Brett Hearn on the next-to-last lap to win the “Big Show” DIRTcar Modified event (promoted by Hearn) and pocket the $11,111 top prize.

Bear Ridge Speedway is going to be the early bird this year and will hold its Fourth of July Holiday Fireworks Show, sponsored by R&R Property Care, this Saturday. Post time is 6 p.m.

Tom Herzig’s column appears weekly in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email him at

On Track This Weekend

Thunder Road (Vt.): Thursday, 7 p.m.

Claremont: Friday, 7 p.m.

Lee USA: Friday, 7 p.m.

Rumtown: Saturday, 4 p.m.

Star Speedway: Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

Monadnock: Saturday 5 p.m.

Bear Ridge (Vt.): Saturday, 6 p.m.

Speedway 51: Saturday, 6 p.m.

White Mountain: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Hudson: Sunday, 5 p.m.