Redemption for DJ Shaw at Seekonk with Win, Clinched Championship


Seekonk, MA – Redemption was the incoming word at Seekonk Speedway this Saturday for several drivers, and redemption was there. The Haunted Hundred of the Canadian-American Tour had big shoes to fill after last year’s edition where Ben Rowe took a daring last-lap pass to claim victory and the 2021 championship. In 2022, a different story will s unfolded and a new champion emerged in an eerily similar way.

Thirty-two American-Canadian Tour teams from across New England and Quebec made the trip to Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts for the Haunted Hundred. As the ACT Tour’s 2022 season draws to a close, Seekonk’s Wild Card status came at a pivotal time for tour stars while serving as the last big Late Model event for hometown regulars. In two qualifying rounds on Saturday, youngsters Jimmy Renfrew Jr., Cody LeBlanc and Jacob ‘Rowdy’ Burns took victories in the playoff races while Thompson World Series winner Tom Carey III took victory in the consolation round.

After earning an impressive +6 in the first moto on his first start of the year on the USA-Canada Tour, former ACT Rookie of the Year Ryan Kuhn sat on the Haunted Hundred pole alongside Renfrew piloting the Sullivan Construction machine. Two warnings would hit the 31-car field early, each setting up wild duels between Kuhn and Renfrew on restarts. As the leaders began to settle in, “Rowdy” Burns kept them in his sights in third, followed by multi-time Thunder Road track champion Jason Corliss and ACT point leader DJ Shaw.

A 30th lap battle saw Corliss jump inside Burns. Unable to hang on to the lane on Seekonk’s slick surface, Shaw jumped under Corliss, virtually saving Burns and pushing Corliss back to fifth. The lap 34 warning for a broken wheel on the Jimmy Linardy/Kayem Hot Dogs machine driven by White Mountain Motorsports Park star Kasey Beattie. The restart would prove to be the final battle between Kuhn and Renfrew, with Renfrew clipping a fully charged Derek Glucaki on the front straight. Race control would send Renfrew to the back, leaving Kuhn to fight Burns on the restart.

As they returned to the line, Jacob ‘Rowdy’ Burns led his first lap of the US-Canada circuit through bumper coverage on Kuhn. Broken steering for Peyton Lanphear would bring caution on lap 47 as the crowd watched early leader Ryan Kuhn jump to the pit side for adjustments, leaving the young Burns to face DJ Shaw for the first time.

Under the restart, Shaw would edge Burns on the outside to lead laps 43 and 44 before Burns raced back down to lead 45. The longest green flag run of the event began when Shaw got started. settled in, content to follow Burns for now as things started to heat up behind them. A daring battle for tenth place between Shawn Swallow, Gluchacki, Renfrew and 2022 Seekonk Speedway track champion Mark Jenison presented a fine example of hard-nosed side-by-side racing with Renfrew in the lead on lap 70.

Setting a blistering pace to keep title contender Shaw at bay, Burns quickly came through traffic side by side with Mike Benevides and Claude Leclerc. Desperate to position himself with the AH Fence Company Ford Mustang barreling at him, Burns made a three-wide move under the two overlapping cars with Leclerc spinning in the grass off the straight. The restart would see Shaw lead the youngster on the outside, leaving Burns to face Tom Carey III as the Sunoco World Series winner pushed for second.

Burns was battling for second to stalk Shaw until the final caution on lap 93 for a scrum of cars at turn four, including Glucaki, White Mountain Motorsports Park Rookie of the Year Bryan Wall Jr. and Seekonk standout Vinnie Arrenegado. The final reboot set up another year-long duel between Shaw and Burns until the end. The two would battle side-by-side in the final home runs as Burns continued to hold on to Shaw’s inside line. Burns would lead on Lap 99 before Shaw pulled the ultimate veteran move, crossing under Burns at turn two, slashing the backstretch with the lane change and taking the win by just 0.068 seconds over Burns at the line.

2022 USA-Canadian Tour Rookie of the Year Alexendre Tardif would complete the podium in third, followed by Jason Corliss and Tom Carey III in fourth and fifth. Jimmy Renfrew Jr. was back in sixth place, followed by former ACT Rookie of the Year Erick Sands. Multi-time White Mountain track champion Quinny Welch finished eighth on his first trip to Seekonk Speedway, followed by Claude Leclerc 150 winner Jonathan Bouvrette and Thompson Speedway standout Nick Johnson to round out the top ten.

After a truly dominant year featuring three wins and a season-worst ninth place finish, Haunted Hundred’s win was enough for DJ Shaw to claim the 2022 Canadian-American Tour Championship with car owner Arny Hill and Team AH fence. Joined by his father Dale Shaw, who first rode the US-Canada tour in 1985 and his mother Stephanie, whose father Steve Blood was a dominant force in the oft-missed Charger division at Oxford Plains Speedway, DJ won another distinction for the family dynasty. Finally, the Shaw name was added to the championship roster for North America’s most historic late model touring series.

The 2022 season of the American-Canadian circuit is not over! One more event remains on the program with the return of the ACT Tour to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday October 29 for the Shoreline 150! Alongside the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model and New England Supermodified Series Championships, the 3rd Annual New England Street Stock Championship for the Speedbowl Open Division is also on the agenda. Saturday’s posting time is 1:00 p.m. with the full schedule and prizes to be released in the near future.

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.

Seekonk Speedway – Seekonk, MA

The Hundred Haunted

Saturday, October 22, 2022

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

1. 04VT DJ Shaw Center Conway, NH AH Fence Co. Ford Mustang

2. 30RI Jacob Rowdy Burns E. Greenwich, RI Burns Motorsports

3. 21QC Alexandre Tardif Notre Dame-des-Pins, QC SSR Brothers Ford Mustang

4. 66VT Jason Corliss Barre, VT Burnett Scrap Metals Ford Mustang

5. 5MA Tom Carey III New Salem, MA Brookside Equipment Chevy Camaro

6. 0NH Jimmy Renfrew Jr. Candia, NH Sullivan Build Chevy SS

7. 36NH Erick Sands Derry, NH Seacoast Truck/Auto Chevy SS

8. 78NH Quinten Welch Groveton, NH MA Bean Associates Chevy Camaro

9. 41QC Jonathan Bouvrette Blainville, QC Duroking Ford Mustang

10. 6MA Nick Johnson Rehoboth, MA Propane Plus Ford Fusion

11. 22RI Mark Jenison Cranston, RI Support Our Ford Mustang Veterans

12. 08RI Richard Murray Tiverton, RI South Coast Power Equip. Chevy

13. 72MA Ryan Kuhn E. Bridgewater, MA Everett’s Auto Parts Chevy SS

14. 86VT Marcel J. Gravel Wolcott, VT Pete’s Equipment Toyota Camry

15. 9ME Shawn Swallow Groveton, NH North Conway Chevy Incinerators

16. 03MA Derek Gluchacki N. Dartmouth, MA Superior Rail & Iron Ford Mustang

17. 91RI Charlie Rose Tiverton, RI Simpson’s Chevy Camaro car

18. 01VT #Stephen Martin Craftsbury Cmn, VT Martin Maple Products Chevy SS

19. 77NH #Bryan Wall Jr. E. Kingston, NH Wall’s Ford Ford Mustang GT

20. 11QC Claude Leclerc Lanoraie, QC Prolon Chevy SS

21. 50RI Mike Benevides Westerly, RI Benevides Motorsports

22. 17RI Vinny Arrenegado Jr. Warren, RI J+E Welding Dodge Charger

23. 21VT Reilly Lanphear Waterbury, VT Reilly Lanphear Racing Chevy Impala

24. 33QC Rémi Perreault Joliette, QC Perreault Motorsports Chevy SS

25. 22VT Peyton Lanphear Waterbury, VT Alchemist Chevy Impala

26. 27NH #Cam Huntress Rochester, NH Camaro Heaven Chevy SS

27. 7NH #Cody Leblanc Berlin, NH Naylen Farms Chevy SS

28. 4MA Ryan Souliere N. Smithfield, RI Santon Plumbing Chevy SS

29. 77MA Kasey Beattie St. Johnsbury, Vermont Kayem Hot Dogs Chevy SS

30. 66MA Brett LeBlanc Uxbridge, MA SNHU Chevy SS

31. 11RI Corey Fanning Maplewood, RI Fanning Motorsports

DNS 4CT Reece Bogue Groton, CT Newcomb’s Tree Service Ford Fusion

-ACT Tour Press Release
-Photo credit: Alan Ward

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