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Barre’s Nick Sweet celebrates after driving to victory during a race at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

The American-Canadian Tour will make its second trip of the year to Quebec this weekend. ACT is sanctioning events at both Autodrome Chaudiere and Circuit Riverside Speedway as part of a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader with big prizes on the line.

The action will begin Saturday at 5 p.m. with the second edition of the Bacon Bowl 200 at Autodrome Chaudiere. The inaugural Bacon Bowl was one of the biggest stock car racing events of 2018 in Quebec. With $10,000 in Canadian currency guaranteed for the winner, this year’s event is sure to be just as action-packed as last year.

Many of the racers who compete on Saturday will then load up and head to the banks of the St. Lawrence River for the Jean-Paul Cabana 125 on Sunday at 1 p.m. The event, which was rescheduled from its original June date due to rain, is the first ACT-sanctioned race at Circuit Riverside Speedway since 2015. The Jean-Paul Cabana 125 pays $5,000 to the winner, making a total weekend payday of $15,000 possible.

Although the events this weekend do not count for ACT points, several names familiar to Northeastern U.S. racing fans are heading across the border to compete. Barre’s Nick Sweet recently confirmed that he is making the trip. Sweet finished ninth in last year’s Bacon Bowl and aims to run for the win this year. He also hopes to complete the doubleheader at Circuit Riverside Speedway.

Sweet has run a limited ACT Late Model schedule in recent years, but the 2016 ACT champion has been fast almost every time he unloads. In July, he won a pair of 100-lap events at White Mountain Motorsports Park and finished second in the Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 at Thunder Road. Sweet is also in the thick of the Pro All Stars Series championship hunt after a win last Sunday at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway.

Graniteville’s Christopher Pelkey has committed to his second straight Bacon Bowl. Pelkey sits in the top 10 of both the ACT Late Model Tour and Thunder Road Late Model point standings after a recent hot streak. Saturday will be his third trip to Autodrome Chaudiere.

Cody LeBlanc also has stated he will be in Quebec this Saturday. LeBlanc spent much of the year competing weekly at White Mountain Motorsports Park and still is in the top 10 in track points. However, his team has recently shifted gears toward ACT events, with an eye on a full ACT Late Model Tour schedule in 2020.

They’ll join a growing field of Quebec Late Model stars aiming to bring home the top prize. Some of the drivers who have confirmed their entries include former Serié ACT champion Dany Trepanier, current Autodrome Chaudiere Late Model point leader Samuel Charland, former CARS Super Late Model Tour champion Raphael Lessard and local standout Christophe Paquet. Alex Guennette, Marc Begin, Michael Lavoie, Jean-Phillippe Bergeron and Jeff Cote are also expected this weekend.

Post time for the Bacon Bowl 200 is 5 p.m. The event will also include the NASCAR Super Trucks and NASCAR Sport Compact Elite classes.

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