Alexendre ‘Fireball’ Tardif Takes First Career ACT Win At Chaudiere Hometrack

Alexendra Tardiff on track Saturday at Chaudiere (Photo: Rock Bouffard/ACT)

Following a long-term rain delay throughout the morning and early afternoon at Autodrome Chaudiere, thirty-three American-Canadian Tour teams set their qualifying positions for the Claude Leclerc 150 at the tough and exciting Quebec oval. The popular Quebec speedplant brought a variety of teams to battle for the $5,000 prize of the Claude Leclerc 150 with one popular young star standing victorious at the end!

Jonathan Bouvrette inherited the pole position after carrying over his +3 handicap from his heat with the victory in the second consolation race, but he didn’t keep the lead long. Alexendre ‘Fireball’ Tardif led from the drop of the green flag with a rearview mirror full of New Hampshire’s Gabe Brown as Bouvrette slid back on the outside groove. By lap 17, both Tardif and Brown had to navigate heavy lap traffic to push the young hot-shoes to their limits while Bouvrette would bring out the first caution for a spin in turn three.

Tardif kept the lead on the restart, proving fast on all of Chaudiere’s tricky grooves with Patrick Laperle and Raphael Lessard close behind and battling hard for second. Another caution on lap 42 slowed pace once again as Daniel Verner and Christopher Bedard settled an earlier heat-race squall which relegated both to the pits for the rest of the Claude Leclerc 150.

The restart would prove Tardif’s toughest yet with Lessard all over his rear bumper as the two drove hard and found themselves dicing through lap traffic once again. While the battle was mighty, just behind them another battle raged between D.J. Shaw, Derek Gluchacki and rookie Kasey Beattie. The three Americans drove three wide battling hard for top-five position, each of the three refusing to give an inch!

Shaw would break free to begin battling Laperle for third while Lessard continued to dangerously stalk Tardif at the front before electrical issues saw the #48 Larue machine begin to sputter and fall back, ending his day in the pit area. In the final circuits, it was lights out on the field with Alexendre Tardif becoming the second first-time American-Canadian Tour winner in as many events followed by Laperle in second and Gabe Brown getting the edge on Shaw for third. Rookie Kasey Beattie rounded out the top five.

Chaudiere ace Jeff Cote took home sixth followed by Kulwicki Driver Development finalist Derek Gluchacki in seventh. Jonathan Bouvrette drove back to an eighth place finish followed by William Larue and Patrick Cliché to round out the top ten.

The American-Canadian Tour is back in action on Saturday, June 8 at The Action Track of the East, Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. The American-Canadian Tour takes over the Concrete Palace for the first of two visits in 2024 with the 49th Spring Green 124, one of the sanctioning body’s marquee cornerstone events first taking place back in 1974. The Seekonk weekly Late Model warriors look to overpower the Touring stars and finally keep the win in Southeast Massachusetts after over 40 years of trying!

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit  You can also get updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @ACTTour.

The Claude Leclerc 150 

Autodrome Chaudiere – Vallee-Jonction, QC

Saturday, May 18, 2024


1          21QC   Alexendre Tardif         Notre-Dame-des-Pins, Canada

2          0NH     Patrick Laperle            St-Denis, QC

3          47NH   Gabe Brown                Center Conway, NH

4          04VT    DJ Shaw                       Center Conway, NH

5          45NH   #Kasey Beattie             St. Johnsbury, VT

6          51QC   Jeff Cote                      Beauceville, QC

7          03MA  Derek Gluchacki         Dartmouth, MA

8          41QC   Jonathan Bouvrette   Blainville, QC

9          45QC   William Larue             Quebec City, QC

10        44QC   Patrick Cliché              Levis, QC

11        19QC   Dany Trepanier           St-Edouard, QC

12        72QC   Louis-Philippe Lauzier St-Pacome, QC

13        36NH   Erick Sands                  Derry, NH

14        18VT    #Kaiden Fisher             Shelburne, VT

15        77NH   Bryan Wall Jr.              E. Kingston, NH

16        27NH   Cam Huntress             Rochester, NH

17        33QC   Remi Perrault             St. Paul, QC

18        7MA    #Jeremy Sorel             Westfield, MA

19        33P      Philippe Poulin           St-Georges, QC

20        33D      Laurent Desjardins     Mirabel, QC

21        37QC   Dany Gariepy              Quebec City, QC

22        66QC   Simon Roussin             Quebec City, QC

23        11QC   Claude Leclerc             Lanoraie, QC

24        78QC   Michael Lavoie            Chicoutimi, QC

25        48QC   Raphael Lessard         St-Joseph, QC

26        25NH   Jesse Switser               W. Burke, VT

27        17QC   Maxime Gauvreau      St-Marc de Richelieu, QC

28        01VT    Stephen Martin          Craftsbury Common, VT

29        65QC   Daniel Verner              Ste-Genevieve-de-Batiscan, QC

30        15QC   Christopher Bedard    Levis, QC

31        92QC   Jonathan Desbiens     Levis, QC

32        69QC   Vincent Rivard             Quebec City, QC

33        57QC   Carl Poulin                  East Broughton, QC

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