Late Model Team

Bernhardt Motorsports

Pelham, NH

Team Info:

Team Owner: Bruce Bernhardt
Chassis: Helliwell Motorsports • Punisher Race Cars
Engine: Ford S347JR
Body: Ford Fusion

2011/2012 American Canadian Tour Crew Chief of the Year

Sponsors - EKeys-4-Cars • Unique Ford • Bernhardt Automotive • Pro-Turf Landscaping • DTB Tax • C&M Distributing • Carbonneau Insulation Co • IICCEEE

Product Partners - Ford Racing • Schoenfeld Headers • DRP Products • Bassett Wheels • ARP Bodies • Joes Racing Products

Team Members:

  • Bruce Bernhardt - Owner/Crew Chief
  • Greg Dube - Spotter
  • Al Helie - Mechanic
  • Jason Lubin - PR / Webmaster

How it came to be?

A successful owner/driver combination sometimes takes years to develop. In some cases it never comes to fruition. In 2007 Bruce Bernhardt asked Wayne Helliwell Sr. for some setup help with his fledgling Street Stock. “For some reason my father couldn’t go,” Junior said. I went to see what we needed to do to get the car up to speed. Everything just clicked and I ended up driving the car at Oktoberfest.” A 27th to 3rd run ended with a left front flat but the rest as they say was history. “At first I didn’t think I would like the car owner role, “said Bruce. But when Wayne drove the car it was really rewarding to see something you work so hard on run so good, it was easy from there.”

Bruce Bernhardt has grown up at the races. More than 28 years ago a chance encounter with “Dynamite” Dave Dion led Bruce down the racing path. “I used to ride my bike near the Dion’s garage,” said Bruce. It only took one time for me to see the race car in his shop and I was hooked.” Bruce joined the Dion Brothers Racing team shortly after that encounter. Dion who is the 1996 NASCAR K&N Pro Series champion is known for his smooth style of driving and considered an ambassador for New England stock car racing
In tribute to “Dynamite” Dave, when Bruce got behind the wheel himself he painted up a bright orange No.27 that Dion’s long time sponsor Berlin City Ford (Gorham, N.H.) made famous. His race cars were always orange No. 27 Fords, until he changed to No. 29 in the late 1970s. Bruce recalls, “I was winning the championship in 2003 in the Road Runner division at Lee, but I didn’t want to win it because the champion had to move up in divisions." Bruce had a Street Stock but nothing to power it with. When Dave stepped in and offered to build him Ford V8.Without him I wouldn’t have been able to race the next year.” It was that Street Stock that led him to Helliwell Motorsports.

Since 2007 the Helliwell/Bernhardt duo has been a winning combination. The pair has won championships every year they have been together. Never shy from “real” racing as Wayne says, “We want to race every weekend. We love to compete.” The Bernhardt Motorsports team has done just that as they are known for racing 40 plus times a year, any time and anywhere. The team currently has two of Helliwell’s self designed chassis in the garage with plans to add more cars to their arsenal. “We are working on some things,” says Wayne. Always one to never tell the whole story whatever they are “working on” history has shown us we will see it in victory lane.

Team Accomplishments

60+ Victories since 2008

2015 American Canadian Tour Champion

2013 American Canadian Tour Champion

2012 American Canadian Tour Champion

2012 Nascar Whelen All-American Series New Hampshire State Champion

2012 Canaan Fair Speedway Late Model Champion

2012 ACT Ford Blue Oval Challenge Champion

2011 ACT Ford Blue Oval Challenge Champion

2011 2nd Place in Points American Candien Tour

2010 Nascar Whelen All-American Series New Hampshire State Champion

2010 ACT Ford Blue Oval Challenge Champion

2010 Lee USA Speedway Late Model Champion

2009 Lee USA Speedway Late Model Champion

2008 Lee USA Speedway Street Stock Champion

Bruce Bernhardt stands with two Helliwell chassis in his Pelham, NH race shop.

Race Stats

  • Races6
  • Wins2
  • Top 53
  • Top 103

Upcoming Events

Schedule TBA

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