GROVETON, N.H. — Jimmy Hebert is looking to turn his season around in a big way on Saturday at Speedway 51.

The Williamstown, Vt. driver was in a battle for the lead and his first ACT Late Model Tour race win since 2013 in June at Speedway 51 when contact between himself and Brandon Atkins shot both cars into the outside wall.

The team rebuilt the car and proceeded to lead the majority of the laps at New London-Waterford Speedbowl just two weeks later en route to a third place finish.

The series will return to Speedway 51 for its second event of the season on Saturday, July 14.

“We think our chances are pretty good on Saturday (at Speedway 51),” Hebert was quoted in a press release issued by the American-Canadian Tour. “Things went well at (New London-Waterford Speedbowl) after we rebuilt the car.

“We’ve been working on a few little tweaks to make it last better for a long run. Hopefully, all goes well.”

Hebert’s wreck, combined with four podium finish for point leader and defending champion Scott Payea, has put Hebert behind in the championship standings. Hebert will enter Saturday’s JP Sicard/Kingdom Gravel 151 third in the standings and 70 points back from Payea.

“We just need to go out and try and win some races and regain the points we lost the last time we were at (Speedway 51),” Hebert said. “If it wasn’t for that wreck, we’d still be right there with Scott (Payea).

“(Second place point driver) Eddie (MacDonald) and I have each had a bad race and he hasn’t. Hopefully we can string together some good finishes and make up some ground.”

MacDonald, of Rowley, Mass., sits 43 points shy of Payea after he, too, was caught up in Hebert’s wreck at Speedway 51 and relegated to a 12th place finish.

For Payea, five top-five place finishes have launched him into a commanding lead as he searches for his second straight championship with the Rick Paya-led team. Two wins — including in the series’ most recent event at New London-Waterford Speedbowl — have been combined with two runner-up finishes to put Payea in the driver’s seat for the championship.

Rich Dubeau posted a third place finish at Speedway 51 in June after he took control of the lead after the Hebert-Atkins wreck. The Lebanon, N.H. driver sits 20 points back of Hebert as he searches for his first career triumph on the ACT Late Model Tour.

Multi-time Speedway 51 champion Corey Mason is fifth in the standings while the surging Miles Chipman is sixth. Mason’s brother and fellow multi-time Speedway 51 champion, Bryan, sits seventh. Bryan Mason earned a dominating win at the track in last season’s unsanctioned $5,000-to-win Fall Brawl 151.

Chip Grenier and rookie Dylan Payea sit tied for eighth while the American-Canadian Tour’s ironman, Claude Lelcerc, is tenth.

The J.P. Sicard/Kingdom Gravel 151 will go green at Speedway 51 on Saturday, July 14 at 6:00pm.

PHOTO: Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert will look for redemption at Speedway 51 this Saturday, July 14 as he aims to snap a long ACT winless streak. (Daniel Holben photo)