The ACT season gets underway on April 28th-29th at Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT).
BILL RYAN GOES BLOGGING
Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) owner and promoter Bill Ryan has a reputation in New England racing as being a straight shooter. He hosts a weekly racing radio program in Portland, Maine and isn’t shy about sharing his thoughts on motorsports.
Now, Ryan has a new outlet for sharing those thoughts. He’s started his own blog with content from throughout racing. You can check it out by clicking here.
PASS TEAMS LOOK SOUTH
The PASS Southern Super Late Model Series opener at Hickory Speedway (NC) on April 15th won’t just be for Southern teams. Several drivers who call the New England-based IIBG-PASS Series home are planning on heading down to Dixie for the running of the event.
Entry blanks distributed for the $5,000-to-win event promise two provisionals for 2005 teams from the PASS “Original” tour.
The word on the street is that Richard Moody Racing will field a car at Hickory for either Ben Rowe or Travis Khiel. Other names who are likely to enter the event are Corey Williams, Cassius Clark and Travis Benjamin. The teams of Mike Rowe, Johnny Clark and
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Among those entries are defending champion Jean-Paul Cyr, Brent Dragon, Dave Pembroke, Dave Whitcomb, Joey Laquerre, Roger Brown, Jamie Fisher, Patrick Laperle, Joey Becker and Scott Payea.
The tour is further expanding their roots throughout New England as well with New Hampshire drivers Bobby Baillargeon and Mike Collins, Mainer Steve Reny and Connecticut’s Walter Sutcliffe planning to tour this season in addition to the dozens of Vermont drivers who already call the series home.
2006 is shaping up to be a good year for the ACT Late Models. (Justin St. Louis / 51 Photo)
ACT ENTRIES COME POURING IN
If early indications mean anything, 2006 is shaping up to be another banner year for the ACT Late Model crop. The start to the season is still nearly a month and a half away, but so far there have been 30 entries mailed into the tour’s main offices.
Scott Mulkern have all ventured south in the past as well and could do so again, so it is likely that over a half-dozen teams from New England will take part in the race.
Stay tuned to Speed51.com for the latest on entries for the 150-lap event.
CHARETTE JOINS MOD TOUR
Car-owners Dennis Charette and Chris Drouin will field the # 03 Chevrolet on the Whelen Modified Tour in the 2006 season. Charette, a Waterford Speedbowl regular and six-time winner, will pilot the car in a 10-race schedule. Embroidery Works will serve as primary sponsor.
“It really is the ultimate for us because we are coming from a low budget operation. Chris has worked from doing enduros all the way up to this. I started off in the Sportsman division over at Riverside Park. We took it step-by-step, and we feel this team is ready to raise the bar,” said Charette.
“As of right now, we’re doing 10 races, but we’re shooting to do the whole schedule,” explained Charette. “We’ll focus on the Connecticut races, but we’re hoping to do them all. Without a doubt, getting into the race will be a challenge, but I have to say that one thing I’m confident in is being able to time trial. I think the biggest challenge for us will be getting the experience at each and every track. Getting seat time is important.”
The Whelen Modified Tour and the Charette/Drouin-owned team kick off the 2006 season April 9th at Thompson International Speedway’s ICEBREAKER.
Will any or all of these PASS drivers be going South next month? (Norm Marx Photo)
The 32-year-old driver began his career in 1995 at Riverside Park and accumulated 15 wins before taking time off from his driving duties in 1999. In 2002, Charette returned to competition at Waterford Speedbowl in the SK Modified division, where he earned Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Since then, Charette has soared to victory lane on six different occasions, including a win in the prestigious 100-lap Waterford season finale.
Drouin and Charette first teamed up in 2004 after an accident threatened to sideline the Sacred Heart University graduate. Drouin who fielded the car for his son Chris, Jr., let Charette finish out the season in his #35 car. The two have collaborated together ever since.
Dennis Charette will be moving up from the SK Mods at Waterford to the NASCAR Whelen Mod Tour. (Waterford Speedbowl Photo)