2008 ACT Late Model Schedule Released
Retooling Brings Return to Lee and Waterford, Along With a Break for Teams
A completely redesigned championship format will be used for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model stock car racing season in 2008. A diverse slate of twelve events at seven speedways in the northeastern United States and Canada will comprise the schedule, while also giving race teams several options during the course of the April-to-September campaign.
The high banks of Thunder Road (Top) and the historic confines of Oxford (Bottom) are two of the cornerstones to the 2008 ACT Late Model schedule. (Jamie Williams Photos)
The ACT driver and owner championships will be decided using the best ten results for each individual during the 12-race season, thus giving teams the benefit of dropping their two worst outings of the year. ACT President Tom Curley says that offering teams options like this will help raise the level of competition across the board.
“ACT – and the short track racing industry as a whole – is in a restructuring phase right now, and we are listening to what our racers are saying,” Curley explained. “The times have changed, and we want to meet the current demands of our race teams and the fans that support them. We feel we have a schedule that is regionally attractive, but also one that does not require an overwhelming budget or too much weekly travel.
“With the 10-race championship decided in a 12-race season,” Curley continued, “teams will, in a sense, not be penalized for a bad finish. Because we draw such huge fields of cars at tracks like Thunder Road, Oxford, Lee USA, White Mountain, and others, our drivers will not have to scramble and play ‘catch-up’ as much if they fail to qualify for an ACT race; they can drop their worst two events of the season. There are many scenarios that could develop, and there is the great potential for a very exciting point battle. We entertained the idea of a format similar to this last season, but felt that the timing was better for 2008. We are confident that our new schedule and format will be a favorite for both teams and fans.”
The ACT Late Model Tour season kicks off at the high-banked, 3/8-mile Lee USA Speedway on the New Hampshire seacoast on Sunday, April 20 with a 100-lap event. Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway hosts the first of its three 150-lap races on April 26, while Barre, VT’s Thunder Road will hold the 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on May 4. Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY presents the 34th Annual Spring Green 100 on May 17, followed by Thunder Road’s Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 on May 25.
ACT returns to Waterford Speedbowl in southern Connecticut on Saturday, June 7 for the first time in four years. “Rocket” Roger Brown won in the series’ debut at the 3/8-mile oval in 2004. The Tour then travels back to Oxford Plains Speedway on June 21 before the ¼-mile White Mountain Motorsports Park bullring in North Woodstock, NH hosts a 150-lap event on June 28. Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, Ontario returns for the second straight season with the Summer Sizzler 200 on a new date, Sunday afternoon, July 13. The 30th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 is at Thunder Road on Sunday, August 31, before the final Oxford Plains event on Saturday, September 13. The season concludes with the 45th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl on the weekend of September 27/28 at Thunder Road.
Also new to the American-Canadian Tour schedule for 2008 is the first-ever “ACT Showdown at Chaudière” – a non-points all-star invitational event for the Top 10 drivers competing on the ACT Late Model Tour and Canada’s Série ACT Castrol, Saturday, September 6. Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jct., QC will present the “Showdown,” paying $5,000 to the winner and a healthy $1,000 for the last-place finisher. The 35th Annual TD Banknorth 250 on Sunday, July 20 at Oxford Plains Speedway will again be a non-points “open competition” event for ACT-type Late Model cars.
Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT wrapped up his fifth consecutive and seventh overall ACT Late Model Tour Championship in 2007, and will reportedly try for an unprecedented sixth-straight in 2008. Other lead contenders include veterans Brent Dragon and Randy Potter, young guns Brown, and Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, and 2007 ACT runner- up Scott Payea.
For more information on the American-Canadian Tour, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.acttour.com.
2008 AMERICAN-CANADIAN TOUR SCHEDULE
1Sun4/20Lee USA Speedway100 2Sat4/26Oxford Plains Speedway150 4Sat5/17Airborne Speedway100 5Sa/Su5/24-25Thunder Road100 6Sat6/07Waterford Speedbowl100 7Sat6/21Oxford Plains Speedway150 8Sat6/28White Mountain Motorsports Park150 9Sun7/13Kawartha Speedway200 **Sun7/20Oxford Plains Speedway - TD Banknorth 250250 **Sat9/06Autodrome Chaudière - "ACT Showdown at Chaudière"200 11Sat9/13Oxford Plains Speedway150 12Sa/Su9/27-28Thunder Road150 ** - Non-ACT Championship events (schedule subject to change)
Driver and Owner Championships/Point Fund based on best 10 events during season