The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has notified the first 22 teams that have officially been invited to participate in the inaugural ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, September 19th.
Twenty-two teams from all six New England states and the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario have been selected in the first round, following two very successful test and tune sessions at NHMS this past week.
“We still have to fill the field with fourteen more spots and there are a lot of worthy candidates who deserve to be at the inaugural race”, said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour on Friday. “We confirmed the fourteen qualified teams who earned their spots through wins so far this season, and added another eight teams who we feel will contribute in a positive way to the success of this event for both NHMS and ACT Late Model racing”, continued Curley.
ACT expects to add another six to eight Invitees after this weekend’s event at the Showdown of Champions in Chaudiere, Quebec. The 200-lap event pits the best eleven teams from the ACT US Tour and the best eleven teams from the Série ACT Castrol against each other, with over $35,000 in prize money. All but one selection to make up the 36-car starting field will be done following the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 to be held at Thunder Road Speedbowl on September 6, 2009. The final event will be at the Plattsburgh, NY newly designed ½ mile where up to 50 teams from both the ACT US and Castrol Series are expected to participate in the Fall Foliage 300. The final Invitees will be announced following that event, just prior to the September 19th ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The invited teams include:
* Multiple qualifier wins
Car# State Name Hometown Track/Series Notes
9 ON Brandon Watson Stayner, ON Kawartha Downs NHMS test & tune at large
10 NH Ben Rowe Turner, ME ACT Tour NHMS test & tune at large/PASS Champ
11 VT Jean Paul Cyr Milton, VT Thunder Road 09 TR Champion; 7x ACT Champion
11 RI Ryan Vanesse Warwick, RI Seekonk 09 Trk Champion
14 ON Sean Kennedy Dunrobin, ON Capital City Castrol Event Qualifier
14 VT Phil Scott Montpelier, VT Thunder Road ACT Champion; 3x TR Champion
17 MA Eddie MacDonald Rowley, MA ACT Tour Event Qualifier
21 QC Jean-Francois Dery Quebec City, QC Castrol Serie Castrol Qualifier
26 VT John Donahue Graniteville, VT ACT Tour Event Qualifier
35 CT Bruce Thomas Groton, CT Waterford 09 Trk Champion
37* VT Brian Hoar Williston, VT ACT Tour 5x ACT Champion;TR/Airborne Champ
44 VT Dave Pembroke Montpelier, VT Thunder Road ACT Tour Event Qualifier..TR/Champ
48 QC Karl Allard Ste Felicien, QC Castrol Serie Former Castrol Series Champion
55 VT Brent Dragon Milton, VT ACT Tour Castrol Qualifier..Airborne Champ
55* NH Brad Leighton Ctr Harbor, NH ACT Tour ACT Tour Event Qualifier..ACT/Champ
71 ON Dan McHattie Cavan, ON Kawartha, Downs NHMS test & tune at large
80* QC Donald Theerge Quebec City, QC Castrol Serie Castrol Qualifier.. Castrol Champ
89 VT Scott Payea Milton, VT ACT Tour Event Qualifier
91* QC Patrick Laperle Montreal, QC Castrol Serie Castrol Qualifier..US & Castrol Champ
97* NH Joey Polewarczyk, Jr Hudson, NH ACT Tour Event Qualifier
02 NH Randy Potter Groveton, NH ACT Tour NHMS test & tune at large
04 ME TJ Watson Cundys Harbor, ME Wiscasset Event Qualifier