Waterbury, VT – 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