Waterbury, VT – The 28 teams and officials of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) who participated last Sunday and Monday nights in 100 lap events at the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) in Florida, universally gave a resounding ‘thumbs up’ to the experience.
The $35,000.00 inaugural Goodyear Speedweek Cup saw twenty eight (28) American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams from throughout the Northeastern United States and two Provinces of Quebec and Ontario present what many determined to be the most competitive events in years.
“The strong car count and the ACT rules package really provided an outstanding couple of 100 lap events,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour. “The “northern style” heats, double file restarts, and inversion of the field for the finale was met with lots of enthusiasm by fans in the stands and from lots of other racers in the pits. We were certainly a bit nervous taking on this project, but the teams should all be proud of their results. Both 100 lappers had great racing from first down through the field and the teams should be proud of their effort,” Curley concluded.
The Goodyear Speedweek Cup was presented on NSS’s fast high-banked ½ mile in front of a very enthusiastic crowd each night. Both races took less than an hour to run from start to finish, few yellow flags, and very exciting position racing.
Winner of the first 100 lap event and the overall Goodyear Cup, Joey Polewarcyk, Jr. (Pole) from Hudson, NH said, “I had one of the best times I have had racing when Patrick (Laperle) and I were able to break out during the Sunday night race. We traded the lead five times and with only three cautions I knew that I could not just ride around and wait for the end, not with Patrick who is ‘flat out’ all the time! I knew that if we had another yellow, Patrick would have the advantage as the outside lane was definitely the place to be on this track. Monday was different for us. The racing was so intense in the middle and at the front with the inversion; my tires were just about spent when I got to the front. I feel lucky to have won the overall points for the Goodyear Cup.” (Points and bonus money were counted and paid by combining finishes for both events). Pole, winning in an ACT Ford crate also received $250 bonus from the ACT Blue Oval $35,000 contingency program. His total earnings for the event were over $4,500.00.
“I knew we had a successful event when I attended the RPM Promoter’s National Convention in Daytona Beach on Tuesday morning”, said Darla Hartt, Vice President and General Manager of ACT. “Tom (Curley) and I were greeted by lots of promoters and industrial people from around the country who had very positive reviews of the two nights of racing our teams put on at the New Smyrna Speedway. It was somewhat of a gamble for us, our teams, and the management of New Smyrna, but it appears to have paid off from all the great comments we received. We really want to thank Robert Hart (promoter at the NSS), and all the staff and officials who made our trip so memorable,” concluded Hartt.
Next up for the American Canadian Tour is the first points race of the 2011 season at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH on Sunday, April 17th with the annual running of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. Over 40 teams are expected to open their racing season at Lee; many of the 28 teams who competed at New Smyrna will be in attendance.
For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963, www.acttour.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.