Waterbury, VT – The officials at the American Canadian Tour (ACT) based in Waterbury, VT have seen the largest influx of new teams to begin the 2011 season in its history.

“This is a good sign that things are improving in spite of the recessionary issues we have been facing over the past couple years. Also, just as in 2008, the spike in the price of fuel apparently does not seem to be having much effect with the enthusiasm to get the season open. We actually think we might have benefitted during the 2008 fuel increase, as many fans attended the regional and weekly short tracks, rather than taking expensive, long distance vacation trips,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

Over 40 race teams have entered the opening New Hampshire Governor’s Cup event on Sunday, April 17, 2011, including defending Governor’s Cup winner Miles Chipman, from Epping, NH. Chipman stunned the ACT regulars with an impressive win at his home track a year ago. Along with the familiar stars of the ACT, there are many new teams that will be racing the popular Late Model cars during the 2011 campaign.

“We have had entries from a couple of former NASCAR Busch East drivers, Mike Bruno, from Rutland, VT and Tom Carey Jr., from New Salem, MA. Former Lee regulars JR Baril, Jeffrey Labreque Jr., and Katrina Canney have all filed entries for the Governor’s Cup event. Rookie drivers Kyle DeSouza from Fairhaven, MA, the 2010 Devil’s Bowl Speedway champion Hunter Bates from Pittsford, VT, and Daniel Khilall, a youngster, but seasoned quarter midget driver from Jersey City, NJ will race his first ACT event at Lee USA,” said Nick Bigelow, Media Director and statistician for ACT.

The state of Maine will send two successful veteran teams to Lee. Dennis Spencer Jr. from Oxford and Shane Green from neighboring South Paris both plan to run the full ACT US schedule beginning at Lee USA.

Ray Parent from Tiverton, RI, a former Pro Stock racer at the Seekonk Speedway, and Peter Yetman, former Thompson, CT Late Model racer from Peru, MA will each make their second ACT appearances at the opening event. Parent and Yetman were two of the twenty-eight teams to travel to New Smyrna Speedway during Daytona Speedweeks to compete in the first ever Florida visit by the ACT Late Models last February. Quebec City veterans Donald Theetge and Yvon ‘The Bullet’ Bedard will also make Lee their first official event of 2011, having competed in the Goodyear Cup race at New Smyrna along with Parent. Aaron Fellows from Croydon, NH will join half the Florida field of racers to get his northern racing underway for 2011.

“This just might be the largest opening day field of cars we have had at Lee. It certainly is the most diverse mix of racers from throughout the region we have ever seen at an opening event. The number of new teams that will compete in weekly and touring events this season is a gratifying tribute to the teams, promoters, and officials who have helped develop ACT Late Model racing in the region over the past decade. If the results at Lee are anything close to how exciting the racing was in Florida it will be a great way to start the 2011 season,” said Curley.

The winner of the Governor’s Cup will also win the first coveted spot for the ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which will take place during the NASCAR ‘Chase’ weekend September 16-18, 2011. The gates open for the Lee USA Governor’s Cup at 10:00 and post time for 150 green flag laps is 1:00 pm.

For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963,, or