Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) heads to Twin State Speedway this Saturday night for the sixth race on the championship trail for 2011. Four different winners and a couple of podium surprises have made the popular ACT US Tour one of the most competitive in recent years.
Seven-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar opened the season with a win at Lee USA in a Chevrolet in April. He followed that up with a win in the RPM team Ford in May at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Vermont. The biggest challenger to Hoar so far in the 2011 ACT season has been “Irish” John Donahue from Graniteville, VT. Donahue has compiled an impressive win at White Mountain, second place finishes at Lee USA, and Devil’s Bowl and a third at Thunder Road in the five races in which he has competed. Defending track champion Nick Sweet from Barre, VT won the Thunder Road Merchants Bank opening event, and Oxford Plains winner Jeff White from Winthrop, ME put out an outstanding effort when he took on 40 Late Model teams to win the 150-lap event at the well-known speedway in Maine.
“This is really a dream come true. Now if I can just do it in the Oxford TD Bank 250, I can afford to race for a couple more years!!”, said a jubilant White in victory lane.
Another ACT yearly contender has gotten off to a slow start, but feels things are getting back on track. Brent Dragon, who has the most starts in ACT Late Model history, teamed up with the Avery Motorsports team in 2011. After working out some initial technical problems, the team appears to be getting into championship form.
“We think we are gaining on our program and as we approach the half-way mark, I hope to get a jump start on finishing the season where we can be contenders for wins, and with some luck, run for a top standing in the 2011 points. At least we are having fun and working with the Avery group has really brought some enthusiasm back to our team,” concluded Dragon.
When Dragon was asked about Twin State Speedway, he said, “Twin State presents some unique challenges to the regular Tour teams. The track is tough to get a handle on with the interesting ‘egg shape’…one corner is almost stop and go…the next is sweeping and totally different.”
Dragon is considered a favorite to win the Twin State event based on his run to the front a year ago to contend for the win before he got dumped in the late going.
The Saturday, July 9 event at one of New England’s oldest short track facilities, Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH, will have a post time of 6:00pm. Admission for Adults is just $15. The race will be 100 laps and over 30 Late Models are expected to attempt to qualify for the 26 starting spots in the final ACT event before most teams will start preparations for the annual TD Bank 250 at the Oxford Plains Speedway on the weekend of July 23-24.
For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963, www.acttour.com, or email@example.com
Photo by Eric LaFleche