Contributed by: ACT Staff
Brown, from Lancaster, the 2003 ACT Tour Rookie of the Year, found his stride in 2005, turning in four top-5 finishes including a pair of runner-up efforts. Collins, of Strafford, tested the ACT Tour waters and at back-to-back events raced, his way into the top ten at tracks he'd never previously raced on. Lincoln's Avery started off the season with a second place outing at the Lee USA opener. A top ten in the second race of the year kept him among the point leaders early on, before mechanical woes took him out of the hunt.
If consistency was the name of the game, Milton, Vermont's Scott Payea would be near the top of the list. Only one driver, 2005 Champion, Jean-Paul Cyr had a better finishing average than the season's top freshman runner (5.1 to 7.6). Additionally, Payea was one of just seven drivers to qualify for all 10 ACT Tour feature races in 2005.
The highlight to Ryan Vanasse's first season with the ACT Tour was a fourth place finish in front of his hometown crowd at Seekonk (MA) Speedway. The Warwick, RI youngster cut his racing teeth at the one-third mile oval dubbed the "Cement Palace" and showed the ACT Tour faithful the way around the Bay State oval.
In spite of is age, Polewarczyk, an honor student from Hudson, NH, has several years of racing competition under his belt. After getting his feet wet on the local Late Model scene in 2004, his family based team made the transition to the touring Late Model series. In the New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl season ending event at Thunder Road (Barre, VT), "Joey Pole" hit his stride at the high banked quarter-mile oval. He raced his way in to the 42nd annual event by finishing fourth in the second of three Triple-50 Qualifiers.
Curtis from Worcester, MA and Georgia, Vermont's Nolin each qualified for three ACT Tour events in their inaugural ACT Late Model seasons. Curtis, who was used to the horsepower needed at the 5/8ths mile Thompson (CT) Speedway, showed steady improvement with the ZZ4 "crate motor" utilized by ACT. Nolin, who moved up from ACT's Sportsman division at Thunder Road turned in a career best 10th in the Tour's season finale at his home track.
Other young lions to watch for in the future include Granite State residents Dan Colby (Lyman), Mike Jurkowski (Newport), and Quinney Welch (Lancaster), among others.