Contributed by: ACT Staff
“The timing of the event at Ste-Croix is great – a couple of weeks after the race at White Mountain (Motorsports Park) and two weeks before the Fall Foliage 100, the Series’ final event at Airborne,” enthused Jamy Begor of Mooers Forks, NY. Begor, who posted three top-ten finishes en route to a 10th place finish in the 2005 Series point standings continued, “It’s a nice add to our schedule, plus I like the twin 50 format with the inversion following the first segment. Someone will have to string together two good races to win.”
Barre, Vermont’s Nick Sweet, finished fifth in the season long point tally as a freshman competitor and posted two wins – the most of any driver in 2005 – at tracks he had never raced on before. “The new race at Ste-Croix sounds great!” he stated. “My team will be there, we love the challenge of a new track,” he finished with a chuckle. With his competition record at new tracks, Sweet will have to be considered as one of the early favorites. The 21 year-old driver's victories came at the 1/3 mile semi-banked Canaan Fair Speedway and Lee USA Speedway, a 3/8ths mile semi-banked oval. Both tracks are in New Hampshire.
Chris Gendreau, a veteran Sportsman competitor is looking forward to the trip north of the border, “I’m in! Hopefully we’ll have a point battle like last year’s where there are several drivers in the hunt,” he commented referring to the six points that separated the top four drivers heading into the final race on last year’s schedule.
“What an opportunity for our Series to showcase our racing in Quebec for a second time in 2006,” he finished. The ACT Sportsman Series will also run at Quebec’s Sanair Super Speedway (St-Pie, Qc) on Sunday, July 9 as part of “LA MEGA CLASSIQUE” at the .89 mile tri-oval.
Jason Bonnett, winner of the 100-lap ACT Sportsman Series race at Canaan Fair Speedway and an early point leader in 2005 remarked, "It sounds good to me, the Series really seems to be growing." The St- Albans, VT driver and 2003 Airborne Speedway Sportsman championship finished the season eighth in points.
Joining the ACT Sportsman Series at the Circuit Ste-Croix on Sept 9 will be a contingent of dirt modified cars from the US and Canada. Post time is slated for 5:00 pm.