ACT
COLLINS & BROWN REMATCH SUNDAY AT LEE
When the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) rolls into New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway on Sunday for the Re/Max Alliance 100, race fans will likely see a rematch between a pair of Granite State competitors, local favorite, Mike Collins of Strafford and invader, Roger Brown from Lancaster. Collins, 27, and Brown, 26, both full-time competitors with the touring Late Model series, finished one-two in a 100 lapper at the 3/8ths mile speedplant on May 7.

“Of course qualifying will be the first hurdle to get over,” Collins, who is in his first year of ACT competition, stated. “But after that, well, I’d like to think that I’ll be able to handle Roger again. Not to take anything away from him, he’s a great competitor, but until the caution came out with two laps remaining (in the 100), I had been able to pull away from the rest of the field,” he explained.

Brown, who was the Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2003, has a history of strong finishes at the seacoast track. In the two $10,000 to win ACTion Super Series events, Brown has posted a second and a third. “I like the Lee track, it seems to suit my driving style,” Brown, who has one ACT tour win to his credit, remarked. He also mentioned that qualifying will be the first order of business, “Since you draw for heat starting positions with ACT, everyone has the same potential for getting a good or a bad spot. What’s more important is finishing in a transfer position and working the “plus/minus”, passing as many cars as you can. You might as well pass the cars in the heat instead of in the feature,” he finished.

Both drivers listed five-time ACT Tour Champion, Jean-Paul Cyr, who won the Re/Max Alliance 150 last September, as a favorite to carry the checkers. Others on the list include ACT Tour regulars Brent Dragon, Dave Pembroke, Mark Lamberton, Phil Scott, Scott Payea and AJ Begin, to name a few. Also, several weekly competitors at Lee USA could factor into the event.

Sunday’s Re/Max Alliance 100 has a post time of 2:00 pm