The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models head back to Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday (Aug 19) for the Series’ second race at the 3/8ths mile paved oval in three weeks. The New England Dodge Dealers 150 is the ninth of 11 races on the 2006 schedule and first at the longer distance. All previous races have been 100 laps in length.

The competitors will surely use the added 50 laps as a barometer on what their cars might do in a 250 lap race with the recent announcement that the 34th TD Banknorth 250 will be a Late Model race in 2007. “Even though this week’s race is longer, I don’t think I’ll really change my set-up from what I had last time we were there. As it is, I’ve been running a more aggressive set-up which has resulted in better finishes,” commented Ryan Vanasse, fifth place finisher in July’s Maine-ly Action Sports 100. The 24 year-old racer continued, “I like Oxford; it reminds me a lot of my home track, Seekonk (MA, Speedway).”

Marc Curtis Jr., another of ACT’s young lions, plans on sharpening his pencil during practice and during the New England Dodge Dealers race this Saturday, “The 150 should give us some kind of idea of what we might expect in a 250-lap race,” he said.

Turner, Maine’s Shawn Martin, winner of the ACT’s July stop at the Pine Tree State speedplant has never run his Late Model in a race longer than 100 laps, although he has experience in other types of cars in longer distance races, “My first order of business is to increase the fuel cell size to make sure we don’t run out of gas,” he said with a chuckle. “The biggest difference between running a 100 and a 150 lap race is that you’ll need to have a little more patience. But before than, you first have to qualify!” he finished.

At ACT’s Maine-ly Action Sports 100, 44 cars attempted to qualify for 33 starting spots. Martin expects about the same number will try to make the field for Saturday’s New England Dodge Dealers 150. Race fans have the opportunity to save $5.00 off the $15.00 adult general admission ticket by stopping by their local New England Dodge Dealer and picking up a Super Discount Coupon (while supplies last). One discount coupon can be redeemed for each adult ticket purchased. Post time is 6:30 pm.

(PHOTO: Shawn Martin celebrates his second ACT victory in July's Maine-ly Action Sports 100 on the eve of the 2006 TD Banknorth 250. Martin, who is a favorite for Saturday's New England Dodge Dealers 150, will be able to drive the same car, and be competitive, in next year's 34th edition of the `250')