ACT
ANZALONE LEADS BOND AUTO/WIX RESERVED CHAMPION STANDINGS
Mark Anzalone Jr of Malden, who leads the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model rookie of the year point battle finds himself atop the Bond Auto/WIX Reserve Champion standings as well. The 17 year-old stock car racer has amassed a substantial lead following the season's first two ACTion Super Series events. His 177 points is best among the 32 other drivers who've earned points as the program heads into the third and final race where points are available. Should Anzalone maintain his position, he'll be in line for a $1,500 bonus from the Bond Auto/WIX Reserve Championship. All-in-all, some $10,000 will be paid to eligible ACTion Super Series drivers.


A pair of drivers is tied for second in the Reserve Champion standings. Normand Lavigueur from Laval, Quebec and Morrisville, Vermont's Pete Fecteau have 100 points each. Completing the top five are Eric Chase and Ryan Nolin who are tied with 99 points.

The inventive Reserve Champion program was put in place for Late Model drivers not making the field in any or all of the three main events comprising the ACTion Super Series. Since each of the three designated ACT races pays an impressive $10,000 to win, it was expected that larger than normal fields would attempt to qualify. At Sanair Super Speedway's Mega Classique, held July 9 at the 7/8ths mile paved tri-oval near Montreal, Quebec, 63 cars attempted to qualify for 43 starting spots. Last Sunday (Sept 3), at Barre, Vermont's Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl, a high-banked, quarter-mile speedplant, 43 went after the 30 available positions.

Instead of sending the non-qualified drivers home with nothing but their purse money, ACT president, Tom Curley developed the Bond/Auto Wix Reserve Champion program for the three ACTion Super Series events. Drivers eligible for the program are those who do not make the starting field through heat races, consolation rounds, "C" or "Last Chance/B" features. The Reserve Champion program awards points based on a driver's finish with 100 going to the first driver not making the main event. The next non-transferee is awarded 99 points with a one point declination awarded to each subsequent competitor who is eligible.

The last of the three $10,000 to win ACTion Super Series events is the 43rd annual New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl, a unique three-segment race. Qualifying begins at 1:00 on Saturday, Sept 30 with the run for the $1,000 Booth Bros/H.P. Hood Pole Award. Action starts on Sunday, Oct 1 at 1:00 with the "Last Chance/B" Feature. Spectator gates open both days at 10:00 am.