The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today (Wednesday, November 1), the addition of a high paying race to the 2007 ACT Late Model schedule. For the first time in the Series’ history, the competitors will travel to the 3/8th mile Kawartha Raceway (Peterborough, Fraserville, ON) for a 200-lap event on Saturday, September 15.

“That’s awesome news!” said enthused six-time and 2006 ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr, “I’d have to say that Kawartha is one of my favorites – it’s smooth and fast – a real racy track. Its configuration allows you to run hard. That race will be a whole lot of fun.” Cyr, along with a couple of other ACT Tour competitors, attended a couple of races at the wide, semi-banked speedplant in 2005, competing with the area’s top Late Model teams as an experiment in integrating the Ontario Late Model rules with those of ACT.

Mark Lamberton of Mooers Forks, NY was another of the ACT drivers to venture to the Canadian speedplant in 2005, “Kawartha is a great track, plus, other than Airborne, it’s the closest track to where I live, which will make for an easy commute,” he stated. The fifth place finisher in the 2006 standings continued,”The facility is awesome – it’s fast, smooth and the pits are nice. We had a great experience there. The only problem I had was getting my parents out of the casino!” Kawartha Raceway is located in a unique setting – on site there is a casino as well as a 5/8ths mile Euro-designed standard bred horse track which encircles the stock car track.

“We were pleased with the initial results of last year’s experiment but the timing was not quite right,” commented Derek Lynch, promoter at the suburban Peterborough venue. He continued, “There is a changing complexion among Late Model racing in eastern Ontario which opens the door for ACT‘s business model of highly competitive yet affordable racing. This newly announced race will only enhance the race experience for the hometown drivers as they go head-to-head with the best that ACT has to offer from throughout New England and Quebec.”

“A Super Series race at Kawartha Raceway will create an even playing field – very few of us have been there. Most of the tracks ACT races on are in New England and Quebec. They have been around for a while so few have progressive banking. While it’s fun to drive, it’s a challenge to get the car set-up,” Cyr explained. “Plus, ACT keeps bringing big money races to our Tour and that is great. This will probably be the highest paying stock car race held in that area in years and should bring lots of good race teams from all over. Introducing the ACT rules in Ontario is good for racing in the Northeast – they’re the best out there – and it will help the keep the ACT expansion rolling,” he finished.