Contributed by: ACT Staff
Nine tracks, ranging from a ¼ mile oval to a .89 mile super speedway tri-oval, will host events in five states and two provinces. A pair of venues, which will each stage added-distance, bonus “Super Series” races, will be holding their first ACT Late Model Tour events while the seven other tracks have all previously held an ACT event.
“It’s a cool schedule, it looks like it’ll be a lot of fun,” stated five-time and returning ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar. “Many of the tracks are ones that I’ve been to before although I always enjoy the challenge of going to new tracks.” Although the Williston, VT resident has dabbled in a few ACT Late Model races over the past several years he has not run a full slate since winning the 2000 championship.
Second generation racer, Brent Dragon has never won the ACT Tour title but he’s finished as the runner-up several times. Perhaps 2007 will be his year to go all the way. “I like the schedule a lot,” he said continuing, “I like the fact that there are more races – it gives you a chance to recover points wise if you have a bad race. Last year I was never able to offset that 31st (place finish) after getting caught up in the big tri-oval wreck.”
Hoar is looking forward to returning to a couple of old favorites, in particular, Sanair Super Speedway and Circuit Ste-Croix, both in Quebec. “Ste-Croix is a fun place, races well and is a beautiful setting,” Hoar commented. “And, I can’t wait to get to Sanair. All the while I was at Lake Erie (for the Busch East race), one of the nicest progressively banked tracks there is, I missed being at Sanair for the Super Series race.”
Both of the veterans are excited about the ACT Tour’s first trip to Kawartha Speedway, a high banked 3/8ths mile oval near Peterborough, ON. “I’ve talked to as many people as I can about that track and I’m hearing nothing but good things,” Hoar remarked. Dragon agreed, “After a couple of the (ACT) drivers went out there in 2005 for some test races, they had only positive things to say. It was a great experience for them.”
Dragon continued, “I’m probably one of the few that have raced at (Autodrome) Ste-Eustache before. I went up there 16-17 years ago with Dwayne Lanphear, when it was called Deux Montagnes. It was so long ago it won’t help me.”
Hoar piped in, “I was surprised to see Ste-Eustache on the schedule. I’ve been there, to an old ACT race, so I guess I’m in the same boat (as Dragon).”
Braintree, Vermont’s Kip Stockwell has recently announced he will also be returning to ACT competition in 2007 following several years with the Busch East Series. The second generation racer is very excited about the schedule even though he has little experience on many of the tracks. And where he does have seat time, it has not been in an ACT Late Model. “I usually adapt well, get the handle quickly,” Stockwell remarked. “I’m very excited about Sanair, I’ve had good races there. I’ve been to Seekonk (MA Speedway), but I’ve only watched one race at White Mountain (Motorsports Park, N Woodstock, NH). I’ve been to Ste-Croix but Ste-Eustache and Kawartha are unknowns. I like Oxford, it will be good to get back there and Airborne too,” he finished.
The 2007 ACT Tour kicks off on Sunday, April 29 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. The 3/8ths mile oval bookends the schedule by holding the season finale on Saturday, October 6.