Roger Brown of Lancaster, NH has filed the first season entry for the 2007 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model Series. Brown finished fourth in last year’s standings, his best career effort since joining the Tour as a rookie in 2003, a title he went on to win.

Known as the “Rocketman” for his explosive on-track efforts, the 27 year-old racer is the elder statesman of ACT’s youthful contingent. “We’re psyched about the coming season,” the hotshoe commented. “After the Milk Bowl we didn’t really take any time off and got right at working on the car. In fact, we rebuilt the car I wrecked in the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic and it’s also set to go. We’re just waiting on a new crate motor from Butler & MacMaster – we’re way ahead of the game. Hopefully we’ll be able to improve on our performance last year.” En route to his top point finish Brown posted his second ACT victory with a convincing performance at Seekonk (MA) Speedway over several veterans including Phil Scott, Dave Pembroke and Brent Dragon.

When asked about the return of several of ACT’s former competitors, including a pair of multi-time champions, Brown was non-committal, “Those guys are just another racer to me. I’ll race Robbie Crouch, Brian Hoar and Kip Stockwell and any others who come along just as hard as I’ll race any of the other ACT drivers. I’ve raced with Brian and he’s going to be tough to beat. I understand that Crouch is smooth as silk. If he drives the same way as I understand he used to, I’ll probably be able to learn something from watching him. I try to learn from my fellow competitors during practice as well as in races,” he added.

(PHOTOS: Top Right - "Rocketman" Roger Brown. Left - Robbie Crouch and (right) Brian Hoar are both multi-time ACT Tour Champions as well as repeat winners in the Milk Bowl. Both will return to ACT competition in 2007. The Tour's new breed of young racers report they are not intimidated by their return)

Brown also noted that six-time champion, Jean-Paul Cyr and second generation racer Brent Dragon will again be contenders for the ACT Tour title. “Those guys are great to race with. In fact, most of the ACT drivers, veterans and youngsters alike, are great to race with – there’s a lot of respect that’s traded back and forth. “

He continued, “I’m really looking forward to going back to Ste-Croix (a 5/8ths mile high banked oval near Quebec City, Qc), it was a good track for me and I learned a lot there following Donald (Theetge, 2006 ACT Quebec Late Model Champion). Also, the Super Series race at Kawartha (Speedway, Sept 15 in Fraserville, ON) will be a blast. I went out there for a tire test two years ago and I loved it. Everything about the place was awesome. As for the new track, St-Eustache, I like going to new places, that’s why I run the Tour,” he said before finishing with a grin, “In all actuality, I’d rather be first on race day than the first entry in for the season.”

The 2007 ACT Tour kicks off on Saturday, April 28 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway with the New England Dodge Dealers 150. The second of 14 events, the ninth annual Merchants Bank 150 is set for Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sun, May 6.

Drivers wanting a 2007 ACT Tour season entry should contact the ACT office as soon as possible at (802-244-6963) as the entry deadline is February 22.