In spite of the fact that another nor’easter brewing is brewing, New England-based Late Model race teams are hard at work prepping their cars for the coming race season. For U.S. and Canadian ACT Tour and Quebec Series competitors, there is considerable opportunity to do some testing in an actual competition setting prior to the 2007 ACT Tour kick-off on Saturday, April 28 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. The 3/8ths mile speedplant will host the New England Dodge Dealers 150. ACT’s Québec Late Model Série is not set to open until mid-May at Autodrome Montmagny Speedway, also a 3/8ths mile oval.

First on the list of potential shake down events is a 50-lapper at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, a 3/8ths mile semi-banked oval. No foolin’, the race is slated for Sunday, April 1. Practice is set for Saturday, March 31. The ACT competitors have visited the Connecticut speedplant twice in the past several years. Milton, Vermont’s Brent Dragon survived 100° temperatures en route to victory in a 2003 Independence Holiday 100 lapper. A first career win went to the “Rocketman” Roger Brown of Lancaster, NH the next year.

Brown, the first driver to file a season entry with the ACT Tour has revealed that he plans to take advantage of the early seat time availability in the Waterford event, “I always liked racing there,” he said. “Any time that you can get on the track is helpful, but it’s especially beneficial when you can actually race instead of just turning laps practicing. We’ll hope for the best,” he finished.

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The always popular Lee USA Speedway will open its 2007 season with the annual Late Model Nationals Governor’s Cup, a 150 lap race, on Sunday, April 22. “We had talked about going to the Waterford race but with the new Race Basics car we’re putting together, going to Lee a few weeks later is really attractive,” commented Ryan Vanasse of Warwick, RI. Vanasse, a third year ACT Tour competitor in 2007 stated that he likes the Seacoast speedway, “We’ve had some really good races at Lee - finished fourth in the Oktoberfest one year. Others haven’t been so great,” he revealed.

“We’re concentrating on preparation this year. My guys have been working harder than ever and races are won or lost in the garage. We’ll really have to think hard about heading to Lee,” the 24 year-old hotshoe finished.

According to track management, entry information will be posted on their website ( in the near future. In the mean time, details can be obtained by calling the office at 978-462-4252.

The 48th weekly race season at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, which opens on Sunday, May 28, provides another opportunity for ACT Tour and Quebec Late Model drivers to test their cars in a competition setting. The Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic is one of the most historic events at the high banked, quarter-mile oval. The 100 lap race traces its roots back to 1961.

Robbie Crouch of S. Burlington, VT has already announced his intentions to attempt to qualify for the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. The six-time ACT Tour Champion will be returning to competition after a 10-year hiatus and is looking for as much seat time as he can find. Milton, Vermont’s Brent Dragon is the defending winner of the race and will surely look to become the first driver to successfully defend his title since the great Dave Dion repeated in 1989-1992.

Information on Thunder Road can be found at