Twenty-four drivers have filed full-season entries for the American-Canadian Tour's 14-race Late Model series. The competitors will visit nine different tracks ranging in size from a one quarter-mile to nearly a mile. The Tour's most southern stop will be at the one-third mile Seekonk Speedway, a slightly banked but very round oval in Seekonk, MA which has a tradition of highly competitive events. The northern-most venue is in St-Croix, Quebec, a small town located on the St-Lawrence River near Quebec City. The 5/8th mile Circuit Ste-Croix is a high-banked track with fast, long straight-aways. At either end of the straights are two tight, very different corners, which will present unique challenges to the competitors.

Roger Brown of Lancaster, NH was the first to file a season-long entry for the Tour. The young gun finished fourth in the 2006 standings and is ready to take on all comers including returning veterans Brian Hoar, and Jamie Aube. The pair, both former drivers on the former Busch North (now East) Series have expressed their excitement about the level of competition with the ACT Tour as well as the controlled costs.

Drivers representing five of the six New England states as well as the Canadian province of Quebec have served notice they will race with ACT in 2007. Many are returning veterans such as six-time and defending champion, Jean-Paul Cyr, second generation racer Brent Dragon, Eric Chase, former Thunder Road Champions, Jamie Fisher and Phil Scott as well as the ageless Joey Laquerre, to name a few.

The young guns are represented by such notables as Ryan Vanasse, Ryan Nolin, Marc Curtis Jr, Scott Payea and Joey Polewarczyk, among others. [ Newcomers to the dance include New Hampshire racer, Randy Potter, James Linardy from MA as well as Donald Theetge and Claude Leclerc from Quebec.

The 2007 ACT Late Model Tour kicks off on Saturday, April 28 at Maine's Oxford Plains Speedway. In addition to the season entries, individual entries for the event have begun arriving at the ACT office. Among the early filers are Cris Michaud, Eric Williams, Chuck Lachance, Doug Coombs, Dave Pembroke and Steve Fisher.

The Tour's second event, Sat/Sun, May 5/6, the Merchants Bank 150, is slated for Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl, Barre, VT. Milton, Vermont's Cyr is the defending winner and the only driver to repeat in the annual lid-lifter. Thunder Road's high-banked, quarter-mile oval will host two additional ACT Tour shows, both part of the six-race ACTion Super Series. The Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 will take place on Sat/Sun, Sept 1/2 while the 44th annual Milk Bowl is set for Sat/Sun, Sept 29/30.

In addition to Oxford, Thunder Road and Seekonk, other U.S. tracks on the 2007 slate include White Mountain Motorsports Park, a ╝ mile high banked oval in N. Woodstock, NH, and the D-shaped, half-mile semi-banked Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY. Quebec's slightly banked 7/8s mile Sanair Super Speedway tri-oval in St-Pie will host an ACTion Super Series event as will the 4/10th mile Autodrome St-Eustache in Laval. In addition, the Ste-Croix oval will host a combined ACT Tour and ACT Castrol Series race as part of the ACTion Super Series.

For the first time in nearly 15 years, the ACT Tour will travel to Ontario for a race. The 3/8ths mile high banked Kawartha Speedway will host an ACTion Super Series race near the end of the season. Few of ACT's competitors have tested the waters at the progressively banked speedplant but all who have rave about the facility.

Photo 1: Lancaster NH's Roger Brown.
Photo 2: Six time ACT Tour Champion Jean-Paul Cyr.
Photo 3: 2006 Milk Bowl Pole sitter Joey Pole.
Photo 4: ACT Late Models in action.