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ACT EXPANSION TO INCLUDE NEW STAFF MEMBERS IN 2007
Officials, Media Representatives, and Technical Inspectors Hired in United States and Canada
 
Officials from the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car racing organization have announced the hiring of six new employees to assist in the rapid growth and popularity of its multiple short track series. Included in the expansion are representatives and technical inspectors in the United States and Canada to oversee and officiate the international ACT Late Model Tour, the all-new Serie ACT Castrol in Canada, the six high-dollar ACTion Super Series events, and the weekly racing series at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT.
 
Several race tracks in the Northeast have aligned their Late Model division rulebooks to closely resemble ACT specifications, including Capital City Speedway and Kawartha Downs Speedway in Ontario, Canada. In addition to taking on the 12-race Serie ACT Castrol in Quebec and Ontario, other expansions include the $300,000 Oxford Late Model Challenge at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine, with the TD Banknorth 250, the richest one-day short track event in North America, as the centerpiece. Although sanctioned independently from ACT, the Oxford Late Model Challenge utilizes the ACT rulebook


"ACT has expanded more this year than any other time in our 20 year history," said ACT President Tom Curley. "With the addition of the Serie ACT Castrol, along with our Thunder Road, ACT Late Model Tour and ACTion Super Series events, we obviously needed some help."
 
Curley has appointed Justin St. Louis of Jericho, VT to serve as Media Director in a full-time capacity for the ACT Late Model Tour, the ACTion Super Series, and Thunder Road. St. Louis competed at the high-banked, 1/4-mile asphalt oval in the entry-level Allen Lumber Street Stock division, and previously worked in the media department for ACT during the 2004-05 off-season. In addition to his duties handling public relations, St. Louis will serve as a public address announcer at selected ACT and Thunder Road events, and will appear sporadically on the Radio Vermont network of stations that broadcast ACT and Thunder Road events.
 
"The need for a full-time Media Director was growing, and we are delighted to have Justin St. Louis rejoin our staff. Nobody in recent memory has been able to retain the statistics and details of our organization better than Justin. He also has a soft spot for other divisions in ACT like the Street Stocks, the NAPA Tiger Sportsmen, and the Power Shift Online Junkyard Warriors, which will assure positive coverage for all our racers."
 
Dean Gallison, ACT Director of Competition, has appointed former drivers Billy Herring and Jamie Parker as technical inspectors for the weekly events at Thunder Road and selected events with the ACT Late Model Tour. Herring, of Berlin, VT, was the 1998 Thunder Road Late Model Rookie of the Year and the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Gordon R. Nielsen Award for outstanding achievement by a rookie driver in the same year. A native of Montpelier, VT, Parker scored a Sportsman victory at Thunder Road in 1996 before a brief stint in the Late Model division in 2000.
 
"We've always had a good tech staff, and we're trying to make it even better," said Gallison. "Billy and Jamie were good racers. Both of them were winners, and that makes good tech people in my opinion.    "Billy has seen this sport from every angle as a competitor, and he has the qualities you want in a tech official. Jamie has been around for a long time, too, and he has a great ability to solve problems, work with crucial numbers, and help the process to gel."
 
"I'm really looking forward to this season," said Herring. "I was on the racer's side of the tech fence a lot of times in my career, and I know how rewarding it is to win. I also know what it feels like to lose, and I'll be fair to the competitors. I am excited to see what it looks like from 'the other side' though," Herring chuckled.
 
Curley has also appointed three Quebec natives to oversee day-to-day operations and media relations for the Serie ACT Castrol in Canada. The series enters its third year of competition in 2007, and has adopted ACT sanction for the first time this season.
 
"We have taken on the very successful Serie ACT Castrol for lots of reasons," Curley explained. "There are some great race teams in Quebec that we are anxious to welcome to ACT racing on both sides of the borders. We have scheduled four big money races in Canada, and we are helping with expansion of our ACT weekly/touring format into the Ontario market. Having the Serie ACT Castrol in our family will make that job much easier. Toward that effort we have hired on staff Eric Phaneuf of Montreal to oversee the ACT operation in Quebec. Yvon Larivee, who started covering races at the former Catamount Stadium and worked for ACT during the 1980s and 1990s has joined us as the Director of Media for our Canadian efforts. We also are pleased to have Cedric Tremblay of Quebec City as our webmaster on our new French-language web site. We expect to name some additonal officials who will work with the Serie ACT Castrol in the near future."
 
Tremblay's efforts have already paid off with an attractive, up-to-date web site featuring race event schedules, a comprehensive driver roster, statistics, event photographs, and more. The Serie ACT Castrol website can be visited at www.laserieactcastrol.com, and is linked to the ACT homepage at www.acttour.com.
 
The ACT Late Model Tour enters its sixteenth season in 2007, and is among the leading short track tours in North America. The popular series will visit five US states and two Canadian provinces over a 14-race schedule of events, and can expect as many as 200 competitors during the season. The ACT Late Model Tour season begins at Maine's Oxford Plains Speedway on April 28 with the New England Dodge Dealers 150, the opening round of the five-race Oxford Late Model Challenge. Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl on Quarry HIll in Barre, VT opens its 48th season of competition on May 5/6 with the ACT Late Model Tour's 9th annual Merchants Bank 150. The Serie ACT Castrol will kick off its new beginning with a 100-lap event at Autodrome Montmagny in Montmagny, Quebec on May 19.