Talented Mix of Late Model Stars Expected for ACTion Super Series at Kawartha

Top Kawartha Speedway driver Linc Brown is ready to race with ACT this weekend (Peter Brand/Kawartha photo)

The best Late Model stock car drivers from the northeastern United States and eastern Canada are expected to do battle at Ontario’s Kawartha Speedway on Saturday (Sept. 15) for the 6:00 pm running of the $50,000 ACTion Super Series “Summer Sizzler 200” for the American-Canadian Tour.  Race winners and champions from several regions are preparing to race for the $6,000 top prize at the beautiful 4/10-mile oval.

“Racing with ACT is a pretty big thrill for us in Ontario,” said Kawartha Speedway top gun Linc Brown of Coburn, ON.  “We followed the Tour as fans when Junior Hanley, Kim Wallace, and all of our local heroes were racing.  Now we get to race with an organization we’ve always known and respected.  It’s our equivalent to the Daytona 500, truthfully.”  Brown, a two-time winner at Kawartha in 2007, will be part of a strong contingent of home-track regulars looking to win this weekend in the first ACT event in Ontario since 1993.

Patrick Laperle's #91 ACT Late Model

Québec’s Patrick Laperle, the Série ACT Castrol point leader and former Chittenden Milk Bowl winner at Vermont’s Thunder Road, will travel to Kawartha Speedway for the first time.  “People have told me that Kawartha is one of the nicest race tracks in Canada or the U.S.,” said the Montréal-area native.  “I’m looking forward to the progressive banking in the corners, I’m told it makes the side-by-side racing very competitive.”  Laperle won the first ACTion Super Series event of the season at his home track at Autodrome St-Eustache in July, and is trying to hold off Sylvain Lacombe for the first championship of his career.

Joey Pole returns to Kawartha at Saturday's $50K Summer Sizzler 200

Teenage sensation Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. of New Hampshire will make his second trek to Kawartha Speedway.  He competed at the first Summer Sizzler event in 2004 under open-competition rules.  “Kawartha is one of the best tracks I’ve ever been to, from Florida to Canada.  It is one awesome track,” he said.  Polewarczyk earned his first career ACT Late Model Tour victory at Seekonk Speedway on the Massachusetts seacoast in August, and currently ranks sixth in overall standings.

Other expected entries for the $6,000-to-win ACTion Super Series Summer Sizzler 200 include multi-time ACT Champions Jean-Paul Cyr, Brian Hoar, and Robbie Crouch, TD Banknorth Oxford 250 winner “Rocket” Roger Brown, and three-time NASCAR Champion Jamie Aube.  They will face Kawartha Speedway regulars Linc Brown, Dan McHattie, Bryan Mercer, and current point leader and six-time winner Larry Jackson.

Green flag qualifying action for the Summer Sizzler 200 begins at 6:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 15.  Spectator gates open at 1:00 pm on Saturday for practice sessions.  A chicken barbecue and dance with live entertainment kick off the weekend’s festivities on Friday night, following an optional Late Model practice session.  Kawartha Speedway is located on County Road 28 in Fraserville, ON, and is part of a complex that includes an award-winning restaurant, a harness racing track, and a 24-hour casino.  For more information, call ACT at (802) 244-6963 or visit