Contributed by: ACT Staff
A nine-event Late Model stock car racing schedule has been released for the 2009 Série ACT-Castrol season in Québec and Ontario. American-Canadian Tour (ACT) President Tom Curley announced the schedule at the Série ACT-Castrol 2008 Banquet of Champions at the Best Western Hotel Universel in Drummondville, QC on Saturday night before the annual gathering of drivers, team members, and sponsors.
Five diverse tracks will host the Série ACT-Castrol in 2009, and as in 2008, the season will begin and end at the flat, 4/10-mile Autodrome St-Eustache oval near Montréal. The series will open there with a 100-lap event on Saturday, May 23, and close with the 15th Annual St-Eustache 300 on Sunday, September 20. Autodrome Montmagny, a high-banked 3/8-mile oval east of Québec City, will also host the series twice, with a 100-lap race on Saturday, May 30, and the annual Montmagny 250 on Saturday, July 4.
Autodrome Chaudière, a high-banked 1/4-mile oval in Vallée-Jonction, QC, will hold two 150-lap Série ACT-Castrol Championship events; the first on Saturday, June 6, the second on Saturday, August 8. Autodrome Chaudière will also host the second annual “Showdown at Chaudière,” a non-points, all-star invitational event for the top ACT drivers in Canada and the United States, on Saturday, August 29.
The 3/8-mile, semi-banked Capital City Speedway in Ottawa will host a 100-lap event for the third consecutive season, on Saturday, June 13, as the track’s weekly Late Model competitors take on the touring Série ACT-Castrol teams.
The 5/8-mile, high-banked Riverside Speedway (formerly Circuit Ste-Croix) on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Ste-Croix, QC, will return to the Série ACT-Castrol schedule for the first time in two years. Riverside Speedway will host a 100-lap event on Saturday, June 20, and a 150-lap contest on Saturday, August 22.
In addition to the special “Showdown at Chaudière” event, the weekend of July 18/19 has been reserved for the annual TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. Many Série ACT-Castrol competitors competed at the event in 2008, considered the richest one-day short track race in North America.
Série ACT-Castrol 2008 Champion Alexandre Gingras of Val-Bélair, QC received $8,000 in post-season awards at the Banquet of Champions. Nineteen year-old Patrick Hamel of St-Édouard-de-Lotbinière, QC collected the Rookie of the Year award, while Stéphane Durand of Québec, QC and Éric St-Gelais of St-Nicolas, QC were named the winners of the Most Improved Driver and Sportsmanship awards, respectively.
For more information on the Série ACT-Castrol or the American-Canadian Tour, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.laserieactcastrol.com or www.acttour.com.
Série ACT-Castrol – 2009 Schedule
Event No. – Day/Date – Track – Location – Laps
1. Sat., May 23 – Autodrome St-Eustache – St-Eustache, QC (Montréal) – 100
2. Sat., May 30 – Autodrome Montmagny – Montmagny, QC – 100
3. Sat., June 6 – Autodrome Chaudière – Vallée-Jonction, QC – 150
4. Sat., June 13 – Capital City Speedway – Ottawa, ON – 100
5. Sat., June 20 – Riverside Speedway – Ste-Croix, QC – 100
6. Sat., July 4 – Autodrome Montmagny – Montmagny, QC – 250
*** Sun., July 19 – Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME, USA – 250
7. Sat., Aug. 8 – Autodrome Chaudière – Vallée-Jonction, QC – 150
8. Sat., Aug. 22 – Riverside Speedway – Ste-Croix, QC – 150
*** Sat., Aug. 29 – Autodrome Chaudière – Vallée-Jonction, QC – 200
9. Sun., Sept. 20 – Autodrome St-Eustache – St-Eustache, QC (Montréal) – 300
*** – denotes non-championship events
Schedule subject to change