Contributed by: ACT Staff
1992 – Hanley Makes It Two in a Row
The Birth of the ACT Late Model Tour
The 1992 seasons saw another dominating performance from ACT Pro Stock Tour Champion Junior Hanley, who won his second straight championship.
“While Junior Hanley, the legendary outlaw racer, surprised a lot of people when he decided to run with the American-Canadian Tour in 1991, few, if
It seemed that the Campbellville, Ontario racer, with the reputation of being a bit of a loner, had found a home with the American-Canadian Tour and its competitors. He was often found visiting with other drivers throughout the pits and he even was behind several practical jokes on unsuspecting victims.
Armed once again with a potent Ford Thunderbird, powered by veteran engine builder, Ron Hutter of Ohio, Hanley set a blistering pace at the beginning of the season.
Ironically, it was a track Hanley had never seen nor raced on before that would allow the 1992 ACT Champion to wrap up his season on a winning note. After a weather postponement earlier in the season, Connecticut’s Thompson International Speedway again fought Mother Nature in mid-October. With the title secure, Hanley was able to concentrate on enjoying the fast five-eighths mile oval and enjoy it he did. Even though he looped his car on the first lap of practice, Hanley won his heat, finished second in the semi and led every circuit of the 100 lap feature. As he took the checkered flag the heavens opened up, perhaps sad to see the season end.”
1992 Point Standings
American Canadian Tour
1. Junior Hanley 2613
2. Randy MacDonald 2430
3. Robbie Crouch 2385
4. Bill Zardo, Sr. 2073
5. Brad Leighton 2030
6. Kevin Lepage 2026
7. Beaver Dragon 2006
8. Ralph Nason 1983
9. Roger Laperle 1927
10. Kim Wallace 1917
The third season of cross border competition saw the Series expand to eight races in the United States and Canada. In addition to two events each at New York’s Airborne International Raceway, Thunder Road in Vermont and Sanair, single events were added at Circuit Ste-Croix near Quebec City and Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.
Nearly 30 Late Model Sportsman competitors traveled with the Series, however the pits often swelled to over 40 cars. Part of the 1992 International Series’ charm was that six of the eight events were run “Monza-style.” In these features, made popular by the legendary Milk Bowl at Thunder Road, drivers qualify for starting position in the first segment through heat races and a semi-feature. Then, the finishing order of the first race is inverted for the start of the second.
Whitcomb lead the International Series point standings early, but was overcome by the hard charging sophomore competitor from Colchester, VT, Brian
Whitcomb plans to defend his International Series title in 1993 and compete full time in the Late Model Sportsman division at both Thunder Road and Airborne.”
1992 Point Standings
ACT Late Model International Series
1. Dave Whitcomb 436
2. Brian Hoar 399
Brent Dragon 399
4. Steve Miller 375
5. Red Mead 369
6. Dennis Demers 347
7. Jim Cilley 344
8. Norm Andrews 322
9. Phil Scott 320
10. Steve Renaudette 302