ACT International 500 Pit Notes
The American Canadian Tour Late Models ascended on Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY for a day of practice on Saturday, July 20. A total of 46 Late Model teams took advantage of the practice session in anticipation of the Inaugural ACT International 500 scheduled for Sunday, July 21.
Quebec’s Jonathan Bouvrette led a strong contingent of Série ACT competitors and the rest of the field with the fastest time of the day with a 17.054 in the third and final practice session. Fellow Quebecer’s Alex Labbe, Patrick Laperle, Jean-François Déry and David Michaud spent time at the top of the speed charts.
Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar paced the early practice session followed by two-time Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet. 2013 ACT winner Jimmy Hebert was also quick along with current ACT point leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Fellow ACT regulars Chip Grenier, Rowland Robinson, Jr., Bobby Therrien and Ben Lynch posted solid times.
Also from north of the border, Derek Lynch carried the Ontario banner along with Dan McHattie, Bryan Mercer and Shawn McGlynn.
The only incident of the day came during the second practice session. ACT veteran Brent Dragon suffered left front damage while trying to avoid a spin in front of him. Dragon replaced a couple of bolt on parts and will be ready to go for tomorrow.
Competitors from nine different states and provinces were present for the Saturday test sessions. The drivers are tuned in and ready for the Inaugural ACT International 500 on Sunday, July 21 at Airborne Speedway. Post time for qualifying heats is set for 1:00pm.