Contributed by: ACT Staff
International 300 to Showcase ACT Rising Stars
Hebert, Therrien, Welch, Packard, Atkins
The International 300 this weekend (July 20, 2014) at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York will be full of ACT young stars who are making big statements on the American Canadian Tour (ACT) short tracks around the region. As a group, they have won some Tour races and weekly track events; they are also the future of short track stock car racing in the Northeast.
Vermonters Jimmy Hebert and Bobby Therrien are both former Thunder Road Tiger Sportsman Champions. They each won Rookie of the Year honors on the ACT US Tour and have also won ACT US races; in fact, Hebert has two wins in the record book in his first two years of competition.
Long-time car builder and owner of the Fast One team, which Bobby Therrien races for, Pete Duto said, “I think the three segment “Milk Bowl” kind of race really gives the younger teams a pretty good chance to have a good day. It is a little more like a weekly race, which most of the younger guys/(girls) started in, and there is not a whole lot of strategy other than to go fast and turn left. The key is to stay out of trouble and finish. If you can manage to do that, you can give yourself a chance for a decent day.”
Kyle Welch from Newport, NH, in his first year racing full-time on the ACT US, won the Riverside Speedway 150-lap event in June this year. His family team is currently 8th in the overall point standings. He enters the International this weekend after a solid 6th place finish in the final tour race prior to the International, which was held at the White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) in June.
Two battling seventeen year-olds, E. Montpelier Vermont’s Emily Packard and Au Sable, New York’s Brandon Atkins have each shown the ability to compete up front with the veterans. Packard is coming off a weekly win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT-- she currently sits third in overall points on the US Tour. Consistency has helped her to three top five finishes in the first six ACT races of the 2014 campaign. Atkins has finished fourth in the Riverisde 150 in June and is coming off a weekly win at Airborne last week.Advanced sale tickets for the event are available now from the ACT office. Sunday reserved seat tickets are just $35, adult general admission is $25 and kids (ages 6 to 12) are just $5. Saturday, July 19’s Black Cat Hell Drivers Thrill Show tickets are just $10 for adults, $3 for kids (ages 6 to 12) and $20 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 kids).