Contributed by: ACT Staff
PASS Standouts Take on ACT and Airborne Veterans at International
The third annual American-Canadian Tour (ACT) International 500 at Plattsburgh, NY's Airborne Park Speedway on July 18 and 19 will be a showcase for Northeast short track stock car racing in 2015. The first-ever visit to Airborne from the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) is part of a doubleheader featuring twin 200-lap, $10,000-to-win races for the ACT Late Models and the PASS Super Late Models.
Drivers such as Center Conway, NH's D.J. Shaw and Farmington, ME's Cassius Clark, the winners of the last two PASS North Championships, will have to tame the ½-mile oval quickly in order to pick up the winner's trophy over ACT standouts Joey Polewarczk Jr., Brian Hoar, and Patrick Laperle. One driver who has the ability to get up to speed is multi-time PASS North winner Joey Doiron of Berwick, ME, who triumphed in the Series' inaugural event at Barre, VT's Thunder Road Speedbowl on May 24.
“It's always cool when you have the chance to win an inaugural race,” Doiron said. “I've raced at Airborne twice before (in an ACT Late Model), and it's a really fun track. I think it'll be really cool to bring our race cars there, and I think we'll put on a good show.”
Doiron will be joined by multi-time PASS North Champions Johnny Clark and Ben Rowe as well as two-time defending Oxford 250 winner Travis Benjamin. Current PASS North point leader Mike Rowe of Turner, ME returns to the track where he won the 1994 Adirondack 150 on the former ACT Pro Stock Tour. One of the biggest purses of the year for the PASS National Championship event has also attracted multi-time NASCAR Modified Champion Ted Christopher, defending PASS 400 winner Derek Ramstrom, and Durham, NC's 15-year-old Tate Fogleman.
“It's definitely one of the biggest races of the season,” Doiron said. “Everyone's going to be bringing their best there to try and take home the win, and it's a good purse. To be successful in the grand scheme, you've got to look at every race the same, with no one race more important than the other. But you definitely want to win when there's going to be a lot of people there and the purse is up.”
The task will be made tougher by a number of ACT and Airborne veterans competing in the PASS event. Milton, VT's Brent Dragon may be a sleeper pick. The three-time Airborne Late Model Champion is in his second season with PASS North and will try to hoist another Airborne trophy in his first trip to the track since 2013.
Defending ACT International winner Patrick Laperle and 2013 winner Joey Polewarczyk Jr. lead the list of drivers attempting to capture both $10,000 first-place prizes. Laperle already has a PASS victory in 2015 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jct., QC, while “Joey Pole” is looking to make his first PASS win a big one.
They will be joined in their double-duty efforts by eight-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar, two-time Série ACT Champion Donald Theetge, and former ACT Tour Rookie of the Year Bobby Therrien. Fellow Former ACT Tour regular Glen Luce of Turner, ME has also entered the PASS event.
The ACT International 500 at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY is Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19. The ACT Late Models and PASS Super Late Models will both run 200-lap, $10,000-to-win events and will be joined by Quebec's RevStar Sprint Car Speedsters and Slingshots. Qualifying for all divisions begins on Saturday, July 18 at 6:30pm, and features go to post at 1:00pm on Sunday, July 19. General admission is $40 for a two-day ticket, $20 for Saturday only, and $35 for Sunday only.