Barre, VT’s Jason Corliss and Somerville, MA’s Jim Linardy have filed the first official full season entries for the American Canadian Tour’s (ACT’s) 2017 season. The 10-race ACT Late Model Tour Championship will kick off on Sunday, April 9 with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway.
Corliss hopes to carry forward his late-season momentum, after finishing as runner-up in the 2016 Vermont Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in October. Always a quiet, steady competitor, Corliss cut his racing teeth at Thunder Road, capturing the Street Stock title early in his career, moving through the Tiger Sportsman division, and eventually on to the ACT Late Models. With support of owner Chris Burnett and Burnett Scrap Metals, the #66VT team is setting their sights on top of the ACT standings in 2017.
“Chris (Burnett) has provided me with an exciting opportunity for these past couple of seasons, and with the dedication of my crew, I can’t wait for the first green flag of the season!” said an excited Corliss. “Racing is my passion, and to be able to compete at this level is certainly the realization of a dream for me”, he concluded.
Based in Somerville, MA, Jimmy Linardy and his #77MA crew are among the most popular teams in the pits at any ACT event. For more than a decade the Kayem Hot Dogs entry has been a familiar sight at ACT events on both sides of the border, and the positivity of the Linardy crew is infectious. With a new car currently being prepared, Linardy is anxious to get back on the track. “My crew and I have a great time at any and every event we attend – we are fortunate that our series enjoys the participation of such wonderful guys – it’s like a family outing everywhere we go”, said a smiling Linardy.
The ACT Late Model Tour will visit 8 different tracks throughout the Northeast during the 2017 season, with the traditional season-opener set for Lee USA Speedway on Saturday, April 9.