ACT Entry List for Richmond Continues to Grow

ACT Entry List for Richmond Continues to Grow

One of the biggest events in the history of American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models just continues to get bigger. A total of 35 drivers have now officially filed their entries for the ACT Commonwealth Classic 65 at Virginia’s Richmond Raceway on Saturday, March 30. With nearly three weeks still left before the event, the potential is there for even more names to be added to the list by the time the haulers arrive in Virginia.

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This Track in ACT History: Circuit Riverside Speedway Ste-Croix

This Track in ACT History: Circuit Riverside Speedway Ste-Croix

Location: Ste-Croix, QC

Track: 5/8-mile (1 km) oval (14-degree banking)

Also Known As: Circuit Ste-Croix, Circuit Québec-Ste-Croix, Riverside Speedway Ste-Croix

Opened: 1971

# of ACT Races Held: 34

ACT Pro Stock Tour – 4

ACT Late Model Tour – 13

Série ACT – 22 (includes 6 combo events with ACT U.S.)

Sunoco Regional Series – 1

Most Wins:

ACT Pro Stock Tour – Junior Hanley, 2

ACT Late Model Tour – Brian Hoar, 4

Série ACT – Alex Labbé, 4

Sunoco Regional Series – Derek Lynch, 1

A Brief History of Circuit Ste-Croix

Officially, Circuit Riverside Speedway Ste-Croix opened its doors in 1971 – but it took a long time for the track to make its mark on the Quebec racing community. In the late 1960s, Victoriaville businessman Jacques Bourassa enlisted the help of motorsports journalist Jacques Rainville and Quebec Dragway’s J.A. Drouin to lay out a 1-km (5/8-mi) oval, 2.6-km (1.625-mi) road course, and ¼-mile drag strip in Ste-Croix along the St. Lawrence River. Land clearing and construction for the new motorsports complex took place throughout 1969 and 1970. The group even raised the ground level by 12 feet to reduce the risk of flooding during high tides.

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Quebec Racers Hope to Make their Presence Felt at Richmond

Quebec Racers Hope to Make their Presence Felt at Richmond

The inaugural American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Commonwealth Classic 65 at Virginia’s Richmond Raceway on Saturday, March 30 is shaping up to be an international showcase for ACT Late Model racing. Of the 32 drivers who have officially entered the $5,000-to-win event, eight of them hail from the Canadian province of Quebec. This means a quarter of the current field will travel as many as 14 hours each way and cross country borders to race at the historic track.

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This Track in ACT History: Lee USA Speedway

This Track in ACT History: Lee USA Speedway

Location: Lee, NH

Track: 3/8-mile semi-banked asphalt oval

Opened: 1984

Preceded By: Lee Raceway, 1964-1979, 1/3-mile tri-oval (dirt and asphalt)

# of ACT Races Held: 28

ACT Pro Stock Tour – 12

ACT Late Model Tour – 16

Most Wins:

ACT Pro Stock Tour – Robbie Crouch, 3

ACT Late Model Tour – Brian Hoar & Scott Payea, 2

 

A Brief History of Lee USA

The history of racing at Lee USA Speedway is actually a history of two different tracks – three if you want to get creative. Lee Raceway first opened in 1964 as a 1/3-mile dirt tri-oval. The track, conceived by Bob Bonser, was notable for having not one but two elevation changes – one uphill and one downhill. However, Bonser paved the track the very next year in an effort to get the New England Super Modified Racing Association (NESMRA) to come to Lee. This effort paid off in spades, as the NESMRA not only came, but made Lee their home track. The following year, the inaugural NESMRA Super Classic was held. While this event would eventually follow the NESMRA to Star Speedway and become the Star Classic, Lee remains the “Home of the Supermodifieds” to this day.

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This Track in ACT History: Autodrome St-Eustache

This Track in ACT History: Autodrome St-Eustache

Location: St-Eustache, QC

Track: 4/10-mile semi-banked oval

Also Known As: Montreal International Speedway, Sportsman Speedway, Circuit Deux-Montagnes

Opened: 1964

# of ACT Races Held: 34

ACT Pro Stock Tour/NASCAR North – 4

Série ACT – 29

ACT Late Model Tour – 1 (Combo event with Série ACT)

ACT Sunoco Regional Series (Region 3) – 1

Most Wins:

ACT Pro Stock Tour/NASCAR North – Beaver Dragon, 3

Série ACT – Patrick Laperle, 11

ACT Late Model Tour – Patrick Laperle, 1

ACT Sunoco Regional Series (Region 3) – Derek Lynch, 1

 

A Brief History of Autodrome St-Eustache

For more than half a century, Autodrome St-Eustache has been a home for auto racing in greater Montreal. While many outlets list the first year of operation as 1965 or 1966, the facility actually opened its doors in June 19, 1964 with a drag racing event. Here’s what one of the advertisements looked like for the event, as found at http://www.stockcarquebec.com/pistes/steustachephotosjournaux.htm:

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Southern New England Late Model Stars Ready to Take on Richmond

Southern New England Late Model Stars Ready to Take on Richmond

They first-ever American-Canadian Tour (ACT) event at Virginia’s Richmond Raceway is inching closer on the calendar, but it has already produced at least one pleasant surprise. Southern New England will send one of the largest brigades of racers to the Commonwealth Classic 65 on Saturday, March 30. The region’s Late Model competitors are coming out in force to go racing at the historic track.

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This Track in ACT History: White Mountain Motorsports Park

This Track in ACT History: White Mountain Motorsports Park

Location: N. Woodstock, NH

Track: ¼-mile high-banked oval

Opened: 1993

# of ACT Races Held: 28

Most Wins: Jean-Paul Cyr, 4

A Brief History of White Mountain Motorsports Park

While WMMP celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, it was, in fact, the 26th year that racing had been held at the speedway. The track first opened its doors on September 5, 1993 – and in a remarkable get for a track’s first event, the NASCAR Busch North Series helped celebrate the new facility with a 150-lap event. (The race was won by Bobby Dragon in dominating fashion.)  WMMP was the brainchild of Donnie Avery, who decided to turn their passion for racing into an actual track. The tight high-banked ¼-mile oval that resulted sits right outside Lincoln, NH, nestled in the foothills of the popular Kancamagus Highway scenic area.

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Thunder Road Sending Large Contingent to ACT Commonwealth Classic

Thunder Road Sending Large Contingent to ACT Commonwealth Classic

The inaugural American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Commonwealth Classic 65 at Virginia’s Richmond Raceway will have a distinct Thunder Road flavor when it rolls to the grid on Saturday, March 30. A big part of the current entry list is made up of current or former Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models regular at the Barre, VT track who are taking advantage of a rare opportunity to race on one of the biggest stages in motorsports.

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