(From series press release)
WATERBURY – The 25th season of the ACT Late Model Tour will see a number of exciting new events that showcase the best of Late Model racing in the Northeastern United States. Among the highlights of the silver anniversary is the debut of the Southern New England Tripleheader, which will pit the standouts of the ACT Late Model Tour against the best weekly Late Model racers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
The three race series will be contested at Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl and Thompson Speedway, along with Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway, which is located just outside of E. Providence, RI. In addition to awarding ACT Late Model Tour championship points at each event, a separate $7,500 point fund has been posted for local weekly competitors who run all three events.
“Going from Waterford, to Seekonk, and then to Thompson will be a great way to showcase the talent that we have down here versus the ACT talent from up north,” Seekonk Speedway Director of Business Development Ed St. Germain said. “We’ll be strengthening our own Late Model division with the top competitors coming in from Thompson, Waterford, and ACT.”
The Southern New England Tripleheader begins with a 100-lap event at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, May 21. It will be the first ACT Late Model Tour event at the 1/3-mile speedway since 2010. ACT then heads to the ¼-mile Seekonk Speedway for the first time since 2007 on Saturday, July 16, for a 150-lap event at the “Cement Palace”.
“I think we’re going to see some great top-notch racing,” St. Germain added. “We have a good field of competitors that we feel can compete with the ACT drivers, and we’re looking forward to seeing how they stack up. We even have some drivers from our Pro Stock class who are looking to get into Late Models for those particular races, along with our regular Late Model drivers.”
The Tripleheader concludes with a 75-lap event at Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 15, as part of the World Series of Speedway Racing. The event will crown the 2016 ACT Champion as well as the Tripleheader Champion.
The 2016 schedule promises to make the 25th season of ACT Late Model racing one of the most exciting in the Tour’s history. ACT will run four doubleheaders with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models, beginning at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, April 17. Both series will return to the speedway for Oxford 250 Weekend, with the ACT event held on Saturday, August 27. ACT-PASS doubleheaders will also be held at N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 23, and Scarborough, ME’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for New England 500 Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18.
The Beech Ridge doubleheader also marks the return of the Fall Foliage 200 to the 1/3-mile speedway, where it was previously held from 1987 to 1989 on the ACT Pro Stock Tour. A number of other popular events also have returned to the schedule, including the Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 1, and the 8th Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational on Saturday, September 24.
The landmark season gets underway with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 10. A full practice day will be held on Saturday, April 9.
(Heather Aube photo)