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Modifieds, Schedule Set for ACT International 500

Posted By Tj Ingerson On March 13, 2013

Categories: Airborne | American-Canadian Tour

The ErniePHOTO: The Ernie's Discount Tools DIRTcar Modifieds will be featured along with the ACT Late Models during the ACT International 500 at Airborne. (Leif Tillotson photo)

Late Models set for one-day show; All five Airborne divisions to compete

--by T.J. Ingerson
VMM Editor

Officials from the American-Canadian Tour and Airborne Speedway have finalized a schedule for the inaugural ACT International 500 to be held at Airborne on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21.

Airborne’s Ernie Discount Tools DIRTcar Modifieds will race for their largest purse during Airborne’s 60th season of competition. The $3,000-to-win 100-lap event will be separated into two 50-lap segments and spread over the two-day event.

“No question, the “500” will be the biggest event in Airborne history,” Ernie Coulombe of Ernie’s Discount Tools stated in a press release issued by Airborne Speedway.

A full day of practice is scheduled for Saturday, July 20 for both the American-Canadian Tour Late Models and Airborne’s weekly divisions. Qualifying for the Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Renegades, and Mini-Modifieds will take place at 6:00pm that night. The first segments for the Renegades and Modifieds, as well as the Mini-Mod feature and Sportsman Modified feature are set to begin at 8:00pm that night.

Sunday, July 21 will see the American-Canadian Tour Late Models battle it out to qualify for - and win - the 300-lap, $25,000-to-win event. Heat race, consolation race, and last chance race qualifying will take place before the three 100-lap segment event begins. The second Modified and Renegade segment, as well as the Limited Late Model feature will also be on tap. A 100-lap ACT Late Model “reserve” feature is also scheduled.

“We are excited to see Airborne Speedway host ACT in July," North Country Chamber of Commerce’s Kristy Kennedy stated in the Airborne release. "The inclusion of this coveted race to their schedule is great publicity for them and the Adirondack Coast. It is a fantastic way to introduce the area and the speedway to a new set of visitors and a nice boost to the local economy, benefiting lodging facilities, restaurants and retail outlets.”

Modified drivers George Foley and Kris Vernold are excited about the opportunity to race during a big event weekend at Airborne.

“I like any big race; the more laps, the better,” Foley, a former Airborne Speedway Modified champion, said in an press release issued by ACT. “We want to win, but I don’t worry about the pressure. That race is big enough that my kids might come though, and I really want to do well in front of my kids.”

“I’m excited about the size of it,” Vernold, who claimed his first career win last season, stated in the ACT release. “ACT brings in a big crowd, and obviously it’s going to be huge exposure for us and for all of our sponsors. The money is a big bonus too. $3,000 to win is the biggest purse we’ll have all year.

“This is definitely the crown jewel of my schedule.”