Quebec Late Model Future Solidified; Uncertainty Still Looms
Posted By Tj Ingerson On November 9, 2015
PHOTO: The grandstands at Autodrome Chaudiere may sit in stark contrasts to this image taken during the American-Canadian Tour and Pro All Stars Series Twin 200 lap events held in September in 2016. (Guy Laroche photo)
--by T.J. Ingerson (@TJIngerson)
VALLEE JONCTION, Quebec -- The future of Quebec Late Model racing is slowly becoming more clear after weeks of uncertainty, but more doubt is currently pending.
In late September, news broke of a potential Late Model series that was to be organized by the owners of Autodrome Chaudiere, Autodrome Montmagny, and Circuit Ste-Croix Riverside Speedway.
The basis of the new Late Model series, under the guidance of Sportsman Quebec and Autodrome Chaudiere promoter Andre Poulin, was to combine the PASS Super Late Models and ACT Late Models under one rule set to compete for eight races at the three tracks.
However, a meeting was held between the four parties of the separate series and Serie ACT Quebec promoter Sylvain Brouillette. Brouillette posted in late September on the GuideAuto.com forums that the meeting resulted in a tentative agreement that would not see the creation of a new Late Model series, however the agreement was pending legal agreements.
In the weeks since Brouillette’s posting, Autodrome Chaudiere owners Dany Lagace and Kevin Roberge announced that the track would be closed if it was not sold prior to the upcoming season.
It has since been revealed in an additional posting on GuideAuto.com that Bernard Duval, owner of the Late Model driven by Etienne Cliché, is attempting to put together a group of investors to purchase the facility.
An agreement would likely have to come sooner rather than later as the American-Canadian Tour has stated that both the ACT Late Model Tour and Serie ACT Quebec schedules are anticipated to be released around Thanksgiving, which comes in less than three weeks. The Pro All Stars Series has typically announced their schedule around the same timeframe.
Serie ACT Quebec held two point counting events at Chaudiere in 2015, including the highly successful combination event with the ACT Late Model Tour. The Pro All Stars Series ran three races at Chaudiere in 2015, one of which was part of the twin 200-lap events with the American-Canadian Tour in September that saw a near capacity crowd pack the stands.
VMM will have more as this story continues to develop.