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First Round of ACT Invitational Selections Announced

- Justin St. Louis on 01 Sep 2010

Brian Hoar (#37) and Dan McHattie race down the frontstretch at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during testing in August. They'll be back for the ACT Invitational on Sept. 18. (Justin St. Louis/VMM photo)PHOTO: Brian Hoar (#37) and Dan McHattie race down the frontstretch at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during testing in August. They'll be back for the ACT Invitational on Sept. 18. (Justin St. Louis/VMM photo)

WATERBURY --
The American-Canadian Tour announced the first 20 invitees to the second annual ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Monday. The race is set for Saturday, Sept. 18, as part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Sylvania 300 weekend.

Nine of the twenty drivers on the initial list -- including five Vermonters -- are drivers that have won one or more of the qualifying events on the ACT Late Model Tour, ACT Castrol Edge Series, or at an ACT affiliate track, while the rest are either affiliate track champions or point leaders, or have earned “at-large” bids after testing well at NHMS in August and/or having competitive seasons with ACT.

Two rookies, Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Me., and Alex Labbe of St-Albert, Que., were also invited to race.

Randy Potter (#02) and Karl Allard (#48) were both invited to the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire. (Justin St. Louis/VMM photo)“The ACT Invitational is one of the most anticipated events of the year for short track teams from throughout New England and the provinces of Quebec and Ontario,” said ACT president Tom Curley in a press release. “Now the hard part of determining who will make up the 43-team roster begins.”

ACT expects to release the balance of the invited drivers on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Monday, Sept. 12.

ACT Invitational Invitees -- as of 8/30/10
Saturday, September 18, 2010

(Car No.-Driver-Hometown)
*** - denotes qualifying race winner
# - denotes rookie

3ME Dennis Spencer, Jr., Oxford, Me.
8NH Guy Caron, Lempster, N.H.
17MA Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass.***
26VT John Donahue, Graniteville, Vt.
36QC # Alex Labbe, St-Albert, Que.
37VT Brian Hoar, Williston, Vt.***
44VT Dave Pembroke, Middlesex, Vt.***
47CT Tim Jordan, Plainfield, Conn.
48QC Karl Allard, St-Felicien, Que.***
51ME Ricky Rolfe, Albany Twp., Me.
52NH Miles Chipman, Epping, N.H.***
55VT Brent Dragon, Milton, Vt.
57ME # Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Me.
71ON Dan McHattie, Cavan, Ont.
77NH Mark Hayward, Newport, N.H.***
80QC Donald Theetge, Boischatel, Que.
88VT Nick Sweet, Barre, Vt.***
91QC Patrick Laperle, St-Denis, Que.***
97NH Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, N.H.***
02NH Randy Potter, Groveton, N.H.

PHOTOS:
1. Brian Hoar (#37) and Dan McHattie race down the frontstretch at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during testing in August. They'll be back for the ACT Invitational on Sept. 18. (Justin St. Louis/VMM photo)
2. Randy Potter (#02) and Karl Allard (#48) were both invited to the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire. (Justin St. Louis/VMM photo)

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