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ACT Announces NHMS All-Star Late Model Challenge Criteria

- Justin St. Louis on 05 May 2011

The American-Canadian Tour has announced its competition criteria for the inaugural All-Star Late Model Challenge and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in August. (Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com photo)PHOTO: The American-Canadian Tour has announced its competition criteria for the inaugural All-Star Late Model Challenge and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in August. (Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com photo)

WATERBURY --
The American-Canadian Tour announced Wednesday the criteria and format for the first All-Star Late Model Challenge event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 12-13.

The event will be presented as part of the IZOD IndyCar weekend at NHMS; the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will also be on hand. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the region’s largest spectator sporting facility and its only superspeedway.

The ACT Late Models are the most common stock car division racing in the northeast at a premiere level, competing at twelve weekly short tracks in the region. The cars also compete on two touring series: the ACT Late Model Tour in New England and New York, and the ACT Castrol Edge Series in Quebec. Many ACT-affiliate tracks have redesigned their schedules to allow teams to compete at NHMS.

"We want as many Late Model teams to be able to compete at NHMS for this event as possible," ACT president Tom Curley said. "It's great that Jerry Gappens (NHMS vice president and general manager) has enough confidence in our Late Model teams to offer us this opportunity. We have tried to develop the safest and most competitive set of criteria for racing at NHMS, based on our ACT Invitational experience over the past couple years. The goal is to allow as many teams and fans as possible the unique chance to race and enjoy short track-type racing at the Magic Mile."

The event will be based on the ACT sanctioning body’s short track formula using the handicap system for starting spots in qualifying heat races and last-chance events, and double segments in the main event with inversion for the final segment, similar to the Vermont Milk Bowl at Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl in Barre.

"This format will be the most unique format for a division ever to participate at a superspeedway [and] we think it will be very exciting for both the competitors and fans," Curley said. "We have also tried to keep the event with some cost constraints, which is in keeping with the philosophy of the American-Canadian Tour Late Model program throughout the region."

The following, taken from an ACT-issued press release, outlines the criteria for participation in the August 12-13 event:

ELIGIBILITY

1. ACT-affiliate tracks/series are: Thunder Road, White Mountain Motorsports Park, Oxford Plains Speedway, Seekonk Speedway, Waterford Speedbowl, Twin State Speedway, Kawartha Speedway, Capital City Speedway, Riverside Speedway (N.H.), Canaan Fair Speedway, Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Albany-Saratoga Speedway, ACT Late Model Tour, and ACT Castrol Edge Series.

a) All cars competing from any of the above must be 100% ACT legal -- no exceptions. (Note: A driver gaining eligibility in a non-ACT legal car will not be allowed to compete in a ‘borrowed’ ACT car.)

b) Championship points will be issued for both the ACT Late Model Tour and ACT Castrol Edge Series.

c) Only one (1) car per driver will be entered. Second cars will not be allowed. Drivers must start the race in their own cars from the first competitive (non-practice) green flag.

2. Who can enter?

a) Any driver who has competed in an ACT Invitational at NHMS over the past two seasons will be eligible to file entry for the All-Star Late Model Challenge.

b) Any driver who attended an ACT "test and tune" session at NHMS over the past two years will be eligible to file entry for the All-Star Late Model Challenge.

c) Weekly drivers from any of the above affiliate tracks who are in the top 15 in point standings* or have been in the top 15 in point standings in the 2009 and/or 2010 seasons who receive approval from local track officials and management and final approval from ACT management and officials will be eligible to file entry for the All-Star Late Model Challenge.

*[MUST BE IN THE TOP 15 IN STANDINGS AS OF MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011]

d) Various drivers who do not meet the above weekly track criteria, but who have participated on either the ACT Late Model Tour or ACT Castrol Edge Series from time to time over the past few years are eligible to file entries for approval to compete in the All-Star Late Model Challenge.

TEST AND TUNE/SAFETY AND INSPECTION CHECK

There has been a "test and tune" scheduled at NHMS for ACT Late Model teams for Tuesday, August 2.

1. ALL teams that enter the All-Star Late Model Challenge TIMELY are eligible to practice during this test and tune date ONLY. Attendance for any ACT teams who have participated in a previous ACT test and tune session and/or a previous ACT Invitational at NHMS in 2009 or 2010 will be optional.

2. It is MANDATORY that any teams who have not competed with ACT at either a test and tune session at NHMS or competed in an ACT Invitational at NHMS, and who have entered the All-Star Late Model Challenge attend the scheduled practice session. There will be safety checks and monitoring of those teams before the entry will be accepted for the August 12-13 event.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ACT LATE MODEL TOUR
Sun., May 15
Oxford Plains Speedway
Oxford, Me.

VALENTI MODIFIED RACING SERIES
Sat., May 28
Twin State Speedway
Claremont, N.H.

PASS NORTH SUPER LATE MODELS
Sat., May 14
Star Speedway
Epping, N.H.

SPRINT CARS OF NEW ENGLAND
Fri., May 13
Canaan Dirt Speedway
Canaan, N.H.

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