(From series press release)
LEE, N.H. – After a convincing victory at Oxford Plains Speedway last Sunday, Bobby Therrien is looking to continue his hot start as American-Canadian Tour (ACT) takes the green flag this Sunday, April 24 at Lee USA Speedway with the annual New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. The NH Governor’s Cup, which was postponed due to weather in early April to start 2016 racing season, has been the traditional ACT opener since 2008, and with 12 different winners in the previous 13 ACT Late Model Tour events at the 1/3-mile speedway, the stage is set for another unpredictable and exciting event.
Four of the last six NH Governor’s Cup winners – Miles Chipman (2010), Jimmy Hebert (2013), Eddie MacDonald (2014), and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. (2015) – have entered the event. Each hopes to become just the second repeat ACT Late Model winner at Lee.
The four will have plenty of challengers trying to add their names to the Lee USA record books. Colchester, VT’s Scott Payea now pilots the RPM Motorsports car that Brian Hoar drove to back-to-back NH Governor’s Cup wins in 2011 and 2012. Windham, ME’s Brad Babb was the runner-up in the 2015 Governor’s Cup and hopes to do one spot better in 2016. Kyle Welch and Rich Dubeau also turned in impressive performances at Lee in 2015 and could challenge for the win.
A number of other top ACT Late Model drivers will join the Tour regulars in chasing the Cup. Former Série ACT Champion Alex Labbe aims to become the first Canadian ACT winner at Lee since 2004. Defending Vermont Milk Bowl winner Nick Sweet will be at the wheel for Mad Dog Motorsports while White Mountain Motorsports Park Late Model standouts Quinny Welch, Oren Remick, and Glenn Martel have also entered the event. Former Thunder Road Late Model winners Scott Dragon and Boomer Morris as well as former Beech Ridge Pro Series Champion Dave Farrington will also be gunning for the top spot at Lee.
The ACT Late Model Tour opens the 2016 season at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 24 with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. Post time is 1:15pm with the pit gates opening at 8:00am and the grandstands at 9:00am. The Northeast Mini Stock Tour and Northeast Classic Lites will also be in action. Admission is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $15 for juniors ages 13-16. An open practice session for all divisions will be held Saturday, April 23.
(Alan Ward photo)