ACT Returns to NHMS in 2014
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) released its 2014 schedule which is highlighted by visits to nine (9) different Northeast tracks. The schedule includes a total of twelve (12) events with nine (9) Championship point counting events and three popular 'special' events on the calendar.
The traditional event to open the 2014 campaign on April 12-13 will once again be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The ACT has been visiting the 1/3 mile oval since Red and Judy MacDonald purchased the speed plant in 1987. "It is just one of those relationships that have endured throughout the past 25 years. We tried to help Red and Judy when they first started, and they have been there for us whenever we needed help over the years. This kind of relationship, in this type of business, is generally very rare, but greatly appreciated" said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, which was established in 1986.
The home of the ACT, Thunder Road International Speedbowl will host its only point counting event with the Merchants Bank 150 on opening weekend April 26-27. Next up will be the historic Spring Green 114 to be held at the Devil's Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, May 4. This will be the fourth opening day Spring Green event at the super fast ½ mile oval.
The teams will take a couple weeks off before returning to action at what has become a favorite track of many ACT teams, the Airborne Speedway. The first of two point counting events will be held on Saturday, May 17 at the Plattsburgh, NY oval. The final point event of the season, and second at Airborne, will be the Fall Foliage 200 on Saturday, September 27.
The month of June will see two events in the Granite State. Riverside Speedway in Groveton will hold a 150 lap race on Saturday, June 7. In one of the most memorable events of 2013, winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, NH said, "This bullring races unbelievably great. We had so much fun racing last year. It was white knuckle and about as close racing as you can have. I am excited about having Riverside on the schedule again." A regular stop on the ACT Late Model Tour since 1998, the scenic White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) is scheduled for an annual 150 lap event on Saturday, June 21.
One of New England's premiere race tracks, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (BRMS), will again present an ACT event on Saturday, August 9. The very competitive 1/3 mile seacoast Speedway has become one of the most exciting events on the annual schedule for both teams and fans. A different winner at every BRMS event for the ACT Late Models is what the record book shows. The summer visit promises to produce one of the best events of the year.
Two weeks to re-group and off to the only US-Canadian event of the year, the 5th annual CAN-AM 200 will take place at the Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste Croix, QC. The scenic 5/8ths mile speedway sits next to the St Lawrence River and always guarantees a competitive event as the best of the Serie ACT and US teams square off for bragging rights. This event will take place on Saturday, August 23.
The US ACT competitors will also compete throughout the summer race season at three ACT sanctioned 'special non-point events'. Three popular events will post combined purses of over a quarter million dollars ($250,000.00). The "International" at the Airborne Speedway will take place the weekend of July 20. The best of all ACT teams from both the US and Canada will be invited to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Cup Chase weekend in September for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational. The 55th run for the Milk Bowl will be held at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT and will close out the 2014 season the weekend of October 4/5.
2014 ACT Schedule
# Day Date Track Location Laps
1 Sat./Sun. Apr-12/13 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH 150
2 Sat./Sun. Apr-26/27 Thunder Road Barre, VT 150
3 Sun. May-04 Devil's Bowl Speedway West Haven, VT 114
4 Sat. May-17 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 100
5 Sat. Jun-07 Riverside Speedway Groveton, NH 150
6 Sat. Jun-21 White Mountain Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH 150
*** Sun. Jul-20 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 200
7 Sat. Aug-09 Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Scarborough, ME 150
8 Sat. Aug-23 Circuit Riverside Speedway St-Croix, QC 200
*** Sat. Sep-20 Bond Auto ACT Invitational Loudon, NH 50
9 Sat. Sep-27 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 200
*** Sat./Sun. Oct-04/05 Thunder Road Milk Bowl Barre, VT 150
*** - non-point counting events
Schedule Subject to Change