ACT Tunes Up for Bond Invitational
The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) held its annual Test and Tune session Wednesday, August 26 at Loudon's New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Twenty-four ACT Late Model drivers took to the track in preparation for the 7th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Saturday, September 26.
Lempster, NH's Guy Caron set the fast time of the day with a lap of 31.926 seconds. Three-time Invitational winner Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA was second-fastest at 31.974 seconds and ranked at the top of the charts in nearly every session.
Three-time Série ACT winner Alex Labbé was third-quick, while fellow automatic qualifier Brad Babb surged in the final session to place fourth on the overall charts. Aaron Fellows, Dany Trépanier, and Woody Pitkat were also consistently fast.
A number of drivers made their first appearance at the "Magic Mile". Canaan, NH's Walt Hammond Jr. was the fastest of the newcomers, placing in the top-10 on the speed charts in four of the five sessions. Ryan Olsen and Alby Ovitt were also impressive in their NHMS debuts. Mike Ziter started slow, but shaved a full second off his fast time over the day.
One incident slowed practice when Seekonk Speedway driver Mark Jenison spun in turn four late in the morning and suffered front-end damage. Jenison was able to repair his car in time for the first afternoon practice session.
Two 10-lap simulated races were also held. Fellows and Caron won the sim races.
The seventh Bond Auto ACT Invitational is coming up Saturday, September 26 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Forty-three ACT Late Model drivers from throughout the Northeast United States and Canada will converge as part of a tripleheader also featuring the Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Tour. The Invitational will take the green flag at 5:00pm.