The American Canadian Tour announced today the first group of invitees for what is expected to be one of the most exciting events of the Sept. 22-25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

ACT teams are coming off some spectacular short track style racing at “The Magic Mile” during the INDYCAR weekend. Now the best of the northeast will be invited for the third annual event.

“Now entering our third Invitational, this event has gone from an experiment in 2009 to one of the most anticipated races of the year for our teams and fans,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour. “Over $75,000 in purse and bonus money for regional track champions and event winners is a real tribute to NHMS as they support the short tracks in our region. It is a great day of racing with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and the ACT Late Models.”

The first ACT invited teams have earned their way into the Invitational by: a) leading either the ACT US (a touring series throughout New England and eastern New York with combination events at NHMS, and Riverside Speedway and Autodrome Chaudière in Quebec) or the ACT Castrol Series (a touring series throughout Quebec with combination events at NHMS and Airborne Speedway in the US); b) winning any of 23  scheduled events on either tour; c) winning special events at the TD Bank 250 at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine, or the Showdown at Chaudière, an annual team racing event between the two ACT touring series’ top eleven point teams; d) being affiliate track champions, or substantial weekly track point leaders who have also been pre-invited, if they have been approved to race at the NHMS mile. There are $500 bonus awards posted in the Invitational purse for each series leader, event winners, and affiliate track champions. The bonus program will offer over $16,000 in bonus purse to the ACT competitors.

The following lists the first 10 invitees for the third annual ACT Invitational and guaranteed minimum bonus amounts if entered:

#37VT  Brian Hoar (Williston, VT)

#91QC  Patrick Laperle (St. Denis, QC)

#51ME  Jeff White (Winthrop, ME)

#44VT  David Pembroke (Middlesex, VT)

#80QC  Donald Theetge (Quebec City, QC)

#88ME  Jeff Taylor (Farmington, ME)

#26VT  John Donahue (Graniteville, VT)

#51QC  Patrick Hamel (St-Edouard, QC)

#36QC  Alex Labbe (St-Albert, QC)

#88VT  Nick Sweet (Barre, VT)

(bonuses subject to change)

Tickets are still available for the action-packed NASCAR weekend. Purchase them now by calling the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.

Additional entries for the third annual ACT Invitational are expected to be announced following the $40,000.00 Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 scheduled at Thunder Road Speedbowl on Sunday, September 4, 2011.