The American Canadian Tour completed their final test session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 26. The two sessions this week were in preparation for the Inaugural ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 19.
Twenty-one cars were in attendance on the second day. With cooler temperature and overcast skies the track was quicker than during Tuesday's session and the speeds showed it. The cars were racy and proved that side by side racing was possible all the way around the track. The mock races were once again the highlight of the day with lots of action with a dozen cars running door handle to door handle around the entire track.
Eddie MacDonald has owned NHMS recently and used his previous experience on the "Magic Mile" to his advantage. MacDonald showed that he will be a true contender and probably the man to beat in the Invitational on Saturday, September 19. Also fast were ACT regulars John Donahue and part timer Ben Rowe, who also has some experience at NHMS.
After the completion of the two day test and tune session, it became apparent to ACT officials that an adjustment would need to be made on the draw system used to lineup the field for the Invitational in the spirit of competition and safety. An announcement on this system will be made early next week. The ACT office will also be releasing the first batch of guaranteed ACT Invitational qualifiers, based on their performance in the test session, soon.
Only four qualifying races remain before the Inaugural ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 19. The next qualifier will be determined this Saturday, August 29 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jct., Quebec, when 11 of the best ACT Tour teams battle 11 of the best Serie ACT Castrol teams in the Coors 200 Showdown. The remaining three qualifying races are the Twin State 100 at Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH on Friday, September 4, the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road in Barre, VT, on Sunday, September 6 and the Fall Foliage 300 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Sunday, September 13.