Bond Auto Parts has announced a new program for the American Canadian Tour competitors who win qualifying events and attend the prestigious Bond ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 20. Bond has put up a total of $10,000 spread across nine qualifying events for drivers and fans.
Bond has announced that they will award ACT competitors $1,000 for their first win in the nine qualifying events. Repeat winners will receive $500 for each additional win, while the other $500 will be awarded to the highest finishing driver who has not yet won or received a bonus in a qualifying event. The nine events include the first seven American Canadian Tour point counting events, as well as the Vermont Governor's Cup at Thunder Road and the International race at Airborne. Along with the $1,000 bonus, Bond Auto will also award the 15th place finisher in each of the nine events with a $100 Bond Auto gift card.
"This sponsorship is a great way to connect the drivers and the fans of ACT throughout their season leading up to the big race at New Hampshire," said Mark Mast, vice president of marketing at Bond Auto. "These guys are really motivated to qualify for this race, but a little extra change in their pockets only sweetens the deal."
Three-time Invitational winner, Eddie MacDonald claimed the first $1,000 bonus with his win at Lee USA Speedway last weekend, while Aaron Fellows scored the $100 gift card.
Former Bond Auto ACT Invitational winner Ray Parent from Tiverton, Rhode Island said, "This is really special. The Bond Auto ACT Invitational at NHMS has become an event every short track driver looks forward to racing in. The increase in money spread throughout the teams that attend the ACT qualifying events is great."
"Bond Auto has been a part of our racing family for many, many years," said Tom Curley, president of ACT. "Bond is always working to support local race series. This way the drivers, the fans and the local community all get the support."
Short track fans who attend the qualifying events will get a chance to win free tickets for the Bond ACT Invitational and VIP hospitality experiences for the weekend. The weekend features the Invitational on Saturday, September 20, joined by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
American Canadian Tour teams will get their next shot at the $1,000 bonus during the 16th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday, April 27. Post time will be 1:00pm with admission at $25 for adults, kids (12 and under) are free. Saturday, April 26 will see the annual car show in downtown Barre from 9am to 12noon.