ACT Test A Success at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Matt WiernaszContributor IAugust 31, 2009

LOUDON, NH - JUNE 28:  Brian Vickers, driver of the #83 Red Bull Toyota, leads a group of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 28, 2009 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

(Loudon, NH) With the Chase For the Race beginning on September 20th at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH it will bring excitement.  In the New England region, fans are excited about the ACT Invitational.  A two day test for the tour happened this past week.  A total of 48 teams from the New England and Canada were invited by promotor Tom Curley to test. 

Patrick Laperle the defending champion on the ACT Tour is already in the invitational with a few wins this season.  Laperle is planning to debut a new car for this race in three weeks.  The team made a lot of changes to the car and will take those notes for the new car.  Unofficially Laperle pulled a 31.9 in during the test. 

Sean Kennedy a local driver that races at the Capital City Speedway in Ottawa won a race back in June.  Kennedy had already planned on making the trip to the track when he ordered Cup tickets back in January for the Sylvania 300. When Kennedy and the crew pulled into the track last Monday Night , his son was excited to see the place

Brad Leighton out of Center Harbor, NH has raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for years in the NASCAR Camping World East Series with many wins.  Leighton took his ACT Car and tested on Tuesday.  Leighton won the first ACT Invitational Qualifer at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH back on April 19th.

As of Friday, 22 qualifers were announced for this race including the 14 winners that won events this season.  The ACT Tour will have a doubleheader this weekend with a race this Friday September 4th at Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH. This race has been rained out twice. The tour will then run their 2nd race of the weekend on Sunday September 6th at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT with the Bond Auto Parts Labor Day 200.  The race for the ACT Tour at New Hampshire will be held on the NASCAR weekend on Saturday September 19th right after the Heluva Good 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Race.