Over 100 Northeast Late Models Eligible to Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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Over 100 Northeast Late Models Eligible to Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
ACT at NHMS in September, 2010. N. Marx photo

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will be adding a second race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) in 2011.

The event will be held on August 12 as part of the IZOD Indy Car Series weekend. The ACT race is being billed as the ACT All-Star race. 

The criteria for the race will be much more liberal than the annual ACT Invitational that has been held at NHMS for the past couple seasons. That event allowed race winners an automatic entry, and the remainder of starting positions filled based on points and promoters options.

This new All-Star race will allow late model teams from all over the north east an opportunity to qualify.

The event will be open to all 12 ACT affiliate tracks with late model teams that are: a.) ACT legal, b.) in the top 15 in weekly points at an ACT affiliate track by July 18, 2011, c.) get approval of their entry from their local track and from ACT.

ACT "affiliate" tracks are:  Thunder Road, White Mountain Motorsports Park, Oxford Plains Speedway, Seekonk Speedway, Waterford Speedbowl, Twin State Speedway, Kawartha Speedway, Capital City Speedway, Riverside Speedway (NH), Canaan Fair Speedway, Devil’s Bowl Speedway and Albany Saratoga Speedway.

In addition, also eligible will be drivers that have competed in an ACT Invitational at NHMS over the past two seasons as well as any driver who attended an ACT "test and tune" session at the NHMS over the past two years.

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Additional teams from both touring series of the American Canadian Tour in the US and Quebec will be eligible to enter and go through the approval process.

These liberal qualifications will give almost every regular weekly late model race teams from ACT venues an opportunity to compete at the region’s largest and fastest race track.

If you add up all the drivers eligible from each ACT track (12 x 15) with all the drivers running full time in the two ACT series, there is certainly the potential for well over 100 cars filing entries for the race.

“We want as many Late Model teams to be able to compete at NHMS for this event as possible,” Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour said recently. “We have tried to develop the safest and most competitive set of criteria for racing at NHMS, based on our “ACT Invitational” experience over the past couple years. The goal is to allow as many teams and fans as possible the unique chance to race and enjoy short track type racing at the Magic Mile.” 

The event will be based on the ACT sanctioning body’s short track formula using the handicap system for starting spots, heat races, "Last Chance" events, double segments with inversion for the final segment.

Also racing on the same day as the ACT will be the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The ACT Late Models and NASCAR Modifieds feature events will be run on Saturday afternoon, August 13. The IZOD Indy Car Series will also qualify on Saturday and then race on Sunday, August 14.

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“The format and number of teams we expect to be at NHMS for the August 12th-14th weekend is unprecedented. It should be very exciting for our fans and for the teams of the ACT,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of NHMS.

Tickets for the IZOD Indy Car 225 start at $35 and advance tickets for Saturday’s “Short Track All-Star Showdown” are $25 for adults.

It will be interesting to see which day race fans support the most. There’s no doubt the garage area will be filled to maximum capacity for Saturday’s events, but who knows which day will see the most people in the grandstands.

If the regions late model and modified fans show up for Saturday’s card, but do not show up for Sunday’s Indy Car race, Saturday’s races could out shine the Indy Car Series return to Loudon.

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