Waterbury, VT — The American Canadian Tour (ACT) returns to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NLWS) this Saturday night for the first time since 2010. The opening of the first round of three races for the newly created ACT Southern New England ACT affiliate Late Model tracks will take place for ACT touring teams and the weekly Late Model teams from New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk Speedway, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this Saturday night, May 21. The three track alliance was put together after last season to help support the ACT fender type divisions that have been introduced to over a dozen tracks throughout the Northeast over the past decade.
“We are all looking forward to this triple-header series in Connecticut and Massachusetts. It has been in the planning process for a few years, and ACT is pleased to see the interest and growth of our full body kind of racing in the region. The talent level has improved dramatically over the years at our affiliate tracks, and of course, there will be the important ‘home track advantage’. The 100 laps at the Speedbowl should be a great event at one of the best tracks in the East for competitive Late Model racing,” said Tom Curley, President of ACT.
Former ACT Champion, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), from Hudson, NH dominated the two races held at the Speedbowl in 2010. In fact, the October 150 lap final race at the 3/8th mile track was completed in just 47 minutes. Pole will return to drive at NLWS for his first race of the 2016 campaign. He has begun a development program for new drivers and has the Speedbowl as one of his several chosen events to actually compete in this season.
Pole said, “I can’t wait to strap in this weekend. I have enjoyed the crew chief and spotting thing, but after nearly a dozen years of 100% commitment to racing, I’ll have to admit it has been different. The perfect track for me to return to is at the Speedbowl, I love it. It is certainly one of my very favorites. I can’t wait to finally get to race,” said the Pole.
One of the tightest starting Championship point battles in the 30 years of ACT racing has shaped up after the first four events on the 2016 TOUR. Only forty-five (45) points separate the top five in points, with just eighty-one (81) points between the top ten going into the first of the three Triple Header races. Nick Sweet, Barre, VT has a narrow 9 point lead over Rowley, Massachusetts’ “Outlaw”, Eddie MacDonald, following the dramatic win by MacDonald last week at the ½ mile Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.
A solid contingent of local Late Model teams from the Speedbowl, Seekonk, and Thompson, including among others, Keith Rocco, Larry Gelinas, Brian Tagg, Jeff Smith, and William Wall are all likely to compete in the first of the three ACT Triple Header events.
Post time is 5:15. The price for admission is $32 adults, $28 members of the military, teens 13-16 years old are $5, and under children 12 are free.
-American Canadian Tour Press Release
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