Dragon, Avery Partner For ACT Season

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MILTON, Vt. — Driver Brent Dragon will partner with Avery Motorsports to chase the American-Canadian Tour late-model championship this year.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” said Dragon, who has more ACT starts than any driver in series history. “This is really going to be a good deal for all of us.”

Dragon is a three-time ACT championship runner-up. The multi-time Airborne Speedway track champion owns nine ACT victories, and he’s won some of the northeast’s most prestigious late-model races, including the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., and the Fall Foliage 300 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Last season Dragon finished third in the ACT standings while running the full schedule with his own Dragon Motorsports team. He had planned on scaling down to a partial schedule for the coming year before working out a deal with Donald Avery and son David Avery over the weekend to run the full schedule.

Dragon will drive an Avery Motorsports car in a minimum of seven late-model events in 2011, and he will field his own new car in the remaining races on the schedule. Both cars are Distance Racing cars out of the stable of noted car builder Jeff Taylor, and both will carry the No. 55vt with sponsorship from Furniture World of Vermont, Beverage Mart and Charlesbois Freightliner.

“The biggest thing is that this is going to help in terms of being more prepared going to the race track,” Dragon said. “It just gives us all more time to get each car more ready during the week leading up to races.”

The Averys have committed to fielding their car for Dragon in the ACT season opener at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway April 17, as well as at Thunder Road’s Merchants Bank 150 in May. The car will also hit the track for ACT races at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, and White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., the track owned by the Avery family.

It will also compete at the Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road and the Milk Bowl. They will also run the 2011 TD Bank Oxford 250 together.