ACT Aces Preparing For International 300

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Ray Parent (17RI) and Eddie MacDonald (17MA) are among the large group of veterans ready for the ACT International 300 this Sunday at Airborne Speedway. (Alan Ward Photo)
Ray Parent (17RI) and Eddie MacDonald (17MA) are among the large group of veterans ready for the ACT International 300 this Sunday at Airborne Speedway. (Alan Ward Photo)
Ray Parent (17RI) and Eddie MacDonald (17MA) are among the large group of veterans ready for the ACT International 300 this Sunday at Airborne Speedway. (Alan Ward Photo)

WATERBURY, Vt. – The $25,000-to-win International 300 has a record number of American Canadian Tour winners headed to the summer spectacular that will be held at Airborne Speedway in New York this weekend.

Recent Vermont Governor’s Cup winner Nick Sweet and Quebec’s Patrick Laperle will be joined by Ray Parent, Jeff White and Rowland Robinson Jr.

Sweet is a two-time Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl track champion and has enjoyed success on longer tracks such as New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he has two second place finishes to Eddie MacDonald in the inaugural Bond Auto ACT Invitational in 2009 and again in 2011.

“I heard that Eddie was coming to Airborne. This is my chance to get even for those two second place finishes,” said Sweet. “The first one I kind of wrote off, as he had more experience than me, the second one he just plain beat me, and that one still stings. I have driven in a lot of Milk Bowl-type events and I hope that gives me an edge. I know how much everyone wants to win the money, but if it comes down to Eddie and me in the third segment, I sure hope it’s me at the checkers.”

Laperle started his racing career at Airborne with his brother Eric. Literally, the twin brothers flipped a coin the first night there to see who was going to drive the first week and the plan was to switch the next week. Patrick won the toss and he never gave up the driver’s seat and became one of the most popular and colorful drivers ever to race on both sides of the border. Ironically, Eric never ran a lap, but he has become one of the best crew chiefs in the Northeast not just for his brother, but in the development of some young Quebec teams over the past 20 years.