WATERBURY, Vt. – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has released its 2014 schedule, which is highlighted by visits to nine different Northeast tracks.
The schedule includes a total of 12 events with nine championship point counting events and three popular special events on the calendar.
The traditional event to open the 2014 campaign on April 12-13 will once again be at the Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway. The ACT has been visiting the third-mile oval since Red and Judy MacDonald purchased the speed plant in 1987.
“It is just one of those relationships that have endured throughout the past 25 years,” said Tom Curley, president of the American Canadian Tour. “We tried to help Red and Judy when they first started, and they have been there for us whenever we needed help over the years. This kind of relationship, in this type of business, is generally very rare, but greatly appreciated.”
The home of the ACT, Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, will host its only point counting event with the Merchants Bank 150 on opening weekend April 26-27. Next up will be the historic Spring Green 114 to be held at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, Vt., on May 4. This will be the fourth opening day Spring Green event at the superfast half-mile oval.
The teams will take a couple weeks off before returning to action at what has become a favorite track of many ACT teams, Airborne Speedway. The first of two points counting events will be held on Saturday, May 17 at the Plattsburgh, N.Y., oval. The final point event of the season, and second at Airborne, will be the Fall Foliage 200 on Saturday, Sept. 27.
The month of June will see two events in the Granite State. Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H., will hold a 150 lap race on Saturday, June 7. A regular stop on the ACT Late Model Tour since 1998, the scenic White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) is scheduled for an annual 150 lap event on Saturday, June 21.
One of New England’s premiere race tracks, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, will again present an ACT event on Saturday, Aug. 9. The very competitive third-mile seacoast speedway has become one of the most exciting events on the annual schedule for both teams and fans.
Teams will get two weeks to re-group and then head to the only U.S.-Canadian event of the year. The fifth annual Can-Am 200 will take place at Circuit Riverside Speedway in St. Croix, Quebec. The scenic five-eighths-mile speedway sits next to the St. Lawrence River and always guarantees a competitive event as the best of the Serie ACT and US teams square off for bragging rights. This event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 23.
The US ACT competitors will also compete throughout the summer race season at three ACT sanctioned ‘special non-point events’. Three popular events will post combined purses of over a quarter million dollars.
The International 500 at the Airborne Speedway will take place the weekend of July 20. The best of all ACT teams from both the US and Canada will be invited to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Cup Chase weekend in September for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational. The 55th run for the Milk Bowl will be held at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., and will close out the 2014 season the weekend of Oct. 4-5.
2014 American Canadian Tour Schedule
Date – Track – Location
April 12-13 – Lee USA Speedway – Lee, N.H.
April 26-27 – Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, Vt.
May 4 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway – West Haven, Vt.
May 17 – Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, N.Y.
June 7 – Riverside Speedway – Groveton, N.H.
June 21 – White Mountain Motorsports Park – North Woodstock, N.H.
July 20 – Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, N.Y. (non-point)
Aug. 9 – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – Scarborough, Maine
Aug. 23 – Circuit Riverside Speedway – St. Croix, Quebec
Sept. 20 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H. (non-point)
Sept. 27 – Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Oct. 4-5 – Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, Vt. (non-point)