WATERBURY, Vt. – The biggest stock car racing event of the summer keeps getting better as American Canadian Tour officials have announced a bonus program for participating racers in the inaugural International 500 at Airborne Speedway on the weekend of July 20-21.
Drivers who file their entry by the April 16 deadline will be eligible for Goodyear Halfway Bonus awards, which will make the leader of the half-way mark of each segment $1,000 richer, leaving a potential for a driver to gain up to $3,000 in Goodyear bonuses alone.
On top of that, every team that has filed their entry by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for eight Goodyear tires, a $960 value, to be used for the 300-lap special event.
“This certainly sweetens the pot,” said defending ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr., who filed the very first entry into the International 500 back in March. “The halfway bonuses will be an extra incentive to get to the front early, and the eight Goodyear tires would be a huge boost on race day. I’m really hoping we get those.”
The International 500 has already garnered entries from all over the Northeast United States and Eastern Canada, boasting a purse worth over $140,000. The bonuses don’t end with Goodyear, either. The top qualifier for the International 500 will earn a bonus $1,000, and those who lead a lap in the event will receive $50 per lap led. The race also serves as a qualifying event for the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and will send the winner to the event with an extra $500.
“There’s a lot of money on the line here,” said seven-time ACT Champion Jean Paul Cyr. “It would be really nice to get your name in the history books as the winner of the Inaugural International 500, but I won’t lie, the money would be nice, too.”