Forty-Five ACT Teams Take Advantage of NHMS Test and Tune
ACT Teams Return for All-Star LM Challenge August 12th & 13th
Forty-five American Canadian Tour Championship Late Model teams were on hand for a Test and Tune session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Tuesday, August 2. Team’s from all over the Northeast, Ontario and Quebec were on hand in preparation for the All-Star Late Model Challenge at NHMS on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13.
Inaugural ACT Invitional Champion Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA was the fastest on the day turning a 31.589 lap. Graniteville’s John Donahue was also near the top of the time charts for the majority of the day with his fastest lap of 31.676 seconds.
Other notables among the fastest included Quebec City’s Jean-François Déry, Albany Township, ME’s Ricky Rolfe, and Williston, VT’s Brian Hoar. Former NHMS track champion Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, NH was also quick in the afternoon session. Veteran Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier, VT and former K&N East Series driver Tom Carey, Jr. of New Salem, MA were also fast.
The Test and Tune session included two 12-lap simulation races with approximately 20 cars in each. Pete Yetman and Jeff White took the wins. MacDonald, Donahue, Hoar, Babb, and Leighton were all very impressive coming from the back to finish in the top five in their respective races. The second simulation race saw Donahue, Hoar and Babb running three wide for second place over several laps, which made for entertaining racing. The two events and the whole day for that matter only saw one incident, which caused Joey Laquerre to hit the wall coming out of turn two after contact with another car. The incident caused significant damage to Laquerre’s rear end and ended his day.
Over 70 cars have entered for the ACT All-Star Challenge at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Qualifying will be held on Friday, August 12. The day will feature three ACT heat races plus two last chance races for a total of 100 laps of qualifying. There will also be qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modifieds and practice for the Indy cars. All of this with a free admission on Friday.
Saturday, August 13 will feature a 30 and 50 lap segments for the All-Star Challenge. The segments will be run Milk Bowl style with the top 36 in the first segment, inverted for the seond segment and the combined low score being declared the winner. The day will also see a 100-mile Modified race and qualifying for the Indy race which will be held on Sunday, August 14.