WATERBURY, Vermont – As their 2009 season starts to wind down, the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced that over a 30-day period (August 27 through Sept. 27), there will be purses posted of over a quarter million dollars for Late Model race teams in the Northeast and Canada.
'Money Month' starts with the Coors Light Showdown of Champions at the 1/3-mile banked Autodrome Chaudiere near Quebec City. The top eleven (11) US ACT Tour teams will go head to head with the top (11) ACT Castrol Series teams, with the winner receiving $5,000 from the $35,000 in total posted purse.
Next up isl a return to the famed Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT, for the 47th Annual Bond Auto Labor Day Classic. A record purse and prize posting of $45,000 has been offered.
One of the most anticipated events of the year will follow the Labor Day Classic. The long-awaited return of the Fall Foliage 300 is back on the ACT schedule in 2009. The newly renovated and redesigned Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY will again host the historic ‘300’ weekend with a posted purse of $40,000. This fall classic event was held in many forms and different numbers of laps. The inaugural event was held in 1972 and was won by Bobby Dragon of Milton, VT. Catamount continued the tradition of a big fall event until it closed in 1987. After Catamount's demise, the race moved to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, for a three-year stop.
The championship month will continue with what has become the most talked-about event in northeastern Late Model racing of any kind this season. The inaugural ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) is set for Saturday, Sept. 19. No championship title points, no pressure, just an historic day for Late Model racers throughout the region, as they race for $65,000 and a name in the NHMS record books. This year-long promotion will be the racing career highlight for many of the lucky 36 invitees. It will no doubt be among the highlights of Sylvania 300 weekend on the famed 'Magic Mile.'
Finally, the $250,000 month will draw to a close with the 47th Annual Vermont Milk Bowl. Thunder Road will cap its 50th season with a $10,000-to-win, $70,000 free-for-all. For the first time in years, this event will not be a points race for either Thunder Road or ACT teams. The three-segment format of the Milk Bowl provides the ultimate challenge for all ACT competitors, and has delighted fans for decades with its inverted finishes and wild side-by-side competition.
Without argument, 2009 has certainly been the year of the Late Model here in our region. It's been exciting to see so many blue-collar, regular Joe race teams get fired up as they pursue a chance to compete on the big stage. Let's all applaud Tom Curley and company for providing the spark that ignited such an entertaining season.