Legendary Racing Promoter/Track Owner Tom Curley Dies

Tom Curley (Photo: VTMotorMag.com)

American Canadian Tour founder and president Tom Curley, one of the legends of short track racing across the country, passed away Friday.

Curley was 73 years old.

According to VTMotorMag.com, Curley passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

After running the former NASCAR North Tour from 1979 to 1985 (the precursor to what is today’s K&N Pro Series East), Curley founded the American Canadian Tour in 1986 and had overseen its growth to one of the strongest and most well known touring short track racing divisions in North America.

Curley was also a longtime partner in ownership with Ken Squier of the Thunder Road Interational Speedbowl in Barre, Vt.

For more on Curley and his legacy visit VTMotorMag.com: ACT President Tom Curley Passes Away


  1. NH Mark says

    Very sad to hear. I knew he had been sick. He was a true innovator in the short track game. I grew up watching the original ACT Tour. Great memories. RIP TC. You will be missed.

  2. RIP my friend

  3. Thanks for all you’ve done for short track racing. RIP friend.

  4. Sad news indeed. Glad to ACT like rules adopted at Seekonk, Waterford,and Thompson; never understood the reluctance of Stafford with adopting similar rules. Would love to see ACT sometime at Stafford.

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