Thompson Speedway, Waterford Speedbowl Part Of ACT Late Model Challenge Cup For 2021


(Press Release from American-Canadian Tour)


Nine New England Tracks Registered with Point Fund That Could Exceed $20,000

After a one-year delay, The New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) is finally debuting in 2021 — and it will be even bigger than originally planned. American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials confirmed today that nine tracks have signed up for the first season of the series that will pit weekly Late Model racers from across the region in a summer-long battle for pride, glory, and some serious prize money.

The inaugural Challenge Cup was originally slated for the 2020 season before being pushed back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The basic format remains the same, with registered drivers taking their 10 best eligible finishes at participating tracks towards the season-long point standings.

However, the scope of the program has grown tremendously during the one-year hiatus. Nine tracks from four New England states have signed up, nearly double the amount that were originally registered for 2020.

The increase in tracks also means an increase in the season-ending awards. A guaranteed minimum point fund of $14,000 has been posted for the Challenge Cup. The $100 registration fee for each driver will also be added to the point fund in full. For example, if 40 drivers sign up for the series, another $4,000 would be added to the point fund for a total of $18,000.

Should registration be on pace with the 2020 pre-pandemic numbers, the total point fund could exceed $20,000. A minimum prize of $3,000 goes to the overall winner. At least the top-10 drivers in the final standings will receive payouts.

Several big contingency and raffle awards have been posted, adding even more value to the program for racer. A Port City Chassis by Crazy Horse Racing will be raffled off at season’s end. To qualify for the chassis raffle, drivers must register by the deadline and attempt to qualify for at least 10 point-counting events.

ARBodies and Five Star Bodies are each awarding a $500 product certificate. Drivers who finish in the overall top-10 and have declared they are running an AR or Five Star body will be eligible for these raffles.

Drivers who register by the early-entry deadline of March 1 will also be entered into a Hoosier Tire raffle. Two randomly chosen entrants each receive two free ACT Late Model tires from Hoosier. ACT will also honor the tire awards of the 2020 pre-pandemic raffle winners if they register for this year’s Challenge Cup.

“This program is a huge step forward for weekly Late Model racing in New England,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “The Challenge Cup was one of the things we were most excited about in 2020 before the pandemic. Now, with nearly twice as many tracks on board plus some great contingency partners, it’s going to be even bigger for teams and fans.”

“Weekly racers are the backbone of the sport, and it’s important to reward them for their efforts,” Michaud went on. “We’ve come up with a program that does so and which we think will boost car counts and action throughout the region.” 

Four tracks from the original 2020 slate will return for the 2021 debut: Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl; North Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park; Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; and Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway.

Five other tracks have joined the Challenge Cup. Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl will be the second Connecticut track. Furthermore, four tracks from the New Hampshire Short Track Racing Association (NHSTRA) have signed up: Monadnock Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, Hudson Speedway, and Claremont Motorsports Park.

Any competitor at the four NHSTRA tracks must use the ACT Late Model rules option the organization has introduced for the 2021 season. In other words, cars need to be 100% ACT legal for drivers to earn Challenge Cup points.

All weekly Late Model features at participating tracks will be eligible for the Challenge Cup. Registered drivers can earn Challenge Cup points at any of the nine tracks. For example, a Thunder Road Late Model regular can also earn points at White Mountain, and a Thompson Speedway regular can also earn points at New London-Waterford Speedbowl or Monadnock Speedway.

A driver’s 10 best performances across all tracks count towards their NELMCC total.  Points will be awarded based on finishing position, car count, and cars passed. The full system is available at www.acttour.com/nelmcc

Participating tracks are responsible for reporting results to the ACT offices. ACT Late Model Tour events and “open events” at these tracks are not eligible for Challenge Cup points.

To register for the New England Late Model Challenge Cup, drivers must submit the entry form along with a $100 registration fee by Monday, April 5. Entries postmarked by Monday, March 1 will be eligible for the Hoosier tire drawing. The entry form and point system outline are available at www.acttour.com/nelmcc and on participating track websites.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

Comments

  1. Nice little regional point system for our ACT late model drivers. It looks similar to the Nascar regional point system which allows you to compare competitors from track to track. The Thompson guys will have to run a few races at other tracks like Seekonk or Waterford to contend for points. I think it will be interesting to follow. When our guys had a shot at the NASCAR national titile I enjoyed following along,
    With this announcement, pretty much every track in the region is running ACT late model ryles now except Stafford. Stafford might want to look into that. Surprised Star isnt on the list they ran ACT late models last year. Anyone know why they arent included?

    Full list of tracks participating from press release..
    Thunder Road Speedbowl;
    North Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park;
    Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park;
    Seekonk
    New London-Waterford Speedbowl
    Monadnock Speedway,
    Lee USA Speedway,
    Hudson Speedway, and
    Claremont Motorsports Park.

  2. Did I miss something? Do any of the NHSTRA tracks run act late models as a weekly division?

  3. That was a good post. With regard to Stafford one thing is pretty clear. In order for them to go to ACT rules they’d need to slap their robust field of Late Models with conversion bills that in affect would be stabbing them in the back. For better or worse the Stafford Late Model rules will continue to be unique.
    Paul Arute has made that clear on numerous occasions.
    On the other hand ACT type rules are now a part of the show at Stafford so there’s that.

  4. Capt Mike Qbvious says

    Confused,

    The NHSTRA has introduced an ACT Late Model rules option for 2021. Under this option, cars can compete in the weekly Late Model class at their tracks if they are 100% ACT-legal. Competitors must use the ACT Late Model option in order to register for the Challenge Cup.

  5. I am very excited to finally see this series get off the ground! All about the local, weekly guys and I’m all for it! It’ll be interesting to see who travels to where to eek out a strong points year!

  6. Good times on the horizon for late model teams and fans! Seems like Thompson oval is making a strong comeback too! With its new promoters.
    All you Thompson haters may want to reconsider!…

  7. This is great stuff. Thompson and Waterford making a comeback in a big way.

  8. 🌈🦄2020 says

    Only six events. Four of them on Wednesdays. No WMT. I’m still not going to call it a strong comeback. All I will say is thank goodness for the new promoters. Just think of where the track would be without them. At least the ownership can sit back and relax. Not having to worry about paying a 50% decrease in the purse.

  9. I’d agree with both. It’s a come back for a season. The Michaud/Mayberry gambit and continuing it will be judged at the end of the season, the track surface won’t get any better and the Speedbowl’s ownership situation is precarious to put it diplomatically.

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