ACT Opener Steeped In History
WATERBURY, Vt. – The 2013 American Canadian Tour season opener on April 13-14 will mark the 23rd ACT event at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway – and the 14th season opener at the track – giving today’s drivers a chance at being a part of a storied history at Lee USA Speedway with the American Canadian Tour.
Lee USA served as the home for the ACT season opener in 1987 – the second full season of the American Canadian Tour – and saw legend Beaver Dragon take the victory.
Dragon wasn’t the only driver to kick off a season with a win at Lee though, as stars like Robbie Crouch, Jean-Paul Cabana, Russ Urlin, Dave Dion, Kevin Lepage, and Ralph Nason won them too, cementing their names into the long-standing history of Lee and the American Canadian Tour.
An eight-year hiatus from 1995 until 2003 ushered in a new era of drivers who looked to be on the same list as the greats. Patrick Laperle led the charge with a win in the return race in 2003, and was joined in the years to come by wins from multi-time Thunder Road champion Cris Michaud, seven-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr, multi-time Stock Car Champion Ben Rowe, and most recently, eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar.
Lee has proven to be a wildcard, adding surprise winners like Ontario’s D.J. Kennington, and New Hampshire’s Miles Chipman to the list. No driver has won more than two-events at Lee in its 23 ACT events. Robbie Crouch, Russ Urlin, and Brian Hoar all have two apiece, but Hoar is the only one of the three to have done it since ACT turned to Late Models. Since ACT’s return to Lee in 2003, over $250,000 has been paid out to competitors.
In 2013, Hoar will search for his third straight victory at Lee. Hoar knows the history of the track well, and understands how tricky it can be.
“I can’t wait to get back to Lee. There’s something about the season opener. Everybody has a fresh start, they’re happy to see each other, and it’s a good time to get the cobwebs out,” said Hoar. “I love the track, and we’ve had a lot of success there. Wins are hard to come by here, but we’ll be after it. Any shot at history makes it that much more special for me,”he finished.