Wednesday, April 15 2009 @ 12:08 PM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
It’s officially racing season as Thunder Road had their first practice of year yesterday, Wednesday April 14.
· The main grandstands and walkways were not open to the public because there was mud and trees in the grandstands, and no water in the bathrooms. The snow has just recently cleared and Thunder Road staff had only entered the track on Monday.
· Between the three divisions about 80 cars showed up for the first shake down of the year.
· Of the 23 Late Models that showed up, it appeared that Nick Sweet was one of the fastest of the day. He ran the ACT Tour last year, but will be returning to his home track to chase a “King of the Road” title in the 50th Anniversary season.
· Shawn Fleury has also made some changes in the off-season. Yesterday he unveiled his brand new NAPA Tiger Sportsman car. Fleury was the NAPA Tiger Sportsman track champion in 2005 and 2006 before moving up to the Late Models in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He will be returning to the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division this year to attempt to win his third track championship during the 50th Anniversary season.
· Cris Michaud took his new Ford crate engine out for the first practice. He ran with Eric Williams who had a Chevy crate engine. They raced side by side and nose to tail and it appeared neither car had an advantage. The Ford crate engine should fit in nicely with the Chevy crate engine in the Late Model division.
· The Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Powershift Junkyard Warriors raced side by side for their first time. They seemed to mix well together. The only way to really tell them apart was their green and yellow roofs.
· Thankfully, there were no big wrecks, so crews should be able to focus on the finishing touches before the 50th Anniversary season opener sponsored by Merchants Bank on May 3rd.
· There will be another open practice for all divisions next Wednesday, April 22.
· This weekend, April 18 and 19, the ACT Tour will kick off their 2009 season with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH.
The NH Governor’s Cup will be the first qualifier for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. The excitement is building after a very successful test session at NHMS last wee