Friday, February 26, 2010

Kawartha Speedway's 2010 Late Model Champ Earns a Piece of the ACTion

In September of 2009, the Vermont based American-Canadian Tour made history by showcasing its drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the inaugural ACT Invitational.  Staged during the opening weekend of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the 50 lap exhibition was won by Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts.

To earn an invitation to the first running of the show, drivers could win an event on the ACT Tour or Quebec’s ACT Castrol Series.  Another way to secure a guaranteed starting spot was to earn a track championship at an American-Canadian Tour sanctioned track – as Cavan, Ontario’s Dan McHattie did and represented Kawartha Speedway.

When the popular Fraserville, Ontario oval released their 10th Anniversary schedule, the ACT Tour event was not part of the campaign.  That doesn’t mean a driver in Kawartha’s headline division won’t get their chance to dance on the big stage.  The track will still award a guaranteed starting spot in the 2010 edition of the ACT Invitational to the overall champion in the NAPA Auto Parts Late Model division.  Promoter Derek Lynch says even with the tour race taking a break, he’s happy to give one of their drivers an opportunity to shine.

“This is a once in a lifetime experience,” said Lynch.  “Every driver who ever strapped into a racecar has dreams of competing with the best talent there is.  With the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, crews and possibly even car owners, this could be their chance to be discovered.”

Lynch continued by saying the track has heard from a number of drivers interested in chasing the ticket to NHMS and figure the 10 event schedule Kawartha has on this year’s agenda is the perfect way to showcase their talents.

The 2010 edition of the ACT Invitational is scheduled for Saturday, September 18th, part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Sylvania 300 weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  For details, see or  Kawartha Speedway’s 10th Anniversary season schedule is available at

Photo attachment:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications

Dan McHattie won Kawartha Speedway’s 2009 NAPA Auto Parts Late Model track championship and earned a guaranteed starting spot in the Inaugural ACT Invitational.

Prepared by:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications

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