Ray Parent utilized one of...
Ray Parent utilized one of only two big spring cars in the field for the Florida two-day ACT show. This same car finished Third in New Smyrna Speedweeks Late Model points in 2006, with one of the first ever crates to race there.
After the first night's race ACT would impound both left side tires they raced on along with two rights, new or used. All tires could be scuffed in during the early practice sessions. On day two, those four tires were released 30 minutes before practice and returned after practice until 30 minutes to race time. The only way you were ever allowed to change or exchange a tire was if the tire was flat on the rim.
Two Days of ACT Excitement
With the snowy North a distant memory, Hoar put the trek to Florida in perspective. "Well, this is a first time chance for us to come down here and showcase our stuff to a new group of fans. We're known in the Northeast, but no one down here really knows what the American-Canadian Tour is all about, and we are different than most divisions. We have a great series to showcase down here."
Hoar claimed his 29th career...
Hoar claimed his 29th career ACT feature victory at New Smyrna on the second night of ACT action.
Hoar also noted why most teams drove more than 1,500 miles and 20 hours away to compete. "I got to tell you, to trade in our snow tires for some 8-inch Goodyear Eagle racing slicks in the dead of winter when there is 3 feet of snow and 20 degrees back home makes it pretty nice to be down here with the palm trees around.
"Tom threw this out late last year to see if there was any interest. He actually had to put the limit of 28 cars on the event. He didn't want us to come down here with too many cars and get into a situation where some wouldn't make the race. All year long we have averaged 40 cars. He didn't want to be sending people home 1,400 miles, or in some cases 1,800 miles, without getting to race. Just to show you what kind of series we are, we are going to go out here and run three heat races to set the field and show the fans how we qualify. No sleepy, snoring time trials. We drew for heat race starting positions and have to race our way to a starting spot."
Joey Polewarczyk Jr. captured...
Joey Polewarczyk Jr. captured the first night 100-lap ACT feature and finished Fifth on night two after starting 18th, securing the two-day point championship over Hoar by just one point.
For one to say the two-day ACT Goodyear Speedweeks Cup event was good is an understatement at the very least. It wasn't just good, it was fantastic, from the personalities that make up ACT, to the race procedures, and the events, it was very impressive. Night one of the ACT Goodyear Speedweeks Cup was completed in just over 50 minutes with just three cautions and Hudson, New Hampshire's Joey Polewarczyk Jr. taking the win.
After the excitement of night one, night two promised to be a thriller. It didn't disappoint. Starting 13th in the field of 26 cars, Hoar, a seven-time ACT series champion from Williston, Vermont, muscled his way to the point in the late stages and hung on to grab the win, bringing his career victories to an impressive 29.
Was it competitive? Seven of the Top 10 finishers started outside the Top 10 thanks to the field inversion. Night one winner Polewarczyk Jr. worked his way through heavy traffic from his 18th starting position to finish Fifth on day two. That Fifth-Place effort along with his win the first night earned him the low score of six points, just edging out Hoar, who earned seven points in the Goodyear Speedweeks Cup standings.
In all 200 laps of racing in two days in less than two hours: a total of 10 caution flags, many different leaders, finishing positions well ahead of starting positions, and a championship decided by just one point. In pavement racing this is something to be proud of. The end product is the proof that the ACT Series is the leader in pavement competition and can produce races that rank right up there with the best of them. A great governing body with a good set of equal, policed rules can, and will, have great results. The racers like it, and the fans love them for it.