Hoar follows teammate Theriault around New Smyrna’s 1⁄2-mile during practice.
Curley concocted the Goodyear Speedweeks Cup late in 2010 with the eye of taking his tour to sunny Florida to showcase ACT in a two-day event at New Smyrna Speedway, just a stone's throw from Daytona. Two nights of racing would crown a champion. Racers drew for heats on night one for the first 100-lap feature race. They ran the three heats using the previously described plus/minus system. The first 100-lap feature was lined up according to the results of that system.
The second 100-lap feature race the next night was a full inversion of the finish from the first night. Fans got to see the best of the first night have to race from the rear to gain points for the overall win. ACT didn't allow anyone who started in the Top 15 from the first night to start better than 10th the second night, thus no sandbagging. The winner was determined by the team with the lowest score, 1 point for a win, 2 points for Second, 3 for Third, and so on, for each 100-lap segment. The lowest combined two-day score was the winner of the Goodyear Speedweeks Cup, a very similar format to that of the famous Milk Bowl Late Model race held annually at Thunder Road (VT) Speedway.
Eventual winner Brian Hoar (#37) is in a gaggle of cars.
Going into the two-day Florida show Curley said, "I think this is a great opportunity to show what we have been doing for the past 25 years to a whole lot of people who will be at NSS. I know the teams are excited and all the officials are as well. I, most of all, hope all the teams have some fun as it's a very expensive project and in short track racing, having fun following your passion should be the first goal!"
The NSS ACT Goodyear Speedweeks Cup purse was broken down to $15,000 paid out in the two individual 100-lap feature races, while $18,000 paid to the overall points finish.
"We wanted to show the fans something a little different at NSS for our first-ever appearance," said Curley. "This format should be very entertaining for the fans and it should spread the money around a little, giving all our teams a chance to have some fun, hopefully helping each with some expenses."
Three-wide racing is typical of the ACT Series.
Rules on the Fly
Sometimes adjustments need to be made to the rules. And Curley doesn't shy away from doing it right in the drivers meetings, which are probably the most entertaining, informative, and to the point of any ever heard. He rules with an iron fist. It makes no difference who you are, he treats them all the same. Fairness is a big part of the ACT family. "Number one is safety, we want everyone to be safe," started Curley at the opening night driver meeting. "If you tear it up tonight, it's over, you only get half the deal.
Since New Smyrna is a big 1/2-mile, Curley suspected some of his racers might get creative and try to bypass the MSD box. In the drivers meeting Curley laid it on the line, "Find your edge somewhere else! If you're chipping these things all the way down the front stretch and you're running last, we're taking you're motor. You guys think you're going to fool with computers and bypass the MSD box, it's not going to work. You're not going to ruin what we have built in the last 10 years!" The result was each car was fitted with a 6200 chip by the ACT officials and then the MSD box was sealed while going through tech.
Curley also has a strict tire rule. Teams were allotted six tires for both shows and all six had to be bought on the first day. Then, all tires were impounded until one half hour before the first practice session. Those tires that the cars practiced on had to be returned to the impound area within five minutes after practice. They were then released 30 minutes before race time. By the way, the four tires you practice on, you must race on. If you pulled a tire off during practice, you had to stack them by the car or on the trailer tailgate, keeping them visible to all officials and other competitors at all times.