The American-Canadian Tour released the schedule for its new Tiger Sportsman Tri-State Series on Thursday. The three-race season begins on Saturday, July 11 at the newly redesigned Airborne Speedway half-mile in Plattsburgh, N.Y. New Hampshire's 1/3-mile Canaan Fair Speedway oval returns to the ACT fold on Saturday, August 1, with the series' finale at Barre's 1/4-mile Thunder Road on Thursday, August 13. Each race distance will be 100 laps.
The series has a sporadic history with many formats and titles, but has been a popular addition for race teams and fans. Chuck Beede of Williamstown won the most recent championship in 2006. Interest in a small, three-race series was very high at a pre-season rules meeting in February.
"I’m glad the Tour is back," St. Albans driver Jason Bonnett said in an ACT press release. "It’s fun to go to different tracks and race different people instead of racing the same track every week. I also like the challenge of adjusting the car to different setups for the different tracks." Bonnett, a two-time Airborne champion, finished third in Tiger Sportsman Series points in 2006 and won a 100-lap Series event at Canaan in 2005.
Jamy Begor of Mooers Forks, N.Y. is another Airborne driver looking forward to the experience. "It’s a great idea to run a three race series because you can go to a couple different tracks and it fits the budget," he said. Begor was also a winner at Canaan with the former Street Stock Tri-State Series.
ACT Tiger Sportsman Tri-State Series Schedule
Sat., July 11 - Airborne Speedway - Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Sat., Aug. 1 - Canaan Fair Speedway - Canaan, N.H.
Thu., Aug 13 - Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl - Barre, Vt.