Becomes first 'local' to qualify for ACT Invitational
OTTAWA, Ont. -- Sean Kennedy scored one for the 'little guy' on Saturday night at Ottawa's Capital City Speedway.
Kennedy, of Dunrobin, Ont., became the first non-touring driver to qualify for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by winning the Série ACT-Castrol's Toromont CAT 100 at his home track. Kennedy is a perennial Late Model championship contender at Capital City and has made occasional appearances at Castrol and ACT Late Model Tour events since 2007; he is the ninth driver in nine qualifying events to earn a starting spot at NHMS, and is the first Ontarian in the field.
The Toromont CAT 100 was two different races in one, with seven caution periods in the first 44 laps and none in the final 56 circuits. Patrick Laperle of St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, Qué. finished second, with former ACT regular Jonathan Urlin of London, Ont. third. Matt Moffitt, another Capital City regular, finished in fourth place, with ACT veteran Yvon Bédard fifth. Donald Theetge, Daniel Descoste, Pierre-Luc Ouellette, Brandon Watson, and Ken Baird completed the unoffical top ten in order.
The ACT Late Model Tour was also in action on Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut; Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, N.H. was leading the Nutmeg State 100 there when rain moved in on lap 28. The final 72 laps will be completed next Saturday.
(Sean Kennedy photo courtesy capitalcityspeedway.ca website)