WOODSTOCK, N.H. — The longest and richest event of the ACT Late Model Tour season is on the horizon.
American-Canadian Tour officials announced more than $50,000 in posted awards for the Midsummer 250 at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Aug. 3.
The purse includes $10,000 to the winner. It is the largest top prize of the ACT Late Model Tour season and doubles that of the victor’s spoils in the recent Summer Kickoff Series.
The increased purse goes beyond just the winner’s take. Second place will pay $5,000, the same as first place received in each Summer Kickoff Series event. The third-place finisher is set to receive $3,000, which is more than a regular Tour event pays to win.
Everyone who qualifies for the main event will take home a minimum of $800, double that of a regular ACT Late Model Tour event. The posted purse also includes more than $4,000 in contingency awards and “Last Chance Race” money along with a portion of the ACT point fund.
“When Pat (Malone) and I took over ACT, we made it a goal to put on more big-money events,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “Adding the Midsummer 250 to the schedule is part of that. It attracted some of the top Late Model names in the region when White Mountain hosted it as an open event last year. We expect it to be even bigger this time around.”
The Midsummer 250 is the first of three $10,000-to-win events that ACT is sanctioning in 2019. It will be followed by the Bacon Bowl 200 at Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere on Aug. 17 and the Vermont Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Sept. 29. However, it is the only event of the three that counts toward the ACT Late Model Tour championship, meaning more than money will be on the line at WMMP.
Points leader Rich Dubeau has gotten to the top by being fast at every event. Williamstown’s Jimmy Hebert and Colchester’s Scott Payea are the last two ACT winners at WMMP and will be going even harder with $10,000 up for grabs.
Ryan Kuhn has been getting better by the event while Jonathan Bouvrette has dug himself out of a deep early-season hole. Dylan Payea, Christopher Pelkey, Mathieu Kingsbury and many others will be at WMMP to chase both the victory and the season-long championship. The best of WMMP, along with nearby tracks such as Thunder Road that run ACT rules, will likely also see a contingent headed to the White Mountains.