Story By: CALE KING / AMERICAN-CANADIAN TOUR – BARRE, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Officials have released the five-division line-up for their 3rd Annual Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 15th.
Once again headlined by the PASS Super Late Models and the international ACT Tour, the Open Modifieds return to ‘the Magic Mile’ for a $7,000-to-win showdown along with the newly announced Mighty Mini Stock Series and the R&R Race Parts Street Stock Open Series.
Over the past two seasons, the American-Canadian Tour and PASS Super Late Models have steadily grown their fields on the Magic Mile for the Northeast Classic. Starting with the mid-twenties in 2021, both full-fendered touring divisions launched past 30 cars last season. Talent-laden fields with drivers from across New England and Eastern Canada have taken to the challenge of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and started the last two seasons off in style; 2023 will be no different. Already, both the PASS office in Naples, Maine and the ACT office in Barre, Vermont have been flooding in with license forms as teams prepare themselves for the coming season with New England’s most prestigious touring divisions.
The $7,000-to-win, $700-to-start Open Modified 50-lap sprint is sure to bring the beloved Modified Magic to New England’s lone NASCAR Cup Series track. The Open Tour-type Modified Teams will be allowed 6 Hoosier Race Tires for the Northeast Classic, allowing two-change tires during their quick-50 for a crew chief challenge of ‘where and when’ as it comes down to the top prize. The lucky winner of the Icebreaker 125 at Thompson Speedway could make it two-for-two in April at the Northeast Classic, pocketing $17,000 to start their 2023 on a high note.
For the second consecutive year, the R&R Race Parts Street Stock Open Series will also return to Northeast Classic weekend for their 25-lap showdown. After a successful inaugural season in 2022, the R&R Street Stocks begin their campaign at the Northeast Classic before embarking on the rest of their 8-race schedule across Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut.
While no stranger to the 1.058-mile NASCAR Cup Series track, the Mighty Mini Series will contend just their second-ever event after their inaugural run at the Thompson Speedway Icebreaker weekend on April 1st and 2nd. The new series for Mini Stock-type machines will get its start at Hickory Motor Speedway alongside the ACT Tour and PASS Super Late Model double features on March 17th and 18th. Entries and interest continue to flood the Barre, Vermont office for the new series and Officials are excited to start the season off.
“Cris (Michaud) and I feel we have all the major Northeast divisions coming to New England’s premier facility in 2023,” said Pro All Stars Series President Tom Mayberry. “Our 3rd annual venture at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is set to be the best so far.”
The 3rd annual Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway once again sends off the New England racing season in style on the Magic Mile. Set for Saturday, April 15th and headlined by the American-Canadian Tour and PASS Super Late Models, the Northeast Classic wouldn’t be complete without the Open Tour-type Modifieds along with the R&R Raceparts Street Stock Open Series and the Mighty Mini Stock Series.