ACT's Jacob McGrath Need For Speed - From Snowboards To Stock Cars


For Immediate Release ACT14-030802
Waterbury, VT - - Jacob McGrath of Killington, VT, a snowboard racer turned Late
Model stock car driver, has significantly geared up for his third season of ACT Late Model
competition. McGrath has filed a full-season ACT Dodge Tour entry and plans to race weekly
at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT.
With support from sponsors Mountain Green Resort, Black Diamond Distributing and 
Roto-Rooter, the McGrath Racing team, assisted by veteran mechanic Tony Andrews, will 
field a pair of ACT spec engine-powered Dodge Intrepids.
"Snowboarding or stock car racing, the object is to learn how to go faster, and I think
Tony's going to be a real asset," says McGrath. "Things starting picking up towards the end of
last season, particularly at Adirondack (NY) and at the Milk Bowl, and I'm hoping to build on that
this year." McGrath's Milk Bowl outing, the best of his brief career, found him door to door with
the legendary Bobby Dragon for nearly 50 laps on the way to second place in the second leg
of the 150-lap event and a $3750 payday.
An alumnus of Poultney High School, McGrath, 24, won the first snowboard race he
ever entered, a Green Mountain Series border-cross event. He went on to become nationally
ranked in the Giant Slalom. "That's the fastest and longest event where the gates are the
farthest apart," McGrath explained. "I went up against Ross Powers, the Olympic gold medal
winner in the half pipe, Jeff Greenwood, Ian Price, all those guys." As more and more
competitors backed away from World Cup Federation events to race in amateur events in the
USA to establish amateur status and Olympic eligibility, McGrath's ranking and overall
performance leveled off. "I was 50th out of 180 or more, but I wasn't getting any better," he
said. "It was looking like the time to try something new."
"I had gone to Catamount and Thunder Road as a pup and loved it," said McGrath. My
uncle, Bob Ready, was working on race cars and my brother Brent was a high school buddy of
Mike Bruno and was helping him. It was through them that I first got serious about getting into
it. My first time out at Airborne, it was a little scary and a little intense when cars would pull off
the corners and go by me like a shot. I was wondering, how are they doing that ? That was
the challenge, figure out how to make the car go and get seat time."
"I think I'm ready to take a big step forward this year," predicts McGrath. "Tony 
brings a lot of know-how to our team. I have two Lefthander chassis cars that will run 
spec engines and I'm planning on racing weekly at Thunder Road as well as full-time on 
the Tour. The Milk Bowl was a breakout race for me. I got into the Adirondack race 
through the "B" feature so I started 34th. I was with the leaders in 9th when I cut a tire 
with 15 to go. Those races helped build my confidence. I'm really looking forward to the 
start of this season."
The 2002 ACT Dodge Tour begins a 16 race schedule at Star Speedway in Epping, NH
with the New England Dodge Dealers 100, Saturday, April 13. The Tour then moves to
Thunder Road for the Merchants Bank Freedom Lynx 150 Sunday, May 5.
Thunder Road's regular season of Thursday night weekly events begins Thursday June
6 on Howard's Market Night. For additional information, contact the ACT office - (802) 244-
6963 or visit thunderroadspeedbowl.com.