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Polewarczyk Rolls to Third Win of Season at Devil's Bowl

Posted By Tj Ingerson On June 7, 2015

Categories: American-Canadian Tour | Devil's Bowl

Joey Polewarczyk Jr. and his Joe Polewarczyk Sr.-led team celebrate their third win of the season on Saturday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway. (T.J. Ingerson/VMM photo)PHOTO: Joey Polewarczyk Jr. and his Joe Polewarczyk Sr.-led team celebrate their third win of the season on Saturday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway. (T.J. Ingerson/VMM photo)

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VMM Editor

Not even a caution flag could have slowed Joey Polewarczyk Jr. down on Saturday night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

The Hudson, N.H., driver rolled from a seventh place starting spot to claim the win in the ACT Late Model Tour 100-lap feature event in the caution-free race. It was Polewarczyk’s third win of the season and the 16th win of his ACT Late Model Tour career. Polewarczyk also became the third American-Canadian Tour winner at Devil's Bowl Speedway.

“I was expecting a few cautions to help us out, but luckily it went our way tonight,” Polewarczyk said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better car tonight. It was spot on.”

Polewarczyk steadily rode in the sixth spot for the first 25 laps before he turned up the wick and charged into the top-five. While Polewarczyk began to make headway, it was his championship counterpart, Wayne Helliwell Jr., and two-time Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl champion, Nick Sweet, that were trading the top spot.

“We were riding there in the beginning and everyone was kind of equal,” Polewarczyk said. “I tried to go to the outside of Travis (Stearns), I tried to the inside of Travis for a while, and I just couldn’t complete the pass. So then I backed off and said ‘I guess it’s not time yet.’

“Then, all of a sudden, it was like a light switch. I don’t know. The car just really came into it.”

By the midway point, Polewarczyk had moved into the third spot and would watch the front two not only contend with each other, but lapped traffic too. That two-front fight by Helliwell and Sweet would allow Polewarczyk to quickly reel them in.

Polewarczyk would benefit from a lapped car as he was able to work around Sweet on lap 60 and then set his sights on the leader Helliwell. With just 25 laps to go, Polewarczyk would make his move to the inside of Helliewell and take the lead on lap 76.

“We could really roll the bottom, and it was tough on the outside groove; there wasn’t a lot of grip up there,” Polewarczyk explained. “When the leaders would get to lapped traffic, it would close everyone back up because they had to go to the outside.

“(Lapped traffic) was huge for us. (Helliwell and Sweet) were quite a ways away from me by the time I got to third. Luckily, (lapped traffic) allowed us to close in on them. We had a great car. We were able to get through lapped traffic easier at times. I got by Nick (Sweet) by going in between him and a lapped car.”

The win for Polewarczyk may have swung the momentum pendulum back toward the No. 97 Pole’s Automotive team.

“Momentum is a huge part of this,” Polewarczyk. “I think this is going to be one of the best seasons in a long time. Wayne’s just one hell of a competitor and one hell of a guy. To be racing him like this, and it’s kind of weird, but it’s a dream of mine.

“I’ve known him for a long time. He’s won two races and we’ve won three races just because we’ve brought each other’s competitiveness up just another notch. He wants to beat me and I want to beat him. There are 30 other guys we want to beat, too, and they all want to beat us.

“But between him and I, it’s brought everyone up another level. It’s going to be tough right down to the last race.”

Sweet was able to get past Helliwell after Polewarczyk gained the lead to finish second. The Barre, Vt., driver and a three-time winner at Devil’s Bowl in the former Vermont State Late Model Championship Series started on the pole position after he earned a “plus-five” in his heat race.

Helliwell, of Dover, N.H., finished third after he started in the second spot and led the most laps during the event. Unofficially, Helliwell saw his point lead shrink by four points and will carry a five point advantage into the series’ next race at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Devil’s Bowl competitor Josh Masterson, of Bristol, Vt., ran inside the top-five for nearly the entire 100-lap distance. Brad Babb of Windham, Maine ran from a 11th place starting spot to finish in the fifth spot when the checkered flag flew.

Reigning Granite State Pro Stock Series champion Dillon Moltz finished sixth in his first ACT Late Model Tour start. Fan favorite Emily Packard finished seventh after she ran inside the top-five for a majority of the race while eight-time ACT Late Model Tour champion Brian Hoar came home in the eighth spot. Kyle Welch and Brandon Atkins completed the top-ten finishers, respectively.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – People’s United Bank 100
ACT Late Model Tour – Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, Vt.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

(# -- denotes rookie)

1. (7) Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Hudson, N.H.
2. (1) Nick Sweet, Barre, Vt.
3. (2) Wayne Helliwell Jr., Dover, N.H.
4. (5) Josh Masterson, Bristol, Vt.
5. (11) Brad Babb, Windham, Maine
6. (12) Dillon Moltz, Waterford, Conn.
7. (3) Emily Packard, East Montpelier, Vt.
8. (9) Brian Hoar, Williston, Vt.
9. (14) Kyle Welch, Newport, N.H.
10. (8) Brandon Atkins, AuSable Forks, N.Y.
11. (16) Todd Davis, Claremont, N.H.
12. (21) Jeff White, Winthrop, Maine
13. (22) # Rich Dubeau, Plainfield, N.H.
14. (18) Ray Parent, Tiverton, R.I.
15. (4) Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, Vt.
16. (15) Arthur Heino Jr., Newport, N.H.
17. (10) Rowland Robinson Jr., Steuben, Maine
18. (23) Robert Hagar, Windsor, Vt.
19. (25) Tyler Cahoon, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
20. (20) Chad White, Fort Ann, N.Y.
21. (19) Richard Lowery III, Charlotte, Vt.
22. (17) Jeremy Zullo, Claremont, N.H.
23. (26) Steve Miller, Vergennes, Vt.
24. (13) Mike Ziter, Williamstown, Vt.
25. (24) Joe Curioso, Mystic, Conn.
26. (6) Travis Stearns, Auburn, Maine