NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — The 2011 American-Canadian Tour season is already shaping up to be a continuation of last year: It’s Brian Hoar versus Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
Hoar, of Williston, drove his No. 37 GossCars.com/RPM Racing Engines Dodge from 13th starting position to win the second and final 100-lap round of the ACT Goodyear Speedweeks Cup at New Smyrna Speedway on Monday night, but it was Hudson, N.H.’s Polewarczyk who won the two-race Goodyear championship.
Last year Hoar won the ACT Late Model Tour season championship with Polewarczyk the runner-up, and each driver won three championship-counting events.
Polewarczyk’s No. 97 Pole’s Automotive/NHPrecision.com Ford got the upper hand in Florida, though, as it posted a victory in Sunday’s race and a fifth-place finish on Monday for a total low score of six points. Hoar’s sixth-place finish on Sunday, coupled with Monday’s win, gave him seven points and second place overall in the Goodyear standings. Mark Lamberton of Mooers Forks, N.Y., also earned seven points with finishes of fifth on Sunday and second on Monday, but settled for third place overall as Hoar’s Monday victory earned him the tie-breaker.
Wayne Helliwell, Jr., of Dover, N.H., finished fourth in both races as well as the overall standings, earning eight points. Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, Que., finished second on Sunday, but fought an ill-handling race car to finish ninth on Monday for a total of eleven points and fifth place overall.
Jonathan Urlin, Eddie MacDonald, Karl Allard, Patrick Hamel, and Donald Theetge completed the overall top ten finishers.
Six drivers led Monday’s 100-lap feature event. Urlin, of London, Ont., finished third Hoar and Lamberton after leading twice for a race-high total of 32 laps. Polewarczyk earned a combined $4,350 for his two-night effort.
Vermont Motorsports Magazine will have full post-race coverage of the ACT Goodyear Speedweeks Cup at New Smyrna Speedway this week.
PHOTO: Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., secured the ACT Goodyear Speedweeks Cup championship at New Smyrna Speedway on Monday. (Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com photo)