EPPING, N.H. — Joey Polewarczyk Jr. put on a clinic in the second half of the Dream Ride 150 at Star Speedway to capture his 20th ACT Late Model Tour victory.
Polewarczyk grabbed the lead from Rich Dubeau on lap 91 and smoked the field down the stretch to take the $5,000 top prize in the American-Canadian Tour Summer Kickoff Series finale.
The win was notable on several levels beyond the prize money. Polewarzcyk broke a tie with Jean-Paul Cyr and Patrick Laperle to move into sole possession of second place on the all-time ACT Late Model Tour winner’s list. He also became the sixth driver to prevail after six points-counting events this year.
Polewarczyk started on the outside pole alongside Wayne Helliwell Jr., but he surrendered that spot to Ryan Kuhn as Helliwell set the pace. A lap-7 incident where Christopher Pelkey and Jonathan Bouvrette battled in close quarters for the fourth spot – and Claude Leclerc paid the price – scrambled the running order early and allowed Dubeau to quickly move up from the 10thstarting spot.
Dubeau was up to third place when the third caution flew on lap 19 for Bouvrette’s second incident and took the runner-up spot on the restart. He was starting to put the pressure on for the lead when Helliwell’s rear end failed on the 31st circuit, handing the lead to Dubeau and the No. 2 spot back to Polewarczyk.
The fourth-and-final caution came out two laps later for Reilly Lanphear’s spin. Dubeau pulled away initially following the restart. But Polewarczyk kept getting strong as the green-flag run progressed. The 2014 ACT champion began stalking Dubeau in earnest as the duo passed lapped traffic near the halfway mark. After 20 laps of testing the waters, Polewarczyk swung to the high line and took the lead from Dubeau as they completed the 91st lap.
And Polewarczyk kept rolling from there. As the rest of the field began to slip and slide on worn tires, Polewarczyk remained steady and built a nearly a half-track lead. Despite needing to ease up some in slower traffic over the final circuits, Polewarczyk cruised to the win. He became the first repeat ACT winner at Star Speedway after also winning at the Tour’s last visit in 2013.
Dubeau finished second to retake the American-Canadian Tour points lead. Kuhn, a Tour rookie, was strong all night and earned his first ACT podium finish with a third-place result. Bouvrette charged through the field after his early incidents to take fourth. Bryan Kruczek rounded out the top-5.
Another rookie, Trent Goodrow, had his best career ACT effort and finished sixth. Two-time defending ACT Champion Scott Payea was the last driver on the lead lap in seventh. Erick Sands was the highest-finishing local in eighth. Williamstown’s Jimmy Hebert and Quebec driver Mathieu Kingsbury completed the top-10.
The ACT Late Model Tour now heads into its summer break. The stars of the Northeast will compete for the $10,000-to-win Midsummer 250 on Aug. 3 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.