Helliwell, ‘Joey Pole’ star in Vermont ACT event
WEST HAVEN, Vt. — Wayne Helliwell, Jr., of Dover, on Sunday completed his sweep of the American Canadian Tour events at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Helliwell backed up his Spring Green win in May with a win in the St. Jude Children’s Hospital 150.
Helliwell had to battle both Tiverton, R.I.’s Ray Parent and weather on his way to the win. The Helliwell/Parent duo swapped the lead a total of six times over the first 93 laps. The outside lane seemed like the lane of choice as the second-place driver got the advantage on the majority of the restarts.
The event was red flagged with 93 laps completed due to rain. After a 20-minute rain delay, racing resumed with Parent at the point. Following another caution with 104 laps completed, Helliwell took over the lead for good. Parent settled in to second until he abruptly slowed up on lap 146. He had to pit to fill up with gas and returned for the restart and remained on the lead lap.
Travis Stearns inherited second place. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., of Hudson, came from 11th on the field to complete the podium in third.
The 150-lap event was completed in just over two hours, including a couple of rain delays. The event was slowed by 17 cautions.
St. Jude 150
American Canadian Tour
Sunday, at Devil’s Bowl Speedway – West Haven, Vt.
1. Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, 150 Laps
2. Travis Stearns, Auburn, Maine, 150 Laps
3. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, 150 Laps
4. Glen Luce, Turner, Maine, 150 Laps
5. Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, Vt., 150 Laps
6. Ben Lynch, Huntersville, N.C., 150 Laps
7. Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, Vt., 150 Laps
8. Josh Masterson, Bristol, Vt., 150 Laps
9. Brent Dragon, Milton, Vt., 150 Laps
10. Brandon Atkins, Ausable Forks, N.Y., 150 Laps
11. Emily Packard, E. Montpelier, Vt., 150 Laps
12. Ray Parent, Tiverton, R.I., 150 Laps
13. Luke Hinkley, Claremont, 150 Laps
14. Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, Vt., 150 Laps
15. Todd Davis, Claremont, 149 Laps
16. Chris Lacey, Burlington, Vt., 148 Laps
17. Daniel Petronis, Mechanicville, N.Y., 148 Laps
18. Shawn Bodreau, Claremont, 148 Laps
19. John Falconi, Oakham, Mass., 141 Laps
20. Robert Bryant, Jr., Brooklyn, Conn., 121 Laps
21. Kyle Welch, Newport, 120 Laps
22. Blair Bessett, Worcester, Vt., 102 Laps
23. Rowland Robinson Jr., Steuben, Maine, 82 Laps
24. ohnny Scarborough, Bomoseen, Vt., 72 Laps
25. Hunter Bates, Pittsford, Vt., 70 Laps
Lap Leaders: Wayne Helliwell, Jr., 1-17; Ray Parent, 18-24; Helliwell, 25-28; Parent, 29-80; Helliwell, 81-82; Parent, 83; Helliwell, 84-93; Parent, 94-104; Helliwell, 105-150.
Time of Race: 2:02:39 (including red for rain 23:27)
Margin of Victory: 1.077 seconds
Cautions: 17 (laps 5, 14, 24, 28, 71, 80, 85, 87(rain), 87, 93 (red-rain), 104, 106, 107, 118, 121, 124, 146)
Heat Winners: Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Josh Masterson, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
Consi Winners: Jimmy Hebert