Seventeen year-old Joey “Pole” Polewarcyzk Jr. of Hudson, NH became the youngest driver in the 43 year history of the New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl to earn the pole starting position for tomorrow’s event. For his effort, which established a new track record of 12.935 seconds, the youngster earned the $1,000 Booth Bros/HP Hood Pole Award. He eclipsed the mark of 13.067 set last year by multi-time ACT Tour Champion, Jean-Paul Cyr. An event record 63 cars from across the Northeast U.S., Ontario and Quebec went after the pole as well as a starting spot in the $10,000 to win American-Canadian Tour (ACT) season finale at the Barre, VT speedplant.

Veteran racer Brent Dragon from Milton, VT, earned the outside pole and a $500 bonus with a lap time of 12.956 seconds around the high banked, quarter-mile oval. Georgia, VT’s Ryan Nolin also earned a guaranteed starting spot for the Milk Bowl with the 3rd fastest time (12.984). In all, nine of the 63 competitors broke Cyr’s 2005 record.

“I remember coming to the Milk Bowl in 1997 when my dad raced. I don’t recall a lot, but I know that we traveled for what seemed like a long time to get here, so I knew it was something special. To be in this race for the second time in only two seasons as an ACT Tour driver, I can’t even describe how incrediable this is,” the second generation racer stated. “Thunder Road is known across the country and the Milk Bowl is such a prestigious race. It is really awesome to be sitting on the pole, especially with a veteran like Brent (Dragon) alongside.”

The balance of the 30 car starting grid was established through three 50-lap qualifiers and a Last Chance “B” Feature. When it looked like nearly 40 cars might be eligible for the “B”, additional qualifying races were added to the program.

The official starting line up for Sunday’s $10,000 to win 43rd annual New England Dodge Dealers Milk at Thunder Road, Barre, VT showing starting position, driver, hometown and how driver earned a qualified spot.

(Segment I starting grid in read more)

1. Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Hudson, NH, Time Trials
2. Brent Dragon, Milton, VT, Time Trials
3. Ryan Nolin, Georgia, VT, Time Trials
4 Dennis Demers, Shelburne, VT, 50 Lap Qualifier
5. Phil Scott, Montpelier, VT, 50 Lap Qualifier
6. Trampas Demers, So. Burlington, VT, 50 Lap Qualifier
7. Jay Laquerre, E. Montpelier, VT, 50 Lap Qualifier
8. Patrick Laperle, St. Denis, Que, 50 Lap Qualifier
9. John Donahue, Graniteville, VT, 50 Lap Qualifier
10. Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT, 50 Lap Qualifier
11. Joey Laquerre, E. Montpelier, VT, 50 Lap Qualifier
12. Dave Wilcox, Fairfield, VT, 50 Lap Qualifier
13. Roger Brown III, Lancaster, NH, 50 Lap Qualifier
14. Cris Michaud, Williamstown, VT, 50 Lap Qualifier
15. Dave Pembroke, Montpelier, VT, 50 Lap Qualifier
16. David Avery, Lincoln, NH, 50 Lap Qualifier
17. Marc Curtis Jr., Worcester, MA, 50 Lap Qualifier
18. Mark Lamberton, Mooers Forks, NY, 50 Lap Qualifier
19. Doug Coombs, Livermore, ME, Time Trials
20. Pete Fecteau, Morrisville, VT, Time Trials
21. Rich Lowery, Charlotte, VT, Time Trials
22. Scott Payea, Milton, VT, Time Trials
23. DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH, Time Trials
24. Steve Fisher, Shelburne, VT, Time Trials
25. Steve Reny, Boothbay, ME, “B” Feature
26.Craig Bushey, Cambridge, VT, “B” Feature
27. Joe Becker, Jeffersonville, VT, Thunder Road Provisional
28. A.J. Begin, Merrimac, MA, ACT Provisional
29. Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT, ACT Provisional
30. Jean-Francois Dery, Val Belair, Que, Serie Castrol Provisional