Joey Pole Takes 1st ACT Tour Win In Seekonk's Phil's Propane Bay State 100

On a scorching Saturday night at Seekonk Speedway (Seekonk, MA) near Providence, RI,  Hudson, New Hampshire's Joey "Pole" Polewarczyk sizzled en route to his first career ACT Tour win.

Joey "Pole" Polewarczyk waves to the Seekonk crowd after winning the Phil's Propane Bay State 100 - the first of his ACT Tour career.
 The 18 year-old passed six-time ACT Tour Champion, Jean-Paul Cyr from Milton, VT on the 62nd circuit and never looked back in spite of four late race restarts.  Cyr, who fell back as far as third once "Pole" was in the lead, regrouped with the help of the caution flags to recover for second.  Sophomore driver, Scott Payea, also from Milton, who challenged both Cyr and Pole for the lead, crossed the line in third.  Roger Brown of Lancaster, NH, the event's defending winner, finished fourth while Kip Stockwell from Braintree, VT finished fifth in just his second ACT Tour start of the season.  The 100-lap event was contested in just over 39 minutes.

Following the early practice sessions and his qualifying heat race Pole commented about his car, "My car is just perfect, I'm able to run just about anywhere.  If I have to run the low groove to pass I'll be able to, but the high groove is also working well for me."  It turned out the recent high school graduate was prophetic in his remarks as he moved his way forward from his fifth place starting position.

At the drop of the green flag on the ACT Tour's seventh race of the season, pole sitter Cyr set off with Payea, who started on the outside of the front row, in tow.  Lincoln, New Hampshire's David Avery passed Payea for the runner-up spot on the sixth circuit, a spot he would hold until lap 53 when young Pole motored around him in the high groove for position.  Once solidly in second, Pole set his sights on the race and championship point leader.

As the laps sped past the youngster stayed solidly in the high groove of the 1/3 mile slightly banked seacoast speedplant as he reeled in Cyr.  In spite of his point lead Cyr was looking for his first win of the season.  On the 62nd lap, Cyr's car bobbled exiting the second turn which gave Pole the break he was looking for.  He nosed his Chevrolet ahead of Cyr's as the pair crossed the stripe.  A few quick circuits later Cyr's car was again loose, this time as he exited the fourth corner.  This allowed Payea to move into second and Pole to solidify his advantage.  Once he was out front, Pole never looked back.

ACT Tour announcer Troy Germain interviews Joey Pole in the Winner's Circle as event sponsor Phil Viveiros waits to present the first place trophy to the youngster.
"This has been a long time coming," Pole stated emotionally as he accepted the winner's trophy from Phil Viveiros of Phil's Propane, "We've had a couple of long weeks putting the car back together after the (TD Banknorth Oxford) 250 and last weekend's ACTion Super Series race in Canada," he said of two events for which he didn't  qualify.  He continued, "This win makes it all worth while.  We've had a great car at other events this year and last but it never seemed to come together for us.  The stars lined up for us here at Seekonk." he finished to the roar of the crowd.

Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, Qc finished sixth after starting 17th at the helm of the Maine-based Mike Lux/Jerry Hicks machine.  Laperle, who has spent the majority of the 2007 season racing in his native Canada on the Serie ACT Castrol, has been contracted to pilot the car in several of the ACT Tour events remaining on the schedule.  Second place pointman, Randy Potter from Groveton, NH, came from 23rd in the 25 car field after qualifying through the "B" Feature.  He worked his way into seventh after getting into the groove of the slightly banked oval after racing there for the first time in his lengthy career.  Local favorite, Kevin Casper from Somerset, MA, was the lone weekly competitor from the track to qualify for the main event.  He was eighth.  Donald Theetge of Boischatel, Qc and Avery rounded out the top ten.

The ACT Tour returns to action on Saturday (August 11) at Maine's Oxford Plains Speedway for the rescheduled Time Warner Cable 100.  The event fell to rain on July 7.  Post time is 6:30.

Unofficial Finish  of Saturday's Phil's Propane Bay State 100, Seeonk Speedway.


The unofficial finish of the ACT Tour’s seventh event of the season showing finishing position, driver, hometown, laps complete and status:

  1.  Joey Polewarczyk, Hudson, NH, 100, Running

  2.  Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT, 100, Running

  3.   Scott Payea, Milton, VT, 100, Running

  4.  Roger Brown, Lancaster, NH, 100, Running

  5.  Kip Stockwell, Braintree, VT, 100, Running

  6.  Patrick Laperle, St-Denis, QC, 100, Running

  7.  Randy Potter, Groveton, NH, 100, Running

  8.  Kevin Casper, Somerset, MA, 100, Running

  9.  Donald Theetge, Boischatel, QC, 100, Running

10.  David Avery, Lincoln, NH, 100, Running

11.  Brent Dragon, Milton, VT, 100, Running

12.  Marc Curtis Jr, Worcester, MA, 100, Running

13.  Steve Fisher, Shelburne, VT, 100, Running

14.  Gary Caron, Colchester, VT, 100, Running

15.  Pete Potvin, Graniteville, VT, 100, Running

16.  Phil Scott, Montpelier, VT, 100, Running

17.  A.J. Begin, Merrimac, MA, 100, Running

18.  Eric Chase, Milton, VT, 100, Running

19.  Mark Anzalone Jr, Malden, MA, 99, Running

20.  Ron Henry, New Gloucester, ME, 96, Tire

21.  Ryan Vanasse, Warwick, RI, 86Running

22.  Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT, 82, Heating

23.  Jamie Aube, Bow, NH, 73, Panhard Bar

24.  Brian Hoar, Williston, VT, 67, Handling

25.  John Donahue, Graniteville, VT, 31, Rear End

Four drivers did not qualify.