Milton, Vermont’s veteran race driver, Brent Dragon and Hudson, New Hampshire’s young star Joey Polewarzcyk (‘Pole’) were the first to file full season entries to race for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Championship during the 2009 thirteen race campaign. Dragon has finished either 2nd or 3rd during half the dozen years he has raced on the TOUR. Joey “Pole” has finished in the top 10 in points since joining the TOUR full time in 2005, at the age of sixteen.
Dragon, a multi-time Airborne Speedway Champion considers the addition of a 300-lap race at Airborne this September a favorable windfall for his 2009 effort to capture the ACT Championship. Dragon said, “I think it is about time we finally get a championship on the American Canadian TOUR. Having a second race at my favorite track (Airborne) hopefully will work in our favor. Dragon went on the say, “We were so proud to win the prestigious MacTavish Award at this year’s banquet, I can’t think of a better way to back it up than by winning the ACT title in 2009.” Dragon knows that it won’t be easy. The competition at ACT seems to get deeper and deeper each season. Maine veterans Glen Luce and former Oxford champion Ricky Rolf, along with 5-time ACT champion Brian Hoar from So. Burlington, VT, as well as the veteran team of Randy Potter from New Hampshire have all thrown their hats in the ring as title contenders to spoil Dragon’s bid.
Young sensation, Joey Pole will certainly have something to say about who wins the title in 2009. Pole was a two-time winner on the TOUR in 2008, sat on the pole for the 45th running of the Chittenden Milk Bowl at Thunder Road, and is focused on winning the 2009 ACT Championship. Pole said,
“There are so many good veteran teams and such a variety of different tracks that we will be going to in 2009, it will be tougher than ever, but our team is very focused as we get ready to take on the challenge. I think the past few years have taught me a lot about how to compete for the title. I guess it is time to see if I can take advantage of all the things I’ve learned. I sure am excited about the coming season and can’t wait to get started.”
The 2009 ACT TOUR will open at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, New Hampshire on Sunday, April 19. The 150-lap event will also be the first qualifier for the ACT Invitational to be held on September 19th at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Chase weekend. The Lee event will award a $500 bonus and starting spot in the highly anticipated ACT Invitational.
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