ACT Fall Foliage 200

Polewarczyk Caps Off ACT Title with Fall Foliage Win

Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH capped off his 2014 American Canadian Tour title with a win in the season finale Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, September 27. Polewarczyk used the high lane to get around Quebec’s Patrick Laperle on the final restart with just over 20 laps remaining in the event to take the lead and become the only repeat winner on the 2014 American Canadian Tour and claim his first career championship.

Polewarczyk took the green flag from the eighth starting position and quickly worked his way for the front as the 37 car field ran under green for the first 67 laps. Kyle Welch and Bobby Therrien both took turns leading until Wayne Helliwell, Jr. claimed the top spot on lap 25. That setup a battle between Helliwell and Polewarczyk for the next 95 laps.

The second caution of the 200 lap event flew on lap 120 for a mandatory fuel pit stop. After the race returned to green, it was the Laperle and Polewarczyk show for the final 80 laps. The duo swapped the lead a total of 6 times over the remainder of the event. The fifth and final caution flag flew with just over 20 laps left and Polewarczyk took advantage in the high lane on the restart. Laperle tried everything he could through the final laps and was right on his bumper at the finish, but Polewarczyk held him off to take the win.

Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar completed the podium, while Travis Stearns and Jeff White rounded out the top five. Jimmy Hebert, Dave Pembroke, Donald Theetge, Ben Ashline, and Jean-Francois Dery earned top ten finishes.

All 37 cars in attendance started the 200 lap feature. A total of 14 cars completed the race on the lead lap. The race saw just five cautions and was completed in just over an hour and a half.

Polewarczyk’s second career Fall Foliage win brings the 2014 American Canadian Tour season to a close. Many of the ACT stars will be back in action next week, however, for the 52nd running of the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in Barre, VT. Booth Bros./HP Hood Qualifying Day will be on Saturday, October 4 with the three segment Milk Bowl on Sunday, October 5.


ACT Fall Foliage 200 Unofficial Results
American Canadian Tour Late Models
Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, NY
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Pos. (Start) Driver, Hometown, Laps Completed
1. (8) Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Hudson, NH, 200 Laps

2. (14) Patrick Laperle, St-Denis, QC, 200 Laps

3. (1) Brian Hoar, Williston, VT, 200 Laps

4. (11) Travis Stearns, Auburn, ME, 200 Laps

5. (3) Jeff White, Winthrop, ME, 200 Laps

6. (7) Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, VT, 200 Laps

7. (22) Dave Pembroke, Middlesex, VT, 200 Laps

8. (32) Donald Theetge, Boischatel, QC, 200 Laps

9. (23) Ben Ashline, Pittston, ME, 200 Laps

10. (17) Jean-Francois Dery, Quebec, QC, 200 Laps

11. (15) Scott Dragon, Colchester, VT, 200 Laps

12. (18) Ray Parent, Tiverton, RI, 200 Laps

13. (10) Alex Labbe, St-Albert, QC, 200 Laps

14. (4) Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT, 200 Laps

15. (9) Emily Packard, E. Montpelier, VT, 199 Laps

16. (12) #Brandon Atkins, AuSable Forks, NY, 199 Laps

17. (16) Nick Lagoy, Plattsburgh, NY, 199 Laps

18. (24) Rowland Robinson Jr., Steuben, ME, 199 Laps

19. (13) #Mike Ziter, Williamstown, VT, 199 Laps

20. (34) Daniel Descoste, Saint Joseph, QC, 198 Laps

21. (31) Stephane Descoste, Oka, QC, 198 Laps

22. (33) Derek White, Kahnawake, QC, 198 Laps

23. (28) #Matt Anderson, Franklin, NH, 198 Laps

24. (25) Karl Allard, St-Felicien, QC, 197 Laps

25. (27) Claude Leclerc, Lanoraie, QC, 194 Laps

26. (35) Jimmy Linardy, Somerville, MA, 193 Laps

27. (6) Jonathan Bouvrette, Blainville, QC, 191 Laps

28. (37) Tom Eriksen, Jr., Vergennes, VT, 178 Laps

29. (21) Bucko Branham, Plattsburgh, NY, 163 Laps

30. (5) Wayne Helliwell Jr., Dover, NH, 162 Laps

31. (29) #Brian Tagg, Oxford, MA, 161 Laps

32. (19) Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT, 160 Laps

33. (2) Kyle Welch, Newport, NH, 159 Laps

34. (26) #Eric Badore, Milton, VT, 159 Laps

35. (30) Walt Hammond, Canaan, NH, 118 Laps

36. (20) Josh Masterson, Bristol, VT, 82 Laps

37. (36) Gaetan Gaudreault, Quebec, QC, 31 Laps

Lap Leaders: Kyle Welch, 1-16; Bobby Therrien, 17-24; Wayne Helliwell, Jr., 25-43; Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., 44; Helliwell, 45-120; Polewarczyk, 121-125; Patrick Laperle, 126-134; Polewarczyk, 135-143; Laperle, 144-146; Polewarczyk, 147-153; Laperle, 154-179; Polewarczyk, 180-200.                                                                

Time of Race: 1:34:02                                   

Margin of Victory: .137 seconds                              

Cautions: 5 (laps 67, 120, 132, 163, 177)