Polewarczyk Jr., Stearns Lead ACT Drivers Looking to do Double Duty at Oxford
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<<ATTACHED PHOTO (db0615140.JPG): Defending ACT Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr. (97VT) will look to complete both ends of the season-opening ACT/PASS doubleheader on Saturday, April 18. (Alan Ward photo)
Waterbury, VT – One of the biggest seasons in American-Canadian Tour (ACT) history launches on Saturday, April 18 as part of the first ever doubleheader between the ACT Late Model stock cars and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models. More than 70 combined cars are expected at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME, and multiple ACT drivers will attempt to run both 150-lap events that afternoon.
Defending ACT Tour Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson, NH leads the drivers looking to complete all 300 laps of feature racing on the 3/8th-mile oval. "Joey Pole" said that he and his team wanted to attempt the doubleheader as soon as they learned that it was on the schedule.
"It's challenging just to run one car and try to get the car handling great for the race," Pole noted. "But now the challenge is to get both cars – spending as much time as possible on both cars as you can to try and get them handling the best for a long run and a long race. But I feel really confident with my crew that we'll be able to get both cars running well."
Auburn, ME's Travis Stearns also intends to race both a Late Model and a Super Late Model that day for Vermont-based Richard Green Racing. The team will use the opening practice session on Friday, April 17 to help dial in the ACT and PASS cars in search of a combined winner's purse of almost $6,000.
Both Pole and Stearns are running the full ACT schedule this year, and hope to parlay a strong season-opening result into a run at the Tour championship. While Pole is looking to repeat as Champion, Stearns' best finish in the final standings is sixth in 2013, and he believes his team is capable of more.
"I think we're better than what we've shown (the last two seasons)," Stearns said. "We've shown speed at times in a lot of places. We're just missing a little something. We've made some changes this year, personnel-wise, everything-wise. I've very optimistic. There's no reason why we can't be an ACT title contender."
The opening event at Oxford is the first of three ACT-PASS doubleheaders during the 2015 schedule. The International 500, scheduled for the weekend of July 17-19 at the Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY, will see both series run 200-lap events while vying for more than $100,000 in posted awards. The third and final doubleheader will be a pair of 200-lap events on Saturday, September 12 at the Autodrome Chaudiere in Quebec.
Pole's family-run team already plans to run both ends of all three combined events. Two-time ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr., along with Brad Babb and eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar, have expressed interest in running the doubleheaders later in the season.
Regardless of what happens on the race track, Pole says that the fans will be the real winners of the ACT/PASS alliance.
"I think more so than anything else, it helps the fans who don't have to choose where to go for the weekend," Pole said. "There are ACT fans and PASS fans, but most people are just fans of racing and want to see both."
The much-anticipated ACT/PASS doubleheader program at Oxford Plains Speedway will kick off on Saturday, April 18, with the pits opening at7:30am and a post time of 2:00pm. Admission for the double feature is just $30 for adults and $15 for juniors. A practice session for all divisions will be held on Friday, April 17. The pits for this session will open at 11:00am with practice beginning at 1:00pm.
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