Hudson’s Joey Polewarczyk wins TD Bank 250 at Oxford PlainsBy TOM HERZIG
Special to the Union Leader
July 22. 2012 9:43PM
OXFORD, Maine - Joey Polewarczyk Jr., 23, of Hudson, was the class of the field at Oxford Plains Speedway Sunday, winning the 39th TD Bank 250 by a four car-length margin over Jeff Taylor and pocketing $45,500.
Polewarczyk started on the outside pole in the Pole's Automotive/Riveteyelet.com/ No. 97, and led the first 135 laps and the final 63 laps. Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine - soon to be Polewarczyk's brother-in-law put on a late charge to claim third ahead of Dover's Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Oxford regular Travis Stearns in fifth.
Helliwell and Joey Pole had themselves a Granite State scrum at the front for many a lap after the second of three cautions on lap 135. Helliwell Jr. led laps 137-197.
'This is huge,' Polewarczyk said. 'I've been coming to this race since I was seven years old. To have your name go up there with the winners of this race, Kyle Busch included, is great. I have to thank my mom and dad and everyone who's supported me.'
'I had a good car, but he had a better one,' Taylor said. 'There was a lot of traffic out there and it got pretty slippery.'
Positions 6-10 went to Dave Farrington, Patrick Laperle, TJ Brackett, Eddie MacDonald and Brent Dragon.
At the halfway mark, Polewarczyk held a slim lead over Theriault with Stearns third, MacDonald fourth, Taylor fifth and Helliwell Jr. sixth. After the yellow on 135, Brian Hoar stayed out and took the lead while the other leaders pitted. Helliwell Jr. got out first and soon shot under Hoar for the lead.
Polewarczyk Jr., Dale Shaw of Center Conway, Helliwell Jr., Bryan Mason of Stark and MacDonald qualified well in their heats. Defending ACT champion Hoar and former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne of Knoxville made the field via consolation races. Bayne finished 32nd.