Hometown Hero Prevails in PASS Hudson Debut

The “home-track advantage” has been talked about extensively over the last week or so – we can all thank Doug Coby’s victory at Stafford Motor Speedway in the Camping World SRX Series for that.  But the advantage is real; just ask Hudson, New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk, who led 89 of 150 laps on Sunday to win the Pro All Stars Series’ first-ever trip to Hudson Speedway.

REPLAY: PASS Super Late Models at Hudson

After a disappointing result in the American-Canadian Tour portion of the evening, Polewarczyk started the PASS feature outside the top 10, courtesy of his victory at White Mountain Motorsports Park on May 23rd.  He steadily worked his way to the front of the field, saving tires and avoiding several big wrecks.  He took the lead from Anthony Constantino on Lap 61 and never let it go, cruising to his second PASS North win of the season.

 

“It’s pretty awesome,” Polewarczyk told Speed51 after the race.  “This is a big deal for me and for the town of Hudson to have such high-quality series come here.  It’s awesome to be able to come here and win in front of the home crowd.  This car was really good, really hooked up, it got over the bumps really good.  I’m whooped, but it’s a good feeling.

We really wanted this one, being so close to my house.  I live less than a mile down the street, so it’s awesome to see an awesome crowd here tonight.  It’s unfortunate, we had a pretty good ACT car, just got two flat tires and it was overheating, it just wasn’t our day with that car.  But this car was awesome all day

Jake Johnson, the 2020 Snowflake 100 winner and a former Legends champion at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass., hounded Polewarczyk for the entire second half of the race, but in the end just could not keep up with the hometown boy.

 

“We had a really good race today, good practice,” Johnson said.  “I was giving it everything I got, that’s for sure.  Every part of the race I was trying my best, at the end I think I even hit the wall once or twice just trying to keep up with him.  Joey ran a great race, I’m sure Derek [Griffith] did too, we didn’t get to battle much.

 

“Overall, it was a great event.  Got to thank PASS, ACT, everyone at Hudson for putting on this show, I’m glad we get to tour around and go to these places.”

 

The third step of the podium was occupied by another Hudson local, Derek Griffith.  Griffith’s evening was much more eventful than Polewarczyk’s, and he was satisfied with a third place finish.

 

“[Joey] was hooked up, he was good all day,” Griffith said.  “We kind of got dragged to the back a couple times, and trying to come up through just got up in a couple people’s messes.  P3, I’ll take it.  We had a couple long green-flag runs there towards the end, I was really hoping for a yellow because we usually fire off pretty good.

 

“Got to thank everyone for coming out, Hudson Speedway, love this place, this is the best place in racing.  I love it here so much, and it means the world to me.”

 

Jake Matheson, from nearby Hillsboro, NH, came home fourth, and Gabe Brown made the haul down from Center Conway, NH to finish fifth.

 

The series rolls on to Oxford Plains Speedway for the third of six total visits in the 2021 campaign.  Fans will be able to watch the PASS Super Late Models and the PASS Modifieds live on Sunday, July 11 on Speed51.TV.

 

-Story by Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51 photo

 

PASS Hudson 150 Final Results (Unofficial)

  1. Joey Polewarczyk
  2. Jake Johnson
  3. Derek Griffith
  4. Jake Matheson
  5. Gabe Brown
  6. Johnny Clark
  7. Mike Mitchell
  8. Scott McDaniel
  9. Jeremy Davis
  10. Anthony Constantino
  11. Ben Rowe
  12. Devin O’Connell
  13. Dan Winter
  14. Angelo Belsito
  15. Kate Re
  16. Rowland Robinson, Jr.
  17. Craig Weinstein
  18. Derek Gluchacki
  19. Joey Doiron
  20. D.J. Shaw

Hometown Hero Prevails in PASS Hudson Debut