Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. has not made very many appearances with the Granite State Pro Stock Series, but he has made each of his starts count. In four career starts with the series, Pole has three wins and a fifth-place finish.
For the first time in his career, Polewarczyk is set to make a second start with the series in a season when he heads back to Claremont Motorsports Park for Friday night’s 100-lap main event. He competed in the GSPSS opener at the New Hampshire track back on June 5, with a top-five finish to show for it in what was his first start at the 1/3-mile oval since 2011.
“Joey Pole” joined “The Bullring” on Speed51 Monday to talk about competing with the home-state series.
“Those guys are fun to race with and it’s a really fun division. We raced with them their opening race of the year at Claremont, at tracks we usually don’t go to often,” Polewarczyk said. “We had a pretty solid run but we want to give it another shot and go back to Claremont and try to put another good race together.”
Polewarczyk also competes with the American-Canadian Tour and PASS North and Nationals series’, with the latter utilizing Super Late Models. While PASS and Granite State both feature the same type of car, he says there are some differences between the two sanctioning bodies.
“There’s some different shock rules and different tires, but they’re pretty similar. They go to some different tracks PASS and ACT doesn’t go to. It’s fun to go on tour with them, go to tracks like Hudson Speedway, Claremont. We’re having a lot of fun.”
With now having a family to support, the former ACT champion has veered away from points racing in exchange for the opportunity to pick and choose races they want to attend. His new schedule has taken him outside the Northeast to tracks such as Richmond, Berlin, and Five Flags.
“How our schedule works, we raced for points with the ACT Tour for 10, 11 years straight. These past few years we’ve gone the route of picking and choosing races we want to go to, tracks we want to go to, things like that. It’s fun to try a lot of different tracks.”
His pick-and-choose schedule included a trip to Richmond Raceway for the Commonwealth Classic in March 2019, which saw him pick up the win in the ACT portion of the event over a field of 38 cars.
A former winner of Northeast crown jewels Oxford 250 and Milk Bowl, the added pressure makes the marquee races more fun for Polewarczyk.
“It’s a lot of fun, any chance you get to go to Richmond for example, that was such a cool deal to race our type of cars on that track. Everyone puts more pressure on their shoulders on a big stage like that, you want to perform and do well. We’ve been fortunate to perform at our best at some of those big events. The Oxford 250 and the Milk Bowl, those were big races that I grew up as a kid watching and hoped I would be in someday. To be able to say that we’ve won them is pretty surreal.”
After nearly a decade between starts at Claremont, Polewarczyk heads to the tricky 1/3rd mile for the second time in a month’s span Friday night with a chance to win his fourth Granite State Pro Stock race in five starts. With last month’s race and a top-five under his belt, he feels like he can close it out with another win come Friday.
“Claremont is a really racey track, you can talk to anyone that’s been there, it’s laid out so different with how the corners are different. I’ve got a good buddy Kyle Welch that lives close to there that gives me pointers when I go there. I feel like as we ran the race there a couple weeks ago, I started to get more comfortable and the car got better. Hopefully we can make the car a little bit better and pick off a few more spots and be there at the end.”
Friday night’s Granite State Pro Stock Series event at Claremont Motorsports Park will be live on Speed51 to help kick off Summer Thunder TV. Click here to become a monthly or yearly subscriber.
Fans who missed Monday’s Bullring episode can watch a replay here.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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