Joey Pole Headed South for Easter Bunny 150s

It’s been four years since Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. last made the trip south to Hickory Motor Speedway.  “Joey Pole” returns to the North Carolina bullring this weekend, his first time heading to the track with his own Super Late Model program.




Polewarczyk last took part in the Easter Bunny 150 in 2017.  That year, he started 10th and finished 18th in a car prepared by Woodman Racing.


While it was not the run he hoped for, Polewarczyk hopes that experience and the knowledge gained from it can assist him as he now makes the trip with his own Super Late Model team.


It helps that I have been there before and have seen the track.  I went there in 2017, driving Dicky Woodman’s car.  We didn’t have the race we wanted, but we learned a lot.  We’ve been wanting to do this Easter Bunny race with our own car for a while now.  Nothing ever really lined up to do it.  This year, with two races and everything, it was something we wanted to do.


It will be the first time in several years Polewarczyk has gone south with his Super Late Model, thanks in part to a late start to the season last year.  He made the most of the year, winning the Granite State Pro Stock Series championship.


“It’s been a while since we’ve taken our Super Late Model program down south.  We’ve learned a lot over the last few years, coming from the ACT background into the Super Late Models.  We’ve learned a lot and we’re looking forward to going down there.”


“Joey Pole” capped off a GSPSS title run with a win at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in 2020. (Photo credit: Tom Morris / GSPSS)


While Hickory Motor Speedway is 850 miles away from Polewarczyk’s home of Hudson, New Hampshire, the track reminds him of bullrings in the northeast.  At just .363 miles in length and with plenty of character, Hickory traditionally produces close-quarters racing.


“It reminds me of tracks around here that are bumpy and worn out,” said Polewarczyk.  “Hopefully that plays into our advantage.”


That track will challenge PASS teams twice on Easter Bunny weekend, with a pair of 150-lap events.  That will add some preparation for teams, with Polewarczyk noting his outfit will be bringing of extra parts and pieces they hope they won’t need for Saturday.


With 150-lap races on both Friday and Saturday for the Pro All Stars Series, teams such as Polewarczyk’s will be bringing plenty of extra parts and pieces to ensure they will be able to race Saturday.


“It’s pretty much going the same way we always do.  We have a couple of extra setups built, shocks and stuff like that, if we don’t get the feel we like.  I’m sure, like everyone, we’re hoping to get through the first race and have something left for the second one.


“Obviously, we’ll be bringing spare parts, fenders, stuff like that.  Hopefully, we won’t need to use them, but I’m sure everyone’s bringing extra stuff because you have to be there for the second race.”


Race fans unable to attend the Easter Bunny 150s will be able to watch live on Speed51.TV.  Click here to order your pay-per-view tickets today.


-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo



Joey Pole Headed South for Easter Bunny 150s