The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Spring Green 114 “Star of the Race” awards to three non-podium winners based on their outstanding overall race efforts. Each team is awarded a certificate worth $125.00 in the form of a free American Racer tire after each ACT event on the US 2014 schedule. The criteria is not based on where the finish is, but on various positive results the team accomplished during the running of the event, or the week leading up to the event.
The rain delayed 2014 Spring Green was well worth the wait under perfect conditions, a huge crowd, and 34 ACT Championship Late Model teams in the spotless pit area at D-Bowl. What appeared to be a first time run away between three drivers, Aaron Fellows, from Croydon, NH, veteran Jamie Fisher from Shelburne, VT and Quebec driver Stephane Decoste from Oka, QC set the early pace before the first yellow on lap 42.
The deck got shuffled for the next 40 laps when current ACT point leader Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Joey Pole) from Hudson, NH took over the lead and immediately put daylight and lapped cars between two ACT Champions, Brian Hoar from Williston, VT and Dover New Hampshire’s Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Pole became a victim of 4 caution flags in the final 10 laps that enabled Hoar and Helliwell to close. When the last platoon of lapped cars decided to pull out of formation on the final yellow that left the front row of Pole and Hoar to fight it out, history tells us that the outside lane on the relatively flat half mile at Devil’s Bowl is the best place to be on a restart. It was once again for the final re-start of the race and Brian Hoar wrestled the lead and his 40th career win from Pole who still leads the standing over Jimmy Hebert from Williston by 44 points heading to White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) this coming Saturday, June 21, 2014. Post time is 5:00.
*Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT: Driving the Fast One Motorsports car for Pete Duto from Montpelier, the former ACT Rookie of the Year looks to be coming into form just in time to defend his WMMP victory a year ago. Thirty four (34) cars were gridded for the qualifying heats. Neither the qualifying heats nor the consolation race were of any help to the sophomore ace. Using a win in the Last Chance “B” Feature, the 5VT raced to a win in the final qualifying event of the day that placed him in the 23rd starting position in the feature. With long green runs until lap 100, Therrien and the Fast One crew found something after the “B” feature. The Subway car ran through the lapped traffic like a veteran and started a chase to the front. Most fence watchers thought that if it had been a 150 lap event, the young flashy speedster might have been in the hunt for a solid top five. Finishing from 23rd to an eighth (8th) place position was one of the outstanding efforts of the day by the 5VT team and certainly worthy of a “Star of the Race” award.
*Stephen Descoste, Oka, QC: The ‘Fleur de Lys” was flying high in Quebec Sunday night after the affable Stephane Descoste’s solid fourth place finish in his first ever appearance at the fast half mile Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The Crazy Horse prepared 78QC qualified with an outstanding +4 in the unique ACT heat handicap system. For the first half of the race he was beside, in front of, or just behind both the leader and second place contender of the race-- Aaron Fellows and Jamie Fisher. When yellows arrived the 78QC got shuffled back by lapped cars in his assigned lane, but managed to find his way back to an outstanding 4thplace finish in very heavy side by side racing up front during the final 15 laps. The Star of the Race award is long overdue for Descoste, traveling from just outside Montreal. He has finished in the top five in three of the four races he has been in this season. He failed to qualify for one event at Thunder Road when a field of 43 cars attempted to qualify for 26 spots! His effort and finishing records are impressive when you factor in just how few times this racer has been to the US tracks already visited in the first half of the year. A popular and well deserved Star of the Race award goes to Stephen Descoste in the Crazy Horse 78QC.
*Aaron Fellows, Croydon, NH: Consistency has been the name of the game for this veteran racer from New Hampshire. A multi time champion at both the Twin State Speedway in Claremont and Canaan Speedway, both in New Hampshire, Aaron Fellows likes to race just about anything that has wheels and goes fast. His first full year on the ACT tour has been a roller coaster ride with some excellent finishes and some not so excellent finishes. The Spring Green started out as a highlight race for the 29NH team. A very impressive +5 (passed five cars in his 10 lap green to checkers heat race from a random draw starting spot) placed this veteran on the pole for the Spring Green. Fellows did not waste the opportunity. For 60 laps the veteran held off continual challenges from both Jamie Fisher and Stephane Descoste (see above). He finally relinquished the lead on lap 61 to the hard charging Joey Pole. Aaron hung around the top of the standings until he was caught up in a late race three wide effort off turn 4 resulted in a vicious high speed wreck at the end of the long main stretch. Aaron is on the mend and the report was that he will take it easy for some time before climbing into the race car. His only hope was that he can make it to the Bond Auto Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. The race fraternity is a pretty tight knit group and the odds are the car will get fixed; he will get healthy, and hopefully, will be ready for the Invitational. For his outstanding effort prior to the wreck, Aaron Fellows is awarded a “Star of the Race” award at the Spring Green.
-American Canadian Tour Press Release. Photo Credit: American-Canadian Tour