Following his second-place finish in the Spring Green 114 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway (VT), Hudson, New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. was visibly frustrated as he climbed out of his No. 97 Pole’s Automotive Ford Fusion in victory lane on Sunday afternoon.
Polewarczyk, who is an 11-time winner on the American-Canadian Tour, was clearly upset with the way he had surrendered the lead to eventual winner Brian Hoar late in the race after dominating the majority of the event.
The runner-up finish for Polewarczyk was his third runner-up finish in five American-Canadian Tour points-counting events this season. Following Sunday’s event in West Haven, Vermont, Polewarczyk finds himself with a 44 point lead over Jimmy Hebert in the 2014 point standings.
While “Joey Pole” may have initially been frustrated coming up just short, he was able to cool down after the race and crack a smile while discussing what consistent finishes mean for him and his race team in the long-run.
“It’s pretty incredible that it’s our fifth race of the year and we don’t have a finish worse than fourth,” Polewarczyk told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “That speaks a lot, not just that the cars are good, but that they’re being checked and nothing is falling off or breaking. We’re really happy about that.”
During previous seasons, it may have taken Polewarczyk until the next race on the schedule to get over the fact that he was unable to win Sunday’s event. This season, the 25-year-old driver is focused on capturing the one thing missing from his impressive resume, his first career American-Canadian Tour championship. A strong run like he had on Sunday makes it easier for him to forget about what could have been.
“I think tomorrow it will be a lot easier,” Polewarczyk said of his runner-up finish on Sunday. “It’s just tough because we’ve been so close all season.”
For Polewarczyk, who has never really struggled to find his way to victory lane during his career, the consistent finishes and lack of wins is something that he’s not accustomed to. For better or for worse, Polewarczyk considers his season thus far to be a change of scenery.
“It’s funny because we’ve always been able to win races, but we’ve never been able to win the championship,” said Polewarczyk. “It’s definitely different than what I’m used to, but maybe things are evening out a bit.”
Polewarczyk still remains focused on winning events as the American-Canadian Tour heads into the second half of the 2014 season and he believes the consistent finishes will translate into a win very soon. If things go his way, he’s confident saying that his first win of 2014 may come this Saturday when the American-Canadian Tour invades White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH).
“I really believe that we’re going to get some wins this year once things start going more our way,” said Polewarczyk. “White Mountain should be a really good track for us and we’ll look to keep this up and try to get a win.”
In addition to the success Polewarczyk is having on the American-Canadian Tour, he has also been able to carry over consistency to his Super Late Model program. In two PASS North starts at Star Speedway (NH) and White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) this season Polewarczyk has recorded two third-place finishes.
In seven combined starts this year with his ACT Late Model and Super Late Model, Polewarczyk is yet to finish outside of the top four. He hopes to continue with this type of consistency, sprinkle in a few wins, and most importantly bring home the ACT championship which he so badly wants.
“It’s been an amazing start to the year with both cars,” Polewarczyk said. “We’re already halfway through it points-wise with ACT. We’ve got four more races and we’ll just keep digging for that championship.”
– By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51