WATERFORD – During the offseason Joey Polewarczyk Jr. and his family owned team decided he would run a part-time schedule with the American Canadian Tour and focus on helping to develop rookie driver Ryan Olsen.
And when the 2016 schedule was announced for the division, there was one event Polewarczyk knew immediately he’d be putting on his limited schedule.
The return of the American Canadian Tour to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in 2016 was a must for the Hudson, N.H. driver.
“No better track than this,” Polewarczyk said of the Speedbowl. “This track is my all-time favorite track. It’s just a fun place to race. … This was one that I was definitely coming to no matter what.”
And Polewarczyk showed why he loves the place so much Saturday.
Polewarczyk dominated in rolling to victory in the 100-lap American Canadian Tour feature Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
“I really don’t know what it is about this place,” Polewarczyk said. “You can run both grooves. Obviously the outside is a little bit of a proffered line, on restarts especially. It just suits me. It just suits my driving style. You can really let it roll in and not use a lot of brake and get right back to the throttle. I wish we came here a lot more often.”
Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. was second and Scott Payea of Milton, Vt. third.
Polewarczyk started third behind pole-winner Payea and second place starter Dillon Moltz. Polewarczyk went to the front past Payea on a lap 13 restart, but Payea grabbed the top spot back on a lap 17 restart.
But all the drama at the front was over after Polewarczyk went to the lead on the lap 19 restart. He was never challenged again out front.
“The car was just spot on,” Polewarczyk said. “It wasn’t exactly where we needed to be in practice, but my team worked hard on it and got it back.”
MacDonald got by Payea for second with just under 15 laps remaining. MacDonald flattened the outside wall just before taking the checkered flag in second.
“I was a little too free to catch Joey,” MacDonald said. “But he was fast. Definitely a lot of fun out there. I don’t know what happened on that last lap.”