Helliwell takes advantage of late tangle to snag Oxford win

Wayne Helliwell Jr. (27) captured the Oxford 150 on Sunday after then-leader Joey Polewarczyk got caught up in a late incident. (Daniel Holben file photo)

OXFORD, Maine — Dover’s Wayne Helliwell Jr. took full advantage of a late incident involving then-leader Joey Polewarczyk to snag the victory American-Canadian Tour (ACT) victory in the Oxford 150 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday.

It was the 13th career point-counting ACT win for the three-time champion, who continued his strong start after a runner-up in the season opener.

Helliwell was inside Polewarczyk (Hudson, N.H.) for the lead with seven laps to go as both were attempting to get around defending ACT Champion Rich Dubeau, who was fighting to stay on the lead lap while running in the sixth spot. With Polewarczyk going to the outside entering turn three and Helliwell looking inside, Dubeau lost grip and slid up the track into the leader.

The contact sent Polewarczyk for a spin to bring out the sixth and final caution. Helliwell inherited the top spot with several lapped cars between him and second-place D.J. Shaw, allowing him to cruise to the win as seen worldwide on Northeast Sports Network.

Center Conway’s D.J Shaw, a multi-time Pro All Stars Series champion, was solid all day and ended up with a second-place finish for car owner Arnie Hill. Opening day winner Jimmy Hebert steadily worked his way forward from the 17th starting position to end the day in third.

Polewarczyk recovered from his heartbreaking tangle to take fourth while defending ACT Rookie of the Year Ryan Kuhn rounded out the top five. Dubeau, Moltz, Marcel J. Gravel, Dylan Payea, and rookie Derek Gluchacki finished sixth through 10th.

The ACT Late Model Tour has a weekend off before returning to action at Groveton’s Riverside Speedway on Saturday, July 11 for the Gardiner & June Leavitt Memorial 150. Post time is 6 p.m.

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ACT LATE MODEL TOUR

JUNE 28, 2020

OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY

OXFORD 150

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps

1. ( 5 ) Wayne Helliwell Jr. ( 27NH ) , Dover, NH , 150 Laps

2. ( 4 ) D.J. Shaw ( 04VT ) , Center Conway, NH , 150 Laps

3. ( 17 ) Jimmy Hebert ( 58VT ) , Williamstown, VT , 150 Laps

4. ( 2 ) Joey Polewarczyk ( 97NH ) , Hudson, NH , 150 Laps

5. ( 10 ) Ryan Kuhn ( 72MA ) , E.Bridgewater, MA , 150 Laps

6. ( 9 ) Rich Dubeau ( 30NH ) , Plainfield, NH , 150 Laps

7. ( 12 ) Dillon Moltz ( 5ME ) , New Sharon, ME , 149 Laps

8. ( 8 ) Marcel J. Gravel ( 86VT ) , Wolcott, VT , 149 Laps

9. ( 14 ) Dylan Payea ( 7NH ) , Milton, VT , 149 Laps

10. ( 21 ) #Derek Gluchacki ( 03MA ) , Dartmouth, MA , 149 Laps

11. ( 13 ) Alby Ovitt ( 35NH ) , Candia, NH , 148 Laps

12. ( 11 ) Jesse Switser ( 25NH ) , W. Burke, VT , 148 Laps

13. ( 16 ) #Tom Carey III ( 5MA ) , New Salem, MA , 148 Laps

14. ( 19 ) Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) , Hinesburg, VT , 148 Laps

15. ( 3 ) Christopher Pelkey ( 64VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 148 Laps

16. ( 15 ) Trenton Goodrow ( 31MA ) , Carver, MA , 148 Laps

17. ( 6 ) Ryan Olsen ( 61NH ) , N. Haverhill, NH , 148 Laps

18. ( 24 ) #Tyler Tomassi ( 76RI ) , W. Greenwich, MA , 147 Laps

19. ( 23 ) Matt Anderson ( 49NH ) , Andover, NH , 147 Laps

20. ( 22 ) Walter Sutcliffe ( 78CT ) , East Haven, CT , 146 Laps

21. ( 26 ) #David MacDonald ( 69ME ) , New Gloucester, ME , 141 Laps

22. ( 1 ) Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 138 Laps

23. ( 20 ) Jimmy Renfrew Jr. ( 00NH ) , Candia, NH , 132 Laps

24. ( 7 ) Bryan Kruczek ( 19NH ) , Newmarket, NH , 84 Laps

25. ( 18 ) Joey Laquerre ( 15VT ) , E. Montpelier, VT , 79 Laps

26. ( 25 ) Reilly Lanphear ( 21VT ) , Waterbury, VT , 1 Laps

Lap Leaders: Stephen Donahue, 1-20; Joey Polewarczk, 21-143; Wayne Helliwell Jr., 144-150. (2 lead changes among 3 drivers)

Time of Race: 1:08:14 Margin of Victory: 2.786 seconds

Cautions: 6 (laps 1, 20, 32, 84, 85, 143)

Heat Winners: Marcel J. Gravel, Bryan Kruczek, Rich Dubeau

Consi Winner: Trenton Goodrow

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