WATERBURT, Vt. – The entry list is continuing to grow for the inaugural American-Canadian Tour Commonwealth Classic 65 at Virginia’s Richmond Raceway on Saturday, March 30.
Four more entries have arrived in recent weeks, meaning 31 racers are now officially registered for the $5,000-to-win event.
The latest round of entrants includes one of the biggest names in the history of ACT Late Model racing. Joey Polewarczyk Jr., the 2014 ACT champion, is one of the latest to sign up for the trip down south. Polewarczyk has competed sporadically in ACT Late Models in recent years, but is still fast whenever he gets behind the wheel.
He and his Pole’s Automotive family team will head to Virginia after also competing in previous ACT special events at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Polewarczyk will drive the car piloted in recent seasons by Mike Ziter and Ryan Olsen, which the team recently finished work on as part of a make-over of their entire racing fleet.
“I mean, it’s Richmond,” Polewarczyk said. “It’s a track that pretty much everyone who’s going has never been to before, and it’s obviously a pretty big deal. It’s a big track with a lot of media and a lot of attention. It’s always cool to go to tracks that you’ve watched races at on TV. I think it’s going to be a good deal – it’s going to be fun, I think it’s going to race well, it’s going to be fast, and pretty much everyone is going to be on the same page.
“It reminds me a lot of when ACT first went to New Smyrna back in 2011 and when they went to Loudon for the first time back in 2009,” Polewarczyk added. “It brings back those memories – it’s something new, and it’s something special. It’s something that I think Tom Curley would have been really proud of. It’s big for the series – they have a lot of cars going down there, and it’s a good stage to promote the racing the series puts on.”
The Commonwealth Classic 65 now can count in another one of the top current ACT Late Model Tour drivers as well. Rich Dubeau, who has emerged as one of the Tour’s starts in recent years, has entered the event with his Upper Valley Equipment Rental team.
Dubeau finished fourth in points this past season and fifth the year before, cementing him as an ACT frontrunner. He put in his strongest performance of 2018 at the 5/8-mile Thompson Speedway by leading 68 laps before getting caught up in a late accident. This breakthrough on bigger tracks could be a strong foreshadowing for Richmond.
Larue Motorsports, a longtime supporter of ACT Late Model racing, has made a late entry into the Commonwealth Classic. Alex Guénette will pilot the car that previously won Série ACT championships with Alex Labbé and Karl Allard at the controls. Guénette has multiple starts on both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoor Truck Series. He also won at Autodrome Montmagny in 2018 with the Canadian Stock Car Championship.
A surprise entry was also submitted by Gerard Giordano Jr. The Long Island racer is a multi-time winner on the Exit Realty Pro Truck Series and finished second in 2018 points. His team recently announced they have purchased an ACT Late Model for the upcoming season. They will make their debut with the car at Richmond Raceway.