WATERBURY, Vt. – The American Canadian Tour rolls into Airborne Speedway this Saturday for the Fall Foliage 200 season finale.
The 2013 ACT Championship battle has been narrowed down to three contenders. Defending ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. leads the way over Joey Polewarczyk Jr. and Jimmy Hebert, who are both eager to take home their first championship.
Helliwell and his E-Keys 4 Cars Ford claimed the 2012 ACT Championship with a win in the Fall Foliage 200 last season. This year he has to fend off Polewarczyk, who claimed the biggest win of 2013 in the ACT International 500 at Airborne back in July. Breakout star Hebert is also in the mix with two ACT wins of his own already this year.
All three drivers are coming off solid performances in the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last Saturday. Helliwell came home second after contending for the win with eventual winner Eddie MacDonald and Brian Hoar. Polewarczyk drove his Pole’s Automotive Ford from 22nd to finish fifth, while Hebert earned 15th.
The Fall Foliage event has a steep tradition with the American Canadian Tour. It began as part of the NASCAR North in 1972 when Catamount Stadium in Milton, Vt., was the host. After Catamount closed in 1987 it was held at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. The event was moved to its current home of Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 1991. Its past winners include many New England stock car racing legends. Bobby Dragon won the inaugural event in 1972. Robbie Crouch has won the Fall Foliage a total of seven times. Other notable winners include Butch Lindley, Stub Fadden, Dick McCabe, Jean-Paul Cabana, Dave Dion and Junior Hanley.