WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Reigning American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. sent the message loud and clear to his competitors on Sunday afternoon at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, taking his second-straight victory in the Spring Green 113 by just .02 of a second over Brian Hoar.
ACT Point Leader Jimmy Hebert continued the hot start to his season and completed the podium in third place.
Helliwell used his second-place starting position to his advantage to jump to the early race lead, bringing eight-time ACT Champion Hoar in tow. The pair ran away in the front while Hebert and Ray Parent began the battle with Devils Bowl Speedway Champion Craig Bushey for the top five positions. A few early cautions for single spins kept the field together early, while Helliwell showed the 31-car field the way.
By lap 50, Hebert faced off against Luke Hinkley who ran in the top ten all day long, and Joey Polewarczyk Jr. arrived in the top five after starting 17th. Hebert saved his car along with the two leaders, and a late-race caution on lap 93 of the event set up the show.
When the green dropped the veterans unwound, sending Hoar and Helliwell into a tooth-and-nail battle at the front of the field. Hoar stripped Helliwell of the lead in the outside lane, leaving Helliwell to fend off Parent and Hebert who had now come hungry to his back bumper. A lap 108 caution brought the field back together for what seemed like the final five lap showdown.