Labbe Wins, But Helliwell Is Champ

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Alex Labbe celebrates winning the Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway. (Leif Tillotson photo)
Alex Labbe celebrates winning the Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway. (Leif Tillotson photo)
Alex Labbe celebrates winning the Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway. (Leif Tillotson photo)

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — Alex Labbe won the 39th annual American Canadian Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway Saturday.

Labbe became the spoiler in the season-long championship title bout between defending champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. and contender Joey Polewarczyk Jr. Polewarczyk took the lead on lap 34 and led the most laps, held off numerous challenges from Labbe until lap 186 when the fourth and final caution of the day flew for a major wreck involving Helliwell, Jonathan Bouvrette and shuffled many cars, including Polewarczyk.

Labbe led the final 16 laps, while Polewarczyk had to contend with a hard-charging Brian Hoar for second. Helliwell pitted after the 186 damage and nursed his car to finish as the last car on the lead lap, finishing ninth and his pre-race 41-point lead ended up unofficially at 16 points securing his second ACT championship.

Brian Hoar finished third, three-time Airborne champion Brent Dragon finished fourth and Rowland Robinson Jr. had a career-best finish of fifth.

The finish:

Alex Labbe, Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Brian Hoar, Brent Dragon, Rowland Robinson Jr., Bobby Therrien, Ray Parent, Ben Lynch, Wayne Helliwell Jr., David Pembroke, Emily Packard, Brandon Atkins, Eric Chase, Jean Cyr, Josh Masterson, Nick Lagoy, Todd Davis, Joey Becker, Stephane Descoste, Jamie Fisher, Greg Atkins, Jimmy Lindardy, Dave Rabtoy, Kevin Boutin Jr., Jonathan Bouvrette, Claude Leclerc, Travis Stearns, Jimmy Hebert.

 

 

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