Wayne Helliwell is, as they say in the business, running good.
The Pelham, N.H., native completed a sweep of the two American-Canadian Tour (ACT) races at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Vermont on Sunday afternoon, winning the 150-lap race to increase his points lead.
Helliwell started on the front row and swapped the lead numerous times with Ray Parent before taking the lead for good on lap 105 in a race delayed twice for rain and slowed by an unusual 17 caution periods in all.
Helliwell, driving for Pelham car-owner Bruce Bernhardt, had a 33-point lead over Vermont driver Jimmy Hebert prior to Sunday's event. Hebert finished seventh, while Hudson, N.H., driver Joey Polewarczyk Jr., placed third to become the primary challenger to Helliwell's quest for a second straight title.
Meanwhile, the ISMA Supermodifieds were in Ohio for two events at the Sandusky Speedway over the weekend. On Friday Ed Witkum Jr., of Westford was unable to qualify, while Chelmsford's Jon McKennedy placed 11th.
Saturday's main event was rained out and run on Sunday, but McKennedy might be wishing today that he had just gone home after a blown engine and subsequent fire took him from a fourth-place running position. Witkum got spun late in the event, putting him out of contention as well.
The Lee (N.H.) Speedway was rained out on Friday. They will try again this Friday with third-quarter championship night, featuring a full NASCAR Weekly Series program plus spectator drag racing.
Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., has the "Woody's Furious 40". It's a special event for the Woody's Auto Strickly Stock division with extra purse money going to the top finishers from Russ Wood Sr., owner of Woody's Auto of Pelham. The tour-type Modifieds will also return following a week off, so a good field is expected.
Hudson teenager Derek Griffith will be in the field when the Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester (N.H.) for a 100-lap event on Saturday night. This past Saturday Monadnock had their most successful night of the season, with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour going 200 laps in front of a capacity crowd. New York driver Justin Bonsignore was the winner of that event.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series will compete in 100-lap events both Thursday in Thompson, Conn., and Saturday in Scarborough, Maine because of a rained out event last week. Louie Mechalides of Tyngsboro is currently third in the season standings. McKennedy is also expected to compete at Thompson.
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