Helliwell Completes Devil’s Bowl Sweep
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Wayne Helliwell Jr. completed his sweep of the American Canadian Tour events at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday. Helliwell backed up his Spring Green win in May with a win in the St. Jude Children’s Hospital 150.
Helliwell had to battle both Tiverton, Rhode Island’s Ray Parent and weather on his way to the win. The Helliwell/Parent duo swapped the lead a total of six times over the first 93 laps. The outside lane seemed like the lane of choice as the second place driver got the advantage on the majority of the restarts.
The event was red flagged with 93 laps complete due to rain. After an over 20 minute rain delay the racing resumed with Parent at the point. Following another caution with 104 laps completed, Helliwell took over the lead for good. Parent settled in to second until he abruptly slowed up on lap 146. He had to pit to fill up with gas and returned for the restart and remained on the lead lap.
Travis Stearns inherited second after a week of long hours putting his Richard Green Trucking car back together after a hard wreck in the ACT International 500. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. came from 11th on the field to complete the podium in third. Glen Luce ran up front all day and took fourth, while Bobby Therrien recovered from a spin on lap 107 to round out the top five. Ben Lynch, Jimmy Hebert, Josh Masterson, Brent Dragon and Brandon Atkins finished off the top ten.
The 150-lap event was completed in just over 2 hours including a couple of rain delays. The event was slowed by 17 cautions.