Joey Polewarczyk Survives Brush With NHMS Wall To Take Sixth Place Finish Loudon, N.H. (Sept. 13, 2008) - Joey Polewarczyk, making his first NASCAR Camping World East Series start for Dave Davis Motorsports, overcame an early bout with New ...
Joey Polewarczyk Survives Brush With NHMS Wall To Take Sixth Place Finish
Loudon, N.H. (Sept. 13, 2008) - Joey Polewarczyk, making his first NASCAR Camping World East Series start for Dave Davis Motorsports, overcame an early bout with New Hampshire Motor Speedway's outside wall to remain competitive, finishing his first race at the 1.058-mile oval in sixth place.
"Joey Pole", 19, tested at NHMS in advance of this weekend's Heluva Good Fall 125 and earned the respect of Dave Davis, Tom Carey, and the rest of the team. His impressive debut at the "Magic Mile" reinforced that optimism as he posted the third best lap in Thursday afternoon's practice. A slip in his time trial effort saw him get the tenth starting spot for the 125-lap race.
After having to wait an extra day to run his race due to rain cancelling Thursday afternoon's on-track activities, the Hudson, N.H. driver was ready to race when the rescheduled start time of 10:00 a.m. Saturday came.
The race was just a few laps old when Polewarczyk came close to disaster.
"I was on the outside of someone and I pushed up in the center of the turn," he explained. "I gave it some gas to break it free but I got it too loose. I tried to chase it up the track but ran out of room and hit the wall really good coming out of turn two."
Pitting under a lap 19 caution, the Dave Davis Motorsports crew quickly assessed the damage and adjusted the car to compensate for it.
"The guys dropped the track bar and gave me more stagger to fix it," he said.
Back on track, Polewarczyk was still quite competitive. After a second stop under a lap 30 caution, he restarted deep in the field but stayed on the lead lap through the long green-flag run that followed. He was eleventh on the lap 96 restart but quickly broke into the top ten and continued picking up spots through to the finish, where he was sixth.
"I feel bad because these guys put a winning car underneath me and I made a mistake that cost us," he said after the race. "I'll learn from that and I hope I won't let it happen again. These guys made some changes that helped out there, and we had a good run.
"This team is awesome," he continued. "Everyone got along with each other so well and we ran really well."