Drivers from all over the Northeast region and beyond will flock to Maine Indoor Karting in Scarborough, Maine on Saturday afternoon for the 6th Annual DT 100 to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. Event organizer and founder, David Thomas, Jr., is expecting a talented field of drivers and race fans from Maine to North Carolina to take part in the event to benefit a great cause.
Originally founded as an event that allowed race fans to compete against their favorite drivers, the DT 100 has turned into an event that attracts drivers from all over the United States and raises thousands of dollars for Make-A-Wish.
“My dad was a race car driver for 35 years,” Thomas said. “He raced Super Modifieds and Modifieds. Even though I grew up around it and in the shop, I never raced myself. I always kind of wondered what it would be like to race against those guys on the track. I always thought it’d be kind of cool to put something together to give others the chance to do the same thing. That’s when we decided to make a fundraiser out of it and it’s just grown from there.”
After five events, Thomas and those involved have raised over $94,000 for Make-A-Wish. He expects to add at least another $20,000 to that total on Saturday.
“Our net fundraising after last year’s event was at $94,000,” Thomas told Speed51. “Last year, we raised over $27,000 net. This year I’m expecting around mid-twenties. We’ll definitely get over $20,000. I know that for a fact.”
2013 American-Canadian Tour champion and defending DT 100 winner Wayne Helliwell, Jr., ACT International 500 winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., TD Bank 250 winner Travis Benjamin, 2013 Valenti Modified Racing Series champion Rowan Pennink and Southern Modified fan-favorites Burt and Jason Myers are some of the stars registered for Saturday’s event.
Defending race winner Helliwell is hoping to repeat his results from last year and looks forward to once again having a great time while competing for a good cause.
“I look forward to this event each year,” Helliwell said in a team press release. “To have all these different drivers come together for Make-A-Wish for such a great cause, is what it’s all about. I’m just honored to be involved in it and glad I can contribute to the cause.”
Another driver competing in Saturday’s event, Joey Polewarcyk, Jr., is no stranger to visiting victory lane in big events. The Hudson, New Hampshire driver has wins in the ACT International 500, Milk Bowl, Oxford 250, and ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Despite his success on the short tracks, Polewarczyk failed to qualify for the main event two years ago when he took part in the event.
“I did alright. I’m not the best road course racer,” Polewarczyk recalled about his last attempt at the DT 100. “I won the B-Feature but didn’t transfer into the main race. Wayne (Helliwell) actually helped me out because I was struggling real bad a couple years ago when I did it. Wayne finally came over to me and said, ‘What the hell are you doing out here?’ He kind of told me how to get through the corner and I did alright after that.”
The amount of talent on this year’s drivers roster has not gone unnoticed my Polewarczyk. The 24-year-old driver is looking forward to competing against the stars of other touring series and local short tracks that he may not get the chance to compete against during the regular short track racing season.
“It really is one of the only events that brings everybody together,” Polewarczyk said. “You’ll see the Modified drivers. I remember the last time I did it Ryan Preece was there. You see all these guys in these other divisions, but you never really race with them. It’s different because it’s go-karts, but it’s cool to actually race against those guys. There are definitely some bragging rights. The best part about it is that it’s really fun and benefits a really good cause, but I still really want to win it.”
Fans are encouraged to show up to Maine Indoor Karting on Saturday afternoon to watch Polewarczyk, Helliwell, Pennink, Benjamin, the Myers and others battle it out for a great cause. Tickets are available for just $10 and racing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
For those who can’t be in attendance, Speed51 will have live Trackside Now coverage starting Saturday morning.