To hear Helliwell tell it, last year's second-place finish in the final ACT points standings was just dumb luck.
“Last year finishing second in points, I believe it was a fluke,” said a straight-faced Helliwell, of Dover, N.H. “Some other guys had some problems and we kind of lucked into that. But if we can come out of this season with a Top-5, I'll be really proud of that.”
A fluke? Really? After back-to-back second-place finishes to open the 2012 season, Helliwell's going to have a tough time selling that to the rest of the competition. He had the dominant car in the season opener at Lee USA Speedway two weeks ago, and in Sunday's Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road, he led on three different occasions before finishing second to eight-time series champion Brian Hoar.
Through two races, he's just six points behind Hoar for the ACT championship lead.