Archive for April 19th, 2009

Brad Leighton Wins NH Governor’s Cup

Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, NH wins the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. Leighton came from deep in the field starting 19th to become the first qualifier for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The deciding battle of the race came on lap 130 when Leighton got by defending NH Governor’s Cup Champ Joey Pole of Hudson, NH. The two had to fight through heavy lap traffic due to a long green flag run from lap 52 to the finish.

Leighton said, “It’s a real honor to be the first qualifier for the New Hampshire Invitational. The Invitational is going to be a huge boost for the ACT series and attract tremendous regional exposure. And it’s great to be part of it.”

Rounding out the top five were Joey Pole, Scott Payea, Eddie MacDonald, and Quinny Welch. Coming home sixth was Ricky Wolf Jr., John Donahue, Wayne Helliwell Jr., Brian Hoar, followed by teammate Mike Olsen finishing in tenth.

Photo Galleries:
[2009 ACT Headshots] by Eric LaFleche
[2009 Race #1 at Lee Speedway] by Eric LaFleche

[ACT at Lee (NH) 2009] by Leif Tillotson
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Rocco Nails Last Lap Effort; Thomas, Galvin, Field, Morgan Win

Waterford, CT — Keith Rocco executed a thrilling final corner, last lap pass to score victory in the 35-lap SK Modified® main event on the Speedbowl’s season opening Saturday night race program. He was joined in Victory Lane by two-time and defending Late Model champion Bruce Thomas Jr., Josh Galvin in the Street Stocks, Dan Field in the Mini Stocks, and Ryan Morgan took home top honors in the Legends Cars.

Ron Yuhas Jr. led the SK Mod field from his pole starting position at the drop of the green. Yuhas, Rob Janovic Jr. and Keith Rocco began to pull away under green flag conditions while Diego Monahan, Tyler Chadwick and Dennis Gada battled for fourth place behind. The event continued caution free as positions swapped throughout the field. Rocco began to apply pressure to Janovic for second position, while Gada pressured Chadwick for fourth.

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Pit Notes from Lee USA Speedway 4/19/09

  • Yesterday 45 cars took advantage of the two one-hour practice sessions at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. The practice served as a test and tune for today’s New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. As drivers shook off the rust from a long winter, they appeared to get comfortable and became racier as the day went on. There were few wrecks or issues throughout the day.
  • Among the fastest cars of the day was Lee regular Bryan Kruczek of Newmarket, NH. He was fast right out of the trailer and spent the majority of his time on the high side of the track. Throughout the day non-Lee regulars attempted to mimic his line and find the fast way around.
  • Also near the top of the speed charts was five-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar in the #37 Rick Paya machine. Hoar has signed on for the full 2009 season after several years’ absence. Paya and Hoar will be a strong team as Paya has also won several Tour championships with his previous driver, Jean-Paul Cyr.
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