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You heard right, the Pro 4′s will be returning to Lee USA Speedway this year for Oktober Fest weekend Friday thru Sun October 10-12th!
The New England Truck Series has added yet another new track to an already robust 2014 schedule. Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire will host the tough trucks as part of their 29th Annual Oktoberfest Weekend on October 11, & 12th. NETS will join over 300 racing cars representing weekly and touring divisions from all over the northeast that are expected to compete in Lee’s season finale.
“It’s been a few years since we have been to Lee USA, and we’re excited to be heading back there,” said NETS Series Director Lorraine Pard. “Our drivers love to race everywhere they can, and as a series we do our best to give them the opportunity. To be part of Oktoberfest is really an honor, and we’re really looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans.”
Lee joins the growing number of speedways around the northeast playing host to the New England Truck Series in 2014 as the series expands to seven different New England speedways across a thirteen race schedule. The first event of the NETS season is the Budweiser Blast Off at Waterford Speedbowl, March 29th-29th.
Adam Norton of Ludlow, MA is preparing his SK Light Modified for another racing season. Unlike past seasons, Norton will only be focused on wins instead of a championship.
“Everything is going good,” Norton said. “(The) car is just about done being put back together. It’s lettered already. I’m getting married in May, so I can’t really run for points anywhere because I’m going to miss two weeks so (the) plan is Monadnock, some Stafford shows and open shows where we can run with the SK (Modifieds).” He may return to Thompson to defend his World Series victory.
“Yes. (Winning) that’s going be our main goal for this season and get very organized for the 2015,” Norton said. “I hope we can pick up a couple of sponsors. … It’s just hard because (I’m) not the type of person to go asking and I think that’s been my biggest problem; I’m very quiet.”
Durham, ME – The Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour is gearing up for their 21st season in 2014. After a successful 2013 season, the Tour is eager to get things started in 2014. Many changes are taking place for the Tour including a new president, more racetracks and rule changes to help continue the growth of the largest Legends Car tour in the United States.
The first change came during the annual banquet, where the Nelcar board of director’s election was held. Terry Kirk, who has been at the helm for close a decade, decided to step down as Nelcar President, and handing the keys over to Brett Alexander. Alexander has been involved with motorsports since he was born, as his father, Bob Alexander, is a Maine racing legend. After racing several seasons himself, Brett now owns the car for his son, third year Legends Car driver Wyatt Alexander. Kirk will continue to serve as the official parts dealer of the Nelcar Tour with New England Legends Sales & Service.
“I’m very excited to take over as Nelcar president,” Alexander said, “I have many new ideas to continue to grow this Tour and we have a great group of directors, drivers and teams that will help make this transition easier.”
Replays of Whelen All-American Awards & Night Of Champions
Watch complete multilingual video coverage from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards. Both events took place in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center adjacent to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Dec. 13-14, 2013.
The videos include Red Carpet driver interviews in addition to the full awards programs.
Monadnock Driver Adds Lee USA, Wins N.H. Championship
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bill Kimball Jr. expanded to a two-track, two-division effort in 2013, and won his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state championship in New Hampshire.
Kimball, 41, of Bennington, N.H., also won his third NASCAR Sportsman Modified division title at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. His previous championships in 2010-11 were before the cars were elevated to the premier division at the quarter-mile paved oval.
“We wanted to try for the state championship for the first time, but we knew it would be hard to do,” Kimball said.
RIVERHEAD, NY — In four months, the green flag will wave for the first of three Tri-Track Open Modified Series events. On Sunday, May 11 at New Hampshire’s ‘Center of Speed’, the Lee USA Speedway presents a very special Tour-Type Modified event, which now has a fitting name added to it.
New England Racing Fuel and Sunoco have now pledged their support, and as a result, the initial event will now be called the ‘Bullring Bash 100 Powered by Sunoco’. A full field of Modifieds will be vying for the minimum $5,000 winner’s share, while being guaranteed a $1,000 payoff just to take the green.
Mike Joy and John Holland of New England Racing Fuel have been a supporter of Modified racing throughout the northeast for many years. Their involvement in the Tri-Track Open Modified Series only further confirms that this three race, Triple Crown of Modified Racing is sure to bring bragging rights to the Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists Tri-Track Open Modified Series Champion.
“There is such a buzz about it coming together, and we want to continue supporting Modified racing in New England,” Holland confirmed. “With that in mind, we want to include these events as part of that.”
Abington Driver Advancing to Late Models
Defending Seekonk Legends Car champion Nick Lascuola of Abington, MA will have a busy racing season ahead. “I plan on racing a full Seekonk Friday Legends schedule and go for a second championship in a row along with the full Seekonk schedule on Saturdays for Late Models and go for Rookie of the Year in that and a win or two,” Lascuola said. “Those are the plans and goals for 2014 for me.”
Lascuola also plans to enter three American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model races – Lee USA on April 12-13, Devil’s Bowl on May 4 and October 4-5 at Thunder Road for the Milk Bowl. All three tracks are new for him. “(I) have been watching a lot of YouTube videos as of the moment,” Lascuola said. “Sometimes the best way is to watch others. (The) tracks look like a lot of fun.”
For the second consecutive year, Lascuola is entered in the Champion® Spark Plugs Search for a Champion Contest. Now through February 2, visitors to the Search for a Champion Contest site can vote for their favorite driver. Nearly 400 contestants are vying for $125,000 in racing sponsorship. 15 will be given $5,000 in sponsorship, with the Grand Prize worth $50,000.
“Last year I was an honorable mention,” Lascuola said. “(I) finished just out of the top 15, but it was a great chance to help get me exposed to a wider audience. “It was pretty cool (when I) won a $500 gift card.”
RIVERHEAD, NY — he New England, “Tri-Track Open Modified Series”, consisting of Tour-Type Open Modified events at the Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway, Star (N.H.) Speedway and Seekonk (MA.) Speedway for the 2014 season, today added a $10,000 point fund for the three races thanks to a new sponsorship package from Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists of Quincy, Mass.
Contact Alloy Wheel Repair of Quincy for all of your specialized automotive and trucking wheel repair needs and more. The $10,000 total is somewhat conditional, but also a virtual certainty, based on added contributions from series organizer James Schaefer, The Racing Guys, t-shirt sales, and portions of driver entry fee money donated from Seekonk Speedway management.
This added payoff not only rewards race teams who support all three events, which will each have cash purse payout’s exceeding $35,000 but it also adds prestige and a bonus money payout to the driver who is able to become the first ever, “Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists Tri-Track Open Modified Series Point Fund Champion.”
Tri Track Open Modified Series – a place for the drivers from the Whelen, ROC, VMRS, and weekly tracks like Mahoning and Riverhead come together to battle it for the big money on the short tracks of the northeast. A place where the fans can gather to see the best drivers in one place, and also become part of the race by buing laps at each race for $50 a lap.SS5_2294_3282
Sunday, May 11 Lee Speedway Bullring Bash 100
Saturday, June 14 Star Speedway SBM 125
Wednesday, July 23 Seekonk Open Wheel Wednesday 100
All races minimum $1000 to start
Lee $5000 to win
Star $5000 plus lap money to win
Seekonk $10000 to win
The Valenti Modified Racing Series will have a new look for the upcoming season, according to Series Director Scott Tapley.
Bob Valenti Auto Mall of Mystic, CT has sponsored the Modified Racing Series since 2010. Valenti signed a three year agreement in 2011 for the title sponsorship. Series Founder and President Jack Bateman announced an extension at the awards banquet in November.
“Going into 2014, I’d like to announce that Valenti Auto Mall will continue to be our title sponsor with options for 15 and 16,” Bateman said. “Special thanks to Rob Valenti and his folks.”
The 2014 schedule has 16 races at seven tracks: Airborne, Lee USA, Monadnock, Seekonk, Stafford, Thompson and Waterford. The season opener is March 29-30 at Waterford Speedbowl.
For more information, visit ModifiedRacingSeries.com.
Sources: Nicholas Teto/YankeeRacer.com
LEE, NH – Lee USA Speedway has released a tentative 2014 schedule. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will begin their season on Sunday, April 13 with the traditional Governor’s Cup 150. Support classes are the North East Classic Lite and the NELCAR Legends Tour. ACT heat races start at 2PM.
A new event for the season is the recently announced Modified Bull Ring Bash on Sunday, May 11 at 12PM. The first event of the Tri-Track Open Series, the race will be operated by Jim Schaefer (AKA: Long Island Modified Maniac) and Dick Williams of the Racing Guys. The $5,000 to win open competition Modified race will also join then SBM 125 at Star SpeedwFay in Epping, NH and Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk (MA) Speedway. For more imformation, visit their new web site, TriTrackOpenModifiedSeries.com.
The first of 14 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events will take place on Friday, May 30. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will make its first visit to the seacoast 3/8 mile on June 27, with a return for Oktoberfest Weekend October 11-12.
Mike O’Sullivan Honors as 2013 Champion
MANCHESTER, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series celebrated an illustrious 2013 season on December 27th at the Best Western Plus Conference Center in Manchester, NH.
The top 10 in points were honored for their successful seasons as 65 drivers attempted to qualify for the 11 races the GSPSS held in 2013. Springfield, MA’s own Mike O’Sullivan topped the field for the year, claiming the championship in the series’ sophomore season. Larry Gelinas picked up the win on the final race of the year to secure his runner-up spot in the final standings, with Jeremy Davis taking third overall. O’Sullivan credited his success to his family and crew, citing dedication and support as reasons for his consistent success.
Many special awards were handed out on the night. The Hard Luck award was given to Mike Rivard. Receiving the Jack’s Competition Engines/AR Bodies Rookie of the Year award was Tom O’Sullivan, brother to the champion Mike O’Sullivan. The O’Sullivan family also collected another award as Mike received the Ricky’s Real Racer award. The John Hoyt Memorial Award was given to Jack Bateman, as the whole GSPSS awarded the former co-owner of the series with this honor for his dedication. Also, Jake Vanada and Fran Colson picked up gift certificates to AR Bodies, while Carl Eriksson and Erick Sands won gift certificates to Five Star Bodies.
Anne M. Empey
Anne Marie (Newell) Empey, aged 74, of Middleboro, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at the Sachem Rehabilitation and Nursing Home surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her parents, and companion Bill Somers.
Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Paul Grant Newell and Alice (Mulkerin) Newell, she lived in Middleboro for the past 11 years, she resided in Hanover for over 30 years prior to moving to Middleboro. Anne was a graduate of St. Gregory’s High School, class of 1957. She graduated from the Catherine Laboure School of Nursing in 1960 and was a Registered Nurse. She worked for a short time for the VA Hospital in Boston before going to work at the Linda Richards Nursing Home in Codman Square Dorchester, by the time the former became the Edgewood Nursing Home she had become a nursing supervisor, ending her career there as the Director of Nursing. She then worked for the Mass Department of Public Health Tuberculosis division until retiring in 1997.
She was very active in supporting youth athletics in Hanover, and served as President of the Hanover High School Sports Boosters club in the 1980s. She was also the Hanover High School PTA representative to the school board. She was a longtime parishioner of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hanover. Anne was a founding member of the South Shore Visiting Nurses Association which she remained an active member of even after retiring. She was an avid NASCAR racing fan and worked as the Chief Score Keeper at Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, Thompson, Seekonk, and Westboro Speedways; she also scored races at the Norwood Arena, Lee, Lakeville, and Star Speedways; she was the traveling scorer for the New England Mini Modified tour and the Big Rig Racing tour scoring at tracks up and down the East Coast.
Busy Season Ahead for Thompson Late Model Rookie of the Year
John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. of Milford, MA confirmed on Sunday that he would be competing at Waterford Speedbowl full-time in 2014. “(It’s) something new and (I) heard from my friend CJ Sherman on (Keith) Rocco’s team to come up, so I figured we will run a season,” Lowinski-Loh said.
He will return to Thompson Speedway for their seven events along with a “handful of Seekonk races and ACT Tour races.” Lowinski-Loh will enter the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model races at Airborne, Lee USA, New Hampshire, and the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road. Additional races may be added.
With a year of Late Model experience, Lowinski-Loh is optimistic about next season. “(I’m) giving it everything I got,” Lowinski-Loh said. “2014 title at Thompson with wins, and wins at Waterford with a strong points finish; also win a few at Seekonk and a few tour races.”
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.
The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.
Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.
Friday, May 02, 2014-Oswego Speedway-Oswego, NY-Practice
Saturday, May 03, 2014-Oswego Speedway-Oswego, NY-50
Saturday, June 07, 2014 Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY-50
Friday, June 20, 2014-Oxford Plains Speedway-Oxford, ME-75
Saturday, June 21, 2014-Autodrome Chaudiere-Vallée-Jonction, QC-75
Saturday, July 12, 2014-Oswego Speedway-Oswego, NY-50-King of Wings
Waterbury, VT — The American Canadian Tour (ACT) released its 2014 schedule which is highlighted by visits to nine (9) different Northeast tracks. The schedule includes a total of twelve (12) events with nine (9) Championship point counting events and three popular ‘special’ events on the calendar.
The traditional event to open the 2014 campaign on April 12-13 will once again be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The ACT has been visiting the 1/3 mile oval since Red and Judy MacDonald purchased the speed plant in 1987. “It is just one of those relationships that have endured throughout the past 25 years. We tried to help Red and Judy when they first started, and they have been there for us whenever we needed help over the years. This kind of relationship, in this type of business, is generally very rare, but greatly appreciated” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, which was established in 1986.
The home of the ACT, Thunder Road International Speedbowl will host its only point counting event with the Merchants Bank 150 on opening weekend April 26-27. Next up will be the historic Spring Green 114 to be held at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, May 4. This will be the fourth opening day Spring Green event at the super fast ½ mile oval.
Walpole, NH — In a joint announcement made today between Lee USA Speedway General Manager Bill Callen and GSPSS president Mike Parks, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be making their first appearance ever at the Lee USA Speedway on Friday night July 25th.
“We are thrilled that we were able to make this happen, this is one of the tracks that all our teams have been asking about going to,” stated Parks. “Lee USA Speedway is a perfect fit for our series it’s in the heart of NH where we have a lot of fans and race teams from that area.”
The 2014 schedule is coming together nicely and will be announced in its complete form on Friday Dec. 27th at 2013 GSPSS awards banquet which will be held at the Executive Court in Manchester NH.
January 10-12 Northeast Motorsports Expo, Augusta, ME Car Show
February 7-8 Racer’s Expo, Marlborough, MA Car Show
February 8 Racer’s Expo, Marlborough, MA Annual Meeting
March 1-2 Frank Maratta’s Auto Show, Hartford, CT Car Show
South Windsor, CT — On Sunday November 10, the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 16th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Conducted at Manelley’s Banquet Hall in South Windsor, CT., the HOF celebrates literally hundreds of feature victories, championships, and untold contributions to the sport of auto racing within the New England region.
Instituted in 1998, the HOF now boasts membership of well-over 100 deserving individuals.
Opening comments by NEAR President Al Feeney along with a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner & God Bless America performed by past NEAR President Bob Seller and his wife began the day. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies.
Inducted this year were drivers Ralph Nason, Stan Meserve, Drew Fornoro, Bill Eldridge, Bob Sharp, Brian Ross, the late Bob Stefanik, and longtime car owner Ron Berndt.
VERONA, NY — The Turning Stone Casino’s Cypress ballroom provided an elegant backdrop for the annual ISMA Awards banquet Saturday night, November 9th with Oswego Speedway’s Dan Kapuscinski doing the MC honors.
The 2013 Car Owner and Driver awards went to Vic Miller, his eighth title overall and Lou Cicconi who finished atop the ISMA point standings at season-end making it a career first for the Aston, PA veteran. The tradition of carrying the huge championship trophy home until the next season ended here with a new tradition of separate trophies to be given to the car owner and driver individually. The five-foot plus trophy that has all previous champions engraved on it, will find a permanent home, possibly at the Watkins Glen Motorsports Museum. Brad and Mike Lichty were also belatedly each given individual trophies for their 2012 titles.
The remainder of the top fifteen owners and drivers received plaques and checks with the individual awards announced next as voted on by the membership.
Lee, NH – With well over 300 race teams in attendance for the season-ending Oktoberfest event, action was the name of the game, and lots of familiar names were playing. Among the weekend highlights was the culmination of Rowan Pennink’s championship drive in the Valenti Modified Racing Series, taking his first series title aboard the Gary Casella-owned Roscoe Racing entry.
Tommy Barrett grabbed his second consecutive Oktoberfest victory in the 100-lap feature event, which ran well past the halfway mark before the first caution waved to slow the action, but in the end, Barrett won the battle, and Pennink won the war.
Steve Masse collected runner-up honors after leading the event in the late going, with former Lee USA regular and three-time VMRS champion Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA coming on strong in the late laps to take third in the Art Barry entry.
Lee, NH — Tommy Barrett Jr, of Millis, MA, made a tire swap during a lap-55 caution period, then took the lead on lap-91, and went on to win his second consecutive Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned ‘Laticrete 100’at Lee USA Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Barrett becomes the first series driver to repeat victory at the New Hampshire tracks 26th annual ‘Oktoberfest’ program. He won last October’s race.
Matt Mead took the lead from the start and was the class of the field until Steve Masse rolled by on lap 55. Masse fast became the pace setter until Barrett reeled him in and passed Masse with 9-laps remaining. Barrett’s win, his third this season, is his 6th career VMRS victory.
Lee, NH — Randy Cabral wasted little time in getting to the front. Taking the lead four laps in, Cabral won the Northeastern Midget Association 25-lap feature Sunday at Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest. It was the second straight Oktoberfest win for Cabral and car owner Tim Bertrand.
Coming from the eighth starting spot, Cabral went around Joey Payne (Pernesiglio 80), the only other leader out of two. He beat back a challenge from Ian Cumens (Seymour29s) and had to do some nifty maneuvering through lapped traffic at the finish to claim his 37th career NEMA win.
Cumens was second with Jim Chambers (Chambers 21) third. John Zych Jr.(Zych 9) claimed fourth with Todd Bertrand (Bertrand 39) fifth. Cabral takes a slim lead over Zych atop the points into this weekend’s World Series at Thompson, the season finale.
CANCER WALK and MEET & GREET Lee USA Speedway and the Northeastern Midget Association will join in a unique benefit for the American Cancer Society at this weekend’s Oktoberfest
It begins with a traditional walk around the speedway on Sunday at 8 am (registration at 7 am). Walkers are encouraged to form “teams”, each team becoming eligible to win a Pink and Black checkered flag signed by all the drivers in one of many features on the busy Octoberfest schedule.
There are no limits on team numbers. An individual can be a team. Each team will be asked for a $10 donation. The winners will be picked “out of the hat” and the presentation of the flag will be part of each victory lane ceremony.
Canaan, NH – Laticrete International, of Bethany, Ct, a worldwide innovative leader in the manufacturing of adhesives and waterproofing products, will add additional purse money to this weekends Valenti Modified Racing Series event at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH.
Laticrete was to sponsor the June race at Lee that was postponed by rain. The company opted to support this weekend’s race. The announcement was made Tuesday.
The ‘Laticrete 100’ race will be contested on Sunday, October 13, as part of the 26th annual ‘Oktoberfest’ at the New Hampshire racetrack.
The VMRS will be competing at the Lee fall program for the ninth straight year.
Brockton, MA — The Northeastern Midget Association’s Lites Division will crown a champion this weekend at Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest. Leader Carl Medeiros Jr. will carry a 22-point lead on Danny Cugini into Sunday’s 25-lap feature. It is the final race of the season for the Lites.
Points grab the spotlight for the full Midgets as well, John Zych Jr. a scant 25 up on four-time and defending champion Randy Cabral heading into that feature which is also on Sunday. It is the next-to-the last event for the full midgets.
Although hardly an unknown quality, Lee remains a test for the Midgets. Bobby Santos III’s 13.018 lap (103.703 mph) en route to victory earlier this year is evidence it is a “take no prisoners” type of place. Cabral and Russ Stoehr have won twice at Lee while Joey Payne and Greg Stoehr have one win apiece.
The Last Party Weekend at the Lee USA Speedway is just around the corner. The 28th Annual Oktoberfest Weekend presented by Haffner’s will commence October 11, 12, &13. Whether it’s gasoline, propane, or home heating oil, “for more than 80 years, Haffner’s has been dedicated to customer satisfaction with quality service and quality products at competitive prices” and has been a fervent Lee USA Speedway supporter for many years.
Over 300 racing cars from all over the northeast are expected to compete in 14 exciting feature events. All four regular NASCAR Whelen Weekly Racing Series divisions will be in action along with four major racing series events, and cars and competitors from many other New England tracks. Oktoberfest Weekend is traditionally Lee USA’s premier autumn classic and a trophy from Oktoberfest is one that every driver wants.
One trophy that every American Used Auto Parts Ironman driver is going to want is the four- footer going to the winner of the 1st Annual Ironman Super Series Race, guaranteed to be the biggest of Oktoberfest Weekend. A nearly $4,000 purse has been posted for this event with $1,000 going to the winner. ABSOLUTELY THE LARGEST PURSE AWARDED TO ANY ENTRY LEVEL DIVISION ANYWHERE. The event will be in two 25 lap segments. The line-up for the first will be determined by heat races, the second will be inverted from the first. The winner will be determined by the lowest point score.
An all-star cast will induct an equally impressive group of inductees at the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Banquet Sunday Nov. 10 at the Lodge at Manelleys in South Windsor, CT. It is the 16th NEAR Hall of Fame class.
Steve Pellerin and Bruce Elder will be inducting fellow Maine natives Ralph Nason and Stan Meserve respectively. Open cockpit racing is well represented by Chris Romano and Dick Monahan who will honor multi-time Northeastern Midget Association champions Drew Fornoro and Billy Eldridge respectively.
Lew Boyd will bring forth Bob Sharp, arguably New England’s greatest road racer.