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Lee USA Speedway’s Governor’s Cup 150

Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway swung open the gates Sunday afternoon to drop the green flag on the 2016 season with the annual running of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model event.  The traditional season-opener also featured the NEMST Mini Stocks and Northeast Classic Lites doing battle at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.

Many special guests were on hand for the season-opening activities, including New Hampshire’s Governor Maggie Hassan, and legendary local rocker Charlie Farren, who sang the national anthem before the afternoon’s main event.

The Northeast Mini Stock Tour got the honor of being the first feature that took to the fast 3/8th’s mile for the new season, with Zach Audet claiming a convincing victory in the 50-lap feature event.  2014 Lee USA Late Model Sportsman champ Niko Maniatis came up just short for the second straight year scoring runner-up ahead of Haywood Herriot.

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Audet Prevails In NEMST Opener at Lee

2016 Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea-4/26/16

The 2016 season opener may have been postponed by two weeks, however, the competition garnered the extended offseason bringing 27 tour style mini stocks to the Lee USA annual Governors Cup race. Veterans of the NEMST lead the way throughout Saturday practice with lap times approaching mini stock record speeds.

On Sunday, the cars were unloaded and prepared for a single practice session before lining up for the 3 heat races. In practice, the 19 driven by Zach Audet of Skowhegan hounded the 42, former Toby Wells car, that was purchased in the offseason by Jarrod Soucy an NEMST rookie. Other notable front runners were two-time champion Emerson Cayer, 2015 Rookie of the Year Haywood Herriott, Nick Maniatis, Matt Sonnhalter, and Mike Parker.

The heat races ran caution free with the teams of Nick Maniatis, Matt Sonnhalter, and Haywood Herriott. Nick Maniatis drew the invert chip of 3 rows following NEMST procedures and setting up a thrilling feature line up. 2 of the fastest cars in the field Jarrod Soucy and Mike Parker would make up the front row for the largest starting field in NEMST history.

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Lee USA American Racer Three Stars Announced

 

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program will continue in 2016. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT US tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the recipients. 

The three stars are chosen by officials and winners will receive certificates for the use of a free American Racer tire at a future Tour race of their choosing during 2016.

The awarding of the stars does not allow for anybody in the top three to receive the recognition. Again this week it would be difficult not to recognize the outstanding effort, strategies, and excitement that Scott Payea brought with his RPM team victory. Payea joined Wayne Helliwell Jr., Ray Parent, Alex Labbe, Quinny Welch, and Todd Davis who made the 30th opening day at Lee one of the most exciting races during the long history of ACT at Lee USA.  

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Payea Captures First Win of the 2016 Season

Waterbury, VT – Milton, VT’s Scott Payea took the lead for the second time of then afternoon on lap 117 and never looked back winning the NH Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway.

Payea drove a smart and patient race from his third starting spot, running up front all day, the leading laps 49-54 and saving his tires for the late run sprint to the finish. Defending race winner and 2015 ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr., raced to a second place finish coming from the 9th starting spot with Rhode Island’s Ray Parent ending a strong weekend in third. St-Albert, Quebec’s Alex Labbe finished fourth with Quinny Welch of Lancaster, NH rounding out the top 5. Nineteen-year-old Emily Packard raced to a sixth place finish with last week’s Oxford 100 winner Bobby Therrien finishing seventh. The “outlaw” Eddie MacDonald was eighth with Kyle Welch and Brad Babb rounding out the top ten.

The ACT Tour heads to “The Nations Site of Excitement” Thunder Road for Merchants Bank 150 Sunday, May 1st with the downtown Barre car show set for Saturday, April 30th.

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Eddie MacDonald Races in His NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Season Opener at Bristol

Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team will open the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season in the 5th annual Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 16. Eddie Mac will pilot the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy in the first of the five-race partial schedule the team will compete in this season.

Eddie Mac has achieved great success on “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” posting a win in 2014, a seventh in 2013, and an impressive sixth place finish after recovering from a flat tire in last year’s race with the Rowley, Mass. veteran driver saying, “We love racing at Bristol and feel we have a chance to win every time we come here. We had a great car last year but got a flat (lap 49) to go a lap down but we came all the way from the rear to post a sixth place finish. Rollie (LaChance) has a great set up for Bristol so we hope we can run up front and be there at the end.”

Thirty cars are entered in the highly competitive series comprised of many Sprint Cup-affiliated teams, yet the small team based in Newburyport, Mass. continues to raise eyebrows despite competing in a partial schedule. The #71 finished last season with a solid second place finish at Dover International Speedway and hope to carry that momentum this weekend. Along with Bristol and Dover (Sept. 30), the Grimm Construction Chevy will race at Stafford Motor Speedway (Ct.) on June 17, New Hampshire Motor Speedway onJuly 16, and Iowa Speedway on July 29. Eddie Mac will also compete in many, if not all of the scheduled American-Canadian Tour races.

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ACT Season Opener at Lee USA April 9

Lee, NH — It’s been over five months since Oktoberfest 2105 closed out last year’s racing action at Lee USA Speedway, but the off-season is coming to a close next weekend. Saturday, April 9 will be the first time the roar of race engines will be heard this spring, as teams from all over the region take advantage of an open test and tune session from noon-5:00 p.m.

On Sunday, April 10, it‘s the highly-anticipated 2016 season opener, featuring the annual running of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model event along with the NEMST Mini Stocks and Northeast Classic Lites in competition at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.

Last year’s Governor’s Cup winner and eventual 2015 ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover will be opening up his title defense at his longtime home track, and will be looking to bring car owner Bruce Bernhardt, a former Lee USA champion himself, the team’s fourth championship in five years.
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Tombarello Continues Run at Lee

Three Titles In Four Years At New Hampshire Short Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With his latest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship performance, Thomas Tombarello Jr. has placed himself among the elite at Lee USA Speedway.

The Haverhill, Massachusetts, native became the fourth driver to earn three NASCAR track titles at Lee. None have won four.

It’s been quite a run for Tombarello at the .375-mile banked asphalt oval in Lee, New Hampshire. His first NASCAR Division I track championship came in 2012 and he repeated a year later. After Jake Stergois won it in 2014, Tombarello ascended to the perch once again this past fall.

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Rowan Pennink Solidifies Busy 2016 Season

Rowan Pennink will be competing for as many as four different race teams in 2016, in his quest for several different modified championships this upcoming season.

The Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania driver will kick of the season in two new rides for 2016. Rowan will be taking over the driving duties for one the most legendary teams in modified racing, the Boehler Racing Enterprises-Ole’ Blue #3. Rowan will compete full-time in 2016 on NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour beginning at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park at the annual Icebreaker event in April. Also occurring at Thompson Speedway, Rowan will return to full-time Sunoco Modified competition in the seat of another car rich in tradition, the Dickie Ceravolo owned #16 machine for 2016.

In addition to his new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Thompson Sunoco Modified teams, Pennink will return to two of his most familiar rides in 2016 as well. Rowan and his #99 Hitchcock Pool Water team will look to defend their 2015 Stafford Speedway SK Modified championship by returning full-time to Stafford in 2016. Rowan will also return to Gary Casella’s, Roscoe Racing #25, for a full slate of Tri-Track Open Modified Series events, as well as a limited number of Valenti Modified Racing Series dates with the team that earned the 2013 series championship.

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GSPSS Announces 2016 Race Schedule

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has announced an 11-race schedule for the 2016 season. The schedule includes stops at Riverhead Raceway and Wiscasset Speedway for the first time in series history, along with eight races in the state of New Hampshire and one in Connecticut.

The season will start on Friday, May 13, when the Pro Stocks travel to Claremont Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire. In August of 2011, Chris Wilk scored the victory at Claremont, while, in April of 2015, eventual series champion Derek Griffith took down the checkered flag.

After a two week break for driver’s to get their rides ready, the 1/4 mile Monadnock Speedway will play host to the series on Saturday, May 28, closing out the month of May with a battle on the high-banked oval. Matt Frahm and Barry Gray took victories when the Pro Stocks visited in 2014.

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NEMST Releases 2016 Schedule

2016 NEMST Schedule
April 9 Lee USA Speedway Practice Lee, NH
April 10 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH
May 1 TSMP Road Course Thompson, CT
May 15 Speedway 95 Hermon, ME
June 4 New London-Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT
June 18 Oxford Plains Speedway Homecoming Oxford, ME
July 3 TBA TBA
July 9 TSMP Oval Thompson, CT
July 29 Claremont Speedway Claremont, NH
August 6 Speedway 51 Groveton, NH
August 28 Oxford Plains Speedway 250 Oxford, ME
September 10 Speedway 51 Groveton, NH
October 14 TSMP Oval Heats Thompson, CT
October 15 TSMP Oval Feature Thompson, CT

This schedule is tentative. Additional dates WILL be added. Maximum number of dates will be twelve events.

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ACT Releases 13-Event 2016 Schedule

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the release of the 2016 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. The 13-event series will see the Tour visit 12 different tracks in six U.S. states and the province of Quebec as they pursue the $10,000-to-win ACT Championship.

The season will once again kick off with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 10 and crown the 2016 champion at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 15. Other traditional early-season events which have returned include the 18th Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on May 1, the Spring Green 116 at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway on May 14, and a 100-lap event at Fair Haven, VT’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway on June 4.

The 2016 schedule will again feature three ACT/Pro All Stars Series (PASS) doubleheaders. The two series open the Oxford Plains Speedway racing season on Sunday, April 17. ACT and PASS then travel to Quebec’s Autodrome Montmagny on Saturday, July 23. The 150-lap event is the ACT U.S. Tour’s first visit to the speedway since 1999 and is a combination event with Série ACT.
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New England Pro 4 Modifieds Release 2016 Schedule

The New England Pro 4 Modifieds will visit New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl for five races, including the Triple crown Series. The season will begin and end at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park for the Icebreaker April 8-9. The series will visit Lee USA, Star, and Monadnock Speedways in New Hampshire twice as well. Monadnock will host the Paul Roch Memorial Race September 10. The series will be a part of Oktoberfest at Lee USA October 7-8. The season finale is the traditional Harry Kourafas, Jr. Memorial Race October 14-15 at Thompson. Seekonk Speedway returns to the schedule July 12 for the US Pro Stock / SLM Championship event.
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Announcement for the 2016 Late Model Sportsman at Lee USA Speedway

Although the 2015 racing season has ended, the excitement at Lee USA Speedway continues heading into the winter months with the first of many announcements that are expected to come in advance of the 2016 season.

At the annual Banquet of Champions on November 21, it was announced that Seacoast Wholesale would be stepping up to play a major role in the sponsorship of the highly-competitive Late Model Sportsman division at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”, and more details on the specifics were released this week.

Seacoast Wholesale is located on Lafayette Rd. (Rte. 1) in Hampton Falls, NH and specializes in quality pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUV’s, both foreign and domestic.

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16-Race Schedule Announced for 2016 VMRS Season

Canaan, New Hampshire — A first time visit to a New Hampshire Speedway, an appearance with the Pass Pro All Stars Series in Maine, and the traditional stops at New England’s top bull-rings and historic ovals, highlight the 2016 season for New England’s Valenti Modified Racing Series. Jack Bateman, series founder and president, made the announcement Thursday night, December 2.

The 13th annual season opens Saturday night April 23, 2016, with Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, New Hampshire, once again rolling out the carpet for the new campaign.

The series next competes Friday night, May 20 at the famed Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Connecticut. The event will be the first of three races at the half-mile oval. Friday, June 24, and Friday, September 2, is the dates to circle for return visits.

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2016 PASS North Schedule Announced

The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model schedule has been announced.

2016 PASS North Super Late Model Schedule
Sat-Sun April 9-10 – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park – Thompson, CT
Sun. April 17 – Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME
Sat. April 30 – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – Scarborough, ME
Sat. May 7 – Star Speedway – Epping, NH
Sun. May 15 – Speedway 95 – Bangor, ME
Sun. May 29 – Thunder Road International Speedbowl – Barre, VT
Sat. June 11 – TBA
Fri. June 24 – Lee USA Speedway – Lee, NH
Sat or Sun July 2 or 3 – TBA
Sat. July 9 – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – Scarborough, ME
Sat. July 23 – Autodrome Montmagny Speedway – Montmagny, PQ
Sat. August 13 – TBA
Fri-Sun August. 26-28 – Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME The Oxford 250
Fri-Sun Sept. 16-18 – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – Scarborough, ME
Sat. Oct. 1 – Star Speedway – Epping, NH
Sat. Oct. 15 – Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME
Dates Subject To Change

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Tentative 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule

GSPSSThe Granite State Pro Stock Series provided a tentative 2016 schedule today at their meeting at Thompson.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will race up to 14 events. The season opener is May 13 at Claremont (NH) Speedway. Charter member Monadnock Speedway has its first of two races on May 28. Lee (NH) USA Speedway has the third race on June 3. Two July events are TBA.

Monadnock will be the first venue to have double-digit series races on August 13 for the JBH 100. Claremont will run its second event on August 19. A tentative inaugural race at Wiscasset (ME) Speedway is September 4 with an optional practice day September 3.

Star Speedway in Epping, NH will host the ISMA Supermodifieds with Granite State for the Star Classic on September 10. The September 24 race at White Mountain Motorsports Park in N. Woodstock, NH will be the 50th series race. An October 22 race location is TBA.

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Paul Matthews Passes at 77

Obituary for Paul F. Matthews
January 3, 1938 – November 24, 2015
Plaistow, New Hampshire | Age 77

Plaistow, NH: Paul F. Matthews, 77, of Plaistow, died on November 24, 2015 at Massachusetts General Hospital following a long illness.

Born in Arlington, MA and raised and educated in Somerville, MA, son of the late Peter and Mary (Young) Matthews, he attended Somerville High School. Mr. Matthews served in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Somerville Fire Department for twenty-eight years. He established Matthews Auto Body in Somerville in 1959 before moving to Plaistow in 1977, where he opened a second location for his business on Main Street in Plaistow, which is still owned and operated by the Matthews Family.

Mr. Matthews enjoyed stock car racing for over thirty-five years and took part in events at Star Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, Hudson Speedway, and Pines Speedway. He also enjoyed traveling across the United States and Europe and spending time around town with his dog, Frosty.

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Lee USA Speedway Crowns 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champions

Manchester, NH – The annual Lee USA Speedway “Banquet of Champions” closed out the 2015 season at the Executive Court Inn and Conference Center on Saturday night, with Tommy Tombarello, Jr., Jay Sands, Dennis Dumas, Troy Washburn, and Jesse Tellier celebrated as the best of the year at New Hampshire’s “Center of Speed”.

After Master of Ceremonies John Spence, Track Manager Bill Callen and owner Red MacDonald recognized the loyal staff and legion of sponsors, it was on to showcasing the accomplishments of the best drivers to circle the seacoast oval in the past season.

Tombarello topped the EKeys4cars Supermodifieds for the fourth time in his six year career, taking the big trophy back home to Haverhill, MA once again. During his acceptance speech, Tommy noted that his crew chief/brother-in-law Justin Belfiore and the rest of the Best Team Performance-winning gang were already at work building a new car to replace the one he destroyed on championship night.

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Riverhead Raceway Names Scott Tapley New Race Director

Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz the new owners of Riverhead Raceway have begun the process of putting a staff together for the 2016 race season and on Tuesday afternoon they announced that veteran race official Scott Tapley of Poland Spring, Maine has agreed to come on board in the capacity of Race Director at popular quarter-mile oval.

“We have heard good things about Scott from the racers and owners that have raced at tracks or on a series where he was the race director” Eddie & Connie Partridge stated while making the announcement, “we feel he is the right fit,” Tom Gatz added, “Scott is a no-nonsense official and that is what we need at Riverhead moving forward.” Tom also noted, “Scott is making a huge commitment to us as he’ll be traveling weekly from Maine. We are very excited to have Scott on our team and what he can bring to the future success of Riverhead Raceway. We feel he will immediately have a positive impact at the track.”

The energetic Tapley who currently serves as the Race Director at the Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire as well the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is looking forward to his new challenge on Long Island. “I’m very excited as well thankful for the opportunity Eddie, Connie & Tom have presented me and I look forward to keep the racing at Riverhead Raceway moving in a positive direction.” Tapley will officiate the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events from the scoring tower and be responsible overseeing all on track racing and activity. As to his weekly commute to Riverhead “I love what I do, it’s a labor of love and yes I rack up the miles on my car.”

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Lee USA Speedway Oktoberfest Race Report

Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest went into the record books over the weekend, with two action-packed days of racing bringing the 2015 racing season to a close at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed.”

After dozens of qualifying heats were run Saturday afternoon, the early features were run as the sun started to set and a brisk fall night set in.  The Hobby Stock B-main was the first event on the slate, with Pelham’s Bret Culleton outrunning Anthony Belfiore to collect the checkered flag.

The 26-car Pure Stock 4-cylinder main was up next, with an entertaining race that saw a pair of Saabs piloted by Matthew Gauffin and Kimmy Rivet of Antrim taking the top two spots.  The lightning-quick Pro-4 Modifieds hit the speedway when that one was over, with a first-time winner taking center stage in victory lane.

Second-generation race Norman Wrenn III led the early going, but he lost the top spot just past halfway and had to dig deep to get it back. With just four laps remaining, Wrenn moved back to the point to stay, flashing under the checkers to score career win number one.

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Hinckley Wins Lee Oktoberfest – Pitkat Takes Point Lead

Lee, NH. — Windsor Lock, Connecticut, veteran Les Hinckley III, raced to victory Sunday afternoon at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH, in that tracks annual presentation of the ‘Oktoberfest 100. The win was Hinckley’s second this season.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series event was contested in two 50-lap races. Hinckley was credited with the overall win by virtue of his third-place finish in the first segment, and his first place finish in the second 50-lap sprint.

In the opening race, Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, grabbed the lead from pole-sitter Jon McKennedy and went on to victory. McKennedy settled for second followed by Hinckley, Mike Willis Jr., and Todd Patnode. Sixth through tenth were Dennis Perry, Donnie Lashua, David Schneider, Kevin Ianarelli, and Dylan Kopec.

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Lee USA Speedway Oktoberfest Preview

Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest 2015 is just two weeks away, with racers representing tracks and tours from all six New England States and beyond expected to compete in the 18 divisions on the schedule at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”, closing out the season’s on-track action with one of the most-anticipated events of the year.

Over 300 race teams competed in last year’s version of Oktoberfest, and this year’s schedule invites even more racers, as virtually every type of race car that competes from Connecticut to Maine will fit in the varied set of rules, and a record-setting field is expected enter the weekend’s events.

As always, the Valenti Modified Racing Series will close out their 2015 points season at the Oktoberfest, with Connecticut driver Chris Pasteryak leading the point standings coming in.  Pasteryak has a solid career record at Lee USA, including a perfect 2015, winning the annual “Bullring Bash” open-competition show in May, and taking the checkers in the VMRS‘s first 2015 visit to Lee back in June.

In addition, the Pro Stocks/Super Late Models will once again take part in the final race of the 2015 season, with defending race winner Jeremy Davis of Tamworth expected to defend his Oktoberfest title.  Davis has already visited Lee USA victory lane this season, scoring a dominating win when the Granite State Pro Stock Series visited on July 24.

Lee USA’s weekly Supermodifieds will contest their last race of the year during the ’Fest, but 2015 champion Tommy Tombarello, Jr. of Haverhill, MA suffered a hard wreck on the final night of the regular season, and the four-time champ and defending race winner is expected to be a spectator for the last race of the 2015 season, leaving this year‘s Oktoberfest title up for grabs.

Lance Barthelemy of Fremont, the most recent winner in Friday night weekly action is among the favorites to step up, as is fellow Fremonter Mike Ordway, Jr., a three-time winner this season aboard the former championship-winning Witkum Brothers Racing entry, and 2015 feature winners “Super Dave” Sanborn of Tilton, Moe Lattime of Kingston, Leslie Keyser of Northfield, and rookie sensation Jarrod Soucy of Hudson, MA.

Other divisions on the 2015 Oktoberfest slate include the always-exciting Late Models, which were once the headline division of Lee USA’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly schedule.  Last year’s Oktoberfest saw multi-time Lee USA and American Canadian Tour
(ACT) champ Wayne Helliwell of Dover victorious.

Helliwell’s 2014 win came over fellow Granite Stater Glenn Martel and Connecticut driver Keith Rocco, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
2010 champion and owner of three-straight and five overall championships in the Waterford (CT) Speedbowl SK Modifieds, the most recent of which was won just last weekend.

Other divisions in action during the course of Oktoberfest weekend include the Late Model Sportsmen/Super Streets, which saw 2009, 2010, and 2013 champion Grant Aither score the victory last year, and the Hobby/Strictly Stocks, won last season by 2011 Hobby Stock champ Mark Parenteau.

Four-cylinder action on tap for Oktoberfest weekend includes several varieties of racecars, including the Roadrunners, Pure Stocks, and the exotic Outlaw Mini Stocks, which feature some of the fastest four-cylinder powered machines sporting fenders in the Northeast.

Open-wheel fans get their fill from the Pro-4 Modifieds, as the touring series visits “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed” for the second time this season.  Second-generation racer Robin Berghman emerged victorious in the 2014 Oktoberfest feature for the Pro-4’s.

Other open-wheeled action on tap for Oktoberfest weekend includes the lightning-fast “Mighty Midgets” of NEMA (North Eastern Midget Association), the NEMA Lites, Modifieds, Northeast Classic Lites, and the Vintage Outlaw Modifieds.

The remainder of the program will be filled out by the six-cylinder Ironman division, Outlaw Late Models, and the Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series, with action taking to the fast 3/8th’s mile oval on Friday, October 9 for practice, followed by Saturday practice and qualifying, and Sunday feature event action for the 18 divisions.

The weekend promises to be the biggest event on the Northern New England fall racing calendar, with as much action off the track as there is on the oval during the three-day weekend.  Don’t miss the traditional season-ender at Lee USA Speedway, as Oktoberfest 2015 takes to the track and the campgrounds on October 9-11, 2015.  See you there !

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Tombarello, Sands, Dumas, Washburn, and Tellier secure Lee USA Speedway championships, Barthelemy, Eldridge, Evans, Horvath and Mailhot take feature wins.

Lee, NH –  It was championship night at Lee USA Speedway on Friday, the final weekly program for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions to decide the 2015 division titles at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.

Haverhill, MA’s Tommy Tombarello, Jr. locked up another Supermodified championship title, but his season didn’t end quite the way he would have liked.  He was involved in a scary incident during his qualifying heat, slamming the retaining wall and destroying his championship machine.  Tombarello was uninjured in the hard wreck and joined the post-race festivities to accept his championship.

Lance Barthelemy of Fremont finally shook the monkey off his back and scored win number one on the season in the EKeys4cars Supermodified main event, closing out his sophomore campaign with a trip to victory lane.  Barthelemy was a multi-time winner during his rookie season in 2014, and he was thrilled to be back in the winner’s circle after a tough summer on the fast 3/8th‘s mile oval.

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NEAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Victories at LeMans and Daytona International Speedway are among the hundreds of checkered flags owned by the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Sam Posey, one of America’s top road racers, and Greg Sacks, the winner of the 1985 Daytona Firecracker 400, are part of the class that will be honored at the NEAR Hall of Fame 18th induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.

The class also includes owner/driver Joey Laquerre, car owner the late Paul Dunigan and drivers the late Jim McCallum and Stan Gregor, a quartet that collectively has 27 track championships.

The multi-faceted Lew Boyd, presently a book seller and publisher, and Lee USA Speedway promoter Red MacDonald will also be inducted.

Ticket information for the banquet will soon be available on the New England Antique Racers website (NEAR1.org).

Still to be announced are the Veterans Committee picks, the Pardi Memorial Award and the Mitchell/Ratta (media) Award winners.

A long-time Sharon, CT resident, Posey was a top runner in road racing with strong finishes in Formula A, Can-Am, and Trans-AM. He had a fifth at Indianapolis in 1972, scored at LeMans and Sebring and drove some Formula I before moving to TV with ABC Sports. He is an award winning writer and artist.

In addition to Daytona, Long Island native Sacks has a number of New England victories, notably at Stafford and Thompson but also at Westboro. His 1982 season, which included the Stafford championship, ranks with the best performances in New England racing history.

Vermont’s Laquerre has been a winner over five decades as both an owner and driver. The top winner at the old Catamount Stadium, his resume includes several wins on the ACT Tour and championships at Thunder Road (6) and Catamount (2).

The colorful Dunigan, who passed away in 2004, burst on to the International Super Modified Association scene and won six titles in eight years, adding an Oswego crown as well. His drivers included Bentley Warren, Russ Wood, Mike Ordway, and Joe Gosek.

MacDonald, over six decades, was a successful car owner – drags, cutdowns, Supermodifieds, even an Indianapolis car – before taking over the Lee USA Speedway operation in 1986. He has brought the best in the business to his track often overcoming great obstacles.

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Dave Shullick, Jr. tops ISMA Supers, Keyser, Russell, Dumas, Washburn, and Tellier take NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins

Lee, NH – Ridgefield, Ohio’s Dave Shullick, Jr. strengthened his points lead in the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) 2015 championship battle at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, taking his second career victory in the annual Ollie Silva Memorial Classic aboard the Jim Bodnar entry.

“Shoe II” snatched the lead away from fellow Ohioan Tim Ice on lap 53 of the 75 lap event, and he set the pace the rest of the way to collect the checkered flag. Defending race winner Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA made a late-race charge to finish second, after taking the green deep in the field in the 20th spot.

Jeff Locke of nearby Chester put in a solid run to close out the podium with a strong third place effort, with a pair of Ohio-based drivers, Timmy “J” Jedrzejek and Danny Shirey finishing up the top five. Full results for the 75-lap Ollie Silva Memorial Classic (finishing position, driver, car number):

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Twice is Nice:  Geoff Rollins Earns Second Straight Victory on North East Street Stock Tour

LEE, NH – Geoff Rollins becomes the first person to win two feature events in the North East Street Stock Tour, as the Groton, MA driver picked up the victory in the “Friday Night Lights” event, presented by the Gobbi Corporation, at Lee USA Speedway.

Rollins jumped to the lead at the start of the race, pulling away from Larry Barnett at the drop of the green.  His lead was erased on lap 9, when Matt Morrill came to rest in turn 4 after suffering a broken right-front suspension.

Rollins would fend off Chris Douton and John Hanafin, and increased his lead on the field until the second and final caution flew for Bryan Town, who was involved in an incident with Charlie Beal, sending both drivers to the back of the pack.

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From the Notebook:  North East Street Stock Tour at Lee USA Speedway

Friday Night Lights Event Set to Run on July 31

Lee, NH – The North East Street Stock Tour will travel to Lee USA Speedway for the fourth event of the tour’s schedule, on July 31.  The following is a closer look at notes and numbers of the North East Street Stock Tour at Lee USA Speedway.

LEE USA SPEEDWAY NOTES:

– Bob Bonser first opened Lee Raceway in 1964.  The track was a 1/3 mile dirt tri-oval, and had two different elevation changes, uphill and downhill.

-In 1965, Bonser paved the dirt track, in hopes of bringing the NESMRA (New England Super Modified Racing Association) to the facility.  The NESMRA made their debut in 1965, making Lee Raceway their “home track”.  That season also featured the only winter snow race in the history of the facility.

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Quiet Dominance:  Jeremy Davis Cruises to Victory in Seacoast 100

LEE, NH – Jeremy Davis took the lead on lap 18, and never looked back, on route to a dominant performance in the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Lee USA Speedway (NH), in the Seacoast 100.

The Tamworth, NH driver started sixth on the grid, and took little time to work his way into the top three.  Davis shot to the outside of Derek Griffith on lap 17, and was the leader at the stripe.  Davis would hold off Griffith on four different restarts, before taking off on a 60-lap green flag run, putting a full lap between himself and all but the top six drivers.

“We had a great long-car, and it was pretty easy to drive,” stated Davis.  “I learned in the PASS (Pro All-Star Series) race to keep the right sides [tires] in it, and keep the momentum at the top, and it was dynamite up there.”

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Granite State Pro Stock Series at Lee USA Speedway: A Closer Look at the Numbers

LEE, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Lee USA Speedway, on July 24, for the Seacoast 100. The Seacoast 100 will be the seventh event of the 12-race season, and will be the second time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since the series’ inception. The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Lee USA Speedway.

LEE USA SPEEDWAY NOTES:

– Bob Bonser first opened Lee Raceway in 1964. The track was a 1/3-mile dirt tri-oval, and had two different elevation changes, uphill and downhill.

– In 1965, Bonser paved the dirt track, in hopes of bringing the NESMRA (New England Super Modified Racing Association) to the facility. The NESMRA made their debut in 1965, making Lee Raceway their “home track”. That season also featured the only winter snow race in the history of the facility.

– Due to financial concerns, Lee Raceway was closed in 1979. It reopened in 1984, under a trio of owners (Kenny Smith, Russ Conway, and Charlie Elliott), who had owned Star Speedway, and Hudson International Speedway, as well. The trio renamed the oval “Lee USA Speedway”, running the first oval race on July 4, 1984.

– The first ever Oktoberfest, the track’s marquee event, was held in October of 1984, with Paul Richardson winning the first-ever Super Modified feature during the inaugural event. The event was one of the largest in New England short track racing history, with over 300 entrants, and well over 7,000 fans in attendance.

– Running special events only, the track was sold to the MacDonald family in December of 1986. The MacDonald era began in 1987, as weekly racing at Lee USA Speedway became a staple, and the track has hosted weekly action since.

– Lee has hosted some NASCAR drivers at the facility. A 19-year-old Jeff Gordon, who tested one of Red MacDonald’s Super Modifieds at the track, had an interesting visit to the track, crashing into the front stretch wall. Others were part of the “Budweiser Shootout”, which came to Lee USA Speedway in 1985 and 1986, featuring the stars of the top series in NASCAR at the time, including Terry Labonte, Buddy Baker, Tim Richmond, and Dale Earnhardt Sr.

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Lee USA Speedway 7/17/15 Race Report

Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway hosted the Mighty Midgets of NEMA and the NEMA Lites on Friday night, along with a full program of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action to fill out the night’s racing action at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.

Third-generation racer Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA was the class of the field in the NEMA main, jumping out to the lead early and going the distance to post the win and collect the coveted Marvin Rifchin Memorial trophy. Five-time NEMA champ Randy Cabral of Plymouth, MA was the best of the rest and scored runner-up honors, with Seth Carlson of Brimfield, CT rounding out the podium in third.

One of several drivers doing double duty for the night, Jimmy Chambers of nearby Atkinson picked up a solid fourth place finish, with former champ John Zych of Mendon, MA, Todd Bertrand of Suffield, CT, Bethany Stoehr of Bridgewater, MA, Alan Chambers of Atkinson, Danny Cugini of Marshfield, MA, and Paul “Dangerous” Scally of Raynham, MA rounding out the top ten.

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