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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.
Jim McCallum, 69, of Fall River, MA passed away on September 20 after a long illness.
Born on January 14, 1944, McCallum’s four-decade racing career began in the mid-1960s. He was the 1969 Sportsman champion at Stafford. He added back-to-back titles at Westboro in the Grand American division in 1971-72.
McCallum will perhaps best be remembered for his contributions to Pro Stock racing. With New England tracks adding the division in the early 1980s, McCallum excelled as a car builder and driver. McCallum won Pro Stock championships in 1985 at the old Riverside Park Speedway and at Thompson. He also captured Stafford’s Pro Stock honors in 1991.
Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced that its tire of choice for the next six (6) years will be the American Racer brand from Race Tires America, located in Indiana, Pennsylvania. ACT and its affiliate tracks will change tire needs from Goodyear to the American Racer beginning with the 2014 season.
“We appreciate the many years of working with the Goodyear Racing Division. They have provided us with nearly a decade of service, and assisted us in the development of new products to meet our tire needs,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.
American Race Tire has spent the past four months producing and testing a tire to meet the varied and heavy demand of supplying the Late Model teams in the large area which ACT covers.
Oktoberfest – Last Party Weekend Of The Season – October 11th Thru 13th
Lee, NH — This past Friday night Lee USA Speedway crowned its 2013 champions and recognized the season-long accomplishments of all its competitors. This past season has been one of the more competitive in years with near record number of feature winners in all divisions.
In the Bensons Lumber & Hardware Small Block Supermodified Division Tommy Tombarello successfully defended his title by a mere 7 points over Mike Netishen and 33 points over Sparky Maciver. Nine drivers, nearly half of the entire roster, went to victory lane in 2013.
Tombarello got off to a great start winning three feature events by mid-summer, but his season faltered as Netishen’s surged in August and early September. The Auburn, NH driver also won three times and came within a whisker of taking it all away from the two time champ on Pepsi Championship Night. More importantly nine drivers experienced the thrill of victory, some in spectacular fashion. Ryan Gath and Ricky Wolf won twice. Wolf was ecstatic with his first win in the supers after winning feature events in every other division at Lee USA.
LEE, NH — This past Friday night the Lee USA Speedway and Prime Warehouse and Storage honored the memory of Lance Davis, a popular late model sportsman driver whose life was cut short by illness a decade ago. . Grant Aither continued his winning ways and took the 10th Annual Lance Davis Memorial Late Model Shootout ahead of Nick Maniatis and James Russell. It was his fourth win of the year. Friend and former competitor Luke Tanguay has taken on the task of maintaining this event, and awarded the top ten with commemorative trophies. Davis’ wife Lynn, son Zach, and daughter Lia were also recognized and presented with a plaque.
This season has been one of the most competitive in years at Lee USA as evidenced by the number of first time winners. Last Friday night two of the speedway’s most determined competitors finally found that elusive first checkered flag.
Previously, seven different drivers in the Bensons Hardware Small Block Supermodified Division had found victory lane in 2013, nearly half the field. One of those left out was Mike Spurling, maybe the track’s number one nice guys. Spurling has been a long-time Lee USA supporter, often had the division’s absolutely best looking car, but rarely found himself in contention.
Lee, NH — The main event at Lee USA Speedway last Friday night was the annual Lance Davis Memorial, a 50-lap Late Model Sportsman race held in honor of the popular driver whose sudden passing shocked and saddened the Lee USA community in the summer of 2003.
The Davis family was on hand to present the top ten finishers with trophies commemorating the event, and it was once again Grant Aither taking home the biggest one after a convincing victory in the extra-distance affair for the Prime Storage and Warehouse-sponsored LMS division.
When Steve Grant dropped the green flag to get the race underway, rookie competitor Niko Maniatis served notice that he was going to be the man to beat, jumping out to the lead and pulling away to a comfortable lead aboard the Rick Solt entry.
OSWEGO, N.Y. — Lee USA Speedway and the International Supermodified Association announced Monday, August 26, that the August 9 event at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire, which was rained out, will not be rescheduled.
With the Lee USA event officially cancelled for the 2013 season, three races remain to decide the 2013 ISMA championships. The ISMA Supernationals will headline Saturday’s edition of Budweiser Classic Weekend at Oswego Speedway on August 31. The 150-lap Star Classic will take place Saturday, September 7 and the season will close with the annual World Series of Racing at Thompson Speedway October 19-20.
Pulliam Extends Whelen All-American Points Lead With 22nd Win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The career of Ryan Partridge revolves around Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway’s half-mile paved oval at Irwindale Event Center. The track is the core of the sprawling multi-purpose facility, and Partridge knows the track better than most. He’s also becoming acquainted with the new half-mile paved oval of Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif.
Partridge, 25, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is one of the longest running active veterans at Irwindale. He’s been racing there for about 10 years and enjoyed a lot of success.
“Irwindale Speedway is more than a home track to me,” Partridge said. “It’s a crown jewel of race tracks. I’m glad Jim Cohan stepped up and made the reopening happen this year. The racing community is taking action to support the track. The crowds are up and the schedule is perfect.”
Lee, NH – Former Lee USA Speedway Late Model and NASCAR New England Regional champion Ricky Wolf, Jr. collected his second win of the 2013 season after an impressive run in the Benson Lumber and Hardware sponsored 30-lap feature event for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Small Block Supermodifieds at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night.
Backing up his first win in the open-wheelers back on July 12, Wolf quickly got past polesitter Leslie Keyser to assume the lead, and he never looked back, leading every lap on the way to a crowded victory lane celebration with his legion of fans, known at the speedway as “The Wolfpack“.
A multi-time winner in 2013, Mike Netishen had a solid run, but the best he could do was to chase Wolf to the checkers for a runner-up finish this time out. Mike Spurling scored another podium finish in the third spot, with fourth going to Jake Stergios, and fifth to points leader Tommy Tombarello, Jr. Moe Lattime, Ryan Gath, Keyser, Sparky MacIver, and Dan Martineau rounded out the top ten finishers.
Wolf and Netishen were victorious in the qualifying heats, which hit the track one car short after popular veteran “Super Dave” Sanborn took a hard hit in the backstretch retaining wall during practice. The incident caused serious damage to Super’s racecar, and sent him home in need of major repairs.
Lee, NH — Once again inclement weather forced the cancelation of the racing program last Friday night at the Lee USA Speedway. This time it claimed the most prestigious event of the season; the 13th Annual Ollie Silva Classic for the ISMA Supermodifieds. Fans and competitors were extremely disappointed but continuous drenching rain made it impossible to run the event. Currently ISMA and the Lee USA Speedway are exploring possible alternate dates and more information will be forthcoming in the next few days.
This Friday night August 16th will be the American Used Auto Parts Ironman’s week on top of the heap of the program with the Harvest 200. The entry level division will be going 25 laps for more money than any previous Ironman event so far this season. Travis Hollins, Evan Horvath, Hannah Shaw, and Danielle Simoneau are just some of the division’s top competitors expected to start the event. More entries are expected for this race and even more are coming as the division prepares for the Ironman Super Series Race October 11th through 13th. A $4,000 purse is in the offering with a cool $1,000 going to the winner. ABSOLUTELY THE BIGGEST PURSE FOR AN ENTRY LEVEL DIVISION OFFERED ANYWHERE. For rules and more information contact the track office at 978-462-4252.
The Bensons Hardware Small Block Supers will be back in action this Friday night. Tommy Tombarello is on top of the division’s point standings with three wins. Seven other drivers including Ryan Gath and Mike Murphy have also been to victory this season, the most competitive in years.
LEE, NH — Each year the Lee USA Speedway honors the legacy of perhaps the greatest super modified drivers of all times, the great Ollie Siva. This Friday night August 9 Lee USA and Haffner’s Oil and Gasoline present the 13th Annual Ollie Silva Memorial Mid-Summer Classic for the big block ISMA supermodifieds. For over 80 years Haffner’s has distributed the “Best quality petroleum products at the lowest prices” throughout the Merrimack Valley. Currently Haffner’s has 18 convenient locations to serve you.
Ollie Silva was a towering figure in the early days of super modified racing. In his black “Big O,” the Haverhill, MA driver dominated Pines and Hudson Speedways in the early 1960’s and later NESMRA action at Lee and Star speedways. On the road with NESMRA, he won races at tracks from Nova Scotia to Florida, and even as far away as California. He was an inspiration to an entire generation of local racing enthusiasts. He also was a force in early area modified action. At Star speedway, he often would emerge victorious in both feature events on the same night to the applause of his legions of fans.
He won the first three Star Classic events and numerous NESMRA championships against many of the best drivers in the country. A modified crash at the Monadnock Speedway abruptly cut his career short in August of 1978. However he had accumulated enough points prior to the crash to claim his final NESMRA crown.
LEE, NH – The rest of Lee’s weekly divisions were in action as well, with Ryan Gath capturing his second checkered of the year in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Small Block Supermodifieds, Bobby Melvin grabbing his first of the campaign in the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsmen, and Wayne Osborne collecting his first career win in the American Used Auto Parts Ironman main event.
Prior to the start of feature event racing, another round of one-on-one Spectator Drags took to “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”, with the win going to hometown driver Andrew Harmon of Lee, who put his immaculate Z-28 Camaro into the winners circle after holding off Steve Dickey, Jr. in the final round.
Ironman action started out the night’s feature action, and it was Hannah Shaw breaking out of the pack first to set the early pace. Shaw led the way for the first four circuits before yielding the top spot to Osborne, who was in control the rest of the way.
LEE, NH –Lee USA Speedway has reschedule the 50 lap Hobby Stock event which was scheduled for last Friday night will be held this Friday night, August 2nd. The event is the highlight of the season for the David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stocks. Jim Piaseczny and Patrick Tanguay have been on top of the point standings all season. Piaseczny has three wins and Tanguay just got that elusive first win a few weeks ago. Other hobby stock winners in 2013 include Wade Worster, Paul Palen, Billy Clement, and David MacDonald.
David and Annette Joyce of David’s Race Cars and Components are long-standing sponsors of the division and many of the competing cars were built in their Derry, NH shop. Many more have benefitted from upgrades and specialized components from David’s Race Cars. For nearly 40 years, “It’s the right place to turn left.” Hot rods, street rods, custom cars and other automotive fabrication projects are also some of their specialties. Even if you’re planning on going straight, Dave Joyce may still be the man to talk to.
This Friday night will also feature 3rd Quarter Championships in all four Whelen NASCAR Weekly Racing Series divisions. Tommy Tombarello, the big winner in the 2nd Annual “Money Bags Race” heads the Bensons Hardware Small Block Super modified standings ahead of Ryan Gath and Michael Netishen.
LEE, N.H. — Defending track champ Tommy Tombarello combined a pair of feature wins with an eighth-place finish to win the overall “Moneybags” Tripleheader super-modified point championship Friday night here at Lee USA Speedway.
Driving the Ed and Bobby Witkum winged No. 21 super-mod, Tombarello took $3,200 from the more than $15,000 purse. It was a sweet comeback for the 32-year-old Haverhill driver who was eliminated early in last year’s “Moneybags” special event after being collected in a disappointing accident.
“This car was perfect. I can’t thank everyone enough,” said a thrilled Tombarello in Victory Lane. “This is an important race for us.”
Sparky MacGiver took second in the overall standings along with $1,800 on a tie with Jake Stergios, of Candia, N.H. Haverhill’s Mike Murphy was fourth in overall points.
Lee, NH — Some folks call him two-time champ, others call him points leader, but after Friday night’s three-segment Benson Lumber and Hardware Small Block Supermodified event, everyone’s now calling Haverhill, MA racer Tommy Tombarello, Jr. “Moneybags”.
Tombarello scored wins in two of the three 25-lap segments of the race to score an impressive win in the season‘s biggest race for the track‘s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series headline division, taking home a big bag of cash with the victory in the Moneybags Special.
Among the heavy pre-race favorites, Tombarello’s teammate Chris Perley, the all-time ISMA Supermodified win leader, was knocked out of contention just five laps into the first segment when he encountered some debris on the race track and ended up taking a wild ride down the frontstretch wall as a result.
Lee, NH — In what amounted to a runaway, Bobby Santos III returned to Northeastern Midget Association action Friday night, driving the IGA-sponsored, Cantor-family 7ny to a dominating victory at Lee USA Speedway. Only a brief caution on lap eight interrupted Santos’ ride that finished five and half seconds ahead of the field.
Santos, who arrived from New Hampshire International Speedway just as the heats began, started fifth. Taking the lead from pole sitter Jim Chambers with an outside move through one and two four laps in, he had a straightaway lead when the only yellow showed.
Chambers (Chambers 21), the only other leader, survived a last lap challenge from Ian Cumens (Seymour 29s) to claim second. Lou Cicconi (Bertrand 74) was fourth and Todd Bertrand (Bertrand 39 fifth). It was the best finish yet for Chambers and the second straight podium for Cumens.
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Lee, NH — Checking out after a lengthy clean up delay, Carl Medeiros Jr. won the Northeastern Midget Association’s 20-lap Lites feature Friday night at Lee USA Speedway. The victory, the second of the season, put Medeiros back in the point lead.
Medeiros needed only two turns to take the lead from Kevin Hutchens on a mid-race restart. Lou Cicconi, in the Seymour 9, also got by Hutchens on the restart. Medeiros, who waited for a Cicconi challenge that never came, finished two and half seconds ahead. Rookie Hutchens was third followed by Kenny Johnson and Richie Morocco, still another rookie.
A winner at Lee in the past, Medeiros started seventh and by lap five was on Hutchens’ bumper. He was still there when a multi-car crash that featured some airborne gyrations by Andy Barrows and eliminated a number of cars brought out the only yellow.
In addition to Barrows, the point leader going in, Jake Stergios, Avery Stoehr, Steve Powers and Logan Rayvals went off on the hook. It took 45minutes to clean up the oil which caused the crash.
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