Lee, NH – After waiting out a bit of rain during the Saturday portion of Oktoberfest 2014 at Lee USA Speedway, racers from all over the region competed in 18 divisions of racing action at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”, closing out the year’s on-track action in style.
With so much racing on tap, track officials decided to schedule a handful of feature events for Saturday night, with the Vintage Outlaw Modifieds taking to the track first. Bill Bernard grabbed the feature win in that one, driving a replica of the famed George Savary Vega wagon-bodied mod.
More open-wheel action followed, with Robin Berghman outrunning Phil Lausier to score the Pro-4 Modified win. Andy Lindeman came out on top of the New England Truck Series main, “Slammin” Sammy Peabody took down the Hobby Stock/Strictly Stock “B” main, and Bob Murphy made it two straight Oktoberfest wins in the V6/V8 Enduro class.
Sunday’s action started with a hotly-contested 50-lapper for the Pro Stock/Super Late Models, with Jeremy Davis taking home the win by inches over Bryan Kruczek. Former Oktoberfest feature winner Derek Griffith, Dillon Moltz, and Jeff Fagan rounded out the top five.
Lee’s weekly Supermodifieds were next to go green, but a wild first-lap incident brought the field immediately under red flag conditions. When the action resumed, former champ Tommy Tombarello, Jr. easily took home the win, followed by Eddie Witkum, Jr. Lance Barthelemy, Kyle Sawyer, and Mike Spurling.
Twin State Speedway regular Kodi Sabins of Windsor, VT was the next driver to visit victory lane, picking up the win over a full 24-car field of 4-cylinders. Veteran Shawn Buffington joined the 2014 Oktoberfest winners list with a score in the Legends main.
Former Lee USA Late Model champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. dominated the action to grab the Late Model win over Glenn Martel and Keith Rocco, and Richard Savary triumphed in the 100-lap main event for the Valenti Modified Racing Series.
Adam Knowles held off 2014 champ Wayne Osborne to add another win to his 2014 tally in the Ironman main, and former champion Grant Aither returned to his old stomping grounds to score the Late Model Sportsman/Super Street win over Mike St. Pierre and Frank Wear.
Eric Skofield topped Jay McCann and Dan Poliquin for the Northeast Classic Lites win, with Poliquin awarded the 2014 division championship after the victory lane celebration. Former champ Mark Parenteau won the Hobby/Strictly main over Jim Shorey, Anthony Belfiore, Mike Williams, and Steve Douphinette.
The action-packed Mini/Roadrunner main went to Matt Gauffin, veteran driver Todd Ceravolo was victorious in the Lite Modifieds over Billy Kimball and Sumner Scott, Jimmy Ryder went to victory lane after beating out Jay Sands in the Star Outlaw main, and 2012 Oktoberfest winner Bryan Lancaster outclassed the field to win the Outlaw Mini Stocks.
Lee, NH – The final point races to determine the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championships were the order of business at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, and the crowd was treated to an action-packed night of racing at New Hampshire’s Center of Speed.
Mike Spurling of Rochester quickly moved to the lead when the 30-lap EKeys 4cars Supermodified feature event went green, and he held the top spot past the crossed flags with rookie contender Lance Barthelemy of Fremont applying heavy pressure all the way.
Three laps after halfway, Barthelemy made his move to the front, and it was all over from there. The freshman pulled away to score the win by a 1.356 second margin, posting his third victory of the 2014 season over veteran campaigner Sparky MacIver of Sandown, and fellow rookie Kyle Sawyer of Kingston.
Jake Stergios of Candia picking up a fourth-place finish, which was also enough for him to secure the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Supermodified championship. Defending champion Tommy Tombarello, Jr. of Haverhill, MA, Spurling, Moe Lattime of Kingston, Leslie Keyser of Northfield, Bobby Webber of Topsfield, MA and Jim Barker rounded out the top ten.
The Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsman division boasted the closest championship tally heading into the night, with Groton, MA ace Geoff Rollins leading Epping‘s Ricky Porter by just seven points coming in after a season-long battle for supremacy.
What nobody counted on was the dominant night put in by Hooksett racer Niko Maniatis, who was third and virtually nobody’s prediction for the 2014 title at the start of the night. Maniatis crushed them in the heat, then came back and did it again in the feature event to end up in a dead heat with Rollins in the final point standings.
The first tiebreaker invoked to determine the championship is feature wins, and with two back-to-back scores in the final two nights of racing, Maniatis and crew went home looking forward to seating at the head table at this year’s Banquet of Champions after pulling off the unbelievable accomplishment of moving from third to first in the final night of racing.
The stunned Rollins ended up second for the night and the season, with Porter filling out the podium and settling for third on the year, just five points short of the championship. Fourth spot went to Jesse Bousquet of Pittsfield, followed by Patrick Stewart of Beverly, MA, Jay Sands of Hampton, Ray Dinsmore of Alfred, ME, David Piper of Goffstown, Frankie Eldridge of Stratham, and Brian Grantz of Mont Vernon.
The David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stock 25-lapper saw Brian DeStefano of Tewksbury, MA make his first career trip to victory lane, with Dennis Dumas of Nashua, Brian Thompson of Sandown, Jim Piaseczny of Merrimack, and Dave MacDonald of Tewksbury, Ma rounding out the top five.
The pride of Berwick, ME, 2013 Hobby Stock champ Patrick Tanguay stayed out of trouble and under the radar all night to cross the stripe with a sixth place finish, which was more than enough for the second-generation racer to take home his second straight Hobby Stock title.
Closing out his inaugural season behind the wheel of a Hobby Stock, 2008 Ironman champion Chris “Rooftop” Harding collected seventh place honors, with Kingston’s Torrey Kovalesky, rookie Zac Fraser of Nottingham, and Eric Hoffman finishing up the top ten.
Epping driver Jeff Nadeau closed out his season in style with win number two in the Benson Lumber and Hardware Ironman main, taking the checkered flag ahead of Christin DeStefano of Tewksbury, MA, and Hannah Shaw of Chester.
Wayne Osborne of Raymond collected fourth place honors for the night, but more importantly, the 2014 Ironman championship aboard the Red Cup Racing ride. Fifth went to defending champ Travis Hollins of Milford, followed by Adam Knowles of Seabrook, Lindy Lambert of Hooksett, Tyler Mitchell of Dracut, MA, and Ryan Pitkin of Nottingham.
Jesse Tellier of Dracut, MA scored the 4-cylinder Ironman win over Anthony Nadeau and Steve George, both of Epping, and was easily the 4-cylinder champ.
George Helliwell of Pelham scored a convincing win the Craig Lambert-owned coupe in the EKeys 4cars Northeast Classic Lite main event, outrunning 2013 champ A.J. Giacomozzi and Jay McCann for the win.
Lee USA will be dark for the next few weeks, but the gates will swing open once again on October 10-12 for the running of the annual Oktoberfest extravaganza. This year’s edition will feature 18, count ‘em, 18 divisions of racecars seeing action over the three days to close out the highly-successful 2014 racing season.
Lee, NH – Just one week of racing remains to determine the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championships for the weekly divisions at Lee USA Speedway on Friday, and every driver in the pit area was well aware of the efforts they’d need to put forth to secure those titles on Friday night.
The EKeys 4cars Supermodifieds ran another impressive green-to-checker event that went into the record books in just over seven minutes, with Northfield’s Leslie Keyser putting in a strong run to lead the field over the entire distance to collect his third checkered flag of the year.
Keyser went flag to flag to score the win, with rookie contender Kyle Sawyer of Kingston chasing him all the way in his family-owned entry to score runner-up honors. Veteran Sparky MacIver of Sandown filled out the podium with a third place finish, with points leader Jake Stergios of Candia coming home fourth.
Fifth spot went to defending and three-time champion Tommy Tombarello, Jr. of Haverhill, MA, who headed into the night just nine points behind leader Stergios, the 2013 Rookie of the Year. Mike Spurling of Rochester, Fremont’s Lance Barthelemy, Northwood’s Ricky Wolf, Bobby Webber of Topsfield, MA, and Moe Lattime of Kingston rounded out the top ten.
Coming off their biggest race of the season with the running of the annual Lance Davis Memorial a week earlier, the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsmen had twin features on tap for the night, and both ends of the doubleheader produced first-time 2014 winners when the checkers flew.
Frankie Eldridge of Stratham redeemed himself in fine fashion in the first of the two feature events, taking over the lead from Niko Maniatis of Hooksett on lap 17, and holding on the rest of the way to score his first career Lee USA checkered.
Maniatis held on for yet another runner-up finish, with points leader Geoff Rollins of Groton, MA, second place point man Epping’s Ricky Porter, Hampton’s Jay Sands, Patrick Stewart of Beverly, Ma, veteran Brian Grantz, David “Doc” Piper of Goffstown, and Jason Ryan of Salem completing the top ten.
In the nightcap, 2013 Rookie of the Year Maniatis finally shook the monkey off his back, piloting the Rick Solt entry to victory lane for the team‘s first Late Model Sportsman score. Maniatis took over the lead from Ray Dinsmore of Alfred, ME on lap six, and he never looked back, holding the point until flagman Bryon Callen waved the checkers to send him on his first trip to the LMS winner’s circle.
After heading into the night with a single-point lead over Porter, Rollins inched a bit further ahead with a runner-up finish in the nightcap, with Eldridge, Porter, Stewart, Grantz, Ryan, Piper, and Dinsmore following in the final rundown.
Dennis Dumas of Nashua became the win leader not only in the David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stocks, but overall at the speedway with his fifth 2014 victory on Friday night. Dumas worked his patented outside groove run to take over the lead from veteran Brian Thompson of Sandown on lap 21, and he flashed under the checkers first to post yet another feature win.
Thompson held on to collect runner-up honors, with Jim Piaseczny of Merrimack, defending champion and current point leader Patrick Tanguay of Rochester, former champ Jim Shorey, Dave MacDonald of Tewksbury, MA, Brian DeStefano of Tewksbury, and Chris Harding of Lebanon, ME next across the stripe.
Benson Lumber and Hardware Ironman action saw Adam Knowles of Seabrook jump out to the early lead, and he held off all challengers to collect his third checkered flag of the 2014 campaign. Opening night winner Tyler Mitchell of Dracut, MA and points leader Wayne Osborne of Raymond completed the podium.
Fourth spot went to Ryan Pitkin, with Chester’s Hannah Shaw, Christin DeStefano of Tewksbury, MA, Epping’s Jeff Nadeau, Lindy Lambert of Hooksett, Evan Horvath of Nottingham, and Travis Hollins of Milford the remainder of the top ten.. Chris Martel of Epping captured the 4-cylinder Ironman win.
The restored racers of the Senior Tour Auto Racers joined Lee’s weekly divisions for the night, giving the crowd a nice show of how racing was in the “good ole days”. Dwight Lowes took the checkers in the Sportsman portion of the program, with Bobby Turner winning the modified race.