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.
Lee, NH – With the 2014 championship season rapidly winding down, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions put another night of racing in the record books at Lee USA Speedway on Friday, with the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsmen taking center stage with the running of the 50-lap Lance Davis Memorial.
Running in memory of the longtime Lee racer, the LMS turned out in full force for the night‘s racing action. When flagman Don Horvath let them loose, it was Alfred, ME’s Ray Dinsmore leading the way, but he quickly gave up the point to Jesse Bousquet of Pittsfield, who led the way thought lap eight.
Rookie contender and former Hobby Stock champion Mark Parenteau of Groveland, MA was next to take a shot at the lead, moving the Brian House, A Family Cab entry to the point on lap nine. Parenteau stayed out front through lap 16, when Groton, MA racer Geoff Rollins took over.
Epping’s Ricky Porter, who is locked in a tight battle with Rollins for the 2014 Late Model Sportsman championship, moved to second on lap 19, but he was soon displaced by Newmarket’s Bryan Kruczek, who was headed to the front for the second week in a row.
Kruczek’s 2014 maiden voyage a week earlier had come up just short with a runner-up finish behind Porter, but his time there was no stopping him, as he moved past Rollins on lap 30, and went on to easily post the win aboard the Joe Delisle-owned, Traditional Mortgage-sponsored machine, taking the checkers some 3 seconds ahead of second place finisher Rollins.
Porter kept the championship battle tight when he was scored third at the finish, with Stratham‘s Frankie Eldridge, Hooksett‘s Niko Maniatis, Patrick Stewart of Beverly, MA, P.J. Murphy of Groveland, MA, Parenteau, Dinsmore, and Barrington‘s Tom Harton the remainder of the top ten.
Defending and three-time champion Tommy Tombarello, Jr. of Haverhill, MA returned to his winning ways in the EKeys 4cars Supermodified 30-lapper, taking the lead from Rochester’s Mike Spurling on lap three and going the distance to collect the win in yet another caution-free main event that ran green-to-checker in just over seven minutes.
Tombarello was more than pleased to back in victory lane after a several week drought, and car owners Ed and Bobby Witkum of the famed Witkum Brothers Racing team echoed his sentiment. A simple statement from 50-year racing veteran Ed Witkum, Sr. said it all when he commented “It never gets old” as he headed to meet the team‘s driver in victory lane.
Spurling held off a tough challenge from rookie Kyle Sawyer of Kingston to collect runner-up honors, with Jake Stergios of Candia, Lance Barthelemy of Fremont, Sparky MacIver of Sandown, Leslie Keyser of Northfield, Bobby Webber of Topsfield, MA, Moe Lattime of Kingston, and Ricky Wolf of Northwood fourth through tenth.
Dennis Dumas of Nashua was once again the man to beat in the David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stock main event, coming from deep in the field to become the winningest driver in the division when he scored his fourth feature win of the 2014 campaign.
Veteran Brian Thompson of Sandown lead early and often before losing the top spot to Dumas, but he held on to collect a strong second place finish aboard the Dennis Soares entry. Defending champion and current point leader Patrick Tanguay was next across the stripe to fill out the podium in the third spot.
Fourth went to Tewksbury, MA driver Dave MacDonald, with his Midnight Motorsports teammate Brian DeStefano taking down fifth. Sixth through tenth were Jay Avery of Berwick, ME, Kevin Bowman of N. Grafton, MA, Zac Fraser of Nottingham, Paul Palen of Pelham, and Chris Harding of Lebanon, ME.
After winning her heat race earlier in the night, Christin DeStefano of Tewksbury, led the Benson Lumber and Hardware Ironman main to the green, but she was quickly knocked off the point by Epping’s Jeff Nadeau, who like DeStefano, was still looking for career win number one.
Unlike DeStefano however, Nadeau can now cross his first Lee USA win off the bucket list, as he led the remainder of the race to score his first-ever feature win. Christin held off the rest of the field to collect second place honors, with Chester’s Hannah Shaw third followed by Adam Knowles of Seabrook, Jeff Bennett of Epping, Travis Hollins of Milford, Wayne Osborne of Raymond, Ryan Pitkin, and Lindy Lambert.
Lee, NH – The final month of racing toward the goal of the 2014 season championships began at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Supermodifieds, Late Model Sportsmen, Hobby Stocks, and Ironmen joined by the touring Northeast Classic Lites for an entertaining night of racing action at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”.
Leslie Keyser of Northfield was the man of the hour in the EKeys 4cars 30-lap main event for the Supermodifieds. Keyser jumped out to the early lead with Topsfield, MA’s Bobby Webber in tow for the first four laps of the fast-paced feature race, which ran caution-free from green to checker in just over seven minutes.
Rookie Kyle Sawyer of Kingston moved past Webber to take over second on lap five, but Keyser was already pulling away from the field by then. Lapped traffic in the late going helped Sawyer close the gap, but Keyser was in charge all the way, flashing under Byron Callen’s checkered flag to take the win by .317 seconds over Sawyer.
Freshman Lance Barthelemy of nearby Fremont turned the race’s fastest lap on his way to a third place finish with a blistering 13.985 trip around the fast 3/8th‘s mile oval, and he nipped current points leader Jake Stergios of Candia at the line by a mere .008 second margin to take the final spot on the podium.
Sandown’s Sparky MacIver took home fifth place honors, followed by defending and three-time Super champ Tommy Tombarello, Jr. of Haverhill, MA. 2004 Lee USA Speedway Late Model and NASCAR Regional champion Ricky Wolf of Northwood made his first start of the season and scored seventh, with Webber, Rochester’s Mike Spurling, and Moe Lattime of Kingston finishing up the top ten.
Pittsfield’s Jesse Bousquet moved to the point early in the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsman 30-lap main event, setting the pace for most of the first half of the race. Just five laps in, a scary incident brought red flag conditions on the speedway and knocked several contenders out of action.
Kyle Roy of Barrington got pushed up out of the groove in turn four and slid down across the track just as Brentwood’s Jimmy Russell tried to slip past, sending both drivers head-on into the wall on the front straightaway. Bobby Melvin of Groton, MA had no place to go and piled in as well, ending all three drivers’ nights on the business end of a wrecker.
All three drivers were uninjured, and things settled down a bit after racing resumed. Ricky Porter of Epping moved past Bousquet to take over the point on lap 15, and he immediately began to open up a lead. Further back in the pack however, Bryan Kruczek was picking his way to the front after starting 14th on the grid, and he was coming fast.
Kruczek was fourth when Porter got to the lead, and just three laps later, was past Geoff Rollins and Bousquet to run second. Kruczek eventually got past Porter to take over the lead at the five to go mark, but with the popsicle sticks in the air signaling two laps remaining, Porter re-assumed the lead and went on to post the win.
Newmarket’s Kruczek collected a solid runner-up finish in his 2014 debut aboard the new Joe Delisle entry, with Rollins, Mark Parenteau of Groveland, MA, Bousquet, Niko Maniatis of Hooksett, Frankie Eldridge, Barrington’s Tom Harton, Goffstown’s David “Doc” Piper, and George Rego the rest of the top ten.
The David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stocks had a 50-lapper on the schedule for the night, with R&R Public Wholesalers sweetening the purse for the extra-distance event. Multi-feature winner Jim Piaseczny of Merrimack was sidelined for the night after a hard crash in practice, ending any chances he had of salvaging his 2014 season.
Among the more impressive performances of the night was that of rookie contender Zac Fraser of Nottingham, who ran in the runner-up slot behind early-race leader Billy Clement, Jr. of Manchester for the first 19 laps of the race before sliding back a few positions and eventually spinning out of contention on lap 22.
Clement finally lost the lead to Geoff Rollins with five laps remaining, and after the race, lost his apparent third place finishing position to another technical infraction. Rollins went on to post the win in his first start of the 2014 campaign, with Nashua’s Dennis Dumas and points leader Pat Tanguay credited with second and third.
Fourth spot went to Tewksbury, MA driver Dave MacDonald, followed by Berwick, ME’s Jay Avery, Tewksbury’s Brian DeStefano, Chris Harding of Lebanon, ME, Fraser, Pelham’s Paul Palen, and Torrey Kovalesky of Kingston.
Tewksbury, MA racer Christin DeStefano quickly jumped out to the lead in the Benson Lumber and Hardware Ironman main, and she set the pace for the first 11 trips around “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”. Points leader Wayne Osborne of Raymond moved past to grab the lead the next time by, and it was all but over from there.
Osborne led the rest of the race to increase his points lead with another impressive feature win, with defending champ Travis Hollins of Milford up in the late laps to checker second ahead of Seabrook’s Adam Knowles and Epping‘s Jeff Bennett.
Tyler Mitchell of Dracut, MA rounded out the top five, with Hannah Shaw of Chester, DeStefano, Lindy Lambert, Shane Horvath of Nottingham, and Jeff Nadeau of Epping sixth through tenth. Jesse Tellier of Dracut, MA once again claimed top honors in the 4-cylinder portion of the Ironman main.
Another strong field of EKeys 4cars Northeast Classic Lites assembled for their feature event, with Sam Gilman first out to set the pace. Gilman led the field to the halfway mark, but a restart shortly after the crossed flags turned out to be his undoing, sending him pitside and out of contention with a flat tire.
Doug Dawkins picked up the lead for the next few laps, but in the end, second-generation racer George Helliwell continued his stranglehold on Lee’s victory lane, making a bold move late in the race to come away with the win. C.J. McLaughlin and Eddie Gilman rounded out the podium finishers.
Lee, NH – Red and Judy MacDonald and the entire staff of Lee USA Speedway, New Hampshire’s Center of Speed, are pleased to announce a sponsor for the new bonus payoff program that will be in place for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing season.
The new bonus purse structure is based on a simple premise. Car count. On nights when more than 14 entries are on hand for any of the four weekly divisions, the payoff will be increased considerably for each division with the aforementioned turnout.
For example, if the EKeys 4cars Supermodifieds show up in full force, the winner’s share of the purse will be a hefty $1,000, up from the normal $700-to-win offered with lower car counts in the pit area. The second place finisher will be awarded $700 for their efforts, with third spot paying $400, fourth $350, and fifth $325.
The increased payoff for the 14+ car count in the Supermodifieds amounts to roughly a 30% increase in the purse for the top five finishers, with the entire top ten guaranteed a paycheck of $250 or more, with a strong payoff all the way down the line.
The Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsmen are in for the same treatment, as a 14-car payoff will see the winner taking home a $500 payday, vs. the $300 paid to the winner currently. Second will bump up to $300, third to $250, fourth to $200, and fifth to $150. That top-5 payoff amounts to more than a 35% increase over the current purse structure.
Not to be left out, the David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stocks will experience a similar increase when the car count cracks 14, with the winner’s share of the purse jumping from the current $200 to a whopping $350 when the starting field passes 14.
The top five Hobbies combined payoff will reflect a 37% increase over the current purse, with sixth place now weighing in at $100 when the car count invokes the bonus purse structure.
The entry-level Benson Lumber and Hardware Ironman division looks to gain even more, with the winner’s share of the purse skyrocketing by more than double over the current paycheck for a win. Every other finishing spot will see an increase in the payout, with not only the winner enjoying the spoils, but the top five finishers collecting a total of double what the old payoff was worth.
The racing season is rapidly coming to a close at Lee USA Speedway, with less than a handful of events remaining on the 2014 calendar. Red and Judy MacDonald invite all of you to join them for some fast-paced, action-packed excitement at New Hampshire’s Center of Speed each and every Friday night.
Lee, NH – The highly-anticipated 75-lap Ollie Silva Memorial Mid-Summer Classic for the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) was the featured attraction at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, with a capacity crowd filling the grandstands at New Hampshire’s Center of Speed for the event.
Several alumni from the Lee USA Small Block Supers were among the strong field of speedsters on hand for the evening’s racing action, but one of them was sidelined before qualifying had been completed. On the first lap of the first ISMA heat of the night, Danny Lane took a scary ride into the wall in turn one with an apparent stuck throttle, ending his night before it had even started.
Two laps later while leading the same qualifier, “Liquid” Lou Cicconi had problems of his own and spun into the wall in nearly the same spot, putting his Clyde Booth entry on the shelf for the night as well. Jon Gambuti, Mark Sammut, and Rob Summers collected the heat race wins.
At feature time, it was Ryan Coniam first out to the lead, setting a torrid pace while the field sorted out behind. Coniam appeared to be the class of the field in the early going, but mechanical woes forced him off the pace and to the pit area at the 26-lap mark.
Local favorite Eddie Witkum, Jr., a former champion in the Lee USA Small Block Supermodified division, took over the lead after Coniam’s demise, and he quickly pulled away to open up a full straightaway lead on his nearest challenger.
The laps clicked off quickly as the field ran caution-free for the first 48 circuits before former race winner and all-time ISMA win leader Chris Perley found trouble and spun, with another quick yellow a lap later for a three-car tangle involving Perley, Justin Belfiore, and Alison Cumens the only other slowdown.
When racing resumed, Witkum picked up the lead once again, but Jon McKennedy was already up to fourth and on the move. He quickly worked past Ben Seitz and Rob Summers to get to second, and when Witkum fell to his charge on lap 57, it was the final lead change of the night.
McKennedy was in control from there, leading the rest of the way to post a popular win, his second ISMA score of 2014. After leading the most laps, Witkum settled for second, with Seitz, Summers, Sammut, Cumens, Belfiore, Dave Duggan, Jeff Locke, and Dan Bowes the remainder of the top ten.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Supermodifieds were also part of the program, running a quick 30-lap feature event which was won by Jake Stergios of Candia over rookie Kyle Sawyer of Kingston and defending champion Tommy Tombarello, Jr. of Haverhill, MA.
Fourth spot in the EKeys 4cars-sponsored event went to two-time winner Lance Barthelemy of Fremont, followed by Sparky MacIver of Sandown, Rochester’s Mike Spurling, Bobby Timmons if Windham, ME, Moe Lattime of Kingston, Leslie Keyser of Northfield, and Bobby Webber of Topsfield, MA.
Brentwood’s Jimmy Russell continued to be the man to beat in the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsman division, rolling to his fourth feature event win of the 2014 campaign in the 35-lap feature event. Groton, MA racer Bobby Melvin led from lap three until lap 25, and eventually chased Russell across the line for a solid runner-up finish.
Another Groton MA driver, Geoff Rollins followed the lead pair in the third spot, with Hooksett’s Niko Maniatis, Epping’s Ricky Porter, Jesse Bousquet of Pittsfield, David Piper of Goffstown, Mark Parenteau of Groveland, MA, Kyle Roy of Barrington, and Ray Dinsmore of Alfred, ME the rest of the top ten.
A multi-car incident late in the David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stock 30-lapper eliminated several drivers from contention, but Merrimack’s Jim Piaseczny avoided all the trouble and took down the checkers to add another win to his 2014 resume.
Brian DeStefano of Tewksbury, MA scored runner-up honors, with Manchester’s Billy Clement, Jr. rounding out the podium in third. Chris Harding of Lebanon, ME was fourth, followed by Brian Thompson of Sandown, Patrick Tanguay, Jay Avery, Dennis Dumas, Kevin Bowman, and Dave MacDonald.
Dracut, MA driver Tyler Mitchell returned to his winning ways in the Benson Lumber and Hardware Ironman main, taking the checkered flag ahead of Travis Hollins of Milford and Wayne Osborne of Raymond.
Epping drivers Jeff Nadeau and Jeff Bennett were next across the stripe, followed by Tewksbury, MA’s Christin DeStefano, Hannah Shaw of Epping, Lindy Lambert, and Adam Knowles of Seabrook. Jesse Tellier of Dracut, MA scored again in the 4-cylinder portion of the Ironman event.
Lee, NH – The battles for the 2014 season championships rolled on at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Supermodifieds taking center stage with the running of the Supermodified Shootout, a three-segment race with best combined finished determining the winner.
Rookie Lance Barthelemy of nearby Fremont was first to step up, dominating the action in the first EKeys 4cars-sponsored 25-lap segment and holding off a late-race challenge from Jake Stergios of Candia to grab the victory, making him the first two-time winner of the 2014 campaign.
Stergios inched ahead of Barthelemy in the high groove to lead lap 19, but he couldn’t complete the pass and fell back in line behind the freshman sensation, settling for runner-up honors at the finish. Defending champ Tommy Tombarello, Jr. of Haverhill, MA rounded out the podium with a third place run.
Making his first start of the year as teammate to Tombarello aboard the second Witkum Brothers Racing entry, Danny Lane came across the stripe in the fourth spot. Fifth through tenth went to Sandown’s Sparky MacIver, Mike Spurling of Rochester, Kingston racer Kyle Sawyer, third-generation Super competitor Bobby Timmons of Windham, ME, Jim Barker, and Bobby Webber of Topsfield, MA.
The action was halted before the green had even waved to start the second segment, when Webber’s car caught fire at the entrance to pit road during hot laps. Four laps in, rookie contenders Barthelemy and Sawyer got the worst of a multi-car incident that brought out another red, and Tombarello completed the red flag hat trick when something broke and sent him into the turn three wall on lap 21.
Comfortably ahead of all the trouble, Spurling was the man to beat in the second segment, and MacIver did just that, motoring past in the late going to score his second win of the season in the Bob Chabot entry. Lane, Spurling, Stergios, and Leslie Keyser rounded out the top five.
In the ten-lap shootout that closed out the night’s action, it was all Stergios, as he blasted past polesitter Keyser to grab the lead. He went on to collect not only the checkers, but the overall win for the night. MacIver, Lane, Keyser, and Spurling were the rest of the top five.
Jesse Bousquet of Pittsfield was first out to the lead in the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsman 30-lap main event, setting the pace for the first seven laps. Niko Maniatis was challenging for the top spot at that point, and before he could make it past, contact between the two resulted in both drivers heading to the rear.
Mark Parenteau of Groveland, MA picked up the lead on the restart, but fellow Bay Stater Geoff Rollins of Groton moved past just a lap later to take over the point. Looking to make it two wins in a row, Rollins stayed at the head of the field for the next six circuits, but he was no match for the hard-charging Jimmy Russell, who powered past to grab the lead at the crossed flags.
Brentwood driver Russell was all but gone from there, opening up a nearly six second lead when the checkers waved over his third win of the year. Rollins took second over Alby Ovitt of Barrington, Epping’s Ricky Porter, Maniatis, Parenteau, Kyle Roy of Barrington, Ray Dinsmore of Alfred, ME, Patrick Stewart of Beverly, MA, and Jason Ryan.
Rookie Jay Avery of Berwick, ME led the David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stock 25-lapper to green, but he was only out front for a lap before defending Hobby Stock champ Patrick Tanguay slipped past to take over the lead.
After getting his first victory of the 2014 season via a disqualification the week before, Tanguay did it the old-fashioned way this time, leading the rest of the way to take down the win. Three-time Dennis Dumas of Nashua was hot on his heels at the checkers, losing out by just .217 second for a runner-up finish. Billy Clement, Jr. of Manchester filled out the podium in the third spot.
Brian DeStefano of Tewksbury, MA rebounded after a tough outing the week before to checker fourth, followed by Avery, Tewksbury’s Dave MacDonald, Chris Harding of Lebanon, ME, rookie Zac Fraser of Nottingham, Jim Piaseczny of Merrimack, and Kingston’s Torrey Kovalesky.
Austin Elliott of Epping quickly jumped out to the lead in the Benson Lumber and Hardware Ironman main, and he set the pace for the first 13 trips around “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”. Jeff Bennett moved in to challenge for the lead at that point, and Elliott’s night got worse in a hurry.
The youngster spun between turns one and two, collecting Evan Horvath of Nottingham, who had no place to go and t-boned Elliott in the driver’s door. Bennett picked up the lead when racing resumed, and he led the rest of the way to post his first win of the year.
Two-time winner Adam Knowles of Seabrook finished second, and Christin DeStefano of Tewksbury, MA collected her second straight podium in third. Fourth went to Tyler Mitchell of Dracut, MA, followed by fellow Dracut driver and 4-cylinder winner Jesse Tellier.