JANUARY 17, 2015
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LEE USA WINTER MEETING SCHEDULE
REVIEW RULE CHANGES – SCHEDULE FOR 2015 – HANDICAPPING PROCEDURES
9AM – 10AM 4 Cylinder Pure Stocks
10:30 – 11:30 6 Cylinder Ironman
12:30 – 1:30 Hobby Stocks
2:00 – 3:00 Late Model Sportsman
3:30 – 4:30 Super Modifieds
The tentative schedule is coming together for 2015. This year will prove to be one of the best and most exciting schedules in years. Once again the Super Modifieds will be the NASCAR Premier division. In addition Late Model Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, 6 Cylinder Ironman and 4 cylinder Pure Stocks will all be NASCAR sanctioned and support divisions.
.The plans include the annual season kick off of the American Canadian Tour for the Governor’s Cup 150 lap season opener. The North East Mini Stock Tour and North East Classic Lites are planned as support divisions.
May will bring the official opener of the 2015 campaign for all five NASCAR sanctioned divisions. In addition we are looking to include an “open show” in conjunction with the season opener. Tentative plans are for the weekend of the 17th. Memorial Day weekend will be the rain date contingency for this event and as a result give our dedicated racers a holiday weekend to spend with their families as well. The first Friday night of racing for 2015 is planned for the 29th of May.
June looks to be busy with the NETS (New England Truck Series) making a trip up to the New Hampshire Center of Speed. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will be a part of June as well as the S.T.A.R antique racers and the North East Classic Lites. Perhaps the most exciting June event will be the return of the PASS (Pro All Star Series).
July will feature the always popular night of fireworks along with a smoke show by the El Caminos and the North East Classic Lites. Another returning series with the NEMA (North East Midget Association) return to Lee on the Loudon weekend as it has traditionally been the feature event in previous years. To round out the July events will be the GSPSS (Granite State Pro Stock Series). And the NESST (North East Street Stock Tour).
The Speedway will bring in August with the ISMA (International Super Modified Association) group. As the schedule is currently planned Lee will be the first visit of the series to the New England area. In addition the Hobby 50, Lance Davis Memorial and Back to School night will be featured.
Early September will bring the winding down of the NASCAR racing season once again fall in New England.
Plans are already underway to make the Oktoberfest 2015 one of the premier events for local racers from the 7+ state area. We are already getting calls from racers around the North East making plans for the annual trek.
Please stay tuned for continuing updates as we work to implement these tentative plans.
Manchester, NH – A full house of racers, crews, officials, and fans from the Lee USA Speedway gathered at the Executive Court to wine, dine, and celebrate the annual Banquet of Champions honoring their achievements for the 2014 season at New Hampshire’s Center of Speed.
A year after being awarded Rookie of the Year in the Supermodified division, Jake Stergios of Candia spent the evening at the head table and took home the hardware commemorating his first career championship title in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, EKeys 4cars-sponsored division.
Defending and three-time champ Tommy Tombarello, Jr. of Haverhill, MA took home second place honors for his 2014 campaign aboard the Witkum Brothers Racing entry, with Sparky MacIver of Sandown and rookies Lance Barthelemy of Fremont and Kyle Sawyer of Kingston rounding out the top five.
Closing out the season tied with Barthelemy’s impressive freshman effort of a division-leading three feature wins, Northfield driver Leslie Keyser took home sixth place honors, with Rochester veteran Mike Spurling, Bobby Webber, Jim Barker, and Mike Murphy rounding out the top ten.
Barthelemy’s freshman season culminated with Rookie of the Year honors, Keyser grabbed the Sportsmanship Award, Spurling took home Most Improved Driver, Webber’s roller-coaster season won him the Hard Luck award, and Sawyer’s team won Best Team Performance.
After a late-season charge that saw him win back-to-back feature races to close out the 2014 campaign, Niko Maniatis of Salem took the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsman championship aboard the Rick Solt machine.
Tied with Maniatis in points, second-generation racer Geoff Rollins of Groton, MA was one victory behind and as a result finished the season in the second spot, with veteran racer Ricky Porter of Epping, Jesse Bousquet of Pittsfield, and rookie Mark Parenteau of Groveland, MAfinishing up the top five.
Ray Dinsmore of Alfred, ME, Frankie Eldridge, four-time winner Jimmy Russell of Brentwood, David “Doc” Piper of Goffstown, and Kyle Roy were the remainder of the top ten. Second-generation racer Tom Harton of Barrington grabbed Rookie of the Year honors, with Porter taking the Sportsmanship award, Dinsmore Most Improved Driver, Parenteau picking up the Hard Luck award, and Maniatis scoring Best Team Performance.
For the second straight season, Patrick Tanguay went home with the big trophy in the David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stocks, with five-time winner Dennis Dumas of Nashua scoring a career-best second for the season.
Teammates Brian DeStefano and Dave MacDonald of Tewksbury, MA were third and fourth on the season, with veteran Brian Thompson of Sandown, 2008 Ironman champ Chris Harding and rookie Jay Avery of Berwick, ME, three-time winner Jim Piaseczny of Merrimack, Nottingham’s Zac Fraser, and Matt Kawejsza of Epping rounding out the top ten.
Harding grabbed Rookie of the Year honors in the Hobby Stocks, with Fraser winning the Sportsmanship plaque, Dumas scoring Most Improved, Piaseczny awarded Hard Luck, and the Tanguay crew picking up Best Team Performance.
Wayne Osborne, Jr. of Kingston was the class of the field in the American Used Auto Parts Ironman division, picking up the hardware for his season championship, and Best Team Performance. Second-generation racer Tyler Mitchell of Dracut, MA grabbed runner-up honors, and was also presented with the NASCAR UNOH Youth Achievement Award.
Three-time winner and 2014 Rookie of the Year Adam Knowles of Seabrook went home with third place honors for the season, with Epping’s Jeff Nadeau, Christin DeStefano of Tewksbury, MA, 2013 champ Travis Hollins of Milford, Sportsmanship winner Hannah Shaw of Epping, Most Improved Driver Jeff Bennett of Epping, Hard Luck winner Austin Elliott of Epping, and three-time winner Evan Horvath of Nottingham rounding out the top ten.
Jesse Tellier of Pelham was honored for his 2014 championship in the 4-cylinder Ironman division, after winning 13 of the 15 races run during the season. Skip Stearns and Mike Walker shared the Ed Castine/Ron Poitras Memorial award for dedication given annually to members of the hard-working speedway staff.
Track owners and promoters Red and Judy MacDonald would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the 2014 award winners, and wish a happy and healthy holiday season to all of the loyal fans, racers, crews and officials who made 2014 such a successful season.
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.