Lee, NH – The battle for the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season championships continued at the Lee USA Speedway Friday night, with Groveland, MA racer Mike Murphy collecting his first win of the season in the EKeys 4Cars Supermodified feature event.
Jimmy Russell of Brentwood scored his second straight win in the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsman main, Dennis Dumas grabbed his third win of the year in the David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stocks, and both Adam Knowles and Jessie Tellier doubled up in the Ironman main events.
In addition to the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competitors, the stars and cars of the Valenti Modified Racing Series were on hand for the first of their two events of the 2014 season, with an impressive field of entries entertaining the crowd with a fast-paced 100-lap main event.
The field went green with the missing man formation leaving the pole position open in honor of the late Jim Boniface, a past Lee USA Modified Racing Series winner who passed away earlier in the week at the age of 60 after a difficult battle with cancer.
Former NASCAR Busch North Series standout Tom Carey, Jr. was first out of the gate to lead the VMRS feature in his sharp #42 machine, setting the pace for 54 laps before yielding the lead to the hard-charging Savary.
Putting aside the typical “wait and see” strategy that has benefited multiple VMRS race winners in the past, where drivers typically save their tires for late in the race, Savary used up much of what he had in a furious charge to the front that got him from his eleventh place start to the lead just past the halfway mark, and kept him there until the checkers waved.
Justin Bonsignore was up to challenge in the late going aboard the famed Art Barry Spafco #21, and after a hard-fought challenge over the last two laps, he came up just a few feet short of the win, despite giving Savary his toughest challenge of the night with the checkers in sight.
Steve Masse, a past winner here at Lee, finished up the night with a strong third place run, followed by former series champion Dwight Jarvis, who started scratch on the field after finding himself in someone else’s trouble during his qualifying heat.
Fifth spot went to defending series champion Rowan Pennink of Huntington Valley, PA, who wrapped up the 2013 series title here at Lee USA during Oktoberfest 2013 weekend, followed by Chris Pasteryak, David Schneider, Carey, Donnie Lashua, and Max Zachem.
In the Lee USA portion of the program, Murphy broke out from the pole to grab the lead early in the event, and he was never headed, leading every lap on the way to his first trip to victory lane of the 2014 season aboard the MASS Chassis, Haffner’s-sponsored #44 machine.
Fresh off his first win of the season two races back, Mike Spurling put in another solid performance to grab second place honors, with rookie contender Kyle Sawyer third across the stripe. Fourth went to Jake Stergios, with Lance Barthelemy, Tommy Tombarello, Jr., Sparky MacIver, Leslie Keyser, Bobby Webber, and Jim Barker rounding out the top ten.
Former Hobby Stock champion Jimmy Russell made a statement in the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsman main event, grabbing his second straight win over another impressive field of entries.
With Russell quickly out to the lead, Mark Parenteau found trouble for the second race in a row, taking the Brian House, A Family Cab ride hard into the first turn wall after suffering a stuck throttle. Russell had things under control all the way, leading from green to checker to score his second win of the 2014 season.
Alby Ovitt put in a strong run to collect runner-up honors, followed by Ricky Porter, Geoff Rollins, Frankie Eldridge, Bobby Melvin, Kyle Roy, Niko Maniatis, Tom Harton, and Jesse Bousquet.
Dylan Bilodeau looked as if he was going to break the stronghold that Dennis Dumas had on the Hobby Stocks, but after post-race tech, it was once again Dumas being awarded the win, his third of the 2014 campaign.
Brian DeStefano of Tewksbury, MA collected his best finish of the season in the runner-up slot, and kept his trophy in one piece for a change. Matt Kawejsza was credited with the third place finish, followed by defending champ Patrick Tanguay, Jim Piaseczny, rookie Jay Avery, Dave MacDonald, Zac Fraser, Chris Harding, and Torrey Kovalesky.
The Ironmen were on tap for double features on the night, with Adam Knowles of Seabrook not only capturing his first career win in the opener, but doubling it up with a second win in the nightcap. Jeff Nadeau and Wayne Osborne completed the podium in race number one, Osborne and defending champ Travis Hollins filled out the podium in race number two.
Jesse Tellier led the way in both ends of the 4-cylinder Ironman competition, with Steve George taking both runner-up trophies for the night. Both drivers outran all of the 6-cylinder entries to finish one-two in the nightcap.
Rule 5-D Clarification
ATTENTION HOBBY STOCK DIVISION
Rule 5-D Has been clarified to read as follows:
Rear ends must be original for make of car. Example – Ford rear end in a Ford car, Chevy rear endin a Chevy car, etc. but must meet standard tread width for make of car.
Rear ends may be locked. No quick change, aluminum, black gold track, triple track, Detroit lockers, or any other traction controlled units.
Lee, NH – Another exciting Friday night program of weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action at Lee USA Speedway took the green flag on Friday night with a pre-race autograph session, spectator drags, the S.T.A.R. vintage racers, and the annual “Scout Night” among the added attractions.
Double features were on tap for the EKeys 4Cars Supermodifieds, and it was Mike Spurling of nearby Rochester getting the job done in the first 30-lapper, jumping out from the pole and leading flag to flag to pick up his first main event win of the 2014 campaign over Candia’s Jake Stergios and defending champ Tommy Tombarello, Jr. of Haverhill, MA
In the nightcap, Groveland, MA’s Mike Murphy looked to be well on his way to victory as he led well past the halfway mark, but rookie competitor Lance Barthelemy snuck past to take over the lead late in the race, and the Fremont driver held off a hard-charging Stergios to score career win number on in the Supermodified ranks.
Sparky MacIver of Sandown grabbed third place honors, with Tombarello, Murphy, Kingston racer Kyle Sawyer, Spurling, Leslie Keyser of Northfield, Jim Barker, and Bobby Webber of Topsfield, MA rounding out the top ten finishers in the second feature.
Epping’s Ricky Porter battled side by side with polesitter Patrick Stewart before moving out to the lead in the Prime Warehouse Late Model Sportsman main event, and he logged several laps at the head of the field before giving up the point.
Caution flew on lap eleven for an incident on the frontstretch that knocked Beverly, MA’s Stewart and rookie contender Mark Parenteau of Groveland, MA out of action and brought Porter back to the field. Racing action quickly resumed, and just a few laps after the restart, Brentwood racer Jimmy Russell worked his way past Porter to take command.
Russell led the rest of the way to win by a comfortable margin, with Bobby Melvin of Groton, MA up in the late laps to score a strong runner-up finish in his 2014 debut. Nick Maniatis of Hooksett came home third, with hometown racer Alby Ovitt, Porter, Alfred, ME’s Ray Dinsmore, Geoff Rollins of Groton, MA, Barrington entrants Kyle Roy and Tom Harton, and Jesse Bousquet of Pittsfield closing out the top ten.
In David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stock action, it was opening day winner Dennis Dumas of Nashua making a return appearance in victory lane, dominating the action to garb his second win of the season in convincing fashion.
Portsmouth’s Billy Clement claimed a solid runner-up finish, with Brian DeStefano of Tewksbury, MA, Sandown’s Brian Thompson, rookie Dylan Bilodeau of Epping, defending champ Patrick Tanguay of Lebanon, ME, Epping’s Matt Kawejsza, Dave MacDonald of Tewksbury, MA, Kevin Bowman of N. Grafton, MA, and Chris Harding of Lebanon, ME the rest of the top ten.
Bouncing back from a 14th place finish in the opener, Nottingham driver Evan Horvath was the class of the field in his Red Cup Racing entry, and took down his first win of the 2014 campaign in the action-packed Benson Lumber and Hardware Ironman feature event. Horvath held off a tough Jeff Nadeau of Epping, who was right on his back bumper for the last several laps of the race.
Nadeau’s runner-up result was his best finish this year, with Wayne Osborne, defending champion Travis Hollins of Milford, opening night winner Tyler Mitchell of Dracut, MA, Seabrook’s Adam Knowles, Christin DeStefano of Tewksbury, MA, Hannah Shaw of Chester, Epping’s Jeff Bennett, and Scott Farrington third through tenth.
Jesse Tellier of Dracut, MA continued his perfect 2014 campaign with another checkered flag in the 4-cylinder portion of the Ironman event. Mark Pennell of Hollis Center, ME topped Nick Maniatis for the win in the Spectator Drags, Joe Gause of Londonderry grabbed the win in the STAR Sportsman main, and Charlie Wilcox of Dayville, CT took top honors in the STAR Modified main.
After Mother Nature caused postponement of the originally scheduled opener, the first Friday night program of weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action at Lee USA Speedway went into the record books on Friday night with Sparky MacIver taking down the checkers in the EKeys 4Cars Supermodified main event.
MacIver made his way to the front early in the feature, with defending and three-time division champion Tommy Tombarello, Jr. hot on his heels all the way. Jake Stergios was right behind the lead duo for most of the race, but that’s just the way they finished, with MacIver taking down the win in the Bob Chabot entry.
Tombarello backed up his opening day win with a solid second place run in the Witkum Brothers Racing machine, followed by Stergios in third in his family-owned #11. 2014 Rookie of the Year contender Lance Barthelemy picked up a strong fourth place finish, with Leslie Keyser, Mike Spurling, freshman Kyle Sawyer, Jim Barker, Bobby Webber, Jr., and Moe Lattime rounding out the top ten.
Defending champion Grant Aither picked up right where he left off in the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsman main, putting in an impressive run to score his first feature win of the season over 2013 Rookie of the Year Niko Maniatis.
2009 Ironman champ Tom Harton scored an impressive third place finish in his LMS debut, while 2011 Hobby Stock champion Mark Parenteau came home fourth in his first outing handling the driving duties for the 2012 championship Brian House-owned team.
Fifth spot went to Frankie Eldridge, with Tommy Tomarello sixth in the second Brian House entry, David “Doc“ Piper seventh, former Ironman standout Kyle Roy eighth, Two-time 2013 winner and early leader Geoff Rollins ninth, and Jesse Bousquet tenth.
With opening day winner Dennis Dumas sitting out the night due to work commitments, brother-in-law Alby Ovitt took climbed behind the wheel for the night and dominated both ends of the double features in the David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stocks, claiming the checkers in both feature events.
Defending champ Patrick Tanguay scored runner-up honors in the first race, with Dave MacDonald, Brian DeStefano, Matt Kawejsza, rookie Zac Fraser, veteran Brian Thompson, 2008 Ironman champ Chris Harding, Jay Avery, and Kevin Bowman closing out the top ten.
In the second race, DeStefano grabbed runner-up honors, followed by Tanguay, Billy Clement, Jr., Kawejsza, Dylan Bilodeau, Harding, Torrey Kovalesky, MacDonald, and Thompson.
The two Benson Lumber and Hardware Ironman divisions ran double features as well, with Jesse Tellier coming out on top twice in the 4-cylinder class. In 6-cylinder competition, 2012 Rookie of the Year Tyler Mitchell ran a solid race to claim top honors over Glen Billings, defending champ Travis Hollins, and Jeff Nadeau in the season opener, with Billings topping the nightcap ahead of Hollins, Nadeau, Shane Horvath, Mitchell, Austin Elliott, and Kristen DeStefano.
Racing action resumes on Friday, June 13th, with the annual “Salute to First Responders” and another full night of action featuring the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Supermodifieds, the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsmen (running double features), David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stocks, Benson Lumber and Hardware Ironmen, and the Northeast Classic Lites.