LEE, NH: The 2017 Friday Night racing season opens this Friday with a five-division, 12-race program here at Lee USA Speedway starting at 7:00 pm. The winged super-modifieds lead the way with Friday night’s 30-lap feature winner picking up $1,000 and a quick lead in the NASCAR championship point standings for this year’s track title.
Dave Helliwell, last year’s track champ, has sold his car and joined the Bob and Ed Witkum team to drive the multi-time champion No. 21 super-mod. Helliwell, of Pelham, N.H., is only in his second season of driving the fast supers. He’ll have plenty of competition from arch-rival Tommy Tombarello,
LEE, NH: The mighty modifieds return to Lee USA Speedway in a rare appearance and a Memorial Day Weekend special event this Saturday afternoon offering race fans an entirely new race format.
Drivers from throughout New England are entered for Saturday’s “Lee 125” event starting at 2 pm, with practice at noon.
The open-wheel modifieds will run in three 25-lap qualifying heats, each paying $500 to the winner and $1,400 to the top five. Heat races will determine starting spots in the 24-car 50-lap feature event paying $3,000 to the winner.
Mother Nature Washes Out Two In a Row
Winchester, NH: The Northeast experienced a very dismal weekend forcing many tracks to cancel their race program including Monadnock Speedway. The track was to hold their first inaugural race for the ACT Type late Models along with the Sign Works Oval Track Series that featured the Granite State Legends and Bandoleros. On Sunday, May 14th the first Mudbog Mudslinger event of the season was also washed out.
Over $300,000 in prize money offered this season at Lee
LEE, NH: The 2017 Friday night racing season opens this Friday
night at Lee USA Speedway where a track-record $339,000 in prize money
has been posted for various divisions competing at scheduled events.
The weekly Friday night races start at 7:00pm with practice sessions
beginning at 5:00pm.
WEST HAVEN, VT – Joey Polewarczyk Jr. will pay tribute to a stock car racing legend on Saturday night, May 20, when he returns to American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model competition in honor of the late Tom Curley. Known by racing fans across the country as “Joey Pole,” the former champion will make his first ACT start of the 2017 season at the “Spring Green 117” event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.
The Spring Green marks the first ACT race held since Curley – the series’ innovative and award-winning founder and president – passed away on May 5 after a years-long fight with COPD.
photo by Norm Marx
Epping, NH – Leading early and often, Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Massachusetts earned his first Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model win this season in the Support 50 Legs 150 Saturday night at Star Speedway.
Ramstrom won his heat race to earn a front restarting position, then outdueled fellow heat race victor Joe Squeglia of Derry, New Hampshire over the first half of the event. Berwick, Maine’s Joey Doiron moved into contention, mounting a serious challenge to Ramstrom’s lead with just over 50 laps remaining.
Monadnock To Hold ACT Type Late Model Event
Winchester, NH: Mother Nature did not cooperate for Monadnock Speedway this past Saturday (May 6). The owners and management decided to cancel the races early due to another storm system coming in early Saturday afternoon predicting to dump another inch of rain to an already saturated facility.
This Saturday (May 13), the speedway will host the first of a six race series for ACT Type Late Models. The competitors will compete under the ACT Late Model rules with the exception of the tires which will be a 9″ American Racer. The management has had a lot of positive feedback about the six race series that will offer $1000 to win dueling it our for 75 laps. The special inaugural event will be filled with plenty of racing action which will also include Legends, Bandoleros, Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Lightning Stocks and Young Guns. Race time is at 6pm. Pit gates open at 1pm with practice at 2:30pm.
GSPSS Adds Oxford Plains To 2017 Schedule
WALPOLE, N.H. – The Granite State Pro Stock Series announced another addition to the 2017 schedule this week. A stop at the three-eighths mile Oxford Plains Speedway will take place as part of the 44th annual Oxford 250 weekend. The race will be a 100-lap feature event on Saturday evening August 26th.
“Our goal is and always has been a 14-race schedule,” series president Mike Parks explained. “We usually don’t like to add an event once we start the season, but this is an exception.”
Longtime Thunder Road Speedbowl co-owner Tom Curley, seen here addressing a driver’s meeting, passed away on Friday, May 5 after a lengthy illness. (Alan Ward photo)
Barre, VT – Longtime Thunder Road Speedbowl co-owner and promoter Thomas M. Curley passed away on Friday, May 5 due to complications from a lengthy illness. Curley was 73 years old.
Born May 10, 1943, Curley was involved in local and regional auto racing for most of his adult life. After spending considerable time at Thunder Road as a spectator and driver in the 1960s, he became the NASCAR Northeast regional director in 1978, and a year later created the NASCAR North Tour. He and Thunder Road founder Ken Squier then acquired the track in 1982 from former owner Tommy Kalomiris.
Davis Dominates GSPSS Opener at Lee
The 2016 Champion Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA, returned to Lee as did Rookie of the Year, Mike Mitchell of Cumberland, RI. The GSPSS Opener also saw rookies Luke Hinkley of Claremont, NH and Kyle Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT throw their hats into the ring. Practice sessions on Saturday and Sunday saw Joe Squeglia of Derry, NH, David Darling of Seekonk, MA, and Luke Hinkley post the fast times.
Sunday’s race started with a shower making the surface slick and causing two cautions at the start of the race, and collecting a few cars in the process. However, when the green flew again, it was all Davis as he quickly took the lead from Devin O’Connell of Madison, CT. (more…)