Tiger Triple Crown, Return of Warriors Highlight FairPoint Night

The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers are set for round two of the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series this Thursday, July 20 as part of FairPoint Communications Night. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road enters the heart of its midsummer schedule this Thursday, July 20 with FairPoint Communications Night. As the season nears its halfway point, many teams will be jockeying for championship position in what is shaping up to be an action-packed evening of racing.


Round two of the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers will highlight the full card of racing. The extended distance feature will award both Triple Crown and Thunder Road weekly points, putting a premium on a good performance for all contenders.



by Ken Minott
     When people talk about the best prostock drivers to turn laps in the history of Wiscasset Speedway, the names Ripley & Chubbuck are the ones you’ll hear more often than not. The pair has thrilled fans and battled each other on the high banks of Maine’s fastest track for the past 25 years. Chubbuck has claimed 70+ wins and 5 division titles while Ripley has amassed nearly 100 career wins. They would battle it out once again Saturday night as the Serv Pro of Biddeford-Saco Prostocks had a pair of feature races to highlight the Group 2 program. Along with prostocks, there was also action in the Super Streets, Thunder 4 Minis, and 4-Cylinder Pros, plus the Senior Tour Auto Racers (S.T.A.R. Tour) made their annual trek up from Massachusets.


Monster Energy 301 – NHMS


photo by Rich Hayes

After an early-evening rain delay and late night of racing forced postponement of a pair of feature events the week before, Lee USA Speedway racers were once again facing a more than full night of racing on Friday, with both the Rodfather Supermodifieds and the R & R “The Tool Store and More“ Late Model Sportsmen running double features.


In addition, the annual El Camino Night saw a strong contingent of all vintages and colors of beautiful street machinery tour the Lee oval, followed by the annual Autograph Night, where hundreds of fans flooded the speedway to visit their favorite drivers for an up close look at the men, women, and racecars that put on the weekly show for them.


Thunder Road to Host Amanda Pelkey Night This Thursday

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials have announced that the track will host Amanda Pelkey Night this Thursday, July 20 as part of FairPoint Communications Night. The Montpelier native will be honored with a send-off ceremony as she prepares to begin training for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea with the United States Women’s National Ice Hockey team.


Pelkey began her hockey career with the Barre Youth Sports Association and was a member of the Junior Women’s Hockey League throughout her high school years, first with the Boston Shamrocks of Massachusetts and later with the North American Hockey Academy of Stowe, Vt. She attended the University of Vermont (UVM) from 2011 to 2015 and holds all of the school’s women’s ice hockey scoring records.


Historic win at Seekonk for Scott Payea

SEEKONK, MA – It’s come down to who can beat Scott Payea on the American Canadian Tour and Saturday at Seekonk Speedway – for a record-breaking fourth consecutive race – the answer was nobody.


Payea started ninth in the Harrison Redi-Mix/RPM Motorsports No. 37. He led for the first time on lap 27 when he went around Seekonk regular Ryan Lineham who had been dicing hard with Jimmy Hebert.


Twelfth Place Finish for Eddie MacDonald at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

photo by RPM 360

By: Dick Casey

Eddie MacDonald scored a 12th place finish in the K&N Pro Series East’s United Site Services 70 at NHMS on Saturday, July 15. The K&N series returned to the Loudon track for the annual NASCAR Cup weekend.

Eddie Mac posted a 15th place start in qualifying but was moved to the 20th position after sustaining an infraction in tech. The Grimm Construction Chevy moved into the 12thposition despite fighting a loose condition. Eddie Mac never got the caution he needed to bunch up the field that quickly spread out after the only caution on lap four. The 70 lap feature took only 39 minutes and forty-five seconds to run leaving no opportunity to make any significant progress.


Travis Benjamin dominant in non-stop Make-A-Wish 150 PASS North Super Late Model race at Star Speedway

photo by Norm Marx

Epping, NH – Travis Benjamin of Morrill, Maine nailed down his first Pro All Stars Series victory of this season with a dominant performance in Saturday night’s Make-A-Wish 150 at Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire.

After swapping the early lead with six-time PASS North champion Johnny Clark in the opening laps, Benjamin pulled away from the pack, leading by almost four seconds by the time eventual runner-up Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine made it to second position.


Demers Wins Thriller in Vermont Governor’s Cup

Trampas Demers (bottom left) celebrates his Vermont Governor’s Cup win with his crew at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday, July 13. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, Vt. – South Burlington’s Trampas Demers earned one of the biggest Thunder Road Late Model wins of his career on Thursday, July 13, taking the lead for good from Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien with 10 laps remaining and holding on to win the 38th Vermont Governor’s Cup presented by VP Racing Fuels.


With NASCAR Champion Kyle Busch in the field and a massive crowd in attendance, it was the veteran Demers who stole the show in a wild, back-and-forth race. Demers led eight laps in the early going before dropping back in the pack as Blainville, QC’s Jonathan Bouvrette and Milton’s Scott Dragon set the pace.


NASCAR Champion Busch, Governor Scott Highlight Talented Vermont Governor’s Cup Field

Vermont Governor Phil Scott (#14VT) is expected to be one of the biggest challengers to NASCAR Champion Kyle Busch in the Vermont Governor’s Cup this Thursday, July 13. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, Vt. – The 38th Vermont Governor’s Cup presented by VP Racing Fuels rolls to the line at Barre’s Thunder Road this Thursday, July 13. NASCAR Champion Kyle Busch and Vermont Governor Phil Scott are expected to lead a talented field of Late Model racers going for the victory in one of the biggest races of the year on the high banks.


Las Vegas, Nevada’s Busch will make his first visit to Thunder Road looking to add to a résumé that includes the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship, the 2009 Xfinity Series Championship, and hundreds of race wins on tracks across North America. He would be the first NASCAR driver to emerge victorious in an event that has seen stars such as Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, and Ken Schrader in the line-up over the years.


Big Twin-Feature program at Lee Speedway this Friday

LEE, N.N. — Double prize money will be on the line for super-modified and late model drivers and double feature races are on a big schedule for fans this Friday night at Lee USA Speedway.

Super-modifieds will run in qualifying heats plus two 30-lap feature events, each paying $1,000 to the winner. It will be the only time this season for twin feature races, which also award NASCAR championship points.

The first super-modified main event will follow heat races in Lee’s Hobby stock, pure stock and Ironmen divisions. The second 30-lap super-mod feature will get the green flag following qualifiers in several divisions.



by Ken Minott
     Fans and Fun were the name of the game this past weekend at Wiscasset Speedway with Group 2 Fan Appreciation Night. Another large crowd packed into Maine’s fastest track Saturday night for exciting racing action, plus a driver meet & greet session and kid’s bike races. The race program was highlighted by the 3rd annual running of Outlaw Mini Madness for the Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Mini’s. Despite a lower car count that anticipated, there was no shortage of action as two of the division’s best slugged it out to lay claim to the title. In the end, it was former champ Jimmy Childs of Leeds holding the big trophy winning the 75 lap race for the second time. Other winners on the night included Shane Clark of Winterport in the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Models; Joe Williams of Woolwich in the Midcoast Region Napa Mods; and Bryan Robbins of Montville in the Norms Used Cars Strictly Streets. Before the green flag flew, fans were able to go down onto the track to meet all of the group 2 drivers. Then the kids took over in enthusiastic and energetic bike races in three different age groups, along with an appearance by Santa Claus and Christmas in July fun with the C&D Laundry Kids Club.


Winterport Dragway Results 07/09/17

Winterport Dragway Results

07/09/17 Results
Super Pro/ Pro Final: 1.Rick Hunnewell, Ellsworth 2. Jon Canty, W. Gardiner
Super Pro Eliminator: 1. Rick Hunnewell, Ellsworth, 2. Dustin Calder, Welshpool NB , Semifinalist, Randy Therrien, Unity, Semifinalist, Ken Fowler, Edgecomb
Pro Eliminator: 1.Jon Canty, W. Gardiner 2.Wayne Chadwick, S. China, John Kaiser, Mapleton, Russell Calder, Welshpool NB
Bikes /Sleds: 1.Paul Keaten, Athens, 2.Frank John , Brooklin, Semifinalist, Jim Colman, Saco,
Street Eliminator: 1. John Kaiser, Mapleton, 2: Christine Leeman, Letang NB, Semifinalist, Brian Lowell, Sabattus (more…)

Lee USA Speedway 7/7/17 Race Report

photo by Rich Hayes

After running the table in 2016, with no rainouts slowing the championship chases in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, three straight rainouts early in the 2017 campaign had drivers chomping at the bit to get back in action at Lee USA Speedway on Fridaynight.

In addition to the weekly divisions, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) and Northeast Classic Lites were on the schedule, and it was a longtime Lee regular who made the headlines in the 100-lap GSPSS feature event.

Joe Squeglia of Derry, who started his racing career some 25 years ago in the Hobby Stocks at Lee USA, took advantage of a late-race incident to collect yet another Lee USA checkered flag in the P & H Electric, Automart-sponsored machine.