Lee USA Speedway 5/19/17 Race Report

photo by Rich Hayes

Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway raised the curtain on the 2017 weekly racing season on Friday night, with defending Super champion Dave “Hollywood” Helliwell of Salem making a statement in his first ride aboard the storied Witkum Brothers Racing entry, taking down the checkers for the season opening win in the Rodfather-sponsored NASCAR Whelen All American Series Supermodified feature.

ISMA Supermodified veteran Jamie Timmons led the early laps of the main, clicking off some impressive laps in the machine normally steered by Kyle Sawyer, setting a torrid pace over the first half of the 30-lap main event. Helliwell moved up to challenge Timmons shortly after the crossed flags, and made the winning pass to take over the point on lap 18, going the distance from there to post the win.


Thunder Road Championship Chases Begin at Memorial Day Classic

Thunder Road begins its champion chases this Sunday, May 28 with Milton’s Scott Dragon (#16VT) looking for a second straight “King of the Road” crown. (Buzz Fisher phot

Barre, Vt. – Barre’s Thunder Road kicks off the 2017 season this Sunday, May 28 with the 55th Memorial Day Classic presented by Mekkelsen RV Sales & Rental. The event will begin the title chases for all three weekly divisions at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement,” with the Thunder Road Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks joining the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models on the card.


Defending “King of the Road” Scott Dragon will be back to look for a second straight Late Model title after taking the crown by a single point in 2016. The Milton veteran enters his fourth season with Richard Green Racing knowing he’ll face tough challenges from both the competition and the newly-repaved track surface.


Mitchell to Victory Lane at Riverhead

GSPSS photo

The Granite State Pro-stock Series traveled to Long Islands Riverhead Speedway for round two of the 2017 season on Saturday night. 2016 rookie of the year Mike Mitchell won a wild affair in convincing fashion.

Mitchell had never finished on the podium before Saturday night and wasn’t planning on racing as recently as the Monday before. It was a push from his girlfriend and the support of his race team that had them making the journey to the tight quarter mile oval and Mitchell made sure it was worth it.



Oxford, Maine – Gary Smith of Bangor had the hammer down on Saturday night, negotiating slower traffic nicely while driving from fifth starting position to victory lane in the 50-lap Super Late Model race, headlining the Budweiser Championship Series stock car racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway Saturday night.

Smith, celebrating 25 years with sponsor Uncle Henry’s, and the rest of the 25-car Super Late Model field spent most of the race chasing Garrett Hall.  Only Smith could find his way past Hall’s NAPA-sponsored ride with the young Scarborough driver earning runner-up honors.


Teddy Hodgdon Racing Up MOAT Mountain

photo by RPM 360

Story by Chris Roy

Teddy Hodgdon of Danbury, CT is driving the #28 legend car, in the MOAT Mnt Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The MOAT Mnt Legends are back at NHMS for another double header  weekend at NHMS.   “We might have to make some slight adjustments during the weekend, but with the baseline from our shop we should be quick right out of the gate.”

In the last road course race here at NHMS, Teddy was able to get a top 3 finish and take a spot on the podium in victory lane. “We got lucky at the start of the race and after the restart I was able to settle into 3rd.  I was able to hold on to that position for the rest of the race.”


Race Two of 2017 Set For Riverhead Raceway

WALPOLE, N.H. – Coming off a rain-shortened season-opening event at Lee USA Speedway back on April 30, the Granite State Pro Stock Series is set to return to action this Saturday night, this time in New York. The quarter-mile Riverhead Raceway will play host to the series for a 100-lap feature event that will pay $2,000 to the driver that rolls into Victory Lane.

The event will showcase the top GSPSS talent up against some of the Riverhead Late Model weekly competitors.

Last season, GSPSS drivers headed south to Riverhead in July and completed the inspection process along with a few rounds of practice, but then Mother Nature took control of the night. The race was cancelled and was not rescheduled, meaning this season’s stop will be the inaugural 100-lap event for the series at the bullring.



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by Ken Minott

     If Kevin Girard Jr had left any doubt over the past two seasons who the top dog in the Nelcar Legend ranks at Maine’s fastest track happens to be, he put an exclamation point on it with a statement win Saturday night in the INEX sanctioned National Qualifier at Wiscasset Speedway. The 30 lap race, sponsored by Four Season Synthetic “Your Amsoil Factory Connection”, showcased the top Nelcar regulars intermixed with several of the best from southern New England and beyond for a tripled purse and big trophies, not to mention valuable provisionals in the INEX Asphalt Nationals in Las Vegas. Girard took the lead shortly after a lap 8 restart and then held off a fierce challenge from Noah Korner, then cruised to a comfortable victory. The win highlighted a chilly but action packed night of racing at Wiscasset Speedway, with Group 2 in action. Other winners included Brent Roy, Nick Hinkley, Ben Tinker, and Kurt Hewins.


Modifieds return to Lee Speedway in special holiday race Saturday

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.


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.


Winged super-modifieds again will be the NASCAR championship point division this season at Lee, running weekly qualifying heat races and 30-lap feature events. Winners of each 30-lap feature are guaranteed a minimum $1,000 with $700 for second and $400 for third.



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,



Full press release & full results coming on Monday

KENNEBEC EQUIPMENT RENTAL OUTLAW MINIS – Spotlight Race 24 laps completed, ended early due to excessive cautions
1. #26 Brent Roy – Vassalboro (first win in 10yrs – 34th career win)
2. #27 Jacob Hendsbee – Whitefield
3. #41m Larry Melcher – Jay
4. #20 Shawn Kimball – Augusta
5. #2 Butch Keene – n/a

Junior Champ Kart Racing Revs Up for Second Season at Thunder Road

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials announced today that the Junior Champ Kart summer youth racing series will return for a second season at the speedway. The series for racers ages 6 to 14 debuted in 2016, marking the return of go-karts to Thunder Road after a long hiatus.


This season, teams will be competing on a new go-kart track constructed as part of the recently announced repaving project. The independent oval track sits just inside the backstretch of the larger stock car speedway.


“Joey Pole” Returning to Honor Curley at ACT Spring Green at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

ACT photo

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.