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.

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Squeglia Wins at Lee!

Photos by Troy Bregy (Seacoast 100)

Lee, NH – Local racer Joe Squeglia of Derry, NH won the Seacoast 100 Granite State Pro Stock Series on Friday, following the fireworks at Lee.  Squeglia was fast all day, posting the second fastest lap in practice, behind Jeremy Harclerode of Newmarket, NH. New dad, Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH also looked to be a contender as the previous winner at Lee and another that posted fast times in practice.

Squeglia, and Harclerode both won their heats. Davis finished second in his heat, and after the redraw they started heads up in the feature.  Early in the race Squeglia kept the lead until lap 37 when Harclerode passed him. Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH started 12th and was quietly moving up in the pack and by the half way mark had taken 4th place. Luke Hinkley of Claremont, NH was 7th on the starting grid, but had to start at the tail of the field because a quick trip to the pits on the pace laps, also moved up the field quickly.

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MacDonald Scores At The ‘Magic Mile’ Captures GSPSS Victory In First Annual Short Track Showdown

MacDonald leads the field (Troy Bregy Photo)

By Kyle Souza, Granite State Pro Stock Series

WALPOLE, N.H. – Heading into Saturday’s First Annual New England Short Track Showdown presented by AR Bodies at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Eddie MacDonald was listed as one of the favorites to capture the checkered flag.

Behind the wheel of his No. 17, MacDonald showed why he was one of the favorites. He scored the victory in his heat race and then went on and scored the win in the 50-lap feature event as part of the inaugural stop for the series on the 1.058-mile oval. DJ Shaw and Matt Swanson joined MacDonald as podium finishers.

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Tenth Career Win for Eddie MacDonald at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

photo by RPM 360

by Dick Casey

When Eddie MacDonald took the checkered flag in the inaugural New England Short Track Showdown at NHMS in the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Saturday, he joined elite company in posting his tenth win at Loudon. Eddie Mac now shares the record for the most wins with Mike Stefanik and Ted Christopher. However, the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer is the first driver to have wins in four divisions, with victories in three K&N Pro Series East, five in the American Canadian Tour, one Pro All Star Series, and now the Granite State.

“When I first started racing I just hoped someday to race here,” reflected Eddie Mac after the race. “It was incredible to get my first win here and never did I think I would share the most wins with TC and Mike. I owe a lot of people for my success beginning with my family, Rollie LaChance and his family, car owners Rob Grimm, Freddie Peterson, and Dave Lemieux, and all of our sponsors through the years. You can’t do this without the hard work and dedication of all the crew members. I want to especially thank my girlfriend Kelyn Harrell who supports me in all of this. It is truly humbling to share the record with those guys.”

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GSPSS Headed For The ‘Magic Mile’ Inaugural New England Short Track Showdown Set For Saturday

By Kyle Souza, Granite State Pro Stock Series

WALPOLE, N.H. – The Granite State Pro Stock Series is set for race five of the 2017 season this Saturday afternoon. The fifth race of season will be part of the First Annual New England Short Track Showdown presented by AR Bodies, which will also include feature races for the Valenti Modified Racing Series, NorthEast Mini Stock Tour and Street Stock Showdown Series.

Heading into the ‘Magic Mile’, Cory Casagrande leads the GSPSS championship standings in a tie with Scott MacMichael. Both drivers sit with 134 points and they hold a six-point advantage over Mike Mitchell. Behind him, Mike O’Sullivan sits 12 points back in the fourth position.

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First Annual Short Track Showdown Bringing Out Top Names

Derek (GSPSS Photo)

By Kyle Souza, Granite State Pro Stock Series                      

WALPOLE, N.H. – The first annual New England Short Track Showdown presented by AR Bodies, which is set for this Saturday July 1, will bring out some of the top names that New England racing has to offer.

Of those names is young and upcoming modified star Matt Swanson, who is just 17-years-old and has just one full-time Whelen Modified Tour season under his belt to this point. Swanson will be making his Granite State Pro Stock Series debut on Saturday behind the wheel of the Starrett Racing machine.

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