Eddie MacDonald Wins the American Canadian Tour Opener at Lee USA Speedway

Eddie VLBy Dick Casey 

Eddie MacDonald crossed another item off his racing “bucket list” winning the Governor’s Cup 150 at his home track in ACT’s 23rd season on Sunday. Driving the Freddie Peterson owned Late Model, Eddie Mac started on the pole, then faded back to preserve tires , and then taking the lead with five laps to go on the three‐eighths mile oval owned by his parents, Judy and Red MacDonald. The win was the first in nine ACT attempts at Lee for the Rowley, Mass. Veteran. 

“This win is just incredible,” said Eddie Mac in Victory Lane. “We wanted this one for a long time. We have had fast cars in the past but have been unable to get the win. I am so happy and thankful for Sheila and Freddie Peterson for all their support. I know this win means a lot to them and I am glad we could get it for them. Rollie (LaChance) and I have been lucky enough to win some big races including Loudon, the Oxford 250, and Bristol recently but this one has eluded us so now I can cross this off the bucket list.  Of course, winning at Lee in front of my mother and father, family, and all our friends and fans is really something special.” 
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LEE USALee, NH – The season-opening American Canadian Tour (ACT) New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 got the 2014 Lee USA Speedway campaign underway on Sunday afternoon, despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to stop the action.

Lee USA’s track crew and ACT tour officials stuck to their guns and beat the morning-long rain to    put on a tremendous show for the hardy fans who waited it out, and they certainly got their money‘s worth during the course of the afternoon.

The supporting show featured the scaled-down racers of the NELCAR legends and the Northeast Classic Lites, and both clubs turned out in full force for the season opener.  Multi-time Lee USA winner Shawn Buffington bested the NELCAR contingent, with teammate Tom Gray and 2013 series champion Mathew Burgione rounding out the podium.

In the Northeast Classic Lites main, it was veteran campaigner Duane Skofield taking down the win over 2013 champ Adam “A.J.” Giacomozzi and Jim Wentworth.  John Fultz had a scary moment in that one, as he slammed the frontstretch wall and destroyed his racer.  Fultz walked away from the incident unhurt.

After four qualifying heats, two consis, and a last chance qualifier set the starting field for the ACT New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150, local favorite Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald found himself on the pole for the main event by virtue of his plus-five handicap heat race win.

When the 30-car starting field took the green however, MacDonald led just a single lap before he dropped back several positions, while Ben Lynch (laps 2-3), Ray Parent (laps 4-33), and Stephane Descoste (laps 34-63) all spent time up front in the fast-paced early stages of the event, which ran caution-free for the first 63 laps.

Two-time race winner Brian Hoar brought out the race‘s first yellow flag with a spin in turn two on that 63rd circuit, ending his chances for a third Governor‘s Cup victory.  When the action picked up again, Parent once again moved past Descoste out to the lead, and he remained in command for the next 82 trips around the fast 3/8th‘s mile Lee oval.

But MacDonald had been saving the best for last, and as the laps wound down, he began reeling in the leader, and with some heavy lapped traffic ahead, caught Parent with less than ten laps left in the race.  MacDonald looked low at first, but eventually moved to the high side and made his way

past Parent with four laps left, as Parent lost control and spun out of contention with the checkers nearly in sight, finishing 13th in the final tally.

MacDonald easily led the way over the remaining laps to score his first-ever Governor‘s Cup win by nearly a full second, making the long-awaited first trip to ACT Governor’s Cup victory lane at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“, the facility owned and operated by his parents, Red and Judy MacDonald.

Two more former Lee USA regulars followed MacDonald across the stripe, with former race winner Joey Pole and two-time and defending ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. rounding out the post-race podium.  A pair of Quebec-based drivers were next in the final rundown, with Alex Labbe taking down fourth, and Descoste coming home fifth.

2013 Governor’s Cup winner Jimmy Hebert managed an impressive sixth-place finish after starting scratch on the field in the 30th spot, with Ben Ashline, Ben Lynch, Bobby Therrien, and Rowland Robinson, Jr. rounding out the top ten.

Lee will have their next Test & Tune on Saturday, May 10th.  Gates will open up at 9am and practice will start atnoon.  All cars and all other track cars are welcome.

The next event at Lee USA Speedway will be held on Sunday, May 11th with the Modified Bull Ring Bash 100along with the Super Modified and the Hobby Stock Divisions.  We will be celebrating Mothers Day here at Lee USA Speedway.

Lee USA Speedway Prepares for Season-Opening New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 American Canadian Tour (ACT) 150

leeusaLee, NH – The Lee USA Speedway track crew is making final preparations at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed” in anticipation of the traditional season-opening New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models, slated to take the green flag on Sunday, April 13.

Defending race winner Jimmy Hebert has no small task facing him in trying to defend his title, considering that the last 11 ACT races at Lee USA have produced 10 different winners, with only eight-time ACT champion Brian Hoar able to repeat the trip to victory lane, claiming the win in the Lee season-opening event back to back in 2011 and 2012.
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Lee USA Speedway announces the addition of the 4 Cylinder Ironman division to the 2014 season. This division will participating in the Division V level for the NASCAR Whelen All American Racing Series. The sister division to the new division is the V6 Ironman series. The V6 Ironman series will continue as the Division IV representative from Lee USA.

The rules package for the new division is very similar to the V6 Ironman. The speedway tech department has worked to identify a set of rules that can allow the 4 cylinders to have a division within the NASCAR sanctioned events in the State of New Hampshire and possible recognition at the national level if found to be in the top 100 from the division across the United States.
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ACT American Canadian TourWaterbury, VT –American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams look at Lee USA Speedway’s annual New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 to kickstart their race season on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The optimism is well-founded. ACT Late Models can boast 10 different winners in 11 events held at Lee since 2003.

The list of winners is impressive, with a huge diversity of experience. Starting the list of winners are two Canadian teams, featuring four-time ACT US and Canadian Champion Patrick Laperle from St. Denis, QC and NASCAR Canadian Champion DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, ON in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

Seven-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr, and three time Thunder Road Champion Cris Michaud, along with the 1995 ACT Pro Stock Champion from Fast One racing, Brad Leighton all went to victory lane at Lee USA Speedway. Pro All Star Series Champion Ben Rowe from Turner, Maine won the NH Governor’s Cup in 2008. Lee regular weekly racer Miles Chipman shocked the ACT regulars in 2010 with a win for long-time car owner David Storey.

Perennial front-runner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, NH was a first-time winner in 2008. “I remember what a great feeling it was to win that race. I started my ACT career at Lee and to get that win really gave my career a boost. I think Brian (eight (8) time ACT Champion Brian Hoar from Williston, VT) is the only guy who has won the Lee opener twice, and that is definitely my goal this year. If we can start the season like we ended 2013, this could help us get that first ACT Championship this season. I can’t wait for the season to begin,” said Pole.

The defending New Hampshire Governor’s Cup winner, Jimmy Hebert, from Williamstown, VT stunned the veterans and the full house a year ago, with his first ever ACT win in just his second year of competition. “It was with a lot of help from my team and Dale Shaw that got me that win, but really with the number of cars and quality of race teams we raced with, it was pretty much a shock to me. I only remember coming around with the checkered flag victory lap and seeing my father jumping up and down on the track. That was pretty special. I hope to repeat this year,” said Hebert.

The ACT opening event at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH will take place with a full practice on Saturday, April 12 and a 150-lap feature event on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Qualifying will begin at 1:00 on Sunday.

GSPSS Headed to Lee USA Speedway July 25th

granite state prostock seriesWalpole NH – In a joint announcement made today between Lee USA Speedway General Manager Bill Callen and GSPSS president Mike Parks, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be making their first appearance ever at the Lee USA Speedway on Friday night July 25th. “We are thrilled that we were able to make this happen, this is one of the tracks that all our teams have been asking about going to” Stated Parks.
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Pennink Wins VMRS Title / Barrett Goes Back To Back At Lee

VMRSLee, NH. – Tommy Barrett Jr, of Millis, MA, made a tire swap during a lap-55 caution period, then took the lead on lap-91, and went on to win his second consecutive Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned ‘Laticrete 100’at Lee USA Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Barrett becomes the first series driver to repeat victory at the New Hampshire tracks 26th annual ‘Oktoberfest’ program. He won last October’s race.

Matt Mead took the lead from the start and was the class of the field until Steve Masse rolled by on lap 55. Masse fast became the pace setter until Barrett reeled him in and passed Masse with 9-laps remaining. Barrett’s win, his third this season, is his 6th career VMRS victory.
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33 Vintage El Caminos Burn up the Track at Lee Speedway

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June 16, 2013, North Andover MA — Members of the National El Camino Owners Association (NECOA) returned this past weekend for their 5th visit to Lee USA Speedway for their annual Parade Laps and “Burnout Contest.” Track Owner Red McDonald hosted the owners of these unique vehicles to put on a show for race fans just before the feature races of the night to allow the NASCAR drivers more time to ready themselves after their qualifying heats.
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5th Annual El Camino Night set for June 14 at Lee USA Speedway

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The National El Camino Owners Association (NECOA) will be holding its 5th annual “El Camino Night” at Lee USA Speedway on Route 125 in Lee, New Hampshire on Friday, June 14. Over 35 owners of these unique “half car/half truck” vehicles — built between 1959 and 1987 — will be displaying their rides to the NASCAR race fans before they go on the oval track for “Parade Laps” where they will be introduced by Track Manager Bob Watson of the Lee Speedway. An exciting “Burn-Out Contest” will take place where the fans will choose the winner of a trophy for smoking the tires and leaving rubber on the track.
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