Lee USA Speedway Banquet of Champions 11/5/16 Photos by Rich Hayes
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Manchester, NH – Race teams, track officials, fans, and sponsors gathered at the Executive Court Inn and Conference Center to celebrate the 2016 Lee USA Speedway “Banquet of Champions” on Saturday night, November 5, closing out the 30th year under the leadership of track owners Red and Judy MacDonald.
Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway closed out the regular Friday night season for the weekly competitors in the five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”, with all 16 of this year’s scheduled events making it into the record books dating back to opening night on May 27.
The 2016 champions were crowned in all divisions, with second-generation racer Dave “Hollywood” Helliwell of Pelham taking down the title in the Supermodifieds to close out his first year competing in the track’s headlining NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division.
Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway still has a couple of on-track events to go before closing out the 2016 racing season, but it’s already time for the first big announcement regarding what’s in store for 2017 at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”.
Still celebrating their 30th year steering the LEE USA ship, track owners Red and Judy MacDonald are pleased to announce the return of Joe Bassett to the staff for the 2017 campaign. In preparation for next year, Bassett will be assuming the role of General Manager as soon as he can tie up a few loose ends at his current gig with the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
photo by Rich Hayes
Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway celebrated “Kid’s Back to School Night” on Friday, and it was a homecoming party for former multi-time champ Tommy Tombarello, Jr., who made his 2016 debut with a sweep, winning both his heat and the feature event to once again stake his claim to the king’s throne in the EKeys4cars Supermodifieds.
Haverhill, MA’s Tombarello has been on the sidelines since a season-ending crash finished his 2015 championship campaign with a hard trip into the unforgiving Lee USA concrete, but his return to action reminded everybody in the house that he’s the man to beat.
Journeyman chauffer Mike Netishen of Auburn set the pace for the first several laps of the main, coming off a tough run a week earlier that saw engine issues cut his night short early in the feature event. This week, Netishen led the way until lap 17, when Tombarello made has way past, looking to regain his winning form.
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Lee, NH – Rookie Lee USA Speedway racer Kris Miller of Bedford picked up the biggest victory of his young career on Friday night at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”, taking down the win in the prestigious Lance Davis Memorial 50-lapper, traditionally the biggest race of the season for the R & R “The Tool Store and More” Late Model Sportsmen.
Waterboro, ME’s Ray Dinsmore was first out to set the pace when the race went green, leading the way for the first 10 laps with second-generation drivers George Helliwell and Miller hot on his heels. Miller made his way past Helliwell on lap 12, and the next time around, he ducked to the low side of Dinsmore and took over the point.
Dinsmore held on to second until lap 18, when Jimmy Ryder of Hampstead moved past and set his sights leader Miller. Ryder put in a strong run and gave chase until lap 39, when Frankie Eldredge of Stratham flexed his muscles and motored past Ryder, taking his turn in the runner-up slot as the field raced under the ten to go sign.
photo by Rich Hayes
Lee, NH – The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models invaded Lee USA Speedway for their second appearance of the 2016 season at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”, with Granite Stater Derek Griffith of Hudson collecting his first career series win in the 150-lap main event.
Griffith out dueled series veteran Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, MA, after chasing the early-race leader over the first third of the event, then swapping the lead back and forth several times in the late stages of the race before finally moving ahead for good.
At the checkers, it was Griffith in for his first career PASS win, with all of the biggest names in Super Late Model racing following him across the stripe. Ramstrom finished second, with Johnny Clark, Travis Benjamin, Jeremy Davis, DJ Shaw, Ben Rowe, Mike Hopkins, Joey Pole, and ageless veteran Mike Rowe rounding out the top ten.