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With no place else to race, the two top modified drivers in the country have entered Oktoberfest competition at Lee USA Speedway October 19th, 20th, and 21st. With the benefit of 5 wins, CT driver Doug Coby claimed his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship this past weekend at the Thompson Speedway. Finishing second with two season win was Ryan Preece. Both drivers will be at the wheel of NEMA midgets. An open question is whether they will also bring their modified rides with them. Coby has three career Valenti Modified Racing Series wins.

Four racing series championships will be decided on Oktoberfest Weekend at the Lee USA Speedway. Over 300 cars from all over the northeast are expected to converge on the speedway to compete in the 12 featured divisions.

PA driver Rowan Pennink recently edged two time Valenti Modified Series champ Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA in the 75 lap modified event at Thompson Speedway, but McKennedy holds a 35 point lead coming into the series season final 100 lap event on Oktoberfest Weekend at Lee USA. McKennedy returns to his “home track” where he was once a top contender in the small block supers. With 4 wins over the course of the 2012 season, the Valenti Modified Racing Series crown is his to lose going into the last race of the year. But Pennink has won the last two and has shaved over 20 points off his lead.

And anything can happen. The last time the Valenti Modified Series visited Lee USA, McKennedy was well on his way to victory when taken out in a collision while battling for the lead with rookie driver Tommy Barrett Jr. in turn three with ten to go. The ensuing 10 lap mad scramble took out a half a dozen cars including Pennink and handed the victory to a surprised former series champ Les Hincley. Barrett may have been seen as a problem child at the beginning of the season, but his two consecutive wins at Stafford and Waterford have earned him a considerable degree of respect. His last to second charge in his only previous Lee USA performance served notice that he is a serious contender.

Also returning to Lee USA are former track stars Norm Wrenn of Nashua and Louie Mechalides of Tewksbury, MA who are currently listed as fourth and fifth in the points standings. Mechalides posted a win at Seekonk this season, while Wren has come close, but is still seeking his first Valenti Modified Series victory.
The NEMA and NEMA Lites midget racing series will also be deciding their respective championships at Lee USA during Oktoberfest. With three wins in 2012, Randy Cabral sits on top of the standings ahead of brothers Russ and Greg Stoehr. Greg Stoehr, a former Lee USA late model driver has two daughters Avery and Bethany contesting the NEMA Lite Championship.

George Helliwell has won 11 straight E-Keys for Cars Northeast Classic Cars feature events and is running away with the series title. Robbie Bryant, the only other feature winner in 2012 is second and Ed Gillman is third.

A large field of cars is also expected for the twin 50 lap pro stock features, the first of which will be run on Saturday afternoon. The field will be inverted and the second feature will be run on Sunday. In addition to the pro stocks, the weekend will include racing action for the small block supers, late models, late model sportsman, hobby stocks, ironman 6 cylinders, outlaw mini stocks, and 4 cylinder mini stocks.

Other Oktoberfest Weekend fan activities include Friday night’s Beer Bash and Movie Party featuring Rich Hayes’ flicks from back in the “good old days.” The traditional Saturday night Spaghetti Supper will also feature a DJ and dancing into the night. Haunted Hay Rides can be had on both nights. Breakfast will be served on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Friday practice will be from 3PM to 7PM. Heat races and the first of two feature events for the pro stocks and NEMA Lites will be held on Saturday. Gates open at 8AM. Racing starts at 12PM. Features start on Sunday at 12PM.

Lee's 27th Annual Flea Market and Swap Meet will be held on Saturday, November 10th and Sunday, November 11th. Vendors can get in at 6AM to set-up and buyers will be let in at 7AM both days.

On November 17th starting at 5:30PM for cocktail hour and dinner will begin at 6:30PM, Lee USA Speedway will be honoring their 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champions at the Executive Court Inn in Manchester, NH located on South Willow Street.

Source: Lee USA Speedway
Posted: October 15, 2012

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