Lee USA Champions moving on
Lee, NH – A lot of things will be changing at the Lee USA Speedway for the 2002 racing season, as most of last year’s champions are moving on to bigger and better things for the new season. Defending NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Pro Stock champ Larry Gelinas of Scarboro, ME is headed to the NASCAR Busch North Series, with a few PASS Pro Stock events among the races in his plans for 2002.
Picking up right where he left off in 2001, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. will be moving up from the Late Model ranks looking to become the man to beat in the Pro Stocks, although drivers such as Ricky Wolf, Scott Watts, Ernie Holland, Boe Green, Barry Raymond and Helliwell’s father, Wayne, Sr. would like nothing more than to keep him from the top of the heap.
Moving up to favorite status in the Late Models, former three-time champion Scott Bonney will have his hands full with such names as Clyde Janvrin, Joe Frotton, Tom Fuller and Sean Nolan, while a bumper crop of rookies join the action. Last year’s rookie sensation in the Hobby Stocks, Sean Caisse, will be joined by Ryan Stanwood, Dean Scarito, Ron Harkins, Grant Aither, Bryan Kruczek and Joey Porciello in search of top rookie honors in the Late Models.
Street Stock top gun Ron Bolduc will be the only one of 2001’s champs looking to repeat, in fact, he will be in search of an all-time track record, four consecutive track championships. Having topped the Streeters every year since 1999, Bolduc will be looking to record an unprecedented fourth straight title in 2002. Former rookie of the year Billy Fiske will be among those looking to keep Bolduc from re-writing the record books, and with 2001’s winningest Street Stocker Jimmy Renfrew ready for another season of action, this could be Bolduc’s toughest test yet.
Hobby Stock champ “Lightning” Lew Fortin will be moving up a notch to join those trying to knock Bolduc off the champ’s seat, and there are plenty of drivers looking to replace him in the Hobby’s top spot, including last year’s top Roadrunner runner, Todd Bregy. Everywhere you look, there will be new faces trying to make their names known, which should lead to an interesting year of competition at the fast 3/8ths mile oval.
Opening day is scheduled for Sunday, April 21, as the NASCAR Busch North Series opens their 2002 campaign, along with the 2002 openers for the NASCAR Weekly racing Series Pro Stocks presented by Dodge, Late Models, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Roadrunners. For information on this or any other upcoming event, call the race hotline at (978)462-4252, or visit our website at www.leeusaspeedway.com.