Lee, NH – Double features were on tap for both the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Pro Stocks and Late Models at Lee USA Speedway last Friday night, with regular main events for the Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Roadrunners.
The top half of the twinbill for the Late Models was the first event on the speedway; with rookie driver Tom Raitt jumping out from the pole to a strong lead in the early laps. Fellow freshman Joey Porciello gave chase for the first seven circuits before yet another first year driver, Grant Aither knocked him off and headed out in pursuit of the leader.
Joe Frotton smacked the frontstretch wall after a tangle with Mike Mitchell, Porciello headed to the pits during the caution, and a handful of laps later when the crossed flags were shown to the field, Aither was the only rookie left in the hunt, as Raitt got out of the groove and was freight-trained out of contention.
Aither had a mirror full of veteran Scott Bonney from that point on, and although a few late race restarts lined Bonney up alongside, Aither was up to the task. When the checkers finally waved, it was Aither rolling to his third feature win of the year. Bonney, Scott Watts, Bryan Kruczek and Branden Talon closed out the top five.
In the nightcap, Porciello made quick work of polesitter Raitt, and he immediately opened up a comfortable lead. Eric Morin held down the second spot in the early going, with Kruczek slipping past a few laps later to take over the position. Porciello was having things his way out front, as the race ran clean and green well past halfway.
By then, Talon, Dean Scarito, points leader A.J. Begin and Kruczek filled the top five spots, with the lead trio separating themselves from the rest of the field rather quickly. In the late laps, Talon reeled in the leader and put in a serious bid for the lead, but the laps ran out before he could make the pass, with Porciello hanging on for his first-ever Late Model win. Talon checkered second, with Scarito, Fuller and Aither finishing up the top five.
The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Pro Stocks started their night out with a bang, and it was the sound of Dennis Potter, Barry Raymond and Jay Sands piling into the turn three wall. After the ensuing red flag period, Ricky Wolf battled past polesitter George Philbrick on the outside to lay claim to the lead, leaving Philbrick to contend with the rest of the field.
And contend he did. As Wolf pulled away to a huge lead, Philbrick held off all the heavy hitters as he clung to the second position. At halfway, Wolf was comfortably out front, with Philbrick still holding on to second over Charlie Rousseau, Wayne Helliwell, Sr. and Vinnie Anarummo. The heavy hitters finally made it past and headed out after Wolf, but there was no catching him this time out, as Ricky and “The Wolfpack” celebrated their second win of the year. Rousseau, Anarummo, J.R. Baril and Philbrick closed out the top five.
In the second feature, points leader Baril was the whole show. Starting seven rows deep in the field alongside his father, Phil Sr., the younger Baril quickly showed that he was the class of the field. After slipping through a couple of early-race tangles, Baril was fifth on the leader board with just four laps in the record books.
Opening day winner Boe Green had taken over the top spot from early leader Jim Solloway and was running strong out front, but by halfway, Baril was knocking on the door. Green gave it a run, but Baril was just too strong, taking over the lead and going on to post his fourth win of the season. Green was next across the stripe, with Helliwell, Sr., Anarummo and David Avery the rest of the top five.
When the Street Stocks hit the speedway, it was Joe Delisle and Gary Beauregard at the head of the field, and the pair battled side by side when the green flag waved. After circling the track a couple of times, Delisle gained the advantage and grabbed the lead. Once out front, he pulled away from the field, and looked like he was well on the way to his second win of the year.
Unfortunately, a late race restart proved to be Delisle’s undoing, and it was just the break that three-time defending Street Stock champion Ron Bolduc needed. Bolduc blasted past the lead duo to take over the point, as Delisle drifted all the way back to ninth by the finish. When the checkers waved, Bolduc collected the win and reduced Bill Fiske’s point lead to 12, with Beauregard, Loren Smith, Paul Palen and Wayne Whitten finishing up the top five.
Mike Douglas, Jr. and Ron Washburn were the lead battle when the Hobby Stock feature went green, but it wasn’t long before Paul Daskoski moved in and took command of the race. Daskoski has encountered problems the last few times out, and he was not going to let anything stand between him and victory lane this time. Once he got to the front, Daskoski ran away from the field, and he went on to easily post the victory. Miles Chipman collected runner-up honors, with Doug Tisdell, Brian Thompson and Neil Kelly third through fifth.
In the NGK Spark Plugs Roadrunners, Chad Sullivan jumped out to the early lead, and for quite a while, it looked like he was going to be there to stay. Sullivan held off tough challenge from Dana Faulkner and Jim Piaseczny in the early going, with Dan Eaton and Ricky Porter moving in to provide the competition at halfway. Eaton soon made his way past the rookie; with Porter soon following suit, and the pair waged war over the late laps. Porter threw everything at Eaton that he had, but this time out, it was Eaton on top, picking up his second feature win of the year. Porter checkered second, with points leader Melanie Vencis, Sullivan and Lloyd Chapin the rest of the top five.
Next up at Lee USA is the annual Late Model 100 on Friday night, August 30th, along with a full program of NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and NGK Spark Plugs Roadrunners. For information on this or any other upcoming event, call the speedway office at (978)462-4252, or visit our website at www.leeusaspeedway.com.