Lee, NH – Much to the dismay of his competition, Ron Bolduc recently announced his plans to return to action in the Lee USA Speedway Street Stock division for the 2002 campaign. The Plaistow, NH driver will be seeking an unprecedented fourth consecutive championship, a feat never before accomplished in the history of the track. Coming off what could be considered his most successful season ever, Bolduc already has himself in everybody else’s gun sights, topping the list of pre-season favorites for the 2002 title.
After finishing up as last year’s second place points man, Steve Landry won’t be returning to action this season, but his four-time feature winning car has been added to the Palen Brothers stable, with former Hobby Stock racer Paul Palen moving up to join his brother Brian, a veteran Street Stock warrior. The pair are hoping to bring home that elusive first checkered flag, but to do so, they’ll have to beat out some serious competition.
Mike Marshall, a three-time feature winner and 2001 Parts Plus/Sanel Supercard 125 Series champion has his car ready to go for the new season, and he’ll be joined by fellow feature winners Jimmy Renfrew, Jesse Bousquet and Gary Beauregard, who captured his first-ever victory last season.
Quite possibly the biggest news in the Street Stock ranks for 2002 will be the return of Billy Fiske, who just could be the driver to end Bolduc’s run as King of the Hill. Fiske’s impressive freshman season in 2000 went into the record books with Rookie of the Year honors, six feature wins, and an oh-so-close second place finish behind Bolduc in the final point standings. After a year off, Fiske is all revved up for the new season, and should be among the men to beat come opening day.
Others who will be contending the championship in the Street Stocks this season include Joe Delisle, whose new car is nearing completion, as well as former Pro Stock racer Joe Amour, veteran Myra Fowler and youngster Jason Marr, who came on strong late in the 2001 season. And of course, there’s always the inimitable Joe “Moon” Mountain, whose racing history at Lee dates back to the late 1970’s on the old Tri-Oval raceway.
As usual, a fresh crop of newcomers will be on hand trying to make their mark this year, among them Paul Nesbitt, returning from the role of car owner to the driver’s seat after hanging up his helmet for a year. Dana Goodnow, Corey Roberts, Robert Marr and Bill Ahern have all filed entries for the new season, while Tom Nolan and Brendon McElligott will be joining Palen in making the move up from the Hobby Stocks.
All things considered, it looks like it’s going to be a banner year for the Lee USA Street Stocks in 2002, with the first green flag scheduled to fly on Sunday April 21. The Street Stock season opener will run in conjunction with the annual curtain-raiser for the NASCAR Busch North Series, a program which will also feature the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Pro Stocks presented by Dodge, Late Models, Hobby Stocks and Roadrunners as well. For information on this or any other upcoming event, call the race hotline at (978)462-4252, or log on to www.leeusaspeedway.com.