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Sammy Rameau – Anthony Nocella Share Lee Victory Lane

Lee, NH. — 16-year old Sammy Rameau started outside on the front row, took the lead from pole sitter Brian Robie on lap-3, and went to victory lane for the first time Friday night, July 13, in Valenti Modified Racing Series action at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH.  The race was the first of two 50-lap ‘Cone’ races. Series point leader Anthony Nocella, the 2017 series champion, nabbed the second feature.

Rameau, of Westminster, MA; drove a flawless race in putting the Race Choice sponsored 6MA car in victory lane. The family operation headed up by father Randy, began their involvement in modified racing at Claremont Speedway.

Early leader Robie, of Sunapee, NH; who had never been to the Lee track until Friday, finished a solid second after a fourth place finish at Monadnock (NH) Speedway a week ago, Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, finish third, Tony Ricci, of Westbrook, ME, made a late race charge to finish fourth, with Andy Shaw, of Conway, NH; rounding out the top five.

Russ Hersey, CJ Bolton, rookie Jacob Perry, Mike Willis Jr, and Woody Pitkat finished sixth through tenth.

The Lee facility has provided many firsts over the years. Twin 50-lap VMRS series races were started at Lee, the well-received ‘Cone’ race debuted Friday, and first time tour/type series drivers have found victory lane at the 3/8th mile oval.

Rameau from Westminster, MA; becomes the fourth driver in two seasons to win their first Valenti series race at the Lee track.  In 2017, Mike Douglas Jr, Dan Meservey Jr, and Troy Talman, garnered their first career tour-type wins at Lee.

The caution flag waved on laps 15 and again on lap-34. The first race was completed in 24 minutes 30 seconds.

All but one car, Anthony Nocella, involved in an early crash that forced him out of the event, finished on the lead lap (21 cars)

Race Summary   Race 1

Lee USA Speedway

Lee, NH.

July 13, 2018

Race # 7

Entrants: 22

Lap Leaders:  Robie  (1-2) Rameau (3-50)

Cautions Flags: Laps 15, 34

Margin of Victory: 2.099

Best Lap Time: 15.09    Rameau

Unofficial Order Of Finish:  (1) Rameau) (2) Robie (3) Patnode (4) Ricci (5) Shaw (6) Hersey (7) Bolton (8) Perry (9) Willis Jr (10) Pitkat (11) Sontag (12) Lashua (13) Robie (14) Richardi (15) Cantara (16) Smith (17) Rock (18) Doucette (19) Meservey Jr, (20) Sherman (21) Seidell (22) Nocella

In the nightcap, Nocella bounced back after starting 21st and paved his way to his second win of the season. The victory was the Woburn, MA, driver’s 13th win moving him to fifth on the series all-time win list.

Nocella, driving the Nocella Paving/Air Gas Chevrolet took the lead on lap-32 when he passed the events only other leader, Meservey Jr.

Patnode finished a strong second, followed by Meservey, Hersey, and Willis Jr, in the top five. Sixth through tenth were Rameau, Robie, Perry, Pitkat, and Ricci.

The second race was completed in 23 minutes.

Race Summary   Race 2

Lee USA Speedway

Lee, NH.

July 13, 2018

Race # 7

Entrants: 22

Lap Leaders:  Meservey (1-31) Nocella (32-50)

Cautions Flags: Laps 1, 5, and 23

Margin of Victory: 0.349

Best Lap Time: 14.892    Pitkat

 

Next event:

August 4, 2018

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

Scarborough, Maine

Unofficial Order Of Finish:   (1) Nocella (2) Patnode (3) Meservey Jr (4) Hersey

(5) Willis Jr (6) Rameau (7) Robie (8) Perry (9) Pitkat (10) Ricci (11) Robbie (12) Smith (13) Shaw (14) Rock (15) Bolton (16) Seidell (17) Richardi (18) Sontag (19) Doucette (20) Sherman (21) Cantara (22) Lashua

Squegila Wins Seacoast 100 At Lee USA Speedway

26 cars from 7 states started the feature this past Friday night at Lee USA Speedway for the Seacoast 100. It was a beautiful summer evening of racing capped by Joe Squeglia of Derry, NH taking the checkered flag, crossing the line with his hand in the air.

Starting seventh for the feature, the #03 of Squeglia patiently made his way through the field taking the lead at lap 55 and followed through to the checkered flag. “We pick and choose the tracks we run and the car was really good on the long run.” Squeglia said. “It’s so nice to be able to race pro stocks in our backyard, thanks to Norm Wrenn and the Lee USA Speedway staff for having us.” “We were looking forward to racing with Joey Doiron but unfortunately he got caught up in that wreck.”

Coming into the Seacoast 100, Joey Doiron of Berwick ME was the points leader. Doiron stretched out a straightaway lead on the field until he hit the turn two wall. On lap 54, the #00 of Jimmy Renfrew Jr of Candia, NH quickly went up in smoke and lost all fluids throughout turns one and two. “It was a tough end to our night and not how we anticipated it, but we will be working hard to return this car to race ready status for the next race at Hudson Sunday, July 15th ” Doiron said.

Jeremy Harclerode from Newmarket, NH started 11th in the field and drove up to second. “It was a good race, it seems like whenever we come to Lee, its either me, Jeremy Davis, or Joe Squeglia fighting for the win” Harclerode said. “The outside groove was the preferred lane for sure, I could have had something for Squeglia but I don’t know if I could have got the job done.”

The Madison CT driver Devin O’Connell secured another podium finish rounding out the top 3. O’Connell has been gaining speed and experience behind the wheel of a pro stock. “This is where I made my pro stock debut and we had a good run” O’Connell said. “We’ve been slowly getting our equipment better and I’m really happy we are running up front now, we just need to get a little bit better and try and win some of these things.”

Official Results: Joe Squeglia, Jeremy Harclerode, Devin O’Connell, Jeremy Davis, Cory Casagrande, Mike O’Sullivan, Jacob Dore, Luke Hinkley, Mike Mitchell, Dennis Spencer Jr, Kevin Folan, Nick Lascuola, Josh King, Tommy O’Sullivan, Scott MacMichael, Mike Scorzelli, Steven Murphy, Ryan Green, Joey Doiron, Jimmy Renfrew Jr, Ryan Kuhn, Craig Weinstein, Ray Christian III, Bryan Kruczek, Corey Bubar, Barry Gray.

Our next event will be at Hudson Speedway Sunday, July 15th for the Gate City 100.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Twin 50s Shared By Meservey Jr and Talman

Lee USA Speedway, Lee NH

   When twin 50s are on tap at the Lee USA speedway, exciting things can happen and Friday 7/21 was no exception to the rule.
   In the first 50, seventeen year old Dylan Rock of Enfield NH and Modified Racing Series points leader Anthony Nocella of Woburn MA led the 23 starters to the green flag while Dan Meservey Jr of Brewster MA sponsored by 123 Gas, began his run from the third row.
Young Rock driving like a veteran out-dragged Nocella for the lead and made it look like it could be his first tour type modified win.
   Rock’s teammate Donnie Lashua of Canaan NH took over second place early in the event and chased Rock for the next 35 laps until eventual race winner Meservey Jr took over second place on lap 37, then set his sights on Rock. A yellow flag on lap 45 set up a 5 lap duel for the victory. Meservey Jr. held on to the outside groove and on lap 47 slipped into the lead while Lashua and Nocella battled for third. With two laps to go Lashua would win that fight and follow teammate Rock across the finish line giving the Jack Bateman owned cars a second and third place finish.
Nocella and Jeff Gallup were 4th and 5th respectively. Rounding out the top ten were Josh Cantara, Russ Hersey, Anthony Ricci, Sam Rameau and Matt Mead.
   Anthony Ricci was the hard charger of the event driving from 20th to 7th.
   Meservey Jr. commented, “I haven’t raced here in a long time, probably 20 years, and everybody kept saying take it easy on the car. For the first half of the race I just stayed in sight of the leaders and not slide the car what-so-ever and we kept getting better and better and everybody kept falling off more and more. The car was really good on restarts on cold tires and I knew we had a chance. The kid in the 47 (Rock) was good, but I knew if I could get on the outside of him I could hold him down, cause he needed that whole track. Once you get pinched down you really chew those tires up. It was really good for us to get my first ever modified win, I’m happy.”
Summary
Track-Lee USA Speedway 0.375 Miles
Time of Race-18:19.900
Margin of Victory-0.314
Best Lap Time-15.133
Best Lap by-#88-Russ Hersey
Cautions-2-laps 33-45
Lap Leaders-2- #47,Rock-(1-46)–#45,Meservey Jr.-(47-50)
Unofficial Finish
1—45-Dan Meservey Jr.
2—47-Dylan Rock
3—17-Donnie Lashua
4—92-Anthony Nocella
5—4-Jeff Gallup
6—81-Josh Cantata
7—88-Russ Hersey
8—20-Anthony Ricci
9—6-Sammy Rameau
10–77-Matt Mead
11–93-George Sherman
12–16-Colbey Fournier
13–12MA-Rob Richardi Jr.
14–85-Jeff Rocco
15–83-Mike Willis Jr.
16–76-Dennis Perry
17–66NH-Andy Shaw
18–27-Derek Robbie
19–55-Joe Doucette
20–3-Troy Talman
21–50-Carl Medieros Jr.
22–11-Geoff Gernhard
23–22-Roy Seidell Jr.
   Reversing the field for the second 50 put Troy Talman of Oxford MA on the pole and clean air was all that he needed to go from green to checkered. Like Meservey Jr. it was his first tour type modified win. It was no easy run for the 22 year old as 6 caution flag periods gave other drivers the chance to knock off the leader.
   Dennis Perry of Pawcatuck CT tried his best to take over the top spot but a lap 15 scramble sent him pit side while it eliminated George Sherman of Framingham MA and Andy Shaw of Center Conway NH.  Second charger for the runner up spot was Matt Mead of Richmond NH with the 88 of Russ Hersey and the 12 in tow. Another caution included several cars, and destroyed the 88. Restart was the 3 and the 77 on the front line and then Rob Richardi Jr. of Taunton, MA took over the 2nd spot. Donnie Lashua also gave it a try by racing to the back bumper of Talman, but wasn’t able to pull off the pass. An impressive drive by Geoff Gernhard of Bozrah, CT, who took over the runner up spot from Lashua with 9 laps to go, could only close to within 1.7 seconds of Talman at the finish line.
   Carl Medieros Jr. of Westport,MA. who will celebrate his 21st birthday on Monday 7/24 came from the 21st starting position and nipped Lashua for the third spot. Fifth thru tenth were Jeff Gallup, Anthony Ricci, Matt Mead, Rob Richardi Jr., Dennis Perry and Jeff Rocco.
   Carl Medieros Jr. was the hard charger of the event picking up 20 positions.
   Talman said, “At the beginning I just tried to save my tires, if I got too far ahead my spotter was great with information. It’s a good car. This place really chews up the tires and its really all about discipline, you can get on the gas and go fast for a few laps but your car will be junk after that. So you have to have throttle control to keep your tires underneath you, anytime the car gets away from you you’re chewing up the right rear. We also didn’t have a lot of gear here, I only turned like 6500 RPMs. This is my first race here, it’s definitely a cool track. I can’t wait to get to Beech Ridge (Speedway, Scarborough, ME) with the M.R.S.”
Summary
Second 50 Lap
Margin of Victory–1.723 seconds
Best Lap Time–15.181
Best lap By–#93-George Sherman
Cautions–6–laps-(15-15-15-35-43-44)
Lap Leader–1–#3-Talman-(1-50)
Unofficial Finish
1—3-Troy Talman
2—11-Geoff Gernhard
3—50-Carl Medieros Jr.
4—17-Donnie Lashua
5—4-Jeff Gallup
6—20-Anthony Ricci
7—77-Matt Mead
8—12MA-Rob Richardi Jr.
9—76-Dennis Perry
10–85-Jeff Rocco
11–55-Joe Doucette
12–47-Dylan Rock
13–83-Mike Willis Jr.
14–16-Colbey Fournier
15–22-Roy Seidell Jr.
16–27-Derek Robbie
17–66NH-Andy Shaw
18–88-Russ Hersey
19–92-Anthony Nocella
20–45-Dan Meservey Jr.
21–6-Sammy Rameau
22–81-Josh Cantara
23–93-George Sherman
Next Event–Aug. 12 2017–New London Waterford Speedbowl. Waterford,CT.
by James Snape
photos by Crystal Snape