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Nashua Businessman Purchases Lee USA Speedway

Nashua, NH. — Longtime Nashua businessman Norman Wrenn Jr. has purchased Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. Wrenn bought the 3/8 mile speedway from John “Red” MacDonald and wife Judy, track owners for the last 33-years. Wrenn made the disclosure Tuesday, February 27.

Wrenn, in his 40th year in the propane gas business, is also a successful stock car racer, dating back to 1983. A many time feature winner and track champion, Wrenn has competed in Pro Stock, Pro-4 modified, and Modified Racing Series competition over a 35-year career. Wrenn ironically won his first Pro Stock race at Lee in 1993.

“No changes, no staff changes, no race division changes, the recently announced schedule for the 2018 season is in place and we are prepared to go with it,” said Norman Wrenn III when speaking about the take over.

Wrenn Jr’s son, Norman Wrenn III, also a racer, will focus on the day-to-day operation of the business in a full time capacity with track General Manager Joe Bassett who has been retained by the new ownership.

Wrenn indicated he intends to continue the track’s NASCAR sanction and the weekly Whelen All-American Series.

As is the case when ownership changes occur, with it will be upgrades where the Wrenn’s feel there is a need.

Said Wrenn III, “Looking at upgrades in the VIP Tower, track lighting, and the public address system. Lee always has been a well-maintained racetrack. A clean facility. We will strive to continue that.”

Wrenn also stated that he plans to focus on the so-called ‘front gate’.
“Putting fans back in the grandstands is important to our future. We have a strong need to be sure families are entertained and race programs are over at a respectable hour.”

Wrenn Jr is the fourth owner of the speedway originally built by Robert Bonser in 1964. Hall of Famer’s Charlie Elliott, Ken Smith, and Russ Conway took the reigns in 1983 and scheduled their first race in July 1984. The MacDonald’s purchased the track in December 1986 and opened the following year. The track fast became popular with fans and competitors alike.

Red MacDonald is a New England Hall of Fame member having been inducted for his success as a track owner and promoter.

The 77-year old car owner and builder is quick to point out the Lee track is like a family member. But after he and wife Judy, having worked 44- years and often 7-days a week, felt it was time.

“Judy and I have loved running the race track for the past 33-years. We have been really fortunate to have some of the best people in the business work year after year for the love of the sport and the speedway,” said MacDonald.

“We are sad in some ways to let go and happy at the same time that the Wrenn’s assure us that they will take it to the next level and that is exciting to us. That makes the transition a lot easier for us knowing that they will continue to run it as a racetrack and that’s all we ever wanted when it was time. Joe Bassett will continue as General Manager and our staff will stay intact. That means a lot to us.”

The 2018 season at Lee USA Speedway begins in April with the American-Canadian Tour ‘Governors Cup 150’ on April 15, with the Late Model Sportsman, and Northeast Classic Lites, also on the opening card.

Hersey Rides To Oktoberfest Win At Lee For Second Series Win

Russ Hersey of Swanzey, NH, drove to his second win of the season Sunday afternoon when he captured the ‘Advanced Gas Distributors’ 75- lap modified race sanctioned by the Valenti Modified Racing Series. The race was part of the 34th annual Oktoberfest race program at Lee USA Speedway, Lee. NH.  The win was also the second for long-time car owner Warren Mordenti.

Point leader Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, Massachusetts’s finished runner-up, and in doing so, locked in the 2017 VMRS championship.

Westbrook, Maine, veteran Tony Ricci returned to the series this season after taking a break from modified racing and finished a strong third.

Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, Massachusetts, at age 15, made a late race charge to finish in a respectable fourth place, followed my Grantham, New Hampshire’s Mike Willis Jr.

Early race leaders Les Hinckley III, and Jeffrey Gallup, finished sixth and seventh, 17-year old Ryan Doucette an impressive eighth, Mike Douglas ninth, and Jimmy Zacharias, rounded out the top-ten.

13 of the 18 cars that started the race finished on the lead lap. The race was slowed by three caution periods for minor spins.

The VMRS wraps up the 2017 season this coming weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut with qualifying on Friday, October 13, with a 50-lap feature race on Saturday, October 14th scheduled.

Heat winners:   (1) Douglas  (2) Hinckley

Unofficial Order of Finish – (1) Hersey  (2) Nocella  (3) Ricci, (4) Rameau (5) Willis Jr (6) Hinckley (7) Gallup (8) Doucette (9) Douglas (10) Zacharias (11) Traynor (12) Lashua (13) Rock (14) Fournier (15) Richardi Jr (16) Bolton (17) Mead, (18) Talman

Valenti Modified Racing Series Set For Lee’s Oktoberfest

Canaan, NH. – The Valenti Modified Racing Series, dormant since Labor Day weekend, returns to action this holiday weekend when Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH, welcomes the series to its 34th annual ‘Oktoberfest’ of racing event. The open wheel modified tour will be making its 14th appearance at the traditional season ending program for the New Hampshire Speedway. The series will compete in a 75-lap feature race.

The 75-lap run is a break from what had become the norm at Lee. Twin 50-lap features were tried three years ago and proved to be successful. Both fans and competitors liked the concept. The thought of a 75-lap race was tried at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Maine in August. That format met with approval and was suggested for the Lee race given the amount of races on the schedule at the annual October event.

A list of series drivers, some with long time experience at Lee, some with a great amount of success, and pair of newcomers to victory lane at Lee earlier this season, are entered in the two day event.

Current point leader Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, a four-time winner this season, enjoys an 84-point lead over second place point man Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, going into the 11th race of a 12-race schedule.  The season concludes next weekend in Thompson, CT.

Another highly successful driver, a series win total of 19 trips to the winner’s circle in his scrapbook, is looking for his fifth career win at Lee.  Les Hinckley III, a long-time supporter of series events at Lee, will make the trip from Windsor Locks. CT.

Two drivers, who wheeled to their first career wins this year, have notified the series they plan to spend the Christopher Columbus holiday weekend at Lee.

Mike Douglas Jr and Troy Talman, both tasted victory lane. Douglas, of Auburn, NH, notched his first on Memorial Day weekend. Talman, of Oxford, MA, scored a 50-lap win in July, his first in a tour-type modified.

42-points separate Jeff Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, and 15-year old charger Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA. for top Rookie honors heading into Lee.  336-294

Gallup and Mike Willis Jr, Grantham, NH, are battling for 3rd in the standings with only 1-point separating the two drivers. Matt Mead, of Richmond, NH, and Colbey Fournier, Berkley, MA, are separated by four points for fourth with Rameau only 6-points behind Fournier.

Additional entries expected include Rob Richardi Jr, veteran George Sherman, former Lee winner, Tony Ricci, Jimmy Zacharias, Dylan Rock, and newcomer Ryan Doucette.

Qualifying events start at 2:00 PM on Saturday afternoon, with feature races slated for 12 noon on Sunday.  Lee USA Speedway is located  on Route 125, Lee, NH.