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Pitkat & Nocella Share Lee VMRS Wins

Lee, NH. – Two former champions came out on top Sunday as the Valenti Modified Racing Series and  Lee USA Speedway presented  twin 50-lap Cone races and a full field of modifieds all part of the racetracks 35th annual Oktoberfest.

Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, and Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, were the victors.

Pitkat, piloting the Stan Mertz # 6, started fourth in a field of 30-cars, survived a red flag and four caution flags to go on to win the first 50-lap segment for his fifth series win and his first of the 2019 season.

Pitkat won the rain shortened race last Oktober. 

Pitkat was chased to the finish by hard charging Tommy Barrett, of Millis, MA, driving the NH based John Corliss entry, Les Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT, finished third, with Ronnie Williams, of Ellington, CT, and Brian Robie, of Sunapee, NH, rounded out the top five.

Matt Galko, Max Zachem, Rob Richardi, Carl Medeiros Jr, and Ben Byrne finished sixth through tenth.

The race was stopped on lap two when Cameron Sontag, of Sterling, MA, and C.J. Bolton of Weare, NH, came together with Sontag getting airborne and coming down on top of Bolton. Neither driver was injured but both cars were significantly damaged.

20-cars finished on the lead lap.

Race Summary

Lee USA Speedway

Sunday October 6, 2019

Distance: 50 Laps

Entrants: 26

Caution Flags: Lap 1, 2 (Red) 14, 28, 31,38,43,44

Best Lap Time: 14.979    Best Speed 90.126 (Les Hinckley III)

In race two, Nocella wheeled the Nocella # 92 to his 15th career series win and his second cone win this season. He shared the honors with Jeffrey Gallup in May

Things were a little calmer in the second go with Williams, Barrett, Hinckley and Pitkat the class of the field covering the top five positions at the checker.

Sixth through tenth were Robie, Zachem, Beech Ridge winner Tony Ricci, Jon Kievman, and Josh Cantara.

15-cars of the 26 that took the green were on the lead lap.

Race Summary: 

Caution Flags Laps 7, 25, 46, and 47

Best Lap Time: 15.182      Best Speed:  88.921 (Donnie Lashua)

The Thirty Two Signs “King Kone” award was presented to Pitkat for scoring the most points after the two races. 

The Hard Charger Awards, posted by a local fan from the Lee area, went to Tommy Barrett and Brian Robie. Each received $400 from the anonymous fan. The series thanks both for their contributions.

Capri Tools, of Pomona, CA, came on board to sponsor prizes to the teams with the highest point totals at Lee and the top three finishers at Thompson CT this weekend. Thank you for your support

Griffith Triumphant at Oktoberfest

Derek Griffith returned to Granite State Pro Stock Series competition for Russ Conways Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway this weekend and left with the GSPSS trifecta. The annual festival of speed at the shoreline oval was run in the memory of the events founder, Russ Conway. When the weekend was complete it was a huge success for all in attendance especially Griffith.

  The 2015 series champion hadn’t competed with the series since the Hudson race in 2018 but it didn’t seem to phase him even a little. The Louie Mechalides led team had their Fury race cars machine on kill and it showed from lap one.

  In Time trials Griffith laid down a lap less than a tenth of a second off the track record to take home the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole and the pole position for heat race number one.

  Next on the track for the GSPSS where three heat races with the top three going to the redraw. Heat one went to fast timer Griffith as he got the jump and never looked back. Heat two went to local driver Jimmy Renfrew in one of two Renfrew Motor sports entries for the weekend and the final heat went to Wayne Helliwell in the familiar orange number twenty seven.

  After the GSPSS redraw, rookie driver Alby Ovitt found himself on the pole position with Ray Christian III to his right and Helliwell on his back bumper. “I really didn’t want the pole” said Ovitt after the redraw. “I really wanted to get behind someone so I could ride and learn”.

  On the initial start it was Christian with the jump but an incident in turn two reracked the field giving Ovitt a second chance. On the restart it was all Christian again, with Ovitt getting stuck in the middle of three wide and bounced around a bit. Jimmy Renfrew Jr and Griffith were able to get around and those three set sail.

  Renfrew was able to wrestle the lead from Christian early in the event with Griffith following him through which was how they ran until lap 60 when Griffith went to the front. Renfrew would hound Griffith for the lead over several restarts but never get by as the twelve car showed he was the class of the field.

  In Victory lane Griffith took a second to reminisce saying, “I love Lee Speedway, this is where I got my first win in a Pro Stock so it’s nice to come back and win.” He went on to say “I love coming back and racing with Granite State. When we saw we had an off week we decided to come and have some fun and it worked out.”

  Jimmy Renfrew JR climbed from his machine after finishing second with a huge smile on his face. “I consider that to be like a win. Derek is one of the best in the business right now and I have learned so much from him in the past and today.” He went on to say, “We lacked just a little drive but we were the best of the Granite State guys so I’m Happy”

  While the front three were having their battle the racing from fourth on back was hot and heavy. After changing a motor after time trials, defending race winner Brandon Barker found himself deep in the field at the start. Barker patiently and methodically worked his way toward the front of the field but in the end, fourth was all he could muster as he was forced to use up his tires.

  Dennis Spencer Jr has suffered through a miserable 2019 campaign trying to learn new tracks as well as a brand new car. A couple of races off and a little help from crew chief for a day Jason Ricker, was just what the doctor ordered. Running fifth to eighth for the majority of the event Spencer would end the day in fifth.

  Luke Hinkley would bring his car home in sixth while Wayne Helliwell battled back from a late race incident to finish seventh. Joe Squeglia finished in the eighth spot followed by Mike Mitchell and Dillon Moltz, both of whom had to battle from the back of the pack.

  Next up for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is the World Series at Thompson Speedway. The series will headline the Friday evening portion of the weekend with a 50 lap feature. For more information go to www.gspss.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Granite State Pro Stock Series contingency awards:

ARB Hard Luck Award: $100.00 73 Joey Doiron

O’Reilly Auto Parts last car on the lead lap: $75.00 47 Gabe Brown

O’Reilly Auto Parts 7th place finisher: $75.00 27 Wayne Helliwelll Jr

American Racer N.E Hard Charger: One Free Tire 16 Brandon Barker

Sunoco Heat Race Winners: 5 gal Sunoco race Fuel #1 12 Derek Griffith, #2 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr, #3 27 Wayne Helliwell Jr

VDL 5th Place: $100.00 46 Dennis Spencer Jr

Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time:

1st $125.00 12 Derek Griffith

2nd $75.00 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

3rd $50.00 93 Ray Christian III

Russ Conways Oktoberfest Official Finish

1- 12 Derek Griffith

2- 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

3- 93ct Ray Christian III

4- 16 Brandon Barker

5- 46 Dennis Spencer Jr

6- 31 Luke Hinkley

7- 27 Wayne Helliwell

8- 03 Joe Squeglia

9- 40 Mike Mitchell

10- 5 Dillon Moltz

11- 18 Jeff Fagan

12- 47 Gabe Brown

13- 28 Ricky Bly

14- 21 Josh King

15- 25 Barry Poulin

16- 12 Bobby Pelland

17- 35 Alby Ovitt

18- 08 Mike O’Sullivan

19- 43 Devin O’Connell

20- 51 Bill Ahern

21- 73 Joey Doiron

22- 29 Barry Gray

23- 09 Jeremy Davis

24- 48 Ryan Lineham

Lee USA Speedway Oktoberfest To Host Valenti Modifieds Sunday.

Twin 50-lap features with additional posted bonuses and a new race-day sponsor, will be part of Russ Conway’s Oktoberfest at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway this weekend when the Valenti Modified Racing Series makes it’s annual stop at the popular fall event.

 Unlike in past season’s, this years race, qualifying and main events, have been scheduled for Sunday, October 6, and will feature the popular ‘Cone Race.’

As of Tuesday evening, 21-cars have confirmed their intention to compete this weekend.  Current point leader Mike Willis Jr., (371) of Grantham, NH, will enter the program with second place point man Jeff Gallup (307) of Feeding Hills, MA, returning to action. Gallup had been sidelined by an at work injury. 64-points separate Willis and Gallup.

Other drivers expected include former series champions, Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, the reigning series champion, a two-time series champion, and last year’s Oktoberfest winner, three-time champion Kirk Alexander, of W, Swanzey, NH, and Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA.

Les Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT, will make the trip as will Tommy Barrett, of Millis Mass. Both are former VMRS winners.

Brian Robie, of Sunapee, NH, and Tony Ricci of Westbrook, ME are going to compete.

Others expected include, Derek Robbie, Joey Jarvis, Johnny Kievman, Rob Richardi, Donnie Lashua, Dylan Rock, Cameron Sontag, George Sherman, Chris Bolton, Mike Douglas Jr, Kevin Ianarelli, and Matt Kimball.

Capri Tools of Pomona, CA, has come on board to sponsor prizes for the teams with the top three highest point totals in the Twin 50’s at Lee and the top three finishers at the Thompson World Series next weekend.

Thirty Two Signs has designed a special award that will be given to the team that accumulates the most points in the Twin 50’s

An anonymous race fan from the Lee NH area has posted $ 400 to the Hard Charger of each race.

With the recent passing of Hall of Fame Race Promoter Russ Conway, Lee management opted to refer to the race as Russ Conway’s Oktoberfest.  A tribute to Conway the innovator who with partners Ken Smith and Charlie Elliott staged one of the biggest short track races in history. and dubbed it Oktoberfest – October 1984

Practiced begins at 12 noon Sunday.