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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

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.


By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park 

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

THOMPSON, Conn. — With just 32 days remaining until the drop of the green flag on the 57th annual Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, track officials have released 20 different divisions that will compete during the weekend.  

All five of Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series classes will run their final races of the season, with five champions to be crowned. The Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds® will thunder around the Connecticut oval in action. 

There are also 15 different touring series divisions that will invade for the weekend, headlined by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. As part of a tradition, Whelen Modified Tour teams will head for Thompson to decide their championship battle, with the championship celebration to follow the Sunoco World Series 150. 

Joining the Whelen Modified Tour on Sunday, the ISMA Supermodified division will run their own 50-lap feature, crowning their champion at one fastest tracks in the entire New England region. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites are also two winged divisions that will compete during the Sunoco World Series weekend.

The American Canadian Tour returns to Thompson for a 75-lap feature on Saturday night, deciding their champion under the bright lights of World Series weekend, while the Valenti Modified Racing Series will join them as a Saturday headliner, with a 50-lap feature of their own. Thompson’s Late Models will compete on Friday night, giving drivers the chance to also compete in Saturday’s ACT main event. 

Headlining Friday night, the Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to Thompson for another season, bringing Pro Stocks back to the high-banks of TSMP in the thick of their title battle. The Exit Realty Pro Truck Challenge, North East Mini Stock Tour, NHSTRA Late Model Sportsman, Pro 4 Modifieds, Street Stock Showdown Series, Open Vintage Modifieds, STAR Modifieds and STAR Sportsman wrap the full list of 20 classes.  

Over the next week, Thompson officials will release the full schedule for Sunoco World Series weekend. However, for reference, practice will begin at 12 p.m. on Friday, with qualifying at 4 p.m., followed by feature racing. Practice begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, with qualifying at 2 p.m., and features to follow. On Sunday, feature racing will begin at 1 p.m., with the Whelen Modified Tour concluding the day of racing. 

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