Name a type of race car and you will most likely find it at Lee USA Speedway (NH) this weekend during the track’s annual Octoberfest event. Well over 300 cars are expected to be in the pit area when 18 different divisions hit the track for the season finale at the 3/8-mile New Hampshire oval.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series will once again headline the Octoberfest weekend as the ground-pounding Modifieds host their penultimate events, a pair of twin 50-lap features, Sunday afternoon. Earlier this season, the twin 50-lap format was used by the series and proved to be a more exciting format for fans compared to the normal 100 lap races.
The VMRS Modifieds will be joined by another brand of Modifieds during the weekend as the PASS Modifieds are scheduled to compete in a 25-lap feature Saturday evening.
Maybe you prefer wings over wheels? If so, there’s still plenty to be excited about. The winged Super Modifieds will warm up their engines and compete in a 30-lap feature on Sunday afternoon.
In addition to the variety of open-wheeled Modifieds, there will also be a number of full-fendered divisions competing throughout the weekend. Super Late Models will go 50 laps on Sunday and Jeremy Davis, one of the most talked about SLM drivers in the region this season, will look to defend his win from one year ago.
Late Models will go the distance of 40 laps on Sunday, while the Late Model Sportsman/Super Streets will compete in a 35-lap feature.
Vintage Midgets (12 laps), 4 Cylinder Pure Stocks (20 laps), Pro Four Modifieds (20 laps), 4 Cylinder Trucks (20 laps) and the North East Truck Series (20 laps) will join the PASS Modifieds on the feature event schedule for Saturday.
N.E Classic Lites (25 laps), 6 Cylinder Ironman (25 laps), Mini Stocks (25 laps), Legends (25 laps), Outlaw Minis (25 laps), Hobby/Strictly Stocks (25 laps), Star Outlaws (35 laps) and SK Lite Modifieds (30 laps) will join the VMRS, Super Late Models, Late Models, Late Model Sportsman and Super Modifieds on Sunday.
With so many cars expected to sign into the pit area, one of the busiest days of the weekend for the track staff will be Friday afternoon as haulers are parked and teams arrive for practice, which runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In addition to the great on-track action throughout the weekend, there will also be plenty of fun to be had at the track before and after the races. There will be a DJ playing both Friday and Saturday in the pub, as well as a Beans & Franks or Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Both Saturday and Sunday morning’s will feature a breakfast buffet from 8:00-10:30 a.m.
From Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, there’s very few events that offer as much for short track racing enthusiasts in the Northeast as Lee Octoberfest. Pack up the camper and head to New Hampshire’s “Center of Speed”for an action packed weekend.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor –Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51