With the New Hampshire fall foliage serving as the perfect backdrop, 18 different divisions competed at Lee USA Speedway this past weekend during the track’s annual Octoberfest event. Les Hinckley of Windsor Locks, Connecticut led the list of winners by capturing the win in the penultimate event of the 2015 campaign for the Valenti Modified Racing Series.
Like the series did in their previous visit to Lee this summer, VMRS drivers competed in two 50-lap twin features with the driver recording the lowest overall total being declared the overall winner of the event. Hinckley finished third in the first segment before winning the second segment to earn himself a score of four and his second VMRS win of the season.
Woody Pitkat was victorious in the first 50-lap feature but would only be able to make his way back up to fourth after an invert between races. Although that performance wouldn’t earn him a win on Sunday, it unofficially gives him a seven point lead over Chris Pasteryak in the series standings heading into next Saturday’s finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT).
Mike Willis, Jr. recorded finishes of fourth and second, and an overall total of six to round out the podium.
In other feature action, Joe Squeglia outran two Pro All Stars Series regulars, Jeremy Davis and Bryan Kruczek, to win the 50-lap Super Late Model feature. Davis later went on to win the 40-lap Late Model feature to end his day with a win and runner-up finish at Lee.
Mike Murphy (350 Supermodifieds), Dave Helliwell (NE Classic Lites), George Helliwell (Legends), Ricky Porter (Outlaw Minis), Ryan Lineham (Strictly Stocks), Frankie Eldridge (Late Model Sportsman), Burt Oullette (NE Truck Series), Matt Curtis (4-Cylinder Trucks), Norm Wrenn III (Pro 4 Modifieds), and Brandon Johnston (Pure Stocks) were also feature winners, according to Victory Lane Radio.
The conclusion of Octoberfest signals the end of the season at Lee USA Speedway. The track will host their 2015 Banquet of Champions on Saturday, November 21 at the Executive Court Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Crystal Snape