The three race ‘Open Show’ format put in place by avid race fan Jim Schaefer and returning race promoter Dick Williams, who has been away from the sport for some time, added this Lee event to the two existing open shows to form what is known as the Tri-Track Open Modified Series.
A new event that promises to bring New Hampshire’s Center of Speed, the Lee USA Speedway, its highest car count and biggest payday of the season, currently estimated at $44,000 is only three plus weeks away.
A field of close to 40 Tour-Type Modified teams will tow in from roughly ten different states for the 1st annual 100-lap, “Bullring Bash Powered by Sunoco” on Sunday, May 11. One of very few drivers competing in this event that has called Lee home is Mike Douglas Jr., from Auburn, N.H.
“That’s where I started and kind of where I grew up watching Supermodifieds,” began the 34-year-old, who races a Spafco Chassis Modified at the nearby Star Speedway. “I got my first ever race win at Lee in a Hobby Stock so this event definitely holds special meaning to me.”
Douglas will be among the ‘underdogs’ so to speak, because there will be a host of champion drivers vying for the $5,000-to-win prize plus lap money and contingencies. Verbal entries have come from names like Rocco, Christopher, Preece, Hinckley, McKennedy, Hirschman, Bonsignore, Barrett, Masse, Jankowiak and Seuss to name just a few.
“To just get into the show is going to be like getting into an all-star race,” Douglas adds. “I think it’s going to be good for local racing. Rather than splitting everybody up between the Race Of Champions, Whelen Modified, Valenti Modifieds and us weekly racers from places like Star and Riverhead, it brings everybody together.
“As long as drivers use their heads and don’t do anything too stupid, too early, I think it’s going to be a great show. It’s going to be a win, win, win with Star and Seekonk (Mass.) rounding out the shows.”