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 was partners with 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, with racing scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET.
Race fans unable to make it out to Lee USA Speedway will be able to watch a live broadcast of the Modified Racing Series Twin 50's live on Speed51.com.
-Modified Racing Series Press Release
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