PASS North – Lee USA Speedway (NH) – 6/24/16

(Updated throughout the day – Be sure to refresh this page frequently)

Last Update: 11:22 p.m. ET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race: Joe Squeglia took the lead from Bryan Kruczek for the final time on lap 68 and pulled away to score his first career PASS North victory Friday night.

 

The Finish:

1 03 Joe Squeglia, Jr.
2 7 Travis Benjamin
3 15 Mike Hopkins
4 97nh Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
5 00 Bryan Kruczek
6 35 Derek Ramstrom
7 09 Jeremy Davis
8 60 DJ Shaw
9 73 Joey Doiron
10 33 Richie Dearborn
11 27nh Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
12 24 Mike Rowe
13 54 Johnny Clark
14 12 Derek Griffith
15 23 Dave Farrington, Jr.
16 21 David Oliver
17 75 Gary Smith
18 66 Eddie MacDonald
19 49 Brent Dragon
20 4n Ben Rowe
21 37 Larry Gelinas
22 7L Glen Luce
23 1X Todd Stone
24 36 Jay Sands
25 53 Tyler Fiscus
26 96 Wyatt Alexander

 

The Skinny: Joe Squeglia started from the pole position and jumped out to the early lead. He gave up the lead to Bryan Kruczek on lap 31 before taking it back on lap 68.  From there, Squeglia set a blistering pace on the way to scoring a huge upset victory at Lee USA Speedway.

 

Winning Quote: “This is a big one.  I’ve gotta thank all of the guys that worked on this thing to get it to go. First tour win for us, this has been a good track for us.  We’ve run well, we’ve just had some bad luck here and there.  Hopefully we got the monkey off our back.” – Joe Squeglia

 

Winning Chassis: Hamke

 

Winning Engine: Ilmor/Phil Harper

 

Winning Crew Chief: Dave Howard

 

Winning Shocks: Rouleau Racing

 

On the Move: Travis Benjamin started 15th and drove his way through the field to finish second, a gain of 13 positions.

 

Biggest Loser: Eddie MacDonald won his heat race and started on the outside of the front row, but faded back through the field to finish 18th, a loss of 16 positions.

 

Notebook: Eddie MacDonald will be making his first PASS start of the season tonight at his home track of Lee USA Speedway. MacDonald will be racing the same No. 66 Super Late Model that he drove to victory in last year’s PASS race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 

After suffering engine problems at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH), Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. returns to the Pro All Stars Series tonight.

 

Wyatt Alexander is making a start tonight in the Dan Colby-owned No. 96 machine.  He recently won a 50-lap Pro Stock race at Wiscasset Speedway (ME) but he is not in that same family-owned car tonight.

 

Jeremy Davis told Speed51.com that he was dealing with a skip during the first practice session. He admitted that “having older stuff is starting to catch up to us I guess.” Davis has been fast throughout the 2016 season but has had a hard time finishing races.

 

Johnny Clark is debuting a brand new Port City Chassis tonight at Lee. Today’s first practice was the first time the car hit the track. Clark’s crew said that they were supposed to test Thursday at Wiscasset Speedway (ME) to shake the car down but didn’t end up finding the time. So far Clark is happy with the speed the car has.

 

Title Fight: DJ Shaw leads Mike Hopkins by just four points heading into Friday night’s race at Lee USA Speedway. The top five in the standings are separated by 44 points.

 

Starting Lineup:

1 03 Joe Squeglia, Jr.
2 66 Eddie MacDonald
3 73 Joey Doiron
4 00 Bryan Kruczek
5 75 Gary Smith
6 21 David Oliver
7 12 Derek Griffith
8 09 Jeremy Davis
9 97nh Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
10 35 Derek Ramstrom
11 4n Ben Rowe
12 60 DJ Shaw
13 15 Mike Hopkins
14 49 Brent Dragon
15 7 Travis Benjamin
16 33 Richie Dearborn
17 7L Glen Luce
18 54 Johnny Clark
19 24 Mike Rowe
20 1x Todd Stone
21 37 Larry Gelinas
22 27nh Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
23 23 Dave Farrington, Jr.
24 96 Wyatt Alexander
25 53 Tyler Fiscus
26 36 Jay Sands


Consolation Race Results:
There will not be a consolation race tonight.

 

Heat Race Results:

Qualifying Heat #1 Unofficial Finish

1 4N Ben Rowe
2 60 DJ Shaw
3 75 Gary Smith
4 12 Derek Griffith
5 35 Derek Ramstrom
6 33 Richie Dearborn
7 24 Mike Rowe
8 27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
9 53 Tyler Fiscus

 

Qualifying Heat #2 Unofficial Results

1 03 Joe Squeglia, Jr.
2 73 Joey Doiron
3 15 Mike Hopkins
4 09 Jeremy Davis
5 49 Brent Dragon
6 7L Glen Luce
7 1x Todd Stone
8 23 Dave Farrington, Jr.
9 36 Jay Sands

 

Qualifying Heat #3 Unofficial Results

1 66 Eddie MacDonald
2 00 Bryan Kruczek
3 21 David Oliver
4 97nh Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
5 7 Travis Benjamin
6 54 Johnny Clark
7 37 Larry Gelinas
8 96 Wyatt Alexander

 

Practice Results: Travis Benjamin led the way in the first practice session over Todd Stone, Joey Doiron, Derek Ramstrom and Mike Hopkins.

 

Mike Hopkins was fastest in the final PASS North practice session over Travis Benjamin, Johnny Clark, Derek Ramstrom and Jeremy Davis.

 

Car Count: There are 26 Super Late Models in the pit area for tonight’s race.

 

Event Schedule:

7:00 p.m. – Heat Races: PASS Super Late Models, Pure Stocks, Late Model Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Super Modifieds

 

Feature races – Ironman (20 laps), Late Model Sportsman (30 laps), Super Modified (30 laps), Hobby Stocks (20 laps), PASS North Super Late Models (150 laps)

 

Who To Watch For: DJ Shaw is the defending Pro All Stars Series winner at Lee and has been tough to beat at the track in recent years. Derek Griffith will also be a driver to keep an eye on after a strong run in the Granite State Pro Stock Series race at the track just a few weeks ago. Bryan Kruczek has had a rough start to his PASS North season, but he could use his home track of Lee to turn things around.

 

Entry List: 

00 Bryan Kruczek
03 Joe Squeglia, Jr.
09 Jeremy Davis
4N Ben Rowe
7 Travis Benjamin
7L Glen Luce
12 Derek Griffith
15 Mike Hopkins
1X Todd Stone
21 David Oliver
23 Dave Farrington, Jr.
24 Mike Rowe
27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
33 Richie Dearborn
35 Derek Ramstrom
36 Jay Sands
37 Larry Gelinas
49 Brent Dragon
53 Tyler Fiscus
54 Johnny Clark
60 DJ Shaw
66 Eddie MacDonald
73 Joey Doiron
75 Gary Smith
96 Wyatt Alexander
97NH Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.


The Track
: Lee USA Speedway is a .375-mile semi-banked oval located in Lee, New Hampshire.  The track is owned by Judy and Red MacDonald, the parents of Late Model racer Eddie MacDonald.

 

Weather: Temperatures are expected to be in the low 70s when racing begins later tonight. It should be a comfortable night to watch Super Late Model racing in New Hampshire.

 

Next Series Race: Next up for PASS North competitors will be a non-points, non-winners race on Sunday, July 3

 

 

 

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