ACT returns to Lee USA for May 16 in duplicate with PASS
(US-Canadian Tour Press Release)
Lee is part of the southern New Hampshire trifecta that could turn the ACT season upside down
For the first time in three years, the US-Canada tour arrives at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire. The Lee USA 150 this Sunday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. is part of a showdown featuring three of the region’s best touring series.
The stars of the ACT Late Model Tour accompanied on Sunday by the Super Late Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and PASS Modifieds models for a total of 350 action laps with the green flag. Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Derek Griffith, Ben Rowe, Jimmy Hebert, Johnny Clark, Wayne Helliwell Jr., Ryan Kuhn and Dylan Payea are just a few of the big names who have entered at least one of the features in the framework. from Lee’s “May Madness Opening Weekend”.
Sunday’s event is the first trip to Lee USA for the ACT Late Model Tour since 2018. The delicate 3/8 mile oval is known for its high speeds and tire resistance. This means that drivers will have to strike a balance between putting in the effort and saving something for the end.
Lee is one of a trio of tracks from southern New Hampshire joining the ACT 2021 calendar. The other two circuits, Hudson Speedway and Winchester’s Monadnock Speedway, host their first ACT events since the early 2000s. Due to these long breaks , few current ACT regulars have any track experience – and none of them on the new ACT Hoosier tire. It’s a combination that can level the playing field for this year’s events.
“Monadnock, Hudson and Lee are going to kind of shake the ground – especially with the new tire,” said Milton, Dylan Payea of VT. “We won’t have teams like the Heberts and Helliwells with these huge notebooks about when the track was wet, when it was dry, when it was hot or cold, where they know exactly what to change. On these circuits, they will be on the same ground as everyone else. “
Along with a new track for some and new tires for all, ACT regulars will also face two of the most accomplished names in the series record books on Sunday. Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk Jr. and NH’s Dover, Wayne Helliwell Jr. both entered the Lee USA 150 and are instantly on the shortlist of favorites.
The former champions each earn a victory in the ACT competition at Lee. Pole’s victory went to the 2008 New Hampshire Governor’s Cup while Helliwell won the 2015 edition. Each has run a partial ACT schedule for the past few years and made their first start with the ACT Hoosier tire introduced in Thunder. Road. Still, both are a threat to win whenever they present themselves.
ACT regulars will give their best with a win and valuable points down the line. The Lee USA 150 marks the quarter pole of the 30e ACT Late Model Tour of the season. With three races on the books, an image will begin to emerge of who is a contender for the end-of-season championship prize of $ 10,000.
Turner, ME’s Ben Rowe currently leads the standings after finishing in the top 5 in the first two rounds. The many-time PASS champion and former Lee USA ACT winner is also second in the PASS rankings. Although the season is still early days, fans may start to dream of seeing Rowe fight for both championships in one year.
The only other drivers to finish in the top 10 of the two ACT events are Payea and Graniteville, Stephen Donahue of VT and Milton, Dylan Payea of VT. They are respectively fifth and second in the standings, which gives these successful teams a helping hand for the coming summer.
“I’m really excited to be back (to Lee),” Payea said. “It was a very trying race for me in 2018 being my first year. I also had radio issues during this race so I didn’t have an observer. But said it all, we were running pretty well in the top-7 when I made a bonehead rookie mistake and got stuck in a wreck.
“I think with the direction we’ve taken as a team, and with some of the things that we’re just figuring out, we’re going to be good,” Payea continued. “We showed a lot of speed in Thunder Road, but we ran out of tires a bit too much in the heat and the pressure, so at the end of the feature we struggled a bit. But we’ve discovered a lot of things with this car, and a few things with the setup that I’m really happy with. Some of the success we’ve had at White Mountain, I think, is going to help translate into some success at Lee. “
New Salem, MA’s Tom Carey III is also performing well with a third place in points. Defending champion Jimmy Hebert, meanwhile, tries to bounce back after a rare mechanical failure at Thunder Road last time around. Lee USA was the site of Hébert’s first ACT victory in 2013, and now would be a great time for a encore. East Bridgewater, Ryan Kuhn of MA, Carver, Trenton Goodrow of MA, West Burke, Jesse Switser of VT and Hampton, Erick Sands of NH are some of the other sneakers set to take the Green Flag on Sunday.
On the Super Late Model PASS side, fans will see PASS point leader North Johnny Clark from Hallowell, ME, National PASS point leader DJ Shaw from Center Conway, NH, Derek Griffith from Hudson, NH and rising star Kate Re of Lovell, ME among others is fighting. The event is one of seven dual-title events this year for the ACT Late Model and PASS Super Late Model ranks, with at least Rowe and Shaw planning dual serve.
The PASS Modified portion of the program is more than just a support show. The Modifieds secured a high turnout for their season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway and are in a period of growth. Defending champion Tyler King, AJ Cates, Gary Dwinal, Spencer Vaughn and many more will bring an open wheel touch to the hard charge in the afternoon near the New Hampshire coast.
The US-Canada tour heads to Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire on Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. Two 150-lap characteristics are on the map for the ACT Late Model Tour and PASS Super Late models, plus a 50-lap PASS Modified showdown. Admission is $ 30 for adults and $ 10 for children 12 and under.
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