All-American Series Late Models, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. continued his quest
for the 2010 title at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, notching win number
seven of the year in the E Keys 4 Cars-sponsored feature event.
Rookie Travis Canney set the pace in the early laps, but he quickly fell to
the charge of Bryan Kruczek, who took over the lead with Helliwell right in
his tire tracks. Kruczek held on to the top spot for the next several
circuits, but the points leader eventually made his way past.
When flagman Bryon Callen dropped the checkers on the field, it was
Helliwell taking down the win n over a late-closing Miles Chipman. Veteran
Steve Knowlton, a former Pro Stock champion at Lee USA took third, with
Kruczek and Pat Floyd rounding out the top five.
An enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers joined defending champion Dan Bowes in
victory lane after he successfully completed his comeback from injuries
suffered in a non-racing accident. It was Bowes’ first PB Chopper Shop and
Rods Small Block Super win of the season.
George Perreault, Jr. led the early laps in that feature before losing the
position to Billy Osborne, but nobody had anything Bowes, who ran his
patented outside groove to the lead. Once out front, he pulled and led the
field under the checkers in his family-owned entry.
Osborne held on to collect a solid runner-up finish, with “Super Dave”
Sanborn, Steve Dickey, Jr., Mike Netishen, Eddie Witkum, Jr., points leader
Tommy Tombarello, Jr., Mike Spurling, Perreault, and T.J. Laro finishing up
the top ten.
Points leader Grant Aither was knocked out of action as a result of an
early-race wreck in the Prime Storage Late Model Sportsman main, with Bobby
Melvin and Billy Ryder also forced to the sidelines for the remainder of the
Jesse Bousquet paced the field for the first six laps, but second place
points man Tony Kawejsza was looking to take advantage of Aither’s
misfortune, and he worked past Bousquet to take over the top spot on lap
seven, opening up a few car lengths on the field.
Sparky MacIver eventually reeled him in and was all over Kawejsza’s back
bumper for the last few laps, but Tony K held on to score his second win of
the 2010 campaign. MacIver, Ryan Green, Bill Ahern, Ron Bolduc, Bousquet,
rookie Josh Ball, Michele Fushpanski, and Larry Maloney were next across the
Double features were on tap for the Picnic Table Factory Hobby Stocks, with
veteran Patrick Tanguay rebounding from a heat race incident to collect his
second win of the season in the first race, and rookie Mike Williams taking
his second of the year in the nightcap.
Stephen Dubois ran off to the early lead in the first feature, but Tanguay
got by in the late stages of the race and went on to collect the win. Mark
Parenteau took second, with Williams, Dubois, points leader Todd Bregy,
Chris Kingsley, Brian Thompson, Niko Manyati, Joe Edwards, and Doug Dawkins
Bregy worked his way to the front, and remained there well past halfway in
the second race, but Williams reeled him in and took command with the laps
winding down. At the checkers, it was Williams, Bregy, Parenteau, Bobby
Glass, Dubois, Ron Washburn, Tanguay, Randy Carmichael, and Kingsley.
Chris Martel led the first five laps of the American Auto Parts Ironman man,
but Kyle Roy moved past at that point to take over, and he went the distance
to pick up the win. Martel checkered second, with points leader Jack
Victoria, Matt Lambert, Glen Billings, Jason Hodgdon, Kevin Emery, Alan
Myer, Jeff Nadeau, and Evan Horvath the rest of the top ten.
Shaun Waites, Jr. scored a popular win in the David’s Race Cars and
Components Roadrunner feature, holding off rookie Dylan Bilodeau to make the
trip to victory lane. Points leader Lloyd Chapin, Troy Washburn, and Torrey
Kovalesky finished up the top five.