Hinckley passed Andy for the lead just after turn one on lap 91. The leaders had come up to a pack of lapped traffic. On the outside of the track in turn two, Seuss was caught behind the lapped car of Ed Dachenhausen. Hinckley went down low on the track and passed Seuss to take over the lead. The last nine laps of the race everyone at the track were on their feet. Seuss tried to repass Hinckley on the top and then on the bottom.
“Les Hinckley and I were pretty much evenly matched”, said Seuss after the race.
On the last lap, in turn two, Seuss dove under Hinckley. The two cars raced together around the track until at the start finish line Hinckley went ahead of Seuss to the checkered flag and win.
HINCKLEY TAKES OVER LATE TO WIN AT LEE by Denise DuPont
Dwight Jarvis Wins True Value Modified Title
The field of cars were led to the green flag by Ed Dachenhausen and Kirk Alexander. Title contenders Dwight Jarvis started the race in position lucky number 13 and Jimmy Kuhn started five positions behind him in 18th.
Les Hinckley won the season’s last race after passing Andy Seuss on lap 91. Seuss had taken the lead on lap 16 and led until the final few laps.
“I would have been happy if we ran green since the first caution,” said Seuss. “I wouldn’t really have minded that at all. But we didn’t and that is just racing. The car was flawless. The crew did a great job. I am happy that Petra Paving came on board this weekend. I am really glad that we could give them a real good show in front of their home crowd. And our hometown crowd as well. Everything according went to plan. We got out front fairly early on. I was really thinking I should stay back and save myself but the car was good so I really did not have to.”
The last race of the season for the True Value Modified Racing Series took place as part of Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest Weekend on Sunday. A field of 28 cars from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York had showed up for practice and qualifying at the Lee, New Hampshire track.
Les Hinckley celebrates his Lee victory. (Jim DuPont Photos)
There were only three cautions in the race. The third caution occurred on a restart after a caution on lap 74. The #25 car of Gary Casella hit the first turn wall hard. The radiator broke spewing water all over the track which was then covered with speedy-dry all over the first turn. The red flag was thrown to clean up the incident.
Jimmy Dolan of Bethel, CT, last years winner of the 100 lap Oktoberfest race, went home when the #69 car was unable to compete in the consi race because of a rear end failure.. It was a tough way for Dolan’s season to end. Going into the last race, he was 12th in points.
Dan Jivanelli driving the #62 car came from Long Island to Lee to race with the TVMRS. Dan was fresh of a fourth place in The King of The Mountain at Mountain Speedway (PA)
This is the end third season for the TVMRS founded by Jack Bateman. Jack has promised every year that he would add a new track and for 2007 the TVMRS will visit Oxford Plains Speedway for a night of competition. There
Veteran racer, Dwight Jarvis came into the last TVMRS race 26 points ahead of young gun Jimmy Kuhn. Jimmy Kuhn in the #72 barely qualified in the last heat race passing on the last lap to take the last qualifying position. Kuhn finished third in the race but it was not quite enough to beat Jarvis. Jarvis took the 2006 TVMRS championship by less than 10 points.
In the end, it was Ricci who came out on top.
“Not too bad, huh?” said Hinckley. “We gave away a few this year. It was good racing out there. I think that Andy had a tick better race car then we did, but we had given a couple away so .I don’t feel bad about this one at all. We got by him in lapped traffic. Lapped traffic was tough at times today. We are pretty happy with this one.”
Despite several strong runs at lee in the past, it was Hinckley first victory at the track.
“I always wanted to win here. We never really ran well here or had a lot of luck the past three times that we have been here. We really ran well, we came from the back to the front and we gave one away earlier in the year but what a good effort, a lot of hard work.
Hinckley keeps his #06 in front of Anyd Seuss' #70 as the laps click down.
are currently 18 races of ground pounding rolling thunder planned for next year.
Speed51.com will have more from Lee's Oktoberfest, including leftovers from the TVMRS events, coming soon. Stay tuned.