|1 - 12
2 - 81
3 - 2
4 - 45
5 - 91
6 - 6
7 - 36
8 - 57
9 - 10
10 - 3
DNS - 77
|1 - 10c
2 - 17
3 - 44
4 - 34
5 - 7ny
6 - 29
7 - 18
8 - 18
9 - 15
DNS - 8
July 19, 2003
||Bobby Santos III
Lee, NH Joey Payne Jr. chased down early lead
Tim Heath with 14 laps remaining and went on the capture the 25-lap Northeastern Midget
Association feature Friday night at Lee USA Speedway. It marked NEMAs first visit to
the Southern New Hampshire oval since 1994.
It was the second win of the season for Payne and car owner Gene Angelillo, both leading
the respective Wirtgen America/NEMA point races. This one is for real, said
Payne, who got the first checkered when the leader was DQed.
The race turned on a lap 10 fourth-turn move. Riding forth, Payne passed both second place
Sean Caisse and Bobby Santos III with a daring inside move that carried him to second.
Santos had passed Payne out of two seconds before. Payne was on Caisses tail heading
Bobby was working the outside and it looked like he had a shot, continued
Payne, then the 10 (Caisse) pushed up and took his line away. A little hole opened
up. We rubbed a little but with these guys you have to take every inch. Nothing is
Payne opened an edge over Santos, who despite engine
problems moved into second on lap 15. Santos eventually wound up fourth with a sputtering
engine. The engine was not right all night, said Santos.
Heath, who re-passed Santos in the final laps, wound up with a career-best second followed
by Ben Seitz. Randy Cabral was fifth. I cant see whats going on behind
me, said Heath but I wasnt thinking about anything but going
Back-to-back restarts three laps in shaped the race as well. Drew Fornoros
Campanale Bros. 91 lost an engine heading into one on lap three, igniting a five-car
incident. In 31 years of racing Ive never seen an engine that bad, said
Fornoro. You can look through the top and see the ground.
The first restart attempt was aborted when Glen Cabral wound up in the backstretch wall.
I was becoming frustrated with all the yellows, said Payne. There were no
more. On the green, Heath took the lead from Caisse and both Payne and Santos quickly
moved into the picture.
Kyle Carpenter and Caisse were heat winners.
Well take it but I really cant count it, Payne said of the earlier
win at Star. Passing all those guys, this one is for real. This one was for Tony
[Stewart]. Its always nice to win in front of a [visiting] Winston Cup Star.
The Northeastern Midget Association returns to Lee
USA Speedway for the first time in nine years Friday night, July 19.
The Midgets have not been at the New Hampshire three-eights since Bob Resco Jr. won at the
Although it will be the 23rd NEMA visit, date back to 1966, most of NEMA will be getting
their first look at Lee. Many of NEMAs youngsters will be seeking help.
Drew Fornoro could well be the only driver with a Lee Midget win in the field. Fornoro,
who has himself and the Campanale Brothers in the thick of the point races, has six wins
at Lee, the last in 1990. Joey Payne Jr., who drives for Gene Angelillo has won at Lee in
Payne remembers setting the car up with a push and then using the ripples to loosen
it up. He cautions turns two and four are totally different and
you can be caught off guard coming out of two.
Payne finished eighth in the Miller #3 the last time NEMA visited Lee.
Bobby Seymour, who also won at Lee in 1990, is now Bobby Santos IIIs car owner.
You get in a little high, turn the car in the middle and make a long straightaway
out of it, recalls Seymour who had a pair of thirds in 1994. In turn two,
youve got to exit straight because the wall comes up quickly and can get you.
Russ Stoehr, a two-time Lee winner, calls Lee a real challenge for a Midget, pointing out
the corners are tighter than the striaghtaways are long. You cant carry a lot
of momentum through the corners. Youve got to back it way down and get out of the
hole as quickly as you can.
Walt Gale won the first NEMA race at Lee on June 12, 1966 besting Dave Humphrey and Bill
FEATURE WINNERS AT
LEE USA SPEEDWAY
Bob Resco Jr.