Lee, NH – NASCAR star Tyler Reddick joined the action at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, competing in the Keen Parts 150-lap event for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Reddick, fresh off his first career Cup win earlier this month at Road America was making his first ever start in a Pro Stock on asphalt.
The two-time NASCAR Xfinity champion adapted quickly to his new surroundings, and by the time the night was over, he had earned himself plenty of new fans after putting on a spectacular show in the 150-lap main event.
Local racer Casey Call, who is a regular on the GSPSS and was Rookie of the Year in the series back in the 2020 campaign, jumped out to the lead when the race went green. Dave Farrington, Jr. and Bryan Kruczek took turns giving chase in the early going, with Kruczek eventually gaining the advantage.
Call appeared to have the car to beat, as he quickly clicked off the laps with a comfortable lead over his nearest competition. Ryan Green, a Pro Stock winner at Lee earlier in the season, was methodically picking his way through traffic, and by halfway, he had joined Kruczek and Farrington in a spirited battle for the second through fourth spots.
Meanwhile, Reddick was running his own pace a few spots further back waiting for the right time to make his move. In the heat of the battle up front, Farrington brushed the frontstretch wall, and his night was all but over as he began to fade back into the pack.
Green also encountered problems later in the race, spinning as the field approached the 30 to go mark. Kruczek appeared to have the best shot at race-long leader Call, but he too had late-race issues and dropped out of contention, spinning with just eight laps remaining.
And then there was Reddick. With the laps quickly winding down, he immediately went to work after the lap 142 restart, giving Call everything he had in an attempt to steal away the win.
With the packed house on its feet, Reddick pulled even on the white flag lap, but when the checkers waved to end it, he came up short by a fender, and Call collected not only his first career win, but the $10,000 paycheck that went with it.
Reddick scored a crow-pleasing runner-up finish, with Corey Bubar rounding out the podium in the third spot. Fourth went to Joey Doiron, with Reddick’s teammate for the night, Brandon Barker rounding out the top five aboard the second Archie St. Hilaire entry.
Former Granite State Pro Stock Series champ Joey Polewarczyk was scored sixth, with Green recovering from his spin to collect seventh. Eighth went to Isaac Bevin, with Farrington ninth and Derek Kneeland, who spends his weekends working with Reddick in the Cup Series spotter’s stand, closed out the top ten finishers.
The NHSTRA Modifieds were also on hand as part of the special event, running race #3 of the 2022 Whitcomb 5 series. A strong field of open wheelers were on hand for the event, a 125-lapper run in two stages of 75 and 50 laps.
Veteran Todd Patnode, winner of the inaugural race of the series at Monadnock, sat on the pole after the re-draw, and he bolted to the lead immediately at the drop of the green flag. Sammy Rameau, who had set fast time in qualifying, started four rows deep in the field, but he was quickly on the move and headed to the front.
Rameau picked them off one by one until he got to the point, and once out front, he was not to be denied. Rameau was in command the rest of the way, going to score a convincing win. Matt Kimball was on the move in the late laps to grab runner-up honors, with third going to Brian Robie.
Fourth spot went to Tyler Leary, followed by Patnode, Geoff Rollins, Ben Byrne, who was the winner of race #2 on the series at Claremont, Steve Dickey, Kimmy Rivet, and Justin Beecher.
A couple of Lee’s NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series divisions also saw action as part of the program. In the Northeast Sand and Gravel Street Stocks, it was Nick Maniatis getting the job done, running away to score an easy win in the main event.
Milton Duran was the best of the rest in the second spot, with David Greenslit making a rare Lee USA start and taking home third. Fourth went to Clark Brooks, followed by Robby Bodwell, Devon McConologue, Billy Clement, Jr., Ben Bosowski, Oscar Leclair, and Donnie Belisle.
Dave Cameron continued his domination in the Black Flagged Podcast Ridge Runners, busting into the lead on lap two, and going the distance to post the win. Mike Dube made it back to back with another second place finish, with Carl Gagnon, Brian Caswell, and Dan Caswell the rest of the top five.