Nine years ago was the first Mini Stock race at Beech Ridge. The ‘4-Cylinder Nationals’, as it was called by Gary Sagar, was an open comp Mini Stock event that attracted over 30 cars fighting for $1000 to win in the 50 lap event. Now NEMST Promoter Bob Guptill started deep in the field in that first event that showcased the best from all over the region and drove to a top 10 finish. Fast forward to the present with the popular NEMST and its 10 race schedule for the 2015 season.
Twenty-six touring minis entered the pit area Saturday morning to fight for the first Beech Ridge trophy since the 2011 season. From brand new cars to aged veterans the competition was high. This was truly the best of the very best, champions from nearly every track in New England battling against one another. Practices went well with a large group of drivers running nearly identical lap times. NEMST Officials were sure the feature would be an action packed show.
Environmental Engines presented the heat races with Joe Kendall, Justin King, and 2011 champion Rob Greenleaf taking the checkers in their respective races. Kendall drew the maximum invert for the feature of 7 rows after winning his heat race. As the feature was lined up Nick Maniatis and Jake Rheaume completed the front row. Lee USA winner and 2014 Champion Toby Wells would start from the 11th position, the highest NEMST rules will let him start for the rest of the season.