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A Long Time In The Making

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea

09/20/15 — The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour competed in their 10th event of the season and 2nd time at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon alongside the Pro All Stars Series. 20 NEMST minis made the trek north for the final Maine event of the 2015 season leaving Thompson’s World Series the final event on the tour.

Zach Audet showed he was back and ready to race by winning his heat race and earning the right to draw the inversion chip for the feature event. Toby Wells also won his heat race by making a fast move on the outside and then cruised for the victory over the 10 lap event. Audet drew a 3 row inversion moving him back to the 5th starting position and placing 2 of the strongest cars in the field on the front row, Emerson Cayer and Matt Sonnhalter.

Cayer broke out to the lead as the green flag waved but Sonnhalter fought back on the outside to overcome Cayer by lap 2 and start to pace the field. NEMST new comer Haywood Herriot chased Sonnhalter and pulled away from the 3rd place battle. Wells improved his 11th place starting position to 7th in just 3 laps. Once Wells pulled up to the 5th place battle he encountered heavy traffic and was held up for a number of laps. Early leader Cayer fell back on the outside and Wells pushed forward moving into the 4th position on lap 15.

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History Made as Stock Car Road Race Challenge is Complete

Farrar, Viens, Dumicich, Jr., Boyle, and Maniatis Victorious on the Road Course

THOMPSON, CT – History was made as stock cars took to the road course competitively for the first time at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as part of the Stock Car Road Race Challenge, presented by SHE Racing.

Roger Turbush set the quickest lap in qualifying in any division, as the Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series driver became the record setter in a stock car on a road course for an Outside the Box Promotions event, posting a lap of 1:23.655.  Upon learning of his feat, the Riverhead, NY driver said, “It’s unbelievable.  It gives you a good feeling that you hold the record right now.  I’ve got chills coming to me right now.”

Chris Douton set the fastest time in the North East Street Stock Tour, recording a time of 1:26.119.  Nick Maniatis posted a 1:25.098 lap in the North East Mini Stock Tour, besting the rest of the field, while Chris Viens set the pace for the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Mini Stocks, running a lap of 1:29.047.

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Practice Day Complete at Stock Car Road Race Challenge

THOMPSON, CT – Over thirty teams took advantage of Practice Day at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, in preparation for the Stock Car Road Race Challenge, presented by SHE Racing.

Drivers from the North East Mini Stock Tour, North East Street Stock Tour, Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series, Thompson Mini Stocks, and The Racing School all turned laps on the 1.7-mile road course on Friday, paving the way for qualifying and feature events to be held on Saturday.

Mark Gravius led the way for participants of The Racing School, turning a lap of 1:28.444.  George Farrar was second on the day, turning a 1:30.902 lap, with George Roberts close behind, posting a time of 1:31.186.  Rick Davis and Mike Trainor also took advantage of Friday’s practice session. 

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NEMST Bound for Concord

Promoter Bob Guptill confirmed tonight that the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea will be supporting the North-South Shootout at Concord (NC) Speedway November 6-7.

“It’s great,” Guptill said of the opportunity to race at Concord. “We traveled to Caraway (NC Speedway in Asheboro) back in March and ran one car with Darren there and had a great time. Being there to,showcase the best the NEMST has to offer against the best in the south holds a special meaning. It’s such a legendary weekend and being back, at Concord is that much better.”

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Road to Glory:  Stock Car Road Race Challenge Will Play Role in Championship Standings

THOMPSON, CT – The Stock Car Road Race Challenge will not only test driver’s ability to negotiate right turns, but the event, taking place on September 11-12 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, will play a large role in the points championships, as well.

Roger Turbush leads Frank Dumicich, Jr. in the Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series standings entering Friday and Saturday’s event.  Turbush’s lead is thirty-one points, with four races remaining on the schedule, but none is more intriguing to Turbush than the Stock Car Road Race Challenge (SCRRC).

Roger explained the event’s uniqueness, saying “Racing on a track no one has raced on before is always tough, but to make it more tough, is a road course in which no one has ever raced on; a track that makes right hand turns.”

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Thomas takes home NEMST win while Fanning, Belsito, & Arrenegado collect NWAAS wins


Glen Thomas did what no other Northeast Mini Stock driver could do since the season’s opener back in April at Lee USA Speedway:  he denied Toby Wells a win.  Until Seekonk, Wells was on a tear, taking every trophy available to the NEMS drivers with no hostages taken.  Finally, after a bounty of $250.00 was offered to anybody who could knock Wells off the top, Glen Thomas broke through the barrier, outrunning Wells over 40 laps with just a half-second margin.  Wells rocketed in for second and Tim Collins made it for third, as the Mini Stock Tour had the crowd in the palm of its hand.

Joe  Baxter sailed in for fourth.  But fifth went to Seekonk’s own Darryl Church who showed up with his Seekonk Sports Truck to challenge the beasts of the tour.  And with his four cylinder power plant, he grabbed a big fifth place – not to mention winning his heat race.

A field of 27 made the show and 25 hit the oval for the feature.  And from the moment the green dropped, the thrill was on.  Church jumped off the outside, beating polesitter Pete Zakarite to the stripe and leading the first two laps before Thomas stormed up to steal the front.  They went wheel-to-wheel before Thomas grabbed the front  in turn four of lap two.  Church clung to second as Zakarite held fourth, ahead of Derek Douglas and Richard Sprague who was working under Shaun Waites, Sr.

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Wells Battles to Top Spot In Oxford

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea
7/26/15 — The NEMST made its way to Oxford Plains Speedway for their first feature event at the legendary facility Saturday Night. An initial gloomy forecast slightly reduced the car count to a strong 25 tour-style minis throughout the pit area. Early on in practice long time Oxford mini stock competitors Justin Larsen and Rob Greenleaf were turning the fast laps around the facility.
Matt Sonnhalter, Justin Larsen, and Toby Wells all won their respective heats with Sonnhalter drawing a 5-row invert for the feature event. After the invert, Jimmy Childs and Nick Anderson would lead the field to green for the first time in each drivers NEMST history. The top half of the field was littered with long time fast Oxford competitors and invading NEMST drivers that run within the top five across New England.
The initial start was called off as the car of Childs before the start line and the field was reset for another try. The second try went perfectly and both drivers took off. The inside line quickly moved forward with Anderson falling in line at fifth place. Childs led the pack early with strong competitors fighting to the outside to move around the brand new Mustang. Early on Justin Larsen moved to the outside and held strong for a number of laps before fading to the back of the seven car lead pack. Next, Rob Greenleaf moved high to go around Childs but faded much the same as Larsen.

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Polewarczyk scores ACT Dave’s Small Engine Ventrac 150 win at Oxford Plains Speedway

Robbins & Robbins prevail atop weekly Budweiser Championship Series racing card

Oxford, Maine – Joey Polewarczyk of Hudson, New Hampshire extended his lead in the battle for the ACT Late Model Tour championship with his victory in the Dave’s Small Engine Ventrac 150 on Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Polewarczyk prevailed in an aggressive, paint-swapping battle with Windham’s Brad Babb, who looked like a winner before contact from behind set off a chain of events which cost Babb the race lead and, eventually, any chance of victory.

Dillon Moltz of Waterford, Connecticut made a late charge into second position, with Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, Vermont filling out the podium.  Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown, Vermont and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, New Hampshire rounded out the top five.

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“The Outlaw” prevails in PASS National Championship Series action at the “Magic Mile”

Eddie MacDonald wins again at NHMS in first-ever Super Late Model race at New England’s Superspeedway

Loudon, New Hampshire – Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts added another page to his impressive New Hampshire Motor Speedway resume, scoring an impressive victory in the AIM 60 Pro All Stars Series race, the first-ever Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at the “Magic Mile.”

It was the seventh victory on the 1.058-mile oval for MacDonald, a three-time winner in NASCAR K&N East Series competition at NHMS, to go along with three race victories in ACT Invitational Late Model competition.

MacDonald was tested in the early stages of the race by fellow front row starter, and reigning PASS North Super Late Model champion, DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire before Stonington, Connecticut competitor David Garbo, Jr. entered the picture.

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Diverse Group Set to Tackle Magic Mile in PASS Debut at New Hampshire

NAPLES, ME (July 2) – As the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models Pres. By Kenny U-Pull prepare for their debut this weekend at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a diverse group of drivers will be front and center in Sunday afternoon’s AIM 60.

While it will be the first time PASS has ever competed at the “Magic Mile”, several drivers hope to be in the starting lineup that have raced at New Hampshire in the past.  No one in Sunday’s field will have more experience at Loudon than home state favorite Eddie MacDonald and Plainville, CT’s Teddy Christopher.  MacDonald has raced everything at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from ACT Late Models to Cup cars and has been a multiple-time winner in the K&N Pro Series East.  Christopher is the leading Modified tour winner at New Hampshire with five wins and will be looking for his first PASS win since Stafford in 2012.

“The PASS Super Late Models are really getting around that place,” said Christopher after testing at New Hampshire in May.  “I ran a 29.2 second lap with the PASS car which is comparable to a Modified lap time there.”

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The Bounty Is BACK!

Toby Wells has shown dominance within the NEMST over the new 2015 season. Winning the first 4 events of the year and setting up for the largest mini stock race in the country at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 5. Wells will have one more struggle to overcome while racing on the 1-mile oval for the second year in a row, a $200 bounty on any car that beats him* during NEMST competition.

Last year NEMST placed a $100 bounty on Wells after winning four straight races once again with Wells suffering a mechanical failure at Star on 7/19/14 making the bounty invalid. At the following event (NHMS) on 8/3/14 Justin Larsen beat Wells to the line winning the first ever 1 mile oval event and collecting the bounty on Wells.

*For the bounty to be given the following terms must be met:
Wells cannot have mechanical failure
Wells cannot be spun or contacted in an intentional manner
Wells must finish the event
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Sonnhalter Falls Inches Shy in Speedbowl Finish

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea-06/07/2015

Many teams across New England felt that the 2014 NEMST event at Waterford Speedbowl may have been the final time the series battled on the weathered Connecticut surface. Thankfully Waterford Speedbowl was bought in the off season and kept a race track. The NEMST would have a chance to return to one of the raciest tracks in New England once again, this time under a new name, management, and officials.

Saturday night the touring mini stocks filled the gates of New London-Waterford Speedbowl with a 20 car field set to take green later in the evening. Nick Anderson and Toby Wells won their respective Environmental Engines heat races however Wells would be forced to start in the rear of the field after failing to report directly to the NEMST inspection trailer following the heat race. The invert of 4 rows was drawn by Anderson after winning his heat.

New driver Andrew Gilles and Veteran Mike Viens would lead the field to green after driver introductions held on the front straight on the southernmost NEMST points race of 2015. Viens would break out to the early lead with Gilles switching lanes and digging forward on the outside back to the lead. On lap 4 Dana Shepard would spin to the infield and the caution would fly before he could refire and join the field.
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RH2 Doubles Purse for NEMST Return to Speedbowl

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea

For the fifth straight season the North East Mini Stock Tour, along with its sponsors Texas Roadhouse and Twisted Tea will be making its mid-season trek to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Numerous winners from as far as Maine and Northern New Hampshire have made the long drive to southern Connecticut and taken the winner’s trophy home.

For the 5th anniversary longtime NEMST support has offered to double the winner’s share of the event purse making the push to win that much stronger. $700 to win is the most ever offered for an NEMST event in the state of Connecticut. 40 cars attempted to qualify for last years NEMST event at the Speedbowl.

Toby Wells has been the king of 3/8 mile tracks sweeping wins at Lee, Waterford, and Wiscasset in the recent seasons in NEMST competition. However for 2015 many teams have stepped up their programs with Tim Collins, Nick Maniatis, Jake Rheaume, Justin Trombley, and hometown drivers of Glen Thomas and Pete Zakarite beating on the back door of Wells forcing him to push his car harder than before in the first 3 events of the season.

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Back to Where It All Started tor the NEMST

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.

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PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models Ready for First Trip this Season to Beech Ridge

NAPLES, ME (April 29) — The PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models Presented By Kenny U-Pull are set to open the 2015 season at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway with the Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep 150 on Saturday, May 3rd. The PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models Presented By Kenny U-Pull are already off to a strong start after 49 Super Late Models attempted to qualify for the series season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway on April 19th. The Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep 150 looks to host another great car count with 28 cars already pre-entered for the event including the winner of the season opener at Oxford Plains, Mike Rowe and the defending series champion, DJ Shaw. Scott Mulkern will be in the Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep sponsored number 84 and multi-time PASS North and National Champion, Ben Rowe, will be looking to contend for his second victory in the 2015 Season. Tony Ricci will be looking to continue his successful start to the season after finishing 3rd in the season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway. David Oliver in the HP Hood sponsored number 21 machine is also looking to continue his run of strong finishes in the PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models. 6-time PASS North Champion Johnny Clark will also be in competition at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway as he looks for a strong run after a tough start to the season.

Canada will be well represented for the Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep 150 with Etienne Cliché making the trip from St Joseph Beauce, Quebec.  Michael Lavoie from Chicoutimi, Quebec, and Sarah McKay from Quispomis, New Brunswick will also be making the trip down to the States. Along with these hard charging Canadian’s there will still be plenty more tough local competitors on track including Glenn Luce out of Turner, Maine, Bobby Timmons out of Windham, Maine, Cassius Clark out of Farmington, ME, and Scott McDaniel out of Livermore, Maine along with many more.

The AIM Recycling USA PASS North Series will once again be in action for three events at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2015, Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep will be on board for all three of these events including the Saturday May 2nd event, the Saturday July 11th event, and the 9th Annual Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep PASS 400 Weekend September 18-20th. If you’re looking for your next car see the great people at Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep for great car buying experience.

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North East Mini Stock Tour Season Preview

Lee (NH) USA Speedway will host the North East Mini Stock Tour season opener Sunday with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models. The 10 race schedule will visit Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway, Seekonk (MA) Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

The NEMST will visit NHMS with the AIM Recycling PASS Super Late Models July 4-5. Saturday will be a practice day. Sunday will have both divisions practice, qualify, and race.

“Tom and I have been working together since about November to get the dates at Oxford, Maine and Tom have had a good conversation channel open since the end of the last year.” NEMST Promoter Bob Guptill said.

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Lee USA Speedway Season Preview

Lee (NH) USA Speedway will host the postponed Governor’s Cup 150 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model race on Sunday. It will also be the opening event for the North East Mini Stock Tour and Northeast Classic Lites. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. won the season opener at Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway Sunday.

“We start off with the ACT Tour, do the Bullring Bash,” Promoter Joe Bassett said. “Go into our season opener with no specials that night and then the very next week we start off with the (Mr. Rooter) New England Truck Series and then every single week up until our championship night. We have a special every week.”

With all the touring divisions coming into town, they wanted to make it an event every week. Every week the fan would come into Lee and see something new.

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2nd Annual Magic Mile Event Scheduled For 2015!

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea

LEWISTON, ME – (February 13, 2015) — On August 3, 2014, the North East Mini Stock Tour and its sponsors Texas Roadhouse, Twisted Tea, Froling Energy, and Weidner Services made history at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. For the first time in track history, an entry level stock car division ran on the 1 mile NASCAR circuit. During the previous season, the NEMST ran on a number of configurations along the NHMS Road Course and Mini-Oval within turns 1 and 2. The Magic Mile was a completely different animal. Speeds were estimated to reach an astonishing 130MPH, faster than most of these cars have ever gone before, and set one of New England’s fastest growing tours on the largest track in the region.

It was a recipe for renowned success or epic disaster. Small production based 4-cylinder stock cars on a track quadruple the size of many drivers’ home tracks within New England. The event went off without a hitch as one caution for a stalled car on the backstretch was the only problem during the 25 lap main event. A first time winner was crowned as Justin Larsen beat out Toby Wells earning a cool $100 bounty bonus and many teams attended their first ever NEMST event. 36 cars from 7 states came to test their machines in the first running of the Magic Mile 25.

On July 5, 2015 the Magic Mile event is back for the 2nd consecutive season and bigger than ever. The payout has been increased to $1,000 to win with over $6,800 being given to the 43 car starting field. In addition to the large purse increase, over $3,000 worth of prizes have been offered to drivers finishing in the top positions, including a set of Nitro Helmet Speakers from for the winners.

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Test Sessions Announced for Stock Car Road Race Challenge

NETS, NEMST, and NESST to Test Thompson Road Course

No. Stonington, CT — As talk of the Stock Car Road Race Challenge increases, OTB Promotions announces two test dates for teams to adjust for the September 11-12 event at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

The North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) and the newly founded North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) will enjoy a test session, held in conjunction with OTB’s first event, THE ICEBREAKER, Road Race Style, on April 25. The Mr. Rooter sponsored New England Truck Series (NETS) will take to the road course on May 2.

Gates will open at 3:30PM for both test dates, with practice beginning at 5:00PM, and running until dark.
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3rd Annual Homecoming Event Returns to 2015 Schedule

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea

As the North East Mini Stock Tour rolls into Oxford Plains Speedway on June 27 for their ACT/NEMST special event the touring mini stocks will have the 3rd Annual NEMST Homecoming Race. For the past two seasons the NEMST has held their homecoming event at Wiscasset Speedway as that was the only Maine date on the schedule, however for the 2015 season the state of Maine will host 3 events in the months of May, June, and August.

Along the lines of previous years the Homecoming Event will feature an increased payout for the top 5 positions with $750 to win, and $500, $400, $300, $200 for the remaining top 5 positions. The feature event will also run 50 laps with a 30 car starting field. “Bringing the NEMST to Oxford, my home track, and being able to offer this extended purse once again is such an honor. I want the teams to enjoy OPS as much as I have!” said NEMST Promoter Bob Guptill.

The past two Homecoming events have been won by New Hampshire’s Toby Wells during his dominant NEMST seasons, however the Maine competitors have been hot on his heels and ready to regain their state during the 2015 season. The increase in Maine events have made a lot of northern New England teams take another look at the NEMST for 2015 competition.
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Seekonk Releases 2015 Schedule

Seekonk Speedway has released its 2015 schedule.


Stock Cars to Debut on Thompson’s Road Course in 2015

Grassroots Touring Series to Compete in Historic September Event

NO. STONINGTON, Conn. – Founded by long-time road racer, Lou Gingerella, and experienced motorsports professional, Josh Vanada, OTB Promotions has announced that they will host an event on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s (CT) road course, featuring three of the region’s grassroots stock car divisions. Drivers from the North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST), North East Street Stock Tour (NESST), and New England Truck Series (NETS) will join drivers from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s (TSMP) Mini Stock Division for this historic event on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12.

“Given the rich history of road racing and stock car tradition at Thompson, it made sense to Lou and I to put this event together. We’re excited to showcase some of the Northeast’s finest grassroots stock car touring series, as well as our own Mini Stock Division” said Vanada, the Executive Vice President of OTB Promotions, and current TSMP General Manager.

The two-day event will mark the first competitive activity for stock cars on TSMP’s road course since its $5 million renovation, which was completed in 2014. The format for the two day event will be a practice day on Friday, followed by a final practice, qualifying and feature races on Saturday.

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2015 NEMST Technical Rules Bulletin

NEMST Teams Encouraged To Use Innovation

12/8/14 — Over the past few seasons many new teams have joined the North East Mini Stock Tour, mixing well with the veterans that have been with us from the early seasons. It is by far the most satisfying feeling seeing different makes and models of cars from all over an entire region competing with one another and continuing to raise the bar week after week and year after year.

Since the inception of the NEMST is has been designed and planned to be By Racers, For Racers. Many people will see numerous areas within the rule books season after season that leave many levels of interpretation up to the teams running. This is not considered cheating, or bending, or trying to ‘pull the wool’ over technical officials eyes.

Multiple teams have taken advantage of these ‘Gray Areas’ to some extent. Some teams more than others. We, the officials of the NEMST, encourage teams to take advantage of holes in the rules and areas that are less defined than others. Many series and facilities often say “If it is not IN the rules then don’t do IT”. For the most part that is not our feeling along the lines of the NEMST. We want teams to research, experiment, and ‘own’ their cars as well as their performance. By taking advantage of these gray areas teams can gain valuable tenths off of their lap times at most tracks.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Releases Innovative 2015 Short Track Schedule

Thompson, CT – Officials from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) – the famed 5/8-mile speedway in Connecticut’s quiet corner – released a creative and innovative seven (7) event schedule today, featuring twelve different touring series and sanctioning bodies, and boasting over $500,000 in posted awards. Two weekend events, and a five event Wednesday summer series – with four rain dates – make up the calendar. The schedule is highlighted by four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) events, two new Triple Crown Series, and significant enhancements to the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.

“A lot of effort went into taking a fresh look at the schedule, and providing the best events we could for our race teams and fans. We have some traditional fan favorites that will return, and we have made some valuable additions to complement that core. We are very proud of the finished product and are excited to announce our 2015 schedule of short track events,” Josh Vanada, TSMP General Manager, remarked.

For the 29th season, the track will operate under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banner, offering Sunoco Modified, Late Model, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stock competitors the benefits of NASCAR membership, awards, as well as state and national championship competition.

Schedule Announcement on Victory Lane Radio

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NEMST Announces Two Maine Races in 2015!

The Pine Tree State is where it all started for the North East Mini Stock Tour back in 2008 with a vision by founder Bob Guptill to have a group of the best Mini Stock drivers in the region traveling to the best facilities for a yearly series. Entering the tours seventh season only a handful of races have been held in Maine, Guptill’s home state, but there will be two Maine events in 2015!

“Having races in Maine has always been great to expose the best of Northern New England with the best coming out of New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Bringing the tour to Oxford in 2015 on some of the biggest weekends is just incredible. We are honored to be part of ACT’s return to Oxford and on the Legendary 250 weekend!” said NEMST Promoter Bob Guptill. NEMST’s Maine events have always held great car counts and fierce competition dating back to the early days of the touring series. Names like Greenleaf, Trombley, Audet, Mason, and Collins have always been right on the heels of the Cayers, Wells, Baxters, and Kings. Putting both of these events on will truly show us the best competitors in New England.

On Saturday June 27 the NEMST will make its first visit to Oxford Plains Speedway to join in with the ACT Tour for their first standalone event at the track since being purchased by PASS president Tom Mayberry. For the second visit of the season the NEMST will visit during Oxford’s biggest week, the Oxford 250 Weekend, to put on a 50 lap main event on Saturday night preceding the 42nd Annual 250 lap Pro Stock National Event.

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Wells Conquers NEMST for First Career Championship

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour Presented by Twisted Tea

THOMPSON, CT (October 21, 2014) — For the first in the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour history the regular season closed out at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s World Series. Thirty-Two tour style mini stocks showed up for the Inaugural event. Two time champion Emerson Cayer entered the event 72 points behind friend and point leader Toby Wells. The closest battle within the points happened to be for the 3rd spot and Rookie of the Year. Nick Anderson and Justin Larsen were only separated by a mere 3 points.

On Friday evening teams lined up and ran their heat races with an impressive showing from Justin King moving from last to first in only 3 laps to win his heat. Larsen and Wells would also win their respective heat races in dominating fashion. The 4th year driver, King, drew an invert of 2 rows for the feature to be held on Saturday. According to NEMST procedures no current season feature winners may start in the top 10, Wells and Larsen would start 10th and 11th.

On the front row it would be Nick Maniatis and Justin King to lead the field to the green flag. After a long, long day with multiple rain showers the NEMST feature rolled onto the speedway at about 10:45 PM. The field thundered down the front stretch with tight 2,3, and 4 wide action all throughout the 32 car field. King broke out to the early lead but was in a dog fight with Maniatis that would soon include Thomas, Sonnhalter, and Larsen.

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Thompson Battles through Rain Delays to Get Complete Six Races on World Series Weekend

Pitkat Earns NWMT Pole; Masse Claims VMRS Win

Thompson, Conn.: Woody Pitkat won his second career pole for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour by setting fast time in a rain-delayed qualifying Saturday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Sunoco World Series of Auto Racing. Steve Masse collected a convincing win in the Valenti Modified Racing Series while Toby Wells won the North East Mini Stock Tour feature. Phil Lausier won in the Pro Four Modified race while NASCAR Whelen All American Series victories went to Wayne Coury, Jr., Nick Anderson and George Rego.

Rain postponed qualifying procedures initially for two hours, but it got underway just after 5 p.m. with eleven cars taking time. A heavy rain cell delayed the conclusion until 7:30 p.m. when the rest of the field was able to complete qualifying laps. Pitkat put down a lap of 119.579 mph for the pole, which was his second this season and second at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Steve Masse started on the pole and led every lap of the 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature. Masse put the car together last minute, and all his efforts paid off with his second win of the 2014 season. Justin Bonsignore wrapped up the championship.

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Mechanical Issues Halt Wells of 5 in a Row

2014 Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour Presented By Twisted Tea

EPPING, NH — (July 21, 2014) — The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour kicked off the 2nd half of its 2014 season at Star Speedway in Epping, NH on Saturday with the tour hosting its highest car count ever at Star. 26 of the Twisted Tea touring mini stocks rolled into the paddock area and prepared their cars for a 50 lap feature and the first under a new $100 Bounty put on current point leader Toby Wells.

Emerson Cayer, Justin King, and Toby Wells all won their respective heats with great battles throughout each field exciting the crowd for the main event of the evening. Cayer drew an invert chip of 4 rows to set the field for the feature with Trombley and Helliwell set to lead the field to green. Cayer and Wells would start 11th and 12th due to NEMST rules not allowing current year winners to start within the top 10.

The initial green was short lived as Nick Maniatis pushed it 3 wide into turn one and was clipped and collected by Mike Viens and Justin King, King would be done for the evening following his excellent heat race performance. The field was reset and returned to a clean green, Trombley broke out to the early lead with Helliwell, Maniatis, and Larsen quickly following in tow.

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Guptill Driving for Bombard at Seekonk Fast Friday

North East Mini Stock Tour founder and promoter Bob Guptill will return to the driver’s seat for the Fast Friday program at Seekonk Speedway. Guptill of Lewiston, ME will drive the #10CT Sport Four for Mitchell Bombard of Willimantic, CT. A prolific driver in four cylinder racing, Bombard asked Guptill if he wanted to drive for him. Bombard is 16th in points entering Friday’s event.

“(I) figured why not,” Guptill said. “It’s been about six years since I drove anything and 12 since something with street tires.”

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Wells Still Well On Dirt at Legion

6/23/14-Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea

10476140_10203950979551797_1888576572_oWENTWORTH, NH — An action filled day began early for Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour teams and competitors. NEMST competitors filtered into Legion Speedway and had a look at the brown clay surface, a surface many of them had never seen before let alone compete on it. 16 of the best mini stock drivers across New England took to the clay in their asphalt machines.

The paddock area was vibrant after the practice session with drivers making slight adjustments to have their vehicles a little better in the heats. In the first heat Rookie of the Year sensation Justin Larsen and Toby Wells battled hard with Wells gaining the edge and taking home the win in the first heat that had 0 cautions. In the second heat Mitch Bombard broke out to the early lead but his hood flew up entering turn 3 on lap 1. Bombard continued to lead the event into lap 4 when the caution flew for the spinning car of Tim Martin. Chad Baxter, Desmond Skillings, and Louis Maher all led the heat race with Maher losing control in turn 4 of the last lap handing the win to Baxter.

The invert drawn for feature lineup was 7 rows. This put Roger Ducharme and Nik Coates lining up on the front row. As the feature rolled out the lineup was set and the distance of 35 laps was posted. Coates punched to the early lead and Bombard battling for 2nd. Point Leaders Toby Wells and Emerson Cayer were stuck deep in the field trying to find a lane around other vehicles. Mike Viens and Justin Larsen made early forward progress and Larsen drove into the lead. Larsen led until the 14th circuit when his car lost all electrical power and slowed in turn 1 erasing his ¼ track lead. As the caution flew Wells inherited the lead from Larsen as he was pushed into the pits.

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