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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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R.I.P Danny Field, 2012 NEMST Champion

All of us here at the NEMST hold heavy hearts this morning as we have lost one of our own. As many of our competitors and fans know Danny Field, the 2012 NEMST Champion, began a fight against liver cancer last September. I spoke with him at Race-A-Rama and he was doing everything he could to win the battle for his life. Last night Danny passed away from the liver cancer. Danny was a true friend and competitor who was always a great man to have in the pit area. We offer his family our deepest condolences from all of the staff, competitors, and fans here at the NEMST only a small part of the racing family he has grown over the years.

Rest In Peace and Godspeed Danny Field. 2005, 2006, 2009 Waterford Champion. 2008, 2011 Thompson Champion. 2012 NEMST Champion.

We have decided to make our upcoming event and second round of the Thirty Marketing CT Triple Crown at Waterford Speedbowl on May 31st the Danny Field Memorial 50 Lap Feature. Please come to Waterford for their four-cylinder-fury night and honor the legacy Danny has left on all of us. We will be accepting donations for the family through this hard time.

In the mean time check out this tribute video put together by our friends over at Sid’s View, Danny Field Tribute

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Victory Lane Radio to Partner in 2014

Thompson, CT — The historic Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has announced that Spencer, MA based Victory Lane Radio will embark on a first-of-its-kind program which will allow fans to listen to live lap-by-lap coverage, from the drop of the first green flag to the waving of the last checker flag, free of charge.

Never before has a NASCAR sanctioned track provided live, free coverage, which is available world-wide. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park General Manager, Josh Vanada had this to say, “We are excited about this partnership with Victory Lane Radio. Since we started discussing it, they have gone at it with a great deal of enthusiasm and professionalism. I am confident that this will be a high quality product, and a great opportunity for our fans to listen in on their smart phones while they are here, or from anywhere worldwide if they cannot make it to one of our events. All of us at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park look forward to offering this added coverage with Victory Lane Radio, beginning in a few weeks at the Icebreaker presented by Town Fair Tire.”

To listen to the live broadcast, simply go to www.victorylaneradio.com and click the ‘listen live’ button at the top of the page, or go to www.thompsonspeedway and click the link. All of these broadcasts will also be available, free of charge as a podcast, if you cannot listen live. The podcasts will be located on www.victorylaneradio.com and www.thompsonspeedway.com.

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Thirty Racewear to Highlight Connecticut Triple Crown

The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea made its first visit to Southern New England at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park during the 2010 race season. In that race Mark Caise made his first and only start in the NEMST. After gaining a liking for the tour Caise introduced the series to Waterford Speedbowl over the next few seasons as part of the tracks Four Cylinder Fury event.

Once again continuing the prowess for the NEMST in Southern New England Mark and his company Thirty Racewear has signed on to be the title sponsor for the newly introduced Connecticut Triple Crown. Thirty Racewear is your northeast source for racing suits, crew suits, fan shirts, and more so your team looks the best!!! The Thirty Racewear Triple Crown will give drivers from all over New England run for NEMST championship while not competing in the full 10 race schedule.

The Thirty Racewear Triple Crown will take place at all three Connecticut Ovals beginning at Stafford Motor Speedway on April 26 for the Napa Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. From Stafford the NEMST will head to Waterford Speedbowl for the 3rd Annual Four-Cylinder Fury event, and finally crowning the 2014 Thirty Racewear Triple Crown Champion as well as the full NEMST 2014 champion will take place at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park as part of World Series Weekend.
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Texas Roadhouse NEMST Schedule Released

We have posted our tentative schedule. We will be adding a couple more dates in the coming days but this is a good place for your guys to start making your plans. Please note the special events that are going on at EVERY event this season.

2014 Texas Roadhouse NEMST Schedule
Saturday April 26 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford Springs, CT Connecticut Triple Crown #1
Saturday May 31 Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT Connecticut Triple Crown #2
Saturday June 14 Riverside Speedway Groveton, NH $1000 to WIN!!
Sunday June 22 Legion Speedway Rumney, NH 1st Annual NEMST Invade the Clay
Saturday July 19 Star Speedway Epping, NH Northern Triple Crown #
Sunday August 3 NHMS Loudon, NH The Magic Mile, 1 mile oval
Saturday August 23 Wiscasset Speedway Wiscasset, ME $750 to WIN!!!
Saturday September 13 TBA TBA Northern Triple Crown #
Fri, Sat October 17,18 Thompson Speedway Thompson, CT World Series, Connecticut Triple Crown #3
**** Additional dates to be added
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North East Mini Stock Tour Returns to Stafford as Part of 43rd Annual Spring Sizzler Weekend

Stafford Springs, CT — As the 2014 season at Stafford Motor Speedway draws closer and closer to taking the green flag, the track’s premier event, the 43rd Annual Spring Sizzler, continues to grow. After making a successful debut last season, the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea will return to Stafford as part of Spring Sizzler Weekend. The Stafford race will be the first race of the NEMST’s Connecticut Triple Crown, which will award $1,000 to the top-5 finishers, including $350 for the champion of the three-race series.

“The Spring Sizzler will be our first race of our Connecticut Triple Crown,” said NEMST Founder/Promoter Bob Guptill. “We have $1,000 that will be split among the top-5 finishers and the winner will receive $350. Stafford will be our first race and then we’ll race at Waterford on May 31st and at Thompson for the World Series. All the competitors have been asking about coming back to Stafford after our race last season and with the Triple Crown we’re looking at having a big car count for the Stafford race. We’re looking forward to another great race at Stafford.”

Last year’s feature event saw eventual NEMST Champion Emerson Cayer take the lead on lap-3 and he held off a hard charging Toby Wells to take the checkered flag by a car length. Cayer is looking forward to the opportunity to defend his Sizzler victory.

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NEMST Set to Conquer the Magic Mile August 3rd!

2014, the 6th year in competition, will hold many firsts for the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea. On June 22, history will be made as the entry level touring series will hit the dirt banks of Legion Speedway in Rumney, NH for their appearance on a non-asphalt surface. Later on in the season, however the NEMST will conquer another new race track that has been on the eyes of many racers.

On August 3rd the mini-stocks of the NEMST will make their way around the largest oval racing facility in New England, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The NEMST has been involved with NHMS via their 1.6 mile road course and ¼ mile mini oval over the past two racing seasons. This season the NEMST will see a new version of the 1200 acre NHMS campus. The Magic Mile has been a staple on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule since 1992 and will now be a part of the NEMST’s 2014 campaign.

The NEMST will run a 25 lap feature event Sunday August 3rd as part of the 24th Annual Vintage Racing Celebration Oval Days. Qualifying events are still being planned and will be forwarded shortly. “We are proud to have had such a great series of events to announce this off season including new tracks, revolutionary events, and some great new marketing partners. The 2014 season will mark the return of a number of past NEMST drivers as well as great new teams breaking into the touring sector.” NEMST Promoter Bob Guptill said.

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Twisted Tea To Partner With The NEMST in 2014!

2013-12-23-300x250[TwistedTea]For the 2014 show and race season the North East Mini Stock Tour has made an agreement with Twisted Tea Hard Iced Tea as a marketing partner. “We are very excited to have Twisted Tea on board to offer our teams some great bonuses and incentives while continuing to grow our marketing power to more regional companies.” NEMST Promoter Bob Guptill said.

A number of promotional events will be held with Twisted Tea including shows and appearances. We will also be co-promoting some events with Twisted Tea and Texas Roadhouse restaurant appearances. The Twisted Tea Move of the Race Award will be introduced for the 2014 season as well.

Twisted Tea Brewing Company was founded in 2001 on the twisted promise that a hard iced tea should taste like real iced tea. Since 2001, our Tea Brewmasters (yes, their job is as cool as it sounds) have been committed to brewing a hard iced tea that not only tastes like real iced tea but also delivers an incredibly smooth and refreshing drinking experience. Twisted Tea offers hard iced tea in eight flavors, all brewed to taste like real iced tea.

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NEMST History Will Be Made on June 22!

Legion Speedway Added to 2014 NEMST Schedule

The full schedule for the North East Mini Stock Tour will be released within the coming weeks. In the meantime NEMST officials have decided to give a little teaser into some of the great advancements being made for 2014!

On Sunday June 22 the competitors of the North East Mini Stock Tour will travel to Rumney, NH and visit the Dirt Track of Legion Speedway. This will be the first ever dirt race in the history of the NEMST which will begin its 6th season in April 2014. The race at Legion Speedway will feature the full NEMST rules and procedures and run the typical NEMST 50 Lap Main Event.

Thirty cars will be allowed to start the main event with the order being decided through 10 lap heat races and a consolation race if needed. NEMST Promoter Bob Guptill said “The drivers have asked about dirt for years and we have finally been able to make the schedules work. I am excited about the sheer number of drivers and teams that will take this opportunity to make their first start on dirt for most teams. Si Allen has been instrumental in helping to get us at Legion. With his help I feel this may be the biggest race of the 2014 season!!”

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Derrick O’Donnell Rallies Late for Second Thunder Road Win

Barre, VT – Derrick O’Donnell of North Haverhill, NH wheeled around 16-year-old Joey M Laquerre – three months removed from Driver’s Ed at U-32 High School – and went on to a car-length win in the 50-lap ENPRO Services Late Model main at Thunder Road.

Right behind Joey M Laquerre for 3rd came his grandfather Joey Laquerre, a fixture at Thunder Road for decades. “I tried to give him a little room, I didn’t want to make him nervous,” Grandpa Joey said.

“I have a lot of fun racing with my family,” Joey M Laquerre said in victory lane.

O’Donnell’s impressive win in the Gary Clay Builders No. 60 was his second of the season. He started 16th on the grid and sat 8th at the halfway mark. Phil Scott and Scott Payea finished 4th and 5th respectively after passing one another several times.

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NEMST Rained Out at Lee USA

NEMST: Tonight’s event at Lee USA has been canceled. Reschedule information will be available shortly.

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Another Extended Payout Event for NEMST Competitors!

After the success of our event earlier this season at Wiscasset raceway with an NEMST record 35 cars in attendance another race on the schedule has received backing to increase the purse. C&C Trucking, Weidner Services, Froling Energy, and Motionsick Motorsports have come on board and increased the payout for the NEMST’s August 17th event at Monadnock Speedway. This will be the third visit for the NEMST to the Winchester, NH ¼ mile speedway which always produces a great race.

This years Monadnock NEMST purse will be raised accordingly:
1. $800
2. $500
3. $325
4. $250
5. $200

With positions 6-30 receiving the standard NEMST payout. Inaugural NEMST champion Emerson Cayer and Monadnock regular Rich Fournier have recorded tour wins at the speedway while NEMST regulars Toby Wells, Louis Maher, Darren Jacobs, and Ricky Labrecque all know their way around the tight high bank turns of Monadnock.

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Kids Night Festivities Rescheduled for Thunder Road

North East Mini-Stock Tour Headlines ENPRO Services Night

Barre, VT – The previously postponed Kids Night will now be part of ENPRO Services Night on Sunday, July 7, at The Nation’s Site of Excitement Thunder Road, complete with the North East Mini-Stock Tour. The event will feature Kids Rides before a full card of racing action on the Barre highbanks. Kids ages 12 and under will have free admission and get a coupon for a free hot dog.

Racecars from Thunder Road’s Late Model division, Bond Auto Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will be lined up at 4:00pm to give rides around the quarter-mile oval to kids in attendance.

The North East Mini-Stock Tour will join Thunder Road’s four divisions to complete a wild night of stock car racing action.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Weekend For NEMST Teams

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour-6/3/2013

Saturday the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour made their fourth visit to Waterford Speedbowl for their annual Four Cylinder Fury event. RH2Way, Z-Best Pizza, and Jett Fabrication added in extra bonuses to NEMST and Waterford teams that attempted the 50 lap main event. Heat was the big issue of the day causing cars and tempers to flair with problems throughout the days events.

27 cars registered for Saturday’s portion of the first ever NEMST double-header weekend. Toby Wells, Marc Panaroni, and Glen Thomas all secured heat race wins. 4 rows were inverted by heat winner Toby Wells. The field was lined up with Garret Denton and Sean Caron sitting on the front row. The race got off to a ballistic start with 4 cautions in the first 14 laps due to spins that left cars sitting on the track surface.

On lap 41 the cars of Matt Sonnhalter and Glen Thomas got together creating a spin involving Emerson Cayer and wrecking the 88 and 33. Cars were relined after the caution and set free to being their final 9 laps. The final laps were littered with contact sending Glen Thomas and Marc Panaroni hard into the turn 4 wall, Ian Brew spinning threw turn 2 and numerous other cars beating and banging on each other.

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Boston Louie Memorial Classic at Seekonk Sunday

SEEKONK, MA – The Boston Louie Memorial Classic returns to Seekonk Speedway on Sunday, June 2. Both of the NorthEastern Midget Association’s divisions – NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites – will be on hand for their traditional 29-lap events.

For the first time since 2000, the SK/SK Light-type Modifieds will compete at Seekonk. At the end of the 75-lap event, the winner will go home with $5,000 of the $25,000 purse. The last time the SK Modifieds competed here, Ted Christopher captured the victory over Ron Yuhas, Jr. and Roger Godin.

The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour and Pro 4 Modifieds of New England will be competing at Waterford Speedbowl in Saturday night’s Four Cylinder Fury program. Both tours will be joining Seekonk’s Sunday card for 50-lap and 25-lap features, respectively. The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour will make its second ever appearance at the Cement Palace. Chris McKinstry won Seekonk’s only race in 2010. The Pro 4 Modifieds will return to their old stomping grounds for the first time in two years as well.

Advance adult admission is $20 online at SeekonkSpeedway.com. On Sunday, adult admission is $25. Children ages 6 to 12 are $5, while children under age 6 are free.

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Boston Marathon Tribute to Open Boston Louie Memorial Race

Modified Stars Set To Shine In Special SK-Type Race

Seekonk, MA — A tribute to the Boston Marathon with a special opening ceremony will highlight this Sunday’s 16th annual ‘Boston Louie Memorial Classic’ at Seekonk (MA) Speedway. The June 2nd race program will feature Midgets, SK-Type Modifieds, Pro-Four Modifieds, and Mini-Stocks.

Race producer Gary Sagar has invited ‘Team Hoyt’ for the opening ceremonies. Rick Hoyt, a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, and his father Dick, will participate in pre-race festivities bringing their “Yes You Can” message to the special event.

Since 1977, the father and son team with Dad pushing and Rick leading the way, have completed over 1,000 races including marathons, duathlons, and triathlons.

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Boston Marathon Tribute Opens the Boston Louie Memorial Classic at Seekonk Speedway

SEEKONK, MA — A tribute to the Boston Marathon with a special opening ceremony at the Boston Louie Memorial Classic will begin this exiting auto racing program on Sunday June 2nd at Massachusetts’s only race track, Seekonk Speedway at 4pm. Race promoter Gary Sagar of Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment, Inc. has invited Dick & Rick Hoyt of Team Hoyt, www.teamhoyt.com and will be joined by members of their Boston Marathon Race Team and others who will circle the 1/3 mile oval carrying American Flags during the playing of our National Anthem. We will also be joined by the Seekonk Fire Department and the Seekonk Police Department Honor Guard with Seekonk Fire and Police Chaplin John Amaral. Donations to the One Fund-Boston, www.onefundboston.org will be accepted and forwarded with an additional donation from the race promoter. For the latest race information, www.krazespeedequipment.com, www.seekonkspeedway.com or www.BostonLouieSeymour.com.

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Audet Captures 2nd Career NEMST Victory

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour competitors braved the cold, the wind, and a muddy pit area to open the 2013 NEMST season at Lee USA Speedway for the famed Governors Cup Weekend. 24 cars entered the race creating 3 heat races and all cars being able to start the feature event. Through Saturday and Sunday practice many cars entered the low 17 second lap range creating the setup for a great race.

Mike Mason laid down the fast time of the weekend by turning a 16.89 on his way to a heat race win. Toby Wells was very close in his 2nd NEMST start by turning a 16.96 with his wild looking Volkswagen. Cris King also won his heat race along with Wells, and Mason. Both cars experienced difficulties in the feature resulting in a DNF, Mason had mechanical issues early in the race and Wells was caught up in a rough turn 3 accident collecting 4 cars on lap 26.

The Feature Event was riddled with minor cautions halting the momentum 6 times. Zach Audet from Skowhegan, ME took over the lead from Matt Sonnhalter on lap 6 and never looked back. Sonnhalter stayed close behind him as they encountered lapped traffic and cruised through the field. Lots of action continued through the field with cars shuffling positions and moving throughout the field for the entire event.

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Boston Louie Memorial Classic to be held at Seekonk Speedway June 2

Mods, Midgets & Mini Stocks at Seekonk

2013-Boston-Louie-6-22-V3SEEKONK, MA — Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment, Inc announces an exciting race event on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at the historic “Cement Palace” Seekonk Speedway. Mods, Midgets, & Mini Stocks take the Green Flag as part of THE BOSTON LOUIE MEMORIAL CLASSIC in honor of this local racing great. “My dad would be honored by the cars & stars assembled to race in this prestigious event” said Boston Louie’s son Bobby from his Race Shop in Marlboro, MA.

The Northeastern Midget Association will be well represented by the NEMA regulars and NEMA Lites competing for 29 Laps each; this is the biggest NEMA event of the season honoring “Boston” Louie Seymour. Open Wheel racing legend Bentley Warren will serve as Grand Marshall.

Joining NEMA is a 25 Lap Race by the Pro4 Modifieds of New England and the ever growing Texas Roadhouse Northeast Mini Stock Tour will campaign for 50 Laps.

Last but certainly not least is a 75 Lap SK & SK Light Type Modified Race where the winner will take home a $5,000 pay day. SK Type Mods have not raced at the Cement Palace since 1983 when Ed St. Angelo was Track Champion. Ed will join us, dropping the Green Flag in celebration of this 30 year anniversary.

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2013 Waterford Speedbowl Schedule Announced

Fri. 4/5/2013 Blastoff 2013 NWAAS Opener / Practice Practice – Blastoff 2013 weekend divisions only
Sat. 4/6/2013 Blastoff 2013 Qualifying + 7 Features All qual + SKL25, LC20, BL20, NETS25, SX20, XC20, NEMA Lt 25
Sun. 4/7/2013 Blastoff Sunday / 6 Features feat. VMRS 100 VMRS100, SK63, LM50, SS30, MS30 + NEMA25
Sat. 4/13/2013 6 Division – NWAAS + LC + SX SK35, LM30, SS25, MS25, LC20 + SX20
Sat. 4/20/2013 6 Division – NWAAS (SKL) + XC SK35, LM30, SS25, MS25, SKL25 + XC20
Sat. 4/27/2013 6 Division – NWAAS + LC + NETS SK35, LM30, SS25, MS25, LC20 + NETS25
Wed. 5/1/2013 Wild 'n Wacky Wed Opener LC20, BL20, SX20, XC20, Wacky XC
Sat. 5/4/2013 5 Division – NWAAS + LC (SS 50) SK35, SS50, MS25, SKL25, LC20 (LM OFF)
Wed. 5/8/2013 Wild 'n Wacky Wed LC20, BL20, SX20, XC20, Wacky SX
Sat. 5/11/2013 6 Division – NWAAS (SKL) + SX SK35, LM30, SS25, MS25, SKL25 + SX20
Wed. 5/15/2013 Wild 'n Wacky Wed LC20, BL20, SX20, XC20, Wacky XC
Sat. 5/18/2013 6 Division – NWAAS (SKL) + TBA SK35, LM30, SS25, MS25, SKL25 + TBA
Wed. 5/22/2013 Wild 'n Wacky Wed LC20, BL20, SX20, XC20, Wacky SX
Sat. 5/25/2013 5/25 MAYHEM – 5 Division – NWAAS + LC 25 extra feature laps! SK40, LM35, SS30, MS30, LC25
Sun. 5/26/2013 MEMORIAL DAY MADNESS Demo Derby, Trailer Race, Ski Race, E4 50 & more + Fireworks!

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Thompson Releases 2013 Racing Schedule

THOMPSON, CT — The 2013 Thompson International Speedway racing schedule has been released. The track will host three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, three Valenti Modified Racing Series events, the Granite State Pro Stocks, the Northern Mini Stock Tour, the New England Truck Series and other touring series in addition to a weekly Thursday night racing schedule that will run from May 31st through August 29th.

The 2013 season will open with the traditional Icebreaker on the weekend of April 13 & 14 and will end with the World Series of Speedway Racing slated for October 18th -20th. The WMT will top the billing at each of these events and will also return for the annual 150-lap August race.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series will kick off the summer season with a special Sunday race set for May 19th. The VMRS will return on Thursday, July 25th and again for the World Series on Saturday, October 19th.

[2013 Thompson Speedway Schedule]
[2013 Driver Registration Form ] 

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CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler & CARQUEST Fall Final Event Tickets Available Now at Stafford Speedway Box Office

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s Box Office has tickets available now for the two marquee events on its 2013 schedule, the 42nd Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, and the 41st Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend. Fans can purchase reserved seat tickets in either the top row or the Gold Stadium Chairback section, general admission tickets, or child general admission tickets for both the Sizzler and Fall Final.

The 42nd Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler will kick off the 2013 season at Stafford Motor Speedway in grand style. Stafford’s five weekly divisions will all be in action along with the 200-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event and the debut of the North East Mini Stock Tour. The 42nd Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler is scheduled for Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28.

Last year’s CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler was the launching point for Doug Coby and Ted Christopher to make 2012 a championship season. Coby was victorious in the 200-lap Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, the first of three Stafford wins and five for the season on his way to his very first Whelen Modified Tour Championship. Christopher was victorious in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, the first of four SK Modified® feature victories in what would turn out to be his record 8th SK Modified® track championship at Stafford. Other winners from last year’s Sizzler include Keith Rocco in the Late Models, Dylan Kopec in the SK Lights, Josh Wood in the Limited Late Models, and Kyle Casagrande in the DARE Stocks.

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The Setup For A Legendary 5th Anniversary

The North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) will carry its large head of steam built in 2012 of large car counts and breathtaking racing with photo finishes into 2013, the NEMST’s fifth year in competition. The NEMST held its first event at Canaan Fair Speedway May 23, 2009 with Emerson Cayer taking home first NEMST winner’s trophy. Since that day the tour has held 33 additional events with 13 different Feature winners. The largest news in NEMST history came in February of 2012 when the dates at New Hampshire Motor Speedway were released for the mini-stocks to run on the 1.6 mile road course and the mini-oval setup in turn 2, as well as the news in 2011 of the NEMST signing on national sponsorship from Texas Roadhouse.

“We have worked very hard in making the series better from year to year and raising the bar for competitors, fans, and sponsors alike. The news of 3 brand new to us race tracks and the return to the NEMST’s home state of Maine is sure to make a tidal wave throughout the mini-stock racing community.” said NEMST Promoter Bob Guptill. Big news came in the form of one new track confirmed at the year end Championship Banquet in November with a date at the famed ½ mile of Stafford Motor Speedway confirmed in April for Stafford’s opening weekend Spring Sizzler.

Without further suspense, here is the 2013 Schedule of Events.

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Northeast Mini Stock Tour to Make Stafford Speedway Debut at 2013 Carquest Tech-Net Spring Sizzler

Stafford Springs, CT — For the very first time, Stafford Motor Speedway will welcome the Northeast Mini Stock Tour Presented by Texas Roadhouse (NEMST) as part of the 42nd Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, scheduled for April 26-28, 2013. The Northeast Mini Stock Tour was created by Bob Guptill in 2009 as a way to provide an inexpensive Touring division for competitors across New England. The Tour began with 9 cars in its very first race, and the Tour now averages over 20 cars for each of its races.

“We made a special announcement at our banquet and it was met with cheers from the crowd, so we’re all very excited about coming to Stafford,” said Guptill. “We had 9 cars for our very first race, and our car counts have grown every year since then and it continues to grow. We’ve averaged about 23 or 24 cars for our races this season and our biggest race was at Waterford, where we started 34 cars.”

The NEMST is open to 1980 to present mass produced 4 cylinder passenger cars with a minimum weight of 2,150 pounds. The Tour attracts drivers from all six New England states and Guptill says that the Tour’s rules package allows for a wide variety of cars that show up at the track.

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Rookies Swap Points Lead as Cayer Wins Again

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour – 8/26/12

Epping, NH — Seventeen cars lined up at Star Speedway for the seventh event of the 2012 Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour season. As practice rounds were clicked through the front wheel drive vehicles showed a definite advantage on the tight Epping, NH course. The track had lots of grip early on due to the high outside temperatures.

After practice the NEMST drivers were gathered for the drivers meeting. NEMST regular Loren Smith won the Tater’s NASCAR Merchandise cash bonus and drew the $90 chip out of the bucket. Teams were given the lineup for the two qualifying heats and made final preparations before lineups.

Emerson Cayer drew the pole for his heat with tour points runner up Danny Field right to his outside. Point leader Shawn Swallow would start fifth in the first heat along with Field and Cayer. Cayer would prevail for the heat win as a strong battle ensued behind him between Field and Swallow. Swallow took home the second place. Mike Parker worked his way through the field in the second heat passing Matt Sonnhalter and Billy Osborne before claiming the checkers. Cayer drew an inversion of 6 rows for the feature lineup.

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Point Leader Struggles, As Cayer Strikes His Third Win

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour – 8/19/2012

Rain postponed last weekend’s Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour return to Monadnock Speedway until Saturday August 18. Although the date had changed the excitement was just as big. Emerson Cayer returning to his home track, the track where he had brought home many trophies. Shawn Swallow carrying the largest point lead of the season and coming off back to back victories. Danny Field on a streak on trophy grabbing finishes, as well as Louis Maher tuning in his brand new car.

As the gates opened and teams began to file down the hill to the NEMST paddock area the car count grew fast with numerous Monadnock Mini-Stock competitors throwing their machine into the battle in the mountains. Last year one of their own, Rich Fournier brought home the big prize. The only time a NEMST competitor didn’t win the event.

With the increase in divisions due to postponement practices were short and limited. The traveling NEMST teams had their work cut out for them to battle the best mini stock teams in the region. By the end of the drivers meeting the draw had been completed and the lineups were set for the heat races. The Tater’s NASCAR Merchandise cash bonus was drawn by Mike Parker from Bradford, VT in the amount of $90.

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Adam Norton Wins First Ever Monadnock Speedway Sportsman Modified Feature

WINCHESTER, NH — After suffering three weeks of rain outs, The Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH got in an action packed night of racing with not one, but two visiting tours coming to town. The Pro Four Modifieds of New England made their stop at Monadnock Speedway an exciting 25-lap event. Bringing the field to green was Dan Fresh in the #32 and Kurt Vigeant in his #7. In the early laps, Rob Richardi, Jr in the #12 took the lead. A lap 14 yellow for a spin and flat tire for Waterford CTs’ recent Pro Four winner Dave Richardi #00 slowed the pack. The restart saw the #5 of Dan Meservey, Jr leading with Phil Lausier in hot pursuit.

On lap 17, Richardi, Jr and Vigeant, both running in the top 5, did a double spin on the back stretch dropping them to the back of the pack. For the remainder of the race, Dan Meservey from Brewster MA ran, away with the win. Phil Lausier of Hudson NH was 2nd over the line and Kurt Vigeant came back from his spin to finish 3rd.

Also visiting the Monadnock Speedway were the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour for their 50-lap feature. With a large field of cars, Toby Wells in his #2 made his way from the 5th row starting spot to take the lead. Through lapped traffic Danny Field was not far behind Toby. A mid race caution flag had Emerson Cayers’ #88 pit with a flat tire. Cayer returned to rejoin the pack at the back. From the restart Cayer passed high and low to gain on the leaders. On lap 48, Cayer powered his way past race leader Wells and went on to his 3rd win of the season. Toby Wells finished in the runner up spot and Danny Field held on for 3rd.

The 25-lap Super Stock Feature was won by Jason Lafleur driving the Action Realty/Barnard Racing #22, his 3rd win of the year. Showering sparks against the front stretch wall trying to get that 1st place spot was points leader John Lavoie in the Chucks Auto #33 for second place and third was Dana Shepard in the Bard King Concrete #43.

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Swallow Shifts His Way Into Victory Lane at NHMS

7/8/12 – Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour

Stark, NH native Shawn Swallow became the thirteenth different winner in North East Mini Stock Tour competition, and the third winner of the 2012 season. This was the series second visit to the largest sporting facility in New England, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Last time the high revving four-cylinders were at The Magic Mile they ran the famed 12 turn road course. This time was a completely different course constructed by NHMS and INEX officials originally intended for NELCAR legends racing.

The sharp turned ¼ mile track is very technical with half of the track being on the banking of the NASCAR turn 1&2 and the other half running around the flat apron of the road course. Cars and crews struggled all day trying to get the large passenger based race cars to negotiate their laps around the track. Through the first rounds of practice NEMST cars were turning laps in the 17.03 second range exciting NHMS officials and personnel.

As the teams approached their final practice round more preparations were made to the suspensions and the lap times dropped into the 16.9 range. Due to the setting sun and the lack of lights at the Loudon, NH track the heat races had to be dropped and the lineup was set off of fastest practice times. The top five cars were only separated by 0.103 seconds with Emerson Cayer from neardy Contoocook taking the pole, beating out Danny Field by a mere 0.004 seconds in lap time.

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