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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces 2017 Schedule

Thompson, CT (December 5, 2016) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park today announced dates for the 2017 racing schedule, celebrating its 77th season on the high-banked oval.  The 2017 seven event NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) schedule is highlighted by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

“This year’s schedule balances our commitment to tradition and innovation,” states Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.  “The 2017 schedule preserves fan favorites while introducing unique and creative events and promotions.”

The speedway will continue to showcase Sunoco Modifieds, which will compete in eight points-counting races supported by the Late Models, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stocks, who will all have seven points-counting races. The Lite Modified Division will race in five of the seven events, but will not race under the NWAAS sanction.

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Burroughs Caps Off First Thompson Season with Mini Stock Title

(THOMPSON, CT) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park held night two of its Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing , presented by Xtra Mart, on Saturday, October 15th, crowning several more champions as some of the greatest racers in New England and beyond turned out for an afternoon full of non-stop on track action.

One of the highlight events of the night was the conclusion of the Thompson Mini Stock season with Wayne Burroughs, Jr. making a push towards his first Thompson track title in the series, outracing reining champion Dave Trudeau all season long despite the defending champs early success. Trudeau won the first three races of 2016 at the Big-T, but ran into a string of bad luck that all started on the same night that Burroughs claimed his first Thompson win after Trudeau was wrecked out of the lead in a battle with Brad Caddick. Caddick sat third in the points coming into the final race of the season.

From that moment a series of on-track incidents and equipment failures continued to plague Trudeau while Burroughs wracked up two more wins and secured a 36-point lead on Trudeau coming into the World Series. Burroughs would hold on to the points lead in the final 15-lap feature with a third place finish to claim his first Thompson title in his first season racing the Mini Stocks at the speedway.

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl Results 09/10/2016

WATERFORD –Matt Galko had a restart he’ll never forget, enabling him to have a night he’ll never forget.

“It was the restart of my life,” Galko said after he exploded past Joe Gada on a 19th lap restart to win the 35-lap SK Modified feature at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. It was Galko’s first-ever SK Modified win.

“We have been trying for an SK win for a long time and it finally paid off,” Galko said. “I never thought the first win would take place here at the Speedbowl. To do it with a part-time crew is amazing. I can’t thank them enough.”

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Lee USA Speedway 6/17/16 Race Report

Lee, NH – The cars and stars of the Northeast Street Stock Tour (NESST) were the added attraction at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, joining the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season weekly divisions for a full night of entertainment on the fast 3/8ths mile oval.

When the NESST main went green, Lowell, MA racer Steve Kenneway, the 2013 Thompson Speedway Limited Sportsman champion, moved out quickly to set the pace, with Joe Arena of Bristol, CT up to challenge by the ten lap mark The lead duo ran side by side battling for the lead for the next several laps, and stayed that way approaching the crossed flags.

Kenneway and Arena ran nearly even for the first half of the race, with Kenneway sliding around the high groove, but maintaining the advantage as Arena worked the low side. The pair were several car lengths ahead of the field and off the decide the race among themselves, and it was Arena who eventually prevailed to collect the win.

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Experienced Drivers Prepared for Showdown at the Speedbowl

STONINGTON, CT – When the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) visits the New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NLWS) this Saturday, there will be several drivers in the field who have made 1,000’s of laps around the progressive 3/8-mile oval.

Chief among them is defending Tour Champion, Joe Arena. Identifying “The Speedbowl” as his home track, Arena has frequented the shoreline facility for decades.  His No. 74 entry has become a staple, and he will surely be a contender for the race win. Arena enters the event second in the NESST Championship Point Standings, 10 points behind Ryan Lineham.

Another driver who has a wealth of experience at NLWS is Waterford native, Jim Boyle. Driving the No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Boyle originally began his career in one of the track’s feeder divisions. He put the experience gained there to good use in the Tour’s visit to NLWS last year, registering a third place finish, in route to 2015 Rookie of the Year honors. Boyle currently has hold of the third position in chase for the NESST Championship, trailing Arena by six points.

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North East Street Stock Tour Invaders to Challenge Claremont Regulars

NO. STONINGTON, CT – Is there such a thing as home field advantage in stock car racing? Perhaps.

They may not be called Street Stocks, but Claremont Speedway’s Limited Sportsman Division bears a striking resemblance to the production cars raced in the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST). In fact, this Friday night at the quirky, New Hampshire oval, the two will race together in an NESST-sanctioned race.

NESST part-timer, Tyler Janovsky, finished 10th in the opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, a place where he has minimal experience. His home track is Claremont Speedway. He began racing there in 2012, prior to the track’s closure. He then became a regular at Monadnock Speedway in the Thunder Stocks were he was able to amass two race wins and Rookie of the Year honors.

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Joe Arena Dominates Icebreaker, presented by RAD Auto Machine

Defending Champ Picks Up Where He Left Off

NO. STONINGTON, CT – Just two months ago Joe Arena (Bristol, CT) was crowned the inaugural North East Street Stock Tour Champion at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Raceway Restaurant (CT). This weekend he began his title defense with a dominating win on the historic 5/8-mile oval, leading all 20 laps in the Icebreaker, presented by RAD Auto Machine.

Arena and 2015 NESST Rookie of the Year, Jim Boyle (Waterford, CT) led the seventeen-car field to the green. Arena jumped out to an early lead in his No. 74 Hen House BBW/Traditional Mortgage/Dalena Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo, while 2016 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Limited Sportsman Champion, Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA), and series newcomer, Jim Sylvia (Middletown, RI) began marching their way through the field. The two veteran drivers would end up finishing sixth and ninth, respectively. Sundeen received the $50 bonus from RAD Auto Machine for advancing the most positions (11) during the event.

Arena’s lead was erased twice by caution flags, one coming on lap 10 and the other on lap 13. Once racing resumed, Arena withstood challenges from Thompson veterans, Corey Hutchings (Salem, CT), and Steve Kenneway (Lowell, MA), but was able to hold both off.

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Cugini Claims First Thompson Win on Chilly First Night for Icebreaker Weekend

THOMPSON, CT — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park kicked off its 2016 season in style on April 9th with its first series of races as part of the 42nd Annual Icebreaker weekend. In addition to setting the field for Sunday’s events, including the season opener for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, day one of racing was highlighted by a 20-lap feature for the NEMA Lites which offered plenty of competitive racing action to kick off their 2016 season.

The event started smooth for front row starter Ryan Bigelow, who engaged in an intense battle with Jim Chambers through the first five laps of the event before their battle for the lead resulted in contact on turn four. The incident forced an early retirement for both drivers and Anthony Nocella who was also collected in the wreck and changed the complexion of an already competitive race by taking out the two strongest cars in the early going.

Their misfortune worked to the benefit of Dan Cugini who, after experiencing mechanical issues in the heat races worked his way to the front and took the lead on lap 12. Cugini would dominate the rest of the race and claim his first ever win at Thompson Speedway and what he considers one of the biggest trophies of his career so far.

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North East Street Stock Tour Opens Sophomore Season at Icebreaker

NO. STONINGTON, CT – Two years ago, the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) was just an idea, known to the public only through a Facebook group. Now, the start-up stock cars series, which races later model Chevrolet, Buick, and Ford production cars, is readying to begin it’s sophomore season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s (CT) 42nd Annual Icebreaker. The NESST race, presented by RAD Auto Machine, kicks off a ten-event championship circuit, that also culminates at the 5/8-mile oval.

Defending Champion, Joe Arena (Bristol, CT), leads an experienced list of drivers into the 20-lap event. Arena, who competed at Thompson regularly for nearly two decades, finished second in the Tour’s inaugural event at the famed facility last October, en route to his first career championship.

Arena will be challenged by Chris “Moose” Douton (Waterford, CT). Douton, who has three championships to his credit—two at Waterford (1997 and 1999 Street Stock) and one at Thompson (2011 Limited Sportsman)—“can’t wait” for the season-opener. Since 2008, Douton has been a regular at Thompson, and without reservation said that the speed is what keeps him coming back. The 36-year veteran said, “The faster the better. . . .The speed you take into the corner is cool.”
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New England Racing Fuel Partners with North East Street Stock Tour

Adds to Growing List of Contingencies

STONINGTON, CT – Officials from the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST), a stock cars series racing later model Chevrolet, Buick, and Ford production cars, is proud to announce a partnership with New England Racing Fuel. The Connecticut-based fuel company will provide two special awards of Sunoco race fuel to be awarded at the Tour’s year-end banquet.

The driver who advances the most positions over the course of the ten-event championship points season is the Hard Charger. This year, that driver will not only be awarded with a custom trophy, but New England Racing Fuel will provide that driver with 25-gallons of Sunoco race fuel.

The New England Racing Fuel Rookie of the Year is the first year driver who demonstrates the most skill and ability throughout the season, by virtue of their consistent up-front finishes. In addition, this driver must embody the heart of Street Stock racing, and earn the respect of all those in the NESST pit area. The award recipient will receive a New England Racing Fuel jacket and 50 gallons of Sunoco race fuel. For more information about New England Racing Fuel, visit www.neracingfuel.com.

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North East Street Stock Tour Adds Two Championship Events

Speedway 51 and Second New-London Waterford Date on Schedule

NO. STONINGTON, CT – Officials from the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) announced the addition of two race events to the 2016 schedule. The start-up stock cars series, which races later model Chevrolet and Ford production cars, will now contest ten championship events, spanning from Connecticut to northern New Hampshire.

Speedway 51, located in Groveton, NH, will host NESST for a 51-lap event on Saturday, August 20. The event will also feature a complimentary barbeque for all NESST teams in the pit area. Inaugural Champion, Joe Arena (Bristol, CT), and Anthony Belfiore (Haverhill, MA) both won events at the ¼-mile bullring in 2015.

“I like that place,” recalled Arena. They’ve done a lot of work there, and the track is fun, too. I’m really glad that we are going back there in 2016,” the reigning NESST Champion went on to say.

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North East Street Stock Tour Prepares for Sophomore Season

NORTH STONINGTON, CT – Officials of the North East Street Stock Tour and Outside the Box Promotions are preparing for the 2016 season.

Registration is now open for drivers for the upcoming season, and car numbers can be reserved by registering for the 2016 season. Registration forms are available by contacting Josh Vanada at Josh@otbpromos.net, Bryon Callen at Bryon@otbpromos.net, or Scott Fanning at Scott@otbpromos.net, and can be downloaded on the series’ website, www.nestreetstocktour.com soon. Rules for the upcoming season will be available on the website in the near future, as well.

The 2016 schedule is set to be released just prior to the Championship Awards Banquet, happening on January 23, at the Raceway Restaurant at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The Championship Awards Banquet will honor the top 10 in points from the 2015 season, including inaugural champion Joe Arena, as well as special awards. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased by contacting Josh Vanada at Josh@otbpromos.net.

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North East Street Stock Tour to Hold Inaugural Championship Banquet

THOMPSON, CT – The North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) will hold the Championship Awards Banquet on January 23, at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Raceway Restaurant. The top-10 in the final point standings in the series’ inaugural season will be honored, as well as the 2015 champion, Joe Arena.

Along with the top-10 being recognized at the Championship Awards Banquet, specialty awards will be handed out, including the Sportsmanship award, and Hard Charger, given to the driver who advanced his final position the most in feature events throughout the season.

The banquet will begin at 11 AM, with social hour lasting until 12 PM, and lunch and awards ceremonies to follow.

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ACT Crowns Champion In Return to Thompson Speedway

The second night of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing weekend, presented by XtraMart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park saw eight champions crowned over the span of nine feature events throughout the evening with the centerpiece of the night’s racing action being the long awaited return of the American Canadian Late Model Tour (ACT) for the first time since 1992.

The 100-lap feature saw some of the best Late Model drivers in both the United States and over the border in Canada take to the track as the series crowned it’s latest champion, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., and saw the possible end of a storied career for one of the series most successful stars. While Helliwell took home the big trophy at the end of the night the race itself saw a victory for Brian Hoar who scored his 42nd career victory in the series and capped off the night with a major announcement.

“I’m just really excited,” said Hoar who expanded on his record setting series-high win total. “It’s been a really emotional road for me the past couple of weeks because I made the decision to hang the helmet up for a while. This is it for a little while.”

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Joe Arena Becomes Inaugural North East Street Stock Champion

Ed Puleo Grabs Feature Win at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, CT – Joe Arena defied the odds to become the inaugural champion of the North East Street Stock Tour with a strong finish at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Ed Puleo and Joe Arena led the field to green for the 20-lap feature, presented by Greystone Social Club, and began to pull away with Anthony Belfiore in-tow, until lap 5, when the championship hunt took a twist. Chris Douton, who trailed Geoff Rollins by five marks entering the event, spun in turns one and two, brushing the wall in the process. Lightning struck again, as Geoff Rollins and Corey Hutchins spun to the infield on lap 9, bringing out the second caution.

Puleo would take the advantage off the restart, but Arena kept Puleo within striking distance. With the field dicing behind them, Arena tried to dive underneath Puleo on the final corner, but Puleo was too strong and earned his first North East Street Stock Tour victory.

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Rollins Extends Point Lead to Five Entering Sunoco World Series Feature Event

Puleo, Arena Grab Qualifying Heat Wins

THOMPSON, CT – Geoff Rollins took advantage of Chris Douton’s mechanical issues to earn an extra point in the championship standings during qualifying for the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Ed Puleo turned heads, as the Mr. Rooter Plumbing driver cut through the field to nab the victory in the first of two heats on Friday. Puleo overtook pole sitter Corey Hutchings in the closing laps for the win, and earned the pole position for Saturday’s feature event, handicapped by the +/- system. Hutchings would settle for second, with Steve Kenneway holding on to third. Josh Galvin bested Anthony Belfiore at the line for fourth and fifth.

Joe Arena and Josh Wood battled for the lead early in the second heat. Wood won the first battle, but Arena won the war, as the Bristol, CT driver drove off for the victory. Behind Arena, Douton had the second spot locked up until the last corner, when front brake failure caused Douton’s Ford to bobble, allowing Jesse Gleason to make the pass for the second spot, with Wood in tow for third. Rollins took advantage of Douton’s misfortune, and completed the pass for fourth by inches at the line, with Douton taking the fifth spot.
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Jim Boyle Makes History on the Road Course

Waterford, CT Driver Victorious at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, CT – Jim Boyle became the sixth different winner in seven races, grabbing the checkers in the A-1 Auto Center/Stebbins Discount Stump Grinding 15 event at the Stock Car Road Race Challenge, on the road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Co-point leaders Chris Douton and Geoff Rollins led the field to the green, after posting the two quickest laps in qualifying on the 1.7-mile road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  Douton would experience adversity immediately, sliding off the pavement in Turn 1, and relinquishing positions to Rollins and Joe Arena.  Douton would fight back, and overtake Arena, before suffering clutch malfunction, and ending his day. 

That left room for Rollins to capitalize, but with five laps remaining, his engine exploded into a sea of smoke, bringing out a full-course yellow. 

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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 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, CT – Drivers of the North East Street Stock Tour took advantage of extra track time, negotiating the 1.7-mile road course during the Stock Car Road Race Challenge, in preparation of Saturday’s A-1 Auto Center/Stebbins Discount Stump Grinding 15 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Co-point leader Chris Douton made his presence felt early in the day, setting the fast lap time in the first practice session.  Douton’s day was not all glamour, as the 2011 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park oval champion suffered a crack in his oil pan, putting his team to work on his Ford Thunderbird.

Even with the troubles, Douton expressed his intentions at the event, saying “We didn’t come here to finish second or third.  We came here to win.”

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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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From the Notebook: North East Street Stock Tour at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Road Course

THOMPSON, CT – The North East Street Stock Tour will travel to the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park road course for the A-1 Auto Center/Stebbins Discount Stump Grinding 15, part of the Stock Car Road Race Challenge (SCRRC).  The A-1 Auto Center/Stebbins Discount Stump Grinding 15 is the seventh event of the tour’s schedule, being held on September 11-12.  The following is a closer look at notes and numbers of the North East Street Stock Tour at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP).

THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK NOTES:

The oval track first opened on May 26, 1940, after a hurricane known as “The Long Island Express” ripped through the land owned by John Hoenig in 1938.  Hoenig chose to clear his land and build a race track. 

From 1952-1967, the newly formed SCCA would hold time trials and Gymkhanas, using the oval and an adjacent section of the property.  In the late 1960’s, “Thompson Version 3” was created, using redesigned turns from the original 1952 road course layout, with updated viewing and paddock areas.  Recently renovated, the road course now boasts a 1.7-mile layout, with an alternate 1.5-mile version. 

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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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Twice is Nice:  Geoff Rollins Earns Second Straight Victory on North East Street Stock Tour

LEE, NH – Geoff Rollins becomes the first person to win two feature events in the North East Street Stock Tour, as the Groton, MA driver picked up the victory in the “Friday Night Lights” event, presented by the Gobbi Corporation, at Lee USA Speedway.

Rollins jumped to the lead at the start of the race, pulling away from Larry Barnett at the drop of the green.  His lead was erased on lap 9, when Matt Morrill came to rest in turn 4 after suffering a broken right-front suspension.

Rollins would fend off Chris Douton and John Hanafin, and increased his lead on the field until the second and final caution flew for Bryan Town, who was involved in an incident with Charlie Beal, sending both drivers to the back of the pack.

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From the Notebook:  North East Street Stock Tour at Lee USA Speedway

Friday Night Lights Event Set to Run on July 31

Lee, NH – The North East Street Stock Tour will travel to Lee USA Speedway for the fourth event of the tour’s schedule, on July 31.  The following is a closer look at notes and numbers of the North East Street Stock Tour at Lee USA Speedway.

LEE USA SPEEDWAY NOTES:

– Bob Bonser first opened Lee Raceway in 1964.  The track was a 1/3 mile dirt tri-oval, and had two different elevation changes, uphill and downhill.

-In 1965, Bonser paved the dirt track, in hopes of bringing the NESMRA (New England Super Modified Racing Association) to the facility.  The NESMRA made their debut in 1965, making Lee Raceway their “home track”.  That season also featured the only winter snow race in the history of the facility.

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North East Street Stock Tour Team Penalized

Rules Violation at Monadnock Speedway

NO. STONINGTON, CT — The No. 3 team that competes in the North East Street Stock Tour has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered during post-race inspection, on July 11, at Monadnock Speedway (NH). This infraction violates the following Section of the 2015 rule book:

Rule 13
a) All frames/chassis must remain stock OEM. No repositioning, elongating, or over-sizing of any mounting holes in frame.

INFRACTION: Front lower control arm mounts were repositioned/altered.

As a result of this violation, driver Billy Clement, Jr. has been disqualified from his finishing position, and has been placed on probation through August 31.
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Geoff Rollins Defends Home Turf, Becomes Third Different Winner on North East Street Stock Tour

WINCHESTER, NH – Geoff Rollins passed Joe Arena on a restart on lap 8, and never looked back, powering to the victory in the Christmas in July event at Monadnock Speedway.

Rollins used the outside groove on an early race restart on lap 8, when Charlestown, NH driver Bryan Town’s rear-end expired, bringing out the caution. Rollins would fend off challenges from Chris Douton and Arena on five other restarts, the final one on lap 38, setting up a green-white-checker finish. Rollins jumped ahead, as Mike Palin spun on the final lap, collecting Armand Cote, ending the race under caution.

Rollins commented on his solid victory after the race, saying “We have a huge advantage, I have about a million laps here, and over ten wins. I’ve won in everything from a Late Model, Mini Stock, to a Street Stock. I’ve run some long Pro Stock races here, and I know you can really abuse your car the whole race, because this track is very forgiving on tires.”

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Town, Rollins Confident Heading to “Mad Dog”

WINCHESTER, NH – As the North East Street Stock Tour travels to Monadnock Speedway (NH), on July 11, two drivers who consider the Winchester, NH facility their “home turf” are looking to pick up their first win in the series.

Charlestown, NH’s Bryan Town had a fast car at the tour’s most recent event, at Speedway 51 (NH), but an on-track racing incident forced the former Claremont Speedway champion to retire from the event early. With Monadnock next on the schedule, one of Town’s home tracks, his confidence level is high.

Town went on to say about Monadnock Speedway “I have an advantage over most guys [at Monadnock]. Besides [Geoff] Rollins, I’ve ran there before, and most have never even seen the track. The track is a little tricky, with completely different turns on each side.”

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Arena Bests North East Street Stock Tour Field at Speedway 51

GROVETON, NH – Joe Arena held off a hard-charging Chris Douton to pick up the win in the North East Street Stock Tour’s second event in the championship series, the Caron Fabrication 51, presented by L & L Riverside Inn, at Speedway 51 (NH).

Steve Kenneway led the field to green at the newly renovated facility in northern New Hampshire, after earning a plus-2 from his qualifying heat. Kenneway led the first three laps, before Geoff Rollins and Jim Boyle made contact on the front stretch, resulting in Boyle slamming hard into the wall, and leaving both with heavy body damage. Both cars would return to the track, as Kenneway had a new dancing partner on the front row in the form of Arena. Arena took command on the restart, and cleared Kenneway on the back stretch. Soon after, Kenneway’s Greener Blast Technologies/ Welch Welding and Truck Equipment Chevrolet would lose power, and Kenneway would retire from the race with transmission issues.

Arena would log laps until the door of Rollins’ Clement Realty/JSK Chevrolet flew off, landing on the nose of Boyle, bringing out the second and final caution of the race. A battle ensued on the restart, with Arena, Douton, Patrick Tanguay, and Bryan Town nose to tail for numerous laps. Town dove to the inside of Tanguay, looking for the third position, but the two made contact, sending Town careening into the infield. Town saved the car from spinning, but a power steering hose broke, retiring the Charlestown, NH native from competition.

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From the Notebook: North East Street Stock Tour at Speedway 51

GROVETON, NH – The North East Street Stock Tour will travel to Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside Speedway) for the Caron Fabrication 51, presented by L & L Riverside Inn, June 13. The second event for the North East Street Stock Tour visits a track that is 51 years old, and is in the first year of new ownership. The following is a closer look at notes and numbers of the new North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) at Speedway 51.

SPEEDWAY 51 NOTES:
Commonly known as “Grovetona”, or “Lil Darlington”, Speedway 51 was built in 1964. This ¼ mile, high-banked raceway has been a vital part of the town of Groveton, NH for 51 years, and often yields exciting, side-by-side racing. Mike and Sally Beattie sold the track to Curtis Robinson in the late 1980’s, and was purchased at a foreclosure auction by veteran racer Joey Laquerre, in October 2014. Laquerre has made extensive upgrades to the facility, and will run the second race of the year when the NESST comes to town. The track’s name is dedicated to Joey Laquerre’s grandson, Joey M. Laquerre, who passed away weeks before the purchase of the track. The younger Laquerre’s racing number was 51.

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New Digs for New Series: North East Street Stock Tour Travels to Speedway 51

GROVETON, NH – The upstart North East Street Stock Tour will head north, June 13, to the new-look Speedway 51 (NH) for the Caron Fabrication 51, presented by L & L Riverside Inn.

Speedway 51, formerly known as Riverside Speedway, is a unique ¼ mile, high-banked track, known for close finishes, and side-by-side action. The facility underwent a major overhaul during the offseason, after being purchased by Joey Laquerre. Laquerre, a long-time runner in the Late Model division at Thunder Road Speedbowl, purchased the race track in October of 2014, weeks after the passing of his grandson and racer, Joey M. Laquerre.

Following the inaugural championship event, the competitors of the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) are chasing Chris “Moose” Douton, who picked up the victory at Seekonk Speedway, fending off Joe Arena in the final laps. Douton has proven to be a force in 2015, already picking up victories at Lee USA Speedway in the NESST exhibition event, as well as seeing Victory Lane at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park during the Icebreaker.

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