SEEKONK, MA – The drivers of the North East Street Stock Tour will begin the chase to become the inaugural champion, at Seekonk Speedway (MA), May 30.
Bristol, CT’s Joe Arena is prepared for a run at the championship, while adjusting to a new race car. Arena is a former racer at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, but the rules package for the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) is a bit different than what he’s used to driving. Says Arena, “I’m not used to driving the NESST car. There is more horsepower with these cars, and we need to cure our forward bite, which we were lacking at Lee [USA Speedway].”
Arena, who ran at Seekonk Speedway twice in 2014, and the NESST drivers will battle head-to-head against the Seekonk Speedway regulars, including Ryan Lineham. Lineham drives in the Pro Stock division for Rollie Lindblad, but cut his teeth in the Street Stock division. Lineham states, “My career started in Street Stocks, and my passion for this division will never end. It has long been said by racers from New England, that Seekonk Speedway is the toughest track to drive, and toughest track to get a good car setup, so I would think Seekonk being my home track may be a slight edge for our team in this race. With that being said, this field of drivers in this tour are among the most talented of any tour in all of New England, so I hardly think I am a favorite, even with my Pro Stock experience.”