Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials announced today that both the Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Models and the North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) have been added to the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend presented by Northfield Savings Bank in 2018. The two series will be part of a special “Milk Bowl Friday” event to be held on Friday, September 28.
It will be the second PASS North visit of the 2018 season to the Barre high banks, joining the Memorial Day Classic event that has been on the PASS calendar since 2015. For NEMST, they will make the trip to Thunder Road for the second time in their history and the first since 2013.
Special Sale Prices for June Event at New Hampshire
Motor Speedway Will Only Last Until Christmas
Are you looking for a last-minute gift for the New England racer in your life? Does your race team need another expense to write off before the end of the year? Are you just looking for a good deal?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you may want to get a jump start on the 2018 racing season by buying discounted tickets and/or pit passes for the second annual New England Short Track Showdown, which will return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June 2018. This event will take place on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th.
Grassroots Event is Set for June 30th-July 1st at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
When the New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was announced back in December, it was designed to be an event for the grassroots asphalt short track racer. The concept of the event is to put those dedicated competitors on the largest racing stage of New England to have a shot at glory.
So now, as a presenting sponsor for the race weekend is unveiled, it is only natural that a company that is dedicated to the needs of the short track racer will enjoy the naming rights to the event.
photo by Rich Hayes
The North East Mini Stock Tour kicked off its ninth season on Sunday at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway. 30 cars entered the pit area for the largest car count in NEMST history at Lee USA. Following an early practice session the drivers would line up for time trial qualifying, something that has never been done before on the NEMST.
Qualifying kept the fans and drivers on edge with Brandon Gray turning a 17.08 lap early and holding the top spot while nearly 20 other competitors ran until he was knocked off by his NEMST veteran team mate and birthday boy Matt Sonnhalter. Sonnhalter ran a 17.04 lap barely beating his rookie team mate. Following time trials Sonnhalter drew the inversion chip of 3 rows which would put the Young Guns Racing teammates in 5th and 6th position and putting Mike Soucy and Glen Thomas on the front row leading the field to green.
The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour made its return to Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside Speedway) in Groveton, NH for the first time in 2 seasons on Saturday August 6th. Twenty-one tour style minis invaded the tight quarter mile for a 51 lap feature event. Early on in practice it was the 88 of Emerson Cayer pacing the field followed closely by Matt Sonnhalter and Nick Maniatis.
In the heat races hometown driver Cody Leblanc tried to hold off a hard charging Jake Rheaume who used the outside lane to take over the lead and win his first NEMST heat race of all time. In the second round of heat Nick Maniatis started on the pole and ran away from the field in the caution free 10 lap event. Rheaume would draw a 6 car invert for the feature line up placing Darren Jacobs and Mike Viens on the front row for the main event.
The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea returned to Claremont Speedway Friday for the first time under the new ownership group and name change from Twin State Speedway. The tricky 1/3 mile layout was a hit for drivers and fans alike bringing in the largest NEMST field of cars this season.
32 mini stocks filled the pit area and lined up for the first of three practice sessions. NEMST regular and rookie of the year leader Shaun Waites had engine trouble in the first practice followed by Billy Osborne in the second session. Jarrod Soucy showed the strongest lap times with Cayer, Sonnhalter, Parker, and Raymond hot on his heels. The field was split into three heats with Emerson Cayer, Mike Parker, and Jarrod Soucy winning their respective heats. Emerson Cayer drew the invert chip of 4 rows for the feature lineup.
Julia Raymond and Cody Leblanc inherited the front row following the invert with previous winner Jarrod Soucy starting 11 th and NEMST point leader Haywood Herriott forced to the rear for not reporting directly to tech following his heat race podium finish.