North East Mini Stock Tour Heads Into New England Short Track Showdown on a Roll
Three Different Winners in Four Events Starts Out the 2018 Season
The smallest racecars that will make up the second annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway are riding a king-sized wave of momentum into this coming weekend’s event. So far in 2018, the North East Mini Stock Tour is seeing a season where there have been three different winners in the first four events and a total of 41 competitors who have entered a race this season.
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.
Saturday June 18 marked the first leg of the Temp Setters Mechanical Contractors Triple Crown which will also run at Speedway 51 on August 6th
and back at Oxford Plains on August 28
for the HP Hood 250 weekend. The Texas Roadhouse mini stocks flocked through the gates at oxford alongside the Valenti Modified Racing Series and PASS Modifieds for a night of adrenaline filled racing action. Many new and part time competitors joined the NEMST presented by Twisted Tea for the 2nd
Maine event of the 2016 racing season.
Two fields of 10 cars each rolled out to their heats with multi time heat race winner Haywood Herriott leading the way in his respective heat and Matt Sonnhalter holding on over a hard charging Emerson Cayer to win the second heat race. Haywood would draw an invert of 1 row placing the fast cars at the front while leaving himself in the 11th starting position according to series rules regarding current season feature winners.