Another legendary event for the 2014 season of the North East Mini Stock Tour was held Saturday August 23 for the only Maine event of the Pine Tree State based series. With help from Tire King and Belly Busters Concessions the NEMST was able to increase the purse for the top 5 finishers of the event and offer a $750 to win payday!

Under cloudy skies twenty-seven tour style mini stocks entered the pit area to begin pre-inspection and registration for the nights 50 lap Main Event. The cars were split into 3 heats races and set off for their qualifying races shortly after 6:00 PM. Shawn Kimball, Justin Trombley, and Toby Wells all took home their respective heat race wins. By fortune of winning the first heat race Justin Trombley got to draw the invert for the starting lineup. Justin selected the chip marked for a 7 row invert.

 The Baxter brothers from Pascoag, RI would start on the front row after the invert with 2014 feature winners Justin Larsen, Toby Wells, and Emerson Cayer starting in the 11th 12th and 13th positions by NEMST rules. On lap 2 Zach Audet blasted his Acura to the lead with George Fortin following in his tracks. On lap 6 Fortin experienced trouble out of turn 4 and hit the tire wall bringing out the second caution of the event.

 Over the next 10 circuits 3 single car spins brought out cautions for vehicles unable to refire sitting on the infield. During the short green flag runs Toby Wells made slow forward progress picking off single positions at a time lurking into the top 5. Cayer and Larsen visited the pits during cautions to fix handling and mechanical issues.

 The field would settle down and run to the 30 lap mark before slowing again for the car of Mike Mason that had spun off turn 3 after contact and hit the trees with the passenger side. Mike was ok however the car was unable to continue. The final 20 laps would go green with Wells stalking Audet. Audet had begun to lose the handle on his car and Wells made a move to the inside off of turn 2 and completed the pass entering turn 3 on lap 42. Audet would fall to fourth behind Trombley and Tim Collins on lap 46. The 2nd and 3rd place cars began to chase down Wells and close the gap to just 2 car lengths in the final laps.

 Wells crossed the line first just .49 seconds ahead of second place Justin Trombley. Tim Collins, Zach Audet, and Shawn Kimball would round out the top 5. Audet cause for losing the handle was a left rear tire that began to go flat around the halfway point of the event.

 The next event for the NEMST will be at Devils Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT. The Devils Bowl event will crown the champion for the Northern Triple Crown series led by 2 time NEMST Champion Emerson Cayer. For additional event information please visit www.northeastministocktour.com or Like Us on Facebook!

 

For the second year in a row the NEMST will feature an increased payout to highlight its homecoming and only state of Maine appearance for the 2014 season. Wiscasset Speedway in Wiscasset, Maine will host the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea for the second year straight under new owners Richard and Vanessa Jordan.

 Tire King of Skowhegan and Belly Busters Concessions from Mechanic Falls have stepped up and provided the increased payout for the traveling mini stock series. Coming into the event the season points standings have just 12 points separating Sophomore Toby Wells and 2-time Champion Emerson Cayer. Last season the NEMST event at Wiscasset had the highest car count for any event during the season with 35 cars attempting to qualify.

 The payout for the event will feature increases for the top 5 positions.

1. $750

2. $500

3. $400

4. $300

5. $200

 Toby Wells brought down the win last season at Wiscasset kicking off a run where he would win 3 in a row. Wells has been winless since June 22 at Legion Speedway after winning 4 in a row early on this season. Justin Larsen (1) and Emerson Cayer (2) have also won features this season.  Come on down to Wiscasset this weekend to see if Wells can make it back to victory lane or if a new face will be holding the checkers!

 

History was made multiple times in central New Hampshire Sunday for the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea.  The largest starting field ever for the young series assembled in the infield of New Hampshire Motor Speedway over the course of the weekend. As cars arrived they went through a vigorous safety inspection to make sure the cars were prepared for the up to 130 MPH speeds they were going to run.

Sunday morning the cars rolled from pit road and began to pace around the one mile NASCAR oval housed within the NHMS facility. After 3-4 pace laps the cars were allowed to turn up the speed and start laying down fast laps. During the 30 minute practice session multiple cars pit to make adjustments and go back out to try again. The cars were running an average speed of 110 MPH around the 12* banked track.

 As noon rolled around so did the 45 European Style Qualifying Session which would have a live pit road and a maximum of 20 cars on the track at one time. Cars made longer runs early on to check and see if fuel would be an issue during the 25 lap scheduled feature later on. Justin Larsen set a fast time early of 36.238 seconds which held on until about 3 minutes remaining in the session. Multiple cars including Toby Wells came in the pits and bolted on fresh tires as well as taping up the nose of the cars for maximum downforce. Wells was able to snipe Larsen’s time with a 36.177.

 The field was set and rolled onto the track at 5:15 PM for a 36 car 25 lap Main Event of the day. Justin Larsen and Nick Maniatis would lead the field down to the green flag starting the legendary event. Maniatis would break to the early lead but Larsen was able to fight back with 2 laps and take back over the top spot. A caution on lap 3 for the stalled car of Jake Rheaume of the backstretch reset the field for another attempt at a two by two start.

 On the restart Maniatis and Larsen once again raced side by side for 2 laps until Larsen got the jump and tried to run away. Over the next 10 laps Wells would be on a mission picking off cars one by one on his way towards the front. Larsen would build a 20 car length lead over Maniatis. Wells took over the number 2 spot with 11 circuits remaining and began to chase down Larsen. It was noticeable Wells was lacking horsepower on the straights and had to keep his momentum through the corners approaching lapped traffic.

 With 4 laps remaining Wells caught Larsen and they both began negotiating traffic. Larsen slid his line slightly in front of Wells to hold off the 4-time 2014 winner and point leader. Larsen used a lapped car for a pick once and fought off a charge from Wells once high and once low. Coming out of turn 4 on the final lap Larsen edged Wells by .307 seconds to take down his first NEMST victory. Nick Maniatis, Justin King, and Emerson Cayer rounded out the top 5 for the Inaugural Magic Mile event.

A very emotional victory lane showed Larsen joined with family, friends, and fellow competitors to celebrate his victory on the largest oval racing facility in New England. Please join the NEMST for their next event at Wiscasset Speedway on August 23rd. The Wiscasset event is the NEMST Homecoming and the only stop in the Pine Tree State for the 2014 series. A $750 to win and $3500 overall payout will be sure to attract cars from all over New England to Maine’s Fastest Oval! Check out www.northeastministocktour.com for additional information or Like the Facebook page for the most up to the minute updates!

 NHMS Bonus Awards:

Thirty Racewear Fastest Qualifier: Toby Wells (36.177s)

RH2Way Longest Traveler: Gene Purvis (353mi)

ARBodies Best Appearing Car: 2ME Rob Greenleaf

Speedway Motors Worst Appearing Car: 10CT Mitch Bombard

Mike Harnish Most Positions Gained: 2X Butch Keene

Stan Mertz Highest Non-tour Car: 9 George Fortin

Stan Mertz Dedication Awards: Erica Page, Beth Adams, Bruce Knowles, Jake Rheaume

Sunoco Race Fuels Winners Circle: Justin Larsen

 

Twisted Tea Brew of the Race: Desmond Skillings

 

Sunday August 3rd will set records for the young North East Mini Stock Tour. The highly publicized event will highlight a blockbuster year for the ever growing series on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1 mile NASCAR oval. This event will produce the highest car count to date for the series in its 6th season and also be held on the largest oval track in New England.

 “Being offered the opportunity to race on the oval at NHMS is legendary. It shows that hard work does pay off and fulfills the dreams of many NEMST competitors. I owe a ton of thanks to everyone from the staff at NHMS to all of the drivers, teams, and fans.” Said NEMST Founder and Promoter Bob Guptill.

 The Prizes:

 Thirty Racewear Fast Qualifier Award: $100 Gift Certificate to be used on any Thirty Racewear purchase

ARBodies Best Appearing Car Award: $100 Gift Certificate towards any ARBodies purchase

RH2Way Longest Traveler Award: $100 Gift Certificate to the driver traveling the longest distance.

NEMST Bounty on Toby Wells: $100 CASH to the driver that beats Toby Wells. Wells must finish race.     *No contact, wrecks, or mechanical failure will constitute bounty payout.

 

Race Purse:

Provided by Texas Roadhouse, Twisted Tea, Weidner Services, Froling Energy, Wells Family Syrup

Over $4000 total purse! $500 TO WIN!!!!

Main Event                                         B-Main Event

1. $500                                                  1. $200

2. $410                                                  2. $100

3. $305                                                  3. $50

4. $265

5. $215

6. $175

7. $165

8. $155

9. $145

10. $135

11-15. $70

16-20. $65

21-30. $60

31-36. $40

 

The Drivers:

After mechanical issues at the last event point leader Toby Wells will be hungry to recuperate the nearly 60 points he lost. Emerson Cayer, 2nd in points and the all time win leader on the NEMST. Rookies Nick Anderson and Justin Larsen have been battling in the top 3 all season, can the largest track ever bring them atop the podium for their first NEMST win? Joe Baxter has proven himself this season after repeated top finishes and sitting 5th in overall season points. These five drivers along with 60-70 more will battle for the top spot and title ‘King of the Mile’. Be sure to come to Loudon, NH to watch Northeast racing history made as the mini stocks tackle the 1 mile oval! 

 

Schedule of Events: NHMS Oval

On July 29, 2014,

 

Saturday: NEMST trailer parking, registration, and inspection will open at 12:00 Noon


Sunday August 3, 2014 – Oval Days
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Oval Days Registration Open
8:00 am – 08:30 am Oval Days Drivers Meeting Media Center
8:00 am – 08:30 am Northeast Mini Stock Tour Drivers Meeting Tech Pad
08:30 am – 9:00 am  Northeast Mini Stock Tour Practice
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oval Days Track Time 15 minute sessions
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Northeast Mini Stock Tour European Style Qualifying
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:15  pm Presentation of Bahre Cup Sunoco Victory Lane
1:15 pm -5: 30 pm Oval Days Track Time 20 minute sessions
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 pm Northeast Mini Stock Tour B Feature 12 laps or 30 minutes
6:15 pm – 7:30 pm Northeast Mini Stock Tour Main Event 25 Laps
 

PLEASE!!!

Be sure to sign in at the North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) designated window when entering the facility on Saturday or Sunday. Signing in is the only way the NEMST can receive credit for you being there to the oval event. 

Upon entering the track please be parked by an NEMST official to make sure all vehicles are in correct place.

 

All NEMST Patrons MUST sign in at the NEMST designated window at the front gate. This window is clearly marked and this will ensure we get credit for the teams participating. Please be sure to inform anyone coming to the event to sign in following this same procedure.

 Saturday 8/2

            12:00 Trailer parking/ Inspection Opens

                        Tire/Fuel sales will also be Open all day

            6:00   Inspection Closes for the day

 Sunday 8/3

            7:00 Gates open

            7:15 Inspection and Tire/Fuel Sales Open

            9:00 20 Minute opening practice session

            12:00 30 Minute FINAL practice/qualifying session

            1:00 Feature Line-up will be posted

            5:15 B- Feature (12 laps) will roll out (minimum of 60 cars needed)

                     Main event (25 laps) will roll out following B- Feature

 Qualifying Procedures

            Starting line-up will be set by transponder times recorded in 12:00 practice session.

            All cars are required to run AMB transponders. Transponders will be available to rent from NHMS and NEMST.

 The top 34 fastest times will be guaranteed a start in the main event. 2 NEMST Points provisional’s will be used to finalize the 36 car starting grid.

 If there are more than 60 cars total attempting to qualify the remainder (up to 36 cars) will start a 12 lap b-Feature to allow everyone track time.

 Inspection

            ALL CARS will need to pass a full safety inspection before going on the track for any practice session. If you feel there will not be enough time Sunday morning PLEASE come on Saturday to get the car inspected and ready to go.

 Inspection checklists can be found and printed by following this link:  NHMS SAFETY CHECKLIST

 Registration

            Teams may register the day of the event. Registration is $40 for a single event or $175 for the full season.

 Products Available:

            Hoosier 23x7x13 800 $110

            Hoosier 23x7x14 790 $110

            Sunoco Standard (110) $10.50/gal

            Limited Edition NEMST/NHMS Shirts $18 or 2 for $30

            Standard 2014 NEMST Shirts $18 or 2 for $30

            Transponder Rental $30

            NEMST Registration $40 for single event

 Payout

            Payouts will be done in cash the night of the event.

Main Event

1.      $500

2.      $410

3.      $305

4.      $265

5.      $215

6.      $175

7.      $165

8.      $155

9.      $145

10.  $135

11-15. $70                 

16-20. $65

21-30. $60

31-36. $40

 B-Feature

1.      $200

2.      $100

 

3.      $50

 

We will have 2 styles of shirts available for the NHMS event August 3rd. These shirts have been designed by our great sponsor Thirty Racewear and are being processed now!

The black shirt will be available full time however the gray shirt for NHMS is only available for this run. No more will be made when they're gone, they're gone!! Pricing is $18 each or 2 for $30. Mix and Match is available.

You can pre-order your shirts for 8/3/14 pick up or shipping by calling 207-577-2681!

 

 

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.

 

Wells quickly moved through the field chasing his drive for 5 in a row and was able to make a bid for the lead on lap 12. Maniatis, Trombley, and Larsen were slicing and dicing behind Wells as the leaders freight train approached lap traffic. Contact between Trombley and a lapped car put the event under caution on lap 38 while collecting Maniatis and ending his night as well. Trombley returned to the track as the leader Toby Wells slowed in turn 3 without the engine running. Wells was pushed off the track and Cayer, Larsen and Helliwell were left to battle it out.

 

Cayer broke out to the early lead as Larsen had a broken transmission. Larsen began the chase for the top spot and stalked Cayer around the quarter-mile track. Larsen caught Cayer with 5 to go and got underneath him on the back stretch of lap 48. Larsen dove hard into turn 3 and pushed high allowing Cayer to slam into a crossover move to get the white flag. Larsen drove deep into turn 1 once again clashing tires with Cayer but was unable to hold on to the top spot as Cayer took home the victory, his second of the season.

 

Larsen, Helliwell, Anderson, and Viens rounded out the top 5. Cayer would close the points from 63 points behind entering the event to a mere 6 points. Anderson and Larsen also closed closer together only 12 points apart in a tight battle for Rookie of the Year honors.

 

 

The next NEMST event is the largest in the history of the tour and will be held on the 1 Mile NASCAR Oval in Loudon, NH August 3rd. The event will have a unique prestige for the production style 4 cylinders to run on the same track as NASCAR cars and is expected to bring over 60 cars to qualify. Cars from as far as Virginia, Ohio, and Alabama have called to express their interest in running the event. For more information please check out www.northeastministocktour.com or give us a Like on Facebook!

 

NHMS Safety Checklist

On July 15, 2014,

For teams wondering about the specific safety inspections prior to the NHMS event here is the checklist NEMST officials will be using.

NHMS Safety Checklist

 
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