By Mike Twist; tachneedle.com
Several marquee names in short track racing have filed official entries or committed to racing in the inaugural New England Short Track Showdown presented by ARBodies. The event is scheduled for June 30th-July 1st and some of the top names in Northeastern racing are making their plans to head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway to compete in it.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series has attracted one of the biggest winners in NHMS history, Ted Christopher, to the event. Christopher has won races at the Magic Mile in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division and on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. He also has competed in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series at the track.
Former VMRS champion Woody Pitkat and multi-time PASS Modified champion Andy Shaw have also entered the race. Standout Modified team owner Kevin Stuart has entered his #85 Modified into the show with a driver to be announced. A pair of drivers from outside New England will race at NHMS as well. Zane Zeiner is coming from Pennsylvania while Louisiana native and current North Carolina resident Bryan Dauzat plans to compete in the Showdown.
On the Granite State Pro Stock Series side of the race event, several notable Super Late Model drivers will join up with the GSPSS regulars to fill out the entry list. The most notable ones are young gun Derek Griffith, former PASS North and PASS National champion Ben Rowe and another of the winningest drivers in NHMS history, Eddie MacDonald. Like Ted Christopher, Eddie MacDonald has also competed in the NACSAR Monster Energy Cup Series at NHMS.
More names are expected to be added to the entry list in coming weeks. Only confirmed, and not just probable, entries are being announced for this event at this time.
The New England Short Track Showdown presented by ARBodies is made up of four races that will feature the cornerstone types of cars in New England asphalt short track racing. Tour-type Modifieds will run with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Pro Stocks/Super Late Models will run with the Granite State Pro Stock Tour, Street Stocks will run with the Street Stock Showdown Series and Mini Stocks will run with the North East Mini Stock Tour.
The event will be a fun one for experience race fans and newcomers to the sport alike.
June 30, 2017 will kick off an all day practice for the 4 racing divisions in a rotating format while Saturday July 1, 2017 will see a single round of practice for the divisions followed by pre-race ceremonies at 12:30 PM and heat racing events starting at 1:00 PM sharp. Heats and consolation races will be run as needed and then features will kick off around 3:00 PM (est).
Discounted tickets are now available for purchase through MyRacePass.com. Various options are available for the race. Team members and fans can purchase an all-access pit pass that is good for both Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 1st for $60 online or $75 at the track.
Grandstand Admission is for Saturday only and has been set at a pre-purchase price equal to many local track options on a Saturday night. Grandstand admission is $15 online or $20 at the track. Children’s tickets are $10 online or $12 at the track. Military members and senior citizens can purchase tickets for $12 online or $18 at the track. A special family package for two adults and two children is available for $50 and will be priced the same online or at the track.
On the day of the race, there will be two will call windows operating to ensure a speedy process of claiming pre-purchased tickets.
For more information on the New England Short Track Showdown presented by ARBodies, please visit NorthEastMiniStockTour.com.