Friday’s Race is the Richest of the Year for the North East Mini Stock Tour
This Friday night, New England’s richest four-cylinder sport compact stock car race will take place with the running of the Four Cylinder Nationals at Claremont Speedway (NH). It will be the second annual edition of this event, but a first-time race winner is guaranteed.
2017 Four Cylinder Nationals winner Glen Thomas took home over $3,000 for his victory in the North East Mini Stock Tour-sanctioned event. This year though he has focused more attention on a growing young family and cut back his racing schedule. Thomas and his #53 Nissan team are not expected to compete at Claremont on Friday night.
While Thomas, a popular Southern New England racer, will be personally missed by his fellow competitors, his presence on the racetrack will not. In last season’s race, Thomas rocketed through the pack with nearly unstoppable force to take the lead late and win the event. This year, an entry list estimated to be at least 35-40 strong will battle to take over Thomas’ place in victory lane.
Who would be the favorite? Well, that’s not an easy question to answer.
Some may say that Emerson Cayer, a four-time race winner in 2018 and the defending NEMST champion, holds the upper hand. After all, Cayer won the NEMST race at Claremont just over one week ago. But even with multiple victories this year, the road has not been a cakewalk for Cayer. He trails Cody LeBlanc in the point standings by 15 markers. LeBlanc has been incredibly consistent throughout the season and with a gaggle of podium finishes to his credit, a victory is likely right around the corner for him. That victory could very well come on Friday night for LeBlanc.
Also strong will be limited schedule competitor Nick Maniatis and his #63 team. Maniatis has won NEMST races throughout New England on both ovals and road courses. He has already won the NEMST portion of June’s New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as well as a feature race earlier this year at Star Speedway (NH), this success has come despite the fact that he has taken much of the summer off from the Tour.
Nick Anderson of Oxford, Massachusetts is a former NEMST feature winner at Claremont. Julia Raymond is a constant fixture near the front of the pack there each time that the NEMST visits the track. Devin Guy is a rising star teen driver who runs strong at Claremont and is hungry for his first NEMST victory. Kodi Sabins has won in weekly competition at Claremont this year and sits near the top of the NEMST standings. Sabins crashed hard in the most recent race there and wants to put that memory behind him with a victory.
Several other drivers, including Mike Viens, Matt Kimball, Justin Faford, Desmond Skillings and Matt Boucher have been progressing towards their first career NEMST victories all season. What better place than the Four Cylinder Nationals would there be to celebrate that first victory?
Jarod Soucy is another driver running a limited schedule who is expected at the Four Cylinder Nationals. He is a multi-time NEMST feature winner who has encountered plenty of bad luck at Claremont. If he can turn that around, he could be a dominant force in Friday’s race.
The Four Cylinder Nationals, featuring the North East Mini Stock Tour is scheduled for 7pm on Sunday, September 14th at Claremont Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire.
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