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New England Racing Fuel Partners with North East Street Stock Tour

sunoco_race_fuels_logoSTONINGTON, CT – Officials from the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST), a stock cars series racing later model Chevrolet, Buick, and Ford production cars, is proud to announce a partnership with New England Racing Fuel.  The Connecticut-based fuel company will provide two special awards of Sunoco race fuel to be awarded at the Tour’s year-end banquet.

The driver who advances the most positions over the course of the ten-event championship points season is the Hard Charger.  This year, that driver will not only be awarded with a custom trophy, but New England Racing Fuel will provide that driver with 25-gallons of Sunoco race fuel.

The New England Racing Fuel Rookie of the Year is the first year driver who demonstrates the most skill and ability throughout the season, by virtue of their consistent up-front finishes. In addition, this driver must embody the heart of Street Stock racing, and earn the respect of all those in the NESST pit area. The award recipient will receive a New England Racing Fuel jacket and 50 gallons of Sunoco race fuel.  For more information about New England Racing Fuel, visit www.neracingfuel.com.

“John and Mike from New England Racing Fuel are huge supporters of short track racing in the northeast. They provide an outstanding product, and always have best interest of the teams in mind. We are proud to have them as part of our NESST contingency program in 2016,” Josh Vanada, Executive Vice President for NESST’s managing company, OTB Promotions, Inc., remarked.

New England Racing Fuel joins North East Race Cars & Parts and Dur-A-Flex Race Car Bodies in the NESST contingency program.  North East Race Cars & Parts provides a $100 product certificate to a driver randomly selected at the end of the event.  Dur-A-Flex Race Car Bodies provides a $100 product certificate to the leader at the race’s halfway point.

The North East Street Stock Tour will kick off their 2016 championship season with the 42nd running of the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday, April 9. For all the most up-to-date information on NESST, please visit www.nestreetstocktour.com, or be social with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The American Muscle Experience Comes to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

(THOMPSON, CT) – A brand new muscle car driving experience is coming to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this spring. The American Muscle Experience gives car enthusiasts the opportunity to get behind the wheel of either a 2015 Corvette Z06 or a Camaro 454 SS, while getting professional driving coaching from a personal instructor. Both cars will be sure to thrill with over 600 horsepower available at the squeeze of the throttle pedal.

The Autocross experience offers a taste of performance driving on a closed course with cones. This course maximizes safety while still offering the thrill of being able to open up these powerful machines.

The next step up is the Road Course Experience. The 1.7-mile road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park offers the perfect mix of straightaways and turns to feel the impressive acceleration and handling of these cars. The 3000’ front straight will give drivers plenty of space to get up to speed, while the hairpin and other turns will show the amazing braking and cornering capabilities of these powerful machines.

The American Muscle Experience also offers a ride-a-long package with a professionally trained driver, for those that don’t want to get behind the wheel but still want to experience the thrill of being on track.

The American Muscle Experience will be at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on May 20-21, May 27-28 and August 27. For a complete list of dates and locations, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com/american-muscle-experience or call 888-314-6965.

Veterans Return to Thompson Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman Division

Not much has changed in the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and for anyone who follows the division closely, that’s a good thing. Last season, two of the all-time best in class Scott Sundeen and Larry Barnett battled for the championship right down to the final event. Sundeen came out the victor earning his 3rd title in 4 seasons.

When you listen to the drivers tell it, each will say that the competition in the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division is at an all-time high. Any mistake throughout the 10 race season puts any team quickly behind, but that’s why they all keep coming back. For these drivers the fierce competition motivates them to success.

Many point to Corey Hutchings as the one to beat who has been dominant the last two years winning 8 times, which is half of the 16 races contested. For Hutchings, the key for him is getting out of the upcoming Icebreaker weekend unscathed. In the last two Icebreakers, a wreck and a flat tire ruined what could have been solid finishes in the season opener, forcing the team to play catch-up all season.

“The Icebreaker has been my Achilles heel,” reflected Hutchens. “This year with having an expanded 10-race schedule you can maybe overcome a bad finish, but with a 7 race schedule it is difficult to overcome.”

The Archillies heel for four-time champion Larry Barnett has been keeping his equipment under him all season. Unfortunately for him, bad luck has already struck last year’s championship runner-up. During the open test held Easter weekend, Barnett’s engine expired forcing him to send it back to the engine builder just 11 days before the season begins.

Barnett openly says that he wasn’t prepared going into 2015. He waited to the last minute to get his car ready and said, “I just didn’t work hard enough to beat these guys last season.” That has changed in 2016.

“I had the most fun last year that I’ve had in a long time racing,” said Barnett who came up a mere 8 points or 4 on track positions from winning the title. “We’ve worked a lot harder this offseason because not winning a race and coming close to the championship proved to light a fire under me.”

For Sundeen, he expected to retire his championship winning car from a year ago and run it on the Northeast Street Stock Tour. However, his new Thompson ride isn’t finished yet making the 36 team a mystery heading into the season. Nobody, including Sundeen himself, knows what to expect or which car in his stable he will be driving.

Enter some of the other players who could make an impact on the division. Frank L’Etoile Jr. returns for his second season after registering two third place efforts in 2015.

“I feel more comfortable in the car, more conformable around each driver as I’ve learn their tendencies,” said L’Etoile defending Stafford Speedway Dare Stock Champion. “It makes it a little easier this year because I have more confidence.”

Another driver beaming with confidence is Josh Wood. He just needs a good dose of consistency. Last season, Wood earned a season best runner-up finish at the Sunoco World Series totaling 4 top-5s and 1 top-10 on the year. His other finishes were all 15th or worse.

“Last year was a learning experience and I am very comfortable in the car,” said Wood. “I think I need to be aggressive, but not too aggressive. Drive smart and not get myself into dumb situations and I know can pretty competitive.”

Jesse Gleason won in July last season and is in the process of starting a new business. 2016 will be his last for the foreseeable future as he transitions into a new phase of his career. Gleason has two goals with the first being a track championship and the other seeing his brother Brent Gleason get to victory lane for the first time. Brent is still seeking his first Thompson victory with a runner-up finish being his best effort to date.

The Icebreaker kicks off the season on the weekend of April 9-10. An additional practice day is scheduled for Friday, April 8. For more information on Thompson Speedway news and events, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.