The New England Truck Series returns to action Saturday night at the historic Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. NETS has been the fastest growing racing series in the northeast, with car counts averaging nearly double 2013’s numbers. With the increase in trucks has come an increase in competition – five winners in five race events so far this season. Twenty-four different competitors have taken the green in those five races, with 18 of them scoring a least one top 10 so far in 2014.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is who hasn’t visited victory lane so far in 2014. Defending series champion Duane Noll leads the points standings by 3 over Andy Lindeman, but has yet to take a checkered flag home. Former champion Chris Correll came close in the last event at Waterford, but finished second to another former champion, Allen Coates. Bert Ouellette, Mike Parker, and rookie Tyler Chapman have also looked strong this season but have yet to put notches in the win column.
The recent success of the series has come as no surprise to series director Lorraine Pard.
“It was a matter of listening to our drivers, and making some tough choices as far as our rulebook. But the competitors have responded well, and we have drivers choosing to run this series instead of running a modified. We have people calling looking for information on new chassis. The racing, the competition speaks for itself. This is a division people want to be involved in. I hope we don’t have a repeat winner all season long, it means we’re doing our job and keeping the playing field level for everyone.”
-New England Truck Series Press Release. Photo Credit: New England Truck Series Photo