Nowadays short track racing is full of people with bold ideas for improving existing products in the sport or adding entirely new ventures. Coming up with an idea is one thing, but executing that idea is a difficult and time consuming challenge. But for Northeast Street Stock Tour founder Scott Fanning, his love of affordable and fun short track racing pushed him to take up such a challenge.
Fanning, a former racer and Street Stock competitor, pushed the idea of a Street Stock tour in the Northeast since last Summer while gaining interest from drivers and sponsors along the way. Eventually, Fanning introduced the Tour and released preliminary rules, driver rosters and a nine-race schedule this past February. Two months later at the beginning of April, the Northeast Street Stock Tour teamed up with the recently formed Outside the Box Promotions, headed by Lou Gingerella and Josh Vanada, who would handle series promotion and assist with technical officiating for the Tour.
Before the NESST began its inaugural championship season, Fanning wanted an exhibition race to allow teams and officials to run through the motions of a typical race day and identify any weaknesses before moving forward, while at the same time showing the Tour to fans. On Sunday at the Lee USA Speedway (NH) as a part of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series Bullring Bash, the Street Stocks would get their exhibition.
13 Street Stock teams showed up on Sunday for the Tour’s maiden voyage, a 35-lap non-points race which boasted teams from all around the Northeast.
Geoff Rollins lead the field to the green flag, but was overtaken in just two laps by Waterford, Connecticut driver Chris “Moose” Douton for the race lead. Douton would be the driver to beat on this day, as Rollins would only be able to challenge for the race lead on the race’s two restarts. Douton, who recorded a win in the Limited Sportsman divisions at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) in April, would not be stopped from taking the checkers in the NESST’s inaugural event.
“This feels awesome,” Douton told Speed51.com powered by JEGS, “I’m more happy for the Fanning’s for putting this together, without them we wouldn’t be here. What a way to start off the year with a win during the Icebreaker at Thompson, win the inaugural race here, all with the same car. Lee is an awesome track, I had a ball.”
Douton, who drives the only Ford in a Chevrolet dominated field, looks to continue his momentum at Seekonk Speedway (MA) on May 30 when the NESST will hold its first championship points-counting event.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: North East Street Stock Tour
North East Street Stock Tour Unofficial Results
Pos (Start) Driver Hometown
1. (2) Chris Douton Waterford, CT
2. (1) Geoff Rollins Groton, MA
3. (7) Larry Barnett Moosup, CT
4. (3) Joe Arena Bristol, CT
5. (8) Charlie Beal Ledyard, CT
6. (4) Jim Boyle Waterford, CT
7. (11) Patrick Tanguay Lebanon, ME
8. (12) David Brannon Lisbon, ME
9. (7) Corey Morgan Lewiston, ME
10. (9) Robbie Bodwell Sanford, ME
11. (10) Matt Morrill Moultonborough, NH
12. (13) Bryan Town Charlestown, NH
13. (6) Anthony Belfiore Haverhill, MA