Sept. 15 event will pay big to winner, qualifiers and lap leaders
By Mike Twist
Nearly 50 entries from eight states are expected to attend the first annual Four Cylinder Nationals to be held at Claremont Speedway (NH) on Friday, Sept. 15. The race, which is sanctioned by the North East Mini Stock Tour, boasts a payday of $1,500 to the winner and at least $150 just to start the A-Main. An additional $20 per lap is available as a leader bonus. This event is bound to bring the best four-cylinder cars and drivers from every corner of New England and beyond to try and take home the biggest payday in recent history.
"Claremont has been great to work with and the new owners have put a lot into such a great facility," said NEMST promoter Bob Guptill. "By having this size of show at a local grassroots track it opens up the drivers from many different tracks and divisions all over to have a great run in the region's largest 4-cylinder race. Claremont is a track that doesn't require large engines or broad RPM ranges. It doesn't have long straights or high banked corners. It has a tight and awkward shape with multiple grooves for competition. The track is excellent for side by side racing as NEMST veterans stack up against local hotshoes, NEMST rookies, and track champions from a multitude of areas."
This year has been one of the most competitive seasons in the nine-year NEMST history with five different drivers in five different brands of cars winning the first five events. The points lead has been swapped three times in the past two races and with only two events to go in the 2017 season, the championship is far from being decided. As we head into fall and the temperatures begin to dip across New England, the NEMST action will only be heating up.
So far, the entry list for nationals encompasses a dozen makes and models with the driver resume just as diverse. NEMST point leader Emerson Cayer will be looking for his first win since 2014 as he has had his fair share of podium finishes this season. Local hot shoe Zach Lyn will be making his first career NEMST appearance. Monadnock Sportsman Modified competitor Matthew Kimball will be running is third NEMST race of the season. Billy Osborne and Nick Maniatis will also make their return along with NEMST regulars, Cody LeBlanc, Jake Rheaume, Nick Anderson, Matt Sonnhalter, Dana Shepard, Desmond Skillings, and many more.
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By Bart Bachman
TILTON — The Berlin girls’ field hockey team got a bit of revenge with a 3-1 win over Winnisquam Regional High School in the Mountaineers’ season opener Aug. 30.
Winnisquam eliminated Berlin from the playoffs last year.
In the 2017 opener, Jess Vien scored two goals and Molly Sloane scored one for Berlin, while goalie Kate Host stopped nine shots on goal by Winnisquam.
“When we got the momentum offensively, we moved the ball very quickly,” said Berlin Head Coach Nicole Arguin. “We struggled with the transition from offense to defense, and we have some positional strategies we need to tweak and improve on. Winnisquam is very strong offensively and has some girls who can move the ball well and fast. Our defense had to work very hard to contain them to the outside of the field.”
Berlin scored its first goal with just 45 seconds left in the first half.
“The ball came out of the circle,” Arguin said. “Makenna Balderrama hit the ball back into the circle. Emily Coulombe lifted the ball to Jess Vien, who was at the right post.”
Winnisquam scored first in the second half to tie the game at 1-1. But Berlin broke the tie and took the lead for good with 13:48 left.
Vien passed the ball to Molly Sloane, who hit it into the net.
At 9:48, Vien scored her second goal of the game off a scramble in front of the net.
Berlin’s first home game of the season is Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. against Littleton.
The Mountaineers had a 9-5-1 record last year, and 12 players are returning this year.
BERLIN — The Monday night in-house dart league is looking for players/teams.
Game play begins at 7:30 p.m. starting in September at the Eagles Club in Berlin. You do not need to be a member, although a member will need to sign you in. Great fun night out, 50/50 raffle each night.
Cost is $40 per player for the season. There is an annual end of season banquet, which consists of cash prizes for the season. If interested, you must show up at the first informational meeting this Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Club.