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Air Titan 2.0 Unveiled at Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Debuts Latest Version Of Cutting-Edge Track-Drying Technology

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 28, 2014) – NASCAR introduced an evolution in innovation today – the results of which will continue to elevate a fan’s race-viewing experience to an even greater level.

The Toyota-hauled next generation of Air Titan, the cutting-edge track-drying technology, made its race weekend debut at Martinsville Speedway today. Air Titan 2.0 is a more compact, more nimble and more environmentally friendly version of its innovative predecessor – one that since its introduction in February 2013 has rescued multiple races, including this year’s Daytona 500.

Air Titan 2.0 signals a major step forward in NASCAR’s innovation cycle. It replaces the bulky support vehicles required by Air Titan 1.0 with a single, self-contained unit that’s perched on the bed of a Toyota Tundra. By addressing the size of the power source, NASCAR now has the ability to deploy up to 21 units in Toyota Tundras at larger venues and operate more efficiently on smaller tracks.

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NHMS Working on Night Race for 2015

Since joining Twitter in late February, Jerry Gappens has received multiple inquiries about a night race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Executive Vice President & General Manager of NHMS tweeted today that he is working with NASCAR and broadcaster partner NBC about a night race at the 1.058 mile oval. He elaborated in an earlier post that he would seek approval from the town of Loudon, once he received approval from both parties.

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Golden Opportunity: Kneeland Guides NASCAR Rookie Larson

Larson Shines in California; Kneeland ‘Glad to be part of it’

Derek Kneeland of Windham, ME had the best view for Kyle Larson’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on Saturday afternoon. Kneeland works as the spotter for the Elk Grove, CA driver at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Turner Scott Motorsports. Larson’s #42 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet won the TreatMyClot.com 300 by .342 second over Sprint Cup regulars Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, who led an event high 96 laps. Pole sitter Elliott Sadler rounded out the top-five.

Larson has made all of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide starts with Turner Scott Motorsports. Larson was named the Sunoco Rookie of the Year last season with four second place finishes in Nationwide. Larson’s current streak of six consecutive top 10s is two shy of his career best.

Although now a Mooresville, NC resident, Kneeland was overwhelmed by supporters from his first Nationwide victory through 49 text messages and Facebook.

“That’s when you really get to see the support from all the people back home and that’s just great,” Kneeland said. “I’m just trying to do my thing and I’m just another guy who is one of the 43 up there that gets to do what they love to do. It just means a lot when you have all those people that not only look up to you but are really proud of the accomplishments that you’ve made. … It just feels so good. I’m still just smiling ear to ear to get this win. I’m just really fortunate.”

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NASCAR Makes Modifications to National Series Qualifying

Enhancements Made to Help Make an Exciting Format even Better

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR notified its teams this afternoon that effective immediately the following modifications apply to all elements of its national series qualifying including the breaks:

• One cool down unit connected through either the left side or right side hood flap/cowl flap is allowed to cool the engine

• The hood must continue to remain closed

• Plugging in the generator will not be allowed

• Two crew members will be allowed over the wall to support the car and driver

• No cool down laps will be permitted

NASCAR instituted a new group qualifying format for its three national series in January and has continued to evaluate the process through the first three races of the season. The new format has been well-received by fans, competitors, race tracks and other key stakeholders. NASCAR believes that the modifications announced today should help make the qualifying even better and more compelling.

“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”

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Stefanik Joins Cook, Phillips as Finalists

9-Time Modified Champ Named To 2015 NASCAR Hall List

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Following the first in-person meeting among the NASCAR Hall of Fame nominating committee in the hall’s history, NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame’s sixth induction class, as well as the five nominees for the inaugural Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

Mike Stefanik, one of two drivers in NASCAR history to earn nine championships, made the cut in his first year of eligibility. The Coventry, R.I., driver won seven championships in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and two in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He won the 1997 and 1998 NASCAR championships in the Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro East (then the Busch North Tour), while running both series simultaneously.

He is joined on the list by six-time NASCAR Modified national champion Jerry Cook and five-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Larry Phillips, as well as trail blazer and 1959 NASCAR Virginia Sportsman champion Wendell Scott.
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NASCAR Diversity Awards Celebrate Inclusion

Sport Racing Toward More Diverse Future

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR’s Seventh Annual Diversity Awards Luncheon on Friday celebrated the present while clearly sending an emphatic message regarding the future of the sport.

The overall face of NASCAR is evolving daily, resulting from the ever-growing number of individual, diverse faces that are driving a multi-cultural awareness throughout the NASCAR industry. NASCAR’s commitment to diversity efforts is producing tangible results, on and off the race track. Some of the people involved in those results were honored Friday at Daytona International Speedway.

“Inclusion and diversity … we’re trying to make that synonymous with NASCAR racing,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton, at the outset of the event.

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Austin Dillon Puts No. 3 on Coors Light Pole for the Daytona 500

Driving Iconic No. 3, Dillon To Lead Field To Green In ‘The Great American Race’

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Austin Dillon, driving the historic No. 3 car in its return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition for the first time since 2001, won the Coors Light Pole for the 56th running of the Daytona 500 – NASCAR’s most prestigious race and season opener. “The Great American Race” is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Daytona International Speedway (1 p.m. on FOX, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The late Dale Earnhardt, whose excellence in the No. 3 elevated the number to iconic status, was the last to drive the No. 3 – a car number he drove to six of his record-tying seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. A last lap crash in the 2001 Daytona 500 took Earnhardt’s life, and the No. 3 car had not been run since.

“You want to perform with the No. 3; everyone wants to see it perform,” said Dillon, who won the pole with a lap of 196.019 mph (45.914 seconds). “It’s a long season … and this is one of the top points. You want to carry that momentum going forward. I just have to stay grounded and have fun.”

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Penalty, Appeals Process Changes Announced

Aimed Toward Better Effectiveness, More Transparency

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As part of its wide-ranging initiatives to transform its competition model, NASCAR today announced enhancements to its penalty structure and appeals process beginning this season. In addition to these changes, NASCAR also announced the appointment of a Final Appeals Officer for the sport.

“NASCAR’s Deterrence System is designed to help maintain the integrity and competitive balance of our sport while sending a clear message that rules violations will not be tolerated,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of racing operations. “This is a more transparent and effective model that specifically spells out that ‘X’ infraction equals ‘X’ penalty for technical infractions.

“At the same time, we believe the Appeals process allows a fair opportunity for our NASCAR Members to be heard, and have penalty disputes resolved by an impartial, relevant group of people with the ability to handle the complexities inherent in any appeal. This system has been tailored specifically to fit the needs of our sport.”
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Reino Tulonen Passes

NEAR Hall of Famer was 89

FITCHBURG — Reino Kalervo Tulonen, 89, of Fitchburg, died Jan. 26th at HealthAlliance Leominster Hospital, after an illness.

He leaves his wife of 69 years, Anna Mae (Deery) Tulonen; one son, Rodney Arthur Tulonen and his wife, Patricia Magrosky, of Springfield, VT; two daughters, Joanne Tulonen of Seattle, WA. and Elaine T. Pierce and her partner, Joel Slutsky, of Alstead, NH; six grandchildren, Gregory Tulonen, Sarah Pritchett, Melissa O’Dell, Michael O’Dell, Lucie Pierce and Jeremie Pierce and four great-grandchildren, Simone Parker, Connor and Riley Tulonen and Alina O’Dell; and many nieces and nephews, including Nancy, Ronald and David Riikonen, who became part of the family. He also leaves a close family friend, Claude Caswell, who was considered another son. He was predeceased by a daughter, Betty Tulonen, a sister, Elvi Berkio and two brothers, Urho and Toivo Riikonen.

Mr. Tulonen was born in Lunenburg, on August 20, 1924, a son of the late Emil Kaarle and Alina (Bjorbacka) Riikonen Tulonen. He was raised in Lunenburg and attended schools there. When he was young he worked for the Crocker-Burbank Company, and then moved to Custom Auto Body where he worked until starting his own business as a front end alignment specialist until he retired. But his real love was racing cars.

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ESPN’s Ricky Craven, a Former NASCAR Standout, to Be Part of Motorsports 2014 Racecar & Trade Show January 10th

OAKS, PA — Popular ESPN NASCAR motorsports analyst Ricky Craven will be part of the Pioneer Pole Building’s Motorsports 2014 Racecar & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco and Distributed by Insinger Performance. The three-day show is set for the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, January 10th through 12th.

Craven will be featured in an interview and autograph session along with another NASCAR great Harry Gant that will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the opening day of the show.

The New England native was a winner in four different NASCAR series including the K&N Pro Series and all three national series; Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Trucks.

The popular racer suffered some head injuries during a race accident in 1997, missing two Cup races, but was able to come back to continue his racing career and finished 19th in the standings.

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Handsome Harry Gant Returning to Motorsports 2014 Racecar & Trade Show for First Time in Several Years, will Celebrate His 73rd Birthday on Jan. 10

OAKS, PA — For the first time in several years Harry Gant, one of the most talented racers ever to strap himself into a stock car, will appear at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco & Distributed by Insinger Performance. The three day show is set January 10th through 12th in the huge Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Labeled as Handsome Harry because of his movie star good looks the former NASCAR standout will celebrate his 73rd birthday on January 10th as the fan favorite appears at the show from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Included in his appearance will be an interview session when fans will be able to ask questions of Gant.

A complete schedule, directions and ticket prices are available at the show web site, aarn.com. Additional appearances for autographs are expected to be announced in the coming days.

Gant, winner of 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup races and 21 Nationwide races during his 22-year NASCAR career was also the winner of more than 300 races in the NASCAR Sportsman division of competition. He earned national championships in Sportsman competition in 1972, 1973 and 1974.

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2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski to be Part of Motorsports 2014 Racecar & Trade Show

2012 NASCAR Cup Champ Keselowski to Appear at Motorsports 2014

OAKS, PA — NASCAR Sprint Cup racer Brad Keselowski, the 2012 Cup titleholder, will be appearing at the huge Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2014 Racecar & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco & Distributed by Insinger Performance. The 29th edition of the Len Sammons Productions produced show will take place January 10th through 12th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

A complete schedule, directions and ticket prices are available at the show web-site, aarn.com. Additional appearances for autographs are expected to be announced in the coming days.

Keselowski, driver of the Miller Lite sponsored, Roger Penske owned Ford, will be meeting with fans on Saturday, January 11th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The veteran racer finished 14th in the final 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup standings missing out on the opportunity to participate in the Chase. However the popular racer was able to win the October Cup race at Charlotte making him the first non-Chase racer to win a 2013 Chase event. It was also the first win for the Miller Lite sponsored Penske entry since the team changed over to Ford.

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NASCAR Announces Modifications to NASCAR Hall of Fame Eligibility & Selection Process; Creates New Award for Outstanding Contributions

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.

In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.

“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”

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Jeff Burton Joins NBC Sports Group as NASCAR Analyst

The Mayor” Comes to NBC and NBCSN as the First Member of New On-Air NASCAR Team

STAMFORD, Conn. –  NBC Sports Group has reached a multi-year agreement with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, who will transition out of full-time driving and into the role of NASCAR analyst when the green flag waves over NBC Sports and NBCSN’s upcoming slate of NASCAR coverage. The addition of Burton, who has already won 48 times on NASCAR’s national circuits over an exciting 25-year career, places one of the most respected and passionate voices in motorsports into the center of NBC’s soon-to-be-introduced NASCAR broadcast team. The announcement was made today by Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN.

“Jeff Burton was always the first person we would seek out when there was breaking news or an issue that needed to be covered throughout our previous contract with NASCAR, so he was the first person we called for this role,” said Flood. “His insights, keen observations and many trophies have earned the respect of everyone involved with the sport. He will be an outstanding analyst, and has everyone here looking even more forward to getting started.”

Burton will assume double duties throughout the 2014 season, racing a schedule of select Sprint Cup Series races while also contributing to NASCAR programming on NBCSN. When NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series racing begins in 2015, Burton will serve as a full-time analyst on NBC and NBCSN.

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Swan Racing to Expand to Two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Teams in 2014

Team to feature Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt

Swan Racing announced today that it is expanding to a multicar organization in 2014 and will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with rising stars Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt driving Toyota Camrys. This is a major step for Swan Racing as it seeks to improve its organization and to be more competitive in the upcoming season. Swan Racing completed its inaugural season this year under the leadership of team owner Brandon Davis.

“When we launched Swan Racing we pledged to race hard every lap of every race. That’s what we have done and what we will continue to do. We learned a lot this year and now is the time to plan for the long term future by adding more resources to be more competitive,” said Davis.

“The team is expecting steady improvement and we are in good position to deliver,” said Kligerman. “Personally, I am looking forward to working with Cole as a teammate and as a competitor for Rookie of the Year honors.”

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NASCAR Mandates ImPACT Baseline Concussion Testing

Pre-Season Testing Begins in 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR announced today that beginning in 2014, the sanctioning body will mandate pre-season neurocognitive baseline testing as part of its comprehensive concussion prevention and management program for all of its national series drivers.

At the start of this season, NASCAR recommended that drivers who did not already have a baseline test secure one, while also indicating that a pre-season baseline mandate could become effective as soon as next year.

Baseline testing will be performed through the use of an ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) test, which is a widely-used neurocognitive assessment tool. The result of neurocognitive testing is one factor out of many that doctors use to diagnose and treat concussions. This particular test evaluates an athlete’s verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time.

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Camping World Truck Series Returns to NHMS in 2014

Trucks Return to Magic Mile in 2014

LOUDON, NH — Absent from the Magic Mile since 2011, the 175-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event will run on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

Absent from the Magic Mile since 2011, the 175-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event will run on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. NHMS

Anchored by its two traditional NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today the return of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014, the 24th consecutive year of NASCAR racing at the 1.058-mile oval. The Truck Series will join NASCAR’s top-tier national touring series, the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series as featured events next July and September.

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Spice of Life: Kenseth Wins SYLVANIA 300

LOUDON, NH — Start No. 500 was a good one for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader. Matt Kenseth cruised into the history books in Sunday’s SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, joining Richard Petty as the only driver to ever win his 500th-career start. It was also the second straight victory in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for Kenseth, who now leads the 10-race playoff by 14 points over teammate Kyle Busch.

It was the second consecutive 1-2 finish for Kenseth and Busch, respectively, who made Joe Gibbs Racing the first team to accomplish that in back-to-back Chase races.

“If there was ever a track where I just wanted to get through the weekend, it would be here,” said Kenseth, who led a race-high 106 laps on Sunday en route to his seventh win of the season, and becomes the 12th different race winner in the last 12 Sprint Cup races in New Hampshire. “I had some anxiety about coming here, because I just have never been strong at this track.”

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Clouds Will Part, Capacity Crowds Will Come

LOUDON, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials are expecting a capacity crowd for Sunday’s SYLVANIA 300, the second race in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

A limited number of Laconia Grandstand seats in Turn 3 are still available, as well as general admission and walk-up tickets. While the weather forecast is calling for an overcast morning, officials are encouraging fans to come to the Magic Mile as planned.

“We feel very confident that the SYLVANIA 300 will take place on-time, as scheduled. We have seven track dryers to help dry the track quickly if it’s necessary,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “We welcome our fans to bring their ponchos; whatever makes them the most comfortable. And we will be ready to drop the green flag for the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.”

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SEM to Sponsor Phoenix Racing Entry in New Hampshire

Michael McDowell to Pilot No. 51 SEM Chevy at NHMS

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Phoenix Racing announced today that SEM Products, Inc. will sponsor the No. 51 Chevrolet SS driven by Michael McDowell in this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

SEM Products, Inc., whose partnership with Phoenix Racing begins in 2014, will provide adhesives, sealers and paint products to the organization’s NSCS team. SEM Products is a leading manufacturer of products for automotive body repair and refinishing. The company, which was founded in 1948, manufactures a wide array of automotive repair products including adhesives, fillers and sealers; flexible coatings; rust and corrosion prevention and treatment; trim paints and truck bed liners.

“The employees at SEM Products are excited to be on the No. 51 entry in Loudon,” said Brian Joyner, SEM Products Business Development Manager. “We value our relationship with teams in NASCAR and we’re looking forward to adding Phoenix Racing to our family. It should be a great race.”

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Bowyer Will Not Appear At FanFest

Statement from New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials:

With the recent developments regarding Michael Waltrip Racing, Clint Bowyer will not appear at tonight’s WOKQ FanFest.

Bowyer, who is in his second season driving the No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, was scheduled to take part in a Q&A session with fans and emcees Jose Castillo and Mark Ericson on the FanFest stage at 7 p.m.

Chase competitor Joey Logano will still attend FanFest as planned. Logano, who drives the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford for Penske Racing, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Appear at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Sept. 19

Foxwoods Resort Casino and Diet Mountain Dew® recently announced that race fans are invited to join an intimate Question & Answer session with Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet SS, on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Fox Theater located at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Hosted by MRN Radio’s Kyle Rickey, the Q&A session will feature questions from fans submitted through Foxwoods’ social media platforms. Fans can submit questions through September 12 via Twitter to @FoxwoodsCT using the hashtag #FoxwoodsDaleJr; via Facebook by sending a direct message or posting on Foxwoods’ wall at Facebook.com/Foxwoods, or submit via email at Foxwoodssocial@Foxwoods.com.

This summer, Diet Mountain Dew and Dale Jr. launched the “Chase Down Dale Jr.” promotion in retail stores throughout New England for a chance to meet racing’s most popular driver. After logging on to www.meetdalejr.com or scanning a QRC code from select Diet Mountain Dew packages, 25 lucky winners were selected to join Dale Jr. for a private “meet & greet.” Four lucky guests that attend the public Q&A session will be randomly selected to receive an upgrade to also attend the private VIP event to meet Dale Jr. immediately following the public session.

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11th Hour: Vickers Victorious After Late Charge

Vickers Surprises with Win at NHMS

LOUDON, NH — Nothing was going to stop Tony Stewart from pulling away from the field on restarts. Nothing, except a dry gas tank. And it was Brian Vickers who took advantage of Stewart’s bad luck, zipping by him on the Magic Mile backstretch with one lap to go and holding on to win the Camping World RV Sales 301 – Vickers’ third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in 271 career starts.

“Hard to put into words,” said Vickers – a part-time driver for Michael Waltrip Racing – who celebrated his moment sharing high-fives to fans along the frontstretch. “This is one of the most special events of my life. It feels like the first time in my career, the partners and owners and managers and crew chief are as good as it has been in my career.”

Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton, Brad Keselowski and Aric Almirola round out the top-five.

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Record-Breaking Afternoon: Keselowski Qualifies on Cup Pole

LOUDON, NH — It was a record-breaking afternoon at the Magic Mile. Brad Keselowski zipped around the 1.058-mile oval at 135.922 miles per hour (28.022 seconds), setting a new track qualifying record in the process. It was the second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the first of the season for the defending Sprint Cup Series champion.

“We have a great race car here, and our race team is ready to hit its stride for the season,” said Keselowski, who enters Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 13th in points. “We are hungry, we feel we can do it, but I don’t feel a sense of panic.”

Points leader Jimmie Johnson, whose car needed to re-enter inspection before qualifying for an illegal side skirt and coming in overweight, would have started on the front row next to Keselowski. But Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet was deemed too low during a post-qualifying inspection and he was moved to the back of the field.

Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon round out the top-five qualifiers.

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Cody Blake Lands Governor’s Cup with First Career Win

Barre, VT — The spotlight was on NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer at Thunder Road Thursday (July 11), but when the night ended, it was Barre’s Cody Blake who was hoisting the Vermont Lottery Commission Governor’s Cup in victory lane.

21-year-old Blake in his North Country Federal Credit Union No. 99 spent the final laps with a mirror full of Nick Sweet, who was weaving at his bumper looking for a chance to pounce. “I told him on the radio – stay on the bottom, he can’t get you,” father Greg Blake said. “There wasn’t any emotion from him until the last two laps.”

“He drove a phenomenal race,” Sweet said. “My car was really good and I was all over him. I hope we gave the fans a good show.”

“It’s a dream come true,” Blake said in victory lane where he was presented the trophy by Gov. Peter Shumlin. “It’s just amazing.”

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Clint Bowyer Prepares for Challengers in Thunder Road Gov. Cup

Barre, VT – Race driver Clint Bowyer, whose next event is Thursday night at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road, was part of a last lap charge this past weekend to win the Daytona 400. He wound up 4th in the 200 mph chase. But that charge has projected him to 2nd place in the NASCAR National Sprint Cup standings behind 5-time National Champion Jimmy Johnson.

This Thursday night’s 150 lap battle for the Vermont Lottery Commission Governor’s Cup on the Barre high banks won’t see the Daytona speeds, but promises to be just as great a challenge for Bowyer, with regional stock car stars eager to prove they can race with one of the nations very best. Barre’s Nick Sweet, Montpelier’s Dave Pembroke, and the three-time T-Road Track Champion Lt. Governor Phil Scott will be joined by Burlington’s Trampas Demers, Chip Grenier, Brooks Clark and 16-year old Emily Packard. Some 30 ACT Championship Late Model cars are expected.

“You hear a lot about the quarter mile oval up in Vermont and it sure sounds like my kind of short track. But this is “bragging” rights for the home towners and I’m sure they won’t cut me any slack,” says the Emporia, Kansas speedster whose last major win was the 500 at Charlotte, North Carolina last fall.

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Camping World to Sponsor Sprint Cup Series

NSCS to run Camping World RV Sales 301 on July 14

LOUDON, NH — Partnering with the nation’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today that Camping World will be the title sponsor of the track’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, July 14. The Camping World RV Sales 301 is one of the two largest sporting events in New England, both hosted by the one-mile oval. The sponsorship is a two-year agreement.

Combining the avid support of race fans who camp at NASCAR events with its far-reaching dealership network and nation’s largest online camping store, Camping World continues to market its brand as the strongest in the RV business. With more than 75 locations nationwide and offering over 8,000 products and accessories, Camping World is the brand of choice for NASCAR fans and other recreational enthusiasts. Camping World has been the title sponsor of the NASCAR Truck Series since 2009 and was the previous title sponsor of four races at NHMS, including three NASCAR Nationwide Series races from 2007 – 2009 and the 2008 Camping World Truck Series race.

For the past six years, NHMS has been the host site for Camping World’s large display and accessories retail store which is located next to the infield tunnel during both NASCAR event weekends.

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Test Session for NASCAR Sprint Cup Stars

LOUDON, NH — NASCAR’S top drivers will be visiting the Granite State for a test session on Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26.

Hometown favorites Roush-Fenway Racing along with Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing drivers will all be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in preparation for next month’s New Hampshire 300 weekend on July 11-14.

Grandstands will be open free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Several NASCAR drivers visited the Magic Mile last month for a two-day Goodyear Tire Test. This time drivers including defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski will be turning hot laps on the track, along with former champion Tony Stewart, and his teammates, Danica Patrick and Ryan Newman. Roush-Fenway Racing’s Sprint Cup drivers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will join Nationwide Series driver Trevor Bayne and Travis Pastrana.

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Harold ‘Pappy’ Wilcox Passes at 85

Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame member Class of 2005, Harold ‘Pappy’ Wilcox has passed away.

Harold began racing at Belfast Raceway in 1950 before calling Unity his “home track” the following year. Pappy also raced at Bass Park, Exeter Speedway and Brewer Speedway. In addition to racing cars, Pappy was a stunt driver – jumping ramps, going through the “wall of fire” and driving into a 5-ton block of ice. He was the first driver from Maine to race the NASCAR Grand National circuit, now Sprint Cup Series. In 1961, Harold drove the circuit from Norwood (Massachusetts) Arena to Ashville (North Carolina) Speedway. Pappy returned to Maine the following year. He retired as a driver in 1972, after twenty-two years of thrilling race fans, to support his son’s racing career as a car builder and advisor.

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