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Emerling Emerges on NWMT

Bristol is an opportunity for Patrick Emerling to reach new heights. The Orchard Park, NY driver enters the Bush’s Beans 150 sixth in points. He has ranked sixth in points four times since last year. Emerling could reach the top five in points after Bristol. Emerling’s first top five was at Bristol in 2011. He has two top tens in three races there.

Another top ten at Bristol would match another career best. He has reached three consecutive top tens twice before. He averaged a 6.6 at Bristol, New Hampshire, and Stafford last year. He matched that earlier this year at Stafford, New London-Waterford, and Stafford, averaging 8th.

“It’s another kind of a neutral track, so historically we always kind of did better there,” Emerling said. “But I always went fast. Every time I was down there I always had fast cars down there … I took my notes from last year and hopefully made the car a little bit better for me this year and I’m hoping to walk away with actually a win this year. … so I think I’m going to have more confidence going into it.”

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Gray Gaulding and Krispy Kreme Join KBM for Three Races in 2015

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – (July 30, 2015) Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today 17-year-old NASCAR Next alumnus Gray Gaulding will pilot the No. 54 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Toyota Tundra for three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2015.

Gaulding’s first race will be on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ont., Aug. 30, followed by New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Sept. 26 and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Oct. 31.

“I’m very excited to be a part of KBM,” Gaulding said. “It’s a dream as a driver because I remember growing up watching Kyle and how much I wanted to drive for him when he started his own team. I know his mentality is to go out every weekend and win races. It’s a championship organization with great people and I know I’ll be able to go to the race track and have an opportunity to win at each race.

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NHMS Fits Poole’s Approach

LOUDON, NH — Brennan Poole of The Woodlands, TX has a positive first impression of the Magic Mile from his first laps in the pace car this morning. The HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi driver has one top 10 in 11 starts. He is 21st in points entering Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“It’s been a good year,” Poole said. ” I’ve learned a lot and got to race with some pretty awesome talented guys so just trying to take everything in and continue to use that stuff week to week and build off that and I feel like it’s gone pretty well so far. We’ve had a couple of things out of our control happen that have kind of taken us away some good finishes that we had going, but that’s part of racing. So really proud of our DC Solar team and all the guys for working so hard for me and giving me some good cars a lot of times this year and so looking forward to this weekend at New Hampshire. I feel like we got a really good car for this go round and track seems to fit a little bit of my style and kind of what I grew up racing and so it’s pretty awesome to be up here.”

Poole feels that running part time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series puts him behind series regulars. He spends the first practice learning the track before working on the car in the second practice. If Poole has raced at a track before, he said it is “much easier” to find the groove and what the car needs.

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Rhodes Returns to NHMS

Ben Rhodes of Louisville, KY is making his third NASCAR XFINITY Series start for JR Motorsports in the No. 88 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet. His 10 races include a short track, road courses, one mile, and 1.5-mile tracks.

“It’s a diverse schedule as you can get in NASCAR,” Rhodes said. “I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s a lot to learn, a lot to take in, but I have a lot of good teachers that have really stepped up and really helped me out and have gone out of their way to make sure that I’m learning and welcome in here at JR Motorsports.”

Rhodes shares the No. 88 with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Kasey Kahne. Harvick, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, scored two wins for the team.

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Byron on Pole at NHMS

LOUDON, NH — NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader William Byron of Charlotte, NC claimed his second 21 Means 21 Pole Award by Coors Brewing in qualifying this morning. The rookie and NASCAR Next driver qualified at 29.703/128.229, besting teammate Scott Heckert at 29.764. Dawsonville, GA driver Spencer Davis qualified third in his series debut alongside defending winner Jesse Little and Austin Hill.

“It’s kind of a dream come true to come to another big track and get a pole. It’s our second pole this year,” Byron said. “We had one at Iowa and now New Hampshire. So I hadn’t seen this place before yesterday and it’s definitely different, really fast, but just proud of my guys.”

Byron won two of his last four races in the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks. He was fastest in the first practice and has been battling a cold this weekend. He knows clean air by starting on the front row is helpful.

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NHMS 25: Doug Heveron’s Early Success

Saturday’s Andy Blacksmith 100 pres. by Donate Life New England at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the 62nd NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at the 1.058-mile oval. With 25 years of history, names like Ted Christopher, Tony Hirschman, Jr. and Mike Stefanik may jump out as candidates for the best average finish. The answer is Doug Heveron, who drove in the first eight races with a 6.5 average finish. Heveron won in the famed Ole Blue No. 3 in 1991 in his third start, and also had five top fives and five top 10s.

“I’m good on flat tracks,” Heveron said. “I was raised on flat tracks and I really seemed to shine on ’em and I think I had maybe a little more advantage with the drafting part of it than other people ’cause I’d been down south racing in the Winston Cup. So maybe that helped me a little bit more and then when everybody figured out the draft it was evened it up some … I had a good cars obviously and when you like a racetrack you just seem to run good there all the time and that happened to be one of the tracks that I really enjoyed racing at.”

A NEAR Hall of Famer, Boehler fielded cars since the 1950s, winning three consecutive NASCAR National Modified championships with Bugs Stevens. Boehler continued to be successful with Fred DeSarro, Leo Cleary, Ron Bouchard, Mike McLaughlin, and Kenny Bouchard among his drivers.

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Whelen Euro Series Champ Returns to U.S.

Seeks Top-10 In K&N Pro Series East At New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s a whole different racing game, and reigning NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Anthony Kumpen is about to get another spin.

Kumpen, who made his U.S. NASCAR debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this past February at New Smyrna Speedway, will embark on a string of four more U.S. races beginning Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the K&N Pro Series East United Services 70.

His schedule is part of Nexteer’s “Road To Daytona” program, a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series partnership with Nexteer giving top Whelen Euro Series drivers the opportunity to showcase their talent on foreign ground. Making his second K&N start Friday, Kumpen said he is eager to get back to the states and race.

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K&N East Stat Advance: New Hampshire

Analyzing The United Site Services 70

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will hit the track Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers.

United Site Services 70 Race Setup:
• William Byron is still holding onto the top spot in the season standings with 283 points. Austin Hill is the closest to him, trailing by 20 points.
• Only two drivers scheduled to compete at the “Magic Mile” have won here before, Eddie MacDonald (3) and Jesse Little (1).
• Last season’s event ended in dramatic fashion with Little in Victory Lane and MacDonald second.

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway
History
• 
Ground breaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, started on August 13, 1989.
• The 1.058-mile oval is located on approximately 1,200 acres. The multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England.
• The official opening was June 5, 1990 and the first NASCAR event was a NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East combination event.
• Speedway Motorsports Inc., agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on January 11, 2008 and then renamed the track New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Davis to Make K&N East Debut

Will Drive For NTS At New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While most 16-year-olds across the country will be planning pool parties or putting off their summer reading requirements this weekend, Spencer Davis will be making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut for NTS Motorsports at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Don’t let the rookie stripes fool you, though. Davis has been racking up wins and warranting praise for his performance behind the wheel of everything from go-karts to modifieds and late models since the age of six – experience he will lean on to calm any first time jitters he faces this weekend.

“We’ve had tons of experience in lower categories of racing,” said Davis. “So knowing that I can get it done is definitely a real big deal, because that’s always the thing about a driver: he never needs to start doubting himself and thinking about if he can run good. I know I can jump into any other car and run real good.”
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: New Hampshire

Mods Head To “Magic Mile” For All-Star, 100-Lap Events
Bonsignore Making His Move 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 2015) – A quarter of the way into the 2015 schedule it looked like a lost season for Justin Bonsignore, but fortunes can turn quickly.

A championship contender in 2014, expectations were high for Bonsignore entering this season, but things went south quickly. Due to a variety of circumstances, including a pair of accident DNFs, he had an average finish of 25th through the first four races on the schedule and ranked 25th in points.

In a 15-race schedule, a deficit like that is challenging to overcome, but compiling podium finishes sure helps.

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Rob Fuller Motorsports Ready To Rumble At New Hampshire

Ron Silk to Drive the 15-40 Connection Modified in Two Races at NHMS

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (July 14, 2015) – Rob Fuller Motorsports and 15-40 Connection will get two rounds of action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the modifieds this week as Ron Silk will compete in the All-Star Shootout and the New Hampshire 100.

“We’re excited to have Ron driving the No. 15 at Loudon.  He’s got a ton of experience there including two wins.  This weekend we’ll be focusing on getting our car in Victory Lane for 15-40 Connection,” said Rob Fuller, team owner.  “Corey (LaJoie) has been busy with the Super Late Model program and travel has become time consuming.  So we are planning to run one car for a majority of the NWMT races.  But, when the schedule is open and there are no conflicts with the Super Late Models, we’ll get Corey back in the modified and run two cars at a few races.”

Silk has a solid track record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway – in 22 starts he’s completed 93.5% of his laps and has led 300 laps.  The Norwalk, Conn. driver has two career wins at Loudon as well as nine Top-5s and 14 Top-10s to his credit.

PIT BOX: Gearing Up for Granite State

Big Weekend At New Hampshire For Whelen Mods, K&N Pro East

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East hits the track Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where current championship leader William Byron hopes to extend the margin over NASCAR Next classmates Austin Hill and Kyle Benjamin. Anthony Kumpen, the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion, will make his second K&N Pro Series East start of the season, and 16-year-old Spencer Davis, a regular on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, will make his K&N Pro Series debut at the “Magic Mile.”

• Two series champions – 2014 titlist Doug Coby and 2013 champion Ryan Preece – are tied atop the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings with two wins apiece, with veteran Woody Pitkat just two points behind as New Hampshire hosts a double dose of ground-pounding Modified action. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Ryan Newman is slated to defend last year’s victory in the annual Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout on Friday, followed by Saturday’s seventh event on the 2015 Tour, the Andy Blacksmith 100.

• The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series completes its mid-season western swing this week, with the series’ third event in 11 days Wednesday night. Jason Hathaway will look to maintain his razor-thin one point lead in the season standings over Scott Steckly, who won the first leg of the annual western swing last Saturday at Edmonton International Raceway. Rookie Gary Klutt and defending series champion L.P. Dumoulin – who earned his first career oval victory at the Saskatoon .333-mile oval last season – trail Hathaway by eight and 11 points respectively.

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Spencer Davis to Make NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Debut with NTS Motorsports

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (July 13, 2015) – Spencer Davis will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) debut for NTS Motorsports while driving the No. 20 Ruud Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, July 17. Kicking off a limited schedule with Kernersville N.C.-based NTS Motorsports, the 16-year-old is expected to compete behind the wheel of the Ruud Chevrolet in select NKNPSE races throughout the 2015 season.

“I’m looking forward to making my K&N Pro Series East debut in the No. 20 Ruud Chevrolet,” Davis said. “Ruud has been a longtime supporter of mine, and I’m excited to represent their brand as I move to the next level in my career. I’m really happy that we’ll be driving for such a well-structured, competitive team like NTS Motorsports, and I’m even more excited to be going to ‘The Magic Mile’ at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It’s cool to know that I’ll make my first K&N start on a one-mile track.”

A native of Dawsonville, Ga., Davis first climbed behind the wheel of a racecar when he was just six years old. After winning 30 championships and hundreds of races in go-kart competition across the country, he moved to late model trucks, and ultimately to pro late model and super late model cars. With wins across the Southeast, Friday’s race will mark Davis’ first start in the NKNPSE, but his second race at the track nicknamed “The Magic Mile.” Just two weeks ago, Davis earned a podium finish in a Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Model event in his first-ever race at the one-mile New Hampshire oval.

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“The Outlaw” prevails in PASS National Championship Series action at the “Magic Mile”

Eddie MacDonald wins again at NHMS in first-ever Super Late Model race at New England’s Superspeedway

Loudon, New Hampshire – Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts added another page to his impressive New Hampshire Motor Speedway resume, scoring an impressive victory in the AIM 60 Pro All Stars Series race, the first-ever Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at the “Magic Mile.”

It was the seventh victory on the 1.058-mile oval for MacDonald, a three-time winner in NASCAR K&N East Series competition at NHMS, to go along with three race victories in ACT Invitational Late Model competition.

MacDonald was tested in the early stages of the race by fellow front row starter, and reigning PASS North Super Late Model champion, DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire before Stonington, Connecticut competitor David Garbo, Jr. entered the picture.

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Spencer Davis Back Home in PASS SLM

LOUDON, NH — Spencer Davis of Dawsonville, GA has run many Super Late Models races in his young career. His second race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be Sunday’s AIM 60.

“We went out that first round, shook down the car, kind of got a feel for the track, and just came into make sure everything was good, Davis said. “… There’s one or two things that might shake or bump loose. We wound up first practice 14th, definitely left something on the table, but coming to a track this big for the first time in a Super is definitely, definitely something you need to take a little bit easier. But the car so far so good. Mr. Freddie Query’s given me an awesome car. We’re trying one or two new things and we got my old crew chief back here on the crew, Micky Cain, and some of the northern Modified crew is with us here this weekend too.”

The No. 129 car had a problem with a rear windshield brace after the first practice session on Saturday afternoon. “We’ve gotta brace the car up just a little bit more to accommodate the higher speeds, more downforce, more pressure on the body.”

Davis is enjoying his return to Super Late Models compared to his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour appearance last July.

“This thing is 100 times more fun than a Modified. I think we’ve run about the same times. It just feels a little bit slower, but man just the corner speeds here are unreal in these cars. Realistically I think if everything was turned right you could flat foot it around here.”

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Christopher Bell’s Superspeedway Debut Set for NHMS

LOUDON, NH — Christopher Bell of Norman, OK will make his debut on a mile track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bell is driving the ToyotaCare No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports, part of a 15 race Super Late Model schedule. Teammate Kaz Grala is driving the No. 52 in Sunday’s inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) race at New Hampshire.

“The furthest east I’ve ever been is PA, so definitely a new part of the country for me and I’m looking forward to running on a mile for the first time,” Bell said.

It is his first visit to New England and just his second time on a mile, since running 15 laps at Milwaukee in his first pavement car run.

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Jerry Baxter Helping KBM Team at NHMS

Kyle Busch Motorsports has some extra help for this weekend’s race from Jerry Baxter. The Mooresville, NC team is fielding cars for Christopher Bell and Kaz Grala in Sunday’s AIM 60, the inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“It’s still seat time for these young drivers, and that’s ultimately what we’re trying to do to move ’em up the ladder,” Baxter said. 

Baxter  grew up around Super Late Models and “figured now is as a good a time as any to get back at it.” 

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Doiron Hopes Speed Remains

Joey Doiron of Berwick, ME is entering his first race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since the inaugural ACT Invitational. He led the first 20 laps  in 2009, but blistered tires caused a poor finish.

“It’s cool to come back and hopefully take off from where we left off the last time here,” Doiron said. “… It’s not going to hurt ya by any stretch, but the teams I’m going to be racing for the win also have a bunch of experience, so it is what it is.”

Doiron called the inaugural AIM 60 “a big deal” for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS), and drivers who get to race at New England’s largest oval.

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MacDonald to Drive Lemieux 66 at Loudon

MacDonald to Enter NH 301 at NHMS

Former ACT Invitational and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winner Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA is back at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM 60. MacDonald is driving the No. 66 D.R. Lemieux Builders/BCR Automotive/Neal Excavating Chevrolet for David Lemieux. 

“When they announced this race, I was anxious to try and put something together and these guys came and asked if I’d be interested in running and it’s a beautiful car,” MacDonald said. “We’ve been busting our butts getting it ready, so it’s brand new. It hasn’t made a lap around the racetrack yet, so sure we’re going to have to work the bugs out of it today and hopefully we can get it fast.”

MacDonald’s crew chief Rollie Lachance is at the track to help the team. “He knows what I need for a feel to get around here and hopefully we can find that today.”

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Diverse Group Set to Tackle Magic Mile in PASS Debut at New Hampshire

NAPLES, ME (July 2) – As the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models Pres. By Kenny U-Pull prepare for their debut this weekend at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a diverse group of drivers will be front and center in Sunday afternoon’s AIM 60.

While it will be the first time PASS has ever competed at the “Magic Mile”, several drivers hope to be in the starting lineup that have raced at New Hampshire in the past.  No one in Sunday’s field will have more experience at Loudon than home state favorite Eddie MacDonald and Plainville, CT’s Teddy Christopher.  MacDonald has raced everything at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from ACT Late Models to Cup cars and has been a multiple-time winner in the K&N Pro Series East.  Christopher is the leading Modified tour winner at New Hampshire with five wins and will be looking for his first PASS win since Stafford in 2012.

“The PASS Super Late Models are really getting around that place,” said Christopher after testing at New Hampshire in May.  “I ran a 29.2 second lap with the PASS car which is comparable to a Modified lap time there.”

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The Bounty Is BACK!

Toby Wells has shown dominance within the NEMST over the new 2015 season. Winning the first 4 events of the year and setting up for the largest mini stock race in the country at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 5. Wells will have one more struggle to overcome while racing on the 1-mile oval for the second year in a row, a $200 bounty on any car that beats him* during NEMST competition.

Last year NEMST placed a $100 bounty on Wells after winning four straight races once again with Wells suffering a mechanical failure at Star on 7/19/14 making the bounty invalid. At the following event (NHMS) on 8/3/14 Justin Larsen beat Wells to the line winning the first ever 1 mile oval event and collecting the bounty on Wells.

*For the bounty to be given the following terms must be met:
Wells cannot have mechanical failure
Wells cannot be spun or contacted in an intentional manner
Wells must finish the event
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Vickers to Join NBC NASCAR Coverage

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers announced on Twitter that he will be joining NASCAR America tonight through Wednesday. He will also join the NBC Sports Network’s broadcasts at Michigan International Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Vickers has been out of the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota since a recurrence of blood clots at Auto Club Speedway in March. The 31-year-old Thomasville, NC driver’s last win was at New Hampshire in 2013. Vickers won the 2003 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship.

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John Lowinski-Loh Looking for NASCAR XFINITY Debut

Former Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park champion John Lowinski -Loh of Milford, MA said he has received approval for a NASCAR  XFINITY Series license and intends to run the Lakes Region 200 Saturday July 18 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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PASS Test at NHMS

[Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

PASS at NHMS

Loudon, NH — Practice is scheduled for today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models presented by Kenny U-Pull.

The inaugural 60-lap $5,000 to win race is July 5. 40 cars through heats, consis, and a last chance race, with provisionals. The Texas Roadhouse Northeast Mini Stock Tour will go 30 laps and a $1,500 to win 30-lap Sportsman/Super Street/Outlaw will also be on the card.

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Keith Rocco Replaces Tommy Barrett Jr. at Our Motorsports

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (May 2, 2015) – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series team Our Motorsports announced today that Modified veteran Keith Rocco will assume driving duties of the No. 22 Chevrolet for the remainder of the 2015 season. Rocco replaces Tommy Barrett Jr. who competed on the Tour in 2014 and in this season’s opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

“Based on our goals and objectives for 2015, we felt it was in the best interest of the team to make a driver change early in the season,” said team owner Chris Our. “We appreciate the efforts put worth by Tommy and thank him for his service.”
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North East Mini Stock Tour Season Preview

Lee (NH) USA Speedway will host the North East Mini Stock Tour season opener Sunday with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models. The 10 race schedule will visit Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway, Seekonk (MA) Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

The NEMST will visit NHMS with the AIM Recycling PASS Super Late Models July 4-5. Saturday will be a practice day. Sunday will have both divisions practice, qualify, and race.

“Tom and I have been working together since about November to get the dates at Oxford, Maine and Tom have had a good conversation channel open since the end of the last year.” NEMST Promoter Bob Guptill said.

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NBC Sports Adds Evernham, Sheheen for Whelen Modified Coverage

Legendary Crew Chief Teams with Veteran Motorsports Broadcaster for All 14 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. — April 15, 2015 — NBC Sports today welcomed three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief Ray Evernham and seasoned broadcaster Ralph Sheheen to its growing lineup of motorsports experts. Evernham and Sheheen will handle coverage of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN. The announcement was made today by Jeff Behnke, Vice President of NASCAR Production for NBC Sports and NBCSN.

2015 marks the 30th Anniversary season for the northeast-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which traces its roots back to the very first NASCAR-sanctioned race on the beach and road course at Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1948. Evernham, who began his remarkable career in motorsports working on short track race cars at age 15, will first team with Sheheen to cover the 41st running of the Icebreaker from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Conn., airing on Saturday, April 18 at 12:30 a.m. ET (late Friday night). The complete NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour telecast schedule on NBCSN is listed below.

“We’re are thrilled to continue our 2015 NASCAR Touring Series with the knowledge and experience of Ray Evernham and Ralph Sheheen behind the microphone,” said Behnke. “This is a win for all race fans and the enthusiastic followers of the Whelen Modified Tours.”

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Loudon, Oxford Part of KBM Schedule

Kyle Busch Motorsports has a busy Late Model schedule this season. Norman, OK driver Christopher Bell is two-for-two at New Smyrna and South Alabama. Bell swept the POWRI Midget races at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, OK last weekend. He will be joined by the team’s newest driver Kaz Grala of Westborough, MA this weekend at Southern National.

Grala is in his sophomore season with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, driving the No. 3 Toyota for Ben Kennedy Racing. 

Both drivers will enter the inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National/North Super Late Model race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Bell will also enter the storied 42nd Annual AIM Recycling Oxford 250 presented by Kenny U-Pull at Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway.

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Babb Racing ACT for Laquerre

Pro Stock Events Also Scheduled

Brad Babb will make a return to the American Canadian Tour (ACT) full-time for Joey Laquerre. Laquerre bought an old ACT car from Glen Luce. The Windham, ME driver is planning to run some Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models and Granite State Pro Stock Series races. He kicked off the season at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway with three races. While he finished tenth in the initial ACT non-points race, he was eighth and fourth in the next two Governor’s Cup races.

Babb loved the high banked half-mile. “Very fun track, I’d go back in a heartbeat,” Babb said. “It’s got some bumps in places. but I found one of the keys to know the track was knowing how to avoid the bumps.”

ACT and PASS will have their first doubleheader on Saturday April 18 at Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway. Tom Curley from ACT and Tom Mayberry from PASS reached an agreement during the offseason. “Everyone has been asking this for a long time and it’s great not only as a competitor, but as a fan. I might do one or two doubleheaders, but even when I only run one race. It’ll be awesome to get a chance to watch another great race after.”

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