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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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Car No. 2 K&N Pro Series East Team Penalized for Rules Violations at New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR announced today the No. 2 team that competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Friday, July 11 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

The team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4.9 (involved in an altercation with another Competitor on pit road after the conclusion of the race) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book. The violations constitute a penalty level of behavioral in the NASCAR Deterrence System.

Ryan Gifford, driver of the No. 2, has been fined $1,000 and suspended from NASCAR until the fine is paid. He has also been placed on NASCAR probation until December 31, 2014. 

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Kostecki Scores Top-10 Finish in Return to K&N East Action

Fully Recovered From Injury, 16-Year-Old Looks to Keep Up Momentum at Columbus

Mooresville, NC –Over the course of the two-month break Brodie Kostecki took while recuperating from a wrist injury, the 16-year-old envisioned putting on a strong showing with his Arcoplate No. 43 Toyota when he was able to get back behind the wheel.  When he finally did make his return to the seat on Friday, July 11 at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, those weeks of strategizing a strong run paid off with a solid ninth-place finish.

Kostecki’s practice and qualifying efforts on Thursday, July 10 were his first competitive laps since his injury following the May 17 K&N race at Iowa Speedway.  While it took some time to knock the rust off, Kostecki left New Hampshire pleased with his third top-10 finish of his rookie season.

“It was great getting back behind the wheel and bringing home a top-10 finish for the Arcoplate team,” said Kostecki.  “I was just getting back up to speed and getting the comfort back.  In that first practice, I just tried to get up to speed slowly to make sure everything was okay physically.  We had a spring failure that kept us from the qualifying run that we wanted, but we made a few pit stops in the first half of the race.

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August Fundraiser Set for Lowinski-Loh

John Lowinski-Loh Jr. will be moving to North Carolina in November to further his racing career. Lowinski-Loh will be holding a fundraiser in August for a test with Team BCR Racing. Team BCR fields ARCA Racing Series cars for Grant Enfinger and Justin Allison. Enfinger is the points leader with victories at Daytona, Mobile, Salem and Elko.

“My crew and I were just talking,” Lowinski-Loh said. “One of my crew members was saying let’s make the leap, so I spent days researching what the next best move would be. I applied for a ARCA license and contacted BCR, who were looking for a driver in 2015.”

“That depends on how the test day goes and sponsor money,” Lowinski-Loh said. “If the test day goes well, they will help me find a sponsor and go from there. Depending on sponsors, would depend on either 10 races, more or less.”

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Eddie MacDonald Finishes Second at NHMS

LOUDON, NH — Eddie MacDonald almost won his fourth career K&N Pro Series East race in the Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday night securing second place in a spectacular last lap duel that had the fans on their feet. The 100 lap event had three and four wide racing in turn one on the “Magic Mile” that most would agree is nearly impossible to achieve.

“That was a crazy race over the second half of the race right to the last lap,” said the Rowley, Mass. veteran. “I think the fans saw an exciting race with the winner not decided until the last turn of the last lap. On the last restart my spotter Logger (Dave Ricker) said I was on the bottom of four wide going into turn one and they were three wide behind us. The incredible thing is, no one wrecked. We are very happy with the second place finish since it looked like we were headed for a fourth place finish.”

The Exit Realty/Grimm Construction Chevy qualified ninth on Thursday afternoon with Eddie Mac saying, “We were happy starting ninth because we just finished rebuilding the car with the finishing touches completed on Wednesday night. Last Thursday the bare chassis sat on the shop floor so everyone worked very hard to get the car done on time and I am very thankful for everyone’s fantastic effort. We also had Exit Realty come aboard for this race and I thank Derek Beatrice for helping us out. A lot of Exit Realty folks were there to support us and I think they all left happy.”

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Santos Saves Best for Last at New Hampshire

Claims Thrilling NASCAR Whelen Modified Win With Final Lap Pass

LOUDON, N.H. (July 12, 2014) — Bobby Santos entered the Sunoco 100 looking for a little extra magic to change his fortunes at the “Magic Mile.” He waited until the final lap, but he got it.

In a race that featured multiple lead changes on nearly every lap – a record 35 official lead changes – the Franklin, Mass., driver made just one pass for the lead and led just one lap Saturday. Santos drove his No. 44 Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet by Ted Christopher in Turn 4 of the last lap en route to winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

VIDEO: POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE WITH BOBBY SANTOS

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Newman Posts All-Star Performance at New Hampshire

NASCAR Sprint Cup Veteran Claims Whelen All-Star Shootout

LOUDON, N.H. (July 11, 2014) — Twice before, Ryan Newman drove the venerable 7NY Modified to Victory Lane in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver did it again Friday. This time, the win came in the non-points inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout. The latest victory came with the familiar frantic swapping of the lead synonymous with the open-wheeled cars on the 1.058-mile.

Newman lost the lead to Justin Bonsignore into Turn 1 of the white-flag lap, but got it back in Turn 3 and won the drag-race to the checkered flag.

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Keselowski Again in Camping World RV Sales 301 Final Practice

Brad Keselowski continued to lead in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a lap of 28.583/133.254.Jeff Gordon was second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Kevin Harvick. Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, and Martin Truex, Jr. rounded out the top ten.

NSCS Final Practice
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
22nd Annual Camping World RV Sales 301
Provided by NASCAR Statistics – Sat, July 12, 2014 @ 12:30 PM Eastern
Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
1 2 Brad Keselowski Redd’s Ford 28.583 133.254 12 45 —.— —.—
2 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 28.687 132.771 27 37 -0.104 -0.104
3 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 28.694 132.739 25 35 -0.111 -0.007
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 28.740 132.526 24 42 -0.157 -0.046
5 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 28.743 132.512 24 44 -0.160 -0.003
6 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 28.746 132.498 32 53 -0.163 -0.003
7 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 28.767 132.402 23 34 -0.184 -0.021
8 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 28.774 132.370 12 47 -0.191 -0.007
9 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips/Shark Week Chevrolet 28.783 132.328 31 45 -0.200 -0.009
10 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 28.798 132.259 10 34 -0.215 -0.015
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 28.805 132.227 20 39 -0.222 -0.007
12 27 Paul Menard Duracell/Menards Chevrolet 28.816 132.177 36 45 -0.233 -0.011
13 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 28.819 132.163 20 37 -0.236 -0.003
14 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 28.823 132.144 1 45 -0.240 -0.004
15 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1 Chevrolet 28.847 132.035 13 44 -0.264 -0.024
16 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy Toyota 28.867 131.943 25 39 -0.284 -0.020
17 66 Jeff Burton Toyota Let’s Go Places Toyota 28.867 131.943 3 39 -0.284 -0.000
18 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 28.870 131.929 10 44 -0.287 -0.003
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Wegmans/Cargill Ford 28.876 131.902 22 28 -0.293 -0.006
20 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 28.887 131.852 23 29 -0.304 -0.011
21 22 Joey Logano AutoTrader.com Ford 28.895 131.815 14 40 -0.312 -0.008
22 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevrolet 28.910 131.747 28 41 -0.327 -0.015
23 16 Greg Biffle NESN 30th Anniversary Ford 28.926 131.674 23 30 -0.343 -0.016
24 51 Justin Allgaier # AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet 28.934 131.638 5 40 -0.351 -0.008
25 55 Brian Vickers Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 28.935 131.633 33 50 -0.352 -0.001
26 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 28.969 131.478 27 39 -0.386 -0.034
27 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 29.021 131.243 4 39 -0.438 -0.052
28 47 AJ Allmendinger Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet 29.028 131.211 8 27 -0.445 -0.007
29 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 29.065 131.044 6 33 -0.482 -0.037
30 7 Michael Annett # Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 29.098 130.896 4 33 -0.515 -0.033
31 43 Aric Almirola Charter Ford 29.140 130.707 5 25 -0.557 -0.042
32 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 29.177 130.541 18 35 -0.594 -0.037
33 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 29.202 130.429 22 28 -0.619 -0.025
34 26 Cole Whitt # TapOut Muscle Recovery Toyota 29.253 130.202 8 29 -0.670 -0.051
35 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver’s Ford 29.256 130.189 7 26 -0.673 -0.003
36 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet 29.260 130.171 7 26 -0.677 -0.004
37 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 29.268 130.135 4 32 -0.685 -0.008
38 23 Alex Bowman # Dr Pepper Toyota 29.292 130.029 22 38 -0.709 -0.024
39 83 Ryan Truex Burger King Toyota 29.528 128.989 9 14 -0.945 -0.236
40 32 Eddie MacDonald tryandrozene.com Ford 29.800 127.812 4 42 -1.217 -0.272
41 33 Morgan Shepherd(i) Thunder Coal Chevrolet 29.829 127.688 18 23 -1.246 -0.029
42 87 Timmy Hill Toyota 30.107 126.509 4 4 -1.524 -0.278
*Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski 29 38 131.783
2 42 Kyle Larson # 1 10 131.569
3 4 Kevin Harvick 22 31 131.506
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 17 26 131.266
5 11 Denny Hamlin 1 10 131.239
6 1 Jamie McMurray 31 40 131.226
7 24 Jeff Gordon 1 10 131.160
8 18 Kyle Busch 1 10 131.133
9 27 Paul Menard 35 44 131.119
10 20 Matt Kenseth 19 28 131.078
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 23 32 131.067
12 5 Kasey Kahne 3 12 131.058
13 15 Clint Bowyer 1 10 131.045
14 99 Carl Edwards 1 10 130.946
15 55 Brian Vickers 30 39 130.849
16 66 Jeff Burton 2 11 130.822
17 51 Justin Allgaier # 1 10 130.819
18 22 Joey Logano 30 39 130.804
19 78 Martin Truex Jr. 24 33 130.576
20 31 Ryan Newman 25 34 130.424
21 41 Kurt Busch 19 28 130.216
22 14 Tony Stewart 1 10 129.771
23 34 David Ragan 5 14 129.642
24 40 Landon Cassill(i) 1 10 129.299
25 10 Danica Patrick 1 10 129.165
26 7 Michael Annett # 2 11 128.732
27 38 David Gilliland 1 10 128.452
28 32 Eddie MacDonald 1 10 126.242
29 23 Alex Bowman # 29 38 126.041
* Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above chart.
*Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Keselowski Leads Morning Practice for Camping World RV Sales 301

LOUDON, NH — Brad Keselowski paced the second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday morning with a lap of 28.478/133.745. Jamie McMurray was second at 28.619 followed by Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson. Martin Truex, Jr., Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top 10. The Camping World RV Sales 301 is at 1PM Sunday.

NSCS Practice 2
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
22nd Annual Camping World RV Sales 301
Provided by NASCAR Statistics – Sat, July 12, 2014 @ 09:54 AM Eastern
Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
1 2 Brad Keselowski Redd’s Ford 28.478 133.745 4 15 —.— —.—
2 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 28.619 133.086 5 32 -0.141 -0.141
3 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 28.630 133.035 15 24 -0.152 -0.011
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 28.659 132.901 3 24 -0.181 -0.029
5 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 28.666 132.868 11 28 -0.188 -0.007
6 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 28.667 132.864 4 22 -0.189 -0.001
7 22 Joey Logano AutoTrader.com Ford 28.706 132.683 2 25 -0.228 -0.039
8 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 28.709 132.669 7 25 -0.231 -0.003
9 27 Paul Menard Duracell/Menards Chevrolet 28.720 132.618 3 21 -0.242 -0.011
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 28.730 132.572 10 23 -0.252 -0.010

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Little in Perfect Position for First Win

Avoids Wreck To Take K&N Pro East Checkers At New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. — Third-place was the perfect position for Jesse Little on the white flag lap at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday. The end result was him standing in Victory Lane with his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win.

The 17-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, drove around the two wrecking leaders in Turn 3 en route to winning the Granite State 100. The NASCAR Next driver and 2013 K&N Pro East Sunoco Rookie of the Year was making his 33rd K&N Pro start.

“The celebration was one I will never forget,” said Little. “It was truly amazing. And to do it on my mom’s birthday, too – it’s an amazing birthday present that I can hand her that trophy.

“It’s one I’ll never forget.”

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Busch Tops Coors Light Pole Qualifying at NHMS

Qualifying Fast Facts - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
22nd Annual Camping World RV Sales 301
Provided by NASCAR Statistics – Fri, July 11, 2014 @ 05:42 PM Eastern

Coors Light Pole Winner: Kyle Busch
Age: 29
Team : No. 18 – Interstate Batteries Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs
Crew Chief: Dave Rogers
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 22nd Annual Camping World RV Sales 301 with a track qualifying record lap of 27.574 seconds, 138.130 mph. Ryan Newman held the previous track qualifying record (136.497 mph/27.904 seconds), set in September 2013.
This is the 13th track qualifying record set in 2014.
This is Busch’s 15th pole in 348 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and eighth top-10 start in 2014.
This is his second pole in 19 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2014 and his 15th in 25 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 10th in 18 races this season.

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Jimmie Johnson Fastest at NHMS

LOUDON, NH — Six-time and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson paced the opening practice for the Camping world RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a lap of 28.148/135.313.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Larson was second at 28.169/135.212, followed by Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick.

Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 10.
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QUALIFYING: Rhodes Nets 5th Pole

Record Run At New Hampshire For K&N Pro East Leader

LOUDON, N.H. – Ben Rhodes has repeatedly been asked if the opportunity to tie the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East record for consecutive wins this week is becoming a distraction.

Based on his track-record performance in capturing the pole for Friday’s Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it’s clear the 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver isn’t suffering from the attention.

“I just do my best and forget the rest,” Rhodes said after posting a fast lap of 128.580 mph (29.622 second) around the 1.058-mile oval. A victory in Friday’s race would let Rhodes tie Ricky Craven’s 23-year-old record of five straight series wins.

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PRACTICE: Rhodes Still Leads Way

K&N Pro East Points Leader Tops Charts At New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. — Ben Rhodes began his quest for a record-tying fifth consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series  East win with a dominant performance in the final practice session Thursda in adavnce of Friday’s Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The 17-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, had a lap of 29.489 seconds (129.160 mph) in his No. 41 Alpha Engery Solutions Chevrolet around the 1.058-mile oval.

Matt Tifft was second fastest at 29.811 (127.765), followed by Rhodes’ Turner Scott Motorsports teammate Cameron Hayley at 29.848 (127.607).

Jesse Little and Scott Heckert rounded out the top five.

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Grala Has Momentum Heading into NHMS

Seat Time Paying Off For 15-Year-Old TSM Driver

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kaz Grala is hoping that his recent on-track success will give him momentum heading into Friday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Grala, 15, is in his first year competing in the K&N Pro Series East, running the No. 31 NETTTS Chevrolet Impala for Turner Scott Motorsports in the upcoming Granite State 100. After opening the season with a pair of top-10 finishes in New Smyrna (Florida) and Daytona Beach, the youngest driver on the circuit had only one top 10 in his next six events.  Grala’s season might be turning around after recording his first top-five finish with the series on June 21 in the Visit Hampton VA 175 from Langley (Virginia) Speedway.

“It was my best career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finish,” said Grala about his fifth place effort at Langley. “With five laps to go, I was in the eighth position for a restart. I fought my way past three more cars on the outside with a photo finish for fifth place.”

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K&N Pro Series East Stat Advance: Loudon

Analyzing The Granite State 100 At NHMS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action Saturday with the Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:

Granite State 100 Setup:

• Points leader Ben Rhodes can move into a tie with Dylan Kwasniewski on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East single-season wins list with a victory, which would be his sixth of 2013. A win would also tie Ricky Craven’s 1991 record of most consecutive series wins in a season, five.

• The active leader with three wins at NHMS, Eddie MacDonald enters this race with top-10 finishes in 10 of his last 11 events at his home track.

• Daniel Suárez was the runner-up in last year’s event at NHMS. He has three top 10s in four career starts at the track .

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Camping World RV Sales 301

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 7, 2014) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire going into the Camping World RV Sales 301 on July 13. TNT’s coverage begins at 12 p.m. (ET) and the race is scheduled for 1 p.m.

NEW HAMPSHIRE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota)
• Two wins, four top fives, six top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 15.1
• Average Running Position of 12.4, sixth-best
• Driver Rating of 95.0, sixth-best
• 233 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
• Average Green Flag Speed of 124.704 mph, sixth-fastest
• 3,352 Laps in the Top 15 (70.3%), 12th-most
• 452 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 11th-most

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
• Three wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
• Average finish of 15.3
• Average Running Position of 13.7, 10th-best
• Driver Rating of 90.4, 12th-best
• 187 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
• 920 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
• Average Green Flag Speed of 124.559 mph, 10th-fastest
• 3,380 Laps in the Top 15 (62.9%), 11th-most
• 516 Quality Passes, sixth-most

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Cole Powell Returns at NHMS

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Cole Powell of Mount Brydges, Ontario will make his first appearance at one of his favorite tracks this weekend. Powell will enter the Whelen All-Star Shootout on July 11 and the Sunoco 100 on July 12 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bristol, the September New Hampshire race and possibly the World Series at Thompson will be on his limited schedule.

Powell will continue to race his Late Model in the 100 lap races at Delaware Speedway, five minutes from home. “I have a big family and friends that like to come watch, which is cool,” Powell said.

Powell wants to get a win soon. “(I) was really close last Friday, finishing runner-up, coming from the back of the field twice after getting a flat,” Powell said. “… A top three in the mods would be awesome considering all the hard work my dad and I have been doing on the cars.”

Powell may also enter a CRA Super Late Model race in the United States, but is not sure what track.

Powell finished sixteenth in the standings last season. Powell is returning with the same crew as last year; he feels that the team will run better during his sophomore season.

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K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Loudon

Rhodes Not Focused On Records As He Heads To NHMS

granitestate100.jpgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Two words have been synonymous with the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season: Ben Rhodes.

To say that the 17-year-old Louisville, Kentucky, native has been on a roll this year would be an understatement. Through nine events, Rhodes has five wins, eight top fives and eight top 10s. His average finish is 3.2, and if you remove the second race of the season at the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona, his average finish becomes 1.6.

“I don’t ever think about the stats,” responded Rhodes when asked whether he thinks about the numbers he’s put up so far this year. “If I look at the stats, I start putting pressure on myself to perform and live up to those expectations. I just try and forget about it all and do my best. My best is my best. I’ve got to forget about the rest”

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: NHMS

Whelen All-Star Shootout Launches Weekend Of Racing

Saturday’s Sunoco 100 will be the 60th all-time Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire. The marriage between the northeast-based tour and New England’s largest racing facility began on Sept. 2, 1990 in what was just the third NASCAR event held at the 1.058-mile oval. Mike McLaughlin was the first Whelen Modified Tour driver to reach Victory Lane in Loudon, and this Friday – nearly 24 years later – there will be another “first.”

The Whelen All-Star Shootout was first revealed in December as an addition to the July race weekend event schedule. With the idea of taking the unique type of racing that is produced by the Whelen Modifieds at the “Magic Mile” and creating a special sprint race to showcase it, the non-points shootout was born. Tour entitlement sponsor Whelen then added its support to the event.

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NWMT: Hossfeld in Our #21 for New Hampshire

3-time NHMS Winner to Run WASS & NH 100

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, NY will make his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hossfeld will drive the #21 car for Our Motorsports in the Whelen All-Star Shootout on July 11 and the New Hampshire 100 on July 12.

Chris Our of Harwich, MA fields a full-time entry for Tommy Barrett Jr. of Millis, MA. The addition of Hossfeld adds the driver with the second best average finish at Loudon among active drivers, a 10.4 in 16 starts.

“I know he’s some excited to drive Brad’s (Lafontaine) car and the way we do it and how fast we are,” Our said. “He can’t wait to get in it.”

“Chuck (Hossfeld) always wanted to last year,” Our said. “When we were contemplating doing something different, Chuck really wanted to come with me too. I like Chuck. He’s a very good guy, a very good driver and he wasn’t running much on the tour this year so we called him up and said ‘Hey do you want to drive the shootout and the other race?’ and he said he’d love to.

“He’s coming up with a couple of his guys to help and his spotter and we’re going to put a package together, go for it.”


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Champions Breakfast at NHMS July 11

LOUDON, NH — The Hospitality Village at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon will host the Speedway Children’s Charities Champions Breakfast at 8AM on Friday, July 11.

Proceeds benefits Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and David’s House. $40 tickets are available through newhampshire.speedwaycharities.org or www.chadkids.org.

The event will host six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and reigning Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillon.
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MacDonald To Make Sprint Cup Series Debut

Joins All New England Team For Race At NHMS

ROWLEY, Mass. – Local racing legend Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, Massachusetts, will drive the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford Fusion owned by fellow New Englanders Archie St. Hilaire from Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and long-time NASCAR crew chief Frank Stoddard from No. Haverhill, New Hampshire. Completing the all-New England team is Michael Alden, President and CEO of Blue Vase Marketing based in Beverly, Massachusetts, as the primary sponsor aboard the Go FAS Racing entry in the Camping World Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on July 13.

Archie St. Hilaire is no stranger to New England racing as a long time participant in the old Busch North Series, currently the K&N Pro Series East, before moving on to the Nationwide Series while Stoddard cut his teeth watching and learning from one of the greats in New England, Stub Fadden from his hometown. The No. 32 on the Go FAS Racing Ford is in honor of Fadden and his car’s number for nearly four decades. The duo joined forces this year to compete in the Sprint Cup Series and instantly choose Eddie Mac to drive for them at the “Magic Mile.”

“I was talking with Mike (Alden) some time ago and he expressed interest in sponsoring a New England driver for the NHMS race and asked me if I knew of anyone, “ chuckled St Hilaire. “I immediately said “I sure do” and gave him Eddie’s name. Eddie is a great driver with a lot of successful experience at this track with six wins. I love Eddie, his family, and his entire race team. They are a great bunch of people and I couldn’t be happier for Eddie and our team. It will be a lot of fun and with Eddie’s experience we hope to have a strong run.”

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Moffitt to Drive at Michigan

Brett Moffitt to Drive MWR’s No. 66 Toyota at Michigan Second Career Start; Jeff Burton to Drive at NHMS in July

CORNELIUS, N.C. – Michael Waltrip Racing announced today Brett Moffitt will drive the No. 66 Let’s Go Places Toyota at Michigan International Speedway on June 15, marking his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.

Moffitt, a 21-year-old Iowa native, made his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut in Dover last week in the No. 66 with Jay Robinson Racing, starting 18th and posting a 22nd-place finish. Jeff Burton, who was originally slated to run the Michigan race, now will be entered in the July 13 Sprint Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where he has won four times.

“Our No. 66 team was originally scheduled to run some new components at Michigan with Jeff, but those plans were delayed last week, causing us to debate running Michigan at all,” said MWR co-owner Michael Waltrip. “However, after the great effort we saw with Brett in his debut at Dover, we decided to move forward with Michigan, allowing Brett more seat time and to work towards his NASCAR eligibility to race on bigger tracks.
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Whelen All-Star Shootout Details Announced

Whelen Signs On As Race Sponsor; Race And Eligibility Details

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today that Whelen Engineering has signed on as the race entitlement sponsor for the invitation-only, special event featuring current and past champions from NASCAR’s modified tours in a non-stop, 40–lap shootout at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, July 11.

“We are extremely excited about this unique, all-out run to the checkers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway,” said Whelen Engineering Vice President of Motorsports Phil Kurze. “Some of the best NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing has occurred at Loudon through the years, and in July fans will be able to witness two days of the most exciting, bumper-to-bumper modified racing around.”

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Szegedy Set for July Races at NHMS

Named Driver of 15-40 Connection Chevrolet for Loudon

SHREWSBURY, Mass. – Rob Fuller Motorsports has named 2003 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Todd Szegedy the driver of the No. 15 Chevrolet for the New Hampshire 100 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12.
 
Team owner and driver, Rob Fuller made the decision shortly after testing the new LFR Chassis at Thompson Speedway last week.  Fuller is also the owner of LFR Chassis, a new company that manufactures modified and late model chassis, and this was the first test session where Fuller drove a race-ready modified chassis created by his company.
 
“My intention was to work the bugs out of this new chassis and when the time was right, let someone take the wheel so I could focus on the business,” said Fuller.  “After the test last week, I feel this chassis can win races immediately with the right people in the correct positions.  My knowledge of this chassis makes my value higher on the outside of the car.  With Todd driving and me making adjustments and gathering data, I feel we can win right out of the box.”

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Stewart Friesen to Join NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for Six Events

DIRTcar Nationals champion Stewart Friesen of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario will enter six NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events this season.

According to his web site, the reigning Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour champion will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125. He will also enter five additional events: New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12, Stafford on August 8, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on August 13, New Hampshire on July 20 and Thompson on October 19.

Friesen will enter the Race of Champions 200 at Oswego Speedway on September 14.

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Hendrick, Ganassi Lined Up for June Test Session

Biggest names in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Rookie of the Year contender to speed around NHMS June 3-4

LOUDON, N.H. – A six-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. The current series’ points leader. The winner of this year’s Daytona 500. And the favorite to win this year’s Rookie of the Year. All four and more will be on-track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 3 and 4, as track officials announced today that Hendrick Motorsports and Ganassi Racing will hold a test session at the facility in preparation for the Camping World RV Sales 301 on July 13.

Included in the field will be Hendrick drivers Jimmie Johnson, defending Sprint Cup champion; Jeff Gordon, a four-time champion and current points leader; Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won his second Daytona 500 in February; and Kasey Kahne, winner of Magic Mile’s July race back in 2012.

Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Larson and 2010 Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray will also be testing under the Ganassi Racing moniker.
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Three Stars of the Race Bonus Announced for ACT U.S.

Hebert, Ashline, Packard Honored

 The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a “Three Stars of the Race” award program for the 2014 race season. The program is designed to recognize three “non-podium” race teams who have had an outstanding race. Finishing position is not necessarily a criterion. The award will be based on team and/or individual effort. The award may be presented to the team based on an achievement by a crew member, crew chief, spotter, driver or owner.  

 A panel of race officials will select three stars at each 2014 point-counting event, the International 300 to be held July 20, 2014 at the Airborne Park Speedway, the Bond ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20, 2014, and the Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl held at Thunder Road on October 4-5, 2014.

The teams picked will each receive a coupon for a free American Racer Tire valued at $125.00. From the various winners, one team will be selected as the single most outstanding star of the season. That team will be awarded $1,000.00 at the annual ACT Banquet of Champions.

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Austin Theriault to Drive Three races for JR Motorsports

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 22, 2014) – Austin Theriault will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this season, as JR Motorsports has signed him to drive three races in the No. 5 Chevrolet.

Theriault, a 20-year-old late model racer from Fort Kent, Maine, will make his debut on May 18 at Iowa Speedway, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet replete with primary branding from SPY, the eyewear brand behind Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Signature 88 Collection and innovative Happy Lens™ technology. The upper-rear quarter-panels of the car will carry the logo of Dirty Mo Radio, the internet home for Earnhardt Jr.-related podcasts throughout the NASCAR season.

“SPY is happy to offer continued support to the JR Motorsports team and be a part of the exciting Nationwide Series debut of Austin Theriault,” said Michael Marckx, SPY CEO and president. “On the heels of our commitment to Dirty Mo Radio, this is only the beginning of the excitement SPY looks to bring to NASCAR, and we’re happy to do it with JR Motorsports.”

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