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Stewart Has Wicked Good Run at New Hampshire

Haas Automation Driver Finishes Second in New Hampshire 301 

Date:  July 17, 2016

Event:  New Hampshire 301 (Round 19 of 36)

Series:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location:  New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)

Start/Finish:  12th/2nd (Running, completed 301 of 301 laps)

Point Standing:  28th (287 points, 67 ahead of 31st)

Winner:  Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Tony Stewart had a wicked good run Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, wheeling his No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to a second-place finish in the New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It was Stewart’s third top-five result this season and his 15th top-five in 34 career Sprint Cup starts at New Hampshire.

Stewart made the most of three restarts that took place during the race’s final 33 laps, driving from ninth to second and finishing 1.982 seconds behind race winner Matt Kenseth.

“The last three restarts were pretty intense,” Stewart said. “This track has always kind of had a history of one lane prevailing over the others. It seemed like it took a couple laps after the restarts for the track to rubber back in, and I think it was the best tire that Goodyear has brought here that I can remember in the 18 years I’ve been here. You could race all over the racetrack today. It was a fun race.”

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Harvick Finishes Fifth at New Hampshire

Jimmy John’s Driver Extends His Sprint Cup Series Points Lead to 14

Date: July 17, 2016

Event: New Hampshire 301 (Round 19 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)

Start/Finish: 8th/4th (Running, completed 301 of 301 laps)

Point Standing: 1st (636 points, 14 points ahead of second)

Winner: Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), overcame pit road misfortune early in Sunday’s New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon to finish fourth, marking his eighth top-five result of 2016 and his eighth top-five in 31 career starts at New Hampshire.

Harvick started eighth and immediately showed he had one of the fastest cars on the racetrack as he advanced to the third position by the competition caution on lap 35. However, an issue with the pit gun used by the rear-tire changer resulted in a slower than normal stop which, paired with a two-tire strategy by several cars, dropped the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet back to the 12th position for the lap-40 restart.

The Bakersfield, California, native quickly worked his way back into the top-five and was racing in the fourth position by the following caution on lap 101. Harvick again came to pit road for a four-tire stop, but the left-rear tire briefly got hung inside the wheel well, causing another slightly slower stop. As a result the No. 4 Chevrolet restarted in the 11th position.

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Solid Weekend in New England Ends Abruptly for Blake Koch

Blake Koch, No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection™ Chevrolet Camaro
NASCAR XFINITY Series
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Auto Lotto 200
Race No. 17 of 33

Stats:

Started: 11th
Finished: 32nd
Laps:  159/200
Status: Running
Driver Points: 12th
Owner Points: 17th

Loudon, N.H. (July 17, 2016)- Kicking off his weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway posting the 15th and fifth fastest times in both of Friday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) practice sessions, Blake Koch continued the trend qualifying a track-best 11th for Saturday’s Auto Lotto 200.

Settling into the top-15 once the initial green flag dropped on the 200-lap event, Koch radioed in, just 20 laps into the green-flag run, that his No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection™ Chevrolet Camaro was “plowing tight” and that he needed “a bit more forward drive.”
Able to maintain his track position despite fighting an ill-handling race car, Koch was able to come to pit road on lap 52 when the first yellow flag of the race was displayed. Coming to the attention of his Kaulig Racing™ team, crew chief Chris Rice made the call for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help better Koch’s corner exit.

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Coby Claims Another ‘Magic Mile’ Win

Moves Into 7th All-Time On NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win List

LOUDON, N.H. (July 16, 2016) — By any measure, Doug Coby has compiled quite a decorated career. But the three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion is far from done piling up the accomplishments.

The 36-year-old from Milford, Connecticut, added to his length resume Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Coby drove the No. 2 Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet to win in New England 100.

Coby led the final six laps and crossed the finish line .037 seconds ahead of Donny Lia.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss New Hampshire race

CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not compete in the July 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

Earnhardt, driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, was evaluated this week in Charlotte and today was not cleared by physicians to race. Alex Bowman will be the team’s substitute driver this weekend at New Hampshire.

“I wasn’t feeling great the week going into Kentucky (Speedway) and thought it was possibly severe allergies,” Earnhardt said. “I saw a family doctor and was given medication for allergies and a sinus infection. When that didn’t help, I decided to dig a little deeper. Because of my symptoms and my history with concussions, and after my recent wrecks at Michigan and Daytona, I reached out and met with a neurological specialist. After further evaluation, they felt it was best for me to sit out.
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Jimmy John’s Racing: Kevin Harvick New Hampshire Race Advance and Team Report

Track Position Is Key at The Magic Mile

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (July 13, 2016) – Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), knows track position will be key to winning when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for Sunday’s New Hampshire 301.

Winning Sunday at “The Magic Mile” is the only outcome that will help improve Harvick’s position when he pursues his goal of a second Sprint Cup championship.

The Bakersfield, California native earned the first requirement for entry into the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs in thrilling fashion when he scored a win in just the fourth race of the season at Phoenix International Raceway by .01 of a second over runner-up Carl Edwards. By finishing last weekend’s race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta 382 points ahead of the 31st-place driver in the standings, Harvick is now guaranteed to finish in the top-30 in driver points after race No. 26 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in September. A second win and attempting to qualify for the remaining eight regular-season Sprint Cup events would guarantee Harvick a spot in the Chase.

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Eddie MacDonald Leads All-New England Team in Sprint Cup Race at NHMS

Eddie MacDonald Leads All-New England Team in Sprint Cup Race at NHMS

Eddie MacDonald will again partner with Go Fas Racing owned by Old Orchid Beach, Maine resident Archie St. Hilaire in this Sunday’s NASCAR’s Sprint Cup New Hampshire 301 at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bentley’s Saloon of Arundel, Maine will be the primary sponsor with The Rod Father of Sanford, Maine as an associate sponsor.

For the third time in as many years Eddie Mac will pilot the #32 Bentley’s Saloon Ford at the “Magic Mile,” saying, “This is a great thrill for me to drive for Archie on my favorite track. This is something you work your whole life for and to be given the opportunity to realize your dream for the third time is incredible. Archie and his son Mason are fantastic people and I can’t even describe how thankful I am to them. And to have Bentley Warren sponsor the car is special. Bentley is the greatest Super Modified driver of all time and has been a friend of my father for over fifty years and has always been supportive of my racing since I started at Lee USA Speedway, my parent’s track. Les Sanborn, The Rod Father, is another super guy and is always in my corner and does whatever he can to help me out. I am lucky to have these people with me.”

Archie Hilaire is pleased to have Eddie Mac in the seat again saying, “We are really happy to have Eddie back in the car at Loudon. He knows the track as well as anyone and is always a crowd favorite. When we sat down with our primary sponsor, Bentley Warren, and talked about whom to put in the car, his first choice was Eddie! Eddie is a great guy from a great family and we can’t wait for July 17.”

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Jeff Rocco Adds Dunleavy’s for Thompson Title Run

Rocco Running Part-time ACT Schedule

Jeff Rocco of Wallingford, CT will have a new look on his Late Model at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park this season. Rocco has a new sponsor in Dunleavy’s Road Service of Brookfield, CT. The car will run a similar paint scheme to last year’s with Dunleavy’s on the quarter panels.

Dunleavy’s Road Service is owned by Doug Dunleavy, who has mostly sponsored Modifieds until now. He is the primary sponsor for Mike Smeriglio Racing and three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby. He has also sponsored Ryan Preece’s efforts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and K&N East Series.

“It was decided to put more effort into the sponsorship fund as of the approaching season,” Rocco said. “And I had talked to Doug (Dunleavy) before and I reached out to him and see if it was something he might be interested in and he was. And I can’t think of a sponsor I’d rather have more onboard than Doug. Not only because he’s not just a sponsor, he’s a supporter of racing, and he really puts his whole heart into helping other racers and helping racing stay alive in general. So it’s just a pretty good feeling to have somebody like that backing you.”

“I’ve got a warm spot in my heart for Modifieds and I always will and if I can get back in one someday that’d be great. But ultimately racing is racing at the end of the day and we’re turning left and going in circles and trying to be the first one across the stripe. So it was big for him more so I think than it was for me. But I’m glad I could be the one to open the door into the full fendered world.”

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Corey Fanning Prepares for Seekonk, Thompson Effort

Fanning Moving to Late Models at Thompson

Corey Fanning of Mapleville, RI will continue in Street Stocks full time at Seekonk (MA) Speedway this season. The team acquired a Late Model last year and finished it over the winter to run at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. The paint scheme will feature the same colors with a new ‘flashier’ look for the No. 11.

“We’ll take it in baby steps and when we finally catch a break we’ll take it and run,” Fanning said. “But it’s going to be a big learning curve for everybody me as a driver, my whole crew.””Seat time is key. You’re not gonna learn anything standing there looking at the car. It’s gonna take 90 percent of the time making the wrong adjustment to learn what the right adjustment is. … I think traveling to other tracks with my Street Stock helped big time with that. There’s just more things to touch on a Late Model. There’s a lot more that can be changed and go wrong or go right. … It will definitely be different, but we’re looking forward to it.”

“Seat time is key. You’re not gonna learn anything standing there looking at the car. It’s gonna take 90 percent of the time making the wrong adjustment to learn what the right adjustment is. … I think traveling to other tracks with my Street Stock helped big time with that. There’s just more things to touch on a Late Model. There’s a lot more that can be changed and go wrong or go right. … It will definitely be different, but we’re looking forward to it.”

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K&N Pro Series 2016 Schedules Announced

Twenty-Seven Races Set To Showcase Sport’s Rising Stars

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series has become the preeminent development proving ground for the sport’s future stars.

The 27 races on the 2016 schedule – from New England to Southern California, and from Washington to Florida – provides a comprehensive slate of venues and events designed to test drivers and showcase the best and brightest for NASCAR fans.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West schedules, announced today, comprise of 14 points races for each championship. It is highlighted by the annual meeting in the Heartland for the combination race at Iowa Speedway on July 29.
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ACT Returning to NHMS for 8th Bond Auto Parts Invitational

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) announced today that ACT will return to the 1.058-mile speedway in 2016 for the 8th Annual Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24. The 50-lap event has been a staple of the ACT schedule since its inaugural running in 2009.

“It’s definitely a race that I love going to,” 2014 Invitational winner Wayne Helliwell, Jr. said. “It brings a different type of racing that we don’t get to do at any other track. Running three-, four-, and sometimes five-wide, as much as it’s nerve-wracking, is also really enjoyable. Overall, it’s just a great experience – especially being mixed in with some of the Cup drivers and the Modified Tour guys. It’s a big event for the crew, the family, and the sponsors, and it’s something we really look forward to every year.”

The 2015 Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational drew competitors from seven different U.S. states and the Canadian province of Quebec, with Rowley, MA’s Eddie MacDonald capturing his fourth Invitational victory. This year’s edition will once again be part of the track’s NASCAR weekend on “Tripleheader Saturday” which includes the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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2015 CHAMPION PROFILE: Doug Coby

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the three-act structure of storytelling, the segments include the setup, confrontation and resolution. Doug Coby’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career fits quite well with this mold, and he’s providing plenty of resolution in his third act.

Coby’s first two acts have been well-chronicled at this point, but to briefly review:

Act 1, The Setup – The Milford, Connecticut, native debuted on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2002 and competed full-time from 2003-07. He became established as a regular in the garage.

Act 2, The Confrontation – From 2008-10 he was without a full-time car, with various opportunities here and there, but nothing stable. His future on the tour, and his place in it, was in question.

Act 3, The Resolution, is where we’ll pick up the story. This act is still very much a work-in-progress for the 36-year-old. The story is not yet complete, but lose ends are getting tied up.

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Three Dog Night Mourns the Loss of Cory Wells

Wells with Three Dog Night at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, June 28, 2009.

Los Angeles, CA (October 21, 2015) “It is with deep sadness and disbelief that I must report the passing of Cory Wells, my beloved band mate for over 45 years,” announced Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night. .“Cory was an incredible singer – a great performer, he could sing anything.”
Wells, one of the three lead singers of iconic American pop band Three Dog Night, died unexpectedly yesterday in Dunkirk, NY. Wells had been with Three Dog Night from the beginning and continued performing with the band up until September of this year when he developed a problem with severe back pain.

“Cory was like a brother in so many ways,“ said Hutton. “We had been together since 1965 and I am in shock at this sudden loss.”

Wells, whose band The Enemys was the house band at Whisky A Go-Go, met Hutton, a solo artist and a writer/producer at Hanna Barbera Records, when they had both been invited to tour with Sonny and Cher. After that tour, Hutton contacted Wells about forming a group with three lead singers.

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Our Motorsports Ceases Operations

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (OCTOBER 19, 2015) – Our Motorsports has announced today that it will cease operations effective immediately.

“My involvement in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour over the past four seasons has been a wonderful experience,” said team owner Chris Our. “I have been very fortunate to have developed new friendships and business associates that have made this a special time in my life.”

“I want to take this opportunity to thank my drivers, past and present, and crew members who worked countless hours to help make our program a success. To all our sponsors who have helped us over the years, we thank you for your support. Lastly, to Brad Lafontaine and Northeast Race Cars, we couldn’t have made it without you.”

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Eddie MacDonald Wins ACT Invitational at NHMS

For the fourth time in seven outings, Eddie MacDonald powered to an impressive win in the Seventh Annual Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September, 26. The Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy started 20th in the 43 car field to take the checkered flag in a convincing win in the 50 lap event.

“This is my favorite track so to get this win in front of all our fans, friends, and family is fantastic,” said the jubilant veteran racer. “To be able to win this event four times in seven tries is due to all the hard work everyone puts into this car. From Freddie and Sheila (Peterson) on down, none of this would be possible without a lot of effort. When the race started we knew we had a fast car but we didn’t have time to waste because the race was only fifty laps. Fortunately, the car responded well and I was able to get up in contention early.”

When the green flag waved Eddie Mac wasted little time as he weaved through the field and after a lap two caution the Rowley, Mass. driver had the crowd cheering as he entered turn one third on the outside and on the bottom of turn three on the inside. When the dust settled the #17Ma. passed four cars and in the eighth position on lap four.

On lap 11 Eddie Mac rode in third place for a number of laps to cool his tires saying, “As long as I could see the #58 I was content to ride a bit but we really needed a caution because the #58 and #97 were so far out in front. At the halfway flag, Rollie (LaChance) said I better get going. I made a little progress but then we got the break we needed with a caution on lap 31. The car was a little tight, but I could deal with it so no adjustments were needed.”

Eddie Mac restarted sixth with three lap cars separating the #17 from the leaders. After three laps, Eddie Mac passed the #58 for second place and set his sights on Joey Pole. On lap 37, Eddie Mac had the lead and began pulling away establishing a four car length lead. With six laps to go and a ten car length lead, the caution flag waved.

“Earlier we wanted the caution but this time we didn’t,” said Eddie Mac. “Joey was on the outside on the restart and Helliwell was right behind me and he was fast. I got lucky when the green waved with six laps to go Laperle dove in low under Wayne and Joey in turn one and that gave me time to get away with them fighting for second.”

When the checkered flag waved, Eddie Mac enjoyed a comfortable eight car length lead over Pole to claim the win saying, “This is special to be this good here. We have won four of these, all on odd years, 2009, 2011, 2013, and today. I guess we should just stay home on the even years,’ joked the winner in Victory Lane.

“I get all the credit, but this wouldn’t happen without the commitment of so many people,” said the thankful winner. “Rollie and I appreciate all Freddie and Sheila have given to us with the support of Bobby Wood, our K&N team owner Rob Grimm, Ken and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric in Quincy, and Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty. We also get support from Stilo, HMS Motorsports, and Schroth Racing. Our crew is the best with thanks to Laura, Tom, Rob, Logger, Al, Kenny, and Donny. The car looks great thanks to our body and paint man John Tiernan and to the guys in the shop Dick Casey, our PR guy also, and Herbie Wing. Thanks to all our fans that come out to support us.

The season is far from over as Eddie Mac will race in the final K&N Pro Series East race of the season on Friday, October 2nd at Dover International Speedway where he finished fourth last year. Eddie Mac will the defend his ACT Milk Bowl title at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont on October 10th-11th before heading to Thompson Ct. for the World Series of Racing onOctober 16th-17th in the final ACT series race of the season. Finally, the team will wrap up their Late Model season in the Fall Brawl at Speedway 51, in Groveton, NH on October 24th.

Sources: Eddie MacDonald PR

Dillon Moltz Onboard-NHMS ACT Race

Toy State Supporting TBR, Baldwin Looking Toward 2016

Bowman Visits Boston Children’s Hospital

LOUDON, NH — Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver Alex Bowman visited Boston Children’s Hospital  Thursday. Patients signed a helmet that will be auctioned to benefit The NASCAR Foundation. Additional signatures will be added by patients in each city the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits this season.

“It’s a pretty neat deal,” team owner Tommy Baldwin, Jr. said. “Obviously it’s always cool to see some kids that are having difficulties in the hospital smile a little bit as well as their families too. So it’s always good to give back in that way and it was a great appearance. We brought the whole hauler and the car, and actually the same car that we’re racing today there, and got everybody to take a look at it and the helmet as we’re going through all these different racetracks here upcoming racetracks we’re going to go to all these hospitals have the kids sign ’em and then auction it off.”

Toy State of Norwood, MA is the primary sponsor of the No. 7 Nikko/Road Rippers No. 7 Chevrolet for today’s Sylvania 300 and the last four races of the year at Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix, and Homestead.

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Preece Set for NASCAR Sprint Cup Debut

LOUDON, NH — Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in today’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Preece is driving the No. 98x Mohawk Northeast/East West Marine Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

“It’s exciting,” Preece said. “Obviously, you’re on NASCAR’s biggest stage right here with everybody else. So just want to have a good clean day and have a good run so we got 300 laps to do that.”

Preece races regularly in New England. The 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion has won championships at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. Preece has won 83 Modified races and once in TQ Midgets.

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Coby Escapes With Whelen Mod Win At NHMS

Bumps Leader Preece On Last Lap, Gets Back In Title Hunt

LOUDON, N.H. – Doug Coby bumped Ryan Preece out of the race lead in Turn 1 after taking the white flag and drove away from New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday evening with the F.W. Webb 100 trophy in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action.

The contact brought out the yellow and checkered flags for Coby after Preece collected a number of other cars in the aftermath. Preece was scored in 19th at the time the caution came out.

The result was a big boost to the title defense hopes of the driver from Milford, Connecticut, who is back in the game with two races remaining on the schedule. Twenty-five tallies behind Preece entering the event, Coby moved to within 11 of new championship leader Woody Pitkat at 529-518 while Preece slipped to second at 521.

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Christopher Looks to End Drought Today

Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT has the best average finish in the F.W. Webb 100 since 1997 at 9. He is the winningest active driver at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with 5 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins, 21 top fives, and 29 top tens.

“I need to get a winning percentage today, though,” Christopher said. “I want a win.”

Christopher has driven for a number of teams since his last win in 2011. Brad LaFontaine and Christopher are reunited at Our Motorsports. They won the 2008 championship together. 

“We know each other. we’ve raced together and won a championship before and won a lot of races.”

Christopher has 10 wins at the 1.058-mile facility, including five in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

“I just like the track. I like the speed of it, all that stuff. So we didn’t qualify as well as we did, but I think we got a real good car for the race today and we’ll see how it goes first half and make some adjustments and race like hell the second half.”

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Davis, Rocco on Front Row for 7th Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Loudon, NH – Todd Davis of Claremont, NH and Jeff Rocco of Wallingford, CT will start on the front row for today’s 7th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational. The event features 43 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model drivers from the Northeast United States and eastern Canada.

Davis is a long-time ACT Tour competitor making his fourth Invitational start, while multi-time Thompson Speedway Late Model winner Rocco is making his first appearance in the Invitational. Fellow first-timer Walt Hammond Jr. of Orange, NH and Newport, NH’s Kyle Welch make up the second row followed by Ryan Vanasse and Tom Carey Jr.

2012 Invitational winner Ray Parent of Tiverton, RI will lead former event winners as he comes from the 14th starting spot. 2010 winner Joey Polewarczyk Jr. starts 16th. Three-time winner Eddie MacDonald and defending Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. start 20th and 21st.

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QUALIFYING: Coby Sweeps NHMS Poles

On Point For Saturday’s Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100

LOUDON, N.H. – Doug Coby earned a season sweep of Coors Light Pole Awards at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when he took the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s top qualifying honors for the F.W. Webb 100.

Coby, of Milford, Connecticut, posted a fast lap of 29.130 seconds (130.752 mph) to notch his eighth career pole overall and third at the 1.058-mile oval. It was his fourth Coors Light Pole of the 2015 season, which includes the Whelen Modified Tour’s first trip to NHMS in July.

Bobby Santos qualified outside pole with a quick circuit of 29.249 (130.220) while Woody Pitkat was third-fastest at 29.256 (130.189).

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PRACTICE: Preece Off To Fast Start

Led Whelen Modified Tour Practice at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. – Ryan Preece is off to a fast start with a prominent weekend of racing on his docket at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Preece, who will attempt to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut while also looking to protect his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points lead, was fastest in F.W. Webb 100 practice Friday morning the “Magic Mile.”

Preece, from Berlin, Connecticut, turned a fast lap of 28.890 seconds (131.838 mph) around the 1.058-mile oval to lead the 34-car field behind the wheel of his No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet. Preece leads Woody Pitkat by one point in the championship standings entering the event.

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Hemric Honoring Carelli at NHMS

LOUDON, NH — Daniel Hemric enters Saturday’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway fifth in the standings. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender drives for NTS Motorsports owned by Bob Newberry. Despite the team’s strength over the last month, Hemric wants to get a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory.

“I wouldn’t say surprised by it,” Hemric said. “We’ve definitely been successful. We’ve made big gains since the start of the year back in Daytona. Everybody at NTS Motorsports works really hard and California Clean Power has been giving us the stuff we need to get better week in and week out. And everybody says ‘Man, you guys have been successful this year,’ but we’ll feel like we’re successful whenever we break into victory lane and we all want that really bad just for Bob Newberry and the amount of stuff that himself and Chevy have put into the program.”

Prior to rear end issues at the last race at Chicagoland, Hemric had a 5.8 average finish in the last five races. He recorded top fives at Eldora, Bristol, and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

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Pitkat To Run Cook NASCAR Hall Of Fame Tribute Car At New Hampshire

NASCAR Whelen Modified Title Contender To Pilot Ride At New Hampshire

Pitkat_38DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2015) – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship contender Woody Pitkat will sport a different car number and colors this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but the marks will be plenty familiar to longtime modified fans.

Piktat’s regular No. 88 black and blue Chevrolet has transformed into a red and white No. 38 as a tribute to NASCAR Hall of Fame-elect Jerry Cook for Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100. The throwback scheme features a red paint with white lettering and numbers outlined in black, and the look comes complete with Cook’s primary sponsors Hollebrand Trucking and B&M Speed Shop. The No. 88 team’s present day sponsor Buzz Chew Chevrolet is also feature on the car with a retro logo.

Although Cook had retired from competition by the time New Hampshire’s “Magic Mile” opened in 1990, the track is the most prominent venue the Whelen Modified Tour visits, providing a fitting place for the tribute to take place.

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Pitkat To Run Cook Hall Of Fame Tribute Car

Whelen Modified Title Contender To Pilot Ride At New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship contender Woody Pitkat will sport a different car number and colors this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but the marks will be plenty familiar to longtime modified fans.

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Piktat’s regular No. 88 black and blue Chevrolet has transformed into a red and white No. 38 as a tribute to NASCAR Hall of Fame-elect Jerry Cook for Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100. The throwback scheme features a red paint with white lettering and numbers outlined in black, and the look comes complete with Cook’s primary sponsors Hollebrand Trucking and B&M Speed Shop. The No. 88 team’s present day sponsor Buzz Chew Chevrolet is also feature on the car with a retro logo.

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Rob Fuller Motorsports Ready to Rebound at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Ron Silk Aiming to Pilot the 15-40 Connection Modified to Victory Lane

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (Sept. 24, 2015) – After two tough races, Rob Fuller Motorsports is ready to start fresh with a visit to Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) heads to the “Magic Mile” on September 26. Ron Silk will once again drive the 15-40 Connection Modified for the team and looks to pick up right where he left off at the track.

“We always seem to have a really good car at Loudon,” said Rob Fuller, team owner. “I’m not expecting anything less this time around. We have a lot of new parts and pieces, including a different chassis design with this car from LFR Chassis. We are looking forward to seeing what Ronnie has to say about it. It’s great to have a chassis company that refuses to fall behind the times. We are looking forward to doing some R&D for those guys.”

During the NWMT’s visit to the track in July, Silk and the RFM team competed in both the All-Star Shootout and the Andy Blacksmith 100. Silk scored an eighth and fifth place finish in the two races, while also leading a multitude of laps.

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Santos Solid at NHMS

Bobby Santos, III’s personal best at New Hampshire Motor Speedway leads all NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers over the last four races.  He has 1 win, 3 top fives and 4 top tens in his last 4 races.

“We’ve had a good setup there the last couple of years and we’ve had a great car there,” Santos said. “I felt like in the spring we actually had a car that probably could’ve won it, but got caught up in an early crash. But I don’t know, I’m just comfortable there and I gotta thank my team for giving me good cars.”

Santos rallied from a crash just past the halfway break to finish third in July. 

“I kind of wish that wreck didn’t happen ’cause I felt like it hurt our car a little bit, but it was a good thing for our team. We’ve had a tough year, so it was a positive to get a good finish out of that.”

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — New Hampshire & Kentucky

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Gordon Set To Become NASCAR’s All-Time Consecutive Starts Leader

When Jeff Gordon starts his engine in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN), he will pass Ricky Rudd as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series consecutive starts leader by beginning his 789th straight race.

NASCAR’s new Iron Man has not missed a start since making his NSCS debut at Atlanta on Nov. 15, 1992 – a span of 22 years, 10 months and 12 days.

NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Rudd’s streak began on Jan. 11, 1981 and ended on Sept. 20, 2005. Over the stretch, he amassed a 23 wins, 194 top fives, 375 top 10s and 29 Coors Light Pole Awards. While impressive, his stats pale in comparison to Gordon who boasts four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, 92 wins, 323 top fives, 467 top 10s and 80 Coors Light Pole Awards.

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Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: NHMS

Analyzing The F.W. Webb 100 At New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will contest its 600th all-time event with the F.W. Webb 100 on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

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F.W. Webb 100 Setup:
• Ryan Preece brings a one-point lead over Woody Pitkat in the championship standings to this race. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the only remaining track on the schedule where he has yet to reach Victory Lane during his career.
• Pitkat is the defending winner of the F.W. Webb 100. He also won the non-points All-Star Shootout at the Magic Mile in July.
• Todd Szegedy will make his 200th career start in this race. The veteran captured his fourth career NHMS win with a triumph in July’s Andy Blacksmith 100.
• Justin Bonsignore has two wins and five top-five finishes in the last eight races, and has jumped 15 positions in the standings during that stretch.

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