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2018 Schedule Announced for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Season Opener Returns To Myrtle Beach; New Hampshire Extra-Distance Event On Tap

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will take the green flag on the 2018 season at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway in March, and the schedule will feature 16 championship points races at nine different venues.

The champion will once again be crowned at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as the .625-mile hosts the 56th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The calendar spotlight’s some of the northeast’s iconic short tracks, includes three fast southern venues and features the longest distance race in tour history as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour takes center stage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September for a 250-lap showdown.

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No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Racing: Clint Bowyer New Hampshire Race Report

Clint Bowyer Scores Seventh at New Hampshire
Haas Automation Driver Earns 11th Top-10 of Season

Date: Sept. 24, 2017

Event: ISM Connect 300 (Round 28 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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

Format: 300 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/150 laps)

Start/Finish: 16th/7th (Running, completed 300 of 300 laps)

Point Standing: 18th with 718 points

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Haas Automation/Monster Energy Racing: Kurt Busch New Hampshire II Race Report

Kurt Busch Finishes Disappointing 37th at Loudon

Haas Automation/Monster Energy Driver Involved in Multicar Accident; Now 15th in Points

Date: Sept. 24, 2017

Event: ISM Connect 300 (Round 28 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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

Format: 300 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/150 laps)

Start/Finish: 7th/37th (Accident, completed 148 of 300 laps)

Point Standing: 15th with 2,027 points

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Mobil 1 Racing: Kevin Harvick New Hampshire II Race Report

Harvick Finishes 36th at New Hampshire

Mobil 1 Driver Involved in Accident, 10th in Points After Second Playoff Race

Date: Sept. 24, 2017

Event: ISM Connect 300 (Round 28 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1-mile oval)

Format: 300 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/150 laps)

Start/Finish: 6th/36th (Running, completed 148 of 300 laps)

Point Standing: 10th with 2,069 points, 25 points ahead of 13th

Race Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

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Busch 12-Pack: Kyle Makes it a Dozen Career Wins at NHMS

Kyle Busch sneaks through trouble in Stage 2 and cruises to victory in ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race

LOUDON, N.H. – Already the all-time leader in NASCAR national series wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch extended that winning trend on Sunday in the ISM Connect 300. The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion put himself in good position to pick up his second championship in two years after a dominant win – the 12th of his career at NHMS – that punches his ticket to the next round of the playoffs.

Busch led 187 of 300 laps on Sunday, the vast majority of those coming in the 150-lap Final Stage, having narrowly avoided a big wreck that collected five playoff cars at the end of Stage 2. It was also a bit of redemption after a gaffe on pit road last week in Chicagoland cost Busch a chance to win the playoff opener.

“Getting through that smoke was the defining moment of the race for sure. And we’ve got a good pit crew and they did everything right today – today was a good catch-up moment for us,” said Busch, who now has three Cup Series wins at NHMS to go along with three wins in the XFINITY Series and six in the Camping World Truck Series. “This place always has exciting races and exciting moments, so I always look forward to racing here.”

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Pitkat Wins Touch ACT Invitational at NHMS

LOUDON, NH – Woody Pitkat drove the Summit Ice No. 07MA to victory in a rough and ragged ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday.

The race was called with 18 of 50 scheduled laps completed as daylight waned. Two false restarts attempting to complete lap 19, with Pitkat and runner-up Jimmy Hebert on the front row, sealed the deal.

Multiple accidents and long clean-up and line-up times prolonged the race for nearly two hours.

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Season Sweep for Santos at NHMS

Bobby Santos wins July and September Whelen Modified Tour races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to close out emotional week

LOUDON, N.H. – During a Friday press conference to announce next year’s historic short track extravaganza at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Doug Coby called Whelen Modified Tour racing at NHMS the ultimate chess match. That was evident on Saturday, as the four-time modified king was shuffled from first to 15th over the final 20 laps and it was a Bobby Santos checkmate in the F.W. Webb 100.

The win was the second straight for Santos, who became the first driver to sweep both Whelen Modified Tour races at NHMS since Ryan Newman in 2010. It was an emotional win for Santos, a close friend of modified legend Ted Christopher, who died tragically in a plane accident on Sept. 16.

“I was his biggest fan, so I think maybe he helped me win this one today,” said Santos, who now has three career wins in his last eight starts at NHMS. “This is where you want to win. It is what everybody shoots for. This is our Super Bowl. It means everything to win here.”

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Ring the Bell: Points Leader Opens the Door to Round 2 of Playoffs

Christopher Bell wins UNOH 175 for his fifth Camping World Truck Series victory of the season and his first at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

LOUDON, N.H. – Christopher Bell dominated the first two stages of Saturday’s UNOH 175. Despite the top-seed’s strong performance, the opening race in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series Playoff was still in question with 20 laps to go. Biding his time, Bell finally made his move around Ryan Truex with 16 laps remaining and pulled away for his first-ever win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“He was doing a really good job watching his mirrors. It was tough to pass all day, but we just had such a fast truck that we could do it until we caught up to Ryan,” said Bell, who finished second last September in his only other previous start at NHMS. “I kept trying to work down (the track) and he kept blocking my air. I got one run to go up in (Turn 1 and 2) and could get down and finally by him in Turn 3. It was a great battle.”

Bell led 73 of 175 laps on Saturday, becoming the first Camping World Truck Series driver in the last six races to win at NHMS from outside the pole position. It was however, the 10th straight Truck race at NHMS to be won from the front row.

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Mile Kyle: Busch Takes Top Spot for Sunday’s ISM Connect 300

Kyle Busch takes the pole position for the second straight week in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 16

LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Busch, the winningest driver in the history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, is in a great position to make it an even dozen for his career. The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion took the pole in Friday’s qualifying and will start on the front row in Sunday’s ISM Connect 300, the second playoff race in the opening Round of 16.

It was the second straight pole for Busch, who started up front last week at Chicagoland and finished 15th, and the eighth overall this season. Busch has won 11 total races at NHMS – Cup Series (two), XFINITY Series (six), Camping World Truck Series (three) – and is coming off a seventh-place finish in the July Overton’s 301.

“Feels pretty good to capitalize on another good Friday. We just need to figure out how to turn these into good Sundays,” said Busch, who now has 27 poles in 454 Cup Series starts. “This is a good place for us. The weather is going to be warmer, more like a July race, and we typically run better in July than we do in September so hopefully, that bodes well for us.”

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Junior Receives New England-Themed Sendoff from NHMS

One of the most popular drivers in history receives custom musket, powder horn, tri-corner hat, as well as $8,800 donation from SCC N.H. Chapter

LOUDON, N.H. – Flanked by Revolutionary War Minutemen, Dale Earnhardt Jr. received a New England-themed parting gift from New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, who will make his final NHMS start in Sunday’s ISM Connect 300, was gifted a custom-made Flintlock Musket, powder horn and tri-corner hat during Friday’s Appreci88tion Tour ceremony.

Earnhardt, who donned the 18th-century garb for a photo with the Minutemen, also received an $8,800 donation from the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. The money will be used to provide the Injury Prevention Center with nearly 600 kids’ bicycle helmets – double the normal distribution – to be handed out at the newly named Dale Jr. Foundation Safe Kids 301 at NHMS next spring.

“That musket is pretty awesome. I definitely don’t have one of those. We’ll see what (Martin) Truex thinks about that. He might be pretty jealous,” said Earnhardt, who also received a proclamation from New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, declaring Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day in the Granite State. “This is pretty cool to have the track do this. And the donation, that really means a lot to me.”

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Largest-Ever Touring Series Event Planned for September 2018

Three-race weekend to include longest-ever Whelen Modified Tour race, K&N Pro Series East global event, and the first-ever Pinty’s Series race in the U.S.

LOUDON, N.H. – History will be made next September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The 1.058-mile speedway is set to host a three-race weekend that will feature the longest NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race in history, a global cast of drivers from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, PEAK Mexico, and Whelen Euro series, and for the first time ever, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, which has never previously held a race outside of Canada. The weekend is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21-22 of 2018.

“This is going to be the ultimate short track showdown with regional and global stars from NASCAR’s touring series,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “We could not be more thrilled to once again host a major September NASCAR weekend, while making a little history at the same time. This is going to be an absolutely awesome world-class event for our fans.”

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East have long been an integral part of New Hampshire Motor Speedway lore, combining for more than 135 races since the track’s inaugural year in 1990.

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PJ1 Adhesive Compound to be Applied Again on Thursday and Sunday

Track Bite to be Reapplied for Upcoming NASCAR Race Weekend

Following positive feedback in July, PJ1 adhesive compound will be reapplied to first and third grooves in all four turns at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

The PJ1 application in July’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race allowed for a rare sight at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, three-wide racing through the turns.

LOUDON, N.H. – With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs ramping up and the Camping World Truck Series Playoffs set to begin, the pressure to win is sure to be intensified this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. To help amplify that excitement even more, speedway officials have announced that they will apply the same PJ1 compound that produced thrilling side-by-side racing in July.

“There’s no question that the track bite compound we laid down in July allowed for some awesome racing around the entire racetrack,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “We received some very positive feedback from the drivers, teams and, most importantly, the fans. The support to do it again in September was overwhelming.”

The PJ1 adhesive compound will be added to the first and third grooves in all four turns on Thursday night and again on Saturday night.

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Austin Dillon Makes Media Stops in Boston, Readies for Playoff Race at NHMS

Driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing eyeing first NHMS win in Sunday’s ISM Connect 300

BOSTON, MASS. – With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff shifting to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, championship contender Austin Dillon spent Tuesday visiting with media and fans in the Boston area. Dillon, the 27-year-old pilot for Richard Childress Racing’s iconic No. 3 team, enters Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 tied for 12th in points.

A total of 16 drivers make the playoffs, which puts Dillon on the bubble to reach the second round after a top-20 finish in the opening postseason race last weekend.

“This a big weekend for us. I made a mistake on pit road last weekend, which kind of set us back, so we want to come to New Hampshire and have a great race and get ourselves in a good position moving forward,” said Dillon. “I always enjoy coming up to this area, especially during this time of year when the leaves are changing and it’s starting to cool off a little bit. New England is awesome, and I know a lot of the other drivers feel the same way.”

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‘Fast N’ Loud’ Star Richard Rawlings to Drive Pace Car on Sept. 24

Gas Monkey Garage owner to make pre-race announcement with Foxwoods Resort Casino before leading field to green for ISM Connect 300 playoff race

LOUDON, N.H. – Mogul. Mechanic. Media magnet. All of these accurately describe Richard Rawlings. But later this month, the successful entrepreneur and eclectic star of Discovery Channel’s hit TV show “Fast N’ Loud” will demonstrate another of his many titles – race car driver – when he leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field to green. Rawlings will serve as the official pace driver for the Sept. 24 ISM Connect 300 playoff race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Before getting behind the wheel for the ISM Connect 300 at 2:00 p.m., the charismatic media personality will visit the speedway’s infield media center on the morning of the race. Rawlings will be making a special announcement with representatives from Foxwoods Resort Casino.

“I’ve driven a lot of cars over the course of my life, but I’ve never had a chance to drive a pace car. This is going to be an awesome experience,” said Rawlings. “Foxwoods has something big planned, too, so that will be cool to help them unveil their newest attraction. Then I’ll get in the pace car and tear it up – I might even stay out there for the green flag and see if I can hang with these NASCAR guys.”

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ACT posts $76,865 for NHMS Invitational

Eddie MacDonald going for third straight win on the Magic Mile

LOUDON, NH – A full field of American Canadian Tour Late Model competitors will be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday, September 23 for the Ninth Annual running of the ACT Invitational with over $76,000 on the line.

Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. – driver of the Hancock Electric/Exit Realty No. 17 – looms as the man to beat.

MacDonald has won five of the first eight ACT Invitationals, including the last two. He has taken home over $39,000 in winnings since the inaugural race in 2009.

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Champion Christopher Passes Away

Connecticut Driver Involved In Plane Crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR champion Ted Christopher passed away Saturday after being involved in a plane crash in Connecticut. He was 59.

Christopher is one of two drivers to win the NASCAR Whelen All-Amercian Series national title and a touring series championship. The Plainville, Connecticut, driver won the short-track national title in 2001 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crown in 2008. He was the winningest driver at a pair of Connecticut’s historic tracks: Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

He was one of two people on board a plane that went down in Guilford, Connecticut, Saturday afternoon. The crash claimed the life of both.
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Statement from NHMS GM David McGrath on the Passing of Ted Christopher

Statement from David McGrath, Executive Vice President and General Manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, on Ted Christopher, who died today in a plane crash in Guilford, Conn.:
“The short track community is one of the tightest-knit groups in motorsports, and today it lost one of its most passionate, talented and well-respected members. Ted Christopher was the gold standard when it came to short track racing, specifically the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. With 10 career victories, Teddy is one of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s most prolific drivers. I know that I can speak for everyone here, as well as our entire Speedway Motorsports, Inc. family, when I say that while Teddy may be gone, his legacy will carry on for generations to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow competitors at this very difficult time.”

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Charity Clay Shoot Highlights SCC September Race Weekend

LOUDON, N.H. – The New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities had a very successful July, as seven events helped bring in more than $140,000 to benefit children across New England. With five more events planned for the return of NASCAR Race Week next week – Sept. 21-24 – SCC is ready to ensure the holiday season will be a bright one for nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

Each December, the New Hampshire Chapter of SCC distributes grant checks to nonprofit organizations in the region. Since its inception in 2009, the Granite State chapter has raised more than $1.4 million, which has benefited more than 275,000 children across New England.

Here is a look at next week’s schedule of SCC New Hampshire Chapter events:

Wednesday, Sept. 20
Laps for Charity, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
For a $30 donation, fans can ride in the Official New Hampshire Motor Speedway Toyota Camry Pace Car or they can drive their own vehicle for three “fast laps” around the 1.058-mile oval.
Participants must be 6 years or older.
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Chart-Topping Dan+Shay to Play Pre-Race Concert

Nashville-based country duo to kick off ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 11:00 a.m.

LOUDON, N.H. – A sound all their own, platinum-selling country act Dan + Shay will bring their unique blend of country, rock and pop to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway frontstretch stage on Sunday, Sept. 24. The Nashville-based duo will perform a 45-minute pre-race concert at 11:00 a.m. prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 playoff race.

“I know where I’ll be on Sunday at 11 o’clock – rocking out to Dan and Shay on our frontstretch with thousands of our awesome fans,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “I think what these guys bring to the table and the type of music they play will really provide something for everyone. I am immensely excited to have Dan and Shay be a part of our ISM Connect 300 pre-race festivities.”

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney began their careers after meeting in Nashville in 2012. Smyers attended Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University in his home state of Pennsylvania, while Mooney, a native of Arkansas, began his career as a solo act.

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Prepare for Wicked Fun at Sept. 22-24 NASCAR Weekend

Fun Zone, Fan Jam, and Trackside Live highlight jam-packed September Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend

LOUDON, N.H. – September NASCAR race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will once again provide a relentless supply of on-track racing sure to satisfy the most hearty fan’s appetite. The weekend will also deliver a wicked good time outside of the grandstands, too, as speedway officials announce the addition of a Fun Zone in the Fan Zone, the Fan Jam appreciation party, and the return of the Trackside Live Stage.

“We are very proud of having such a diverse and entertaining on-track schedule, but we want to ensure that we’re offering a deep menu of off-track options, too,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “Providing an experience that puts the fans first is a directive from our chairman that all of us here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway passionately strive to achieve.”

The Fun Zone will be located within the Fan Zone, across from the Turn 2 Tunnel. The Fan Zone is already a great place for fans to take their race day experiences to the next level with its giveaways, prizes, driver appearances, go-karts and sponsor activities. The new Fun Zone will only expand those opportunities, providing adults and children activities to keep busy like the Human Billiards, Giant Pop-a-Shot basketball, an airbrush tattoo station, hula hoop and jump rope stage games, a DJ, and photos ops with the KISS Forever band.

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Looking Ahead: August at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

LOUDON, N.H. – With the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend in the rearview mirror, the focus shifts to September. But not before a jam-packed month of August that will feature a number of on- and off-track events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The speedway will transform into the ultimate athlete playground on Aug. 19 and 20 when Tough Mudder returns for the second straight season. Offering one of the most unique and challenging terrains Tough Mudder has to offer, the 10-mile, 20+ obstacle course at Tough Mudder Northeast Presented by Merrell will weave through the speedway property, including the campgrounds, woods and five-lane highway.

The month of August will also feature the return of Hot Import Nights, which will make its fifth appearance at the New England’s largest sports and entertainment venue on Aug. 26. HIN is the leading producer of touring automotive lifestyle events and the events are attended by thousands of automotive and entertainment enthusiasts each year. HIN and its drifting club partners’ event series features the rising stars of the drifting world in a lifestyle festival that includes car shows, industry models, a vendor midway, and live entertainment – all within the confines of the speedway’s infield.

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NASCAR Weekend Provides Big Win for SCC, Nonprofits

LOUDON, N.H. – Another NASCAR race weekend has sped through New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Tens of thousands of fans walked through the gates last week, where they were treated to five races in three days, culminating with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 301. Denny Hamlin was Sunday’s big winner, but it was also a successful weekend for the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities and close to 70 volunteer groups, which combined to raise more than $280,000.

“Our loyal, amazing fans never cease to amaze me with their generosity,” said Cheryl LaPrade, director of SCC’s NH Chapter. “From Ricky Craven’s golf tournament to the Ride of a Lifetime Auction to the Red Bucket Brigade, we are so thankful for anything that we can generate and put toward our region’s children. This was a huge weekend for us and I couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come in September.”

The N.H. Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities held seven events over the course of the week, including the Laps for Charity, the Camper Appreciation Party, the Ricky Craven “One for the Kids” Golf Tournament, the Champions Breakfast, the Ride of a Lifetime Auction, helicopter rides, the Track Walk, and the Red Bucket Brigade. These events, plus miscellaneous donations, helped the SCC raise more than $140,000 for local children’s charities and groups.

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McDaniels to Pace Overton’s 301

Josh McDaniels made his annual visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday with a new role.  The New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator is the honorary pace car driver for the Overton’s 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this afternoon.

McDaniels is the latest team member to drive, joining Julian Edelman and Rob Ninkovich. They warned him about getting bumped by a driver in the front row, but McDaniels is looking forward to pacing today’s field.

“This race actually falls in a real nice time for us ’cause we’re off in the middle of June till about the 24th or 25th of July so this is the one we can come to.”

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Top 5 Effort for Bock

Brendon Bock charged from 18th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday to recorded his first top five of the season. Bock was mad because qualifying was canceled. His car was first and third in the two scuff sessions run prior to the Eastern Propane and Oil 100.

Bock was battling a loose car in the center and off the corners. Changes at halfway made the car better and allowed the Franklin Square, NY driver to return to the top five.

Bock was following the battle for the lead in the closing laps. Contact between Doug Coby and Ryan Newman brought out the caution with two laps remaining.

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Coby Awaiting First Win of 2017

Doug Coby of Milford, CT was leading Saturday’s Eastern Propane and Oil 100 with four laps to go before a late spin relegated him to an 11th place finish in overtime. Contact with Ryan Newman’s right front sent Coby spinning in turn 3.

“He (Newman) tried to split the difference of the cars, split the gap, and just clobbered me. He came over and apologized and I told him we’re just we’re all trying to win Loudon and you’re gonna put your car places where maybe it shouldn’t go and sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.”

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Chase Dowling Taking Win Streak to New Hampshire with LFR Team

No. 15 NWMT Team Will Feature 15-40 Connection At Loudon Race

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (July 13, 2017) – Rob Fuller and his LFR team will be back in action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Saturday for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) race with recent two-time modified race winner Chase Dowling behind the wheel of the No. 15 15-40 Connection race car.

Dowling recently won in the EXIT Realty Modified Tour Series at Monadnock Speedway and the NAPA 5K SK modified race at Stafford Speedway and is looking forward to taking on Loudon in the premier NWMT race following his recent on-track success.

“We are coming off back-to-back wins, so it’s great to be on a roll heading into a big event such as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Loudon,” said Dowling. “I’m really looking forward to racing the Tour car again. We are fast every week in that car and we just need to put all the pieces together to finally get into Victory Lane.”
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Preece Joins Joe Gibbs Racing for 2 Races

XFINITY Series Return Leads Busy Weekend

Ryan Preece has been on a  roll since getting married on May 13. He has 3 wins at Riverhead (Modified Touring Series), Riverhead (NASCAR Whelen All-American Series), and Thompson (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) with a 3.4 average finish in 13 starts.

“We’ve been pretty good,” Preece said. “I think consistency is really just the key to running well. Everything’s just kind of been going my way. I’ve definitely been lucky at the same time but I feel like every time we show up to the racetrack I’m really happy with the car and not really changing too much so that’s always a good sign.”

The former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion has 2 wins and 4 top fives in 5 starts. His bid for a second title will include making up points from missing the Langley race. A discussion with team owners Eddie and Connie Partridge about his future set the foundation for Preece working on racecars.

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Pitkat New England Short Track Showdown Champion

New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
A R Bodies, Valenti Modified Racing Series 50

The Valenti Modified Racing Series highlighted the weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and when the checkers waved Woody Pitkat of Sturbridge MA driving the Mayhew Tools sponsored #52 stood number one on the podium.

Pole sitter Steve Masse of Bellingham MA and Ted Christopher of Plainville CT charged off turn four at the drop of John Spence Jr’s’ green flag but by the end of lap one Pitkat raced by both to lead for the first of nine visits to the head of the pack.

“It was just a great day. It started out frustrating because of the tire stagger we wanted, but it turned out to be an awesome show. We put on a good show for the fans that were here. I want to thank Steve from Gunsmoke, he owns the car and if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here. And this crew won me the race, we chased an electrical problem all day yesterday, it’s all them. All I had to do was hold the wheel. It’s always awesome to run with Ted (Christopher) because he’s always good up here, and its nice to see Steve (Masse) run up front because he does whatever he can do to get to the race track. It was good to see Steve up there contending for the win” Pitkat also added “There’s a lot of stuff going on in your head on what you can do and can’t do and racing with some of these people you don’t know what they’re going to do, so it was good to be up front in clean air.” Continue reading ‘Pitkat New England Short Track Showdown Champion’

Pitkat Wins Valenti Modified Racing Series Debut at Loudon

Pitkat Tops VMRS Field At New Hampshire Motor Speedway Debut

Loudon, NH. – 17-lead changes, and a hard fought battle right down to the finish, highlighted Saturday afternoon’s 50-lap race for open-wheel Modifieds when the Valenti Modified Racing Series made it’s first ever start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon New Hampshire.

Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, led the race 9-times before taking down his first VMRS win for 2017 and his fourth series victory. Pitkats’s last series win was October 15, 2016, at Thompson, Connecticut.

The race was part of The New England Short Track Showdown produced by race organizer Bob Guptill.

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GSPSS Headed For The ‘Magic Mile’

Inaugural New England Short Track Showdown Set for Saturday

WALPOLE, N.H. – The Granite State Pro Stock Series is set for race five of the 2017 season this Saturday afternoon. The fifth race of the season will be part of the First Annual New England Short Track Showdown presented by AR Bodies, which will also include feature races for the Valenti Modified Racing Series, NorthEast Mini Stock Tour, and Street Stock Showdown Series.

Heading into the ‘Magic Mile’, Cory Casagrande leads the GSPSS championship standings in a tie with Scott MacMichael. Both drivers sit with 134 points and they hold a six-point advantage over Mike Mitchell. Behind him, Mike O’Sullivan sits 12 points back in the fourth position.

PLACE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
DATE: Saturday, July 1
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
TRACK: 1.058-mile flat oval
TRACK TWITTER: @NHMS
GSPSS TWITTER: @GSProStocks
GSPSS Contact: Mike Parks, mparks@gspss.net

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