LOUDON, N.H. – The four-day marathon that is Lenox 301 race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is rolling along.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and Whelen Modified Tour practice and qualifying is on the docket for today. It's a full slate, too – with 40 cars entered in the K&N Pro Series New England 125 on Friday and 33 Modifieds entered in the F.W. Webb 100 on Saturday.
Practice for the K&N Pro Series cars begins at 11:30 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m., while a full 90-minute session for the Whelen Modified Tour starts at 1:15 p.m.
The K&N teams qualify at 3:15 p.m.; the Mod Squad hits the track for time trials at 4:45 p.m.
Some notes of interest:
* Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman, who swept the two Whelen Modified Tour races at New Hampshire in 2010 is back in the Kevin Manion-led No. 7 this weekend.
* Action motorsports star Travis Pastrana will attempt to make the New England 125 field in the No. 99 Pastrana-Waltrip Racing Toyota. Pastrana hasn't run with the series since finishing 22nd at Iowa in May.
* Only three drivers in the New England 125 field have wins at New Hampshire – Eddie MacDonald, who has won here three times, Matt DiBenedetto and Dale Quarterley.
* Quarterley will attempt double-duty this weekend. He's a late entry in the No. 0 Modified, in addition to running his own No. 32 in the K&N Pro Series.