LOUDON, N.H. – Further proof, as if we needed it, that weathermen are wrong more often than not.

What was supposed to be a washout weekend here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is smack dab in the middle of a busy Saturday schedule – with no sign of a break anytime today. Right now, final Sprint Cup Series practice is circling the track.

In just over an hour, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head out for its New Hampshire 100. It should be interesting, too, with Ted Christopher and Bobby Santos among the fastest three cars in this morning's final practice.

Both Christopher and Santos will start at the rear of the field, both having missed practice and qualifying here on Thursday. Santos is the defending Tour champion, while Christopher has five career Whelen Modified Tour wins at New Hampshire.

After that event, the Camping World Truck Series 175 rolls off.


Several trucks broke the track record in qualifying this morning, including the front row of Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. Fast trucks and no love lost between those two should make the start highly entertaining.

Once that race is done, the third annual ACT Invitational, a 50-lap event for short-track Late Model teams in the northeast and Canada, is on tap.

"It's the story of short-track drivers coming to the big track," veteran announcer Ken Squier said this morning during a press conference.

Should be a heck of a day, under some cloud cover that will keep things extremely comfortable in the grandstands.

If you're not here, you should be. You've still got plenty of time.

– TB