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Full Throttle Fall Weekend

Friday, September 20 - Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Full Throttle Fall Weekend is back by popular demand, featuring two days of heart-pounding short track racing. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will take center stage racing in the longest mileage and richest purse race on the Tour, the Musket 250 presented by Whelen on Saturday, September 21 at 3:05 p.m.

The tripleheader Saturday also features the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East racing in the Apple Barrel 125 at 1:20 p.m. and the NASCAR Pinty’s Series getting the on-track action started with the Visit New Hampshire 100 at 12:05 p.m.

Just added to Friday - be sure to catch the 20-lap J&J's Yolk & Co. Oval Series Granite State Legends Cars race at 5:30 p.m. after qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at 4:15 p.m.

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Musket 250 presented by Whelen

Musket 250 presented by Whelen

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will take center stage for the Musket 250 presented by Whelen on Saturday, September 21 at 3:05 p.m.

Musket 250 presented by Whelen

Musket 250 presented by Whelen

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will take center stage for the Musket 250 presented by Whelen on Saturday, September 21 at 3:05 p.m.

Last year, after 250 hard fought laps and numerous lead changes, of course the Whelen Modified race came down to the final turn of the final lap to determine a winner in a wild finish to the Musket 250. When the dust had settled, Chase Dowling sped across the Granite Stripe to win the longest race in series history. The pole sitter Dowling takes home $25,000 plus $100 for every lap he led through the afternoon; quite a haul for the young driver who captured his first ever Modified victory. He nearly took home the checkered flag at NHMS in July, losing the summer race by .014-seconds.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Dowling. “This race is a lot different than earlier in the year. You’re leading one moment and then you pit out and you don’t know where you are when you come out; you just had to be patient.”

Patience was in short supply at the end of the race. With five laps to go, Patrick Emerling gave a huge push to Ryan Preece, launching him back into the lead spot, but that was short lived after Emerling gave another push, this time to Justin Bonsignore, putting Preece in second. In a last lap pass attempt, Preece’s front right tire tangled with Bonsignore’s left rear, causing them to wreck in turns three and four, clearing the path for Dowling to take the checkered flag.

“It’s New Hampshire, just trying to win,” said Preece, who restarted his battered race car and forced it across the finish to ensure a fifth place finish. “Ended up getting the big run, I pulled down, saw grass, checked up, saw a hole and ended up on his left rear nerf bar. I was trying to get off it, but you can’t get off. It’s not the way I wanted to end, and I’m sure it’s not the way he [Dowling] wanted to win, but at the end of the day it is what it is.”

Emerling finished second and avoided the chaos of the last turn. “We didn’t have the best car, but we had an awesome strategy, and it worked in our favor,” said Emerling. “Anything can happen in the last corner.”

The Musket 250 tested drivers to their limits. Never before has a Modified race gone 250 laps, and never before have these drivers been required to make green flag pit stops. Those who were successful clearly enjoyed the challenge.

“I could do this every weekend,” said Burt Myers, third place finisher. “I’ve heard friends tell me Modifieds are the best race of the weekend, and I believe it. It was a blast, but I could do another 250 if you wanted to.”

Apple Barrel 125

Apple Barrel 125

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The K&N Pro Series East takes on “The Magic Mile” for the Apple Barrel 125 on Saturday, September 21 at 1:20 p.m.

Apple Barrel 125

Apple Barrel 125

The K&N Pro Series East takes on “The Magic Mile” for the Apple Barrel 125 on Saturday, September 21 at 1:20 p.m.

Last year, A late caution and green/white/checkered finish gave back to Brandon McReynolds what Derek Kraus almost took away during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Apple Barrel 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“This is a special place for me, but to come and execute means a lot,” said McReynolds. “To have success at a track where my dad has had success is a special feeling.”

McReynolds slipped past Kraus in the closing lap to win a race he largely dominated in the early circuits. Along with the No. 82 of Spencer Davis, this trio of drivers started and finished the K&N race in the top three.

“It was pretty wild,” said McReynolds. “Derek was hauling, but I just hung on. I didn’t have any front tires left, so when he got to me I felt like my best bet was just to not let him go, but just hope we got the caution and we did. Luckily Riley got a better restart than any of us, which put us three wide. I’m really impressed with Derek and these guys. They’re a lot of fun to race with.”

 

Rounding out the top five were Riley Herbst in the No. 98 Terrible Herbst Toyota and Dillon Basset in the No. 44 Universal Technical Institute Chevrolet.

After a wire-to-wire victory in New Hampshire in July, Tyler Ankrum, driver of the No. 17 Modern Meat Company Toyota, clinched the series championship with his 13th place finish today. Ankrum, who was strong all season long, with four wins and nine top five finishes in 13 races, just had to stay out of trouble to clinch the title in New Hampshire.

“Exciting is how I like to do it, but I’ve had a blast all year,” said Ankrum. “To wrap up a championship for a kid who was going to run a part-time schedule, we got it, that’s all I can say. I knew all year we were really fast and the ones to beat, but it just hasn’t sunk in yet, but I’m super excited.”

Visit New Hampshire 100

Visit New Hampshire 100

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The NASCAR Pinty's Series gets Saturday's on-track action started with the Visit New Hampshire 100 on Saturday, September 21 at 12:05 p.m.

Visit New Hampshire 100

Visit New Hampshire 100

The NASCAR Pinty's Series gets Saturday's on-track action started with the Visit New Hampshire 100 on Saturday, September 21 at 12:05 p.m.

Last year, Kevin Lacroix held on to an early lead and propelled through a dominating drive to become the very first NASCAR Pinty’s Series winner on American soil in the Visit New Hampshire 100, Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“This is a short track for the Cup guys, but for us, it’s super nice, and it was a great feeling to drive here,” said Lacroix after taking the checkered flag. “We’re not used to getting to high speeds, but after a few laps, I got comfortable in the car, and the bumper-to-bumper car was so good. It was an easy way to victory lane. We had a lot of bad luck this year, but we had good luck on our side today.”

Lacroix, driving the No. 74 Bumper to Bumper Dodge, took the lead in the first few laps of the race and became the driver to catch through the entire race. Unfortunately for the field, no one had enough under the hood to challenge Lacroix.

Peter Shepherd III took second place in the No. 79 National Exhaust/Shelby Roofing Ford.

“I’m really excited,” said Shepherd. “With the kind of year we had, to mix it up with the top three was awesome. I didn’t seem to have grip, but aside from that, it was a great run, and I’m glad to have a second today.”

The 100-lap race was a cleanly run event, with just two brief cautions interrupting what was a smooth Pinty’s premiere event at “The Magic Mile.” 

Donald Theetge finished the race in third in the No. 24 Mercedes-Benz St. Nicholas/Circuit Acura.

“I think we had a fast car,” said Theetge. “I was waiting and waiting for the end of the race with brakes, gas and tires, because 100 laps is hard and the car is so loose at the end, but it was a good run for us.”

Rounding out the top five were pole sitter Cole Powell in the No. 3 Copps Buildall/Kubota Chevrolet and DJ Kennington in the No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge.

J&J's Yolk & Co. Oval Series Granite State Legends Cars Race

J&J's Yolk & Co. Oval Series Granite State Legends Cars Race

Friday, September 20, 2019

J&J's Yolk & Co. Oval Series wraps up Friday's on-track action with a 20-lap Granite State Legends Cars race on Friday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m.

J&J's Yolk & Co. Oval Series Granite State Legends Cars Race

J&J's Yolk & Co. Oval Series Granite State Legends Cars Race

J&J's Yolk & Co. Oval Series wraps up Friday's on-track action with a 20-lap Granite State Legends Cars race on Friday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. with a $5,000 purse.

Legend car racing is one of the fastest growing and most affordable types of American motorsports. Powered by a motorcycle engine, a legend car is a purpose-built race car designed to resemble the legendary American automobiles of the 1930s and '40s. Drivers range in age from 12 to 65+ years old.

The Granite State Legend Car dealership emphasizes the growth of developmental racing at NHMS. The store is located in the S1 lot on property. It sells everything needed to begin a racing career in either legends or bandoleros, including ready-to-race cars.