Kurt Busch Captures First NHMS Pole

Three-time N.H. winner leads the Loudon field for first time in storied career

LOUDON, N.H. – Kurt Busch turned the first lap in the final session of qualifying and watched as nobody was able to post a faster lap in the five-minute-session to capture his first pole position at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. At a track where his brother Kyle Busch has dominated on qualifying day, today belongs to Kurt, who stood with the Cape Cod Café Pizza Pole Award.

“I like the way we made the right changes through each of the rounds and we stuck to a game plan,” said Kurt. “That’s exactly what you hope to happen each time you go to qualifying where you don’t have to deviate away from the plan you set in place.”

Kurt turned his best lap of the session’s final round with a speed of 133.591 mph for the pole. He was fourth fastest in the first round as he posted a lap of 132.817, and then was sixth in the second round with a 133.221 lap to advance to the final round.

The final results set up a great Sunday duel between the Busch brothers. Kyle steered his no. 18 M&Ms Toyota to the fastest overall lap of 133.656 mph, which was tops in the second qualifying round.  Add to the drama that Martin Truex Jr. qualified second after capturing the 2017 pole at NHMS, and you have a trio of titans ready to lead the field for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

In celebrating his first New Hampshire pole award, Kurt praised the addition of traction compound to the turns of “The Magic Mile.” He predicts the extra stick will mean even more competitive racing this weekend.  “It will help big time,” explained Kurt.  “When your car is working good you can pass with the VHT in lane 1 and lane 3; it changes the game.”

This is the third pole victory of 2018 for the driver of the no. 41 Monster Energy Ford, but he is still searching for his first trip to Victory Lane this season. He’s confident this is a step towards that goal. “It’s great to be on pole,” said Kurt. “It’s exactly what we needed to start that second half vibe going on.”

For full schedule and ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 20-22 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend and the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website at www.NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Get Your Cans to the Speedway,’ 2018 Novelis Fan Can Chase Wraps Up Saturday, July 21

OSWEGO, NY (July 19, 2018) – The fourteenth edition of the Novelis Fan Can Chase wraps up this Saturday night at the Oswego Speedway as part of Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters and Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront Mr. Novelis Supermodified and Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS.

So far this season, nearly 40,000 cans have been collected with the overall total creeping up on 1.5 million cans turned in all-time.

With just one event to go, Jim Larkin once again leads the way in the 2018 Fan Can Chase at 2,420 cans.

Gary Rookey, Mary Spaulding, Marty Beeman, and Chris Lupa all sit close behind Larkin in the top five, each collecting 2,000 or more cans as well.

A total of 17 fans donated over 1,000 cans back on Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ night on June 30.

The collection will again be held outside the speedway’s main entrance this weekend during hot laps.

The winner of the 2018 Fan Can Chase will receive his or her choice of two 2019 regular season reserved seat tickets, two 2019 season pit passes, or two 2019 regular season SkyDeck passes for their efforts.

Positions two and three in the Fan Can Chase will have the opportunity to pick from the remaining two prizes.

Fans representing households four through twelve in the running will all receive 2018 general admission grandstands passes for two as part the 62nd running of Budweiser International Classic Weekend on September 1 and 2.

All households with donations of 1,000 or more cans will also win guaranteed general admission passes for two on Saturday and Sunday of Budweiser International Classic Weekend.

Households with donations of 200-499 cans will earn one general admission ticket for a future regular race night, while those who donate between 500-999 cans will be rewarded with two general admission tickets for a future regular race night.

Only one reward, per household, per redemption can be cashed in on a single race night. Once a household donates to a certain prize level (200, 500, 1000) they will receive only that level’s rewards, not all those below as well.

On track action at Oswego Speedway will get underway at 6:15pm this Saturday night with group time trials. Qualifying races for the Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS $10,000 and $1,500 to win specials get the green flag at 6:45pm.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

Morgan turns adversity into success

WATERFORD —  Ryan Morgan, 24,  of Ledyard took a bad break and transformed it into a career-changing positive result.
It was just about one year ago that Morgan suffered a broken foot in a work accident, sidelining him for a good portion of the summer.
Instead of looking for sympathy, however, Morgan decided to take advantage of the down time.
“It was a bummer, what happened last year,” Morgan said. “But as a team, it made us better. We were able to put all of our notes together as one and figured out the things we needed to work on. So when we came back, we were even stronger.”
Morgan proved that by coming back from the injury and winning his first race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sept. 10.
And he hasn’t stopped winning. He has won four races in 2018 — two at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl and two at Thompson.
Morgan hopes to continue his winning ways Saturday on Double Late Model features night at the Speedbowl. In addition to twin Late Model features, all of the other Speedbowl regular divisions also will be in action — the SK Modifieds, the SK Lite Modifieds, the Sportsman, the Mini Stocks, the Legends and the Speedbowl Trucks. Qualifying is scheduled to get under way at 5 p.m.
Morgan enters Saturday competition tied with Jason Palmer for the Late Model point lead.
“It has been a lot of fun, and we’re finally having some good luck,” Morgan said. “We’ve had many years of bad luck and it’s been a long road coming back. Hopefully, we’re finally over the hump.”
Morgan started his career when he was 5-years-old racing Mini Karts at Pomfret Speedway. He advanced to Quarter-Midgets at the Little T Speedway when he was 7 and then moved up to Legends competition at Waterford Speedbowl when he was 12, winning seven races.
Following his Legends days, however, Morgan’s career started to spin its wheels.
He drove a Thompson Modified for three seasons, and then climbed into a Late Model at the Speedbowl. After moving to the SK Modified in 2015, he went back into the Late Models. And not all the results were pretty.
“There were a lot of accidents,” Morgan said, “some worse than others. I got into a bad wreck in a Late Model in 2012 and it took me a long time to overcome my fear and get back in the car again. And I had some bad wrecks in an SK. I think it took many years of bad times to finally bring out the good times.”
Morgan said his crew is responsible for all the recent good times,
“Definitely, it’s been a team effort,” Morgan said. “It means so much,” Morgan said. “I couldn’t do it without everyone contributing. If you don’t have enough guys on your team, it’s hard to compete with the front-runners.”
He says the key member of his race team is his dad.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without him,” Morgan said. “I have to thank my car owner Jason Glaude, my grandparents, Kim, Zach, Santino, my girlfriend Brittany, my spotter Bruce Sperry and Jake Christian.”
His sponsors include Aladjicare.com, Boxing for Fitness, Brooklyn Country View Restaurant, Larry’s Auto Machine and Nat’s Racing Engines.
Team Morgan is now getting ready for double features in one of the Speedbowl’s most competitive divisions. Morgan and his rivals Jason Palmer, Anthony Flannery and Tyler Chapman have been battling hard all season.
“It’s going to be interesting; I don’t know if I’ve ever participated in double features before,” Morgan said. I know it will be a big point night and obviously, you have to get through the first one to make it to the second one. But we’ll go out there, race hard and move on to the next one.”
Hard racing has been the trademark of the Late Models all season.
“Hopefully we’re giving the fans an exciting show,” Morgan said. “We’re racing hard, banging doors, but I can’t complain about it. To me, that’s what racing is all about. To be able to bang doors and not wreck.
“I did it years ago in the Legends when I raced against Palmer and Flannery. We raced side-by-side and who ever had the better car on that particular night won the race. And now that’s what we’re doing in the Late Models.”
The Morgan-Palmer rivalry goes back a long way.
“I finished second to him nine times one year in the Legends,” Morgan said. “Jason taught me everything I know about Legends. And then I raced with Flannery during my last year in a Legends. We race hard against each other, but we also respect each other.”
Morgan hopes to earn more respect Saturday.
“When you’re able to win a race and the car is as good as it can be, it’s a great day,” Morgan said.
Especially when you overcame adversity in order to do it.

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