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Burt Myers Heads North For The NASCAR WMT Musket 250 At NHMS

By Michael  Jaworecki

This has been a good year for Burt Myers.  Burt took down another championship at the tough Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston Salem NC, it was his 9th career championship.

Burt and car owner Ed Harvey have now entered 7 NASCAR WMT  races the most Burt has ever run in one season.  He  visited  tracks he had on his radar but never had an opportunity to visit.  Riverhead, Stafford were the first tracks checked off the list  and now Burt heads New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Musket 250.

At the tough Riverhead Raceway 1/4 mile oval on Long Island he finished 15th and at Stafford Speedway he started 15th but power steering issues relegated him to a 26th place finish.

This weekend the biggest challenge yet, the Musket 250 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway his  third bucket list track.

I spoke to  Burt about  his thoughts on the Musket 250.

First off how did you and your family fare during Hurricane Florence?

We did fine, the worst part of the storm was south of us so so we did OK.

When did this trip north come together and who came on board to make it happen?

This deal really came together just last Friday.  Team owner Ed Harvey had the #11  sitting there  so once the sponsorship came together so we didn’t have too much work to get its ready.

Doug Dunleavy Truck Repair, Citrus Safe Cleaners and a couple of people who want to remain as silent partners came on board to make this race  happen.. We will be teaming with Jeff Rocco in the red #1 to make this a 2 car effort.

How much are you looking forward to NHMS and the Musket 250?

I  am really excited to be coming  north again  for the Musket 250.  New Hampshire has always been a track where I wanted to race.  The biggest tracks I have ever run on  were Richmond and Lakeland in Fla. where I tested in a truck, both  are 3/4 mile tracks. Racing at the the mile at NHMS will be the biggest track I have ever raced on.

What about the significance of the is race replacing the Cup weekend?

The Modifieds at NHMS always put on a great race and this race will show that the NASCAR Modifieds put on the best racing at the track.

Have you ever raced for this much money?

Cool thing is we race for a trophy, down south if you can race and still pay the bills you are a success.  This race gives up a chance to race with an opportunity to win some big money plus  the Musket Trophy is pretty neat too.

Burt will join the rest of the field on Friday September 21st for qualifying and Saturday the 22nd capping off the weekend with their Musket 250.

Friday: Garage Opens: 6:30 a.m., Practice: 10:55-11:55 a.m., Final Practice: 2:25-3:10 p.m., Qualifying: 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: Garage Opens: 9 a.m., Driver Autograph Session: 10:30 a.m., Musket 250: 3:30 p.m. (approx.)


The Muskett 250 NASCAR WMT Entry List and Preview

By Michael Jaworecki

The initial entry list for this initial running of the Musket 250  September 22nd 2018 is out.  33 of the top Modified teams in the country have entered the richest, longest race in the history of the NASCAR WMT.

Ryan Preece who has only run part time in 2018 will be in the Gary Putnam #77 for this event after his hard fought 6th place finish at the DC Solar 300 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Joe Gibbs Racing. Ryan has always run well at New Hampshire but his only win there to date is All Star Shootout in 2017 when he beat Ryan Newman with a last lap pass. Ryan  would love nothing better winning his first points race at NHMS and take home the record first place money.

In a deal put together recently the multi time Bowman Gray champion Burt Myers will be in the Ed Harvey #11 who will also put Jeff Rocco in the #1 machine for a potent 2 car effort.

Points are on the line in the Musket 250  like every race but on Sat. it will be for the  money ever paid on the NASCAR WMT. Justin Bonsignore  and car owner Ken Massa who already have  7 wins this season come into this race with  a very comfortable  81 point lead over Chase Dowling .  If Justin increases the point lead by just 15 points the championship is his.

The same could be said for 2017 NASCAR champion Doug Coby, Doug and car owner Mike Smeriglio III who despite a 4th place in the standings have not had a typical year, in the July race they started second but finished a dismal 26th. A win in the Musket 250 would be welcome.

Timmy Solomito is approaching this race like any other race. His goal is to lead the race at the end and be smart the entire race. Asked about the preparation for this race over others Timmy said they are trying different things to help cool and maintain the car. The boys have been practicing pit stops and he thinks that will be a big factor.  Timmy said points have gone out the window for the last few weeks, this is a race everyone will want to win. Will he try to lead laps to collect that lap money? Obviously you want to lead laps and win the race. I’m going to give it my all.

Bobby Santos III is always a threat at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his late charge to the win in July proved that.  4 out of his last 5 wins have come at the Magic mile  including a sweep of the 2 2017 events.

Another entry from the south is really a New Hampshire native, Andy Seuss. Andy has more big track experience than most entered drivers with his big track ARCA races.. He believes any experience in multiple types of cars and tracks can help.  Andy told me he wants to get to the front and see if he can collect as many $100  lap bonus as he can.

Chase Dowling who has spent most of the 2018 season in second place in the points is another driver that I am sure would love to get his first career win this Saturday and the.

Jon KcKennedy in the Tom Baldwin #7 started the year with a win at Myrtle Beach but struggled ever since. While leading the Icebreaker late in the race he ran out of fuel and has had only 1 top 10 since then with a 6th at Stafford.

Other drivers who could surprise the crowd with a win are Patrick Emerling who won a the biggest Canadian Modified race at Jukasa Speedway in July, Eric Goodale who could be  a dark horse. Rob Summers always a strong runner but could use  some luck and Matt Swanson now in the Ole Blue #3 in place of the retired Rowan Pennink.

$25,000.00 to win plus a chance at up to $25,000.00 more in lap money the entire field will ready to take home the most money ever paid to a NASCAR WMT driver..

Tickets are only $35.00 on Saturday and if you want to come on Friday for practice its only $10.00

Pit passes are still available with the most access to the garages ever granted at NHMS. As of Monday infield camping is still available. Contact Robin  603 513-5716,

Friday: Garage Opens: 6:30 a.m., Practice: 10:55-11:55 a.m., Final Practice: 2:25-3:10 p.m., Qualifying: 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: Garage Opens: 9 a.m., Driver Autograph Session: 10:30 a.m., Musket 250: 3:30 p.m. (approx.)


Nbr Driver Owner Car Crew Chief Sponsor
1 01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Kenneth Fifield   Truck Stop Northeast
2 1   Jeff Rocco   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Eddie Harvey   Dunleavy Truck and Trailer
3 2   Doug Coby   Mike Smeriglio III Chevrolet   Phil Moran   Mayhew Tools
4 3   Matt Swanson   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   Greg Fournier   Starrett / Cape Cod Copper
5 7   Jon McKennedy   Tommy Baldwin Chevrolet   Tommy Baldwin   Accell Construction
6 07   Patrick Emerling   Jennifer Emerling Chevrolet   Jan Leaty   Buffalo Auto Auction
7 11   Burt Myers   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Eddie Harvey   Dunleavy Truck and Trailer
8 14   Blake Barney   Richard Barney Chevrolet   Robert Barney   Atlantic Sprinkler
9 15   Chase Dowling   Rob Fuller Chevrolet   Steven Kopcik   15-40 Connection / S&S Paving
10 16   Timmy Solomito   Eric Sanderson Ford   Stanley Szaban   Starrett
11 18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Ford   Desmond Gorman   Buoy One Seafood
12 21   Ronnie Williams   Joseph Bertuccio Chevrolet   Michael Bologna   Empower Financial Advisory
13 23   Joe DeGracia   Paul DeGracia Chevrolet   Paul DeGracia   PJ DeGracia Contracting
14 25   Calvin Carroll   Joe Carroll Chevrolet   Joe Carroll   Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty
15 26   Gary McDonald   Sean McDonald Chevrolet   Chad McDonald   Lakeland Landscaping Supply / TRC Electric
16 33   Wade Cole   Wade Cole Chevrolet   Richard Rodenbaugh   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
17 36   Dave Sapienza   Judy Thilberg Chevrolet   Tommy Grasso   Sapienza Enterprises
18 38   TBA   Linda Rodenbaugh Chevrolet   Robert Bourne   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
19 44   Bobby Santos III   Sully Tinio Chevrolet   Bob Santos   Sully Tinio / Olivas Market
20 46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Douglas Ogiejko   Riverhead Building Supply
21 51   Justin Bonsignore   Kenneth Massa Chevrolet   Ryan Stone   Phoenix Communications Inc.
22 54   Tommy Catalano   Amy Catalano Chevrolet   Dave Catalano   Catalano Motorsports
23 57   Andy Seuss   Bryan Dauzat Chevrolet   Steve Seuss   O.B. Builders
24 58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard   GAF Roofing
25 64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Chevrolet   Steve Lemay   Hoosier Tire East / FastTrack Electrical
26 75   Chris Pasteryak   Charles Pasteryak Chevrolet   Nick Walsh   Dawley’s Collision & Custom
27 77   Gary Putnam   Mike Curb Chevrolet   Teddy Musgrave Jr.   Curb Records
28 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson   Close Enuff Racing
29 82   Woody Pitkat   Pamela Hulse Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann   Horton Ave. Materials
30 85   Ron Silk   Kevin Stuart Chevrolet   Kenny Stuart   Stuart Automotive
31 92   Anthony Nocella   Anthony Nocella Chevrolet   Steve Murphy   Nocella Paving / Airgas / A&D Associates
32 97   Todd Cooper   Bryan Dauzat Chevrolet   Todd Copper   OB Builders
33 99   Jamie Tomaino   Cheryl Tomaino Chevrolet   Cheryl Tomaino   Atlantic Sprinkler



Full Throttle Fall Weekend Storylines


Driver Autograph Session

Meet the drivers on Saturday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. for an autograph session, along the Main Grandstand fence line, free for all ticket holders. Nearly 80 drivers who will be racing that day will be in attendance from all three series with their race cars lined up and down the front stretch for fans to get up close to and see.

Post-Race Party

When the on-track action ends, the party begins in the infield with live music from the Rory Scott Band from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

Fan Zone

For the first time, all Full Throttle Fall Weekend tickets include infield access! The Fan Zone will be relocated to the infield and will feature kids activities, food trucks (chicken tenders, donuts, Thanksgiving-themed food, soup, snacks, lemonade & more), a beer garden (four different kinds of beer in addition to outside concessions), live music, carnival-style games and amusement rides. The Fan Zone will be open 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Speedway Children’s Charities

Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter will host several fundraising events throughout the inaugural Full Throttle Fall Weekend to help children in need across New England, starting with the Charity Clay Shoot on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 20th Skeet & Clays in Hooksett, N.H. In teams of four, participants will visit 16 different stations, each providing a new challenge at shooting flying clay targets. Swag bags, dinner and prizes will be given to all participants. Once again, the famous Red Bucket Brigade will be back on Saturday, Sept. 22 during the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Musket 250 as volunteers walk through the grandstands for donations to SCCNH. Download photos and logos

The DreamShip

A new fundraising effort will take place all weekend when The DreamShip arrives on Thursday afternoon benefitting SCCNH, The Rite Aid Foundation, KidCents and Folds of Honor. For a $5 (kids) or $10 (adults) donation, fans can take a ride in The DreamShip hot air balloon that features 130 pieces of artwork from children who have received grants from Folds of Honor, an organization that offers scholarships to families of fallen or disabled military heroes. The balloon will be located outside the infield tunnel next to the Concord Ticket Booth through Saturday.

That’s the Ticket

College Student Ticket Discount

September means a lot here in New England – the air gets cooler, the leaves start changing color, school is back in session and pumpkin spice takes over, let’s face it, everything. September also means it’s time for the biggest can’t-miss party in New Hampshire this fall – the Full Throttle Fall Weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and now,college students can save $10 by purchasing their Saturday tickets in advance.

Infield Access

For the first time, all Full Throttle Fall Weekend tickets include infield access – something new and different, merging fans and race teams into one space.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Upgrades

Pit Pass

Fans that are familiar with using pre-race pit passes at NHMS understand that it does not allow access to the garage area, but, what if it could? During our Full Throttle Fall Weekend, the pit pass will include unprecedented access into the garages and pits all weekend for just $40 for adults and $20 for kids (12 and under).

The Track Bar

The new and exclusive Track Bar at New Hampshire Motor Speedway offers the best, most comfortable way to view the races on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Track Bar is located in the Main Grandstand suites right above the start/finish line and provides the best sight lines at the speedway in the comfort of a climate-controlled luxury box with a full cash bar and private bathrooms. Download logo


Custom Musket, Minuteman Trophy & Tricorn Hat

The Musket 250 will headline the inaugural Full Throttle Fall Weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as the longest mileage and richest purse in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history. With the prestige of a race like this comes a lot for the drivers to race for, and the stakes just got higher with a custom musket, minuteman trophy and tricorn hat waiting in victory lane for the Musket 250 winner on Sept. 22. The handmade flintlock musket was built over the course of three weeks by Edwin Parry of Black Hart Long Arms out of Eastford, Conn., which has twice been featured on the History Channel. The winner will also receive a traditional Revolutionary War-era tricorn hat and a minuteman trophy. Taking on its New England roots, the trophy is a replica of the Minuteman statue in Concord, Mass., weighing 30 pounds and measuring 32 inches tall. View a video showing how the musket was made and learn more about how Edwin Parry and Black Hart Long Arms got started:


The NASCAR Pinty’s Series Visit New Hampshire 100, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Apple Barrel 125 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Musket 250 will all stream live on FansChoice.TV. Both the Apple Barrel 125 and the Musket 250 will be tape delayed on NBCSN on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. respectively. The Visit New Hampshire 100 will air on TSN2 on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. and RDS2 on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10:30 p.m.


NASCAR Pinty’s Series Visit New Hampshire 100

It’s only appropriate that Canadian-based NASCAR Pinty’s Series’ very first visit to the United States will be sponsored by the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. The Sept. 22 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be named the Visit New Hampshire 100Download logo

If L.P. Dumoulin wants to seal his second career NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship over the final two races, he will need to navigate the series’ first trip to the U.S. with a strong finish in the Visit New Hampshire 100. Fresh-off a 10th place finish last time out, Dumoulin enters NHMS just five points up in the championship standings over Quebec rival Alex Tagliani.

Alex Tagliani, who is chasing Dumoulin into the Visit New Hampshire 100, does have some experience at the 1.058-mile oval on his resume – although it’s not likely to be applicable to his Saturday setup. Tagliani competed at New Hampshire in 2011 as part of the Verizon Indycar Series, where he started 16th and finished 19th. Much like the guy he’s chasing, if Tagliani wants to enter the finale in prime position to win the title, he’s going to have to figure it out quickly as well.

Similarly, former Sunoco Rookie of the Year Cole Powell has four starts at New Hampshire on the Whelen Modified Tour. Powell, who is tied with DJ Kennington at 30 points behind Dumoulin, has a best finish of 11th in 2013.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series Apple Barrel 125

The K&N Pro Series has been a fixture at NHMS since its days as the Busch North. Brad Leighton has a record eight wins, while the late Ted Christopher has five K&N Pro Series wins to go with his five Whelen Modified Tour wins. Past NHMS winners in the K&N Pro Series include 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr., 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano and 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion William Byron. The Apple Barrel 125 is on Saturday at approximately 1:45 p.m. Download logo

Tyler Ankrum, who could mathematically seal his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship on Saturday at New Hampshire, enters the Apple Barrel 125 with a 51-point advantage in the championship standings. He is heading back to the ‘Magic Mile’ looking to complete the season sweep after leading all 70 laps from the pole in July.

His teammate, Tyler Dippel, is not going to go away quietly. Dippel finished fourth in the caution-free affair at NHMS in July, but has yet to visit Victory Lane this season. He will need Ankrum to stumble — but even if he can’t win the title — look for Dippel to be a contender in the Apple Barrel 125 as he looks to score his third career win.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West regular and current NASCAR Next member Derek Kraus is also making the trip to New Hampshire with the DGR-Crosley stable. Kraus will drive the No. 1, while Riley Herbst, another NASCAR Next member, will drive the No. 98.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Musket 250

If you’ve ever seen the bumping and drafting of the Mods, you already know that the Full Throttle Fall Weekend will feature some of the tightest and most competitive racing in the region. The Musket 250 will take center stage on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The stakes are high as the winner of the Musket 250 will claim a share of the $186,000 purse to go along with a custom Revolutionary War-era musket, minuteman trophy and tricorn hat. Download logo

It doesn’t get much bigger than this for the Whelen Modified Tour. Considered one of the biggest stages they race on since the inaugural event in 1990, New Hampshire upped the ante this year. Not only is it the longest distance in the history of the tour at 264.5, there’s more than a $25,000 prize at stake. Throw in live pit stops and the constant shuffling and reshuffling of the running order in the draft, and the Musket 250 is shaping up as a can’t miss event.The 250-lap distance will also bring pit crews and crew chiefs to the forefront with strategy set to play a major role in who captures the checkered flag.

Justin Bonsignore looks to continue on his championship path by putting himself in position to clinch his first title before the finale even takes the green. If Bonsignore has another strong day, and Chase Dowling stumbles, there is one scenario that could see Bonsignore clinch the title at the checkered flag of the Musket 250. With seven wins in 13 races, Bonsignore would love to add the longest race in Whelen Modified Tour history to his winning resume. He completed the season sweep of Riverhead Raceway in New York last time the series was on the track.

Ryan Preece will sit behind the wheel of the No. 77 for Gary Putnam, a ride that Monster Energy Cup Series star Ryan Newman piloted to a third-place finish in July after leading 16 laps from the pole. Preece, who has never been to Victory Lane in a points race at NHMS, does have one victory in the Whelen All-Star Shootout in 2017.

Bobby Santos III, who will return to competition driving for Tinio Racing, looks to complete the season sweep for the second straight year. Santos has won the last three Whelen Modified Tour events at New Hampshire, and has done it by leading a total of just 15 laps.

Burt Myers comes from a long list of racing family members including grandfather Billy Myers and uncle Bobby Myers, known from the Myers Brothers Award. Burt in a two-time NWSMT champion (2010-2016) and an eight-time champion at Bowman Gray Stadium including this season.

For ticket information for events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the upcoming Extreme Chunkin Festival, Oct. 20-21, visit the speedway website at or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.