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Shane Narbonne Has Been Crowned “The King of the Classic” at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

LOUDON, N.H. – The 95th annual Loudon Classic, the longest-running motorcycle race in America, capped off a successful Laconia Motorcycle Week on Saturday by crowning its king – none other than Shane Narbonne, who won his seventh Loudon Classic title – his fourth consecutive.

“It was good to come out here to my local track; it was fun,” said Shane Narbonne, who still holds the record for being the youngest winner in Loudon Classic history. “I won my first one 10 years ago when I was 18, and now I’m 28, so it feels cool to win today.”

Narbonne quickly took first place on his Yamaha R6  on the third lap of the 20-lap race, and that’s where he stayed. The victory lane presentation ended with fulfillment of a year-old promise from NHMS executive vice president and general manager, David McGrath.

“Last year, I said ‘If you keep winning this thing, I’m going to have to crown you the king of the Classic,’” said McGrath. “Well, I’m a man of my word. I want to present to you The King of the Loudon Classic.”

Narbonne was then presented with a king’s robe and gold crown.

“You would think in 95 years, you have seen it all in a race as long as the Loudon Classic has been going on, but today, we saw something for the first time,” said McGrath. “We saw Shane Narbonne win his fourth consecutive Loudon Classic. That has never been done before in the history of the race.”

Rounding out the top five in the Expert Middleweight Grand Prix were Scott Greenwood of Dunbarton, N.H. in second place, Christian Cronin of Loudon, N.H. in third place, Rick Doucette of Sandown, N.H. in fourth place and Alexander Guilbeault of Litchfield, N.H. in fifth place.

The Amateur race was taken by Ian Beam of Quincy, Mass., who held onto the first place spot for a majority of the race. Vicente Frontinan made a short appearance in the leading position, but Beam quickly took it back to win the race.

“We had a couple restarts, and we were all extremely exhausted,” said Beam. “When we came back in the garage, Vinny tells me ‘You know you’re not winning this. I’m going to get you.’ Sure enough he passed me with two laps left, and I chased him down for a bit. He looked back at me driving out of 12, and that was it for him. I passed him in the one and never saw him again. He made me work for it though. That’s the first time I beat him.”

Vicente Frontinan of Medford, Mass. and Jesse Burnett of Windham, N.H. rounded out the top three in the Amateur Middleweight Grand Prix.

The 95th annual Loudon Classic feature event is run by the Loudon Road Race Series in the form of the Middleweight Grand Prix. The Loudon Classic has been held on-site since long before the speedway was built when it was simply a road course known as Bryar Motorsports Park.

For ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 20-22 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.

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST at NEW JERSEY

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Road-course racing is always the wild card in the championship picture for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. And the 2.250-mile course in Millville, New Jersey, offers the first test.

Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton finished second and third, respectively, at NJMP last year. In the series’ inaugural visit, eventual champion Justin Haley showed off his road-racing chops.

Championship points leader Tyler Ankrum will be making his road-course debut in the series, while Tyler Dippel was seventh there in 2016. Ruben Garcia Jr., who is coming off his breakthrough win at Memphis and followed up with a third-place run in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series at Guadalajara, has finished sixth (2016) and 10th (2017) at the track.

The field includes its regular collection of road-course experts, led by Will Rodgers and Ernie Francis Jr. Rodgers swept the K&N Pro East races on road courses last year, including New Jersey, and finished runner-up to Kevin Harvick in the K&N Pro West race at California’s Sonoma Raceway. Francis is making his series’ debut. The 20-year-old NASCAR Drive for Development driver is a four-time Trans-Am champion.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous K&N Pro Series East races at New Jersey | K&N Pro Series East drivers’ career stats at New Jersey

RACE FACTS

RACE JUSTDRIVE.COM 125
PLACE New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J.
DATE Saturday, June 16
TIME 6 p.m. CT
TELEVISION NBCSN, Monday, June 18 — Extended highlights will air on NASCAR America
TRACK LAYOUT 2.250-mile road course
2017 WINNER Will Rodgers
2017 POLE Collin Cabre
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday — Garage opens: 9 a.m. ET; Final practice: noon-1:30 p.m.; Group Qualifying 2:30 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 4:30 p.m.; JUSTDRIVE.com 125, 6 p.m.
TWITTER @NJMP
HASHTAG #JUSTDrive125 #KNEast

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST | TICKETS

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, for each race, including provisionals.

Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 22 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying session for the JUSTDRIVE.com 125. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 22nd. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not
return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

The JUSTDRIVE.com 125 will be 55 laps (126.5 miles) to be run in two (2) segments. The five (5) minute break will occur at or near the conclusion of Laps 28. At the conclusion of the break, lead lap vehicles that elected to pit will line up – in the order they were running at the beginning of the break — behind the lead lap vehicles that elected not to pit in order of running.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying and to begin the race and an additional four (4) tires for use during the race for a total of twelve (12) tires.

In the event of rain or wet track conditions, and at the discretion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Director, practice, qualifying and/or the race may start or continue under those conditions. In wet conditions, and at the discretion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Director, competitors may be required to equip their cars with wet condition tires as specified by Goodyear. All cars must be equipped at all times with a functional defogger and a rear window flashing light and should be equipped with a functional windshield wiper motor.

All teams will be required to have one (1) set of four (4) mounted wet condition tires as specified by Goodyear in their assigned pit stall.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Has Named Rally Their Official Bus Rideshare Partner

NHMS fans can travel to and from the track by bus, and the cost will be based on your individual distance to the track with discounts for those who book early.

LOUDON, N.H. – In keeping with its “Fans First” commitment, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. officials have announced a new partnership with Rally that will save race fans valuable time and money during race weekends at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and six other Speedway Motorsports’ world-class facilities.

The multi-year agreement gives Rally the title of Official Bus Rideshare Partner for Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. Fans who hail a ride on a Rally bus to and from racing events will travel to and from the track in high-end buses offering cushioned seats, video screens, restrooms and the ability to bring coolers aboard the bus.

“As our company’s service continues to expand, we found Speedway Motorsports to be a perfect partner with which to build on our footprint in the sporting world,” said Numaan Akram, the founder and CEO of Rally. “Rally believes that we can do more as a group than as individuals, whether it’s reinventing the future of bus transportation or getting to something as exciting as a NASCAR race.”

The ultimate driveway-to-driveway experience isn’t limited to groups. Individual race fans can enjoy a luxurious trip after lining up a ride using the fan-friendly Rally app and store any valuables on the bus for safe keeping. Customizable routes will be available in cities surrounding tracks with discount pricing available for those who register early for rides.

“This partnership opens the door for another enhancement to the fan experience at seven of our Speedway Motorsports facilities. We want to make it as convenient as possible for our fans to get to the speedway, make great memories and return home safely,” said Braun Smith, vice president of national sales and marketing at Speedway Motorsports, Inc. “As our official bus rideshare partner, Rally can make that happen at our upcoming spring events in Sonoma, Kentucky and New Hampshire.”

Reserve your bus seat to the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301: http://rallybus.net/Grouping/CP/new-hampshire

About Rally

Headquartered in NYC, Rally (Rally Bus Corp.) is crowd-powered travel. The app enables riders to combine their itineraries to reach their final destinations with ease. From major events to custom trips, Rally’s platform matches high-end buses with people planning similar journeys. Riders select from preset trips or create their own, digitally-empowering the bus journey from planning to day-of logistics. Rally’s mission is to be the ride of choice for people uniting with their passions and has already transported hundreds of thousands of fans to their favorite events.’

For ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 20-22 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.