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Tyler Ankrum Claims the Win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

The 17-year-old was the first to the checkered flag in Saturday’s United Site Services 70 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

LOUDON, N.H. – Tyler Ankrum dominated the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East United Site Services 70 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday night for his third win of the season.

Ankrum started on the outside pole, took the lead on the opening lap and never looked back.

“I’m not really too sure, honestly,” said Ankrum when asked about what went into his dominating performance. “I guess it just kind of happened. The guys gave me a really fast race car.”

NASCAR rising star Harrison Burton tried to chase down Ankrum throughout the race. Burton used lapped traffic to pull within a second of the leader with less than a dozen laps to go, but could get no closer. Once Ankrum got through the traffic, he pulled away and earned the win by a margin of 2.387 seconds over the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC analyst Jeff Burton.

“The race went green all 70 laps,” said Ankrum, who earned his first career victory at “The Magic Mile.” “We had a lot of time by ourselves out there trying to find that fast line. [Harrison] Burton certainly put the pressure on. He raced me really hard and really clean, so hats off to him.”

Anthony Alfredo raced to a third place finish while Tyler Dippel finished fourth. Pole sitter Derek Kraus fell back early but ended the evening with a solid fifth place finish.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to NHMS as part of the Full Throttle Fall Weekend, September 21-22. The penultimate race of the K&N Pro Series East will help set the stage for the series championship race the following week in Dover.

“It really helps a lot with points, extending that points lead,” said Ankrum. “So we really don’t have to worry about it once we get to Dover. That’s the biggest thing that does for us.”

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.

Whelen Modifieds, K&N Pro East Take Big Stage At Magic Mile

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Provides Perfect Platform To Spotlight Regional Stars

Since it’s opening race in 1990, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has long-served as one of the premier stages on the schedule for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

This weekend is no different.

Racing will kick off Friday with the fifth running of the All-Star Shootout for the Whelen Modified Tour. The 20-car, 35-lap special event will serve as a precursor to Saturday’s Eastern Oil & Propane 100. Saturday’s racing will be capped off with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in the United Site Services 70.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR

EASTERN PROPANE & OIL 100

July 21st 2018

The next big test to Justin Bonsignore’s 2018 title run comes Saturday.

In 17 races at New Hampshire, the Long Island driver has just five top fives and seven top 10s. Last year, he was fifth and 17th in the two races. However, Bonsignore also has been to Victory Lane at the “Magic Mile,” having won the fall race in 2016.

It’s always possible a non-championship contender takes the checkered flag. Bobby Santos III swept the races there last year, while Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman has a pair of points wins – although none since 2010. And while Jon McKennedy has dropped out of the title race with two missed starts, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in Victory Lane on Saturday.

With the big-money Musket 250 looming in September, this weekend’s visit to the “Magic Mile” will kick off with the special-event sprint. Last year, Ryan Preece won for the first time at New Hampshire in the non-points race. While no driver has swept the weekend, in the previous four editions, the all-star winner had previously won at NHMS.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Whelen Modified Tour races at New Hampshire | Whelen Modified Tour drivers’ career stats at New Hampshire

RACE FACTS

RACE EASTERN PROPANE & OIL 100
PLACE New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
DATE Saturday, July 21
TIME 2 p.m. ET
TELEVISION NBCSN, Wednesday, July 25 — 7 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT 1.058-mile oval
2017 WINNER Bobby Santos III
2017 POLE Ryan Preece
EVENT SCHEDULE Friday — Garage Opens: 8 a.m., Final Practice: 10-11:40 a.m.; All-Star Shootout: 2:10 p.m.

Saturday — Garage Opens: 7:30 a.m., Qualifying: 9 a.m., Autograph session: 11 a.m.-Noon; Eastern Propane & Oil 100: 2 p.m.

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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals.

The first 30 cars will secure starting positions based on qualifying. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Qualifying will consist of two consecutive qualifying laps per vehicle. Faster lap determines qualifying position.

After qualifying all vehicles will proceed immediately to the impound area. Only minor adjustments will be permitted following qualifying (i.e. stagger checked, set tire pressure, plug in generators, install radios and driver drink bottles). Stagger must be checked without jacking up the vehicle.

The EASTERN PROPANE & OIL 100 will be 100 laps (105.8 miles).

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is twelve (12) tires per team. Four (4) tires used for qualifying must be used to begin the race. The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position.

 

ALL STAR SHOOTOUT

Friday July 20th 2018

 

RACE FACTS

RACE ALL-STAR SHOOTOUT
PLACE New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
DATE Friday, July 20
TIME 2:10 p.m. ET
TELEVISION NBCSN, Saturday, July 28 — 12:30 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT 1.058-mile oval
2017 WINNER Ryan Preece
2017 POLE Rowan Pennink (random draw for pole)
EVENT SCHEDULE Friday — Garage Opens: 8 a.m., Final Practice: 10-11:40 a.m.; All-Star Shootout: 2:10 p.m.
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HASHTAG #WhelenAllStar #NWMT

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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 20 cars, invitation only.

A random draw will be held to determine starting positions for the Special Event.

The Special Event will be a thirty-five (35) lap race split into two (2) segments with a mandatory caution displayed at lap twenty (20), unless the caution is already out at lap twenty (20). The overall thirty-five (35) lap event will have a thirty (30) minute time limit. All caution laps will count except the period after lap twenty (20) until the race is restarted. Pit road will be closedduring the entire event.

When the yellow is displayed at lap twenty (20) the race will be restarted by the car’s last completed green flag lap except for those cars involved in a random number selection that will determine the number of cars to be inverted for the restart. The procedure for determining the random number will be determined and announced to the teams during the Driver/Crew Chief Meeting. Any car finishing the first segment of the race in positions one (1) through eight (8) will be subject to the inversion.

Four (4), five (5), six (6), seven (7) or eight (8) will be inverted. No tire changes will be permitted during the event unless it is
an approved Emergency Change Tire. No fueling permitted during the event.

At the twenty (20) minute mark of the event, if the first segment has not been completed, NASCAR will display the yellow and the random number selection procedure for the inversion will take place. Caution laps will not count during this period until the race is restarted. When the race is restarted under this procedure the second segment of the event will be ten (10) laps or until the time limit expires.

At the twenty-five minute mark of the event, NASCAR will announce to the competitors over the NASCAR Race Control channel there are five (5) laps remaining in the event. If the yellow flag is displayed during this five (5) lap period the race will be restarted with one attempt at a green, white, checkered flag finish.

 

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST at NEW HAMPSHIRE

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Since NASCAR lowered the minimum age to compete in the touring series in 2007, the K&N Pro Series East event at New Hampshire has been a defining moment on the resume of a number of rising stars. Joey Logano (2007), Ryan Truex (2010), Max Gresham (2011), Kyle Larson (2012) and William Byron (2015) all won at the “Magic Mile” en route to their series titles.

In addition to Larson and Byron, NASCAR Next drivers or alum have won all seven races at New Hampshire since the program began in 2011.

Defending series champion Harrison Burton returns for his third start of 2018 — he was third at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway and second at Bristol Motor Speedway — and he was fourth at New Hampshire last year. Bill McAnally Racing’s Derek Kraus will be in the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota that Todd Gilliland drove to a nearly eight-second win last year, while both K&N Pro East points leader Tyler Ankrum inherits the DGR-Crosley No. 17 that Chase Purdy won the pole and finished runner-up in.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. has three top fives in his four starts at the track.

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

RACE FACTS

RACE UNITED SITE SERVICES 70
PLACE New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
DATE Saturday, July 21
TIME 6:45 p.m. ET
TELEVISION NBCSN, Wednesday, July 25 — 6 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT 1.058-mile oval
2017 WINNER Todd Gilliland
2017 POLE Chase Purdy
EVENT SCHEDULE Friday — Garage opens: 12:30 p.m. ET; Practice: 4-4:30 p.m.; Final practice: 6-6:45 p.m.; Group qualifying: 7:05 p.m.

Saturday — Garage opens: 3 p.m. ET; United Site Services 70, 6:45 p.m.

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HASHTAG #UnitedSS70 #KNEast

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 36 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 32 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying session for the UNITED SITE SERVICES 70. 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 UNITED SITE SERVICES 70 will be 70 laps (74.06 miles).

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Eight (8) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying and to begin the race for a total of twelve (12) tires.

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Tyler Ankrum Charges From Last to First To Win Second Annual Throwback 100

 

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park hosted its second annual King Cadillac GMC Throwback 100 featuring the K&N Pro Series East on Saturday, July 14 showcasing the young up-and-coming drivers of NASCAR. The theme of the night was racing history with a showcase of vintage cars and K&N drivers featuring classic paint schemes as they took to the track hoping to write their name in the history books as a NASCAR winner.

The evening started with qualifying which saw record breaking speeds by the K&N Pro Series drivers. Points leader Tyler Ankrum looked to score his second win of the season and started the day with his first pole breaking the track record with a time of 19.882. However, Ankrum’s time was disallowed after he failed tech following qualifying putting Spencer Davis, driving a #13 car paying tribute to the late Ted Christopher, on point.

The first 75 laps of the race were relatively smooth sailing for Davis who secured a comfortable lead early and dominated the first 50 laps before Ruben Garcia, Jr. presented Davis with his first true battle of the evening. Meanwhile Tyler Ankrum worked his was through the field moving into the top three by lap 63 where he began to put the pressure on Davis and Garcia. After the only caution of the race a few laps later a restart changed everything for the frontrunners as Davis managed to lead up to lap 75 but was finally passed by Dillon Bassett while Ankrum once again found himself in a precarious position after spinning his tires on the restart.

Bassett opened up a decent lead in the ensuing final laps of the event, but Ankrum would not be denied using the top line to power his way past Bassett with six laps to go and charge to his second victory of the season, winning the event from last place.

“It was a little frustrating being sent to the back like that for something that was so minor. Our skew was off a few thousandths of an inch. We had an awesome racecar regardless. We flew through the field. Halfway through I was in the top five and I thought to myself ‘there’s no stopping us’,” Ankrum said after visiting Victory Lane. “Overall an awesome night. There’s not too many times you can come from the back like that and win. I’m super excited about it. Second win of the year. Hopefully that will extend our points lead by a lot.” Dillon Bassett, Tyler Dippel, Spencer Davis and Chase Cabre rounded out the top five.

Earlier in the evening the Limited Sportsman division turned into a battle of championship contenders in a 20-lap feature, but it didn’t start that way. After rookie Kyle Gero started up front and led the opening laps the fight for the lead became a battle of veterans as Jesse Gleason and Ryan Waterman tangled for the top spot. A caution that waved eleven laps in set up a restart that would alter the complexion of the race as Gleason and Waterman restarted on the front row and fought hard through the first half of a lap before getting into each other in turn three and wrecking, stacking up the field and essentially ending any opportunity for either driver to win.

The wreck opened the door for Shawn Monahan and Chris Meyer who inherited the top two spots creating a nine-lap shootout for the victory. Despite getting caught behind a slow car in lap traffic in the final turn of the final lap Monahan held on and defeated his closest rival for the title. The win was Monahan’s second of the season as he looks to win his second consecutive division title. After the race Monahan admitted he didn’t have the best car on the track but called the battle between himself and Meyer in the closing laps an exciting and nerve wracking one from the driver’s seat.

“I don’t think I had the car to beat tonight. I just wanted to keep it clean and get a good finish, but it got real funny looking down the back straightaway and what do you know,” Monahan said. The race winner offered some insight into the current relationship he has with second-place Chris Meyer after the two endured a rivalry in years past. “Chris Meyer and I have quite the history, but that history has turned in a positive direction over the past couple of years. We’re getting older. We respect each other. He had a real fast car. He was closing in there at the end and I was nervous, but I’ll take it. You can’t take a win for granted these days.” After the race Meyer took a moment to congratulate Monahan with a soft tap to the bumper on the backstretch that Monahan called an “exchange of love”.

The Sunoco Modified division closed the night with a 30-lap feature as Keith Rocco looked to remain perfect on the season and score his fourth consecutive win in the division at Thompson. It didn’t take long for Rocco to find himself where he is most comfortable as he had the lead in hand by lap five. Rocco led until halfway when things got interesting as Ryan Preece was able to work his way to the front and put pressure on the defending champion. A pair of cautions with 11 laps to go set the battle up to be an epic showdown in the closing laps of the night.

Rocco was able to hold the lead off the restart, but Preece would not let Rocco drive away staying glued to his back bumper and making several attempts to pass on the inside. Preece finally completed the pass out of turn four on lap 23 and fought off a rebuttal from Rocco to carry that momentum to his first win of the year in the division and prevent Rocco’s perfect season in the Sunoco Modifieds.

“It was a race that’s for sure,” Preece said. “I’m really proud of how good of a car we had on the long run. I feel like after ten laps we were really good so I’m just super proud of how good this car is right now.”

In the Late Model division is was a dominating victory by Ryan Morgan who started the 25-lap feature strong and finished over five seconds ahead of William Wall to claim his second win of the season. Morgan was a contender for the Late Model title in 2017, winning a race before an injury sidelined his chances at a title. The event was also bittersweet as it was the final run for defending champion Ray Parent who sold his #98 car and is moving his talents to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Current points leader Nick Johnson finished in sixth making him the only driver in the division to score top five finishes in all five features of 2018 despite not having a win.

The Lite Modifieds took center stage for a 20-lap feature where Bryan Narducci took home the trophy, his second in two nights of short track racing. Narducci is a perfect three for three in his races at Thompson and he did it all after a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Finally, in the Mini Stocks Wayne Burroughs showed dominance by claiming his second win of the season. The reigning champion is out of the running for a title after missing one of the two races in June. Points leader Eric Bourgeois finished second. The night also included a showcase of the modifieds of yesterday in a 15-lap vintage modified feature that helped kick off the festivities early on.

The Whelen Modified Tour returns to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the third time in 2018 on Wednesday, August 8 with the 29th Annual Bud “King of Beers” 150. The yearly mid-summer staple will feature the stars of the Whelen Modified Tour with points leader Justin Bonsignore looking for this third victory of the year at the Big-T as well as the NEMA Midgets and Thompson’s four track divisions with drivers looking to capture every point they can as the season winds down.

UNOFFICIAL FINISHES:

KING CADILLAC GMC THROWBACK 100 FINISH: 1. Tyler Ankrum; 2. Dillon Bassett; 3. Tyler Dippel; 4. Spencer Davis; 5. Chase Cabre; 6. Anthony Alfredo; 7. Brandon McReynolds; 8. Chase Dowling; 9. Ruben Garcia, Jr.; 10. Ryan Vargas; 11. Tristan Van Wieringen; 12. Ronnie Bassett, Jr.; 13. Colin Garrett

LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Shawn Monahan (Waterford, CT); 2. Chris Meyer (North Franklin, CT); 3. Larry Barnett (Moosup, CT); 4. Kyle Gero (Baltic, CT); 5. Brent Gleason (Griswold, CT); 6 Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA); 7. Jenn Van Pelt (Pawtucket, RI); 8. John Carpenter (N. Grosvenordale, CT); 9. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT); 10. Ed Correia (Raynham, MA)

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Ryan Preece (Broad Brook, CT); 2. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 3. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 4. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 5. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA); 6. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 7. Marcello Rufrano (North Haven, CT); 8. Joey Gada (Uncasville, CT); 9. Kyle James (Ashaway, RI); 10. Kyler Cafro (Chaplin, CT)

MINI STOCKS FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Wayne Burroughs (Oakdale, CT); 2. Eric Bourgeois (East Haddam, CT); 3. Dave Trudeau (Mansfield, CT); 4. Jared Roy (Sterling, CT); 5. Dave Trudeau, Jr. (Mansfield, CT); 6. Chris Taylor; 7. Steve Michalski (Brooklyn, CT); 8. Tommy Silva (Gales Ferry, CT); 9. Evan Bourgeois (East Haddam, CT); 10. Nick Matera

LATE MODELS FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Ryan Morgan (Gales Ferry, CT); 2. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 3. Mark Jenison (Warwick, RI); 4. Tom Carey, III (New Salem, MA); 5. Nick Johnson (Rehoboth, MA); 6. Ray Parent (Tiverton, RI); 7. Paul Charette (Woodstock, CT); 8. Glenn Boss (Danielson, CT); 9. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 10. Randy Tucker (Millis, MA)

LITE MODIFIEDS FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Bryan Narducci (Colchester, CT); 2. Wesley Prucker (Stafford, CT); 3. Jon Puleo (Branford, CT); 4. Chris Viens (Putnam, CT); 5. Glenn Komer (Bloomfield, CT); 6. Keith Caruso (Millbury, MA); 7. Teddy Hodgdon (Danbury, CT); 8. John O’Sullivan (Salem, CT); 9. Glenn Griswold (Vernon, CT); 10. Calvin Therrien