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NASCAR Drivers Visit Manchester Kids

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver Ryan Vargas and NASCAR Pinty’s Series driver Alex Tagliani visited with Automotive Technology students, pediatric patients and local teens.

LOUDON, N.H. – NASCAR drivers Ryan Vargas and Alex Tagliani visited with Automotive Technology Students at Manchester Community College, pediatric patients at Elliot Hospital and children and teenagers at the Webster House, all in Manchester, New Hampshire on Wednesday before heading to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for this weekend’s inaugural Full Throttle Fall Weekend.

“I’m so happy that I was able to visit New Hampshire before the race,” said Tagliani. “I have a young daughter of my own, so I know how important it is to spend time with kids, and I hope we were able to brighten their day a little bit today.”

The drivers first stopped by Manchester Community College where they met with nearly 25 students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program. They greeted the students outside with the NHMS show car, where Vargas jumped in the driver seat to rev the engine and make some noise. The students then gave Vargas and Tagliani a tour of their classroom and shop, telling them what they’re learning and showing them the cars they’re working on.

“I can relate to you guys, and I was really excited to come here today,” said 17-year-old NASCAR K&N Pro Series rookie Vargas. “A lot of people nowadays just pay people to work on their cars, but I spend a lot of time in the shop back home, because my dad wanted to make sure I was there to learn about my car. Some kids don’t grow up with that lesson. After we had a few wrecks, I had to rebuild the cars myself, and then we were winning a lot, and that’s just because I had a great deal of respect for my car, my crew and other people’s cars and crew. It’s very important to know the basics.”

The next stop of the day was at Elliot Hospital, which hit home with for Vargas, who was born with Craniosynostosis.

“It’s basically a deformation of the skull,” explained Vargas. “I had to have surgery for it when I was 11 months old, and that lead to this scar that goes all the way around my head. That’s something I wear with pride every day, and that’s the reason why I’m here. It’s really cool to be able to spend time with these fans, meet new people, meet these kids and maybe get them to want to go to some races or even be race car drivers one day.”

Vargas painted a wooden race car with a young girl, raced toy cars on the special Elliot Hospital Race Track with a young boy and handed out autographed hero cards to a few other patients. Both drivers then made a couple individual visits to patient rooms.

The day wrapped up with a visit to the Webster House, where Vargas and Tagliani played pool, video games, air hockey and ate cake with the children and teenagers before shifting gears to focus on getting ready for their races this weekend.

“A lot of our Canadian folks are coming down to see our race and see our championship battle,” said Tagliani. “We’re excited the New Hampshire Motor Speedway decided to add a Pinty’s race. I’m going to take the opportunity to do some mountain biking, which is not something that happens when we go to a race. You go to a race, you do your job, you drive the race car, and then you also enjoy a little bit of tourism. At least in this place, I’m going to be able to do it and have some good photos once I leave.”

Vargas and Tagliani remain in New Hampshire for this weekend’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend when they take on “The Magic Mile” – Vargas in the first global NASCAR K&N Pro Series race, the Apple Barrel 125, and Tagliani in the first time Canada’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series will race in the U.S. at the Visit New Hampshire 100. The Sept. 21-22 weekend will also feature the longest mileage and richest purse race in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history, the Musket 250.


For ticket information for Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website at or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

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