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DJ Kennington and Brandon Watson Visit JMS Victory Lane to Conclude the 2018 Season.

BY Dan Cabral

HAGERSVILLE, ON.

For Kennington, his NASCAR Pinty’s Series triumph was the first of his 2018 campaign. For Watson, his win during the 50-lap Limited Late Model showcase – a first since Jukasa’s reopening – was the latest chapter in a season that has been spent in victory lane piloting everything from Limited Late Models to Pro Late Models to Super Late Models.

“It feels amazing to finally win one of these (NASCAR Pinty’s Series) races,” beamed Kennington post-race after earning his first series triumph since August 2013. “We’ve felt like we were close so many times in the last three seasons, and to finally break through at Jukasa is an incredible feeling”

Kennington outran former series winner Donald Theetge and 2017 series championship runner-up Kevin Lacroix for the win. Veteran LP Dumoulin captured the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Championship – his second in five years – with a 10th-place finish in the 200-lap event.

“It’s an honour to win another championship – and being able to clinch it during (Fall Brawl weekend) makes it even more special,” said Dumoulin. “I can’t express just how big of a role my team played with all of their hours in the shop and the incredible amounts of effort they’ve put into our time on the road”

Brandon Watson’s dominant highlight-reel performance in the 50-lap Limited Late Model portion of the event was his second Jukasa win this month, with the third-generation star having captured the APC United Late Model Series Canadian Short Track Nationals 100 on September 1st.

“I can’t say enough about Mike McColl and the cars that McColl Racing Enterprises put together,” said Watson upon clearing post-race technical inspection. “We had a fast car right from practice to time trials to victory lane. My job is the easy part when you have a car as good as this one”

For Jukasa Motor Speedway General Manager Alex Nagy, the second edition of the Pinty’s Fall Brawl event was a fitting end to a tremendous 2018 season.

“This was the best season we could have possibly asked for – and I can’t thank everyone who made it possible,” said Nagy. “From the fans, to our staff, all the teams that passed through the gates here all season – none of this would have been possible without all of us working together”

“2018 was a fantastic year for Jukasa Motor Speedway and we’re going to keep working to make improvements for the fans and the racers. We’re already back in the office working on our 2019 schedule and I’m positive that it’ll be something that will have everyone talking and excited for next season.”

The following is a statement from New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath on the 2019 NASCAR rules package:

“We appreciate NASCAR’s dedication to consistently work with the industry to evolve our sport both on and off the track. The new rules package has been two years in the making, so we know a lot of research and effort has gone in to create more excitement and side-by-side racing for our fans similar to the success at the All-Star race this past May. Over the last few seasons, we have seen some unforgettable moments at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and now with the added aerodynamic element and more downforce, buckle up race fans, because you will be in for one heck of a race at the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 in July.”

MUSKET 250 DEEMED A HUGE SUCCESS WITH $25,000 IN LAP MONEY PAID OUT

CONCORD, NC- The inaugural “Musket 250” event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway even proved to doubters that NASCAR’s oldest division can still bring race fans some of the best competition in the world, especially in a long distance event.
    Five drivers benefited from the lap money program, which was a grass roots effort spearheaded by Modified Promotions founder Craig Gabriele, assisted by Kevin Rice and the originator of lap sponsorships for Modified drivers, Marilyn Toal. Each of the 250 laps paid the race leader $100, totaling an additional $25,000 which added to a total purse that was the largest ever paid in the 33 year history of the NWMT.
    Race winner Chase Dowling and his car owner Rob Fuller earned an approximate total payday of $31,500 which included $5,400 in lap money. Justin Bonsignore may have lost the lead on the final lap, but he collected a race high $7,700 in just lap money alone for his efforts.
    Ryan Preece earned $6,500 in lap money for car owner Gary Putnam, while Ron Silk pocketed $4,100 for his car owner, Kevin Stuart, and Bobby Santos earned $1,300 in lap leader bonuses in the Sully Tinio car before retiring early from the historic event with mechanical problems.
    The lap money raised was made possible by several businesses and individuals. At the top of that list is F.K. Bearangs and Rod Ends of Southington, Conn., who generously sponsored an event high 20 laps. They sell custom engineered bearings and related products, and are heavily involved in the motorsports industry. Check out www.fkrodends.com for more on their product line and to thank them for supporting the NWMT.
    Many other businesses also supported the event by sponsoring at least five laps. Included in that list was Rockingham Boat of Hampstead, N.H., Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair, All Source of New England, Anytime Realty, Exit Realty, Riverhead Raceway and Phoenix Communications
    Additional gold level sponsorship was provided by A&J Romano Construction, builders of custom homes out of Stamford, Conn., Florida Connection Racing, Anytime Realty, Exit Realty, Hoosier Tire East, Kaloutas Painting, Worldband IT Consulting, Starrett Tools, MS3 Racing, University of Northwestern Ohio, and Lajoie’s Auto and Scrap recycling of Norwalk, Conn.
    On the heels of an inaugural event that was more successful both on the race track, and with a larger than expected number of campers and race fans, New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath quickly confirmed that the Modifieds would be back next September as the headline event for the 2nd annual “Full Throttle Fall Weekend” at the Loudon, N.H. track.
    “Oh heavens yes,” McGrath stated when asked if the Modifieds would return. “That’s the anchor. You can count on it. We were all pleasantly surprised with the number of campers, and we hope to grow that. I think that the crowd was very strong.”
    With that confirmation, Gabriele also confirmed that he fully intends to invest his time in creating more lap money bonuses for the 2019 event as well, even going as far to say that he hopes to do even more.
    “”I want to do more. I want to do the lap money, but I want to try and do some other things. Maybe something for tenth place, or fifteenth. I can tell you now the lap money is going to happen. As soon as I get home and catch my breath from this wonderful event and thank those who supported it this year, I’m going to start right in.
    “This race was better than the Race of Champions at Pocono (PA). I couldn’t have scripted it any better. The whole last ten laps, every fan was on their feet. I thought the 250 was a good lap number and the pit strategy was wonderful. Everybody handled themselves excellent.”
    Modified promotions would like to thank each and every lap sponsor for their generosity and belief that making this event that much better by sponsoring a lap, and helping make every lap count, as confirmed by race winning car owner Rob Fuller immediately following the event.
    “You know something- it’s funny,” Fuller smiled. “We kind of came together as a group. We wanted to decide. Do we want to push the 51 or do we want to lead the 51 to get lap money? When I told the guys we were going to split the lap money, they all wanted to lead the 51.
    “It was an unbelievable thing that everybody did to raise that extra money. I want to thank everybody that got involved in that program. It just shows the depth in the community that is formed around the NASCAR Modified Tour, which is why I love being a part of it.”
    Information will be forthcoming within days, on how those who sponsored laps in the inaugural event can continue that support, and also how others can become a part of what is sure to be an even bigger and better “Musket 250” in 2019.
Photo:Michael Jaworecki Myracenews