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Stars Of NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East Headed For Thompson Speedway

By Kyle Souza, for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

 THOMPSON, Conn. – For the second-straight year, the stars of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East are headed for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut this weekend.

The King Cadillac GMC 100 will be the one, and only, Throwback event on the schedule for the K&N Series in 2018. Teams will have the opportunity to use their paint schemes to throwback to something in their past, or something that caught their eye. For example, Anthony Alfredo, who enters the race fourth in the current K&N championship standings, will throwback to Sterling Marlin’s No. 40 Monster Energy Cup Series ride as he looks for his second career victory on Saturday.

Spencer Davis, who will drive the No. 13 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet for Danny Watts, will throwback to Ted Christopher with Christopher’s famed paint scheme he ran most recently in the SK Modifieds at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Brandon McReynolds, who drives for Visconti Motorsports, has a paint scheme on his car that is a throwback to Visconti’s father’s ride from more than three decades ago. McReynolds will be seeking his first K&N Series victory this season, and will be making his first career start at Thompson.

The event is the eighth race of the season for the division as they begin to get ready for their championship chase to hit the final stretch. Tyler Ankrum, who has one victory, holds a 16-point advantage in the standings over Tyler Dippel. Both drivers have the best average finish among all competitors, and have put together an impressive start to the season as they both look to become first-time champions.

The entry list for the event includes multiple former winners on the series, and one NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular. Chase Dowling, who has just one prior start in the series, will drive the No. 31 for Ted Marsh Racing. In his only previous start, Dowling finished inside the top 10 at Dover in 2016.

And even though the series returned to Thompson for the first time since 2009 last year, plenty of races were already in the record books at the 0.625-mile oval. In 28 prior events, including last year, Ricky Craven and Mike Stefanik (three) hold the record for the most wins. Behind them, multiple drivers have captured the checkered flag at Thompson on two occasions.

Most recently, Harrison Burton captured glory in 2017, winning the Thompson Throwback 100 en route to his first career K&N Pro Series East championship. Burton is listed as the youngest winner at Thompson in the series, at age 20. Back in 2001, defending Monster Energy Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. drove into the winner’s circle, while the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, Trevor Bayne, was able to win the event in 2008.

In fact, more than a few drivers who won in K&N action at Thompson went on to run at least select events in the top series of the sport.

Along with the K&N Pro Series East teams, a full slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing is on the card for Saturday night. The Late Models, Mini Stocks, Limited Sportsman and Division I Sunoco Modifieds will all compete in qualifying and feature racing. As an addition, the Lite Modifieds and Open Vintage Modifieds will also compete in feature racing as part of the Throwback night.

In the Sunoco Modifieds, Keith Rocco will look to continue his dominant start, having won all three events so far in 2018. The Late Model championship chase will heat up with Nick Johnson and Woody Pitkat both looking to gain a clear-cut advantage. Shawn Monahan will look to continue his dominant roll in the Limited Sportsman as he looks for his second-straight title, while the Mini Stock fight includes Eric Bourgeois and Jared Roy.

Fans can enter the grandstands for just $35, while those who are under the age of 12 will be allowed to enter for free. The paddock fee for the night is $50, and the opportunity to enter the paddock will give fans the chance to walk right through the garage area and see some of their favorite K&N Pro Series East drivers, and their cars.

For more information on the event, including some of the latest updates from the track, fans are encouraged to follow the track on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter Out in Full Force During Race Weekend

LOUDON, N.H. – With seven events scheduled over the course of the five days during NASCAR race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter will be fundraising to help children in need across New England.

“Race weekend is our busiest time, and we hope that the generous NASCAR fans help us raise money for children who benefit from Speedway Children’s Charities,” said Hillarie Scott, director of Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter. “We are so thankful for the drivers and volunteers who have committed to giving their time during the weekend to help ensure the success of these events and to make a positive impact on children all over New England.”

Event Schedule:

Wednesday, July 18

  • Laps for Charity (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
    • Experience what it’s like to drive “The Magic Mile.” This is one of the very few opportunities that fans have to drive on the track. For a $30 donation, fans can drive their own car, or, for $30 per person, they can sit shotgun in the official New Hampshire Motor Speedway Toyota Camry Pace Car for three “fast laps” around the speedway just days before the NASCAR race. *Weather permitting and some restrictions apply.

Thursday, July 19

Friday, July 20

  • Champions Breakfast (8:00 a.m.)
    • 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. and 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion William Byron headline this annual breakfast that benefits the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and SCCNH. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online or at the entrance of Hospitality Village.
  • Wicked Good Live Auction (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
    • Get the chance to bid on Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series sheet metal, racing gear and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The auction will be held at the Trackside Live Stage, located next to the entrance of the infield tunnel with special guest Ricky Craven. Admission is free.

Saturday, July 21

  • Helicopter Rides (9:00 a.m. – Dusk)
    • Get an aerial view of the speedway on this scenic helicopter ride. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at the helipad located outside of Turn 3. *Must be 18 years or older. Weather permitting and restrictions apply.
  • Track Walk Presented by PPG (8:00 p.m.)
    • NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney will lead the way for a walk around the 1.058-mile oval after the checkered flag falls for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Register online through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 for $20 per person. Onsite registration is Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the NHMS FanZone for $25 per person. Children 16 and under are free with a paid adult.

Sunday, July 22

  • Red Bucket Brigade by PPG (2:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
    • Have any spare change? Volunteers will walk through the stands with the red buckets looking for donations to help children in need across New England.

Each December, Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter distributes grants to nonprofit organizations in the region. Since its inception in 2009, the Granite State chapter has raised more than $1.7 million, which has benefitted more than 667,000 children across New England.

For more information about other upcoming events for Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, call Hillarie Scott at (603) 513-5738 or visit SpeedwayCharities.org/NewHampshire/.

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.

New England Patriots Safety Patrick Chung to Drive Pace Car in Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

LOUDON, N.H. – On Sunday, July 22, Patrick Chung, safety for the New England Patriots, will trade a football for a steering wheel to take on his new role as the official Toyota Camry pace car driver for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Chung will lead NASCAR’s best to the green flag as 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers race down the frontstretch to start the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

“I will definitely check this off my bucket list after I get behind the wheel of the pace car for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301,” said 30-year-old Chung. “My teammates and coaches who have had this opportunity before have all said how exciting it is to lead the field to start the race. I never thought I’d get to drive on “The Magic Mile,” and in the official pace car, no less. This will be fun!”

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Chung has been with the New England Patriots for eight of his nine seasons in the NFL, helping the team to two Super Bowl victories in the 2014 and 2016 seasons. He recorded a career-high three interceptions and a career-best 89 tackles in 2010 and tied his career-high with 89 tackles in 2014.

In 2017, Chung played all 16 regular-season games with 11 starts and finished second on the team with 78 tackles. He also tallied one interception, nine passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and six special teams tackles.

“Patrick is a proven success on the football field, and I’m confident he’ll be nothing less when he leads the drivers to the green flag,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of NHMS. “We’re huge New England Patriots fans up here, and I know our fans are too, so I can’t think of a better way to start the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.”

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (July 2017), offensive tackle Matt Light (Sept. 2016), linebacker Rob Ninkovich (July 2015) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (July 2014) have all been pace car drivers, and Chung is the fifth member of the Patriots to get behind the wheel of the Toyota Camry Pace Car for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Other notables include Richard Rawlings of Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud” (Sept. 2017), Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard (July 2016), Olympic triathlete Sarah True (Sept. 2015) and Boston Bruins legend Brad Park (Sept. 2014).

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.