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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 NASCAR Pinty’s Fall Brawl Looks to Be Just That

By Dan Cabral

HAGERSVILLE, ON – Jukasa Motor Speedway will continue its year of ‘firsts’ on Saturday, September 29th – with the 2018 edition of its Pinty’s Fall Brawl weekend. The two-division spectacular will feature the first ever appearance by the talent-laden Limited Late Model division in a 50-lap Invitational as well as the championship finale for Canada’s National Touring Series – the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

“I’ve said all along that our purpose for this facility is to give the fans what they want,” says Jukasa Motor Speedway General Manager Alex Nagy. “We’ve had fans and competitors alike asking for a big Ltd. Late Model race since we first re-opened. So, we knew that we had to put something like this together. We’ve had calls and messages coming in from teams all over the province – and I’m positive that our fans are going to be very, very happy with the field that turns out for this event”

One of the first teams to file entry for the event was three time Sunset Speedway champion Gord Shepherd – as they ready themselves for a Jukasa Motor Speedway debut in a Limited late model, Shepherd says he is looking forward to a very fast and fun race against top contenders.

“I think it’s pretty easy to make the argument that this race is going to be ‘the big one’ for Limited Late Models this year,” offers Shepherd. “Jukasa itself is a huge challenge, but then you throw in the level of talent that we’re all expecting to show up and you have a pretty solid ‘Race of the Year’ candidate.”

The main event of the Pinty’s “Fall Brawl” is the series finale for the NASCAR Pinty’s series, just coming off their first trip to the United States racing at New Hampshire.

Kevin Lacroix took the checkered flag for his 10th career win, and will look to use his positive momentum heading into Jukasa Motor Speedway this weekend.

The Championship is shaping up to be a two-horse battle between L.P Dumoulin who has a 4-point lead over Alex Tagliani. Hard charger Cole Powell and veteran D.J Kennington both will be gunning to finish the season off with a trip to Jukasa Motor Speedway victory lane on Saturday and be there to capitalize if Dumoulin or Tagliani have issues.

The current points leader L.P. Dumoulin is looking forward to getting back to Jukasa for the series finale.

“We’re really looking forward to getting back to Jukasa, Says Dumoulin- I am very comfortable at this speedway and always have a fast car.”

The man only four points behind Dumoulin is Alex Tagliani who finished 3rd at JMS in the series first stop here this season.

“I’m really, really excited to have our championship finale at JMS, it’s by far the best track on the tour.”

“I don’t take anything for granted and I’m not going to just focus on the point standings, we finished 3rd last time there and I am looking to improve on that and let the points short themselves out after the 200 laps are completed.”

Gates open at Noon, qualifying at 4 pm and racing begins at 5:30 pm. Be sure to stay for the post-race fireworks display. Go to Jukasamotorspeedway.com for ticket and event information.

Tripleheader Takes New England Back To Its Racing Roots

“Magic Mile” Puts NASCAR’s Short Track Series On Center Stage

 For NASCAR’s regional touring series, what’s old is new once again at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Saturday’s New England short track showdown will host three different divisions in a unique tripleheader aimed at highlighting three of the best short track divisions from both the United States and Canada. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Pinty’s Series join the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the event which harkens back to the days before New Hampshire Motor Speedway ever hosted its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in the mid-1990s.

When the 1.058-mile speedway first opened in 1990 — the largest in New England, both then and now — it did so with regular doubleheaders featuring the former Busch North Series and the Whelen Modified Tour. In those days, names like Mike McLaughlin, Steve Park, Ricky Craven, Mike Stefanik and Reggie Ruggiero made trips to Victory Lane.

While the track hosted two Cup Series events annually for a 20-year span from 1997-2017, it recognized its history at the grassroots levels of the sport. With an open September weekend on its schedule this season, the time was perfect for NHMS to return to its roots.

TICKETS: Full Throttle Weekend at New Hampshire

“It certainly is in our DNA,” NHMS General Manager David McGrath said. “Always has been, always will be. We certainly see the value, and we are thrilled that fans come out for all those races.”

The weekend is more than just the racing, too. With limited garage access during tightly-managed Cup weekends, the track is promising fans much closer proximity to drivers and cars during the New England Short Track Showdown.

And while the event is not the first tripleheader in the track’s history, having held standalone NASCAR Xfinity Series races with the K&N Pro Series and Modifieds on the undercard in the past, Saturday will still mark a first.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Whelen Modified & K&N Pro Series races at New Hampshire

The Musket 250 for the Whelen Modified Tour will be the longest race in series history and the most lucrative with a purse of over $25,000.

“It’s always huge when we can be the premier division at races. Even when we’re not, we usually put on the best races,” Whelen Modified Tour point leader Justin Bonsignore said. “I think it’s a really good opportunity for our series, for K&N and for Pinty’s to be the lead divisions at an event and have the fans come in and get to know the drivers better.”

“Let’s put it clearly, the Whelen Modifieds put on one whale of a show at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and I think that the fans are absolutely ecstatic about this 250-lap (race),” McGrath said. “They’re going to put on a great show for our fans and we are so happy about it. We’re not backing off.”

ENTRY LISTS: Whelen Modified Tour | Pinty’s Series | K&N Pro Series East

On the K&N Pro Series side, the Apple Barrel 125 will be the first series race at NHMS not held on a Cup weekend in nearly two decades. The race will be the longest at the track for the series since 2011, the last year it visited Loudon twice in the same season.

“It will be a little different being there without one of the top three series, it’s a little weird,” said Tyler Ankrum, the California rookie who leads the K&N Pro Series East standings with four wins — one of them at Loudon in July. “Every NASCAR track we’ve gone to all year, the Cup Series is there with us. You need to still be on top of your game, though — you should be on top of your game no matter what. You want to feel like a Rick Hendrick or a Joe Gibbs is watching you at these types of tracks, and they should be watching us. We’re the next thing — along with the Modifieds and the Pinty’s guys.”

PIT BOX: Tyler Ankrum Leads K&N Pro Series East Field To Magic Mile

Ankrum, though just 17 years old, is keenly aware of the series’ history at NHMS.

“The call it the Magic Mile, because it’s magical,” Ankrum said with a laugh. “As awkward and childish as it sounds, it’s true. I think it’s really cool that it was a road course before (Briar Motorsports Park). When we won there at the beginning of the year, my grandfather who’s 70-something, even he didn’t know that. I think that’s a really cool thing about the place.”

While Saturday’s race marks the 69th in series history for the Modifieds, and the 73rd overall for the K&N Pro Series East, it’s a first for the Pinty’s Series. The Canadian series has never raced at New Hampshire.

In fact, the Visit New Hampshire 100 will mark the first series race in the United States.

PIT BOX: Dumoulin & Tagliani Lead Pinty’s Series to New Hampshire

“I’m very proud of our Canadian national series and the fans are going to be treated to … side-by-side battles and action all over the track,” said Pinty’s Series point leader L.P. Dumoulin. “There are at least 10 or more drivers with the equipment and talent to win, and the race is going to be awesome.”

With late-season point battles, extra distances and plenty of purse money on the line on a big standalone stage, all three races which are part of the inaugural New England Short Track Showdown promise to deliver.

Five-time Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby is a firm believer that you don’t need Cup cars at New Hampshire to have a first-rate race weekend for fans in the northeast and Canada.

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“We’ve always been the main event in our world,” said Coby, a four-time winner at NHMS. “This is just a beast that we’ve never tried to tame before. The race can go in a lot of different directions — and whatever direction it goes in, the cool thing is that if we keep doing this every year, it will be something different for the fans every year.”