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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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HASHTAG #Eastern100 #NWMT

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST

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.
TWITTER @NHMS
HASHTAG #WhelenAllStar #NWMT

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST

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.

TWITTER @NHMS
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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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.

Welcome to the NASCAR K & N East

By Michael Jaworecki Myracenews March 26th 2018

Westbury, NY- John Visconti III has been around racing his entire life. His Dad was a top flight Late Model driver at Freeport Speedway  on Long Island and other tracks for many years.  2017 was another good year for the Visconti Motorsports running a Modified Crate type car at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island plus select NASCAR WMT races.

Just a few short months later John and Visconti Motorsports the Modifieds were for sale and Visconti Motorsports would be at New Smyrna Speedway near Daytona Speedway with a 10th place K & N finish

At New Smyrna they had a plan to stay near the front, which they did most of the race and make a push to the win late. Unfortunately, luck was not on their side as a tire losing air late in the race cost them several spots and they finished in 10th place finish.

The tire issue was not the first hurtle they had to overcome that weekend. Early in practice they blew the primary motor and had to go to a backup. They had to go to qualifying with very few laps on the car and still managed a 6th place qualifying run.

Brandon McRenyolds near the front of the pack at New Smyrna Speedway Feb 11th 2018 (NASCAR Home Tracks photo)

But the conversation didn’t stay with that first race for long. Our interview turned to how they got to the 10th place finish with a team that didn’t even exist a few months before the season opened.

That February weekend in Florida was the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people in the months leading up to the trip south.

John had gone to the fall non-points modified race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with his NASCAR WMT modified team. That was to be the final of 5 races on the NASCAR WMT tour for the 2017 season prepping for a full time run in the 2018 season.

Running a Modified race in the middle of NASCAR country was something John looked forward to all season, what happened that weekend changed all his plans for the 2018 season.

Brett Bodine who John has been friends with for years called John over to his office after the Charlotte race to discuss a new opportunity. Brett commented that he had followed the Visconti team for years and was impressed with the operation, its professionalism and just how they went about their business.

What came next was a total surprise to John, a NASCAR Xfnity team was available, Brett thought John should take a look which he did.  John then reached out to his friend Tommy Baldwin Jr and he encouraged John to go NASCAR K & N east as Xfinity would be too big a leap.

Tommy suggested that John buy a new K & N car he just built. He felt  Visconti Motorsports the chance to be competitive right out of the box if they went K & N racing.  The car he showed to John  was built with  a lot of Tommy’s Cup engineering in it.

John had to look at the finances, the added travels and basically putting a team together in North Carolina while living in Staten Island.

Costs and sponsors were his priority, if he couldn’t afford to run the season this was not going to happen.  Looking at the dollars after the initial purchase of the equipment it would not be much more that running the full NASCAR WMT season so that was a start.

John spoke with his sponsors and the main sponsor to come over was IGA Supermarkets, his longtime supporter Charles Reichert was on board.

From there everything quickly came together, John’s wife Marie would own the team becoming one of the few female team owners in NASCAR.  Long time friend and crew member Bill Goffin also came south with John. Bill became the team’s general manager and partner. The number John and Marie selected for the K & N ride was #74, a number that has been on Visconti race cars for decades.

Brandon McReynolds at New Smyrna Speedway Feb 11th 2018

Next, they hired Brandon McReynolds to drive, Brandon McReynolds is the son of Larry McReynolds a long time NASCAR crew chief and Fox NASCAR broadcaster. Brandon has run in the K & N East and West series and brings almost 50 races of K & N experience to the team,  he brings an experienced driver to the new team.

The crew initially  was put together with a group of Xfinity and Cup team members They would work on their primary car during the day and then head over to the Visconti shop at night to work on K & N car. The dedication showed with how ready the team was in February during Speedweeks.

The team started in a garage owned by Tommy Baldwin Jr. There the team spent the winter months getting ready for the initial New Smyrna race. The team have since moved to another garage owned by Brandon’s dad. When they moved to the new garage they also hired a full-time crew to work on the car including crew chief Bruce Cook who was Kevin Harvick Sprint Cup crew chief when he won his championship.

The #74 Visconti Motorsports at speed, New Smyrna Speedway Feb 11th 2018 (NASCAR Home Tracks Photo)

With the first race behind them and 2 months off the team is really looking forward to getting back to the track. John, Brandon and the entire team want to have a race without a blown motor, tire issues and bad luck to show the fans just what they are capable of and they believe they can win right now.

Next up for the team currently running 10th in points is Bristol Motor Speedway in the Zombie Pro Auto 150 on April 14th a race that will be televised on NBCSN on April 20th. Then the team will tackle Langley in Va., South Boston and Memphis before having to make a decision.

The following race after that in a race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, a road course and as of right now the team has no road course car. If they are in the top 5 or so in points they will have to make some decisions like renting a car or skipping the race but as John pointed its still very early and we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Welcome to the NASCAR K & N East Series, if the 2018 goes anything like 2017 John will probably own a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup team by sometime in September if not sooner.