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Tyler Ankrum Claims the Win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

The 17-year-old was the first to the checkered flag in Saturday’s United Site Services 70 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

LOUDON, N.H. – Tyler Ankrum dominated the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East United Site Services 70 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday night for his third win of the season.

Ankrum started on the outside pole, took the lead on the opening lap and never looked back.

“I’m not really too sure, honestly,” said Ankrum when asked about what went into his dominating performance. “I guess it just kind of happened. The guys gave me a really fast race car.”

NASCAR rising star Harrison Burton tried to chase down Ankrum throughout the race. Burton used lapped traffic to pull within a second of the leader with less than a dozen laps to go, but could get no closer. Once Ankrum got through the traffic, he pulled away and earned the win by a margin of 2.387 seconds over the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC analyst Jeff Burton.

“The race went green all 70 laps,” said Ankrum, who earned his first career victory at “The Magic Mile.” “We had a lot of time by ourselves out there trying to find that fast line. [Harrison] Burton certainly put the pressure on. He raced me really hard and really clean, so hats off to him.”

Anthony Alfredo raced to a third place finish while Tyler Dippel finished fourth. Pole sitter Derek Kraus fell back early but ended the evening with a solid fifth place finish.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to NHMS as part of the Full Throttle Fall Weekend, September 21-22. The penultimate race of the K&N Pro Series East will help set the stage for the series championship race the following week in Dover.

“It really helps a lot with points, extending that points lead,” said Ankrum. “So we really don’t have to worry about it once we get to Dover. That’s the biggest thing that does for us.”

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.

Christopher Bell is Victorious in the Lakes Region 200

The 23-year-old beat out Brad Keselowski for the win in his first NASCAR Xfinity Series appearance on “The Magic Mile.”

LOUDON, N.H. – Christopher Bell’s first NASCAR Xfinity Series appearance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ended with a win on Saturday, giving him his second consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series victory after last week’s trip to Victory Lane in Kentucky.

Bell’s win broke a streak of six consecutive pole winners winning the Lakes Region 200. Brad Keselowski’s 2011 win was the last time the pole winner was not the winner of the race. Keselowski was the only driver in the field who had previously won in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Despite being the pole winner, Keselowski missed the mandatory Driver and Crew Chief Meeting and was forced to start at the back of the pack.

Bell’s back-to-back wins didn’t come easy as the NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie experienced technical problems midway through the race. His tachometer failed, but it didn’t prove to be a challenge for the driver getting on and off pit road over the final stops of the race.

“I was getting really nervous, because I didn’t have a tach, so I didn’t know how I was going to get down pit road,” said Bell. “Luckily, I got the best spotter on the roof, and Tony [Hirschman] was able to guide me and let me know ‘I think you can pick it up a little bit,’ and, a couple of times, told me to slow it down. It worked out for us we were able to take four tires there. That was a big deal.”

Bell, a NASCAR Xfinity Series regular won stage one, but was off pit cycle and ended up in eighth after getting mired in the middle of the pack, which allowed Keselowski to take the win in stage two. Bell led the field for a total of 93 laps, and after 13 lead changes, he led for the final time on lap 182.

“That’s pretty special,” replied Bell when asked about beating Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski in back-to-back weeks. “I never dreamed I’d be here at Joe Gibbs Racing competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. I’m proud of this entire group at Joe Gibbs Racing and the No. 20 team. They work their butts off.”

Keselowski and Ryan Preece finished second and third respectively.

“Once Brad got going, I thought I had a better car than him, and I thought I had a better car than Christopher Bell,” said Preece. “I knew Brad had two tires; I was racing him for all I had, trying to get in front him, chase down my teammate and win here in New England, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t enough to be with those guys.”

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.

Bobby Santos III Edges Chase Dowling By Inches To Win at New Hampshire

Third Straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory At ‘Magic Mile’

LOUDON, N.H. — Bobby Santos III found himself in a familiar place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday.

In a fight right down to the final few feet, Santos took the lead with a last-lap pass, and held off a furious charge from 20-year-old rising star Chase Dowling in the final corners to take down the victory in the Eastern Propane & Oil 100.

Santos’ No. 44 Sully Tinio/Olivia’s Market Chevrolet crossed the line .014 seconds ahead of Dowling. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman, who won the pole earlier in the day, finished third — .149 seconds back.

The triumph was the 17th career in Whelen Modified Tour competition for Santos, his fourth at the ‘Magic Mile’ and his first of the 2018 season. It also marked the third straight New Hampshire victory for the Franklin, Massachusetts veteran.

He charged back from a blown engine on Friday and ended up holding the trophy a day later. He only led three laps.

“I didn’t expect this, we knew had a really good piece coming here, but after yesterday, we didn’t know what was going to happen,” Santos said. “The last couple of laps were exciting, I knew I wanted to be out front. They (Dowling) got under me, but I had just enough to hold on. It worked out well.”

RACING-REFERENCE: Eastern Propane & Oil 100 Results

For much of the eighth race of the season, Santos was outside the top five, and didn’t seem to be in contention for the win. It painted a near identical picture to two separate occasions in 2017 at New Hampshire for Santos, and he ended both of those races in Victory Lane.

Saturday, he moved to the point for the first time on Lap 95, but lost the lead to Ryan Newman shortly after. In the final mile, Santos took the advantage back, put on a block on Dowling down the backstretch, and drove around to the finish line looking for the checkered flag.

However, Dowling was able to crossover to the bottom, drive up to the side of Santos, and drag race him all the way down the frontstretch.

“It’s a 100-lap race, we knew we had a good car, and we knew we would have a pit stop at some point,” Santos said of the strategy to make a late charge through the field. “We just had to make the right calls, at the right time.”

RACING-REFERENCE: Bobby Santos’ Career at New Hampshire

Although the 2o-year-old Roxbury, Connecticut, driver came up just short, a second-place finish on the prestigious stage at New Hampshire was exactly what Dowling wanted in the bigger picture — the championship battle. He came just inches away from scoring his first Whelen Modified Tour win.

“I watched the All Star race (on Friday) in the spotters stand for a reason,” Dowling said. “I knew Bobby was going to block, and that’s not dirty racing, it’s what you have to do. We came to the finish door-to-door, and you can’t really ask for much more than that. Clean racing, and all four tires still on the car.”

Championship points leader Justin Bonsignore led a race-high 46 laps and followed Newman across the line in fourth. Eric Goodale finished fifth. Rowan Pennink was sixth, followed by Ron Silk, Matt Swanson, Patrick Emerling and Ronnie Williams.

The race saw 20 different lead changes among nine different drivers.

Bonsignore holds a 32-point advantage in the championship standings over Dowling as the series heads for the second half of the season. Timmy Solomito is third, 66 points back in the title fight.

The Eastern Propane & Oil 100 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams return to the track at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway for the Starrett 150 on Friday, August 3.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Eastern Propane & Oil 100 Results


At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, N.H.

Lap length: 1.058 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (14) Bobby Santos III, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 100 laps, 90.967 mph.
  2. (4) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
  3. (1) Ryan Newman, South Bend, IN, Chevrolet, 100.
  4. (3) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 100.
  5. (5) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100.
  6. (13) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 100.
  7. (19) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 100.
  8. (7) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 100.
  9. (9) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 100.
  10. (11) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
  11. (6) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 100.
  12. (12) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 100.
  13. (24) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100.
  14. (25) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
  15. (17) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 100.
  16. (21) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Toyota, 100.
  17. (23) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 100.
  18. (20) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100.
  19. (15) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 99.
  20. (26) Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La., Chevrolet, 99.
  21. (31) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 99.
  22. (32) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 98.
  23. (33) Joe Degracia, Nutley, N.J., Chevrolet, 96.
  24. (27) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 91, accident.
  25. (30) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 91.
  26. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 89.
  27. (18) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 84, engine.
  28. (16) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 71, accident.
  29. (22) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 58, engine.
  30. (34) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 41, engine.
  31. (8) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 35, clutch.
  32. (29) Dave Salzarulo, Monson, Mass., Chevrolet, 25, overheating.
  33. (28) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 14, power steering.
  34. (10) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 10, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 9 minutes 47 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.014 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: R.Newman (132.420 mph, 28.763 seconds)

Caution Flags: 8 for 26 laps.

Lead Changes: 20 among 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Newman 1-3; C. Dowling 4-13; D. Coby 14-18; C. Dowling 19; J. McKennedy 20; D. Coby 21-25; C. Dowling 26-32; W. Pitkat 33-34; J. Degracia 35; R. Newman 36-39; C. Dowling 40; R. Newman 41-43; C. Dowling 44; R. Newman 45-47; J. Bonsignore 48; R. Newman 49; J. Bonsignore 50-94; B. Santos ,III 95-96; C. Dowling 97; R. Newman 98-99; B. Santos III 100.

Standings: 1. J. Bonsignore, 350; 2. C. Dowling, 318; 3. T. Solomito, 284; 4. C. Lutz, 269; 5. R. Pennink, 263; 6. R. Summers, 258; 7. R. Preece, 253; 8. D. Coby, 248; 9. D. Sapienza, 247; 10. R. Williams, 245.