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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Hit Big Stage With Inaugural Musket 250 at NHMS

“Magic Mile” Hosts Triple Header With Full Throttle Weekend

It’s here.

One of the most anticipated short-track weekends in New England is on deck, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosts its first “Full Throttle Weekend.”

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers will take center stage in the inaugural Musket 250. The longest race in Whelen Modified Tour history will include live pit stops and put some of the best modified drivers and teams in the country up against their toughest test yet for a $25,000 first-place prize.

Canadian’s national championship for stock car racing, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, will make its first trip to the United States with the inaugural Visit New Hampshire 100. The race will precede the Fall Brawl at Ontario’s Jukasa Motor Speedway to close out the season the following weekend, and a pair of Quebec notables – LP Dumoulin and Alex Tagliani – are separated by just five points.

And the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to the stage that is known for defining its champions. Tyler Ankrum won at the ‘Magic Mile’ in July, and will look not only for a season sweep with a win in the Apple Barrel 125, but he could also clinch the series championship with a race remaining. He would be the sixth driver in the last 12 years to win at NHMS en route to the title.



It doesn’t get much bigger than this for the Whelen Modified Tour.

Considered one of the biggest stages they race on since the inaugural event in 1990, New Hampshire upped the ante this year. Not only is it the longest distance in the history of the tour at 264.5, there’s more than a $25,000 prize at stake. Throw in live pit stops and the constant shuffling and reshuffling of the running order in the draft, and the Musket 250 is shaping up as a can’t miss event.

Justin Bonsignore looks to continue on his championship path by putting himself in position to clinch his first title before the finale even takes the green. If Bonsignore has another strong day, and Chase Dowling stumbles, there is one scenario that could see Bonsignore clinch the title at the checkered flag of the Musket 250. With seven wins in 13 races, Bonsignore would love to add the longest race in Whelen Modified Tour history to his winning resume. He completed the season sweep of Riverhead Raceway in New York last time the series was on the track.

Ryan Preece will sit behind the wheel of the No. 77 for Gary Putnam, a ride that Monster Energy Cup Series star Ryan Newman piloted to a third-place finish in July after leading 16 laps from the pole. Preece, who has never been to Victory Lane in a points race at NHMS, does have one victory in the Whelen All-Star Shootout in 2017.

Bobby Santos III, who will return to competition driving for Tinio Racing, looks to complete the season sweep for the second straight year. Santos has won the last three Whelen Modified Tour events at New Hampshire, and has done it by leading a total of just 15 laps.

The 250-lap distance will also bring pit crews and crew chiefs to the forefront with strategy set to play a major role in who captures the checkered flag.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Whelen Modified Tour races at New Hampshire | Whelen Modified Tour drivers’ career stats at New Hampshire


PLACE New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire
DATE Saturday, September 22
TIME 3:30 p.m. ET (approx.)
TELEVISION Fanschoice.tv (live); NBCSN – Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT 1.058-mile paved asphalt oval
2017 WINNER Inaugural event
2017 POLE Inaugural event
EVENT SCHEDULE Friday — Garage Opens: 6:30 a.m., Practice: 10:55-11:55 a.m., Final Practice: 2:25-3:10 p.m., Qualifying: 5:30 p.m.

Saturday — Garage Opens: 9 a.m., Musket 250: 3:30 p.m. (approx.)

HASHTAG #Musket250, #NWMT


CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the inaugural Musket 250 is 36 starters, including provisional positions. The first 30 drivers will secure starting positions based on the qualifying session for the Musket 250. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Two consecutive qualifying laps will be used to determine the starting positions. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line. NASCAR reserves the right to have more than one vehicle engage in qualifying runs at the same time.

The Musket 250 will be 250 laps (264.50 miles).

The Musket 250 will be run in two segments. There will be a five (5) minute break at or near the conclusion of lap 100. Once the yellow flag is displayed at the start/finish line for the break, the caution vehicle will pick up the field. Once the field is under control, the caution vehicle will lead the field on to pit road. No work is to be performed at the break until advised by NASCAR Officials. All participants in the event will be allowed to make changes that would normally occur during a routine pit stop. A maximum of five (5) uniformed crew members in the car servicing area. The time will start when the last car stops on pit road and the NASCAR Official advises work can begin. Teams are allowed to change four (4) tires and add fuel. Fuel cannot be added at the same time that tires are being changed. Teams must use a dry break system while adding fuel during the race on pit road. At the end of the break, cars will line up with lead lap cars to the front.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is twenty (20) tires per team. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. The tire change rule is twelve (12) tires, any position.

Custom Musket and Trophy Revealed for the Winner of the Inaugural Musket 250

LOUDON, N.H. – The Musket 250 will headline the inaugural Full Throttle Fall Weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as the longest mileage and richest purse in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history. With the prestige of a race like this comes a lot for the drivers to race for, and the stakes just got higher with a custom musket, minuteman trophy and tricorn hat waiting in victory lane for the Musket 250 winner on Sept. 22.

The handmade flintlock musket was built over the course of three weeks by Edwin Parry of Black Hart Long Arms out of Eastford, Conn., which has twice been featured on the History Channel.

“I really enjoy doing something like this,” said Parry, who also designed the custom musket that the Speedway gave to Dale Earnhardt Jr. as a retirement gift in 2017. “It’s special, and I hope the winner enjoys it very much.”

Using a blend of tiger maple and brass, Parry hand engraved the Revolutionary War-style musket with the race name, a checkered flag, the profile of the state of New Hampshire and a spot for the winner’s name.

The flintlock mechanism featured on the musket, was the method of ignition from about 1630 to about 1830. The spark it creates would have ignited a pan full of powder, which would then have ignited the charge in the barrel and sent the bullet on its way.

Most of the lock plates were made in London, England, and they would say “London” across the bottom. Parry felt that was close enough to Loudon, so he engraved “Loudon” there instead.

View a video showing how the musket was made and learn more about how Edwin Parry and Black Hart Long Arms got started: http://bit.ly/TheMakingOfTheMusket

The winner will also receive a traditional Revolutionary War-era tricorn hat and a minuteman trophy. Taking on its New England roots, the trophy is a replica of the Minuteman statue in Concord, Mass., weighing 30 pounds and measuring 32 inches tall.

Along with the custom musket, minuteman trophy and tricorn hat, the Musket 250 race winner will be fighting to claim a share of the unprecedented $186,000 purse. This includes $25,000 for the winner of the race, including the $3,500 Whelen Winner of the race bonus and a new $25,000 lap leader bonus, which will pay $100 to the leader of each lap during the 250-lap event.

The Musket 250 will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. and will be run in two segments with a five minute break at or near the conclusion of lap 100.

The Musket 250 is part of tripleheader Saturday, Sept. 22, which will also include the first global NASCAR K&N Pro Series race, the Apple Barrel 125, and the first time Canada’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series will race in the U.S. at the Visit New Hampshire 100.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway recently launched its new Full Throttle Fridays promotion now through Sept. 21, where one winner will be selected each Friday for once-in-a-lifetime experiences and cool access for September’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend. For ticket information for Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website atwww.NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Take the Bus From Long Island to NHMS for the NASCAR WMT Musket 250

With the biggest NASCAR WMT race  in history coming up on September 21st and  22nd fans have been quickly buying up tickets to the historic race.

The Musket 250 will be the highest paying NASCAR WMT race in history. The winner of the Musket 250 will take home at least $25,000 plus with lap money that could be pushed to over $40,000 or more.

The 250-lap event brings back memories of the Race of Champion events at the Pocono Raceway many years ago.  As with those races this race will be about strategy, endurance, determination and racing skill.

Point leader Justin Bonsignore will roar into the NHMS winning 7 features already this season and a win there could just about lock down the 2018 championship.  With 2 weeks to prepare teams are already getting ready for the highest paying, longest race in the history of the NASCAR WMT.

An added bonus the NASCAR Pintys series  from Canada will make its first appearance in the US and the NASCAR K & N East will bring one of its largest fields of cars this season to the NHMS.

But how to get to the if you are from Long Island?

Teds Race Tours will get you there in comfort and back.  Ted’s Race Tours  bus will leave on Sat. morning September 22nd  getting you to the track in plenty of time to catch all the days  racing activities. At the end of the event  you will  be bused to a local hotel for the evening  and return on Sunday September 23rd to Long Island .

At the track you can buy your tickets or for the first time buy pit passes for unprecedented access to the garage areas on race day.

Contact Teds Race Tours for more information.  Teds Race Tours

Full Throttle Weekend tickets and upgrades  can be purchased here: NHMS Full Throttle Weekend Tickets and Upgrades

To purchase laps and add  your sponsorship the race click here: Musket 250 Laps