BYKYLE SOUZA NASCAR.COM JULY 15, 2019
Time for two in the Granite State.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour begins the second half of the championship points schedule at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, with the Eastern Propane & Oil 100. On Friday, the tour kicks off the racing weekend as select teams will compete in the only non-points, 35-lap All Star Shootout.
The series joins the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Xfinity Series and Monster Energy Cup Series for a full weekend of racing in New England.
Bobby Santos III is the odds-on favorite to visit Victory Lane on Saturday.
The Franklin, Massachusetts, driver may have no laps this season, but he’s teaming up with Dave Sapienza at one of his best tracks, and it’s hard to bet against him. Santos has won three of the last four at New Hampshire — all of them for Tinio Motorsports. The 2010 Whelen Modified Tour champion will step behind the wheel of the Tommy Grasso-prepared machine looking to continue his NHMS glory.
The championship points battle turns towards the track with the largest car counts. One mistake could cut into Doug Coby’s 31-point cushion. The Milford, Connecticut, veteran has four wins in 31 career starts at NHMS, but has finished outside the top 10 in three of his last four. When he does win on the ‘Magic Mile,’ Coby is normally at the front of the field more than just the final lap. He’s led a combined 183 of 400 laps in races where he went to Victory Lane.
Off his third straight win at Riverhead, defending tour champion Justin Bonsignore jumped to third in the standings, and enters a place where he’s had success of late. Bonsignore has top-10 finishes in six of his last seven starts, including three straight of sixth or better. In September’s inaugural Musket 250, Bonsignore led 77 laps, and led the field into Turn 3 for the final lap before a crash sidelined him. If he wants to continue his climb back towards Coby in the standings, New Hampshire will be the prime opportunity.
Three drivers will compete in Saturday’s 100 lapper and Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Newman has two wins at NHMS, with the most recent of them was in 2010. He won the pole for the Eastern 100 last year, and Preece, who won the All-Star Shootout in 2017, has no points wins at the 1.058-mile oval. Former two-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss will also make his Monster Energy Cup Series debut driving for Rick Ware Racing on Sunday, but will follow his deep modified roots driving for his family operation in his familiar No. 70 on Saturday.
|RACE: EASTERN PROPANE & OIL 100|
|Place: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.|
|Date: Saturday, July 20|
|Time: 1:45 p.m. ET|
|TV: NBCSN, Wednesday, July 31 — 6 p.m. ET; FansChoice.TV live broadcast (1:45 p.m.)|
|Track Layout 1.058-mile oval|
|2018 Winner Bobby Santos III|
|2018 Pole Ryan Newman|
|Friday — Garage Opens: 8 a.m., Final Practice: 10-11:40 a.mSaturday — Garage Opens: 7 a.m., Qualifying: 9 a.m., Autograph Session: 10:30 a.m., Eastern Propane & Oil 100: 1:45 p.m.|
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|Hashtag #Eastern100 #NWMT|
CREW CHIEF HANDOUT:
The starting field for the Eastern Propane & Oil 100 is 36 starters, including provisional positions.The first 30 drivers will secure starting positions through the qualifying process. The remaining six positions will be awarded through the provisional process.
Two consecutive qualifying laps will set the starting field. Faster lap determines qualifying position. 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. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying. Vehicles must qualify on race set up. After qualifying all vehicles will proceed immediately to the impound area. Only minor adjustments will be permitted following qualifying.
The maximum tire allotment available for this event is twelve (12) tires per team. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. The remaining tire allotment may be used for practice and/or change tires during the event. The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position.
A non-points showdown on the biggest stage.
As part of the Cape Cod Cafe Pole Day for the Monster Energy Cup Series, 20 selected drivers will compete in a 35 lap shootout for glory. The race will be broken up into two segments — with the caution scheduled to fall on or about lap 20. From there, the battle will be on.
With no points on the line, former series champions, former race winners and Rookie of the Year contenders, and additional points contenders from last year, will all compete in this special event.
Previously, Ryan Newman (2014), Woody Pitkat (2015), Bobby Santos (2016), Ryan Preece (2017) and Justin Bonsignore (2018) have been to Victory Lane in the race. No driver has been able to sweep the weekend in the five-year history of the race.
|New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.|
|Friday, July 19|
|2:10 p.m. ET|
|NBCSN, Thursday, July 25 — 6 p.m. ET; — FansChoice.TV live broadcast (2:10 p.m.)|
|2018 winner:Justin Bonsignore|
|2018 Pole:Rob Summers (via random draw for starting position)|
|Friday: Garage Open: 8 a.m., Final Practice :10-11:40 a.m., All Star Shootout: 2:10 p.m.Saturday: Garage Opens: 7 a.m., Qualifying: 9 a.m., Autograph Session: 10:30 a.m., Eastern Propane & Oil 100: 1:45 p.m.|
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|Hashtag #WhelenAllStar #NWMT|
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 order of the draw will be based off of the driver’s criteria to enter 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 closed during the entire event.
When the yellow flag 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 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 finish.