Category Archives: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Bangor Savings Bank to Extend Partnership with Austin Theriault And Rick Ware Racing for 2019 MENCS Season

September 18, 2019 (Thomasville, NC) – Bangor Savings Bank is set to extend their NASCAR partnership with Austin Theriault and Rick Ware Racing for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Theriault will pilot the No. 52 entry, with Bangor Savings Bank as the primary sponsor, for select races throughout the remainder of the season, and as an associate sponsor for all of the races that Theriault runs at RWR for the remainder of the season. 

Theriault, a Fort Kent, Maine native, piloted the Rick Ware Racing entry earlier this year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway, in the No. 52 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, with Bangor Savings Bank. Over the past five years, Theriault has competed across multiple platforms in NASCAR’s lower developing series, collecting numerous wins and won the NASCAR K&N Most Popular Driver Award. Theriault also won the 2017 ARCA Menards Series Championship.  

“The partnership with Bangor Savings and myself has been extremely successful so far. I am humbled by the fan involvement and interaction we’ve received since first announcing BSB as a sponsor at Loudon in July and I am excited to keep that momentum going throughout the rest of the 2019 season.”  

Bangor Savings Bank, the primary sponsor on the No. 52, has been meeting the financial needs of New Englanders for over 167 years. Bangor Savings Bank remains true to the mission of its founders and the You Matter More promise to help their employees, customers, and communities prosper. For additional information on Bangor Savings Bank, visit https://www.bangor.com

Team Owner Rick Ware added, “We are thrilled to announce that Bangor Bank is extending their partnership with RWR.  Bangor Bank received a great deal of exposure from the races at New Hampshire, Pocono and Michigan, and they are excited about doing more the us and with Austin Theriault. They are a great company and we are excited to have them on board for more races as we close out the 2019 NASCAR season.”

For up-to-date information on Rick Ware Racing and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.WareRacing.com or follow along on social media; FacebookTwitter or Instagram

Harvick Cashes in a Pair of Fours With NHMS Win Number Four in the No. 4

LOUDON, N.H. – Kevin Harvick landed in victory lane for a repeat win in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This win marks Harvick’s fourth career win at Loudon, tying the record currently held by Jeff Burton for the most wins at “The Magic Mile.” The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver earned his first win of the 2019 season not only for himself, but for Stewart-Haas Racing.

“We’ve run well enough a few times this year, we’ve just made mistakes,” said Harvick. “To finally battle and get over that hump is a great day at Stewart-Haas Racing and everybody on the No. 4 car. I was really questionable about how that was going to go, and that thing just took right off.”

In a race that featured several lead changes and plenty of close action, it was a last-lap battle between Harvick and Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11, all the way to the finish line that got the crowd to its feet. The top two fought through lapped traffic after Hamlin made a pass attempt in turns one and two. Harvick stood on the brakes and tried to keep it straight knowing Hamlin was going to roll the dice and take another shot at the win.

“The lapped traffic didn’t budge, the No. 11 was right there and I knew he was going to take a shot,” said Harvick. “That’s what you’re supposed to do on the last lap – throw it all out on the table and take some chances. That’s what we both did, and luckily today we came out on top.”

With this win, Harvick cements a place in the playoffs and takes the pressure off of a race team that had performed well in points, but was still on the outside looking in.

Following Hamlin’s second place finish, were Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and pole sitter Brad Keselowski.

Hampstead, N.H. native and longtime NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver, Andy Seuss, made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in Sunday’s race in the No. 51 Jacob Companies Ford, finishing 28th. Also making his Cup Series debut was Fort Kent, Maine native Austin Theriault, who drove the No. 52 Bangor Savings Bank Chevrolet and placed 35th.

For ticket information for all 2019 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Photo Courtesy: NHMS/Harold Hinson Photography

Keselowski Captures His Fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pole at “The Magic Mile”

Brad Keselowski will lead the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

LOUDON, N.H. – Brad Keselowski captured the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole award in Friday’s Cape Cod Café Pizza Pole Day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, putting him in the lead position to start Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at 3:00 p.m. This is Keselowski’s fourth career Cup Series pole award at Loudon.

“I always personally hesitate to undervalue qualifying,” said 35-year-old Keselowski. “With that in mind, there are some tracks that are less impactful to win the pole, but as you look to rank the tracks where qualifying well matters, this is certainly towards the top.”

The Busch brothers finished right behind Keselowski posting lap times of 27.942 seconds (Kyle) and 27.957 seconds (Kurt), but Keselowski reached 136.384 mph during his best lap, placing him 0.015 seconds faster than Kyle (27.927 seconds), which earned him his first 2019 pole.

Keselowski still holds on to the speedway’s record lap time for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, reaching a speed of 140.598 mph, which sent him around “The Magic Mile” in 27.090 seconds in 2014.

“I always feel like I’m 10% of the equation and I get 90% of the credit,” said Keselowski. “If you feel like you’re 10% of the equation, then what’s the other 90% of it? It’s the pit crew, it’s the engineering, it’s the mechanics that bolt the car together. All of those things have to come together on any given weekend to be successful.”

Keselowski will be at the front of the pack in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 as all 37 drivers fight for that coveted spot in victory lane.

For ticket information for all 2019 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 19-21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Photo Courtesy: NHMS/Harold Hinson Photography