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Perfect 10

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Aric Almirola battles darkness, Bell to win Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, clinch playoff berth.

LOUDON, N.H. – Aric Almirola raced Mother Nature, daylight and the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) field to claim his first win since 2018 in a wild Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) and a berth in the 2021 NCS Playoffs.

“That’s what a race car driver lives for,” the 37-year-old Tampa, Fla. native said after the race. “For so long, I’ve been so close to winning at places like here, like Dover. We have been fighting, scratching, clawing. It feels so good to have that pay off.”

Aric Almirola leads the NACASR Cup Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 field at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway July 18th 2021. Noah Watts/Myracenews

Following a red flag for rain that delayed the race for an hour and 41 minutes, Almirola powered his No. 10 machine from his 22nd place starting spot into the top five by the end of the second stage. In the final stage, Almirola battled past Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick – who have combined for nine wins at “The Magic Mile” – to take the lead. After leading the final 20 laps, NASCAR officials called the race eight laps shy of its scheduled distance due to darkness.

Christopher Bell, who dominated Saturday’s Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the 1.058-mile track, nearly pulled off the weekend sweep, finishing second.

“I didn’t know how many laps they cut us short, but when I saw the board and how many laps we had left, it stings,” Bell said. “If I was able to get to him, I think I had something for him. We were really good right there at the end of the race.”

Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.

The race, NHMS’s 50th Cup Series showdown, was marked by six cautions – including the red flag for rain – for a total of 47 laps.

The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 trophy marks the third win of Almirola’s NCS career and the first not on a superspeedway. With the win – the first for Stewart-Haas Racing this season – Almirola earned a spot in the NASCAR Playoffs.

“This is by far one of my favorite racetracks,” Almirola said. “I know what I want out of the race car here. I know what to ask for in adjustments. Everything kind of lined up perfectly, we had a fast race car and we were – finally – able to capitalize on that.”

Prior to the win, Almirola was 27th in points. Unofficially, Tyler Reddick now sits in the 16th and final Playoff spot, with Austin Dillon just five points behind.

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Preece Prevails

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Connecticut native earns first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points win in thrilling overtime finish.

LOUDON, N.H. – Thirty-one cars entered Whelen 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), but the opening showdown of Doubleheader Saturday came down to just three, with Ryan Preece holding off a wicked fast Justin Bonsignore and Ron Silk to earn his first-ever points win at his home track.

“I feel like I won Daytona,” Preece said. “If you’re from this area, this place means a lot to you. Coming here since I was a little kid, my grandfather and I used to camp right back there. Since I started racing the modifieds back in 2007, this has been that one track that has really alluded me… Really, really friggin’ happy to win this race.”

After swapping the lead throughout the white-knuckled 100-lap affair, a caution in the closing laps set up a thrilling overtime finish that saw Preece dive low into turn four to slingshot past Bonsignore and Silk to charge across the finish and capture the victory.  After 14 years of trying to win at his home track, Preece showed patience at the right time as Bonsignore and Silk charged into the final turns but their momentum carried them high and opened the door for the Berlin, Conn.-native to get past.

Bonsignore finished second, followed by Silk, Ronnie Williams and Jon McKennedy.

In addition to being his first points win at “The Magic Mile,” the Whelen 100 triumph marks the first victory of the season for Preece in the NWMT and his 23rd career victory.

Coming full circle from his early days camping at NHMS with his grandfather, Preece interrupted his victory lane celebration to sprint to the start/finish line and pull his wife from the grandstands to join the long-awaited festivities.

Doubleheader Saturday at NHMS continues with the Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series donnybrook. Preece will look to cap an unforgettable weekend with another strong run in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 when the NASCAR Cup Series takes to the 1.058-mile track. Green flag is scheduled for 3:18 p.m.

For a NASCAR race weekend schedule, visit NHMS.com/Events/Foxwoods-Resort-Casino-301/Schedule/

*Schedule subject to change.

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DOUG COBY FINISHES 27TH AFTER MOTOR ISSUES IN WHELEN 100 AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

PHOTO: Geoffrey Souza/Souza Media

LOUDON, N.H. — Six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby finished 27th on Saturday, July 17 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 10 Mayhew Tools machine was forced to pull into the garage early with a motor issue — only completing 44 of the laps in the Whelen 100 in the most prestigious race of the year.

Coby qualified the car in ninth position, and ran inside the top-10 for the entire time that he was on the track. However, after passing Ronnie Williams and closing into the bottom of the top-five, Coby noticed the car didn’t seem up to full power. A few laps later, he decided to pull the car down pit road to the attention of his team and avoid any further damage to the engine.

“The motor was running fine for the most part when we were out there,” Coby said. “I just noticed after I passed a few cars that they were able to stay with me, but they weren’t handling well. It just didn’t feel like it was working down the straightaway. I put my foot down onto the gas off turn four and I could tell something was wrong. Nothing broke and snapped — it was still running — just not sure what happened. But we drove up to fifth and had a better handling car than most of the guys out there at the time. We will just move on to the next one.”

Doug Coby will return to the track at New York International (Lancaster) Speedway on Saturday, July 31, in the eighth race of the season for the Whelen Modified Tour.


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