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NASCAR Short Track Racing A BIG PART OF the 2020 Loudon Lineup

LOUDON, N.H. – New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host three short track races in 2020 when NASCAR’s regional series visit the 1.058-mile oval. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make two stops – July 18 and September 12, 2020 – while the ARCA Menards Series East (formerly the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East) will join the Modifieds on September 12, 2020.

“Short track racing is in our DNA at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as we’ve hosted annual events since our inception in 1990,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “These regional series have proven to be fan-favorites with must-see moments on ‘The Magic Mile,’ and we’re excited to add them to our race weekend lineups in 2020.”

The summer NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 100-lap race on July 18 will be part of a doubleheader Saturday with the NASCAR Xfinity Series prior to Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

The September 12 races will be part of the speedway’s third annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend, moving up one week to a new date. This will be the only New England visit and will mark the final race of the ARCA Menards Series East schedule where they will crown both a race winner and a 2020 series champion. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Musket 200 presented by Whelen will headline the day with the longest mileage race on the Tour’s schedule.

Both series have been racing annually at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since 1990 marking the 78th and 79th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visit and the 67th ARCA Menards Series East visit to the track.

For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the November 28, 2019-January 5, 2020 Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, the June 13-20, 2020 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 17-19, 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 11-12, 2020 Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Ty Gibbs Earns His First Career NASCAR Win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

LOUDON, N.H. – After knocking on the door of victory lane four times this season, Ty Gibbs, driver of the No. 54 Toyota, finally broke through and drove his way to the win after  his first visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday after taking the checkered flag for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Apple Barrel 125 during the second annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend.

“It was just like going on a Sunday drive the car was so good,” said Gibbs, who started the race from the third position. “We led a lot of laps, and we got a little tight halfway through the race, but the guys fixed it up, and we went back out there and won.”

Gibbs led a majority of the race with Chase Cabre, who won at Loudon in July, Sam Mayer and Tanner Gray close behind. Gibbs lost his cushion after a late-race caution, but pulled away after bumping Gray, securing the first place position for the remainder of the race. Gray, Josh Berry, Spencer Davis and Mayer rounded out the top five at the conclusion after a four-car battle for second place.

Racing is in his blood, so it’s no surprise the grandson of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series team owner Joe Gibbs landed in victory lane during his rookie season after only 11 starts.

With his 17th birthday only two weeks away, today’s victory lane celebration served as an early birthday present for the Charlotte, N.C. native.

For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the September 20-21, 2019 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, the June 13-21, 2020 Motorcycle Week at NHMS and the July 17-19, 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Andrew Ranger Wins the Visit New Hampshire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

LOUDON, N.H. – Kevin Lacroix may have dominated the first 92 laps of the Visit New Hampshire 100, but it was Andrew Ranger, driver of the No. 27 Dodge, who stole the lead and held it straight to victory lane as the tripleheader Saturday kicked off during the second annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend.

“My car was just fantastic,” said Ranger, who started the race from the third position. “The crew pushed really hard when I came into the pits and sent me back out with a little adjustment, and little by little we gained and I could see the race leader. It was a great race, and I hope we can finish and maybe win a third title.”

Capping off a sweet victory, Ranger took a swig from a gallon jug of pure New Hampshire maple syrup, creating a new victory lane tradition for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series at “The Magic Mile.”

Lacroix, who won the inaugural Visit New Hampshire 100 in 2018, repeated a dominant 90-lap performance in today’s race, however, he was unable to win the battle to the checkered flag. In the final lap, Alex Labbe, driver of the No. 36 Ford, spun Lacroix at the exit of turn four, propelling him into pit wall, ultimately ending Lacroix’s day only 20 feet from the finish line.

This race, being only the second time the NASCAR Pinty’s Series has raced outside of Canada, was full of battles throughout the field providing plenty of intense side-by-side racing action for the fans at NHMS.

For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the September 20-21, 2019 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, the June 13-21, 2020 Motorcycle Week at NHMS and the July 17-19, 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.