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

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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.

Bobby Santos III Takes the Win in Musket 250 Presented by Whelen at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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LOUDON, N.H. – Bobby Santos III pushed the No. 36 Dodge to the front of the field when it counted on Saturday, winning the longest mileage and richest purse race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Santos landed in victory lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the sixth time in his career; this time after winning the Musket 250 presented by Whelen, the highlight of Full Throttle Fall Weekend.

“I saw the front, and I knew if I could put myself in position to be leading this thing and fight for the lead from the top two spots, we’d have a shot at it,” said Franklin, Mass. native Santos.

Santos hung around the bottom of the top 10 with Ron Silk and Justin Bonsignore bouncing back and forth between the top two positions for most of the race, but worked his way through the pack to the front of the field, earning the top spot and playing defense for the final laps to capture the checkered flag.

“This is awesome,” said Santos. “As far as race wins and competition in this series, it doesn’t get much better. I’d put the top 10 in this race up against anybody anywhere, so to win here against these guys means a lot.”

After receiving a big hug and congratulations in victory lane from team owner Dave Sapienza who injured his back in a race earlier this season, Santos was presented with a custom musket, traditional Revolutionary War-era tricorn hat and a minuteman trophy from David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The handmade flintlock musket was built by Edwin Parry of Black Hart Long Arms out of Eastford, Conn. Using a blend of tiger maple and brass, Parry hand engraved the Revolutionary War-style musket with the race logo, a checkered flag, the profile of the state of New Hampshire and a spot for Santos’s name. 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.

For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including 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.