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Kurt Busch Captures First NHMS Pole

Three-time N.H. winner leads the Loudon field for first time in storied career

LOUDON, N.H. – Kurt Busch turned the first lap in the final session of qualifying and watched as nobody was able to post a faster lap in the five-minute-session to capture his first pole position at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. At a track where his brother Kyle Busch has dominated on qualifying day, today belongs to Kurt, who stood with the Cape Cod Café Pizza Pole Award.

“I like the way we made the right changes through each of the rounds and we stuck to a game plan,” said Kurt. “That’s exactly what you hope to happen each time you go to qualifying where you don’t have to deviate away from the plan you set in place.”

Kurt turned his best lap of the session’s final round with a speed of 133.591 mph for the pole. He was fourth fastest in the first round as he posted a lap of 132.817, and then was sixth in the second round with a 133.221 lap to advance to the final round.

The final results set up a great Sunday duel between the Busch brothers. Kyle steered his no. 18 M&Ms Toyota to the fastest overall lap of 133.656 mph, which was tops in the second qualifying round.  Add to the drama that Martin Truex Jr. qualified second after capturing the 2017 pole at NHMS, and you have a trio of titans ready to lead the field for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

In celebrating his first New Hampshire pole award, Kurt praised the addition of traction compound to the turns of “The Magic Mile.” He predicts the extra stick will mean even more competitive racing this weekend.  “It will help big time,” explained Kurt.  “When your car is working good you can pass with the VHT in lane 1 and lane 3; it changes the game.”

This is the third pole victory of 2018 for the driver of the no. 41 Monster Energy Ford, but he is still searching for his first trip to Victory Lane this season. He’s confident this is a step towards that goal. “It’s great to be on pole,” said Kurt. “It’s exactly what we needed to start that second half vibe going on.”

For full schedule and ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 20-22 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend and the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website at www.NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

NHMS Driver Appearances

LOUDON, N.H. – It’s a busy weekend for the NASCAR drivers. On top of their on-track appearances, the drivers will be out and about interacting with fans throughout the weekend.

There are numerous opportunities for fans to catch their favorite drivers, including both on-site and off-site events.

 

On-Site at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Friday, July 20

William Byron

This 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion will be at Speedway Children’s Charities Champions Breakfast in Hospitality Village on Friday at 8:00 a.m. Purchase your tickets.

Martin Truex Jr.

This 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion will be at Speedway Children’s Charities Champions Breakfast in Hospitality Village on Friday at 8:45 a.m. Purchase your tickets.

David Ragan

This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will be at the 104.9 The Hawk booth next to the Concord Ticket Booth from 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher & Kurt Busch

These Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will have a Youth Autograph Session by the NHMS Display in the Fan Zone from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on Friday. This is a private event – the winners for this have already been selected.

Ricky Craven

This former Cup Series driver will be on the Trackside Live Stage for Speedway Children’s Charities Wicked Good Live Auction from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 21

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Drivers

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers will have an autograph session next to the Trackside Live Stage from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Brandon Jones

This NASCAR Xfinity Series driver will be at the Toyota Pit Pass Display in the Fan Zone, located in the S2 lot, on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. for a fan Q&A session.

Ryan Truex

This NASCAR Xfinity driver will be at the 104.9 The Hawk booth next to the Concord Ticket Booth from 10:15 – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Drivers

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers will have an autograph session next to the Trackside Live Stage from 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. on Saturday.

Matt DiBenedetto

This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will show you how to make The Perfect Burrito with Matt DiBurrito at the NHMS Display in the Fan Zone from 11:20 – 11:45 a.m.

Kaz Grala

This NASCAR Xfinity Series driver will be at the Ford Performance Display in the Fan Zone, located in the S2 lot, signing autographs at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Ryan Truex

This NASCAR Xfinity Series driver will be at the Xfinity Zone Display in the Fan Zone, located in the S2 lot, at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Ryan Blaney

This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will lead Speedway Children’s Charities Track Walk on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Everyone will meet at the Bath House at 7:15 p.m. Register online.

Sunday, July 22

Bubba Wallace

This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will be at the NHMS Tweet-up across from the Bath House at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Corey LaJoie

This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will be at The Track Bar in the Main Grandstand Suites at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday

David Ragan

This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will be at the Ford Display in the Fan Zone, located in the S2 lot, at 10:35 a.m. on Sunday.

Kevin Harvick

This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will be at the Champions Club located in Turn 1 of the infield from 10:40 – 10:55 a.m. on Sunday for a fan Q&A session.

Joey Logano

This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will be at the NHMS Display in the Fan Zone, located in the S2 lot, at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday for a fan Q&A session.

Clint Bowyer

This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will be on the Trackside Live Stage for the Trackside Live Show from 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Matt Kenseth & Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

These Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will be at the Ford Trackside Display in the Fan Zone, located in the S2 lot, from 10:50 – 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Aric Almirola

This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will be at the Smithfield Smokin’ Showdown Display in the Fan Zone, located in the S2 lot, at 11:05 a.m. on Sunday.

Off-Site Locations

Thursday, July 19

Ricky Craven

This former Cup Series driver will be at Speedway Children’s Charities Ricky Craven’s “One for the Kids” Golf Tournament at Canterbury Woods Country Club in Canterbury, N.H. at 8:30 a.m. Register online.

Brad Keselowski

This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will be at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. on Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet outside the Grand Theater in the Fox Tower.

John Hunter Nemechek & Cole Custer

These NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will be at the Lowell Spinners game on Thursday to throw out the first pitch, a Q&A session and sign autographs for fans. The game starts at 6:35 p.m. at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.

Friday, July 20

Brad Keselowski

This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will be at Makris Lobster and Steak House in Loudon, N.H. for a fan Q&A session from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 21

Joey Logano

This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will be at Planet Fitness in Merrimack, N.H. from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a meet-and-greet.

Get the most up-to-date list of Driver Appearances: http://www.nhms.com/nascar/weekend/driver-appearances/

For full schedule and ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 20-22 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend and the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website at www.NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Bonsignore is Best of 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour All Star Shootout

Holtsville, N.Y. standout cruises to second straight Whelen win.

LOUDON, N.H. – He may have come into the race trying to preserve his race car for Saturday’s 100-lap main event, but Justin Bonsignore left no doubt how badly he wanted to win the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour All Star Shootout at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. The driver of the No. 51 Phoenix Communications dove to the bottom of turn four on the final lap to make sure challenger Doug Coby couldn’t steal the victory.

“I did what you do here on the last lap… I blocked the bottom of turn four as best I could,” explained Bonsignore after celebrating in Victory Lane with his race crew. “I’ll take it.”

Bonsignore narrowly edged the No. 2 car of Doug Coby, who spent the second half of the race trying to find a line that would take him past the race leader. Coby and Rowan Pennink battled fiercely for second place before the two cars bumped in the final lap, sending Pennink’s No. 3 car into the outside wall.

Eric Goodale took third place, Jon McKennedy finished fourth, Bobby Santos was fifth, followed by Ryan Preece, Andy Seiss, Ryan Newman, Woody Pitkat and Matt Swanson rounding out the top-10 finishers.

The All Star Shootout featured a 35-lap run in a 30-minute timeframe, with a mandatory pit stop at lap 20. The top-five leaders were inverted before the second half restart. Bonsignore started the race 12th and had to weave his way through the field to win the race. There were three cautions thrown during the race.

“The early restarts worked in our favor,” explained Bonsignore.  “I could tell the car was working pretty well early.  I also learned about how it reacts in traffic.”

The winner admitted he was trying to preserve and protect his race car during Friday’s race, but felt the entire field of drivers seemed aggressive from the opening lap.

This is the second straight Whelen Modified event victory for Bonsignore this month and his second win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bonsignore won the F.W. Webb 100 on September 24, 2016.

The entire field will gather on Saturday when 37 drivers line-up for what promises to be a closely contested race.  22 of the 37 drivers posted Friday morning practice lap times within a half second of one another.

For full schedule and ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 20-22 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend and the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website at www.NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.