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Hot shoe Christopher Bell powers his Toyota to third straight NASCAR Xfinity Series win at “The Magic Mile.”

LOUDON, N.H. – Christopher Bell didn’t need any help finding victory lane after Saturday’s Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). For his third consecutive NXS start at NHMS, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver piloted his Toyota Supra to the checkered flag to cap off an action-packed Doubleheader Saturday at “The Magic Mile.”

“New Hampshire Motor Speedway sure has been good to me; I like coming up here,” Bell said following a dominant performance that saw the 26-year-old lead 151 of 200 laps. “That last restart was really tough. I was taking off really loose. Justin (Allgaier) was able to stay right on my corner.”

With clean air and a wicked fast ride, Bell pulled away to win by 6.42 seconds over Allgaier to earn Toyota its 11th win in the last 13 NXS races at the 1.058-mile track. Daniel Hemric, Austin Cendric and Harrison Burton rounded out the top five.

Bell started 14th but powered his way to the front to grab the lead on lap 44 and never looked back.

The race was marked by five cautions, including a competition caution and stage breaks. Bell won all three stages en route to his 17th career victory in NASCAR’s penultimate series.

In addition to taking home the Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 trophy, Bell admitted that the race gave him crucial experience looking ahead to Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) race.

“I think these weekends with no practice and no qual – you’re not sitting in the car until the race, I think that gives us a real advantage,” he said. “It’ll be an advantage for whatever time period – two laps, five laps. By the end of the race, obviously, everyone’s up to speed, but hopefully it will let me get into the Loudon rhythm a little faster and we’ll see what happens. The last three times that I’ve been here have been amazing. Hopefully I can do it again tomorrow.”

Following the win, Bell sought out a fan wearing one of his t-shirts and gave him the checkered flag.

“That’s really special,” Bell said. “Hopefully that’s a lifelong memory right there.”

New England’s biggest event weekend of the summer continues with Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 when the NCS takes to “The Magic Mile.” 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.

Tickets:

Log on to NHMS.com for tickets, schedules and more information on Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. Tickets start at just $59 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.

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Five Can’t-Miss Things to See and Do When Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway This Weekend

From checking out the all-new Rock Point overlook to turning laps on the famed “Magic Mile” or getting an autograph from NASCAR’s best drivers, there’s plenty of fun in store for fans this weekend as NASCAR returns to New England.

LOUDON, N.H. – Halfway through the 2021 NASCAR season, there’s no shortage of intriguing storylines to watch heading into this weekend’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), but the fun isn’t limited to the on-track action. From taking in the white-knuckled racing from an all-new viewing area to turning laps on the 1.058-mile track before NASCAR’s best battle for the checkered flag, there’s so much in store for fans returning to “The Magic Mile” to make their weekend an experience to remember.

Here are a few of the must-dos to help fans maximize their weekend experience:

Get to the Point: NHMS’s newest amenity in the wicked awesome Rock Point. Located outside of turn four and featuring a public bar, lawn games, shaded areas and an up-close view of the race cars as they speed toward the finish line, Rock Point is a general admission, open-air viewing option available to all fans with a race ticket. With temperatures expected in the mid-70s on Sunday, Rock Point will be the place to be as the laps wind down and the excitement ramps up.

Setting the Bar: Fans looking to upgrade their race-day experience need look no further than the Track Bar. Situated high atop the Main Grandstand on the suite level right above the start/finish line, the Track Bar provides the best sight lines of the speedway in the comfort of a climate-controlled luxury suite with a full cash bar, private restrooms and closed-circuit televisions. Packages include admission to the luxury suite, catered lunch and non-alcoholic beverages. Sunday, fans with Track Bar access will also be treated to a Q&A with Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman.

Cruisin’ for a Cause: Fans in search of the ultimate thrill have the opportunity to experience “The Magic Mile” from the driver’s perspective as part of Speedway Children’s Charities’ (SCC) Laps for Charity event. For just a $40 donation to the New Hampshire Chapter of SCC, fans can drive three laps in their personal vehicle or ride in the NHMS pace car on Thursday, before NASCAR’s best try to tame the track at Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. To learn more about Laps for Charity, or to see more ways fans can support SCC, click here.

Asked and Answered: For the first time since the outset of the pandemic, fans will once again have access to some of their favorite drivers during a bevy of question-and-answer sessions through race weekend. Hometown favorites Anthony Alfredo and Ryan Preece are scheduled to join former NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) champion Kevin Harvick and fan-favorite Corey LaJoie for free Q&As on Sunday ahead of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) driver Daniel Hemric will take the stage before Saturday’s Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200. For a complete schedule of driver appearances, including details on an autograph session with 2018 NCS champion Joey Logano, click here.

Sneak Peek of What’s in Store: Whether you’re traveling to the Granite State from one of 45 other states represented among ticket holders to take in the fun in-person or staying home to catch the pivotal showdown on NBCSN, fans can preview all of the action and get the latest news and information from “The Magic Mile” with this year’s online Race Week Preview Guide. Read up on some of the biggest moments form the first 49 NCS races at NHMS, study the on-track storylines that could play out Sunday or learn more about the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 pace car driver Gunner Olszewski. Everything fans need to know is right at their fingertips.

The excitement gets underway on Doubleheader Saturday, July 17 with practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT). The green flag drops for the Whelen 100 NWMT race at 12:45 p.m. followed by the Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 NXS race at 3 p.m. The NCS Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 will run at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 18.

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

*Schedule subject to change.

Tickets:

Log on to NHMS.com for tickets, schedules and more information on the weekend’s lineup of action-packed racing. Doubleheader Saturday tickets start at just $35 while kids 12 and under are free. Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 tickets start at just $59 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.

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Cindric is Hoping to Find the Magic He’s Been Missing at “The Magic Mile”

Austin Cindric will be among the drivers competing in the Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at
New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Doubleheader Saturday, July 17.

By Jared Turner, Special for New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Photo Courtesy: NHMS/Getty Images

LOUDON, N.H. – As the reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) champion and NXS points leader since the first race of 2021, Austin Cindric couldn’t be in a better position to repeat as series champ come November. But one place where the Team Penske driver is still in search of some magic is “The Magic Mile,” where Cindric and the rest of the NXS will compete in the Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 on Saturday, July 17.

In two NXS starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), Cindric has finished 17th and 12th respectively. The 22-year-old hasn’t exactly set the woods on fire at the 1.058-mile track, but he was headed for a strong finish in the July 2018 NXS race before it all went south on the final lap when he made contact with the wall and lost multiple positions coming to the checkered flag.

“We were set to finish in the top five, and then we sped on pit road, had to come back through the field and did so, but just got tangled up in the last lap, the last corner and tore up a lot of stuff,” Cindric said.

After sharing time between Team Penske and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) that season (he drove for RFR at NHMS), Cindric joined Penske full time in 2019 – and it’s fair to say he’s never looked back. Over a little more than two-and-a-half seasons as a full-time Penske driver, he’s earned a dozen wins and established himself as the driver to beat week in and week out, and, despite his lack of success so far at NHMS, he’ll likely be the driver to beat this year. Cindric, however, has a different take on where he stands in the series’ pecking order.

Ausin Cindric celebrating is Xfinity win at Pocono June 27th 2021 Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

“I don’t think there are any clear favorites,” he said. “I think any given week, you can’t really predict the top five, so, to me, that means there’s a lot of parity in this series and a lot of great drivers fighting for a lot. So that’s made racing on Saturdays a lot of fun and definitely maybe a different challenge than in year’s past.”

Cindric, who is set to go full-time NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) racing with Team Penske in 2022, has some unfinished business before graduating from the NXS. Not only does he covet a win and a change in fortunes at New Hampshire, he’s also determined to go out in style with a second consecutive championship. A strong run this weekend will aid that effort.

“It is all about getting to the Championship 4, and once you get there, you have to have your best day,” Cindric said. “But you can’t do that unless you get there. That is my mentality. I am not saying that we don’t have a lot of momentum as a team. We are obviously doing a lot of great things. That is great, but we can’t slow down. Everyone else will keep getting better as well, so there is no resting.”

Especially at NHMS.

Race weekend action gets underway on Doubleheader Saturday, July 17 with practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT). The green flag drops for the Whelen 100 NWMT race at 12:45 p.m. followed by the Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 NXS race at 3 p.m. The NCS Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 will run at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 18, marking the 50th NCS race at “The Magic Mile.”

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

*Schedule subject to change.

Tickets:

Log on to NHMS.com for tickets, schedules and more information on the weekend’s lineup of action-packed racing. Doubleheader Saturday tickets start at just $35 while kids 12 and under are free. Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 tickets start at just $59 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.

Follow Us:

Keep track of all of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s events by following on Facebook (@NHMotorSpeedway), Twitter (@NHMS) and Instagram (@NHMS). Keep up with all the latest information on the speedway website (NHMS.com) and mobile app.