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Female Motorcycle Riders Are Making Their Mark in the Loudon Road Race Series

LOUDON, N.H. – Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton said “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” That statement is showcased every month by the women who race in the Loudon Road Race Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Round five of the 2019 LRRS season hit the 1.6-mile road course this past weekend, and nearly half of the 26 total races throughout the weekend featured at least one female on the starting grid.

Novice rider Erika Tomlinson is a clinical psychologist who is finishing up a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Harvard. She started racing motorcycles this year, but began riding in her thirties when she was in graduate school.

“I actually think of it as therapy,” said California native and current Warwick, R.I. resident Tomlinson. “It’s a lot more than the adrenaline. It’s definitely an escape. I feel like I’m really not awesome at it, but I don’t care, because just having the ability to do it is freeing, it increases my self-confidence and it makes me feel happy to be alive and grateful for the moments.”

While some riders discover their passion for motorcycle racing later in life, a lot of riders start out very young, often fueled by a parent who races. This is the case for 13-year-old Rindge, N.H. native and amateur rider Brianna McHugh, whose dad sparked her interest when most kids are focused on potty training.

“When I was three years old, I was on a four-wheeler,” said McHugh, who claimed a top five finish in Sunday’s Combined 300 Superbike, finishing first for the amateurs in the race. “I ended up going too fast on it and it was too big for me, so my dad threw me on a motorcycle. When I turned four, he got me a PW-50, took me over to a local flat track race and it all started there.”

Sunderland, Mass. native and amateur rider Kerry Smith may also be new to LRRS with this weekend marking only her second round competing in the series, but she is no stranger to motorcycle racing or NHMS. Smith has been racing for 13 years on a vintage motorcycle, and she has been coming to the speedway since 1981 when it was Bryar Motorsports Park with her dad, who raced motorcycles up until 2005. She spoke about how it can be difficult for a woman to break in to a male-dominated sport, but her experience has been positive.

“You’re always going to come across some men that are not ok with it,” said Smith. “When I started vintage racing, they gave me more space than they needed to on the track, but I think with 13 years of racing experience, I proved myself pretty quickly.”

Smith also reflected on the deeper meaning of being one of the few females in the sport.

“Being a female in this industry and in this sport is fun,” said Smith, who took second in Sunday’s Lightweight Supersport after two third place finishes. “I’ve had women come up to me and talk about how I’m a role model. It’s about encouraging and empowering women to be able to do this or ride in general and not have it be so male-dominated. I’m proud to be a female racer. I’m also proud to be a motorcycle racer. You have to have a balance of both.”

Round six of the Loudon Road Race Series returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway September 14-15.

Check out the full results from all races: https://trackintel.com/ti/lrrs/ajax2014/results/index.html

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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.

Harvick Cashes in a Pair of Fours With NHMS Win Number Four in the No. 4

LOUDON, N.H. – Kevin Harvick landed in victory lane for a repeat win in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This win marks Harvick’s fourth career win at Loudon, tying the record currently held by Jeff Burton for the most wins at “The Magic Mile.” The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver earned his first win of the 2019 season not only for himself, but for Stewart-Haas Racing.

“We’ve run well enough a few times this year, we’ve just made mistakes,” said Harvick. “To finally battle and get over that hump is a great day at Stewart-Haas Racing and everybody on the No. 4 car. I was really questionable about how that was going to go, and that thing just took right off.”

In a race that featured several lead changes and plenty of close action, it was a last-lap battle between Harvick and Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11, all the way to the finish line that got the crowd to its feet. The top two fought through lapped traffic after Hamlin made a pass attempt in turns one and two. Harvick stood on the brakes and tried to keep it straight knowing Hamlin was going to roll the dice and take another shot at the win.

“The lapped traffic didn’t budge, the No. 11 was right there and I knew he was going to take a shot,” said Harvick. “That’s what you’re supposed to do on the last lap – throw it all out on the table and take some chances. That’s what we both did, and luckily today we came out on top.”

With this win, Harvick cements a place in the playoffs and takes the pressure off of a race team that had performed well in points, but was still on the outside looking in.

Following Hamlin’s second place finish, were Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and pole sitter Brad Keselowski.

Hampstead, N.H. native and longtime NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver, Andy Seuss, made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in Sunday’s race in the No. 51 Jacob Companies Ford, finishing 28th. Also making his Cup Series debut was Fort Kent, Maine native Austin Theriault, who drove the No. 52 Bangor Savings Bank Chevrolet and placed 35th.

For ticket information for all 2019 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Photo Courtesy: NHMS/Harold Hinson Photography

Seth Carlson Etches Name in History Books as First Time Winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Dirt Track

Loudon, NH: Seth Carlson of Stafford, CT, became the first winner of a USAC dirt midget race at the new dirt track on the grounds of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is Carlson’s third win of the season driving the #2 Seals-it sponsored, Skip Matczak owned dirt midget. Carlson scored the win in front of a packed house of race fans who did not let the extreme heat keep them away from enjoying a full night of racing.

Heat race one (8 laps) started with the 5 of Steve Medford from Ellington, CT on pole and the 17 of Justin Sheridan from Suffield, CT outside row one. With the green flag waiving heat race one was underway with Medford’s 5 taking the point and Sheridan’s 17 close behind. Caution came out on lap two for the 91 of Wayne Koehler flipping in turn one. The track was made ready again and back to racing with Medford and Sheridan keeping spots one and two in front of the field with the 26 driven by TJ Foster of West Topsham, VT in third. With the remaining laps going caution free, the top three would finish battling to the first checker flag of the night. Steve Medford in the Seals-it sponsored number 5 would claim the heat race victory followed by Justin Sheridan’s Ray Miller Racing 17 for second and TJ Foster, Mikes Custom Milling number 26 for third.

Heat race 1 finishing order: Steve Medford (5), Justin Sheridan (17), TJ Foster (26), Owen Carbee (50), Bobby White (68), Tim West (23), Wayne Koehler (91). 

Lap leaders: laps 1-8 Steve Medford (5).

Time of race: 10 minutes 6 second (slowed by 1 caution)

Fast lap: Steve Medford (5) 18.02 seconds

Margin of victory: 1.50 seconds

Heat race two (8 laps) had Jeff Horn of Ashland, MA in the A1 starting pole with the 18C of Mike Chaffee from Corinth, VT starting beside Horn. The flagman waived the green and off into turn one with Chaffee quickly taking the point position in the 18C now followed by the A1 of Horn. On lap three the 37 of Tyler Rivard would spin in turn three which brought out the caution flag. Back to green flag action with Chaffee’s 18C still in command of the race with the 7X of Dan Douville from Bridgewater, NH now second after getting around the A1 of Horn. The race would conclude with Mike Chaffee piloting the 18C Miller Racing USAC DMA midget to the win with second place going to the 7X of Dan Douville sponsored by Big Enterprises and rounding out the top three was Jeff Horn in the A-1 Automotive number A1.

Heat race 2 finishing order: Mike Chaffee (18C), Dan Douville (7X), Jeff Horn (A1), David Moniz (9M), Tyler Rivard (37), Jack Arute (10), Alex Rose (11).

Lap leaders: laps 1-8 Mike Chaffee (18C)

Time of race: 4 minute 41 seconds (slowed by 1 caution)

Fast lap: Dan Douville (7X) 18.03 seconds

Margin of victory: 0.372 seconds

Heat race three (8 laps) began with the 12 of Adam Whitney from Warren, VT holding the pole position and the 77 of Jeff Champagne of Westfield. MA starting second. Under green the 12 of Whitney would take command of the race until lap three when Manny Dias from Danielson, CT in the 42 moved from third into the lead as the 12 of Whitney began to experience mechanical issues and had to drop back. Now the 16 with Justin Phillips from West Suffield, CT held second and Seth Carlson of Stafford, CT piloting the number 2 had moved into third. The battle for second and third was contended between Phillips 16 and Carlson’s 2 until lap seven when Carlson made his way around Phillips for second. The race would run caution free and end with the self-sponsored 42 of Manny Dias getting the heat race victory with Seth Carlson Seals-it sponsored number 2 for second and coming in third was Justin Phillips Ray Miller Racing number 16.

Heat race 3 finishing order: Manny Dias (42), Seth Carlson (2), Justin Phillips (16), Will Hull (3), Jeff Champagne (77), Adam Whitney (12), Joe Krawiec (1B).

Lap leaders: laps 1-2 Adam Whitney (12), laps 3-8 Manny Dias (42).

Time of race: 2 minute 26 seconds

Fast lap: Manny Dias (42) 17.60 seconds

Margin of victory: 0.080 seconds

With twenty three USAC Dirt Midget Association teams on hand to race in the first ever open wheel event at the newly constructed dirt flat track on the grounds of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, each driver realized that this event was history in the making and for one of them, they would become the first winner securing a spot in New England racing history. With double points on the line and thirty laps ahead of them, the drivers were ready to go.

For many of the race fans in attendance, this would be the first time they had watched a USAC dirt midget race and the excitement built as the featured race was about to start.

With fireworks going off inside the infield, race heat number one winner Steve Medford of Ellington, CT in the number 5 would have the pole and the 17 of Justin Sheridan from Suffield, CT was starting second. With the race going green it was the 5 of Medford taking control of the field with Sheridan’s 17 holding the second spot. Caution came out on lap two for the 68 of Bobby White making contact with the turn two wall. With the racecar now out of the way it was back to green and Medford’s 5 would keep the point but it was not long before the 2 of Seth Carlson from Stafford, CT would be on the charge forward after starting in the last row. On lap three the A1 of Jeff Horn from Ashland, MA would make the move into second dropping the 17 of Sheridan back to third. By lap five the 2 of Carlson was now third and on the rear bumper of Horn in the A1 who was second.  Lap seven with the 5 of Medford still in control of the race, it would be the 2 of Carlson going around the A1 of Horn for second moving the A1 back to third. The caution flag would waive again this time for Medford in the 5 making contact with the 9M of David Moniz from Fairhaven, MA causing both to spin at the start-finish line. With the 5 now spun it would ultimately hand the lead over to the 2 of Carlson. With the track ready to go it was back to green and Carlson’s number 2 had the lead over the field with no signs of giving that position up. Now in second and after starting twelfth was Carlson’s teammate Will Hull of Plainfield, VT in the 3. Jeff Horn would hold the third spot with Jeff Champagne of Westfield, MA in his 77 now in fourth and challenging Horn in the A1for third. Champagne would get around Horn on lap eighteen taking over third.

Carlson in the 2 and Hull in the 3 would maintain the top two positions with Carlson’s lead stretching out three car lengths over Hull. Lap twenty one had the caution displayed for the last time of the evening as the 18C with Mike Chaffee and the 16 of Justin Philips would bang wheels coming out of turn four causing the18C of Chaffee to spin and ending his night. At the same time Jeff Horn’s A1 would spin in turn one to avoid contact with a slowing racecar. Lap twenty two was back to green and it was Carlson in the 2 and Hull in his number 3 battling lap after lap as both wanted to win this special event. Meantime the 1B of Joe Krawiec of Granby, CT would make his way up to the third position moving the 77 of Champagne back to fourth. As the race started to wind down and closing in on lap thirty, the top three knew it was time to make their move and become the first driver to win this event. Under the checker flag it would be Seth Carlson from Stafford, CT in his yellow number 5 Seals-it sponsored USAC Dirt Midget Association racecar scoring the win followed by teammate Will Hull in the 3 from Plainfield, VT also sponsored by Seals-it and rounding out the top three was Joe Krawiec from Granby, CT in the Miller Racing number 1B.

Feature race finishing order: Seth Carlson (2), Will Hull (3), Joe Krawiec (1B), Jeff Champagne (77), Manny Dias (42), Dan Douville (7X), Justin Phillips (16), Adam Whitney (12), Tyler Rivard (37), Justin Sheridan (17), TJ Foster (26), Tim West (23), Jack Arute (10), Mike Netishen (55), Jeff Horn (A1), Mike Chaffee (18C), Owen Carbee (50), David Moniz (9M), Steve Medford (5), Mark Cole (6X), Bobby White (68), Alex Rose (11)-DNS, Wade Koehler (91)-DNS.

Lap leaders: laps 1-9 Steve Medford (5), laps 10-30 Seth Carlson (2)

Time of race: 25 minutes 31 seconds (slowed by 3 cautions)

Fast lap: Seth Carlson (2) 17.6 seconds

Margin of victory: 0.489 seconds

The series will be back in action on Saturday night July 27th at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT.

To learn more about the USAC Dirt Midget Association, please visit the series website at www.usacdma.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DirtMidgetAssociation

For additional information regarding this press release please contact Mark J. Hann, USAC DMA Series Director, at usacdma@usacdma.com