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Kyle Belcher Wins Fifth Annual Media Racing Challenge at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Kyle Belcher of The Circle Jerks Podcast out of Providence, R.I. beat out 20 other New England media members with the fastest
lap time at “The Magic Mile.”

LOUDON, N.H. – With New England’s only NASCAR weekend less than a month away, New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) hosted media on Friday for a little taste of what’s to come. Media members from across New England took part in the fifth annual Media Racing Challenge, and it was Kyle Belcher of The Circle Jerks Podcast out of Providence, R.I. who took home the win.

“This experience is something I’ll never forget,” said Belcher. “Twenty-four years ago, my father took me to my first-ever NASCAR race at NHMS, and ever since, I’ve been in love with the sport. Being invited to drive stock cars on that very same track was a dream come true. The entire NHMS staff and Rusty Wallace Racing Experience crew were welcoming, informative and overall fantastic. Being able to hoist the lobster in victory lane like my favorite driver Kevin Harvick did in 2018 and 2019 was the icing on the cake. I can’t wait to defend my trophy next year!”

The Media Racing Challenge winner was determined by the fastest lap time on the 1.058-mile track. Belcher was the fastest media member around the track at 39.241 seconds, while Timmy G (The Wicked Fast Podcast, 105.7 WROR-FM), Bob Bartis (WSMN 95.3 FM/1590 AM), Kevin Wiles Jr. (WHDH 7News) and Dan Walker (The Circle Jerks Podcast) rounded out the top five.

Belcher was honored with a traditional NHMS victory lane celebration, complete with a trophy, $100 gift card to Makris Lobster and Steak House and, of course, a live lobster, also provided by Makris Lobster and Steak House. Though a bit smaller than 20-pound Loudon the Lobster, who will be presented to the winner of the Ambetter 301 on July 17, the six-pound crustacean was hoisted high up into the air by Belcher.

NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) driver and Hudson, N.H. native Derek Griffith joined in the fun, providing tips to the media members from a driver’s perspective. Griffith will make his third NXS start on July 16 at the Crayon 200, marking his NASCAR debut at his hometrack of NHMS.

Not only did the participants get a taste of what it’s like being a race car driver, but they also got to sample some of the uniquely New England food items that will be available at NHMS concession stands July 15-17. They enjoyed lobster poutine, cheeseburger poutine, a frozen hot chocolate shake topped with fluff and even a whoopie pie cheeseburger, all crafted by the chefs of NHMS’s catering partner Levy.

Lap Times:

  • Kyle Belcher (The Circle Jerks Podcast | Providence, R.I.) – 39.241 seconds = 97.245 mph
  • Timmy G (The Wicked Fast Podcast on 105.7 WROR-FM | Boston, Mass.) – 40.583 seconds = 94.030 mph
  • Bob Bartis (WSMN 95.3 FM/1590 AM | Nashua, N.H.) – 40.633 seconds = 93.914 mph
  • Kevin Wiles Jr. (WHDH 7News | Boston, Mass.) – 41.230 seconds = 92.554 mph
  • Dan Walker (The Circle Jerks Podcast | Providence, R.I.) – 43.614 seconds = 87.495 mph
  • Justin McIsaac (WGIR-AM | Manchester, N.H.) – 44.613 seconds = 85.536 mph
  • Steve Longchamp (WFFF-TV 44/WVNY-TV 22 | Colchester, Vt.) – 44.752 seconds = 85.270 mph
  • Juliana Mazza (WHDH 7News | Boston, Mass.) – 46.159 seconds = 82.671 mph
  • Taylor Viles (WFFF-TV 44/WVNY-TV 22 | Colchester, Vt.) – 46.632 seconds = 81.832 mph
  • Rylie Johnson (104.9 The Hawk | Concord/Lakes Region, N.H.) – 49.644 seconds = 76.867 mph
  • J.R. (96.5 The Mill | Manchester, N.H.) – 51.638 seconds = 73.899 mph
  • Bob Stegmaier (Silver Fox Studios | Boston, Mass.) – 52.642 seconds = 72.490 mph
  • Kevin Bazan (Bear Country 95.3 | Greenfield, Mass.) – 53.021 seconds = 71.971 mph
  • Ginny Rogers (97.5 WOKQ-FM | Dover, N.H.) – 53.419 seconds = 71.435 mph
  • Jon Decker (Laconia Daily Sun | Laconia, N.H.) – 54.515 seconds = 69.999 mph
  • Haze (99.1 The Bone | Concord, N.H.) – 56.664 seconds = 67.344 mph
  • DJ Pup Dawg (94.5 WJMN-FM | Boston, Mass.) – 57.141 seconds = 66.782 mph
  • Josh Spaulding (Salmon Press Newspapers | Lakes Region and North, N.H.) – 57.671 seconds = 66.168 mph
  • Heather Bishop (Lakes 101.5 FM | Concord/Lakes Region, N.H.) – 57.863 seconds = 65.949 mph
  • Tom Neubelt (Journal Opinion | Bradford, Vt.) – 58.753 seconds = 64.950 mph
  • Amanda Jo (101.7 The Bull | Medford, Mass.) – 61.763 seconds = 61.785 mph

Race weekend action gets underway on Friday, July 15 with practice and qualifying sessions for the NXS and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) plus Friday Night Dirt Duels Presented by New England Racing Fuel at The Flat Track. The action continues on Doubleheader Saturday, July 16 with practice and qualifying sessions for the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS), the Crayon 200 NXS race (2:30 p.m.) and the Whelen Manufactured in America 100 NWMT race (6 p.m.). The Ambetter 301 NCS race will run at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

For a NASCAR weekend schedule, visit NHMS.com/Events/NASCAR-Cup-Series/Schedule/.

Tickets:

Log on to NHMS.com for tickets and more information on the weekend’s lineup of action-packed racing. Tickets for Friday Night Dirt Duels Presented by New England Racing Fuel are just $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Doubleheader Saturday tickets start at just $45 for adults while kids 12 and under are free. Sunday’s Ambetter 301 tickets start at just $59 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.

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USAC DIRT MIDGET ASSOCIATION RACE RESULTS:  June 18, 2022 – Loudon, NH-Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Report and photos by John DaDalt

Dan Piastka gets the win in the Musket Dirt Shootout at the Flat Track

Taking advantage of pole position, Dan Piastka (West Suffield, CT) led every lap of the Musket Dirt Shootout USAC-DMA midget feature at the Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The win was Piastka’s first in the midget in his first full season of racing.

Piastka and teammate Justin Sheridan brought the field to the green flag. Piastka hugged the inside with Sheridan falling in behind him in second place. The top five quickly settled in with Piastka leading Sheridan, Seth Carlson, Will Hull and Josh Sunn. The bottom of the track was the fast way around and with all cars being somewhat equal, it was a game of holding your line and trying not to make a mistake. Late in the race, Carlson was able to use traffic to work his way around Sheridan for second. Carlson closed in on Piastka over the final laps, but Dan held his line and drove to the win. Carlson 2nd, Sheridan 3rd followed by Hull and Sunn rounding out the top five.

Piastka experienced good fortune at times during the day. He spun out early in his heat race but came back to finish third which put him in the re-draw for feature starting position. Drawing position one, Piastka knew what he needed to do for the feature. “I knew as long as I stuck to the bottom and didn’t miss my marks, I was in a good spot to run well but I never expected to go green to checker and take the win!” Another dose of good fortune had the Miller Racing Team dealing with brake problems. “I was having issues with my brakes in the heat race, which we worked on, but I thought for sure I wasn’t going to make 30 laps without losing them again but miraculously the brakes made it through the feature. I lost them driving to scales after victory lane! I’m just so happy to be racing with the team we have at Ray Miller Racing, and I wouldn’t be doing it without these guys, so I have to thank them and move on to the next race and hope we can keep up the good work.”

Carlson finished in second which gave him his fifth top five finish in the five 2022 races for the DMA. The kind of consistency that championships are won on. He showed the necessary patience in pressing Sheridan for second which finally paid off five laps from the end. He needed a mistake from Piastka to win and had to settle for second. Carlson liked what he saw in the new racing surface. “I think the track has a lot of potential, it was close to forming a faster outside groove, but it wasn’t clean enough. At night I’m sure it will be a different story. Our car was good. Daniel just ran 30 mistake free laps and didn’t give any opportunity to capitalize. I thought we had a shot in traffic, but the lapped cars just didn’t fall in our favor to make a move on the outside. Overall, it was a good day and congrats to Daniel on his first win.”

Justin Sheridan’s third place finish continues a strong early season for Sheridan. Loudon marked his fourth top three finish in five races. The West Suffield, CT racer was happy with another good finish. “It was great to be back at the Flat Track and I’m glad to get on the podium, especially with all the additional drivers that came out for the special event. I’m very proud of Daniel, picking up his first DMA win, it was exciting for the whole team. And I have to say Happy Father’s Day to my dad and Grandfather who always show up at the races and support me and the Miller Race Team.”

Matt Seymour, grandson of the legendary “Boston Louie” Seymour, had Hank Davis (Sand Springs, OK) behind the wheel of the famous Seymour #29. The car was the former USAC-DMA championship car driven by Jason Goff in 2018. Davis looked good winning his heat race but was a little off in the main, finishing 13th. Josh Sunn won the first heat and Scott Holcomb drove to the win in the third heat.

The feature ran off in a little over 9 minutes and 7 seconds. The third time in five feature races this year the USAC-DMA midgets went green to checker without a caution flag.

The new clay racing surface held up well despite nearly 80 cars competing on a daytime surface. The top three finishers in the midget race all showed very little right rear tire wear.

The next USAC-DMA midget race is July 2 at Bear Ridge Speedway, Bradford, VT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Sunn (#76m Mancini), 2. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 3. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 4. Ralle Rookey (#50 Matczak), 5. Nikki Ouelette (#14 Matczak), 6. Joey Chick (#5c Chick)

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hank Davis (#29 Seymour), 2. Seth Carlson (#4 Matczak), 3. Jeff Horn (#A1 Horn), 4. Mike Netishen (#5$ Netishen), 5. Wayne Koehler (#91 Koehler), 6. James Fitzgerald (#55 Netishen)

THIRD HEAT (8 laps) 1. Scott Holcomb (#1H Shookus), 2. Justin Sheridan (#17 Miller), 3. Dan Piastka (#1 Miller), 4. Mike Chaffee (#18c Miller), 5. Brandon Piastka (#7 Miller), 6. Alex Rose (#11 Rose)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dan Piastka, 2. Seth Carlson, 3. Justin Sheridan, 4. Will Hull, 5. Josh Sunn, 6. Mike Chaffee, 7. Manny Dias, 8. Scott Holcomb, 9. Brandon Piastka, 10. Mike Netishen, 11. Jeff Horn, 12. Ralle Rookey, 13. Hank Davis, 14. Wayne Koehler, 15. Alex Rose, 16. Nikki Ouelette, 17. Joey Chick, 18. James Fitzgerald

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-30 Dan Piastka

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE:  July 2-Bear Ridge Speedway-Bradford, VT

Inaugural Musket Dirt Shootout Takes to The Flat Track This Saturday

 Photo Courtesy: NHMS/Alan MacRae

The Dirt Midget Association, Sprint Cars of New England and Granite State Mini Sprints take on the 0.25-mile flat dirt track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Saturday, June 18 to close out Motorcycle Week.

LOUDON, N.H. – Dirt racing action continues this weekend at The Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) with the inaugural Musket Dirt Shootout. The Dirt Midget Association (DMA), Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE) and Granite State Mini Sprints take on the 0.25-mile dirt oval this Saturday, June 18 to close out this year’s Motorcycle Week at NHMS.

Dirt Midget Association

Separated by only nine points, Seth Carlson, Josh Sunn and Justin Sheriden are locked in a tight championship battle for the DMA’s points lead heading into the weekend’s white-knuckled showdown at The Flat Track, but with no points on the line, it’s all about the checkered flag. Carlson took the win in 2019, and this Saturday, after a three-year absence from the New Hampshire dirt track, the field will be racing for a piece of the $7,250 purse, including the $1,500 payout to the winner.

Sprint Cars of New England

The 360-winged sprint cars of SCoNE will make their debut at The Flat Track at NHMS this Saturday. Defending series champion and Barnstead, N.H. native Clay Dow hopes to carry his momentum from the first few races to the track not far from his home. With one win and a third-place finish already this season, Dow sits atop the point standings tied with six-time series champion Chris Donnelly, who’s already earned two runner-up finishes this season. Series young guns Jake Williams (Center Tuftonboro, N.H.), Matt Hoyt (Campton, N.H.) and Caleb Lamson (Moretown, Vt.) are all SCoNE winners and want to add the Musket Dirt Shootout trophy to their collection. As the laps wind down and drivers scrap for the $1,500 top prize, don’t count out 14-year-old Kadyn Berry of Goffstown, N.H.

Granite State Mini Sprints

Since 1984, the members of GSMS have competed with cars utilizing motorcycle engines and drive components. This family-oriented club with drivers starting at age 12 is one of the next steps in racing for kids coming from go-kart and quarter-midget divisions. This Saturday, fans will see family members racing side-by-side in two classes – 400/500cc and 600cc – of mini sprints. Current points leaders in each division are Josh Wright (400/500cc) with an eight-point lead and Justin Burr (600cc) with a six-point lead.

The Flat Track was resurfaced earlier this year with 2,000 yards of clay from Orwell, Vt., the corners were widened to 50 feet and improvements were made to the catchfence. The all-new beer garden viewing area will be open for fans to enjoy as well as concessions and kids activities. About 300 more permanent seats have been added between turns three and four; however, race fans are still encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

Tickets:

Log on to NHMS.com for tickets and more information. Musket Dirt Shootout tickets start at just $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.

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