LOUDON, N.H.- Story lines for the upcoming Full Throttle Fall Weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway…
Driver Autograph Session
Meet the drivers on Saturday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. for an autograph session, along the Main Grandstand fence line, free for all ticket holders. Nearly 80 drivers who will be racing that day will be in attendance from all three series with their race cars lined up and down the front stretch for fans to get up close to and see.
When the on-track action ends, the party begins in the infield with live music from the Rory Scott Band from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
For the first time, all Full Throttle Fall Weekend tickets include infield access! The Fan Zone will be relocated to the infield and will feature kids activities, food trucks (chicken tenders, donuts, Thanksgiving-themed food, soup, snacks, lemonade & more), a beer garden (four different kinds of beer in addition to outside concessions), live music, carnival-style games and amusement rides. The Fan Zone will be open 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Speedway Children’s Charities
Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter will host several fundraising events throughout the inaugural Full Throttle Fall Weekend to help children in need across New England, starting with the Charity Clay Shoot on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 20th Skeet & Clays in Hooksett, N.H. In teams of four, participants will visit 16 different stations, each providing a new challenge at shooting flying clay targets. Swag bags, dinner and prizes will be given to all participants. Once again, the famous Red Bucket Brigade will be back on Saturday, Sept. 22 during the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Musket 250 as volunteers walk through the grandstands for donations to SCCNH. Download photos and logos
A new fundraising effort will take place all weekend when The DreamShip arrives on Thursday afternoon benefitting SCCNH, The Rite Aid Foundation, KidCents and Folds of Honor. For a $5 (kids) or $10 (adults) donation, fans can take a ride in The DreamShip hot air balloon that features 130 pieces of artwork from children who have received grants from Folds of Honor, an organization that offers scholarships to families of fallen or disabled military heroes. The balloon will be located outside the infield tunnel next to the Concord Ticket Booth through Saturday.
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College Student Ticket Discount
September means a lot here in New England – the air gets cooler, the leaves start changing color, school is back in session and pumpkin spice takes over, let’s face it, everything. September also means it’s time for the biggest can’t-miss party in New Hampshire this fall – the Full Throttle Fall Weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and now, college students can save $10 by purchasing their Saturday tickets in advance.
For the first time, all Full Throttle Fall Weekend tickets include infield access – something new and different, merging fans and race teams into one space.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Upgrades
Fans that are familiar with using pre-race pit passes at NHMS understand that it does not allow access to the garage area, but, what if it could? During our Full Throttle Fall Weekend, the pit pass will include unprecedented access into the garages and pits all weekend for just $40 for adults and $20 for kids (12 and under).
The Track Bar
The new and exclusive Track Bar at New Hampshire Motor Speedway offers the best, most comfortable way to view the races on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Track Bar is located in the Main Grandstand suites right above the start/finish line and provides the best sight lines at the speedway in the comfort of a climate-controlled luxury box with a full cash bar and private bathrooms. Download logo
Custom Musket, Minuteman Trophy & Tricorn Hat
The Musket 250 will headline the inaugural Full Throttle Fall Weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as the longest mileage and richest purse in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history. With the prestige of a race like this comes a lot for the drivers to race for, and the stakes just got higher with a custom musket, minuteman trophy and tricorn hat waiting in victory lane for the Musket 250 winner on Sept. 22. The handmade flintlock musket was built over the course of three weeks by Edwin Parry of Black Hart Long Arms out of Eastford, Conn., which has twice been featured on the History Channel. The winner will also receive a traditional Revolutionary War-era tricorn hat and a minuteman trophy. 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. View a video showing how the musket was made and learn more about how Edwin Parry and Black Hart Long Arms got started: http://bit.ly/TheMakingOfTheMusket
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series Visit New Hampshire 100, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Apple Barrel 125 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Musket 250 will all stream live on FansChoice.TV. Both the Apple Barrel 125 and the Musket 250 will be tape delayed on NBCSN on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. respectively. The Visit New Hampshire 100 will air on TSN2 on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. and RDS2 on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10:30 p.m.
NASCAR Pinty’s Series Visit New Hampshire 100
It’s only appropriate that Canadian-based NASCAR Pinty’s Series’ very first visit to the United States will be sponsored by the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. The Sept. 22 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be named the Visit New Hampshire 100. Download logo
If L.P. Dumoulin wants to seal his second career NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship over the final two races, he will need to navigate the series’ first trip to the U.S. with a strong finish in the Visit New Hampshire 100. Fresh-off a 10th place finish last time out, Dumoulin enters NHMS just five points up in the championship standings over Quebec rival Alex Tagliani.
Alex Tagliani, who is chasing Dumoulin into the Visit New Hampshire 100, does have some experience at the 1.058-mile oval on his resume – although it’s not likely to be applicable to his Saturday setup. Tagliani competed at New Hampshire in 2011 as part of the Verizon Indycar Series, where he started 16th and finished 19th. Much like the guy he’s chasing, if Tagliani wants to enter the finale in prime position to win the title, he’s going to have to figure it out quickly as well.
Similarly, former Sunoco Rookie of the Year Cole Powell has four starts at New Hampshire on the Whelen Modified Tour. Powell, who is tied with DJ Kennington at 30 points behind Dumoulin, has a best finish of 11th in 2013.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series Apple Barrel 125
The K&N Pro Series has been a fixture at NHMS since its days as the Busch North. Brad Leighton has a record eight wins, while the late Ted Christopher has five K&N Pro Series wins to go with his five Whelen Modified Tour wins. Past NHMS winners in the K&N Pro Series include 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr., 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano and 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion William Byron. The Apple Barrel 125 is on Saturday at approximately 1:45 p.m. Download logo
Tyler Ankrum, who could mathematically seal his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship on Saturday at New Hampshire, enters the Apple Barrel 125 with a 51-point advantage in the championship standings. He is heading back to the ‘Magic Mile’ looking to complete the season sweep after leading all 70 laps from the pole in July.
His teammate, Tyler Dippel, is not going to go away quietly. Dippel finished fourth in the caution-free affair at NHMS in July, but has yet to visit Victory Lane this season. He will need Ankrum to stumble — but even if he can’t win the title — look for Dippel to be a contender in the Apple Barrel 125 as he looks to score his third career win.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West regular and current NASCAR Next member Derek Kraus is also making the trip to New Hampshire with the DGR-Crosley stable. Kraus will drive the No. 1, while Riley Herbst, another NASCAR Next member, will drive the No. 98.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Musket 250
If you’ve ever seen the bumping and drafting of the Mods, you already know that the Full Throttle Fall Weekend will feature some of the tightest and most competitive racing in the region. The Musket 250 will take center stage on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The stakes are high as the winner of the Musket 250 will claim a share of the $186,000 purse to go along with a custom Revolutionary War-era musket, minuteman trophy and tricorn hat. Download logo
It doesn’t get much bigger than this for the Whelen Modified Tour. Considered one of the biggest stages they race on since the inaugural event in 1990, New Hampshire upped the ante this year. Not only is it the longest distance in the history of the tour at 264.5, there’s more than a $25,000 prize at stake. Throw in live pit stops and the constant shuffling and reshuffling of the running order in the draft, and the Musket 250 is shaping up as a can’t miss event. The 250-lap distance will also bring pit crews and crew chiefs to the forefront with strategy set to play a major role in who captures the checkered flag.
Justin Bonsignore looks to continue on his championship path by putting himself in position to clinch his first title before the finale even takes the green. If Bonsignore has another strong day, and Chase Dowling stumbles, there is one scenario that could see Bonsignore clinch the title at the checkered flag of the Musket 250. With seven wins in 13 races, Bonsignore would love to add the longest race in Whelen Modified Tour history to his winning resume. He completed the season sweep of Riverhead Raceway in New York last time the series was on the track.
Ryan Preece will sit behind the wheel of the No. 77 for Gary Putnam, a ride that Monster Energy Cup Series star Ryan Newman piloted to a third-place finish in July after leading 16 laps from the pole. Preece, who has never been to Victory Lane in a points race at NHMS, does have one victory in the Whelen All-Star Shootout in 2017.
Bobby Santos III, who will return to competition driving for Tinio Racing, looks to complete the season sweep for the second straight year. Santos has won the last three Whelen Modified Tour events at New Hampshire, and has done it by leading a total of just 15 laps.
Burt Myers comes from a long list of racing family members including grandfather Billy Myers and uncle Bobby Myers, known from the Myers Brothers Award. Burt in a two-time NWSMT champion (2010-2016) and an eight-time champion at Bowman Gray Stadium including this season.
For ticket information for events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the upcoming Extreme Chunkin Festival, Oct. 20-21, visit the speedway website at www.NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.
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