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Wrapup: Loudon NH, Kentucky

Sunday, September 24, 2017


The New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races this past weekend. The NCWTS held the 175-lap UNOH 175 on Saturday and the MENCS ran the 300-lap ISM Connect 300 around the 1-mile oval in Loudon, NH on Sunday. The XFINITY Series featured their 300-lap VisitMyrtleBeach.COM 300 at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY under the lights on Saturday night. The results and upcoming scheduled events for the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Home Tracks and other covered series are also shown below.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Caramel Toyota) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the ISM Connect 300 with a lap of 135.049 mph. This is his 27th pole in 454 MENCS races. It is his eighth pole and 24th top-10 start in 2017 and his third pole in 26 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kyle Larson (second) posted his 18th top-10 start of 2017 and his fourth in eight races at NHMS. Denny Hamlin (third) posted his 14th top-10 start at NHMS and his 17th in 28 races this season. Erik Jones (eighth) was the fastest qualifying Rookie of the Year contender.       
Did not qualify: No one. 39 cars entered for 40 spots in the lineup.

Results: Pole-sitter Kyle Busch won the ISM Connect 300, his 41st victory. It is his third victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2017. This is his third victory and 14th top-10 finish in 26 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kyle Larson (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in eight races at NHMS. It is his 17th top-10 finish in 2017. Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 21st top-10 finish in 36 races at NHMS. Erik Jones (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.

Standings: Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 24 points over Kyle Larson.

MENCS Round of 16 Chase Field:
1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kyle Larson
3. Kyle Busch
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Denny Hamlin
6. Matt Kenseth
7. Jimmie Johnson
8. Ryan Blaney
9. Chase Elliott
10. Kevin Harvick
11. Jamie McMurray
12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
(After the next race, Dover, the bottom four in point standings will not advance to the Round of 12.)
13. Austin Dillon
14. Ryan Newman
15. Kurt Busch
16. Kasey Kahne

Next: Sunday, Oct. 1, Apache Warrior 400 at Dover Int’l Speedway (1-mile concrete oval in Delaware)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials: Kyle Benjamin (No. 18 Hurricane Relief Toyota) won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway with a lap of 182.229 mph. This is his second pole in five NXS races. It is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2017. Ryan Preece (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2017 and his first in three races at Kentucky. Cole Custer (third) posted his third top-10 start at Kentucky and his 19th in 27 races this season.   
Did not qualify: No one. 40 teams entered for 40 spots in the lineup.

Results: Tyler Reddick (No. 42 BBR/Jason Aldean Chevrolet Camaro) won the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, his first victory in 15 NXS races. This is his fourth top-10 finish in 2017 and his second top-10 finish in two races at Kentucky Speedway. Brennan Poole (second) posted his third top-10 finish in six races at Kentucky and his 13th top-10 finish in 2017. Justin Allgaier (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Kentucky. Cole Custer (fifth) was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender. Pole-sitter Kyle Benjamin led 52 laps and finished 12th in the 200-lap race.

Standings: Justin Allgaier leads the point standings over Cole Custer. They have the same point total; tiebreaker: Allgaier's two wins.

NXS Round of 12 Chase Field:
1. Justin Allgaier
2. Cole Custer
3. Elliott Sadler
4. Daniel Hemric
5. William Byron
6. Brennan Poole
7. Matt Tifft
8. Ryan Reed
(After the next two races, Dover and Charlotte, the bottom four in point standings will not advance to the Round of 8.)
9. Brendan Gaughan
10. Blake Koch
11. Michael Annett
12. Jeremy Clements

Next: Saturday, Sept. 30, Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200 at Dover Int’l Speedway
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Time Trials: Noah Gragson (No. 18 Switch Toyota Tundra) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a lap of 131.811 mph. This is his third pole in 19 NCWTS races. It is his third pole and 14th top-10 start in 2017. This is Gragson's first truck start at NHMS. Christopher Bell (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2017 and his second in two races at NHMS. Johnny Sauter (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at NHMS and his 15th in 17 races this season.  
Did not qualify: No one. 29 trucks entered for the 32-truck field.

Results: Christopher Bell (No. 4 SiriusXM Toyota Tundra) won the UNOH 175, his seventh victory in 47 NCWTS races. This is his fifth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2017 and his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at NHMS. Ryan Truex (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at NHMS. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2017. Todd Gilliland, making his first start at NHMS, finished third. Grant Enfinger (fourth) was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender. Pole-sitter Noah Gragson led 40 laps and finished the 175-lap race in 15th place.

Standings: Christopher Bell leads the point standings by 40 points over Johnny Sauter.

NCWTS Round of 8 Chase Field:
1. Christopher Bell
2. Johnny Sauter
3. Matt Crafton
4. Ben Rhodes
5. Austin Cindric
6. Kaz Grala
(After the next two races, Las Vegas and Talladega, the bottom two in point standings will not advance to the Round of 6.)
7. Chase Briscoe
8. John Hunter Nemechek

Next: Saturday, Sept. 30, Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval in Nevada)
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East: Sept. 16, JustDrive.com 125 at NJ Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ
Pole: Collin Cabre ... Winner: Will Rodgers ... Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Season Finale: Sept. 29 National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 125 at Dover (DE) Int’l Speedway

K&N Pro Series-West: Aug. 26, Clint Newell Toyota 150 at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, OR
Pole: Chris Eggleston ... Winner: Todd Gilliland ... Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Next: Sept. 30, NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 at Meridian Speedway (0.25-mile oval in Idaho)

Pinty’s Series: Sept. 23, Pinty's Fall Brawl at Jukasa Motor Speedway in Hagersville, Ontario
Pole: D.J. Kennington ... Winner: Cayden Lapcevich
2017 NASCAR Pinty's Series Champion: Alex Labbe
2017 Jostens Rookie of the Year: Adam Martin

Whelen Modified Tour: Sept. 23, F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH
Pole: Ryan Newman ... Winner: Bobby Santos ... Points Leader: Doug Coby
Next: Oct. 1, NAPA Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway (0.5-mile oval in Stafford Springs, CT)

Peak Mexico Series: Sept. 10, Sidral Aga Guadalajara at Triovalo Int'l de Cajititlan in Jalisco
Pole: Abraham Calderon ... Winner: Abraham Calderon ... Points Leader: Ruben Rovelo
Next: Oct. 1, NASCAR Race for Chiapas at Super Ovalo Chiapas (0.75-mile tri-oval in Tuxtla Gutierrez)
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Other Series
ARCA Racing Series: Sept. 22, Crosley 150 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY
Pole: Sheldon Creed ... Winner: Austin Theriault ... Points Leader: Austin Theriault
Season Finale: Oct. 20, Kansas ARCA 150 at Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval in Kansas City, KS)

Southern Modified Racing Series: Sept. 16 at Concord (NC) Speedway
Pole: Brandon Ward ... Winner: Brandon Ward ... Points: Jeremy Gerstner
Next: Sept. 30 at Hickory Motor Speedway (0.363-mile oval in Newton, NC)

EXIT Realty Modified Touring Series: Sept. 16 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH
Pole: Richard Savary ... Winner: Chase Dowling ... Points Leader: Woody Pitkat
Season Finale: Oct. 22 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (0.375-mile oval in CT)



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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