Ryan Newman Loses Modified Win In Louden NH (NHMS)

Ryan Newman had a great pay day last weekend or so he thought. Newman won the F.W. Webb 100 on Saturday and also the Lenox Tool 301 on Sunday.

Sitting in the grandstands on Saturday I had the perfect view of the modified race in which for the third straight year in a row Ryan Newman won the pole. Newman’s car was pretty fast during the race, so fast in fact that it failed Nascar’s post race inspection.

On Wednesday Nascar announced that Newman would be stripped of his win in the modified series, due to an illegal motor. The modified cars run a restrictor plate and Newmans crew decided to make a weep hole in the carburetor gasket that would allow more air to be sucked into the intake creating more horsepower.

Nascar has announced  Todd Szegedy as the winner of the F.W. Webb 100. All of the other drivers will move up a spot in the finishing order.

As a result of the infraction, car owner Kevin Manion and also crew chief Mike LaRochelle have both been suspended from all NASCAR regional touring series for the remainder of the year due to the severity of the issue.

 

1964 Impala Convertible Project Part 4

We left off the last episode with a freshly fabricated trunk floor, and I had a new tail pan and taillight surround on order.   A few days later, they arrived, and work commenced.  If you are curious, I would imagine that at this point in the story, I must have had about 75 hours into the removal of the quarter, and the repair of the wheel house, filler neck surround, trunk drop off, and trunk floor.  It is easy to see why car restorations add up fast.   The labor factor is huge.  Moving on…

I began this round with the test fitting of the tail pan and the left taillight surround.  They were both perfect, except my trunk floor wasn’t.  Everything needed some TLC with hammers to align it all.  Once I was happy with the tail pan, I drilled a million holes in it and spot welded it all the way down just like when the car was new.  I then coated it in ugly reddish primer because that is what was within reach.

The taillight surround was much more challenging to align than the tail pan was. I used a variety of clamps, and cleco’s.  If you have never used cleco’s you are missing out.  They are cheap little devices that hold metal together like a champ.  Every tool box should have some.

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Cha Ching!

That’s the noise that team owner Tony Stewart heard as Ryan Newman crossed the finish line ahead of him during Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Both Newman and Stewart ran an excellent race yesterday. Tony Stewart has had one heck of a bad year at the beginning of the season. This was a great shot in the arm for Stewart- Haas racing. Ryan Newman is now 8th in the Nascar Sprint Cup points chase and team owner Tony Stewart is pretty close behind in 11th.

Sitting in row 22 on the start/finish line, it was a little toasty on the metal bleachers up in the grandstand. Temperatures were into the 90’s on race day. I was listening in on Dale Earnhardt Jr. as he said it was so hot inside the car he could feel his face blister.Continue Reading

Friday’s 1A Blog Video Wrap Up

Tony’s Friday Video Pick:

“Keeping with this weeks theme and my excitement for racing, here’s a cool video that I dug up on YouTube of Clint Bowyer’s win at NHMS last year,when Tony Stewart ran out of gas.

This was also the controversial race where Clint Bowyer was docked 150 points, and 150,000 dollars for a quarter panel that was 60-thousandths of an inch out of what Nascar deems as acceptable. Less than the thickness of a quarter!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wivfPiQI5u4

Jeremy’s Friday Video Pick:

“I bet that you have never seen multiple Cadillac CTS-V’s on two wheels before.”

Can’t see the videos? Here are the links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wivfPiQI5u4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fM1VF9F5vw

 

 

 

What’s Going On At New Hampshire Motor Speedway This Weekend

If you’re heading up to NHMS tonight after work, the race festivities kick off at 5:00 today with the New England 125 K&N Pro Series East. Max Gresham won the pole for the event, he will be piloting the 18 from the first place starting spot Friday afternoon.

Be sure to check out the F.W. Webb 100 modified race on Saturday. This is always one of the best races of the weekend. Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman won the pole for Saturdays race. He’s always a force to be reckoned with in the modified series, as he has won the event in 2010 and this is his third straight pole at “The Magic Mile” for this series.

After the F.W. Webb 100 modified race, the Nationwide Series New England 200 will be set to kick off at 3:30 pm. This is a great chance to watch some of your favorite Sprint Cup drivers compete against some of Nascar’s up and coming young stars as they try their hand at defeating seasoned Sprint Cup drivers such as Carl Edwards, and Kyle Busch to name a few.

On Sunday, Nascar’s main event the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 is set to take stage at 1:00 pm. However show up early because there are always some cool souvenir trailers to poke through and usually there’s an opening band that gets the crowd rocking before the race.

The weather for Sunday’s race is said to be near 90 degrees.

 

 

Thank you to “Cindy” for sending in this cool picture of a Coors Light stock car she saw sitting outside of Sam’s Club.

Move In Day At NHMS;Louden NH

It’s Thursday ! What’s so great about Thursday? Well… if you’re a race fan it’s official “Move In” day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The excitement begins tonight at 5:00 with the race hauler parade. What’s the race hauler parade do you ask? That’s when all of the cool 18 wheelers line up and parade around the track so that the fans can get a good look at these things. If you have ever seen one of these truck blow by you on the interstate,they’re pretty awesome to look at. They are always super clean and painted up like your favorite drivers stock car.

Joey Logano will also be available tonight to sign autographs for the fans at the track. Logano’s first win was at NHMS in 2009 making him the youngest driver to have won a Sprint Cup Race.

Here’s a video link to the Sprint Cup Hauler parade on the NHMS website.

NHMS Sprint Cup Hauler Parade Video