Trackside Now: NASCAR Busch East Series and Whelen Modified Tour at NHIS
Day One of Three at the Magic Mile
Thursday, 6:25pm ET - That's it for today with Speed51.com Trackside Now coverage from New Hampshire International Speedway. Join us tomorrow for more reports from the Magic Mile.
Thursday, 6:15pm ET - Joey Logano is a total rookie here this weekend for the NASCAR Busch East Series race – he had not driven a lap here before today, but came out of his first day lapping the track with the pole for Friday’s New England 125.
“I never tested here,” said Logano. “I watched a Cup race here when I was seven, does that count? I wasn’t even good here on the computer (simulator), I couldn’t even make it one lap without wrecking.”
Thursday, 6:10pm ET – Here are the qualifying results for the New England 125 NASCAR Busch East Series event at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Thursday, Noon ET – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is currently taking part in their first practice session of the weekend. There are 40 Modifieds in attendence at New Hampshire and we'll have a full entry list posted shortly.
The weather is cooperating with today's activities. Currently, it is warm and muggy, but there are very few clouds in the skies. There were some spot showers that popped up in the area of Loudon, New Hampshire earlier this morning, but they steered clear of the track.
Thursday, 7:45am ET – Welcome to New England Speedweek. Over the next three days, four of the premier short track tours in New England - the NASCAR Busch East Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, PASS North Super Late Models and ACT Late Models will do battle on three tracks in New Hampshire. Speed51.com will be on hand for all of those events.
Last season at NHIS, Mike Olsen and Kelly Moore won the Busch East Series events in July and September, while John Blewett, III swept both Whelen Modified Tour races.
00 – Jerry Marquis
0 – Danny Sammons
1 – Rob Summers
2 – Todd Szegedy
3 – Bobby Santos, III
4 – Donny Lia
05 – Joe Hartmann
5 – Chris Pasteryak
06 – Billy Pauch, Jr.
6 – Ron Yuhas
8 – Glenn Tyler
09 – Bobby Grigas, III
9 – Jake Marosz
10 – Eddie Flemke
12 – Jimmy Blewett
13 – Rick Fuller
14 – Ruggie Ruggiero
16 – Mike Stefanik
17 – Jeff Malave
19 – Ronnie Silk
21 - Richard Savary
28 – James Civali
33 - Wade Cole
36 – Ted Christopher
40 – Ryan Preece
46 – Dick Houlihan
48 – Tony Hirschman
55 – Ken Bouchard
58 – Kevin Goodale
59 – Matt Hirschman
63 – Nevin George
66 – John Blewett, III
70 – Andy Seuss
77 – Zach Sylvester
78 – Alex Hoag
79 – Woody Pitkat
82 – Mike Christopher
93 – Rowan Pennick
94 – Eric Beers
99 – Jamie Tomaino
The epicenter of the weekend will be New Hampshire International Speedway, where the Busch East Series will see battle in the New England 125 on Friday afternoon and the Whelen Modified Tour will hold the New England 100 on Saturday. Practice and qualifying for both tours is scheduled for today.
Speed51.com will cover all of the happening at NHIS from those two divisions on Trackside Now over the next three days. Want coverage of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series or NASCAR Busch Series from New Hampshire? Then turn your TV to SPEED...we're here to bring you up to the moment information from two of NASCAR's biggest regional touring series instead.
As always seems to be case, Mother Nature might have bought a ticket to NHIS this weekend, but it appears that her impact will be realtively minor. This morning's forecasts call for on and off thunderstorms, with clearing in the early to mid afternoon. The good news is that this will break a heat wave in New England that has been going on for a few days. The best news? Raceday on Friday and Saturday look wonderful - with only a 10% chance of any showers.
The other big races this weekend will take place on Saturday night, with PASS North going to All-Star Speedway in Epping and ACT headed to White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock.
Speed51.com will have further updates from NHIS mid-morning on Thursday. Stay tuned.
Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Mike Stefanik's #16 on pit road at New Hampshire. (Amie Campbell Photo)
Thursday, 1:30pm ET – The NASCAR Busch East Series is currently on the track and practicing. It used to be that the starting field for what was once known as the NASCAR Busch North Series had a majority of New England drivers in it at NHIS. Not so anymore. As the series evolves, this year's New England 125 entry list is less than one-third filled with drivers from New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island or Maine.
Thursday, 1:00pm ET – Here are the 40 Modifieds that are in the pit area today:
1 – Jeffrey Earnhardt
2 – Josh Wise
03 – Rogelio Lopez
4 – Jesus Hernandez
5 – Jonathan Smith
06 – Ryan Seaman
13 – Garrett Liberty
14 – Dr. Joe Masessa
15 – Glenn Sullivan
16 – Max Dumarey
18 – Marc Davis
20 – Joey Logano
21 – Germain Quiroga, Jr.
22 – Ruben Pardo
24 – Patrick Dupree
25 - Jeremy Clark
26 – Scott Bouley
28 – AJ Lane
30 – Jeff Anton
31 – James Buescher
33 – Tim McCreadie
35 – Eric Holmes
37 – Michelle Theriault
40 – Matt Kobyluck
41 – James Pritchard
42 – Landon Cassill
43 – Tim Schendel
44 – Sean Caisse
45 – Brian Hoar
47 – Kelly Moore
48 – Eddie MacDonald
50 – Todd Peck
52 – Jamie Hayes
55 – Brad Leighton
57 – John Freeman
61 – Mike Olsen
63 – John Salemi
66 – Chase Austin
83 – Peyton Sellers
84 – Dion Ciccardelli
88 – Mike Gallo
96 – Mike Johnson
99 – Bryon Chew
Landon Cassill is in a Hendrick Motorsports, National Guard-sponsored #42 Chevrolet this weekend. (51 Photo)
Thursday, 1:45pm ET – There are 43 NASCAR Busch East Series teams that are here and
planning to take part in qualifying. Here are the entries:
1. James Civali 29.334 seconds
2. Zach Sylvester 29.448
3. Todd Szegedy 29.462
4. Donny Lia 29.547
5. Nevin George 29.856
6. Ed Flemke, Jr. 29.599
7. Bobby Grigas, III 29.651
8. Ted Christopher 29.869
9. Glenn Tyler 29.695
10. Jerry Marquis 29.770
11. Jimmy Blewett 29.805
12. Ryan Preece 29.830
13. Eric Beers 29.852
14. Kevin Goodale 29.892
15. Reggie Ruggiero 29.902
16. Mike Christopher 29.928
17. Matt Hirschman 29.947
18. Dick Houlihan 29.955
19. Mike Stefanik 29.960
20. Charles Pasteryak 29.991
21. Bobby Santos, III 29.999
22. Ronnie Silk 30.021
23. Tony Hirschman 30.037
24. John Blewett, III 30.038
25. Richard Savary 30.086
26. Danny Sammons 30.122
27. Ron Yuhas 30.135
28. Alex Hoag 30.177
29. Jamie Tomaino 30.181
30. Woody Pitkat 30.187
31. Andy Seuss 30.191
32. Billy Pauch, Jr. 30.232
33. Rowan Pennick 30.238
34. Rob Summers 30.278
35. Jeff Malave 30.387
36. Rick Fuller 30.399
37. Ken Bouchard 30.422
38. Joseph Hartmann 30.648
39. Wade Cole 31.242
40. Jake Marosz 32.779
Last summer's New England 100 was a strange race for James Civali. He was orginally scored as the winner, and went to victory lane. But, after about 20 minutes, the scoring was rechecked and due to a last-minute caution, he was put back to second place behind John Blewett, III. This year, Civali wants to win the race outright and after pacing practice, we'd say that he is on the right track for that.
Thursday, 2:50pm ET – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams are lined up for qualifying. There are 40 cars competing for 42 spots, so everyone will make the starting grid. John Blewett, III (who swept both Mod Tour races at NHIS last year) will go out first with Eddie Flemke the final driver scheduled to take time.
Thursday, 2:40pm ET – AJ Lane wrecked his Ford during NASCAR Busch East Series practice. It has been the only incident of note in practice so far today.
Thursday, 2:05pm ET – Practice speeds for the first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice
session have been released with 2006 NHIS near-winner James Civali topping the chart over
Zach Sylvester. The Tour Modifieds have taken part in a short scuff session and are now lining
up for qualifying, which is scheduled for 2:50pm. The weather is still sunny and it looks like
showers won't be a factor this afternoon.
Thursday, 3:10pm ET – We are eight cars into qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Donny Lia, a three-time winner on the Tour so far this season, currently tops the speed charts ahead of Richard Savary and Rob Summers.
Thursday, 3:05pm ET – John Blewett, III won both NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events at NHIS in 2006, but he'll have his work cut out for him to repeat that this year. Blewett will have to start at the rear of the field on Saturday after missing his turn in qualifying. Blewett, who was only 24th quickest in practice, told Speed51.com that his car just didn't get up to speed in practice, so he will race his back-up machine instead. Blewett's team is currently prepping that mount. The back-up car should be pretty stout. It is a new car with the engine that powered Blewett to his victories here last season.
Thursday, 2:53pm ET – John Blewett, III is scheduled to be the first Modified driver to attempt qualifying, but instead of sitting in line on pit road, his #66 is in the pit area on jackstands. Richard Savary will now be the first driver to attempt a qualifying lap.
John Blewett, III's #66 team strips some parts off their primary car for use in their back-up Modified . (51 Photo)
Thursday, 4:05pm ET – The reason for Jimmy Blewett slowing on the track prior to the green flag on his first qualifying attempt was a broken driveshaft. Since Blewett did not take the green flag, his team was allowed to replace the driveshaft and go to the end of the qualifying line.
"We were pretty quick from when we unloaded," said Blewett. "But we had to come back in and replace the driveshaft. Luckily, the NASCAR officials were nice enough to let us take both of our qualifying laps. They said they I had the quickest first lap, but on the second lap, I tried too hard and got up into the marbles in turns three and four.
Thursday, 4:00pm ET – Qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100 is now complete. Ted Christopher bested Donny Lia in time trials. Jimmy Blewett, Matt Hirschman and Eddie Flemke completed the top five qualifers. We'll have a complete rundown shortly.
Thursday, 3:55pm ET – Jimmy Blewett came back with a vengence in qualifying after his car lost power on its warm-up lap. His team got the car refired and placed at the end of the line. Blewett came back to time trial in the third position - nearly contending for the pole position.
Thursday, 3:30pm ET – Jimmy Blewett's car stalled on the backstretch during his qualifying warm-up lap and had to be towed back to the pit area. The team has gotten his car refired and back int he qualifying line to make a time trial attempt.
1. Landon Cassill 30.553 seconds
2. Matt Kobyluck 30.790
3. Joey Logano 30.910
4. Eric Holmes 30.962
5. Peyton Sellers 31.064
6. Sean Caisse 31.067
7. Tim Schendel 31.076
8. Mike Olsen 31.105
9. James Buescher 31.135
10. Jesus Hernandez 31.140
11. Josh Wise 31.167
12. Brian Hoar 31.192
13. Marc Davis 31.197
14. Tim McCreadie 31.198
15. Brad Leighton 31.218
16. Ryan Seaman 31.249
17. Bryon Chew 31.270
18. Eddie MacDonald 31.275
19. Chase Austin 31.280
20. Kelly Moore 31.416
21. Jeffrey Earnhardt 31.352
22. Mike Gallo 31.590
23. Ruben Pardo 31.606
24. Max Dumarey 31.618
25. Rogelio Lopez 31.619
26. Garrett Liberty 31.625
27. Joe Masessa 31.675
28. Jeff Anton 31.679
29. Jamie Hayes 31.708
30. Germain Quiroga 31.785
31. Jonathan Smith 31.802
32. John Salemi 31.886
33. James Pritchard 31.942
34. Michelle Theriault 32.035
35. Dion Caccarelli 32.072
36. John Freeman 32.105
37. Patrick Dupree 32.115
38. Glenn Sullivan 32.267
39. AJ Lane 32.444
40. Todd Peck 32.478
41. Scott Bouley 32.644
42. Jeremy Clark 33.277
43. Mike Johnson – No Time
Thursday, 4:10pm ET – We've got the results of the first NASCAR Busch East Series practice and it appears that Iowa's Landon Cassill is taking right to the NASCAR Busch East Series - he was two-tenths of a second quicker than anyone else in time trials.
31. Woody Pitkat - 30.960 123.023
32. Jamie Tomaino - 30.967 122.995
33. Jeff Malave - 30.967 122.995
34. Rowan Pennink - 30.985 122.924
35. Mike Christopher - 31.075 122.568
36. Wade Cole - 31.211 122.034
37. Joe Hartmann - 31.215 122.018
38. John Blewett, III – DNS (PROV)
39. Jake Marosz - 32.334 117.796 (PROV)
40. Andy Seuss - 31.454 121.091 (PROV)
1. Ted Christopher - 30.035 sec. 126.812 mph
2. Donny Lia - 30.039 126.795
3. Jimmy Blewett - 30.085 126.601
4. Matt Hirschman - 30.122 126.446
5. Eddie Flemke, Jr. - 30.155 126.307
6. Tony Hirschman - 30.169 126.249
7. Charlie Pasteryak - 30.171 126.240
8. Bobby Grigas III - 30.173 126.232
9. Ronnie Silk - 30.217 126.048
10. Glenn Tyler - 30.232 125.986
11. Ron Yuhas Jr - 30.232 125.986
12. Zach Sylvester - 30.238 125.961
13. Todd Szegedy - 30.257 125.882
14. Bobby Santos, III - 30.285 125.765
15. Nevin George - 30.314 125.645
16. Danny Sammons - 30.326 125.595
17. James Civali - 30.346 125.512
18. Richard Savary - 30.375 125.393
19. Alex Hoag - 30.398 125.298
20. Dick Houlihan - 30.483 124.948
21. Jerry Marquis - 30.486 124.936
22. Ryan Preece - 30.499 124.883
23. Reggie Ruggiero - 30.562 124.625
24. Rob Summers - 30.566 124.609
25. Eric Beers - 30.569 124.597
26. Mike Stefanik - 30.606 124.446
27. Rick Fuller - 30.624 124.373
28. Ken Bouchard - 30.714 124.009
29. Billy Pauch, Jr - 30.787 123.715
30. Kevin Goodale - 30.887 123.314
Jimmy Blewett's #12 sits on pit road after an eventful qualifying session. (51 Photo)
Thursday, 6:05pm ET – Qualifying for the NASCAR Busch East Series New England 125 is now complete. Rookie Joey Logano has topped homestate driver Sean Caisse for the pole. We'll have a complete rundown shortly.
Thursday, 5:40pm ET – ASA Late Model and USAR Pro Cup driver James Buescher is behind the wheel of Ted Marsh's #31 Chevrolet this weekend in the NASCAR Busch East Series race - following in the footsteps of drivers like Steve Park, Ted Christopher, Peyton Sellers and Todd Bodine.
Thursday, 5:35pm ET – Joey Logano is now on the provisional pole, having bumped Sean Caisse out of the top spot by over two-tenths of a second. Caisse is currently second with Josh Wise and Peyton Sellers following him. Over a dozen cars are still left to go.
Thursday, 5:10pm ET – Qualifying is currently under a red flag after Dion Ciccaarelli shut his car off on the backstretch during his qualifying run, coasted to pit road and promptly had it catch on fire. The fire is out and there were no injuries. As of now, Josh Wise is leading Peyton Sellers, Landon Cassill and Bryon Chew in qualifying. There have only been 17 cars that have taken laps. 25 are still left to go.
Thursday, 4:47pm ET – Jeffrey Earnhardt's team is currently changing engines on the #1 Chevrolet fielded by Andy Santerre Motorsports.
Thursday, 4:45pm ET – Qualifying for the NASCAR Busch East Series is now underway. Six cars have taken time with Peyton Sellers, Bryon Chew and Brian Hoar (making his first NASCAR Busch East Series appearance of 2007) leading the way very early on.
Thursday, 4:10pm ET – Here is the line-up for Saturday's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100:
Dirt star and Richard Childress Racing development driver Tim McCreadie qualified the #33 Chevrolet 12th in his first NASCAR Busch East Series attempt. (51 Photo)