Trackside Now: New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Friday
It's Raceday For Camping World East, an Easy Day for Mod Tour
New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Loudon, NH
Friday, 7:10pm ET - It's been a busy day here in Loudon, NH.  The reason for the lack of updates here on during the East Series race is due to our extensive coverage of New England Speedweek.  Mike Twist left just prior to the race to cover the PASS Tour at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway; Bob Dillner was a commentator for the SPEED broadcast of the East race and Matt Dillner was in the turns shooting for ESPN and then taking pictures for our coverage.  We apologize for the delay in information. 

We will have the final results for you as soon as we get to Lee USA Speedway for tonight's NEMA Midget event.  Hopefully, if we get there in time, you will be able to listen to the event on

Friday, 6:43pm ET - The dust is settling from one of the wildest finishes in Camping World East Series history. Truex swerved his car at Dibenedetto after the checkered flag flew on the cool-down lap.

Matt Dibenedetto has pulled his Joe Gibbs Racing #18 into victory lane.

We'll be back with more!

Friday, 6:43pm ET - White Flag is out.  Dibenedetto tries the outside on Truex. The two drivers fight for the lead. Dibenedetto bumps Truex. He uses the bumper to push Truex hard into turn-three. Truex washes up the track and Dibenedetto slides underneath. The two drivers touch coming off of turn four and Matt Dibenedetto is the winner of the Helava Good 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Friday, 6:41pm ET - Lap 119 Restart.  Ryan Truex takes the lead coming off of turn-two and is now your leader.
Lap 120 Running order 1) Truex  2) Dibenedetto  3) Swindell  4) Gifford  5) Lavendar. 

Friday, 6:37pm ET - Contact with Dakoda Armstrong has resulted in a spin in turn-four by Alex Kennedy. Yellow flag is out.

Friday, 6:34pm ET - Steve Park, who was running solid in the top-ten spins on the backstretch but no caution. DiBenedetto still leads.

Friday, 6:30pm ET - has been down for a while. We apologize for the inconvenience. Lets get you up to date with what is going on as we speak at NHMS...

The Camping World East race is underway and a late race caution by Tiffany Daniels crash has set up a shootout. Matt Dibenedetto leads Ryan Truex, Kevin Swindell, Ryan Gifford and Jody Lavendar.

Friday, 3:25pm ET - With qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rained out, two drivers with short track ties are headed home early.  Ted Christopher, who needs no introduction around here, and former NASCAR Camping World East and ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Dexter Bean both failed to crack the starting grid.

The rain has now stopped at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the skies are turning slightly blue.  We might still get the CW East race underway.

In the CW East drivers meeting, a back-up plan was not announced.  If the race gets rained out tonight, NASCAR officials will immediately meet with the crew chiefs to figure out an alternative.

Friday, 3:10pm ET - The rain has gotten lighter, but it hasn't cleared up completely either.  Plus, there could be more rain on the way.  NASCAR has cancelled Sprint Cup Series qualifying though and will set that field by the rulebook.  So getting the track dry for the running of the NASCAR Camping World East Series race is a priority.  We'll keep you updated as anything develops.

On a possibly brighter note, we have heard the practice for tonight's PASS North race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine has not been impacted by rain yet.  But the foul weather is headed that we'll have to see what develops.

Friday, 2:05pm ET - We've given John Wes Townely some light-hearted ribbing in the past few years after he's gotten into a few short track wrecks here and there.  It turns out that Townley's bad luck also applies to the rest of his team.  His NASCAR Nationwide Series hauler was seen being involved in a minor traffic accident in Massachusetts as it headed up to NHMS this week.  Some guys just can't catch a break!

Friday, 2:00pm ET - It is now raining lightly here at NHMS.  Nobody is surprised.  Don't expect the rain to remain light for very long though.  Heavier showers and possibly thunder and lightning are coming.

Friday, 1:50pm ET - The dark clouds are almost here at Loudon.  Expect it to start raining within the next 20-30 minutes or so.  We'll keep you posted.

Friday, 1:10pm ET - The short track action is so good here in New England this weekend that even some of the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers are getting into it.

Here at New Hampshire, both Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman have rides for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on Saturday.  Kahne is driving for the H&H Motorsports Troyer team that Donny Lia and Chuck Hossfeld have raced for before.  Ryan Newman is in the Bon Manion-owned #7NY Modified.  Ironically, Tom Baldwin, Jr., whose late father Tommy Baldwin made the #7NY on iconic number in Modified racing, is helping out the Kahne team this weekend. 

Tony Stewart raced an ACT Late Model at Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) last night in an event that could be heard on RaceTalkRadio or by clicking here.  Stewart watched his teammate for the night Joey Pole win the race, while he had a little bit of trouble getting used to the track himself.  Stewart went a lap down early, but was running some of the quickest laps by the end of the feature race.

Newman is also planning to race a NEMA Midget tonight at Lee USA Speedway (NH) in a race that will be broadcast live on - weather permitting of course.

Friday, 1:00pm ET - The big story at the track right now is the weather.  It has been muggy - but clear and sunny - all morning.  That is going to change soon and probably in a big hurry.  A large cluster of rain and thunderstorms is heading in our direction, with the skies starting to darken slightly now.  How this will play into today's schedule remains to be seen, but with practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as Sprint Cup qualifying, set for the time prior to the NASCAR Camping World East Series race, it can't be good.  There are also no loights here at NHMS, so anything that happens today must be done before the night falls.

Friday, 12:55pm ET - After qualifying last night, the teams of the NASCAR Camping World East Series had their cars impounded before their twilight race today.  Only a few adjustments, such as to the track bar, will be allowed before their race.  The cars are lined up, and covered, on pit road - behind the wall.  The teams are all working on getting their pit equipment ready and planning for today's feature.

Friday, 12:50pm ET - There is no on track activity today for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and many teams have not even opened up their trailers today.  But a few have and unloaded their racecars for some work to be done.

The teams of Donny Lia, Kasey Kahne, Todd Szegedy, Tim Arre, Jimmy Blewett, Anthony Sesely and Johnny Bush have been working on their cars, with the #00 Brady Bunch team of Jon McKennedy just rolling their car out for some work as well. 

Sesely got into the wall on his second of two qualifying laps yesterday.

"After the first lap, the team told me on the radio that I was in the show," said the young New Jersey driver.  "On the second, lap I went for it...and went for it a little too hard."

The damage to his #11 Modified is minimal though.  Sesely reports that it needed a rub rail and two wheels, but had no suspension damage.

Sesely, a former regular on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make his first Tour start of the season tomorrow.  He has been running a Modified regularly at Wall Stadium (NJ) and has a heat race win there so far this season.

Friday, 12:45pm ET - We are now back at the keyboard after strolling throught the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Camping World East Series garage areas.  Stick around and we'll bring you up to speed on what is going on in each location and share a few photos as well.

Friday, 11:35am ET - D.J. Shaw will roll off 17th for his NASCAR Camping World East Series debut today in the #60 Ford.  He will run that race and then hop on a helicopter to head over to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway tonight to run the #60 PASS North race there.  To read all of the details on that story, please click here.

Shaw isn't the only CW East rookie who is hitting the friendly skies this weekend.  Last night, Eric Chase flew from New Hampshire to Vermont to take part in the ACT Late Model non-points Governor's Cup race at Thunder Road Speedbowl.  Chase's double-dip was so well received in his homestate that we hear that he even had a police escort to get through the traffic between the track and the airport.

Friday, 11:25am ET - Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race will have some players in it who familar to short track fans.  Sean Caisse, who hails from the southern New Hampshire town of Pelham, is driving the #2 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.  The man who holds many records in Pro Cup racing, Benny Gordon, is entered as well.  Travis Kittleson, a Floridian who has driven to much Super Late Model and ASA National Tour success, is in the Rick Ware Racing #31.  ARCA's Chase Mattiloi, former Pro Cupper Danny O'Quinn and former ASA Late Model champion Kelly Bires are also entered.

And finally Super Late Model standout...and a guy who is no stranger to big league racing either....Kyle Busch is one of the favorite to win the Nationwide race in his Joe Gibbs Racing machine.

Friday, 11:00am ET - It's Friday here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  That means it is raceday for the NASCAR Camping World East Series on the Magic Mile.  There is no on-track activity for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams, but we're sure that many guys will be out turning wrenches in preparation for their main event on tomorrow.

The CW East "garage" does not officially open until Noon today and their race is set for right after 5pm ET.  The Mod Tour garage...well, we're not even sure if that is ever officially open, but that won't matter as there aren't any fences for those tours in the infield here at NHMS.

With an easy day of work, many Mod Tour teams have relaxed a bit.  In fact, even at 2am this morning, the K2 camping lot was a party with many Tour teams enjoying the company of their fellow competitors.  We know that Rowen Pennick's team and Woody Pitkat's team were enjoying themselves without having to worry about an early morning at the track.

Here are the qualifying results for both the NASCAR Camping World East Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Qualifying Results
NASCAR Camping World Series East - Heluva Good! Summer 125 Lineup
Race Friday; Qualifying Thursday
at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, N.H.
Lap Length: 1.058 miles

1. (00) Ryan Truex, Mayetta, N.J., Toyota, 125.113
2. (71) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass., Chevrolet, 124.467
3. (9) Kevin Swindell, Germantown, Tenn., Chevrolet, 124.406
4. (44) Brett Moffitt, Grimes, Iowa, Chevrolet, 124.106
5. (18) Matt DiBenedetto, Grass Valley, Calif., Toyota, 124.093
6. (35) Steve Park, East Northport, N.Y., Chevrolet, 123.928
7. (40) Matt Kobyluck, Uncasville, Conn., Chevrolet, 123.791
8. (38) Alan Tardiff, Lyman, Maine, Chevrolet, 123.618
9. (88) Jody Lavender, Hartsville, S.C., Chevrolet, 123.450
10. (30) Jeff Anton, Russell, Mass., Chevrolet, 123.246
11. (39) Dustin Delaney, Mayfield, N.Y., Chevrolet, 123.007
12. (29) Ryan Gifford, Winchester, Tenn., Chevrolet, 122.999
13. (03) Patrick Long, Oak Park, Calif., Chevrolet, 122.845
14. (55) Brad Leighton, Center Harbor, N.H., Chevrolet, 122.813
15. (12) Jesus Hernandez, Fresno, Calif., Dodge, 122.655
16. (52) Dakoda Armstrong, New Castle, Ind., Chevrolet, 122.034
17. (60) D.J. Shaw, Conway, N.H., Ford, 121.710
18. (74) Jarit Johnson, El Cajon, Calif., Chevrolet, 121.497
19. (37) Alex Kennedy, Aztec, N.M., Chevrolet, 121.207
20. (16) Jonathan Smith, Beacon Falls, Conn., Chevrolet, 121.087
21. (61) Mike Olsen, North Haverhill, N.H., Chevrolet, 121.060
22. (17) Jason Patison, Corona, Calif., Chevrolet, 120.884
23. (7) Ryan Duff, Hazard, KY., Chevrolet, 120.742
24. (96) Mike Johnson, Salisbury, Mass., Ford, 120.277
25. (63) John Salemi, Nashua, N.H., Chevrolet, 120.000
26. (46) Chase Mattioli, Long Pond, PA., Dodge, 119.962
27. (94) Tiffany Daniels, Smithfield, Va., Dodge, 116.942
28. (26) Scott Bouley, Middlebury, Conn., Chevrolet, No speed
29. (5) Eric Chase, Burlington, Vt., Chevrolet, No speed

Starting Lineup
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour - New England 100 Lineup
Race Saturday; Qualifying Thursday
at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, N.H.
Lap Length: 1.058 miles

1. (19) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 126.947
2. (2) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 126.939
3. (36) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 126.854
4. (4) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Dodge, 126.79
5. (93) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 126.686
6. (7) Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., Chevrolet, 126.286
7. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.986
8. (10) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.907
9. (50) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.852
10. (09) Bobby Grigas, III, Marshfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 125.840
11. (90) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.736
12. (71) Rob Fuller, Boylston, Mass., Ford, 125.707
13. (16) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 125.686
14. (79) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Pontiac, 125.657
15. (46) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 125.500
16. (14) Reggie Ruggiero, Rocky Hill, Conn., Ford, 125.368
17. (96) Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash., Chevrolet, 125.351
18. (12) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 125.182
19. (28) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.989
20. (11) Anthony Sesely, Matawan, N.J., Chevrolet, 124.887
21. (17) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 124.875
22. (1) Rob Summers, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.801
23. (58) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 124.426
24. (52) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.406
25. (59) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 124.389
26. (21) Richard Savary, Canton, Mass., Chevrolet, 124.276
27. (99) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 123.835
28. (00) Jonathan McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 123.787
29. (8) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 123.674
30. (70) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 123.438
31. (0) Tim Arre, Toms River, N.J., Chevrolet, 123.230
32. (32) Tom Abele, Jr., Norwich, Conn., Chevrolet, 122.900
33. (68) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y., Chevrolet, 122.789
34. (18) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 120.505*
35. (33) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 120.661*
36. (08) Tommy Farrell, III, Neptune, N.J., Chevrolet, 122.611*
37. (9) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 121.644*
38. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 120.776*

Did Not Qualify: Fred Vordermeier

*Provisional Starter

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Ryan Truex is on the pole for the Camping World East Series race at NHMS.  (Jim Dupont Photo)
D.J. Shaw's #60 in Thursday practice.  (Ken Spring Photo)
Short track veterans Travis Kittleson (Top) and Benny Gordon (Bottom) are enetered in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at NHMS.  (51 Photos)
Matt Kobyluck  (Ken Spring Photo)
The NASCAR Camping World East Series garage area is a bit of ghost town today.  (51 Photo)
The Modified teams of Jimmy Blewett and Anthony Sesely (Top), Kasey Kahne (Middle) and Donny Lia (Bottom) have all been working on their racecars today.  (51 Photos)
There have been some big changes, including a new access road, to the infield at NHMS.  (51 Photo)
The dark skies over NHMS.  (51 Photo)