I know were heading into that time of year where we are all thinking about is who is going to win the championship. With the chase about four weeks away, fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH are excited.
A total of five divisions will race that weekend. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' first race of the chase always brings excitement, and last year was a prime example as Kyle Busch led the points for pretty much the entire season—but when the first race of the chase began, and problems happened with the 18 team.
I don't want to jump to conclusions of who the final top 12 will be that could make the chase.
The other four divisions that will compete that weekend will be the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Camping World East Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and the American Canadian Tour Late Models.
Ron Hornaday has won the last two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hornaday has been the dominate driver this year in the series winning the last five races. He has a total of six wins this season. Hornaday will be looking to make three in a row.
The NASCAR Camping World East Series has become a home for NASCAR Cup teams for their driver development. At Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT, Ryan Truex, the younger brother of current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex, Jr., took down the win in that event yesterday.
It was his third win of the season and he swept both road course events. Ryan is a development driver for Michael Waltrip Racing. Joe Gibbs Racing current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano swepted both NASCAR Camping World East races in 2007.
Gibbs this season is having two development drivers split the ride with Matt DiBenedetto and Max Gresham. DiBenedetto won the June race at the magic mile. Gresham will be in the car for the September race.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will run their second event, which is a 100 lap one. Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne will be in that race.
Newman drove the 7ny modified for car owner Kevin "Bono" Manion, who is the crew chief from current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex, JR. Newman wrecked in the June race finishing 31st and Kasey Kahne finished 34th. Donny Lia out of Jericho, NY won the event back in June.
New to the September line up for this year is the American Canadian Tour Late Models. The way it works is that it's an invitational event, starting 36 cars for a total of 50 laps. As of today, 13 drivers have won qualifiers for this event. The drivers will have a test coming up on Tuesday Aug. 25 and Wednesday Aug. 26.
The action in the First Race Of The Chase will begin on Thursday Sept. 17 with the practice and qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World East and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
On Friday Sept. 18, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take to the track for practice. After final truck practice, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will do Bud Pole Qualifying.
At the conclusion of Bud Pole Qualifying, the Heluva Good Fall 125 NASCAR Camping World East Series will run their 125 lap feature event.
On Saturday Sept. 19, it will be an action packed day with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series running the Heluva Good 200. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will also be action for the New Hampshire 100.
After the truck race, the American Canadian Tour will run the first annual Invitational then on Sunday, Sept. 19; it's the race that fans have been waiting for all season.
The First Race Of the Chase is the Sylvania 300.
For more info on these races, you can visit the track website at www.nhms.com