One of the most anticipated short-track weekends in New England is on deck, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosts its first “Full Throttle Weekend.”
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to the stage that is known for defining its champions. Tyler Ankrum won at the ‘Magic Mile’ in July, and will look not only for a season sweep with a win in the Apple Barrel 125, but he could also clinch the series championship with a race remaining. He would be the sixth driver in the last 12 years to win at NHMS en route to the title.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
If anyone is going to win the Apple Barrel 125, they are likely going to have to go through DGR-Crosley first. The team has entered four cars for Saturday’s event, including championship leader Tyler Ankrum.
Ankrum, who could mathematically seal his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship on Saturday at New Hampshire, enters the Apple Barrel 125 with a 51-point advantage in the championship standings. He is heading back to the ‘Magic Mile’ looking to complete the season sweep after leading all 70 laps from the pole in July.
His teammate, Tyler Dippel, is not going to go away quietly. Dippel finished fourth in the caution-free affair at NHMS in July, but has yet to visit Victory Lane this season. He will need Ankrum to stumble — but even if he can’t win the title — look for Dippel to be a contender in the Apple Barrel 125 as he looks to score his third career win.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West regular and current NASCAR Next member Derek Kraus is also making the trip to New Hampshire withthe DGR-Crosley stable. Kraus will drive the No. 1, while Riley Herbst, another NASCAR Next member, will drive the No. 98.
Outside of the operation, both Bassett brothers, Brandon McReynolds and Spencer Davis are just a few of the drivers who will look to etch their name in history on Full Throttle Weekend.
CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Apple Barrel 125 is 28 starters, including provisional positions. The first 24 drivers will secure starting positions based on the qualifying session for the Apple Barrel 125. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process.
Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 22nd. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.
The Apple Barrel 125 will be 125 laps (132.25 miles).
The Apple Barrel 125 will be run in three (3) segments. There will be a five (5) minute break at or near the conclusion of lap 40 and lap 80. Once the yellow flag is displayed at the start/finish line for the break, the caution vehicle will pick up the field. Once the field is under control, the caution vehicle will lead the field on to pit road to your assigned pit stall. No work is to be performed at the break until advised by NASCAR Officials. All participants in the event will be allowed to make changes that would normally occur during a routine pit stop. A maximum of four (4) uniformed crew members in the car servicing area. The time will start when the last car stops on pit road and the NASCAR Official advises work can begin. Fuel may only be added during a break.
At the conclusion of the break, lead lap vehicles that elected to pit will line up in the order they were running at the beginning of the break — behind the lead lap vehicles that elected not to pit in order of running.
The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying and to begin the race, and an additional four (4) tires for use during the race for a total of twelve (12) tires.
-NASCAR Home Tracks Press Release
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