Hampstead's Seuss fourth in Whelen Modified race
LOUDON - Andy Seuss, the Modified racer from Hampstead who is now racing out of Salisbury, N.C., turned in his best New Hampshire Motor Speedway finish on Saturday with a solid fourth-place result in the Town Fair Tire NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 100.
"It was awesome," Seuss said. "It was the first time we towed up here with our Southern tour car and used a combined North-South team and it was a huge help."
His previous-best finish at NHMS was a seventh last July. He ran third or fourth for most of Saturday's race.
"It's great for team morale," Seuss said.
Seuss, who is working for his engine builder in North Carolina, is tied for third place in points on the Whelen Southern Modified tour.
He likely won't be at the Modified race when NASCAR returns here in September, because of a scheduling conflict with the Southern tour.
Doug Coby won the Town Fair Tire race, which featured a record 34 lead changes.Ted Christopher was second and Ryan Preece, who had won the last three races in the series, was third.
Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman was fifth.
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Veteran Ken Schrader will drive for North Haverhill native Frank Stoddard Jr. on Sunday and start 37th in the Camping World RV Sales Sprint Cup 301.
Stoddard's team has finished in the top 20 twice in the last three races and has used a different driver in each event.Boris Said was 18th on the road course at Sonoma, Schrader was 29th at Kentucky and Terry Labonte was 19th at Daytona last week.
"We're a small team playing in a big arena," Schrader said. "We'll see what happens."
Schrader, 58, has three races left for Stoddard, including at Homestead in the season finale, and said that will likely close out his Cup career.
"I think that will be it," he said. "I've really enjoyed driving for Frank, but I have other things I want to do."
He intends to continue racing his dirt car.
Stoddard said he is not yet sure who will drive his No. 32 Ford when the series returns here in September.
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Joey Logano, who grew up in Middletown, Conn., announced the launch of his Joey Logano Foundation (JLF) at NHMS on Friday morning.
The mission of the organization is to "inspire, mobilize and empower the 'NASCAR Nation' to directly improve the lives of children and families with life-altering needs in their communities," according to a release.
The foundation's first project is to host 200 members of the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad and their families, with the help of tickets donated by the racetrack, at today's race. Members of the squad worked on the Newtown, Conn., tragedy in Connecticut in December.
Shell Oil, sponsor of Logano's No. 22 Ford, and the NASCAR Foundation each announced a donation of $10,000 to help get the JLF started.
Other Foundation events this year are scheduled around races at Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 18), Atlanta Motor Speedway (Sept. 1), Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct.12) and Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 10).
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Speedway spectator gates open at 8 a.m Sunday. ... An inaugural Toyota Wheel & Deal Pre-Race Show starts at 10:30 a.m. on the front stretch. It will feature the giveaway of Toyota Camrys to 10 fans in a field of 43 entrants. ... The Camping World RV Sales 300 begins at 1 p.m.