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NHMS Notebook: Joyce 21st in K&N Pro Series debut
Cole Custer is hoisted in the air after winning the North American Power 100. (JAY REITER/Union Leader)
"He was two laps from being clear of all that," said his veteran crew chief Mark McFarland. "These restarts just bunch everything up and in these cars it takes them a while to get spread out because they're so equal."
"Hopefully we can get some races on the K&N Pro series next year and hopefully we won't have such bad luck," Joyce said.
The driver is ready, McFarland said.
"He's good enough to be in this series. He's just got to get the right funding and the right breaks and get with the right team and build the chemistry it takes to run in the top five every week."
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NHMS general manager Jerry Gappens said there will be general admission tickets on sale for Sunday's 2 p.m. race. He expects the event to be sold out. There are single and odd-seat tickets available in the grandstand and there will also be room on the hill in Turn 3 ... Gappens cited a weather forecast that calls for overnight rain to move out by 11 a.m., but figures some fans may be scared off by the weather. . . . "We've got our jet dryers ready and I feel pretty confident about getting the race in and starting on time," Gappens said ... Todd Szegedy bumped leader Donny Lia to the outside and passed him for the lead on the last lap to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour F.W Webb 100, the first race on Saturday afternoon . . . Cup driver Ryan Newman, a regular in the Modified race here who started from the pole, slipped into the second spot and Lia fnished third. . . . Szegedy snapped a 28-race drought and won his 18th overall Modified race and third at NHMS.