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New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host a three-race weekend next fall that will feature the longest NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race in history. (Photo: Getty Images)


LOUDON, N.H. – New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host a three-race weekend next fall that will feature the longest NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race in history.

The lineup will include the K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, which has never previously held a race outside Canada. The tripleheader weekend is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21-22, 2018 on the one-mile Loudon oval.

"This is going to be the ultimate short-track showdown with regional and global stars from NASCAR’s touring series," said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway.

The new scheduling will replace the track's annual Monster Energy Series weekend that's being moved to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next year.

The Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro Series East have long been an integral part of New Hampshire Motor Speedway lore, combining for more than 135 races since the track’s inaugural year in 1990.

"All of us want to win when we come to (NHMS), so for it to be 250 laps, you're going to want to win 10 times more," said Doug Coby, a four-time NHMS winner and four-time Whelen Modified Tour champion. "It’s a huge step for the NASCAR Touring Series as a whole. I've always said that 100 laps here is a big chess match. I don’t know if I can handle chess for 250 laps.

"It’s all about position with the last five laps to go. We usually spend 95 laps fine-tuning the car just to be in the right spot. Now, to have to figure that out over a long course, I can guarantee it will not be a boring 245 laps. It’s going to be a battle."

The Whelen Modified Tour has traditionally run 100-mile races at the speedway since its first race on Sept. 2, 1990. The series that typically steals the show on NASCAR race weekends, the Whelen Modified Tour will run a 264.5-mile feature (250 laps) next September, making it not only the longest mod race in the history of NHMS but the longest race in the history of the tour, which dates back to 1984.

The K&N Pro Series East has seen a "Who’s Who" of racing wheel their cars around NHMS through the years. Stars of today like Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Joey Logano; as well as up-and-coming stars like Cole Custer and William Byron have used K&N Pro Series East wins at NHMS as career stepping stones. Todd Gilliland – who won the United Site Services 70 at NHMS in July – could become the first driver in history to win the East and West titles in the same season. PEAK Mexico’s points leader and the Whelen Euro points leader will also take part in the global race that will pit drivers from all three series against one another.

"The NASCAR K&N Pro Series has been a proving ground for our sport’s top young stars and a win on the big stage at New Hampshire has signaled the arrival of several of today’s national-series stars," said George Silberman, vice president of NASCAR's regional and touring series. "The Whelen Modified Tour is always a must-see event at New Hampshire. The extra distance in next year's race will provide even more opportunities for greater thrills."

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Canada’s premier division for stock cars, features young gun like Cayden Lapcevich (2016 champion) and Alex Labbe (2017). Next September’s featured race at NHMS will be the first time in the 12-year history of the Pinty’s Series that it will race outside of Canada. The series already has a large geographic footprint, stretching from Nova Scotia to Alberta, but will make the trek into "The Granite State" for its United States debut.

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