All eyes in the racing world up in New England will be on New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday for the Northeast Classic. Here are 10 things to know about the Northeast Classic before things get underway.
1 – The Pro All Star Series is set to make its third appearance at “The Magic Mile,” having made stops in 2015 and 2019. Both of those races were won by Eddie MacDonald.
2 – Speaking of going for three straight wins. Derek Griffith won the first two PASS National races of the season at Hickory Motor Speedway a few weeks back, and he looks to win a third straight at New Hampshire. Last week, Griffith also won at Thompson in PASS North competition, beating out Eddie MacDonald for the win.
3 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway opened in 1990 with what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The race was won by Tommy Ellis, and thus the history books for this mile-long track began.
4 – The entry list for the Super Late Models features more than 40 cars getting ready to battle on “The Magic Mile.”
5 – The weekend will boast six features on Sunday, with the Northeast Mini Stocks going 20 laps and the PASS Super Late Models going 50 laps. Pro Trucks will have 25 laps on the big track as will the Street Stocks. Finally, both the ACT Late Models and the Tour-Type Open Modifieds will go 50 laps.
6 – Eddie MacDonald will be one to watch this weekend, as the Massachusetts driver has 11 career wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His wins have come in several different types of race cars. MacDonald has five ACT Tour wins, three wins in the former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, two PASS wins and a Granite State Pro Stock win.
7 – The Tour-Type Modified Open race is set to feature Eric Goodale, Bobby Santos, III, Craig Lutz, Mike Christopher, Jr. and several other drivers. Goodale is fresh off his Martinsville win in the NASCAR ranks and he was also second at New Smyrna during the week-long World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
8 – This is the third PASS National race of the season. The next PASS National events will be at White Mountain Motorsports Park and Seekonk Speedway in July. The Seekonk Speedway race will pay $10,000 to the winner.
9 – Ben Rowe has won at 22 different PASS venues and Johnny Clark has won at 19 different tracks, but neither of those drivers has won at New Hampshire. They will hope to change that this weekend.
10 – If you can’t be at the track that day Speed51.TV will have it all, including 50-lap, $5,000-to-win shootouts for the ACT Late Model Tour, PASS Super Late Models, and Tour-type Modifieds. They’re joined by the EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge, North East Mini Stock Tour, and an 8-Cylinder Street Stock Open.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”
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