When Cole Powell made the move across the border to drive in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, he figured his days racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway were done.
At least for awhile.
The 25-year-old made four previous appearances at the Magic Mile in a Whelen NASCAR Modified Tour car, his best finish being 11th in the 2013 July race. But now he’s back for the first-ever NASCAR Pinty’s Series race held in the United States and he’s got a good car, too, winning the pole for tomorrow’s Visit New Hampshire 100/
Powell is in the thick of the Pinty’s title battle, only 24 points back of series leader L.P. Dumoulin with only two races remaining in 2018. Powell expects his No. 3 car to be strong.
“It’s huge,” said Powell on earning his first career pole. “I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a pole in anything. It’s pretty special.”
Despite this being the Pinty’s Series’ first trip to Loudon, Powell has faith that his fellow competitors will be more than up to the task.
“Hopefully all I hear is ‘clear by two,’ and we pull away,” Powell said of the start. “These guys know what they’re doing. This is a big track, and not a lot of them have really been on a track like this, so it’ll be interesting the first couple laps. Everyone will get it sorted out.”
Powell also said that he doesn’t expect his experience to be a huge advantage once the green flag waves.
“How you drive? Not much at all, since a modified is so much quicker,” he said. “Just kind of where to be on the track and where not to be.”
Cole Powell will try to get his second win of the 2018 season tomorrow in the penultimate race of the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season.