- Race: 3:30pm/et, Saturday, July 16, 2011 in Loudon, New Hampshire
- Length: 175 Laps, 185.15 miles
- TV: ESPN - 7:00pm/et
- Radio: PRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $923,247
- Announcers: Marty Reid, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Craven
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch
Busch wins at New Hampshire: #18-Kyle Busch won the New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, for his 6th win of the year, his 49th Nationwide Series win (tying him with Mark Martin for most all time) and the 100th win of his NASCAR career. #33-Kevin Harvick finished 2nd, followed by #7-Kasey Kahne, #6-Ricky Stenhousr, Jr., #88-Aric Almirola, #09-Kenny Wallace, #62-Michael Annett, #22-Brad keselowski, #66-Steve Wallace, and #31-Justin Allgaier. There were 9 cautions for 48 laps and 9 lead changes among 7 leaders. The estimated attendance was 42,000. Complete results are posted on the New Hampshire race results page.(7-16-2011)
New Hampshire Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch won the 22nd Annual New England 200, his 49th victory in 217 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
With the victory, Busch ties Mark Martin atop the all-time series wins list.
This is Busch's 100th NASCAR national series win. The breakdown: 22 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; 49 in the NASCAR Nationwide Seires; 29 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
This is his sixth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his third victory and fourth top-10 finish in six races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 11 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2011.
Kasey Kahne (third) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire and their finish
Caution 1: #51-Clements, 19th
Caution 2: #67-Ranger, 28th
Caution 3: #01-Wallace, 27th
Caution 4: #51-Clements (2), 19th
Caution 5: #14-McClure, 20th
Caution 6: #51-Clements (3), 19th
Caution 7: #67-Ranger (2), 28th
Caution 8: #81-Koch, 18th
Caution 9: #32-Sorenson, 15th
Driver standings following New Hampshire:
1) #2- Elliott Sadler 673
2) #32-Reed Sorenson 666 -7
3) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 655 -18
4) #31-Justin Allgaier 632 -41
5) #88-Aric Almirola 592 -81
6) #38-Jason Leffler 582 -91
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 571 -102
8) #66-Steve Wallace 525 -148
9) #62-Michael Annett 520 -153
10) #11-Brian Scott 510 -163
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.
Owner Standings following New Hampshire are posted. The top 30 in owners points who have attempted all races are locked in at Nashville.(7-16-2011)
Keselowski on pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole for the New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 129.384mph. #33-Kevin Harvick will start second. The rest of the top 10: #20-Joey Logano, #88-Aric Almirola, #18-Kyle Busch, #32-Reed Sorenson, #16-Trevor Bayne, #31-Justin Allgaier, #11-Brian Scott, and #60-Carl Edwards. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway starting lineup page.(7-16-2011)
New Hampshire Qualifying Notes:
Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 22nd Annual New England 200 with a lap of 29.438 seconds, 129.384 mph.
This is his ninth pole in 157 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and 12th top-10 start in 2011. His last pole came at Michigan last August, a race he won.
This is his second pole in four races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He also won the pole for last year's race.
Kevin Harvick (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2011 and his 11th in 11 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Joey Logano (third) posted his third top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 10th in 13 races this season.
Sorenson fastest in happy hour: #32-Reed Sorenson was quickest during happy hour at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 128.667mph. He was followed by: #88-Aric Almirola, #33-Kevin Harvick, #20-Joey Logano, #38-Jason Leffler, #31-Justin Allgaier, #62-Michael Annett, #09-Kenny Wallace, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #66-Steve Wallace. Complete results are posted on the New Hampshire practice results page.(7-15-2011)
Harvick fastest in first practice: #33-Kevin Harvick was fastest during opening practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 127.419mph. #22-Brad Keselowsk was second, followed by: #18-Kyle Busch, #20-Joey Logano, #32-Reed Sorenson, #11-Brian Scott, #16-Trevor Bayne, #88-Aric Almirola, #2-Elliott Sadler, and #66-Steve Wallace. Complete results are posted on the New Hampshire practice results page.(7-15-2011)
Entry List:There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Some notes:
Danny Efland will be in the #04 for Go Green;
Kasey Kahne returns to the JR Motorsports #7;
David Green is listed as the driver of the #23 for R3;
Mikey Kile returns to the Turner Motorsports #30;
Matt Frahm will make his Nationwide debut in Go Green's #39;
Angela Cope will drive the TriStar #44;
Scott Wimmer is listed in the #47 for Key Motorsports;
Andrew Ranger and the #67 Go Canada team return.
See the complete list on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway entry list page.
Nationwide Series Live from New Hampshire on ESPN: ESPN continues its season-long coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on Saturday, July 16. ESPN's live telecast of the 200-lap race begins with NASCAR Countdown presented by OneMain Financial at 2:30 p.m. ET and the race's green flag flies at 3:46 p.m. Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Ricky Craven. Reports from Tim Brewer will air from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
Allen Bestwick will host NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN Pit Studio with analysis from Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the race telecast.(ESPN)(7-11-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Thursday, July 14th
11:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
1:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
2:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NNS, NWMT& NKNPS-E REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, July 15th
8:00 AM NNS GARAGES & REGISTRATIONS OPEN
9:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
10:30 AM-11:20 AM NNS PRACTICE
1:40 PM-3:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NKNPS-E,NNS& NSCS
5:30 PM NNS, NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, July 16th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:35 AM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:50 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE)
3:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 211.6 MILES)
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
Sadler and Sorenson Continue Impressive Points Championship Battle
Consistency has been king for Elliott Sadler. Though he hasn’t visited Victory Lane yet this season, he does lead the series championship contenders in top-five finishes with nine and is tied for the series lead in top-10 finishes (13) with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The 36-year-old veteran is on top of the standings by four points over Reed Sorenson and 27 points over third-place Stenhouse Jr. It’s his fourth time atop the standings and first since the May race at Charlotte. Sorenson also has led four times this year, most recently after Daytona before ceding the top spot to Sadler following last Saturday’s race at Kentucky. So far in 2011, the points lead has changed hands 11 times.
As the series heads to New Hampshire this weekend, the battle for the points lead could heat up. While Sadler has made seven starts compared to Sorenson’s four at New Hampshire, Sorenson has the better average finish of the two with a 12.0. But Sadler is on a roll in the past four starts rallying off four consecutive top-10 finishes and he outranks Sorenson in the NASCAR Nationwide Series pre-race Driver Rating with a 96.2 compared Sorenson’s 94.6.
Home Race, Kind Of: Roush Fenway Racing Head To Red Sox Country
Two of the NASCAR Nationwide Series brightest stars, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne will be participating in the 2nd annual Fan Appreciation Day hosted by Roush Fenway Racing. The event will be held on Thursday, July 14 at City Hall Plaza, adjacent to Quincy Market after facing off in activities at Fenway Park — the home of the Boston Red Sox — as part of their season-long “Ricky vs. Trevor” competition (http://www.roushfenway.com/rfr-dirextion/ricky-vs-trevor/).
The RFR tandem will also be sporting special paint schemes on their Ford Mustangs this weekend that will hit home with local New England sports fans. Stenhouse will run a Fenway Park 100 Years paint scheme this weekend. He has only made one start at New Hampshire posting a 16th-place finish last season. Stenhouse’s teammate, 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, also will carry a Sox-related scheme this weekend. He’ll have the New England Sports Network (NESN) on his Ford Mustang, calling attention to the Sox’s long-time television network. Bayne is 13th in the standings, 74 points behind 10th-place, Brian Scott. Though only starting 13 of the 18 scheduled races this season, he has posted three top fives and seven top 10s. He finished fifth at New Hampshire last season and leads all the championship contenders in pre-race Driver Rating with a 102.9.
“Loudon is always a special place for us to visit because of our relationship with Fenway Sports Group,” Bayne said. “There are a ton of Red Sox fans that come out to the races when we are there and cheer us on; it’s great to have that kind of support. I only have one start at Loudon under my belt, but it was one of my best races of the year in 2010 because we started in 18th and drove our way to the front for a top-five finish.”
Busch’s Record Chasing Could Solidify Himself For Future Hall Of Fame Discussions
At the age of 26, Kyle Busch has accomplished feats that some of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history were never able to do in their entire careers. Below are some of his impressive accomplishments as he sits on the cusp of his 100th NASCAR national series win:
• 99 NASCAR national series wins – third on the all-time NASCAR national series wins list behind Richard Petty’s 200 wins and David Pearson’s 106 wins. Busch has posted 13 combined national series wins this season alone – three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; five NASCAR Nationwide Series and five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories.
• 48 NASCAR Nationwide Series career wins – one win behind Mark Martin’s series leading 49 wins. Martin has collected his 49 wins in 235 series starts; Busch will be making his 216th start at New Hampshire.
• 18 NASCAR national series Perfect Driver Rating (150.0) performances, the most of any driver in the three NASCAR national series (14 in NASCAR Nationwide Series; four in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series).
NASCAR Nationwide Series – Etc.
Voting is now underway for 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver. Fans can go to http://www.nascar.com/nnsmpd and vote for their favorite driver once per day until the Nov. 17 deadline. NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship contenders who attempt at least half of the season’s 34 races are eligible to receive votes. … Andrew Ranger, coming off a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series win at Toronto on Saturday, will run double-duty at New Hampshire. Ranger is in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Friday afternoon and NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday. … Matt Frahm (North Salem, N.H.), who made two of his three career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts at New Hampshire, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with Roush Fenway Racing in the No. 39. … Other drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race with NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ties include New Englanders Joey Logano (Middletown, Conn.), who won at New Hampshire twice in 2007, and Charles Lewandoski (Stafford, Conn.).
Goodyear Tire Notes
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Number of Tires:
Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525
Nationwide: 5 sets for the weekend
Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4432
Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 30 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at New Hampshire this weekend . . . teams are very familiar with this tire set-up, with both series having run this same combination of left- and right-side tires at Phoenix and Richmond earlier this season. . . compared to what was run at New Hampshire last season, this left-side tire features a slight construction change, while this right-side tire features a construction change and a softer compound . . . the changes are designed to give the cars more grip . .
. as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.
Additional New Hampshire Nationwide Race Info: