Race: Saturday, July 14, 2012 in Loudon, NH
Title Sponsor: F.W. Webb
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 2:30 pm/et
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Dr. Jerry Punch, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, July 12th11:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, July 13th9:00 AM NNS GARAGES & REGISTRATIONS OPEN
Saturday, July 14th7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track
Keselowski wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: #22-Brad Keselowki won the F.W. Webb 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his second Nationwide win of the year. #33-Kevin Harvick finished second followed by #3-Austin Dillon (who won the #100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus), #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #38-Kasey Kahne, #2-Elliott Sadler, #31-Justin Allgaier, #30-Jamie McMurray, and #18-Ryan Truex. There were 4 cautions for 23 laps and 7 lead changes among 5 leaders. The estimated attendance was 42,000. Complete results are on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway race results page (pdf).(7-14-2012)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Race Fast Facts:
Brad Keselowski won the 23rd Annual F.W. Webb 200, his 19th victory in 182 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. He ranks 15th on the all-time series wins list.
This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2012.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in five races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 12 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2012.
Austin Dillon (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Austin Dillon won the $100,000 NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash prize. He defeated Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Michael Annett, the other eligible drivers.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 3 points over Austin Dillon #. (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(7-14-2012)
Driver standings following New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
1) #2-Elliott Sadler 628
2) #3-Austin Dillon # 625 -3
3) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 612 -16
4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 596 -32
5) #31-Justin Allgaier 555 -73
6) #43-Michael Annett 529 -99
7) #88-Cole Whitt # 514 -114
8) #44-Mike Bliss 458 -170
9) #7-Danica Patrick 413 -215
10) #11-Brian Scott 397 -231
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(7-14-2012)
Owner Standings following New Hampshire Motor Speedway are posted (pdf).(7-14-2012)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #01-Wallace, 15th
Caution 2: #51-Clements, 17th
Caution 3: #51-Clements (2), 17th
Caution 4: #81-Bowles, 16th
(NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(7-14-2012)
Keselowski on pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole for the F.W. Webb 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 131.035 mph. #38-Kasey Kahne will start second. The rest of the top ten: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, jr., #33-Kevin Harvick, #54-Kyle Busch, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #11-Brian Scott, #30-Jamie McMurray, and #88-Cole Whitt. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(7-14-2012)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Qualifying Notes:
Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 23rd Annual F.W. Webb 200 with a track-record lap of 29.067 seconds, 131.035 mph. The previous record was set by Kevin Harvick (130.716 mph in 2001).
This is his 13th pole in 182 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. He is now tied with Geoff Bodine and Elliott Salder for 20th on the all-time series poles list.
This is his first pole and 12th top-10 start in 2012.
This is his third pole in five races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kasey Kahne (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2012 and his second in five races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his second top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 15th in 17 races this season.(NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(7-14-2012)
Busch fastest in happy hour: #54-Kyle Busch was quickest during the final practice session for the F.W. Webb 200 with a top speed of 129.498 mph. He was followed by: #3-Kevein Harvick, #38-Kasey Kahne, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #3-Austin Dillon, #11-Brain Scott, #7-Danica Patrick, #2-Elliott Sadler, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and #30-Jamie McMurray. See complete results on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-13-2012)
Whitt fastest in first practice: #88-Cole Whiltt was fastest during opening practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 128.070mph. #33-Kevin Harvick was second, followed by: #22-Brad Keselowski, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #3-Austin Dillon, #38-Kasey Kahne, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #54-Kyle Busch, and #18-Ryan Truex. See complete results on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-13-2012)
Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's F.W. Webb 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. A few notes:
Matt Frahm returns to the #08 for Randy Hill;
Black Koch returns to the Rick Ware #15;
Jamie McMurray will drive the Turner Motorsports #30;
Joey Gase remains in the Jimmy Means #52;
Kevin Lepage will drive the #86 Ford, a new team owned by Scott Deware.(7-9-2012)
UPDATE: Charles Lewandoski is in the #15, Tony Raines in the #70, Scott Riggs moves to the #71 and Matt Carter is in the #75.(7-13-2012)
See the complete list on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway entry list page.
Nationwide Series at New Hampshire on ESPN: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races Saturday, July 14, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., and the race airs live on ESPN. NASCAR Countdown is at 2:30 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 3:46 p.m. Also from New Hampshire, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Saturday at 10 a.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com. The New Hampshire race will be the first of four consecutive events that comprise the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash, a bonus program that will award an extra $100,000 to the highest-finishing of four eligible drivers in each of the four designated races and could award an additional $600,000 at the fourth race at Iowa Speedway next month.(ESPN)(7-9-2012)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- D-4564; Right-side -- D-4566
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Notes:Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at New Hampshire this weekend . . . these are two brand new tire codes for NASCAR teams . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at New Hampshire on May 8-9 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard, No. 47 JTG-Daugherty Racing Toyota with Bobby Labonte, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Regan Smith, No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Carl Edwards . . . compared to what was run at New Hampshire last year, this left-side tire code (D-4564) features a compound change, while this right-side tire code (D-4566) features a compound change and a construction change to bring into line with what is run at other speedways . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.
$100,000 Up For Grabs To Four Drivers In Dash 4 Cash
“Show me the money,” was the famous line from the popular 1996 film Jerry McGuire, and that’s exactly what’s on the minds of four of the top NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers as they battle for the Dash 4 Cash by Nationwide Insurance this weekend.
The four eligible drivers to collect a $100,000 bonus include the top three in NNS points plus a fourth member of the current top 10 in the standings. Elliot Sadler, Austin Dillon and defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are joined by Michael Annett, who collected career-best finishes his past two starts.
“It was really cool to qualify for the Dash 4 Cash coming cross the checkered at Daytona,” Dillon said.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway plays host to a race within race as the top finisher of the four wins the $100,000 and eligibility for the next round at Chicagoland Speedway on July 15. The next three points-eligible finishers in New Hampshire also qualify for the following week’s $100,000 face-off. Should the same driver win all four rounds, New Hampshire, Chicago, Indianapolis and Iowa, plus win the Iowa 250 overall, his total winnings will reach $1 million.
Of this week’s four, NASCAR pre-race Loop Data points to Stenhouse as the early favorite. He has the best Driver Rating (95.0), Average Quality Passes (21.5), Laps Led (27) and Average Finish (10.0) at New Hampshire. Standings leader Sadler also led the four eligible drivers in two Loop categories: Average Running Position (11.7) and percentage of Laps in the Top 15 (69.0%).
Star Power: Pastrana, Patrick Are Lighting Up New England
Two of the most popular athletes today, Danica Patrick and Travis Pastrana, are hitting the pavement this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the F.W. Webb 200. While both drivers have mastered their skills along different paths, both have that special “it” factor that fans find undeniable.
At Daytona, Patrick again was on the cusp of becoming NASCAR’s first national series female winner, leading five times for 13 laps before being collected in a late accident. She returns to New Hampshire for her second series start having finished 30th in 2010.
Pastrana is running a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and in between races he participates in Global Rallycross. He was spotted these past few weeks at the 2012 X-Games. Pastrana will be making his fifth appearance of the season and first since Charlotte in late May. His best finish to date is 17th at Darlington. Pastrana has a single NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, finishing 22nd in 2011.
RCR’s Domestic Dispute: 1 Organization, 2 Teams, 1 Title
When it comes to problems, this one can’t be categorized as worst. But Richard Childress Racing is in the midst of what could be a Class Five, roaring rapids-type ride for a series championship between two teams from the same shop.
Halfway into the season, both the No. 2 team of Elliott Sadler and crew chief Lucas Lambert and the No. 3 team of Austin Dillon and crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. have been stellar. Sixteen races in and the two teams are separated by just eight points, which somehow isn’t surprising considering both are tied for the series’ most top-10 finishes (12).
Sadler has posted two Coors Light poles, two wins (Phoenix, Bristol) and six top fives with a series -eading season-to-date Driver Rating of 106.9. While Sadler’s consistency has been his key to success, teammate Dillon is getting hot during these summer months. Dillon has posted two Coors Light poles, one win (Kentucky) and nine top fives with a season-to-date Driver Rating of 103.3 (third best).
As the season goes on, how will the teams coexist? Will the tension of the series’ championship play a role? Only time will tell. As they head to New Hampshire this weekend, Sadler’s experience might be the slight edge over his teammate’s mid-summer momentum. Sadler has made eight starts at NHMS, posting an average finish of 18.1, while Dillon has only made one start with a finish of 25th.
NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
Kyle Busch, NNS all-time wins (51) leader, returns to the series this weekend at NHMS in his own Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 54 Toyota. Busch has yet to win this season, putting his eight-year NNS streak of at least one win in jeopardy. Busch leads the series at NHMS in wins (three) and pre-race Driver Rating with a 129.0. In addition to Busch, eight drivers will attempt to run double duty this weekend: Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Sam Hornish Jr., Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Joe Nemechek, Scott Riggs and Stephen Leicht. & Joe Gibbs Racing has slotted Ryan Truex to drive the No. 18 this weekend. Truex has been impressive in his nine starts for JGR, posting two top fives and six top 10s including his runner-up finish in his last series start at Dover. & Milestone Watch: Justin Allgaier will make his 125th NASCAR Nationwide Series start this weekend at NHMS.