Race: Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Loudon, NH
Title Sponsor: Sta-Green
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN2 - 3:00pm/et
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punchh
Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty
Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, July 10th
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGES OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, July 11th
1:00 AM NNS GARAGES & REGISTRATIONS OPEN
12:10 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:10 PM-2:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
3:00 PM-4:25 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, July 12th
10:10 AM NNS QUALIFYING
12:35 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
3:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 211.6 MILES)
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Keselowski wins at New Hampshire: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He dominated most of the race, leading 152 of the 200 laps. #54-Kyle Busch finished second followed by #20-Matt Kenseth, #42-Kyle Larson, #60-Chris Buescher, #11-Elliott Sadler, #2-Brian Scott, #9-Chase Elliott, #6-Trevor Bayne, and #7-Regan Smith.
There were 6 cautions for 27 laps and 8 lead changes among 4 leaders. Complete results are on the New Hampshire race results page (pdf).
New Hampshire Race Fast Facts:
Brad Keselowski won the 25th Annual Sta-Green 200, his 29th victory in 211 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. He breaks a tie with Matt Kenseth for sole possession of sixth on the all-time NASCAR Nationwide Series wins list.
This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in six races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2014.
Matt Kenseth (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in nine races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Chris Buescher (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Regan Smith, who won the $100,000 bonus for winning the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash, leads the point standings by 8 points over Elliott Sadler.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-12-2014)
Driver standings following New Hampshire:
1) #7-Regan Smith 611
2) #11-Elliott Sadler 603, -8
3) #9-Chase Elliott 598, -13
4) #3-Ty Dillon 577, -34
5) #2-Brian Scott 560, -51
6) #6-Trevor Bayne 553, -58
7) #62-Brendan Gaughan 493, -118
8) #60-Chris Buescher 486, -125
9) #99-James Buescher 470, -141
10) #16-Ryan Reed 456, -155
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(7-12-2014)
Owner Standings following New Hampshire are posted (pdf).(7-12-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
Caution 2: #6-Bayne, 9th
Caution 3: #16-Reed, 11th
Caution 4: #6-Bayne (2), 9th
Caution 5: #60-CBuescher, 5th
Caution 6: #9-Elliott, 8th
Keselowski on pole at New Hampshire: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole for the Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 130.304mph. #54-Kyle Busch will start second followed by : #20-Matt Kenseth, #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Brian Scott, #9-Chase Elliott, #33-Paul Menard, #6-Trevor Bayne, #60-Chris Buescher, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #62-Bendan Gaughan, and #7-Regan Smith.
Keselowski was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 130.064mph.
#13-Carl Long lost an engine and the team withdrew.
Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the New Hampshire starting lineup page (pdf).(7-12-2014)
New Hampshire Qualifying Notes:
Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 25th Annual Sta-Green 200 with a lap of 29.230 seconds, 130.304 mph.
This is his 17th pole in 211 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his third pole and fifth top-10 start in 2014.
This is his fourth pole in six races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2014 and his ninth in nine races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Matt Kenseth (third) posted his third top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 11th in 11 races this season.
Chase Elliott (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-12-2014)
Menard fastest in happy hour: #33-Paul Menard was quickest during happy hour for the Sta-Green 200 with a speed of 130.595mph. He was followed by: #54-Kyle Busch, #22-Brad Keselowski, #42-Kyle Larson, #6-Trevor Bayne, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #36-Ryan Preece, #60-Chris Buescher, #3-Ty Dillon, and #62-Brendan Gaughan. All 41 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the New Hampshire practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-11-2014)
Scott fastest in practice: #2-Brian Scott was fastest during opening practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 130.042mph. #42-Kyle Larson was second, followed by: #54-Kyle Busch, #22-Brad Keselowski, #20-Matt Kenseth, #7-Reagn Smith, #33-Paul Menard, #60-Chris Buescher, #11-Elliott Sadler, and #9-Chase Elliott. 38 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the New Hampshire practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-11-2014)
Entry List:There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. A few notes:
Austin Theriault returns to the JR Motorsports #5;
Blake Koch will be in the TriStar #10;
Derek White is entered in the #13;
Carlos Contreras returns to the Rick Ware #23;
Ryan Preece is entered in Tommy Baldwin's #36;
Matt Frahm will drive the TriStar #44;
Todd Bodine returns to the #55 of Viva Motorsports;
The #86 driver is TBA;
Not entered: #76-Tommy Joe Martins.(7-7-2014)
UPDATE: Jake Crum will be in the #86.(7-8-2014)
UPDATE: Kevin Lepage will drive the #74 for Mike Harmon.(7-8-2014)
UPDATE: Josh Reaume will be in the #87 in place of Nemechek.(7-9-2014)
UPDATE: Brennan Newberry will be in the #55 for Viva Motorsports.(7-9-2014)
See the complete list on the New Hampshire entry list page.
Nationwide Series live from New Hampshire on ESPN2: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on Saturday, July 12, and ESPN2 will have a live telecast of the 200-lap race on the 1.058-mile track. NASCAR Countdown airs at 3:00pm/et with the green flag at 3:46pm/et. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The race telecast also will air live in Canada on TSN and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on July 13 at 4 a.m.(ESPN)(7-7-2014)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
5 sets for practice/qualifying and 8 sets for the race;
Nationwide: 5 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4564; Right-side -- D-4566
Left-side -- 87.52 in. (2,223 mm);
Right-side -- 88.27 in. (2,242 mm)
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: NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams will run the same tire codes at New Hampshire this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams have run at New Hampshire since 2012 . . . this is the only track at which either of these two tire codes will be run in 2014 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.
Four First-Timers Qualify For Nationwide’s Dash 4 Cash
The top-four finishing NASCAR Nationwide Series championship contenders in last weekend’s race at Daytona - Regan Smith, Ryan Sieg, Ryan Reed and Jeremy Clements - qualified to compete in the first round of Nationwide’s Dash 4 Cash program at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday with an opportunity to win $100,000. Each of the four drivers that have qualified for this season’s Round One of the Dash 4 Cash are first-time participants to the program.
With four newbies locked in, the cash can land in almost anyone’s pockets. Smith and Clements have made three starts at NHMS each posting average finishes of 19.3 and 19.6, respectively. Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Reed and Sieg will be making their series track debuts at New Hampshire.
The highest finisher of the four eligible drivers at New Hampshire will win the money and automatically qualify for the Dash 4 Cash at Chicagoland the following weekend. The three highest finishing NNS regulars at New Hampshire not already qualified will also get to compete for the $100,000 bonus at Chicagoland. The final two events at Indianapolis and Iowa will carry the same qualifying requirements.
If one driver wins the first three legs of the Dash 4 Cash and the Iowa race outright, Nationwide Insurance will award that driver an extra $600,000.
Four fans will be selected to win an all-expense paid trip to Iowa Speedway where they will be randomly paired with the four eligible drivers. The fan paired with the driver who wins the Dash 4 Cash at Iowa will also walk away with $100,000.
1-2 Finish At Daytona Gives JR Motorsports The Win, Points Lead
In the third closest finish in NASCAR Nationwide Series history at Daytona International Speedway (0.021 second) last weekend, two of the three JR Motorsports Chevrolets crossed the stripe with not only the win, but the series standings lead.
Kasey Kahne brought the No. 5 JRM Chevrolet its third victory and second consecutive win of the season; while Regan Smith, who finished runner-up just short of the Daytona sweep, took over the standings lead by 12 points ahead of Elliott Sadler in second.
Of the 16 races this season, car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. now has six wins (37.5%). The JR Motorsports owner was not shy to state the essential foundation of their success lies in its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and the pickup of crew chief Greg Ives.
“We have a great relationship that has gotten stronger with Hendrick,” said Earnhardt Jr. “It’s important to have the engineering with the resources, and now the information is flowing both ways. I think that HMS gets a little out of our program and we get a whole lot of help from them. It certainly makes a big difference when you have those resources. We have been on both sides of that fence in the last six years.”
JRM heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend looking to make it three-in-a-row for the second time this season (Texas, Darlington and Richmond). Smith has made three starts at NHMS, posting a best finish of eighth last fall. Chase Elliot, third in points, will be making his series debut at NHMS.
New Englander Austin Theriault will pilot the No.5 Chevrolet this weekend. The 20 year-old from Fort Kent, Maine will be making his second start of the season and his series debut at New Hampshire. Theriault finished 15th at Iowa in his previous 2014 start.
NASCAR Next Ryan Preece Attempts Hefty Schedule
Logging laps and gaining experience is fundamental in the development of young drivers, Ryan Preece, from Kensington, Conn., will be getting a healthy serving of experience behind the wheel this weekend. The NASCAR Next driver will compete in the Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday. He will then hustle to Stafford, Conn., to compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified Divisions race at Stafford Motor Speedway. On Saturday, he is back at NHMS to compete in the Whelen Modified Sunoco 100 followed by the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200.
Count it. That’s four events, and a potential 382 laps.
Preece won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship last season and has finished runner-up in the standings twice before that (2012 and 2009). He has made 100 starts on the NWMT posting nine wins, 43 top fives, 58 top 10s and 11 poles.
Preece will be making his first NNS start of the season for car owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. at NHMS this weekend. Like Preece, Baldwin is also from the northeast, hailing from Bellport, New York. Baldwin gave Preece the opportunity to make his series debut last season at NHMS; he started 27th and finished 24th.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Similar Situations: Fourth in the standings, Ty Dillon, made up three points on third-place Chase Elliott following Daytona, Dillon is now 32 points back from the standings lead. Last season following Daytona, Ty’s brother Austin was fifth in points, 17 points back from the leader. Austin went on to win the championship. Ty has 11 top 10s this season but is still searching for his first series win. ...Milestones: Joe Gibbs Racing’s Matt Kenseth will be making his 275th NASCAR Nationwide Series career start this weekend at NHMS (25th on the all-time NNS list). He made his series debut in 1996 for car owner Carl Wagner at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In Kenseth’s 18 years of competing in the NNS he has posted 28 wins, 129 top fives, 190 top 10s and 16 Coors Light poles. ... RAB Racing’s James Buescher will attempt to make his 75th NASCAR Nationwide Series career start this weekend. Buescher, the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, has posted one win (Daytona), four top fives and 15 top 10s in his short series career. ... Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing have won five of the last six (Tony Stewart, 2008, Kyle Busch 2009, ’10, ’11, ’13) NNS races at New Hampshire. Busch, the only multiple series winner at NHMS (four wins), will command the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota this weekend in an attempt to extend the team’s recent success.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)