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THE RACE: Sylvania 300

TRACK: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #28 of 36 for the 2011 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #2 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, September 25, 2011 in Loudon, NH

Title Sponsor: Sylvania

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN's NASCAR Countdown - 1:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 2:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch, Dr. Jerry Punch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace
    ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage: Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, Septmber 24 at 1:00am/et on ESPN2;
    Wednesday, September 28 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage

  • This Week - Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • goprn.com

  • siriusxm.com


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Friday, September 23

11:30 am - 1:00 pm NSCS Practice
3:10 pm NSCS Qualifying

Saturday, September 24

9:40 - 10:30 am NSCS Practice
11:30 am - 12:30 pm NSCS Final Practice

Sunday, September 25

10:00 am U.S. Legends Car Race
12:00 pm NSCS Driver and Crew Chief Meeting
12:30 pm Pre-Race Concert: Montgomery Gentry
1:30 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
2:00 pm NSCS Sylvania 300

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, September 23, 11:30am - 1:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2
    Saturday, September 24, 9:40 - 10:30am/et, TV-none scheduled

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, September 24, 11:30am - 12:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, September 23 at 3:10 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2011: $5,202,458
2010: $5,256,417
2009: $5,423,189
2008: $5,383,710
2007: $5,319,880
2006: $5,259,809
2005: $5,133,010
2004: $5,129,482
2003: $4,719,296
2002: $4,129,738


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
    Race length: 317.4 miles
    Scheduled Laps: 300
    Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Straights: 2 degrees
    Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
    Grandstand Seating: 95,491
    Opened: 1990 (first Sprint Cup event 1993)

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Alan Barlow
    Command to start engines: Alan Barlow
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Joe Gibbs
    National Anthem: Natalie Turgeon
    Military Flyover: B-52 Bomber, Barksdale AFB

  • Websites:
    New Hampshire Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Facebook
    New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Twitter

  • July 2011: see my New Hampshire Race Info page

  • September 2010: see my New Hampshire Race Info page

  • September 2010 Race Winner: #33-Clint Bowyer, 106.789mph, started 2nd

  • July 2011 Race Winner: #39-Ryan Newman, 104.100mph, started 1st

  • Race Speed Record: Jeff Burton, 117.134, 7/13/1997

  • Oldest Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 8 months, 10 days, 9/20/2009

  • Youngest Winner: Joey Logano, 19 years, 1 month, 4 days, 6/28/2009

  • September 2010 Pole Sitter: #12-Brad Keselowski, 133.572mph, finished 18th

  • July 2011 Pole Sitter: #39-Ryan Newman, 135.252mph, finished 1st

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, 135.232mph, 7/16/2011

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 9 months, 13 days, 7/21/2002

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 21 years, 8 months, 23 days, 7/17/2005

  • The Numbers for New Hampshire:
    1 - fewest lead changes (9/17/00)
    1 - fewest leaders (Jeff Burton, 9/17/00)
    2 - fewest cautions (7/13/97)
    2 - fewest laps led by race winner (Jeff Burton, 7/11/99)
    3 - wins by Dodge at NHMS since manufacturer's return to NASCAR in 2001
    4 - most wins (Jeff Burton)
    5 - wins from the pole; seven from the front row
    5 - most poles (Ryan Newman)
    6 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend at NHMS
    7 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (7/11/93)
    7 - drivers with more than one win
    8 - races won from outside a top-20 starting position
    10 - fewest caution laps (7/13/97)
    17 - most cautions (7/10/94)
    17 - different pole winners
    20 - different race winners
    23 - most lead changes (twice, most recent 7/21/02)
    30 - most cars on lead lap at finish (7/21/02)
    30 - fewest cars running at finish (twice, most recent 9/17/00)
    43 - most cars running at finish (9/16/07)
    79 - most caution laps (7/10/94)
    120 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 1.058-mile track
    300 - most laps led by race winner (Jeff Burton, 9/17/00)
    2011 Caution Update
    6 - number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011 (Daytona1, Darlington, Charlotte, Daytona2, Watkins Glen, Bristol2)
    4 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana and Pocono1)
    16 - most cautions this season (Daytona1)
    203 - number of cautions in the first 27 races of 2011; total includes 98 for accidents, 46 for debris and 28 for spins
    990 of 7,643 - number of laps under caution in 2011
    1,365.807 of 10,633.758 - miles under caution in the first 27 races
    (Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(9-22-2011)

  • At New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
    • Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was Aug. 13, 1989.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was on July 11, 1993.
    • Renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2008.
    • There have been 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since.
    • Four drivers have competed in all 33 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek.
    • Mark Martin won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole.
    • Rusty Wallace won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
    • There have been 17 different pole winners, led by Ryan Newman (five).
    • 20 different drivers have won, led by Jeff Burton (four).
    • Jimmie Johnson (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004) are the only drivers that have posted season sweeps. Those are also the only back-to-back winners.
    • Hendrick Motorsports has won eight races, more than any other organization.
    • The deepest in the field that a New Hampshire race winner started was 38th, by Jeff Burton in 1999.
    • There have been five winners who started from the pole. The last race winner to win from the pole was Ryan Newman this past July.
    • Jeff Burton led all 300 laps raced in the 2000 fall race.
    • Five drivers got their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at New Hampshire: Joe Nemechek (1999), Robby Gordon (2001), Ryan Newman (2002), Clint Bowyer (2007) and Joey Logano (2009).
    • Two drivers got their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole at New Hampshire: Patrick Carpentier (2008) and Brad Keselowski (2010).
    • The last four races that have not finished under caution have had a margin of victory of less than a second.(NASCAR)(9-20-2011)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's New Hampshire Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Stewart wins at New Hampshire: #14-Tony Stewart won the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 41st career win, 2nd win in a row and 2nd of of the season.
    The race again came down to fuel mileage with Stewart passing #33-Bowyer for the lead with 2 laps to go when Bowyer ran out of gas. #2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #83-Vickers, #17-Kenseth, #6-Ragan, #99-Edwards, #42-Montoya, and #78-Smith. Pole-sitter #39-Newman ran up front early, but had to pit late and finished 25th.
    #14-Stewart now leads the points by 7 over #29-Harvick.
    There were 19 lead changes among 15 drivers and 3 cautions for 14 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 95,000, the same as last year.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, September 24 at 1:00am/et;
    SPEED, Wednesday, September 28 at 12:00pm/et
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's New Hampshire Race Results/Awards page.(9-25-2011)

  • New Hampshire Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Tony Stewart earned his 41st career win in his 456th start. It was also his eighth victory with Stewart-Haas Racing and crew chief Darian Grubb in their 100th start together.
    " Tony Stewart became the second driver to win the first two races of the Chase; Greg Biffle did so in 2008.
    " Tony Stewart's eighth Chase victory tied Carl Edwards for second all time behind Jimmie Johnson's 19.
    " Tony Stewart led once for two laps, tying Jeff Burton for the fewest laps led in a New Hampshire victory.
    " Tony Stewart leads the points for the first time during the Chase since he won the title in 2005; however, the driver leading the points after the second race has never gone on to win the Chase.
    " Brad Keselowski (second) had his best career finish at NHMS; his previous best was sixth in Sept. 2009.
    " Greg Biffle (third) earned his second top-five finish of 2011; the other was a fourth at Texas in March.
    " Jeff Gordon (fourth) has had top-six finishes in five of the past six races; he led a race high 79 laps.
    " Brian Vickers (fifth) picked up his second top-five finish of 2011; he also tied his best finish at NHMS.
    " Matt Kenseth (sixth) rebounded from a spin early to get his first top-10 finish at New Hampshire in his past eight races.
    " David Ragan (seventh) earned his best New Hampshire finish in his 10th start; he has had top-11 finishes in the past three races.
    " Carl Edwards (eighth) had his fifth consecutive top-10 finish, but only his third top-10 finish in his 15th New Hampshire start.
    " All four Roush Fenway Racing drivers finished in the top 10; they also did that at Texas in April. ( NASCAR.com/Sporting News/Racing Recall)(9-27-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    1) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 2094
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2087, -7
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 2083, -11
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 2080, -14
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 2071, -23
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2068, -26
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2068, -26
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 2068, -26
    9) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 2066, -28
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 2065, -29
    11) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2060, -34
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 2028, -66
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-25-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Dover:
    #71 decreases their lead slightly to 38 pts over 36th in owners pts, the #38 team.
    34) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 388, +51
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 375, 38 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Yeley/Front Row, 337, 38 points out of top 35
    37) #7-Gordon/RGM, 290, -85
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(9-25-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - New Hampshire:
    Tony Stewart won the 15th Annual Sylvania 300, his 41st victory in 456 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second consecutive victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2011.
    The only other driver to win the first two races of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup was Greg Biffle in 2008.
    This is his third victory and 16th top-10 finish in 26 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his second top-10 finish in five races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2011.
    Greg Biffle (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 19 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Tony Stewart leads the point standings by 7 points over Kevin Harvick.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-25-2011)

  • New Hampshire Notes-n-nuggets:
    " Tony Stewart earned his 41st career win in his 456th start. It was also his eighth victory with Stewart-Haas Racing and crew chief Darian Grubb in their 100th start together.
    " Tony Stewart became the second driver to win the first two races of the Chase; Greg Biffle did so in 2008.
    " Tony Stewart's eighth Chase victory tied Carl Edwards for second all time behind Jimmie Johnson's 19.
    " Tony Stewart led once for two laps, tying Jeff Burton for the fewest laps led in a New Hampshire victory.
    " Tony Stewart leads the points for the first time during the Chase since he won the title in 2005; however, the driver leading the points after the second race has never gone on to win the Chase.
    " Brad Keselowski (second) had his best career finish at NHMS; his previous best was sixth in Sept. 2009.
    " Greg Biffle (third) earned his second top-five finish of 2011; the other was a fourth at Texas in March.
    " Jeff Gordon (fourth) has had top-six finishes in five of the past six races; he led a race high 79 laps.
    " Brian Vickers (fifth) picked up his second top-five finish of 2011; he also tied his best finish at NHMS.
    " Matt Kenseth (sixth) rebounded from a spin early to get his first top-10 finish at New Hampshire in his past eight races.
    " David Ragan (seventh) earned his best New Hampshire finish in his 10th start; he has had top-11 finishes in the past three races.
    " Carl Edwards (eighth) had his fifth consecutive top-10 finish, but only his third top-10 finish in his 15th New Hampshire start.
    " All four Roush Fenway Racing drivers finished in the top 10; they also did that at Texas in April.(Racing Recall/nascar.com)(9-25-2011)

  • Chase Drivers Finishing Position at New Hampshire:
    [by points standings before the race]:
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick, 12th
    2) #14-Tony Stewart, 1st
    3) #99-Carl Edwards, 8th
    4) #22-Kurt Busch, 22nd
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 17th
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2nd
    7) #39-Ryan Newman, 25th
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 18th
    9) #18-Kyle Busch, 11th
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 6th
    11) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4th
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 29th
    (9-25-2011)

  • Penalty Report - New Hampshire:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #36, 60, Removing equipment from assigned pit area, stop and go
    #71, 66, Speed-Entering pits, pass thru
    #51, 156, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #1, 174, Speed-Entering pits, tail end
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-25-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #6-Ragan, 7th
    Caution 2: #29-Harvick, 12th
    Caution 3: #38-Yeley, 27th
    (9-25-2011)

  • Race Coverage of the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 25, 2011.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; NSCS Countdown pre-race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx 2:15pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, September 24 at 1:00am/et;
    SPEED, Wednesday, September 28 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #39-Newman chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #4-Kahne took pit stall 19, the second pitstall in an opening in front of it.
    #83-Vickers, who starts 3rd took the 29th pit stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 10th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-24-2011)

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)

  • See Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Final practice for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #30-Stremme 130.644
    #24-Gordon (X) 130.416
    #48-Johnson (X) 130.336
    #31-Burton 130.309
    #18-Busch (X) 130.269
    (X) = Chase driver
    slowest: #32-Bliss 128.139 & #13-Mears 128.079.
    notes:
    #11-Hamlin reported being concerned with his transmission. The team is going to check it out after practice.
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, top 10 lap averages, number of laps run on the New Hampshire Practice Speeds Page.(9-24-2011)

  • First Saturday practice for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson (X) 130.198
    #31-Burton 130.180
    #29-Harvick (X) 130.149
    #16-Biffle 130.109
    #24-Gordon (X) 130.006
    (X) = Chase driver
    slowest: #38-Yeley 127.885 & #71-Lally 124.989.
    notes: There is no TV coverage of this practice session.
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, top 10 lap averages, number of laps run on the New Hampshire Practice Speeds Page.(9-24-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 23, 2011 at 3:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 3:00pm/et
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Ryan Newman wins New Hampshire pole: #39-Ryan Newman won the Coors Light pole for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 135.002mph. It is his 3rd pole of the season and the 49th of his career. #4-Kahne starts 2nd followed by #83-Vickers, #16-Biffle, #22-Busch, #29-Harvick, #24-Gordon, #18-Busch, #56-Truex, Jr., and #48-Johnson.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #38-Yeley, #30-Stremme, #66-McDowell, #7-Gordon, #55-Kvapil, #87-Nemechek, #37-Wise, #46-Speed.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2): #35-Park & #50-Bell
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my New Hampshire Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page. (9-23-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - New Hampshire:
    Ryan Newman won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 15th Annual Sylvania 300 with a lap of 28.213 seconds, 135.002 mph.
    This is his 49th pole in 360 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He ties Bobby Isaac for ninth on the all-time series poles list.
    This is his third pole and 13th top-10 start in 2011.
    This is his series-leading sixth pole in 20 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Newman also won the pole at New Hampshire in July, becoming the second driver to sweep the pole at the track (Ken Schrader, 1997).
    Kasey Kahne (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2011 and his fifth in 16 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Brian Vickers (third) posted his third top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his eighth in 28 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-23-2011)

  • Weather could be an issue at New Hampshire: UPDATE: After having the Chicago Cup race was delayed a day for rain, the weather forecast for the start of the weekend at New Hampshire looks like rain could be a problem again. There is a 60% overall chance of rain on Friday with a 60% chance at 3:00pm/et, when Sprint Cup qualifying is scheduled to start. Saturday also calls for a 60% chance of rain as well, but Sunday's forecast is much better with just a 10% chance. New Hampshire Motor Speedway does not have lights so there will be a more limited window to get ontrack events in. See a few weather links on the New Hampshire Race Info page.(9-23-2011)
    UPDATE: NASCAR was able to get Friday's practice session in. There is rain south of the track but it appears to be moving slowly enough that qualifying should be able to be completed.(9-23-2011)

  • Qualifying Order for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers are now mixed in with the top-35 drivers, slowest by fastest in first practice.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #50-Bell, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #39-Newman, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the New Hampshire Qualifying Page.(9-23-2011)

  • Friday practice for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #39-Newman (X) 133.769
    #4-Kahne 133.642
    #24-Gordon (X) 133.548
    #48-Johnson (X) 133.394
    #42-Montoya 133.357
    (X) = Chase driver
    slowest: #35-Park 129.164 & #50-Bell 128.148.
    notes: There is some rain on the radar well south of the track and it won't impact this practice session.
    This practice sets the qualifying order, which is scheduled for Friday at 3:10pm/et and will be televised on ESPN2. It is the only practice session today.
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, top 10 lap averages, number of laps run on the New Hampshire Practice Speeds Page. (9-23-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 30th
    #55-J.J. Yeley,
    #66-Michael McDowell, 34th
    #30-David Stremme, 35th
    #46-Scott Speed, 36th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 38th
    #37-Josh Wise, 40th
    #7-Robby Gordon, 41st
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #35-Steve Park, 44th
    #50-T.J. Bell, 45th

  • Another new twist to the qualifying format: Starting at Kentucky Speedway, there will be a rain-out qualifying procedure change for all three NASCAR national series. If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.(NASCAR)(7-7-2011)

  • The Entry List for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    #60-Mike Skinner has withdrawn.
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #7-Robby Gordon (37/27)
    #30-David Stremme (43/15)
    #35-Steve Park (46/7)
    #37-Josh Wise (39/27)
    #38-J.J. Yeley (36/27)
    #46-Scott Speed (40/27)
    #50-TJ Bell (49/12)
    #55-Travis Kvapil (52/9)
    #66-Michael McDowell (41/27)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/27)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 38,7,37,46,66,87,30,50
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 55,35,
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's New Hampshire Entry List.(9-19/21-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2054
    2) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 2047, -7
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 2044, -10
    4) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 2043, -11
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 2041, -13
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 2040, -13
    7) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2040, -14
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 2038, -16
    9) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2035, -19
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2030, -24
    11) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 2029, -25
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 2013, -41
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-19-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
    #71 increases their lead slightly to 45 pts over 36th in owners pts, the #38 team.
    34) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 375, +55
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 365, 45 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 320, 45 points out of top 35
    37) #7-Gordon/RGM, 286, -79
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(9-19-2011)


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Nashua Telegraph
New Hampshire Union Leader
Portsmouth Herald


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FOX 25 WFXT
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Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#1-Jamie McMurray Axe Cold Metal #1 Team Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle 40MPGFusion.com none...yet
#17-Matt Kenseth Affliction Clothing #17 Team Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Menard's / Sylvania #27 Team Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Budweiser Designated Driver #29 Team Schemes Page
#35-Steve Park "Old Blue" / Len Boehler #36 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman Haas Automation #39 Team Schemes Page
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya Degree #42 Team Schemes Page
#47-Bobby Labonte Bush's Baked Beans / Hannaford #47 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy #88 Team Schemes Page
#99-Carl Edwards Scott Winterguard none...yet

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Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for New Hampshire: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series Race:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: The #1 AXE team will bring chassis #1116 to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. This will be the first time that this brand new car hits the track during the 2011 season.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: will race chassis PRS-761 during Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). This is a new chassis to the #2 fleet.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-759 Last ran Pocono - finished 34th; Backup: RK-747 Last ran Martinsville - finished eighth
    #5-Mark Martin: Crew chief Lance McGrew has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-695 for Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is a brand new chassis that never has been raced or tested.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 743 for the 317.4-mile event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This DEWALT Ford Fusion was run previously this season at California, Charlotte and Michigan.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-637: This car made its debut in April at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where it experienced some teething problems, qualifying 28th and finishing 34th with a broken rear-end gear. Prior to Martinsville, Chassis No. 14-637 was tested March 14 at the half-mile Little Rock Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. The July race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon marked the car's second career start, where it qualified second and led twice for 48 laps before finishing .773 of a second behind his teammate, Ryan Newman. It saw track time again during a Goodyear Tire Test at Phoenix International Raceway Aug. 29-30. Chassis No. 14-637 returns to New Hampshire for its third career start with this weekend's Sylvania 300.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-751 (last raced at Bristol)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 315: This chassis will make its third-ever start in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. In its first outing in July's Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Busch started a distant 29th but still managed to bring home a respectable 10th-place finish. In its most recent out last month at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Busch started 17th but went on to score his fourth win of the season in the Pure Michigan 400.
    #22-Kurt Busch: and his Steve Addington-led Penske Racing "Double-Deuce" team will be racing their "PRS-761" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "It's a brand new Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger" offered crew chief Addington.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot Chassis No. 341 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Chevrolet Impala was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen in competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July) where Menard started ninth and finished 24th.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 332 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) stable. This is same car he drove to Victory Lane at Martinsville Speedway in March and Richmond International Raceway earlier this month. Harvick also racked up finishes of fourth at Phoenix International Raceway (2/27), 12th at RIR (4/30) and 21st at NHMS (7/17) in this #29 Chevrolet Impala.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will pilot chassis No. 329 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Sylvania 300. This #31 Chevrolet Impala finished 15th at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. Built new for the 2010 season, Burton also drove this Caterpillar Chevrolet to a 36th-place finish after being involved in an accident at Texas Motor Speedway in November.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 324 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at "The Magic Mile." This Chevrolet Impala, built new in 2011, saw action earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where Bowyer started 28th and finished 15th.
    #36-Dave Blaney: will pilot the No. 293 chassis this weekend. TBR purchased the chassis from Richard Childress Racing. Jeff Burton drove the chassis prior to its debut with TBR. Blaney drove the chassis at Kentucky Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year. Stephen Leicht also piloted the chassis this season at Richmond International Raceway September 10th.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-645: This will be the third start for Chassis No. 39-645 this season and the second start for the chassis at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The chassis made its first start at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in April. Newman qualified on the outside of the front row and, for the first 327 laps, looked to be a sure bet for another top-10 finish, or even a contender for the win. However, Newman's good fortunes came undone on lap 328, thanks to a broken header pipe that sapped his car's horsepower for the rest of the race, and a flat left-rear tire that sent him for a spin off turn three a little later in the race. Those events conspired to put Newman two laps down and relegated him to a 20th-place finish at the .526-mile paperclip-shaped oval. Next up for the chassis was a stop at New Hampshire in July. Newman & Company dominated the weekend at Loudon as he qualified on the pole and then led six times for a race-high 119 laps in his No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) Chevrolet en route to his 15th career victory, his third at New Hampshire and his second career win with SHR.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Jim Pohlman and the #42 team are bringing chassis #1110 to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. This will be the third run of the season for this chassis after it was previously driven to a fourth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway in April and in the first event of 2011 at NHMS in July.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 729 for this weekend's event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This Best Buy Ford has been run previously this season at Phoenix, Martinsville Speedway, Darlington Raceway and both Pocono Raceway events.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot brand new chassis No. 689 in Sunday's event. Johnson finished 31st in backup chassis No. 590 at Richmond International Raceway in September.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-694 this weekend at New Hampshire. This is a brand new chassis that has not been raced.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-782 - Last ran at Loudon in July, finished 13th
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(9-22-2011)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials (Sprint Cup);
    Goodyear Wrangler Intermediate Radials (Camping World Truck)

    Number of Tires: Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,200, Right-side -- 1,200;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    Set limits: Sprint Cup:
    Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the weekend

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4432

    Tire Circumference:
    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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 70-74 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both NASCAR national touring series will run the same tire codes at New Hampshire this weekend, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at New Hampshire in July . . . these teams ran this same tire set-up at Phoenix (both series) and Richmond (Sprint Cup) earlier this season . . . Camping World Truck teams also ran this left-side tire code (D-4416) with a different right-side code at Lucas Oil Raceway in July . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.


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