NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Lenox Industrial Tools 301

TRACK: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #19 of 36 for the 2012 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, July 15, 2012 in Loudon, NH

Title Sponsor: Lenox Industrial Tools

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: TNT - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: TNT, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Chris Neville

  • TNT's Countdown to Green: Adam Alexander, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00 am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: Wednesday, July 18 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

  • PRN Live Streaming

  • siriusxm.com

  • Performance Racing Network back at the track, live qualifying: Now, fans can tune in to the weekend's PRN broadcast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from almost anywhere in the world online or on any iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android or Smartphone. Fans just need to visit www.GoPRN.com and click on the "listen here" live streaming icon. This weekend's broadcast of the F.W. Webb 200 and LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway represents the seventh weekend of races that will be available free via the PRN network. The response has been incredible, with fans tuning in online from all 50 states and 63 countries. In addition, millions of fans listen on more than 400 PRN affiliate stations and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90). A complete list of PRN stations with their links can be found on www.GoPRN.com.
    The online and radio station broadcast schedule includes (all times are ET):
    Friday 3:30 pm Qualifying for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race, exclusively on www.GoPRN.com
    Saturday, 3 p.m., F.W. Webb 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race
    Sunday, 12noon, LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race
    AND Performance Racing Network will bring back Wendy Venturini to the broadcast booth for the F.W. Webb 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, after tremendous fan feedback on her debut performance as the first-ever female to co-host a NASCAR radio broadcast at Charlotte. This Saturday, PRN will pair Venturini with PRN co-host Mark Garrow in the booth to announce Saturday's F.W. Webb 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Venturini joins the broadcast team of turn announcers Rob Albright and Brad Gillie, pit reporters Steve Richards, Brett McMillan, Jim Noble and Pat Patterson, director Alicia Lingerfeldt and technical director Harrill Hamrick. On Sunday, July 15, host Doug Rice will return to the booth with Mark Garrow for the broadcast of the LENOX Industrial Tools 301.(Performance Racing Network)(7-13-2012)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, July 12

6:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Friday, July 13

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 am Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Random Drawing
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
3:40 pm NSCS Qualifying
5:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, July 14

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:00 am - 9:55 am NSCS Practice
11:20 am - 12:20 pm NSCS Final Practice
2:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, July 15

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 pm Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
12:30 pm NSCS Prerace Ceremonies
1:30 pm NSCS Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Race

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, July 13 29, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, July 14, 9:00 am - 9:55 am/et, TV-none scheduled

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, July 14, 11:20 am - 12:20 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, July 13 at 3:40 pm/et, re-air scheduled for 12:00am/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2012: $5,313,845
2011: $5,202,458
2010: $5,256,417
2009: $5,423,189
2008: $5,383,710
2007: $5,315,335
2006: $5,294,946
2005: $5,148,147
2004: $5,074,134
2003: $4,589,644
2002: $4,054,390


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
    Race length: 318.485 miles
    Scheduled Laps: 301
    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: Darrell Bates, Business Development Manager, Fastenal
    Command to start engines: Darrell Bates
    Invocation: Father Chris Martel
    Pace car driver: Ricky Craven
    National Anthem: Speedway Star competition winner, 12-year-old Emma Joanis of Windham, N.H.
    Military Flyover: 2 T-45C Goshawks, Training Squadron 9, Naval Air Station Meridian, MS

  • Track 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 2011: see my New Hampshire Race Info page

  • September 2011 Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 116.679mph, started 20th

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

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

  • Slowest Race Record: Ricky Rudd, 87.619, 7/1994

  • 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 2011 Pole Sitter: #39-Ryan Newman, 135.002mph, finished 25th

  • July 2011 Pole Sitter: #39-Ryan Newman, 135.232mph, finished 1st

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, 135.232mph, 7/17/2011

  • 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

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Burton, started 38th [provisional], 7/1999

  • The Numbers for New Hampshire Motor Speedway (All Sprint Cup races):
    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 - drivers that have competed in all 34 races (Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek
    4 - most wins (Jeff Burton)
    5 - wins from the pole; seven from the front row
    6 - most poles (Ryan Newman)
    5 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
    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)
    38 - deepest in the field race winner has started (Jeff Burton, 7/11/99)
    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 after a significant rainfall
    300 - most laps led by race winner (Jeff Burton, 9/17/00)
    2012 Caution Update
    1 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana)
    5 - races extended beyond scheduled distance (Daytona1, Martinsville, Talladega, Darlington and Sonoma)
    10 - most cautions this season (Daytona1)
    100 - cautions in the first 18 races of 2012; includes 43 for accidents, 29 for debris and 12 for spins
    526 of 5,187 - laps under caution in 2012
    760.001 of 7,056.498 - miles under caution in the first 18 races
    (Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports and Dodge)(7-12-2012)

  • 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 34 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 34 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 (six).
    • 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 last season.
    • 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).
    • Denny Hamlin (9.0) is the only active driver with an average finish at NHMS in the top 10.
    • Jeff Gordon has led the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series laps all-time at New Hampshire at 1,304.
    • Last fall's event (9/25/11) at NHMS tied the records for most all-time leaders (15), and fewest laps led by the winner (2).
    • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner: Joey Logano (06/28/2009 - 19 years, 1 month, 4 days).
    • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner: Mark Martin (09/20/2009 - 50 years, 8 months, 11 days).(NASCAR)(7-10-2012)

  • 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

  • Kahne wins at New Hampshire: #5-Kasey Kahne won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the year and 14th career win.
    #11-Hamlin finished 2nd followed by #15-Bowyer, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #2-Keselowski, #24-Gordon, $48-Johnson, #29-Harvick, #16-Biffle and #39-Newman.
    The pole sitter, #18-Busch led 72 laps early until a bad pit stop and speeding penalty early led to a 16th place finish. #11-Hamlin led the most lap at 150 but a mis-communication on the final pit stop when the crew chief thought Hamlin called for four tires instead of two, mired Hamlin in 13th on the restart and he could get to 2nd but not catch Kahne. Points leader #17-Matt Kenseth finished 13th and his points lead is down to 16 over #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    There were only 3 cautions for 15 yellow flag laps. There were 16 lead changes among 8 drivers. The average speed was 116.226mph.
    The estimated attendence was 95,000, the same as in 2011.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the New Hampshire Race Results page (pdf) and the official race and points rundown on the Official Race Report.(7-15/16-2012)

  • Race Fast Facts - New Hampshire:
    #5-Kasey Kahne won the 20th Annual LENOX Industrial Tools 301, his 14th victory in 307 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2012. His first victory came in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    With the victory, Kahne moves into the No. 1 Wild Card position. He now has more victories than any other driver outside the top 10.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 17 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His previous best New Hampshire finish was fourth in 2004.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 13 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2012. He led the most laps in today's race (150).
    #15-Clint Bowyer (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 13 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-15-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36]
    1) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 707
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 691, -16
    3) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 667, -40
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 656, -51
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 628, -79
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 622, -85
    5) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 618, -89
    8) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 617, -90
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer [1 wins], 614, -93
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 613, -94
    Current wild card Chase drivers:
    WC1) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins, 12th in points]
    WC2) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win, 14th in points]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(7-15-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Wild-Card Race:
    [after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36]
    A look at the race for the two wild-card positions for the Chase based on wins and being inside the top 20 in points.
    Driver [wins] standings, behind 10th
    first two would make the chase as wild cards:
    #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins] 12th -66 points out of 10th
    #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 13th -68
    eight other drivers currently in the running for the wild cards:
    #39-Ryan Newman [1 win] 14th -77
    #20-Joey Logano [1 win] 16th -80
    #99-Carl Edwards 11th -46
    #27-Paul Menard 15th -79
    #24-Jeff Gordon 17th -89
    #9-Marcos Ambrose 18th -118
    #31-Jeff Burton 19th -120
    #1-Jamie McMurray 20th -127
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    The Chase: The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(7-15-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Indianapolis:
    #36 remains in 35th and is 78 points ahead of 36th, the #33 team.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    32) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 280 +110
    33) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 273 +103
    34) #32-Labonte/FAS Lane Racing, 267 +97
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 248 +78 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Leicht/Childress-Falk, 170, -78 from the top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 134, -114
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 125, -123
    39) #49-Yeley/Robinson, 122, -126
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(7-15-2012)

  • New Hampshire Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Kasey Kahne notched his 14th victory in his 307th start and becomes the fifth repeat winner of 2012.
    " This is Kasey Kahne's first victory at New Hampshire in his 17th start. He is the 21st driver to win at New Hampshire in the 35th race.
    " Kasey Kahne becomes the 12th different winner in the past 13 New Hampshire races.
    " Hendrick Motorsports earned its 204th Cup Series victory, fifth of 2012 (most) and ninth at New Hampshire (most).
    " Chevrolet earned its ninth victory of 2012 (most of all makes) and 18th at New Hampshire (most of all makes).
    " Denny Hamlin (second) earned his fourth top-two finish at New Hampshire in 13 races. He has five top-two finishes of the season.
    " Clint Bowyer (third) scored his 10th top-10 of 2012 including five of the past seven races. This is his fifth top-10 at NHMS including four in the past six races.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr (fourth) notched his eighth top-five of 2012. He had just seven in all of 2010 and 2011 combined. This is his seventh top-five at NHMS in 26 races.
    " Brad Keselowski (fifth) earned his ninth top-10 of 2012 including the past three races. This is his third top-10 in six races at NHMS.
    " Jeff Gordon (sixth) scored his seventh top-10 of the season including four in the past five races.
    " Jimmie Johnson (seventh) has finished 12th or better in every race this season except the three restrictor-plate races.
    " This is the third time in 2012 all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers finished in the top 10.
    " Matt Kenseth (13th) matched his worst finish in the past 14 races.
    " Kyle Busch (16th) has finished outside the top 10 in six of the past seven races.(Racing Recall/nascar.com)(7-15-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #47-Labonte, 23rd
    Caution 2: #27-Menard, 17th
    Caution 3: #48-Johnson, 7th
    (7-15-2012)

  • Race Coverage of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 15, 2012.
    Television (TV): TNT at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:16pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: on SPEED, Wednesday, July 17 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #5-Kahne took pit stall 32, the 5th pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #11-Hamlin, who starts 3rd took the 31st pit stall, the 4th stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 7th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-14-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds

  • 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.

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

  • See Jayski's - 2012 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

  • Happy Hour practice for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #11-Hamlin 131.383
    #18-Busch 131.243
    #2-Keselowski 130.936
    #15-Bowyer 130.897
    #48-Johnson 130.743
    slowest: #32-Schrader 128.160 & #33-Leicht 128.251
    no speed: #49-Yeley
    notes: David Gilliland took some laps in the #26 for Josh Wise,
    #11-Hamlin also had the fastest 10-lap average speed of 130.290mph.
    See the fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 laps average on the New Hampshire Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(7-14-2012)

  • Saturday 1st practice for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #11-Hamlin 131.478
    #24-Gordon 131.370
    #56-Truex Jr. 131.193
    #43-Almirola 131.094
    #15-Bowyer 131.004
    slowest:#33-Leicht 127.321 and #32-Schrader 127.684
    no speed: #79-Bires
    There was no TV coverage of this practice, Happy Hour practice is scheduled to start at 11:20am/et and be aired on SPEED.
    See the fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 laps average on the New Hampshire Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(7-14-2012)

  • Kyle Busch wins pole at New Hampshire: #18-Kyle Busch won the pole for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 133.417mph for his 1st pole of 2012 and 9th career pole. Busch becomes the 14th different pole sitter in 2012 and qualifies for the 2013 Shootout.
    #5-Kahne will start 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #56-Truex, Jr. #15-Bowyer, #39-Newman, #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #14-Stewart.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #26-Wise, #87-Nemechek, #98-McDowell, #49-Yeley, #30-Stremme, #23-Riggs, #79-Bires and #33-Leicht.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (1): #19-Bliss.
    See the full qualifying results, starting lineup, pdf links, pole progression, go-or-go homers and more on the New Hampshire Qualifying Page.(7-13-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - New Hampshire:
    #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 20th Annual LENOX Industrial Tools 301 with a lap of 28.548 seconds, 133.417 mph.
    This is his ninth pole in 276 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and 10th top-10 start in 2012. Busch's last pole was at Watkins Glen, last August.
    This is his first pole in 15 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    #5-Kasey Kahne (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2012 and his sixth in 17 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 10th in 19 races this season. (NASCAR Statistics)(7-13-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 13, 2012 at 3:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 3:30pm/et
    Radio live stream by Performance Racing Network - goprn.com
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 1:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #19-Bliss, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #18-Busch, 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 Qualifying Page.(7-13-2012)

  • Friday practice for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #18-Busch 133.385
    #16-Biffle 133.119
    #51-Busch 133.086
    #5-Kahne 132.966
    #27-Meanrd 132.822
    slowest: #19-Bliss 128.928 & #33-Leicht 129.051
    This practice will set the order for qualifying, which is scheduled Friday at 3:40pm/et and will be shown on SPEED and can be heard LIVE on PRN.
    See the fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 laps average on the New Hampshire Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(7-13-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers: where did the ten cars outside the top-35 in owners points practice at New Hampshire
    these drivers would make the race if the things stay the same:
    #26-Wise, 29th
    #87-Nemechek, 34th
    #98-McDowell, 35th
    #30-Stremme, 38th
    #49-Yeley, 39th
    #79-Bires, 40th
    #23-Riggs, 42nd
    #33-Leicht, 43rd
    if things stay the same, this driver would miss the race
    #19-Bliss, 44th, slowest
    (7-13-2012)

  • Rain Out Procedures: the rain-out qualifying procedure for all three NASCAR national series is as follows: 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.

  • The Entry List for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #19-Mike Bliss (44/12)
    #23-Scott Riggs (43/17)
    #26-Josh Wise (40/18)
    #30-David Stremme (39/18)
    #33-Stephen Leicht (36/18)
    #49-J.J. Yeley (38/18)
    #79-Kelly Bires (53/3)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/18)
    #98-Michael McDowell (41/18)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 33,30,49,98,26,87,23,19
    missing the race would be [1]: # 79
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's New Hampshire Entry List.(7-9-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
    #36 remains in 35th but is now 85 points ahead of 36th, the #33 team.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    32) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 269 +111
    33) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 258 +100
    34) #32-Labonte/FAS Lane Racing, 254 +96
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 243 +85 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Leicht/Childress-Falk, 158, -85 from the top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 134, -109
    38) #49-Yeley/Robinson, 121, -122
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(7-7-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 18 of 36]
    1) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 676
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 651, -25
    3) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 632, -44
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 618, -58
    5) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 586, -84 [UPDATED after penalty]
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 586, -90
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 584, -92
    8) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 584, -92
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 573, -103
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer [1 wins], 572, -104
    Chase wild card drivers:
    WC1) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win, 12th in points], 516, -160
    WC2) #20-Joey Logano [1 win, 14th in points], 503, -173
    #39-Ryan Newman [1 win, 15th in points], 502, -174
    #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win, 16th in points], 500, -176
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(7-7-2012)


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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:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases of websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 Bass Pro Shops/Allstate Chevy team will bring Chassis #1210 back to New Hampshire. Chassis #1210 was raced at Martinsville earlier this year, where it finished 20th.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-810 during Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Keselowski last raced this chassis to a 15th-place finish at Darlington Raceway in May. The featured tag line on the rear bumper of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge this weekend in New Hampshire is "It's Miller Time." One of the most-recognized marketing slogans in recent memory, "It's Miller Time" can be found within many popular culture references. MillerCoors decided to bring back the slogan earlier this year.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-663. Kahne has raced this car twice in 2012 and most recently scored a top-five finish at Richmond International Raceway in April.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports team has prepared chassis No. 754 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire. This DEWALT Ford was run previously this season at Martinsville and Dover.
    #10-David Reutimann will pilot chassis No. 356, purchased from Richard Childress Racing in the off-season. The Florida native last drove this chassis at Kentucky Speedway. He also drove the chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Dover International Speedway this season. He had his best showing in the chassis at Kentucky Speedway where he drove from the 38th starting spot to a 23rd-place finish. His best qualifying effort was at Kansas Speedway where he qualified in the 16th spot.
    #14-Tony Stewart: and crew chief Steve Addington are bringing Chassis No. 14-710 which debuted in the Capital City 400 at Richmond in April, where it qualified 22nd and led four times for 118 laps before a late-race caution canceled Stewart's two-and-a-half second lead and forced him to settle for a third-place finish. It was then tested June 6-7 at Pocono and again during a Goodyear Tire Test June 12-13 at Bristol. The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon will mark Chassis No. 14-710's second career start.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary Chassis No. 718 has not raced in 2012. It served as backup at Phoenix, Martinsville and Dover and tested at Nashville and Bristol. Backup chassis No. 712 raced at Phoenix where it started 16th and finished 30th. It also raced at Richmond where it started 23rd and finished seventh. Bowyer will make his 13th career start at New Hampshire on Sunday. In 12 previous New Hampshire starts, he has two wins (2007-2, 2010-2) and four top-10 finishes. He won the race from the pole position in the fall 2007 race. He started second and went on to win the fall 2010 race. Bowyer has led 474 laps at New Hampshire. Bowyer has an average starting position of 13th and finish of 17th.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 Post-It / W.B. Mason Ford Fusion will bring primary chassis RK-778 which last ran Richmond and finished 18th. The backup chassis is RK-759 which last ran Phoenix in 2011 as the #6  finished 33rd.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-802 which last raced at Dover. Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig: "We're going to work on qualifying more than we normally do this weekend. New Hampshire is a tough track because there isn't a lot of room to pass for position, so we want to make sure that we give Matt every advantage we can. We have a few other packages that we will try out during practices this weekend of things that we might want to do when we return in the fall during the Chase. We will unload with the same package we ran last September in our #17 Ford since it was pretty good, and we'll see what happens this Sunday." This weekend at Loudon, Kenseth will pilot the #17 NESN National Ford Fusion
    #22-Sam Hornish Jr. and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing #22 Team will be racing their "PRS-824" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at New Hampshire. This is a new chassis in the "Double-Deuce" team's fleet of Dodge Chargers, but has been utilized once by teammate Brad Keselowski's Miller Lite Dodge Team. Keselowksi and his Paul Wolfe-led "Blue Deuce" crew raced this car at Richmond in the April 28 Capitol City 400. Keselowski drove from a 16th-place start to a ninth-place finish in that race. The "PRS-807" chassis will serve as the backup. It was in the transporter serving as the backup at Phoenix, Bristol and Martinsville, but has never seen any track time to date.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 349 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Duracell/Menards Chevy was last utilized at Martinsville Speedway in April where Menard started 11th and finished 26th.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 320 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's LENOX Industrial Tools 301. This former #33 racer was transformed to a #29 Rheem Chevy during the off-season and has been used once this season at Martinsville Speedway where Harvick notched a 19th-place finish.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 382 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #31 Caterpillar Chevy was utilized in February at Phoenix International Raceway where engine issues thwarted Burton's top-five run and relegated him to a 33rd-place finish. This car also raced at Richmond International Raceway where an on-track incident knocked Burton and the #31 team out of contention, forcing them to settle for a 31st-place finish.
    #39-Ryan Newman With one start already this season, Chassis No. 39-645 is no stranger to victory lane. In its only other start in 2012, Newman drove this chassis to the winner's circle at Martinsville Speedway. Newman won despite falling one lap down early in the race after receiving a penalty for speeding on pit road. And once he got back on the lead lap, Newman took advantage of every spot in front of him. He took his first  and only  lead of the day on lap 504 of 515, when he dove under the leaders after they collided in turn one. He held off another driver on the final restart in a tough duel before pulling away on the last lap to win. The chassis made four starts last year  two at Martinsville and two at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This chassis was also the race winner for Newman last July in Loudon, when Newman started on the pole and led 119 of 301 laps en route to his third victory at the track. In five total starts, chassis No. 39-645 has two victories, two poles (both at New Hampshire last year) and three top-10 finishes.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: crew chief Chris "Shine" Heroy and the #42 Degree Chevy team will come to New Hampshire with Chassis #1203. This chassis has two races under its belt this season: Phoenix where it finished 11th and Richmond where it came across the line 12th.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Medallion Financial Ford team has prepared chassis No. 804 for New Hampshire. This car ran earlier this season at Phoenix and Richmond.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis No. 715 serves as the primary for Johnson at New Hampshire. Chassis No. 689 serves as the backup.
    #51-Kurt Busch Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301 will be the third race of the 2012 season for Chassis No. 662. This car's best finish was also its first race of the season when the team competed with at Phoenix International Raceway in early March. Busch qualified 19th and raced the car to a respectable 15th-place finish. The team also used this particular car at Richmond in May, when perpetual issues with blown tires relegated the team to a 28th-place finish.
    #55-Brian Vickers: will drive MWR chassis 715 the first race for this chassis in 2012. The backup chassis 714 finished eighth at Richmond with Mark Martin behind the wheel. Vickers owns two top-five finishes in 13 starts including a fifth-place finish on Sept. 25. He won the pole for the July 17, 2005 race. Sunday marks his 259th career Sprint Cup start.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-721 this weekend at New Hampshire. This is a new chassis that has not been raced.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal Blue Team will be bringing RK-801 this weekend to New Hampshire. This car previously ran at Phoenix and Richmond this year. Edwards led 206 laps with this car at Richmond and finished 10th.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(7-12-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,100, Right-side -- 1,100;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 450, Right-side -- 450

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 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

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.6 in. (2,250 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: 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.


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