NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Sylvania 300

TRACK: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #28 of 36 for the 2013 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #2 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
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Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, September 22, 2013 in Loudon, NH

Title Sponsor: Sylvania

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, September 19
6:00 pm NSCS Hauler Parade

Friday, September 20
12:00 - 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
3:40 pm NSCS Qualifying

Saturday, September 21
9:15 - 10:15 am NSCS Practice
11:00 - 11:50 am NSCS Final Practice

Sunday, September 22
12:00 pm NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
1:30 pm Driver Introductions
2:00 pm SYLVANIA 300 NSCS 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, September 20, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, September 21, 9:15 - 10:15 am/et, TV-FS2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, September 21, 11:00 - 11:50pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, September 20 at 3:40 pm/et, TV-FS1, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $5,367,865
2012: $5,313,845
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 Specifications:
    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)

  • Scheduled Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Alan Barlow, Sr. VP & GM of Specialty Lighting, OSRAM Sylvania
    Command to start engines: Alan Barlow, Sr. VP & GM of Specialty Lighting, OSRAM Sylvania
    Invocation: Pastor Landon Clouse
    National Anthem: Caroline Burns, Speedway Star Winner
    Canadian National Anthem: Emma Gelinas, Speedway Star Finalist
    Flyover: B-17 Flying Fortress from the Collings Foundation

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

  • September 2012: see my New Hampshire Race Info page

  • July 2013 Race Winner: #55-Brian Vickers, 98.735mph, started 13th

  • September 2012 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 116.810mph, started 32nd

  • 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

  • July 2013 Pole Sitter: #2-Brad Keselowski, 135.922mph, finished 4th

  • September 2012 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 134.911mph, finished 3rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Brad Keselowski, 135.922mph, 7/12/2013

  • 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

  • Top 12 Driver Ratings at New Hampshire:
    #14-Tony Stewart .............. 111.0 (injured, not racing)
    #24-Jeff Gordon .............. 109.4
    #48-Jimmie Johnson .............. 105.1
    #11-Denny Hamlin .............. 103.5
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. .............. 96.9
    #15-Clint Bowyer .............. 96.2
    #39-Ryan Newman .............. 93.1
    #31-Jeff Burton .............. 92.8
    #29-Kevin Harvick .............. 92.1
    #5-Kasey Kahne .............. 92.1
    #18-Kyle Busch .............. 91.9
    #78-Kurt Busch .............. 90.9
    For point-paying races in current and past eight years, at this track.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)(9-21-2013)

  • New Hampshire News & Notes - Thursday:
    • All 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners at New Hampshire Motor Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Ryan Newman and Joey Logano won at New Hampshire in their second appearance.
    • Mark Martin competed at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 25 times before winning in 2009; the longest span of any the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    • Bobby Labonte leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at New Hampshire without visiting Victory Lane at 37; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 28.
    • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was the July 1, 2007 race won by Denny Hamlin over Jeff Gordon with a MOV of 0.068 second.
    • 15 of the 30 NSCS races scored by electronic scoring at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have had a Margin of Victory less than a second.
    • Two of the 37 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2006 (300/308) and 2013 (301/302).
    • Four of the 37 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was June 28, 2009 - the race was called on Lap 273, 28 circuits shy of the 301 scheduled laps.
    • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway four times: 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2009.
    • Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Jeff Burton (9/14/93), Joe Nemechek (7/11/93), and Joey Logano (9/14/08).
    • Brad Keselowski (9/19/10) is the only active driver to post his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    • Four active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Joe Nemechek (9/19/99), Ryan Newman (9/15/02), Clint Bowyer (9/16/07) and Joey Logano (6/28/09).
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at New Hampshire with 1,316 laps led in 37 starts.
    • Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    (NASCAR)(9-19-2013)

  • New Hampshire News & Notes - Wednesday:
    • Mark Martin won the inaugural Coors Light pole at New Hampshire in 1993 with a speed of 126.871 mph.
          • 18 drivers have Coors Light poles at New Hampshire, led by Ryan Newman with six.
          • Five drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at New Hampshire: Ken Schrader (1997 sweep); Jeff Gordon (1998-1999); Rusty Wallace (1999-2000); Ryan Newman (twice - 2003-2004 and 2011 sweep); Juan Pablo Montoya (2009-2010).
    • 22 different drivers have won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, led by Jeff Burton with four.
    • Two drivers have posted consecutive wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2003 sweep) and Kurt Busch (2004 sweep).
    • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at New Hampshire in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with nine; followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven.
    • Five different manufacturers have won at New Hampshire; led by Chevrolet with 18 victories; followed by Ford with 11 and Toyota with three.
    • Jeff Burton is the only driver to win the July race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway three consecutive years in a row (1997, '98 and '99).
    • Five of the 37 (13.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Ryan Newman in 2011.
    • The Coors Light pole is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (five) than any other starting position at New Hampshire.
    • Eight of the 37 (21.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been won from the front row: eight from the pole and seven from second place.
    • 19 of the 37 (51.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • Nine of the 37 (24.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at New Hampshire was 38th, by Jeff Burton in 1999.
    • Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart are tied for the series lead in runner-up finishes at New Hampshire with five each.
    • Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at New Hampshire with 16; followed by Tony Stewart with 14.
    • Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at New Hampshire with 22; followed by Tony Stewart with 17.
    • Ryan Newman leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at New Hampshire with an 8.348.
    • Denny Hamlin leads NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at New Hampshire with an 8.800.
    (NASCAR)(9-18-2013)

  • New Hampshire News & Notes - Tuesday:
    • Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was Aug. 13, 1989.
    • The 1.058-mile oval is located on approximately 1,200 acres; the multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was on July 11, 1993 - won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace.
    • Speedway Motorsports Inc., agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on January 11, 2008 and then renamed the track New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    • There have been 37 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since.
    • 148 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; 120 in more than one.
    • Four drivers have competed in all 37 races at New Hampshire: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek.
    (NASCAR)(9-17-2013)

  • 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

  • Kenseth wins New Hampshire: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 2nd win in a row, 7th of 2013, and 31st career win. He becomes only the second driver (with Richard Petty) to win in his 500th series start. He also becomes the third driver to win the opening two races of the Chase (Biffle did it in 2008 and Stewart in 2011).
    #18-Busch finished 2nd (as he did last week in Chicago) followed by #16-Biffle, #48-Johnson, #1-McMurray, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #55-Vickers, #31-Burton, #99-Edwards, and #56-Truex, Jr.
    Pole sitter #39-Newman led the first 2 laps of the race, but finished 16th.
    The worst finishing Chase driver was #5-Kahne who had an accident late and finished 37th.
    There were 19 lead changes among 11 drivers and 7 cautions for 37 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 107.573mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial New Hampshire Race Results page (pdf) and check out the New Hampshire Penalty Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the New Hampshire Official Race & Points Report (pdf)(9-23-2013)

  • Where did the 13 Chase Drivers finish at New Hampshire?
    [by points standings before the race (start pos)]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 1st (9)
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, 2nd (12)
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4th (11)
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, 20th (8)
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 9th (26)
    6) #78-Kurt Busch, 13th (4)
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 15th (3)
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 16th (1)
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 17th (16)
    10) #5-Kasey Kahne, 37th (2), Accident
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 3rd (10)
    12) #22-Joey Logano, 14th (6)
    13) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 6th (17)
    (9-22-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - New Hampshire:
    Matt Kenseth won the 17th Annual SYLVANIA 300, his 31st victory in 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his seventh victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his first victory and 14th top-10 finish in 28 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    This is the third time a driver has won the first two races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Tony Stewart did it in 2011 and Greg Biffle did it in 2008.
    106 laps led in the race is a personal best for Matt Kenseth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He led a previous best 77 laps in the July 2002 race.
    Matt Kenseth is the 12th different driver to win in the last 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 18 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2013.
    Greg Biffle (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 23 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by 14 points over Kyle Busch.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-22-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2111
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2097, -14
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2093, -18
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2075, -36
    5) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2073, -38
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2072, -39
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 2071, -40
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2069, -42
    9) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2064, -47
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2063, -48
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2049, -62
    12) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2042, -69
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2040, -71
    See unofficial drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the unofficial owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-22-2013)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the New Hampshire Official Race & Points Report (pdf)(9-23-2013)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [4 wins], 922
    2) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 911, -11
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 903, -19
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 896, -26
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [2 wins], 894, -28
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 842, -80
    7) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 833, -89
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 830, -92
    9) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 829, -93
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 820, -102
    11) #39-Ryan Newman(X), 805, -117
    12) #2-Brad Keselowski, 792, -130
    13) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 790, -132
    14) #1-Jamie McMurray, 786, -136
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne(X), 779, -143
    16) #56-Martin Truex, Jr., 752, -170
    17) #27-Paul Menard, 742, -180
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (9-22-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, #35-Wise caused the caution
    Caution 2: #51-McDowell, 30th
    Caution 3: #35-Wise, 32nd
    Caution 4: #9-Ambrose, 18th
    Caution 5: #14-Martin, 23rd
    Caution 6: #15-Bowyer, 17th
    Caution 7: #93-Kvapil, 28th
    (9-22-2013)

  • Limited number of tickets remain at New Hampshire: New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials are expecting a capacity crowd for Sunday's SYLVANIA 300, the second race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. A limited number of Laconia Grandstand seats in Turn 3 are still available, as well as general admission and walk-up tickets. While the weather forecast is calling for an overcast morning, officials are encouraging fans to come to the Magic Mile as planned. "We feel very confident that the SYLVANIA 300 will take place on-time, as scheduled. We have seven track dryers to help dry the track quickly if it's necessary," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "We welcome our fans to bring their ponchos; whatever makes them the most comfortable. And we will be ready to drop the green flag for the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship." For more information or to purchase tickets to the SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, please stop by our Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(9-21-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 22, 2013.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 2:16pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: ESPN2, Monday, September 23 at 1:30am/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 #5-Kahne took pit stall 32, with an opening in front of it.
    #24-Gordon, who starts 3rd took the 31st pit stall, with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #42-Montoya, who starts 15th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-21-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • 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 - 2013 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 and practice speeds 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 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 133.059
    #20-Kenseth 132.938
    #5-Kahne 132.868
    #11-Hamlin 132.799
    #15-Bowyer 132.591
    slowest: #32-Hill 127.718 & #35-Wise 127.419. No speed: #87-Nemechek.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the New Hampshire Practice 3 Speeds (pdf).(9-21-2013)

  • First Saturday practice for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #15-Bowyer 132.688
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr 132.406
    #78-Busch 132.117
    #18-Busch 132.016
    #56-Truex, Jr. 131.980
    slowest: #95-Riggs 127.726 & #87-Nemechek 117.814. no speed: #35-Wise.
    notes: Brian Vickers is at the track today for both practices. He will then fly back to Kentucky for the Nationwide race tonight.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the New Hampshire Practice 2 Speeds (pdf).(9-21-2013)

  • Newman wins New Hampshire pole: #39-Ryan Newman won the pole for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with TRACK RECORD speed of 136.497mph for his 2nd pole of 2013 and 51st of his career.
    #5-Kahne is on the outside pole, followed by #24-Gordon, #78-Busch, #56-Truex, Jr., #22-Logano, #27-Menard, #29-Harvick, #20-Kenseht, and #16-Biffle.
    With only 43 cars at the track, no one missed the race
    See the full starting Lineup, qualifying results, pole progression, links and notes on the New Hampshire Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(9-20-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - New Hampshire:
    Ryan Newman won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 17th Annual Sylvania 300 with a lap of 27.904 seconds, 136.497 mph. The lap broke the old track qualifying record of 135.922 mph, set by Brad Keselowski on July 14, 2013. Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon also surpassed the old track record.
    This is his 51st pole in 432 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 11th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his seventh pole in 24 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Kasey Kahne (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2013 and his ninth in 20 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 24th top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 15th in 28 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-20-2013)

  • Where the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at New Hampshire:
    [listed by driver points position]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 9th
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, 12th
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 11th
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, 8th
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 26th
    6) #78-Kurt Busch, 4th
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3rd
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 1st - POLE
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 16th
    10) #5-Kasey Kahne, 2nd
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 10th
    12) #22-Joey Logano, 6th
    13) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 17th
    (9-20-2013)

  • 16 qualifying track records have been set so far 2013
    after 25 qualifying session, 3 were cancelled due to rain:
    1) Bristol, #18-Kyle Busch, 129.535mph, March 15, 2013 - was 128.709 from March 2003
    2) Martinsville, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 98.400, April 5, 2013 - was 98.083 from October 2005
    3) Texas, #18-Kyle Busch, 196.299, April 12, 2013 - was 196.235 from November 2006
    4) Kansas, #20-Matt Kenseth, 191.748, April 19, 2013 - was 191.360 from October 2012
    5) Richmond, #20-Matt Kenseth, 130.334, April 26, 2013 - was 129.983 from May 2004
    6) Darlington, #78-Kurt Busch, 181.918, May 10, 2013 - was 181.254 from May 2011
    7) Charlotte, #11-Denny Hamlin, 195.624, May 23, 2013 - was 193.708 from Oct 2012
    8) Kentucky, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 183.636, June 28, 2013 - was 181.818 from June 2012
    9) New Hampshire, #2-Brad Keselowski, 135.922, July 12, 2013, was 135.232 from July 2011
    10) Indianapolis, #39-Ryan Newman, 187.531, July 27, 2013, was 186.293 from August 2004
    11) Pocono, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 180.654, August 2, 2013, was 179.598 from June 2012
    12) Watkins Glen, #9-Marcos Ambrose, 128.241, August 10, 2013, was 127.020 from August 2012
    13) Michigan, #22-Joey Logano, 203.949, August 16, 2013; was 203.241mph from June 2012
    14) Richmond(2nd time), #24-Jeff Gordon, 130.599, September 6, 2013 - was 130.334 from April 2013
    15) Chicago, #22-Joey Logano, 189.414, September 13, 2013 - was 188.147 from July 2005
    16) New Hampshire (2nd time),#38-Ryan Newman, 136.497, September 20, 2103 - was 135.922 from July 2013
    (9-20-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 22, 2013 at 3:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 3:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Friday practice for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #78-Busch 134.853
    #5-Kahne 134.477
    #39-Newman 134.439
    #24-Gordon 134.368
    #18-Busch 134.302
    slowest: #36-Yeley 128.584 & #32-Hill 128.061.
    notes: Kenny Wallace is practice and qualifying the #55 for Brian Vickers, who is in Kentucky for the Nationwide Series practices.
    Qualifying is scheduled for 3:40pm/et. It will be shown live on Fox Sports 1.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the New Hampshire Practice 1 Speeds (pdf).(9-20-2013)

  • Qualifying Order for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #18-Busch.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #38-Gilliland.
    Fastest in Friday practice, #78-Busch, is scheduled to qualify 12th.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the New Hampshire Qualifying Page.(9-20-2013)

  • Entry List for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Hill, #47-Labonte, #51-McDowell, #95-Riggs, #98-Sauter. With just 43 teams entered, everyone will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's New Hampshire Entry List page

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Chicago, race 27 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [6 wins], 2063
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2055, -8
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2052, -11
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2048, -15
    5) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2040, -23
    6) #78-Kurt Busch, 2040, -23
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2039, -24
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 2035, -28
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2035, -28
    10) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2032, -31
    11) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2032, -31
    12) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2011, -52
    13) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2010, -53
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-15-2013)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Hew Hampshire: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases or websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-856. Last Raced: Fall Pocono (finished sixth). Backup Chassis: PRS-854. Last Raced: Charlotte (former 22 car chassis; finished fifth)
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-815 for Sunday's New Hampshire race. Kahne raced this car at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Sept. 7 and finished 14th.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team will bring chassis No. 865 this weekend. The team last ran this chassis at Richmond International Raceway this fall.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-823: Chassis No. 10-823 is a new car that has not been used previously.
    #14-Mark Martin: Chassis No. 14-792: This car made its debut in April at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. It started 21st but Tony Stewart wheeled it into the top-five prior to a greenwhite-checkered finish. There, Stewart was bumped out of the way in the two-lap scramble and instead of finishing fifth, he wound up a disappointing 18th. Chassis No. 14-792 was poised for another strong finish in its second career start when it rallied from its 16th-place starting spot to lead 84 laps in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. But while in second place on the final lap, Chassis No. 14-792 ran out of fuel. Stewart was forced to coast all the way around the 1.058-mile oval, which left him a disappointing 26th. With interim driver Mark Martin at the wheel, Chassis No. 14-792 returns to New Hampshire for this weekend's Sylvania 300.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 761 finished second at Martinsville and 13th at New Hampshire in July. Backup chassis No. 727 served as a backup several races in 2013, but not raced.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-867. Brand new. Backup Chassis: RK-822. Last ran Bristol - finished 9th.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK-868- new chassis. Backup Chassis: RK-801 - chassis raced numerous times by #99 in 2012.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-848. Last Raced Fall Pocono (finished seventh). Backup Chassis: PRS-844. Last Raced: Backup at several races (not raced).
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 434 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable and will turn its first laps this weekend at the one-mile facility.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 433 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the SYLVANIA 300. This Chevrolet is new to the No. 29 team rotation and is scheduled to be on track for the first time this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 421 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway in March, New Hampshire in July and earlier this month at Richmond International Raceway.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-808: Ryan Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-808 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Built new for 2013, Chassis 39-808 was windtunnel tested in July. It will see its first laps of competition this weekend.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 850 for New Hampshire. The team last competed with this chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #47-Bobby Labonte: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 806 at Loudon. Chassis No. 689 serves as the backup.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-818 this weekend at New Hampshire. Earnhardt tested this chassis at New Hampshire in August. This will be the first time this chassis is raced.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-866. new chassis. RK-857 - last ran at Richmond.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(9-19-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Set limits: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 8 sets for the race

  • Number of Tires:
    Left-side -- 1,100; Right-side -- 1,150

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4564; Right-side -- D-4566

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,222 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.3 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 Series teams will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires they ran at New Hampshire this past July . . . they also ran this same tire set-up at New Hampshire last season . . . this is the only track at which either of these two tire codes will be run in 2013 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.

    K&N Pro Series East: Goodyear will also provide tires for this weekend's K&N race at New Hampshire . . . the tire codes are D-2267 on the left-side and D-2268 on the right-side . . . Goodyear has brought 240 and 320 tires for the two sides, respectively . . . teams will have up to three-and-a-half sets of tires for the event -- two sets for practice, one set for qualifying and starting the race, and two right-side tires to change during the race.


Race / Cup Odds

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
Sylvania 300 Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
Race Odds

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

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