NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: 5-hour ENERGY 301

TRACK: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #19 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, July 19, 2015 in Loudon, NH

Title Sponsor: none

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:45pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, July 16
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, July 17
6:30 AM - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:30 AM - 12:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:00 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
4:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, July 18
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 - 10:55 AM NSCS PRACTICE
12:30 - 1:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
7:00 PM New Hampshire Motor Speedway / SCC Track Walk

Sunday, July 19
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:30 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:00 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:30 PM NSCS RACE

New Hampshire Sunday Pre-Race Schedule (revised):
-- 11:30am: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
-- 12:50pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions with NASCAR Special Awards
-- 1:05pm: Team Fastrax jumps with flag
-- 1:18pm: Canadian National Anthem by: Rene Rancourt
-- 1:20pm: Presentation of Colors by: Combined Services Color Guard
-- 1:20pm: Invocation by: Rico Petrocelli, Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame Shortstop
-- 1:21pm: National Anthem: Nicole Pelletier, Winner of Speedway Star Competition
-- 1:22pm: Flyover TOT: Cessna L-19 Bird Dog Sponsored by Bubba Burger and displaying large American flag
-- 1:27:30pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Adam Sandler
-- 1:35:30pm: Start of the 5 Hour Energy 301 (301 laps, 318.46 miles) (NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, July 17, 11:30 am - 12:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
    Saturday, July 18, 10:00 - 10:55 am/et, TV-CNBC

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, July 18, 12:30 - 1:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, July 17 at 4:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, re-air scheduled Saturday, July 18 at 11:00am/et on NBCSN.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,386,439
2014: $5,390,876
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: $5,315,335
2006: $5,294,946
2005: $5,148,147
2004: $5,074,134
2003: $4,589,644
2002: $4,054,390

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • Track Specifications:
    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: Adam Sandler
    Command to start engines: Adam Sandler
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Color Guard: Combined Services Color Guard
    Invocation: Rico Petrocelli, Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame Shortstop
    National Anthem: Nicole Pelletier, Winner of Speedway Star Competition
    Flyover: Cessna L-19 Bird Dog

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    New Hampshire Motor Speedway website
    Speedway Motorsports
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Youtube
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • July 2014: see the New Hampshire Race Info page

  • September 2014: see the New Hampshire Race Info page

  • July 2014 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 108.741mph, started 7th

  • September 2014 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 98.697mph, started 7th

  • 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 2014 Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 138.130mph, finished 2nd

  • September 2014 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 140.598mph, finished 7th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Brad Keselowski, 140.598mph, 9/19/2014

  • 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 10 Driver Ratings at New Hampshire
    #24-Jeff Gordon 107.3
    #14-Tony Stewart 106.9
    #11-Denny Hamlin 103.2
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 102.1
    #42-Kyle Larson 99.1
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 97.1
    #2-Brad Keselowski 95.6
    #15-Clint Bowyer 95.0
    #18-Kyle Busch 94.7
    #4-Kevin Harvick 93.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2004-2014 races (20 total) among active drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway Track Notes & History - Thursday:
    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 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since.
    (NASCAR)(7-16-2015)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway Pole Notes & Facts - Friday:
    Five of the 40 (12.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 40 (20%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second-place.
    22 of the 40 (55%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Nine of the 40 (22.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    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 seven.
    Four active drivers have multiple poles at New Hampshire: Ryan Newman (seven), Jeff Gordon (four), Brad Keselowski (three) and Kyle Busch (two).
    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).
    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.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at New Hampshire is 38th, by Jeff Burton in 1999.
    The deepest in the field that an active race winner has started at New Hampshire is 32nd, by Kurt Busch in the summer of 2003.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway five times: fall 2001, summer 2003, fall 2004, fall 2008 and summer 2009.
    (NASCAR)(7-17-2015)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway Driver Notes & Facts - Saturday:
    24 different drivers have won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, led by Jeff Burton with four.
    Eight active drivers have multiple wins at NHMS: Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart (each have three); Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano (each have two)
    Two drivers have posted consecutive wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2003 sweep) and Kurt Busch (2004 sweep).
    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)
    160 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire; 129 in more than one.
    Jeff Gordon has competed in all 40 races at New Hampshire - the only driver to accomplish the feat.
    Only one active championship contending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has made their first career start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Joey Logano (9/14/08).
    Three drivers will attempt to make their series debuts at New Hampshire this weekend: Trevor Bayne, Matt DiBenedetto and Brett Moffit.
    Ryan Newman leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at New Hampshire with an 8.692.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire without visiting Victory Lane at 31; followed by Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears (24 starts each).
    Three active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Ryan Newman (9/15/02), Clint Bowyer (9/16/07) and Joey Logano (6/28/09).
    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 and Jimmie Johnson with 10.
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at New Hampshire with 22; followed by Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson with 18 each.
    Jimmie Johnson leads NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at New Hampshire with an 10.269.
    All 14 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.
    Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at New Hampshire with 1,371 laps led in 40 starts.
    Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps completed at New Hampshire with 11,666 laps completed in 40 starts.
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    (NASCAR)(7-18-2015)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway Race Notes & Facts - Sunday:
    Five different manufacturers have won at New Hampshire; led by Chevrolet with 18 victories; followed by Ford (13), Toyota (four), Dodge (three) and Pontiac (two).
    Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at New Hampshire in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with nine; followed by Roush Fenway Racing (seven), Team Penske (six), Joe Gibbs Racing (six) and Richard Childress Racing (four).
    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.
    17 of the 33 (51.5%) NSCS races scored by electronic scoring at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have had a Margin of Victory less than a second.
    Four of the 40 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), 2013 (301/302), 2014 (301/302) and the Chase race 2014 (300/303).
    Four of the 40 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.
    (NASCAR)(7-19-2015)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Kyle Busch wins at New Hampshire: #18-Kyle Busch won the 5-hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 2nd win at New Hampshire, and 32nd career win. He has now won 3 of the last 4 races.
    #2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #20-Kenseth, polesitter #19-Edwards, #3-Dillon, #24-Gordon, and #41-Busch.
    Harvick increases his driver's points lead to 69 points over #22-Logano.
    Busch is now 33rd in the points standings and just 58 points out of 30th. He must be in the top 30 in points to be eligible for the Chase. He has gained 70 points on 30th in the last 2 weeks and now needs around a 19th place average finish to make the top 30 in the 7 remaining races before the Chase begins.
    There were 10 lead changes among 7 drivers. There were 7 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 108.504mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-19-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - New Hampshire:
    Kyle Busch won the 23rd Annual 5-hour ENERGY 301, his 32nd victory in 373 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 21 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 12 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 29 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Brett Moffitt (33rd) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 69 points over Joey Logano.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-19-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 646, -88 (4th in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 734 (1st)
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 655, -79 (3rd)
    4) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 576, -158 (8th)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 665, -69 (2nd)
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 628, -106 (5th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 603, -131 (6th)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 578, -156 (7th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 552, -182 (11th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 487, -247 (17th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 574, -160 (9th in driver points)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 573, -161 (10th)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 538, -196 (12th)
    14) #31-Ryan Newman, 503, -204 (13th)
    15) #27-Paul Menard, 528, -206 (14th)
    15) #43-Aric Almirola, 502, -232 (15th)
    [has a win but not in the top 30 in drivers points to make Chase]
    33) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 247, 58 pts out of 30th (needs to avg 19th place finish)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-19-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 734
    2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 665, -69
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 655, -79
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 646, -88
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 628, -106
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 603, -131
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 578, -156
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 576, -158
    9) #1-Jamie McMurray, 574, -160
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 573, -161
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-19-2015)

  • New Hampshire Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #34-Brett Moffitt, finished 33rd, 11 rookie points
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 35th, 10 rookie points
    #26-Jeb Burton, finished 41st, 9 rookie points
    #33-Alex Kennedy, did not race, not entered
    #66-Tanner Berryhill, did not race, not entered
    See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(7-19-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #26-Burton, 41st
    Caution 2: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 17th
    Caution 3: #14-Stewart, 20th
    Caution 4: #38-Gilliland, 21st
    Caution 5: #51-Allgaier, 40th
    Caution 6: #38-Gilliland (2), 21st
    Caution 7: none, race ended
    (7-19-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the 5-hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 19, 2015.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 1:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:00pm/et; green flag approx. 1:45pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, July 20 at 3:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the 5-hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #19-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took the second pit stall.
    #55-Ragan, who starts 3rd took the 32nd pit stall, with an opening in front of 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 Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-17-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

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

  • See Jayski's - 2015 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

  • Final practice for the 5-Hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over - the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #19-Edwards 133.110
    #4-Harvick 132.397
    #21-Blaney 132.213
    #18-Busch 132.099
    #11-Hamlin 132.035
    slowest: #32-MacDonald 127.410 & #33-White 125.699
    notes: Light rain showers at the track stopped practice after 42 minutes.
    See practice speeds and laps run on the New Hampshire Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(7-18-2015)

  • First Saturday practice for the 5-Hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over after 60 minutes - the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 132.094
    #48-Johnson 131.975
    #19-Edwards 131.888
    #18-Busch 131.852
    #41-Busch 131.815
    slowest: #98-Hill 126.736 & #33-White 126.199.
    notes: #15-Bowyer and #24-Gordon made contact in the garage. Bowyer suffered some nose damage and Gordon had right rear damage.
    See practice speeds and laps run on the New Hampshire Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(7-18-2015)

  • Edwards wins New Hampshire pole: #19-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light pole for the 5-hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with speed of 135.164mph for his 1st pole of 2015, 1st at NHMS and 14th of his career. Edwards has won twice from the pole.
    #22-Logano is on the outside pole followed by #55-Ragan, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch, #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth, #5-Kahne, #2-Keselowski, #1-McMurray, and #4-Harvick.
    Missing the race was: #62-Sorenson.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results round-by-round, qualifying order and more Jayski.com's New Hampshire Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(7-17-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - New Hampshire:
    Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 23rd Annual 5-hour ENERGY 301 with a lap of 28.179 seconds, 135.164 mph.
    This is his 14th pole in 392 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and 10th top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in 22 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2015 and his fourth in 14 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    David Ragan (third) posted his first top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his seventh in 19 races this season.
    Brett Moffitt (34th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-17-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the 5-hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 135.448
    #55-Ragan 134.801
    #19-Edwards 134.478
    #41-Busch 134.682
    #4-Harvick 134.667
    the rest of the top 12: 18 1 2 5 20 48 11;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 40 16 78 21 42 15 88 10 13 47 24 3.
    (7-17-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the 5-hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #21-Blaney 134.373
    #78-Truex, Jr. 134.292
    #1-McMurray 134.103
    #5-Kahne 134.084
    #55-Ragan 134.051
    the rest of the top 24: 4 15 41 22 20 48 40 2 18 3 47 11 42 19 16 13 24 88 10;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 14 31 9 27 43 51 6 17 35 34 83 26 38 46 62 23 7 32 33 98.
    Drivers who will miss the race: #62-Sorenson.
    (7-17-2015)

  • Friday practice for the 5-Hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over after 85 scheduled minutes the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 133.708
    #18-Busch 133.666
    #1-McMurray 133.469
    #19-Edwards 133.431
    #2-Keselowski 133.399
    slowest: #98-Hill 125.199 & #33-White 125.010.
    notes: Qualifying is scheduled for 4:45pm/et this afternoon and will be shown on NBCSN. PRN will have radio coverage.
    See practice speeds and laps run on the New Hamsphire Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(7-17-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the 5-hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 17, 2015 at 4:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, July 18 at 11:00am/et on NBCSN

  • Qualifying Order for the 5-hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers lined up on pit road is #10-Patrick.
    The final driver lined up on pit road is #22-Logano.
    Pit road lineup order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's New Hampshire Qualifying Page.(7-17-2015)

  • Entry List for the 5-hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney, #32-Eddie MacDonald, #33-Derek White, #62-Reed Sorenson, #98-Timmy Hill.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Sorenson
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #21-Blaney
    See the full entry list at Jayski.com's New Hampshire Entry List

  • Chase clinch scenarios at New Hampshire: Only eight races remain before the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set. Here's what we know:
    #4-Kevin Harvick has checked off two of the three Chase criteria boxes. He has the multiple wins that guarantees a spot among the top 16 winners, and at Kentucky, he locked up a top 30 spot. All he needs to do now is start each of the remaining races in the regular season.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. can join Harvick this weekend in New Hampshire. Both Hendrick Motorsports drivers already have the multiple wins that guarantee them a spot among the top 16 winners (even if there's a new winner in each of the remaining eight races). They can lock up a top 30 spot at New Hampshire this weekend.
    #22-Joey Logano could also join Harvick, but only with a victory.
    With help in the form of poor finishes by drivers around the 30th place bubble, a victory for #78-Martin Truex Jr. or #2-Brad Keselowski would give either multiple wins and a possible top 30 place clinch.(NASCAR)(7-16-2015)

  • For the group 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Kentucky, race 18 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 624, --67 (2nd in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 692 (1st)
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 616, -76 (4th)
    4) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 542, -150 (8th)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 642, -68 (3rd)
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 596, -96 (5th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 559, -133 (6th)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 540, -152 (9th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 522, -170 (11th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 449, -243 (17th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 556, -136 (7th in driver points)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 537, -155 (10th)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 513, -179 (12th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 509, -183 (13th)
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 497, -195 (14th)
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 490, -202 (15th)
    [has a win but not in the top 30 in drivers points to make Chase]
    35) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 200, 87 pts out of 30th (needs to avg 17th place finish)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-11-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Kentucky, race 18 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 692
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 624, -68
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 624, -68
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 616, -76
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 596, -96
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 559, -133
    7) #1-Jamie McMurray, 556, -136
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 542, -150
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 540, -152
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 537, -155
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-11-2015)

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

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WEATHER

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CAMPING & TRAVEL

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • No More Chassis Selections: Recently, six teams stopped posting chassis selections on their race preview.
    This leaves only a few [5-8] teams posting chassis selections.
    Two years ago 25-28 teams posted chassis selections in their race previews.
    It dropped to about 14 in the early part of 2015 and now just a few teams.
    Will no longer post Chassis Selections as most are not available

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, and 7 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.64 in. (2,226 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
    Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi

  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire codes at New Hampshire this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams have run at New Hampshire since 2012 . . . this is the only track at which either of these two tire codes will be run in 2015 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.
    NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: Goodyear will also provide tires for the K&N Series at New Hampshire . . . tire codes will be D-2931 on the left-side and D-2934 on the right-side . . . this is the first time these teams have run this tire set-up at New Hampshire . . . these tire codes have previously been run by K&N Series teams at Iowa and Phoenix . . . Goodyear will bring 200 tires per side for the event . . . teams are allowed two sets each -- one for practice and one for qualifying/race.

RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP 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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