NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: New Hampshire 301

TRACK: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #19 of 36 for the 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, July 17, 2016 in Loudon, NH

Title Sponsor: none

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:39pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race: NBCSN - 1:00 pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 1:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

  • Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 10:30am/et on FoxSports1

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: (NASCAR 120)
    Monday, July 18 at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, July 14
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, July 15
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:30 AM - 12:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, July 16
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 - 10:55 AM NSCS 2ND PRACTICE
12:30 - 1:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, July 17
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

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

  • New Hampshire Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
    1:00pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions
    1:23pm: Canadian National Anthem by: Kirk Young, Tilton, NH Resident
    1:25pm: Moment of Silence
    1:25pm: Presentation of Colors by: Combined Services Color Guard
    1:25pm: Invocation by: Joshua Johnson
    1:26pm: National Anthem: Caroline Burns, NBC's The Voice Contestant
    1:27pm: Flyover - Collings Foundation, B-17
    1:32pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines", Rick Lasure, eastern regional manager for Starrett
    1:39pm: Start of the New Hampshire 301 (301 laps, 318.46 miles)
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, July 15, 11:30 am - 12:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
    Saturday, July 16, 10:00 - 10:55 am/et, TV-CNBC

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, July 16, 12:30 - 1:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, July 15 at 4:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

no longer being reported

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: Maggie Hassan, Governor of New Hampshire
    Command to start engines: Maggie Hassan, Governor of New Hampshire
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard
    Color Guard: Combined Services Color Guard
    Invocation: Joshua Johnson
    National Anthem: Caroline Burns from the Voice
    Flyover: Collings Foundation, B-17

  • July 2015: see the New Hampshire Race Info page

  • September 2015: see the New Hampshire Race Info page

  • July 2015 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 108.504mph, started 4th

  • September 2015 Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 106.480mph, started 13th

  • 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

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

  • July 2015 Pole Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 135.164mph, finished 7th

  • September 2015 Pole Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 137.980mph, finished 5th

  • 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

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at New Hampshire:
    #14-Tony Stewart 103.4
    #11-Denny Hamlin 103.2
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 101.1
    #2-Brad Keselowski 99.5
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr 97.4
    #4-Kevin Harvick 96.2
    #18-Kyle Busch 95.6
    #15-Clint Bowyer 91.3
    #31-Ryan Newman 91.3
    #5-Kasey Kahne 91.0
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (22 total) among active drivers at New Hampshire 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 Track Notes & History:
    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.
    (NASCAR)

  • New Hampshire Pole Notes & Facts:
    Mark Martin won the inaugural Coors Light pole at New Hampshire in 1993 with a speed of 126.871 mph.
    19 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), Brad Keselowski (three), Kyle Busch (two) and Carl Edwards (two).
    Six 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); Carl Edwards (2015 sweep).
    Two drivers (all-time) have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Brad Keselowski (09/19/10) and Patrick Carpentier (06/27/2008).
    Five of the 42 (11.9%) 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 and the 13th starting position are the two most proficient starting positions in the field, producing more winners (five each) than any other starting positions at New Hampshire.
    Eight of the 42 (19%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second-place.
    23 of the 42 (54.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Nine of the 42 (21.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 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)

  • New Hampshire Driver Notes & Facts:
    169 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; 134 in more than one.
    Jeff Gordon has competed in all 42 races at New Hampshire - the only driver to accomplish the feat.
    14 different drivers have made their first NSCS start at NHMS all-time, but only one of the 14 is active: Joey Logano (9/14/08).
    Ryan Newman leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at New Hampshire with a 9.321.
    24 different drivers have won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, led by Jeff Burton with four.
    Nine active drivers have multiple wins at NHMS: Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart (each have three); Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, 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)
    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 33; followed by Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears (26 starts each).
    Five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Ryan Newman (09/15/02), Clint Bowyer (09/16/07), Joey Logano (06/28/09), Robby Gordon (11/23/01) and Joe Nemechek (09/19/99).
    Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart are tied for the series lead in runner-up finishes at New Hampshire with five each; followed by Denny Hamlin (four), Kyle Busch and Mark Martin (with three 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 24; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 19.
    Denny Hamlin leads NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at New Hampshire with a 10.250.
    All 13 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 1,373 laps led in 42 starts.
    Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps completed at New Hampshire with 12,267 laps completed in 42 starts.
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    15 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as New Hampshire; Jamie Aube is the only one of the 15 to record a victory in NASCAR national series competition.
    (NASCAR)

  • New Hampshire Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 42 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since.
    Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at New Hampshire in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with nine; followed by Joe Gibbs Racing (eight), Roush Fenway Racing (seven), Team Penske (six), and Richard Childress Racing (four).
    Five different manufacturers have won at New Hampshire; led by Chevrolet with 18 victories; followed by Ford (13), Toyota (six), Dodge (three) and Pontiac (two).
    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 35 (48.5%) NSCS races scored by electronic scoring at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have had a Margin of Victory less than a second.
    Four of the 42 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 42 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.
    There have been 42 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in New Hampshire, all at NHMS.
    (NASCAR)

  • 2016 laps lead: Following Martin Truex, Jr's. win at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday, he has now lead the most laps this season. In addition, Truex, Kyle Busch, and Harvick have combined to lead 49% of the total laps run this season.
    1) #78-Martin Truex Jr. - 1,266
    2) #18-Kyle Busch - 1,265
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick - 1,211
    4) #19-Carl Edwards - 742
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth - 490
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski - 449
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin - 406
    8) #22-Joey Logano - 390
    9) #48-Jimmie Johnson - 384
    10) #42-Kyle Larson - 241
    Total laps run - 7,645 (9-20-2016)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Matt Kenseth wins at New Hampshire: #20-Matt Kenseth won the New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 3rd win at New Hampshire, and 38th career win. He led 38 of the 301 laps.
    #14-Stewart finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #4-Harvick, #16-Biffle, #1-McMurray, #31-Newman, #18-Kyle Busch, #11-Hamlin and #17-Stenhouse, Jr.
    Polesitter #48-Johnson led just 1 lap and finished 12th.
    Alex Bowman, subbing for #88-Earnhardt, Jr. ran in the top 15 most of the day, but cut a tire down with less than 30 laps to go and finished 26th.
    There were 13 lead changes among 6 drivers and 7 cautions for 36 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 107.416 mph.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: Monday, July 18 at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official New Hampshire Race & Points Report (pdf). (7-17-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
    Matt Kenseth won the 24th Annual New Hampshire 301, his 38th victory in 597 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his third victory and 18th top-10 finish in 33 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Tony Stewart (second) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 34 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Joey Logano (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 16 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Ryan Blaney (11th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 14 points over Brad Keselowski.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-17-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    [after Kenseth's 15 pt penalty]
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in driver points
    2) #18-Busch [3], 6th in driver points
    3) #19-Edwards [2], 4th
    4) #48-Johnson [2], 8th
    5) #20-Kenseth [2], 9th
    6) #4-Harvick [1], 1st
    7) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
    8) #22-Logano [1], 5th
    9) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 7th
    10) #11-Hamlin [1], 10th
    11) #14-Stewart [1], 28th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    12) #24-Elliott, 11th in drivers points, 52 ahead of 17th
    13) #31-Newman, 12th, +50
    14) #3-Dillon, 13th, +41
    15) #1-McMurray, 14th, +27
    16) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 15th, +14
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #6-Bayne, 16th, -14 pts
    18) #21-Blaney, 17th, -16 pts
    (7-17-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36]
    [after Kenseth's 15 pt penalty]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 634
    2) #2-Keselowski [4], 622, -14
    3) #41-Busch [1], 602, -34
    4) #19-Edwards [2], 587, -49
    5) #22-Logano [1], 571, -65
    6) #18-Busch, [3], 556, -80
    7) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 540, -96
    8) #48-Johnson [2], 514, -122
    9) #20-Kenseth [2], 506, -130
    10) #11-Hamlin, 505, -131
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official New Hampshire Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #7-Smith, 32nd
    Caution 2: #83-DiBenedetto, 31st
    Caution 3: #42-Larson, 17th
    Caution 4: #15-Bowyer, 24th
    Caution 5: #6-Bayne, 23rd
    Caution 6: #47-Allmendinger, 21st
    Caution 7: #13-Mears, 27th
    (7-17-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 17, 2016.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 1:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 1:39pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, July 18 at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #48-Johnson chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #18-Busch took pit stall 32, with an opening in front of it.
    #78-Truex, Jr., who starts 3rd took the 2nd pit stall.
    The final pit stall was taken by #24-Elliott, 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.

  • New Hampshire Chase clinch scenarios: The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup doesn't begin until September, but several drivers have the opportunity to clinch a spot in the top 30 this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, thus securing a spot in the NASCAR playoffs. To clinch an early Chase berth, a driver must have multiple wins and a top-30 spot. Below are Chase-clinching scenarios for this weekend's races at New Hampshire:
    #18-Kyle Busch -- Busch can only clinch a top-30 spot with help.
    #19-Carl Edwards -- Edwards needs to clinch a top-30 spot, which he should be able to do before the Chase cutoff as he's 349 points ahead of 31st now. With multiple wins, the clinching of a top-30 spot will also clinch his Chase berth.
    #4-Kevin Harvick -- Harvick has already clinched his top-30 spot, but the only way he can clinch a Chase berth at this point is by being a multi-race winner, so his only chance to clinch at New Hampshire is with a win.
    #41-Kurt Busch -- Can clinch with a win.
    #22-Joey Logano -- Can clinch with a win.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. -- Needs some help next week to clinch a top-30 and would also need a win to join the multi-winner club to clinch his Chase berth.
    (NASCAR.com)(7-16-2016)

  • 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
    Pit Stop Times
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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 New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #24-Elliott 131.347
    #11-Hamlin 131.302
    #20-Kenseth 131.044
    #4-Harvick 130.941
    #18-Busch 130.891
    slowest: #32-MacDonald 125.798 & #30-Wise 125.405.
    most laps run: #41-Busch 60 laps, #11-Hamlin 59 lapss
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap avg on the New Hampshire final practice speeds page (pdf).(7-16-2016)

  • First Saturday practice for the New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #19-Edwards 131.456
    #11-Hamlin 131.284
    #20-Kenseth 131.193
    #4-Harvick 130.914
    #24-Elliott 130.855
    slowest: #30-Wise 124.507 & #98-Ellis 124.434.
    most laps run: #19-Edwards & #41-Busch, 47 laps
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap avg on the New Hampshire Practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-16-2016)

  • Johnson wins New Hampshire pole: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with speed of 133.971mph for his 1st pole of 2016, 1st at New Hampshire and 35th of his career. Johnson has won from the pole 13 times in 34 previous tries.
    #18-Busch will start 2nd, followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #41-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #24-Elliott, #4-Harvick, #2-Keselowski, #47-Allmendinger, #5-Kahne, and #14-Stewart.
    Alex Bowman, subbing for #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will start 20th.
    #18-Busch was fastest in the second round with a speed of 134.080mph and will start 2nd.
    #33-Logano paced the opening round of qualifying at 133.166mph and starts 6th.
    40 cars were entered so everyone made the race.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the New Hampshire qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the New Hampshire Starting Lineup page (pdf).(7-15-2016)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 24th Annual New Hampshire 301 with a lap of 28.430 seconds, 133.971 mph.
    This is his 35th pole in 526 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and ninth top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in 29 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2016 and his 14th in 23 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Martin Truex Jr (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 12th in 19 races this season.
    Chase Elliott (seventh) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-15-2016)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #18-Busch 134.080
    #11-Hamlin 133.343
    #24-Elliott 133.105
    #5-Kahne 133.086
    #48-Johnson 133.035
    the rest of the top 12: 22 14 2 4 41 47 78;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 19 21 3 83 42 20 1 88 13 17 23 27
    (7-15-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 133.166
    #11-Hamlin 133.054
    #41-Busch 132.831
    #20-Kenseth 132.827
    #4-Harvick 132.794
    the rest of the top 24: 78 3 24 19 18 13 42 88 21 5 48 14 83 23 47 2 1 27 17;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 31 43 95 16 10 38 6 15 44 7 34 55 46 32 90 98
    Drivers who will miss the race: none as 40 cars entered for 40 spots
    (7-15-2016)

  • Friday practice for the New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #78-Truex, Jr. 133.562
    #19-Edwards 133.380
    #18-Busch 133.100
    #41-Busch 133.091
    #11-Hamlin 132.956
    slowest: #30-Wise 125.047 & #98-Ellis 124.977.
    most laps run: #88-Bowman 38 laps, #44-Scott 32 laps
    notes: Alex Bowman, filling in for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., was 13th fastest.
    Qualifying is scheduled for today at 4:45pm/et and will be shown on NBCSN.
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap avg on the New Hampshire Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-15-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 15, 2016 at 4:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
    " Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
    " Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
    " Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
    There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

  • Qualifying Order for the New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted. 40 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #4-Harvick.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #2-Keselowski.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's New Hampshire Qualifying Order Page (pdf).

  • Entry List for the New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Eddie MacDonald, #55-Sorenson*, #88-Bowman, #95-McDowell, #98-Ryan Ellis*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #98-Ryan Ellis
    Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's New Hampshire Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Kentucky, race 18 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in driver points
    2) #18-Busch [3], 6th in driver points
    3) #19-Edwards [2], 4th
    4) #48-Johnson [2], 9th
    5) #4-Harvick [1], 1st
    6) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
    7) #22-Logano [1], 5th
    8) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 7th
    9) #20-Kenseth [1], 10th
    10) #11-Hamlin [1], 11th
    11) #14-Stewart [1], 30th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    12) #24-Elliott, 8th in drivers points, 63 ahead of 17th
    13) #31-Newman, 12th, +34
    14) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 13th, +32
    15) #3-Dillon, 14th, +31
    16) #1-McMurray, 15th, +10
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #6-Bayne, 16th, -10 pts
    18) #5-Kahne, 17th, -16 pts
    (7-9-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Kentucky, race 18 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 599
    2) #2-Keselowski [4], 595, -4
    3) #41-Busch [1], 583, -16
    4) #19-Edwards [2], 566, -33
    5) #22-Logano [1], 533, -66
    6) #18-Busch, [3], 521, -78
    7) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 514, -85
    8) #24-Elliott, 492, -107
    9) #48-Johnson [2], 484, -115
    10) #20-Kenseth [1], 477, -122
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kentucky Race & Points Report (pdf).

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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-4706

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.64 in. (2,226 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.15 in. (2,239 mm)

  • 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 Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at New Hampshire this weekend . . . these teams have run this left-side tire (D-4564) at New Hampshire since 2012 . . . this is the first time they have run this right-side tire (D-4706) . . . compared to what was run at New Hampshire last year, this right-side features a construction change to bring it into line with what is run at Phoenix and Richmond, and a compound change to give cars more grip and introduce more wear over the course of a run . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at New Hampshire on May 31-June 1 . . . drivers participating in that test were Aric Almirola, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.

RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

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