THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO


    THE RACE: Siemens 300

    Nextel Cup Race #18 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
    Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, July 25, 2004 in Loudon, NH

  • TV: TNT 2:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 1:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, July 28 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, July 29 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, July 30 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

  • War Wagon: Bill Weber and many guests



  • TV Listings and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Fox Sports

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,074,134 (was $4,589,644 in 2003)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, July 23, 11:20 - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, July 24, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 24, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-TNT tape delay at 12L00noon/et.


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 23, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order:
    or
    Qualifying order - NASCAR.com

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, July 23 at 3:05pm/et, TV-TNT live with no re-air, live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).


  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
    Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Striaghts: 2 degrees
    Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
    Grandstand Seating: 101,000

  • Track Homepage: New Hampshire International Speedway

  • Last Year: see my 2003 July New Hampshire Race Info page


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
    Tire Codes: Left - D-6830; Right - D-6832
    Tire Circumference: Left - 87.4 in.; Right - 88.6 in.
    Estimated Pit Window: Every 95-105 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Number of Tires Required:
    Nextel Cup: Left - 1,150, Right - 1,150
    Busch Series: Left - 500, Right - 500

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 20 psi
    Left Rear - 20 psi
    Right Front - 30 psi
    Right Rear - 30 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 14 psi
    Left Rear - 14 psi
    Right Front - 28 psi
    Right Rear - 25 psi

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to New Hampshire . . . the previous combination had been run at the track since July 2002 (four races) . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this week . . . this is also the first time Nextel Cup teams will have run these tire codes . . . Cup teams will run this tire set-up at just two tracks this season - New Hampshire and Phoenix . . . Busch Series teams, however, have already run these codes this season at Gateway, Nazareth and Milwaukee, and will run them four more times in the second half of the season . . teams do not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.

    Goodyear Quote:
    Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "We first tested this construction here last July with Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. Comparing what Goodyear has previously run at Loudon, this year's right-side compound is the same while the left-side compound is softer. The overall construction is also softer, continuing what we've done with the entire 2004 tire lineup."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $80,000 at Loudon for leading the points and winning the race (Dale Earnhardt Jr. last won the award, $80,000 at Richmond on May 15, 2004). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings(7-11-2004)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Loudon is: $5,000
    Winners for 2004 so far:
    Daytona: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Rockingham: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $15,000*
    Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Darlington: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
    Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
    Texas: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
    Talladega: Kevin Harvick, $10,000
    California: Jeremy Mayfield, $10,000
    Richmond: Michael Waltrip, $10,000
    Charlotte: Elliott Sadler, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
    Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Pocono: Kasey Kahne, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
    Michigan: Dale Jarrett, $10,000
    Sonoma: Jeff Gordon, $70,000*
    Daytona: Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
    Chicago: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    (* won race and bonus)(7-11-2004)


WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

none listed


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

    Kurt Busch

  • Busch wins at New Hampshire: #12-Ryan Newman led the first 170 laps of Sunday's Siemens 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway the Nextel Cup race, but as it turned out he was only renting first place. But #97-Kurt Busch started 32nd, it took him a while to make his way to the front of the field on the tight 1.058-mile track. But once he got there, Busch was too tough for anybody to handle. #24-Jeff Gordon, who worked his way into second on Lap 233 at the same time Busch was taking the lead from Newman for the final time, took a couple of shots at getting by Busch on restarts following late cautions. The last came with just three laps to go after #2-Rusty Wallace spun after contact from #88-Dale Jarrett while they raced for eighth, but Busch just had too much. Busch won for the first time since a victory at Bristol in March, his 10th win in his career. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. started the race, but because of burns on his legs suffered in a crash a week ago in a race in California he got out of the car at the first yellow flag and Martin Truex Jr. took over. Truex later hit the wall and wound up finishing 31st, two laps behind the leader. Truex spun and smacked the wall after contact with Ken Schrader on Lap 140. The rest of the top five were #24-Gordon, #12-Newman, #17-Kenseth (31), #20-Stewart.(see a huge race article at ).
    For race results, see:
    Jayski's New Hampshire Race/Awards Results

    Motorsports One
    NASCAR.com.(7-25-2004)

  • Top Five Drivers Points Standings after New Hampshire:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2850
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2685, -165
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 2648, -202
    #20-Tony Stewart, 2548, -302
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 2481, -369
    Standings at:
    Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after New Hampshire

    NASCAR.com.(7-25-2004)

  • Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Hew Hampshire: It was a tale of two races today. In the first story, it was all Ryan Newman.....in the second (the one that pays) it was all Kurt Busch. Newman led the first 170 laps and gave us the feeling that it was going to be a runaway, but Busch led 110 laps (and the final 68 circuits) to grab the victory today in the Siemens 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. This was the second win of the season for Kurt (he won at Bristol in March) and the 10th of his Cup career. He's moved into a tie for 46th on the all-time win list with Donnie Allison, Sterling Marlin, and the aforementioned Mr. Newman. Win #52 for Roush Racing was worth $222,225 for Busch from the over $5.1M in posted awards. With the way the gang on TNT was talking you start to wonder if this was a race or a test session for the next event here! Dale Earnhardt Jr had to go about 60 laps (and looked like one whipped puppy on exit from the car) till he was able to turn his Bud Chevy over to Martin Truex Jr. Martin lost two laps in a scrape with Ken Schrader in turn 1 but otherwise did a credible job in relief. With the BGN boys in Pikes Peak next week it'll be interesting to see who the possible relief driver (if needed) will be.....best guess is DEI's John Andretti [Jayski Note: it was mentioned druing NASCAR This Morning Andretti would stand-by]. All that screamin' about the Green/White/Checker all week long and what do we get? A Green/Green/White Checker finish.
    Matt Kenseth (4th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May. Bobby Hamilton Jr (19th) had his best finish since he was 17th at Richmond in May (only 4 races). Mike Wallace (32nd) had his best finish since he was 26th at Phoenix last November (only 3 races). STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-5's in a row. This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is winner Kurt Busch (+31), followed by Matt Kenseth (+27), Jeff Gordon (+22), and Scott Wimmer (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper is a tie between Dale Earnhardt Jr (-28) and Ricky Craven (-28), followed by Rusty Wallace (-22), and Ken Schrader (-20). Remember the official starting position is used, thus the result for Little E. Jimmie Johnson tacked 60 markers onto his points lead today. The Top-5 remained unchanged, and all (with the exception of Jr) had their "Magic Number" increase. That's the position they can finish in every race and guarantee entry into the "Chase".
    Kurt Busch's win moved him forward the most spots in the point standings (9th to 6th) while we had a pair of drivers fall two spots each....Rusty Wallace (17th to 19th) and Greg Biffle (23rd to 25th).(Stock Car Fans Cup Newsletter)(7-25-2004)

  • The Siemens 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 300 of 300 laps:
    car#, driver, starting spot
    #97-Busch (32)(110 laps led)
    #24-Gordon (24)
    #12-Newman (1)(187 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth (31)
    #20-Stewart (9)
    #15-Waltrip (4)($5 off Domino's Pizza on Monday)
    #42-McMurray (5)
    #9-Kahne (6)
    #88-Jarrett (25)
    #19-Mayfield (7)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 29 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (9):
    #46-Long (transmission-out)
    #02-Sadler (overheating-out)
    #98-Bodine (engine-out)
    #89-Shepherd (ignition-out)
    #21-Rudd (accident-out)
    #49-Schrader (engine-out)
    #32-Craven (engine/accident-out)
    #72-Chrsitopher (engine-out)
    #16-Biffle (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (3 with 4 lead changes):
    #12-Newman (187 lead most and halfway)
    #97-Busch (110)
    #4-Spencer (3)

    Cautions: 12 for 62 laps

    Caution 12 - Laps 295 - 297: #88-Jarrett punted #2-Wallace, Wallace got sideways and hit the wall, serious damage to the front end.
    Caution 11 - Laps 273 - 276: #16-Biffle says he got in some fluid on the track and spun around and wrecked hard. TV thinks Biffle lost his brakes.
    Caution 10 - Laps 256 - 263: #32-Craven looks like he lost an engine and spun around and hit the SAFER wall hard.
    Caution 9 - Laps 234 - 236: #77-Gaughan did a 360 degree spin, didn't hit the wall.
    Caution 8 - Laps 223 - 229: #49-Schrader lost an engine and stopped on the track.
    Caution 7 - Laps 212 - 217: #21-Rudd slowed for the #25-Vickers car, got hit in the rear by #6-Martin, spun around and wacked the wall hard [SAFER], the rear wheels came off the track quite a bit.
    Caution 6 - Laps 181 - 183: #25-Vickers spun and wacked the wall just after the 5th caution restart.
    Caution 5 - Laps 175 - 179: #98-Bodine lost an engine and stopped on the track in turn 1.
    Caution 4 - Laps 142 - 145: #49-Schrader and #8-Truex Jr. got together, Truex spun and wacked the wall, has flats and some damage.
    Caution 3 - Laps 103 - 105: #30-Blaney stalled on the track after his battery went dead, ended up stalling on the turn 1 apron.
    Caution 2 - Laps 91 - 100: Debris from in turn 1, a sign fell off the catchfence, the track then took the rest of them down, causing a bit of delay.
    Caution 1 - Laps 60 - 65: #32-Craven hit the wall after getting together with the #48, got loose, then #38-Sadler rear-eneded Craven, which send him into the wall, causing a right front tire go down. Earnhardt Jr. got out of the #8 and Truex Jr. go in, stayed on the lead lap.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at NHIS - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 12: none, the race was under 10 laps to go
    Caution 11: #45-Petty, 27th
    Caution 10: #41-Mears(2), 26th
    Caution 9: #31-Gordon, 25th
    Caution 8: #43-Green(2), 24th
    Caution 7: I had 38-Sadler, but he is not listed in the final rundown, 15th
    Caution 6: #41-Mears, 26th
    Caution 5: #22-Wimmer, 18th
    Caution 4: #0-Burton, 29th
    Caution 3: #43-Green, 24th
    Caution 2: #77-Gaughan, 22nd
    Caution 1: #8-Earnhardt Jr., 31st [Truex Jr. ran the final 239 laps]
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- #8-Truex Jr. has pitted five times since his wreck, the toe in was off an inch.
    ---- #43-Green had a tire go down while running 9th and had to pit.
    ---- #15-Waltrip and #99-Burton got together a bit, with the #15 tapping the rear of the #99, both drove on.
    ---- on the 4th caution pit stops, #15-Waltrip had a jack brake and lost a lot of time in the pits.
    ---- #88-Jarrett had a tire going down just before the 3rd caution and was able to pit and not lose a lap.
    ---- #32-Craven and #02-Sadler are both back on the track after making repairs as of lap 100.
    ---- just after the 1st caution restart, #8-Truex Jr. was trying to pass #49-Schrader, they got together, Truex got very sideways, but made a great save and drove on.
    ---- on lap 62, during the first caution and Truex Jr. is in, what a driver change, very smooth...
    ---- on lap 57, #8-Earnhardt Jr., while running 30th, went down a lap.
    ---- on lap 53, #12-Newman, while leading, says he has a vibration, possible right rear tire.
    ---- On lap 46, #10-Riggs got into #17-Kenseth in turn 4, Kenseth got sideways but saved it, both drove on ok.
    ---- NASCAR is looking at the #46-Long car, reports of it smoking on lap 25, would be good for Dale Jr. - no caution called
    ---- on the race start, #31-Gordon, hit #29-Harvick in the corner, got a bit sideways, but both drove on ok.
    ---- to the back, #72-Christopher (engine change), #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (driver change) and have to go to the rear of the field before the start of the race.

  • #8 News: the #8 Budweiser Chevy will run with the yellow strips on the back of the rear bumper, which tells other drivers a rookie is in the car as Martin Truex Jr. will run the car Sunday, after Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts the car and brings the car in on the first caution or early in the race.
    Dale Jr. practiced the car for 10 laps, and had a lot of trouble getting in and out of the car. Allen Bestwick of TNT's Happy Hour coverage, said he talked to Dale Jr. just after Dale Jr.'s practice and said it didn't look like Dale Jr' was comfortable, and Dale Jr. said 'cause I'm not'. Tony Eury Jr., the car chief for the team, said Dale Jr. will run around first caution or 25 laps.(7-24-2004)

  • Happy Hour practice at NHIS for the Siemens 300 is over. The to five were:
    #12-Newman 130.220
    #97-Busch 130.095
    #09-Hamilton Jr. 130.046
    #16-Biffle 129.829
    #17-Kenseth 129.767
    #8-Truex Jr. was 10th fastest [no word yet in Dale Jr. practiced]
    slowest are:#72-Christopher 117.017 and #46-Long 126.107.
    Most laps run: #15-Waltrip 51, #20-Stewart 49
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #97-Busch 128.664
    #8-Truex Jr. 128.656
    #16-Biffle 128.548
    For speeds, see ThatsRacin.com or NASCAR.com.(7-24-2004)

  • Practice Incidents #30-Dave Blaney backed into turn 1 during Saturday's first practice, but the team was able to make repairs and he will not have to go to a backup car. During Happy Hour practice, #50-Mike Wallace scraped the wall, but drove on and took it to the garage.(7-24-2004)

  • TO the BACK: none...so far.(7-24-2004)

  • First Sat. Practice at NHIS for the Siemens 300 is over, the top five were:
    #16-Biffle 130.398
    #24-Gordon 130.389
    #12-Newman 130.193
    #15-Waltrip 130.086
    #40-Marlin 129.843
    #8-Truex Jr. was 8th fastest.
    slowest were: #89-Shepherd 122.746 and #98-Bodine 124.932
    no speed listed for: #72-Christopher, #02-Sadler.
    Most laps run: #32-Craven 48; #01-Nemechek 43
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #12-Newman 129.404
    #24-Gordon 128.877
    #17-Kenseth 128.781
    For speeds, see or NASCAR.com.(7-24-2004)

  • Newman wins pole at New Hampshire: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Siemens 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway with an event qualifying record of 132.360mph, it is Newman's 4th pole of 2004 and 22nd of his 99 race career. #48-Jimmie Johnson is on the outside pole, #8-Martin Truex Jr. did a nice job and qualified 3rd, rounding out the top five are #15-Waltrip and #42-McMurray. #84-Kyle Busch wrecked on his lap before ran his lap and failed to qualify. #00-Ryan McGlynn withdrew before qualifying. #89-Shepherd used a provisional and will start his 500th career race and #5-Terry Labonte will start his 800th race.
    See Jayski's Loudon Qualifying/Grid Page for pole progression, where the rookies qualified, top manu qualifier, who missed the race and why.
    Other New Hampshire Qualifying Results/Starting Lineup at:

    MotorSports One
    NASCAR.com.(7-23-2004)

  • Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Loudon: Since he took four months off from dominating Fridays, I guess we can say....He's baaaack! Ryan Newman was a half-mile an hour slower than he was in practice, but he was still the fastest today at New Hampshire International Speedway as he captured his 4th Bud Pole of the season for Sunday's Siemens 300. In winning his first pole since Bristol in March, Newman sped around this mile oval in 28.776 sec (132.360 mph) to capture the 22nd top-spot of his career, with three of those in Loudon.
    Jimmie Johnson will start outside the front row. He had the pole for most of the session (he went out 21st and Newman 45th), but Newman just beat out both the rain and Johnson.
    Martin Truex Jr. qualified Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car for him today quite well, thank you. They'll be listed with a third place starting effort, but it was for pit-position only as Little E'll have to start from the back with the driver change.
    Jamie McMurray (5th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Martinsville in April.
    Ricky Craven (10th....and dusting off his resume) has his best starting spot since he lined up 8th at Darlington last September!
    A statistical aberation: Bobby Hamilton Jr. has started 28th for the last three races in a row!
    Welcome Back: Ted Christopher (42nd in Kirk Shelmerdine's ride this weekend) makes his first Cup start since Watkins Glen in August of 1999. He started 33rd and finished 31st that day.
    STREAKIN....An empty category this week.
    The Trouble Train was a short one today with only 46 cars on hand. Kevin Lepage, Kyle Busch (who crashed coming to the green), and Ryan McGlynn (who didn't take a time - withdrew) all got the early out. Kyle Petty, Todd Bodine, Morgan Shepherd, Ted Christopher, and Hermie Sadler all used provisionals to make the field.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(7-23-2004)

  • Friday practice at New Hampshire International Speedway for the Siemens 300 is over, the fastest were:
    #12-Newman 132.813
    #8-Truex Jr. 132.094
    #9-Kahne 131.765
    #48-Johnson 131.569
    #97-Busch 131.365
    Slowest were: #72-Ted Christopher [in for Shelmerdine?] 121.617 and #89-Shepherd 123.686.
    Most laps ran: #40-Marlin, 45; #10-Riggs and #6-Martin, 41
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #12-Newman 131.655
    #8-Truex Jr. 130.668
    #9-Kahne 130.632
    For speeds see or NASCAR.com.(7-23-2004)

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Qualifying Order is posted for the Siemens 300 at Hew Hampshire International Speedway. 46 cars listed. First driver scheduled to make an attempt is #24-Jeff Gordon, last due out is #12-Ryan Newman [looks like the pole streak could fall]. #8-Martin Truex Jr., subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in qualifying, is scheduled to go out 32nd of 46. Links above.(7-23-2004)

  • Entry List link(s) are posted for the Siemens 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. 46 drivers are listed including: 00-Ryan McGlynn, #02-Hermie Sadler, #09-Tony Raines, #46-Carl Long, Mike Wallace back in the #50 Dodge, #51-Kevin Lepage, #72-Kirk Shelmerdine, #84-Kyle Busch, #89-Morgan Shepherd, and #98-Todd Bodine.(7-19-2004)

  • Entry List Links:
    Jayski's Siemens 300 Entry List, 46 cars entered

    NASCAR.com

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links

  • 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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
    NASCAR.com


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Last 6 Races what drivers have scored the most points?
    1.  #48-Johnson, 927, overall 1st
    2.  #24-Gordon, 824, 3rd
    3.  #8-Earnhardt Jr., 817, 2nd
    4.  #20-Stewart, 806, 4th
    5.  #88-Jarrett, 779, 12th
    6.  #15-Waltrip, 775, 18th
    7.  #19-Mayfield, 758, 11th
    8.  #29-Harvick, 731, 8th
    9.  #18-Labonte, 724, 6th
    10. #25-Vickers, 722, 20th
    10. #5-Labonte, 722, 21st
    (7-19-2004)

  • Maintaining a Top-10 Standard: Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-11-2004)

  • July 2003 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 96.924mph, started 6th

  • Race Speed Record: Jeff Burton, 117.134, 7/13/97

  • Slowest Race Record: Ricky Rudd, 87.619, 7/94

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

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, 133.357mph, 9/12/03

  • Event Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, 132.089mph, 7/2000

  • 2003 Pole Sitter: Matt Kenseth, via points, finished 3rd

  • Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Burton

  • Most Poles: 3 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 5s: 8 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 13 - Dale Jarrett

  • Oldest Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 7 months, 26 days, 7/22/01

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 11 months, 5 days, 7/9/95

  • Most Lead Changes: 23 - twice, most recently 7/21/02

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 7/17/00

  • Most Leaders: 15, 7/14/96

  • Fewest Leaders: 1 - 9/17/00

  • Most Cautions: 17, 7/14/94

  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 7/13/97

  • Most Caution Laps: 78, 7/10/94

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 10 - 7/13/97

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 30, 7/21/02

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 7 - 7/11/93

  • Most Running at the Finish: 39, three times, most recently, 7/20/03

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 30 - twice, most recently 9/17/00

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 300 [of 300], Jeff Burton, 9/17/00

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 2, Jeff Burton, 7/11/99

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 8 - Ford, 7 - Chevy, 2 - Pontiac, 1 - Dodge

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [of 18 races] 11.1%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 31: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 33: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 38: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 5 of 18 - 27.8%
  • Races won from the top 10: 10 of 18 - 55.6%

    PREVIOUS NHIS RACE/POLE WINNERS

    SEPTEMBER RACE WINNERS
    1997: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 100.364; started 13th
    1998: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 112.078; started 1st
    1999: #42-Joe Nemechek, Chevy, 100.673; started 11th
    2000: #99-Jeff Burton, Ford, 102.003; started 2nd - lead ALL 300 laps - restrictor plate used to slow cars down
    2001: #31-Robby Gordon, Chevy, 103.594, started 31st (run in Nov due to 9-11 attacks)
    2002: #12-Ryan Newman. Ford, 105.081, started 1st
    2003: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 106.580, started 8th

    SEPTEMBER POLE WINNERS
    1997: #33-Ken Schrader, Chevy, 129.182; finished 37th
    1998: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 129.033; finished 1st
    1999: #2-Rusty Wallace, Ford, 129.820; finished 6th
    2000: #18-Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 127.632; finished 2nd
    2001: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, set by points [field set in Sept for Nov race]; finished 15th
    2002: #12-Ryan Newman, Ford, 132.241; finished 1st
    2003: #12-Ryan Newman, Dodge, 133.357, Track Record, finished 9th

    JULY RACE WINNERS
    1993: #2-Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 105.947mph; started 33rd
    1994: #10-Ricky Rudd, Ford, 87.599; started 3rd
    1995: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 107.029; started 21st
    1996: #28-Ernie Irvan, Ford, 98.930; started 6th
    1997: #99-Jeff Burton, Ford, 117.134; started 15th
    1998: #99-Jeff Burton, Ford, 102.996; started 5th
    1999: #99-Jeff Burton, Ford, 101.876; started 38th
    2000: #20-Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 103.145; started 6th
    2001: #88-Dale Jarrett, Ford, 102.131; started 9th
    2002: #22-Ward Burton, Dodge, 92.342; started 31st
    2003: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 96.924, started 6th
    2004: ?

    JULY POLE WINNERS
    1993: #6-Mark Martin, Ford, 126.871
    1994: #28-Ernie Irvan, Ford, 127.197
    1995: #6-Mark Martin, Ford, 128.815
    1996: #41-Ricky Craven, Chevy, 129.379
    1997: #33-Ken Schader, Chevy, 129.423
    1998: #25-Ricky Craven, Chevy, 128.394
    1999: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 131.171
    2000: #2-Rusty Wallace, Ford, 132.089
    2001: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 131.770
    2002: #9-Bill Elliott, Dodge, 131.469
    2003: #17-Matt Kenseth, by points; finished 3rd
    2004: ?

TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Fans Not happy with NHIS camper fees: NASCAR fans have mixed reactions to a new camping fee for New Hampshire International Speedway’s NASCAR races. Racing fans previously could park recreational vehicles on the track’s 1,000-acre property at no charge, but this year were required to pay $100 in advance or $125 at the gate. Busch Series and Nextel Cup races are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the speedway. Track spokesman Ron Meade said about 1,700 RVs already have arrived. Some fans called the new camping fee too high. Track officials changed the fee policy after being overwhelmed by more than 8,000 large vehicles last year. Meade said about 5,000 fans had arranged for RV parking in advance for this weekend. “We were hopeful that charging a fee would give people a second thought about bringing their mobile homes,” Meade said. “Because car parking is still free.” Not all tracks charge camping fees. Some RV parking is free at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway. But fees at other tracks are more than double New Hampshire’s.(Union Leader/AP)(7-21-2004)

  • Race at NHIS gets a Sponsor: Siemens, one of the world's largest electronics and engineering companies, today announced a major agreement with the New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS), New England's largest sports facility, to sponsor the four July 2004 NASCAR races at NHIS. The events will be named the Siemens 300 (the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race), the Siemens 200 (the NASCAR Busch Series race), the Siemens 125 (the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race), and the Siemens 100 (the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series race). The Siemens 300 is the nineteenth of 36 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races in 2004, and routinely draws crowds of 101,000 guests which is the Speedway's capacity. Bob Bahre, the Chairman of the Board of New Hampshire International Speedway, said, "We're very pleased to have Siemens join us in bringing the excitement of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series; NASCAR Busch Series; NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series; and NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series to millions of race fans world-wide. Siemens is a leader in technology, as well as, a vital part of the world business community. We could not have asked for a better corporate partner for our July races." Siemens AG is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $80.5 billion in fiscal 2003. Founded more than 150 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas of Information and Communications, Automation and Control, Power, Transportation, Medical and Lighting. For more information on Siemens in the United States: www.usa.siemens.com.(NHIS PR)(7-14-2004)

  • Good News - Bahre Back in Action: Bob Bahre, the 78-year-old chairman of New Hampshire International Speedway, was back at his track to preside over this weekend's Loudon Classic motorcycle race meet. And he was feeling no pain, certainly none from the multiple injuries he suffered Jan. 29 in a single-car accident. "I'm feeling pretty good now," said Bahre, who spoke for the first time about his accident yesterday by telephone from NHIS. "I was in the hospital four days short of two months." And, by Bahre's account, that was too much time. Way too much. "I was in the house for two more [months] working with physical therapists and I just finished up with them," he said. "I had a nurse who had to give me a shot once a day in my stomach, but I'm done with that, too. So I'm feeling good. I'm just very fortunate that the good Lord was riding with me." Bahre does not remember the accident. All he can recall was the lunch meeting he had with a business associate, Kenneth Hoyt, who led Bahre home to Maine from Alton, N.H., in a two-car caravan. "I was tired as hell when I left to go home," said Bahre, who sustained a head injury in addition to a cracked vertebra, broken ribs, and a broken right ankle. "I must have fallen asleep at the wheel, but I don't really remember. I guess I hit this big tree." Bahre, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, was taken by ambulance to Bridgton, Maine, and later airlifted to Maine Medical in Portland. "I can't say enough about those good people who helped me there," Bahre said. "I was very, very fortunate they were there to help me. They weren't there just to do a job. They were trying to do their best to help me." Bahre's wife, Sandra, and their son, Gary, president of NHIS, spent the next 3 1/2 weeks near his side. "Gary and Sandra saw how much they were doing for me at the hospital," said Bahre. "Gary sent down about 100 pounds of chocolate to all the nurses and right after I got out [in March] he sent them another 100 pounds. We're going to take care of all of them and host them at our July [NASCAR Nextel Cup] race." Tuesday, Bahre returned to Maine Medical to visit to the staff that treated him.(Boston Globe)(6-19-2004)

  • NHIS Tix on Sale: Tickets for the NASCAR Busch Series New England 200 and the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series New England 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway are now on sale. Both events are scheduled for Saturday, July 24 as a part of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series New England 300 weekend. Fans attending this great day of racing will enjoy the added bonus of seeing the final two rounds of practice by the stars of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series as they prepare for the New England 300 on Sunday, July 25. Reserved seat tickets for the New England 200 and the New England 125 on July 24 are available for $50 and $55 dollars. Tickets for children ages 11 and under are $5. General admission tickets are also available for $35 in advance, $40 at the gate on raceday. For more information, please call Speedway Guest Services at (603) 783-4931 or visit the Speedway's Web Site www.nhis.com to purchase tickets online.(NHIS PR)(4-6-2004)

  • Bahre Recovering: The owner of the New Hampshire International Speedway is continuing to recover from an accident in late January in Maine. A track spokesman says Bob Bahre is in therapy and that the recovery is "going to take some time." Bahre broke his ankle, injured ribs and a vertebra, and suffered a concussion when he drove off the road in Brownfield. Investigators say he fell asleep and that the airbag and seat belt saved him from greater injury. Bahre, who's 76, was on is way from the speedway to his home in Maine when the crash occurred.(wmtw.com/AP)(3-1-2004)

  • NHIS Track Owner Injured UPDATE: New Hampshire International Speedway Owner Bob Bahre was seriously injured in a car accident Thursday night when his car went off the road in Maine. According to track spokesman Ron Meade, Bahre suffered a fractured vertebrae, a broken ankle, a concussion, rib injuries and has been in and out of consciousness. "They just got him out of an MRI and they have him stabilized, but as you can imagine all the swelling, it's pretty serious," Meade said. A hospital spokesman said Bahre is listed in stable condition but he remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Stevens Memorial Hospital in Maine. Bahre's family told Meade that Bahre went off the road and crashed into a tree, totaling his Chevy Blazer. Police extracted Bahre from his car. Meade said Bahre lost a lot of blood, but he was probably saved by wearing a seat-belt and the Blazer's air bag. Bahre, a self-made multimillionaire in his late 70s, is credited with bringing big time auto racing to New England with his racing empire in Loudon. He also owned and operated Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine from 1964 to 1986.(Concord Monitor/AP)(1-31-2004)
    UPDATE: Bob Bahre was in intensive care in a Maine hopsital after he was seriously injured in a car accident Thursday when his car went off the road. Bahre, who is in his late 70s, was listed in stable condition Sunday at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Maine, a hospital spokesman said. According to track spokesman Ron Meade, Bahre suffered a fractured vertebrae, a broken ankle, a concussion, rib injuries and has been in and out of consciousness. Bahre was following another vehicle to his home in Paris, Maine, after a day at the speedway when his SUV went off Route 160 in Brownfield at 2 p.m. Thursday and hit a tree. The airbag and seat belt probably saved Bahre from greater injury, Cpl. Tim Ontengco of the Oxford County Sheriff's Department said. Bahre, who said he was fatigued, apparently fell asleep coming off a curve, Ontengco said. "I asked him what happened. He said he was kind of tired and fatigued because he had been at the speedway all day and he was driving back" to his home in Maine, the investigator said. After the crash, the speedometer was stuck at 49 mph, the speed the SUV was traveling, Ontengco said. (Concord Monitor)(2-2-2004)

  • RV Parking Fees Announced at NHIS: Recreational vehicles and towed campers will be assessed a weekend parking fee by New Hampshire International Speedway for the two 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekends. Speedway officials announced the fee in response to the overwhelming RV numbers this past year. The large number of motor homes and campers entering the Speedway ’s more than 1,000 acres of parking for the July 2003 New England 300 weekend were unexpected. The volume of RV’s caused the Speedway to direct hundreds of autos to off-site parking areas where fans were bused to the track. The fees will be used to offset the costs of increasing camping area lighting, increased RV services, and added security requirements. Car parking will remain free. The RV fee will be $100 in advance and $125 at the gate. Speedway Guest Services is mailing RV fee information to all current ticket holders, and information on the NHIS RV policy may be found at the NHIS web site.(NE Racing site)(12-31-2003)

  • No Lights at NHIS: New Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre said Sunday he would not consider installing lights at his 1.058-mile speedway, which has dates next season in July and September. "We're not considering lights at all right now," Bahre said. "Last night was nice, but for the last two weeks here, it's been in the mid-30s to 40s every night. There's no way in hell you'd have people sitting in the grandstands in that." Bahre, who formerly owned the Oxford Plains Speedway, a short track in Maine, said his affinity for short-track racing would not allow him to consider lights for his summer date. "I think it would hurt the short tracks and the guys that are coming along," Bahre said. "Every person here (in Winston Cup) started on the short tracks and you can't very well run the risk of putting the short tracks out of business."(NASCAR.com)(9-16-2003)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - New Hamshire International Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Kyle Busch to attempt NHIS: Kyle Busch mentioned on Speed Channel's Inside Nextel Cup that he would run the Siemens 300 Cup race at New Hampshire this coming weekend.(7-20-2004)

  • #800 for Terry Labonte: Terry Labonte is expected to make his 800th career Cup start at New Hampshire. He is the fifth driver in NASCAR history to compete in 800 or more Cup races. Richard Petty heads the list with 1,185, followed by Dave Marcis (883), Ricky Rudd (821 - current) and Darrell Waltrip (809).()(7-19-2004)

  • Green-White-Checker OFFICIAL and: A “green-white-checkered” finish format will be used for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series beginning with next weekend’s races at New Hampshire International Speedway, NASCAR officials announced today. “The green-white-checkered format is an attempt to achieve everyone’s goals – a green-flag finish,” NASCAR President Mike Helton said. “This change hopefully will provide competitive finishes in the relatively rare occasions it is warranted. This format has been successful in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and considering the tight competition week in and week out in the other two national series, we feel the time is right to use the same procedure in all three national series.”
    The new procedure will consist of a restart of two laps – green flag for the first lap of the restart and the white flag signaling the final lap leading to the checkered flag. All additional laps will be counted and scored. The new format will not guarantee a green-flag finish. Only one restart under the “green-white-checkered” format will be attempted. If a caution comes out during that period, the race will be complete. This procedure will eliminate the need for a red flag in the final laps to immediately stop the race in an attempt to finish under green-flag conditions. The announcement expands the single attempt “green-white-checkered” format to all three of NASCAR’s national series, beginning next week.(NASCAR PR), for the Truck Series, who have had this procedure since it started, in 48 races with a G-W-C, 6 times has the lead changed [12.5%](Speed Channel)(7-15-2004)
    AND - Trucks Change too: Until now, the trucks have been allowed to run multiple green-flag restarts to determine a winner. That will end after the race at Gateway. Cup races will be allowed only one re-start, and NASCAR will enforce that rule in all three series. Thus, a finish under caution is possible if an accident occurs on the final two laps.(St Louis Post Dispatch)(7-17-2004)

  • Wallace and LesCare with the #50 at NHIS: LesCare Kitchens, Inc. will be the primary sponsor on the #50 car to be driven by Mike Wallace in the Siemens 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway on July 25. LesCare Kitchens also has agreed to be an associate sponsor on the GEICO Ford that Wallace will drive in the NASCAR Busch Series event at the track on Saturday, the 24th. LesCare Kitchens is a builder of custom and semi-custom cabinets, and is the largest privately owned cabinet manufacturer in North America.(PR)(7-16-2004)

  • #500 for Shepherd UPDATE 2: if #89-Morgan Shepherd can make the Tropiciana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, it would mark Shepherd's 500th career starts to go along with 7 poles, 4 wins, 63 top fives and 168 top tens [thats 33%, not bad...](7-7-2004)
    UPDATE: no #89-Morgan Shepherd on the Qualifying Order for the race, haven't heard why he withdrew, no mention on his site and Shepherd is not listed in the current Cup practice sheets.(7-9-2004)
    UPDATE 2: nothing official, but am hearing Shepherd couldn't get the car ready in time, but plans to be at New Hampshire in two weeks, after next week off weekend.(7-10-2004)

  • See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #17-Matt Kenseth Smirnoff Ice Triple Black New Hampshire - July #17 Paint Scheme Page


  • #9 and #19 Schemes for the Summer: the #9 and #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge will continue to run its new paint scheme this weekend in New Hampshire. The new scheme will run through the August 28th race in Bristol in support of Dodge's Summer Sales Drive.(Clear!Blue PR)(7-20-2004)

  • Smirnoff Ice Back with Kenseth: Smirnoff Ice will sponsor Roush Racing driver Matt Kenseth in six races during the 2004 season:
    May 30 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s
    July 3 Pepsi 400 at Daytona
    July 25 Siemens 300 at New Hampshire
    August 8 Brickyard 400 at Indy
    September 5 Pop Secret 500 at California
    October 3 EA Sports 500 at Talladega
    Smirnoff will also have secondary sponsorship on the DeWALT car for the remaining 2004 races.(Mattkenseth.com), see images of the car and a new DeWalt scheme on the #17 Team Schemes page.(2-4-2004)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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