THE RACE: Sylvania 300

    Nextel Cup Race #27 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
    Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, September 19, 2004 in Loudon, NH

  • TV: TNT 1:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show/Discover Card Countdown To Green: NBC - 12:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, September 22 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, September 23 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, Septmeber 24 [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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,129,482 (was $4,719,296 in 2003)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, September 17, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, September 18, 9:30 - 10:15am/et;

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 18, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-Speed Channel - LIVE.

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 17, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order Links: moved to the race results section below

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, September 17 at 3:10pm/et, TV-TNT, 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:
    Track/Race Length: 1.058 mile oval, 300 laps, 317.4 miles
    Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
    Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Striaghts: 2 degrees
    Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
    Grandstand Seating: 101,000
    Estimated Pit Window: Every 95-105 laps, based on fuel mileage
    . Speed Limits: 45 mph - Pit Road; 55 mph Pace Car

  • Track Website:

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

  • July's Race: see my 2004 July's New Hampshire Race Info page


    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nextel Cup);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Truck Series)

    Number of Tires Required:
    Nextel Cup: Left - 1,150, Right - 1,150; Truck Series: Left - 325, Right - 325

    Tire Codes:
    Left - D-6830; Right - D-6832

    Tire Circumference:
    Left - 87.4 in.; Right - 88.6 in.

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

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 15 psi;
    Left Rear - 15 psi;
    Right Front - 28 psi;
    Right Rear - 25 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 95-105 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the second consecutive NASCAR Nextel Cup race that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to New Hampshire . . . both the Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the second of three races Nextel Cup teams will run these tire codes in 2004 . . in addition to New Hampshire, Cup teams will run these tires at Phoenix later this season . . . Truck Series teams will run these codes at New Hampshire and Phoenix, as well as already having run them at Gateway, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Memphis and Milwaukee . . . 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."


  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $70,000 at New Hampshire for leading the points and winning the race. 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.
    2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    Matt Kenseth, March 2004, Las Vegas, $30,000)
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
    Jimmie Johnson, Pocono, August 2004, $90,000

  • 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 New Hampshire: $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: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000 [#29-Harvick not eligible]
    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, $75,000*
    Daytona: Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
    Chicago: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    New Hampshire: Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Pocono: Casey Mears, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
    Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon, $25,000*
    Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    Michigan: Greg Biffle, $15,000*
    Bristol: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $15,000*
    California: Elliott Sadler, $15,000*
    Richmond: Jeremy Mayfield, $15,000*
    (* won race and bonus)
    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
    Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Tony Stewart 12
    Jeff Gordon 11
    Matt Kenseth 6



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news and links

  • TO THE BACK [0]: no drivers had to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the race on Sunday. No backup cars, no engine changes, no driver changes.(9-19-2004)

  • Busch wins at Loudon: #97-Kurt Busch dominated and won the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway after leading 155 of 300 laps, his 3rd win of the season and 11th of his career. #17-Matt Kesneth was 2nd and co-points leader, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 3rd, followed by #9-Kasey Kahne and #42-Jamie McMurray. Earnhardt Jr. and Busch are tid in the new Chase for the Nextel Cup points system with 5210 points, but Earnhardt Jr. is considered the leader as the tiebreaker is wins and Dale Jr. has 4 to Busch's 3. #31-Robby Gordon was penalized 2 laps early in the race for punting Greg Biffle, who got togehter a tad earlier in the race. The problem was, when Gordon hit Biffle, Biffle went into #19-Mayfield and #20-Stewart had no place to go and hit Biffle. Stewart finished 39th and Mayfield 35th. Good race report at Busch dominates at Loudon.
    For race results, see:
    Jayski's Loudon Race Results/Awards Page


  • New Hampshire Race Notes:
    ---- Kurt Busch won the 2004 Sylvania 300, scoring his 11th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 141st career start. His last victory came at New Hampshire in July, eight races ago.
    ---- Busch swept both races at New Hampshire this season and posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight races here. This is his third victory in 2004.
    ---- Busch became the second driver in two years to score a sweep at New Hampshire International Speedway. He joins Jimmie Johnson who swept both races at New Hampshire in 2003.
    ---- Busch is one of the 10 drivers competing in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and climbed from seventh to second in the point standings.
    ---- Busch led three times for 155 laps including the final 36, leading the most laps for the third time in 2004.
    ---- This was the ninth victory for Ford in 2004. Chevrolet has won 15 and Dodge has three. 2004 Sylvania 300-Notebook Items The Race for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
    ---- With nine races remaining, first to 10th in the standings are separated by 142 points with the biggest margin occurring between eighth-place Tony Stewart and seventh-place Mark Martin who are separated by 53 points. ---- Nine of the 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup changed positions at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    ---- Seven of the 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup posted top-15 finishes in the Sylvania 300.
    ---- Six drivers in the Chase for the Nextel Cup led at least one lap in the Sylvania 300, earning the additional five bonus points. Kurt Busch earned the extra five points for leading the most laps.
    ---- All 10 drivers competing in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup scored at least one victory in the first 26 races of the 2004 season.
    ---- Approximately $1 million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings – an increase of more than $400,000 over one year ago. That includes a $250,000 bonus, which will be paid to the 11th-place finisher. Additionally, the 11th-place driver will also join the top-10 drivers on the stage at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Banquet in New York in December. Currently, Jamie McMurray holds the 11th-place position by just eight points over 12th-place Kasey Kahne. Drivers ranked 11th to 15th are all separated by just 149 points, which means they can all change positions at Dover.
    ---- Matt Kenseth (second) scored his 16th top-10 finish in 2004. It was his sixth top-10 finish in 10 races at New Hampshire International Speedway. • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) scored his 16th top-10 finish in 2004. This was his third top-five finish in the last four races. This was his fourth top-10 finish in 11 races at New Hampshire International Speedway. Earnhardt Jr. moved from third to first in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. He holds the position because he has one more victory than Busch who also has 5,210 points.
    ---- Kasey Kahne (fourth) scored his third top-five finish in the last five races. This was his second top-10 finish in two races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    ---- Jamie McMurray (fifth) scored his 16th top-10 finish in 2004. It was his third top-10 finish in four races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    ---- Matt Kenseth has ranked among the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 in 62 straight races.
    ---- The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader bonus will be worth $80,000 at Dover International Speedway.
    ---- Jeremy Mayfield (35th) dropped from ninth to 10th in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.
    ---- Tony Stewart (39th) dropped from fourth to eighth in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. It is Stewart's second DNF in 12 races at New Hampshire, tying his worst finish there set in July 2002. This also is Stewart's second DNF in 2004 and his worst finish since he finished 40th in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte in May 2003.
    ---- Heading to Dover - Tony Stewart has scored top-five finishes in nine of his 11 races at Dover International Speedway, including the last four races there. He has had only one finish outside the top 10 in those 11 races (11th-June 2002).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-19-2004)

  • (Nextel Cup) Newsletter - Rumblings - New Hampshire:
    At a track that has never lent itself to side-by-side racing, we were treated to another snoozefest today. Does it look like most of the "Chasers" are just gonna ride around for the first nine races or was the winner just that dominant? Kurt Busch led 155 laps today at New Hampshire International Speedway to take the Sylvania 300 and make it a sweep of both events here in New England. He led 110 laps when we were here in July, so thats 265 of the 600 circuits. This was the 3rd win of 2004 for Busch and the 11th of his Cup career. He's now in a 4-way tie for 43rd place on the all-time win list with Dale Earnhardt Jr, Dick Rathman, and Tim Richmond. Win #73 for Roush Racing was worth $237,225 from the over $5.1M in posted awards.
    Todays race brings up a question: Would NASCAR have penalized Robby Gordon if the two "Chase" combatants had not been involved? Are we seeing the first steps to a "contrived" Championship? Yeah, I know, that's two questions.....
    12 leaders.....but if we hadn't had a round of green-flag pit stops with about 40 to go we would have had no more than 7.
    Matt Kenseth (2nd....and a Roush sweep of the top-two spots), had his best finish since he won at Las Vegas in March.
    Joe Nemechek (6th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Daytona in February.
    Michael Waltrip (9th) had his best finish since he was 6th here in July.
    Ken Schrader (16th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Bristol in March.
    Ricky Craven (17th in his swan song in the Tide Ride) had his best finish since he was 16th at Infineon in June.
    Hermie Sadler (31st) had his best finish since he was 26th at Martinsville in April (only 8 races).
    STREAKIN....Jamie McMurray has 5 Top-10's in a row.
    The Rookie Report: Kasey Kahne (5th) is the top finishing rookie for the 15th time this season, and he's got Brian Vickers dormie (15-6 with nine to go). Kasey was followed by: Brian Vickers (22nd), Scott Riggs (26th), Brendan Gaughan (30th), and Scott Wimmer (36th).
    This Week's Elevator....UP: NOBODY! It takes a 20 position move to grab this esteemed honor, but honorable mention goes to Joe Nemechek (+19). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Tony Stewart (-35), followed by Jeremy Mayfield (-26), and Ryan Newman (-23). The back end of the "Shaft" is not the place the "Chasers" want to be.....
    We had 7 of the 10 "Chasers" lead a lap today.....
    Kurt Busch (7th to 1st) made the best move forward in "Chase" points today, while Tony Stewart (4th to 8th) fell the most spots.
    In "Classic" Points, I betcha Jamie McMurray & Kasey Kahne are wondering why "10" was the magic number! They would both be in the hunt after this race instead of in the race for the 10th loser (11th place). The best move forward was made by Kevin Harvick (14th to 11th), while Jeremy Mayfield (9th to 13th) would have reversed last weeks advance. For the record, Jamie now has an 8 marker lead over Kasey for that "all- important" 11th spot (sarcasm intended).(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(9-19-2004)

  • The Sylvania 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 (7)(155 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth (5)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (3)(2 laps led)
    #9-Kahne (12)(28 laps led)
    #42-McMurray (11)(1 laps led)
    #01-Nemechek (25)
    #24-Gordon (1)(21 laps led)
    #38-Sadler (6)(31 laps led)
    #15-Waltrip (16)(39 laps led)
    #29-Harvick (14)(1 laps led)

  • Top Ten [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after Loudon:
    #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5210 [tie breaker to Earnhardt Jr. 4 wins to 3]
    #97 Kurt Busch 5210
    #24 Jeff Gordon -9
    #17 Matt Kenseth -10
    #48 Jimmie Johnson -30
    #38 Elliott Sadler -38
    #6 Mark Martin -71
    #20 Tony Stewart -124
    #12 Ryan Newman -136
    #19 Jeremy Mayfield -142
    11th: #42-Jamie McMurray, 3331
    12th: #9-Kasey Kahne, -8
    Standings at JAYSKI drivers/ownes points after Loudown page or

  • AND For full 'old' drivers standings, see:
    MotorsportsOne or

  • Cars on the lead lap: 16 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (10):
    #80-Christopher (engine-out)
    #72-Shelmerdine (too slow-out)
    #98-G. Bodine (ignition-out);
    #89-Shepherd (too slow-out)
    #20-Stewart (accident-out)
    #4-Spencer (suspension-out);
    #21-Rudd (overheating-out);
    #09-Wallace (accident-out);
    #12-Newman (engine-out);
    #22-Wimmer (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 with 15 lead changes):
    #24-Gordon (21);
    #20-Stewart (16);
    #9-Kahne (31);
    #15-Waltrip (39);
    #41-Mears (7);
    #38-Sadler (20);
    #97-Busch (155, most and halfway);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (2)
    #12-Newman (4);
    #42-McMurray (1);
    #29-Harvick (1);
    #48-Johnson (3);

  • Lap leaders: #24-Gordon 1-11; #20-Stewart 12-27; #24-Gordon 28-37; #9-Kahne 38-65; #15-Waltrip 66-104; #41-Mears 105-111; #38-Sadler 112-131; #9-Kahne 132-134; #97-Busch 135-183; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 184-185; #97-Busch 186-255; #12-Newman 256-259; #42-McMurray 260; #29-Harvick 261; #48-Johnson 262-264; #97-Busch 265-300

    Cautions: 7 for 30 laps

    Caution 7 - Lap 277 - 280 Debris on the backstretch.
    Caution 6 - Lap 177 - 181: Debris in turn 2.
    Caution 5 - Lap 114 - 116: #31-Gordon got wapped in the rear by #40-Marlin and spun around on the back stretch.
    Caution 4 - Lap 104 - 107: #22-Wimmer got hit from behind by #43-Green and spun around into the turn 4 wall, doing some right front damage.
    Caution 3 - Lap 65 - 70: #31-Gordon punted #16-Biffle [payback?] in turn 2, Biffle spun got into the side of the #19-Mayfield, who spun and #20-Stewart hit Biffle and suffered a lot of front end damage. Mayfield's car then sat on the track as it would not run. So, 2 title contenders taken out by someone else's mess.
    Caution 2 - Laps 37 - 40: Competition Yellow for the teams to check tires.
    Caution 1 - Laps 18 - 21: #31-Gordon, #16-Biffle and #29-Harvick went 3 wide in turn 1 and Biffle and Gordon got together leaving Gordon spinning and backing lightly into the inside wall.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Loudon - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 7: #30-Burton, 15th
    Caution 6: #45-Petty, 21st
    Caution 5: #16-Biffle, 28th
    Caution 4: none #31-Gordon was NOT allowed by NASCAR to make up a lap, no one else was a lap or more down and running at the time.
    Caution 3: none, no one a lap down
    Caution 2: #98-G. Bodine, 41st
    Caution 1: #72-Shelmerdine, 42nd
    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)
    ---- on lap 259 just before he pitted, #12-Newman reported his engine was gonna blow and is smoking, they changed tires and went back on the track.
    ---- on lap 194, #21-Rudd coasted down pit road after losing an engine, was running in the top 10.
    ---- during the 6th caution, #77-Gaughan was in the pits with the hood up.
    ---- on lap 173, #88-Jarrett made an unscheduled pit stop as there was a vibration and had just lost a lap.
    ---- on lap 165, #41-Mears pitted as he ran out of fuel.
    ---- as of lap 163, #22-Wimmer is back on the track after the team made repairs.
    ---- #20-Stewart was black-flagged for running too slow [32.12 seconds, 118.58mph] and had to go to the garage.
    ---- while running 13th on lap 117, #4-Spencer had to pit with a flat tire.
    ---- #19-Mayfield came back on the track on lap 114 after the crew made repairs.
    ---- #20-Stewart is back on the track as of lap 112 after the crew made repairs, replaced the radiator.
    ---- as of lap 109, #89-Shepherd returned to the track
    ---- around lap 94, #31-Gordon is smoking a bit and possibly having a brake problem.
    ---- during the 3rd caution, #31-Gordon was penalized 2 laps for rough driving...should be a good warning to other drivers.
    ---- #38-Sadler is reporting a possible brake problem as of lap 50.
    ---- many leaders came into pit during the first caution including #8, #48, #38, and others. NASCAR will still throw the caution at lap 35.
    ---- unless there is an early caution, NASCAR will throw the caution around lap 30-35.
    ---- the cars took a few extra pace laps to warm up the cars/tires that had not been on the track since Friday's practice.
    ---- to the back, none?

  • Where did the top 10 starters finish at Loudon?
    #24-Gordon, 7th
    #48-Johnson, 11th
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 3rd
    #20-Stewart, 39rg
    #17-Kenseth, 2nd
    #38-Sadler, 8th
    #97-Busch, 1st
    #6-Martin, 13th
    #19-Mayfield, 35th
    #12-Newman, 33rd

  • Pit Stall Selection: not sure if I will be able to get this every week from the track, but here are the Pit Stall Selections for each team at New Hampshire International Speedway for the Sylvania 300. Chosen how a team qualifies, pole winner picks first, 2nd fastest picks 2nd, 43rd gets the last choice or what is left.

    1)  #24-Gordon [picked 1st]
    2)  #9-Kahne
    3)  #21-Rudd
    4)  #88-Jarrett
    5)  #4-Spencer
    6)  #15-Waltrip
    7)  #45-Petty
    8)  #5-Labonte
    9)  #10-Riggs
    10) #49-Schrader
    11) #2-Wallace
    12) #22-Wimmer
    13) #09-M. Wallace
    14) #16-Biffle
    15) #50-Bodine
    16) #18-Labonte
    17) #89-Shepherd
    18) #20-Stewart


    19) #48-Johnson
    20) #77-Gaughan
    21) #40-Marlin
    22) #02-Sadler
    23) #01-Nemechek
    24) #80-Christopher [picked last]
    25) #97-Busch
    26) CAMERA area
    27) #12-Newman
    28) #38-Sadler


    29) #8-Earnhardt Jr. [picked 3rd]
    30) #42-McMurray
    31) #32-Craven
    32) #99-Edwards
    33) #0-Burton
    34) #43-Green
    35) #30-Burton
    36) #72-Shelmerdine
    37) #31-Gordon
    38) #41-Mears
    39) #98-G. Bodine
    40) #29-Harvick
    41) #25-Vickers
    42) #6-Martin


    43) #17-Kenseth [picked 5th]
    44) #19-Mayfield [picked 9th](9-19-2004)

  • Saturday Rained Out: Rain from the former Hurricane Ivan system has cancelled all Nextel Cup activities at New Hampshire International Speedway today. The Truck race looks like it will get in and be run at 5:00pm/et today, live on Speed Channel. Weather looks perfect for Sunday.(9-18-2004)

  • Qualifying at NHIS for the Sylvania 300 was rained out. 16 drivers made attempts. 8 drivers missed the race, including #1-Martin Truex Jr. who was fast in practice and #46-Carl Long, who ran a very good lap in the rain-out qualifying session [16 cars ran]. The field was set by the NASCAR Nextel Cup Rules Book, 1-35 by owners points, the rest by race attempts [ties broken by owners points pos. For the lineup and some notes until qualifying got rained out, see:
    Jayski's Loudon Qualifying/Starting Grid Page or/and

    Motorsports One

  • Qualifying at NHIS for the Sylvania 300 was rained out. 16 drivers made attempts. 8 drivers missed the race, I had #1-Martin Truex Jr. missing the race as he had 6 race attempts and #80-Christopher's team has 14 race attempts [unless the #80 was a Post Entry, but has been on the Entry List since it came out early in the week], and if the #80 was a Post Entry, then next in line was the #37 team with Kevin Lepage with 12 race attempts. No idea why the lineup had Truex Jr. 43rd and the #80 and #37 teams missing the race????.
    the field is set by the rules book:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field [n/a]
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field [n/a]
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [n/a]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker [used to fill out the field]
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position [not needed]
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)
    THREE Different Lineups: has #1-Truex Jr. making the race and #80-Chistopher missing it has #4-Jimmy Spencer [??] and Truex Jr. missing the race and
    #80-Christopher and #37-Lepage making the race
    Unless the #4 is a Post Entry [highly Unlikely]
    It is the top 35 in owners points
    THEN if no former winners or champs are out, it is by TEAM RACE attempts, ties broken by Owners Points standings
    here is what I have after 35th:
    36th: #50-T Bodine, 26 attempts, tie breaker is owners points, 37th
    37th: #72-Shelmerdine, 26 attempts, 41st
    38th: #4-Spencer, 25 attempts
    39th: #98-G Bodine, 24
    40th: #89-Shepherd, 23
    41st: #09-M Wallace, 20, 38th
    42nd: #02-Sadler, 20, 42nd
    43rd: #80-Christopher, 14
    missing the race:
    #37-Lepage, 12 attempts
    #1-Truex Jr., 6, 44th in owners points
    #33-Sauter, 6, 49th
    #13-Sacks, 4, 62nd
    #00-McGlynn, 4, 63rd
    #46-Long, 3 attempts
    #92-Raines, 1, 73rd in owners points
    #79-Boyd, 1, 75th. of 6:20pm/et all the lineups [as unofficial posted here when the rain-out announement came and on MotorSportsOne had] now match as shown above.
    For the lineup and some notes until qualifying got rained out, see:
    Jayski's Loudon Qualifying/Starting Grid Page or/and

    Motorsports One
    FoxSports [had #80 in 43rd and Truex missing the race]

  • StockCarFans.Com - Ramblings - New Hampshire: We got 16 cars in on time, then that nasty old Ivan (and I've had quite enough of him, thank you) made an appearance and we had another wash out today at New Hampshire International Speedway for Sunday's Sylvania 300. Since we didn't finish qualifying, we'll line 'em up by points for the event, and that means the Top-10 in the "Chase" will start up front....and you won't hear any complaints from the guys in Daytona Beach, I'd bet. This was the third time this season we've lost quals to the weather, and they've all occured in the last 6 weeks.
    You'll notice I've spent little time talking about the "Chase" in my twice weekly missives....and with good reason. I didn't like it when they announced it and my opinion hasn't changed. Seems like most everybody else's has tho.... Saw one column this week that said the "Chase" winner would be a "True Champion". Well, to paraphrase a somewhat infamous former President....that depends on what your definition of "True" is. If a True Champion is a driver that accumulates the most points in the final 10 events of the season, then you're happy with that. If it's the standard our sport has used for 50+ years, then you're gonna hear a lot of arguing....or a lot of the old time fans will just start paying less and less attention. And, I'm afraid it'll be the latter. They're just gonna have a tough sell if somebody who would have been 400+ points behind ends up atop the "Chase" come Homestead. Course, with their willing "media partners", they can sell almost anything. Since you asked....
    Mr. Lead Lap is not in the "Chase" (now you're learning the real reason why I don't like it....our hero is not in the hunt!). He's mired in 22nd place in the standings with an average finish of only 19.9. That "Lucky Dog" thang ain't helping him either.
    No Best Sinces this week....
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 6 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Jeremy Mayfield has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
    We had a healty car count of 51 this weekend, and it's a shame some of these guys didn't get a chance to at least make an attempt. A couple of the drivers who were among the first 16 seemed to be fast enough to make the Top-38 (Carl Long and Johnny Sauter) and with the kind of equipment you get from DEI (Martin Truex Jr)....but it was all for naught. Forecast for Sunday is better, but after what I've seen this week I'm not believing any of those weather guys anymore. I'm gonna look out the window instead.( StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter.(9-17-2004)

    #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st in OWNERS points
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2nd
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 3rd
    #20-Tony Stewart, 4th
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 5th
    #38-Elliott Sadler, 6th
    #97-Kurt Busch, 7th
    #6-Mark Martin, 8th
    #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 9th
    #12-Ryan Newman, 10th
    #42-Jamie McMurray, 11th
    #9-Kasey Kahne, 12th
    #18-Bobby Labonte, 13th
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 14th
    #88-Dale Jarrett, 15th
    #15-Michael Waltrip, 16th
    #2-Rusty Wallace, 17th
    #41-Casey Mears, 18th
    #40-Sterling Marlin, 19th
    #16-Greg Biffle. 20th
    #99-Carl Edwards, 21st
    #31-Robby Gordon, 22nd
    #5-Terry Labonte, 23rd
    #25-Brian Vickers, 24th
    #01-Joe Nemechek, 25th
    #30-Jeff Burton, 26th
    #22-Scott Wimmer, 27th
    #21-Ricky Rudd, 28th
    #0-Ward Burton, 29th
    #10-Scott Riggs, 30th
    #43-Jeff Green, 31st
    #77-Brendan Gaughan, 32nd
    #49-Ken Schrader, 33rd
    #45-Kyle Petty, 34th
    #32-Ricky Craven, 35th
    the rest of the field is set by the rules book:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field [n/a]
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field [n/a]
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [n/a]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker [used to fill out the field]
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position [not needed]
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)
    36th: #50-T Bodine, 26 attempts, tie breaker is owners points, 37th
    37th: #72-Shelmerdine, 26 attempts, 41st
    38th: #4-Spencer, 25 attempts
    39th: #98-G Bodine, 24
    40th: #89-Shepherd, 23
    41st: #09-M Wallace, 20, 38th
    42nd: #02-Sadler, 20, 42nd
    43rd: #80-Christopher, 14
    43rd: is listed on as #1-Martin Truex Jr. and the #80 car as missing the race????
    missing the race:
    #37-Lepage, 12 attempts
    #1-Truex Jr., 6, 44th in owners points
    #33-Sauter, 6, 49th
    #13-Sacks, 4, 62nd
    #00-McGlynn, 4, 63rd
    #46-Long, 3 attempts
    #92-Raines, 1, 73rd in owners points
    #79-Boyd, 1, 75th.(9-17-2004)

  • Provisionals: my calculations have 4 of the 51 teams/drivers not eligible for provisionals:
    #89-Shepherd [40th but out of provisionals] however, since this is attempt 24 for the team, he will able to use one if needed.
    #92-Raines [73rd, team has only made 1 atttempt, needs 4]
    #79-Boyd [75th, team has only 1 attempt]
    #46-Long [60th, team has 3 attempts, provisional is available the race AFTER attempt 4]
    See more on my Provisionals Page - rules, standings, DNQ's, provisional finishers.

  • Friday Practice for the Sylvania 300 at NHIS is over, the fastest:
    #12-Newman 133.464
    #9-Kahne 132.163
    #42-McMurray 131.970
    #01-Nemechek 131.692
    #24-Gordon 131.433
    slowest: #80-Christopher 121.878 and #72-Shelmerdine 122.540
    Most laps run: #20-Stewart and #19-Mayfield, 53
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #12-Newman 131.571
    #1-Truex Jr. 130.612
    #01-Nemechek 130.297
    For speeds, see or

  • Qualifying Order links are up. 51 cars are entered. First driver due out is #5-Terry Labonte. Last due out is #9-Kasey Kahne.(9-17-2004)

  • Qualfying Order Links at:
    Qualifying order -

  • New Hampshire List the entry list for the Sylvania 300 is posted: 53 drivers [for 43 spots], some of the entries include:
    #00-Ryan McGlynn
    #02-Hermie Sadler
    #1-Martin Truex Jr.
    #13-Greg Sacks
    #33-Johnny Sauter [RCR car]
    #37-Kevin Lepage
    #46-Carl Long
    #62-Larry Hollenbeck
    #80-Ted Christopher
    #92-Tony Raines [this car has been entered a few times, then withdrawn]
    #98-Larry Gunselman.(9-14-2004)
    UPDATE: changes, down to 52 as the #94 team was lopped off the entry list. #79 goes from TBA to Stand Boyd, #98-Larry Gunselman now has Geoffrey Bodine in the car.(9-16-2004)
    UPDATE 2 - down to 51: #09-Mike Wallace, #62-Larry Hollenbeck is off the list. 51 cars doe 43 spots.(9-17-2004)

  • Entry List Links:

  • 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:


  • Who's Hot Heading to Loudon
    ---- Kurt Busch has scored five six consecutive top-15 finishes.
    ---- Jamie McMurray has scored four straight top-10 finishes.
    ---- Mark Martin has scored four top-five finishes in the last five races.
    ---- Carl Edwards has posted three top-10 finishes in his first four NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races.
    ---- Ryan Newman has scored five straight top-10 finishes in his five career races at New Hampshire International Speedway, the longest active top-10 streak at the track.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-12-2004)

  • $$ Fact: Only five drivers [and only three with more then two starts] have won more then $100,000 in every race run in 2004: #12-Ryan Newman, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #17-Matt Kenseth, #1-Ron Fellows and #60-Jason Leffler.(9-12-2004)

  • 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)..and none can fall out of the top 10 now that they are in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.(9-12-2004)

  • September 2003 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 106.580mph, started 8th

  • 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 [provisional], 7/1999

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

  • July Event Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, 132.360mph, 7/2004

  • 2003 Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 133.357mph, finished 9th

  • Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Burton

  • Most Poles: 3 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 5s: 9 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 14 - 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: - 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 32: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 33: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 38: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 5 of 19 - 26.3%
  • Races won from the top 10: 10 of 19 - 52.6%

    Track Milestones
    Mark Martin won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole at New Hampshire International Speedway in July 1993.
    Rusty Wallace won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at New Hampshire, the 1993 Slick 50 300.
    1997 was the first year for twice-a-year NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at New Hampshire.
    The 2001 New Hampshire 300 - the season finale was run in November, after being rescheduled following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
    Jeff Burton led all 300 laps raced in the 2000 Dura-Lube 300, only the third time in the modern era that a driver has led all of the laps in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.
    Track Update
    There has been only one sweep of both races at New Hampshire International Speedway since the track went to twice-a-year races in 1997: Jimmie Johnson (2003).
    Qualifying Update
    There have been only nine Bud Pole winners in 19 races at New Hampshire. Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman both have won three Bud Poles while Ricky Craven, Mark Martin, Ken Schrader and Rusty Wallace all have two. Newman has won the last three Bud Poles at New Hampshire. Qualifying was canceled in July 2003 due to weather.
    NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Active Drivers First and Last at This Track
    First Start
    Jeff Burton 7-11-93
    Joe Nemechek 7-11-93
    First Pole
    First Win
    Ryan Newman 9-15-02
    Robby Gordon 11-23-01
    Joe Nemechek 9-19-99
    Last Pole
    Last Win
    Kurt Busch 7/25/04
    Ward Burton 7-21-02

    Last Victory at This Track
    in a Chevrolet Jimmie Johnson 2003 Sylvania 300
    in a Dodge Ward Burton 2002 New England 300
    in a Ford Kurt Busch 2004 Siemens 300
    Car Owner Victories at This Track
    Rick Hendrick 5
    Jack Roush 5
    Robert Yates 2
    Roger Penske 2
    Ricky Rudd 1
    Felix Sabates 1
    Joe Gibbs 1
    Richard Childress 1
    Bill Davis 1
    TOTALS 19
    Would You Believe?
    Jeff Gordon has led 1,046 laps at New Hampshire, leading in 12 of the 19 races and leading the most laps in six races – all more than any other driver. Jeff Burton is second in laps led with 605 - both have competed in all 19 races at the New Hampshire track. Ryan Newman is third in laps led there with 407 in just five races.
    How Important is Track Position?
    The race winner started in the top 10 in 10 of the 19 races at New Hampshire, including three of the past four.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 38th by Jeff Burton in July 1999.
    Three of the past six races have been won from 30th or deeper in the field.
    The average starting position of the race winner is 14.31.
    Leading the Way
    The driver that led the most laps has won the race at New Hampshire in seven of the 19 races. However only one of the last seven races at New Hampshire was won by the driver who led the most laps: Ryan Newman (2002 New Hampshire 300).
    Jeff Gordon is the only driver that has led in 12 of the 19 New Hampshire races. He led the most laps in six of those races.
    Jeff Burton led the most laps en route to victory in the 1997 Jiffy Lube 300 and again in the 1998 Jiffy Lube 300. He scored his third straight Jiffy Lube 300 victory in July 1999, but did not lead the most laps. He then led all 300 laps in posting his fourth victory at New Hampshire in the 2000 Dura-Lube 300.
    Jeff Gordon (1,046), Jeff Burton (605) and Ryan Newman (407) have led 36.3 percent of the 5,673 laps raced at New Hampshire.
    Ken Schrader (1997) is the only driver to sweep both Bud Poles in a season at New Hampshire.
    Morgan Shepherd posted two top-10 finishes in his first three races at New Hampshire (sixth in 1994 and second in 1995). He has finished 40th or worse in the last four races there.
    Bobby Labonte has an 8.90 average finish over the past 10 races at New Hampshire. He has six top-10s in the 10-race period but has finished better that 13th only once in the past five.
    Jeff Gordon led in eight of his first nine races at New Hampshire. He has led only four of his last 10 races there, but led the most laps in three of those four, including 257 of 300 in November 2001. In the fourth race he led just one lap.
    Mark Martin has posted 11 top-10 finishes in his 19 races at New Hampshire but has yet to visit victory lane there. Martin has three runner-up finishes at the Magic Mile, including the inaugural race and both races in 1998.
    Six of the 13 drivers that have competed in all 19 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at New Hampshire have posted victories there: Jeff Burton (four), Jeff Gordon (three) along with Dale Jarrett, Joe Nemechek, Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace (one each).
    (NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-12-2004)


    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
    2004: ?

    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
    2004: ?

    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: #97-Kurt Busch, Ford, started 32nd

    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: #12-Ryan Newman, 132.360, finished 3rd, Event record


  • President Bush at the New Hampshire race UPDATE 2 will NOT be at the race: President Bush is expected to make a campaign stop to court valuable "NASCAR dad" votes at the Sylvana 300 in Loudon, NH's New Hampshire International Speedway.(Union Leader)(9-14-2004)
    UPDATE: President Bush's visit to New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend isn't likely to change the fans'experience. Law enforcement officials say some areas will see a beefed-up security presence, but in most areas, all will remain the same. On Thursday, a half-dozen bomb dogs will begin scouring the concessions stands. Long before the races start, metal detectors will be erected to greet ticket-holders. Every guest, along with bags and coolers, will also be subject to search. Law enforcement officials won't publicly discuss the details of the security measures, but they and the Bush-Cheney campaign office both say the president is coming for a visit. Speedway officials, however, still refuse to acknowledge what seems more than likely. According to law enforcement officials, about all that will change this weekend is the number of officers - a few more, at about 125 - specifically near the tunnel entrance to the track. Bush will fly in via helicopter and land in parking lot I, before being ushered into the track, law enforcement sources said. He is expected to announce "Start your engines!" from the media building, located inside Turn 3, they said. Then he departs for an "Ask President Bush" event in Derry, while his family plans to stay at NHIS for the race. After the event, he is supposed to stay at his compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. The only thing that might deter the trip is Hurricane Ivan, the remnants of which could leave the state soaking on Sunday, possibly canceling [actually postponing NOT cancel] the race.
    Yesterday, New Hampshire officials said two areas at the track were of the most concern for security: the campground, where 30,000 people sleep in their RVs, which have not been searched, and the air. Officials said there will be a three-mile no-fly zone in effect, but it would take only a few seconds for someone with less than the best of intentions to fly over the track.(Concord Monitor)(9-16-2004)
    UPDATE 2: President George W. Bush's Sunday campaign trip to New Hampshire has been postponed. The President instead will visit the Gulf coast areas hit hard by Hurricane Ivan this weekend. The President had planned a Saturday afternoon stop at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, where he was expected to start the NASCAR Nextel Cup race before a crowd of about 100,000. He then planned a campaign rally in Derry. The Derry event may be rescheduled for Monday afternoon.(Union Leader)(9-16-2004)

  • President Bush at New Hampshire: It is more than a rumor that President Bush will return to the state for the NASCAR race at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon on Sept. 19. He is scheduled to attend the start of the race — with its 100,000 spectators — before going to another event.(Union Leader)(9-5-2004)

  • 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)

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


  • Whats Up with Ricky Craven: For the first time in 132 races, Newburgh's Ricky Craven wasn't behind the wheel of the Tide #32 car last weekend. So what was it like to watch a Nextel Cup race rather than participate in it? "Actually, I watched [daughter] Riley and [son] Everett on the Carolina Cyclone. I had promised to take them all summer," said Craven referring to a ride at a local amusement park near their North Carolina home. "To be honest, if I'm not in it, I'm not interested," said Craven. "I don't watch a lot of television." Craven and team owner Cal Wells III originally announced in July that they would part company at the end of the season. But Craven decided to leave the team last week to allow Hamilton Jr. to begin his transition. "I'll bounce back. I'm 38 and I'm feeling good. What I'm doing now is evaluating what I could have done better and where we may have failed as a team. I hope to use that to my advantage. I will also retain the things we did well. We overachieved in 2001, 2002 and the early part of 2003. We were the only single-car team to win in several years when we won [at Martinsville] in 2001 and we did it again two years later [at Darlington]," said Craven, who will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck series debut in the No. 47 ACXIOM Chevy Silverado at the Sylvania 200 in eight days. Craven will make one more appearance in the #32 Tide Chevy for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway in nine days. He said he has had "discussions" with Nextel Cup teams and he has enjoyed the conversations. But there isn't anything to report at this time, he said. "I still have that desire to compete. And that will continue to climb as the season winds down and I have a clearer picture of 2005. I'll come back hungrier and more determined than ever," said Craven whose wife, K.K., is expecting their third child in February. Craven likes the fact he has been able to spend more time with his family but said he would race again this season "if the circumstances are right. I want to go to a program that could either help me for next year or that will lead into next year. I'm not going to race just to race. That's of no interest to me, now. It may have been five or six years ago." He admitted it is a "hard time for me" but he knows rides will become available and he wants to put his best foot forward to land a competitive Nextel Cup ride for 2005.(Bangor Daily News)
    AND Asked yesterday if he would be hesitant to join another single-car team down the road, Craven answered quickly. "Absolutely," he said. However, Craven insists he intends on remaining a part of the Nextel Cup series, NASCAR's premier level of stock car racing. He'll race in the Craftsman Truck Series at NHIS later this month as part of a once-a-year program through General Motors, but Craven said the trucks or the Busch Series don't "have my attention right now" in terms of future employment. Instead, he'll watch his Cup colleagues compete in the stretch drive of this season, looking to capitalize on what he characterizes as a lack of patience among team-leading higher-ups.(Concord Monitor)(9-10-2004)

  • Enterprise to sponsor for Truex Jr. in NHIS Cup race? UPDATE: hearing Enterprise Rent-a-car will be the sponsor for Martin Truex Jr.s 'official' Nextel Cup debut next week at New Hampshire where he will drive the #1 DEI Chevy. Truex Jr. subbed for #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. at New Hampshire in July when Dale Jr. was recovering from the Sport Car fire in Sonoma where he was injured, suffering burns.
    UPDATE; Dale Earnhardt Incorporated and Enterprise Rent-A-Car have joined forces to enter Martin Truex Jr. in the Sylvania 300 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race next weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway, the team announced Thursday. The Sylvania 300 will be Truex Jr.'s first start in NASCAR's premier series. The current Busch Series point leader will drive DEI's No. 1 Enterprise Rent-A-Car Chevrolet at New Hampshire , where he is a Busch North Series winner. Truex, competing in his first full season in the Busch Series, leads Kyle Busch by 95 points heading into Friday night's Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond International Raceway, with nine races remaining this season. "It's still sinking in that I'm running my first Cup race," Truex Jr. said. "Enterprise Rent-A-Car and DEI have made strong efforts to give me this opportunity. Everyone at DEI rents cars from Enterprise on the weekends we race, so I'm looking forward to representing them on the track in New Hampshire ." Enterprise Rent-A-Car is also making its debut as a primary sponsor in Nextel Cup racing.(DEI Site)(9-9-2004)

  • The Longest Line Rule: NASCAR officials reaffirmed in the drivers meeting that the car that gets its lap back [Lucky Dog] in a restart must start at the tail end of the longest line. That car can move up before the restart only if other cars ahead pull to the bottom of the track in a sign for series officials that they're letting the car by.(News and Record)(9-7-2004)

  • DEI and Hendrick teams test at NHIS: Hendrick Motorsports teammates #24-Jeff Gordon and #48-Jimmie Johnson tested at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) on Wednesday, September 1 in preparation for the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19. Both teams have clinched spots in the 2004 "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup". Martin Truex, Jr. tested on Tuesday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 1 in the #1 Dale Earnhardt Incorporated Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Truex, Jr. will be attempting to qualify for the upcoming SYLVANIA 300 at NHIS. For ticket and race information, please visit the Speedway online at or call Speedway Guest Services at (603) 783-4931.(NHIS PR)(9-4-2004)

  • 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)

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


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #01-Joe Nemechek USG Sheetrock New Hampshire - Sept #01 Paint Scheme Page
    #12-Ryan Newman 30th Mobil 1 Anniversery New Hampshire - Sept #12 Paint Scheme Page
    #32-Ricky Craven Tide with Downy New Hampshire - Sept #32 Paint Scheme Page

  • USG to Continue Partnerships with NASCAR, MB2/MBV Motorsports: USG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of building materials, including the industry leading Sheetrock Brand, announced it will continue its partnership affiliations with NASCAR and MB2/MBV Motorsports. The 2004 sponsorship programs that USG Sheetrock Brand will be actively involved in are as follows:
    * Primary, Associate Sponsorships with MB2/MBV Motorsports
    Along with being a season-long major associate sponsor on the #01 U.S. Army/MB2 Chevrolet, driven by Joe Nemechek, USG Sheetrock Brand will also be the team's primary sponsor at four NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races in 2004 -- Las Vegas (March 7), Chicago (July 11), New Hampshire (Sept. 19) and Darlington (Nov. 14).
    USG will also carry a season-long associate sponsorship with MB2's teammate, the #10 Valvoline/MBV Chevrolet driven by Scott Riggs in 2004. For more information about USG Corporation, visit the USG home page at

  • Special Scheme for Newman at select race and a CONTEST: A long-time supporter of NASCAR racing, ExxonMobil is marking its 14th season in 2004 as a major sponsor of Penske Racing with veteran driver Rusty Wallace and NASCAR 2003 Speed Channel American Driver of the Year Ryan Newman. The Mobil 1 brand will be featured on the hood of Newman’s #12 Dodge during five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races in 2004:
    the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway
    the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway
    the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway
    the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway
    and the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(TRPR).(1-26-2004)

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


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