THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
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NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: New England 300
Nextel Cup Race #19 of 36 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, July 17, 2005 in Loudon, NH
- TV: TNT 2:00pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: TNT - 1:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Green Flag: around 2:15pm/et
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, July 27 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
Thursday, July 28 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
Saturday, July 30 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;
- Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com
- Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- War Wagon: no more war wagon, Bill Weber from the booth
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,148,147 (was $5,074,134 in 2004)
- Practices: Friday, July 15, 12:10 - 1:10pm/et;
- Happy Hour Practice: Friday, July 15, 3:50 - 4:50pm/et, TV-Speed Channel via tape 8:00pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 15, 11:10am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Saturday, July 16 at 12:10pm/et, TV-TNT via tape at 1:30pm/et, no TV re-air AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- Impound? cars WILL be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules on my Impound Rules page.
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
- CUP EVENT SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, JULY 15TH
5:45 AM NNCS HAULERS ENTER
6:30 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
7:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (GARAGE)
11:10 AM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
11:40 AM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
12:10 PM 1:10 PM NNCS PRACTICE
3:20 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
3:50 PM APPROX. NNCS FINAL PRACTICE (ONE HOUR, TIME PERMITTING)
6:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
SATURDAY, JULY 16TH
7:00 AM NNCS, NBS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
11:40 AM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
12:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
3:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
SUNDAY, JULY 17TH
8:00 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS & ACCESS TO HAULERS
9:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
12:10 PM NNCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE)
1:10 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT ** UNTIL ONE HOUR AFTER RACE
1:40 PM NNCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY CLEAR PIT ROAD
2:10 PM NNCS RACE ( 300 LAPS, 317.4 MILES)
3:00 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,150, Right-side -- 1,150;
Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6798; Right-side -- D-6832
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 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 90-100 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend at New Hampshire . . . this is the second year Goodyear has brought this right-side code (D-6832) to New Hampshire, though this is the first year for this left-side code (D-6798) . . . this is the same tire set-up that Nextel Cup teams ran earlier this season at Phoenix and Richmond . . . teams will also run this combination at all three tracks again in the second half of 2005 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.
Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "This right-side tire is the same as we ran at Loudon last year, but we are bringing a different left. This left-side construction was originally tested at Bristol and Las Vegas last fall, based on the anticpated NASCAR rules changes for 2005. It also features a softer compound to give the teams better overall performance."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $70,000 at New Hampshire [only Johnson, Biffle, Stewart have a shot to do it there] 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.
2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/13/2005, $30,000
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5/29/2005, $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 weeks 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: $10,000
Winners for 2005 so far:
Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
California: #01-Joe Nemechek, $10,000
Las Vegas: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
Atlanta: #16-Greg Biffle, $10,000
Bristol: #2-Rusty Wallace, $10,000
Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
Texas: #16-Greg Biffle, $45,000*
Phoenix: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
Darlington: #16-Greg Biffle, $15,000*
Richmond: #9-Kasey Kahne, $15,000*
Charlotte: #12-Ryan Newman, $10,000
Dover: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
Pocono: #25-Brian Vickers, $10,000
Michigan: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
Sonoma: #20-Tony Stewart, $30,000*
Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $15,000*
Chicago: #17-Matt Kenseth, $10,000
(* 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.
NOT Eligible: #38 and #88 due to Citi Financial sponsoring Yates
#29, #30 and #07 due to HSBC's(GM Card) relationship with RCR
#48 due to Lowes Sponsorship ( Capital One does that credit card)
MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
Tony Stewart, 12
Greg Biffle, 8
Kurt Busch, 5
Jeff Gordon, 3
Kasey Kahne, 3
Joe Nemechek, 2
Rusty Wallace, 2
Ryan Newman, 2
Kyle Busch, 2
Brian Vickers, 2
Matt Kenseth, 2
- Stewart dominates at New Hampshire: #20-Tont Stewart won the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, leading 232 of 300 laps. The win is Stewart's 3rd of the season and 22nd of his career [now tied with Terry Labonte for 22nd on the all-time list]. It is Stewarts 3rd win in 4 races. Stewart climbed the fence again and got to the flag stand to salute the crowd. #97-Kurt Busch finished 2nd, followed by #18-Bobby Labonte [that'll squash those rumors], #5-Kyle Busch and #16-Greg Biffle. #24-Jeff Gordon was running 6th with 15 laps to go when he lost the brakes and ended up 25th a lap down, really hurting his chances to make the chase. #48-Jimmie Johnson faded towards the end and finished 13th and lost a bit of his points lead, down to a lead of 77 over #16-Biffle and Stewart is now only 85 behind Johnson. Gordon is now 15th, 538 points behind the leader and 120 out of 10th. There are now only 9 drivers under 400 points behind the leader, so the top-10 are the drivers currently in. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 13th, 477 behind the leader and only 59 points out of 10th.
For race results see Jayski's Loudon Race Results/Awards page.(7-17-2005)
- NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after New Hampshire - 19 of 36 races
the 10 drivers in the chase as things stand:
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2672
2) #16-Greg Biffle, 2595, -77
3) #20-Tony Stewart, 2587, -85
4) #2-Rusty Wallace, 2442, -230
5) #97-Kurt Busch, 2347, -325
6) #12-Ryan Newman, 2347, -325
7) #6-Mark Martin, 2320, -352
8) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 2285, -387
9) #38-Elliott Sadler, 2276, -396
10) #88-Dale Jarrett, 2254, -418
The top 10 in drivers points, 11th and back are over 400 points back and out of the Chase.
The top five fighting to get in:
11) #42-Jamie McMurray, 2233, -439, -21 out of 10th
12) #99-Carl Edwards, 2200, -472, -54
13) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2195, -477, -59
14) #29-Kevin Harvick, 2149, -523, -105
15) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2134, -538, -120
For points standings see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Loudon page.(7-17-2005)
- New Hamphire Race Notes:
Tony Stewart won the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, scoring his 22nd career
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 231st career start.
Stewarts last victory came at Daytona, two races ago.
This is Stewarts third victory in 2005.
Stewart has won three of the last four races (Sonoma, Daytona and New Hampshire).
Stewart has scored top-five finishes in his last five races.
Stewart moved into a tie with Terry Labonte for 25th on NASCARs All-time win list.
Stewart remained third in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings, and is now 85 behind first-place Jimmie
Johnson and just eight points behind second-place Greg Biffle.
Stewart scored his second victory at New Hampshire International Speedway. Stewart also won here in July 2000.
This was Stewarts 13th victory in 179 career superspeedway races.
Stewart led six times for 232 of the 300 laps raced - including the final 55, leading the most laps for the sixth time in
a race this season.
Stewart has scored 11 top-10 finishes in 19 races this season.
Stewart scored the second victory for car owner Joe Gibbs at New Hampshire International Speedway.
This was Gibbs third victory as a car owner in 2005, all by Stewart.
This is the 10th victory for Chevrolet in 2005. Ford has eight and Dodge has one.
Kurt Busch (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in nine races at New Hampshire International Speedway; including
four top-fives. He scored his 10th top-10 finish in 19 races in 2005 and climbed from 10th to fifth in the NASCAR
NEXTEL Cup point standings. He is now 325 behind first-place Jimmie Johnson.
Bobby Labonte (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 21 races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Labonte scored just his fourth top-10 finish in 2005.
Kyle Busch (fourth) posted his first top-10 finish in his first race at New Hampshire International Speedway and his
seventh top-10 finish in 2005.
Greg Biffle (fifth) posted second top-10 finish in six races at New Hampshire International Speedway. Biffle
remained second in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 77 points behind first-place Jimmie Johnson.
Rusty Wallace (eighth) extended a 32-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last August.
Wallace has scored 15 top-15 finishes in 19 races in 2005.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (ninth) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 12 races at New Hampshire International Speedway. He
remained 13th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 477 points behind first-place Jimmie Johnson and 59
points behind 10th-place Dale Jarrett. He posted his third consecutive top-10 finish this season.
Jimmie Johnson (13th) has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 52
consecutive races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004. Johnson has scored 13 top-
10 finishes in 2005, the most of all drivers
Six 10 of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at New Hampshire.
Nine drivers remain within 400 points of current point leader Jimmie Johnson with seven races remaining before
the Chase begins in New Hampshire in September.
Jeff Gordon (25th) scored his ninth finish of 25th or worse in 19 races in 2005. He remained 15th in the NASCAR
NEXTEL Cup point standings, now 538 points behind point leader Jimmie Johnson and 120 points behind 10thplace
Dale Jarrett.(Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-17-2005)
- Rumblings - New Hampshire:
Tony Stewart totally dominated again today (that's 3 of the last 4 for the #20 Home Depot Chevy) and went on to win the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway by a comfortable .0851 seconds. How dominant was he? He led six times for 232 laps....no one else led more than 22. This was win #3 for Tony this season, #22 in his Cup career, and he's now tied with Terry Labonte for 25th on the all-time win list. Win #45 for Joe Gibbs racing was worth $283,986 from the over $5.1M in posted awards.
Kurt Busch (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Phoenix is April.
Bobby Labonte (3rd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Lowe's in May.
Kasey Kahne (6th) had his best finish since he won at Richmond in May.
Ryan Newman (7th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Lowe's in May.
STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 5 Top-5's in a row.
Rusty Wallace has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
Matt Kenseth has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is NOBODY. It takes a 20 position move for this illustrious honor.....Dale Jarrett gets honorable mention with +18. DOWN: The Big Dropper was Elliott Sadler (-36), followed by Jamie McMurray (-23).
Jimmie Johnson had 31 points trimmed from his lead today....it's down to 77. Only the Top-10 are now qualified for the "Chase".
Kurt Busch made the best move upward in the standings today....he advanced five spots from 10th to 5th. Elliott Sadler (5th to 9th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(7-17-2005)
the race rundown
- The New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 300 of 300 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
#20-Stewart-c (13)(232 laps led)
#97-Busch-f (5)(6 laps led)
#9-Kahne-d (2)(18 laps led)
#12-Newman-d (4)(22 laps led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (24)
c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford
- Cars on the lead lap: 18 (of 43 starters)
- Cars on the track: 38 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (5):
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 with 14 lead changes):
#20-Stewart (232, most, halfway);
- Lap leaders: #25-Vickers - pole; #25-Vickers 1-6; #9-Kahne 7-24; #25-Vickers 25-28; #12-Newman 29-50; #20-Stewart 51-59; #22-Wimmer 60-68; #20-Stewart 69-117; #43-Green 118; #20-Stewart 119-164; #45-Petty 165; #20-Stewart 166-217; #11-Leffler 218; #20-Stewart 219-239; #97-Busch 240-245; #20-Stewart 246-300;
Cautions: 10 for 49 laps
Caution 10 - Laps 235 - 239: on the restart, #6-Martin got into #38-Sadler, Sadler spun around and backed into the turn 3 wall.
Caution 9 - Laps 230 - 233: #7-Gordon got loose and up the track and into #4-Wallace, who spun around and hit drivers side, Wallace drove to the pits after he got the car restarted.
Caution 8 - Laps 217 - 220: #7-Gordon lost a right front and left debris on the track.
Caution 7 - Laps 164 - 170: Debris in turn 1.
Caution 6 - Laps 117 - 120: Debris in turn 4.
Caution 5 - Laps 59 - 67: rain, a light drizzle is falling.
Caution 4 - Laps 36 - 38: #97-Busch checked up for a slowing #25-Vickers and got tapped by #18-Labonte and Busch spun around in turn 4.
Caution 3 - Laps 28 - 31: #17-Kenseth punted future teammate #42-McMurray in turn 4 and McMurray backed into the wall, then proceeded to got after Kenseth, but wasn't able to. #0-Bliss got tagged by #8-Earnhardt Jr. and scaped the wall.
Caution 2 - Laps 11 - 13: #43-Green got loose in turn 2 and tapped by #2-Wallace, the #7-Gordon got spun.
Caution 1 - Laps 1 - 6: race started with a green-yellow to help dry the track.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire: The 'BallPark' Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
(FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
Caution 10: #0-Bliss, 21st
Caution 9: #19-Mayfield, 19th
Caution 8: #45-Petty, 29th
Caution 7: #07-Blaney, 20th
Caution 6: #32-Hamilton Jr., 28th
Caution 5: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
Caution 4: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
Caution 3: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
Caution 2: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
Caution 1: none, the race was started under the green-yellow
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)
---- it is being reported on lap 288 that #24-Gordon is having a brake problem, now Gordon says he has NO brakes and is milking the car around the track.
---- on lap 284, #5-Busch and #16-Biffle were going for 4thm Busch moved down and knocked Biffle over, who slowed.
---- on lap 247, it is being reported that #18-Labonte has low voltage, 10 volts, should be 12, the crew has a battery ready to go if they need to pit.
---- as of lap 180, it is being reported that #41-Mears motor is down a cylinder.
---- on lap 174, #40-Marlin, cut down a left front tire and has some heavy damage to the left front of the car, no caution as Marlin milked the car to the pits.
---- just before the 7th caution, #19-Mayfield made an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire.
---- #9-Kahne and #38-Sadler got into each other on pit road during the 6th caution, Sadler had to make an unscheduled pit stop for fender repairs. #01-Nemechek and #97-Busch made contact also on pit road..
---- on lap 115, #22-Wimmer ran out of gas and coasted to the pits, then had a hard time getting the car refired and lost 2 laps.
---- on lap 100, #42-McMurray is back on the track as the team made repairs from the caution 3 accident, McMurray is 74 laps down.
---- on lap 72, #4-Wallace slid up, scraped the wall, no caution and he drove on.
---- all but 3 drivers made pit stops during the 5th cautions, #22-Wimmer, #45-Petty and #89-Shepherd.
---- during the 5th caution, #7-Gordon and #40-Marlin made contact, possible damage to the right fender of Gordon.
---- most of the lead laps cars made pit stops, but #12-Newman, #41-Mears, #88-Jarrett, #7-Gordon
---- on lap 23, #10-Riggs got spun our by #43-Green, but no caution was thrown, the #10 has rear end damage.
---- #2-Wallace was the only top 20 car to make a pit stop on the 2nd caution, Wallace had some right fender damage to get repaired.
---- #2-Wallace is reporting that his Tachometer is not working, which monitors RPM's for pit road speeds.
---- after a short rain delay, the green/yellow flags fell at 2:35pm/et
---- To the BACK: : #10-Riggs [transmission change, 23rd]; #00-Carl Long [back up car after qualifying, was to start 35th]; #27-Christopher [unapproved adjustment, 38th]; #37-Lepage [unapproved adjustment, 43rd];
- Race Coverage of the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday, July 17, 2005.
TV: TNT at 2:00pm/et [green flag around 2:10pm/et].
Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, July 21st at 3:00pm/et
- Vickers wins pole at Loudon: #25-Brian Vickers won the pole for the New Hampshire 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway with a speed of 130.327mph for this 3rd career pole, first of 2005, so he is in the 2006 Budweiser Shootout. #9-Kasey Kahne will start 2nd, followed by #38-Elliott Sadler, #12-Ryan Newman and #97-Kurt Busch. Points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson will start 12th. #49-Ken Schrader and #45-Kyle Petty start 21st and 42nd respectfully, set by owners points. #37-Kevin Lepage gets the final spot in the field, being the slowest of the 8 non-top 35 teams in owners points to make the race. #00-Carl Long qualified for the race [starts 35th], but wrecked on his 2nd qualifying lap and will go to a backup car [from a Dodge to a Chevy]. Missing the race were #92-Joey McCarthy, #52-Derrike Cope, #75-Wayne Anderson and #92-Hermie Sadler.
For pole progression, qualifying results, start lineup and lineup links on Jayski's Loudon Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(7-16-2005)
- New Hampshire Qulaifying Notes:
Brian Vickers won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the New Hampshire 300, lapping New Hampshire International Speedway in 29.225 seconds at 130.327 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 28.561 seconds, 133.357 mph, set Sept. 12, 2003.
This is Vickerss third career Bud Pole in 60 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races [first of 2005].
Vickers posted his first start better than 23rd in three races at New Hampshire. This is his eighth top-10 start in 2005.
Vickers became the 12th different Bud Pole winner this season.
Kasey Kahne posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 29.250 seconds, 130.215 mph and will join Vickers on the front row for the New Hampshire 300. He posted his second top-10 start in three races at New Hampshire. It is his ninth top-10 start this season, including back-to-back Bud Poles at Darlington and Richmond.
This is the ninth Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2005 [with 8 different drivers], including each of the past four races. Dodge has seven Bud Poles and Ford has two. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June.
Elliott Sadler (third) posted just his third top-10 start in 13 races at New Hampshire. It is his 10th top-10 start this season. Sadler also qualified third for the NASCAR Busch Series race.
Ryan Newman (fourth) posted his 16th top-10 start in 2005 and his sixth in seven races at New Hampshire.
Kurt Busch (fifth), who has won the past two races at New Hampshire, posted his fourth top-10 start in nine races here.
Ted Christopher (38th) made the field for his fourth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. Three of Christophers races have been at New Hampshire. His series debut came at Watkins Glen in 1999.
There have been 10 Bud Pole winners in 21 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 has been canceled three times in the last seven races due to weather.
The race winner started in the top 10 in 11 of the 20 races at New Hampshire, including four of the past five.
The deepest in the field that a race winner at New Hampshire has started was 38th by Jeff Burton in July 1999.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-16-2005)
- Ramblings - New Hampshire:
Brian Vickers captured the Bud Pole today for Sunday's New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway for his first top-spot of the season. His time of 29.225 sec (130.327 mph) was good enough to knock Kasey Kahne from the pole and give Vickers his 3rd career Bud Pole Award.
We've now had 12 different pole winners this season....same as last year.
Kasey Kahne (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Richmond in May.
Rusty Wallace (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Texas in April.
Kyle Busch (7th) has his best qualifying position since he timed in 6th at Lowes in May.
Ricky Rudd (14th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Richmond in May.
Jeff Green (15th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 14th at Martinsville in April.
Mike Garvey (33rd) has his career-best starting spot this week. His previous best was 34th at Martinsville in April.
Ted Christopher (38th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 33rd at Watkins Glen in August of 1999! (only 3 starts) This will be only the second start for the #27 car of Kirk Shelmerdine....Tom Hubert put it in the field at Infineon last month.
Morgan Shepherd (39th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 38th at California in May of 2004
STREAKIN....Kevin Harvick has 3 Top-10 starts in a row.
(Stock Car Fans)(7-16-2005)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the for the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is on Saturday, July 16, 2005 is scheduled to start at 12:10pm/et.
TV: TNT at 1:30pm/et.
Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
Qualifying Re-Air: none.
- Qualifying Order for the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #9-Kasey Kahne is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #10-Scottt Riggs. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Loudon Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(7-15-2005)
- Happy Hour practice for the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #92-Sadler 123.622 and #00-Long 124.142.
most laps run: #6-Martin, 64; #20-Stewart, 48
least laps run: #27-Christopher, 4; #89-Shepherd, 8
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#12-Newman, 127.559 [1st fastest lap], 31 laps run
#40-Marlin, 127.553 [16th], 17 laps
#9-Kahne, 127.509 [2nd], 31 laps
The practice will be televised via tape at 8:00pm/et on Speed Channel.
Practice speeds, qualifying order and more on Jayski's Loudon Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(7-15-2005)
- How did the non Top-35 teams do in the New England 300 Happy Hour practice at New Hampshire International Speedway?:
#11-Jason Leffler, 9th fastest
#7-Robby Gordon, 25th
#75-Wayne Anderson, 27th
#66-Mike Garvey, 28th
#32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 30th
#34-Joey McCarthy, 39th
#37-Kevin Lepage, 38th
#52-Derrike Cope, 42nd
if things stayed the same, these 4 drivers would fail to qualify
#27-Ted Christopher, 43rd
#89-Morgan Shepherd, 45th
#00-Carl Long, 46th
#92-Hermie Sadler, 47th
Practice speeds, qualifying order and more on Jayski's Loudon Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(7-15-2005)
- Top 35 fight: #22-Scott Wimmer's TEAM is up to 34th in Owner's Points, #4-Mike Wallace's TEAM falls to 35th and is just 13 OWNERS points ahead of #11-Jason Leffler's TEAM with #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr's TEAM 166 points out of 35th. Teams [NOT drivers] that are in the top 35 in Owner's Points are guaranteed to make the race.(7-10-2005)
- Friday's First Practice for the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, looks like NASCAR.com's Trackpass was down for a bit, the track was hit with a storm Thursday [see story in track section, below], so there may be some technical difficulties today. Anyhow, practice is over, the fastest:
#6-Martin, 129.472 [so will he return in 2006?]
#12-Newman 129.252 [won last 3 poles at NHIS]
slowest: #27-Christopher 122.853 and #52-Cope 122.972
no speed for #92-Sadler.
most laps run: #31-Burton and #25-Vickers, 38
practice speeds, qualifying order and more on Jayski's Loudon Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(7-15-2005)
- Entry List [changes] for the New England at New Hampshire International Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2005 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
Not in top 35 of owners points - 18 race attempts by team:
#7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
#11-Jason Leffler (full-time team)
#32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
#37-Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
#66-Mike Garvey (full-time 2005 planned)
#92-Hermie Sadler (full-time 2005 planned)
Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 18 'team' attempts
#00-Carl Long (11 attempts)
#27-Ted Christopher (11 attempts - supposedly a post entry, no points)
#34-Joey McCarthy (15 attempts)
#52-Derrike Cope (2 attempts)
#75-Wayne Anderson (5 attempts)
#89-Morgan Shepherd (9 attempts)
IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it: #'s 11,32,37,7,66,92,34,00
missing the race would be: #'s 27,52,75,89
For the full list see my Jayski's New Hampshire Entry List, 47 cars entered.(7-11/13-2005)
- Race Penalties Now Less Severe: Beginning with the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville, eight infractions that used to bring a stop-and-go penalty will now be addressed with a pass through the pits. They include a crew member jumping over the wall too soon, too many crewmen in the pit service area, using more than two air wrenches during a stop, and tossing the fuel or catch cans. Other violations now covered by a pass-through penalty are: crew members returning from the equipment side of the wall, illegal use of extension poles, failing to carry the front air wrench to the pit wall side, and noncompliant refueling. A stop-and-go requires a car to return to its pit box for 15 seconds, while the lesser penalty is merely going back through pit road at the required speed limit.(FoxSports/AP)(3-20-2005)
- Impound Rules: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Impound Procedures In 2005
For all the rules and the races [21 of 36], see my Impound Rules page.
- some 2005 Changes in the Cup Series:
- New Dodge Model: Charger takes over for the Intrepid
- Spoilers reduced 1" to 4 1/2" at all tracks BUT Talladega and Daytona
- Gear Ratio rule, teams will have 2 choices of what gear ratio to use at all tracks BUT Talladega and Daytona, supposedly the gear ratio's will be between 3.80 and 4.00
- Hard Liquor sponsors now allowed
- NASCAR is using a computer timing system to check for speeding on pit road
- The top 35 teams in Owners Points will be guaranteed to make the race, the final teams by speed, then field set by speed, for the first FIVE races, 2004 owners points standings will be used for the top 35.
- The Impound Rules will be used at over half the races.
- Each car must have a full tank of fuel in the gas tank when the driver makes a qualifying lap, for ALL races.
- Restrictor plate size changed from 29/32 [58/64] to 57/64"
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2005 Nextel Cup Race Results Page
- How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
- 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:
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Track Specs:
Track/Race Length: 1.058 mile oval, 300 laps, 317.4 miles
Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Straights: 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
Grand Marshal: Richard Flynn, commissioner of public safety, NH
Command to start engines: Richard Flynn, commissioner of public safety, NH
Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
National Anthem: Denise Doucette
Military Flyover: none/overcast
- Track Homepage: www.nhis.com
- 2004 NHIS July Race Info Page
- 2004 NHIS Sept Race Info Page
- NHIS selling to ISC? UPDATE 2 Denied: Is International Speedway Corp. adding to its track holdings? Sources say an announcement that New Hampshire International Speedway will join the ISC family could be made in July, but NHIS public relations director Fred Neergaard denies a sale is in the works.(Sporting News)(6-13-2005)
UPDATE: It's a story that refuses to die, despite denials: that the France family's International Speedway Corp. is buying the Bahre family's New Hampshire International Speedway, in Loudon, N.H., 90 minutes north [west] of Boston. That story has been going strong, off and on, since 2001, and it's always denied. The newest twist, though, could involve Bruton Smith, the France family's biggest rival promoter. Smith and Bahre, long at odds, going back to the sale of North Wilkesboro Speedway 10 years ago, are now talking to each other on a regular basis [Jayski Note: if so, maybe they can work together to bring some sort of racing back to N. Wilkesboro?]. The so-far unasked question: if the Bahres were interested in selling, might there be a bidding war between the Frances and Smith?(Winston Salem Journal)(6-27-2005)
UPDATE 2: Despite numerous inquiries to track officials, New Hampshire International Speedway is not for sale. ``There is absolutely nothing going on with anybody, and there is no truth whatsoever to any of these rumors,'' track chairman Bob Bahre said yesterday. With Bahre and his son, track president Gary Bahre, battling health problems, speculation has been rampant about NASCAR parent company International Speedway Corp. acquiring the Loudon track. ``It's all 100 percent rumor. I get calls every once in a while with offers. I'm not going to deny that,'' the elder Bahre said. ``That's part of the business.'' Bahre said he has fully recovered from injuries he suffered in a 2003 car accident, and he said Gary's health has improved dramatically from a serious respiratory illness diagnosed in the late 1990s. Spokesman David Talley wasn't aware of any plans for International Speedway to purchase NHIS. ``We are always looking to expand our portfolio,'' he said, ``but I haven't heard that.''(Boston Herald)(7-7-2005)
- All Teams Get a Check at NHIS: Kudos to Bob Bahre, president of New Hampshire International Speedway, who presented "tow money," a consolation check of $20,000, to the cars that weren't able to try to qualify for Sunday's race because qualifying was rained out. "I remember when we were racing midgets, and my wife and I didn't have enough money to stop at McDonald's on the way home from the track," Bahre says. "Nobody leaves here without a check."(FoxSports/Sporting News)(9-20-2004)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - New Hampshire International Speedway
- Christopher to run the #27 at NHIS: been told that Modified Racer, Ted Christopher, will drive the #27 Kirk Shelmerdine Racing Ford in an attempt to make the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. The team will also have a new associate sponsor. Green Valley Compressor the home of Pumatools.com announced an associate sponsorship agreement with Kirk Shelmerdine for the #27 Nextel Cup Series Team. Green Valley Compressor is a family owned business located in Keller, Texas in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex just minutes from D/FW International Airport and the Texas Motor Speedway. Pumatools.com is a full service on line store for high quality Puma Air Tools as well as Ingersoll Rand air compressors. Green Valley has been the Ingersoll Rand Southern Region dealer of the year for three straight years. More info at Pumatools.com.(7-13-2005)
- Anderson Cup debut at Chicago: on the Wayne Anderson site, it lists Anderson as running the July Nextel Cup races at Chicago and New Hampshire, he will drive the #75 Dodge owned by Bob Rinaldi [the team Mike Garvey drove for before going to the #66. Anderson has competed in the NASCAR Truck Series, Busch North and ARCA among many other series. Anderson's website lists Wayne as the winningest driver in NASCAR All-Pro history.(7-1-2005)
- See the 2005 Team Chart and the 2006 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the
'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)