THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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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)



    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • 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 Info

  • 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
    (7-10-2005)

  • 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: $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
    (7-10-2005)


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

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru NASCAR.com)

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Loudon, NH Area:
Boston Globe
Boston Herald
Caledonian Record
The Citizen
Concord Monitor
Foster's Online
Hartford Courant
Nashua Telegraph
Portsmouth Herald

Weather Forecast Links for the race area:
Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
New Hampshire Review by ARS Racing
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA

AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

TV Coverage/Info/News Links:
Race Fan TV
TVRacer.com

IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
looks like this is all that there is out there now....

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • 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.
    • Stewart’s last victory came at Daytona, two races ago.
    • This is Stewart’s 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 NASCAR’s 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 Stewart’s 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.
    Notebook Items
    • 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)
    #18-Labonte-c (10)
    #5-Busch-c (7)
    #16-Biffle-f (9)
    #9-Kahne-d (2)(18 laps led)
    #12-Newman-d (4)(22 laps led)
    #2-Walllace-d (6)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (24)
    #17-Kenseth-f (16)
    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):
    #00-Long (brakes-out)
    #27-Christopher (brakes-out)
    #89-Shepherd (handling-out)
    #42-McMurray (accident-out)
    #38-Sadler (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 with 14 lead changes):
    #25-Vickers (10);
    #9-Kahne (18);
    #12-Newman (22);
    #20-Stewart (232, most, halfway);
    #22-Wimmer (9);
    #43-Green (1);
    #45-Petty (1);
    #11-Leffler (1);
    #97-Busch (6);

  • 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.


    Lucky Dawg

  • 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: [4]: #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 Vickers’s 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 Christopher’s 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:
    #12-Newman 130.950
    #9-Kahne 130.792
    #5-Busch 130.309
    #18-Labonte 130.024
    #43-Green 129.564
    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]
    #01-Nemechek 128.780
    #19-Mayfield 128.433
    #31-Burton 128.381
    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)
    withdrew
    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:
    ESPN.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • WHO'S HOT heading to New Hampshire:
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored 13 top-10 finishes in 2005, three more than any other driver.
    • Tony Stewart finished second, first, first and fifth in his last four races.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored top-five finishes in his last two races, the only back-to back top-five finishes that he has scored in 2005. His last back-to-back top-five finishes came at Richmond (second) and New Hampshire (third) last fall.
    • Rusty Wallace has finished 12th or better in his last seven races. Five of those finishes were top-10s. He has climbed from 14th to fourth in the point standings in the last eight races.
    • Roush Racing drivers have won eight of the 18 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won five while Joe Gibbs Racing has two victories and Dale Earnhardt Inc., Richard Childress Racing, and Evernham Motorsports each have one.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-13-2005)

  • July 2004 Race Winner: #97-Kurt Busch, 97.862mph, started 32nd

  • 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

  • 2004 July Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 132.360mph, finished 3rd

  • Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Burton

  • Most Poles: 3 - Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman

  • 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: 10 - Ford; 7 - Chevy; 2 - Pontiac; 1 - Dodge

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [of 20 races] 10.0%
  • 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 7: 1
  • 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 20 - 25.0%
  • Races won from the top 10: 11 of 20 - 55.0%

  • New Hampshire Nuggets
    Michael Waltrip is expected to make his 625th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    Defending NEXTEL Cup Champion at New Hampshire
    Kurt Busch has competed in eight races at New Hampshire International Speedway scoring four top-10 finishes. He won both races at New Hampshire International Speedway in 2004 including the first race in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.
    Point Leader at New Hampshire
    Jimmie Johnson has competed in six races at New Hampshire International Speedway posting three top-10 finishes. Two of those finishes were victories. Johnson swept both races there in 2003.
    Starting Up Front is not the Only way to Victory at New Hampshire International Speedway
    Nine of the 20 races at New Hampshire International Speedway have been won from an 11th-place or lower starting position (45 percent).
    New Hampshire Sweepers
    There have been two sweeps at New Hampshire. Both have occurred in the last two years: Jimmie Johnson (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004).
    Bud Pole Domination
    Ryan Newman has won three of the last five Bud Poles at New Hampshire International Speedway, including this race one year ago. The other two races were rained out and the field was set according to the NASCAR rule book.
    Ford Strong at New Hampshire
    A Ford has won 10 of the 20 races at New Hampshire International Speedway, including both races in 2004. Chevrolet has seven wins, Pontiac had two and Dodge has one.
    And the Beat Goes On

    Both Mark Martin and Bobby Labonte have been running at the finish in all 20 races at New Hampshire.
    Starting and Finishing Up Front at New Hampshire
    Jimmie Johnson has an 8.3 starting average and an 8.0 finishing average in six races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    Leading The Way at New Hampshire
    Jeff Gordon has led 1,067 laps at New Hampshire International Speedway, more than any other driver.
    Would you Believe?
    Greg Biffle has finished 43rd, 35th and 28th in his last three races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    Latest Dominators at New Hampshire International Speedway
    • Dale Jarrett has scored 14 top-10 finishes in his 20 races at New Hampshire International Speedway, the most of all drivers.
    • Matt Kenseth has scored five top-10 finishes in the last five races at New Hampshire International Speedway, the longest current streak.
    “Last-Timers” at New Hampshire International Speedway
    • Mark Martin has scored 11 top-10 finishes in his 20 races at New Hampshire International Speedway but has never won there.
    • Rusty Wallace has 11 top-10 finishes, including one victory, in his 20 races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    Season Nuggets
    Winning Tougher than Ever in 2005
    After 18 races in 2005, there are seven drivers who won in 2004 that have not won in 2005: Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler, Jeremy Mayfield, Rusty Wallace and Joe Nemechek.
    Manufacturer Dominance
    Chevrolet has won nine of the 18 races in 2005. Ford has won eight races and Dodge has one victory.
    Streaks
    Rusty Wallace has been running at the finish in 31 consecutive races - since Bristol last fall, the longest current streak.
    Get Those Bonus Points
    Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 13 of the 18 races in 2005. Biffle has led 995 laps this season 164 more than Tony Stewart the next highest lap leader.
    Maintaining a Top-10 Standard
    Jimmie Johnson is the only driver that has ranked in the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after every race in 2005. He has ranked among the top-10 drivers since Atlanta in March 2004, 51 straight races, the longest current streak.
    2005 Success
    • Greg Biffle ranked 23rd in the point standings after 18 races one year ago. This year he is second.
    • Rusty Wallace ranked 17th in the point standings after 18 races one year ago. This year he is fourth.
    • Mark Martin ranked 15th in the point standings after 18 races one year ago. This year he is sixth.
    • Jamie McMurray ranked 13th in the point standings after 18 races one year ago. This year he is eighth.
    2005 Struggles
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., ranked second in the point standings after 18 races one year ago. This year he is 13th
    • Jeff Gordon ranked third in the point standings after 18 races one year ago. This year he is 15th.
    • Matt Kenseth ranked fifth in the point standings after 18 races one year ago. This year he is 16th
    • Bobby Labonte ranked sixth in the point standings after 18 races one year ago. This year he is 24th.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., has led only 16 laps in 2005. One year ago he had led 586.
    • Dale Jarrett has led only two laps in 2005.
    • Jamie McMurray has led only one lap in 2005.
    2005 Superspeedway Standouts
    In the first 14 superspeedway races in 2005:
    • Most Points Earned - Jimmie Johnson - 2,153 (208 more than Greg Biffle)
    • Most Bud Poles – Ryan Newman (five)
    • Most Victories – Greg Biffle (five)
    • Most Top-fives – Jimmie Johnson (eight)
    • Most Top-10s –Jimmie Johnson (11)
    • Most Races Led – Greg Biffle (11)
    • Winning Manufacturer – Ford (eight-All Roush drivers)(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-14-2005)

    PREVIOUS NHIS RACE/POLE WINNERS

    SEPTEMBER RACE WINNERS
    1997: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 100.364; started 13th
    1998: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 112.078; started 1st
    1999: #42-Joe Nemechek, Chevy, 100.673; started 11th
    2000: #99-Jeff Burton, Ford, 102.003; started 2nd - lead ALL 300 laps - restrictor plate used to slow cars down
    2001: #31-Robby Gordon, Chevy, 103.594, started 31st (run in Nov due to 9-11 attacks)
    2002: #12-Ryan Newman. Ford, 105.081, started 1st
    2003: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 106.580, started 8th
    2004: #97-Kurt Busch, Ford, 109.753, started 7th

    SEPTEMBER POLE WINNERS
    1997: #33-Ken Schrader, Chevy, 129.182; finished 37th
    1998: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 129.033; finished 1st
    1999: #2-Rusty Wallace, Ford, 129.820; finished 6th
    2000: #18-Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 127.632; finished 2nd
    2001: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, set by points [field set in Sept for Nov race]; finished 15th
    2002: #12-Ryan Newman, Ford, 132.241; finished 1st
    2003: #12-Ryan Newman, Dodge, 133.357, Track Record, finished 9th
    2004: none, rained out

    JULY RACE WINNERS
    1993: #2-Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 105.947mph; started 33rd
    1994: #10-Ricky Rudd, Ford, 87.599; started 3rd
    1995: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 107.029; started 21st
    1996: #28-Ernie Irvan, Ford, 98.930; started 6th
    1997: #99-Jeff Burton, Ford, 117.134; started 15th
    1998: #99-Jeff Burton, Ford, 102.996; started 5th
    1999: #99-Jeff Burton, Ford, 101.876; started 38th
    2000: #20-Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 103.145; started 6th
    2001: #88-Dale Jarrett, Ford, 102.131; started 9th
    2002: #22-Ward Burton, Dodge, 92.342; started 31st
    2003: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 96.924, started 6th
    2004: #97-Kurt Busch, Ford, 97.862, started 32nd

    JULY POLE WINNERS
    1993: #6-Mark Martin, Ford, 126.871
    1994: #28-Ernie Irvan, Ford, 127.197
    1995: #6-Mark Martin, Ford, 128.815
    1996: #41-Ricky Craven, Chevy, 129.379
    1997: #33-Ken Schader, Chevy, 129.423
    1998: #25-Ricky Craven, Chevy, 128.394
    1999: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 131.171
    2000: #2-Rusty Wallace, Ford, 132.089
    2001: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 131.770
    2002: #9-Bill Elliott, Dodge, 131.469
    2003: #17-Matt Kenseth, by points; finished 3rd
    2004: #12-Ryan Newman, 132.360, finished 3rd, Event record


TRACK/RACE 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

    Race Festivities:
    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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • 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

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link


    none?

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


RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs

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'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)


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