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THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: Sylvania 300

Nextel Cup Race #27 of 36 for the 2005 season

Nextel Cup Chase Race #1 of 10 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, Sept 18, 2005 in Loudon, NH

  • TV: TNT 1:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 12:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Green Flag: around 1:10pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, Sept 21 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, Sept 22 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, Sept 24 [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: $5,133,010 (was $5,129,482 in 2004)



    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, September 16, 12:00 - 1:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, September 16, 3:50 - 4:50pm/et, TV-Speed Channel via tape at 8:00pm/et


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 16, 11:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Saturday, September 17 at 12:10pm/et, TV-TNT, 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, SEPTEMBER 16TH
    5:45 AM NNCS HAULERS ENTER
    6:30 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
    7:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    8:45 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    11:00 AM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
    11:00 AM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
    12:00 N 1:00 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 NCTS, NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH
    7:00 AM NNCS, NCTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    8:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    11:40 AM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
    11:50 AM NCTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE )
    12:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
    3:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH
    8:00 AM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    10:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    11:10 AM NNCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE)
    12:10 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT ** UNTIL ONE HOUR AFTER RACE
    12:40 PM NNCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY –CLEAR PIT ROAD
    1:10 PM NNCS RACE ( 300 LAPS, 317.4 MILES)
    2:00 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSES

    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials (Nextel Cup);
    Goodyear Wrangler Intermediate Radials (Craftsman Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,200, Right-side -- 1,200;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    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 85-95 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the second consecutive race that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to New Hampshire . . . both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Cup tires will be branded Goodyear "Eagle" while the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded Goodyear "Wrangler" . . . this is the second straight week these teams have run this tire set-up, having run it at Richmond . . . in addition to New Hampshire and Richmond, major NASCAR teams will use this combination at Phoenix, Gateway, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Memphis, Milwaukee and Pikes Peak this season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less than in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "This is the same tire set-up we ran at Loudon in July and at Richmond last weekend. Because of that, teams should have a good set of notes on these tires as they start the stretch drive for the championship. We've been happy with this set-up this year, so we expect good results this weekend."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at New Hampshire [all top-10 drivers have a shot at it] 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
    #20-Tony Stewart, Indianapolis, 8/7/2005, $90,000
    #20-Tony Stewart, Watkins Glen, 8/14/2005, $10,000
    (9-10-2005)

  • 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 Loudon, NH: $15,000

    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
    New Hampshire: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Pocono: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Indianapolis: #9-Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Watkins Glen: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Michigan: #10-Scott Riggs, $10,000
    Bristol: #17-Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    California: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Richmond: #5-Kyle Busch, $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, #31 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, 20
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Kurt Busch, 8
    Kasey Kahne, 5
    Matt Kenseth, 5
    Kyle Busch, 4
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2
    Scott Riggs, 2
    (9-10-2005)


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

    • Newman wins at New Hampshire: #12-Ryan Newman won the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway with a exciting pass with 2 laps to go for his 1st win of 2005 and 12th of his career. Newman's win makes him the 13th different driver to win a race in 2005. It was Newman's first win in 34 races, since Dover in Sept last year. #20-Tony Stewart led 173 of 300 laps, including lap 298, before he and Newman dueled for the lead with Newman getting the win. #17-Matt Kenseth finished 3rd, followed by #16-Greg Biffle and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Stewart increases his points lead to 20 over Biffle. #97-Kurt Busch wrecked early in the race but the team fixed the car and he finished 35th gaining an extra 24 points, but is now 10th in The Chase and 142 behind Stewart. #7-Robby Gordon, while running upfront, got together with #15-Michael Waltrip, Gordon then tried to back into Waltrip missed, tossed his helmet at Waltrip and used a 'bad word' during a TNT interview, so look for penalties on Tuesday or so. #9-Kahne wrecked when #5-Busch came up the track and hit Kahne, Kahne then drove around the track and waited for Busch and Kahne made a hard right accross Busch's nose, Busch was able to stop and get minimal damage. Many drivers were called to the NASCAR Trailer after the race.
      For race results and awards, and other site links, see my
    • Jayski's New Hampshire Race Results/Awards page.(9-18-2005)

    • Chase Standing after [race 27 of 36 and 1 of 10 in The Chase] NHIS:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 5230
      #16-Greg Biffle, -20
      #12-Ryan Newman, -40
      #2-Rusty Wallace, -40
      #17-Matt Kenseth, -50
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, -53
      #6-Mark Martin, -54
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, -95
      #99-Carl Edwards, -109
      #97-Kurt Busch, -142
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #42-Jamie McMurray
      #24 Jeff Gordon, -1
      #29-Kevin Harvick, -23
      #38-Elliott Sadler, -32.
      For more see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after New Hampshire page.(9-18-2005)

    • "Classic" Points Standings...the old way, not the Chase after New Hampshire:
      1) #20-Tony Stewart, 3896
      2) #16-Greg Biffle, 3696, -200
      3) #2-Rusty Wallace, 3562, -334
      4) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3542, -354
      5) #6-Mark Martin, 3424, -472
      6) #97-Kurt Busch, 3362, -534
      7) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 3343, -553
      8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3279, -617
      9) #12-Ryan Newman, 3240, -656
      10) #99-Carl Edwards, 3220, -676
      11) #42-Jamie McMurray, 3099, -797
      12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3098, -798
      13) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3076, -820
      14) #38-Elliott Sadler, 3067, -829
      15) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2999, -897

    • New Hampshire Race Notes:
      • Ryan Newman won the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, scoring his 12th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 143rd career start.
      • Newman scored his second win at Loudon in eight races. He scored his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in the September 2002 race here.
      • Newman scored his first victory of 2005. His last victory came at Dover in September 2004, 35 races ago.
      • Newman has scored 11 top-10 finishes in 27 races in 2005.
      • Newman became the 13th different race winner in 2005.
      • Newman climbed from 10th to third in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
      • This was Newman’s 11th superspeedway victory in 112 career superspeedway races.
      • Tony Stewart led the most laps for the ninth time this season, the most of all drivers. Kurt Busch has led the most in four races this season.
      • Newman led three times for 66 laps including the final two.
      • Newman scored the third victory for car owner Roger Penske at New Hampshire International Speedway. This was Penske’s 57th victory as a car owner and first in 27 races this season.
      The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Is On
      • As a result of his finish in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway Tony Stewart took the early lead in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup by just 20 points over second-place Greg Biffle. Stewart along with nine other drivers will race over the remaining nine races of the 2005 season to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million:
      • Eight drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at New Hampshire.
      • Kurt Busch (35th today) started the 2004 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup by scoring a victory at New Hampshire and scored top10 finishes in the first six races of the Chase.
      • Seven of the 10 drivers who made it into the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup are doing so for the second straight year. Greg Biffle, Rusty Wallace, and Carl Edwards are new to the Chase in 2005.
      • Eight of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the first 27 races of the 2005 season. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Stewart and Biffle each with five.
      • Three of the “Ford Five” of Jack Roush Racing finished in the top 10: Kenseth (third), Biffle (fourth) and Martin (seventh).
      • Jamie McMurray (12th) climbed from 13th to 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
      • A total of $1 Million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. 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.
      • Tony Stewart (second) has scored 13 straight top-10 finishes including 10 top fives extending a streak that began with a second-place finish at Michigan in June. Stewart has scored 19 top-10 finishes in 27 races in 2005, the most of all drivers. Stewart remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings for the seventh straight race..
      • Matt Kenseth (third) scored his fifth top-10 finish in his last five races. Kenseth climbed from ninth to fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fifth) scored his first top-five finish in his last nine races, since his victory at Chicagoland.
      • Rusty Wallace (sixth) extended a 40-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. Wallace has scored 22 top-15 finishes in 27 races in 2005.
      • Jimmy Johnson (eighth) dropped from fourth to sixth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 60 consecutive races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004.(NASCAR Statistical Service)(9-18-2005)

    • Rumblings - New Hampshire: Well, I'm Back! [Henry is...welcome back]
      First of all, I want to take a couple lines here to thank all of you for your thoughts, prayers, and contributions. There is a ton of devastion in this area, and it's gonna be a long time till South Louisiana and Coastal Mississippi resembles anywhere like it used to look (if ever). There are an enormous number of people displaced, out of work, and just wondering if they should even come back. Thankfully, our damage was minor (relatively speaking). I went through one of these as a teen in 1965 (Betsy), and I never forgot it. I hazard to say no one down here will forget this one, either.
      I've got a few gazillion emails to catch up on, and I've been working on getting my stats caught up for hours the last couple days (in between tarping a roof at the store....I've got a whole new respect for people who get up on hot metal roofs in 95 degree weather!), and I promise to answer each of those emails (just give me some time).
      I want to thank Von for getting that fund going....it was certainly unexpected. Your response was overwhelming, and I will write to each and every one of you to express my thanks. I don't know that words can describe my appreciation....that people who know you only from reading a couple paragraphs would give of themselves so willingly is unbelievable. Again, Mickey & I thank you all.
      Now, back to regular programming.....
      We had a ding-dong battle to the finish today at New Hampshire International Speedway. Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart swapped the lead repeatedly during the final 20 laps, but in the end it was Newman who got the Gatorade bath in Victory Lane for his first win since Dover last September. This was career win #12 for Newman (he's 48th on the all-time win list), and the 54th for Roger Penske (57 if you count the three by Jeremy Mayfield when Michael Kranefuss was a partner). Ryan is the 13th different winner this season (equalling our total from last year) and he pulled down $248,866 from the over $5.1M in posted awards.
      Lotsa short fuses today. You know, the last race I saw from my own couch was Bristol....so it was like I never left! Sure wish I had the hot dog stand outside the NASCAR trailer after the race (I'd have cleaned up!). It was SRO....Kurt Busch, Scott Riggs, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Robby Gordon, Michael Waltrip (and all of their respective car owners and crew chiefs as well). Pass the mustard!
      I suspect the press release on Tuesday announcing the fines and penalties will be rather lengthy.....
      Didn't take us long to get one of the "Chasers" upset.....three laps in and we've got a mad dash up pit road already.
      Dale Earnhardt Jr (5th) had his best finish since he won at Chicagoland in July.
      J. J. Yeley (34th) had his best finish since he was 27th at Atlanta last October (only two races).
      STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 13 Top-10's in a row.
      Matt Kenseth has 5 Top-10's in a row.
      Greg Biffle has 5 Top-10's in a row.
      The Rookie Report: Kyle Busch (27th) was the highest finishing freshman for the 18th time this season. Travis Kvapil was 41st.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Sterling Marlin (+26), followed by Greg Biffle (+22), Michael Waltrip (+21), and Kyle Petty (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Elliott Sadler (-24), followed by Scott Riggs (-23), and Kurt Busch (-23).
      In the "Chase" Standings, Tony Stewart has padded his lead....it's all the way out to 20 markers now! Ryan Newman advances seven spots (10th to 3rd), while Kurt Busch fell from 5th to 10th. Dale Earnhardt Jr (17th to 15th) and Jeff Burton (21st to 19th) made the best moves forward today, while Elliott Sadler (11th to 14th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans - see full CLASSIC Cup standings here)(9-18-2005)

      Race Rundown

    • The Sylvania 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
      #12-Newman-d (13x)(66 laps led)
      #20-Stewart-c (1x)(173 laps led)
      #17-Kenseth-f (4x)
      #16-Biffle-f (26x)(1 lap led)
      #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (3)(8 laps led)
      #2-Walllace-d (7x)
      #6-Martin (15x)(31 laps led)
      #48-Johnson-c (10x)
      #31-Burton-c (14)
      #29-Harvick-c (9)

      other chasers. running
      #19-Mayfield-d (8x), 16
      #99-Edwards-f (24-x), 18
      #97-Busch-f (12x), 35th after a wreck, back on the track

      x=driver in The Chase
      c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford

    • Cars on the lead lap: 22 (of 43 starters)

    • Drivers down at least a lap [and still running]: #'s 41,18,01,22,5,10,32,38,92,51,07,11,97

    • Cars on the track: 35 (of 43 starters)

    • Off track/out of race (8) and reason:
      #75-Anderson (engine-out)
      #34-Christopher (transmission-out)
      #77-Kvapil (accident-out)
      #49-Schrader (accident-out)
      #50-Spencer (accident-out)
      #9-Kahne (accident-out/parked by NASCAR)
      #7-Gordon (accident-out)
      #0-Bliss (accident-out)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 leaders with 18 lead changes):
      #20-Stewart (173 led, led most);
      #12-Newman (66);
      #6-Martin (31, led halfway);
      #8-Earnhardt Jr. (8);
      #25-Vickers (8);
      #38-Sadler (4);
      #40-Marlin (4);
      #24-Gordon (2);
      #43-Green (1);
      #7-Gordon (1);
      #16-Biffle (1);
      #29-Harvick (1:

    • Lap leaders: #20-Stewart - pole; #20-Stewart 1-74; #43-Green 75; #20-Stewart 76-105; #38-Sadler 106-109; #20-Stewart 110-138; #7-Gordon 139; #6-Martin 140-170; #20-Stewart 171-180; #12-Newman 181-234; #20-Stewart 235-257; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 258-265; #16-Biffle 266; #24-Gordon 267-268; #25-Vickers 269-276; #29-Harvick 277; #40-Marlin 278-281; #12-Newman 282-291; #20-Stewart 292-298; #12-Newman 299-300


      Cautions: 10 for 60 laps

      Caution 10 - Laps 280 - 284: debris in turn 4, the commitment line cone got hit and went onto the track.
      YELLOW FLAG back out as of 3:49pm/et.
      RED FLAG as of 3:38pm/et on lap 197 so the track workers can blow off the track as there is a lot of debris...
      Caution 9 - Laps 192 - 201: #01-Nemechek and #0-Bliss got together, with Bliss wacking the turn 1 wall, Nemechek slapped the wall with the rear, Bliss then came back out after getting repaired, and broke a rotor and wacked the wall hard, leaving the rotor on the track. THEN #15-Waltrip punted #7-Gordon, who wrecked hard into the wall, Gordon's car was wasted, but Gordon then tried to back the car into Waltrip [Stewart was right in the path of Gordon, but stopped and missed Gordon], THEN Gordon got out of his wrecked car, took his helmet, waited for Waltrip and fired his helmet at Waltrip car, which bounced off the door, Waltrip said over the radio that it wasn't his fault, Gordon has been called to the NASCAR Trailer after the race AND THEN said a bad, bad word [think Dale Jr. in Talladega last yeas that cost him 25 points].
      Caution 8 - Laps 181 - 183: #5-Busch and #4-Wallace got together in turn 2 with Busch sliding thru the backstretch grass.
      Caution 7 - Laps 166 - 170: #5-Busch got up into #9-Kahne, Kahne spun and smacked the turn 2 wall, Kahne then hung around the bottom of the track and waited for Busch and made the right hard turn accross the nose of the #5 car and damage the #5 car.
      Caution 6 - Laps 147 - 156: #2-Wallace got loose, into #50-Spencer, Spencer then spun and into the turn 1wall, #42-McMurray spun after #01-Nemechek got sideways and into the #42. Spencer waited for Wallace to come around and gave him a 'what the...?' wave.
      Caution 5 - Laps 138 - 141: #49-Schrader lost a right front tire again and pounded the turn 1 wall.
      Caution 4 - Laps 105 - 108: #77-Kvapil lost a right front tire in turn 3 and smacked the wall.
      Caution 3 - Laps 74 - 77: #49-Schrader lost a right front tire in turn 3, but kept the car off the wall.
      Caution 2 - Laps 19 - 21: #11-Yeley got together with #41-Mears and spun around and rear-ended into the turn 1 wall.
      Caution 1 - Laps 4 - 15: #10-Riggs got loose and into #97-Busch who spun around, then nosed hard into the turn 1 wall hard and goes to the garage, #97 lost the radiator and left a lot of fluids on the track.

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire 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: #21-Rudd, 20th
      Caution 9: #32-Hamilton Jr., 29th
      Caution 8: #45-Petty, 21st
      Caution 7: #2-Wallace, 6th
      Caution 6: #4-Wallace, 22nd
      Caution 5: #22-Wimmer, 26th
      Caution 4: #41-Mears, 23rd
      Caution 3: #77-Kvapil, 41st DNF
      Caution 2: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
      Caution 1: none, no one a lap down.
      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)
      ---- #20-Stewart and #8-Earnhardt Jr. made contact on lap 266, when Dale Jr. came in to pit and Stewart didn't realize it and the contact damaged the left front fender, causing a tire rub and smoke.
      ---- some green flag stops occurred around the lap 252-259 range
      ---- on lap 235, #12-Newman made his green flag pit stop, losing the lead and a lap, Newman had stayed on the track during the last caution.
      ---- #38-Sadler got together with #41-Mears on the caution 9 restart and had a fender rubbing the left front tire and some damage.
      ---- Called to the NASCAR Trailer after the race: #97-Busch, #9-Kahne and owner, #7-Gordon and #15-Waltrip and crew chief.
      ---- OOPS - during the 9th caution, after trying to ram his car in #15-Waltrip, then throwing his helmet at Waltrip, Gordon was interviewed and ssaid the "S" word about Waltrip [a POS], TNT apologized for the cuss word, expect Gordon to lose points and money on Tuesday, vaulable owners points, he can forget the top-35 in owners points for the season now.
      ---- during the 8th caution the cars #'s 12, 15, 17, 48, 7 , 01, 88 , 0, 40, 41, 18, 2...didn't pit
      ---- after the 7th caution incident, #9-Kahne has been called to the NASCAR trailer after the race and has parked the #9 for the race.
      ---- during the 6th caution, #2-Wallace made a pit stop to get the right front fender off the tire, which was pushed in when Wallace got into Spencer, #42-McMurray was off and on pit road during the 6th caution.
      ---- during the 5ht caution #2-Wallace pitted outside the pitbox, was held a lap as a penalty.
      ---- during the 4th caution pit stops, #17-Kenseth came out of his pits with his right front wheel locked up, possible lug nut caught between the wheel and hub, Kenseth will make a 2nd pit stop for repairs.
      ---- as of lap 83, #21-Rudd has a tire rub after making contact with another car, he is running 18th.
      ---- #07-Blaney back on the track as of lap 80 after the team made repairs to the rear end leak.
      ---- during the 3rd caution, #20-Stewart came in 1st and went back out first of the leaders, #43-Green stayed on the track.
      ---- MINIMUM Speed for cars returning to the track after getting repairs = 116.228mph.
      ---- on lap 69, #97-Busch is back on the track after the team made repairs from his lap 4 wreck with Riggs.
      ---- on lap 67, #11-Yeley is back on the track after the team made repairs.
      ---- on lap 54, #97-Busch's crew is close to having the car come back on the track after the team replaced the nose piece and made repairs to the car.
      ---- #07-Blaney made an unscheduled pit stop on lap 52 as there were reports that the car was leaking rear end grease.
      ---- around lap 35, #7-Gordon got into #10-Riggs, who got sideway,saved it, but lost a bunch of psoitions
      ---- many of the the cars on the back end of the lead lap from #41-Mears back [was running 22nd] made pit stops during the 2nd caution.
      ---- #97-Busch, after parking the #97, headed to the #10 pit, to talk to #10 crew chief Rodney Childers, Busch climbed the box was pretty civil and talked to Childers, got down and walked back to the garage.
      ---- To the BACK [1]: #45-Kyle Petty [driver change - Mark Green qual car];


    • Stewart wins pole at New Hampshire: #20-Tony Stewart won the Budweiser Pole for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway with a lap of 131.143mph for his 2nd pole of 2005 and 9th of his career. #24-Jeff Gordon [1st race with new crew chief] starting 2nd, followed by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [welcome back Tony Jr;], #17-Matt Kenseth and #10-Scott Riggs. The best qualifying Dodge was the #2 of Rusty Wallace at 7th. #7-Robby Gordon was the highest non top-35 team, who had to get in based on speed, qualifying 19th. Missing the race were: #00-Long, #89-Shepherd, #95-Barrett, #66-Garvey, #37-Raines and #27-Shelmerdine.
      For pole progression, qualifying speed and order, practice speeds and starting lineup and links, see Jayski's Loudon Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(9-17-2005)

    • New Hampshire Qualifying Notes:
      • Tony Stewart won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Sylvania 300, lapping New Hampshire International Speedway in 29.043 seconds at 131.143 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 28.561 seconds, 133.357 mph, set September 12, 2003.
      • This is Tony Stewart’s first career Bud Pole at New Hampshire and second of the 2005 season. His other pole came at Daytona in July.
      • This is Tony Stewart’s ninth career Bud Pole in 239 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races, fifth pole on a super speedway.
      • Tony Stewart won at Loudon in July.
      • This is Tony Stewart’s 14th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      • This is the 12th pole for Chevrolet in 2005. Dodge has eight poles and Ford has five. Qualifying was cancelled at Dover and Watkins Glen.
      • Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 29.058 seconds, 131.075 mph and will join Tony Stewart on the front row for the Sylvania 300. Jeff Gordon has started from a top-10 starting position in 12 of his races at New Hampshire.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his sixth top-10 start in 12 races at Loudon. His best start of the season.
      • Matt Kenseth (fourth) scored his fourth top-10 start in 11 races at Loudon.
      • Scott Riggs (fifth) posted his first top-10 start in four races at Loudon.
      • Wayne Anderson will make his first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series start in the Sylvania 300.
      • Five Chase drivers qualified in the top-10. The slowest Chase driver is Greg Biffle who will start 26th in the Sylvania 300.
      • There have been 11 different Bud Pole winners in the 22 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Loudon since July 1993. Qualifying has been canceled three times.
      • Two of the 21 races at Loudon have been won from the pole: Jeff Gordon in August of 1998 and Ryan Newman in September of 2002. The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Loudon was 38th by Jeff Burton in July 1999.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-17-2005)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 12:10pm/et.
      TV: TNT at 12:00pm/et - LIVE wooo hooo.
      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 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #0-Mike Bliss is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #29-Kevin Harvick. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Loudon Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(9-16-2005)

    • Happy Hour Practice for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #2-Wallace 130.765
      #5-Busch 130.492
      #97-Busch 130.483
      #9-Kahne 130.345
      #20-Stewart 130.309
      slowest: #27-Shelmerdine 110.995 and #89-Shepherd 125.504
      most laps run: #48-Johnson, 55; #01-Nemechek, 48
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #24-Gordon, 127.937 [16th fastest lap], 30 laps run
      #5-Busch, 127.816 [2nd], 31 laps
      #6-Martin, 127.781 [9th], 43 laps.
      For the Speeds, Qualifying order, and more... see Jayski's Loudon Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.
      And will be televised [again] via tape on Speed at 8:00pm/et on Speed.

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway happy hour practice?
      Eight in and six out [49 entered for 43 spots]:
      #7-Robby Gordon, 11th fastest in practice
      #4-Mike Wallace, 23rd
      #50-Jimmy Spencer, 30th
      #95-Stanton Barrett, 31st
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 33rd
      #75-Wayne Anderson, 35th
      #66-Mike Garvey, 36th
      #34-Ted Christopher, 39th
      if things stayed like this, these 6 miss the race
      #51-Stuart Kirby, 41st
      #00-Carl Long, 42nd
      #00-Carl Long, 43rd
      #37-Tony Raines, 46th
      #89-Morgan Shepherd, 48th
      #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 49th.(9-16-2005)

    • Vickers car impounded: the primary #25 Chevy failed inspection before the first practice and the team worked on the car and presented it before the 2nd practice [Happy Hour] and it failed inspection again and was impounded and confiscated by NASCAR. The team worked feverishly to get the back up car out and ready to pass inpsection to make a practice run but looks doubtful the car will get on the track, if so, Vickers will be qualifying a backup car with no laps at on it...and probably faces penalties/fines by NASCAR early next week.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)
      NOTE: The #25 team was able to get the backup car thru inspection and Vickers got some laps in. Hendrick Motorsports says the car was not confiscated by NASCAR but the team forfitted the car to NASCAR when they decided they could do no more to make the templates fit.(9-16-2005)

    • Mark Green in for Petty: Mark Green, Jeff's brother, is practicing and probably qualifying the #45 Georgia Pacific Dodge at New Hampshire this weekend. Driver Kyle Petty has been feeling under the weather this week but plans to race the car on Sunday.(9-16-2005)

    • 1st Friday Practice for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, the fastest were:
      #24-Gordon 128.411
      #20-Stewart 127.671
      #7-Gordon 127.478
      #12-Newman 127.440
      #18-Labonte 127.227
      12th = #34-Ted Christopher
      Slowest: #89-Shepherd 97.337 and #00-Long 117.093
      no speed listed: #27-Shelmerdine, #25-Vickers
      most laps run: 18 by #17-Kenseth and #01-Nemecheck
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #24-Gordon, 126.880 [1st fastest lap], 6 laps run
      #5-Busch, 126.795 [13th], 2 laps
      #20-Stewart, 126.300 [2nd], 7 laps.
      For the Speeds, Qualifying order, and more... see Jayski's Loudon Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(9-16-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway first practice?
      Eight in and six out [49 entered for 43 spots]:
      #7-Robby Gordon, 3rd
      #34-Ted Christopher, 12th
      #4-Mike Wallace, 25th
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 27th
      #50-Jimmy Spencer, 29th
      #66-Mike Garvey, 33rd
      #75-Wayne Anderson, 34th
      #95-Stanton Barrett, 36th
      if things staed like this, these 6 miss the race
      #37-Tony Raines, 44th
      #51-Stuart Kirby, 42nd
      #92-Joey McCarthy, 45th
      #00-Carl Long, 46th
      #89-Morgan Shepherd, 47th
      #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 49th no speed
      (9-17-2005)

    • Entry List for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is up, 49 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 - 26 race attempts by team:
      #4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
      #7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
      #37-Tony Raines (full-time team)
      #92-Joey McCarthy in for Hermie Sadler (full-time team)
      Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 26 'team' attempts
      #00-Carl Long (16 attempts)
      #27-Kirk Shelmerdine (15 attempts)
      #34-Ted Christopher (22 attempts)
      #50-Jimmy Spencer (7 attempts)
      #51-Stuart Kirby (5 attempts)
      #66-Mike Garvey (25 attempts)
      #75-Wayne Anderson (8 attempts)
      #89-Morgan Shepherd (15 attempts)
      #95-Stanton Barrett (2 attempts)
      IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 4,32,7,37,92,66,34,00
      missing the race would be [6]: #'s 89,27,75,50,51,95
      For the full list see my Jayski's Loudon Entry List, 49 cars entered.(9-12-2005)

    • What Happened to Ramblings/Rumblings from Henry of Stock Car Fans that I usually post here each week? Henry was one of many unfortunate folks involved in Hurrican Katirna, for ways to help out, see Stockcarfans.com.(9-9-2005)

    • Weather -- IF qualifying is rained out, the field would be set as follows (per the rulebook):
      #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
      #2) - Previous Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if already NOT in the field by step 1
      #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
      #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
      #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
      #7) - Qualifying Order Position
      (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 13 days before the race)

    • Air Pressure Checked: NASCAR told teams at the Michigan drivers' meeting that it would begin recording air pressures on the front tires of all cars before each race, keep the information confidential and use it to evaluate performance and to investigate tire problems.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(8-22-2005)

    • New Camber Rule starting at MIS: NASCAR has finally stepped in to eradicate the excessive tire problems teams have experienced this season--and remove some of the heat from Goodyear in the process. A new camber rule will be in place starting this weekend at Michigan that limits the angle of the front tires to 8 degrees. "We've had tire issues this summer at Pocono and Indy (because of) excessive camber," says Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "Some teams were on the mark, but others were way off." NASCAR already has a rear camber rule of 2 degrees and checks cars with a camber gauge during inspection.(Sporting News)(8-15-2005)

    • 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 International Speedway:
      • Tony Stewart has scored 12 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes in 2005, both the most of all drivers.
      • Tony Stewart has scored 12 straight top-10 finishes, including five victories, in the last 12 races.
      • Greg Biffle has scored four straight top-10 finishes.
      • Matt Kenseth has posted top-10 finishes in five of his last six races.
      • Rusty Wallace has scored 21 top-15 finishes in 26 races in 2005, the most of all drivers.
      • Ryan Newman has posted 22 top-10 starts in 26 races this season, the most of all drivers.
      • Roush Racing drivers have won 11 of the 26 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won six and JoeGibbs Racing has five victories. Evernham Motorsports has two and Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Richard Childress Racing each have one.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-112005)

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

    • Sept 2004 Race Winner: #97-Kurt Busch, 109.753mph, started 7th

    • July 2005 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 102.608mph, started 13th

    • 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 Sept Pole Sitter: none due to conditions

    • 2005 July Pole Sitter: Brian Vickers, 130.327mph, finished 11th

    • 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; 8 - Chevy; 2 - Pontiac; 1 - Dodge

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [of 21 races] 9.5%
    • 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: 2
    • 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 21 - 23.8%
    • Races won from the top 10: 11 of 21 - 52.4%

    • New Hampshire Nuggets
      New Hampshire Spell Trouble for Some of the Chase Contenders
      • Mark Martin has finished 13th or worse in his last seven races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      • Carl Edwards has not scored a top-10 finish at New Hampshire International Speedway
      New Hampshire Milestones
      • Ricky Rudd is expected to make his 779th consecutive start at New Hampshire International Speedway, the all-time record for consecutive races by a driver.
      Defending NEXTEL Cup Champion at New Hampshire International Speedway
      • Kurt Busch has competed in nine races at New Hampshire International Speedway scoring two victories and five top-10 finishes, all in his last seven races at New Hampshire International Speedway. Those seven finishes were all top 15’s.
      Point Leader at New Hampshire International Speedway
      • Tony Stewart has competed in 13 races at New Hampshire International Speedway scoring two victories and eight top-10 finishes. Seven of those were top-five finishes including his last victory which came there in July.
      Starting Up Front is not an Issue at New Hampshire International Speedway
      • There have been 21 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at New Hampshire. Eleven have been won from a top-10 starting position while 10 have been won from 11th or worse, showing no specific pattern. The furthest back a race winner has started was 38th in the 1999 Jiffy Lube 300 (Jeff Burton).

      New Hampshire Dominators (More than one start)
      • 21 races - Eleven drivers.
      • Bud Poles - Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman - three each
      • Victories - Jeff Burton - 4
      • Top Fives - Jeff Gordon - 9
      • Top 10s - Dale Jarrett - 14
      • Average Start - Ryan Newman - 5.714
      • Average Finish - Kasey Kahne - 6.0
      • Laps Led - Jeff Gordon - 1,067

      Sweeps at New Hampshire
      • Jimmie Johnson won both races at New Hampshire in 2003. Kurt Busch won both races at New Hampshire in 2004. Tony Stewart won the 2005 July race at New Hampshire and leads the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings as we head to the first race of the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      New Hampshire Streaks
      • Kurt Busch finished first or second in his last three races at New Hampshire International Speedway,
      • Jimmie Johnson has scored seven straight top-15 finishes at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      • Kasey Kahne has scored three straight top-10 finishes at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      • Matt Kenseth has scored six straight top-10 finishes at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      • Ryan Newman has scored six top-10 finishes in seven races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      • Mark Martin has finished 13th or worse in his last seven races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      No Domination at New Hampshire International Speedway
      • A Ford has posted 10 victories in the 21 races at New Hampshire International Speedway since 1993, the most among the manufacturers. Chevrolet has won eight of the 21 while Pontiac has two victories and Dodge has one. A Ford and Chevrolet have each won three of the last six races at New Hampshire.
      “Last-Timers” at New Hampshire International Speedway
      • Rusty Wallace has scored one victory and 12 top-10 finishes in his 21 races at New Hampshire.
      • Mark Martin has scored 11 top-10 finishes in his 21 races at New Hampshire.
      And the Beat Goes On
      • Both Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin have both been running at the finish in all 21 of their races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      Owner Domination at New Hampshire International Speedway
      • Jack Roush Racing has posted six victories (by two different drivers: Burton-4 and Busch-2) at New Hampshire International Speedway. Rick Hendrick has five victories (by two different drivers: Gordon-3 and Johnson-2) at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      Starting and Finishing Up Front at New Hampshire International Speedway
      • Ryan Newman has a 5.7 starting average and a 8.9 finishing average in seven races at New Hampshire International Speedway. His starting average is the best among active drivers.
      • Kasey Kahne has a 6.7 starting average and an 6.0 finishing average in three races at New Hampshire International Speedway. His finishing average is the best among active drivers with more than one start.

      Top 10 Lap Leaders at New Hampshire International Speedway
      Driver Races Led
      1. Gordon, Jeff, 21, 1,067
      2. Burton, Jeff, 21, 605
      3. Stewart, Tony, 13, 563
      4. Newman, Ryan, 7, 433
      5. Martin, Mark, 21, 364
      6. Jarrett, Dale, 21, 303
      7. Busch, Kurt, 9, 278
      8. Irvan*, Ernie, 8, 261
      9. Wallace, Rusty, 21, 251
      10. Craven*, Ricky, 17, 169
      (* not active on the Cup tour)
      Would You Believe?
      Eleven drivers have competed in all 21 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at New Hampshire International Speedway since 1993.
      Winning Tougher than Ever in 2005 After 26 races in 2005, there are five drivers who won in 2004 that have not won in 2005: Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, Elliott Sadler, Rusty Wallace and Joe Nemechek. There are three drivers currently ranked in the top 10 that have not won a race in 2005 (Wallace, Martin and Newman). There are five drivers not in the top 10 that have scored at least one victory in 2005.
      Manufacturer Dominance
      Chevrolet has won 13 of the 26 races in 2005. Ford has won 11 races and Dodge has two victories.
      Streaks
      • Rusty Wallace has been running at the finish in 39consecutive races - since Bristol last fall, the longest current streak.
      • Tony Stewart has scored 12 straight top-10 finishes, a streak that began with a second-place finish at Michigan in June.
      Get Those Bonus Points • Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 18 of the 26 races in 2005. He has led 1,035 laps this season and is second behind Tony Stewart who has led 1,246, the most of all drivers.
      • Tony Stewart has led the most laps in eight of the 26 races this season.
      • Greg Biffle has earned 105 bonus points in the first 26 races, more than any other driver.
      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, 59 straight races, the longest current streak.
      2005 Success
      • Greg Biffle ranked 20th in the point standings after 26 races one year ago. This year he is second.
      • Rusty Wallace ranked 17th in the point standings after 26 races one year ago. This year he is third.
      • Carl Edwards ranked 44th in the point standings after Richmond one year ago. This year he is eighth.
      2005 Struggles
      • Jeff Gordon ranked first in the point standings after 26 races one year ago. This year he is 12th.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr., ranked third in the point standings after 26 races one year ago. This year he is 17th.
      • Elliott Sadler ranked sixth in the point standings after 26 races one year ago. This year he is 11th.
      • Bobby Labonte ranked 13th in the point standings after 26 races one year ago. This year he is 24th.
      • Bobby Labonte and Robby Gordon lead all drivers, each with nine DNFs in 26 races.
      • Elliott Sadler has finished 12th or worse in his last 10 races.
      • Dale Jarrett has finished 14th or worse in his last nine races.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr., has led only 19 laps in 2005. One year ago he had led 924.
      • Dale Jarrett has led only two laps in 2005.
      • Jamie McMurray has led only one lap in 2005.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-12-2005)

      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
      2005: #20-Tony Stewart, Chevy, 102.608, started 13th

      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
      2005: #25-Brian Vickers, 130.327, finished 11th


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • Track Specs:
      Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
      Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Striaghts: 2 degrees
      Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
      Grandstand Seating: 91,000


    • Track Website: www.nhis.com

    • 2005 NHIS July Race Info Page
    • 2004 New Hampshire July Race Info Page

    • 2004 New Hampshire Sept. Race Info Page

      Race Festivities:
      Grand Marshal: Jim Johnson, executive vice president and general manager of Osram Sylvania
      Command to start engines: Jim Johnson
      Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Joe Sterbank, regional vice president of sales for Advance Auto Parts.
      National Anthem: Denise Doucette
      Military Flyover: two A-10s from Barnes Air National Guard in Westfield, Mass., and a KC-135 from Pease Air National Guard in Portsmouth follow.

    • Sylvania 300 Weekend Features "Imus in the Morning": The SYLVANIA 300 weekend will feature a live broadcast of the "Imus in the Morning" show on Friday, September 16 from 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. This nationally syndicated radio program hosted by Don Imus will be on location in the Hospitality Courtyard at "The Magic Mile." "Imus in the Morning" is also simulcast daily on the MSNBC cable television network. A limited number of tickets for this live broadcast are available through NHIS Guest Services at (603) 783-4931 or through The Wolf 93.3 FM at (603) 228-9036. Tickets are $20.00 per person with all proceeds being donated to the Imus Ranch. The Imus Ranch is a 3,000-acre working cattle ranch located in New Mexico, fifty miles northeast of Santa Fe. The ranch provides children with serious illnesses the opportunity to enjoy the great American cowboy experience.(NHIS PR)(9-13-2005)

    • NHIS Salutes New Hampshire: New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) salutes the State of New Hampshire's Division of Travel and Tourism Development and Division of Economic Development for joining NEXTEL in hosting the New Hampshire NASCAR Day on Wednesday, August 24 in downtown Concord, N.H. This celebration will feature the NEXTEL Racing Experience display and an appearance by Greg Biffle, the driver of the #16 Roush Racing Army National Guard Ford. The NEXTEL Racing Experience will give fans the chance to try their skills in a state-of-the-art driving simulator and also have the opportunity to win one of several great prizes.(NHIS PR)(8-23-2005)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • Vickers car impounded UPDATE: the primary #25 Chevy failed inspection before the first practice and the team worked on the car and presented it before the 2nd practice [Happy Hour] and it failed inspection again and was impounded and confiscated by NASCAR. The team worked feverishly to get the back up car out and ready to pass inpsection to make a practice run but looks doubtful the car will get on the track, if so, Vickers will be qualifying a backup car with no laps at on it...and probably faces penalties/fines by NASCAR early next week.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)
      NOTE: The #25 team was able to get the backup car thru inspection and Vickers got some laps in. Hendrick Motorsports says the car was not confiscated by NASCAR but the team forfitted the car to NASCAR when they decided they could do no more to make the templates fit.(9-16-2005)
      UPDATE: The #25 Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports brought to New Hampshire International Speedway as the primary Nextel Cup car for Brian Vickers was in NASCAR's possession Friday after it failed inspection five times. "This was a brand new body that had never been raced," said Doug Duchardt, vice president of development for the Hendrick team. "We learned of a measurement issue during the inspection process and made attempts to correct it. But, after several tries, we decided to forfeit the car [to NASCAR] and go with our backup." The frustrated Vickers missed the first practice and got in just five laps in the second session for Sunday's Sylvania 300. "We made the decision to forfeit the car because we didn't feel it could be repaired in a reasonable amount of time," Duchardt said. "It was important to get out on the racetrack in the backup and prepare for Sunday. We have a very thorough system that should prevent these things, but something obviously fell through the cracks."(ESPN.com/AP)(9-17-2005)

    • Mark Green in for Petty MORE: Mark Green, Jeff's brother, is practicing and probably qualifying the #45 Georgia Pacific Dodge at New Hampshire this weekend. Driver Kyle Petty has been feeling under the weather this week but plans to race the car on Sunday.(9-16-2005)
      MORE Still fighting feelings of grief from his son's death at New Hampshire International Speedway more than five years ago, Kyle Petty will skip Friday's practice sessions and Saturday's qualifying at the track. Petty still plans to race on Sunday. "It's a funny thing, because I thought the longer I went, the easier it would get," Petty said in a telephone interview. "The truth is, the longer it goes, the harder it gets." Adam Petty was killed in an accident during a practice session at New Hampshire International Speedway in May 2000. Petty has raced at New Hampshire several times since the accident, but it hasn't made him any more at ease there. He said the most recent race weekend at New Hampshire, in July, was particularly tough. "I struggled with just trying to do my job," Petty said. "I was mean to everybody. I just wasn't me."(USA Today)(9-17-2005)

    • Yeley back in the #11: Joe Gibbs Racing Busch Series driver J.J Yeley will take the wheel of the #11 FedEx Express Chevrolet at New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend, it will be his second start in the #11 FedEx Monte Carlo and his fourth career Nextel Cup start. Yeley will stay in the car for the MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 25. Following Terry Labonte's 9th place finish at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 10, the FedEx Team remains in 35th place in owners points and currently sits 59 points out of 34th place. Yeley has made one previous start at New Hampshire International Speedway, starting tenth and finishing sixth in the 2005 New England 200 Busch series race on July 16 of this year. Yeley successfully tested at Loudon with the FedEx team on Tues., August 30. The Sylvania 300 marks Yeley's second start in the #11 FedEx Chevrolet and his second NASCAR Nextel Cup start of the 2005 season. Yeley qualified the #11 season-best eighth for the Sony HD 500 in California, but was forced to the garage early after a lap-two spin. Despite major repairs to the#11, Yeley returned to the track and brought home a 39th-place finish. In July, Yeley qualified the #20 Home Depot car for an injured Tony Stewart at Chicagoland Speedway but Stewart returned to the seat for the USG Sheetrock 400 the following day. Yeley has run every Busch series race on the 2005 schedule in the #18 Vigoro/Home Depot Chevrolet, recording three top-five and nine top-ten finishes to date. Yeley currently sits in 12th place in the Busch series standings only 77 points of out tenth.(JGR PR)(9-14-2005)

    • Labonte back in the #11 at Richmond: Two-time Cup Series Terry Labonte will take the wheel of the #11 FedEx Express Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. He has previously run the JGR/FedEx entry at Sonoma, Watkins Glen, Michigan and Bristol. JGR will turn to Busch Series driver J.J. Yeley for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday, September 18. The #11 FedEx Chevy Monte Carlo will sport the FedEx Kinko’s paint scheme at Richmond. Following J.J. Yeley’s 39th place finish at California Speedway last weekend, the FedEx team remained in 35th place in owners points and currently sit 67 points out of 34th place.(JGR)(9-8-2005)

    • See the 2005 Team Chart and the 2006 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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