- Race: Sunday, July 16, 2006 in Loudon, NH
- Title Sponsor/Link: Lenox Industrial Tools
- Track: New Hampshire International Speedway
- TV: TNT 1:30pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: TNT - 1:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Green Flag Scheduled: 2:10pm/et
- Race Re-Air: Thursday, July 20 at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel
- Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
- Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
MRN Radio Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore
MRN Radio Turn Reporter: Mike Bagley, Dan Hubbard, Dave Moody, Jeff Striegle
MRN Radio Pit Reporters: Adam Alexander, Danielle Frye, Winston Kelley, Steve Post
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,294,946 (was $5,148,147 in 2005)
- Friday Practice: Friday, July 14, 11:35am - 1:05pm/et, TV-none
- Saturday Practice: Saturday, July 15, 8:40 - 9:40am/et, TV-none
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 15, 10:05 - 10:50am/et on TV-Speed Channel
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 14, 10:35am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, July 14 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 8:00pm/et on Speed AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
(the above times in Eastern Time / ET - schedule below is by track location)
- NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
Friday, July 14, 2006
11:35 a.m. - 1:05 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
3:10 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying
5:10 p.m. Grand National Division, Busch East Series New England 125
Saturday, July 15th, 2006
8:40 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
9:40 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. TNT Exhibition Run
10:05 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Final Practice
11:05 a.m. Busch Series Qualifying for the New England 200
1:10 p.m. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100
3:00 p.m. Busch Series New England 200
Sunday, July 16th, 2006
1:40 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Driver Introductions
2:10 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 300
NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
(Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,200, Right-side -- 1,200;
Busch Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4038, Right-side -- D-4040
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 -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 85-95 laps, based on fuel mileage
Notes: NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will be the same tire codes at
New Hampshire this weekend . . . this is the third time this season that Nextel
Cup teams have run this exact combination of left- and right-side tires, and the
fourth time for Busch Series teams . . . both series ran this tire set-up at
Phoenix and Richmond earlier in the year, while Busch teams also ran these codes
three weeks ago at Milwaukee . . . as on all most NASCAR ovals one mile or less
in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $100,000 at Loudon 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.
2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
- Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award: The Bank of America Card Service 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 Bank of America Card Service 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 Bank of America Card Service 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 Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
Winners for 2006 so far:
Daytona: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
California: Greg Biffle, $10,000
Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Bristol: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Martinsville: Tony Stewart, $40,000*
Texas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
Phoenix: Mark Martin, $10,000
Talladega: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
Richmond: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $30,000*
Darlington, Matt Kenseth, $10,000
Charlotte: Kasey Kahne, $30,000*
Dover: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
Pocono: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Michigan: Carl Edwards, $10,000
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon, $25,000*
Daytona: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
Chicago: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
(* won race and bonus)
Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Loudon: $10,000
NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
2 points for leading the most laps, 1 points for winning also
#48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
#20-Tony Stewart, 12
#17-Matt Kenseth, 9
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7
#24-Jeff Gordon, 5
#9-Kasey Kahne, 3
#16-Greg Biffle, 2
#6-Mark Martin, 2
#99-Carl Edwards, 2
- Kyle Busch wins at Loudon: #5-Kyle Busch dominated late and won the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, for his 1st win of the year and 3rd of his career. A late race caution caused the race to go into "overtime", for eight additional laps, causing three drivers who were running in the top-5 with 3 laps to go to run out of gas [#11-Hamlin, #41-Sorenson and #38-Sadler], #99-Edwards finished 2nd, followed by #16-Biffle, #6-Martin & #29-Harvick. Rounding out the top-10 were #11-Hamlin, #31-Burton, #9-Kahne, #48-Johnson & #10-Riggs. #20-Stewart was leading early in the race and got tangled up with #12-Newman who was 2 laps down at the point, sending Stewart into the wall and out of contention, Stewart's team got the car fixed and he finished 37th, but is now out of the Chase and 11th in points. Newman, who won the pole, had another incident on the track and ended up 39th after the team made repairs. #48-Johnson's points lead increases a tad to 68 over #17-Kenseth. #8-Earnahrdt Jr. lost an engine just after midway and finished dead last 43rd after running in the top-10 up to that point. There were 21 lead changes among 11 drivers and 11 cautions for 49 laps.
Race Results on my Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points page.(7-16-2006)
- Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Loudon [19 of 36 races]:
#48-Jimmie Johnson 2789
#17-Matt Kenseth 2721 -68
#31-Jeff Burton 2478 -311
#5-Kyle Busch 2455 -334
#6-Mark Martin 2451 -338
#9-Kasey Kahne 2445 -344
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2428 -361
#29-Kevin Harvick 2408 -381
#24-Jeff Gordon 2342 -447
#16-Greg Biffle 2342 -447
and fighting for 10th
#20-Tony Stewart 2331 -11 out of 10th and the chase
#11-Denny Hamlin 2324 -18
#99-Carl Edwards 2196 -146
#2-Kurt Busch 2136 -206
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(7-16-2006)
- Rumblings - New Hampshire - Race Notes: It was every crew chief's worst nightmare.... A fairly long overtime led to fuel nerves up and down pit road today, but Kyle Busch had enough to outlast Carl Edwards and win the Lenox Industrial Tools 308 at New Hampshire International Speedway. This was the 3rd career win for the younger Busch, his first of 2006 (we've had 11 different drivers grace Victory Lane this season), and moves him into a tie for 86th on the all-time win list. Win #146 for Hendrick Motorsports
was worth $242,175 from the $5.2M+ in posted awards.
Greg Biffle (3rd) had his best finish since he won at Darlington in May.
Mark Martin (4th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Lowe's in May.
David Stremme (11th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 16th twice....at Daytona in July and at Chicagoland in July of '05.
Dave Blaney (13th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Homestead last November.
Sterling Marlin (16th) had his best finish since he was 9th at Richmond in May.
Scott Wimmer (20th) had his best finish since he was 19th at Bristol in March.
Kevin Lepage (30th) had his best finish since he was 28th at Talladega in April (only six races).
STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 8 Top-10's in the last 9 races. Kevin Harvick has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator...UP: The Operator of the Week is Scott Riggs (+32), followed by Greg Biffle (+23). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ryan Newman (-38 ), followed by Tony Stewart (-32), Kurt Busch (-28 ), Joe Nemechek (-25), and Kenny Wallace (-23). Newman's BD is #3 for the season....he's now tied for the top spot in that category.
We've got a race for the final exempt spot....that all-important 35th place on the owner points list. The #40 car of David Stremme is now only 13 points behind the #21 of Ken Schrader. The pressure could shift after next week, and with Indy coming up in two weeks there might be some sleepless nights in the offing.
It's looking more and more like 12 guys for 10 spots in the "Chase". Greg Biffle moves in this week and Tony Stewart falls out. 9th to 12th is now separated by just 12 points! Jimmie Johnson pads his lead by 17 markers....it's now 68. Kyle Busch (8th to 4th) makes the best move forward this week while Dale Earnhardt Jr (3rd to 7th) and Tony Stewart (7th to 11th) fall the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(7-16-2006)
- New Hampshire Race Notes:
• Kyle Busch won the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, scoring his third
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 61st career start. All three of Busch’s victories have occurred on a
• Busch scored his first victory in 2006. His last win came at Phoenix last November 2005, 20 races ago.
• This was Busch’s first victory and second top-five finish in three races at New Hampshire.
• Busch scored his 10th top-10 finish in 19 races this season, including top-five finishes in the last three. He has scored
five straight top-15 finishes.
• Busch climbed from eighth to fourth in the point standings, the highest points position of his 61-race career.
• Busch led five times for 107 laps including the final 69, leading the most laps for the first time in 2006 and the
second time in his career laps. He also led the most laps at California in September 2005, when he scored his careerfirst
• This is team owner Rick Hendrick’s 146th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Hendrick has scored six victories in
2006. It also is Hendrick’s sixth victory at New Hampshire International Speedway tying Jack Roush for the most.
• Hendrick Motorsports has won at least one race each season 1986-2006, 21 consecutive years.
• Carl Edwards (second) scored his ninth top-10 finish in 2006 and his first top-10 finish in four races at New
• Greg Biffle (third) scored his 10th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at New
Hampshire and his third straight top-five finish here. Biffle climbed from 11th to 10th in the point standings, 11 points
ahead of 11th-place Tony Stewart.
• Mark Martin (fourth) scored his ninth top-10 finish in 2006. This was his 13th top-10 in 23 races at New Hampshire.
He has scored top-15 finishes in his last five races at New Hampshire.
• Kevin Harvick (fifth) scored his 10th top-10 finish 19 races in 2006, including the last three races. It is his sixth top-
10 finish in 11 races at New Hampshire. Harvick extended a 31-race streak of running at the finish that began at
California last September, the longest current streak.
• Jeff Burton (seventh) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his 13th straight top-15 finish extending a streak
that began at Texas in April. It marked his 10th top-10 finish in 23 races at New Hampshire.
• Jimmie Johnson (ninth) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 2006, the most of all drivers. He remained first in the point
standings, now 68 points ahead of second-place Matt Kenseth. Johnson has been ranked among the top 10 for 88
consecutive races. Johnson has scored nine straight top-15 finishes at New Hampshire.
• Denny Hamlin (sixth) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 2006.
• Matt Kenseth (14th) ended a streak of seven straight top-10 finishes at New Hampshire.
• Kurt Busch (38th) ended a streak of five straight top-10 finishes that began at Pocono.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. (43rd) ended a streak of three straight top-10 finishes at New Hampshire.
• At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 19 races this season.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-16-2006)
- Race Coverage of the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is scheduled to run Sunday, July 16, 2006.
TV: TNT at 1:30pm/et [green flag around 2:10pm/et].
Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 11:30am/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 20th at 2:30pm/et
Hew Hampshire Race Rundown
- The Lenox Industrial Tools 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 308 of 300  laps:
car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
#5-Busch-c (4)(107 laps led)
#16-Biffle-f (26)(25 laps led)
#11-Hamlin-c (12-r)(1 laps led)
#31-Burton-c (2)(37 laps led)
c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
- Cars on the lead lap: 24 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 38,66,07
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 45,19,49,88,00,26,21,20,2,12
- Cars on the track: 37 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (6) and reason:
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (engine-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 leaders with 21 lead changes):
- Lap leaders: #12-Newman - pole; #12-Newman 1-11; #25-Vickers 12-20; #12-Newman 21-25; #31-Burton 26-62; #20-Stewart 63-90; #25-Vickers 91; #24-Gordon 92; #25-Vickers 93-106; #5-Busch 107-108; #25-Vickers 109-115; #5-Busch 116-119; #41-Sorenson 120-150; #16-Biffle 151-173; #5-Busch 174-183; #16-Biffle 184; #25-Vickers 185-187; #11-Hamlin 188; #5-Busch 189-210; #16-Biffle 211; #07-Bowyer 212-234; #38-Sadler 235-239; #5-Busch 240-308;
Cautions: 11 for 49 laps
Caution 11 - Laps 300 - 306: #07-Bowyer and #25-Vickers made contact on the backstretch, sending Bowyer into the wall, #32-Kvapil then looped around locking down the brakes, but didn't hit anything. Then #55-Waltrip ran into #7-Gordon on the pace lap, breaking his own radiator and extending the caution.
Caution 10 - Laps 268 - 271: #96-Raines came up the track and into #21-Schrader, sending Schrader back into the turn 4 wall.
Caution 9 - Laps 235 - 238: #40-Stremme got into #2-Busch in turn 3, sending Busch into the outside wall.
Caution 8 - Laps 211 - 214: #1-Truex Jr and #66-Green made contact off turn 4 and Green slapped the outside wall.
Caution 7 - Laps 201 - 204: #25-Vickers got into #01-Nemechek in turn 4, both spun around, #01 got into the wall, #25 has right front damage.
Caution 6 - Laps 188 - 194: #78-Wallace lost a right front tire and smacked the turn 2 wall.
Caution 5 - Laps 116 - 119: Debris on the track, MRN reported sheet metal on the back stretch
Caution 4 - Laps 102 - 105: #43-Labonte spun around alone in turn 2.
Caution 3 - Laps 97 - 100: #55-Waltrip got into #12-Newman, who spun into the turn 2 wall, #21-Schrader had no place to go, then #9-Kahne nosed into the #12, then #24-Gordon nosed into the #9, all three got front end damage. #43-Labonte was also incurred damage from the wreck, but didn't see how.
Caution 2 - Laps 92 - 95: #20-Stewart while leading, got hit by #12-Newman, who was trying to get a lap back [he was 2 down at the time], Newman's car looked likes it came up the track, Stewart spun and slammed the turn 4 wall, took the car to the garage, with damae and a broken radiator.
Caution 1 - Laps 21 - 23: #32-Kvapil got loose in turn 3, spun around and backed into the wall, lot of left rear of the car.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
Caution 11 no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
Caution 10: #66-Green(2), 26th
Caution 9: #66-Green, 26th
Caution 8: #4-Wimmer, 20th
Caution 7: #14-Marlin, 16th
Caution 6: #21-Schrader(2), 34th
Caution 5: #96-Raines, 22nd
Caution 4: #19-Mayfield, 29th
Caution 3: #43-Labonte, 23rd
Caution 2: #21-Schrader, 34th
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.
- PENALTY REPORT:
Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
32 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 20
31 PT Speeding entering pit road Lap 79
00 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 92
12 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 96
32 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 96
00 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 97
32 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 102
49 TE Speeding entering pit road Lap 117
49 TE Speeding entering pit road Lap 199
25 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 200
66 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 210
88 TE Speeding entering pit road Lap 212
2 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 234
21 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 268
PT - Pass through
TE - Tail end of the longest line
SG - Stop and Go
OL - One lap
ND - NASCAR discretion
MCI - Must come into pits
(NASCAR Statisical Services)(7-16-2006)
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- the lengthly final caution, may cause many cars to run out of gas.
---- just before the restart after the 11th caution, #55-Waltrip rear-ended the #7-Gordon car, did a lot of front end damage and stopped on the track. #32-Kvapil also got into someone and his nose was busted and went to the garage.
---- out of gas: #19-Mayfield [lap 295]; #41-Sorenson ; #38-Sadler ; #11-Hamlin 
---- just before the 10th cautio, #7-Gordon and #24-Gordon made contact with #24 having some slight damage, both came in to pit during the caution.
---- on lap 262, #2-Busch came back on the track, 22 laps down
---- on lap 244, #15-Waltrip and #7-Gordon got together and slide sideways, but recovered and drove on.
---- during the 9th caution, leader #07-Bowyer came in to pit.
---- after the caution 8 pit stops, some teams stayed out, like #07-Bowyer, #38-Sadler, #19-Mayfield and led the field at the restart.
---- on lap 184, #5-Busch came in for his scheduled pit stop, giving up the lead.
---- on lap 180, teams are starting to amke scheduled greeg flag pit stops for gas and tires.
---- on lap 135, #8-Earnhardt Jr. came into pit, the car was not under power and the team went under the hood, then pushed it back to the garage. Eury Jr. said he thinks it is a crank shaft and said the engines have let them down this season and they need to pick it up before the chase...interesting. Dale Jr. praised the engine dept and said they felt bad about it
---- during the 5th caution, lap 115, #20-Stewart came back on the track after the team made repairs to the damaged car [lap 92]
---- on lap 107, #48-Johnson has a left front tire rub after getting into #40-Stremme and is showing a lot of smoke
---- I think TNT has missed most of the green flag lead changes and a couple of restarts.
---- cautions 2-3-4 all came back-to-back.
---- pole sitter #12-Newman came in on lap 81 for his pit stop, the others who stayed out during the 1st caution, #48 and #8 came in the next lap.
---- #31-Burton got caught speeding on pit road and will have to do a pass-thru penalty.
---- on lap 78, #2-Busch came in to pit, he had stayed out on the 1st caution, he was one of the 7 who didn't pit then, #31-Burton was another and came in the next lap.
---- most the teams came in to pit during the 1st caution, some got 4 tires some got 2 tires. #25-Vickers came in as the leader, #12-Newman stayed out and retook the lead, others who stayed out #12,31,2,48,8,22,55
---- green flag at 2:31pm/et
---- command to start engines at 2:23pm/et by Bill Burke, President of LENOX Industrial Tools
---- To The Back : #26-McMurray [engine change - was to start 33rd
- Happy Hour practice for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, the top five were:
#1-Truex Jr. 128.615 [starts 8th]
#25-Vickers 128.550 [3rd]
#5-Busch 128.355 [4th]
#40-Stremme 128.307 [22nd]
#99-Edwards 128.221 [17th]
slowest: #95-Barrett 123.707 and #00-Elliott 125.873
most laps run: #20-Stewart 51; #9-Kahne 45
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#25-Vickers 127.123 [2nd fastest lap], 29 laps run
#29-Harvick 126.994 [6th], 26 laps
#16-Biffle 126.952 [8th], 24 laps
See speeds on my Loudon Practice Speeds Page.(7-15-2006)
- Saturday's first practice for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, the top-five fastest:
#41-Sorenson 129.094 [starts 9th]
#48-Johnson 128.806 [6th]
#40-Stremme 128.532 [22nd]
#25-Vickers 128.372 [3rd]
#5-Busch 128.329 [4th]
slowest: #95-Barrett 123.787 and #00-Elliott 125.720
most laps run: #01-Nemechek 60; #07-Bowyer 54
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#41-Sorenson 127.433 [9th fastest lap], 28 laps run
#40-Stremme 127.266 [3rd], 26 laps
#48-Johnson 127.188 [2nd], 46 laps
See speeds on my Loudon Practice Speeds Page.(7-15-2006)
- Newman wins pole at New Hampshire: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway with a speed of 129.683mph for his 2nd pole of 2006 and 37th of his career. #31-Jeff Burton will start 2nd followed by #25-Brian Vickers, #5-Kyle Busch and #20-Stewart. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 25th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #78-Wallace, #40-Stremme, #32-Kvapil, #4-Wimmer, #49-Lepage, #55-Waltrip, #95-Barrett and #00-Elliott made the field using the Champions Provisional. Missing the race were: #61-Christopher, #34-McCarthy, #74-Cope and #89-Shepherd. See the qualifying results/ starting lineup, pole progression and more on my Loudon Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(7-14-2006)
- Loudon Qualifying Notes:
• Ryan Newman won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300, lapping New Hampshire International Speedway in 29.370 seconds at 129.683 mph. Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 28.561 seconds, 133.357 mph - set Sept. 12, 2003.
• This is Newman’s 37th career Bud Pole in 171 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
• This is Newman’s second Bud Pole and seventh top-10 start in 2006.
• Newman became the fifth repeat Bud Pole winner in 2006. Kasey Kahne (four), Greg Biffle (two), Kurt Busch (two) and Jeff Burton (two) are the other multiple Bud Pole winners thi season.
• This is Newman’s fourth Bud Pole and seventh top-10 start in nine NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway. Qualifying was canceled in two of his nine races – giving him four Bud Pole sin seven qualifying attempts here.
• Newman is the only repeat Bud Pole winner and one of only three different Bud Pole winners in the last eight races at New Hampshire. Newman has four of those Bud Poles while Tony Stewart and Brian Vickers have one each. Qualifying was canceled twice.
• Jeff Burton posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 29.377 seconds, 129.651 mph – and will join Newman on the front row for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300. Burton posted his sixth top-10 start in 23 races at New Hampshire, and tied his career-best set in September 2000.
• This is the ninth Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006. Chevrolet has five Bud Poles and Ford has four. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
• Brian Vickers (third) has started from the top 10 in two of his five New Hampshire races.
• Kyle Busch (fourth) started seventh and 30th in his previous two races at New Hampshire.
• Tony Stewart (fifth) has posted 10 top-10 starts in 15 races at New Hampshire.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-14-2006)
- Ramblings - New Hampshire Qualifying Notes: It was Ryan Newman by an eyelash.... Newman grabbed his second Bud Pole of the season today at New Hamphshire International Speedway by .007 seconds over Jeff Burton for Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 300. The 37th top-spot of his career was accomplished with a lap of 29.370 sec (129.683 mph).
Kyle Busch (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Phoenix in April.
Reed Sorenson (9th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 13th at Texas in April.
Tony Raines (15th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 12th at Martinsville in April.
Carl Edwards (17th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 7th at Darlington in May.
Kenny Wallace (19th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 17th at Phoenix last November.
STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
There's a pretty good chance we'll see the winner come from inside the Top-10 starters this weekend. We've had 22 races here, with 18 former wins represented by drivers in this week's field. Of those 18 victories, the drivers in the Top-10 have accounted for 15 of 'em (six of those on the front row!). Sounds like horses for courses.... (Stock Car Fans)(7-14-2006)
- Qualifying Order List for the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 at Daytona International Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #66-Jeff Green is due out first on Friday, June 14th at 7:00pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #8-Dale Earnahrdt Jr.. For the Qualifying order, see my New Hampshire Qualifying/Grid Page.(7-14-2006)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 14, 2006 at 3:10pm/et.
TV: Speed Channel - 3:00pm/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: 9:00pm/et on Speed Channel
- Friday Practice for the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #00-Elliott 124.736 and #89-Shepherd 125.158
most laps run: #48-Johnson 43; #01-Nemechek & #8-Dale Jr. 37
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#78-Wallace 127.149 [21st fastest lap], 12 laps run
#6-Martin 127.045 [15th], 22 laps
#99-Edwards 126.971 [11th], 23 laps
for practice speeds/times, laps run, fastest lap, more..see my Loudon Practice Speeds Page.(7-14-2006)
- How did the non Top-35 teams do in Friday's practice at NHIS?
Eight in and four out [47 entered for 43 spots]:
if things stayed the same, these 8 make the race:
#78-Kenny Wallace, 21st fastest
#40-David Stremme, 24th
#4-Scott Wimmer, 33rd
#55-Michael Waltrip, 36th
#32-Travis Kvapil, 39th
#74-Derrike Cope, 40th
#95-Stanton Barrett, 42nd
#00-Bill Elliott, 47th/last but has Champ Prov to use
if things stayed the same, these 4 make the race:
#49-Kevin Lepage, 43rd
#34-Joey McCarthy, 44th
#61-Ted Christopher, 45th
#89-Morgan Shepherd 46th
for practice speeds/times, laps run, fastest lap, more..see my Loudon Practice Speeds Page.(7-14-2006)
- Entry List for the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 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 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
#00-Bill Elliott [CH]
withdrew after initial entry list:
[CH] has champ prov to use if needed
If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 00,40,32,55,4,49,61,78
missing the race would be #'s: 34,95,74,89.
see entry list on Jayski's Loudon Entry List Page.
- Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 seaspn, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
Through the first five races of the season for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]
- see my Final 2005 Owners Points with the 2006 teams listed page
- What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35]
#2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
#3) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
#4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
#5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]
After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
#2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
#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 7-13 days before the race)
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- for race results and current drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's - 2006 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).
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and 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
Grand Marshal: Bill Burke, President of Lenox Industrial Tools
Command to start engines: Bill Burke, President of Lenox Industrial Tools
Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
National Anthem: Denise Doucette
Invocation: Bishop Michael R. Cote, Diocese of Norwich, Conn.
Military Flyover: KC-135 (New Hampshire Air National Guard) AND F-16's (Vermont Air National Guard)
- Track Homepage: nhis.com
- July 2005 Loudon Race Info Page
- Sept 2005 Loudon Race Info Page
- Loudon Cup race is sold out: Sunday’s race at New Hampshire International Speedway is sold out, and so is the popular Governor’s Breakfast on Friday morning at the speedway. This year’s breakfast guests for the 400-seat charity event are Kasey Kahne and Scott Wimmer. Organizers said the event has had “exciting” growth over its five years and they are already planning for a 500-seat tent for next year. Not sold out is action at the speedway today, tomorrow or Saturday [Busch Race](Union Leader), ticket inof at NHIS.com.(7-13-2006)
- July NHIS gets a title sponsor: LENOX Industrial Tool, a leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, hand tools, torches, and band saw blades has secured the title sponsorship of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday, July 16th. This summer classic at “The Magic Mile” is now the “LENOX Industrial Tools 300.” The race on July 16th begins at 2:10 pm EST. Qualifying for the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 is Friday, July 14th, at 3:00 pm. Roush Racing’s Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Ford Fusion, will sport the red, white and blue colors of LENOX for the July 16th race as well as the NASCAR Cup races at Chicago (July 9) and Kansas City (Oct. 1).(NHIS PR)(6-22-2006)
- NHIS 1st race July 1st in 2007 UPDATE other sched changes?: many New Hampshire International Speedway ticket holders got their renewals for the first NHIS 2007 race, and the date is July 1st, the race is usually the third weekend in July. With the 4th of July on a Wednesday in 2007, the Pepsi 400 is scheduled to run on July 7, 2007. No word on the NHIS race date in September 2007.(6-16-2006)
UPDATE On the schedule front, there are indications that next year's Cup slate will have a different look to it. New Hampshire's first race will be moved up two weeks to July 1st and rumors in the garage have a second Las vegas race and a possible Kentucky Speedway date showing up on the calendar.(RacingOne)(6-20-2006)
- NHIS races get flooded out: Sunday's LRRS races at New Hampshire International Speedway were flooded out, with track officials ordering an evacuation early Sunday morning. Racer B.J. Worsham of Old Westbury, New York (LRRS #31) filed this report, with photos taken by Brendan Guy of New York City (LRRS Novice #189): "It started raining during Friday's Open Practice, around 4:30 p.m., and basically rained non-stop for the rest of the weekend, occasionally going to a drizzle only. "Riders camping in the infield were awoken by loudspeakers at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, saying we had to evacuate. Water in the tunnel was 4+ feet and we exited by driving backwards up T10, and out through the upper parking road. To get an idea of the speed of the flood, when I woke up, the garage floor was dry; 90 minutes later there was two inches of water covering it." See pictures and more to the story at roadracingworld.com and see more about the flood at the Concord Monitor.(5-16-2006)
- DoD presents "Seven Seals Award" to New Hampshire: New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) has been presented with the prestigious "Seven Seals Award" by the Department of Defense and the N.H. Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The "Seven Seals Award", representing the Seals of the seven components of the U.S. Military Reserves, is the second highest award that can be bestowed upon an employer within each state. The award was presented to NHIS for their "meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve". NHIS is a proud employer of members of the Guard and Reserve. They have shown unfailing support for our troops. During the SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, the uniforms of Sgt. Brian Mckay and Sfc. Mark Jacques, who are members of the Speedway's Track Safety team and are currently deployed to Iraq, were draped over a chair at their stations as a reminder of their dedication to our Country. Ernest Loomis, the State Chairman of the N.H. ESGR Committee, assisted by a delegation of Military Officers representing each of the Reserve Components that included Colonel Angela Maxner, Army National Guard; Major Don Starkweather, Air National Guard; Lieutenant Commander Jack Vannatta, U.S. Navy Reserve; and Captain Mathew Dilullo, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve; presented the Award to Bob Bahre, Chairman of the Board of NHIS, and Gary Bahre, President of NHIS. Loomis thanked the NHIS Officials for their many years of cooperation and assistance.
ESGR is a Department of Defense volunteer organization, who provides free education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for
employers of Guard and Reserve employees. ESGR's goal is to support America's employers who share their employees with the nation to ensure our national security. For their support, the ESGR and the Officer delegation give a heartfelt thank you to the Bahre Family, the NHIS staff and their fans.(NHIS PR)(12-9-2005)
- NHIS Garage Area Floods: The weekend flooding affected the garage area at New Hampshire International Speedway, which was covered with several feet of water due to a backup in Gues Brook south of the track. "I doubt that there was any serious damage," NHIS spokesman Ron Meade said yesterday. He said track officials will assess the situation today after the water has receded.(Union Tribune see a picture there and see images at neviperclub.org)(10-10-2005)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - New Hampshire International Speedway
- 600th Consecutive Start for Martin: #6-Mark Martin will make his 600th consecutive Cup start this weekend when the green flag drops on Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway. The run is currently the longest running streak in NASCAR and the fifth longest of all-time. Ironically, Martin made his 500th consecutive start in 2003 at New Hampshire in September. Martin's streak dates back to Feb. 14, 1988 when he first teamed with Jack Roush in the Daytona 500. Martin ran his first Cup race in 1981, running a
total of five races, while winning two poles and earning a pair of top-10 finishes. The following year he ran a full season. Martin was unable to find adequate sponsorship and ran only a handful of Cup races from 1983-87, before hooking up with Roush in 1988. During that span Martin and Roush have finished inside the top-10 of the final point standings 15 times, including four runner-up finishes and 12 top-five finishes.(Roush Racing PR)(7-11-2006)
- Shepherd back at Loudon: Morgan Shepherd said on Speed Channel's Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain that he will be making an announcement soon that he has taken a new business partner, will continue to race and plans to race in this coming weekend's Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway.(7-9-2006)
- Burger King and Bill Elliott: Beginning this year, Burger King said it will become a primary sponsor of Michael Waltrip Racing's (MWR) #00 Chevy [not Dodge or Ford] driven by Bill Elliott. Elements of the promotion are to include a specially designed #00 paint scheme, in-store activities and driver appearances. The five Nextel Cup races the company is to sponsor this year are at Chicagoland, July 9; New Hampshire, July 16; Indianapolis, Aug. 6; California, Sept. 3; and Homestead, Nov. 16. Waltrip was among the first owners to announce plans to work with Toyota starting in 2007, during its first foray into NASCAR Nextel Cup Series racing.(South Flordia Business Journal)(3-17-2006)
- See the 2006 Team Chart and the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Different Sponsor for the #21 at Loudon: Ken Schrader, driver of the #21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion will have Sunbelt Cereals as his sponsor at New Hampshire Interntional Speedway. Mckee Foods Corporation manufactures Sunbelt Cereals and also Little Debbie snack cakes, which is one of the primary sponsors on the team.(Wood Brothers Racing)
AND Little Debbie has begun discussing sponsorship of the famed #21 car with WoodBrothers/JTG Racing for the 2007 NEXTEL Cup series. In February 2006 at the Daytona 500, the Little Debbie brand made history as the stylish, new Little Debbie Ford Fusion #21 car rolled onto the track. Since that first exhilarating race, the response to their NEXTEL Cup sponsorship from both customers and employees has been exceptionally positive. Now, on the eve of the debut of the bright yellow #21 Sunbelt Ford
Fusion, McKee Foods has indicated their interest in continuing to sponsor the #21 car for the 2007 season. Discussion is underway with
Wood Brothers/JTG Racing and a decision is expected by Labor Day.(McKee Foods PR), see an image of the bright yellow car on my #21 Team Schemes page.(7-13-2006)
- Sylvania colors for Bowyer at NHIS: Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will sport an orange, white and black Sylvania paint scheme this weekend at NHIS. Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is the North American lighting operation of OSRAM GmbH. Together they are the second-largest lighting and materials enterprise in the world, serving customers in more than 140 countries. Bowyer's standard primary sponsor, Jack Daniel's, is featured on the car's lower-rear quarter panel and on the trunk lid this week.(RCR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes page.(7-12-2006)
- Special Irwin scheme for #26 at three races: #26-Jamie McMurray is scheduled to drive a white Lennox Industrial Tools paint scheme at Chicagoland, New Hampshire [July] and Kansas City.(RacingOne) see image on my #26 Team Schemes page.(4-25-2006)
- Special Scheme for #24 at All-Star race and other races: Jeff Gordon’s #24 DuPont car will once again carry the DuPont Performance Alliance colors at the Nextel Cup All-Star Challenge on May 20, 2006. Like last year, the car's color scheme was designed by renowned NASCAR graphic artist Sam Bass. This special version of the #24 Chevy celebrates DuPont’s all-star collision repair centers and auto body shops throughout the United States. The paint scheme reverses the primary colors of the Fire and Flames design, and the Performance Alliance logo and name will be featured on the hood, side panels and TV panel. Gordon will also be wearing a matching Performance Alliance-themed uniform for the special event. The Performance Alliance logo will appear on the cars decklid or tv panel at Richmond [May]. Dover [June], Loudon [July], Pocono [July], Watkins Glen, LMS [Oct], Martinsville and Texas. See images of the three schemes on my #24 Team Schemes page.(4-18-2006)
- Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper back with Evernham Motorsports: Moving into their second year of partnership, aftermarket auto parts giant Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper and Evernham Motorsports have turned up the heat for what is sure to be another great season. As a NASCAR sponsor of Evernham Motorsports, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, parent company of Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper, will receive primary status on the #10 Dodge in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and on the #9 Dodge in the Busch Series. The #10 Dodge will be showcased by driver Scott Riggs for Nextel Cup races at
New Hampshire on July 16, 2006 and at Richmond on September 9, 2006.
The Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper brands take the lead with the primary sponsorship of the Busch Series#9 Dodge driven by Jeremy Mayfield at California on February 25, 2006. Not to be called a rookie any longer, Kasey Kahne will be behind the wheel of the Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper #9 Dodge for the Busch Series race at Bristol on August 25, 2006. Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper's multi-year sponsorship of Evernham Motorsports will build their brand across a broad audience whose love affair with cars starts in their own garage and culminates with high performance racing. NASCAR brand research shows that NASCAR fans are more likely to have more than one vehicle. NASCAR fans are also more likely to buy used vehicles, which are typically older and require additional maintenance and auto parts. Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper's association with Evernham also will be used in key customer outreach efforts, retail marketing efforts and internal promotions. For more information about Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper visit www.800autotalk.com.(PR), see an image of the #10 car on my #10 Team Schemes page.(12-20-2005)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the
'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)