- Race: Sunday, September 17, 2006 in Loudon, NH
- Title Sponsor/Link: Sony
- Track: New Hampshire International Speedway
- TV: TNT 1:15pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: TNT - 12:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Green Flag Scheduled: 1:30pm/et
- Race Re-Air: Thursday, September 21 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: $5,259,809 (was $5,133,010 in 2005)
- Friday Practice: Friday, September 15, 11:35am - 1:05pm/et, TV-none
- Saturday Practice: Saturday, September 16, 8:30 - 9:20am/et, TV-none
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 16, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-Speed Channel
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 15, 10:35am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, September 15 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 8:00pm/et and 2:00am/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, September 15th, 2006
11:35 a.m. - 1:05 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
3:10 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying
Saturday, September 16th, 2006
8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
9:30 a.m. Truck Series Qualifying
11:05 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Final Practice
2:00 p.m.Truck Series Driver Introductions
2:15 p.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Sunday, September 17th, 2006
1:00 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Driver Introductions
1:30 p.m. Nextel Cup Series SYLVANIA 300
(these times are local to the track)
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
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-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 -- 13 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi
Estimated Pit Window:
Every 90-95 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup);
Every 80-85 laps, based on fuel mileage (Craftsman Truck)
Notes: Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck teams will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle" while the Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought to New Hampshire for the Nextel Cup Series earlier this season . . . Cup teams also ran this tire set-up last weekend at Richmond . . . this is Goodyear's intermediate tire set-up, and will be run on both Nextel Cup cars and Craftsman Trucks at Phoenix in 2006 . . .this combination has also been run by Truck Series teams at Gateway, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Mansfield, Memphis and Milwaukee this year . . . as on most NASCAR one-mile ovals, teams will not run liners in their tires at New Hampshire.
NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $60,000 at New Hampshire for leading the points and winning the race [all in the top-10 have a shot at it]. 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
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Indianapolis, 8/6/2006, $120,000
- Harvick wins at New Hampshire: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway for his 2nd Cup win in a row, his 4th of the year and 9th of his career. Harvick also takes the Nextel Cup drivers points lead for the first time in his career. Harvick dominated the race, leading 196 of the 300 laps and is only the third driver in 24 races at NHIS to win from the pole. #20-Stewart finished 2nd, followed by #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #25-Vickers. The rest of the top-10 were #19-Sadler in 6th then #31-Burton, #18-Yeley, #22-Blaney [two top-10's in a row] and #17-Kenseth. Two Chasers had problems, #48-Johnson has engine problems early after starting 7th, then got caught in a wreck and finished 39th. #5-Busch got involved in an early accident with #66-Green, then got back on the lead lap, fell off the lead lap again when #07-Bowyer got loose and into the #5 which spun and smacked the wall, finishing just ahead of Johnson, 38th. There were 10 leaders with 27 lead changes and 10 cautions for 47 laps.
Race Results on my New Hampshire Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after New Hampshire page.(9-17-2006)
- Unofficial Driver Points Standing after New Hampshire [27 of 36 races]:
#29-Kevin Harvick 5230
#11-Denny Hamlin 5195 -35
#17-Matt Kenseth 5189 -41
#24-Jeff Gordon 5180 -50
#31-Jeff Burton 5166 -64
#6-Mark Martin 5155 -75
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5149 -81
#9-Kasey Kahne 5120 -110
#48-Jimmie Johnson 5091 -139
#5-Kyle Busch 5084 -146
and fighting for 11th
#20-Tony Stewart in 11th
#16-Greg Biffle -313
#99-Carl Edwards -353
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(9-17-2006)
- New Hampshire Race Notes:
• Kevin Harvick won the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, scoring his ninth Nextel Cup victory in his 205th career start.
• Harvick has posted victories in three of the last six races, also winning at Watkins Glen and Richmond. This is his
fourth victory in 2006. Harvick won at Phoenix earlier this season.
• Harvick extended a 39-race streak of running at the finish that began at California in 2005, the longest current streak.
• Harvick won the $60,000 Nextel Leader Bonus for winning the race and leading the points at the end
of the event.
• Harvick moved into 56th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list.
• Harvick’s victory today was the 16th Chevrolet victory in 27 races in 2006. That victory clinched the 2006
Manufacturers’ Championship for Chevrolet - the 30th time that they have won the Manufacturers’ Championship,
including each of the last four years.
• Harvick has scored 11 straight top-15 finishes, extending a streak that began at Daytona in July.
• Harvick became the fifth different race winner in the last five races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
• Harvick scored his first victory in 12 races at New Hampshire International Speedway and sixth victory in 159 races
on a superspeedway.
• Harvick won the race from the Bud Pole, the third time in 24 Nextel Cup races at New Hampshire that
a driver won from the pole. This marked the sixth time in 2006 that a race was won from the Bud Pole.
• Harvick scored his third straight top-10 finish at New Hampshire International Speedway.
• Harvick climbed from third to first in the point standings, 35 points ahead of second-place Denny Hamlin This is
the first time that Harvick has been the point leader in his 205-race career.
• Harvick led the most laps for the second time in 2006. Harvick also led the most at first Richmond.
• Race winner Harvick led seven times for 196 laps including the final 84 laps.
• This is team owner Richard Chidress’ 81st Nextel Cup victory and his second at New Hampshire
International Speedway. His other victory here was by Robby Gordon in November 2001.
• Tony Stewart (second) scored his 15th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his 10th top-10 finish in 16 races at New
Hampshire. Stewart remained 11th in the point standings with a 313-point lead over 12th-place Greg Biffle This is
the first year that Stewart will not finish among the top-10 since his first full-time season in 1999. Stewart missed
The Chase by 16 points. He is chasing the $1 million bonus for finishing 11th in the final point standings. Jeff
Gordon finished 11th in 2005 and Jamie McMurray finished 11th in 2004, the inaugural year of the Chase.
• Jeff Gordon (third) scored his 13th top-10 finish in 2006 and his 13th top-10 finish in 24 races at New Hampshire.
• Denny Hamlin (fourth) scored his 14th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his second top-10 finish in two races at New
Hampshire International Speedway. It was his 10th straight top-15 finish.
• Hamlin was the highest finishing rookie for the 14th time in 2006.
• Brian Vickers (fifth) scored his first top-10 finish in his last seven races and his sixth top-10 finish in 2006. It was his
first top-10 finish in six races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
• At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 27 races this season.
• Elliott Sadler (sixth) scored his seventh top-10 finish in 2006 and his fourth in 16 races at New Hampshire.
• Jeff Burton (seventh) scored his 16th top-10 finish in 2006 and his 11th top-10 finish in 24 races at New Hampshire.
• Dave Blaney (ninth) scored his second top-10 finish in 2006, both in the last two races.
• Jimmie Johnson (39th today) dropped from second to ninth in the point standings. He has been ranked among the
top 10 for 96 consecutive races. Johnson has been running at the finish in all 27 races in 2006.
The Chase Divers
• Race #27 at New Hampshire marked the first of the 10 races in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
Five of the 10 Chase drivers finished in the top 10. All 10 of The Chase drivers changed points positions at New
• Kevin Harvick climbed from third to first in the point standings. Harvick is competing in the 2006 Chase for the
Nextel Cup for first time. He is one of five “first-timers” to compete in The Chase.
• Harvick’s 35 point lead over second-place Denny Hamlin is the biggest point lead after Race #1 in the threeyear
history of The Chase.
• Denny Hamlin climbed from fifth to second in the point standings. Hamlin is competing in the 2006 Chase for the
Nextel Cup for first time. He is the first Raybestos rookie contender to compete in The Chase.
• Matt Kenseth dropped from first to third in the point standings. He is now 41 points behind point leader Harvick.
Kenseth is competing in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup for the third straight year. He is one of
just three drivers to do so. Kenseth finished eighth in 2004 and seventh in 2005
• Jeff Gordon climbed from ninth to fourth in the point standings. Gordon is competing in the 2006 Chase for the
Nextel Cup for the second time in three years. He is one of just two drivers that have competed in two
of the three. Gordon finished third in 2004 and 11th in the 2005 final standings.
• Jeff Burton climbed from eighth to fifth in the point standings. Burton is competing in the 2006 Chase for the
Nextel Cup for first time.
• Mark Martin climbed from seventh to sixth in the point standings. Martin is competing in the 2006 Chase for the
Nextel Cup for the third straight year. He is one of just three drivers to do so. Martin finished fourth
in 2004 and 2005.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr., dropped from sixth to seventh in the point standings. Earnhardt Jr. is competing in the 2006
Chase for the Nextel Cup for the second time in three years. He is one of just two drivers that have
competed in two of the three. Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth in 2004 and 19th in the 2005 final standings.
• Kasey Kahne climbed from 10th to eighth in the point standings. Kahne is competing in the 2006 Chase for the
Nextel Cup for first time.
• Jimmie Johnson dropped from second to ninth in the point standings. Johnson is competing in the 2006 Chase for
the Nextel Cup for the third straight year. Johnson finished second in 2004 and fifth in 2005.
• Kyle Busch dropped from fourth to 10th in the point standings. He is one of five “first-timers” to compete in The
Chase.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-17-2006)
New Hampshire 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-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
#29-Harvick-c (1)(196 laps led)
#24-Gordon-c (2)(34 laps led)
#11-Hamlin-c (5-r)(4 laps led)
#31-Burton-c (22)(52 laps led)
#18-Yeley-c (36-r)(4 laps led)
#22-Blaney-d (21)(5 laps led)
#17-Kenseth-f (25)(1 laps led)
c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
(chasers above in blue)
where the other Chasers are running:
#6-Martin-f (26) running 11
#8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (13) running 13
#9-Kahne-d (33) running 16
#5-Busch-c (16) running 38, -24 laps
#48-Johnson-c (7) running 39, -67 laps
Pit Selections Chart page at FoxSports or nascar.com
- Cars on the lead lap: 22 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 55,07,14,96,32,88
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 26,49,4,01,21,61,10,38,5,48
- Cars on the track: 38 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (10 leaders with 17 lead changes):
#29-Harvick (196, pole);
- Lap leaders: #29-Harvick - pole; #29-Harvick 1-27; #24-Gordon 28-29; #29-Harvick 30; #14-Marlin 31; #11-Hamlin 32-35; #29-Harvick 36-52; #24-Gordon 53-80; #29-Harvick 81; #24-Gordon 82-85; #31-Burton 86-137; #29-Harvick 138-169; #6-Martin 170; #17-Kenseth 171; #18-Yeley 172-175; #7-Gordon 176-177; #29-Havick 178-211; #22-Blaney 212-216; #29-Harvick 217-300;
Cautions: 10 for 47 laps
Caution 10 - Laps 294 - 296: #45-Petty blew an engine
Caution 9 - Laps 267 - 270: #10-Riggs has a right front tire go down and hit the turn 3 wall.
Caution 8 - Laps 209 - 215: #2-Busch got into #43-Labonte, sending Labonte backwards into the turn 2 wall and the car snapped around and smacked the front, Labonte tried to drive on and only went a few feet.
Caution 7 - Laps 200 - 203: #07-Bowyer got loose and into #5-Busch, sending Busch spinning and into the turn 4 wall hard, Busch headed to the garage.
Caution 6 - Laps 194 - 198: Debris reported in the turn 3 groove
Caution 5 - Laps 98 - 103: #22-Blaney lost a left rear tire after making contact with #17-Kenseth, leaving some of the tire on the track in turn 2.
Caution 4 - Laps 90 - 93: #16-Biffle checked up for a sliding #07-Bowyer, #14-Marlin slowed and veered to avoid the #16, Marlin went into #48-Johnson, sending Johnson into the turn 2 wall hard, the #48 slid down the track severly damaged and Johnson got out and headed to the ambulance.
Caution 3 - Laps 81 - 85: Debris in turn 2
Caution 2 - Laps 30 - 33: #10-Riggs got into the rear of #01-Nemechek sending the #01 into the turn 4 wall, damaging the rear end of the #01.
Caution 1 - Laps 4 - 8: #66-Green and #5-Busch made contact off turn 4 sending Green spiining and into the inside front stretch wall and Busch slapping the outside wall, looks like #31-Burton has some cosmetic damage and #14-Marlin ran over a spring from the #66.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
Caution 10: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
Caution 9: #1-Truex Jr., 22nd
Caution 8: #42-Mears, 21st
Caution 7: none as #5-Busch was eligible and was the cause for the caution
Caution 6: #9-Kahne, 16th
Caution 5: #32-Kvapil, 27th
Caution 4: #45-Petty, 37th
Caution 3: #26-McMurray, 29th
Caution 2: #5-Busch, 38th
Caution 1:no driver a lap or more down, on the track
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
#5 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 3
#01 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 29
#22 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 97
#21 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 193
#61 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 200
#21 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 200
#21 TE Speeding exiting pit road Lap 200
#01 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 209
#10 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 265
#96 PT Jumping the restart Lap 270
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 Statistical Services)(9-17-2006)
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- after the checkered flag few for #29-Harvick, #1-Truex Jr. got loose and #40-Stremme got into the #1, Truex Jr spun, hit the outside wall and collected #32-Kvapil and #96-Raines, the yellow flag did come out, so their may be some final results changes later.
---- on the 9th caution restart, #96-Raines, the first car a lap down, was leading the inside line, but jumped the restarted and was black flagged and had to go in for a penalty.
---- during the 9th caution many of the lead lap cars came in to pit, #22-Blaney was the highest to come in, he was running 4th, with #20-Stewart following; the top 3 stayed out #29-Harvick, #25-Vickers and #24-Gordon stayed out, along with #31-Burton who was 6th.
---- on lap 224 #5-Busch came back on the track, 23 laps down, after the crew made repairs
---- all the lead lap cars came in to pit during the 8th caution, most just came if for fuel, some for 2 tires and others 4 tires.
---- during the 6th caution all the lead lap cars came in to pit, some teams only took on 2 tires, some 4 tires.
---- on lap 163, green flag pit stops were done, #20-Stewart and #19-Sadler; then on lap 165 #8-Earnhardt Jr. came in, other lead laps cars came in; #42-Mears slid thru his pit stall and had to be pushed back. Leader #29-Harvick came in on lap 170 with #31-Burton right behind him, then leader #6-Martin on lap 171, then leader #17-Kenseth, then #18-Yeley and #7-Gordon before cycling back to #29-Harvick on lap 178.
---- as of lap 155, #48-Johnson is back on the track after many Hendrick crew persons did work on the car [19 TNT reported], Johnson is 65 laps down
---- on lap 132, #9-Kahne, who was falling back like a rock, made an unscheduled pit stop for a right front tire going down, lost 2 laps.
---- on lap 118, #38-Gilliland slid in turn 2 but recovered, no caution
---- on lap 94, #38-Gilliland scraped the turn 2 wall, but drove on with no caution
---- on lap 86, #27-Christopher got loose and recovered and went to the pits
---- during the 3rd caution, #48-Johnson's crew went under the hood trying to find the engine problem, making numerous stops, the team changed all the spark plug wires, no word yet if it worked.
---- on lap 40, #48-Johnson is reporting he is running on 7 cylinders.
---- on lap 35, #29-Harvick, #11-Hamlin [leader at that time] and #31-Burton went 3-wide in turn 4 going for the lead, contact between the #11 and #29, the #11 went up the track and fell back to 8th, Harvick took the lead.
---- during the 2nd caution, #14-Marlin stayed out to lead a lap, then made a pit stop.
---- #27-Christopher either made a pit stop or went to the garage for 5 laps at the beginning of the race and back out during the 1st caution.
---- #14-Marlin and #5-Busch have been on and off pit road during the 1st caution to make reapirs and stay on the lead lap.
---- green flag at 1:40pm/et
---- command to start engines at 1:32pm/et by Grand Marshal Exec VP of Sylvania Frank Santiago
---- To The Back : none reported
- Race Coverage of the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is scheduled to run Sunday, September 17, 2006.
TV: TNT at 12:30pm/et [green flag around 1:30pm/et].
Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 11:00am/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, September 21st at 2:30pm/et
- Happy Hour practice for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, the fastest:
#29-Harvick 129.283 [seems to have this joint covered]
slowest: #27-Christopher 123.839 and #61-Chaffin 125.219
most laps run: #48-Johnson 45; #8-Dale Jr & #5-Busch 43;
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#29-Harvick 128.126 [1st fastest lap], 28 laps run
#99-Edwards 127.615 [7th], 24 laps
#41-Sorenson 127.444 [2nd], 33 laps
See speeds on the New Hampshire Practice Speeds Page.(9-16-2006)
- Saturday's First Practice for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #61-Chaffin 124.556 and #89-Shepherd 126.547
no speed listed: #27-Christopher
most laps run: #12-Newman 56; #38-Gilliland 49
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#99-Edwards 127.842 [8th fastest lap], 26 laps run
#20-Stewart 127.692 [2nd], 46 laps
#25-Vickers 127.546 [16th], 43 laps
See speeds on the New Hampshire Practice Speeds Page.(9-16-2006)
- Harvick wins pole at New Hampshire: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Budweiser Pole for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway with a speed of 132.282mph for his 1st pole of 2006, 1st since Richmond last Sept. and 5th of his career. Starting on the outside pole is #24-Jeff Gordon, #2-Kurt Busch, #12-Ryan Newman and #11-Denny Hamlin are the top-5, rounding out the top-10 are #40-Stremme, #48-Johnson, #16-Biffle, #7-Gordon and #21-Schrader [1st top 10 start of the season]. #8-Earnhardt Jr. qualified 13th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #45-Petty, #32-Kvapil, #55-Waltrip, #61-Chaffin, #4-Wimmer, #49-Lepage, #89-Shepherd and #27-Christopher. Missing the race were: #30-Barrett, #34-Blount, #46-Long, #74-Cope and #78-Wallace. The fastest 43 drivers made the race and #61-Chaffin made the race in a backup with no laps on the car and just beating the 5 minute clock as the final driver to go out and make an attempt. See the qualifying results, starting lineup and more on the New Hampshire Qualifying/Grid Page.(9-15-2006)
- Where do the Chase drivers start at NHIS?
#17-Kenseth starts 25th
#29-Harvick, 1st on the pole
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 13th
- New Hampshire Qualifying Notes:
• Kevin Harvick won the Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole for the Sylvania 300, lapping New Hampshire International Speedway in 28.793 seconds at 132.282 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 28.561 seconds, 133.357 mph - set Sept. 12, 2003.
• This is Harvick’s fifth career Bud Pole in 205 Nextel Cup Series races.
• This is his first Bud Pole and 11th top-10 start this season. He became the 12th different Bud Pole winner in 2006.
• This is his first Bud Pole at New Hampshire. He became the 12th different Bud Pole winner here. Harvick has started from the top-10 in five of his 12 races at New Hampshire.
• Kurt Busch (five), Kasey Kahne (four), Jeff Burton (four), Greg Biffle (two), Denny Hamlin (three) and Ryan Newman (two) are the multiple Bud Pole winners this season.
• Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.909 seconds, 131.751 mph – and will join Harvick on the front row for the Sylvania 300. Gordon posted his 14th top-10 start in 24 races at New Hampshire. This is Gordon’s 10th front-row start here.
• This is the 10th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2006. Dodge has 12 Bud Poles and Ford has four. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
• Kurt Busch (third) posted his Series-leading 19th top-10 start of 2006. It is also his career-best among his six top-10 starts in 12 races at New Hampshire.
• Ryan Newman (fourth) has posted 12 top-10 starts this season and eight in 10 races at New Hampshire. This is his sixth top-five start here.
• Denny Hamlin (fifth) and David Stremme (sixth) put multiple rookies in the top-10 starters for the 13th time this season. Hamlin started 12th and finished sixth in July - his career-first start at New Hampshire. Stremme started 22nd and finished 11th in July - his career-first start here.
• Ken Schrader (10th) posted his season-best start and his best since he started seventh at Bristol in August 2005. This is the best start for the Wood Brothers since Ricky Rudd started second at Martinsville last October.
• Four of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Harvick, Gordon, Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson (seventh).
• Kyle Petty (27th) was the fastest of the drivers that were required to qualify in time.
• Ted Christopher (43rd) made the field for his sixth Nextel Cup race and his first since this race last season. Five of his six races have been at New Hampshire. Christopher will become the 71st different driver to compete on the Nextel Cup circuit this season.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-15-2006)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is scheduled for Friday,September 15, 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: 8:00pm/et and 2:00am/et on Speed Channel
- Qualifying Order List for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #19-Sadler is due out first on Friday, September 15th at 3:10pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #26-McMurray. For the Qualifying order, see my New Hampshire Qualifying/Grid Page.(9-15-2006)
- Friday's Practice for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, the results:
Slowest: #27-Christopher 123.582 and #46-Long 123.819
most laps run: #01-Nemechk 44; #07-Boyer 43
no average speeds reported
The only incident occurred when #61-Chad Chaffin lost control and crashed and will have to qualify in a backup car.(Speedtv.com)
See speeds on the New Hampshire Practice Speeds Page.(9-15-2006)
- How did the non Top-35 teams do in practice at NHIS?
Eight in and five out [48 entered for 43 spots]:
these 8 would make the race if things stayed the same:
#32-Travis Kvapil, 27th fastest
#45-Kyle Petty, 29th
#4-Scott Wimmer, 30th
#55-Michael Waltrip, 36th
#74-Derrike Cope, 40th
#78-Kenny Wallace, 41st
#49-Kevin Lepage, 42nd
#89-Morgan Shepherd, 43rd
these 5 would make the race if things stayed the same:
#30-Stanton Barrett, 44th
#61-Chad Chaffin, 45th
#34-Chad Blout, 46th
#46-Carl Long, 47th
#27-Ted Christopher, 48th/last
- Entry List for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is up, 48 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:
If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 45,32,55,4,49,61,78,34
missing the race would be #'s: 74,89,27,30,46.
see entry list on Jayski's New Hampshire Entry List Page.
- The Top 35 Owners Points is set for New Hampshire:
#45-Petty is still out, loses a little ground and has get in via speed at Loudon
33) #19-Sadler/Evernham +130 points ahead of 36th
34) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates +82
35) #14-Marlin/Bobby Ginn +14
these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
36) #45-Petty/Petty -14 points behind 35th
37) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -106
Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used to determine the top-35 and the other drivers who need to make the race on speed, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses.
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(9-9-2006)
- 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 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 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 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 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: Frank Santiago?
Command to start engines: Frank Santiago?
Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
National Anthem: Denise Doucette
Military Flyover: A-10 Warhogs, NH Air National Guard
- Track Homepage: nhis.com
- July 2006 NHIS Race Info / Rundown Page
- September 2005 NHIS Race Info / Rundown Page
- July 2005 NHIS Race Info / Rundown Page
- Cup race sold out at NHIS: New Hampshire International Speedway has no tickets remaining for Sunday's Sylvania 300 NASCAR Nextel Cup race, NHIS public relations director Fred Neergaard said Friday. Tickets are still available for the qualifying and Modified race Friday and the New Hampshire 200 Truck Series and Busch East events Saturday. It is the 24th consecutive Nextel Cup sellout for NHIS. The track currently has 91,000 grandstand seats, not including suites.(SceneDaily.com)(9-15-2006)
- NHIS to Host “Imus In The Morning” Show: New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) in cooperation with 93.3 FM The Wolf will host the “Imus In The Morning” radio show from the Speedway's Hospitality Courtyard on Friday, September 15 from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Imus Show opens the SYLVANIA 300 event weekend at “The Magic Mile”, the first race in the “Chase for the Nextel Cup”. This nationally syndicated radio program, famous for its major political and sports guests, is also televised live each day on MSNBC. For a donation of $20, fans of the show will be able to purchase a ticket to experience the antics of host Don Imus and his morning crew live and in person. All proceeds will benefit “The Imus Ranch, A Working Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer”. (nhis.com)(9-12-2006)
- Bruton to buy New Hampshire? UPDATE Denied, Sponsor signs, not many seats left for Sept.: One unconfirmed rumor making the rounds in the Cup garage is that Bruton Smith is trying to buy New Hampshire International Speedway, and if he's successful, he'll move the NHIS Chase date to Las Vegas.(FoxSports)(7-16-2006)
UPDATE: Bob Bahre, the 79-year-old chairman of NHIS, said his 1.058-mile oval is not up for sale, despite speculation to the contrary. ``Now my son [Gary, 43, NHIS's president], since he's been sick a few years back, he'd never want to run it alone, I'll tell you that now," said Bahre, who remains one of NASCAR's independent owners, along with Dr. Joseph Mattioli, chairman and CEO of Pocono Raceway. ``I'm going to be 80 next year, but if I were to die tomorrow, he'd probably sell it before the funeral." Asked if Gary didn't like racing, the elder Bahre said, ``No, no, he likes it. He loves it. He loves this track. We've been at it together forever, since he was a little kid of 7 years old. He loves racing, it's not a question of that. It would just bother him to be alone doing it." . . . According to Bahre, about 1,700-1,800 tickets remain available for the Sept. 17 race (Boston Globe)(7-16-2006)
- Sponsor Re-ups for Sept NHIS race: Sylvania extended its sponsorship to 2012 on the September 17 race here [New Hampshire] — first race in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. “I think that what (Sylvania) did today shows how strong NASCAR is everywhere,” said NHIS CEO Bob Bahre. “I don’t think there is any Nextel Cup track that has that vote of confidence from a blue chip corporation,” added track spokesman Meade. NASCAR president Mike Helton made no guarantee that New Hampshire’s Sylvania 300 will remain the opener of the 10-race Chase, post-season for the series. He said the sanctioning body evaluates the schedule year-to-year. “We’re working on ‘07 as we speak,” said Helton. As is standard operating procedure here, Meade reiterated that this track’s two Nextel Cup races are “not in jeopardy.” The Sylvania most likely solidified New Hampshire’s September race on the schedule. There is no long-term deal on the July race. “NASCAR certainly realizes we are in the number five market (television) in the United States,” said Meade, “ and every Cup race has been sold out.” Bahre said, “You won’t see any empty seats here.”(Union Leader)(7-16-2006)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - New Hampshire International Speedway
- Long & Cupp Motorsports to attempt New Hampshire: Cupp Motor Sports #46 team plans to make their Nextel Cup debut at New Hampshire International Speedway in September with Carl Long driving the #46 Dodge sposnored by Millstar Tools. The team is owned by Don Cupp, of Michigan and plans to run several of the remaining races in 2006.(Carl Long site)(8-21-2006)
- 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
- Two Crown Royal 2006 schemes: added two Crown Royal images, a scheme to be used for day race, scheduled at: Daytona 500, California(1), Las Vegas, Texas (both), Pocono (1), Michigan (?), Infineon Raceway, Indy, Watkins Glen, Loudon (2), Dover (2), Talladega (2), Atlanta (2) and Homestead; and a night scheme scheduled for Phoenix (1), Darlington, Lowe's (2) and Richmond (1), to the #26 Team Schemes page.(12-2-2005)
- Stanley to sponsor Riggs for 10 races in 2006, IMAGES: as previously announced, Scott Riggs will drive the #10 Evernham Motorsports Dodge in 2006, announced at Lowe' Motor Speedway today, Valvoline will be the primary sponsor for 26 of the 26 races and Stanley Tools will be the sponsor for the other 10 races with a black and yellow scheme similar to what has run on Evernham's #91 Dodge with Bill Elliott driving.(RacingOne), see images of the cars on my 2006 #10 Team Schemes page.
The Press Release..in part: The Stanley Works, one of the world’s best known brands of tools, hardware and security products, is adding a powerful new tool to its toolbox -- the co-primary sponsorship of the #10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger and driver Scott Riggs. Stanley will sponsor the #10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger for 10 races in 2006, including Las Vegas, Texas (A), Talladega (A), Darlington, Michigan (A), Daytona (B), Indianapolis, New Hampshire (B), Charlotte (B) and Phoenix (B).[with 'B' being the 2nd race of the season at that track] The #10 Stanley Tools/ Valvoline Dodge Charger will carry the signature yellow and black colors of the Stanley brand. Stanley Tools also will be the featured co-primary sponsor on the #10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger in 21 races throughout the season. In addition to the primary sponsorship, Stanley will continue its involvement as an associate sponsor on the race cars of Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield, as well as on the uniform of Erin Crocker. The Stanley Works, Evernham Motorsports and Dodge marketing partnership will include new product launches for many of its businesses, key customer outreach efforts, retail marketing and promotions. All Stanley brands will be involved in the program, including Bostitch, Proto, Vidmar, Best, and Blackhawk by Proto.(Evernham Racing/Clear!Blue PR)(10-15-2005)
- 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)