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THE RACE: The Lenox Industrial Tools 300

Nextel Cup Race #17 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, July 1, 2007 in Loudon, NH

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Lenox Industrial Tools

  • Track: New Hampshire International Speedway

  • TV: TNT 2:30pm/et

  • Allstate Countdown to Green: TNT - 2:00pm/et - with Bill Weber

  • NASCAR on TNT Live: TNT - 1:00pm/et - Marc Fein, host
  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:40pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Thursday, July 5 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, July 5 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, July 6 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Lindsay Czarniak

  • TNT's Revolving Studio: Marc Fein and Larry McReynolds

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,315,335 (was $5,294,946 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, June 29, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et TV-SPEED; and Saturday, June, 30, 9:00 - 9:50am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 30, 11:45am - 12:45pm/et on TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 29, 11:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, June 29 at 3:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 8:30pm/et and 3:30am/et; AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    FRIDAY, June 29
    8:00 a.m. Speedway Spectator Gates Open
    9:40 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Busch Series Practice
    11:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Busch Series Rookie Practice
    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
    1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Busch Series Final Practice
    3:10 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying for the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 (2 Laps, All Positions)
    5:10 p.m. NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series New England 125 (125 Laps, 132.25 Miles)

    Saturday, June 30, 2007
    7:00 a.m. Speedway Spectator Gates Open
    8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Final Practice
    9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
    10:05 a.m. Busch Series Qualifying for the Camping World 200 presented by RVs.com (2 Laps, All Positions - IMPOUND)
    11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Final Practice
    1:10 p.m. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100 (100 Laps, 105.8 Miles)
    3:00 p.m. Busch Series Camping World 200 presented by RVs.com (200 Laps, 211.6 Miles)

    Sunday, July 1, 2007
    6:00 a.m. Speedway Spectator Gates Open
    2:00 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Driver Introductions for the LENOX Industrial Tools 300
    2:30 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 300 (300 Laps, 317.4 Miles)
    (Tentative schedule, subject to change)

    key
    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE


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-4104; Right-side -- D-4106

    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 78-82 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes at New Hampshire this weekend . . . this is Goodyear's intermediate/flat track tire setup, and has been run by Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams at companion weekends at Phoenix and Richmond earlier this season . . . Busch and Craftsman Truck Series teams also ran these tire codes at Milwaukee last weekend . . . this is the first time Goodyear has brought this tire setup for teams to run at New Hampshire . . . as on most NASCAR one-mile ovals, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

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

Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

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

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


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Sauter and Kyle Busch Fail Post Race Inspection: The Chevys of #70-Johnny Sauter and #5-Kyle Busch both did not meet the minimum height requirements during post-race inspection. #83-Brian Vickers failed post-qualifying inspection on Friday and had his time disallowed. NASCAR will take both of the cars back to the R&D Center in Concord, NC to test them further to see if the problem is the result of something that happened on the track or not. If any penalties are assessed, they are likely to be announced on Tuesday.(7-1-2007)

  • Denny Hamlin wins at New Hampshire: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway for his first win of 2007 and his 3rd career win (he won both Pocono races last year). Hamlin made a 2 tire pit stop late in the race and held off a hard charging #24-Gordon who had taken 4 tires. #1-Truex, Jr. was third, followed by #8-Earnhardt, Jr., #48-Johnson, #66-Green, #31-Burton, #29-Harvick, #17-Kenseth, and #12-Newman. Pole sitter #22-Dave Blaney fell back early in the race and finished 29th, the highest Toyota. There were 6 cautions for 31 laps and 11 leaders with 20 lead changes.
    Race Results on my New Hampshire Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after New Hampshire page.(7-1-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standings after New Hampshire [17 of 36 races]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 2613
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin -156
    3) #17-Matt Kenseth -365
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson -381
    5) #31-Jeff Burton -383
    6) #20-Tony Stewart -428
    7) #99-Carl Edwards -465
    8) #29-Kevin Harvick -507
    9) #5-Kyle Busch -573
    10) #1-Martin Truex Jr. -580
    11) #07-Clint Bowyer -627
    12) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. -628
    some notables:
    #42-Montoya is 19th
    #9-Kahne is 26th
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page. (7-1-2007)

  • Rumblings - New Hampshire: It was Denny Hamlin by an eyelash....Denny Hamlin won his first race of the season today at New Hampshire International Speedway as he barely held on to take the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 over Jeff Gordon....proving (at least for today) that two tires was the way to go.
    With the last yellow flag stops coming with 38 laps left, Mike Ford made the call for two tires and that track position paid off for Hamlin as he got his third career victory (he's tied for 87th on the all-time win list) and win #55 for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin is the 11th different winner this season, and it was worth $235,775 from the over $5.3M in posted awards.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (4th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Atlanta last October. Jimmie Johnson (5th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Darlington in May. Jeff Green (6th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Phoenix in April. Johnny Sauter (6th) had his best finish since he was 9th at Phoenix in April. Kevin Lepage (35th) had his best finish since he was 30th when we were here last September (only five races).
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 12 Top-10's in the last 13 races. Denny Hamlin has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races. Martin Truex Jr has 4 Top-5's in the last 5 races.
    The Rookie Report: David Ragan (15th) takes this award for the seventh time this season. He was followed by Juan Pablo Montoya (19th), David Reutimann (38th), and Paul Menard (39th). A. J. Allmendinger was a dnq this week. Ragan & Montoya are now tied in ROR awards.
    This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is Jamie McMurray (+22), followed by Matt Kenseth (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Dave Blaney (-28), Reed Sorenson (-23), and David Reutimann (-21).
    Jeff Green (33rd to 29th) made the best move forward today, while the absent Mark Martin (15th to 19th) fell the most spots. Among those present, Joe Nemechek fell the most spots (30th to 33rd).(Stock Car Fans)(7-1-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

    (as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)

  • The LENOX Industrial Tools 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)
    #11-Hamlin-C (11) (46 laps led) +.069 second lead
    #24-JGordon-C (8) (37 laps led)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (9) (46 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (6) (64 laps led)
    #48-Johnson-C (10) (12 laps led)
    #66-Green-C (15)
    #31-JBurton-C (26)
    #29-Harvick -C (7)
    #17-Kenseth-F (30) (2 laps led)
    #12-Newman-D (12) (3 laps led)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota, *=rookie

  • Pit Selection Chart page at:
    FoxSports - New Hampshire Pit Stall Selection

  • Cars on the lead lap: 27 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 38,22,88

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 16,01,19,21,37,49,07,0015,36

  • Cars on the track: 40 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (3) and reason:
    #13-Nemecheck (accident-out)
    #45-Andretti (engine-out)
    #4-Burton (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 leaders with 20 lead changes):
    #8-Earnhardt, Jr (64);
    #5-Busch (48);
    #1-Truex, Jr (46);
    #11-Hamlin (46);
    #24-Gordon (37);
    #22-Blaney (pole, 30);
    #48-Johnson (12);
    #2-Busch (10);
    #12-Newman (3);
    #99-Edwards (2);
    #17-Kenseth (2);

  • Lap leaders: #22-Blaney - pole; #22-Blaney 1-30; #24-Gordon 31-67; #8-Earhnardt, Jr. 68; #2-Busch 69-70; #99-Edwards 71; #5-Busch 72-73; #8-Earnhardt 74-97; #2-Busch 98-105; #8-Earnhardt, Jr 106-122; #48-Johnson 123-129; #8-Earnhardt, Jr. 130; #48-Johnson 131-135; #5-Busch 136-181; #8-Earnhardt, Jr. 182-192; #99-Edwards 193; #11-Hamlin 194; #17-Kenseth 195-196; #12-Newman 197-199; #8-Earnhardt, Jr. 200-209; #1-Truex, Jr 210-255; #11-Hamlin 256-300

    Cautions: 6 for 31 laps

    Caution 6 - Laps 260 - 262: Accident between turns 2 & 3 collecting #40-Stremme and #43-Labonte
    Caution 5 - Laps 255 - 258: Debris reported, but nothing was shown
    Caution 4 - Laps 203 - 208: #13-Nemecheck cut a rigth rear tire between turns 3 & 4 and backed into the safter barrier. The wheel came completely off the car flew up in the air and out onto the track.
    Caution 3 - Laps 122 - 129: Debris in turn 4
    Caution 2 - Laps 97 - 101: Debris in turn 3 possibly from #36-Mayfield who had damage to the front splitter.
    Caution 1 - Laps 6 - 10: #4-Ward Burton had a hole in the oil pan and dropped oil on the track.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 6: #41-Sorenson, 26th
    Caution 5: #99-Edwards, 13th
    Caution 4: #18-Yeley, 22nd
    Caution 3: #6-Ragan, 15th
    Caution 2: #14-Marlin, 24th
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • New Hampshire Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 #45 PT Excessive speed - Exiting pits 69
    2 #16 PT Excessive speed - Exiting pits 70
    3 #38 PT Excessive speed - Exiting pits 71
    4 #13 PT Excessive speed - Exiting pits 71
    5 #36 Stop on Tk Running the stop & go sign/light 97
    6 #88 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 97
    7 #00 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 97
    8 #36 OL Safety violation 98
    9 #12 MCI Removing equipment from assigned pit area 122
    10 #07 MCI Safety violation 123
    11 #16 PT Excessive speed - Exiting pits 194
    12 #88 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 203
    13 #16 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 204
    14 #07 MCI Safety violation 206
    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 Statistics)(7-1-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- #6-Ragan drove hard into the corner on the final lap of the race and slid up into #2-Busch, who spun and hit the wall. He was able to spin the car back around and finish the race
    ---- TNT reported on lap 272 that #1-Truex has developed a push and thinks he has broken his splitter
    ---- Under the fifth caution, most of the lead cars took 4 tires and fuel. #11-Hamlin only took right sides to take the lead. #66-Green did the same to jump to 4th
    ---- As of lap 241, teams need only 1 more stop for the rest of the day
    ---- #13-Nemechek, interviewed on MRN, said all the lugnuts apparently did not get tight on his car, causing his accident
    ---- #16-Biffle was penalized for too fast exiting the pits on lap 196
    ---- #99-Carl Edwards' pit crew had a problematic stop on lap 195. The jack dropped and it took more than 47 seconds to finish. Edwards lost more than a lap.
    ---- Scheduled green flag pit stops started on lap 191 when #24-Gordon pitted.
    ---- #11-Hamlin suffered some left read quarter panel damage around lap 175 when he got caught between #26-McMurray and #42-Montoya
    ---- Lap 173, #40-Stremme has a voltage problem and may have to change the battery
    ---- As of lap 170, Chevys have 9 of the 10 ten positions. Ford driver #99-Edwards is in 3rd
    ---- on lap 145, #24-Gordon is complaining of an increasingly tight car and is falling back a bit
    ---- #12-Newman was penalized under the third caution for running over the air hose in the pits
    ---- #07-Bowyer came back into the pits on lap 127. The oil cooler line came loose on the car
    ---- Everyone pitted during the 3rd caution. Again some 2 tire stops. Right side tires only for #8-Earnhardt, Jr. Fuel only for #48-Johnson
    ---- #36-Mayfield ran the paddle at the end of pit road during the 2nd caution and was held 2 laps by NASCAR
    ---- Everyone pitted under the second caution, some teams took only 2 tires including #48-Johnson
    ---- On lap 96, #00-Reutimann was reportedly down to 7 cylinders. However, the team thinks they might have just had a plug wire loose.
    ---- Green flag pit stops were complete by lap 74
    ---- Too fast exiting or entering pit road during the first round of pit stops were #16-Biffle, #45-Andretti, #38-Gilliland, and #13-Nemechek
    ---- On lap 68, #22-Blaney came down pit road for the first green flag pit stop. The team put 2 1/2 rounds of wedge in the car
    ---- If the race stays green, pit stops should start around lap 72-73
    ---- Lap 39, #21-Bill Elliott made an unscheduled pit stop. The team changed tires and sent him back out.
    ---- Just before losing the lead on lap 31, #22-Blaney complained of the car getting tight
    ---- #5-Kyle Busch is locking up the breaks going into the corners around lap 25 and generating some smoke from the back of the car
    ---- As of lap 20, #99-Carl Edwards has picked up 9 positions, but he is complaining of the helmet cooler blowing air directly in his eyes
    ---- green flag at 2:46pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 2:38pm/et by Mark Ketchum, President and CEO of Rubbermaid
    ---- Military Flyover: KC-135 & F-16s from the U.S. Air National Guard
    ---- National Anthem by Denise Doucette
    ---- weather = Partly cloudy with a high of 69°, 10% chance of rain.
    ---- To The Back [0]: none reported


  • Race Coverage of the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 1, 2007.
    TV: TNT in Hi-Def at 1:00pm/et [scheduled green flag around 2:40pm/et].
    Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 11:30am/et and TNT at 1:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: Thursday, July 5 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, July 5 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, July 6 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Happy Hour at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, the results:
    #48-Johnson, 127.062
    #42-Montoya, 126.897
    #24-Gordon, 126.783
    #29-Harvick, 126.761
    #07-Bowyer, 126.694
    slowest: #21-Elliott 123.803 & #37-Lepage 123.622
    most laps run: #1-Truex, Jr., 58
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #24-Gordon, 125.531 [3rd fastest lap], 41 laps run
    #48-Johnson 125.507 [1st], 55 laps
    #07-Bowyer 125.308 [5th], 44 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(6-30-2007)

  • Saturday's First Practice at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, the results:
    #48-Johnson, 126.778
    #12-Newman, 126.761
    #31-Burton, 126.736
    #29-Harvick, 126.593
    #42-Montoya, 126.538
    slowest: #37-Lepage 124.239 & #49-Chaffin 124.114
    most laps run: #48-Johnson, 47
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #29-Harvick 125.600 [4th fastest lap], 24 laps
    #1-Truex, Jr 125.582 [12th], 27 laps
    #20-Stewart 125.557 [6th], 28 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(6-30-2007)

  • Vickers goes home as car fails post-qualifying tech: Brian Vickers' #83 Team Red Bull Toyota failed post-qualifying inspection Friday afternoon at New Hampshire International Raceway, knocking the team out of the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 field and giving the spot to BAM Racing's #49-Chad Chaffin. The car for Vickers was ruled to be an eighth of an inch too low on its left front, and Vickers' qualifying time was disallowed. The team was looking at shocks and springs to see why the car was too low.(SceneDaily.com)(6-29-2007)

  • Blaney wins pole at New Hampshire: #22-Dave Blaney won the Budweiser Pole for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway with a speed of 129.437mph for his 2nd career pole and the first pole for Toyota in Nextel Cup. #2-Kurt Busch qualified 2nd with the rest of the top-10: #41-Sorenson, #70-Sauter, #42-Montoya, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #29-Harvick, #24-Gordon, #1-Truex, Jr., and #48-Johnson. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #22-Blaney, #00-Reutimann, #4-Burton, #83-Vickers, #36-Mayfield, #15-Menard, #21-Elliott, and #37-Lepage. See the qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression and more on my New Hampshire Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(6-29-2007)

  • Six do not qualify for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway: #55-Waltrip, #78-Wallace, #44-Jarrett, #10-Riggs, #84-Allmendinger, & #83-Vickers(time disallowed).(6-29-2007)

  • Ramblings...New Hampshire: We witnessed a first today....Dave Blaney became the first Toyota driver to capture a Bud Pole today at New Hampshire International Speedway for Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 300. His time of 29.426 (129.437 mph) bested Kurt Busch over half a tenth for his second career top-spot.....his other pole came at Rockingham (where'zat?) in February of 2003.
    Blaney also becomes the 9th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
    Reed Sorenson (3rd) has his career best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 7th twice....at Las Vegas in March and at Dover last September.
    Johnny Sauter (4th) also has his career best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 10th....he did that at Martinsville in April and at Bristol in March of 2004.
    Juan Pablo Montoya (5th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Las Vegas in March.
    Kevin Harvick (7th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 6th at Martinsville in April.
    Regan Smith (13th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 12th at Bristol in April (only four races).
    Jeff Green (15th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 12th at Richmond in May.
    STREAKIN....Martin Truex Jr has 3 Top-10 starts in the last 4 races. Jimmie Johnson has 3 Top-10 starts in the last 4 races.(StockCarFans.com)(6-29-2007)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Toyota: #22-Blaney, 129.437, starts 1st
    Dodge: #2-Busch, 129.182, starts 2nd
    Chevy: #70-Sauter, 128.502, starts 4th
    Ford: #7-Gordon, 127.988, starts 16th
    (6-29-2007)

  • New Hampshire Qualifying Notes:
    ...Dave Blaney won the Bud Pole for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 with a lap of 29.426 seconds, 129.437mph. This is his second Bud Pole in 250 career Nextel Cup races.
    ...This is his fourth top-10 start in 2007.
    ...This is Blaney’s first Bud Pole and second top-10 start in 15 races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    ...This is the first time since Daytona last July (Boris Said) that a driver that had to qualify on time won the Bud Pole.
    ...This is the first Bud Pole for Toyota on the Nextel Cup circuit. Toyota had four previous top-10 starts this season – three by Blaney.
    ...Kurt Busch (second) posted his seventh top-10 start in 13 New Hampshire races. It is his best starting position here and his sixth top-10 start this season.
    ...Reed Sorenson (third) posted his career-best starting position and his second top-10 start in 2007.
    ...Johnny Sauter (fourth) posted his career-best qualifying effort and his first starting position better than 30th in three New Hampshire races.
    ...Juan Pablo Montoya (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie. This is his third top-10 start in 18 career Nextel Cup races.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-29-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 29, 2007 at 3:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 3:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 8:30pm/et

  • Friday Practice at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #22-Blaney, 129.384
    #12-Newman, 129.208
    #48-Johnson, 129.042
    #20-Stewart, 128.976
    #11-Hamlin, 128.580
    slowest: #37-Lepage 125.769 & #84-Allmendiner 125.583
    most laps run: #01-Smith, 44
    notes: #44-Jarrett was held for 15 minutes at the start of the session because the team was late for inspection at Sonoma last week. There was a caution for debris in turn two 25 minutes into the session and another for debris on the backstretch 35 minutes in.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #00-Reutimann 127.467 [9th fastest lap], 19 laps run
    #40-Stremme 127.236 [14th], 22 laps
    #7-Gordon 127.018 [7th], 12 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(6-29-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at New Hampshire
    if things stayed the same, these drivers make the race:
    #22-Blaney, 1st fastest
    #00-David Reutimann, 9th
    #10-Scott Riggs, 11th
    #15-Paul Menard, 28th
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 33rd
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 34th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 36th, [no champ prov left in 2007]
    #21-Bill Elliott, 41st, [has champ provisional if needed]
    if things stayed the same, these drivers miss the race:
    #83-Brian Vickers, 37th
    #4-Ward Burton, 38th
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 39th
    #49-Chad Chaffin, 46th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 48th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 49th
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(6-29-2007)

  • Qualifying Order List for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #5-Kyle Busch is due out first on Friday, June 29 at 3:10pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #10-Riggs. For the Qualifying order, see my New Hampshire Qualifying Results/Order Page.(6-29-2007)

  • COT Pts: the top 12 in drivers pts in the seven [of 16] COT races:
    Pos, Car#, Driver, COT Pts, 2007 Standings
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon*, 1179, 1 (2 wins)
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1115, 2
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson*, 1060, 5 (2)
    4) #5-Kyle Busch, 982, 10 (1)
    5) #07-Clint Bowyer, 957, 9
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 940, 7
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 930, 3
    8) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.*, 904, 12
    9) #31-Jeff Burton, 904, 4
    10) #20-Tony Stewart, 894, 6
    11) #29-Kevin Harvick, 880, 8
    12) #16-Greg Biffle, 863, 17
    #1-Truex Jr. is 15th with a win
    #42-Montoya is 16th with a win
    the lowest pts pos for a driver who made all 7 races:
    34) #40-David Stremme 448
    36) #38-David Gilliland 418
    (* points penalties are NOT deducted #2, #8, #24, #48)
    (6-24-2007)

  • Entry List for the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is up, 49 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (16 attempts/41st in 2007 owners pts)
    #4-Ward Burton (15/43)
    #10-Scott Riggs (16/36)
    #15-Paul Menard (16/39)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ prov to use](16/38)
    #22-Dave Blaney (16/37)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (16/45)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (16/49)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs](16/42)
    #49-Chad Chaffin (16/48)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (16/47)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (16/44)
    #83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(16/40)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (16/46)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,21,10,22,15,00,78
    missing the race would be [6]: #'s 36,84,55,49,37,4
    See the full list at my Jayski's New Hampshire Entry List
    (6-25-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at New Hampshire are set:
    no team dropped out of the 35 or got into it, 35th and 36th are now 83 pts apart
    the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
    33) #38-Gilliland/Yates 1,323, +180
    34) #66-Green/Haas 1,300, +157
    35) #70-Sauter/Haas 1,226, 83 pts ahead of 36th
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1,143, 83 pts out of 35th
    37) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing 1,078, -148
    38) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros 1,067, -159
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(6-24-2007)

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2007 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).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, 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 top 35 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]

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #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) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] 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)

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

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

  • July 2006 Race Winner: #5-Kyle Busch, 101.384mph, started 4th

  • Sept 2006 Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 102.195, started 1st

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, 133.357mph, 9/12/03

  • 2006 July Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 129.683mph, finished 39th

  • 2006 Sept Pole Sitter: #29-Kevin Harvick, 132.282mph, finished 1st


  • Slowest Race Record: Ricky Rudd, 87.619, 7/94

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Burton, started 38th [provisional], 7/1999

  • Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Burton

  • Most Poles: 4 - Ryan Newman

  • Most Top 5s: 10 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 14 - Dale Jarrett

  • Oldest Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 7 months, 26 days, 7/22/2001

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 21 years, 2 months, 14 days, 7/16/2005

  • Most Lead Changes: 23 - twice, most recently 7/21/02

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 9/17/00

  • 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, Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 3 [of 24 races] 12.5%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 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: 3
  • 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: 7 of 24 - 29.2%
  • Races won from the top 10: 13 of 24 - 54.2%

  • At New Hampshire International Speedway:
    • There have been 24 Nextel Cup races at New Hampshire International Speedway since the first race there in 1993.
    • Mark Martin won the first Nextel Cup Bud Pole.
    • Rusty Wallace won the first Nextel Cup race.
    • There have been 12 different Bud Pole winners; six have won more than one, led by Ryan Newman with four.
    • There have been 15 different race winners; six drivers have won more than once; led by Jeff Burton with four.
    • Groundbreaking for the track took place Aug. 13, 1989 with the official opening on June 5, 1990.
    • The first NASCAR race was a NASCAR Busch Series race in 1992.
    • The first Nextel Cup race was in 1993.
    • There was a single Nextel Cup race each season 1993 through 1996, with two-a-year races since 1997.
    • There are nine drivers who have competed in each of the 24 Nextel Cup races at New Hampshire: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Joe Nemechek, Ken Schrader and Michael Waltrip.
    • There have been four different Bud Pole winners in the last four races at New Hampshire.
    • Ryan Newman leads all Bud Pole winners at New Hampshire with four.
    • There have been consecutive Bud Pole winners at New Hampshire four times: Ken Schrader (both 1997), Jeff Gordon (fall 1998 and summer 1999), Rusty Wallace (fall 1999 and summer 2000) and Ryan Newman (fall 2003 and summer 2004).
    • There have been four different race winners in the four races at New Hampshire since 2004.
    • Jeff Burton (four) leads all other drivers in victories at New Hampshire. Jeff Gordon (three), Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart (two each) are the other multiple race winners.
    • Only three of 24 New Hampshire races have been won by the Bud Pole winner, most recently by Kevin Harvick in the fall of 2006. • The 1999 summer race was won from 38th by Jeff Burton – the deepest in the field that a race winner ever started at New Hampshire. • Kurt Busch (2004) and Jimmie Johnson (2003) posted back-to-back season sweeps, the only consecutive wins in New Hampshire history.
    • Jeff Burton is the all-time leader in victories at New Hampshire with four and led all 300 laps en route to his victory in the Sept. 2000 race. His 300 laps led in the 2000 race are the most ever led by a race winner. He led just two laps in winning the previous September – the fewest laps led by a New Hampshire race winner.
    • There has been only one race winner in NASCAR’s three national series from New Hampshire: Jamie Aube (Manchester) – NASCAR Busch Series (Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, Maine – 7/12/87)
    • There have been 24 Nextel Cup races in New Hampshire – all at New Hampshire International Speedway.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-25-2007)

    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
    2005: #12-Ryan Newman, Dodge, 95.891, started 13th
    2006: #29-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, 102.195, started 1st

    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
    2005: #20-Tony Stewart, Chevy, 131.143, finished 2nd
    2006: #29-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, 132.262, finished 1st

    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
    2006: #5-Kyle Busch, Chevy, 101.384, started 4th

    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,Ford, by points; finished 3rd
    2004: #12-Ryan Newman, Dodge, 132.360, finished 3rd, Event record
    2005: #25-Brian Vickers, Chevy,130.327, finished 11th
    2006: #12-Ryan Newman, Dodge, 129.683, finished 39th


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
    Race length: 317.4 miles for Nextel Cup (Busch and Truck races, 211.6)
    Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Straights: 2 degrees
    Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
    Grandstand Seating: 91,000

    Opened: 1990 (first Nextel Cup event 1993)

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: ?
    Command to start engines: ?
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    National Anthem: ?
    Military Flyover: ?

  • Track Homepage: nhis.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: New Hampshire International Speedway

  • July 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • September 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • NHIS streak of sellouts in jeopardy UPDATE Sold Out: Despite a history of selling out its Nextel Cup races months in advance, New Hampshire International Speedway announced that it still has about 300 tickets remaining for Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 300. Despite a major television and radio advertising campaign this year, the speedway is in jeopardy of seeing its sellout streak snapped for the first time since NASCAR’s premier division started racing here in 1993. NHIS chairman Bob Bahre said the main reason behind the slump in ticket sales stems from NASCAR’s decision to schedule the race on July 1, rather than the traditional mid-month date. Bahre theorized that the Granite State’s usual post-Fourth of July tourism boom had helped fill seats in the past, and that the vacationers might not be able to adjust for the earlier date. But Bahre made it clear NASCAR isn’t to blame for the lack of demand for tickets. “NASCAR asked us and we agreed to move the date,” Bahre said, noting that NHIS is blessed to have two Nextel Cup dates each year when some tracks are struggling to get one. “NASCAR’s been damn good to me.”(Boston Herald)(6-28-2007)
    UPDATE: NHIS officials announced yesterday that Sunday’s race is sold out. Despite slow ticket sales, the sellout marks the 25th consecutive for the speedway since 1993, the first year the track held a NASCAR event. “We’re very fortunate,” NHIS chairman Bob Bahre said. “You see a lot of other tracks on TV and they’ve got empty seats.”(Boston Herald)(6-29-207)

  • Hinder to Perform a Pre-Race Concert at NHIS: TNT and New Hampshire International Speedway are joining together to present a special pre-race concert for LENOX Industrial Tools 300 ticket holders on Sunday, July 1 featuring Universal Records artist Hinder. Hinder has recorded a new version of the rock classic "Born to Be Wild" as the signature song for the 2007 NASCAR on TNT Summer Series coverage of Nextel Cup racing. This Oklahoma City, Oklahoma based group gained national attention in 2006 with their smash hit "Lips of an Angel" from their multi-platinum debut record, "Extreme Behavior". Tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 are available online at www.nhis.com or by calling Guest Services at (603) 783-4931.(NHIS PR)(6-25-2007)

  • NHIS to have same dates in 2008, tix still for sale: per an interview with NHIS owner Bob Bahre by the Concord Monitor's Dave D'Onofrio:
    Q) Tickets for July at NHIS are still available.
    A) Is the sellout streak in jeopardy? You gotta remember, were almost two weeks ahead this year and a lot of people are screwed up on their vacations. I think were down right now to, I'm guessing, less than a thousand. We'll get it sold. We've never advertised before. Never. This year we did to let people know, because one problem we had is that people always thought we were sold out. I said to our guys, get ads in so they know we aren't sold out. Everyone always thought you couldn't buy a ticket, and this year since we've advertised we picked up a lot.
    Q) Will the dates of the NHIS races remain the same for next year?
    A) It's already set. It's the 29th of June, I believe. We've got the sanction for up here all done for next year. The second race is the same week, too.
    Q) Is Loudon at risk of losing one of its Cup races?
    A) As long as I'm here, I know there'll never be a date gone. I know that.(Concord Monitor)(6-18-2007)

  • NHIS owner blasts Waltrip over track flap: New Hampshire International Speedway chairman Bob Bahre denied published reports today that NASCAR had threatened him to keep him from selling his track to Kentucky Speedway. “Absolutely no truth to that,” Bahre said. “NASCAR never said a word to me about not selling to (Kentucky Speedway).” Bahre said he has been approached numerous times by Kentucky Speedway officials to sell the track in the hope they could obtain one of NHIS’ Nextel Cup races. In an attempt to convince NASCAR to take a Cup date away from NHIS and give it to Kentucky Speedway, Bahre said former three-time Cup champion Darrell Waltrip, who was a paid consultant of the Kentucky facility, blasted NHIS after Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin lost their lives in practice-related crashes in Loudon in 2000. “(Waltrip) ran us into the ground when (Petty and Irwin) got killed here and that bothered the hell out of me,” Bahre said. “I have no respect for Darrell Waltrip.” Bahre noted that Waltrip deemed NHIS unsafe for NASCAR and that he said races should not be held there until the track was made safer.(Boston Herald)(5-8-2007)

  • LENOX Extends with New Hampshire Intl Speedway: LENOX Industrial Tools, a leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, hand tools, torches and band saw blades announced it has extended its sponsorship of the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS). For years to come, the summer Nextel Cup Series race at “The Magic Mile” will be known as the LENOX Industrial Tools 300. The announcement was made during a luncheon at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers in Boston, Mass. After much success with the race entitlement last year, LENOX, based in East Longmeadow, Mass. (just 150 miles from New Hampshire International Speedway), decided to join the track with a long-term partnership. In addition to the race entitlement, LENOX will also have another presence. Jeff Burton, the driver with the most Nextel Cup Series wins at NHIS, will race a special white and blue #31 in the event with LENOX Industrial Tools Chevy as his primary sponsor. LENOX is also an associate sponsor on Burton’s Richard Childress Racing car throughout the 2007 season. Advance tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tool 300 are on sale now, please call Speedway Guest Services at 603-783-4931 or visit the track website at www.nhis.com for more information.(Pro Sports Management & Marketing/LENOX PR), no terms were released.(1-25-2007)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Michigan International Raceway


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Career start #200 at NHIS for Johnson: Sunday will mark #48-Jimmie Johnson's 200th start in Nextel Cup racing. Johnson's first race was at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Oct. 7, 2001. He started 15th and finished 39th. Since then he has gone on to win a championship as well as 27 races, giving him sole possession of 22nd place on the all-time victory list since 1949.(Lowes Racing PR)(6-29-2007)

  • Andretti Ready for Avenger Debut: John Andretti, for the first time, will step behind the wheel of a Dodge Avenger in competition. Andretti will race the Lenox Tools 300 this Sunday at the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway. Andretti will pilot the #45 Wells Fargo Dodge Avenger in his second start for Petty Enterprises this season. Andretti is filling in for Kyle Petty who returns to the TNT television booth this weekend. Andretti has had some time to get familiar with the new cars. The team recently tested at the Milwaukee Mile in preparation for Sunday's race.(Petty Racing PR)(6-27-2007)

  • Start #250 for Blaney: #22-Dave Blaney hopes to make his 250th career Nextel Cup Series start when the green flag waves Sunday afternoon. He made his first career Cup Series start in October 1992 at [Rockingham] North Carolina Speedway and finished 40th after qualifying 34th for his first Cup Series start in Loudon in 1999. Like this weekend, Blaney was aboard a Bill Davis Racing-owned machine. The Caterpillar Racing team will test two cars at Thompson Speedway Wednesday and will choose between COT 17 and COT 19 as Dave Blaney’s primary car for Loudon once the test is complete.(BDR PR)(6-27-2007)

  • Start #250 for Green: #66-JeffGreen is scheduled to make his 250th Nextel Cup Series start at New Hampshire International Speedway. Green made his Cup series debut on September, 10, 1994, at Richmond International Raceway, when he was 31 years old. Driving the Sadler Brothers' #95 Ford, Green completed just 42 of 400 laps before transmission troubles ended his day. In all, Green has 503 total starts in NASCAR's three national series heading into this weekend (249 Nextel Cup Series starts, 253 Busch Series starts, and one Craftsman Truck Series start). The #66 entry will again carry the logo for the Fisher House Foundation this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway.(Best Buy/GMR Marketing PR)(6-27-2007)

  • Chaffin in the #49 for 2 races; Foyt at Daytona; Bliss resigns: BAM Racing announced Chad Chaffin will drive the #49 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway and in two weeks at Chicagoland Speedway. BAM Racing and Mike Bliss have amiably decided to part ways. Chaffin will make his first Nextel Cup Series attempt of the season this weekend in the Lenox Industrial Tools 300. He has one Nextel Cup Series start at the 1.058-mile oval where he qualified on time and finished in the 34th position. In the Craftsman Truck Series, he has a total of four starts at the speedway with one top-5 and one top-10 start with two top-10 finishes. "I am excited to return to NEXTEL Cup Series racing this weekend," said Chaffin. "I am looking forward to working with the entire BAM Racing team as it attempts to turn its Car of Tomorrow program around. I've have been active on the track since last season and am prepared for the pressures that come with qualifying on time." Mike Bliss, who started with BAM Racing towards the end of the 2006 season, resigned from the team after a string of missed races. Larry Foyt is slated to drive the Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge at Daytona International Speedway. To learn more about Paralyzed Veterans, visit its website at www.pva.org.(BAM Racing PR)(6-26-2007)

  • See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-David Reutimann Burger King #00 Schemes Page
    #07-Clint Bowyer Camping World #07 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Mapei #7 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Schemes Page
    #15-Paul Menard Menards/Sylvania none...yet
    #16-Greg Biffle Aflac #16 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Carhartt #17 Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Little Debbie's #21 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray IRWIN Industrial Tools #26 Schemes Page
    #31-Jeff Burton LENOX Industrial Tools #31 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Coors Wide Mouth Can #40 Schemes Page
    #45-John Andretti Wells Fargo #45 Schemes Page
    #70-Johnny Sauter Atlas Copco Compressors #70 Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Lumber Liquidators/Boston Red Sox #99 Schemes Page


  • Atlas Copco joins up with Haas CNC Racing, paint scheme: Atlas Copco Compressors and Haas CNC Racing have joined forces on a new, state-of-the-art, $40 million wind tunnel under construction in Concord, NC. The wind tunnel will be the only one of its kind in the world available for rent by racing teams and manufacturers. In addition to the wind tunnel partnership, Atlas Copco will sponsor the #70 Haas Automation car for the Loudon, NH race scheduled for July 1, 2007 and several other races throughout the 2007 and 2008 Nextel Cup seasons. The wind tunnel features a single belt rolling road system, the first of its kind in North America. A continuous steel belt running under the vehicle simulates the road beneath a racecar traveling on a speedway. It is the most accurate aerodynamic road simulation possible in the industry today, and it offers repeatability that is key to gathering valid, usable data. The wind tunnel is being constructed at a site adjacent to Concord Regional Airport in Cabarrus County, NC. More info on Atlas Copco Compressors or atlascopco.com or classzero.com.(Atlas Copco PR), see an image of the scheme on my #70 Team Schemes page and the full press release and info on my Wind Tunnel News/Links page.(6-28-2007)

  • Sponsor announcement for Roush in Boston UPDATE2 Lumber Liquidators & Red Sox: Roush Fenway Racing to make a major announcement around the upcoming NASCAR race at New Hampshire International Speedway on July 1st. Roush Fenway Racing owners Jack Roush and John Henry are joined by #99-Carl Edwards on Thursday, June 28 at 10:00am/et, Fenway Park in Boston, MA.(Roush Fenway Racing PR)(6-20-2007)
    UPDATE: This weekend the #99 will run a special New England-themed paint scheme. Edwards and his Roush Fenway Racing teammates will participate in the pre-game ceremonies this Friday, June 29 at Fenway Park. All five drivers, along with team co-owners Jack Roush and John Henry will be on hand as the Boston Red Sox take on the Texas Rangers.(Roush Racing PR)
    AND on the New Hampshire Entry List, the sponsor is listed as Lumber Liquidators.(6-26-2007)
    UPDATE 2: Roush Fenway Racing announced that Boston Red Sox sponsors, Lumber Liquidators and Gillette, have signed on as sponsors of the #99 Ford Fusion driven by Nextel Cup driver Carl Edwards during this weekend's race at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS). The companies will celebrate their relationship with the Boston Red Sox and NASCAR fans by featuring the Red Sox logo on the #99 Lumber Liquidators/Red Sox Ford Fusion during the race in Loudon, N.H. on July 1. As Red Sox sponsors Lumber Liquidators and Gillette have secured the rights to utilize Boston Red Sox marks for marketing and promotional activation. These rights allow the companies to feature the Red Sox logo on the #99 Ford Fusion and Edwards as a means of further leveraging their association with the Red Sox through regional sponsorship of Roush Fenway Racing at Loudon. In addition to being highlighted on the Roush Fenway Racing entry, the sponsors will look to reach a broader audience of NASCAR fans by tapping into Roush Fenway Racing's public relations and marketing services. With this agreement, Lumber Liquidators, the largest independent retailer of hardwood flooring in the country, is expanding it's involvement in NASCAR after entering the Craftsman Truck Series as a team sponsor [#30-Todd Bodine] in 2006. To celebrate Roush Fenway Racing competing for the first time at NHIS under their new name this weekend, the Boston Red Sox will host Roush Fenway Racing Day at Fenway Park presented by Gillette on Friday, June 29 as the Red Sox take on the Texas Rangers. Festivities will include Roush Fenway Racing themed displays and exhibits throughout the ballpark as well as a special pre-game ceremony that will formally introduce Red Sox Nation to the drivers of Roush Fenway Racing. On Monday, July 2 fans are invited to visit the #99 Lumber Liquidators/Red Sox Ford Fusion at the Lumber Liquidators Braintree location located at 240 Wood Road. The show car will be on display between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. In addition, Mike Lowell of the Boston Red Sox will make a special appearance between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 pm. You can also see the #99 Lumber Liquidators/Red Sox Ford Fusion paint scheme by logging on to lumberliquidators.com.(Roush Fenway Racing PR) and see some images of the car on my #99 Team Schemes page.(6-28-2007)

  • Sylvania on the #15 hood at NHIS: #15-Paul Menard's Menard's Chevy will feature Sylvania as the hood sponsor. Sylvania, is based in Danvers, Massachusetts and has been a partner sponsor to the Menards Racing program since Menard joined Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 2004.(Co-Pilott Motorsports Marketing PR)(6-28-2007)

  • Stremme scheme at NHIS: For the second time this season, the Coors Wide Mouth Can paint scheme will run on the #40 Dodge of David Stremme. Earlier this season the paint scheme ran at Pocono where Stremme recorded a personal best finish of 23rd at the track. Stremme will participate in the Coors Light Annual Pub Tour Friday night from 7-9pm in and around the Concord, N.H. area in advance of Sunday's New England 300. Stremme and guests from Capitol Distributors (the local Coors distributor) will hit four local area pubs so keep your eyes open for the Coors Light crew Friday night.(Ganassi Racing PR)(6-28-2007)

  • Different colors for Bowyer at NHIS: Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will sport a blue and gold Camping World paint scheme for this weekend's LENOX Industrial Tools 300. Camping World will also sponsor Bowyer's #2 Chevy in Saturday's Camping World 200 presented by Rvs.com Busch Series race. Jack Daniel's, the team's standard primary sponsor, will be featured on the car's deck lid and lower-rear quarter panels.(RCR PR)(6-27-2007)

  • LENOX colors on the #31 at NHIS: #31-Jeff Burton wil carry the red, white and blue colors of LENOX Industrial Tools at New Hampshire International Speedway with the running of the LENOX Industrial Tools 300. This is the second year that LENOX has been the title sponsor of New Hampshire's classic summer race. It's also the second time in 2007 that the East Longmeadow, Mass., based company will be the primary sponsor of Burton's Nextel Cup Series car. It's appropriate that the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 is so close in proximity to Independence Day, a holiday in which we honor individuals who went the extra mile for our country. LENOX is also honoring those who go the "Extra Mile" in construction and industrial trades with their recently announced 2007 national promotional sweepstakes - the "Extra Mile Experience with Richard Childress Racing Driver Jeff Burton." LENOX is represented throughout the season as an associate sponsor on Burton's #31 AT&T Chevy as well. The LENOX logo appears on the rear quarter panels of the car just behind the rear wheels. LENOX, a leading manufacturer of premium band saw blades, power tool accessories and torches has an extensive product line including the LENOX Gold bi-metal reciprocating saw blades; LENOX Gold bi-metal utility blades and knives; and LENOX ARMOR Rx+ bi-metal coated band saw blades for cutting structurals and tubing, just to mention a few. More info at lenoxracing.com.(LENOX PR) See images of the scheme on my #31 Team Schemes page.(6-26-2007)

  • Aflac to sponsor Biffle for 4 races:With a successful acting career in television commercials and even movies, the Aflac Duck has added yet another role to its already impressive repertoire - race-car driving. Aflac Incorporated announced that it is partnering with Roush Fenway Racing to sponsor eight Nextel Cup and Busch Series races in the 2007 season. Greg Biffle will drive the #16 Aflac Ford for its debut at the Nextel Cup race on July 1 at New Hampshire International Speedway for a total of four races. Aflac is also sponsoring four Busch Series races with drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray. "We look forward to working with a world-class team like Roush Fenway Racing to bring the Aflac brand closer to NASCAR fans," said Paul S. Amos II, president, Aflac; COO, U.S. Operations. "In addition to uniting with another great brand and working with these exciting drivers, this sponsorship will be a useful platform to build additional awareness of how our products can help consumers in their quest to balance everyday living expenses with out-of-pocket health care costs not covered by their existing major medical insurance." The paint scheme was unveiled today at Michigan International Speedway and can be viewed at aflacracing.com. The Aflac Racing schedule below is also available on the Web site.
    Greg Biffle - #16 Aflac Ford, Nextek Cup Series:
    * July 1, New Hampshire International Speedway
    * July 15, Chicagoland Speedway
    * Sept. 2, California Speedway
    * Sept. 30, Kansas Speedway
    Carl Edwards - #60 Aflac Ford, Busch Series, July 6 at Daytona
    Matt Kenseth - #17 Aflac Ford, Busch Series, Aug. 11, Watkins Glen
    Jamie McMurray - #26 Aflac Ford, Busch Series, Aug. 24 at Bristol and Sept. 7 at Richmond
    To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.(Roush Fenway Racing PR)(6-15-2007)

  • Camping World to sponsor Wimmer at Atlanta; Bowyer at other races: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Camping World have agreed on a multi-pronged sponsorship agreement for three of RCR's Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series teams for 2007. Camping World, based in Bowling Green, Ky., is the world's largest supplier of RV accessories and camping equipment with over 65 retail outlets in key regional locations. The multi-team program will include: Scott Wimmer in the #33 Camping World Chevy at the March 18 Kobalt Tools 500 Nextel Cup Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway; Clint Bowyer in the #07 Camping World Chevy at Nextel Cup Series events at New Hampshire International Speedway (July 1) and Pocono Raceway (Aug. 5); and Bowyer in the #2 Camping World Chevy in the Busch Series races at Phoenix (April 20), Talladega (April 28), the Camping World 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway (June 30) and Chicagoland Speedway (July 14). For more information go to campingworld.com.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(3-15-2007)

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