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THE RACE: The Sylvania 300

Nextel Cup Race #27 of 36 for the 2007 season

Chase #1 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, September 16, 2007 in Loudon, NH

  • Title Sponsor: Sylvania

  • Track: New Hampshire International Speedway

  • TV: ABC 2:00pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 1:00pm/et

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15pm/et

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Monday, September 17 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Monday, September 17 at 3:00pm/et on ESPN2
    Thursday, September 20 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday,September 20 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, September 21 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Mike Massaro, Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little

  • Studio: Brent Musburger, Suzy Kolber and Brad Daugherty

  • 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: $5,319,880 (was $5,259,809 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, September 14, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et TV-none; and Saturday, September 15, 9:00 - 9:50am/et TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 15, 11:30am - 12:30pm/et on TV-7:00pm/et via delay


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 14, 11:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, September 14 at 3:10pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • Nextel CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    FRIDAY, September 14
    8:00 a.m. Speedway Spectator Gates Open
    9:40 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Craftsman Truck Series Practice
    11:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Craftsman Truck Series Rookie Practice
    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Practice
    1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Craftsman Truck Series Final Practice
    3:10 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Qualifying for the SYLVANIA 300 (2 Laps, All Positions)
    4:40 p.m. Grand National Division, Busch East Series Driver Introductions
    5:10 p.m. Grand National Division, Busch East Series Aubuchon Hardware 125

    Saturday, September 15, 2007
    7:00 a.m. Speedway Spectator Gates Open
    8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. USAC Silver Crown Series Practice & Group Qualifying
    9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Nextel Cup Series Practice
    10:05 a.m. Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying (2 Laps, All Positions - IMPOUND)
    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Final Practice
    12:35 p.m. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Driver Introductions
    1:00 p.m. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire 100
    2:30 p.m. Craftsman Truck Series Driver Introductions
    3:00 p.m. Craftsman Truck Series New Hampshire 200 (200 Laps, 211.6 Miles)
    5:30 p.m. USAC Silver Crown Series Driver Introductions
    5:45 p.m. USAC Silver Crown Series New Hampshire 75 (75 Laps, 79.35 Miles)

    Sunday, September 16, 2007
    6:00 a.m. Speedway Spectator Gates Open
    1:30 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Driver Introductions for the SYLVANIA 300
    2:00 p.m. Nextel Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 (300 Laps, 317.4 Miles)

    key
    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = 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 -- 1,325, Right-side -- 1,325;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 350, Right-side -- 350

    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 75-80 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: This is Goodyear's flat-track/mile-track tire set-up for 2007 and was run at New Hampshire earlier this summer . . . this is the second consecutive race weekend that teams in each of these NASCAR series will be running this exact combination of left- and right-side tires . . . Nextel Cup teams ran these tire codes at Richmond last weekend, while Craftsman Truck teams ran them at Gateway two weeks ago . . . other major NASCAR tracks at which this tire combination has been run this season are Phoenix, Milwaukee and Indianapolis Raceway Park . . . also, this left-side tire code (D-4104) was run twice by Nextel Cup teams at Pocono in 2007 . . . as on most mile-tracks in NASCAR, 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 Area:
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

  • Bowyer wins at NHIS: #07-Clint Bowyer won the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway from the pole for the first win of his career in 64 races. He dominated most of the race, leading 222 laps on the day. #24-Gordon finished 2nd, followed by #20-Stewart, #5-Busch, #1-Truex, Jr., #48-Johnson, #17-Kenseth, #25-Mears, #12-Newman, and #18-Yeley. Other chase contenders: #99-Edwards was 11th, #11-Hamlin 15th, #29-Harvick 18th, #31-Burton 18th, and #2-Busch 25th. There were 7 cautions for 27 laps and 9 drivers led the race with 13 lead changes.
    Race Results on my New Hampshire Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after New Hampshire page.(9-16-2007)

  • The Chase Standings [after NHIS, race 27]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5210
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon 5210
    3) #20-Tony Stewart 5200 -10
    4) #07-Clint Bowyer 5195 -15
    5) #5-Kyle Busch 5175 -35
    6) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 5170 -40
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth 5156 -54
    8) #99-Carl Edwards 5147 -63
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin 5128 -82
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick 5122 -88
    11) #31-Jeff Burton 5119 -91
    12) #2-Kurt Busch 5108 -102
    For driver/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points page.(9-16-2007)

  • Unofficial "Classic" Driver Points Standings after New Hampshire [27 of 36 races]:
    (Traditional Points...the old way, not the Chase)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 4019
    2) #20-Tony Stewart 3707 -312
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin 3608 -411
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3589 -430
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth 3576 -443
    6) #99-Carl Edwards 3499 -520
    7) #5-Kyle Busch 3467 -552
    8) #31-Jeff Burton 3437 -582
    9) #07-Clint Bowyer 3374 -645
    10) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 3320 -699
    11) #29-Kevin Harvick 3267 -752
    12) #2-Kurt Busch 3248 -771
    13) #8-Earnhardt Jr. 3074 -945
    14) #12-Newman 3033 -986
    (9-16-2007)

  • Ramblings - New Hampshire:
    Clint Bowyer gets his first-ever NEXTEL Cup victory today in the Sylvania 300 at New Hamphshire International Speedway....and a more boring race you may never see!
    I guess this race was really over on Friday when Bowyer grabbed the pole, cause there sure wasn't any passing today. Bowyer led 222 of the 300 circuits to take his initial victory in his 64th career start....becoming the 4th first-timer of the season (Casey Mears, Martin Truex Jr, and Juan Pablo Montoya preceded him).
    In becoming the 15th different winner this season, Bowyer gets win #86 for Richard Childress, and is now tied for 116th on the all-time win list. We had 13 different drivers win last season and 15 in 2005.
    Bowyer also becomes the first Chase competitor to get his first win during the Chase....and it was worth $259,175 from the over $5.3M in posted awards.
    Jeff Gordon (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up when we were here in July.
    Casey Mears (8th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Chicagoland in July.
    Jamie McMurray (11th) had his best finish since he won at Daytona in July.
    Joe Nemechek (29th) had his best finish since he was 29th at Chicagoland in July.
    STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 8 Top-10's in the last 9 races. Jimmie Johnson has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
    The Rookie Report: David Ragan (19th) captures this award for the 12th time this season....he now leads Juan Pablo Montoya 12-11 in this category. He was followed by Montoya (23rd), Paul Menard (24th), David Reutimann (26th), and A. J. Allmendinger (33rd).
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a lonely Matt Kenseth (+23). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Elliott Sadler (-31), followed by Dave Blaney (-25), Kurt Busch (-22), and Regan Smith (-20). Kenseth has been Op five times already this season.....our leader in the "Shaft".
    We've got a tie at the top of the Chase points as Jeff Gordon made up those 20 points on his teammate Jimmie Johnson today. Kurt Busch plummets to the basement.
    In "Classic" Points, Gordon keeps that 312 margin over Tony Stewart. Reed Sorenson (25th to 23rd) made the best move forward today, while Kurt Busch (10th to 12th) and the absent Mark Martin (24th to 26th) were the only multiple position movers in the negative direction.(Stock Car Fans)(9-16-2007)

  • New Hampshire Fast Facts:
    .. Clint Bowyer won the Sylvania 300, his first victory in 64 NASCAR Nextel Series races.
    .. This is his 13th top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. Bowyer became the fourth first-time race winner this season, joining Casey Mears, Martin Truex Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya.
    .. Bowyer became the 18th driver to post victories in all three of NASCAR’s top series.
    .. This is his first top-10 finish in four races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    .. Jeff Gordon (second) posted his16th top-five finish of 2007 and his 15th top-10 finish in 26 races at New Hampshire.
    .. Tony Stewart (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 18 races at New Hampshire.
    .. David Ragan (19th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    .. Jimmie Johnson is tied with Jeff Gordon in championship points, both with 5,210 points, Johnson holds the number one position based on the tiebreaker of six wins to Gordon’s four.
    .. This is the fourth straight time that the first Chase race has been won by a Chase driver.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-16-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

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

  • 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)

    #07-Bowyer-C (1) (222 laps led) + 6.469 second lead
    #24-Gordon-C (18)
    #20-Stewart-C (6) (39 laps led)
    #5-Busch-C (12) (21 laps led), 25th
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (2) (1 lap led)
    #48-Johnson-C (4)
    #17-Kenseth-F (30)
    #25-Mears-C (15) (1 lap led)
    #12-Newman-D (5) (2 laps led)
    #18-Yeley-C (21)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie

    where did the rest of the Chasers finish?
    #99-Edwards-F (11), 12th
    #11-Hamlin-C (14), 15th
    #29-Harvick-C (8), 17th, 1 lap down
    #31-Burton-C (23), 18th, 1 lap down
    #2-Busch-D (3), 25th, 1 lap down
  • Pit Selection Chart page at:
    FoxSports - New Hampshire Pit Stall Selection

  • Cars on the lead lap: 16 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 29,31,6,9,96,43,42,15,2,00

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 66,70,78,21,7,10,84,88,22,01,45,19,38,98,4,40,83

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

  • Off track/out of race (0) and reason:
  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 leaders with 13 lead changes):
    #07-Bowyer (pole, 222);
    #20-Stewart (39);
    #5-Busch (21);
    #41-Sorenson (9);
    #8-Earnhardt, Jr. (4);
    #12-Newman (2);
    #1-Truex, Jr (1);
    #21-Schrader (1);
    #25-Mears (1);

  • Lap leaders: #07-Bowyer - pole; #07-Bowyer 1-37; #21-Schrader 38; #07-Bowyer 39-69; #20-Stewart 70-108; #07-Bowyer 109-140; #12-Newman 141-142; #25-Mears 143; #07-Bowyer 144-165; #5-Busch 166-186; #07-Bowyer 187-237; #1-Truex, Jr 238; #41-Sorenson 239-247; #8-Earnhardt, Jr. 248-251; #07-Bowyer 252-300

    Cautions: 7 for 27 laps

    Caution 7 - Laps 189 - 191: #22-Blaney spun in turn 2 after contact with #01-Smith. He made pretty good contact with the wall
    Caution 6 - Laps 181 - 184: #8-Earhnardt looped the car in turn 2. He stayed off the wall and didn't hit anything.
    Caution 5 - Laps 170 - 173: #41-Sorenson spun getting into turn 3, #21-Schrader spun behind him and ran through the grass.
    Caution 4 - Laps 165 - 168: #22-Blaney spun off turn 2, possibly after some contact with #84-Allmendinger.
    Caution 3 - Laps 150 - 153: Debris on the track
    Caution 2 - Laps 69 - 72: #4-WBurton got loose and spun in turn 1
    Caution 1 - Laps 37 - 40: Competition caution thrown by NASCAR

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 7: #19-Sadler, 38th
    Caution 6: #6-Ragan, 19th
    Caution 5: #15-Menard, 24th
    Caution 4: #42-Montoya, 23rd
    Caution 3: #2-Busch, 25th
    Caution 2: #88-Wallace, 34th
    Caution 1: #4-WBurton, 41st
    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
    1 #83 OL Running the stop & go sign/light 39
    2 #4 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 69
    3 #18 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 150
    4 #2 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 170
    5 #98 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 171
    6 #4 PT Outside half pit box tire violation 250
    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)(9-16-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)

    ---- #19-Sadler had to pit with 15 laps remaining with a bad battery
    ---- #7-Gordon slowed on lap 283 and pitted under green
    ---- #07- Bowyer reassumes the lead on lap 252 and has a lead of more than 3 seconds
    ---- Most of the green flag pit stops ahve conclude by lap 245. A handful of cars are still out including #41-Sorenson, #42-Montoya, and #8-Earnhardt, Jr.
    ---- #07-Bowyer gives up the lead on lap 238 to pit
    ---- Leaders start green flag pit stops on lap 235 with #48-Johnson and #17-Kenseth dropping off the track
    ---- On lap 227, #2-Busch went a lap down as engine problems continue.
    ---- #25-Mears gave up 5th place on lap 227 to pit. He was also off sequence.
    ---- #5-Busch gives up 2nd place to pit on lap 225. He's a little off schedule from the rest of the leader and needs to pit about 15 laps early
    ---- #2-Busch continues to have engine problems on lap 210. He's about a second a lap off the pace, but remains on the lead lap
    ---- On lap 208, #31-Burton continues to complain of a tight race car. He's currently running 17th.
    ---- #29-Harvick pitted under the 7th caution, giving up third place. He was out of sequence with most of the leaders
    ---- Under the 5th caution, #2-Busch team changed a spark plug during 2 separate pit stops
    ---- Pit stops all around under the 4th caution. Again a mix of 2 and 4 tires. #2-Busch comes back in and the crew raises the hood to check the motor again. #5-Busch stays out to take the lead.
    ---- #29-Harvick got his lap back after green flag pit stops and before the thrid caution came out. #2-Busch was the luck dog under the 3rd caution, so all chase contenders are back on the lead lap as of lap 152
    ---- Green flag pit stops ended on lap 145 and #07-Bowyer reassumed the lead
    ---- #70-Sauter also stall the car and had to be pushed out
    ---- #40-Stremme stalled the car on his pit stop and the crew had to push the car down pit road
    ---- Green flag pit stops begin on lap 137. #15-Menard is the first to pit
    ---- Lap 133, #29-Harvick has a flat right front and pits under green. He comes out the last car 1 lap down.
    ---- On lap 122, #2-Busch believes he has lost a cylinder. His lap times are start to slow slightly.
    ---- It took #07-Boywer 39 laps to make it back to the lead on lap 109. Stewart led 39 laps after the second round of pit stops
    ---- #22-Dave Blaney had a flat left rear tire on lap 91 and had to pit under green
    ---- Everyone is back in the pits during the second caution, 4 tires and fuel through most of the field. #20-Stewart came out first by taking 2 tires. #07-Bowyer fell to fourth.
    ---- On lap 60, #18-Yeley has some smoke coming out of the exhaust, but the car appears to be running fine
    ---- #10-Riggs had a left front tire go down on lap 48 after contact with #01-Smith. He lost a couple laps.
    ---- #83-Vickers was black flagged on lap 45 for running the paddle at the end of pit road during the first caution
    ---- Everyone came into the pits on the first caution. Mostly 4 tires and fuel, but #17-Kenseth took 2 tires to gain track position
    ---- #07-Bowyer has started to encounter lap traffic on lap 25 with #98-Said being the first driver to go down a lap
    ---- most drivers are taking it easy in the early laps to get a feel for the car since both practices were washed out yesterday
    ---- green flag at 2:17pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 2:09pm/et by Grand Marshal Charlie Jerabek, President of Sylvania
    ---- A competition caution is planned for lap 35
    ---- Military Flyover: cargo plane of some sort, where from, not mentioned
    ---- American National Anthem by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Kristine Rommell
    ---- Canadian National Anthem by Denise Doucette
    ---- weather = sunny/clear, 67°
    ---- To The Back [1]: #38-Gilliland [transmission chnage]


  • Race Coverage of the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 16, 2007.
    TV: ABC at 2:00pm/et [scheduled green flag around 2:15pm/et] and ESPN360.com.
    Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Countdown ABC at 1:00pm/et and NASCAR Raceday, SPEED ay 11:00am/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Monday, September 17 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Monday, September 17 at 3:00pm/et on ESPN2
    Thursday, September 20 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday,September 20 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, September 21 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Cup Practices Rained Out Saturday: Persistant rain at NHIS washed out all on track action for the Nextel Cup Series Saturday. CTS qualifying was also rained out. Weather is not expected to not be an issue Sunday for the race.(9-15-2007)

  • Clint Bowyer wins pole at New Hampshire: #07-Clint Bowyer won the Budweiser Pole for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway with a speed of 130.412mph for his 2nd pole of 2007 and the 2nd of his career. #1-Truex, Jr. qualified second with the rest of the top-10: #2-Busch, #48-Johnson, #12-Newman, #20-Stewart, #19-Sadler, #29-Harvick, #16-Biffle, and #22-Blaney (the highest go or go home driver). The rest of the non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #00-Reutimann, #4-Burton, #10-Riggs, #78-Nemechek, #84-Allmendinger, #83-Vickers, and #98-Said. #49-Andretti posted the 26th fastest time in qualifying but his time was disallowed after NASCAR determined the car was too low. See the qualifying results and starting lineup on my New Hampshire Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(9-14-2007)

  • Six do not qualify [DNQ] for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway: #44-Jarrett [26 race attempts / 41st in owner points], #06-Hornish [0/0], #36-Mayfield [26/44]; #55-Waltrip [26/46], #37-Lepage [25/49], and #49-Andretti [26/47].(9-14-2007)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #07-Bowyer, 130.412, starts 1st
    Dodge: #2-Busch, 130.011, starts 3rd
    Ford: #16-Biffle, 129.226, starts 9th
    Toyota: #22-Blaney, 129.164, starts 10th

  • Ramblings - New Hampshire:
    Clint Bowyer kicked off the Chase in style today.... Bowyer took the Bud Pole today at New Hampshire International Speedway for Sunday's Sylvania 300 with a time of 29.206 (130.412 mph) for his second career top-spot and second of the season (he led 'em to the green at Darlington back in May).
    Martin Truex Jr (2nd) ties his career-best starting spot this week. He also had the outside pole at Chicagoland in July.
    Kevin Harvick (8th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 8th at Daytona in July.
    Paul Menard (17th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 16th at Chicagoland in July.
    DON'T LEAVE YET BORIS!!! John Andretti's time was disallowed (they were too low in post-qual inspection) and Boris Said draws in at 43rd.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 7 Top-10 starts in a row. Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
    We had four sets of ties today (thanks to our buddy Dan Beaver for that heads-up)....and remember that a tie is broken by Owner Points. 6/7, 11/12, 27/28, and 40/41 were the spots.
    We had 49 cars take a time, and six got the early out. The Trouble Train included Dale Jarrett (his 10th dnq of the season), Sam Hornish Jr (his first attempt this season was futile), Jeremy Mayfield (their 16th dnq), Michael Waltrip (his 16th also), Kevin Lepage (that team's 23rd), and John Andretti (that team's 16th).
    The Chase starts this weekend so I hope your favorite is in it, or else he'll be relegated to the world of the unknown and irrelevant. Unless of course he wins. Then he'll get a small mention before we get the latest points rundown. Oh, and don't get in the way either.....(Stock Car Fans)(9-14-2007)

  • Richmond Qualifying Fast Facts:
    .. Clint Bowyer won the Bud Pole for the Sylvania 300 with a lap of 29.206 seconds, 130.412 mph.
    .. This is his second Bud Pole in 27 career Nextel Cup races.
    .. This is his second Bud Pole and eighth top-10 start in 2007.
    .. This is Bowyer’s first start better than 24th in four races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    .. Martin Truex Jr. posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 29.241 seconds, 130.255 mph. Truex has posted top-10 starts in three of his four New Hampshire races.
    .. Kurt Busch (third) posted his eight top-10 start in 14 New Hampshire races.
    .. Six of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Bowyer, Truex, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson (fourth), Tony Stewart (sixth) and Kevin Harvick (eighth).
    .. Dave Blaney (10th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. Paul Menard (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-14-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 14, 2007 at 3:10pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 3:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order List for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #70-Sauter is due out first on Friday, September 14 at 3:10pm/et on ESPN2, last driver scheduled out is #25-Mears. For the Qualifying order, see my New Hampshire Qualifying Results/Order Page.(9-14-2007)

  • Friday Practice: for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 129.410
    #07-Bowyer 129.143
    #2-Busch 128.928
    #41-Sorenson 128.841
    #12-Newman 128.710
    slowest: #7-Gordon 125.707 & #37-Lepage 125.257
    most laps run: #01-Smith, 51 laps
    incidents: #99-Edwards wrecked in turn 3 an hour into the session and will have to go to a backup
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #00-Reutimann 127.602 [13th fastest lap], 17 laps
    #22-Blaney 127.495 [14th], 21 laps run
    #49-Andretti 126.960 [16th], 15 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(9-14-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at New Hampshire
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #10-Scott Riggs, 6th fastest in practice
    #00-David Reutimann, 13th
    #22-Dave Blaney, 14th
    #49-John Andretti, 16th
    #06-Sam Hornish, 20th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 21st
    #4-Ward Burton, 37th
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 38th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 39th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 40th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 41st
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 45th
    #98-Boris Said, 47th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 49th
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(9-14-2007)

  • Entry List for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is posted, 49 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    some added drivers and driver change: The #21-Ford will have Ken Schrader in the car and guaranteed to make the race. The #88 is listed with Ricky Rudd in the car, but Kenny Wallace could sub for him again this week. Also #06-Sam Horish Jr. looks to make his Nextel Cup debut and Boris Said will be in a 4th GEM Dodge.
    And 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 (26/39)
    #06-Sam Hornish Jr. (0/0)
    #4-Ward Burton (25/41)
    #10-Scott Riggs (26/37)
    #22-Dave Blaney (26/36)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (26/42)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (25/47]
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (26/40)
    #49-John Andretti (26/45)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (26/44)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (26/43)
    #83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](26/38)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (26/46)
    #98-Boris Said (0/0)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,22,10,00,36,78,55
    missing the race would be [6]: #'s 49,84,4,37,06,98
    See the full list at my Jayski's New Hampshire Entry List
    (9-10-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
    #21 still 35th and increases its lead over the #22 to 19 points [was 4 last week
    33) #70-Sauter/Haas 2075, 150 pts ahead of 36th
    34) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 2013, +88
    35) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros. 1944, +19
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 1925, 4 pts behind 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1743, -201
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full owners pts rundown.(9-8-2007)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • 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

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

  • July 2007 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 108.215mph, started 11th

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

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


  • 2007 July Pole Sitter: #22-Dave Blaney, 129.437mph, finished 29th

  • 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: 11 - 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: 40, 7/1/2007

  • 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: 11 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 3 [of 25 races] 12.0%
  • 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: 2
  • 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 25 - 28.0%
  • Races won from the top 10: 13 of 25 - 52.0%

  • At New Hampshire International Speedway:
    • Groundbreaking for the New Hampshire International Speedway was August 13, 1989. The official opening was June 5, 1990 with the first race being a Busch Series race on July 15, 1990.
    • The first Nextel Cup race was held on July 11, 1993.
    • The first year of two-a-year races at New Hampshire was 1997.
    • All Nextel Cup races at New Hampshire have been scheduled for 300 laps.
    • There have been 25 Nextel Cup races since the track opened in 1993.
    • Mark Martin won the first Nextel Cup Bud Pole at New Hampshire in July 1993.
    • Rusty Wallace won the first Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire.
    • There have been 13 different Bud Pole winners, led by Ryan Newman (four). Qualifying has been canceled three times.
    • Sixteen different drivers have posted victories, led by Jeff Burton (four).
    • Jack Roush and Rick Hendrick have each won three races at New Hampshire, more than any other car owners.
    • Thirteen of 25 races at New Hampshire have been won from the top-10 starting positions, including three from the pole.
    • The farthest back a race winner started was 38th by Jeff Burton in 1999.
    • There has been one green-white-checkered finish at New Hampshire: July 2006 (308 laps).
    • Jeff Burton led all 300 laps raced in the 2000 fall race, only the third time in the modern era that a driver has led all of the laps in a race.
    • Ken Schrader is the only driver to sweep both poles (1997).
    • There have been six different races winners in the last six races at New Hampshire. Five of those winners are Chase drivers.
    • The driver that led the most laps has won the race at New Hampshire in 11 of the 25 races, including both races in 2006.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-11-2007)

    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
    2007: #11-Denny Hamlin, Chevy, 108.215, started 11th

    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
    2007: #22-Dave Blaney, Toyota, 129.437, finished 29th


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
    Race length: 317.4 miles for Nextel Cup (Busch and Truck races, 211.6)
    Laps Run: 300
    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 2007: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • September 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • NHIS sale to Roush-Fenway possible? UPDATE 2: New Hampshire International Speedway's president, Bob Bahre, confirmed to FOX Sports today that he and Boston Red Sox owner John Henry have had discussions in the past month about the sale of the Loudon track to Henry's Roush Fenway Racing. No deal has been made.(Union Leader)(9-10-2007)
    UPDATE: Fenway Sports president Mike Dee said buying the track in the future had been discussed, though not at length, between the Henry camp and that of Bob Bahre, who owns the track. "I won't deny that it has come up. But at this stage of the game, [portraying] that it's a live and intense discussion is grossly exaggerated. We're obviously new to the sport," Dee said. "I think that he's probably at a very early stage of understanding what he's going to do with it, and we're at an earlier stage of figuring out whether we're interested." Dee downplayed the discussions, saying that Bahre and Fenway Sports speak regularly about the business of racing. Beyond that, there is much Fenway Sports doesn't know about operating a race track, particularly how to wring revenue out of a facility that hosts major NASCAR races just twice a year. "I don't know the economics of the business enough. You can look at it and say if they had 15 races, it'd be better than two. I'd like to tell you that it was in my wheelhouse in terms of core competencies, but I haven't looked at it at all," he said.(Boston Globe)(9-11-2007)
    UPDATE 2: A day after speculation spread that Roush-Fenway had interest in buying NHIS from Bob Bahre, ESPN reported there was another potential suitor expressing his interest. Bruton Smith, whose Speedway Motorsports, Inc., owns six current Cup tracks, told the network that while nothing is imminent he'd like to buy the Loudon facility at some point in the future for the purpose of moving the first Chase race to his track in Las Vegas.(Concord Monitor)(9-13-2007)

  • 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)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Kenny back in the #88 at New Hampshire? UPDATE 2: hearing Kenny Wallace will once again sub for Ricky Rudd in the #88 Snickers Ford of Yates Racing. Rudd seperated his shoulder at California and Wallace ran the #88 at Richmond.(9-9-2007)
    UPDATE: Ricky Rudd plans on letting Robert Yates Racing know later Monday whether or not he will be able to drive this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway. Rudd is scheduled to meet with the Carolina Panthers training staff and re-evaluate his shoulder injury. Kenny Wallace is testing the #88 Snickers Ford Fusion today and tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway and would once again fill-in for Rudd, if he is unable to compete.(Ford Racing)(9-11-2007)
    UPDATE 2: The Nextel Cup Series travels New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend for the Sylvania 300. Kenny Wallace will pilot the Snickers Ford for the second week in a row while Ricky Rudd, who normally drives the #88, will not race this weekend as a result of a separated left shoulder injury he sustained at California Speedway. Wallace also went to Talladega Superspeedway this week to test the #88 Snickers Ford for a two day test session with the new Car of Tomorrow chassis which will make its superspeedway debut in October. Wallace’s best finish at New Hampshire is second which he accomplished in 1999.(RYR PR)(9-11-2007)

  • Schrader back in the #21 at NHIS UPDATE: Ken Schrader is listed as the driver of the #21 Little Debbie's Ford on the New Hampshire entry list, plus on SPEED's Inside Nextel Cup Schrader said he would drive the car at NHIS and also drive the #18 Dodge truck on the Craftsman Truck Series race there. Bill Elliott had been running the car, which had fallen out of the top-35 in owners points and had no guaranteed starting spot, so Elliott was brought in to have the safety net of the past champions provisional and to get the #21 in the top-35 which it has been the past two weeks, now 19 pts ahead of the #22 BDR team Dave Blaney drives for.(9-11-2007)
    UPDATE: With the Chase for the Championship set to get underway this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway, the Wood Brothers/JTG race team is proud to announce that driver Ken Schrader will return to the seat of the #21 Little Debbie Ford for the Sylvania 300. With a cushion for the second straight week in the top-35 owner points, the team is guaranteed a starting spot in the field and hopes to add to the margin. The driving duty of the #21 Ford is still a week-to-week decision based upon the latest owner points total. The team intends to take COT Chassis C-5 to the race this weekend, the same car that was used previously in the July New Hampshire event. Schrader is scheduled to pull double-duty at the New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend, as he will also carry on his regular driving duties in the #18 Fastenal Dodge in the Craftsman Truck Series event on Saturday afternoon. Ken Schrader, Driver of the #21 Little Debbie Ford: "I'm really excited to get back to driving the Little Debbie Ford. I think the time that I've spent racing in the Craftsman Truck Series and all of the personal racing, I've not only kept busy, but sharp. I look forward to working with Michael McSwain this weekend and see if we can't come up with a setup and a plan that keeps this team moving forward."(Wood Brothers/JTG Racing PR)(9-11-2007)

  • Hornish to run at NHIS in #06: Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the #06 Penske Truck Rental Dodge Avenger, will attempt to make his Nextel Cup Series debut at New Hampshire on Sunday in the Car of Tomorrow. This is Hornish's first run at the 1.058-mile oval. Although Hornish's 2008 plans have not been determined, the 28-year-old will attempt to qualify for no more than seven events, including each of the five remaining COT races with Roy McCauley leading the charge taking chassis PRS-512 to this weekend's Sylvania 300. This car was last driven by Kurt Busch at Phoenix in April where it started sixth and finished 18th. Hornish on New Hampshire International Speedway: "I'm excited about my first Cup race but there is definitely a lot of pressure. At this point, qualifying on Friday is our main concern. Hopefully we'll get it in. The COT cars are pretty good but they'll be even better if I make it in."(Penske Racing PR)(9-11-2007)

  • Hornish to run 5-6 races in the final 10 UPDATE: Sam Hornish Jr. plans to run five to six of the final 10 races in the Nextel Cup season for Penske Racing, team owner Roger Penske said on Saturday. Penske said the 2006 Indianapolis 500 champion, who is considering a full-time ride in Cup next season, will turn his focus to stock cars as soon as the Indy season ends on Sept. 9. Hornish's first Cup race could come in the championship Chase opener at New Hampshire International Speedway. "That's the game plan right now," Penske said before the start of the Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. "Obviously, he's got to qualify. But he did a good job at Michigan and if there is a chance to run cars every week, we'll see." Penske would like to keep Hornish's focus on Car of Tomorrow races -- New Hampshire, Dover, Talladega, Martinsville and Phoenix -- because that is the car NASCAR will use full time in 2008. "I told him the more experience you get the better you're going to be," Penske said. "We'll see."(ESPN.com)(8-25-2007)
    UPDATE: on SPEED's SPEED Report, Bob Dillner reported that Penske Racing driver Sam Horish Jr. will drive the five COT races that are in the final ten races in the Chase with plans to run Hornish full-time Cup in 2008. No word what the car number will be [#77? #72?] or if it will be a third team in 2008, but both #12-Ryan Newman and #2-Kurt Busch are signed thru at least 2008. Hornish will attempt to make his Nextel Cup debut this coming weekend at New Hampshire. Hornish has made eight career Busch Series starts in 2006-2007 with a best finish of 15th at Atlanta.(9-10-2007)

  • 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
    #01-Regan Smith Principal Financial Group #01 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam #7 Schemes Page
    #10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools #10 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx 'purple' Express #11 Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Mobil 1 #12 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Lumber Liquidators none...yet
    #40-David Stremme Energizer #40 Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte General Mills Characters #43 Schemes Page
    #66-Jeff Green HD Done Right #66 Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Marriott Vacation Club/Office Depot none...yet


  • Hamlin to run purple car at NHIS: In honor of FedEx and the 275,000 FedEx employees and contractors around the world, the #11 FedEx Express Chevy will carry an entirely purple paint scheme at New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend.(FedEx/Joe Gibbs Racing), see an image of the car on my #11 Team Schemes page.(9-13-2007)

  • Energizer on Board the #40 again: The #40 Dodge of David Stremme will sport the Energizer e2 Lithium paint scheme for a third time this season at New Hampshire. Stremme drove the scheme previously at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (finished 13th) and last weekend at Richmond (finished 19th). The dynamic silver and blue paint scheme will feature Energizer e2 Lithium, the World's Longest Lasting Battery in High Tech Devices, alongside the famous Energizer Bunny.(CGRFS), see an image of the car on my #40 Team Schemes page.(9-13-2007)

  • Special Scheme for Labonte at NHIS: This weekend Bobby Labonte has some visitors along for the ride for Sunday's New Hampshire 300 at the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway. General Mills characters Lucky, Trix, Sonny and Buzz Bee will make up the #43 Cheerios Racing/Trix, Lucky and Friends Dodge. It's the first time that all characters have shared the hood and sides of the #43 Petty Enterprises Dodge. Labonte, who will be dressed in the characters colors, will be making his 26th consecutive start at New Hampshire this weekend. Labonte made his 500th Nextel Cup career start last weekend and will be making his 499th consecutive start this weekend.(Petty Racing PR), see an image of the car on my #43 Team Schemes page.(9-11-2007)

  • Different look for the #66 in September, Green wins wager: The #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy is sporting a different look this weekend. Beginning at California Speedway and continuing through the September 16th race at New Hampshire International Speedway, the #66, driven by Jeff Green, will carry a special Best Buy "HD Done Right" paint design. Best Buy, the primary sponsor of the #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy in a number of events this season, is promoting its expertise in the area of high-definition (HD) televisions and home theaters with the pledge, "HD Done Right." The pledge, along with the yellow Best Buy tag logo, will appear on the hood of the #66 entry. In addition, the car will be painted a lighter shade of blue than what is usually seen on the Best Buy-sponsored entry, and will display special graphics on the car's sides and quarter panels, along with the logos of Samsung HDTV, Comcast and Garmin, associate sponsors of the #66 Best Buy machine. When Jeff Green drove his #66 Samsung HDTV / Best Buy Chevy past Tony Raines' #96 DLP HDTV Chevy on the final lap at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend, Green gained more than just a position - he also won a friendly wager. Green and Raines agreed that whichever driver finished lower in the Bristol race must wear a hat advertising the other driver's team and sponsor this weekend at California Speedway. Green's last lap pass means Raines will sport a #66 Best Buy racing hat for the Labor Day weekend event. In addition to occupying the primary sponsor position on the #66 Chevy, the yellow Best Buy tag logo will also be displayed on the quarter panels of Raines' #96 DLP HDTV Chevyat California Speedway.(GMR Marketing PR), see image of the scheme on my #66 Team Schemes page.(8-29-2007)

  • Principal to sponsor Ginn Racing in 2007: The Principal Financial Group, the nation’s 401(k) leader1 and premiere benefits provider, announced today that its expanded relationship with Ginn Racing will include a two-race primary sponsorship of the #01 Chevy, co-driven by Mark Martin and Regan Smith during the 2007 Nextel Cup season. The sponsorship calls for Mark Martin to race the Principal Financial Group Chevy:
    at Daytona International Speedway on July 7
    and for Regan Smith to race in the Principal Financial Group colors on Sept. 16 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    The Principal will serve as a season-long associate sponsor on Martin and Smith’s #01, and on Joe Nemechek’s #13 and Sterling Marlin’s #14 Ginn Racing Chevys. “Following the excitement of Mark Martin’s close second place finish in the Daytona 500, the Principal Financial Group is thrilled to support his return to Daytona International Speedway,” said Mary O’Keefe, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the Principal Financial Group. “With Mark mentoring Regan Smith, The Principal is also proud to provide an edge to the next generation of NASCAR.” The Principal first joined Ginn Racing in August 2006 as an associate sponsor on Marlin’s Waste Management Chevy. The company increased its sponsorship in November when The Principal served as primary sponsor of Marlin’s #14 and Nemechek’s #01 Chevys during the Nextel Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The U.S. Army, Martin’s and Smith’s primary sponsor for the balance of the 2007 Nextel Cup season, will have associate sponsor status on the #01 car in both Daytona and New Hampshire.(Businesswire.com)(3-5-2007)

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


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