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3:10 p.m. NSCS Qualifying for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 (2 Laps, All Positions)

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Sunday June 29
7:00 a.m. Speedway Spectator Gates Open

1:30 p.m. NSCS Driver Introductions for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301

2:00 p.m. NSCS LENOX Industrial Tools 301 (301 Laps, 318.485 Miles)


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THE RACE: Lenox Industrial Tools 301

Sprint Cup Race #17 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, June 29, 2008 in Loudon, NH

  • Title Sponsor: Lenox Industrial Tools

  • Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:17pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TNT 2:00 pm/et

  • TNT's Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: 12:30 - 2:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, June 19 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, June 19 at 1:30pm/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
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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, June 27, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Saturday, June 28, 9:00 - 9:45pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 28, 11:45am - 12:45pm/et on TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, June 27, 11:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, June 27 at 3:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at ?;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • KURT Busch wins at New Hampshire: #2-Kurt Busch won the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 for his 1st win of 2008 and the 18th of his career and Busch has now won at least a race a year for ther last 6 years. His last win came at Michigan in August 2007, 29 races ago. The race was called on lap 284 of 301 after a wreck, then the rains came. #55-Michael Waltrip finished 2nd, his best finish and first top five since a 5th at Pocono in June 2005. #96-J.J. Yeley was 3rd for his 2nd career top-five finish and best finish since a 2nd at Charlotte last October. #1-Truex Jr. and #19-Sadler rounded out the top five. #41-Sorenson finished 6th, followed by #5-Mears, #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson and #43-Labonte. #99-Edwards was the best finishing Ford driver at 17th. #20-Stewart led the most laps with 132 but a late caution before the rain came, mixed up the field and he finished 13th. #88-Earnhardt Jr. wrecked and finished 24th. #18-Kyle Busch was never in contention during the race, was running around 17th when he and #42-Montoya tangled AFTER the caution, spinning both, with Busch finishing 25th and his points lead drops to 64 points over #31-Burton, who finished 12th. #42-Montoya finished 32nd and was penalized two laps for rough driving [he admitted on TV he spun Busch on purpose]. Pole sitter #10-Patrick Carpentier finished 31st. There were 7 cautions for 33 laps and their were 9 lead changes among 8 drivers.
    For race results, awards and more, see my New Hampshire Race Results Awards Page.(6-29-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after New Hampshire race 17 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 2496 [5 wins]
    2) #31-Jeff Burton 2432 -64 [1 win]
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2352 -144 [1 win]
    4) #99-Carl Edwards 2262 -234 [3 wins]
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2220 -276 [1 win]
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon 2171 -325
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin 2150 -346 [1 win]
    8) #16-Greg Biffle 2119 -377
    9) #20-Tony Stewart 2042 -454 [41 pts]
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne 2031 -465 [2 wins][30 pts]
    11) #07-Clint Bowyer 2021 -475 [1 win][20 pts]
    12) #29-Kevin Harvick 2016 -480 [15 pts ahead of 13th
    other chase contenders
    13) #17-Matt Kenseth 2001 -495 [15 pts out of the chase]
    14) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 1945 -551 [-71]
    15) #12-Ryan Newman 1905 -591 [-111]
    16) #83-Brian Vickers 1903 -593 [-113]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after New Hampshire page.(6-29-2008)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway Fast Facts
    .. Kurt Busch won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, his 18th victory in 273 Sprint Cup Series races.
    .. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. This is his third victory and sixth top-10 finish in 15 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    .. Michael Waltrip (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 25 races at New Hampshire. It is his first top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. J.J. Yeley (third) posted his first top-five and third top-10 finish in 14 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    .. Regan Smith (27th) was the highest finishing rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-29-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Daytona:
    no changes in the top 35, but the #00 and #77 drop to 25 points ahead
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    30) #22-Blaney/Davis Racing: 1394 +125
    31) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing: 1378 +109
    32) #01-Smith/DEI: 1345, +76
    33) #7-Gordon/Gordon: 1329 +60
    34) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1294 +25
    35) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1294 20 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1269 25 points out of 35th
    37) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing: 1137 -157
    38) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1133 -159
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(6-29-2008)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #40 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 87
    2 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 140
    3 #40 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 205
    4 #16 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 206
    5 #6 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 273
    6 #6 Safety violation MCI 274
    7 #8 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 281
    8 #88 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 281
    9 #18 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 281
    10 #8 Safety violation MCI 284
    11 #42 Safety violation - rough driving 2 Laps 284
    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)(6-29-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #78-Nemechek, 20th
    Caution 2: #10-Carpentier, 31st
    Caution 3: #8-Almirola, 23rd
    Caution 4: #41-Sorenson, 6th
    Caution 5: #19-Sadler, 5th
    Caution 6: #16-Biffle, 21st
    Caution 7: #7-Gordon, 26th
    (6-29-2008)

  • To The Back [2]: #55-Waltrip [engine change]; #8-Almirola [trans change]

  • Race Coverage of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 29, 2008.
    TV: TNT at 12:30pm/et, pre-race; 2:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, July 3 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, July 3 at 1:30pm/et


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Pit Stall selections: pole sitter #10-Patrick Carpentier got the first pit stall selection for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and chose the 1st pit stall. Outside pole sitter, #43-Bobby Labonte chose the next stall with an opening in front of it, stall 19, #29-Harvick chose stall 18. See the full pit stall selections on my New Hampshire Pit Stall Selection page.(6-28-2008)

  • PRACTICE NOTES I have not way of getting and have not seen ANY site that does 10-15 laps averages or showing what lap is the slowest. Sometimes the NASCAR Leaderboard Average speeds are posted here, if they are accurate. Sometimes if the drivers slow a lap, the average laps gets messed up and will not be posted. What you see posted is the best I could find, no need to email and ask for other practice stats, this is all I can find.


  • Happy Hour practice: for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #42-Montoya 127.316
    #48-Johnson 127.202
    #41-Sorenson 127.163
    #29-Harvick 127.159
    #16-Biffle 126.977
    slowest: #45-Labonte 125.154 and #22-Nlaney 125.191
    See laps run, best speeds on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds Page.(6-28-2008)

  • The first Saturday practice: for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #42-Montoya 126.829
    #40-Franchitti 126.698
    #41-Sorenson 126.669
    #18-Busch 126.542
    #24-Gordon 126.509
    slowest: #45-Labonte 124.065 & #22-Blaney 124.801
    See laps run, ave speeds, best speeds on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds Page.(6-28-2008)

  • Carpentier on pole at New Hampshire: #10-Patrick Carpentier won the Coor's Light Pole for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 129.776mph for his first career pole in 17 races. Carpentier is the first rookie to win a pole since Denny Hamlin captured the top starting spot for the 2006 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway (62 races ago). Qualifying was delayed an hour and 45 minutes due to rain, 24 cars had made qualifying runs up to that point. #18-Kyle Busch was on the tracks when the rain came and was allowed to take his run over. #43-Labonte will start 2nd followed by #29-Harvick, #66-Riggs, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #41-Sorenson, #40-Franchitti, #1-Truex Jr., #17-Kenseth and #84-Allmendinger.
    The Go-or-go homers [non top 35 in owners pts] to make the race: #10-Carpentier, #66-Riggs, #40-Franchitti, #84-Allmendinger, #96-Yeley, #45-Labonte, #70-Sauter and #78-Nemechek. Missing the race are #34-Raines and #21-Ambrose.
    For the starting linup, qualifying results, order, pole progression, see my New Hampshire Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(6-27-2008)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway Qualifying Fast Facts
    .. Patrick Carpentier won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 with a lap of 29.349 seconds, 129.776 mph.
    .. This is his first pole in 17 career Sprint Cup races. He was also the highest qualifying rookie.
    .. This is his second top-10 start in 2008 and was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. This is Carpentier’s first career race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    .. Bobby Labonte (second) posted his best start since he started second in the 2003 season finale at Homestead. It is his fourth top-10 in 2008 and his 14th in 26 races at New Hampshire.
    .. Kevin Harvick (third) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2008 and his eighth in 15 New Hampshire races.
    .. Dario Franchitti (seventh), also making his first career start at New Hampshire, posted his career-best start.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-27-2008)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #00-Michael McDowell, 126.846, starts 38th
    #01-Regan Smith, 127.872, starts 25th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 129.776, starts 1st
    #40-Dario Franchitti, 128.251, starts 7th
    #77-Sam Hornish, 128.251, starts 20th

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #29-Harvick, 128.976, starts 3rd
    Dodge: #10-Carpentier, 129.776, starts 1st
    Ford: #17-Kenseth, 128.624, starts 9th
    Toyota: #84-Allmendinger, 128.624, starts 10th

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 27, 2008 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: 8:00pm/et and 3:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #12-Newman, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #17-Kenseth. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #40-Franchitti, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #21-Ambrose. See the full qualifying order on my New Hampshire Qualifying Page.(6-27-2008)

  • Friday practice for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #29-Harvick 128.697
    #48-Johnson 128.558
    #42-Montoya 128.550
    #07-Bowyer 128.459
    #9-Kahne 128.433
    slowest: #00-McDowell 123.952 and #55-Waltrip 124.601
    See the practice speeds, laps run, bets lap and ave speeds on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds page.(6-27-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #40-Dario Franchitti, 13th fastest
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 18th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 20th
    #70-Johnny Sauter, 28th
    #96-J.J. Yeley, 31st
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 37th
    #66-Scott Riggs, 39th
    #45-Terry Labonte [PC1], 40th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #34-Tony Raines, 42nd
    #21-Marcos Ambrose, 43rd
    See the practice speeds, laps run, bets lap and ave speeds on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds page.(6-27-2008)

  • Entry List for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (16/40)
    #21-Marocs Ambrose (16/43)
    #34-Tony Raines (15/45)
    #40-Dario Franchitti (16/39)
    #45-Terry Labonte (16/41)[champ prov 1]
    #66-Scott Riggs (16/36)
    #70-Johnny Sauter (16/44)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (16/42)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (16/37)
    #96-J.J. Yeley (16/38)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 45,66,84,96,40,10,78,21
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 70,34
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's New Hampshire Entry List
    (6-23-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
    no changes in the top 35, but the #41 & #7 teams are closer to falling out
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    30) #01-Smith/DEI, 1,263, +55
    31) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing, 1,257 +49
    32) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing, 1,251, +43
    33) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing, 1,248, +40
    34) #7-Gordon/Gordon, 1,239 +31
    35) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing, 1,228, +20 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing, 1,208, -20 points out of 35th
    37) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing, 1,099 -129
    38) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing, 972 -256
    39) #40-Franchitti/Ganassi Racing 947 -281
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(6-22-2008)

  • 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 Sprint 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)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint 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 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Race Speed Record: Jeff Burton, 117.134, 7/13/1997

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

  • Sept 2007 Race Winner: #07-Clint Bowyer, 110.475, started 1st

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, 133.357mph, 9/12/2003

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

  • 2007 Sept Pole Sitter: #07-Clint Bowyer, 130.412mph, finished 1st


  • Slowest Race Record: Ricky Rudd, 87.619, 7/1994

  • 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: 12 - 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 7/21/2002

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 9/17/2000

  • Most Leaders: 15, 7/14/1996

  • Fewest Leaders: 1 - 9/17/2000

  • Most Cautions: 17, 7/10/1994

  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 7/13/1997

  • Most Caution Laps: 78, 7/10/1994

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 10 - 7/13/1997

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 30, 7/21/2002

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 7 - 7/11/1993

  • Most Running at the Finish: 43, 9/16/2007

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 30 - twice, most recently 9/17/2000

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 300 [of 300], Jeff Burton, 9/17/2000

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 2, Jeff Burton, 7/11/1999

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 12 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 4 [of 26 races] 15.4%
  • 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: 8 of 26 - 30.8%
  • Races won from the top 10: 14 of 26 - 53.8%

  • At New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
    • Groundbreaking for the New Hampshire Motor Speedway was Aug. 13, 1989. It was the first superspeedway to be constructed in the United States since 1969.
    • The official opening was June 5, 1990 with the first race being a Nationwide Series race on July 15, 1990.
    • The track’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held on July 11, 1993.
    • There have been 26 Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one a year from 1993 through 1996 and two-a-year since.
    • Four drivers have competed in all 26 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek.
    • Mark Martin won the first Sprint Cup pole.
    • Rusty Wallace won the first Sprint Cup race.
    • There have been 14 different pole winners, led by Ryan Newman (four).
    • 17 different drivers have posted victories led by Jeff Burton (four).
    • Jimmie Johnson (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004) are the only drivers that have posted season sweeps. Those are also the only back-to-back winners.
    • Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports have each won six races, more than any other organization.
    • Chevrolet has won 12 New Hampshire races – including five of the past six.
    • 14 of 26 races have been won from the top 10 starting positions, including four from the pole.
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner started was 38th, by Jeff Burton in 1999.
    • There has been one postponed/re-scheduled race at New Hampshire. The 2001 fall race – the season finale – was run in November, after being rescheduled following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
    • Qualifying at New Hampshire has been canceled three times: September 2001, July 2003 and September 2004.

    • Prior to this weekend’s race, all Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been scheduled for 300 laps. This Sunday’s race is scheduled for 301 laps.
    • Jeff Burton led all 300 laps raced in the 2000 fall race.
    • Denny Hamlin has an average finish of 6.5 in four races at New Hampshire – the best of any driver with more than one race there. He has one victory, three top-10s and a worst finish of 15th. Hamlin has led in three of his four races.
    • The driver that led the most laps has won the race at New Hampshire in 12 of the 26 races, including three of the last four.
    • There have been seven different pole winners in the past eight New Hampshire races (qualifying was canceled once in the eight-race period).
    • There have been seven different race winners in the past seven New Hampshire races.(NASCAR Statistics)

    PREVIOUS NHMS RACE/POLE WINNERS

    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

    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
    2007: #07-Clint Bowyer, Chevy, 110.475, 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
    2007: #07-Clint Bowyer, Chevy, 130.412, finished 1st


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #6-David Ragan AAA Insurance/Boston Red Sox #6 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Berlin City Auto Group #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
    #15-Paul Menard Menard's/Sylvania #15 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Best Buy/Hancock [movie] none...yet
    #31-Jeff Burton LENOX Industrial Tools #31 Team Schemes Page
    #40-Dario Franchitti Guitar Hero: Aerosmith #40 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Terry Labonte Victory Junction Gang Camp none...yet
    #70-Johnny Sauter Atlas Copco #70 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards DISH Network #99 Team Schemes Page


  • Atlas Copco Compressors Primary Sponsor of the #70 at New Hampshire: Atlas Copco Compressors LLC will sponsor the #70 Haas Automation Sprint Cup Series car for the second consecutive year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 29. “We are excited about our continuing partnership with Haas CNC Racing,” said Jim Bruce, Atlas Copco’s Eastern Regional Vice President. “Our two organizations share a passion for innovation and a commitment to developing technology that will improve everyday lives.” Crucial to this racing partnership is Atlas Copco's global experience with wind tunnel and leading edge technologies, as well as local engineering support provided through Atlas Copco Compressors, whose North American headquarters is located in Rock Hill, S.C. The partnership between Atlas Copco and Haas CNC Racing extends off the track through the recent construction of a state-of-the-art, $40 million wind tunnel in Concord, N.C. The wind tunnel is the only one of its kind available for rent by racing teams and manufacturers. 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 race car. It is the most accurate and aerodynamic road simulation possible in the industry today and it offers repeatability that is critical to gathering valid, usable data. Data gathered in the controlled conditions of a wind tunnel can be applied by racing teams to improve the aerodynamics of racecars. “With fierce competition in the Sprint Cup Series, drivers and teams look for every possible advantage,” said Johnny Sauter, who drives for Haas CNC Racing. “Our relationship with Atlas Copco gives us the ability to test and refine design concepts in the wind tunnel so they’re already at a high state of development the first time they see a speedway.” Atlas Copco is a world leading provider of industrial productivity solutions. More info about Atlas Copco at atlascopco.com, airforwinners.com or classzero.com.(Atlas Copco PR), see images of the car on my #70 Team Schemes page.(6-26-2008)

  • Red Sox scheme for Ragan at NHMS UPDATE: #6-David Ragan will run at AAA Insurance/Boston Red Sox scheme at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. See the scheme on my #6 Team Schemes page.(6-24-2008)
    UPDATE: Roush Fenway Racing announced that two Ford Fusions bearing the Boston Red Sox marks will compete at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) in Loudon, N.H. on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29. The #6 AAA/Red Sox Ford Fusion driven by Roush Fenway Racing’s David Ragan, will compete in NASCAR’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Race on Sunday, June 29 and the #60 Under Armour/Red Sox Ford Fusion driven by Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards will race in the Nationwide Camping World RV Sales 200 presented by RVs.com on Saturday, June 28. This announcement marks an evolution of last year’s successful cross-sports promotional program between NASCAR and Major League Baseball (MLB) that featured Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards racing a special #99 Red Sox/Lumber Liquidators/Gillette Ford in 2007’s Sprint Cup Series’ LENOX Industrial Tools 300. As Red Sox sponsors, AAA Southern New England and Under Armour had a special opportunity to utilize Boston Red Sox marks for marketing and promotional activation at this weekend’s NASCAR races in Loudon through a regional sponsorship agreement with Roush Fenway Racing. These rights allow the two companies to leverage their association with the team to feature the Red Sox mark on the #6 and #60 cars. In addition to being featured on the Roush Fenway Racing entries, the sponsors will activate their sponsorship by tapping into Roush Fenway Racing’s public relations and marketing services to reach a broader audience of NASCAR fans. AAA Southern New England is leveraging its relationship with Roush Fenway Racing and the Red Sox to increase visibility for its safe-driving programs, generate exposure for its new AAA mobile navigational application and to connect with Red Sox Nation and NASCAR fans throughout its New England territory. Earlier this week, AAA Southern New England launched a program designed to capitalize on the synergy between the Red Sox and Roush Fenway Racing fan base with the “Races & Bases” online sweepstakes. This integrated promotion provides one lucky fan with the opportunity to watch a Red Sox game with #6 driver Ragan and attend the September race at NHMS. Nationally, AAA is the primary sponsor of Roush Fenway Racing’s #6 car and the official auto insurance for International Speedway Corp. tracks.(Roush Racing) See the scheme on my #6 Team Schemes page(6-26-2008) Comment here

  • Sadler's #19 to feature movie: In conjunction with Best Buy and Sony Pictures Entertainment, the #19 Dodge of Elliott Sadler will carry the movie title "Hancock" on the hood and rear bumper in New Hampshire. Starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron, the movie debuts in theaters on July 2. All Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodges will carry a decal in New Hampshire honoring NHRA driver Scott Kalitta who died last weekend in a racing accident.(GEM PR)(6-26-2008)

  • Sylvania on the hood of the #15 at NHMS: Menards Racing will feature Sylvania on the hood of it's #15 Menards/Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevy that Paul Menard will drive during this weekend's LENOX Industrial Tools "301". Sylvania is based in nearby Danvers, Massachusetts and has been a partner sponsor of Menards Racing since 2004.(Co-Pillott PR). See image of the scheme on my #15 Team Schemes page.(6-26-2008)

  • LENOX scheme for Burton at NHMS: LENOX's associate sponsorship of RCR's #31 Chevy kicks into high gear this weekend in New Hampshire as Burton and the #31 team transform their bright orange #31 AT&T Chevy into a red, white and blue LENOX racing machine for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. LENOX produces band saw blades, sawing fluids, hand power tool accessories in over 70 countries around the world. In addition to the added mile in this weekend's LENOX Industrial Tools 301, LENOX has kicked off their Extra Mile Hero contest where LENOX customers can nominate the hero in their life who have gone the extra mile either in their job or community. The contest winner could receive up to a half a million dollars with a matching gift awarded to their charity of choice. Complete LENOX Extra Mile Hero contest details are available at www.lenoxhero.com.(RCR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #31 Team Schemes page.(6-25-2008)

  • Berlin City Auto Group to sponsor #10 at NHMS: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced that Berlin City Auto Group - serving consumer automotive needs in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont - will sponsor Patrick Carpentier's #10 Dodge at the June 29 Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "It's really special to have a company the New England race fans will immediately recognize on our car," said Carpentier, an open wheel veteran in his first full NASCAR season. "We plan to put on a good show and help them sell some cars." The Berlin City Auto Group, with dealerships throughout New England, specializes in the sales, service and parts for eighteen automotive manufacturers and pre-owned vehicles. The Berlin City Auto Group ensures their excellence in customer service with their over the top care by down to earth people. "We are excited to be part of the New England community and to serve the automotive needs of its residents. We're proud to sponsor the #10 Gillett Evernham Dodge at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and wish Patrick the best," said Rod Buscher, president of Berlin City Auto Group.(GEM PR)(6-23-2008) Comment here

  • Guitar Hero to be featured on #40 at New Hampshire..image: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced it has partnered with Activision and its long-time sponsor Target to feature the latest version of the Guitar Hero series, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, on Dario Franchitti’s #40 Dodge in the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on June 29. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, which will be released June 29, is the latest installment from the Activision franchise that was the top-selling video game in 2007. The game puts players in the shoes of Joe Perry (guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar) and Tom Hamilton (bass), as they rock out alongside front man Steven Tyler and drummer Joey Kramer. Gamers will experience Aerosmith’s Grammy winning career, from their first gig to becoming rock royalty while jamming to the band’s top songs.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), see an image of the scheme on my #40 Team Schemes page(6-18-2008) Comment here

  • Atlas Copco to sponsor #70 at NHMS: Atlas Copco Compressors is proud to continue its partnership with Haas CNC Racing for the 2008 Sprint Cup Season. Atlas Copco's 2008 program consists of primary sponsorship of the #70 Chevy by Jeremy Mayfield for the June 29th race at New Hampshire and secondary sponsorship throughout the season. Jim Bruce, Atlas Copco's Regional VP, says he's very happy looking back at the company's first year in NASCAR in 2007 and even more excited about the preparations underway for the #70 team in 2008. "Our involvement with both Haas CNC Racing and the Windshear Inc wind tunnel project has brought tremendous exposure of Atlas Copco Compressors to a very broad audience from local grass roots fans to global B-2-B partners. We are working very hard to achieve Atlas Copco's vision to become and remain First in Mind First in Choice of its customers and other key stakeholders." For additional information visit atlascopco.us.(Atlas Copco Compressors), since Mayfield was released in April, supposedly Johnny Sauter will be in the car at NHMS.(1-3-2008)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
    Race length: 318.46 miles for Sprint Cup
    Laps Run: 301
    Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Straights: 2 degrees
    Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
    Grandstand Seating: 95,491

    Opened: 1990 (first Sprint Cup event 1993)

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: LENOX Industrial Tools Heroes - Claude Walker & Michael Williamson
    Command to start engines: LENOX Industrial Tools Heroes - Claude Walker & Michael Williamson
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Brad Polver - Hagemer Co. & Glenn Tatro - Lenox Industrial Tools
    Invocation: MRO
    National Anthem: Dan Clark - Massachusetts State Police
    Military Flyover: NH Air National Guard, Portsmouth, NH - KC 135
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: nhms.com

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

  • Last Year: see my New Hampshire July Race Info page

  • Last Year: see the New Hampshire September Race Info page


  • Sellout at New Hampshire: Today's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a sellout. As a matter of fact, it has been 27 straight years that there has been a Sprint Cup race sellout here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. There's standing room only on the backstretch.(Portland Press Herald)(6-29-2008)

  • Elephant Race Removed from Pre-Race Show Line-up at NHMS: Due to last-minute permit issues, the elephant race scheduled as part of the pre-race activities Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been cancelled. "We didn't know until late yesterday that there were pachyderm permits required to move an elephant across state lines, and apparently, there are some health certifications required as well," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "We're disappointed, but we simply don't have the time to comply properly with all the federal procedures. Even without elephants frolicking on the frontstretch, race fans will still see the most entertaining pre-race show in the history of the track Sunday with the Kansas concert and motorcycle stunt show."(NHMS PR)(6-28-2008)

  • Limited Number of Tickets for New Hampshire: A limited number of grandstand tickets are available for Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Tickets start at $60. Guests who purchase tickets by Wednesday will be eligible to win a $500 Sunoco gas card, watch the SYLVANIA 300 from a luxury suite, or have their mortgage or rent paid until December, 2008. Once all grandstand seats are sold, standing-room tickets will be made available before the start of Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301. "There seems to be some confusion by race fans that we are already sold out for Sunday," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "Though we are close to a sellout, we do have a limited number of tickets remaining, and we want to get that message out and encourage people to buy their tickets from our box office and not scalpers." Tickets are also available for Friday's Heluva Good! Pole Day activities, and Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World 200 presented by RVs.com, which includes the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100. Tickets start at $25 for adults. For more information, or to purchase tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 week events, go online to www.nhms.com or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(6-24-2008)

  • Record Purse Totaling Nearly $7 Million Posted for New Hampshire week: Featuring one of the most lucrative purses per-mile in NASCAR racing, drivers competing in the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 week of events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will race for their share of a record purse that totals close to $7 million. The posted prize money of $6,977,328 awaits competitors among four NASCAR touring divisions. The purses for all series have increased from last June's races, and are the highest in New Hampshire Motor Speedway history. "Our NASCAR Sprint Cup purse is the sixth largest, per-mile, on the series schedule to date," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager for the speedway. "They are racing in the seventh largest market (Boston) for a big payout in front of very loyal New England race fans. I can't wait for the green flag to drop next weekend!" Competitors participating in the NASCAR Sprint Cup LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 29, will race to claim their take of $5,383,710. For more information, or to purchase tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29, and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14, go online to www.nhms.com or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931. All ticket holders for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 who purchase a ticket prior to Wednesday, June 25, 2008 will be eligible to win a $500 Sunoco gas card, watch the SYLVANIA 300 from a luxury suite, or have their mortgage or rent paid until December, 2008.(NHMS PR)(6-24-2008)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway Introduces New Tram System: Race fans visiting New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Week activities will find it easier to navigate around the 1,100-acre complex with the introduction of a new Disney-like tram system. The tram system, similar to that offered to visitors at Walt Disney World, will move guests from the parking and camping lots to grandstand area, providing a more efficient route to and from the races. This system, which features 10 trams and a designated route around New Hampshire Motor Speedway property, is being implemented as the initial step in New Hampshire Motor Speedway's efforts to place 'Fans First', according to speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens. Manufactured in Iowa by Featherlite, and sponsored by Nationwide, the five tandem trams seat 65 guests each, and will run continuously throughout the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 event weekend, starting on Friday, June 27. The trams will follow three different routes, which will service almost every corner of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway property. It is estimated that over 20,000 fans will be shuttled in the trams each day. In addition, more than 60 buses will be used to shuttle fans from outer parking areas as well. For more information on the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29, and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14, please visit us online at www.nhms.com or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS PR)(6-22-2008)

  • Fans Will Notice Improvements at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: At first glance, fans attending the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 might not recognize New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but one look up and there is no doubt that they will know where they are. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is undergoing a new and improved look. Fans who pass the speedway are sure to notice the obvious improvements to the signs facing Route 106. The Main, North and South entrances are now marked with bigger and brighter signs, including modern, electronic message boards on two of the signs. Branding of New Hampshire Motor Speedway is evident on elevator towers, along the face of the VIP Suites and the main entrance. In addition, a new design is featured on the infield tunnel entrance and exit. Inside the property, upgrades continue. The grandstands will be identified with larger banners, making it easier for fans to find their seats. The bathrooms and concessions stands are now color-coded for easier identification. Additionally, 200 portable restrooms will be available during the event weekends. Routes around the property have been paved and redefined for more efficient traffic flow, and to enable lanes for the new tram system. New directional signage has been erected to guide guests out of the property after the race. The cosmetic enhancements are impressive, but less obvious changes will also make for a more enjoyable experience. Upgrades have been made to the PA system and the television compound to improve the fan experience. Besides being responsible to its guests, New Hampshire Motor Speedway also recognizes its need to be a good neighbor in the community. In an effort to be more 'green', all of dumpsters on property have been replaced with a new sealed system that keeps waste contained and is eventually transported off property. There is no doubt that New Hampshire Motor Speedway has transformed from the inside out. But no matter what it looks like, New Hampshire Motor Speedway's main focus still remains the same - to give the fans the best possible experience every time they come to visit. Tickets are still available for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29, and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14. For more information, visit online at www.nhms.com or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS PR)(6-21-2008)

  • Pit Passes remain at New Hampshire: A limited number of Pre-Race Pit Passes remain available for fans to purchase prior to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 29, 2008. For the first time in speedway history, a limited number of pit passes are being made available to ticket buyers. Pre-Race Pit-Passes are $100 each, and guests must be at least 18 years old to access the pits. To purchase a Pre-Race Pit Pass, or for more information on tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29, and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14, go online to www.nhms.com or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS PR)(6-20-2008)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway Introduces New Tram System: Race fans visiting New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Week activities will find it easier to navigate around the 1,100-acre complex with the introduction of a new Disney-like tram system. The tram system, similar to that offered to visitors at Walt Disney World, will move guests from the parking and camping lots to grandstand area, providing a more efficient route to and from the races. This system, which features 10 trams and a designated route around New Hampshire Motor Speedway property, is being implemented as the initial step in New Hampshire Motor Speedway's efforts to place 'Fans First', according to speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens. Manufactured in Iowa by Featherlite, and sponsored by Nationwide, the five tandem trams seat 65 guests each, and will run continuously throughout the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 event weekend, starting on Friday, June 27. The trams will follow three different routes, which will service almost every corner of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway property. It is estimated that over 20,000 fans will be shuttled in the trams each day. In addition, more than 60 buses will be used to shuttle fans from outer parking areas as well. For more information on the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29, and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14, please visit us online at www.nhms.com or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS PR)(6-22-2008)

  • Fans Will Notice Improvements at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: At first glance, fans attending the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 might not recognize New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but one look up and there is no doubt that they will know where they are. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is undergoing a new and improved look. Fans who pass the speedway are sure to notice the obvious improvements to the signs facing Route 106. The Main, North and South entrances are now marked with bigger and brighter signs, including modern, electronic message boards on two of the signs. Branding of New Hampshire Motor Speedway is evident on elevator towers, along the face of the VIP Suites and the main entrance. In addition, a new design is featured on the infield tunnel entrance and exit. Inside the property, upgrades continue. The grandstands will be identified with larger banners, making it easier for fans to find their seats. The bathrooms and concessions stands are now color-coded for easier identification. Additionally, 200 portable restrooms will be available during the event weekends. Routes around the property have been paved and redefined for more efficient traffic flow, and to enable lanes for the new tram system. New directional signage has been erected to guide guests out of the property after the race. The cosmetic enhancements are impressive, but less obvious changes will also make for a more enjoyable experience. Upgrades have been made to the PA system and the television compound to improve the fan experience. Besides being responsible to its guests, New Hampshire Motor Speedway also recognizes its need to be a good neighbor in the community. In an effort to be more 'green', all of dumpsters on property have been replaced with a new sealed system that keeps waste contained and is eventually transported off property. There is no doubt that New Hampshire Motor Speedway has transformed from the inside out. But no matter what it looks like, New Hampshire Motor Speedway's main focus still remains the same - to give the fans the best possible experience every time they come to visit. Tickets are still available for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29, and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14. For more information, visit online at www.nhms.com or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS PR)(6-21-2008)

  • Pit Passes remain at New Hampshire: A limited number of Pre-Race Pit Passes remain available for fans to purchase prior to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 29, 2008. For the first time in speedway history, a limited number of pit passes are being made available to ticket buyers. Pre-Race Pit-Passes are $100 each, and guests must be at least 18 years old to access the pits. To purchase a Pre-Race Pit Pass, or for more information on tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29, and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14, go online to www.nhms.com or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS PR)(6-20-2008)

  • Two SMI presidents deny tracks may lose race dates: The presidents of two Speedway Motorsports Inc. tracks firmly dismissed the notions that their facilities could lose Sprint Cup dates in order to provide Kentucky Speedway with one. New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway have been mentioned as tracks that could lose a race, but NHIS President Jerry Gappens and AMS President Ed Clark shot down the idea that SMI Chairman Bruton Smith would ever do that. In fact, both presidents said they are planning to finalize sanctioning agreements with NASCAR on Friday morning for two races each in 2009. "Bruton has not given me any, any indication at all that he's looking to change anything," Gappens said. "...I don't think this will have any impact. I think there's more to the puzzle that he's got to finish completing to do some of the things he's thinking." Clark vehemently denied that his track, which has struggled with attendance recently, would have a date moved elsewhere. "I'm tired of people bringing that up, because I get so sick of answering it, I'm about to scream," he said. "You can go ask Bruton, you can ask me – there is no chance. It is not going to happen."(SceneDaily)(5-23-2008)

  • Bahre Makes Large Donation To Loudon: Bob Bahre has sold his NASCAR racetrack in Loudon, but he's not forgetting the track's neighbors. Without fanfare, Bahre gave Loudon selectmen $450,000 this month and asked them to split it between a half dozen churches, the town library and students struggling to afford college. He said he didn't want them to make a big deal about where the money came from. Bahre helped many community organizations in the 20 years he ran the New Hampshire International Speedway before selling it last fall for $340 million. Library trustees and church elders are considering how to spend the money, and Merrimack Valley High School predicts the gift will help up to 15 of their students attend college in the fall.(wmur.com)(5-1-2008)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway Launches New Internet Site: New Hampshire Motor Speedway has a totally new look on the worldwide web. NHMS.com maked its debut Wednesday with a design that is informative and fan-friendly. New features include a fan forum, where guests can share their experiences at the speedway, offer suggestions, and make new friends. Audio, video, and photo galleries will offer an inside look at the activities and growth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Interactive weekly polls will track the pulse of the fans on today’s most important racing questions.(NHMS PR)(4-17-2007)

  • Speedway Motorsports Completes Purchase of New Hampshire Facility: Closing documents were completed today [1/11/2008], finalizing Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s purchase of New Hampshire Speedway, Inc. d/b/a New Hampshire International Speedway, from Bob and Gary Bahre for $340 million in cash. The completed purchase was announced today by O. Bruton Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Smith also announced, to better align with other SMI-owned speedway brands, New Hampshire International Speedway was being renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a wonderful addition to our strong portfolio of tracks and provides the opportunity for our company to expand into a new market," said Smith. "Bob and his staff have made this a smooth transition since we announced our agreement in Texas on November 2. We look forward to many successes in our operation of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway." Earlier, Smith announced the promotion of long-time SMI executive Jerry Gappens to Executive Vice president and General Manager of the facility, which hosts two NASCAR Sprint (formerly Sprint) Cup Series events each year. Gappens has relocated from Charlotte, N.C. and has assumed his new duties at the Speedway.
    "Thanks to the support of our loyal fans, dedicated sponsors, and wonderful employees, the Speedway has grown more than Gary and I ever could have imagined," said Bob Bahre, former Chairman of the Board. "We are looking forward to working with Bruton, Jerry, and their team and fully supporting them in their efforts to take this to a higher level for our fans." Bahre will remain associated with the facility he built as a consultant. Located on approximately 1,100 acres, the multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England and features a 1.058-mile oval speedway, with chairback seating for 92,000 spectators, and a 1.6-mile road course. The Speedway hosts the only Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide (formerly BUSCH) Series and Craftsman Truck Series events in the six-state New England region. Both Sprint Cup Series races regularly sell out and exceed the NFL Super Bowl in attendance. With the addition of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, SMI will own race tracks in the Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and West, including four of the nation's top-10 metropolitan markets. Speedway Motorsports, Inc. will promote 13 NASCAR-sanctioned Sprint Cup races in 2008 and nine NASCAR-sanctioned Nationwide Series events. Combined seating for the seven SMI facilities will exceed 850,000 permanent seats. Tickets for all NASCAR events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29 and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14, are available online at www.nhms.com or by calling Guest Services at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS PR)(1-11-2008)

  • July NHIS race gets an extra lap: It’s time for NASCAR to open the record books. Today, Lenox Industrial Tools and New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) announce they have gone the EXTRA MILE – literally – with the creation of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. For the first time in history, the length of a Sprint Cup Series race will be 301 laps. The EXTRA MILE was added in honor of Lenox customers – users and suppliers of industrial tools – who perform physically demanding jobs, yet receive little recognition. To celebrate their efforts, Lenox announces the EXTRA MILE HERO program. Lenox will conduct a hero search throughout 2008. Ten finalists will be chosen to receive a cash prize and a matching donation to a charity of their choice. One grand prize winner will have a chance to win one million dollars to split with their selected charity. Finalists will also be honored at the 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at NHIS. “Our goal here at New Hampshire International Speedway is to always go the extra mile for our guests,” said Jerry Gappens, Executive Vice President and General Manager of New Hampshire International Speedway. “This is a great way, through our partnership with Lenox, to acknowledge everyone who goes the extra mile each and every day. If you look at the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, how many times have you heard the second place driver say, ‘If I only had one more lap?’” Tickets for the June 29 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 are on sale now, buy calling Speedway’s Guest Services at (603) 783-4931 or visit www.nhis.com.(12-14-2007)

  • New NHIS owner may have to comply with legal agreements in place: A legal agreement limiting alcohol sales and banning concerts, night racing and drag racing at New Hampshire International Speedway could tie the hands of the track's new owner. Earlier this month, Texas racing magnate O. Bruton Smith announced the purchase of the Loudon track from owner Bob Bahre for $340 million. Smith says his company will review the commitments Bahre made to neighbors and looks forward to a friendly relationship with them. Those commitments include a legal agreement negotiated with residents of neighboring Canterbury that limits alcohol sales and consumption in the track, bans certain types of events and requires noise and traffic mitigation during big events. The group, Concerned Racetrack Neighbors, negotiated the deal with Bahre and the Loudon Planning Board in 1989. They say they reached the agreement amicably, and its provisions were attached to the deed and plan to make sure it would carry over to subsequent owners.(AP/WCSH6.com and more at Concord Monitor)(11-14-2007)

  • LMS's Gappens heading to NHMS [NHIS]: Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruton Smith has promoted Jerry Gappens to the position of Executive Vice President and General Manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. On Nov. 2, Smith announced Speedway Motorsports Inc. had reached an agreement to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre. The $340 million transaction should close early in the first quarter of 2008, and the name of the facility will become New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Gappens, 46, has worked in the motorsports industry for 25 years and brings a successful 15-year track record of promoting SMI events to Loudon, N.H. Most recently, Gappens served as senior vice president of events and marketing for Lowe's Motor Speedway, SMI's flagship facility located near Charlotte, N.C. Gappens was responsible for promoting a wide array of annual events hosted at the multi-use motorsports complex, including three Sprint Cup race weekends and three major car shows. A Windfall, Ind., native, Gappens joined LMS in 1993 as publicity director. He was promoted to director of communications in 1995 and named vice president of promotions and public relations in 1996. In 2002, Gappens was honored as NASCAR's Most Valuable Public Relations Representative. He was promoted to senior vice president of events and marketing at LMS in 2005. Prior to joining Lowe's Motor Speedway, Gappens worked as an account executive for Sales Consultants, a national contingency search firm in New Jersey. He also worked with National Speed Sport News, a leading weekly motorsports publication, for eight years and served as a pit reporter for ABC Sports' coverage of the Indianapolis 500; various CART, NASCAR and IROC races; and the Monaco Grand Prix Formula One event. Active in various civic and charitable organizations, Gappens has served on several boards in the Charlotte region, including the Charlotte Visitors and Convention Bureau, Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, UNC-Charlotte Athletic Foundation, Speedway Children's Charities and the 600 Festival. Gappens, who will relocate from Charlotte to New Hampshire, has two sons, Denny (22) and Wes (21). In 2008, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup races, the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 on June 29 and the Sylvania 300 on Sept. 14. Ticket information can be obtained by calling (603) 783-4931 or online at www.nhis.com.(LMS PR)(11-14-2007)

  • Statement from Bob Bahre about the NHIS sale: Bob Bahre, Chairman of the Board of New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS), on the agreement to sell NHIS to Speedway Motorsports, Inc. "Gary and I would like to thank all of our employees and loyal fans for their continued support of New Hampshire International Speedway over the past 18 years. Our success is due to their dedication and to the loyalty of our corporate partners including SYLVANIA, LENOX Industrial Tools, and Camping World. We look forward to working closely with Bruton Smith and his team during the upcoming transition and for years to come."(NHIS PR)(11-3-2007)

  • Statement from Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO concerning New Hampshire being sold: Today’s announcement that Speedway Motorsports Inc. has purchased New Hampshire International Speedway is yet another indication that the NASCAR industry continues to grow and thrive. Capitalizing on NASCAR’s national appeal and growth, the Bahre family created a passionate fan base and developed a valuable venue that has hosted the largest sporting events in New England including 26 consecutive sellouts. The success of NHIS, and the desire of the Bahre family to sell, made the track very attractive to SMI and several other interested buyers. SMI has a highly regarded record for hosting some of the most successful and enjoyable race events in all of NASCAR, and there’s no doubt that will continue. While we don’t have any details about SMI’s plans for NHIS, all sanctions for 2008 have been signed and finalized. As a result, there will be no location changes to the 2008 schedule that was released last month. This is important to the fans, competitors, broadcast partners and sponsors who have already made plans for the 2008 races. Looking beyond 2008, NASCAR will continue to consider requests by any track operator, including SMI, to relocate race dates. Under NASCAR’s “realignment” plan, we have worked with track owners to relocate race dates to meet the needs of our growing national fan base. Ultimately, any change must meet NASCAR’s objectives and serve our fans. The industry owes Bob and Gary Bahre a debt of gratitude for their leadership and commitment to NASCAR. All of NASCAR wishes the Bahre family well during this time of transition. They will always be considered pioneers in NASCAR.(NASCAR PR)(11-2-2007)

  • OFFICIAL - SMI buys New Hampshire track, renames it: Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK) has agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre for $340 million in cash. The agreement was announced today by O. Bruton Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008. To align with other SMI-owned speedway brands, the track will be renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway following completion of the acquisition. The speedway, which opened in 1990 and hosts two Sprint Cup Series events each year, is located about one hour north of Boston in Loudon, N.H. According to the latest census numbers, the population within 200 miles of the speedway is more than 18 million people. The venue is easily accessible via Interstate highways from all metro areas in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Located on approximately 1,100 acres, the multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England and features a 1.058-mile oval speedway, with chair-back seating for 92,000 spectators, and a 1.6-mile road course. The speedway hosts the only Sprint Cup Series, Busch Series, and Craftsman Truck Series events held in the six-state New England region. Both Sprint Cup Series races regularly sell out and exceed the NFL Super Bowl in attendance. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our company to grow our business as we continue to invest in this sport and the motorsports industry," said Smith. Smith added that he has offered Bob Bahre the opportunity to remain associated as a consultant with the track that he built. In addition to the major NASCAR races, the track hosts several regional professional racing series, including the NASCAR Grand National Division, NASCAR Busch East Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Amateur series events complete the schedule with SCCA sports cars, motorcycles, World Karting Association go-karts and racing schools. New Hampshire Motor Speedway will join a strong portfolio of SMI facilities. The company also owns and operates Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.; Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.; and Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas. With this acquisition, the company will own race tracks in the West, Northeast, Southeast and Southwest, including four of the nation's top-10 metropolitan markets. The breakdown includes: the sixth-largest market (Infineon/San Francisco); the fifth-largest market (Texas/Dallas-Ft. Worth); the seventh-largest market (New Hampshire/Boston); the ninth-largest market (Atlanta); the 25th-largest market (Lowe's/Charlotte); the 41st-largest market (Las Vegas); and the 92nd-largest market (Bristol/Tri-Cities). Speedway Motorsports, Inc. will promote 13 NASCAR-sanctioned Sprint (formerly Sprint) Cup races in 2008 and nine NASCAR-sanctioned Nationwide (formerly Busch) Series events. Combined seating for the seven SMI facilities will exceed 850,000 permanent seats.(SMI PR)(11-2-2007)

  • SMI buying NHIS? UPDATE 3: There is talk of an announcement on Thursday that will go a long way toward determining if Lowe's Motor Speedway will remain in its present location or go on the road to a neighboring community, as Smith has threatened. It all started in August, when Smith announced plans for a mega-drag strip complex on land adjacent to Lowe's Motor Speedway. SMI and city / county government had been discussing an economic package that could offer as much as $2.4 million for the construction of the strip, plus address the reported $200 million in improvements to LMS that Smith has been contemplating. On Friday of last week, Concord City Council reversed its earlier zoning decision, but that doesn't mean Smith will necessarily stay put. The announcement on Thursday will likely give the answer. Compare Smith's likely success in his quest to both improve his product by adding a drag strip and get help with needed improvements to infrastructure with the International Speedway Corp.'s failure to build a racetrack on Staten Island in New York City. Smith, if he chooses to make the improvements to the current facility, will have come out of the ruckus with tax incentives and possibly even a road (Speedway Boulevard) named in his honor. Thursday's rumored announcement will tell the tale.(NASCAR.com) and have heard that Smith could be buying the New Hampshire track, which could be the announcement....from a Charotte Observer article in part: [Bruton] Smith did give a couple of interviews on Charlotte radio stations on Wednesday [Oct 31]. He told WBT-AM (1110) and WFNZ-AM (610) that he has a “big” announcement planned for 2pm Friday. Presumably, that would come at Texas Motor Speedway, the track he owns near Fort Worth where NASCAR’s top three series will be racing this weekend. What (David Poole) called Smith to ask about Wednesday was whether he’d made a deal to buy New Hampshire International Speedway. Smith told (Poole) he has heard that John Henry and Jack Roush, the owners of Roush Fenway Racing (and, in Henry’s case, of the Boston Red Sox) were interested in buying that track. Smith said he has also heard that George Gillett, Ray Evernham’s partner, might want it. Or that Kentucky Speedway owner Jerry Carroll wants it. What (Poole) asked him, though, was whether he’s bought it, or has a deal to buy it. He tried to change the subject again, then finally said, “It’s unfortunate that you weren’t able to get up with me for a comment today.” But he also said that I might be able to reach him later this week [at Texas].(11-1-2007)
    UPDATE 2: sources with knowledge of the deal indicated last night that O. Bruton Smith, CEO and chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., had entered into an agreement to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob Bahre, the track's 80-year-old chairman who is among a rare breed in NASCAR: the independent track owner/operator. A press conference is expected to be held tomorrow at Texas Motor Speedway, one of six SMI-owned racing venues that stage 10 Sprint Cup events. With the acquisition of NHIS, that stands to grow to 12 Cup dates. Efforts to reach Bahre last night were unsuccessful. Reached last night, NHIS spokesman Fred Neergaard said, "There's nothing new to report." An SMI source, however, indicated Smith had reached an accord with Bahre, but was not clear as to the terms. SMI's racing empire includes Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which host one Cup event, and Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., and Texas, which host two Cup dates. Texas won its second Cup date as part of a lawsuit settlement stemming from a complaint brought by Francis Ferko, an SMI shareholder, against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. Smith acquired his first Texas date and Bahre his second NHIS date after they partnered in 1996 to purchase North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway and split its two Cup dates. NASCAR, though, must approve and sanction all dates and race locations before any changes are made to the schedule. NASCAR, which has released its 2008 Sprint Cup schedule, has signed agreements with tracks for all 36 races next season. It had long been speculated that if NHIS were to be sold to Smith, it would take him no time to strip the track of its Cup dates. But, the SMI source suggested, that may not be the case. While NHIS could lose its July date to Las Vegas, SMI could salvage NHIS's spot on the NASCAR schedule by swapping Chase dates with Texas, thus making it the start of the Chase.(Boston Globe)(11-1-2007)
    UPDATE 3: Buying a track with a Sprint Cup date and moving a race to Kentucky Speedway was one way owner Jerry Carroll thought he could get NASCAR's top division to his Sparta facility. Among the tracks Carroll pursued was New Hampshire International Speedway, but that no longer is an option. New Hampshire International Speedway chairman Bob Bahre confirmed to Carroll during a phone conversation Thursday that he has sold the Loudon, N.H., facility to O. Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Bahre's track annually hosts two Sprint Cup events.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(11-2-2007)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,275, Right-side -- 1,275;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4174; Right-side -- D-4176

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 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

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at New Hampshire this weekend . . . this is the first time that Goodyear has brought this combination of left- and right-side tires to New Hampshire, though teams do have experience on this tire set-up . . . with this being Goodyear's intermediate/flat track set-up, teams in these two series have run these tire codes at Phoenix, Richmond and Milwaukee (Nationwide only) already in 2008 . . . Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series teams will also run this tire combination at Gateway, Indianapolis Raceway Park and Memphis this season . . . as on most NASCAR's one-mile ovals, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Jimmy Spencer to be Honored at New Hampshire: As part of a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Jimmy Spencer will be honored at the New England 100 on June 28 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Spencer, who currently works for SPEED TV as a co-host for "NASCAR Raceday" and "NASCAR Victory Lane," became the first driver to earn back-to-back NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships in 1986 and 1987. He is one of just three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers to capture consecutive titles. NASCAR plans to honor each of its 31 all-time Modified champions throughout the season. The celebration began with the recognition of Frankie Schneider, Donny Lia and Richie Evans at Thompson on April 6. Since the season-opener Red Byron, Jeff Fuller, Ernie Gahan and Mike Stefanik have also been recognized. (NASCAR PR)(6-22-2008)

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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