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    THE RACE: Lenox Industrial Tools 301

    TRACK: New Hamsphire Motor Speedway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #17 of 36 for the 2009 season
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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    • Race: Sunday, June 28, 2009 in Loudon, NH

    • Title Sponsor: Lenox Industrial Tools

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


    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

    • Television Coverage: TNT 12:30pm/et

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

    • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
      Wednesday, July 1 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

    • 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:
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    • No Bill Weber in the TNT booth today: TNT will not have Bill Weber in the booth for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, according to a TNT spokesman. “Bill Weber will not be part of TNT's NASCAR coverage of the Cup Series from New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend,” said a company statement released by senior vice president Sal Petruzzi. “As this is a private issue, it’s the policy of the company not to discuss personal matters involving our employees.” Ralph Sheheen will step in for Weber on today's telecast.(SceneDaily)(6-28-2009)

    • TNT’s NASCAR Coverage Continues at New Hampshire: TNT continues its exclusive coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Loudon on Sunday, June 28th live from New Hampshire International Speedway. The network will air the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 beginning at 2:00pm/et with play-by-play announcer Bill Weber calling the race alongside analysts Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach in the booth. In addition, analyst Larry McReynolds will make frequent contributions from the in-field as he breaks down crew strategy and analyzes car adjustments.
      The network will rev up its pre-race coverage beginning at 12:30pm/et with NASCAR on TNT Live! with Marc Fein (host), Petty and McReynolds. #2-Kurt Busch will join TNT’s infield rig for an interview prior to the race.
      TNT’s acclaimed Pride of NASCAR series will feature the legendary NASCAR owners Wood Brothers who hold one of the longest and richest legacies in the sport, developing great drivers such as Junior Johnson, Dan Gurney, Donnie Allison, Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough, Dale Jarrett, David Pearson, Michael Waltrip, Elliott Salder and TNT’s Kyle Petty. In 1976, the Wood Brothers won the coveted ‘Triple Crown’ of NASCAR with wins at the Daytona 500, World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
      NASCAR on TNT Live! will be followed by Countdown to Green at 1:30pm/et with Weber (host), Dallenbach (analyst) and Petty (analyst) with reports from pit reporters Marty Snider, Matt Yocum, Ralph Sheheen and Lindsay Czarniak.
      During Countdown to Green, Sheheen will have an exclusive interview with #48 Jimmie Johnson to talk about a shared history between the two of them. Johnson began his career in off road racing and Sheheen was part of the broadcasting crew that covered the sport, including during Johnson’s teenage years. Johnson speaks about the impact of off road racing on his NASCAR career as well as his motivation to continue to succeed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing. Also, an interview with veteran crew chief Greg Zipadelli and his rookie driver #20 Joey Logano will air during the pre-race show.


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    Practice Dates/Times/TV

    • Practices:
      Friday, June 26, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
      Saturday, June 27, 9:00 - 9:50 pm/et, TV-SPEED

    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 27, 11:45am - 12:45pm/et, TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Information/Times/TV

    • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 26, 11:00am/et

    • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, June 26 at 3:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 9:30pm/et and 2:00am/et;
      AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.


    RACE RUNDOWN
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    • Logano wins at New Hampshire: #20-Joey Logano won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his first career Sprint Cup race in his 20th race. Logano is the youngest driver ever to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at 19 years, 1 months, and 4 days, besting Kyle Busch who was 20 years, 4 months, 2 days old. Logano is the third first time winner in 2009, there were no first time winners in 2008, but four in 2007. #24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #2-Busch, #00-Reutimann, #14-Stewart, #09-Keselowski, #18-Busch, #77-Hornish Jr., #48-Johnson and #9-Kahne. There were 11 cautions for 47 laps, 2 red flags [big wreck and rain] and there were 23 lead changes among 14 drivers.
      For race results, awards and more, see my New Hampshire Race Results Page.(6-28-2009) Comment here

    • No 301 yet: since the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was changed to the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 for the 2008 season, it has no made the 301 lap [318.458 miles] distance yet, last June the race was rained shortened to 284 laps and #2-Kurt Busch won, this year it was rain shortened to 273 laps and #20-Joey Logaono won.(6-29-2009)

    • UNOFFICIAL Driver Points Standings [after Infineon, race 16 of 36]:
      1) #14-Tony Stewart, 2524 [1 win], finished 5th
      2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2455, -69 [1 win], 2nd
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2355, -169 [2 wins], 9th
      4) #2-Kurt Busch, 2254, -270 [1 win], 3rd
      5) #99-Carl Edwards, 2157, -367, 19th
      6) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2132, -392, 15th
      7) #39-Ryan Newman, 2127, -397, 29th
      8) #18-Kyle Busch, 2108, -416, [3 wins], 7th
      9) #16-Greg Biffle, 2106, -418, 18th
      10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2054, -470, [2 wins], 22nd
      11) #5-Mark Martin, 2052, -472, [3 wins], 14th
      12) #42-Juan Montoya, 2049, -475, 12th
      Contenders for the top-12/chase:
      13) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2048, ONE point out of 12th, [1 win], 10th
      14) #00-David Reutimann, 2037, -12, [1 win], 4th
      15) #33-Clint Bowyer, 1955, -94, 20th
      16) #31-Jeff Burton, 1941, -108, 31st
      For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(6-28-2009)

    • Sprint Cup Series Facts and Notes:
      * Joey Logano won the rain-shortened Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. At 19 years, one month and four days, Logano became the youngest driver to win a Cup race in NASCAR history.
      * Logano became the 11th race winner in 17 races in 2009. He became the ninth different race winner in the past nine races at New Hampshire.
      * Logano became the third first-time winner in 2009, joining Brad Keselowski (Talladega) and David Reutimann (Lowe's). Reutimann won his career-first race in a rain shortened race at Lowe's. Logano is the second driver to score his first win in a rain-shortened race at New Hampshire, joining Ryan Newman in 2002.
      * Logano scored his first Cup victory in his 20th start. He posted his first victory at New Hampshire in his second start. He led once for the final 10 laps.
      * Joe Gibbs Racing scored its 72nd series victory, its fourth at New Hampshire and fourth in 2009. Logano is the sixth driver to win for Joe Gibbs Racing and third to score his first career win with Gibbs, joining Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart.
      * This is the first win by Toyota at New Hampshire. Toyota scored its fifth win in 2009. Chevrolet has eight, and Dodge and Ford each have two.
      * Jeff Gordon (second) has scored top-10 finishes in the past four races, a streak that began at Pocono.
      * Kurt Busch (third) posted his third straight top-10 finish at New Hampshire. He remained fourth in the point standings.
      * Tony Stewart (fifth) has scored top-10 finishes in the past five races, a streak that began at Dover.
      * Jimmie Johnson (ninth) has led at least one lap in 14 of the 17 races in 2009. He led 93 laps in Sunday's race, the most by any driver. Johnson (887) passed Kyle Busch (808 ) for the most laps led this season.
      * Carl Edwards (19th) ended a five-race streak of top-15 finishes that began at Lowe's.
      * Clint Bowyer (20th) ended a five-race streak of top-15 finishes that began at Dover.
      (Racing Resources/ESPN)(6-29-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
      Joey Logano won the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, his first victory in 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2009. Logano becomes the youngest winner in series history at 19 years, one month and four days.
      This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in two races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
      Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 29 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2009.
      Kurt Busch (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 17 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
      Joey Logano (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
      Tony Stewart leads the point standings by 69 points over Jeff Gordon.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-28-2009)

    • Penalty Report - New Hampshire
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #55, 17, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
      #26, 22, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #98, 170, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #07, 175, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #98, 175, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #55, 176, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #20, 182, Pitting before pit road is open/Speeding entering, Tail End
      #07, 183, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #98, 184, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #07, 190, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #26, 246, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Pass Thru
      #39, 264, Hand pushing car more than 3 pit boxes, Pass Thru
      (NASCAR Statistics)(6-28-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: no driver down a lap
      Caution 2: no driver down a lap on the track
      Caution 3: #26-McMurray, 33rd
      Caution 4: no driver down a lap on the track
      Caution 5: no driver down a lap on the track
      Caution 6: #39-Newman, 29th
      Caution 7: #20-Logano, WON
      Caution 8: #12-Stremme, 28th
      Caution 9: #55-Waltrip, 24th
      Caution 10: #20-Logano (2), WON
      Caution 11: #55-Waltrip (2), 24th
      (6-28-2009)

    • Pit Stall Selections - New Hampshire: The selections for pit stalls of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #14-Stewart chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters], outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 19 the next pit stall with an opening in front of it, #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 43rd stall, the 3rd stall with an opening in front of it and #17-Kenseth, who starts 10th took the final pit stall [44th].
      See the pit selection chart on the New Hampshire Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-27-2009)

    • Race Coverage of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 2009.
      TV: TNT at 2:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:30 pm/et; green flag approx 2:16pm/et
      Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, July 1 at 12:00pm/et;

    • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

    • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
      SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
      Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
      SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
      Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
      SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
      Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
      SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
      Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
      SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
      Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
      SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
      Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
      SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
      Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
      SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
      Pemberton: Yes.
      SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
      Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

    • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
      NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
      The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here


    NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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    • New Hampshire Pit Stall Selections

    • Happy Hour practice for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, the top five:
      #1-Truex Jr. 128.186
      #48-Johnson 127.795
      #16-Biffle 127.709
      #43-Sorenson 127.666
      #5-Martin 127.662
      slowest: #37-Raines 123.743 and #34-Andretti 125.203
      See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds page.(6-27-2009)

    • 1st Saturday practice for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, the top five are:
      #43-Sorenson 128.472
      #87-Nemechek 128.208
      #07-Mears 128.135
      #1-Treux Jr. 128.126
      #00-Reutimann 128.027
      slowest: #37-Raines 124.029 and #34-Andretti 125.463
      See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds page.(6-27-2009)

    • Qualifying for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been cancelled due to rain. The field was set by the rules book, first 35 by owners points position, then #09- past race winner, then by race attempts with owners points as a tie breaker. So #14-Stewart starts 1st, followed by #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson, #2-Busch, #99-Edwards, #39-Newman, #11-Hamlin, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch and #17-Kenseth.
      The eight go-or-go homers who made the race: #09-Keselowski, #82-Speed, #71-Gilliland, #87-Nemechek, #66-Blaney, #36-Carpentier, #37-Raines and #78-Smith
      Drivers who will miss the race: #51-Bean [5 attempts] and #27-Christopher [2]
      Withdrew: been told the #64-Wallace team, withdrew after making a deal with the #78-Smith team, which now will run the race.
      See the the starting lineup on the New Hampshire Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(6-26-2009)

    • #64 team withdraws been told the #64 Gunselman Motorposrts Toyota team that Mike Wallace drives for, withdrew from the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway allowing the #78 Furniture Row Racing team and driver Regan Smith to make the race. The #78 had 8 attempts, while the #64 team had 11.(6-26-2009)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Lenox Inustrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 26, 2009 at 3:10pm/et.
      TV: SPEED - 3:00pm/et
      Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Qualifying Re-Air: 9:30pm/et and 2:00am/et on SPEED

    • Qualifying Order for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #43-Sorenson, the final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #19-Sadler. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #64-Wallace with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #82-Speed. See the full qualifying order on the New Hampshire Qualifying Page.(6-26-2009)

    • Friday Practice for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, the top five:
      #2-Busch 130.667
      #00-Reutimann 130.011
      #42-Montoya 129.967
      #48-Johnson 129.927
      #43-Sorenson 129.900
      slowest: #27-Christopher 124.033 and #51-Bean 125.442
      incidents: #14-Stewart smacked the turn 2 wall hard and did a lot of damage to the rear of the car and will go to a backup car, but since it is before qualifying, he will not have to go to the rear. #5-Martin got in the marbles and scraped the turn 3-4 wall and spun around, no serious damage. See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds page.(6-26-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at New Hampshire:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #82-Scott Speed, 21st fastest
      #71-David Gilliland, 27th
      #78-Regan Smith. 28th
      #09-Brad Keselowski, 29th
      #64-Mike Wallace, 31st
      #37-Tony Raines, 36th
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 39th
      #66-Dave Blaney, 40th
      these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
      #36-Patrick Carpentier, 42nd
      #51-Dexter Bean, 45th
      #27-Ted Christopher, 46th
      See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds page.(6-26-2009)

    • The Entry List for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
      #09-Brad Keselowski (2009 Race Winner as owner)(39 in owners pts/16 attempts)
      #27-Ted Christopher (57/2)
      #36-Patrick Carpentier (42/16)
      #37-Tony Raines (50/9)
      #51-Dexter Bean (51/5)
      #64-Mike Wallace (49/11)
      #66-Dave Blaney (41/16)
      #71-David Gilliland (37/16)
      #78-Regan Smith (40/8)
      #82-Scott Speed (36/16)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (38/16)
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,82,71,87,66,36,64,37
      missing the race would be [3]: #'s 78,51,27
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's New Hampshire Entry List.(6-22-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
      No teams jumped into the top 35, #34-Andretti's lead over 36th increases to 95 since #82 missed the race
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1273, +235
      35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1133, 95 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1038, 95 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 966, -167
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(6-21-2009)

    • 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
      #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)

    • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

    • 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.

    • 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint Cup: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


    RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • Some 'Numbers' going into New Hampshire:
      3: Poles for Brian Vickers in past six Cup qualifying sessions
      12: Drivers running at finish in all 16 races this year
      7: Drivers running at finish through first 16 races last year
      36: Lead-lap finishers at Sonoma, most in a Cup road race
      7: Top-10 finishes for Juan Pablo Montoya this year
      9: Top-10 finishes for Montoya in 73 previous Cup starts
      43: Percentage of winners who led the most laps at Loudon (lowest percentage among 1-mile tracks)(ESPN)(6-26-2009)

    • Only four drivers: only four drivers have completed in all 28 Sprint Cup races held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since the first race in 1993: #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], #31-Jeff Burton [4], #96-Bobby Labonte [0] and #87-Joe Nemechek [1].(6-21-2009)

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

    • July 2008 Race Winner: #2-Kurt Busch, 106.719mph, started 26th

    • Sept 2008 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 105.468, started 9th

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

    • 2008 July Pole Sitter: #10-Patrick Carpentier, 129.776mph, finished 31st

    • 2008 Sept Pole Sitter: None due to inclement weather, #18-Busch started 1st, finished 34th

    • 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: 15 - Jeff Gordon

    • 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 28 races] 14.2%
    • 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: 2
    • 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 26: 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 28 - 28.6%
    • Races won from the top 10: 15 of 28 - 53.6%

    • At New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
      • Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was Aug. 13, 1989.

      • The official opening was June 5, 1990 with the first race being a NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 15, 1990.

      • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 11, 1993.

      • The first NASCAR Camping World Truck series race was on Sept. 9, 1996.

      • The track was renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2008.

      • There have been 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since.

      • Four drivers have competed in all 27 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek.

      • Mark Martin won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole.

      • Rusty Wallace won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

      • There have been 15 different pole winners, led by Ryan Newman (four). Qualifying has been canceled four times.

      • 18 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 has won seven races, more than any other organization.

      • 15 of 28 races have been won from the top-10 starting positions, including four from the pole.

      • The deepest in the field that a New Hampshire race winner started was 38th, by Jeff Burton in 1999.

      • There has been one postponed/rescheduled race at New Hampshire. The 2001 fall race was run as the season finale in November, after being rescheduled following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

      • There have been eight different pole winners in the past nine New Hampshire races (qualifying was canceled once in the nine-race period).

      • There have been seven different race winners in the past seven New Hampshire races.

      • There have been three shortened races at New Hampshire: July 2002 (273 laps), September 2002 (207) and June 2008 (284).

      • Jeff Burton led all 300 laps raced in the 2000 fall race.

      • Clint Bowyer led 222 laps and scored a perfect Driver Rating of 150.0 in the 2007 fall New Hampshire race.(NASCAR Public Relations)


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #1-Martin Truex Jr TomTom #1 Team Schemes Page
      #5-Mark Martin Carquest/Kelloggs #5 Team Schemes Page
      #14-Tony Stewart Old Spice/Office Depot #14 Team Schemes Page
      #18-Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries #18 Team Schemes Page
      #19-Elliott Sadler Best Buy #19 Team Schemes Page
      #26-Jamie McMurray Irwin Vice Grip #26 Team Schemes Page
      #31-Jeff Burton Lenox #31 Team Schemes Page
      #33-Clint Boyer The Hartford Financial Services #33 Team Schemes Page
      #43-Reed Sorenson McDonald’s McCafe #43 Team Schemes Page
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger Berlin City Auto Group #44 Team Schemes Page
      #47-Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie #47 Team Schemes Page
      #48-Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools #48 Team Schemes Page
      #77-Sam Hornish Jr. AAA/Penske Truck Rental #77 Team Schemes Page
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
      #98-Paul Menard Moen/Menards none...yet


    • TomTom returns to the #1 at NHMS: After riding to victory lane last weekend at Iowa with Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti, TomTom will again appear on the #1 Chevy of Martin Truex Jr. This is the second time this season TomTom has appeared on Truex's car. He first piloted the green TomTom Chevy at Pocono Raceway earlier this month.(Earnhardt Ganassi Racing PR), see an image of the car on the #1 Team Schemes Page.(6-25-2009)

    • Moen on the #98 at NHMS: Moen will debut on the hood of the #98 MOEN / Menards Ford for this weekend's LENOX Industrial Tools 301.(Yates Racing PR)(6-25-2009)

    • New colors for Burton at NHMS: LENOX’s associate sponsorship of RCR’s #31 Chevy driven by Jeff Burton kicks into high gear this weekend in New Hampshire as the #31 team transform their black and yellow #31 Caterpillar Chevy into a red, white and blue LENOX racing machine for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. LENOX produces band saw blades, sawing fluids and hand power tool accessories in over 70 countries around the world. NHMS is the site of Burton’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on July 11, 1993. The 41-year-old driver started sixth and finished 37th driving for Filbert Martocci’s #0 entry. Burton will celebrate his 42nd birthday on Monday, June 29.(RCR), see images of the scheme on my #31 Team Schemes page.(6-24-2009)

    • Different colors for Allmendinger at NHMS: AJ Allmendinger drives the #44 Berlin City Auto Group Dodge this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Allmendinger: “Our owner George Gillett also owns the Berlin City Auto group and they tell me Dave Dion used to be sponsored by Berlin City Auto Group with an orange paint scheme that you could spot anywhere on the track. We are running a version of that paint scheme this weekend. I think all the long time racing fans in New England will know what I’m talking about. I’m sure that will bring back memories. Berlin City was on the pole for this race last year so hopefully we’ll give them something as exciting this year.” The Berlin City Auto Group with dealerships throughout New England, specializes in the sales, service and parts for automotive manufacturers and pre-owned vehicles.(RPM), see images of the scheme on my #44 Team Schemes page.(6-24-2009)

    • TomTom to sponsor Truex for two races: TomTom Inc. announced that it will become an associate sponsor of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates for both the IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) during the 2009 racing season. TomTom will be the primary sponsor for multiple races of the #1 Chevy driven by Martin Truex Jr.in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The #1 car, as well as the driver and crew uniforms, will prominently display the TomTom logo throughout the 2009 race seasons. The TomTom logo and brand colors will also be featured as the primary paint scheme at several races throughout the year. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver Aric Almirola first debuted the TomTom paint scheme on the #8 Chevy at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 1 of this year. The TomTom paint scheme will return to the track on the #1 Chevy at Pocono on June 7 and New Hampshore on June 28 (NSCS). "This is a great opportunity for me to represent a world-renowned brand such as TomTom,” said Martin Truex Jr. TomTom will feature NASCAR and IndyCar race previews, updates, and features on its blog site, located at www.clubtomtom.com. For a complete selection of TomTom portable navigation devices online, visit www.target.com. For more information on TomTom, go to www.tomtom.com.(EGR)(5-28-2009)

    • Lenox returns on the #31: #31-Jeff Burton is scheduled to once again run the Lenox colors at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Lenox 301 on June 28, 2009. See an image of the scheme on the #31 Team Schemes page.(4-16-2009)

    • The Hartford Set to Sponsor RCR: With its iconic stag logo ready to stand firm on the hood at top speeds of 200 miles per hour, The Hartford Financial Services Group announced that it will sponsor Richard Childress Racing's #33 Chevy and driver Clint Bowyer at the following three Sprint Cup Series races this year - Dover International Speedway on May 31, New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 28, and Pocono Raceway on August 2. The Hartford will also be an associate sponsor of RCR's #31 Caterpillar Chevy and driver Jeff Burton in the Sprint Cup Series. Both Bowyer and Burton will be spokesmen for the program, which will focus primarily on automobile and home insurance. For more information about The Hartford's commitment to racing, see thehartfordracing.com.(RCR PR)(2-13-2009) Comment here

    • Interstate Batteries returns for 2009: #18-Kyle Busch and Interstate Batteries are back for another season in the Sprint Cup Series. Busch is scheduled to run the scheme six times in 2009: California [Feb], Texas [Apr], NHMS [June], Daytona [July], Mischigan [Aug] and Dover [Sept]. See an image on my #18 Team Schemes page.(12-22-2008) Comment here

    • AAA sponsoring Hornish in select 2009 races: Penske Racing announced the establishment of a multi-year agreement for its Sprint Cup Series program with the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) and its affiliated clubs. Starting in 2009, the Auto Club will be displayed as primary sponsor for select events on the Penske Racing South #77 Dodge, driven by three-time IndyCar Series Champion Sam Hornish Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series. Hornish will debut the #77 Auto Club Dodge in February at the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif. In addition, the motor club will serve as primary sponsor of the #77 Car in Sprint Cup Series events at Kansas Speedway in October and Texas Motor Speedway in November, and as co-primary sponsor for Hornish and the Car #77 team, alongside Penske Truck Rental, at the April Talladega Superspeedway and June New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sprint Cup Series races.(Penske Racing PR)(11-11-2008) Comment here

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


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • Track Specs:
      Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
      Race length: 318.485 miles
      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: "Extra Mile Hero" contest winner Pete Dingeman
      Command to start engines: Pete Dingeman
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
      Invocation: MRO's Billy Mauldin
      National Anthem: Lindsey Graham, Miss New Hampshire 2009
      Canadian National Anthem: Denise Doucette
      Military Flyover: Two F-16's, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, South Burlington, VT
      for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

    • Track Website: nhms.com

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

    • June 2008: see my New Hampshire Race Info page

    • September 2008: see the New Hampshire Race Info page


    • NHMS Looks to Reduce Carbon Footprint: New Hampshire Motor Speedway is rolling out its Green Team Initiative for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend. The Green Team Initiative is a recycling program in the RV and general parking areas at the speedway. It is a part of Waste Management's Single-Stream recycling system where items such as paper, plastic, and aluminum are all recycled into one bin and then sorted at their plant. On the grounds of the speedway, campers will see green barrels for recycling and gray barrels for other trash. The green barrels will have a large yellow sticker outlining acceptable items for Single-Stream recycling. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, call their Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(6-28-2009)

    • Lights at NHMS still planned...but: The hope for New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens is that the track could also clear the hurdle of getting lights up. Standing in the way of that is an agreement that former track owner Bob Bahre made with local officials not to run night events at the track. "In a perfect world I would love to run them on a Saturday night under the lights here," Gappens said. "I think that would be a homerun and give us more flexibility." Gappens said moving past night racing agreement is still something track officials are working on. "It's something that we need to move forward with because I think we're going to see a day when NASCAR is going to require every track to have lights just from the standpoint of the money that's involved with the TV package and trying to get the event completed on the same day that its scheduled," Gappens said. "We can put up lights, there's nothing to stop us from doing that. We can put them in and if the race is schedule for 2 p.m. and we get rain we can finish. But you can't start a race on purpose at 7 o'clock at night. I will be starting to talk to local officials about what we need to do to get to that point because I do think it's vital for the speedway."(Hartford Courant)(6-27-2009)

    • NHMS Welcomes the Newest Member of Its Team: New Hampshire Motor Speedway now has a fan-friendly mascot to match its 1.058-mile oval superspeedway. The Mile Oval Moose, known affectionately as "Milo," will start his new job at the speedway this weekend and is sure to be a fan favorite. A long-time resident of New Hampshire, "Milo" loves racing and entertaining. Attracted to speed and handy with tools for every job right down to changing a light bulb, "Milo" is a natural fit at the speedway. Equipped with his own special racing helmet, "Milo" is a force of nature behind the wheel as well. Whether in the pits tuning up a car or roaming the grandstands with the fans, Milo can be found anywhere and everywhere at the speedway on race weekend; just look for the antlers. A video of "Milo's" press conference introduction with NASCAR Spring Cup Series driver Jeff Burton can be seen at NHMS.com. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(6-26-2009)

    • New Trackside Safety Fence Up and Ready for races at NHMS: New and enhanced trackside safety fencing is up along the grandstand sides of the racing surface at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Approximately 3,400 feet of fencing was installed. The lower portion is reinforced with six strands of 5/8-inch, high-strength cable, while the upper portion consists of sixteen strands of 3/8-inch cable. "Wheel fence" arch posts also raise the overall height of the safety fence to over 21 feet. The upgrade process, which began construction in April, will be completed in time for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 event week as planned. The new fence system is consistent with safety standards at other Speedway Motorsports, Inc.-owned and operated facilities. "This was not a reaction to what happened in Talladega," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, referring to Carl Edwards' wreck on the last lap which injured seven fans. "Bruton Smith, our chairman, put this project on the top of our priority list for 2009 facility improvements, utilizing the improved technology and engineering used at other SMI facilities and installing it here." The previous grandstand safety fence measured 16 feet in height from the track's surface, 12½ feet high from the grandstand surface side. The new fence measures 21 and a half feet in height from the racing surface, 18 feet on the grandstand side. "We are upgrading many aspects of New Hampshire Motor Speedway to Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s standards, and this fell right in place with the infield renovations in process for the June race," said John Zudell, Vice President of Operations and Development at New Hampshire Motor Speedway". To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(6-25-2009)

    • Infield Improvements Unveiled at NHMS: A reconfiguration of New Hampshire Motor Speedway's infield will greatly increase its usable space and functionality. Infield construction began in May of this year after the necessary permits were obtained. After just two months of other structural adjustments and improvements, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is nearing the completion of its infield transformation. The most impressive of these adjustments is the expansion of the infield, resulting in an increase of over 400% in usable land. Overall, this portion of the infield has grown from one and a half usable acres to nearly seven. Fencing installation was another big project at the speedway. Interior fencing in the infield has been replaced with new, black chain link. The winner of the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 28, will visit a redesigned Victory Lane, also part of the renovation. With more ornate plans in mind for the facility, Vice President of Operations and Development John Zudell said the update will serve as an "interim Victory Lane." Though physical construction only took two months, the project is the result of 18 months of rigorous planning and approval. When O. Bruton Smith, Chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., purchased the track in early 2008, he immediately started planning the infield renovation project. Fans will get to experience Mr. Smith's vision during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend, starting Thursday, June 25, and can view the renovations firsthand with the Pre-Race Pit Pass, available online for $100. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(6-25-2009)

    • Free Admission to Thursday's "Fan Fest" at NHMS: On Thursday, June 25, "Fan Fest" at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will feature free grandstand admission for NASCAR Camping World Series East Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying, as well as a great evening of free entertainment. One of the big highlights at "Fan Fest" will be an interview session with #9-Kasey Kahne. Greg Kretschmar, host of Greg and the Morning Buzz, and Jamie Staton, Sports Director at WMUR/ABC 9, will host this fan forum. Performing live throughout the night will be up-and-coming country-rock band Jonathan Scott and the Blazing Hearts. North American County Music Association, International's 2007 "Band of the Year" in new country music. The group from Jaffrey, N.H. features frontman Jonathan Scott. Scott is the NACMAI's 2007 "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Male Entertainer of the Year."
      "Transaurus" will be doing a preview of Sunday's pre-race show on Thursday night at "Fan Fest" chewing a car cut in half by the one and only Lee 'Hackman' Breton as a part of the LENOX Industrial Tools 2009 World Tour. Qualifying sessions will begin at 3:15pm on Thursday, June 25 as the aces of NASCAR Camping World Series East make their pole run for the Heluva Good! 125. At 4:45pm, the ground-pounding NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour stars will qualify for the New Hampshire 100. From 6:00pm to 9:00pm, the "Fan Fest" celebration will end a great opening day at the speedway. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(6-24-2009)

    • Purse for New Hampshire races announced: Featuring one of the most lucrative payouts-per-mile in NASCAR racing, record purses totaling more than seven million dollars are up for grabs for NASCAR drivers competing in next weekend's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Drivers racing in any of the week's four NASCAR series races will be chasing their share of $7,005,549 in prize money, the highest in New Hampshire Motor Speedway history. The NASCAR Sprint Cup purse is $5,423,189, up from last year's track record. The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 features the sixth-highest purse per-mile on the series schedule to date [of 17 races]. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be racing for the $1,197,559. The NASCAR Camping World Series East at $217,884 and the remaining $166,917 is on the line in the New England 100 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and Sylvania 300 weekends, stop by the ticket office in Loudon, call the ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931, or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(6-23-2009)

    • Three Dog Night to give concert at NHMS: Three Dog Night will take the stage at the start/finish line at 12:30pm/et for a 45 minute performance. Entering their fourth decade, the music icons hold some impressive industry statistics. From 1969 through 1974, the band had 21 consecutive Top-40 hits and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. Their latest album, released in 2004, is a collection of hit singles. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and Sylvania 300 weekends, call the ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(6-23-2009)

    • Local Heroes invites to New Hampshire Cup race: In recognition of its Extra Mile Heroes Contest, Lenox Industrial Tools is teaming up with New Hampshire Governor John Lynch and the State to honor the everyday heroes of New Hampshire. Lenox Industrial Tools and Gov. Lynch have invited members of the state police, local police and fire departments, and the National Guard, along with up to four members of their respective families, to attend the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, on Sunday, June 28 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. A limited number of grandstand tickets, made available from a section of seating speedway officials earmarked for a charitable partnership, are being offered on a first-come basis to their respective departments for free. The donation was made as an extension of the Lenox Extra Mile Heroes program which began with last year's Lenox Industrial Tools 301, adding an extra lap to recognize those who go the Extra Mile in their community. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and Sylvania 300 weekends, call the ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(6-23-2009)

    • NHMS Announces Improvements, New Mascot: New Hampshire Motor Speedway has announced several improvements to the track in preparation of next weekend's Sprint Cup race. A new infield area will include some environmental upgrades to Gues Meadow Brook that runs through the track. It will also have two more large screen TVs for fans to follow the action. A new, higher fence was also unveiled. Track officials said it was not built in response to a violent crash earlier this year at Talladegah where some fans suffered minor injuries. Also unveiled was Milo the Moose, the track's new mascot who will interact with the fans at all the races.(wmur.com)(6-17-2009)

    • Buy a Ticket for June race at NHMS, get a ride: New Hampshire Motor Speedway is offering fans the unique opportunity to experience NASCAR racing for approximately 13 cents a lap with their MegaTicket package and LENOX Speed Zone during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend from Thursday, June 25 to Sunday, June 28. The LENOX Speed Zone is a special seating section that offers a $39 ticket for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 28. Fans will have the chance to see Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; Jeff Gordon; Jimmie Johnson; Tony Stewart; Kyle Busch; and all the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The $99 MegaTicket package includes reserved seating for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 in the MegaZones located in special sections of the Concord and Laconia grandstands. This amazing combination ticket, a $150 value if purchased separately, also includes general admission seating for all of the events on Friday and Saturday. The schedule for these two days includes Heluva Good! Pole qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Camping World Series East Heluva Good! 125, Heluva Good! Pole qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World 200 presented by RVs.com.To purchase the New Hampshire Motor Speedway MegaTicket package or tickets in the LENOX Speed Zone, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(5-21-2009)

    • New Hampshire catch fences to be replaced: The chain-link fences at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be replaced in time for its June race, partly in response to Carl Edwards’ airborne accident at Talladega Superspeedway. Speedway Motorsports Inc. will spend $400,000 to put up fences made of welding wire. "Let’s fix it because the sport is at risk," SMI chairman Bruton Smith said Monday. "The thing we need to do at all the speedways (is) to make sure we have the strongest (fencing) there is." Smith said he had started the process of replacing the fence before Edwards’ accident at Talladega two races ago. Edwards’ car was sent airborne into the frontstretch fence, which bowed upon contact. Although the fence held, debris from the accident flew into the grandstands and injured seven fans. Talladega’s fencing is a mix of chain link and steel cable. The Alabama track is owned by International Speedway Corp., the sister company to NASCAR. "A chain-link fence, you might think it’s strong, but it’s not," Smith said. "I had already made a decision to (change New Hampshire). We were a little ahead of the curve on that. It was not adequate. It looked bad, it was bad, and I thought, very unsafe."(Boston Herald/Associated Press)(5-5-2009)

    • NHMS to Plant Trees as Part of Earth Day and "Green Team" Initiative: In celebration of Earth Day and as a part of its "Green Team" initiative, officials of New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced a plan today to plant additional trees throughout the 1,200-acre facility. Between now and the end of the day on April 30, speedway officials will plant a tree for every ticket sold to the June 28 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 in honor of the devoted race fans who support the largest sports and entertainment venue in all of New England. A wide variety of trees will be planted including red maple, white pine, gray and yellow birch, and various hemlocks. The speedway has more than 500 acres of permanently protected wildlife habitats located throughout the property. These habitats provide natural, undisturbed environments for many species of animal and plant life native to New Hampshire. "We continue to be one of the most eco-friendly sports facilities in the country," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice-president and general manager of the speedway. "This program is another facet of our on-going commitment to the ecological improvement and beautification of one of the most diverse and largest parcels of land in New England." The speedway is also working with Franklin Pierce University and Waste Management Company as part of a new "Green Team" initiative that will recycle more than half of the paper, plastic, metal, and glass waste that comes onto the property. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(4-23-2009)

    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway Introduces $99 Race Weekend MegaTicket:New Hampshire Motor Speedway is offering fans three days of NASCAR racing for just $99 with their new MegaTicket for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and Sylvania 300 weekends. A $150 value if purchased separately, the MegaTicket includes reserved seating for the Sprint Cup events in the MegaZones, located in a special section of the Concord and Laconia grandstands and general admission seating for Friday and Saturday. To create the MegaZones, speedway officials transferred seating areas normally used for corporate block tickets and released them for this special fan package. The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 weekend is scheduled for June 26-28. The Sylvania 300 weekend is scheduled for September 18-20. To purchase the New Hampshire Motor Speedway MegaTicket for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and Sylvania 300 weekends, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(4-5-2009)

    • Drivers to Conduct Fan Forums at Speedway Motorsports Races: NASCAR drivers and Speedway Motorsports are teaming up to bring fans closer to their favorite drivers than ever before. The new "PRN Up To SPEED" program will bring NASCAR's top names out for fan forums at the SPEED Stage during each of the 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends at Speedway Motorsports' seven speedways across the country. The Performance Racing Network's on-air personalities will emcee question-and-answer sessions with some of the sport's biggest personalities at the SPEED Stage leading up to SPEED's regularly scheduled weekend programming.
      "PRN Up To SPEED" will kick off Sunday at 9:30am/et, at the SPEED Stage located in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway midway. The stellar lineup will include Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch, legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. Each Speedway Motorsports track [Atlanta, Bristol, Infineon, Las Vegas, Lowe's, New Hampshire, Texas] that hosts a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will hold "PRN Up To SPEED" sessions during their respective race weekend. The location of the SPEED Stage may vary from track to track, but at all Speedway Motorsports facilities, the stage is always located in an area where access is free of charge for fans.(SMI PR)(3-1-2009) Comment here

    • Bob Bahre Named 2009 Buddy Shuman Award Winner: Bob Bahre, long a champion promoter and supporter of stock-car racing in the New England region, collected one of NASCAR’s most prestigious and longest-running awards today in New York City. Bahre received the Buddy Shuman Award during the 2008 NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Media Luncheon. Presented since 1957, the award annually recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to NASCAR racing. It honors the late Buddy Shuman, a pioneering NASCAR driver who died in a hotel fire in Nov. 1955. “Bob was a pioneer in NASCAR’s growth in the northeast,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton. “He’s one of the most respected men in the sport – ever.” Bahre, 80, is the former owner of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway. A resident of Paris Hill, Maine, he purchased what is now New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 1989 and re-opened it – following reconstruction and renovations – in 1990. NASCAR events have been held at the track since July 1990. Bahre also owned and operated Oxford Plains Speedway from 1986-’94. He’s also renowned for his collection of vintage cars, which he shares with the public each summer during a Founder’s Day festival in Paris Hill. As New England’s largest sports facility, New Hampshire Motor Speedway includes a 1.056-mile oval track and a 1.6-mile road course and room for 105,491 spectators. A new chapter in the track’s history began in Nov. 2007, when Bahre and his son Gary sold the facility to Speedway Motorsports Inc. More recognition is forthcoming: Bahre will be inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame on Jan. 25, 2009.(NASCAR PR)(12-4-2008)

    • Bob Bahre Named To Hall of Fame: New Hampshire Motor Speedway founder Bob Bahre will be inducted to the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame on Jan. 25, 2009 at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, Conn. Bahre, generally acknowledged as the man who brought “major league’ auto racing to New England, is also recognized as having saved Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. He lifted the track to prominence with the Oxford 250, long one of the richest short track races for late model stocks in America. He changed the face of the sport in 1990 when he built the mile oval in Loudon — today New Hampshire Motor Speedway. At the time it was the first superspeedway built in the world in 20 years. Tickets to the ceremony are on sale in Nov. at near1.com.(Union Leader)(10-16-2008)

    • Lights planned for NHMS, no reconfig: Speedway Motorsports Inc. plans to add lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as soon as possible, which would reduce the number of Chase tracks without them to three. SMI chairman Bruton Smith said before Sunday's Chase opener that the only obstacle is getting out of an agreement former owner Bob Bahre made with a group of neighbors that there never would be night racing at the 1.058-mile track. "We will overcome that,'' Smith said. "I feel confident about that. As soon as we do that we will erect lights here.'' Smith believes it should be mandatory for all Chase tracks to have lights to give the best opportunity to get races in on the scheduled date. Had there been lights at New Hampshire on Sunday, officials wouldn't have been under such a tight deadline to get the race started before mid-afternoon. New Hampshire, Dover, Talladega and Martinsville are the only Chase tracks without lights. "I want to make sure we never lose a race,'' Smith said. "Like today, if we had to start at 6 o'clock or 7 or 8 o'clock we could do so. That's the whole thing in a nutshell. And it's good for the fans. We've got to be constantly better for these fans.'' Smith said plans to shorten New Hampshire from just over a mile to a ¾-mile track have been scrapped. "The track is very raceable,'' he said. "A couple of engineers looked [into it]. We look at a lot of things. I don't see that happening.''(ESPN)(9-14-2008)

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


    GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

      Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

      Number of Tires:
      Sprint Cup: Left-side – 1,100, Right-side – 1,100;
      Nationwide: Left-side – 575, Right-side – 575

      Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4238; Right-side -- D-4250

      Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 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 -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
      Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi

      Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tire codes at New Hampshire this weekend . . . Sprint Cup teams have run this left-side code (D-4238) at both Phoenix and Richmond earlier this season, though with a different right-side code . . . this is the first time Cup teams will be running this right-side (D-4250) . . . Nationwide Series teams ran this left-side code at Phoenix and Richmond earlier this season, but also ran this full tire set-up for the first time at Milwaukee last weekend . . . Nationwide teams will also run this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at O'Reilly Raceway Park in July . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • Christopher to attempt New Hamphire race: Ted Christopher will go looking to hit the track with the Sprint Cup Series next weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Christopher will look to make his seventh Sprint Cup Series start in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire on June 28. Christopher will attempt to qualify a [#27 Toyota] car owned by Kirk Shelmerdine. Christopher has driven Shelmerdine owned cars in three previous Sprint Cup events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "I went over to see him last weekend when I was [in North Carolina]," Christopher said. "He said come over and try the seat in the car. It fit good and he called me on Monday and said they he had got a sponsor and wanted me to run his car. I'm looking forward to it. I think I've made the race for him every time we've tried to qualify at New Hampshire." Christopher last started in a Sprint Cup Series event in September 2006, finishing 41st at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a Shelmerdine owned car.(Hartford Courant)(6-19-2009) Comment here

    • Davis to attempt New Hampshire race: Marc Davis’ [a former Joe Gibbs development driver who has been running a limited schedule in the Nationwide Series] next race will be an attempt for the Sprint Cup race in two weeks at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Harry Davis [Marc's father] said they will attempt three or four Cup races before the Chase For The Sprint Cup and then attempt additional Nationwide Series events.(Scene Daily)(6-14-2009)
      UPDATE: been told Davis will not be attempting the race at New Hampshire, no details.(8-22-2009)

    • See the 2009 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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