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THE RACE: Sylvania 300

TRACK: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #27 of 36 for the 2009 season

Chase for the Spint Cup Race #1 of 10

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  • Race: Sunday, September 20, 2009 in Loudon, NH

  • Title Sponsor: Sylvania

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 1:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ABC, 2:00pm/et

  • TV Announcers: Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dr. Jerry Punch
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
    Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, September 21 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, September 21 at 12:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Wednesday, September 23 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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  • Practices:
    Friday, September 18, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, September 19, 9:00 - 9:45am/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, September 19, 11:30am - 12:30pm/et, TV-ESPN2 via tape at 6:45pm/et


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RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Martin wins at New Hampshire (revised): #5-Mark Martin won the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 1st win at New Hampshire, 5th win of 2009 and 40th of his career. #11-Hamlin finished 2nd followed by #42-Montoya, #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #2-Busch, #39-Newman, #19-Sadler, #16-Biffle and #33-Bowyer. Other Chase drivers finishes: #83-Vickers finished 11th; #14-Stewart 14th; #24-Gordon 15th; #99-Edwards 17th; and #9-Kahne lost an engine early and finished 38th. There were 11 cautions for 48 caution laps and there were 20 lead changes among 10 drivers.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: ESPN2: Monday, September 21 at 3:00 am/et; ESPN Classic: Monday, September 21 at 12:00pm/et; SPEED, Wednesday, September 23 at 12:00pm/et.
    For race results, awards and more, see my New Hampshire Race Results Page.(9-20-2009)

  • Four CURRENT Race Tracks Martin has never won race at: There are FOUR current race tracks the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runs on that #5-Mark Martin has not won at [a Sprint Cup race], plus Martin ran five races at Nashville and four races at Riverside and didn't win:
    Pocono: 0 for 45 with six finishes of 2nd, last in 8/2004
    Daytona: 0 for 48 with a best finish of 2nd in 2/2007
    Indianapolis: 0 for 16 with a best finish of 2nd in 8/1998 and 7/2009
    Homestead: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2005
    Won at Chicago on 7-11-2009 after failing to win 8 times
    Won at New Hampshire on 9-20-2009 after failing to win there 24 times
    (9-20-2009)

  • NASCAR explains caution at end of race at New Hampshire: NASCAR officials waited most of the last lap before calling a caution and ending the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway because of #44-AJ Allmendinger's spin on the frontstretch. Even after calling the caution, it created confusion among the drivers, some of whom raced to the finish line. "We were waiting to see if [Allmendinger] could get going and get out of the way,'' said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition. "You wait as long as you can to try to not affect the outcome of a race. We don't like the race to end under caution.''(Roanoke Times)(9-21-2009)

  • #18 car too low in post race inspection: #18-Kyle Busch, who missed making the Chase by just eight points, finished 5th in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But the left front of the #18 M&M's Toyota was too low in post-race inspection, and he could be penalized by NASCAR this week, usually announced on Tuesday afternoons.(ESPN/Associated Press)(9-20-2009)

  • Notes and Facts from New Hampshire:
    * Mark Martin won the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was his 40th Cup victory in his 749th career start. Martin took sole possession of 16th on NASCAR's all-time win list. It was his fifth victory in 2009, leading all drivers.
    * Martin scored his first Cup win in 26 races at New Hampshire. His previous best New Hampshire finish was second, which he did three times. He became the 10th different winner in the past 10 races at New Hampshire.
    * Martin scored his fourth straight top-5 finish, extending a streak that began at Bristol.
    * Hendrick Motorsports scored its seventh victory at New Hampshire, tying Roush Fenway Racing for the most by any owner in the 30 Cup races at New Hampshire. Martin scored the ninth win for Hendrick Motorsports this season.
    * Chevrolet has scored 13 wins in 2009, leading all manufacturers. Toyota has nine, Dodge has three and Ford has two.
    * Denny Hamlin (second) has scored seven straight top-10 finishes in a streak that began at the second Pocono race.
    * Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his first top-10 finish in six races at New Hampshire. He led the most laps (105). This marked Montoya's 100th career start.
    * Jimmie Johnson (fourth) has led in 38 of the 51 Chase races. Johnson earned the most bonus points (130) in the first 26 races. Johnson is the only driver who has led in all 17 superspeedway races this season (restrictor-plate races excluded).
    * Brian Vickers (11th) extended a 10-race streak of top-15 finishes that began at Daytona in July.
    * Tony Stewart (14th) has finished outside the top 10 in the past five races. He has scored 18 top-10 finishes in 27 races this season.
    * Jeff Burton (16th) has finished 16th or worse in the past 13 races, since Michigan in June.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 35th in his 350th consecutive Cup race.
    * Elliott Sadler (eighth) and Stewart each have been running at the finish in the past 50 races, the longest current streak. Sadler posted his best finish since posting a fifth in the 2009 Daytona 500 [Note: Reed Sorenson has been running at the finish of 53 races but didn't run at Infineon in 2008].(ESPN)(9-21-2009)

  • Race Fast Facts - New Hampshire:
    #5-Mark Martin won the SYLVANIA 300, his 40th victory in 749 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fifth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2009.
    This is his first victory and 14th top-10 finish in 26 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in eight races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2009.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his first top-10 finish in six races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    #20-Joey Logano (21st) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #5-Mark Martin leads the point standings by 35 points over #48-Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-20-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
    [after New Hampshire, Chase race 1 of 10; Season race 27 of 36]:

    pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
    1) #5-Mark Martin [5 wins], 5230, finished 1st at New Hampshire
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 5195, -35, 4th
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 5195, -35, 2nd
    4) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 5175, -55, 3rd
    5) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 5165, -65, 6th
    6) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 5156, -74, 14th
    7) #39-Ryan Newman, 5151, -79, 7th
    8) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 5140, -90, 11th
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 5138, -92, 9th
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 5128, -102, 15th
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 5117, -113, 17th
    12) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 5069, -161, 38th
    For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers Points Standings page.(9-20-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CLASSIC - the OLD way - Driver Points Standings
    [after New Hampshire, race 27 of 36]:
    pos, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #14-Tony Stewart, 3932
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3745, -187
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3699, -233
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3666, -266
    5) #5-Mark Martin, 3481, -451
    6) #2-Kurt Busch, 3477, -455
    7) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 3426, -506
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 3423, -509
    9) #99-Carl Edwards, 3397, -535
    10) #16-Greg Biffle, 3387, -545
    11) #18-Kyle Busch, 3350, -582
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 3333, -599
    13) #9-Kasey Kahne, 3329, -603
    14) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3259, -673
    15) #33-Clint Bowyer, 3193, -739
    16) #00-David Reutimann, 3175, -757
    (9-20-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Dover:
    No changes the spread between 35th and 36th now up to 130 points
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2197, +318
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2009, 130 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1879, 130 points out of 35th
    37) #71-Gilliland-Labonte/TRG: 1631, -378
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(9-20-2009)

  • Penalty Report - New Hampshire:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #37 Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, engine change
    #87 Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, ?
    #9, 67, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #07, 68, Lug nut(s) not installed, pit
    #09, 88, Lug nut(s) not installed, pit
    #43, 168, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #98, 169, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #55, 169, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #34, 169, Pitting before pit road is open. tail end
    #82, 194, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, tail end
    #88, 284, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-20-2009)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #6-Ragan, 33rd
    Caution 2: #34-Andretti, 26th
    Caution 3: #7-Gordon, 24th
    Caution 4: #34-Andretti (2), 26th
    Caution 5: #82-Speed, 31st
    Caution 6: #82-Speed (2), 31st
    Caution 7: #55-Waltrip, still down 1 lap, 27th
    Caution 8: #17-Kenseth, 23rd
    Caution 9: #20-Logano, 21st
    Caution 10: #7-Gordon (2), 24th
    Caution 11: none, end of race
    (9-20-2009)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at New Hampshire (or seemed to)?
    43rd: #37-Raines, completed 9 laps
    42nd: #66-Blaney 24
    41st: #36-McDowell, 37
    40th: #87-Nemechek, 42
    39th: #64-Wallace, 49
    (usually only count a team with a history of start and park, not an engine blow or wreck and only if 25% or less of race completed)(9-20-2009)

  • Pit Stall Selections - New Hampshire: The selections of pit stalls for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #42-Montoya chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #14-Stewart took pit stall 19, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #2-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 18th pit stall, the first stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #71-Labonte, who starts 8th and now plans to run the entire race.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the New Hampshire Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-19-2009)

  • Race Coverage of the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2009.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx 2:15pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2: Monday, September 21 at 3:00 am/et
    ESPN Classic: Monday, September 21 at 12:00pm/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, September 23 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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  • Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice: for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, the top 5:
    #42-Montoya 130.376
    #2-Busch 129.843
    #1-Truex Jr. 129.843
    #5-Martin 129.820
    #48-Johnson 129.758
    slowest: #64-Wallace 126.174 & #37-Raines 126.278
    Happy Hour is scheduled to air on ESPN2 via tape delay at 6:45pm/et
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds Notes page.(9-19-2009)

  • New Hampshire Happy Hour practice results for the 2009 Chase Drivers:
    (by current Chase Points Standings)
    1) #5-Mark Martin, was th overall fastest
    2) #14-Tony Stewart, 10th
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5th
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 7th
    5) #9-Kasey Kahne, 14th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 8th
    7) #2-Kurt Busch, 2nd
    8) #83-Brian Vickers, 18th
    9) #99-Carl Edwards, 29th
    10) #39-Ryan Newman, 12th
    11) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 1st [qual & all 3 practices]
    12) #16-Greg Biffle, 22nd.(9-19-2009)

  • First Saturday practice: for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, the top 5:
    #42-Montoya 130.131
    #1-Truex Jr. 129.922
    #5-Martin 129.688
    #12-Stremme 129.639 #48-Johnson 129.595
    slowest: #37-Raines 125.018 and #96-Darnell 126.812
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds Notes page.(9-19-2009)

  • Montoya wins pole at New Hampshire: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 133.431mph for a new track record [the old record was 133.357mph by Ryan Newman set six years ago]. The pole is Montoya's 2nd pole of the season and 2nd career pole. #14-Stewart was 2nd fastest followed by #2-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #99-Edwards, #12-Stremme, #1-Truex Jr., #71-BLabonte, #18-Busch and #24-Gordon. Points leader #5-Martin will start 14th. The fastest 43 cars made the race and the two slowest failed to qualify.
    The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #71-Labonte, #66-Blaney, #87-Nemechek, #82-Speed, #64-Wallace, #37-Raines, #09-Almirola and #36-McDowell.
    The two drivers who failed to qualify: #75-Cope and #51-Bean.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results & order, pole progreession and more on the New Hampshire Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(9-18-2009)

  • New Hampshire starting spots for the 2009 Chase Drivers:
    1) #5-Mark Martin, starts 14th
    2) #14-Tony Stewart, 2nd
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 16th
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4th
    5) #9-Kasey Kahne, 11th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 10th
    7) #2-Kurt Busch, 3rd
    8) #83-Brian Vickers, 26th
    9) #99-Carl Edwards, 5th
    10) #39-Ryan Newman, 18th
    11) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 1st
    12) #16-Greg Biffle, 22nd.(9-18-2009)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sylvania 300 with a lap of 28.545 seconds, 133.431 mph setting a new track record.
    This is his second pole in 100 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 11th top-10 start in 2009.
    This is his first pole in six races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    #14-Tony Stewart (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2009 and his 14th in 22 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    #2-Kurt Busch (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 15th in 27 races this season.
    #82-Scott Speed (27th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-18-2009)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #42-Montoya, 133.431 [Track Record], starts 1st
    Dodge: #2-Busch, 132.581, starts 3rd
    Ford: #99-Edwards, 132.012, starts 5th
    Toyota: #11-Hamlin, 132.030, starts 4th

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2009 at 3:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2 - 3:00pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted. 45 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 #36-McMurray.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #5-Martin.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #09-Almirola with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #75-Cope.
    See the full qualifying order on the New Hampshire Qualifying Page.(9-18-2009)

  • Friday's practice for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, the top 5:
    #42-Montoya 132.485
    #29-Harvick 132.383
    #33-Bowyer 132.282
    #14-Stewart 132.278
    #5-Martin 133.232
    slowest: #51-Bean 126.660 & #75-Cope 126.761
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds Notes page.(9-18-2009)

  • New Hamphsire practice rank for the 2009 Chase Drivers:
    1) #5-Mark Martin, was 5th fastest
    2) #14-Tony Stewart, 4th
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 9th
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 10th
    5) #9-Kasey Kahne, 11th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th
    7) #2-Kurt Busch, 6th
    8) #83-Brian Vickers, 13th
    9) #99-Carl Edwards, 35th
    10) #39-Ryan Newman, 21st
    11) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 1st
    12) #16-Greg Biffle, 19th.(9-18-2009)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice on Friday at New Hampshire:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #71-Bobby Labonte [has past champ to use], 26th fastest overall
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 28th
    #82-Scott Speed, 29th
    #66-Dave Blaney, 33rd
    #64-Mike Wallace, 40th
    #36-Micheal McDowell, 41st
    #37-Tony Raines, 42nd
    #09-Aric Almirola, 43rd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #75-Derrike Cope, 44th
    #51-Dexter Bean, 45th/last

  • The Entry List for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
    #09-Aric Almirola (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38/26)
    #36-Michael McDowell (42/26)
    #37-Tony Raines (45/18)
    #51-Dexter Bean (52/7)
    #64-Mike Wallace (49/15)
    #66-Dave Blaney (41/26)
    #71-Bobby Labonte (Past Champ 2000)(37/26)
    #75-Derrike Cope (53/5)
    #82-Scott Speed (36/26)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (40/26)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,82,71,87,66,36,37,64
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 51,75
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's New Hampshire Entry List.(9-14-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
    No changes the spread between 35th and 36th now up to 115 points
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2106, +297
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1924, 115 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1809, 115 points out of 35th
    37) #71-Gilliland-Labonte/TRG: 1529, -395
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(9-12-2009)

  • 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

  • Five CURRENT Race Tracks Martin has never won race at: There are FIVE current race tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs on that #5-Mark Martin has not won at [a Sprint Cup race], plus Martin ran five races at Nashville and four races at Riverside and didn't win:
    Pocono: 0 for 45 with six finishes of 2nd, last in 8/2004
    New Hampshire: 0 for 24 with three finishes of 2nd, last in 8/1998
    Daytona: 0 for 48 with a best finish of 2nd in 2/2007
    Indianapolis: 0 for 16 with a best finish of 2nd in 8/1998 and 7/2009
    Homestead: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2005
    Won at Chicago on 7-11-2009 after failing to win 8 times
    (8-26-2009)

  • 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], #71/96-Bobby Labonte [0] and #87-Joe Nemechek [1].(6-21-2009)

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

  • July 2009 Race Winner: #20-Joey Logano, 97.497mph, started 24th

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

  • Oldest Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 8 months, 10 days, 9/20/2009

  • Youngest Winner: Joey Logano, 19 years, 1 month, 4 days, 6/28/2009

  • 2009 July Pole Sitter: None due to inclement weather, #14-Stewart started 1st, finished 5th

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

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

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 9 months, 13 days, 7/21/2002

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 21 years, 8 months, 23 days, 7/17/2005

  • 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: 13 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 16 - Jeff Gordon

  • 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: 79, 5/2/2009

  • 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 29 races] 13.8%
  • 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 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 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 29 - 27.6%
  • Races won from the top 10: 15 of 29 - 51.7%

  • 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 a NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 15, 1990.

    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was 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 29 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 29 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).

    • 19 different drivers have posted victories, led by Jeff Burton (four).

    • In June, Joey Logano became the all-time youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup race winner at 19 years, one month and four days.

    • 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.

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

    • The last race winner to win from the pole was Clint Bowyer in 2007.

    • There have been nine consecutive different race winners.

    • 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 race.

    • There have been 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in New Hampshire, all at NHMS.

    • 13 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) are listed as New Hampshire natives.

    • There has been one race winner from New Hampshire in NASCAR’s three national series: Jamie Aube. Aube, from Manchester, won a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Oxford Plains Speedway in 1987.

  • The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup:
    • 22 different drivers have made the Chase, including Brian Vickers and Juan Pablo Montoya, who each made their first Chase this season.
    • There will be 3,152 laps and 4,095.48 miles run during the 2009 Chase.
    • Only one driver has made all six Chases for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson
    • Three drivers have made five Chases: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth. Kenseth has made all five previous Chases, but missed this year’s after finishing the regular season 14th in points.
    • In the 50 Chase races, Jimmie Johnson has won a series-high 14 races. He’s followed by Carl Edwards (six), Greg Biffle (six), Tony Stewart (four) and Jeff Gordon (three).
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to average a top-10 finish in Chase races (8.7).
    • In the 50 Chase races, Greg Biffle has an average finish of 14.4. But in the 20 Chase races where he was in contention for the championship, Biffle has an average finish of 9.6.
    • Three drivers have notched more than 20 top-five finishes during Chase races: Jimmie Johnson (26), Jeff Gordon (22) and Carl Edwards (20).
    • Nine drivers have more than 20 top-10 finishes during Chase races: Jimmie Johnson (36), Jeff Gordon (34), Carl Edwards (29), Tony Stewart (26), Kevin Harvick (25), Kurt Busch (25), Matt Kenseth (23), Greg Biffle (22) and Jeff Burton (22).
    • Since the inception of Loop Data in 2005, two drivers have a Driver Rating of at least 100.0: Jimmie Johnson (108.8) and Carl Edwards (100.0).
    • Ryan Newman’s average starting position in Chase races is 10.9, which ranks second to Jimmie Johnson’s 9.5. But in the 20 Chase races Newman has been in contention for a championship, he has an average starting position of 5.1.(NASCAR)(9-15-2009)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car# and Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promotion Image Link if available
    #1-Martin Truex Jr. Rain-X #1 Team Schemes Page
    #5-Mark Martin Carquest/Kelloggs #5 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Sylvania #7 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle 3M/Scotch #16 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Carhartt #17 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon National Guard/Yellow Ribbon/DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
    #36-Micheal McDowell Wave Energy Drink #36 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Reed Sorenson McDonald's McCafre #43 Team Schemes Page
    #44-A.J. Allmendinger Berlin City Auto Group #44 Team Schemes Page
    #47-Marcos Ambrose Bushs Baked Beans - Market Basket #47 Team Schemes Page
    #51-Dexter Bean Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation #51 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink/MtnDew #88 Team Schemes Page
    #96-Erik Darnell Northern Tool+Equipment #96 Team Schemes Page
    #98-Paul Menard Sylvania- DOT·it #98 Team Schemes Page


  • Rain-X to sponsor Truex at NHMS: The Rain-X brand will make its debut as the primary sponsor on the #1 Chevy of Martin Truex Jr. for this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. For more than 30 years, the legendary Rain-X Original Glass Treatment has been dramatically improving wet weather driving visibility by causing precipitation to bead up and roll off vehicle windshields. The #1 Chevy’s bright yellow and blue design draws inspiration from the yellow and blue color scheme that has become synonymous with the Rain-X brand. The Rain-X logo will be on the hood of the #1 Chevy along with the giant “beaded” rain drops running off the windshield and down the sides of the front quarter-panels. Race fans, be sure to visit earnhardtganassi.com to get exclusive behind the scenes video content from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and the No. 1 Rain-X Chevrolet. Follow along as Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team members show race fans how the team utilizes Rain-X products both on and off the race track (EGR), see an image of the scheme on my #1 Team Schemes page.(9-17-2009)

  • Bean to run Juvenile Diabetes scheme at NHMS: Dexter Bean will be sporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on the hood of his #51 Dodge Charger for the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bean is a Type 1 diabetic himself and is using this as an opportunity to raise awareness and help find a cure for Diabetes.(BlackJack Racing)(9-16-2009)

  • #96 to feature new sponsor at NHMS: Erik Darnell returns to pilot the #96 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Sylvania 300. Darnell has made a total of four starts at NHMS – one Nationwide and three Truck Series. He has four top-10 and two top-five finishes. The #96 will sport the colors of Northern Tool + Equipment this weekend at New Hampshire. NT+E will also be the primary sponsor on Darnell’s Ford at Kansas in October, Darnell’s next Cup Series race.(HOF Racing)(9-16-2009)

  • Berlin City sponsorship on the #44 at NHMS: AJ Allmendinger drives the #44 Berlin City Auto Group Dodge this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Berlin City Auto Group, with dealerships throughout New England, specializes in the sales, service and parts for automotive manufacturers and pre-owned vehicles. “This is the same paint scheme we ran up there in June. Our owner George Gillett also owns the Berlin City Auto group and they used to sponsor Dave Dion in a lot of races in the area. Race fans asked about it last time we were up there. I’m glad we are running it again this weekend. I love the history of the sport and if it helps remind people of some of the history then that’s a good thing. There aren’t many orange and white cars out there these days.” Sunday marks Allmendinger’s 71st start in Sprint Cup racing (RPM). See image of the scheme on my #44 Team Schemes page.(9-15-2009)

  • Robby and Menard to sport Sylvania colors at NHMS: Robby Gordon and Paul Menard will be "racing to the future of lighting" at this year's Sprint Cup Series kick-off, the Sylvania 300. Menard will be behind the wheel of the Sylvania- DOT·it covered #98 Ford Fusion and his fellow competitor Gordon will take to the track in the Sylvania blue and orange painted #7 Toyota Camry. This season is Gordon's inaugural season driving Sylvania colors, while it marks the third year in a row that Menard has driven the Sylvania car. Additionally, Matt Crafton will be driving the #88 Sylvania Chevy Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series race on Sept. 19th.(PR Newswire.(9-14-2009)

  • Wave Energy sponsoring TBR: Wave Energy Drink announced that it will sponsor Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Toyota and driver Patrick Capentier [now Michael McDowell] in six Sprint Cup Series races this season. Wave Energy Drink branding will appear on the #36 for the following six races [in a row]: Atlanta, Richmond, New Hampshire, Dover, Kansas and Auto Club Speedway. “The partnership between Wave Energy Drink and Tommy Baldwin Racing will provide the brand with immediate access to a significant number of the core target audience vital to the brand’s success,” said Jason Wolter, V.P. of Marketing for Wave Energy. “The partnership will help us turbo-charge Wave Energy’s upcoming consumer launch. We are also excited about our involvement with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team that has a loyal following like TBR. For more information about Wave Energy Drink visit www.tastethewave.com.(TBR/Everest Marketing Group)(8-31-2009)
    IMAGEs: see images of the scheme on my #36 Team Schemes page (9-1-2009)

  • National Guard to sponsor Jeff Gordon? UPDATE 8 races: hearing that Jeff Gordon will be driving a National Guard scheme on the #24 Chevy in eight races in 2009, starting at Atlanta in March, have heard it will NOT effect the National Guard sponsorship of #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(11-23-2008) UPDATE: This season, Gordon and the #24 team will help bring awareness to the National Guard's community initiatives, such as the National Guard Youth Challenge, Active First, College First, Path to Honor and Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The programs will be showcased on the #24 DuPont/National Guard Chevy in eight races this season:
    March 8 at Atlanta
    April 5 at Texas
    May 9 at Darlington
    June 14 at Michigan
    July 11 at Chicagoland
    Sept. 12 at Richmond
    Sept. 20 at New Hampshire and
    Oct. 25 at Martinsville
    (HMS PR), see images of the scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(1-21-2009)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
    Race Length: 317.4 miles
    Scheduled Laps: 300
    Straights 65 feet wide Banked at 1 degree 1,500 feet long
    Turns 92 feet wide Variable banking at 2/7 degrees
    Pit Road 65 feet wide
    Pace Car Speed: 50mph
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Grandstand Seating: 93,521
    Opened: 1990 (first Sprint Cup event 1993)

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Sylvania Sr. VP of Sales, Service and Logistics Tim Lesch
    Command to start engines: Tim Lesch
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Mark Titlebaum, BJ's Wholesale Club Sr. VP of general merchandise
    Invocation: Bishop Michael R. Cote, Diocese of Norwich, CT
    American National Anthem: Contry Singer Josh Turner
    Canadian National Anthem: Denise Doucette
    Military Flyover: ?

  • 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

  • September 2008: see my New Hampshire Race Info page

  • July 2009: see the New Hampshire Race Info page


  • New Hampshire Sprint Cup race sold out: Officials said today's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a sellout, and, with an additional 3,000 tickets being sold for the infield, a crowd of about 104,000 is expected. NHMS came up a thousand or so tickets short of a sellout for its June race. "Hopefully, we'll have the biggest crowd ever in the history of the Speedway," said Smith, who would love to see lights at the track as a major addition for next season. Yes, it's been a pretty good year at the racetrack. "Across the board, with the economy the way it is, we're probably averaging a 7 to 10 percent decline in attendance," said Jim Hunter, NASCAR vice president of corporate communications. "But this track is holding its own pretty well. These fans are avid. There are no more avid fans than there are at this racetrack." That's a major reason, Hunter said, that he doesn't see NHMS losing one of its two annual Sprint Cup races, something that some fans feared when Bruston Smith's company [SMI] -- which owns seven other speedways -- bought the track. "When you can sell 90-100,000 tickets, to take a chance on moving it somewhere where you may sell 60-70,000 -- to me, that doesn't make any sense," Hunter said.(New Hampshire Union Leader)(9-20-2009)

  • "Trackside Pass" Available for New Hampshire: For the first time ever, New Hampshire Motor Speedway fans will have the opportunity to be the ultimate insider at Sunday's Sylvania 300 with the new "Trackside Pass." This allows fans pre-race pit road access; the chance to attend the Town Meeting with speedway officials Bruton Smith, Jerry Gappens, and leaders in the world of motorsports; and admission to the "Trackside Tent" and the turn one and two areas of the infield to watch the first race in the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup."
    "Trackside Pass" guests are allowed to bring coolers (up to 14-inches), lawn chairs, and blankets into the infield. No scaffolding or platforms are allowed. The "Trackside Pass" is available for a limited time at $150 per person. Passes for minors under the age of 18 can be purchased for $50 without pre-race pit access. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Sylvania 300 weekend events, go online to www.nhms.com, or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(9-18-2009)

  • "Full House" Expected for Sunday's race at NHMS: A capacity crowd will be on hand for Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Speedway officials announced Thursday that other than a "few" single seats and handicap accessible seats, all tickets to the grandstand seating area are gone. A limited number of backstretch, standing-room and infield "Trackside-View" tickets are available. Tickets to these areas are still available in advance by calling the speedway's ticket office at (603) 783-4931, which speedway officials are encouraging. Tickets are also available for Friday's Heluva Good! Pole Day activities, and the NASCAR Camping World East Series Heluva Good! Fall 125, as well as Saturday's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire 100, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Heluva Good! 200, and the ACT Invitational. Tickets start at $20 for adults. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Sylvania 300 weekend events, go online to www.nhms.com, or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(9-18-2009)

  • NHMS Ticket Buyer Will Journey to Las Vegas: As part of New Hampshire Motor Speedway's on-going "FansFirst" initiative, anyone purchasing tickets for the SYLVANIA 300 on September 20 will have a chance of winning an exciting trip to Las Vegas for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony on Friday, December 4. The Grand Prize includes airfare, lodging, $1,000 in spending money, and two tickets to the Sprint Cup banquet. This will be the first time that this exclusive awards ceremony is being held in Las Vegas. For the past 27 years, the banquet has taken place in New York City. For a chance to experience the thrills of a NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in Vegas, purchase your tickets for the SYLVANIA 300 now. The MegaTicket package features three days of racing for $99. The SYLVANIA Speed Zone seating section offers fans a $39 Sunday ticket. With these promotions, fans have the unique opportunity to experience NASCAR racing for approximately 12 cents a lap! To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway SYLVANIA 300 weekend, call the Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(9-16-2009)

  • Josh Turner to hold concert and sing National Anthen at HNMS: Josh Turner, recently named by People magazine as one of country music's hottest stars, will be performing a pre-race concert and the National Anthem prior to the start of the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 20 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This Grammy nominated artist has made his mark on the country music charts with back-to-back multi-week No. 1 radio singles, as well as, back-to-back platinum albums, "Long Black Train" and "Your Man," which is now certified Double Platinum. He has launched The Josh Turner Fund which is fueled by his passion to support music and the arts. The Fund awarded its first scholarship this year. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway SYLVANIA 300 weekend, call the Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(9-16-2009)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway Grand Marshal and starter: NASCAR fans will get a closer look at a new era of lighting during the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as title sponsor Osram Sylvania showcases its innovations and expertise in illumination technology. The North American lighting leader enters the chase with the company's next generation of leadership, new investments in research and development (R&D), and inspired lighting advancements for your space, your wallet and your planet. The seventh annual Sylvania 300 weekend arrives at the dawning of a lighting revolution and a changing of the guard at Osram Sylvania. The company announced earlier this year that Rick Leaman will succeed Charlie Jerabek as President and CEO effective the 1st of October. This presidential transition puts Leaman in the driver's seat; he will lead events throughout the race weekend along with Osram Sylvania Senior Vice President of Sales, Service and Logistics Tim Lesch, the Grand Marshal. The company enlisted the help of Mark Titlebaum, BJ's Wholesale Club senior vice president of general merchandise, to act as the flag dropper for the Sylvania 300. Sylvania has been the title sponsor of the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) for the last seven years and, in July 2006, signed an additional five-year contract with NHMS through 2012. For more information, visit www.Sylvania.com/Sylvania300.(PR Newswire.(9-14-2009)

  • NHMS pares police for race weekend: As Loudon, NH, gears up for next weekend's final NASCAR race of the year, the police department may find itself with less to do than in years past. With over one-third of its budget for security details slashed, fewer Loudon officers will be on hand. Officials at New Hampshire Motor Speedway said in interviews last week they'll utilize other forms of security, like the state police and their own team to patrol parts of the track, which has a maximum capacity of 105,000. Loudon police Chief Robert Fiske said the reductions translate to a "dangerously low" number of officers at the track. "There's a major safety concern," Fiske said in an interview.
    The town's police department, which typically contracts up to 200 officers from throughout the state for full- and part-time use, was forced to re-evaluate its figures last month after the track took issue with a $265,000 bill for police details provided at a June NASCAR race. The track told selectmen the figure was excessive - up 40% from a $190,000 bill for the same race in 2005 - and agreed to pay it on the condition that fees for police and fire coverage on future races not exceed $175,000.
    "The June bill was not a realistic reflection of what we needed," said New Hampshire Motor Speedway Manager and Vice President Jerry Gappens. "We had concerns and asked for an adjustment. The bill was paid in protest, but it was paid." The $265,000 was paid last month, and after some last-minute number crunching, Fiske presented the track with a $157,000 proposal for this week's 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. The bill, which Fiske said he presented "under protest," was further reduced to about $136,000. With a few more changes, the combined bill for police and fire coverage tallied $174,000, according to Gappens.
    The biggest reductions came from several areas, Gappens said, including paring back shifts the week before the race, when out-of-state travelers typically set up RVs in the parking areas. The track will man its own security until Thursday. "If we have an incident, then (the police) will respond like they would any other day," Gappens said. Additionally, the state police will take over patrolling in two of the site's campgrounds; the number of officers patrolling the grandstands will be reduced from 30 to 12, but there will be more track security and ushers, said Mark Furlone, the track's security director and a former state trooper major.
    The number of shifts and officers on staff were cut in half, Fiske said, and the number of hours in a typical shift were slashed from 12 to eight. Officers working shifts in the overnight RV areas will be off the clock at 2 a.m. There will be a "handful" of people on-call, Fiske said, but if something happens, "I really doubt six people are going to be able to control a crowd of 300." The track has also eliminated 17 officers at 11 of its entrance points, where guests' bags are checked for restricted items. Instead, the track will assign about 300 uniformed workers to man those points. "We're quite well-staffed," Furlone said. "We're very conscious of the safety and well-being of our guests." The changes, according to Fiske, are leaving the town wide open to danger. Given the number of people expected to attend the three-day event, he expects something will go wrong, he said. Fiske said he's especially concerned about the lack of officers at the screening stations. Many of them are being moved to traffic detail on Route 106, which Loudon will also retain control over.(Concord [NH] Monitor)(9-14-2009)

  • 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)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side – 1,275; Right-side – 1,275

    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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 75-80 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will be running slightly different tire set-ups at New Hampshire this weekend . . . while both will share Goodyear's left-side tire code (D-4238), they will be running distinct right-side codes . . . Sprint Cup teams will be on the same combination of left- and right-side tires they ran at New Hampshire in June . . . this is the only track at which Cup teams will run this exact set-up, though they do run this left-side code with a different right-side at both Phoenix and Richmond . . . as on most NASCAR ovals this length or less, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Cup start 750 for Mikey: #55 NAPA Auto Parts driver Michael Waltrip will be competing in his 750th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race when the Sylvania 300 gets underway at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Waltrip will start in his 28th Cup race at the 1.058-mile track.(MWR)(9-16-2009)

  • Bobby Labonte in the #71 for seven races UPDATE: After Bobby Labonte was dismissed from his driving duties for seven of the remaining 12 races in the #96 Yates Racing [Hall of Fame Racing] Ford, the 2000 Sprint Cup champ has agreed to pilot the #71 TaxSlayer Chevy for TRG Motorsports in those seven events starting this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Yates Racing announced on Monday that rookie Erik Darnell would share the ride with Labonte for the remainder of the year. David Gilliland, who has competed in 22 races for TRG this season, will continue driving for the team in the remaining events.(FoxSports), this move also affects the Past Champions Provisional, especially at AMS where three past Sprint Cup champions are eligible for the past champions provisional. #71-Bobby Labonte [2000 Champ], #08-Terry Labonte [1996 & 1984 Champ] and #21-Bill Elliott [1988 Champ] all are with teams outside the Top-35 in Owners Points and must qualify 7th or better among the 11 go-or-go-homers to make the race. If one or more does not, the 8th spot [43rd starting spot] would go to the most recent past champion. If all three race into the lineup, the 43rd spot goes to the 8th fastest of the eleven.
    BUT, rules state: "If after starting position 1 through 42 are assigned and there remains an eligible car owner whose driver is the current or a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion who participated as a driver in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and who was entered in the Event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline, a 43rd provisional starting position, the "Champion's Provisional", will be assigned to that car owner." So since LBobby Labonte was not entered in the #71 prior to the deadline [13 days before the event usually], he will not be eligible to use the past championa provisional at Atlanta this week.(9-3-2009)
    UPDATE: Bobby Labonte has signed a seven race deal to drive the TRG Motorsports #71 TaxSlayer.com Chevy starting this weekend in the Pep Boys Auto 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Labonte will keep his streak of 568 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts intact, the first of which dates back to the 1993 Daytona 500. "This whole thing came together over the last 24 hours," Labonte said. "Slugger (Richard "Slugger" Labbe, TRG Motorsports crew chief) called me yesterday morning and had an idea and wondered if I would be interested or not. I had some openings I wasn't planning on, so it just kind of worked out. I am just trying to go to the rest of the races full-tilt. I talked to Kevin (Buckler TRG Motorsports team principal) a couple of times yesterday and he seems very committed and I think it will work out for both of us. Slugger worked with my brother Terry years ago when we had our Busch team. Terry and I had a team and Slugger worked on Terry's car. He worked at our shop in High Point, so I have known him for a long time." Buckler has a lot of respect for what David Gilliland has done for TRG Motorsports this year. "I have the utmost respect and appreciation for what David Gilliland and TRG Motorsports has done together this year. He performed behind the wheel and was the consummate professional and a great guy. I know he has some terrific opportunities coming up with several top teams. We maintain our relationship with David and he will be in our car again before the season is over." The TRG Motorsports crew is comprised of Mike Brown, Jim Burns, Paul Clapprood, Dennis Croxell, Bobby Dell, Marc Hendricksen, Richard "Slugger" Labbe, Andy Pugh, Tim Rice, Jesse Sanders and Joe Zanolini.(TRG Motorsports)(9-4-2009)

  • Darnell replacing Bobby Labonte for 7 races: UPDATE 2: Yates Racing, announced that former NASCAR Camping World Series Rookie-of–the-Year and current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Erik Darnell will be behind the wheel of the #96 entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for seven races this season. Darnell will make his Sprint Cup Series debut Labor Day weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the #96 Academy Sports & Outdoors Ford Fusion. He also is slated to pilot the #96 at Loudon, Kansas, Talladega, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. Darnell will carry the familiar colors of Northern Tool + Equipment for the Loudon and Kansas races. Academy Sports & Outdoors will be Darnell's primary sponsor at Atlanta, Talladega and Texas. Bobby Labonte will continue to race the#96 Ford under the Hall of Fame Racing banner with Ask.com and DLP as his primary sponsors at Richmond, Dover, Fontana, Charlotte and Martinsville. "This is a move that will be beneficial to Yates Racing surviving this difficult economic time," said Bobby Labonte. "Of course, I'm disappointed that the sponsorship environment is so challenging right now, but I intend to make the most out of the remaining races that I'm behind the wheel for Ask.com, DLP and Hall of Fame Racing."(Yates Racing PR)(8-31-2009)
    UPDATE: Hall of Fame Racing would like to keep Bobby Labonte as its NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and likely will not be affiliated with Yates Racing next year, team co-owner Tom Garfinkel said Monday. The organization signed Ask.com as a sponsor and Bobby Labonte as a driver in January for the 2009 season and then landed a deal with Yates Racing for Yates to field the cars. Seven of the final 12 races were unsponsored, and Yates Racing has opted to put Erik Darnell in the #96 Sprint Cup car instead of Labonte. Garfinkel, in a phone interview, said his organization is still in discussions with Ask.com for next season but doesn't anticipate the Yates Racing relationship to continue. The organization is looking for other teams to partner with and is in discussions with other sponsors as well, Garfinkel said.(SceneDaily)(8-31-2009)
    UPDATE: Bobby Labonte has started 568 consecutive races, a streak that begun at Daytona in February of 1993 when he drove the #22 Maxwell House Ford for Bill Davis. He is second on the all time consecutive start list to #24-Jeff Gordon, who has started 569 straight races.(9-1-2009) Comment here

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