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Lenox Industrial Tools 301
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Lenox Industrial Tools 301
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Race: Sunday, June 27, 2010 in Loudon, NH
Title Sponsor: Lenox Industrial Tools
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:15pm/et
Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team
NASCAR Pre-race: TNT - 12:00pm/et
Television Race Coverage: TNT, 1:00pm/et
Announcers: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty
Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Phil Parsons
TNT's Revolving Studio: Lindsay Czarniak, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty
SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Wednesday, June 30 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team
Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage
(times in eastern time)
Friday, June 25, 11:30am - 1:00pm/et, TV-SPEED
Saturday, June 26, 9:00 - 9:45 am, TV-none scheduled
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 26, 11:45 am -12:45 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage
Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 25, 10:30 am/et
Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, June 25 at 3:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 12:00am/et;
AND live via radio at PRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.
news and links
Johnson wins at New Hampshire: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 3rd win at the track, 5th win of the season and 52nd of his career. It is the eighth time in Johnson's career that he has won races back-to-back. #14-Stewart finished 2nd followed by #2-Busch, #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick, #39-Newman, #33-Bowyer, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #20-Logano and #43-Allmendinger. Pole sitter #42-Montoya got together with #33-Boyer late in the race and damaged the splitter while running in the top-5. Montoya fell back, then got together with #83-Sorenson and ended up in the wall, finishing 34th. #9-Kahne, who started 2nd and was running up front most of the day, had a motor expire on lap 236, finishing 36th. Points leader #29-Harvick saw his points lead decrease to 105 [from 140] with Johnson back in 2nd.
There were 14 lead changes among 9 drivers and 4 cautions for 19 yellow flag laps. The attendence was reported at 91,000, down from 101,000 last June.
See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's New Hampshire Race Results/Awards page.(6-27-2010)
New Hampshire News & Facts:
• Jimmie Johnson won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was his 52nd Cup series victory in his 308th race and his fifth win in 2010, tying Denny Hamlin for the most this season. It was Johnson's third New Hampshire win in 17 races there.
• Johnson posted his 10th career back-to-back victory (won Infineon one race ago). It was his second back-to-back victory in 2010 (won California and Las Vegas).
• Johnson scored his seventh straight top-10 finish at New Hampshire, the longest current streak. He has posted top-10 finishes in the past four races, extending a streak that began at Pocono.
• Johnson led three times for nine laps, including final two. He has led in 10 of the 17 races in 2010.
• Hendrick Motorsports posted its 193rd series victory and eighth win at New Hampshire, the most of all teams. Johnson has all five of its victories in 2010. • Chevrolet scored its eighth win in 2010, leading all makes. Toyota has seven, Dodge has two and Ford is winless. Chevrolet has 14 wins at New Hampshire, leading all makes.
• Tony Stewart (second) has scored top-10 finishes in his past four races in 2010, extending a streak that began at Pocono in June. He posted his eighth straight top-15 finish at New Hampshire.
• Kurt Busch (third) scored his fifth straight finish of sixth or better at New Hampshire.
• Jeff Gordon (fourth) posted his 10 straight top-15 finish at New Hampshire, the longest current streak. • Points leader Kevin Harvick finished fifth. Harvick has a 105-point lead over second-place Johnson.
• AJ Allmendinger (10th) has scored top-15 finishes in his past six races, extending a streak that began at Dover in May.
• David Reutimann (15th) has posted top-15 finishes in his past four races at New Hampshire.
• Greg Biffle finished 16th in his 275th career Cup start.
• Matt Kenseth finished 17th in his 375th consecutive start.
• Jamie McMurray finished 18th in his 275th career start.
• Mark Martin finished 21st in his 775th career start. Martin extended a 27-race streak of running at the finish at New Hampshire, longest by any driver.
• Juan Pablo Montoya (34th) dropped from 20th to 22nd in points.
• Kasey Kahne (36th) dropped from 18th to 20th in points.
• A 201-lap green-flag stretch occurred between the first and second cautions, marking the longest green-flag stretch at New Hampshire.(ESPN.com)(6-29-2010)
Race Fast Facts - New Hampshire:
Jimmie Johnson won the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, his 52nd victory in 308 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his fifth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2010.
This is his third victory and 12th top-10 finish in 17 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Tony Stewart (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 23 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2010.
Kurt Busch (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 19 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kevin Conway (32nd) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 105 points over Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-27-2010)
2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after New Hampshire, race 17 of 36]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 2489
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2384, -105
3) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2328, -161
4) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2304, -185
5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2302, -187
6) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2288, -201
7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2204, -285
8) #31-Jeff Burton, 2159, -330
9) #14-Tony Stewart, 2158, -331
10) #16-Greg Biffle, 2126, -363
11) #5-Mark Martin, 2047, -442, +30
12) #99-Carl Edwards, 2020, -469, +3 ahead of 13th
Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
13) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 2017, 3 points out of the chase
14) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2005, -15
15) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2004, -16
16) #20-Joey Logano, 1921, -99
2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
20) #9-Kasey Kahne, 1846, -174
22) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 1837, -183
35) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(6-27-2010)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Daytona:
No one moved in to or out of the top-35, but the #26 is closer to 35th and the #71 has dropped to 35th, only 56 points ahead of the #26.
32) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1303, +104
33) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1258, +59
34) #37-Kvapil/Front Row: 1258, +59
35) #71-Lally/TRG: 1255, 56 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 1199, 56 points out of the top 35
37) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 1132, -123
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 Owners Points Standings page.(6-27-2010)
Penalty Report - New Hampshire:
Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
#7, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, transmission change
#78 164, Commitment Line Violation, pass thru
#9 238, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#5 284, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #26-Stremme, 31st
Caution 2: #11-Hamlin, 14th
Caution 3: #47-Ambrose, 13th
Caution 4: #33-Bowyer, 16th
Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at New Hampshire (or seemed to)?
43rd: #13-Papis, 11 laps
42nd: #66-Blaney, 20
41st: #55-McDowell, 24
40th: #64-Bodine, 31
39th: #87-Nemechek, 68
with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #13 this week
(only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(6-27-2010)
Pit Stall Selections - New Hampshire: The selections of pit stalls for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #42-Montoya chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #9-Kahne 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 29th pit stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 10th.
To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-26-2010)
Race Coverage of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 27, 2010.
Television (TV): TNT at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:15pm/et
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
SPEED, Wednesday, June 30 at 12:00pm/et
Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)
NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)
NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)
Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page and from last season: Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
(pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)
NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
news, notes and links
Happy Hour practice: for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the fastest, slowest and notes:
slowest: #34-Conway 124.581 & #37-Gilliland 125.182
See fast speeds, average speeds and laps run on my NHMS Practice Speeds Page.
Saturday's first practice: for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the fastest, slowest and notes:
slowest: #34-Conway 125.071 & #13-Papis 125.570
notes: Aric Almirola ran some laps in Johnson's #48 Chevy just to get familiar with the car, there is no news of the baby coming yet.
no speed listed: #64-Bodine.
See fast speeds, average speeds and laps run on my NHMS Practice Speeds Page.
Montoya wins pole at New Hampshire: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya the Coors Pole for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 132.337mph for his 1st pole of 2010 and 3rd of his career. #9-Kahne will start 2nd followed by #2-Busch, #5-Martin, #39-Newman, #00-Reutimann, #87-Nemechek, #77-Hornish jr., #33-Bowyer and #48-Johnson. Points leader #29-Harvick will start 24th. #88-Earnhardt Jr. will start 31st. #7-Bobby Labonte crashed late in Friday practice and the team was not able to get the car thru inspection in time, so Labonte will start 42nd. Reed Sorenson will start 29th in his first run in the #83. Andy Lally will start 40th in his first oval race in the Sprint Cup Series.
The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #87-Nemechek, #36-Mears, #13-Papis, #46-Yeley, #66-Blaney, #55-McDowell, #26-Stremme and #64-Todd Bodine.
The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2): #38-Kvapil [first DNQ this year for Front Row] and #09-Bliss
See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my New Hampshire Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(6-25-2010)
Qualifying Fast Facts - New Hampshire:
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya won the Coors Light Pole Award for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 with a lap of 28.781 seconds, 132.337 mph.
This is his third pole in 126 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and ninth top-10 start in 2010.
This is his second pole in seven races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
#9-Kasey Kahne (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2010 and his third in 13 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
#2-Kurt Busch (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 10th in 17 races this season.
#34-Kevin Conway (41st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-25-2010)
Coverage of Qualifying for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 25, 2010 at 3:10pm/et.
Television (TV): SPEED 3:00pm/et
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) only on NASCAR.com
ayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: on SPEED at 12:00am/et
Qualifying Order for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race 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 #14-Stewart.
The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #71-Lally.
The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #55-McDowell with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #36-Mears.
See the full qualifying order on the New Hampshire Qualifying Page.(6-25-2010)
Friday practice: for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after90 scheduled minutes, the fastest, slowest and notes
slowest: #7-Labonte 126.631 & #34-Conway 126.745
incidents: #7-Labonte came off turn 4 went sideways and slapped the inside and outside walls, the team will go to a backup car.
#20-Logano lost a right rear tire and spun around off turn 2, didn't hit anything or do any major damage.
Fpr practice speeds, average speeds, laps run, see the New Hampshire Practice Speeds Page.(6-25-2010)
New Hampshire practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#64-Todd Bodine 42nd fastest
#26-David Stremme, 43rd fastest
The Entry List for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not currently in the top 35 of owners points:
#09-Mike Bliss (2009 race winner as owner)(39/16)
#13-Max Papis (40/16)
#26-David Stremme (2009 race winner as owner)(36/16)
#36-Casey Mears (38/16)
#38-David Gilliland (37/16)
#46-J.J. Yeley (41/16)
#55-Michael McDowell (44/16)
#64-Todd Bodine (47/6)
#66-Dave Blaney (43/16)
#87-Joe Nemechek (42/16)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 26,09,38,36,13,46,87,66
missing the race would be : #'s 55,64
See the full entry list at my Jayski's New Hampshire Entry List.(6-21-2010)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
No one moved in to or out of the top-35, but the #26 moved up to 36th & the #38 to 27th, #7 moved from 35th to 32nd with the 2nd place finish.
32) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1230, +101
33) #71-Labonte/TRG: 1203, +74
34) #37-Kvapil/Front Row: 1200, +71
35) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1191, 62 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 1129, 62 points out of the top 35
37) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 1101, -90
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 Owners Points Standings page.(6-20-2010)
2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Infineon, race 16 of 36]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 2334
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2194, -140
3) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2193, -141
4) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2183, -151
5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2142, -192
6) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2118, -216
7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2092, -242
8) #31-Jeff Burton, 2027, -307
9) #16-Greg Biffle, 2011, -323
10) #14-Tony Stewart, 1983, -351
11) #5-Mark Martin, 1947, -387, +72
12) #99-Carl Edwards, 1932, -402, +57 ahead of 13th
Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
13) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 1876, 57 points out of the chase
14) #33-Clint Bowyer, 1858, -74
15) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 1850, -82
2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
20) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 1781, -151
21) #9-Kasey Kahne, 1771, -161
34) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(6-20-2010)
What happens if qualifying gets canceled/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: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).
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 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more
RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
July 2009 Race Winner: #20-Joey Logano, 97.497mph, started 24th
September 2009 Race Winner: #5-Mark Martin, 100.753mph, started 14th
Race Speed Record: Jeff Burton, 117.134, 7/13/1997
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
September 2009 Pole Sitter: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 133.431mph, finished 3rd
July 2009 Pole Sitter: None due to inclement weather, #14-Stewart started 1st, finished 5th
Track Qualifying Record: Juan Pablo Montoya, 133.431mph, 9/18/2009
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: 13 - Chevy
- Races won from starting pos 1: 4 [of 30 races]
- 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: 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 30
- Races won from the top 10: 15 of 30 - 50.0%
At New Hampshire Motor Speedway::
· Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was Aug. 13, 1989.
· The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was on July 11, 1993.
· Renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2008.
· There have been 30 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 30 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 16 different pole winners, led by Ryan Newman (four).
· 20 different drivers have won, led by Jeff Burton (four).
· Last season, 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 and Hendrick Motorsports have each 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.
· There have been four winners who started from the pole. The last race winner to win from the pole was Clint Bowyer in 2007. He scored a perfect Driver Rating of 150.0 that event.
· There have been 10 consecutive different race winners.
· Jeff Burton led all 300 laps raced in the 2000 fall race.
· Five drivers got there first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at New Hampshire: Joe Nemechek (1999), Robby Gordon (2001), Ryan Newman (2002), Clint Bowyer (2007) and Joey Logano (2009).
· There have been 30 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.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
New sponsor for McMurray: Jamie McMurray and the #1 Chevy will welcome a new sponsor, Suave, this weekend when the team returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The partnership with the team is a follow-up from last year's program where Unilever brand Vaseline MEN served as the primary sponsor for two races with the #1 Team at Dover and Martinsville. Suave products are designed to offer the same performance as salon and specialty brands without the salon price tag. Suave's lineup includes the Suave Professionals and Suave Naturals lines of shampoos, conditioners and body washes, Suave Men products designed for the grooming needs of guys, and Suave Kids, which includes 2 in 1 and 3 in 1 shampoos and conditioners as well as body washes formulated just for kids. Suave products are available at drug, mass merchandisers, and supermarkets nationwide.(EGR)(6-24-2010)
See an image of the scheme on my #1 Team Schemes page.(6-25-2010)
Red Cross scheme for Biffle: This weekend at New Hampshire, the #16 Ford Fusion of Greg Biffle will have a new American Red Cross paint scheme. This is the first of two races for the Red Cross paint scheme with the second being Texas in the fall. Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. More than 39,000 blood donations are needed every day in the United States. Only 38% of the US population is eligible to donate blood; of those who are eligible only a small fraction actually does each year..Blood collected today could be used by a patient in just a couple of days.(RFR)(6-24-2010)
Interstate returns to sponsor the #18: The familiar green Interstate Batteries paint scheme returns to the #18 Toyota of Kyle Busch for the next two Sprint Cup events as the Dallasbased company’s livery will adorn the car this weekend at New Hampshire and for next weekend’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway (JGR), see images of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page.(6-25-2010)
Zaxby's to Sponsor Bowyer at NHMS: Zaxby's,the southeast favorite for Buffalo wings and chicken fingers, will sponsor Richard Childress Racing's #33 Chevy, with driver Clint Bowyer, in the June 27 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Zaxby's is also a primary sponsor of RCR's #21 Chevy in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. "Involvement at the Sprint Cup level is an excellent opportunity for Zaxby's to connect with NASCAR fans," said Jeff Hood, financial projects manager for Zaxby's Franchising, Inc. "Zaxby's is looking forward to being onboard with Clint and RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet in New Hampshire." The #33 will return to its primary Cheerios/Hamburger Helper paint scheme next week for the July 3 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.(RCR), see an image of the scheme on my #33 Team Schemes page.(6-21-2010)
Carquest returns to sponsor #5 team: Carquest Auto Parts has extended its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and the #5 Chevy driven by Mark Martin through the 2011 NASCAR season. The two-year pact will showcase Carquest with primary sponsor placement in eight points races annually beginning in 2010. When its red, white and blue shield is not on the hood, Carquest will maintain a significant presence on the #5 Chevys as a major associate sponsor. "Carquest is pleased to be an eight-race primary sponsor of Mark Martin and the #5 team for the 2010 NASCAR season," said Temple Sloan III, president and CEO of General Parts/Carquest Auto Parts. "In our eight years as a partner of Hendrick Motorsports we have enjoyed many successes, and this year has been tremendous. As the Official Auto Parts supplier to Hendrick Motorsports we are proud to have Mark, Alan Gustafson (crew chief) and the team partnering with us. Winning is the goal our team strives for every day, both on the track and in our stores." For more information about Carquest, visit www.Carquest.com.(Hendrick Motorsports)
The CARQUEST Auto Parts #5 Impala is scheduled to race in 2010 at:
Martinsville in March
Charlotte in May
New Hampshire in June
Daytona in July
Bristol in August
Atlanta in September
California in October and
Texas in November.
See an image of the scheme on my #5 Team Schemes page.(11-13-2009)
More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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)
Grand Marshal: Pete Dingeman family, winner of Lenox Extra-Mile Hero Contest
Command to start engines: Pete Dingeman family
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
Invocation: MRO's Steve Keller
U.S.A. National Anthem: Foghat
Canadian National Anthem: Denise Doucette
Military Flyover: KC-135A, 157th Air Refueling Group, New Hampshire ANG, Pease ANGB
For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide
New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Facebook
New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Twitter
July 2009: see my New Hampshire Race Info page
September 2009: see my New Hampshire Race Info page
Lenox to make $10,000 donation to Children's Tumor Foundation: Lenox, a leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, hand tools, torches, solder and band saw blades announced, in partnership with Richard Childress Racing driver Jeff Burton and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, will dedicate this weekend's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 to Pete Dingeman, the winner of the Lenox Extra-Mile Hero Contest. The June 27, 2010 NASCAR race will honor Dingeman, who passed away last December after a life-long battle with neurofibromatosis (NF). In recognition of his heroic efforts, a decal honoring Dingeman will be placed on Burton's #31 Lenox Industrial Tools Chevy paint scheme and Dingeman's family will serve as Grand Marshals for the race.
Last year at the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, Dingeman was announced as the winner of the Lenox Extra-Mile Hero Contest. Dingeman was presented with a check for $31,000 for his charity, The Children's Tumor Foundation, with an additional $31,000 going to Dingeman for being the Lenox Extra-Mile Hero - a portion of which he donated back to The Foundation. To further acknowledge the work and life of Dingeman, Lenox will collect fan signatures in his honor throughout the race weekend and make $1 donation to the Children's Tumor Foundation for each signature - for up to $10,000.(Pro Sports PR)(6-22-2010)
Bring Your Coolers, Cans, and Snacks But NO Vuvuzelas .....: Race fans coming for this week's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 events can bring their favorite Coca-Cola products, beer, and tailgating food and snacks; but leave the vuvuzelas at home! If you've watched even five minutes of World Cup soccer, you've no doubt heard the droning sound of horns coming from the stands. The vuvuzela, a South African tradition is the long horn fans use throughout the matches. Good for soccer, not so good for "The Magic Mile." New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens announced today that the track is banning those annoying noisemakers in the grandstand seating areas. In fact, Gappens will conduct a ceremonial destruction of vuvuzelas during pre-race ceremonies Sunday. "We love our fans and want everyone to have a great time here during their visit, but I think it is best to leave the vuvuzelas in South Africa at the World Cup," said Gappens. "Forget engine noise; these pseudo-instruments are truly painful to the ears!" A long standing NASCAR tradition allows fans to bring their own food and drink into the speedway. There are a few other items that are not allowed, such as glass containers and umbrellas. Just a little reminder, only coolers or items 14" and under are permitted into the grandstand area and for your safety all persons, coolers, bags and backpacks are subject to searches. Purchase tickets to the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19 by visiting online at www.nhms.com or by calling our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(6-21-2010)
Foghat to Headline Pre-Race Activities at New Hampshire: Vintage blues and classic rock band Foghat will kick start the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, during pre-race activities for a concert and will also be featured as the National Anthem performers on Sunday, June 27. The Multi-Gold and Platinum selling, 1970's rock band, whose hits include the classics "Slow Ride", "Road Fever", " Fool for the City", "Drivin' Wheel", and "I Just Want to Make Love to You" among others, continue to tour relentlessly. They are back promoting their new blues album 'Last Train Home,' that combines covers of classics such as "So Many Roads, "So Many Trains" and "Shake Your Money Maker," as well as a few new originals including their new single "Born for the Road". Not only will Foghat be on stage for the pre-race concert, but race fans can enjoy Comic Book Heroes, a guitar driven, alternative rock band as the opening act for the blues band. Comic Book Heroes will also be meeting fans at the Sprint Experience corporate display on Saturday, June 26th. Get your pre-race pit passes for front row action to the pre-race concert at the Lenox Industrial Tools 301; purchase them by calling our ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.(6-21-2010)
New Hampshire could move race date: The owner of New Hampshire Motor Speedway said Thursday he will consider moving next year's summer race if Loudon's police chief doesn't cut the cost for providing safety details. NHMS owner Bruton Smith said that if he can't reach a compromise with the town on security costs, he may move next June's race from New Hampshire [like to maybe...Kentucky Speedway?]. "The dates are scheduled year to year with contracts with NASCAR," said Jerry Gappens, NHMS vice president. "There is the option of doing that. Let's hope it doesn't come to that option." Gappens said Loudon charges too much to organize security, and Loudon's police chief makes too much doing it. He said Chief Robert Fiske makes $50 per hour, amounting to almost $59,000 for covering the races over five years. NHMS is asking Loudon to reduce its price tag for June's upcoming race from $170,000 to $65,000. "No, we're not prepared to do that," said Loudon Selectman Roger Maxfield. "The answer is no, we won't."
Maxfield said he thinks $170,000 to cover an influx of 100,000 people is reasonable, as is Fiske's hourly rate. "He's also in control of 80 full-time officers, so that's a large detail," Maxfield said. NHMS has suggested cutting 38 police officers from its camp grounds and replacing them with private security guards supported by a few officers.
Fiske said that plan isn't in the best interest of public safety. "The crime is consistent with a city of that size," he said. "We have alleged rapes and assaults, let alone the DWIs."(wmur.com)(6-18-2010)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, police at impasse UPDATE: Even after the governor assembled a committee to deal with New Hampshire Motor Speedway's concerns about the cost of police and fire coverage at the track, the speedway and Loudon police Chief Bob Fiske are about $100,000 apart on the cost of covering next month's NASCAR race weekend. Fiske said he will present the Loudon selectmen tonight [Tuesday, May 11th] with a memorandum of understanding, to be signed by Jerry Gappens, the speedway's executive vice president, stating that the town of Loudon will be paid $174,500 for police and fire coverage, the same cost as the September 2009 race weekend. But Gappens says track owner Bruton Smith believes adequate coverage can be provided for $75,000. The Loudon track is the only one of eight speedways owned by Smith's company, Speedway Motorsports, that pays for police and fire coverage, Gappens said. Gappens said he considers Fiske's request that he sign a memorandum of understanding to be "an insult" to the relationship forged between town and speedway. "It makes me feel like they feel that we're not trustworthy and we're thieves," he said. "That concerns me." Fiske has said that in order to provide the same level of coverage at the track as in September, $174,500 - $134,000 of that for police coverage - is as low as he can go. That figure is already down significantly from the $263,000 the track paid for police and fire coverage in June 2009, and the selectmen are "totally supportive" of maintaining the same level of manpower, he said. Fiske said he collects about 80 officers from Loudon and towns across the state who make $43 per hour to work the race weekend. He said he knows asking Gappens to sign the memo "puts a bad taste in people's mouths," but he "can't stand" to leave the town holding the rest of the bill in order to provide adequate coverage. At the company's other speedway locations, Gappens said state and local officials provide coverage for no charge in recognition of the boon to the local economy.(Concord Monitor)(5-12-2010)
UPDATE: The only thing New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the Loudon selectmen agreed on at last night's meeting was the need to act quickly to figure out how to police next month's NASCAR race weekend. "Now we're under the gun," Selectman Steven Ives said. After months of discussion between Loudon police Chief Bob Fiske and speedway Security Director Mark Furlone, as well as the creation of a state task force to address the speedway's concerns about the cost of law enforcement coverage, the town and the track are still about $100,000 apart on the price of fire and police protection before and during the June 27 Sprint Cup race. Fiske presented the selectmen last night with a memorandum of understanding, which stated that the track will pay $174,500 - which includes $134,000 for police coverage - as it did for the September 2009 race. But speedway owner Bruton Smith has said he is capping what he will pay for police and fire for June's race at $75,000. None of Smith's seven other speedways has to pay for local emergency services, said Jerry Gappens, the speedway's executive vice president. Gappens refused to sign the memorandum, which he has called "an insult" to the relationship between the speedway and the town. "It's a slap in the face," he told the selectmen. Selectman Dustin Bowles said he will not settle for entering June's race weekend without a letter signed by the speedway verifying how much it is willing to pay for police and fire coverage. If that doesn't happen, he said, the town will demand that the speedway bond the money. "We're going to need something," he said. After the discussion, both sides agreed to address the issue again in the coming weeks.(Concord Monitor)(5-12-2010)
NHMS wants to build casino/hotel: The New Hampshire Motor Speedway wants to build a casino, a hotel and a racing museum on its Loudon [NH] track site. But the plans are contingent on the state legalizing expanded gambling this year, something that's far from certain. The speedway added its voice to the Legislature's gambling debate yesterday, during a Senate hearing on a bill that would allow slot machines and table games at six sites across the state. The news surprised many people, including Loudon town officials, other gambling advocates and casino opponents. But the entry of such a well-known - and well-funded - organization to the discussion could significantly shift the terms of the debate. "What we're basically saying is, we want a seat at the table because we know we could do a good job and be a responsible partner with the state on this," said Jerry Gappens, general manager and executive vice president of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "We're the largest sports and entertainment facility in all of New England. We've got a great infrastructure here. And (gambling) would just complement what we already do." Gappens said that track officials were still working on their plans but that they would likely center on a new hotel-casino complex. He said the track was also in talks with the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame about building a permanent home for that institution at Loudon. He said the track had hired consultants to design the year-round casino facility as well as assess the potential economic impact the addition of gambling would have for the track and for state revenue.(Concord Monitor)(3-6-2010)
Remaining Tix for 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 on sale: With renewals completed, all remaining tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend from Thursday, June 24 through Sunday, June 27, 2010 will go on sale on Tuesday, December 1. A variety of grandstand seats, starting at just $39, are available for the first event in "The Race to the Chase 2010," the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. "Our 20th anniversary season will be a celebration for the fans," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "With a weekend that features four NASCAR races, amazing entertainment, displays, and special events, we offer the best value in sports and entertainment anywhere." These seats have been released in time for fans to purchase the perfect holiday gift for family and friends. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(12-1-2009)
Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side – 1,300, Right-side – 1,300;
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
Estimated Pit Window: Every 74-79 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).
Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at New Hampshire this weekend will run the same Goodyear tire codes . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these two series ran at New Hampshire last season . . . Nationwide teams will also run this tire set-up at O'Reilly Raceway Park later this season, after having run it there, Memphis and Milwaukee last season . . . this left-side tire code (D-4238) has been run with a slightly different right-side code by Cup and Nationwide teams at both Phoenix and Richmond in 2009 and 2010 . . . as on most one-mile NASCAR ovals, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.
Labonte not in the #71 at NHMS UPDATE: Andy Lally, and not Bobby Labonte, will drive the #71 Chevy for TRG Motorsports in the Sprint Cup race this weekend in New Hampshire. Despite rumors that Labonte and TRG have parted ways, owner Kevin Buckler said that wasn’t the case. “We’re still trying to work through everything,” Buckler said. Lally, 35, has won three Grand-Am Rolex Series titles and also competing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. Lally is a six-year TRG veteran.(FoxSports)
AND: Bobby Labonte plans to part ways with TRG Motorsports, sources said Tuesday. An announcement is expected Wednesday that Labonte has left the team. Labonte possibly could end up in the #7 Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota and run the full race this weekend at New Hampshire. The team and crew chief Doug Randolph parted ways a few weeks ago.(SceneDaily)(6-23-2010)
UPDATE: Andy Lally will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup oval debut in the #71 TRG Motorsports/Chevy in this Sunday's running of the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Andy LallyThe Northport, NY native made his first official Sprint Cup start at Watkins Glen last year; posting a 15th place qualifying effort and a 27th finish for TRG Motorsports. Lally, a seasoned sports car ace, cut his teeth in the NASCAR ranks by participating in the Camping World Truck Series with TRG Motorsports in 2007 and 2008. Lally has won the coveted Grand-Am Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona two times (2009, 2001) and is a three time series champion (2006, 2004, and 2001). Lally is currently third in Grand-Am Rolex Series Presented by Crown Royal Reserve GT points on the strength of two wins at Virginia International Raceway and Watkins Glen. Lally is appreciative of the opportunity to perform on the world's biggest motorsport stage. "I am going at this weekend with the most positive outlook that I can. I am getting a pretty neat opportunity to get some laps in on an oval in a Sprint Cup car on a track that I have never driven. This will be my first time on an oval in a Sprint Cup car. Having just one 90-minute practice session before we qualify to acclimate myself with how this car feels and drives with an oval setup on it and 44 other guys on the track at the same time will be pretty tricky. It will be a monumental challenge to be productive. I am going to take it one lap at a time, respect every other driver's space out there and do the best that I can."
Team owner Kevin Buckler is managing change for his second year Sprint Cup team. "After Infineon we went through some soul searching regarding the direction and goals of our team as we have yet to achieve what we have set out to do this year. Bobby (Labonte) is a NASCAR Champion and a good guy. We figured out after Infineon though, that our relationship had run its course and we both needed to mix it up a little. We may still have Bobby in our car for a few more races this season, but for now we are going in different directions. We are a young team in this sport and we are trying very hard to attract a sponsor partner as we have a lot to offer on all of our programs. We are exploring our options for the Daytona weekend as we plan to race hard at the Coke Zero 400."(TRG Motorsports)(6-24-2010)
Bobby Labonte to Drive for Robby Gordon Motorsports at Loudon: Robby Gordon Motorsports will put 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Bobby Labonte behind the wheel of the #7 Toyota at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 this weekend in a current one-race deal. "When we found out that Bobby was available to drive for us, we jumped at it," said team owner Robby Gordon. "To have a past champion driving your car is a good opportunity. I think we can learn from him this weekend and it will help our program moving forward." Robby Gordon Motorsports finished second in last weekend's race at the Infineon Raceway. "I can't thank Robby and his folks enough for this opportunity," said Labonte. "We're going to New Hampshire with the goal of having another solid run for his team. They had a great finish at Sonoma and have some momentum right now. I'm just thankful for the opportunity and hope to get another solid finish for his team." Labonte will be making his first start for Robby Gordon Motorsports and plans on running the full race this Sunday.(Robby Gordon Motorsports)(6-23-2010)
See the Sprint Cup Series Team / Driver Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.