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THE RACE: Sylvania 300

TRACK: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #27 of 36 for the 2010 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #1 of 10
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, September 19, 2010 in Loudon, NH

  • Title Sponsor: Sylvania

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:15pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN2 - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dr. Jerry Punch. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch
    On-track studio: Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, September 20 at 3:30am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, September 22 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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  • This Week - Performance Racing Network (PRN) and XM Sirius Satellite

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    • Co-Anchors: Mark Garrow, Doug Rice

    • Garage/Pit Reporters: Steve Richards, Brett McMillan, Jim Noble, Pat Patterson

    • Turn Announcers: Rob Albright, Brad Gillie


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  • Practices:
    Friday, September 17, 11:30am - 1:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2
    Saturday, September 18, 9:00 - 9:45 am, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, September 18, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 17, 10:30 am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, September 17 at 3:10 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Bowyer wins at New Hampshire: #33-Clint Bowyer won the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2010 and 3rd of his career. #14-Stewart led with 2 laps to go and ran out of gas, coasting to 24th. #11-Hamlin finished second followed by #1-McMurray, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #29-Harvick, #24-Gordon, #00-Reutimann, #39-Newman, #18-Busch and #77-Hornish Jr. Pole sitter #12-Keselowski finished 18th.
    The win is the first for a car #33 since Joe Nemechek won at Rockingham in Nov 2001, the 21st win for the car #33. It is the first win for sponsor Cherrios since it came in to the sport with Roush Racing on the #26 car, moved to the #43 car from 2000-2008, and came to RCR's #33 starting in the 2009 season.
    There were 21 lead changes among 8 drivers and 8 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 95,000, down from last years 101,000.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs are ESPN2, Monday, September 20 at 3:30am; and SPEED, Wednesday, September 22 at 12:00pm/et.
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's New Hampshire Race Results/Awards page.(9-19-2010)

  • New Hampshire Facts and Notes:
    • Clint Bowyer won the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was his third Cup series victory in his 172nd start and first win in 2010. His last win was at Richmond in May 2008, 88 races prior.
    • Bowyer climbed from 12th to second in the Chase standings.
    • Bowyer led seven times for 177 laps, including the final two. He led the most laps for the third time in his career.
    • It was Bowyer's first win with crew chief Shane Wilson, who notched his first win in 137 races as a crew chief.
    • Richard Childress Racing posted its 93rd Cup series win and fourth in 2010. RCR has won three of the past nine at New Hampshire.
    • Denny Hamlin (second place) recovered from an early spin to maintain his points lead by 35 over the second-place Clint Bowyer. Hamlin has scored top-15 finishes in all 10 of his New Hampshire races.
    • Jamie McMurray (third) was the highest-finishing non-Chase driver. He posted his best finish at New Hampshire in 16 races.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fourth) ended an eight-race streak without a top-10 finish. He posted just his third top-5 in 2010.
    • Kevin Harvick (fifth) also finished fifth at New Hampshire in June. Harvick has scored 12 top-10 finishes in 17 races on superspeedways in 2010, the most by any driver.
    • Sam Hornish (10th) posted his first top-10 finish since last year's second Richmond race on Sept. 12.
    • Tony Stewart (24th) has led at least one lap in the past seven New Hampshire races, the longest current streak. Stewart was leading Sunday when he ran out of gas with two laps to go.
    • Jimmie Johnson (25th) was the lowest-finishing Chase driver. He ended a seven-race streak of top-10 finishes at New Hampshire.(ESPN)(9-21-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - New Hampshire:
    Clint Bowyer won the Sylvania 300, his third victory in 172 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2010.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in ten races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Denny Hamlin (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2010.
    Jamie McMurray (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 16 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Denny Hamlin leads the point standings by 35 points over Clint Bowyer.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-19-2010)

  • Chase Drivers Finishing Position at New Hampshire:
    [by points standings before the race]:
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2nd
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 25th
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 5th
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 9th
    5) #2-Kurt Busch, 13th
    6) #14-Tony Stewart, 24th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 17th
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 6th
    9) #99-Carl Edwards, 11th
    10) #31-Jeff Burton, 15th
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 23rd
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, WON
    (9-19-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 27 of 36, Chase Race 1 of 10]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin [6 wins], 5230
    2) #33-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 5195, -35
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 5185, -45
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 5168, -62
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5155, -75
    6) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 5144, -86
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 5138, -92
    8) #99-Carl Edwards, 5135, -95
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 5122, -108
    10) #31-Jeff Burton, 5118, -112
    11) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 5106, -124
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth, 5094, -136
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-19-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 27 of 36....the OLD way]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3878
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3648, -230
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 3633, -245
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 3562, -316
    5) #14-Tony Stewart, 3513, -365
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3512, -366
    7) #31-Jeff Burton, 3508, -370
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3505, -373
    9) #2-Kurt Busch, 3461, -417
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3440, -438
    11) #33-Clint Bowyer, 3416, -462
    12) #16-Greg Biffle, 3289, -589
    13) #39-Ryan Newman, 3221, -657
    14) #1-Jamie McMurray, 3220, -658
    15) #00-David Reutimann, 3132, -746
    16) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 3132, -746
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-19-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Dover:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #7 team stays in 35th and increases lead to 110 pts from 83. #26 team dnq'd and drops to 38thy, #38 moves top 36th place, 110 pts out of the top 35.
    34) #71-Cassill-Labonte/TRG: 1980, +149
    35) #7-Gordon/Conway/RGM, 1941, 110 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Kvapil-Blaney/Front Row: 1831, -1103 points out of the top 35
    37) #26-Green/Latitude43: 1796, -145
    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.(9-19-2010)

  • Penalty Report - New Hampshire:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #5, 207, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #1, 208, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
    #77, 209, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, Tail End
    #83, 236, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
    #20, 242, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-19-2010)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at New Hampshire: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver down a lap
    Caution 2: no driver down a lap that is on the track
    Caution 3: #43-Allmendinger, 12th
    Caution 4: #77-Hornish Jr., 10th
    Caution 5: #20-Logano, 35th
    Caution 6: #19-Sadler, 21st
    Caution 7: #78-Smith, 19th
    Caution 8: #6-Ragan, 22nd
    (9-19-2010)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at New Hampshire (or seemed to)?
    43rd: #46-McDowell, 29 laps run
    42nd: #64-Cassill, 41
    41st: #55-Bliss, 56
    40th: #87-Nemechek, 61
    39th: #09-Labonte, 90 laps
    38th: #13-Mears, 94 laps
    with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #46 this week
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25-33% or less of race completed)(9-19-2010)

  • Almirola to stand by for Speed: Aric Almirola subbed for ailing Scott Speed, who spent part of Saturday's second [Happy Hour practice] session getting IV fluids in the New Hampshire Motor Speedway infield care center. Speed, who was suffering from a stomach bug, felt well enough by the end of practice to walk over to the Red Bull Racing garage stall as Almirola completed practice in the #82 Toyota. Speed is expected to be behind the wheel for Sunday's Sylvania 300, though the team has asked Almirola to stand by in case he's needed (Sporting News)(9-19-2010)

  • NASCAR This Week on ESPN: The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship begins Sunday, Sept. 19, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for 300 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., and ESPN will have a live telecast. The NASCAR Countdown pre-race show airs at 12:00pm/et on ESPN2 with the race telecast on ESPN at 1:00pm/et. The race's green flag is scheduled for 1:15 pm/et.
    Also from New Hampshire, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup practice on Friday, Sept. 17, at 11:30am/et and qualifying at 3:00pm/et. Sandwiched between the on-track action will be the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup preview, a half-hour program airing at 1:00pm/et Friday on ESPN2.
    Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
    NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.

  • Race Coverage of the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 19, 2010.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et on ESPN2; green flag approx 1:15pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, September 20 at 3:30am/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, September 22 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections - New Hampshire: The selections of pit stalls for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #12-Keselowski chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #33-Bowyer took pit stall 29, the 3rd with an opening in front of it.
    #14-Stewart, who starts 3rd took the 25th pit stall, the 2nd with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #31-Burton, who starts 13th.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-18-2010)

  • 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
    (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
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  • Happy Hour Practice: for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest, notes:
    #1-McMurray 131.071
    #24-Gordon (X) 130.541
    #48-Johnson (X) 130.510
    #14-Stewart (X) 130.345
    #42-Montoya 130.211
    (X) = Chase Driver
    slowest: #55-Bliss 125.426 & #37-Gilliland 126.257
    best 10 lap average [26 drivers had runs of 10 laps] #24-Gordon 129.362
    #1-McMurray 129.346
    #48-Johnson 129.313
    notes: Aric Almirola practiced the #82 in NHMS Happy Hour as Scott Speed was not feeling well and in the infield care center with a 'bug' getting fluids.
    See fast speeds, most laps run, average speeds on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds Page.(9-18-2010)

  • Happy Hour Practice Results for the Chase drivers at New Hampshire:
    [by current points standings]:
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, 7th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3rd
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 27th
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 21st
    5) #2-Kurt Busch, 19th
    6) #14-Tony Stewart, 4th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 22nd
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2nd
    9) #99-Carl Edwards, 23rd
    10) #31-Jeff Burton, 11th
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 30th
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 6th
    (9-18-2010)

  • Saturday's 1st Practice: for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest, notes:
    #14-Stewart (X) 130.488
    #77-Hornish Jr. 130.180
    #1-McMurray 130.149
    #39-Newman 130.140
    #33-Bowyer (X) 129.807
    (X) = Chase Driver
    slowest: #71-Lally 126.299 & #46-McDowell 126.416
    no speed: #37-Gilliland
    best 10 lap average [22 drivers had runs of 10 laps] #1-McMurray 129.439
    #33-Bowyer 129.136
    #48-Johnson 129.016
    notes: #64-Cassill & #2-Busch sat on pit road for 15 minutes, in thew penalty box for the misuse of tires on Friday.
    See fast speeds, most laps run, average speeds on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds Page.(9-18-2010)

  • Keselowski wins pole at New Hampshire: #12-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Pole for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a track record speed of 133.572mph for his 1st pole of 2010 and of his career. #33-Bowyer will start 2nd followed by #14-Stewart, #1-McMurray, #42-Montoya, #43-Allmendinger, #00-Reutimann, #98-Menard, #18-Busch & #99-Edwards.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #13-Mears, #36-Blaney, #64-Cassill, #87-Nemechek, #55-Bliss, #46-McDowell, #38-Kvapil and #09-Labonte makes the field via the past champions provisional
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2): #66-Sauter and #26-Green.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my New Hampshire Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(9-17-2010)

  • Starting Spots for the Chase drivers at New Hampshire:
    Only four of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10 for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the starting spots for the 12 chasers:
    [by current points standings]:
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, 22nd
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 25th
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 27th
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 9th
    5) #2-Kurt Busch, 12th
    6) #14-Tony Stewart, 3rd
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 14th
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 17th
    9) #99-Carl Edwards, 10th
    10) #31-Jeff Burton, 13th
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 33rd
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2nd
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-17-2010)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - New Hampshire:
    #12-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sylvania 300 with a lap of 28.515 seconds, 133.572 mph.
    This is his first pole in 44 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2010.
    This is his first pole in three races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    #33-Clint Bowyer (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2010 and his fourth in ten races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    #14-Tony Stewart (third) posted his 15th top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 14th in 27 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-17-2010)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #33-Bowyer, 133.464, starts 2nd
    Dodge: #12-Keselowski, 133.572, starts 1st
    Ford: #43-Allmendinger, 133.273, starts 6th
    Toyota: #00-Reutimann, 133.249, starts 7th

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 17, 2010 at 3:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2 3:00pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) only on NASCAR.com
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Sylvania 300 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 #9-Kahne.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #29-Harvick.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #55-Bliss with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #87-Nemechek.
    See the full qualifying order on the New Hampshire Qualifying Page.(9-17-2010)

  • Friday Practice: for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest, notes:
    #14-Stewart (X) 133.628
    #99-Edwards (X) 133.385
    #47-Ambrose 133.128
    #43-Allmendinger 132.952
    #18-Busch (X) 132.896
    (X) = Chase Driver
    slowest: #46-McDowell 126.270 [in his one lap before wrecking] & #55-Bliss 127.491
    notes: late in practice, #11-Hamlin spun around coming off pit road, no damage and he went out and ran the 3rd fastest lap for that point in practice.
    the weather is a challenge as it rained earlier and it is misting on-an-off at the track
    #46-McDowell slammed the turn 2 wall early in practice after either losing an engine or having an oli line come off/break, the team will go to a backup car, which is a Dodge.
    See fastest lap, laps run, average speed on my New Hampshire Practice Speeds Page.(9-17-2010)

  • New Hampshire Friday practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #13-Casey Mears, 22nd fastest
    #36-Dave Blaney, 31st
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 35th
    #09-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 37th
    #64-Landon Cassill, 38th
    #66-Johnny Sauter, 39th
    #26-Jeff Green, 40th
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 41st
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #55-Mike Bliss, 44th
    #46-Michael McDowell, 45th/last, wrecked in a backup
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • Some Chassis selections for New Hampshire:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the #1 McDonald’s team will bring chassis #1008 to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis was last used at the first 2010 New Hampshire event in June where McMurray finished 18th. The chassis was also used in April at Phoenix where McMurray battled handling issues after an on track altercation forced a 24th-place finish.
    #2-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led “Blue Deuce” team will be debuting their brand new “PRS-737” Dodge Charger at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. “It’s one of our latest model Miller Lite Dodge Chargers and we can’t wait to get after it there at Loudon this weekend,” offered crew chief Addington. “We tested at Milwaukee a couple of weeks back and we think we can utilize some of the things we learned there this weekend. We’re thrilled to be in the Chase and now the big challenge begins this weekend at Loudon.”
    #5-Mark Martin: crew chief Alan Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-588 in Sunday's race at New Hampshire. Martin finished 21st in this chassis at this track in June. He posted a fourth-place finish in No. 5-588 at Phoenix in April.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-613 Last ran Pocono – finished 14th Backup: RK-633 Last ran Michigan fall ‘09 – finished 30th. The #6 UPS Ford will feature a new TV panel this weekend in support of UPS’s recently launched “We Love Logistics” campaign. The Twin Mountain center (SLIC – 0350) in the Northeast District has been selected as the UPS Maximum Center for this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    #9-Kasey Kahne: The Budweiser Ford team will utilize Chassis No. 637 this weekend. It’s the same car they ran in June at NHMS when Kahne led more than a third of the race.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: and the FedEx Racing team will unload Chassis JGR 282, a new car from the JGR stable, this weekend in New Hampshire. JGR #267 will serve in backup duty. The #11 FedEx Small Business Camry will carry the letters BOS on the B-posts this weekend at New Hampshire in recognition of FedEx Express Boston market’s excellence in performance and customer service.
    #12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-708 during Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Keselowski last drove this chassis to a 20th-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte in May.

    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-587: This car made its debut in March at Martinsville, where it qualified fifth and finished 26th. Prior to Martinsville, Chassis No. 14-587 never turned a wheel on the racetrack. With a new body honed in the wind tunnel, it was tested at The Milwaukee Mile June 1 in preparation for its second career start in June at New Hampshire. There, Chassis No. 14-587 earned a hard-fought second-place finish, for after starting 25th. The car returns to New Hampshire this weekend for its third career start.
    #16-Greg Biffle: crew chief Greg Erwin on New Hampshire: “We’re taking a brand new car to the track this weekend. We obviously missed the mark in Richmond so we are looking forward to getting a fresh start in the Chase with a new car.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-704 (brand new chassis)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 283 is a brand new race car that will turn its first competitive laps in Sunday’s Sylvania 300.
    #19-Elliott Sadler: The #19 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 576 for this weekend's event. This is the first time this season the Air Force Racing team will utilize this particular chassis.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Steve Letarte has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-616 for Sunday's race at New Hampshire. This is a new chassis that has not been raced, but the #24 team tested it at The Milwaukee Mile earlier this month.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 322 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet is a completely brand new car which will see its first laps on the track during Friday's practice session.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race Chassis No. 319 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new #31 racer that will be put through its first paces of competition in this weekend's Sylvania 300.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot Chassis No. 320 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Chevrolet Impala that will be put through its first paces this weekend.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Brian Pattie and the #42 Energizer team are bringing chassis #907 to New Hampshire this weekend. The team last used this chassis at the first 2010 New Hampshire event in June where Montoya captured the pole position and ran in the top-10 for most of the afternoon before an on-track incident forced a 34th-place finish. This chassis was also used twice during the 2009 season at New Hampshire in September and Martinsville in October where Montoya finished third in both events.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett has prepared chassis No. 267 for this weekend's event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis No. 540 will be the primary for Sunday's event. Johnson last piloted chassis No. 540 to a win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June. Back up chassis No. 520 has collected four wins in five starts – the most recent coming at Martinsville Speedway in March 2009.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-589. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to an eighth-place finish at New Hampshire in June.
    #98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 573 for this weekend's event. This is the same car the team ran at the season's first event at Richmond. Sylvania will make its second appearance on the hood of the #98 Richard Petty Motorsports car this weekend.
    #99-Carl Edwards: The #99 Aflac team will be bringing RK-647 this weekend to New Hampshire. Edwards raced this Ford Fusion at Loudon in June where he finished 25th and Phoenix in April where he finished seventh.(from team PR's/sites if reported)(9-16-2010)

  • The Entry List for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Robby Gordon is in the #7 this week & Reed Sorenson is back in the #83
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #09-Bobby Labonte (2009 race winner as owner)(2000 Champ)(39/26)
    #13-Casey Mears(40/26)
    #26-Jeff Green (2009 race winner as owner)(36/26)
    #36-Dave Blaney (38/26)
    #38-Travis Kvapil (37/26)
    #46-Michael McDowell (41/26)
    #55-Mike Bliss (43/26)
    #64-Landon Cassill in for Todd Bodine (46/)
    #66-Johnny Sauter in for Scott Riggs (44/26)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/26)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 26, 09, 38, 36, 13, 46, 87, 55
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 66, 64
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's New Hampshire Entry List.(9-13/14-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #7 team stays in 35th and the #26 team remains 36th with the points spread from 35th to 36th drops to 83 and the #38 is only 87pts out of 35th.
    34) #71-Cassill-Labonte/TRG: 1928, +160
    35) #7-Conway/RGM, 1851, 83 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #26-Green/Latitude43: 1768, -83 points out of the top 35
    37) #38-Kvapil-Blaney/Front Row: 1764, -87
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.(9-11-2010)

    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(9-11-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin [6 wins], 5060
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 5050, -10
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 5030, -30
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 5030, -30
    5) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 5020, -40
    6) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 5010, -50
    7) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 5010, -50
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5000, -50
    9) #99-Carl Edwards, 5000, -50
    10) #31-Jeff Burton, 5000, -50
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 5000, -50
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 5000, -50
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-11-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36....the OLD way]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick (X)[3 wins], 3723
    2) #18-Kyle Busch (X)[3 wins], 3495, -228
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon (X), 3493, -230
    4) #99-Carl Edwards (X), 3427, -296
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson (X)[5 wins], 3417, -306
    6) #14-Tony Stewart (X)[1 win], 3417, -306
    7) #31-Jeff Burton (X), 3390, -333
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth (X), 3346, -377
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin (X)[6 wins], 3342, -381
    10) #2-Kurt Busch (X)[2 wins], 3337, -386
    11) #33-Clint Bowyer (X), 3221, -502
    12) #16-Greg Biffle (X)[1 win], 3177, -546
    13) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 3079, -644
    14) #1-McMurray [2 wins], 3050, -673
    15) #5-Mark Martin, 3022, -701
    (X= chase drivers)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-11-2010)

  • 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)

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  • 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

  • September 2009 Race Winner: #5-Mark Martin, 100.753mph, started 14th

  • July 2010 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 113.308mph, started 10th

  • 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 2010 Pole Sitter: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 132.337mph, finished 34th

  • 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: 14 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 17 - 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: 14 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 4 [of 31 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 10: 1
  • 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 31
  • Races won from the top 10: 16 of 31

  • 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 July 11, 1993.
    · Renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2008.
    · There have been 31 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 31 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 who have posted season sweeps. Those are also the only back-to-back winners. Johnson, who won the June race, looks to repeat the feat.
    · Hendrick Motorsports has won eight 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 11 consecutive different race winners.
    · Jeff Burton led all 300 laps raced in the 2000 fall race.
    · Five drivers got their 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 31 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

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-David Reutimann Tums #00 Team Schemes Page
    #1-Jamie McMurray McDonald's #1 Team Schemes Page
    #5-Mark Martin GoDaddy.com #5 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Small Business #11 Team Schemes Page
    #12-Brad Keselowski AAA #12 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot #14 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Air Force #19 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon National Guard Facebook #24 Team Schemes Page
    #39-Ryan Newman U.S. Army #39 Team Schemes Page
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Energizer #42 Team Schemes Page
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger Insignia HDTV #43 Team Schemes Page
    #47-Marocs Ambrose Bush's Baked Beans / Hannaford Helps Schools #47 Team Schemes Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / John Manville #48 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr AMP Energy #88 Team Schemes Page
    #98-Paul Menard Menard's / Sylvania #98 Team Schemes Page

  • Montoya and the Energizer Bunny at NHMS: The Energizer Bunny will be powering the #42 Chevy of Juan Pablo Montoya this weekend and he is all charged up and ready to Keep Going all the way to victory lane. The Energizer Bunny is leading his company into new and exciting territory in 2011. From solar lights to exciting new chargers for smart phones proving Energizer is way more than just a battery company (EGR), see images of the Energizer scheme on my #42 Team Schemes page(9-15-2010)

  • Sadler's to host guest & car to feature Air Force colors: The #19 team will have a very special guest with them this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Gen. Douglas M. Fraser , Commander, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla. USSOUTHCOM will be on hand to cheer on Sadler and the Air Force team. Gen. Fraser is responsible for all Department of Defense security cooperation in the 45 nations and territories of Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea, an area of 16 million square miles (RPM), see images of the Air Force scheme on my #19 Team Schemes page(9-15-2010)

  • #11 car to feature Small Business scheme: The #11 FedEx Small Business Toyota of Denny Hamlin will carry the company logos of three small business customers this weekend for the start of the 2010 Chase at New Hampshire. The three small business customers, TMRacewear.com (Irwindale, Calif), Prologic Fullfillment (Salt Lake City, Utah) and MyGearStore.com (Los Alamitos, Calif.) will be represented on the car’s rear quarter panels and on the rear TV panel, respectively. The small businesses earned the positions on the car through the FedEx Race Time promotion – which allowed FedEx small business customers the opportunity to earn points through shipping and/or FedEx Office purchases, then bid in various auctions for race-themed prizes including the chance to be on the #11 FedEx Toyota.(FedExRacing). See an image of the scheme on my #11 Team Schemes page.(9-16-2010)

  • National Guard Facebook back on the #24: The National Guard will feature its Facebook page -- -- on the hood of Jeff Gordon's #24 Chevy this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Support your country and the #24 team by liking the National Guard on Facebook (HMS), see images of the National Guard scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page(9-15-2010)

  • Tums returns to sponsor Reutimann: Tums returns as the primary paint scheme on the #00 Tums Toyota of David Reutimann for the Sylvania 300. Following this event at New Hampshire, Tums has one remaining paint scheme slated for Phoenix. Tums, Levy and New Hampshire Motor Speedway have partnered on the ultimate New England cooking competition…the TUMS “Chowdah” Cook-Off. After submitting entries online, five contestants have been selected to compete in the at-track cooking competition. Cooking will begin Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8:00 am/et at the Tums Fast Relief Zone located in the fan midway at New Hampshire. NASCAR personalities Jimmy Spencer and Michael Waltrip will join the judging panel which takes place at 10:00 at/et.(Tums PR), see images of the scheme on my #00 Team Schemes page.(9-14-2010)

  • JTG & Sponsors to present donation, special scheme: Bush’s Baked Beans, Clorox, Kingsford Charcoal, Lance, Little Debbie, TUMS with the assistance of JTG Daugherty Racing will be presenting a $20,000 check to Hannaford Helps Schools on Sunday. The Hannaford Helps Schools Program has raised over $6.2 million dollars for over 2,700 New England schools over the past decade from customers buying great participating brands (JTG Daugherty Racing), and driver Marcos Ambrose will run a special scheme at New Hampshire, see an image of the scheme on my #47 Team Schemes page.(9-14-2010)

  • National Guard returns to the #24 in 2010: For the second year in a row, Gordon and the #24 team will be sponsored by the National Guard for eight Sprint Cup Series events. In addition to this weekend at Atlanta, Gordon will partner with the National Guard at seven other venues:
    Texas on April 18, Special Forces
    Darlington on May 8, Facebook
    Michigan on June 13, Job Skills
    Richmond on Sept. 11, Military Intelligence Special
    New Hampshire on Sept. 19
    Martinsville on Oct. 24, and
    Talladega on Oct. 31.
    In eight outings last year with the National Guard on the hood of his #24 Chevy, Gordon scored an average finish of 4.375. His best effort was a win at Texas Motor Speedway in April, while he scored runner-up finishes at Atlanta in March, Michigan in June and Chicago in July. He finished fifth at Darlington in May, third at Richmond in September and fifth at Martinsville in October. Visit the National Guard's www.JeffGordonGuardGarage.com Web site to get free downloads and view exclusive photos of Gordon at the track and sign up for the Fan Club for a chance to win one-of-a-kind prizes.(HMS), see image of the basic scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(3-3-2010)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
    Race length: 318.485 miles
    Laps Run: 301
    Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Straights: 2 degrees
    Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
    Grandstand Seating: 95,491
    Opened: 1990 (first Sprint Cup event 1993)

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Mark Corcoran, VP of Industrial and Commercial Sales for Sylvania
    Command to start engines: Mark Corcoran
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Father Jonathan DeFelice, St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.
    National Anthem: 11 year old singer, Anthony Gargiula
    Military Flyover: 2 F-15's, 104th Fighter WIng, Massachuseets ANG

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Websites:
    New Hampshire Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide
    New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Facebook
    New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Twitter

  • September 2009: see my New Hampshire Race Info page

  • June 2010: see my New Hampshire Race Info page


  • New 'Granite' Start/Finish line unveiled: Inspired by the famous “Yard of Bricks” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a new start/finish line was unveiled at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Thursday, September 16. The “Granite Stripe” is a six-inch thick, two-foot-wide strip of New Hampshire granite that stretches across the 65-foot wide NHMS front straightaway at the start/finish line. New Hampshire is known as the Granite State. Though the new start/finish line was the idea of New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager, he said he didn’t have to think hard for his idea.
    “Growing up in a racing family in Indiana, I was well aware of some of auto racing’s great traditions,” said Gappens. “I knew of ‘The Lady in Black’ (Darlington) and ‘The Rock’ (Rockingham), but for me the ‘Yard of Bricks’ at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was racing’s sacred ground. And the bricks just didn’t mean something to the Indy drivers. We’ve all seen what ‘kissing the bricks’ means to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.” When plans were being made to celebrate “20 Years of Motorsports Magic,” Gappens was looking for more than an advertising slogan to celebrate.
    “New Hampshire Motor Speedway means a great deal to a lot of people in the racing community, especially racers here in the northeast. Now that the race track will play host again to two of the most prestigious forms of racing in the world – the IZOD IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series -- it was important to me that we do something special and something that may create a “Magic Mile” tradition.”
    Swenson Granite, located in Concord, N.H., created the Granite Stripe. It will eventually feature three engraved logos documenting the history of the track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Bryar Motorsports Park and the New Hampshire International Speedway logo emblems will all have a permanent home at new rock solid finish line. Special thanks to Scott Herrick of Swenson Granite for donating the granite, Mike Bussier of Granite State Curb for setting the granite, Al Brock of Brock Concrete for laying the concrete, and Sara Perry of Perry Brothers Monument for etching the NHMS logo into the “Granite Stripe.”
    Tickets are still available for the SYLVANIA 300, September 16-19. Purchase your tickets now by calling the ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(9-16-2010)

  • NHMS & RPM give tickets to employee's of Hartford Distributor: New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Richard Petty Motorsports are teaming up to make this weekend a little brighter for the employees impacted by the Hartford Distributor tragedy, by sending 250 tickets for all employees to the Sylvania 300 and four Richard Petty Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers to the facility Thursday morning. One of the victims, Doug Scruton, had dreams of retiring in New Hampshire before the tragedy occurred. Scruton, 56 had worked for the company for 30 years and was months away from retirement in the White Mountains. Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway was more than willing to donate the tickets to the employees and families. "I think it is just such a positive thing to give these folks the opportunity to come out to the speedway and enjoy themselves this weekend with some exciting NASCAR racing," said Gappens. "It was just the right thing to do." The Richard Petty Motorsports haulers will make a pit stop on their way to the speedway tomorrow at 8:00 am. The employees will have the opportunity to tour and visit with the four haulers and teams.(NHMS)(9-16-2010)

  • The Campers Have Arrived at NHMS: “The Magic Mile” welcomed the first of many campers on Saturday as race fans gear up for the SYLVANIA 300 and the first race in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.” New Hampshire Motor Speedway was up bright and early to welcome the fans in at 5:00am/et this morning with donuts and coffee. Grills are sure to be fired up and televisions tuned into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond tonight which will determine the rest of the Chase Contenders. Next week the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” begins at “The Magic Mile.” Purchase your tickets now for the SYLVANIA 300 weekend by visiting us online at www.nhms.com or by calling our ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(9-13-2010)

  • NH Governor John Lynch declares "Race Week": It was the fastest commute in New Hampshire last week as Governor John Lynch raced to work in New Hampshire Motor Speedway's official Toyota Hybrid Pace Car this afternoon with Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. Governor John Lynch declared the week of September 13-19 "Race Week" for the Granite State. The week kicks off the SYLVANIA 300 festivities and the biggest sporting event in New England.
    The Governor's Proclamation: "We are delighted to be here today, and I wanted to thank Jerry Gappens and Bruton Smith for their ongoing commitment to New Hampshire. The speedway is such an important factor in our economy. Each year the races bring in hundreds and thousands of visitors and hundreds of millions of dollars to New Hampshire and we again thank you for stating your commitment to the state," said Governor John Lynch at the press conference.
    Executive vice president and general manager of the speedway Jerry Gappens was on hand to present Governor Lynch with a green flag signifying the start of race week and a personalized racing helmet with his name. "We would like to hand you this green flag not only to start race but to signify money and how much tourism NASCAR brings into New Hampshire. The speedway has fans from 38 states and five countries to spend money and visit our great state," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Come on over and enjoy all of the motorsports entertainment. Joining the cars and stars of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series is NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175, NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire 125, the mighty Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 and the American-Canadian Tour Invitational. Purchase your tickets now for the SYLVANIA 300 weekend by visiting online at www.nhms.com or by calling our ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(9-13-2010)

  • NHMS announces sponsor for NCWTS race: New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced today that The Charity Splits Company, of Joliet Ill., will sponsor TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, September 18. Charity Splits has been established in motorsports by benefitting multiple NASCAR Charities and Foundations including: The Tony Stewart Foundation, Victory Junction, The Petty Family Foundation, The Greg Biffle Foundation, The Ryan Newman Foundation, The Dale Jarrett Foundation, and The Kyle Busch Foundation. This new and innovative model for charitable fundraising is a win-win for NASCAR enthusiasts. Not only do fans have the opportunity to support their favorite drivers' foundations, but this fall, they will also have the chance to get a big win for themselves, a brand new Camping World RV courtesy of Camping World of New Hampshire. Beginning August 31, the Race Day Raffle Series enters its own "Chase" format much like the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup." Fans can purchase raffle tickets, with proceeds from the raffle will be put into a pot for the fan's preferred foundation. [Visit RaceDayRaffleSeries.com for complete details.] "Our goal for the 2010 Race Day Raffle Series and TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 is to raise over $1,000,000 for our foundation and charity partners, and to give away an RV to one lucky fan," stated Ryan West, Director of Marketing for The Charity Splits Company.(NHMS PR)(8-31-2010)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway Unveils A “Rock Solid” Finish Line: Indianapolis Motor Speedway has the “Yard of Bricks,” Augusta has the “Amen Corner,” and of course, Boston’s own Fenway Park has the mighty “Green Monster.” Now, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will have the same iconic item that every fan will remember. This September, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars will have to pass “The Granite Stripe” at the start-finish line. Swenson Granite, located in Concord, is creating a brand-new start/finish line on “The Magic Mile.” A six-inch-thick, two-foot-wide by 65-foot strip of Concord Gray colored granite will grace each race start and welcome home each winner. The Granite Stripe will feature three engraved logos documenting the history of the track: The Bryar Motorsports Park icon, New Hampshire International Speedway logo and New Hampshire Motor Speedway emblem will all have a permanent home at new rock solid finish line. The Granite Stripe is being cut and prepared this month to be ready for the next race at NHMS. Advanced tickets are still available for the SYLVANIA 300, September 16-19. Purchase your tickets now by calling our ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or at www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(8-23-2010)

  • New Hampshire announces two race weekends for 2011: With anticipated crowds exceeding the Super Bowl, Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series games, and even the Stanley Cup Playoffs , New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host the three the biggest sporting events in New England during its 2011 racing season. For the 15th consecutive season, the “Magic Mile” will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends. Moving from its recent late-June date, NASCAR’s elite series makes its season debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 17 for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will make its second trip to the “Granite State” on Sunday, September 25, as the SYLVANIA 300 lights up the competition for the second race in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.” In addition to the two Sprint Cup Series races at NHMS, a “New Breed of Speed,” invades the track when the IZOD IndyCar Series returns after a 13-year hiatus. On August 14 Dario Franchetti, Danica Patrick, Helio Castroneves, and all of the IZOD IndyCar Series stars will bring close wheel-to-wheel action and speeds reaching up to 200 miles per hour. Gappens also announced that there will not be a price increase for NASCAR events in 2011.(NHMS)(8-11-2010)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Left-side – 1,400;
    Right-side – 1,400

    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: While teams in both NASCAR series in action at New Hampshire this weekend will run the same left-side tire code (D-4238), they will run distinct right-side codes . . . while this is the only track at which Sprint Cup teams run this right-side code (D-4250), they do run this left-side code at both Phoenix and Richmond . . . this is also the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Cup teams ran at New Hampshire earlier this season and at both races last season . . . as on most NASCAR one-mile ovals, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.


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