Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
Sunday, July 18, 2021
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
TV: NBCSN - Radio: PRN, Sirius XM NASCAR
Aric Almirola shakes up NASCAR Cup Playoff standings with unexpected win at New Hampshire: With a stunning victory in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Aric Almirola sent shock waves through the NASCAR Cup Series’ Playoff standings.(Read More)(7-18-2021)
#10-Aric Almirola won the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, holding off #20-Christopher Bell in the closing laps. The race was cut just eight laps short of the scheduled distance due to darkness. The win is his first win of the year, first at New Hampshire and third career win. Almirola secured a position in the Playoffs with the win.
#20-Bell finished 2nd followed by #2-Brad Keselowski, #22-Joey Logano, #12-Ryan Blaney, #4-Kevin Harvick, #5-Kyle Larson, #42-Ross Chastain, #48-Alex Bowman, and #11-Denny Hamlin.
Pole sitter #18-Kyle Busch led the field to green under damp conditions as a light mist turned into a drizzle shortly after the green flag fell. As Busch led the field on lap 6, he spun and hit the wall as the wet track began to lose grip. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates #19-Martin Truex, Jr. and #11-Hamlin also had issues and spun. Busch’s day was done and he finished 37th.
The rain had set in at that point and a red flag was displayed for an hour and 41 minutes.
Stage 1 was won by #12-Blaney. Stage 2 was won by #2-Keselowski.
There were 14 lead changes among 10 drivers and 6 cautions for 47 yellow flag laps.
See race details at: Race Results, Driver Points Standings, Owner Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.
Race Fast Facts – New Hampshire:
Aric Almirola won the 29th Annual Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, his third victory in 375 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2021.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 20 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Christopher Bell (second) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2021.
Brad Keselowski (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 22 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Chase Briscoe (27th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Denny Hamlin leads the point standings by 13 points over Kyle Larson.
Cup Series Playoff Standings after New Hampshire:
(race 22 of 26 in the regular season)
1) #5-Kyle Larson [4 wins], 861
2) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [3 wins], 696
3) #48-Alex Bowman [3 wins], 637
4) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 740
5) #9-Chase Elliott, [2 wins], 736
6) #24-William Byron [1 win], 749
7) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 733
8) #12-Ryan Blaney [1 win], 689
9) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 676
10) #1-Kurt Busch [1 win], 552
11) #20-Christopher Bell [1 win], 532
12) #34-Michael McDowell [1 win], 448
13) #10-Aric Almirola [1 win], 377
14) #11-Denny Hamlin, 874 [point leader] +283
15) #4-Kevin Harvick, 673, +82 ahead of 17th
16) #8-Tyler Reddick, 596, +5
Currently outside the playoffs:
17) #3-Austin Dillon, 591, -5 behind 16th
18) #17-Chris Buescher, 475, -121
19) #21-Matt DiBenedetto, 453, -143
20) #42-Ross Chastain, 452, -144
See the Driver Points Standings and Owner Points Standings.
Cars to the rear: #00-Houff (failed inspection twice), #7-LaJoie (failed inspection twice), #23-Wallace (unapproved adjustments), #37-Preece (failed inspection twice), and #78-McLeod (failed inspection twice).
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been made.
Pole sitter #18-Kyle Busch chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #19-Martin Truex, Jr. took the 29 stall, with an opening in front of it.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(7-14-2021)
#18-Kyle Busch will start from the pole for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
#19-Martin Truex, Jr. will start the race in second, followed by #9-Chase Elliott, #1-Kurt Busch, #48-Alex Bowman, #11-Denny Hamlin, #12-Ryan Blaney, #8-Tyler Reddick, #20-Christopher Bell and #5-Kyle Larson.
The lineup was set by the qualifying metric, based on race finish, points position, and fastest race lap.
See the complete Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Starting Lineup.(7-14-2021)
The Entry List for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 37 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Davison, #51-Ware, #52-Bilicki, and #77-Haley.
Since 37 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Entry List page.
There will be no practice or qualifying for the New Hampshire race.
Weekend on-track schedule
Saturday, July 17
4:30 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (VIRTUAL)
5:00 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VIRTUAL)
Sunday, July 18
6:00 AM-8:00 AM NCS HAULERS ENTER (SCREENING & EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
8:00 AM NCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 AM NCS VIP GARAGE ACCESS PERMITTED
1:30 PM NCS GRID ACCESS OPEN TO PROPERLY CREDENTIALED GUESTS
2:25 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (STAGE)
2:30 PM NCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM NCS RACE (STAGES 75/185/301 LAPS = 318.46 MILES)
7:00 PM Approx NCS HAULERS EXIT