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DateSunday, Sept. 21SiteNew Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, New Hampshire
Track1.058-mile ovalCapacity93,521 (Grandstand Seating)
AnnouncersRadioPerformance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Start Time2 p.m. ETLaps300
Pick to WinPick to Win - Joey LoganoDarkhorse
Last Week's Pick to Win (Brad Keselowski) - finished 1
Defending ChampionMatt KensethRunner UpRyan Newman
Last Year's Pole WinnerRyan Newman (finished 16)  


Qualifying RecordsBrad Keselowski, July 2014 (138.130 mph)Race RecordJeff Burton, 1997 (117.134 mph)
Total PursePayouts

2013 Finish

1Matt Kenseth9
6Dale Earnhardt Jr17
2Kyle Busch12
7Brian Vickers29
3Greg Biffle10
8Jeff Burton25
4Jimmie Johnson11
9Carl Edwards26
5Jamie McMurray23
10Martin Truex Jr5

Facts and Figures

Average Speed107.573 mphTime of Race2 hrs., 57 mins., 2 secs.
Margin of Victory0.533 secs.Caution Flags7 for 37 laps
Lead Changes19 among 11 driversPole WinnerRyan Newman (136.497 mph)

Past Winners

YearDriverCarSpeed Time
2013Matt KensethToyota107.573 mph
2012Denny HamlinToyota116.810 mph
2011Tony StewartChevrolet116.679 mph
2010Clint BowyerChevrolet106.769 mph
2009Mark MartinChevrolet100.753 mph
2008Greg BiffleFord105.468 mph
2007Clint BowyerChevrolet110.475 mph
2006Kevin HarvickChevrolet102.195 mph
2005Ryan NewmanDodge95.891 mph
2004Kurt BuschFord109.753 mph
2003Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet106.580 mph
2002Ryan NewmanFord105.081 mph
2001Robby GordonChevrolet103.594 mph
2000Jeff BurtonFord102.003 mph
1999Joe NemechekChevrolet100.673 mph
1998Jeff GordonChevrolet112.078 mph
1997Jeff GordonChevrolet100.364 mph

Past Pole Winners

2013Ryan Newman16
2012Jeff Gordon3
2011Ryan Newman25
2010Brad Keselowski18
2009Juan Pablo Montoya3
2008Kyle Busch34
2007Clint Bowyer1
2006Kevin Harvick1
2005Tony Stewart2
2003Ryan Newman9
2002Ryan Newman1
2001Jeff Gordon15
2000Bobby Labonte2
1999Rusty Wallace6
1998Jeff Gordon1
1997Ken Schrader37

Last Race Results 400 (Sept. 14)

SiteChicagoland Speedway -- Joliet, IllinoisMiles400.5
Laps267Pole WinnerQualifying rained out, Kyle Busch awarded pole (practice speed)
Time of Race2 hrs., 48 mins., 50 secs.Average Speed142.330 mph
Margin of Victory1.759 secs.Caution Flags6 for 28 laps
Lead Changes18 among 7 drivers  
Lap Leaders: Ky. Busch 1-28, J. Gordon 29-39, McMurray 40-44, J. Gordon 45, Ky. Busch 1-28, J. Gordon 29-39, McMurray 40-44, J. Gordon 45, Keselowski 46-47, McMurray 48-68, J. Gordon 69, Ky. Busch 70-87, J. Gordon 88-100, McMurray 101-106, Keselowski 107-150, Harvick 151-227, Larson 228, Almirola 229-230, Larson 231-248, Harvick 249, Larson 250, Harvick 251, Keselowski 252-267.
Winner: Brad Keselowski
Second: Jeff Gordon
Third: Kyle Larson
Fourth: Joey Logano
Fifth: Kevin Harvick

Entry List

1Jamie McMurray(Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Belkin/Wemo
2Brad Keselowski(Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3Austin Dillon(Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Cheerios
4Kevin Harvick(Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
5Kasey Kahne(Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
7Michael Annett(Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Feed the Children
9Marcos Ambrose(Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick(Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin(Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears(Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart(Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Code 3 Assoc./Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer(Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle(Vancouver, WA)Ford/Ortho
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Eco Power Oil
18Kyle Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20 *Matt Kenseth(Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano(Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman(Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon(Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Cole Whitt(Alpine, CA)Toyota/Iowa City Capital Partner
27Paul Menard(Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Sylvania
31Ryan Newman(South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
32Timmy Hill(Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/U.S. Chrome
33David Stremme(South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan(Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
36Reed Sorenson(Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/American Muscle
38David Gilliland(Riverside, CA)Ford/Clean Harbors
40Landon Cassill(Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Snap Fitness
41Kurt Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson(Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola(Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
47A.J. Allmendinger(Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson(El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier(Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/
55Brian Vickers(Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek(Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Land Castle Title
77Corey Lajoie(Concord, FL)Ford/Fochler Veterans Law
78Martin Truex Jr.(Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex(Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.(Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew
93Travis Kvapil(Janesville, WI)Toyota/TBA
98Josh Wise(Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards(Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac

Leading Contenders

Matt Kenseth3107402323614Won
Kyle Busch27384345911282
Greg Biffle41413Won9173183
Jimmie Johnson839624251824
Jamie McMurray1229113918323265
Dale Earnhardt Jr.51316535417136
Brian Vickers135163511---597
Carl Edwards191812317118199
Brad Keselowski---------------182611
Denny Hamlin---41592229Won12
Kurt Busch3519256613222513
Joey Logano---------32213514714
Jeff Gordon1432141564315
Ryan NewmanWon1293678251016
Clint Bowyer---24Won1210Won26417
Kevin Harvick10Won1710325121120
Kasey Kahne38162011381415537
Tony Stewart22381424Won7---
The Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the 28th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule. It's also the second round in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Originally named New Hampshire International Speedway, this racetrack is located on approximately 1,200 acres, making it the largest sports facility in New England. Groundbreaking for this track took place on Aug. 13, 1989. Speedway Motorsports Inc. agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on Jan. 11, 2008. It was then renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This 1.058-mile racetrack has banking that ranges from 2 to 7 degrees in all of its turns. There is 1 degree of banking on the straights. The lengths of the frontstretch and backstretch are 1,500 feet. There have been 39 races in NASCAR's premier series held at New Hampshire, including one event per season from 1993-96 and two each year since then. Rusty Wallace won the inaugural Cup race at New Hampshire, the Slick 50 300, on July 11, 1993. Jeff Gordon in the only driver on the entry list that has competed in all 39 Cup races at this track. Jeff Burton has 39 starts there as well, but Burton is not entered in this weekend's event. Burton leads all drivers with four victories at New Hampshire. His last victory there occurred in September 2000 when he led all 300 laps in that race. There have been 13 different winners in the past 13 Cup races at this track. Brad Keselowski, the current points leader, won there in July. Two drivers have posted consecutive victories at New Hampshire: Jimmie Johnson (2003 sweep) and Kurt Busch (2004 sweep). Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at New Hampshire with nine, followed by Jack Roush with seven and Joe Gibbs with six. Ryan Newman leads all drivers with seven poles at this track. Newman's most recent pole there occurred one year ago. The race winner at New Hampshire has started from the pole five times, which is more than any other starting position there. Newman most recently did it in July 2011. The closest margin of victory in a Cup race at New Hampshire happened on July 1, 2007 when Denny Hamlin beat Gordon to the finish line by just 0.068 seconds. The furthest back a driver has started and won at this track is 38th, accomplished by Burton in July 1999. Four drivers on the entry list for this weekend's race scored their first career wins in the series at New Hampshire: Joe Nemechek (Sept. 19, 1999), Ryan Newman (Sept. 15, 2002), Clint Bowyer (Sept. 16, 2007) and Joey Logano (June 28, 2009). Robby Gordon's first Cup victory also came at this track on Nov. 23, 2001. The fall 2001 event there was postponed due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Keselowski claimed his maiden pole in the series at this track on Sept. 19, 2010. Two drivers on the entry list made their Cup debuts at New Hampshire: Nemechek's first start happened there on July 11, 1993. Logano's debut occurred on Sept. 14, 2008. When Logano won the June '09 event (rain-shortened) at New Hampshire, he became the youngest driver to win a race in series history at the age of 19 years, 1 month and 4 days old. Mark Martin is the oldest driver to win a race at New Hampshire. Martin took the checkered flag there on Sept. 20, 2009 when he was 50 years, 8 months and 11 days old. Round 3 in the championship Chase is the Sept. 28 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Johnson is the defending race winner.
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