NASCAR - Sprint Cup - LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, July 17th
SITE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1990) -- Loudon, New Hampshire
TRACK: 1.058-mile oval - 1,500 feet (Frontstretch); 1,500 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 95,491 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 19th
ANNOUNCERS: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach, Kyle Petty
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (et)/Green Flag: 1:16 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Tony Stewart
POLE WINNER: Juan Pablo Montoya (Finished 34th)
LAPS: 301
MILES: 318.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Juan Pablo Montoya, 2009 (133.431 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Burton, 1997 (117.134 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,256,417 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $265,493; 2nd Place - 207,146; 3rd Place - $174,046
2010 Finish
1Jimmie Johnson106Ryan Newman5
2Tony Stewart257Clint Bowyer9
3Kurt Busch38Dale Earnhardt Jr31
4Jeff Gordon169Joey Logano11
5Kevin Harvick2410AJ Allmendinger28
2010 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 113.308 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 48 minutes, 38 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.753 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Juan Pablo Montoya (132.337 m.p.h.)
Past LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Jimmie Johnson (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 113.308 m.p.h.
2009 -- Joey Logano (24th) -- Toyota -- 97.497 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kurt Busch (26th) -- Dodge -- 106.719 m.p.h.
2007 -- Denny Hamlin (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 108.215 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kyle Busch (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 101.384 m.p.h.
2005 -- Tony Stewart (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 102.608 m.p.h.
2004 -- Kurt Busch (32nd) -- Ford -- 97.862 m.p.h.
2003 -- Jimmie Johnson (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 96.924 m.p.h.
2002 -- Ward Burton (31st) -- Dodge -- 92.342 m.p.h.
2001 -- Dale Jarrett (9th) -- Ford -- 102.131 m.p.h.
2000 -- Tony Stewart (6th) -- Pontiac -- 103.145 m.p.h.
1999 -- Jeff Burton (38th) -- Ford -- 101.876 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Burton (5th) -- Ford -- 102.996 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Burton (15th) -- Ford -- 117.134 m.p.h. (race record)
1996 -- Ernie Irvan (6th) -- Ford -- 98.930 m.p.h.
1995 -- Jeff Gordon (21st) -- Chevrolet -- 107.029 m.p.h.
1994 -- Ricky Rudd (3rd) -- Ford -- 87.599 m.p.h.
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (33rd) -- Pontiac -- 105.947 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Slick 50 300 (1993-95), Jiffy Lube 300 (1996-99) 300 (2000), New England 300 (2001-03), Siemens 300
(2004-05), LENOX Industrial Tools 300 (2006, 07). One mile was added to
2008 race.
Past LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 34th
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Patrick Carpentier -- 31st
2007 -- Dave Blaney -- 29th
2006 -- Ryan Newman -- 39th
2005 -- Brian Vickers -- 11th
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 3rd
2003 -- Matt Kenseth -- 3rd
2002 -- Bill Elliott -- 34th
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 2nd
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 15th
1999 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3rd
1998 -- Ricky Craven -- 29th
1997 -- Ken Schrader -- 11th
1996 -- Ricky Craven -- 26th
1995 -- Mark Martin -- 3rd
1994 -- Ernie Irvan -- 30th
1993 -- Mark Martin -- 2nd
Last Race Results
RACE: Quaker State 400 (July 9th)
SITE: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Kentucky
MILES: 400.5
LAPS: 267
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: David Reutimann
THIRD: Jimmie Johnson
FOURTH: Ryan Newman
FIFTH: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 55 minutes
AVERAGE SPEED: 137.314 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.179 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 12 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kyle Busch - pole; Kurt Busch 1-31; Kyle Busch 32; T. Kvapil 33;
J. Yeley 34; K. Kahne 35; Kyle Busch 36-81; L. Cassill 82-83;
Kyle Busch 84-141; B. Keselowski 142-157; Kyle Busch 158; T.
Stewart 159; B. Keselowski 160-185; Kyle Busch 186-193; D. Hamlin
194-198; D. Ragan 199-201; M. Truex Jr. 202; B. Keselowski
203-239; Kurt Busch 240-249; D. Reutimann 250-256; Kyle Busch
LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Tum's
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Affliction Clothing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Richmond
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/U.S. Chrome
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Taco Bell
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
37Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Ford/TBA
38J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Red Line
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Capital Window
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Toyota/Green Smoke
51Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Security Benefits
55Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Ford/TBA
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Good to Go
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/HP Racing
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/TRG Motorsports
77Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI)Dodge/Speed Energy
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
81Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Whitney's Collision
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Scotts Ortho
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Jimmie Johnson15thWon11th13th9th5th9th9thWon
Tony Stewart39th22nd5thWon37th12th13th5th2nd
Kurt Busch8th11thWon2nd38th21stWon3rd3rd
Jeff Gordon29th24th2nd25th15th2nd11th2nd4th
Kevin Harvick9th2nd13th22nd5th8th14th34th5th
Ryan Newman5th4th3rd7th39th10th15th29th6th
Clint Bowyer------------27th37th22nd20th7th
Dale Earnhardt Jr23rd6th31st9th43rd4th24th13th8th
Joey Logano---------------------Won9th
Kyle Busch---------4thWon11th25th7th11th
Jeff Burton12th9th12th14th7th7th12th31st12th
Denny Hamlin------------6thWon8th15th14th
David Reutimann---------------38th19th4th15th
Greg Biffle---43rd28th5th3rd31st21st18th16th
Matt Kenseth33rd3rd4th10th14th9th18th22nd17th
Jamie McMurray---40th7th40th33rd16th41st33rd18th
David Ragan---------------15th40th38th20th
Mark Martin16th18th14th15th4th------14th21st
Martin Truex Jr------------18th3rd4th37th22nd
Carl Edwards---------12th2nd13th17th19th25th
Brad Keselowski---------------------6th26th
Paul Menard---------------39th29th30th28th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------19th32nd12th34th
Kasey Kahne------8th6th8th25th30th10th36th
Brian Vickers------34th11th17th43rd16th35th---
Mover of the Week
David Reutimann - Started in the 17th position and finished 2nd
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kurt Busch
Darkhorse - David Ragan
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - Finished 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Joey Logano) - Finished 14th
The driver to beat this week is certainly Kyle Busch, as he is riding high into New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend after winning two of the three NASCAR national touring series races this past week at Kentucky.

Busch claimed NASCAR win No.98 in last Thursday's Camping World Truck Series event and then No.99 in Saturday's Sprint Cup Series race.

His next win will make him just the third NASCAR driver with 100 or more victories to his credit. Richard Petty holds the record with 200 wins, followed by David Pearson with 106. One of Pearson's victories came in a Nationwide race in 1982 at Rockingham. To date, Busch's NASCAR win column includes 22 in Sprint Cup, 48 Nationwide and 29 in trucks.

Busch has performed well at New Hampshire in the past. He has one Sprint Cup victory at this track (July 2006). Busch has also won the last two Nationwide races here.

Last season, Jimmie Johnson won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 after taking the lead from Kurt Busch with less than two laps remaining. Johnson, who also won the previous week's road-course race at Sonoma, CA, took the lead from Jeff Burton just after a restart with 12 laps remaining. Burton did not pit, while the other leaders came in for the final time following an incident with Juan Pablo Montoya and Reed Sorenson.

Two laps after losing the lead, Burton, on old tires, got loose and crashed into Kyle Busch while the two were battling for position. The final caution set up an eight-lap shootout to the finish. After the last restart, Kurt Busch chased down Johnson and made a bump and run move on the four-time defending series champion to take the top spot for the first time in the 301-lap race.

But Johnson came storming back and took the lead with a lap and a half to go. Johnson then cruised to his fifth victory of the season and the 52nd of his Cup career. Currently fifth on the points list, Johnson now owns 54 titles.

Two years ago, Joey Logano, in his rookie season, benefited from crew chief Greg Zipadelli's gutsy late-race pit strategy for his first Sprint Cup win in the rain-shortened race at New Hampshire.

Logano, who hails from Middletown, CT, overcame a one-lap deficit after cutting his left-rear tire in the late-stages of the race. He was the only driver who had yet to pit during the final round of green flag stops. Ryan Newman gave up the lead when he ran out of fuel and coasted into in the pits. That allowed Logano to take the top spot for the first time. He then conserved enough fuel before rain fell on the track. NASCAR displayed the red flag 28 laps short of the 301-lap scheduled distance, with the race being called shortly after. Logano's first win came in his 20th start.

In 2008, Kurt Busch became a multiple winner of this race, as he defeated Michael Waltrip under the caution for his 18th career Sprint Cup title. Busch, who started 26th on the grid, led the final 10 laps to take the checkered flag. Pole sitter Patrick Carpentier finished 31st, while Tony Stewart, who placed 13th, led for a race-high 132 laps.

Starting in the 11th position, Denny Hamlin moved his way to the top and reclaimed the lead on lap 256 of the 300-lap race and held on to defeat Jeff Gordon by less than a second in 2007. Pole sitter Dave Blaney, who led the first 30 laps, placed 29th. Hamlin led twice for 46 laps, as he recorded his third of 17 career Sprint Cup titles. Dale Earnhardt Jr led six times for a race- high 64 laps and finished fourth.

In 2006, Kyle Busch recorded his third career Sprint Cup title, as he crossed the finish line 0.406 of a second ahead of Carl Edwards at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch reclaimed the lead from Elliott Sadler on lap 240 and held on the rest of the way in front of an estimated crowd of 100,000. Busch, who started fourth on the grid, led for a race-high 107 laps. Pole sitter Ryan Newman, who led for just 16 laps, placed 39th out of 43 cars. Only six cars failed to finish the race. Busch now totals 22 Sprint Cup titles.

Tony Stewart led a whopping 232 of the 300 laps in 2005 to win his 22nd of 39 career Sprint Cup titles. Stewart crossed the finish line 0.851 of a second ahead of defending champion Kurt Busch. Pole sitter Brian Vickers finished 11th. With his win, Stewart joined Jeff Burton as the only multiple winner of this race. Burton won this race three consecutive seasons from 1997 through 1999. Stewart won this race for the first time in 2000.

Kurt Busch swept both NHMS events in 2004, the second consecutive year a driver had won both races. Busch captured the New England 300 later that year by less than a second over Jeff Gordon after a late-race caution for his 10th of 23 career Sprint Cup victories. In 2003, Jimmie Johnson won both NHIS races.

Gordon is a three-time winner at this track and is the only driver to win a NASCAR race at New Hampshire from the pole position (1998), when he captured the New Hampshire 300. In fact, 10 of the 18 winners of this race have started outside the top-10, including last season. Gordon is the all-time lap leader at NHMS, with 1,207 laps led.

In 32 previous races, the pole sitter has won only four times and never in this event. The best finish for a pole sitter for the summer race was second by Mark Martin in 1993 and Jeff Gordon in 2001.

This and That about NHMS: Groundbreaking for the New Hampshire Motor Speedway was August 13, 1989. It was the first superspeedway to be constructed in the United States since 1969. The official opening was June 5, 1990 with the first race being a Nationwide Series race on July 15, 1990. The track was renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2008. There have been 32 Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one a year from 1993 through 1996 and two-a-year since. Four drivers have competed in all 32 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek. Burton is a four-time winner at the "Magic Mile."

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the July 31st running of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as Jamie McMurray defends his title.

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