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DATE: Sunday, July 14
SITE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, N.H.
TRACK: 1.058-mile oval
CAPACITY: 93,521 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 21st
TELEVISION: TNT
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, July 12/3:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kasey Kahne
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 16)
LAPS: 301
MILES: 318.458
QUALIFYING RECORD: Ryan Newman, 2011 (135.232 mph)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Burton, 1997 (117.134 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kasey Kahne26Jeff Gordon8
2Denny Hamlin37Jimmie Johnson7
3Clint Bowyer58Kevin Harvick12
4Dale Earnhardt Jr.99Greg Biffle11
5Brad Keselowski2210Ryan Newman6
2012 Camping World RV Sales 301 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 116.226 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 44 mins., 24 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.738 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 15 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (133.417 mph)
Past Camping World RV Sales 301 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Kasey Kahne (2) -- Chevrolet -- 116.266 mph
2011 -- Ryan Newman (1) -- Chevrolet -- 104.100 mph
2010 -- Jimmie Johnson (10) -- Chevrolet -- 113.308 mph
2009 -- Joey Logano (24) -- Toyota -- 97.497 mph
2008 -- Kurt Busch (26) -- Dodge -- 106.719 mph
2007 -- Denny Hamlin (11) -- Chevrolet -- 108.215 mph
2006 -- Kyle Busch (4) -- Chevrolet -- 101.384 mph
2005 -- Tony Stewart (13) -- Chevrolet -- 102.608 mph
2004 -- Kurt Busch (32) -- Ford -- 97.862 mph
2003 -- Jimmie Johnson (6) -- Chevrolet -- 96.924 mph
2002 -- Ward Burton (31) -- Dodge -- 92.342 mph
2001 -- Dale Jarrett (9) -- Ford -- 102.131 mph
2000 -- Tony Stewart (6) -- Pontiac -- 103.145 mph
1999 -- Jeff Burton (38) -- Ford -- 101.876 mph
1998 -- Jeff Burton (5) -- Ford -- 102.996 mph
1997 -- Jeff Burton (15) -- Ford -- 117.134 mph
1996 -- Ernie Irvan (6) -- Ford -- 98.930 mph
1995 -- Jeff Gordon (21) -- Chevrolet -- 107.029 mph
1994 -- Ricky Rudd (3) -- Ford -- 87.599 mph
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (33) -- Pontiac -- 105.947 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Slick 50 300 (1993-95), Jiffy Lube 300 (1996-99)
thatlook.com 300 (2000), New England 300 (2001-03), Siemens 300
(2004-05), LENOX Industrial Tools 300 (2006-07), LENOX Industrial Tools
301 (2008-12). One lap was added to this race, starting in 2008.
 
Past Camping World RV Sales 301 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Kyle Busch -- 16
2011 -- Ryan Newman -- 1
2010 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 34
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Patrick Carpentier -- 31
2007 -- Dave Blaney -- 29
2006 -- Ryan Newman -- 39
2005 -- Brian Vickers -- 11
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 3
2003 -- Matt Kenseth -- 3
2002 -- Bill Elliott -- 34
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 2
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 15
1999 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3
1998 -- Ricky Craven -- 29
1997 -- Ken Schrader -- 11
1996 -- Ricky Craven -- 26
1995 -- Mark Martin -- 3
1994 -- Ernie Irvan -- 30
1993 -- Mark Martin -- 2
Last Race Results
RACE: Coke Zero 400 (July 6)
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
MILES: 402.5
LAPS: 161
WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Tony Stewart
THIRD: Kevin Harvick
FOURTH: Clint Bowyer
FIFTH: Michael Waltrip
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 12)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 36 mins., 30 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 154.313 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.107 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 18 among 11 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kyle Busch - pole; M. Kenseth 1; Kyle Busch 2-25; J. Yeley 26;
Kyle Busch 27-30; J. Johnson 31; Kyle Busch 32; J. Johnson 33-70;
D. Gilliland 71; D. Ragan 72; D. Hamlin 73-92; J. McMurray
93-100; T. Kvapil 101; J. Wise 102; J. McMurray 103-104; J.
Johnson 105-128; J. Yeley 129; J. Burton 130; J. Johnson 131-161.
Camping World RV Sales 301 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5 *Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M/W.B. Mason
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Best Buy
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Libman
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Lean 1
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Ford/Federated Auto Parts
33Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Auto
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/United Mining Equip.
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Wix Filters
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Kingsford Charcoal
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
52Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC)Toyota/Support Military
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Batteries
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Kasey Kahne868253010366Won
Denny Hamlin------6Won8151432
Clint Bowyer------273722207173
Dale Earnhardt Jr31943424138154
Brad Keselowski---------------626355
Jeff Gordon2251521124116
Jimmie Johnson11139599Won57
Kevin Harvick13225814345218
Greg Biffle285331211816189
Ryan Newman37391015296Won10
Martin Truex Jr------18343722811
Tony Stewart5Won37121352212
Matt Kenseth4101491822172013
Joey Logano---------------Won9414
Kyle Busch---4Won11257113616
Carl Edwards---122131719251318
Kurt BuschWon23821Won331024
 
Mover of the Week
Kevin Harvick - started 26 and finished 3
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Joey Logano) - finished 40
 
NOTES:
The Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the 19th race on 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

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 36 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.

Four driver have competed in all 36 races at New Hampshire: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek.

Jeff Burton leads all drivers with four victories at New Hampshire. Burton has not won a race there since September 2000, when he led all 300 laps in the event.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at New Hampshire with nine, followed by Jack Roush with seven and Joe Gibbs with five.

Ryan Newman leads all drivers with six poles at New Hampshire. Gordon has the second most poles there with four.

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 occurred 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 a Cup race at New Hampshire 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.

Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski claimed his maiden pole at New Hampshire on Sept. 19, 2010.

Three drivers entered in this race made their Cup debuts at New Hampshire: Burton and Nemechek's first starts came there on July 11, 1993. Logano's debut occurred there 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.

The next race is the July 28 Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner.

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