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DATE: Sunday, Sept. 22
SITE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, N.H.
TRACK: 1.058-mile oval
CAPACITY: 93,521 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 17th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Sept. 20/3:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (finished 3)
LAPS: 300
MILES: 317.4
QUALIFYING RECORD: Brad Keselowski, 2013 (135.922 mph)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Burton, 1997 (117.134 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Denny Hamlin326Brad Keselowski15
2Jimmie Johnson207Tony Stewart3
3Jeff Gordon38Joey Logano18
4Clint Bowyer129Brian Vickers4
5Kasey Kahne610Ryan Newman8
2012 Sylvania 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 116.810 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 43 mins., 2 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.675 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 17 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (134.911 mph)
Past Sylvania 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Denny Hamlin (32) -- Toyota -- 116.810 mph
2011 -- Tony Stewart (20) -- Chevrolet -- 116.679 mph
2010 -- Clint Bowyer (2) -- Chevrolet -- 106.769 mph
2009 -- Mark Martin (14) -- Chevrolet -- 100.753 mph
2008 -- Greg Biffle (9) -- Ford -- 105.468 mph
2007 -- Clint Bowyer (1) -- Chevrolet -- 110.475 mph
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (1) -- Chevrolet -- 102.195 mph
2005 -- Ryan Newman (13) -- Dodge -- 95.891 mph
2004 -- Kurt Busch (7) -- Ford -- 109.753 mph
2003 -- Jimmie Johnson (8) -- Chevrolet -- 106.580 mph
2002 -- Ryan Newman (1) -- Ford -- 105.081 mph
2001 -- Robby Gordon (31) -- Chevrolet -- 103.594 mph
2000 -- Jeff Burton (2) -- Ford -- 102.003 mph
1999 -- Joe Nemechek (11) -- Chevrolet -- 100.673 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 112.078 mph
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (13) -- Chevrolet -- 100.364 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Farm Aid on CMT 300 (1998), Dura Lube 300 (1999-2000),
New Hampshire 300 (2001-02).
 
Past Sylvania 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3
2011 -- Ryan Newman -- 25
2010 -- Brad Keselowski -- 18
2009 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 3
2008 -- Kyle Busch -- 34
2007 -- Clint Bowyer -- 1
2006 -- Kevin Harvick -- 1
2005 -- Tony Stewart -- 2
2004 -- None -- Weather
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 9
2002 -- Ryan Newman -- 1
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 15
2000 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2
1999 -- Rusty Wallace -- 6
1998 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1997 -- Ken Schrader -- 37
Last Race Results
RACE: Geico 400 (Sept. 15)
SITE: Chicagoland Speedway -- Joliet, Ill.
MILES: 400.5
LAPS: 267
WINNER: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Kevin Harvick
FOURTH: Kurt Busch
FIFTH: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (finished 37)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 10 mins., 56 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.855 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.749 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 46 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 25 among 16 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Logano 1-32; L. Cassill 33-33; J. Johnson 34-36; Ky. Busch
37-37; J. Johnson 38-74; M. Kenseth 75-75; J. Gordon 76-77; K.
Harvick 78-78; C. Edwards 79-79; R. Newman 80-80; J. McMurray
81-82; M. Kenseth 83-112; B. Keselowski 113-113; M. Kenseth
114-148; A. Almirola 149-149; J. Yeley 150-151; J. Gordon
152-168; B. Keselowski 169-169; G. Biffle 170-171; Ky. Busch
172-219; K. Harvick 220-220; D. Earnhardt Jr 221-222; D. Ragan
223-223; J. Gordon 224-226; Ky. Busch 227-244; M. Kenseth
245-267.
Sylvania 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Linksys
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11 *Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Zest
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Sylvania
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Cheerios
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/U.S. Chrome
33Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/The Pete Store
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/United Mining Equip.
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target/Gillette
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
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/Time Warner Cable
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Ford/Leavine Family Racing
98Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Denny Hamlin------41592229Won
Jimmie Johnson1183962425182
Jeff Gordon714321415643
Clint Bowyer------24Won1210Won264
Kasey Kahne4381620113814155
Brad Keselowski------------------1826
Joey Logano------------322135147
Brian Vickers22135163511---59
Ryan Newman33Won12936782510
Kevin Harvick1010Won17103251211
Dale Earnhardt Jr35131653541713
Matt Kenseth23107402323614
Martin Truex Jr------225719201617
Greg Biffle2841413Won917318
Carl Edwards2019181231711819
Kurt BuschWon35192566132225
Kyle Busch---2738434591128
 
Mover of the Week
Clint Bowyer - started 24 and finished 9
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kenseth) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the 28th race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule. It's also the second in the 10-race Chase.

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 37 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 drivers have competed in all 37 races at New Hampshire: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek.

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

Two drivers have posted consecutive victories at New Hampshire: Jimmie Johnson (2003 sweep) and Kurt Busch (2004 sweep). There have been 11 different winners in the previous 11 races at this track. Brian Vickers won there in July.

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.

Brad Keselowski claimed his maiden pole in the series 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 at this track 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.

Race 3 in the championship Chase is the Sept. 29 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Brad Keselowski is the defending winner of that event.

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As of September 17, 2013, at 03:12 PM ET