QUALIFYING RECORD: Ryan Newman, 2011 (135.232 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Burton, 1997 (117.134 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,202,458 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $254,083; 2nd Place - $186,383; 3rd Place - $148,675
Juan Pablo Montoya
2011 Sylvania 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 116.679 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 43 minutes, 13 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 7.225 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 14 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 19 among 15 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ryan Newman (135.002 m.p.h.)
Past Sylvania 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Tony Stewart (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 116.679 m.p.h.
2010 -- Clint Bowyer (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 106.769 m.p.h.
2009 -- Mark Martin (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 100.753 m.p.h.
2008 -- Greg Biffle (9th) -- Ford -- 105.468 m.p.h.
2007 -- Clint Bowyer (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 110.475 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 102.195 m.p.h.
2005 -- Ryan Newman (13th) -- Dodge -- 95.891 m.p.h.
2004 -- Kurt Busch (7th) -- Ford -- 109.753 m.p.h.
2003 -- Jimmie Johnson (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 106.580 m.p.h.
2002 -- Ryan Newman (1st) -- Ford -- 105.081 m.p.h.
2001 -- Robby Gordon (31st) -- Chevrolet -- 103.594 m.p.h.
2000 -- Jeff Burton (2nd) -- Ford -- 102.003 m.p.h.
1999 -- Joe Nemechek (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 100.673 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 112.078 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 100.364 m.p.h.
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)
2011 -- Ryan Newman -- 25th
2010 -- Brad Keselowski -- 18th
2009 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 3rd
2008 -- Kyle Busch -- 34th
2007 -- Clint Bowyer -- 1st
2006 -- Kevin Harvick -- 1st
2005 -- Tony Stewart -- 2nd
2004 -- None -- Weather
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 9th
2002 -- Ryan Newman -- 1st
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 15th
2000 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2nd
1999 -- Rusty Wallace -- 6th
1998 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
1997 -- Ken Schrader -- 37th
Last Race Results
RACE: GEICO 400 (September 16th)
SITE: Chicagoland Speedway -- Joliet, Illinois
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
THIRD: Kasey Kahne
FOURTH: Kyle Busch
FIFTH: Ryan Newman
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (Finished 2nd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 47 minutes, 37 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 143.363 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.171 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Johnson - pole; A. Almirola 1-3; J. Johnson 4-45; B.
Keselowski 46; M. Kenseth 47-48; J. Johnson 49-102; B. Keselowski
103-150; J. Johnson 151-189; D. Ragan 190-191; J. Johnson
192-228; B. Keselowski 229; D. Hamlin 230; T. Stewart 231-233; C.
Bowyer 234-239; J. McMurray 240; D. Ragan 241; B. Keselowski
Sylvania 300 Entry List
Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)
Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)
Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)
Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)
David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)
Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)
Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)
Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)
Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Office Depot
Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)
Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)
Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)
Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)
Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)
Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)
Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)
Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)
Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)
Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)
Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)
Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)
David Stremme (South Bend, IN)
Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)
Mike Olsen (North Haverhill, NH)
Ford/North Country Ford
Stephen Leicht (Asheville, NC)
David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)
Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)
Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)
David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)
Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)
Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)
Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)
Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)
Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)
Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)
Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)
Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)
Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)
Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
Regan Smith (Cato, NY)
Kelly Bires (Mauston, WI)
Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)
Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood&Pellet
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)
Chevrolet/Diet Mt. Dew/Nat Guard
Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)
Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)
Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)
Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)
Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)
* - Defending champion
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Martin Truex Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Mover of the Week
Tony Stewart - Started in the 29th position and finished 6th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Greg Biffle
Darkhorse - Carl Edwards
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jeff Gordon) - Finished 35th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kyle Busch) - Finished 4th
One down and nine to go, as the Chase for the Sprint Cup began last week
at Chicagoland Speedway. Brad Keselowski captured the Chase opener as he beat
Jimmie Johnson by 3.17 seconds for his fourth win of the season and eighth of
For the second consecutive season, New Hampshire will be the second stop in the
Chase. Last year, Tony Stewart opened the Chase with back-to-back wins in
Chicago and New Hampshire, as he went on to capture the title for the third
In a reversal of the 2010 finish in the Chase race at New Hampshire, Stewart
took the lead with two laps remaining when Clint Bowyer ran out of fuel.
Stewart led just the last two laps to make it back-to-back wins in the first
two 2011 playoff races.
Back in 2010, Bowyer had the dominant car throughout the race but ran second
to Stewart in the late going before Stewart ran out of fuel with less than
two laps to go. Bowyer took over the top spot for good and held off a hard-
charging Denny Hamlin by 0.48 seconds for his third career Sprint Cup Series
win but his first since May 2008 at Richmond.
Three days following the New Hampshire race, NASCAR handed down stiff
penalties to Bowyer's team after their winning car was found to be illegal
during a more thorough post-race inspection conducted at NASCAR's Research and
Development center in Concord, NC. Bowyer and team owner Richard Childress
were each penalized with a 150-point loss, while crew chief Shane Wilson
received a six-race suspension, a $150,000 fine and probation until the end of
the year. Car chief Chad Haney also received suspension for the same length of
time, as well as probation for the remainder of the year. Wilson's fine was
later reduced to $100,000.
In 2009, Mark Martin won at New Hampshire for the first time, as he
capitalized on pit strategies and then held off the field in three late-race
restarts for his fifth victory of that season. Martin last pitted under green
with 58 laps remaining in the 300-lap race. He fell one lap behind, but the
remainder of the field had to make their final stops shortly after, allowing
Martin to reclaim the lead with 28 laps to go. An incident involving A.J.
Allmendinger set up a three-lap shootout to the finish. After the restart,
Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya were in a fierce side-by-side battle for the
lead. Martin pulled ahead of Montoya with less than two laps to go.
Allmendinger spun again on the final lap, which ended the race under caution.
The victory was the 40th and most recent of his career.
Starting ninth in the 2008 race, Greg Biffle reclaimed the lead on lap 289 and
held on the rest of the way to record his 13th career Sprint Cup title. Biffle
clipped Jimmie Johnson by 0.505 of a second. Johnson led four times for a
race-high 96 laps. Pole sitter Kyle Busch led the opening three laps, but
placed 34th. Biffle has since added five wins to his total.
Clint Bowyer started on the pole and dominated this race in 2007, as he led
for 222 laps en route to his first career Sprint Cup title. Bowyer led the
first 37 laps and the final 49, as he defeated Jeff Gordon by over six
seconds. In all, Bowyer led on six separate occasions, as he captured the
first-place prize of $259,175 in just his 64th career Sprint Cup start.
In 2006, Kevin Harvick captured the first race of the Chase, as he outran
Tony Stewart by less than a second for his fourth win in 2006 and the ninth of
his Sprint Cup career. Harvick, who's victory total now stands at 18,
dominated the race, leading seven times for a race-high 196 laps after
starting on the pole. Harvick reclaimed the lead on lap 217 of the 300-lap
race from Dave Blaney and held on for victory. Stewart made the biggest move
of the race after starting 32nd on the grid.
Ryan Newman made a late-race pass and captured the 2005 Sylvania 300 at the
New Hampshire International Speedway, in the first round of the 10-race "Chase
for the Sprint Cup." The No.12 Penske Racing Dodge crossed the finish line
0.292 seconds ahead of pole sitter Tony Stewart, as he recorded his 12th of 15
career Sprint Cup titles. Newman led three times for a total of 66 laps, while
Stewart led for a race-high 173 laps, including the first 74.
THIS AND THAT FROM NHMS: Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International
Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was August.
13, 1989. It was the first superspeedway to be constructed in the United
States since 1969. There have been 35 Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire Motor
Speedway; one a year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since. Four
drivers have competed in all 35 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte
and Joe Nemechek. Jimmie Johnson (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004) are the only
drivers that have posted season sweeps. They are also the only back-to-back
winners. The pole sitter has captured this race four times, including two of
the past six years. Denny Hamlin (8.4) and Jimmie Johnson (9.9) are the only
two active drivers with an average finish at NHMS in the top 10. Jeff Gordon
has led the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series laps all-time at New Hampshire at
The September 30 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway is the next race in
the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Kurt Busch won last year's race
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