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DATE: Sunday, June 29th
SITE: New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire
TRACK: 1.058-mile banked asphalt oval
CAPACITY: 95,491
ANNUAL: 16th
ANNOUNCERS: Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach Jr, Kyle Petty
RADIO: MRN/Sirius Satellite
START TIME: 2:17 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
POLE SITTER: Dave Blaney (Finished 29th)
LAPS: 301
MILES: 318.458
QUALIFYING RECORD: 132.360 m.p.h. (Ryan Newman, 2004)
RACE RECORD: 117.134 m.p.h. (Jeff Burton, 1997)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,383,710
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $235,775; 2nd - $203,986; 3rd - $159,645 (2007 figures)
2007 Finish
1Denny Hamlin116Jeff Green15
2Jeff Gordon87Jeff Burton26
3Martin Truex Jr98Kevin Harvick7
4Dale Earnhardt Jr69Matt Kenseth30
5Jimmie Johnson1010Ryan Newman12
2007 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 108.215 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 55 minutes, 59 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.068 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 31 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 11 drivers
POLE WINNER: Dave Blaney (129.437 m.p.h.)
Past LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Winners (car) and Speed
2007 -- Denny Hamlin (Chevrolet) -- 108.215 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kyle Busch (Chevrolet) -- 101.384 m.p.h.
2005 -- Tony Stewart (Chevrolet) -- 102.608 m.p.h.
2004 -- Kurt Busch (Ford) -- 97.862 m.p.h.
2003 -- Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet) -- 96.924 m.p.h.
2002 -- Ward Burton (Dodge) -- 92.342 m.p.h.
2001 -- Dale Jarrett (Ford) -- 102.131 m.p.h.
2000 -- Tony Stewart (Pontiac) -- 103.145 m.p.h.
1999 -- Jeff Burton (Ford) -- 101.876 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Burton (Ford) -- 102.996 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Burton (Ford) -- 117.134 m.p.h. (race record)
1996 -- Ernie Irvan (Ford) -- 98.930 m.p.h.
1995 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) -- 107.029 m.p.h.
1994 -- Ricky Rudd (Ford) -- 87.599 m.p.h.
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (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, 2005), Siemens 300
Past LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Pole Winners (Finish)
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: Toyota/Save Mart Dodge 350 (June 22nd)
SITE: Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, California
MILES: 218.9
LAPS: 110
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: David Gilliland
THIRD: Jeff Gordon
FOURTH: Clint Bowyer
FIFTH: Casey Mears
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (Finished 33rd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 54 minutes, 56 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 76.445 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.716 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 14 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 5 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kahne 1-4, Johnson 5-31, Biffle 32, Ky. Busch 33-68, Edwards
69-70, Ky. Busch 71-112.
LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/TBA
1Martin Truex Jr (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
01Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Principal Financial
2Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Kellogg's/CARQUEST
6David Ragan (Kannapolis, NC)Ford/AAA Insurance
7Robby Gordon (Cerritos, CA)Dodge/TBA
07Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Jack Daniels
8Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
9Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Dodge/Budweiser
10Patrick Carpentier (Quebec, Canada)Dodge/BCM Dealerships
11 *Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
12Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Dodge/Alltel
15Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Sylvania
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/DeWalt
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
19Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Dodge/Best Buy
20Tony Stewart (Rushville, IN)Toyota/Home Depot
21Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Little Debbie
22Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Toyota/Caterpillar
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Dupont
26Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Ford/Irwin
28Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Yates Racing
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Shell Pennzoil
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Lenox
34Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Torrance, CA)Ford/
40Dario Franchitti (Edinburgh, Scotland)Dodge/The Guitar Hero/Target
41Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Dodge/Target
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Columbia)Dodge/Texaco/Havoline
43Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Dodge/Cheerios/Betty Crocker
44David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/UPS
45Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Dodge/Victory Junction Gang
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
55Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
66Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/State Water Heaters
70Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Chevrolet/Atlas Copco
77Sam Hornish Jr (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Mobil 1
78Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
84A.J. Allmendinger Los Gatos, CA)Toyota/Red Bull
88Dale Earnhardt Jr (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard/AMP
96J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/DLP HDTV
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Dish Network
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last seven years)
Denny Hamlin---------------6thWon
Jeff Gordon2nd29th24th2nd25th15th2nd
Martin Truex Jr---------------18th3rd
Dale Earnhardt Jr9th23rd6th31st9th43rd4th
Jimmie Johnson---15thWon11th13th9th5th
Jeff Burton11th12th9th12th14th7th7th
Kevin Harvick8th9th2nd13th22nd5th8th
Ryan Newman---5th4th3rd7th39th10th
Kyle Busch------------4thWon11th
Tony Stewart5th39th22nd5thWon37th12th
Carl Edwards------------12th2nd13th
Bobby Labonte7th13th14th17th3rd23rd18th
Kurt Busch42nd8th11thWon2nd38th21st
J.J. Yeley---------------12th22nd
Kasey Kahne---------8th6th8th25th
Greg Biffle------43rd28th5th3rd31st
Mover of the Week
Kyle Busch - Started in the 30th position and finished 1st
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Darkhorse - Brian Vickers
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jeff Gordon) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ryan Newman) - Finished 7th
This week's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at the "Magic Mile" is the first of 10 races in the "Race To The Chase." The Race to the Chase ends with the annual night-time showdown at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 6, the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, which has become known to many as, simply, the "Chase cut-off" race.

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. Pole sitter Dave Blaney, who led the first 30 laps, placed 29th. Hamlin led twice for 46 laps, as he recorded his third of four 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 International 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 nine Sprint Cup titles.

In 2005, Tony Stewart led a whopping 232 of the 300 laps to win his 22nd of 32 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 NHIS 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 17 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, eight of the 15 winners of this race have started outside the top-10, including last season.

This and That about NHIS: Groundbreaking for the New Hampshire Motor Speedway was Aug. 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. There have been 26 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 26 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek. Chevrolet has won 12 New Hampshire races, including five of the past six.

The next race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship is the Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway on July 5th, as Jamie McMurray defends his title.

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