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DATE: Saturday, July 16th
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: 22nd
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 3:30 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Brad Keselowski (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 211.6
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kevin Harvick, 2001 (130.716 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2009 (111.925 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,044,795 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $45,620; 2nd Place - $31,400; 3rd Place - $27,775
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch46Justin Allgaier5
2Brad Keselowski17Kevin Harvick3
3Carl Edwards28Reed Sorenson12
4Joey Logano79Paul Menard19
5Trevor Bayne1810Brendan Gaughan16
2010 New England 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 110.673 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 54 minutes, 43 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.644 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 16 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Brad Keselowski (129.657 m.p.h.)
Past New England 200 Winners (car) and Speed
2010 -- Kyle Busch (4th) -- Toyota -- 110.673 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (9th) -- Toyota -- 111.925 (race record)
2008 -- Tony Stewart (8th) -- Toyota -- 109.025 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kevin Harvick (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 100.669 m.p.h.
2006 -- Carl Edwards (9th) -- Ford -- 105.624 m.p.h.
2005 -- Martin Truex Jr (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 92.093 m.p.h.
2004 -- Matt Kenseth (21st) -- Ford -- 93.709 m.p.h.
2003 -- David Green (4th) -- Pontiac -- 108.005 m.p.h.
2002 -- Bobby Hamilton Jr (2nd) -- Ford -- 110.388 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jason Keller (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 108.714 m.p.h.
2000 -- Tim Fedewa (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 89.366 m.p.h.
1999 -- Elton Sawyer (2nd) -- Ford -- 103.234 m.p.h.
1998 -- Buckshot Jones (26th) -- Pontiac -- 100.829 m.p.h.
1997 -- Mike McLaughlin (12th) -- Chevrolet -- 76.752 m.p.h.
1996 -- Randy Lajoie (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 96.953 m.p.h.
1995 -- Chad Little (9th) -- Ford -- 104.972 m.p.h.
1994 -- Derrike Cope (14th) -- Ford -- 88.527 m.p.h.
1993 -- Robert Pressley (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 89.560 m.p.h.
1992 -- Joe Nemechek (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 94.897
1991 -- Ricky Craven (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 90.832 m.p.h.
1990 -- Rick Mast (18th) -- Buick -- 94.405 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Camping World RV Sales 200 (2008-09), Camping World 200
by RV's.com (2007), Siemens 200 (2004), New England 200 (2003, 2005-06,
2010), Busch 200 (2002), CVS Pharmacy 200 (2001), Gumout 200 (1998),
U.S. Cellular (1997), Stanley 200 (1996), NE Chevy 250 (1990-1995). Race
changed from 200 laps to 175 in 2010, then from 175 laps to 200 in 2011.
 
Past New England 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Brad Keselowski -- 2nd
2009 -- Joey Logano -- 2nd
2008 -- Landon Cassill -- 34th
2007 -- Kevin Harvick -- 1st
2006 -- Kyle Busch -- 16th
2005 -- Kevin Harvick -- 8th
2004 -- Jamie McMurray -- 22nd
2003 -- None -- Weather
2002 -- Shane Hmiel -- 4th
2001 -- Kevin Harvick -- 2nd
2000 -- Tim Fedewa -- 1st
1999 -- Jeff Green -- 2nd
1998 -- Joe Bessey -- 35th
1997 -- None -- Weather
1996 -- None -- Weather
1995 -- Mike McLaughlin -- 4th
1994 -- Bobby Labonte -- 35th
1993 -- Joe Nemechek -- 2nd
1992 -- Ernie Irvan -- 33rd
1991 -- Ricky Craven -- 1st
1990 -- Ricky Craven -- 4th
Last Race Results
RACE: Feed the Children 300 (July 8th)
SITE: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Kentucky
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Kasey Kahne
FIFTH: Elliott Sadler
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (Finished 5th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 3 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 138.408 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.180 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 24 laps
LAP LEADERS: E. Sadler 1-8; K. Harvick 9-43; C. Edwards 44; K. Harvick 45-65;
B. Keselowski 66; M. Wallace 67; B. Keselowski 68-134; J.
Nemechek 135-136; B. Keselowski 137-200.
New England 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/Cowboys and Aliens
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
04Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Ford/Go Green Racing
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Fenway Park
7Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com/Verisign
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
13Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Dodge/Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/NESN
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Z-Line Designs
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TriStar Motorsports
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Ruby Tuesday
23David Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Maxelence
30Mikey Kile (Westlake, LA)Chevrolet/TBA
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Rheem Heating and Cooling
38Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Matt Frahm (North Salem, NH)Ford/Gilcrest Steel
40Charles Lewandoski (Staf. Sprs. CT)Chevrolet/TBA
41Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
42Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
44Angela Cope (Puyallup, WA)Chevrolet/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
47Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/racedaysponsor.com
52Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Chevrolet/TBA
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
67Andrew Ranger (Roxton Pond, Canada)Ford/Go Canada Racing
70Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/IPT Pellet Grills
75Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/daystar.com
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Grand Touring Vodka
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Kyle Busch------25th---16th---3rdWonWon
Brad Keselowski------------------10th3rd2nd
Carl Edwards---------2ndWon2nd5th6th3rd
Joey Logano---------------------2nd4th
Trevor Bayne------------------------5th
Justin Allgaier---------------------13th6th
Kevin Harvick---2nd5th8th2ndWon4th5th7th
Reed Sorenson---------14th17th9th------8th
Steve Wallace---------------15th21st11th11th
Elliott Sadler---------4th---------18th13th
Ricky Stenhouse------------------------16th
Kasey Kahne---9th4th12th---------------
 
Mover of the Week
Kyle Busch - Started in the 41st position and finished 3rd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Brian Scott
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Joey Logano) - Finished 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jason Leffler) - Finished 13th
 
NOTES:
Kyle Busch put on a dominating performance in the 2010 running of the New England 200 to become the first repeat Nationwide Series race winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and set a new record for most career laps led in NASCAR's second-tier series.

Busch led 126 of 200 laps, but had to hold off a hard-charging Brad Keselowski in the closing laps for the sixth of 13 wins last year. There had been 23 different winners in as many Nationwide races at New Hampshire before Busch snapped the streak.

Busch also surpassed Mark Martin to become the series' all-time career lap leader with 8,117 laps. Martin currently holds the record for most Nationwide wins with 48, but Busch now trails by just one, as he has tallied five victories this season.

Although Joey Logano dominated the race, Kyle Busch captured the checkered flag in 2009, as he led the final 36 laps for his 26th career Nationwide Series title. Logano, who started on the pole, led six times for 108 laps, but Busch made a late-race pass to take the lead and held on to become the 23rd different winner in as many Nationwide Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

In 2008, Tony Stewart took the checkered flag under caution to capture his seventh career Nationwide Series title. Stewart, who led the final 65 laps, placed ahead of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch. Pole sitter Landon Cassill failed to finish the race due to an accident and placed 34th.

Harvick dominated this race in 2007, leading 166 laps, as he defeated Carl Edwards by 0.284 of a second. Harvick, who started on the pole. led four times, including the final 29 laps for his 28th career Nationwide Series victory. Edwards has finished 2nd, 1st, 2nd and 5th in the four years he has competed at this race.

Edwards took advantage of a caution flag and went on to win the 2006 race in New Hampshire. The No. 60 Roush Racing Ford crossed the finish line 0.604 of a second ahead of Kevin Harvick for his eighth career Nationwide title. Pole sitter Kyle Busch led the first 15 laps, but faded and finished 16th. Clint Bowyer took over at the top spot and led the next 127 laps, however Edwards led the final 58 laps to win the third of his four 2006 titles. Edwards' victory total now stands at 26.

This year's race will have a slight Boston Red Sox theme, as Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Trevor Bayne will have their cars adorned with a Sox motif. Stenhouse will sport a Fenway Park paint scheme while Bayne will carry a New England Sports Network (NESN) look, in honor of the long-time television network.

The Nationwide Series returns to Nashville Superspeedway for the Federated Auto Parts 300 on July 23. Brad Keselowski is the defending race winner.

07/12 16:20:56 ET

As of July 12, 2011, at 04:21 PM ET

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