NASCAR - Sprint Cup - LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, July 15th
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: 20th
ANNOUNCERS: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach, Kyle Petty
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (ET)
RUNNER-UP: Tony Stewart
POLE WINNER: Ryan Newman (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 301
MILES: 318.5
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 - $268,050; 2nd Place - 210,633; 3rd Place - $170,675
2011 Finish
1Ryan Newman16Kasey Kahne10
2Tony Stewart27Bobby Labonte23
3Denny Hamlin148Martin Truex Jr13
4Joey Logano169Marcos Ambrose22
5Jimmie Johnson2810Kurt Busch4
2011 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 104.100 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 3 minutes, 33 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.773 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 44 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 21 among 14 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ryan Newman (135.232 m.p.h.)
Past LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Ryan Newman (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 104.100 m.p.h.
2010 -- Jimmie Johnson (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 113.308 m.p.h.
2009 -- Joey Logano (24th) -- Toyota -- 97.497 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kurt Busch (26th) -- Dodge -- 106.719 m.p.h.
2007 -- Denny Hamlin (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 108.215 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kyle Busch (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 101.384 m.p.h.
2005 -- Tony Stewart (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 102.608 m.p.h.
2004 -- Kurt Busch (32nd) -- Ford -- 97.862 m.p.h.
2003 -- Jimmie Johnson (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 96.924 m.p.h.
2002 -- Ward Burton (31st) -- Dodge -- 92.342 m.p.h.
2001 -- Dale Jarrett (9th) -- Ford -- 102.131 m.p.h.
2000 -- Tony Stewart (6th) -- Pontiac -- 103.145 m.p.h.
1999 -- Jeff Burton (38th) -- Ford -- 101.876 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Burton (5th) -- Ford -- 102.996 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Burton (15th) -- Ford -- 117.134 m.p.h. (race record)
1996 -- Ernie Irvan (6th) -- Ford -- 98.930 m.p.h.
1995 -- Jeff Gordon (21st) -- Chevrolet -- 107.029 m.p.h.
1994 -- Ricky Rudd (3rd) -- Ford -- 87.599 m.p.h.
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (33rd) -- 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), Siemens 300
(2004-05), LENOX Industrial Tools 300 (2006, 07). One mile was added to
2008 race.
Past LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Ryan Newman -- 1st
2010 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 34th
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Patrick Carpentier -- 31st
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: Coke Zero 400 (July 7th)
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Florida
MILES: 400
LAPS: 160
WINNER: Tony Stewart
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Burton
THIRD: Matt Kenseth
FOURTH: Joey Logano
FIFTH: Ryan Newman
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 32 minutes, 14 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 157.653 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: M. Kenseth 1-41; D. Ragan 42; J. Wise 43-45; M. Truex Jr. 46-47;
G. Biffle 48-82; C. Mears 83; M. Kenseth 84-123; Kyle Busch
124-126; D. Gilliland 127; Kyle Busch 128-130; T. Stewart
131-151; M. Kenseth 152-159; T. Stewart 160.
LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmer's Insurance
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Chevrolet/Mohawk Northeast
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M/W.B. Mason/Post-it
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Humphrey Smith Racing
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil/AAA
23Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/DuPont
26Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Duracell
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Rheem
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Inception Motorsports
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Ford/Federated Auto Parts
33Stephen Leicht (Asheville, NC)Chevrolet/
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/TBA
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Taco Bell
39 *Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Army ROTC
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Degree
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Medallion
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Luke & Associates
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
49J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/American Israel Racing
51Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/TBA
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
79Kelly Bires (Mauston, WI)Ford/Team Kyle/Bestway Disposal
83Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Toyota/Burger King
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood&Pellet
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Mtn. Dew/Nat'l Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Ryan Newman4th3rd7th39th10th15th29th6thWon
Tony Stewart22nd5thWon37th12th13th5th2nd2nd
Denny Hamlin---------6thWon8th15th14th3rd
Joey Logano------------------Won9th4th
Jimmie JohnsonWon11th13th9th5th9th9thWon5th
Kasey Kahne---8th6th8th25th30th10th36th6th
Martin Truex Jr---------18th3rd4th37th22nd8th
Marcos Ambrose------------------23rd13th9th
Kurt Busch11thWon2nd38th21stWon3rd3rd10th
Jeff Gordon24th2nd25th15th2nd11th2nd4th11th
Carl Edwards------12th2nd13th17th19th25th13th
Dale Earnhardt Jr6th31st9th43rd4th24th13th8th15th
Jeff Burton9th12th14th7th7th12th31st12th16th
Clint Bowyer---------27th37th22nd20th7th17th
Greg Biffle43rd28th5th3rd31st21st18th16th18th
Matt Kenseth3rd4th10th14th9th18th22nd17th20th
Kevin Harvick2nd13th22nd5th8th14th34th5th21st
Paul Menard------------39th29th30th28th24th
Juan Pablo Montoya------------19th32nd12th34th30th
Jamie McMurray40th7th40th33rd16th41st33rd18th31st
Brad Keselowski------------------6th26th35th
Kyle Busch------4thWon11th25th7th11th36th
Mover of the Week
Tony Stewart - Started in the 42nd position and finished 1st
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Darkhorse - Aric Almirola
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - Finished 24th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jamie McMurray) - Finished 13th
Ryan Newman started on the pole and won last year's July race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Newman, who drives for Stewart-Haas Racing, collected his first win of the season and the 15th of his Sprint Cup career. He led a race-high 119 laps, including the final 71, and beat his teammate, Tony Stewart, to the finish line by 0.8 seconds.

Newman has won at New Hampshire three times. His first win at this racetrack came in the fall event during 2002 rookie season. He also won the September race there in 2005.

In 2009, Jimmie Johnson won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 after taking the lead from Kurt Busch with less than two laps remaining. Johnson, who also won the previous week's road-course race that year at Sonoma, CA, took the lead from Jeff Burton just after a restart with 12 laps remaining. Burton did not pit, while the other leaders came in for the final time following an incident with Juan Pablo Montoya and Reed Sorenson.

Two laps after losing the lead, Burton, on old tires, got loose and crashed into Kyle Busch while the two were battling for position. The final caution set up an eight-lap shootout to the finish. After the last restart, Kurt Busch chased down Johnson and made a bump and run move on the four-time defending series champion to take the top spot for the first time in the 301-lap race.

But Johnson came storming back and took the lead with a lap and a half to go. Johnson then cruised to his fifth victory of the season and the 52nd of his Cup career. Currently in the top five on the points list, Johnson now owns 57 titles.

Three years ago, Joey Logano, in his rookie season, benefited from crew chief Greg Zipadelli's gutsy late-race pit strategy for his first Sprint Cup win in the rain-shortened race at New Hampshire.

Logano, who hails from Middletown, CT, overcame a one-lap deficit after cutting his left-rear tire in the late-stages of the race. He was the only driver who had yet to pit during the final round of green flag stops. Ryan Newman gave up the lead when he ran out of fuel and coasted into in the pits. That allowed Logano to take the top spot for the first time. He then conserved enough fuel before rain fell on the track. NASCAR displayed the red flag 28 laps short of the 301-lap scheduled distance, with the race being called shortly after. Logano's first win came in his 20th start.

In 2008, Kurt Busch became a multiple winner of this race, as he defeated Michael Waltrip under the caution for his 18th career Sprint Cup title. Busch, who started 26th on the grid, led the final 10 laps to take the checkered flag. Pole sitter Patrick Carpentier finished 31st, while Tony Stewart, who placed 13th, led for a race-high 132 laps.

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 in 2007. Pole sitter Dave Blaney, who led the first 30 laps, placed 29th. Hamlin led twice for 46 laps, as he recorded his third of 19 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 Motor 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.

Tony Stewart led a whopping 232 of the 300 laps in 2005 to win his 22nd of 46 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 NHMS 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 24 career Sprint Cup victories. In 2003, Jimmie Johnson won both NHIS races.

This and That about NHMS: Groundbreaking for the New Hampshire Motor Speedway was August 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. The track was renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2008. There have been 34 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 34 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek. Burton is a four-time winner at the "Magic Mile."

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the July 29 Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Paul Menard is the defending race winner.

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