Camping World Truck Series:
Sat 9/20: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, UNOH 175, 12:30pm, MRN
Sat 9/20: Kentucky Speedway, Kentucky 300, 7pm, PRN
Sprint Cup Series:
Sun 9/21: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sylvania 300, 1pm, PRN
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COUNTING DOWN THE ‘MILES 2 MIAMI’
The Sixteen Challengers in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are continuing down the road that will ultimately lead to a championship for one, with 3,194.98 “Miles2Miami” remaining. Sunday’s SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the second stop in this year’s ten-race title series that will conclude November 16th with Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After Sunday, there will be 317.4 fewer “Miles2Miami” as the Challenger Round of the revamped post-season format rolls on to Dover, Delaware … Brad Keselowski, the Number-1 seed on the Chase Grid, is seeking a third straight victory after closing the regular season with a win at Richmond International Raceway and opening the post-season with a victory at Chicagoland Speedway. The last Cup Series driver to win three in a row was Jimmie Johnson, during the 2007 Chase. With his victory last weekend, Keselowski has clinched his spot in the Contender Round of the post-season, which will open October 5th at Kansas Speedway with a reduced field of twelve drivers.
THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES … is also in Loudon, New Hampshire, this weekend for Saturday’s University of Northwestern Ohio 175. ThorSport Racing teammates Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter are first and second, respectively, in the championship standings with seven races remaining. Crafton holds a five-point advantage over Sauter with Ryan Blaney third, sixteen points off the pace. The Truck Series has not raced in Loudon since September 2011.
THE NATIONWIDE SERIES … is at Kentucky Speedway for its final “stand-alone” race of the year, Saturday night’s VisitMyrtleBeach-dot-com 300. Like the Truck Series, the Nationwide Series also has teammates at the top of the standings with Junior Motorsports rookie Chase Elliott leading Regan Smith by eighteen points. Nationwide Series teams will get two practice sessions today, at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. (ET), with qualifying Saturday afternoon some three-and-a-half hours before the green flag falls.
► His third-place finish last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway enabled Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing to extend his lead to sixty points over Austin Dillon in the Sunoco Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year standings. Dillon finished sixteenth in the My A-Fib Story-dot-com 400. Justin Allgaier remains a distant third in the Cup Series rookie chase with Michael Annett and Cole Whitt completing the top five.
► Chase Elliott of Junior Motorsports continues to carry a commanding lead over Ty Dillon in the Nationwide Series rookie standings with just seven races remaining on the schedule. He finished tenth at Chicagoland Speedway, three spots behind Dillon, but still holds a fifty-six-point advantage. Chris Buescher is third with Dylan Kwasniewski and Ryan Reed rounding out the top five.
► Ben Kennedy’s lead over Mason Mingus stands at forty-three points in the Camping World Truck Series rookie chase. The Turner Scott Motorsports driver finished seventh last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway … nine positions ahead of Mingus. Tyler Young is three points out of second place with Tyler Reddick and Jimmy Weller the Third making up the rest of the top five.
TRACK INFORMATION: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon is a one-point-zero-five-eight-mile oval with two to seven degrees of banking in the turns and one degree along the straightaways. The length of both the frontstretch and backstretch is fifteen hundred feet. Grandstand seating capacity is 93,521.
17th RUNNING OF THE UNOH 175 CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE
AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY … Saturday, 12:30 p.m. (ET)
The Last Race Run in Loudon: On September 24th, 2011, Kyle Busch cruised to an easy win, starting from the pole and leading all but ten of the 175 laps. His margin of victory over second-place Austin Dillon was nearly four full seconds. Kevin Harvick finished third with Ron Hornaday and Johnny Sauter completing the top five.
Track Position in Loudon: All but one of the sixteen Camping World Truck Series races run have been won from a starting position of tenth or better. The farthest back a winner has started is twenty-sixth (Jay Sauter, 1997) … Winning From the Pole at Loudon: Five of sixteen Truck Series races have been won from the pole position, including Busch’s victory in 2011 … Track Qualifying Record: Busch (Toyota) … 131.715 miles per hour … 28.917 seconds … September 2011 … Track Record, Race Speed: Busch (Toyota) … 118.707 mph … 1 hour, 33 minutes, 35 seconds … September 2011 … Today’s Practice Schedule: From 9:30 to 10:50 a.m., 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:25 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: Saturday at 10:10 a.m. (ET).
18th RUNNING OF THE SYLVANIA 300 SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE
AT LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE … Sunday, 2:15 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Matt Kenseth celebrated his five hundredth career Sprint Cup Series start with a trip to Victory Lane, becoming the third driver in the ten-year history of the Chase format to open the post-season with back-to-back wins. Kenseth started ninth and led a race-high 106 laps, including the final fifty-three, in beating Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to the checkered flag by a half-second. Greg Biffle finished third with Jimmie Johnson fourth. Jamie McMurray took fifth place as the highest-finishing non-Chase driver. Kenseth joined Biffle (2008) and Tony Stewart (2011) as the only drivers to open the post-season with two straight wins.
This Year’s First Race: On July 13th, Brad Keselowski joined Johnson as a three-time winner in the 2014 Sprint Cup Series with a convincing victory. He led a race-high 138 laps, including the final thirty-six … pulling away from Busch on an overtime restart to win by three-quarters of a second and complete the weekend sweep at “The Magic Mile.” Keselowski also won the Nationwide Series race the day before. In the two events combined, he led nearly sixty percent of the total laps run. Keselowski started the Cup race seventh. After pole sitter Busch and Denny Hamlin showed early muscle, Keselowski took control and closed the deal down the stretch – leading all but thirty-five of the final 124 laps in notching his thirteenth career victory.
Track Position at Loudon: Twenty-one of the thirty-nine Sprint Cup Series races run have been won from a starting position of tenth or better. Ten winners have come from a starting position of twentieth or worse … Winning From the Pole in Loudon: Just five of thirty-nine Cup Series races have been won from the pole position, most recently by Ryan Newman in 2011 … Track Qualifying Record: Busch (Toyota) … 138.130 miles per hour … 27.574 seconds … July 2014 … Track Record, Race Speed: Jeff Burton (Ford) … 117.134 mph … 2 hours, 42 minutes, 35 seconds … July 1997.
Practice Schedule: Friday from 12 to 1:20 p.m. (ET) … Saturday from 9 to 9:50 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: TODAY at 4:40 p.m. (ET) … Newman won the pole last year and finished sixteenth in the race.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sun 9/28: Dover Int'l Speedway, AAA 400, 1pm, MRN
Sun 10/5: Kansas Speedway, Hollywood Casino 400, 1pm, MRN
Sat 10/11: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500, 7pm, PRN
Sun 10/19: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega 500, 1pm, MRN
Sun 10/26: Martinsville Speedway, Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 powered by Kroger, 12:30pm, MRN
Sun 11/2: Texas Motor Speedway, AAA Texas 500, 2pm, PRN
Sun 11/9: Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Sprint Cup 500, 2pm MRN
Sun 11/16: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 400, 2pm, MRN
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Sat 9/27: Dover Int'l Speedway, Nationwide 200, 3pm, MRN
Sat 10/4: Kansas Speedway, Nationwide 300, 3pm, MRN
Sat 11/1: Texas Motor Speedway, O'Reilly Challenge, 3pm, PRN
Sat 11/8: Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Nationwide 200, 3:30pm, MRN
Sat 11/15: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 300, 4pm, MRN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Indy Car Series