New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Preview
Posted by: Candice Corrigan, follow @candicecorrigan
July 13, 2012
Date: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway —Loudon, N.H.
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Distance: 301 laps/318.46 miles
Broadcast: TV- TNT with coverage beginning at noon ET
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) or Sirius XM Channel 90
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls far up the east coast this weekend to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the 19th race of the season. The pressure to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is on with only eight races remaining on the road to Richmond, where the Chase field will be set.
Drivers who currently have a win and are in the top-10 in points will likely try to play it safe this weekend to remain in a comfortable position going into the next few weeks. Those looking in from the outside will be going for the win in an attempt to break through the top-10 or clinch a “wild card” position.
For drivers like Clint Bowyer, a solid finish this weekend could help him maintain a place in the top-10 in points but a poor run could put him on the outside, fighting for a “wild card” spot. Earlier in the week, he discussed how the different philosophies among the chase contenders will play out this weekend.
“Well, there are certainly guys on that bubble trying to race their way in that don’t have anything to lose,” said Bowyer. “They’re probably not going to be able to race their way in on points, and the only way to get in is to win. So they’ll be throwing some gambles out there.”
These gambles could come in the form of stretching fuel mileage, opting for different set-ups and staying out on older tires. Unlike last week’s free-for-all at Daytona, having the best car and running up front will be important to finishing well on the nearly flat track this weekend.
Ryan Newman is familiar with starting and finishing up front at New Hampshire. He won from the pole in last year’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and won the pole in September at NHMS. Newman will start sixth on Sunday and could take hold of the second “wild card” position with a good finish or a win this weekend. He remains fifteenth in points, trailing Joey Logano by one point for the second “wild card” position.
Kyle Busch will lead the field to green on Sunday after winning the pole in qualifying on Friday with a time of 28.548 sec. at 133.417 mph. “Wild card” contender Kasey Kahne will start on the outside pole, followed by Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. Currently in the eighth position in points with no wins, Truex could really use a win this weekend to help solidify his chase bid.
Complete Qualifying Results for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire
|1||18||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Interstate Batteries||133.417||28.548||Leader|
|3||11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Office||133.399||28.552||-0.004|
|4||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||NAPA Batteries||133.338||28.565||-0.017|
|5||15||Clint Bowyer||Toyota||5-hour Energy||133.319||28.569||-0.021|
|6||39||Ryan Newman||Chevrolet||Aspen Dental||133.277||28.578||-0.030|
|8||24||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Pepsi Max||133.198||28.595||-0.047|
|9||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||National Guard ‘An American Salute’ / Diet Mountain Dew||133.045||28.628||-0.080|
|10||14||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Mobil 1||132.938||28.651||-0.103|
|12||29||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Budweiser Folds of Honor||132.868||28.666||-0.118|
|13||27||Paul Menard||Chevrolet||Quaker State / Menards||132.572||28.730||-0.182|
|14||51||Kurt Busch||Chevrolet||Phoenix Construction Services||132.549||28.735||-0.187|
|15||55||Brian Vickers||Toyota||MyClassicGarage.com / Aaron’s||132.425||28.762||-0.214|
|16||20||Joey Logano||Toyota||Dollar General||132.425||28.762||-0.214|
|17||78||Regan Smith||Chevrolet||Furniture Row / Farm American||132.393||28.769||-0.221|
|19||34||David Ragan||Ford||MHP / 8 Hour Alert||132.264||28.797||-0.249|
|21||99||Carl Edwards||Ford||Fastenal / Lenox||132.186||28.814||-0.266|
|22||2||Brad Keselowski||Dodge||Miller Lite||132.085||28.836||-0.288|
|23||43||Aric Almirola||Ford||U.S. Air Force||131.833||28.891||-0.343|
|24||22||Sam Hornish Jr.||Dodge||Shell / Pennzoil-AAA||131.556||28.952||-0.404|
|26||10||David Reutimann||Chevrolet||CarportEmpire.com / TMone.com Call Centers in America||131.266||29.016||-0.468|
|28||1||Jamie McMurray||Chevrolet||Bass Pro Shops / NRA Museum||131.234||29.023||-0.475|
|29||83||Landon Cassill||Toyota||Burger King / Dr Pepper||131.184||29.034||-0.486|
|30||93||Travis Kvapil||Toyota||Burger King / Dr Pepper||130.833||29.112||-0.564|
|32||26||Josh Wise*||Ford||MDS Transport||130.140||29.267||-0.719|
|34||87||Joe Nemechek||Toyota||AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves||129.807||29.342||-0.794|
|35||36||Dave Blaney||Chevrolet||Golden Corral||129.679||29.371||-0.823|
|36||98||Michael McDowell||Ford||Phil Parsons Racing||129.525||29.406||-0.858|
|37||32||Ken Schrader||Ford||Federated Auto Parts||129.318||29.453||-0.905|
|38||249||J.J. Yeley||Toyota||Robinson-Blak-eney Racing||129.274||29.463||-0.915|
|39||38||David Gilliland||Ford||Glory Foods||129.156||29.490||-0.942|
|40||30||David Stremme||Toyota||Stock Car Steel and Aluminum||129.094||29.504||-0.956|
|41||23||Scott Riggs||Chevrolet||North Texas Pipe||128.863||29.557||-1.009|
|42||179||Kelly Bires||Ford||Team Kyle / Bestway Disposal||128.515||29.637||-1.089|
|43||33||Stephen Leicht*||Chevrolet||Little JoesAutos.com||128.182||29.714||-1.166|
|Did Not Qualify|
|44||119||Mike Bliss||Toyota||Humphrey Smith Racing||128.070||29.740||-1.192|
Posted: July 13th, 2012
Categories: Featured, Nascar Sprint Cup Series.
Tags: Chase, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, LENOX Industrial Tools 301, Martin Truex Jr., NASCAR, Qualifying, Richmond, Ryan Newman, Sprint Cup Series, Wild Card