The Best Seat at the Track, The Best View on the Net!
Sep. 23, 2016
What to Watch: Friday
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by The Frontstretch Staff
There was a glitch during the starting lineup graphics in which the wrong numbers were displayed by a number of the drivers. Specifically, a number of drivers were given the No. 77, driven by Chase Briscoe. Oops.
The race finished with a swell battle for third between Christopher Bell and Kyle Weatherman that featured Weatherman hitting the wall on a lap-by-lap basis. I'm honestly surprised he didn't beat up his Ford more than he did. It did make the finish (otherwise very blah) somewhat exciting.
Records and facts
In last year's Sylvania 300, Kevin Harvick was in good position to pick up a win and avenge the issues that put him out of the MyAFibRisk.com 400 in Joliet. However, Harvick's fuel cell ran dry with three laps to go, allowing Matt Kenseth to take what was then his second career win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin was second, followed by Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards. Harvick ended up finishing a lap down in 21st after leading 216 laps.
Amongst active drivers, five men have three career wins on the flat track. Those drivers are Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth. Newman earned his first career win at Loudon in 2002 as a rookie. Kenseth earned his third win at the flat track back in July. Four more drivers (Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch) have two each.
All-time, Jeff Burton has the most victories at Loudon with four. That includes leading flag-to-flag to win the 2000 Dura Lube/KMart 300. In addition to the five active drivers with three wins, Jeff Gordon also had three wins at Loudon. That includes the 1998 Farm Aid on CMT 300 that sparked the "Tiregate" issue after Jack Roush accused Hendrick Motorsports of soaking tires.
Track / Race Length: 1.058 mile oval, 300 laps (317.4 miles)
Banking: 2-7 degrees
Straightaways: 1,500 ft., banked 2 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 88,000
Pit Road Speed: 40 mph
Pace Car Speed: 50 mph
Opened: 1990 (first Cup race in 1993)
Practice No. 1: Friday, September 23, 11:30 a.m. - 12:55 p.m. on NBCSN
Qualifying: Friday, September 23 at 4:45 p.m. on NBCSN
Practice No. 2: Saturday, September 17, 9 - 9:55 a.m. on CNBC
Happy Hour: Saturday, September 17, 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. on CNBC
"It's just so hard to pass at New Hampshire – that's the first thing that comes to my mind. It's a tough place. It's very easy to get frustrated when you catch somebody and it's just so hard to get around them. At that racetrack, it's a very fine line of being too low on the racetrack or being too high. The paving seams are very thick and wide and can upset your corner a lot. I think keeping that stuff in mind is the biggest thing that I think of when it comes to Loudon and the challenges you face. Things can go wrong there just as fast as they can anywhere else but I do think the frustration level sometimes can raise easier there than it can other places. But if you have your car driving like you want it to and you're taking the correct approach throughout the day, then it shouldn't be any different than the other tracks." - Chase Elliott
"[NHMS is] flat and tough to get around, sometimes. You just have to make sure you get through the corners OK and are able to get on the gas quick on the straightaways. It's tough but, if you have a good car, you can pass and move up through the field. But it can be challenging if it's not working in your favor." - Danica Patrick
"New Hampshire is a tough one. I've have some success there, but because of the track size, passing can be tricky. You want to be running up front and following the right strategy to have a chance. Good track position is definitely key to getting the win." - Clint Bowyer
"Loudon is really technical. As a flat, one-mile racetrack, it's just a tough set-up. But I've always enjoyed New Hampshire. I've run well there in the Cup car and run well in the XFINITY Series. Hopefully the temps cool because it tends to be a really hot race if the ambient temperature is high. But the race fans up there are what really make it a special place. They just seem to really hang on to the pure tradition of our sport
"We've got The Pete Store on our No. 38 this weekend. They've been great partners of Front Row Motorsports for a few years now. They provide our Peterbilt tractors for our race haulers, and they just recently expanded into New England this year. So, in addition to the six East Coast states they were already in, they're now the exclusive Peterbilt dealer for most of Massachusetts. We're happy to go racing with them." - Landon Cassill
Phil Allaway is the Newsletter Manager and a Senior Writer for Frontstretch.com. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:
by the Frontstretch Staff
by Kevin Rutherford
Q: The September race at Loudon replaced the Tyson Holly Farms 400 at North Wilkesboro on the schedule. The 1989 edition of that race had a very memorable conclusion. What happened?
Both drivers walked away from the crash, but were both done for the day.
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