THE RACE: ISM Connect 300
TRACK: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #28 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #2 of 10
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Loudon, NH
Title Sponsor: ISM Connect
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15 pm/et
NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: 1:00pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 2:00pm/et
Friday, September 22, 11:30 am - 12:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, September 23, 9:00 am - 9:55 am/et, TV-CNBC;
Saturday, September 23, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm/et, TV-NBC Sports App
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, September 22 at 5:15 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: none
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, September 25 at 12:00 pm/et on NBCSN
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Frisday, September 22
9:00 AM-7:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM-12:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
5:15 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Saturday, September 23
7:30 AM-4:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 AM-9:55 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:30 AM 12:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, September 24
8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM MENCS RACE
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
Race length: 317.4 miles
Scheduled Laps: 300
Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Straights: 2 degrees
Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
Grandstand Seating: 95,491
Opened: 1990 (first Sprint Cup event 1993)
Stages: 1 ends lap 75, 2 at lap 150, race finish is lap 300 (unless OT)
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Richard Rawlings
Color Guard: New Hampshire Air Guard and Active Duty Air Force
Invocation: Pastor Joshua Johnson
Canadian National Anthem: Kyle Masterson
National Anthem: Daniel M. Clark, Marine Corps Veteran
Flyover: Two F-15C Eagles, 104 Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base
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A look at many new, notes and story lines for the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- New Hampshire
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at New Hampshire, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing New Hampshire page
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Coverage of Qualifying for the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5:15pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 5:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Entry List for the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-TBA*, #55-Gaulding*, #83-Moffitt*
Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at New Hampshire(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Chicago, race 27 of 36, 1 of 10 in Playoffs]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr.(1 win), 2102 (A)
2) #42-Kyle Larson, 2075
3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2067
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2061
5) #18-Kyle Busch, 2061
6) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2058
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2046
8) #24-Chase Elliott, 2044 (after penalty)
9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2039
10) #21-Ryan Blaney, 2034
11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2031
12) #3-Austin Dillon, 2026
These drivers would not advance to Round 2
13) #41-Kurt Busch, 2026
14) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2022
15) #5-Kasey Kahne, 2021
16) #31-Ryan Newman, 2019
(A) automatically advances to the next round of the playoffs with a win
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 7 sets for the race;
Truck: 5 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4564;
Right-side -- D-4706
Left-side -- 87.64 in. (2,226 mm);
Right-side -- 88.15 in. (2,239 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi
Storyline - Flat Track, Raised Stakes in New Hampshire: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup teams will go to great measures to get grip on the relatively flat New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, much like the 16 playoff teams will try to get a grip on their path forward. The lack of banking on the 1.058-mile oval doesn't leave much for teams to lean on over on the right-side of the car, leading teams to lower their left-side tire pressures to gain grip. Many teams will likely go significantly below Goodyear's recommended 12 psi for the left-side tires. Goodyear has helped teams with grip at New Hampshire by bringing tread compounds on both sides of the car that are among the top-three most tractive in the 2017 tire lineup.
"Finding grip is really at a premium at Loudon," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "This track presents a couple challenges in that pursuit of grip - it is basically a short track and there is a lack of banking. While we recommend 12 pounds of air in the left-side tires, we realize that teams will look to go below that to gain grip. The danger in that, specifically early in a run when the pressures are at their lowest, is that they will over-deflect the sidewall, inflicting damage that will lead to carcass fatigue and, eventually, air loss. What we can do to help the teams with grip is bring the most tractive tread compounds that we can to Loudon, and we've done that."
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same tire set-up this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Cup and Xfinity teams ran at this track in July . . . these teams have run this left-side tire (D-4564) at New Hampshire since 2012 and this right-side tire (D-4706) since 2016 . . . New Hampshire is the only track at which teams in either of these series will run these two tire codes . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.
Upcoming Tire Test: Goodyear will hold a tire test at Bristol Motor Speedway next Tuesday (September 26). Drivers scheduled to participate in the test are Ty Dillon and Erik Jones.
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