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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 New Hampshire Race Info

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

Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

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

Practices:
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


RADIO COVERAGE

Performance Racing Network (PRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

NBC Sports - Live
Radio: PRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

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


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Track News, Stats & Links page

July 2017: see the New Hampshire Race Info page
September 2016: see the New Hampshire Race Info page

Track Specifications:
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)

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Marc Del Vecchio, Chief Technology Officer, ISM Connect
Command to start engines: Marc Del Vecchio, Chief Technology Officer, ISM Connect
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

Sunday New Hampshire Notebook: Smoky crash KOs Stewart-Haas teammates Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch; Stenhouse rallies to keep Playoff hopes alive; Truex recovers from freak accident to finish fifth.[More](9-24-2017)

Saturday New Hampshire Notebook: Victory for Hamlin means confronting lobster phobia; Earnhardt Jr. doesn't mind flying commercial - yet; Blaney hopes to keep up with race track; Short strokes[More](9-23-2017)

Friday New Hampshire Notebook: Early accidents in practice force Hendrick teammates to backup cars; After frustrating outing at Chicagoland Stenhouse's focus has changed; Eliminating errors is key to success in Truck Series Playoffs; New Hampshire, NASCAR announce tripleheader weekend.[More](9-22-2017)

What to Watch for: New Hampshire: Truex a Huge Favorite at New Hampshire; Can Hamlin Recreate the Magic at The Magic Mile?; Gibbs Drivers Feel Right at Home in Loudon; Can Chase Elliott Recover From Penalty?; Look for Winners Deeper in the Field; XFINITY, Truck Playoffs Get Underway.[More](9-21-2017)

New Hampshire & Kentucky Weekend Preview: Kurt Busch tries to rebound as Playoffs head to New Hampshire; Sadler attempts to open Playoffs with win for second straight season; Bell begins run at NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.[More](9-21-2017)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Kyle Busch won the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of 2017, 3rd win at New Hampshire and 41st career win.
The win automatically advances Busch to the Round of 12 (or round 2) of the playoffs. He joins Truex, Jr, who won at Chicago, and Larson and Keselowski, who are in on points, in the round of 12 with one race left in the round of 16.
#42-Larson finished 2nd followed by #20-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #78-Truex, Jr., #77-Jones, #14-Bowyer, #19-Suarez, #21-Blaney, and #22-Logano.
Busch and Truex combined to dominate the race, leading 299 of the 300 laps between them.
Stage 2 ended under caution after #3-Dillon and #4-Harvick made contact off turn 2, spinning Harvick around. Several cars, including #41-Busch, #33-Earnhardt, #78-Truex, Jr., #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #10-Patrick and #11-Hamlin suffered some damage. Harvick, Busch, and JEarnhardt were knocked out of the race. After the damage to Truex, Kyle Busch led the rest of the race except for a brief period after pit stops when Truex only took two tires.
#78-Truex Jr's points lead is 24 points over #42-Larson.
Stage 1 was won by #78-Truex, Jr., finished 5th.
Stage 2 was won by #18-Busch, finished 1st.
There were 6 lead changes among 3 drivers and 6 cautions for 32 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 108.958mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Pit Times (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Kyle Busch dodges disaster to win Playoff race at New Hampshire: Kyle Busch didn't need a smokescreen to win Sunday's ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway - he simply had to survive one. Driving unscathed through a cloud of smoke on the backstretch on the final lap of the second stage, Busch, the polesitter, took control of the race at the halfway point and beat Kyle Larson to the finish line by 2.641 seconds.[More](9-24-2017)

Race Fast Facts - New Hampshire
Kyle Busch (P) won the 21st Annual ISM Connect 300, his 41st victory in 454 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his third victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his third victory and 14th top-10 finish in 26 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kyle Larson (P) (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in eight races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 17th top-10 finish in 2017.
Matt Kenseth (P) (third) posted his 21st top-10 finish in 36 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Erik Jones (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Martin Truex Jr. (P) leads the point standings by 24 points over Kyle Larson (P).
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-24-2017)

Finish for the 16 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Drivers:
[by standings before New Hampshire (started)]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 5th (5)
2) #42-Kyle Larson, 2nd (2)
3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 36th (6)
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 4th (13)
5) #18-Kyle Busch, WON (1)
6) #11-Denny Hamlin, 12th (3)
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 14th (12)
8) #24-Chase Elliott, 11th (14)
9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3rd (10)
10) #21-Ryan Blaney, 9thX (4)
11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 16th (11)
12) #3-Austin Dillon, 19th (17)
13) #41-Kurt Busch, 37th (7)
14) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 15th (24)
15) #5-Kasey Kahne, 35th (9)
16) #31-Ryan Newman, 13th (18)

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36, 2 of 10 in Playoffs, Next race (Dover) is cutoff to round of 12]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr.(1 win), 2149 (A)
2) #42-Kyle Larson, 2125 (clinched round of 12 spot on points)
3) #18-Kyle Busch(1 win), 2119 (A)
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2106 (clinched round of 12 spot on points)
5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2088
6) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2087
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2076
8) #21-Ryan Blaney, 2070
9) #24-Chase Elliott, 2070
10) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2069
11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2053
12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2044
These drivers would not advance to Round 2
13) #3-Austin Dillon, 2044
14) #31-Ryan Newman, 2043
15) #41-Kurt Busch, 2027
16) #5-Kasey Kahne, 2023
(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).

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 150) of the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (lap 150/300):
#18-Busch, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#20-Kenseth, 9pts
#42-Larson, 8pts
#2-Keselowski, 7pts
#77-Jones, 6pts
#78-Truex, Jr., 5pts
#11-Hamlin, 4pts
#48-Johnson, 3pts
#21-Blaney, 2pts
#1-McMurray, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 75) of the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (lap 75/300):
#78-Truex Jr., 10pts, 1 playoff point
#42-Larson, 9pts
#18-Busch, 8pts
#77-Jones, 7pts
#21-Blaney, 6pts
#20-Kenseth, 5pts
#2-Keselowski, 4pts
#48-Johnson, 3pts
#11-Hamlin, 2pts
#4-Harvick, 1pt

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #47-Allmendinger, 17th
Caution 2: None, driver eligible was involved in the accident.
Caution 3: #3-Dillon, 19th
Caution 4: #11-Hamlin, 12th
Caution 5: #10-Patrick, 18th
Caution 6: #27-Menard, 20th
(9-24-2017)

New Hampshire Sunday Pre-Race Schedule (ET):
1:58pm: Canadian Anthem by: Janet Poission, Boston Conservatory Graduate
2:00pm: Moment of Silence
2:00pm: Presentation of Colors: New Hampshire Air Guard and Active Duty Air Force
2:01pm: Invocation: Pastor Joshua Johnson
2:01pm: National Anthem by: Marine Corps Veteran, "The Singing Trooper," Daniel. M. Clark
2:03pm: Flyover TOT by: 2 F-15C Eagles from the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base -Westfield, Massachusetts
2:08pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Marc Del Vecchio, Chief Technology Officer, ISM Connect
2:15pm: Green Flag ISM Connect 300 - (300 laps, 317.4 miles)

See the starting lineup for the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the back: #13-Dillon (backup car), #34-Cassill (transmission change), #37-Buescher (transmission change)

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".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (26,42,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #42-Larson took pit stall 7, with an opening in front of it.
#11-Hamlin, who starts 3rd, took the 29th stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #20-Kenseth, who starts 10th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-23-2017)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex 131.647
#4-Harvick 131.633
#18-Busch 131.515
#19-Suarez 131.506
#42-Larson 131.497
slowest: #55-Gaulding 126.291mph & #33-Earnhardt 126.236
best 10 consecutive lap avg: #21-Blaney 130.937
notes: #13-Dillon will start the race from a backup after getting into the wall late in practice.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (9-23-2017)

First Saturday practice for the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#42-Larson 132.586
#21-Blaney 132.517
#78-Truex 132.503
#20-Kenseth 132.163
#11-Hamlin 132.071
slowest: #55-Gaulding 126.859 & #51-Ware 123.083
best 10 consecutive lap avg: #78-Truex 131.396
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 2 speeds page (pdf) (9-23-2017)

#18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with speed of 135.049mph for his 8th pole of 2017, 3rd at New Hampshire and 27th of his career. Busch has won 5 times from the 26 previous poles.
#42-Larson will start 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #78-Truex, Jr., #4-Harvick, #41-Busch, #77-Jones, #5-Kahne, #20-Kenseth, #1-McMurray, and #48-Johnson.
#21-Blaney was fastest in the second round with a speed of 134.753mph, will start 4th.
#18-Busch was fastest in the first round with a speed of 134.544mph, will start 1st.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(9-22-2017)

Kyle Busch speeds to second straight Playoff pole: Kyle Busch went from the top of the chart to near disaster and back to the top again in winning the pole position for Sunday's ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.[More](9-22-2017)

New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch (P) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 21st Annual ISM Connect 300 with a lap of 28.203 seconds, 135.049 mph.
This is his 27th pole in 454 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his eighth pole and 24th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his third pole in 26 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kyle Larson (P) (second) posted his 18th top-10 start of 2017 and his fourth in eight races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin (P) (third) posted his 14th top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 17th in 28 races this season.
Erik Jones (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(9-22-2017)

Where the 2017 NASCAR Cup Playoff drivers will start at New Hampshire:
(by point standings)
#78-Martin Truex Jr., 5th
#42-Kyle Larson, 2nd
#4-Kevin Harvick, 6th
#2-Brad Keselowski, 13th
#18-Kyle Busch, 1st
#11-Denny Hamlin, 3rd
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 12th
#24-Chase Elliott, 14th
#20-Matt Kenseth, 10th
#21-Ryan Blaney, 4th
#1-Jamie McMurray, 11th
#3-Austin Dillon, 17th
#41-Kurt Busch, 7th
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 24th
#5-Kasey Kahne, 9th
#31-Ryan Newman, 18th
(9-22-2017)

Second Round of Qualifying for the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#21-Blaney 134.753
#11-Hamlin 134.701
#42-Larson 134.648
#5-Kahne 134.473
#78-Truex, Jr. 134.193
the rest of the top 12: 18 20 1 41 4 77 48
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 2 24 88 14 3 31 27 47 38 37 6 17
(9-22-2017)

First Round of Qualifying for the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#18-Busch 134.544
#48-Johnson 133.633
#1-McMurray 133.633
#42-Larson 133.530
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. 133.413
the rest of the top 24: 4 77 11 5 14 21 78 41 31 27 20 38 24 2 3 6 37 47 17;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 19 32 10 34 43 13 95 72 23 55 15 83 33 51 22
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39 entered
(9-22-2017)

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.

Qualifying Order for the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #48-Johnson.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #17-Stenhouse, Jr.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(9-22-2017)

First practice for the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#42-Larson 135.714
#18-Busch 135.342
#5-Kahne 135.198
#78-Truex, Jr. 135.188
#21-Blaney 135.030
slowest: #33-Earnhardt 126.981 & #51-Ware 122.434.
most laps run: #37-Buescher, 39 laps.
Best 10 lap average (of 6 drivers): #24-Elliott 130.558mph.
#48-Johnson wrecked early and will go to a backup car. #24-Elliott got into the outside wall a few minutes later and will also go to a backup.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(9-22-2017)

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-Ware*, #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).


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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 7 sets for the race;
Truck: 5 sets for the event

Tire Codes:
Left-side -- D-4564;
Right-side -- D-4706

Tire Circumference:
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.


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
New Hampshire Race Preview by Micah Roberts

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race