THE RACE: Foxwoods 301
TRACK: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #20 of 36
Date: Sunday, July 22, 2018 in Loudon, NH
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:00 pm/et
NASCAR America: 12:00pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green: 1:30pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 2:00pm/et
Friday, July 20, 12:00-12:50pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, July 21, 10:05-10:55am/et, TV-CNBC;
Saturday, July 21, 12:35-1:25pm/et, TV-NBCSN
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, July 20 at 4:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: None
In the Booth: Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns, Rick Allen
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Thursday, July 19
6:00 PM 8:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, July 20
8:30 AM-6:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 PM-12:50 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:45 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Saturday, July 21
8:30 AM-4:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:05 AM-10:55 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
12:35 PM-1:25 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, July 22
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 (301 LAPS, 318.46 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Grand Marshal: Jean Swift, Treasurer of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Counsel
Command to start engines: Jean Swift
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Patriots' Safety Patrick Chung
Color Guard: Combined Services Color Guard
Invocation: John White
National Anthem: Vanessa Salvucci
Flyover: U.S. Air Force KC-135, Air National Guard Base, Bangor, Maine
Sunday New Hampshire Notebook: Aric Almirola scores bittersweet third-place finish at New Hampshire; Chase Elliott shows promising speed with stage win at Loudon; Pit road snafu derails Kurt Busch's strong run at Magic Mile.[More](7-22-2018)
Saturday New Hampshire Notebook: Pole winner Kurt Busch expects performance pickup in season's second half; Michael McDowell goes to backup car after crash in practice; Short Strokes.[More](7-21-2018)
Friday New Hampshire Notebook: Where dirt racing and NASCAR intersect, Kyle Larson votes for status quo; Ryan Preece at Loudon: You can go home again; New Hampshire Motor Speedway was Joey Logano's field of dreams.[More](7-20-2018)
New Hampshire Weekend Preview: Martin Truex Jr.'s win at Kentucky Speedway last weekend gives Toyota a four-race winning streak leading into this week's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series venue, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where the make swept both 2017 races.[More](7-19-2018)
A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- New Hampshire Motor Speedway
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing New Hampshire Motor Speedway page
Kevin Harvick uses bump-and-run to win at New Hampshire : On two straight laps late in Sunday's Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick nudged the No. 18 Toyota of race leader Kyle Busch with his front bumper.[More](7-22-2018)
Kevin Harvick won the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The win is his 6th win of 2018, 3rd win at New Hampshire and 43rd career win.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed b #10-Almirola, #78-Truex, Jr., #9-Elliott, #31-Newman, #12-Blaney, pole winner #41-Busch, #22-Logano and #48-Johnson.
Harvick bumped Kyle Busch out of the lead with 7 laps remaining and pulled away to a nearly 2 second lead.
Stage 1 was won by #78-Truex, Jr., finished 3rd.
Stage 2 was won by #9-Elliott, finished 5th.
There were 12 lead changes among 7 drivers and 7 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was:110.490mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Race Fast Facts - New Hampshire
Kevin Harvick won the 26th Annual Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, his 43rd victory in 630 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his sixth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his third victory and 19th top-10 finish in 35 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 27 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2018.
Aric Almirola (third) posted his third top-10 finish in 16 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
William Byron (14th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 53 points over Kevin Harvick.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-22-2018)
2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Driver Playoff Standings:
[after New Hampshire, race 20 of 36] - 6 races left until the playoffs.
#18-Kyle Busch [5 wins], 844
#4-Kevin Harvick [6 wins - 5 can be used for playoffs], 791
#78-Martin Truex Jr. [4 wins], 740
#14-Clint Bowyer [2 wins], 638
#22-Joey Logano [1 win], 679
#20-Erik Jones [1 win], 501
#3-Austin Dillon [1 win], 378
#41-Kurt Busch, 646, -198
#2-Brad Keselowski, 635, -209
#42-Kyle Larson, 606, -238
#12-Ryan Blaney, 584, -260
#11-Denny Hamlin, 583, -261
#10-Aric Almirola, 575, -269, +150 pts ahead of 17th
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 522, -322, +97
#9-Chase Elliott, 520, -324, +95
#88-Alex Bowman, 453, -391, +28
Outside the top 16:
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., -28 pts behind 16th
#21-Paul Menard, -29
#31-Ryan Newman, -74
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 150) of the Foxwoods 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (lap 150/301):
#9-Elliott, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex, Jr., 8pts
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 75) of the Foxwoods 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (lap 75/301):
#78-Truex, Jr., 10pts, 1 playoff point
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap back during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: None, no one a lap or more down
Caution 2: None, no one on track a lap or more down
Caution 3: None, no one on track a lap or more down
Caution 4: #99-Weatherman, 31st
Caution 5: #23-Jones, 33rd
Caution 6: #95-Kahne, 19th
Caution 7: #11-Hamlin, 13th
Sunday pre-race schedule at New Hampshire (ET):
12:05pm: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver introductions
12:42pm: Canadian Anthem Performed by: Kirk Young
12:44pm: Presentation of Colors by Combined Services Color Guard
12:44pm: Invocation by: Pastor John White
12:45pm: National Anthem Performed by: Vanessa Salvucci
12:46pm: Fly By: The 101st Air Refueling Wing's KC-135, Stratotanker (Turn 1 to Turn 4)
12:51pm: "Driver's, Start Your Engines" by Jean Swift, Treasurer of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Counsel
See the starting lineup for the Foxwoods 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the rear: #34-McDowell (backup car), #00-Cassill (backup car)
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 Foxwoods 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been made.
With 37 cars running, pit stalls 6, 13, 26, 37, 42, 43 are not in use.
Pole winner #41-Busch chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #78-Truex, Jr.. took pit stall 7, with an opening in front of it.
#18-Busch, who starts 3rd, took the 32 stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 6th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-20-2018)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Foxwoods 301 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, Jr. 131.624
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 22 drivers): #4-Harvick 130.904
most laps run: #18-Busch, 49 laps.
slowest: #51-Jones 126.799 & #23-Jones 125.616
notes: #34-McDowell cut a left rear tire and wrecked. The team will go to a backup. #00-Cassill also hit the wall late and will go to a backup car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (7-21-2018)
First Saturday practice for the Foxwoods 301 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, Jr. 132.462
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 22 drivers): #12-Blaney 131.767.
slowest: #99-Weatherman 127.619 & #23-Jones 126.715
most laps run: #48-Johnson, 42 laps.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Second Practice speeds page (pdf) (7-21-2018)
Kurt Busch follows the script to New Hampshire pole: Early bird Kurt Busch ran his best lap of the day in the final round of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to earn the top starting spot for Sunday's Foxwoods 301 (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The first driver on the track for decisive Round 3, Busch covered the one-mile distance in 28.511 seconds (133.591 mph) to edge reigning series champion Martin Turex Jr. by .019 seconds. Truex will start from the front row for the seventh time this season.[More](7-20-2018)
Kurt Busch won the Busch pole for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with speed of 133.591mph for his 3rd pole of 2018, 1st at New Hampshire and 25th of his career. Busch has won from the pole only once.
#78-Truex, Jr. will start 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #12-Blaney, #2-Keselowski, #20-Jones, #88-Bowman, #19-Suarez, #9-Elliott, #24-Byron, and #21-Menard.
#18-Busch was quickest in the first round with a speed of 133.114mph and in the second round at 133.656mph, will start 3rd.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 37 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).(7-20-2018)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kurt Busch won the Busch Pole Award Pole Award for the 26th Annual Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 with a lap of 28.511 seconds, 133.591 mph.
This is his 25th pole in 632 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his third pole and 14th top-10 start in 2018.
This is his first pole in 35 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2018 and his 15th in 25 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch (third) posted his 17th top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 14th in 20 races this season.
William Byron (11th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the Foxwoods 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex, Jr. 133.441
the rest of the top 12: 41 12 9 24 88 2 21
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 10 4 14 47 3 31 22 42 48 1 17 37
First Round of Qualifying for the Foxwoods 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 15 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex, Jr. 132.780
the rest of the top 24: 19 10 4 11 12 20 9 2 42 22 1 21 31 14 48 47 3 17 37
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 13 95 43 32 34 38 6 15 72 00 99 51 23
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 37 entered.
Coverage of Qualifying for the Foxwoods 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 20, 2018 at 4:45pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 4:30pm/et
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 15 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 Foxwoods 301 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 #14-Boywer.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #18-Busch.
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).(7-20-2018)
Friday practice for the Foxwoods 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
most laps run: #22-Logano and #37-Buescher, 20 laps.
#23-Blake Jones was the only driver to run 10 consecutive laps.
slowest: #99-Weatherman 125.836 & #23-Jones 121.956.
notes: #38-Ragan made like contact with the wall. The team will repair the car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Friday Practice speeds (pdf) (7-20-2018)
Entry List for the Foxwoods 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 37 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #6-Kenseth, #15-Chastain, #23-Blake Jones, #51-McLeod, #72-LaJoie, #99-Weatherman.
Since only 37 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 New Hampshire(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
New Hampshire Goodyear Tire Notes See complete tire information for the race weekend across all series on the [Goodyear Tire Notes - New Hampshire Motor Speedway page.(7-17-2018)
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship