Congratulation to race winner Brad Keselowski who drove a fantastic car to a dominant performance today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Sprint Cup Series now have the final week off of the season before going for the final seventeen race stretch to the end of the season. The next race on the calendar will be at Indinapolis Motor Speedway on 27th of July and all the coverage you need will be on VAVEL USA.
Post-race: Winner Keselowski says: "It's a price late to have cars like this and to have a team like this, we have been really good here the past few years but a good race and just a lot of fun driving around here."
Post'-race': Crew chief of the #2 car Paul Wolfe says: "All teams work hard in these garages, but it's not only about working hard you also have to work smart and we are doing that at the minute but I've told everyone to keep it up."
Post-race': For the first time at this track a driver has swept the weekend races
Chequered Flag: Keselowski wins at New Hampshire
GWC Attempt 1: Green flag back in the air and we are into overtime at New Hampshire
4 laps to go: Caution. Allgaier is in the wall after contact with Ragan and now this race gets interesting
5 laps to go: Keselowski remains out front in this one after dominating most of this race
14 laps to go: If Keselowski hangs on a wins this race, he will become the 13th different winner in 13 races here
18 laps to go: Hamlin into second place after passing Gordon
22 laps to go: Only a couple of drivers in the top ten, including leader Keselowski, can safely make it on fuel
Lap 270: Keselowski back out front in this one after passing Gordon through turns one and two
Lap 263: Gordon still out front but Keselowski is back into second after passing Hamlin
Lap 255: Green flag once again back in the air and we are racing at New Hampshire
Lap 250: Leader Keselowski pits as Gordon and Hamlin stay out so they will be the front row for the restart
Lap 249: Caution. Debris for the fourth time today on the track brings out the sixth yellow flag of the race
Lap 245: Althought he has a quick car, Keselowski can't extend his advantage over Bowyer as he is catching lap traffic
Lap 240: A lot of the conversations between drivers and crew chiefs is about fuel and whether they can make it to the end of the race now
Lap 230: Keselowski is back out front as leader of this race after restarting eigth and taking four tires. The #2 car looks unbeatable today
Lap 220: Bowyer leads whilst big mover Earnhardt. Jr is into 2nd
Lap 218: Green flag back in the air and we are racing again at New Hampshire
Lap 213: Caution. Leaders are on pit road and Bowyer wins the race off pit road followed by McMurray
Lap 212: Caution. Logano get a flat left rear tire which causes him to make contact with the wall and he has a lot of damage of the left side of the #22 car
Lap 211: Team Penske continue to dominate out front as Hamlin moves himself into 3rd passed Bowyer
Lap 202: Keselowski has stretched his lead over team mate Logano to 4.5 seconds already
Lap 192: Team Penske lead the field 1-2 followed by Bowyer in the 3rd position
Lap 182: Green flag back out and we are racing at New Hampshire
Lap 177: Caution. Debris once again on the back straight away and the fourth caution is shown. The leaders stay on the track and Keselowski will be in front on the restart
Lap 168: Bowyer out front from Kyle Busch as the Team Penske duo battle for 3rd
Lap 162: On the restart McMurray got loose and hit the back end of Logano but both carry on going with minimal damage
Lap 158: Green flag back in the air and we are racing again at New Hampshire
Lap 154: Caution. Burton will be the driver to get his lap back and is now back on the lead lap. Logano wins the race off pit road
Lap 153: Caution. Debris on the track, back straight away again
Lap 150: Half way through this one and Keselowski s out front from Kenseth and Kyle Busch who has led the most laps today, 62, is in 3rd
Lap 139: Keselowski back on point as he passes Kenseth who had some debris on his grille, but gets it off as the #2 car goes passed
Lap 129: After restarting 10th on lap 120 Keselowski is back into second already
Lap 127: New leader as Kenseth goes to the point for the first time today
Lap 122: Larson holds the lead from Kyle Busch after they were battling side by side
Lap 120: Green flag back in the air and we are racing once again at New Hampshire
Lap 115: Caution. Kyle Busch wins the race off pit road as brother Kurt Busch missed his pit stall and may come back down for servicing
Lap 114: Caution. Second one of the day is out for debris on the back stretch and Almirola will be the costless pass car
Lap 113: Keselowski continues to put drivers one lap down and only 21 cars are on the lead lap
Lap 100: A third of the way through this one and Keselowski remains out front, whilst Gordon is having trouble and is in 25th
Lap 90: Keselowski out front after passing Hamlin. Looks like the team have made the correct changes and Stewart in the #14 is reporting alternator problems
Lap 86: After the green flag pit stops have cycled around Hamlin is now the leader in this one
Lap 79: As pit stops have begun rookie Larson is the latest leader
Lap 73: Green flag pit stops have begun as Vickers is the first driver on pit road
Lap 64: Change for second place as Keselowski now gets passed Kyle Busch who is now struggling, coming upto green flag pit stops soon
Lap 62:.New leader as Hamlin shoots passed Kyle Busch going into turn three
Lap 55: Kyle Busch's leader is down to 0.5 seconds as he begins to get caught in lap traffic
Lap 47: Earnhardt Jr has made his was into the top ten after starting way back in 28th and is picking people off with ease. Kyle Busch still out front from Hamlin
Lap 44: Gordon is reporting that his car is very tight and he is falling back, currently 10th and losing more spots
Lap 38: Keselowski who win last nights Nationwide Series race here is upto 3rd whilst Kyle Busch remains out front
Lap 29: Joe Gibbs Racing team mates Kyle Busch and Hamlin are 1st and 2nd, whilst the other Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kenseth is upto 8th from 15th
Lap 23: Earnhardt Jr is the biggest mover so far he's upto 13th from 28th starting spot as Kyle Busch leads from Logano
Lap 19: Green flag back in the air and we are racing again at New Hampshire
Lap 15: Caution. Shephard in the #33 car had stalled on track and has to be pushed to get started again
Lap 14: Caution. Johnson came in to get new tires and once he went back the new left rear exploded and caused him to smash into the outside wall and he is out of this race
Lap 12: Johnson was second before the flat tire and is now 42nd and one lap down to Kyle Busch the leader
Lap 10: Bliss has taken his car to the garage area and may retire from the race
Lap 8: Johnson with a flat left rear tire and he's on pit road, tire pressure would have been too low on the car
Lap 5: Biffle has smoke coming from the rear of his car, possibly tire rub
Lap 1: Kyle Busch leads the field for lap 1
Green Flag: Green flag is in the air and we are racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Pre-race: Cars are rolling off pit road and it's only a few minutes until the 19th race of the 2104 Sprint Cup Series season gets underway.
Pre-race: NASCAR ends it alliance with TNT after 32 years with broadcasting the sport. Many fans have been split over their broadcasting of the sport over the years.
Pre-race: Command to start engines is about to be given at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: DRIVERS START YOUR ENGINES!
Pre-race: On track ceremonies are under way at the track and the national anthem and command to start engines will be coming up shortly.
Pre-race: a Green flag is scheduled for 1:16pm ET and weather forecast is predicting isolated showers and lighting after 2:00pm ET that could suspend the race later on.
Row 1- Jimmie Johnson #48 and pole-sitter Kyle Busch #18
Row 2- Tony Stewart #14 and Denny Hamlin #11
Row 3- Joey Logano #22 and Jamie McMurray #1
Row 4- Clint Bowyer #15 and Brad Keselowski #2
Row 5- Kasey Kahne #5 and Martin Truex Jr #78
Row 6- Kevin Harvick #4 and Jeff Gordon #24
Row 7- Carl Edwards #99 and Kyle Larson #42
Row 8- Paul Menard #27 and Matt Kenseth #20
Row 9- Kurt Busch #41 and Brian Vickers #55
Row 10- A.J. Allmendinger #47 and Aric Almirola #43 (Will start at the rear)
Row 11- Ricky Stenhouse Jr #17 and Marcos Ambrose #9
Row 12- Ryan Newman #31 and Austin Dillon #3
Row 13- David Ragan #34 and Justin Allgaier #51
Row 14- Dale Earnhardt Jr #88 and Greg Biffle #16
Row 15- Jeff Burton #66 and Danica Patrick #10
Row 16- Josh Wise #98 and Casey Mears #13
Row 17- Landon Cassill #40 and David Gilliland #38
Row 18- Alex Bowman #23 and Cole Whitt #26
Row 19- Ryan Truex #83 and Reed Sorenson #36
Row 20- Eddie Macdonald #32 and Michael Annett #7
Row 21- Timmy Hill and Mike Bliss
Let's take a look at today's starting line-up with just one hour to go until the Camping World RV Sales 301 gets underway: Row 22- Morgan Shephard #33
https://www.vavel.com/en-us/nascar/368475-nascar-sprint-cup-series-qualifying-new-hampshire.html: Click the link above to see me recap of Sprint Cup qualifying from yesterday. Kyle Busch driver of the #18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing was quickest overall.
With just over one hour until race goes green, my pick for the race is Stewart. Haas Racing driver and co-owner Tony Stewart who will start the race from fourth position on the second row. I feel that this is one of his strongest tracks and I reckon he will get his first win of the season today.
https://www.vavel.com/en-us/nascar/368614-nascar-sprint-cup-series-practice-2-new-hampshire.html: Click the link above to check out my recap of the second practice session for the Sprint Cup Series teams which took place on track yesterday.
Track facts continued: In 1989 New Hampshire Motor Speedway became the first Superspeedway to be constructed in the USA, more than 500,000 people attend the track during the year and the first Sprint Cup Series race was 20 years to the day on Friday with the Slick 50 300.
With under two hours to go until the race gets the green flag and 43 of the worlds best stock car drivers can get to work, here are some track facts for New Hampshire Motor Speedway: It is a 1.058 mile oval, it holds 93521 of the most hardcore NASCAR fans in the world, the first NASCAR race to take place at the track was in 1990 on July 15.
https://www.vavel.com/en-us/nascar/368375-nascar-sprint-cup-series-practice-new-hampshire.html: Click the link above to see my recap of the first practice session for the Sprint Cup Series drivers.
Aric Almirola was the most recent winner in the Sprint Cup Series when he went to victory lane in a rain shortened race at Daytona International Speedway. But in practice yesterday he cut a left rear tire and had big contact on his car and had to bring out the back up car for the race and will have to start at the rear after qualifying 19th.
Last night's Nationwide Series was contested between two Sprint Cup regulars in Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch who both lead the majority of the 200 laps last night. Regan Smith won the first of four Dash4Cash races and scooped a $100,000 bonus and Chris Buescher was the highest finishing Nationwide Series driver in 5th place.
In the first practice session six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson topped the session with a time of 28.148 and in the second practice last nights winner of the Nationwide Series race Brad Keselowski was fastest with a time of 28.478.
In the first two of three practice sessions for the Sprint Cup Series drivers only three drivers were in the top five in both sessions, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon and rookie Kyle Larson, all three of these drivers could be in with a great shout of going to victory lane today. Both McMurray and Larson are looking for their first win to get them into the Chase and today may be the day after practice results.
Some notable mentions for today's race, firstly 72 year old Morgan Shephard will start 43rd in today's race after only 43 drivers turned up at the track for the race this weekend, Eddie MacDonald who is making his first start in a Sprint Cup car will also be in the field driving the #32 car and rookie Kyle Larson could be on course for his first win after he was quick in all three practice sessions.
For those interested in an in-depth look at the race today, take a look at our preview.
Team Penske duo, Joey Logano who had a crash in first practice and had to have his left hand taped up and Brad Keselowski who won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race yesterday at this track after leading 148 laps, will start 6th and 7th respectively.
Denny Hamlin, who also drives for Joe Gibbs Racing, will start in 3rd and Tony Stewart who is co-owner and driver for Stewart Haas Racing will start in 4th. Whilst Jamie McMurray who was in the top five in both of the first two practices will start in 5th.
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch win the pole for today's race with a time of 27.574 which was a new track record, after 12 drivers beat last years track record in the qualifying session. Jimmie Johnson will start on the front row alongside Busch after posting a 27.642 second lap.
Driver of the #55 car, Brian Vickers, won this race last year in the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule after he managed to hold of a pack of experienced drivers to go to victory lane. Vickers was the first on track in qualifying yesterday, but couldn't break into the top ten for the race.
Welcome to today's coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Camping World RV Sales 301, from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in New Hampshire.