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New Hampshire Motor Speedway



Race Capsule

What: Race 19 of 34 on Nationwide circuit
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH
When: July 16, 2011 3:47 pm EDT ESPN2
Laps: 200
Track Length: 1.058 miles
Race Length: 212.00 miles


Records
Date Series Driver Speed

7/13/97 Sprint Cup Race Jeff Burton 117.00
9/19/10 Sprint Cup Qualifying Brad Keselowski 133.572
6/27/09 Nationwide Race Kyle Busch 112.00
5/12/01 Nationwide Qualifying Kevin Harvick 130.716
9/19/09 Camping World Truck Race Kyle Busch 112.00
9/18/10 Camping World Truck Qualifying Kyle Busch 130.029

Nationwide Series
Upcoming Race Jul 16
New England 200


Track Facts
New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Location: Loudon, NH
Banking/Turns: Oval
Distance: 1.06 miles
Shape: Oval


Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

6/26/10 New England 200 Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch Toyota $1,044,795
6/27/09 Camping World RV Sales 200 Joey Logano Kyle Busch Toyota $1,197,559
6/28/08 Camping World RV Sales 200 by RVs.com Landon Cassill Tony Stewart Toyota $1,201,721
6/30/07 Camping World 200 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Chevrolet $1,164,835



Race Capsule

What: Race 19 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH
When: July 17, 2011 1:16 pm EDT TNT
Laps: 301
Track Length: 1.058 miles
Race Length: 318.00 miles


Records
Date Series Driver Speed

7/13/97 Sprint Cup Race Jeff Burton 117.00
9/19/10 Sprint Cup Qualifying Brad Keselowski 133.572
6/27/09 Nationwide Race Kyle Busch 112.00
5/12/01 Nationwide Qualifying Kevin Harvick 130.716
9/19/09 Camping World Truck Race Kyle Busch 112.00
9/18/10 Camping World Truck Qualifying Kyle Busch 130.029

Sprint Cup Series
Upcoming Race Jul 17
Lenox Industrial Tools 301


Track Facts
New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Location: Loudon, NH
Banking/Turns: Oval
Distance: 1.06 miles
Shape: Oval

Most Cup Wins (since 1975)

Jeff Burton: 4


Sprint Cup
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

6/27/10 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Juan Pablo Montoya Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,256,417
9/19/10 Sylvania 300 Brad Keselowski Clint Bowyer Chevrolet $5,256,417
6/28/09 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Tony Stewart Joey Logano Toyota $5,423,189
9/20/09 Sylvania 300 Juan Pablo Montoya Mark Martin Chevrolet $5,423,189
6/29/08 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Patrick Carpentier Kurt Busch Dodge $5,383,710
9/14/08 Sylvania 300 Kyle Busch Greg Biffle Ford $5,383,710
7/1/07 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 Dave Blaney Denny Hamlin Chevrolet $5,315,335
9/16/07 Sylvania 300 Clint Bowyer Clint Bowyer Chevrolet $5,319,880
 

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Coca-Cola 200

Iowa Speedway



Race Capsule

What: Race 11 of 25 on Camping World Truck circuit
Where: Iowa Speedway, Newton, IA
When: July 16, 2011 8:14 pm EDT SPEED
Laps: 200
Track Length: 0.875 miles
Race Length: 175.00 miles


Iowa Speedway
Records
Date Series Driver Speed

5/22/11 Nationwide Race Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 106.00
8/1/09 Nationwide Qualifying Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 135.135
9/5/09 Camping World Truck Race Mike Skinner 99.00
9/5/09 Camping World Truck Qualifying Mike Skinner 137.052
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NNS Race Advance - New Hampshire
July 13, 2011 , LOUDON, N.H. - For Immediate Release
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NNS Race Advance
New England 200
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Saturday, July 16, 2011



BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger R/T

Career Stats:

Starts: 156

Wins: 13

Top Fives: 66

Top 10s: 93

Poles: 8

Laps Led: 2,102

Average Start: 15.0

Average Finish: 12.6


2011 Season Stats:

Starts: 17

Wins: 1

Top Fives: 7

Top 10s: 11

Laps Led: 254

Average Start: 8.8

Average Finish: 12.1



New Hampshire Motor Speedway Stats:

Starts: 3

Wins: 0

Top Fives: 2

Top 10s: 3

Laps Led: 64

Average Start: 5.7

Average Finish: 5.0

Highlights:

· Most recent NASCAR Nationwide Series win came last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

· The reigning NASCAR Nationwide champion.

· Earned Penske Racing its first NASCAR champion last season.

· In 2010, set career-bests in wins (6), top five’s (26), top 10s (29) and poles (5).

· First Nationwide victory came at Nashville Superspeedway (2008).

DODGE QUOTES:
“New Hampshire is a fun place to race because it's one of those tracks where you are racing it as much as you are the competitors. It's very hard to pass, especially in these Nationwide cars, because you get too loose underneath someone and you don't have the power to beat them off the corner. You need to be able to maintain forward bite off the corner throughout the race to be successful. The fans in New Hampshire are some of the best on the circuit. We had a really good car there last year and finished second. Hopefully we can better that by one position and take the Ruby Tuesday Dodge to Victory Lane."
Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger R/T

DID YOU KNOW

· Saturday’s race will be the track debut for the NASCAR Nationwide Series “new car”.

· Brad Keselowski set a NASCAR record 102 consecutive Nationwide Series races without a DNF (Did Not Finish) that ended at this year’s season-opening race at Daytona.


DODGE IN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES

· Dodge won its first Nationwide championship last year when Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski claimed the driver’s title.

· Dodge is fielding two entries in the Nationwide Series this year from the Penske Racing stable. Sam Hornish Jr. joins teammate Keselowski for a limited race schedule.

· Dodge has 35 wins in the Nationwide Series, seven of which came in 2010.

THE NUMBERS

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the season last weekend at Kentucky Speedway. He dominated in his Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T, leading 132 of 200 laps en route to his 13th career Nationwide win.

FROM THE CREW CHIEF
"New Hampshire has long, flat corners and you tend to fight a tight-handling condition throughout the race. The key is to keep the car turning with good mechanical grip so as to not upset the aero platform. Even though it's just over one mile in length, aerodynamics still play a big role in racing at New Hampshire. This chassis performed well at Charlotte and we are excited to race it again, especially after the improvements we feel that we've made with our program. Brad has tremendous stats at New Hampshire. All that is missing is a win. Hopefully we can give him something to work with this weekend.”
Todd Gordon, crew chief, No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger R/T
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Race Advance - New Hampshire
July 12, 2011 , LOUDON, N.H. - For Immediate Release
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NSCS Race Advance
LENOX Industrial Tools 301
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sunday, July 17, 2011



DODGE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

· Dodge has three wins at New Hampshire (Ward Burton, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch).

· Penske Racing’s Kurt Bush leads all current Dodge drivers with three Sprint Cup victories at NHMS. Busch won the rain-shortened spring event in 2008. Busch swept both events in 2004 prior to joining the Dodge family.

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski earned his first career pole at last year’s fall event at New Hampshire.

· Dodge has earned the pole in five of the last 13 races at NHMS when qualifying was not postponed.

· First Dodge Sprint Cup Series Win at Loudon: Ward Burton, 07/21/2002, New England 300, 92.342 mph avg. speed.

· Last Dodge Sprint Cup Series Win at Loudon: Kurt Busch, 06/29/2008, Lenox Tools 301, 106.719 avg. speed.


DODGE NEWS AND NOTES

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch has finished 15th or better in eight consecutive races and was outside the top 10 in only three (Michigan – 11th, Dover – 14th, Daytona – 14th). His average starting position the last six races is 7.0; his average finish is 7.6.

· After 18 races in the 2011 NSCS season, Dodges from Penske Racing have collected four poles, two wins along with six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.


INSIDE THE NUMBERS

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch has scored top 10 finishes in five of the last six races at New Hampshire.

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski has three consecutive top 15 finishes.

· Penske Racing has four Sprint Cup wins at NHMS.


DID YOU KNOW

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch has 15 combined wins at the seven race tracks leading up to the Chase - (New Hampshire – 3, Pocono – 2, Michigan – 2, Bristol – 5, Atlanta – 3).

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski is only three points out of the top 20 in the driver point standings.

· Only four of the 32 NSCS races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been won from the pole.

· Dodge’s Robby Gordon earned his first career Sprint Cup victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2001.


THE DODGE BOYS

· Dodge has 209 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

· Dodge’s most recent win came at Infineon Raceway. Kurt Busch led 76 of the 110 laps en route to victory in the Save Mart 350. The victory was the second for Dodge in 2011.

· Dodge teams have posted 49 victories since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.

· Dodge has posted wins each season since its return in 2001 including seven wins twice (2002 and 2006).

· Dodge claimed two Sprint Cup victories in 2010.

· A Dodge has started from the pole in four of the last seven Sprint Cup races – Brad Keselowski (Charlotte) and Kurt Busch (Kansas, Pocono and Michigan).


2011 DODGE SPRINT CUP REWIND

· Race 1: Kurt Busch won the season-opening Bud Shootout and a Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

· Races 12-15: Dodge earned four-consecutive poles.

· Race 13: Keselowski won Kansas. First Dodge win of the season

· Race 16: Busch dominated at Infineon. Earned first road course win of his career; his first win of the season.


2011 SPRINT CUP SERIES SEASON BEST

· Kurt Busch Start: 1st (Kansas, Pocono & Michigan)
Finish: 1st (Infineon)

· Brad Keselowski Start: 1st (Charlotte)
Finish: 1st (Kansas)

· Robby Gordon Start: 30th (Daytona)
Finish: 16th (Daytona)

ODDS AND ENDS

· Kurt Busch is the only driver in the Sprint Cup Series who has been in the top 10 in the season point standings every race. Two other drivers – Carl and Tony Stewart – have been in the top 12 all season.

· Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch combined to lead led 120 of the 267 laps in last weekend’s race at Kentucky – Keselowski led three times for 79 laps and Busch led twice for 41 laps. Keselowski finished seventh and Busch finished ninth.

FROM THE ENGINEER
"As we go to Loudon this week, teams are faced with a unique engineering problem. No other track on the Sprint Cup schedule comes close to the configuration of this flat one-mile circuit. That means there are no current notes for a one-mile track to draw from. Phoenix and Dover are both on the schedule and both are one-mile tracks, but they're completely different configurations. So what does a top-line Sprint Cup team do to prepare for a race on a configuration we haven't seen since last September? Every competitive team in the garage has probably been to The Milwaukee Mile this spring as a testing venue for Loudon. Much like Loudon, Milwaukee is a mile, it's flat, both straightaways are actually straight, and even though the radius of the corners are slightly different than Loudon, they're close enough that teams find plenty of value in a Milwaukee test. Milwaukee is not on the Sprint Cup schedule, but it surely is on every team's radar."
Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering


DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“The summer stretch is here and we run all these tracks and none of them are in the Chase with the exception of New Hampshire. So yes, New Hampshire is really important in that respect in that we’ll be coming back there during the Chase. I don’t think that you really pinpoint any of the upcoming races as a time when you just completely start focusing in on the points. It just sort of all blends in to where you hope that you’ve built up a cushion when it comes down to two or three (races) to go where you’re comfortable heading into the Chase.”
Kurt Busch, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

"We don't need to change anything concerning how we approach the last few races before the Chase. We're in a good spot to be one of the wild cards, but we obviously aren't quite there yet. (Crew chief) Paul(Wolfe) and I have always taken things race by race. With the way we have been running over the last couple of months, we should be able to make our way inside the top 20, and contend for more wins which should guarantee a spot in the Chase."
Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T

Crew chief Paul Wolfe on this weekend's race at New Hampshire Motor
Speedway


"Loudon is a unique racetrack. It has aspects of both Richmond andPhoenix all rolled into one. We work really hard to get the car to turn
the center (of the corners) and maintain forward drive for late into a
run. It's a very flat layout, which presents a lot of different
challenges. With no banking to catch the car, it can be very hard on
brakes because the straightaways are long and you can build up a lot of
speed before you get to the corner. It is so hard to pass, you really
need the complete package to win there - good brakes, handling and pit
stops."
 

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Kligerman Has Best Chance For Breakthrou​gh Win At Iowa

Date: 07/14/2011
Location: Charlotte, NC

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES ROOKIE KLIGERMAN STARING DOWN BEST CHANCE FOR BREAKTHROUGH WIN SATURDAY AT IOWA

PENSKE RACING DEVELOPMENT DRIVER LEANS ON OWNER KESELOWSKI IN RETURN TO TRACK HE DOMINATED IN 2009 ARCA RACING SERIES




He has flown mostly under the radar so far this season, but NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Parker Kligerman has emerged as a favorite to score his career-first NASCAR victory this weekend at Iowa Speedway, a track he dominated in the 2009 ARCA Racing Series.

Kligerman made waves recently with consecutive second-place finishes in Truck Series races at Texas Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway, and now heads to Iowa for Saturday’s race (8 p.m. ET live on SPEED™; NCWTS Setup with Krista Voda at 7:30 p.m. ET) and his best chance yet at breaking through in the win column. Kligerman, driver of the No. 29 Penske Truck Rental Dodge for Brad Keselowski Racing, sits fifth in Truck Series points on the strength of four top-10 finishes in the past six races.

The 20-year-old driver credits seat time and simply going with what he knows for his recent streak of solid runs.

“I’ve gone back to how I used to do things,” Kligerman said. “At the beginning of the season, I was a little brash and naïve in thinking that in doing 10 Nationwide races (in 2010), I’d learned everything there was to learn about stock cars. And going into the Truck Series, I thought if I was in good equipment, I’d go out there and win races right off the bat. I probably tried too hard to make that happen. I’ve kind of gone back to what I used to do, which was to let the races come to me. Instead we were just trying to rebuild trucks, which never make them go faster.”

The Penske Racing development driver admits pushing the truck beyond its capabilities cost him dearly in two races, but those mistakes served as a wake-up call to the young driver.

“I made a stupid mistake at Texas and a stupid mistake at Dover while going for second late in the race, which put us in a hole points-wise,” Kligerman reflected. “Since then, I’ve gotten my head screwed on straight. Given that and finishing races and running up front—I think that’s where a lot of our progress has come from.”

The next stop for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series just happens to be a track that Kligerman turned into his own personal playground in 2009 with a dominating win in the ARCA Racing Series. Although he hadn’t been to Iowa Speedway prior to that weekend, Kligerman led 142 of 200 laps in his 12th series start and beat Austin Dillon to the checkered flag. The feat marked his fourth win in a five-race winning streak that he parlayed into nine wins for the season and a runner-up spot in the championship.

Ray Dunlap, SPEED reporter for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, says Kligerman’s time is now.

“Parker is so close to that first win that he can smell it – we all can,” Dunlap said. “What is so amazing about what that team has done is that they’re driving Dodges without any factory support. At the beginning of the year, they appeared really out to lunch with their program, but they’ve done an incredible amount of homework. Their new crew chief, Jeff Stankiewicz, got in there and put his arms around that program like a veteran. There is no doubt in my mind that either Parker or Cole Whitt will be the next to break through to Victory Lane for their first win.”

Kligerman and company have a solid leader on which to lean. His owner, Keselowski, knows a thing or two about competing for a championship at a young age, capturing the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series title while 26. Kligerman says Keselowski executes wisdom beyond his years in his management style.

“It’s sometimes weird to think the boss is the same age as my older brother,” Kligerman joked. “Sometimes I look at it like my older brother giving me advice. But for Brad’s young age, he is more hands-on than most guys. He’s hands-on from Monday through Friday in terms of how we build the trucks, what’s going on, how we can make them better, what parts we need. When you talk to him, the first question he will ask is, ‘What do we need to be better?’ If he can’t get it, he will think of another way we can tackle that problem. He takes a lot of what he learns in the Cup Series and brings it down to our Truck team, which helps a lot.”

Perhaps it’s the proximity in age between the truck owner, driver and crew that has helped this team leapfrog the learning curve as the season has progressed.

“This is the first time our team has tried to tackle the full season and we’ve got a lot of new guys,” Kligerman explained. “My crew chief, Jeff Stankiewicz, marked his first year as a crew chief at Kentucky. We’re very young but look at what we’ve been able to achieve without a lot of funding and a hard-working group of guys.”

About SPEED™
SPEED, anchored by its popular and wide-ranging coverage of NASCAR, is the nation’s first and only cable television network dedicated to automotive and motorcycle racing, performance and lifestyle. Now available in nearly 84 million homes in North America, SPEED, a member of the FOX Sports Media Group, is among the industry leaders in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services, including SPEED2, a groundbreaking new broadband network featuring live, streaming and on-demand events complementing offerings of the linear network. For more information, please visit SPEED.com, the online motor sports authority.

About FOX Sports Media Group
FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets under Chairman & CEO David Hill. Built with brands that are capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FSMG includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FSMG now includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus; FUEL TV; and Fox College Sports. In addition, FSMG also includes FOX Sports Interactive Media, which comprises FOXSports.com on MSN, whatifsports.com and scout.com, reaching over 20 million unique visitors monthly. Also included are Fox’s interests in joint-venture businesses FOX Deportes, Big Ten Network and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network, FOX Sports Skybox restaurants and FOX Sports Grills.
 

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Miller Lite Dodge offers exposure, expectations for Brad Keselowski

July 14, 2011




Penske Racing driver Brad Keselowski took over the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge in '11

It's one of NASCAR's most iconic rides, previously driven by two Cup champions

After a slow start, Keselowski, 21st in points, is starting to meet high expectations



It's just a paint scheme and a number; color on sheet metal. But then again, it's something else. The No. 2 Miller Lite car is among NASCAR's most recognizable rides, previously piloted by Sprint Cup Series champions Rusty Wallace and Kurt Busch.

When Brad Keselowski took it over this season as part of a sponsorship switch at Penske Racing, the Blue Deuce offered him a whole new level of exposure -- the beer maker, in an attempt to introduce their new pitchman to fans, put together the often hilarious Ask Brad site. But the ride also came with a whole new set of expectations for Keselowski in his second year as a full-time Cup driver.

"The Miller Lite Dodge is definitely one of the most iconic rides in our sport. With that comes pressure, sure, but I put pressure on myself to perform at a high level anyway," he said.

After a rocky start piloting Penske's flagship vehicle, he is finding his footing, and he's worked his way into the hunt for his first Chase berth in the process.

Through the first nine races of the season, Keselowski was 26th or worse five times and was sitting 28th in the standings. But since May's stop at Darlington, he's averaging a 12.8 finish, which includes a third-place finish at the Lady in Black, a win at Kansas, a 10th-place finish at Sonoma and a pole at Charlotte. He looked poised to challenge for his second victory last weekend at Kentucky, leading 79 laps (19 more than he led in the previous 17 races combined and 38 more than he led in all of 2010), but he fell behind on late restarts and slipped to seventh. Still, over the past nine events, only eight drivers have more points than Keselowski's 189.

"We've just been able to find speed in our cars, the raw speed that is necessary to be successful," Keselowski said. "After the race at Richmond, we all came together and developed a plan to get better. [Team owner Roger] Penske has been completely supportive of everything we've said that we need. Personnel changes were made. Improvements were made in our cars. I've grown as a driver. It's been a lot of small things. As Mr. Penske likes to say, 'You stack enough pennies together and you get a dollar.' We weren't very far off. That's why we were able to turn it around as quickly as we have."

It was also a matter of Keselowski's crew chief getting acclimated to life in the Cup series. Paul Wolfe, who helped Keselowski win the Nationwide Series title last season, had never been a Cup pit boss before, and this season has served as a learning experience.

"[Wolfe] had to get used to everything about the Cup series, from the cars to new faces on the team, even down to the different structure to the weekend compared to the Nationwide Series," Keselowski said. "It just took time for all of that to come together, but I had nothing but confidence in him and the team he put together."

With those early woes behind them, Keselowski now sits 21st in the points, a mere three points behind Joey Logano for what is a pivotal spot in the rankings. This season's tweak to the Chase sees the final two spots go to the two winningest drivers outside the top 10 but within the top 20 in points.

But Keselowski isn't resigned to simply slip into the Chase. Three of the eight remaining regular-season venues are among his best, including New Hampshire, this weekend's stop, where he has a top-10 finish and a pole to his credit. His sights are on a second victory, which would all but wrap up a playoff spot given that no driver outside of the top seven has reached Victory Lane twice this season.

"I really think it will take one more win to assure ourselves a spot in the Chase," Keselowski said. "There are some tracks left before the Chase starts where I think we can win, and that will be our focus."

Keselowski already has experience in closing things out; he won the Nationwide crown last year. He says the ability to deliver in that title run can help him as he tries to become that series' third champ in four years to go on to make the Chase the following season.

"The thing that both Paul and I can take away from our Nationwide Series championship from last year is the confidence that, together, we can be successful," Keselowski said. "Just like last year, Paul and I approach everything race by race. If we take each race as they come, then the points will take care of themselves."

Regardless of whether Keselowski makes the playoff, this has, without question, been a year of progress in his Cup career. A driver who had been best known as a surprise winner at Talladega in '09 and for his infamous feud with Carl Edwards already has twice as many top-10s as a year ago.

Taking over a car driven by two past champions was an unenviable task, especially for a driver still learning. Add in that Miller Lite's chief rival in the series, Budweiser, added a proven commodity this year (Kevin Harvick), and the bar was undoubtedly raised even higher in Keselowski's second full season in the Cup series. But he's beginning to meet the expected level of production, and starting to ease any doubts as the man behind the wheel of one of NASCAR's legendary cars.

 

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NASCAR Qualifying

Status: Field Set

Last Updated: Friday, Jul 15, 2011 5:29 pm, EDT
Lenox Industrial Tools 301




New Hampshire Motor Speedway



Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed

1 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 135.232
2 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 135.064
3 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 134.763
4 Kurt Busch (22) Dodge 134.340
5 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 134.150
6 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 134.122
7 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 134.075
8 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 133.788
9 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 133.778
10 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota 133.755
11 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 133.717
12 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 133.595
13 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 133.450
14 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 133.431
15 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 133.408
16 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 133.361
17 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 133.114
18 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 133.096
19 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 133.026
20 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 132.993
21 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 132.938
22 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 132.905
23 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 132.845
24 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 132.725
25 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 132.702
26 David Ragan (6) Ford 132.665
27 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 132.531
28 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 132.402
29 David Stremme (30) Chevrolet 132.232
30 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 132.131
31 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 132.126
32 Landon Cassill (51) Chevrolet 131.888
33 Michael McDowell (66) Toyota 131.406
34 David Gilliland (34) Ford 131.401
35 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 131.306
36 Jeff Green (55) Ford 131.175
37 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 130.977
38 J.J. Yeley (38) Ford 130.950
39 Mike Skinner (60) Toyota 130.761
40 Erik Darnell (46) Chevrolet 130.184
41 Mike Bliss (32) Ford 129.980
42 Scott Wimmer (7) Dodge 128.268
43 Andy Lally (71) Ford 129.913
44 Tony Raines (37) DNQ 129.692
45 Scott Riggs (181) DNQ 129.116
46 Dennis Setzer (192) DNQ 129.020
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Final Qualifying - Loudon
July 15, 2011 , LOUDON, N.H. - Friday, July 15, 2011


DODGE MOTORSPORTS PR
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
LENOX Industrial Tools 301
Post-Qualifying Quotes
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 4th
“It was a good lap. We picked up speed from practice which is what you always want. We were confused if we needed to try and get it (fastest lap) on the first lap or stick to our game plan and get it on our second lap like we had been doing. It will be interesting to see how the overall stats line up, if guys did it on the first lap or second. We were just caught in between. We didn’t know which one to go for. A top-five starting spot is great. It keeps us up front in the mix and gives us a good pit selection.

"We were tight coming off of Turn 2 on our first lap and that's just low air pressures. We were trying to decide which lap was going to be quicker for us because we had seen guys quicker on their first lap and we had seen consistency on our second lap. But overall, a great lap for our Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge. AAA has a lot of support up here and it's great to have them on board. It's a flat one-mile track and I like it."

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 5th
“I don’t think that will hold up at the top (provisional pole). That should end up in the top 10. I expected to run better on the second lap (his qualifying time came on the first lap). My teammate Kurt Busch will be tough, he should be right up there at the top. We got a good lap in; it’s a respectable place to start. You always want more. We started practice very strong, but fell off at the end. This was a good pickup from where we ended up in practice. It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. This track has a short-track feel to it which I think is good; it serves the sport well. It’s a lot of fun to watch. I like this place.”

SCOTT WIMMER (No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 42nd
“We’ve been struggling a little bit with the car today, just haven’t been able to throw a lot of tires and stuff like that at it. Robby (Gordon) is coming tomorrow. I feel we have a pretty good baseline to start on. We’ll really start to work on it in those practice sessions and he’s going to race the SPEED Energy Dodge on Sunday. Ultimately, we were just trying to get a feel out of it today. Hopefully, we can make some big gains tomorrow.”
 

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


KEYS FOR SUCCESS: LENOX Industrial Tools 301

LOUDON, N.H. (Friday, July 15, 2011) – Each race weekend, selected Dodge Motorsports engineers, Penske Racing engineers and crew chiefs, drivers or engine specialists give their insight on the ‘Keys for Success’ for the upcoming race. This week, Travis Geisler, Penske Racing’s Director of Competition, provides the keys for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race here at “The Magic Mile”.

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Race 19 of 36 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)

Race: LENOX Industrial Tools 301 (301 laps / 318.458 miles)

Trivia Question: The last time a driver led every lap of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was the 2000 Dura Lube 300 here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Who was that driver? (Answer Below)

TRAVIS GEISLER (Director of Competition, Penske Racing)

Unique characteristics! “Anytime that you come to a short track, getting the car to turn in the center is what everybody talks about, but I think there are a couple of things that are unique about Loudon: the bumps entering turn three and the difference of the entry between Turns 1 and 3.

“It’s really a different approach to the corner. You have to have a car that’s capable of handling the heavy braking zone with a lot of bumps. It really overloads the front end. You have to make sure you can get through that section to get the beginning of your corner started. That’s one area we always need to focus on here, to make sure the cars can get through there and get set up well to get through the middle of Turns 3 and 4. Otherwise, it’s normal short-track stuff. You have to have really good torque to be able to get off the corner, something that can carry you down the straightaways. It does have a fair amount of straightaways for a short track. If you can manage your braking, manage your entry zone where you can keep the car underneath you and get through the center of the corner, that really is the key here, rolling the center with speed.

Tires vs. track position! “Tires are usually pretty good here. I think that’s something you’ll see become a race strategy where teams will go for track position over new tires. Tires don’t wear as much here as they do at other places. It’s harder to pass cars than the amount of speed you gain with new tires.”

Making a pass! “Passing cars here is a little tough. I think the best situation you could have is to be able to pull underneath somebody in the middle of the corner. You’re kind of on that free roll here where it seems like the cars are almost stopped. If you can get just get a fender underneath somebody, you can force them up on exit and get them out of the lane they want. Then you have the advantage going down the straightaway and the preferred entry line in the next corner to complete the pass. I don’t think you really complete many passes in one corner. You have to put together two corners that are much better than them, first to get a run on them, work them up high on entry and take advantage of the spot.”

Fuel mileage strategy! “It’s probably a little tougher here than at other places because you don’t stop a lot and don’t get a lot of fuel-mileage reads to develop a good average. We’ve got some historical stuff, but it’s never the same as what you have now. We’ve made changes this year with the ethanol and other things that have tweaked our mileage. You need to be able to get good fuel reads to be aggressive on that last run. It’s really tough when you only have maybe one or two reads to go off of where a track like Pocono, you have more fuel runs there to get a good average.”





Trivia Question Answer: Jeff Burton led all 300 laps of the 2000 Dura Lube 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (9/17/00). It was the last time a driver has led every lap in a Sprint Cup event. However, it’s happened three times in NASCAR’s touring divisions since 2000, all in the Nationwide Series:

2002 – Jeff Burton led all 147 laps in the darlingtonracing.com 200 at Darlington (3/16/02) 2003 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. led all 100 laps of the Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona (7/4/03) 2011 – Kyle Busch led all 200 laps of the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix (2/26/11)
 

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Brad Keselowski Claims Nationwide Loudon 200 Pole



Keselowski’s 1st NNS pole in 2011
Pit selection key for Keselowski
Harvick, Logano start 2nd & 3rd



Keselowski, Harvick start on front row at New Hampshire International Speedway


With a lap time of 29.438 seconds at an average speed of 129.384 mph in the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge, Brad Keselowski claimed the pole for the New England 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday. Kevin Harvick will start his No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet alongside Keselowski on the front row after posting a qualifying time of 29.522 seconds.


“Our cars are pretty equal,” Keselowski said of his No. 22 and Harvick’s No. 33.

Joey Logano will start his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the second row from the third position after a running a 29.549-second lap in qualifying. Logano will be joined on the second row by Aric Almirola in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, who will start fourth after posting a lap time of 29.711 seconds.

After a qualifying lap of 29.724 seconds in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Kyle Busch will start fifth.

Although Keselowski posted his fastest time on his second lap, that lap wasn’t exactly flawless. He scraped the wall slightly coming to the checkered flag of his qualifying run.

“That just means we’re going for all of it,” Keselowski said right after making his run.

Keselowski was one of 14 drivers to claim the provision pole throughout the morning before he was awarded the actual top starting spot at the conclusion of qualifying. Even so, he still had to watch several cars make qualifying runs after he made his before he could breathe easy and be sure that he would be on the pole come Saturday afternoon.

After making his qualifying attempt, Keselowski said that we wasn’t going to “count his chickens before they hatched,” even though he felt good about his fast lap.

The lap held up for top starting spot for the driver of the No. 22 car, as Reed Sorenson, the last driver out in qualifying in the No. 32 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet, was only sixth-fastest with a lap time 29.725 seconds.

The pole is the first in NNS competition for Keselowski in 2011. According to Keselowski, a pole in the Nationwide race at New Hampshire is important because of the short length of the race.

“More importantly than anything is pit selection,” Keselowski said.

According to him, that pit selection will enable him to keep good track position throughout the race.

Forty-two cars made qualifying attempts on Saturday morning. All cars entered will race in the New England 200 on Saturday afternoon, and the starting grid will be one car short of a full field.

 

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CUP: Kurt Busch Riding High

Date: 07/16/2011
Location: Loudon, NH



After a ragged spring and some internal turmoil at Penske Racing, Kurt Busch finds himself in excellent shape with the start of the Sprint Cup championship run only two months away.

With top-10 runs in five of the last seven races (and no finish worse than 14th over that period), Busch has been one of the circuit’s most consistent drivers. He sits a solid fourth in points entering Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Barring a collapse, Busch appears to be in great position to challenge for his second Cup championship.

“Most recently we’ve been leading laps and putting ourselves in a position to win,” Busch said. “That’s a good feeling. It’s a solid points effort so far, to be fourth overall. We hope to continue that here for the next eight weeks.

“We hope that we can bump up a little bit when the standings will be reset. We’re not locked into the Chase by any means, but we feel pretty good about our chances. This is a great track for us to try and get one of those wins because it has been good to me in the past.”

Busch said Loudon presents difficult challenges in the closing miles.

“This is a tough track with strategy,” he said. “Taking two tires at the end or when is the final time that you want to pit is always in question. Fuel mileage comes into play on who can pit for the final time and last the longest on a tank of gas.

“So it changes with the way the yellows fall and with your strategy. A track like this, the fastest car usually does win, but a track like this also lends itself to unique ways to get a win.”

Kurt’s younger brother, Kyle, leads the point standings and is a virtual lock for the Chase, setting up another chance for the Las Vegas Busches to race each other for the championship.

“It would be great,” Kurt said. “I think that’s something we’d both look forward to and this sport would definitely embrace. I think the other drivers would definitely be egging us both on to see who come out on top, and it would be a great challenge to see.

“The NFL does a great job playing the Manning brothers against each other. Of course, tennis does a great job with the Williams sisters when they’re playing.

“It’s a battle for us for 10 weeks straight. It’s just not one week that one brother is going to be on top. In NASCAR racing, you have to be good at every race track that you show up at. Over a 10-week span, it would be great to challenge each other to see who could be the best Busch brother.”


 

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Status: Final

Last Updated: Saturday, Jul 16, 2011 7:21 pm, EDT
New England 200

New Hampshire Motor Speedway



Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress

1 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 47/4 206 33 $34,250 Chart (100 WINS)
2 Kevin Harvick (33) Chevrolet 44/2 206 59 $30,625 Chart
3 Kasey Kahne (7) Chevrolet 41/0 206 0 $22,375 Chart
4 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) Ford 41/1 206 26 $24,268 Chart
5 Aric Almirola (88) Chevrolet 39/0 206 0 $24,543 Chart
6 Kenny Wallace (09) Toyota 39/1 206 5 $20,618 Chart
7 Michael Annett (62) Toyota 37/0 206 0 $21,218 Chart
8 Brad Keselowski (22) Dodge 37/1 206 22 $18,250 Chart
9 Steve Wallace (66) Toyota 35/0 206 0 $18,693 Chart
10 Justin Allgaier (31) Chevrolet 34/0 206 0 $19,793 Chart
11 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 33/0 206 0 $19,943 Chart
12 Elliott Sadler (2) Chevrolet 32/0 206 0 $18,318 Chart
13 Trevor Bayne (16) Ford 32/1 206 58 $18,618 Chart
14 Mike Bliss (19) Chevrolet 30/0 206 0 $18,718 Chart
15 Reed Sorenson (32) Chevrolet 29/0 206 0 $18,468 Chart
16 Mikey Kile (30) Chevrolet 28/0 206 0 $17,718 Chart
17 Brian Scott (11) Toyota 27/0 206 0 $17,593 Chart
18 Blake Koch (81) Dodge 26/0 205 0 $19,143 Chart
19 Jeremy Clements (51) Chevrolet 25/0 205 0 $17,393 Chart
20 Eric McClure (14) Chevrolet 24/0 204 0 $18,068 Chart
21 Morgan Shepherd (89) Chevrolet 23/0 202 0 $17,243 Chart
22 Charles Lewandoski (40) Chevrolet 22/0 202 0 $17,193 Chart
23 Timmy Hill (15) Ford 21/0 202 0 $17,543 Chart
24 Kevin Lepage (52) Chevrolet 20/0 202 0 $10,610 Chart
25 Angela Cope (44) Chevrolet 19/0 200 0 $11,200 Chart
26 Matt Frahm (39) Ford 18/0 198 0 $17,008 Chart
27 Mike Wallace (01) Chevrolet 17/0 196 0 $17,373 Chart
28 Andrew Ranger (167) Ford 16/0 196 0 $10,470 Chart
29 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 15/0 196 0 $10,935 Chart
30 Jason Leffler (38) Chevrolet 14/0 176 0 $17,168 Chart
31 Derrike Cope (28) Chevrolet 13/0 112 0 $16,833 Chart
32 Dennis Setzer (70) Dodge 12/0 110 0 $16,798 Chart
33 David Green (23) Chevrolet 11/0 109 0 $16,773 Chart
34 Carl Edwards (60) Ford 11/1 56 3 $10,285 Chart
35 Jennifer Jo Cobb (113) Dodge 9/0 45 0 $10,265 Chart
36 Carl Long (141) Ford 8/0 37 0 $10,245 Chart
37 Mike Harmon (174) Chevrolet 7/0 25 0 $10,225 Chart
38 Johnny Chapman (175) Chevrolet 6/0 12 0 $10,210 Chart
39 Chase Miller (146) Chevrolet 5/0 9 0 $10,190 Chart
40 Danny Efland (104) Ford 4/0 7 0 $10,105 Chart
41 Tim Andrews (142) Chevrolet 3/0 7 0 $10,075 Chart
42 Scott Wimmer (147) Chevrolet 2/0 5 0 $10,060 Chart
 

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NASCAR TRUCK Results

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Last Updated: Saturday, Jul 16, 2011 11:05 pm, EDT
Coca-Cola 200

Iowa Speedway



Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings

1 Matt Crafton (88) Chevrolet 47/4 200 39 $38,850
2 Austin Dillon (3) Chevrolet 44/2 200 127 $24,225
3 David Mayhew (2) Chevrolet 42/1 200 21 $19,875
4 Johnny Sauter (13) Chevrolet 41/1 200 8 $16,675
5 Joey Coulter (22) Chevrolet 39/0 200 0 $15,000
6 Cole Whitt (60) Chevrolet 38/0 200 0 $12,525
7 James Buescher (31) Chevrolet 37/0 200 0 $11,725
8 Nelson Piquet Jr. (8) Chevrolet 36/0 200 0 $10,900
9 David Starr (81) Toyota 35/0 200 0 $12,150
10 Todd Bodine (5) Toyota 35/1 200 5 $13,125
11 Timothy Peters (17) Toyota 33/0 200 0 $10,750
12 Justin Lofton (46) Toyota 32/0 200 0 $10,625
13 Steve Arpin (32) Chevrolet 31/0 200 0 $10,575
14 Brian Ickler (18) Toyota 30/0 200 0 $10,525
15 Miguel Paludo (7) Toyota 29/0 200 0 $11,725
16 Brendan Gaughan (62) Toyota 28/0 200 0 $10,300
17 Clay Rogers (92) Chevrolet 27/0 200 0 $10,200
18 Ryan Sieg (39) Chevrolet 26/0 200 0 $10,075
19 Ron Hornaday Jr. (33) Chevrolet 25/0 199 0 $8,725
20 Max Papis (9) Toyota 24/0 198 0 $9,400
21 Dakoda Armstrong (98) Chevrolet 23/0 198 0 $7,525
22 Parker Kligerman (29) Dodge 22/0 198 0 $7,425
23 Jamie Dick (102) Chevrolet 21/0 196 0 $7,300
24 Caleb Roark (07) Chevrolet 20/0 194 0 $7,225
25 Jason White (23) Chevrolet 19/0 190 0 $7,350
26 Norm Benning (57) Chevrolet 18/0 183 0 $7,175
27 Ricky Carmichael (4) Chevrolet 17/0 152 0 $7,475
28 Justin Marks (66) Chevrolet 16/0 101 0 $7,100
29 Jack Smith (63) Ford 0/0 86 0 $7,075
30 Mike Garvey (93) Chevrolet 14/0 46 0 $7,550
31 Todd Peck (296) Chevrolet 13/0 34 0 $7,025
32 Greg Seevers (175) Chevrolet 0/0 3 0 $7,000
 

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Last Updated: Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 5:22 pm, EDT
Lenox Industrial Tools 301

New Hampshire Motor Speedway


Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress

1 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 48/5 301 119 $268,050 Chart
2 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 43/1 301 48 $210,633 Chart
3 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 41/0 301 0 $170,675 Chart
4 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 41/1 301 5 $119,025 Chart
5 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 40/1 301 19 $151,236 Chart
6 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota 39/1 301 5 $122,158 Chart
7 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 37/0 301 0 $126,945 Chart
8 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 36/0 301 0 $95,350 Chart
9 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 36/1 301 4 $121,541 Chart
10 Kurt Busch (22) Dodge 35/1 301 66 $128,125 Chart
11 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 34/1 301 19 $126,286 Chart
12 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 32/0 301 0 $120,411 Chart
13 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 32/1 301 1 $125,291 Chart
14 David Ragan (6) Ford 30/0 301 0 $88,875 Chart
15 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 29/0 301 0 $87,425 Chart
16 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 28/0 301 0 $88,300 Chart
17 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 28/1 301 3 $118,708 Chart
18 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 27/1 301 1 $92,900 Chart
19 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 25/0 301 0 $107,158 Chart
20 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 24/0 301 0 $115,911 Chart
21 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 23/0 301 0 $122,436 Chart
22 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 23/1 301 3 $84,850 Chart
23 J.J. Yeley (38) Ford 21/0 301 0 $93,983 Chart
24 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 20/0 301 0 $84,225 Chart
25 David Gilliland (34) Ford 19/0 301 0 $90,608 Chart
26 Landon Cassill (51) Chevrolet 18/0 300 0 $87,283 Chart
27 Scott Wimmer (7) Dodge 17/0 300 0 $84,947 Chart
28 Andy Lally (71) Ford 17/1 300 2 $85,200 Chart
29 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 15/0 300 0 $71,925 Chart
30 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 14/0 300 0 $114,208 Chart
31 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 14/1 300 6 $110,089 Chart
32 Mike Bliss (32) Ford 12/0 299 0 $71,200 Chart
33 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 11/0 298 0 $97,345 Chart
34 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 10/0 283 0 $98,014 Chart
35 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 9/0 257 0 $79,550 Chart
36 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 8/0 224 0 $118,216 Chart
37 David Stremme (30) Chevrolet 0/0 159 0 $70,175 Chart
38 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 6/0 83 0 $69,975 Chart
39 Erik Darnell (46) Chevrolet 5/0 72 0 $69,850 Chart
40 Michael McDowell (66) Toyota 4/0 46 0 $69,700 Chart
41 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 3/0 37 0 $69,525 Chart
42 Mike Skinner (60) Toyota 2/0 17 0 $69,400 Chart
43 Jeff Green (55) Ford 1/0 11 0 $69,767 Chart
 

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Standings
Sprint Cup Season

Rank (+/-) Drivers Total Pts Behind Starts Poles Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF Winnings

1 +1 Carl Edwards 652 Leader 19 2 1 10 13 0 $5,427,417
2 +3 Jimmie Johnson 645 7 19 1 1 7 12 1 $3,428,622
3 +1 Kurt Busch 641 11 19 3 1 4 11 0 $3,547,701
4 -1 Kevin Harvick 637 15 19 0 3 6 10 1 $3,550,032
5 -4 Kyle Busch 632 20 19 1 3 10 11 3 $3,654,892
6 - Matt Kenseth 626 26 19 1 2 6 10 2 $3,527,372
7 - Jeff Gordon 587 65 19 1 2 6 8 2 $3,140,247
8 +1 Ryan Newman 586 66 19 1 1 6 9 0 $3,025,373
9 -1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 577 75 19 1 0 3 8 2 $2,443,563
10 - Denny Hamlin 570 82 19 0 1 4 7 1 $3,141,968
11 - Tony Stewart 570 82 19 0 0 2 7 1 $3,085,090
12 - Clint Bowyer 542 110 19 0 0 3 8 4 $3,217,490
13 +2 David Ragan 524 128 19 1 1 3 6 2 $2,573,888
14 +3 Kasey Kahne 523 129 19 1 0 3 7 2 $2,496,547
15 -1 Greg Biffle 523 129 19 0 0 1 5 1 $2,399,563
16 +2 A J Allmendinger 515 137 19 0 0 1 4 1 $2,647,727
17 -4 Juan Pablo Montoya 511 141 19 2 0 2 6 0 $2,927,115
18 +2 Joey Logano 510 142 19 1 0 3 5 1 $2,255,213
19 -3 Paul Menard 506 146 19 0 0 3 5 1 $2,053,338
20 -1 Mark Martin 500 152 19 1 0 1 5 2 $2,189,788
21 +1 Marcos Ambrose 495 157 19 0 0 3 6 0 $2,616,617
22 +1 Martin Truex Jr. 485 167 19 0 0 0 6 3 $2,068,013
23 -2 Brad Keselowski 475 177 19 1 1 2 4 1 $2,548,958
24 - David Reutimann 448 204 19 0 0 1 2 0 $2,505,490
25 - Jeff Burton 445 207 19 0 0 0 0 2 $2,057,776
26 - Brian Vickers 415 237 19 0 0 1 5 0 $2,350,714
27 - Regan Smith 410 242 19 0 1 1 3 2 $2,593,343
28 +1 Bobby Labonte 400 252 19 0 0 1 2 1 $2,676,453
29 -1 Jamie McMurray 400 252 19 1 0 0 2 3 $2,640,154
30 - David Gilliland 347 305 19 0 0 1 2 3 $2,466,686
31 +1 Dave Blaney 275 377 19 0 0 0 0 4 $1,829,354
32 -1 Casey Mears 267 385 18 0 0 0 0 3 $1,472,183
33 - Andy Lally 215 437 16 0 0 0 0 1 $1,607,393
34 - Robby Gordon 193 459 14 0 0 0 0 4 $1,405,267
35 - Tony Raines 123 529 11 0 0 0 0 4 $860,000
36 - Bill Elliott 100 552 5 0 0 0 0 0 $663,887
37 +3 J.J. Yeley 77 575 16 0 0 0 0 15 $1,412,351
38 -1 Ken Schrader 73 579 5 0 0 0 0 0 $430,049
39 -2 Terry Labonte 68 584 4 0 0 0 0 1 $586,940
40 - Michael McDowell 68 584 17 0 0 0 0 15 $1,278,365
41 - David Stremme 27 625 7 0 0 0 0 6 $535,490
42 - Michael Waltrip 20 632 2 0 0 0 0 1 $396,213
43 - Andy Pilgrim 18 634 1 0 0 0 0 0 $78,475
44 - Chris Cook 17 635 1 0 0 0 0 0 $78,825
45 - Boris Said 16 636 1 0 0 0 0 0 $109,922
46 - Brian Simo 11 641 1 0 0 0 0 0 $74,470
47 - Geoff Bodine 6 646 1 0 0 0 0 1 $84,300
48 - T.J. Bell 5 647 2 0 0 0 0 2 $160,450
49 - Brian Keselowski 3 649 1 0 0 0 0 1 $297,338
50 - Steve Park 2 650 1 0 0 0 0 1 $78,855

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - Weekend Recap - New Hampshire
July 17, 2011 , LOUDON, N.H. - KURT BUSCH 10TH AT NEW HAMPSHIRE; TIRE ISSUE FOR BRAD KESELOWSKI

Busch Moves Up To Third In Point Standings, 11 Behind Leader

LOUDON, N.H. (Sunday, July 17, 2011) – As expected, Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway had the usual storyline – fuel strategy. Several teams gambled to stretch fuel to the limit, just as in previous years. Some made it to the end. Some didn’t.

Kurt Busch made it to the checkered flag, but the engine in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge Charger was silent. He ran out of fuel on the backstretch of the final lap on the 1.058-mile oval. He was running fourth at the time. He coasted across the start-finish line 10th.

The sixth top-10 finish in the last eight races moved Busch up one spot to third in the season point standings, just 11 behind the leader with seven races remaining before the Chase field is set for the final 10 races that will determine the 2011 Sprint Cup champion.

Busch’s last trip to pit road came on lap 217 during the eighth caution. Two more yellow flags for eight laps and his fuel-saving effort with the throttle had the three-time New Hampshire winner in position for a top-five finish. Four cars managed to pass the coasting No. 22 Dodge in the final 100 yards to the checkered flag.

Teammate Brad Keselowski encountered a tire issue just before the race reached the halfway mark, turning what looked like a promising day to move into the top 20, into a disappointing visit to the garage. A flat right-front tire sent the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger into the turn 3 wall, causing heavy damage to the right side. It took 45 laps for the team to make repairs and get the car back on the track. He finished 35th and dropped from 21st, three points out of 20th, to 24th in the point standings. He’s now 25 points out of the top 20.

Busch started fourth and led twice for 66 laps in the 301-lap event. He raced in the top 10 throughout the afternoon, much of it in the top five. Crew chief Steve Addington altered between a two-tire and four-tire strategy on each stop. That had Busch with four new tires when he made his final stop on lap 217.

“I’m proud of this team; we had a fast Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge,” said Addington. “We couldn’t get off the corner the way we needed. We fought that. That forced us into a strategy of playing the track-position game instead of coming in and topping off (fuel).”

Busch worked his way up to second and challenged leader and eventual race winner Ryan Newman from lap 260 to 275 before Addington stressed the need for fuel conservation. Busch slipped to fourth as the field took the white flag for the final lap.

“It was a good hard-fought battle for our Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge team,” said Busch. “We led laps early on and then had a little bit of a fade. It was a battle at the end trying to decide if we needed to come in and top off (fuel), put fresh tires on or defend our track position. All in all, it was a good day. We’ll take that 10th-place finish. We just need to polish up and be better when we come back here in the Chase. That’s what it’s all about, being strong at the end. My guys did a good job today.

“We were on the defensive side hanging on to our track position today, we weren’t on the offense. We ended up running out of gas on the last lap, but we put ourselves in position to try and get the best finish we could and 10th was that today.”

Keselowski started fifth in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge and ran in the top five up to the first caution on lap 31. Teams opted for a variety of strategies including staying out, pitting for fuel only or two or four tires. Crew chief Paul Wolfe elected to go with fuel only which had the No. 2 Dodge back on the track third for the restart.

Keselowski couldn’t maintain the track position as the car was tight in the corners, limiting his ability to get back on the throttle as early as he needed for a competitive speed on the straightaways. After a pit stop for adjustments, he was working his way back through traffic, but had to be aggressive with the tires. The right front just didn’t handle the abuse.

“I was running as hard as I could to keep from going a lap down, the 24 was coming so fast,” said Keselowski. “I didn’t want to go a lap down, so I was doing all I could and blew a right front tire. I was pushing a little too hard, but that’s what you have to do. We ended up blowing a tire, probably from brake heat. That’s the way it goes.”

Keselowski was coming off three consecutive top-15 finishes and looking to move into the top 20. The first 10 berths in the Chase field go to the top 10 in points. The final two spots go to the drivers 11-20 in the point standings with the most wins. With one win, Keselowski is in contention, but must be in the top 20 in the point standings.

“We didn’t have very good long-run speed and the car started to push really bad,” he said. “When you push really bad, it puts a lot of heat in the right front tire and that’s probably what caused the blowout. It’s disappointing. We had pretty good short-run speed, but wasn’t able to make the most of my car today. We’ll go back and work on it some more. We’ve been running pretty good as of late. We can’t let this stop our momentum.”

Scott Wimmer finished 27th in the No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge. The No. 7 remains in the top 35 in owner points and is assured a starting berth in the next Sprint Cup event, the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sprint Cup teams have an off weekend before heading to the 2.5-mile track.

NATIONWIDE SERIES

Brad Keselowski started from the pole in his No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger, but it wasn’t until the lap 130 that he managed to lead in the New England 200. He ran in the top three up to that point and challenged for the front spot on several occasions, but just couldn’t complete the pass.

After leading 22 laps, Keselowski informed crew chief Todd Gordon and crew that the car had become very, very tight in the corners and he was going to surrender the lead. He had dropped back to seventh when the sixth caution appeared on lap 168.

Gordon elected to take four tires on the stop. With five cars electing not to pit and nine opting for two tires, Keselowski restarted 15th. He had raced his way up to sixth by lap 179, setting up a battle for fifth with Trevor Bayne. The two dueled for several laps. Even though the No. 22 Dodge was faster, passing at New Hampshire is a difficult task.

Keselowski got a run off turn four and pulled to the inside as the two entered turn one. The two cars made contact as they reached turn two. Keselowski made the choice to brake hard, spin out and let Bayne go. He remembered when a driver had done the same for him.

“I remember a few years ago when I ran somebody really, really hard in a Nationwide race,” said Keselowski. “It was Greg Biffle. He was a Cup veteran at the time and I was a Nationwide rookie. He had to make the choice of wrecking me or wrecking himself. He took himself out. I respect that to this day. I guess it’s kind of a Cup guy’s job to look out for the (Nationwide) regulars and not take them out. It was my turn today to give back a little I guess. It’s unfortunate for my team, but you’ve got to pay in a little bit sometimes I guess.”

After a stop for four tires, Keselowski restarted 19th, but had worked his way back to eighth at the checkered flag. The race was extended beyond the scheduled distance by six laps and ended with a green-white-checkered finish.

“There was a lot of action today,” he said. “This NASCAR racing, you have to love it. We needed just a little more speed on the long runs. We got up there and took the lead, but the car fell off really bad and we got passed by a few cars and dropped back to seventh. The yellow came out and we thought it would be a good idea to come in for tires. I just made a mistake coming up through traffic and spun out racing Bayne. That’s the way it goes. The Ruby Tuesday Dodge was a top-five car, so we came up a little short.”

Keselowski has 12 top-10 finishes in 18 starts (Jacques Villeneuve drove the No. 22 Dodge at Road America) this season in the Penske Racing Dodge including seven top fives. The 2010 Nationwide champion got his first win of the season last week at Kentucky.

Race Results
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
LENOX Industrial Tools 301
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sunday, July 17, 2011

1. Ryan Newman
2. Tony Stewart
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Joey Logano
5. Jimmie Johnson
6. Kasey Kahne
7. Bobby Labonte
8. Martin Truex Jr.
9. Marcos Ambrose
10. Kurt Busch
27. Scott Wimmer
35. Brad Keselowski

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Point Standings
(After 19 of 36 races)

1. Carl Edwards 652
2. Jimmie Johnson -7
3. Kurt Busch -11
4. Kevin Harvick -15
5. Kyle Busch -20
6. Matt Kenseth -26
7. Jeff Gordon -65
8. Ryan Newman -66
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -75
10. Denny Hamlin -82
11. Tony Stewart -82
12. Clint Bowyer -110
23. Brad Keselowski -177
34. Robby Gordon -459

Race Results
NASCAR Nationwide Series
New England 200
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Saturday, July 16, 2011

1. Kyle Busch
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Kasey Kahne
4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
5. Aric Almirola
6. Kenny Wallace
7. Michael Annett
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Steve Wallace
10. Justin Allgaier
(Other Dodge Drivers)
18. Blake Koch
32. Dennis Setzer
35. Jennifer Jo Cobb

Nationwide Series
Point Standings
(After 19 of 34 races)

1. Elliott Sadler 673
2. Reed Sorenson -7
3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -18
4. Justin Allgaier -41
5. Aric Almirola -81
6. Jason Leffler -91
7. Kenny Wallace -102
8. Steve Wallace -148
9. Michael Annett -153
10. Brian Scott -163

(Only drivers that have declared for the Nationwide championship are eligible for points)
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Race Final - New Hampshire
July 17, 2011 , LOUDON, N.H. - Sunday, July 17, 2011

Dodge Motorsports PR
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
LENOX Industrial Tools 301
Post-Race Quotes
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series



KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge Charger R/T) Finished 10th
“It was a good hard-fought battle for our team. We led laps early on and then had a little bit of a fade. It was a battle at the end trying to decide if we needed to come in and top off (fuel), put fresh tires on it or defend our track position. All in all, it was a good day. We’ll take that 10th-place finish. We just need to polish up and be better when we come back here in the Chase. That’s what it’s all about, being strong at the end. My guys with the Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge did a good job today.

“We were on the defensive side hanging on to our track position today, we weren’t on the offense. We ended up running out of gas on the last lap, but we put ourselves in position to try and get the best finish we could and 10th was that today. It was warm, but you always have to battle it (heat). I love July and August, it’s nice and hot out.”

STEVE ADDIINGTON (Crew Chief, No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge Charger R/T)
“I’m proud of this team; we had a fast Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge. We couldn’t get off the corner the way we needed. We fought that. That forced us into a strategy of playing the track-position game instead of coming in and topping off (fuel). We went from fourth to 10th on the last lap when we ran out of fuel.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Finished 35th
“The car was really, really tight and we didn’t have a lot of speed today. I was running as hard as I could to keep from going a lap down, the 24 was coming so fast. I didn’t want to go a lap down, was doing all I could and blew a right front tire. I was pushing a little too hard, but that’s what you’ve got to do. You have to stay in front and try to save our day. It wasn’t meant to be and ended up blowing a tire, probably from brake heat. That’s the way it goes. You have to be fast or you get desperate and do things you shouldn’t do. I was probably driving a little too hard.

“We didn’t have very good long-run speed and the car started to push really bad. When you push really bad, it puts a lot of heat in the right front tire and that’s probably what caused the blowout. It’s disappointing. We had pretty good short-run speed, but wasn’t able to make the most of my car today. We’ll go back and work on it some more. We’ve been running pretty good as of late. We can’t let this stop our momentum. We’ve got to keep plugging away and not let this hold us back.”
 
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