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New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Date Series Driver Speed

7/13/97 Sprint Cup Race Jeff Burton 117.00
9/20/09 Sprint Cup Qualifying Juan Pablo Montoya 133.431
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
9/16/06 Camping World Truck Qualifying Mike Skinner 129.626

Sprint Cup Series
Upcoming Race Sep 19
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NOTE: Nationwide Series Off This Week

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
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
7/16/06 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 Ryan Newman Kyle Busch Chevrolet $5,204,946
9/17/06 Sylvania 300 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Chevrolet $5,209,809

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Race Advance - New Hampshire 2

LOUDON, N.H. , Sep 14, 2010 - For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
Sylvania 300
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
NASCAR Chase to the Championship - Race 1 of 10

• Dodge has three wins at New Hampshire (Ward Burton, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch).
• Penske Racing’s Kurt Bush (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) leads all current Dodge drivers with three Sprint Cup victories at NHMS.
• Busch won the rain-shortened spring event in 2008. He swept both events in 2004 prior to joining the Dodge family.
• Dodge holds the track qualifying record of 133.357 mph (28.561 sec.) set in September 2003 (Newman).
• A Dodge has started from the pole in six of the last 12 races at NHMS when qualifying was not postponed.

• Dodge has 207 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.
• Dodge’s most recent win came at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch led 252 of 400 laps en route to victory in the Coca-Cola 600.
• Dodge has claimed two Sprint Cup victories in 2010.
• Dodge teams have posted 47 wins since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.
• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Lee Petty, 2/1/53, West Palm, Fla., 100 miles, .5-mile track.
• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: David Pearson, 3/19/67, 75.937 mph avg. speed.

• 2004: Former Dodge drivers Jeremy Mayfield and Ryan Newman were in the inaugural Chase. Both had problems in the first event at NHMS with Newman finishing 33rd and Mayfield 35th.
• 2005: Three Dodge drivers (Mayfield, Newman and Rusty Wallace) made the Chase field with Newman winning the opener at NHMS. Newman ended up sixth, Wallace eighth and Mayfield ninth in the final standings.
• 2006: Kasey Kahne was the lone Dodge driver in the Chase field. Kahne started 33rd and finished 16th at Loudon.
• 2007: Kurt Busch was the lone Dodge representative; Busch started third and finished 25th in the Chase opener at Loudon. He finished seventh in the final Chase standings.
• 2008: There were no Dodges in the 2008 Chase field.
• 2009: Kurt Busch was the lone Dodge representative among the elite 12. Busch started third and finished seventh at NHMS.

• Competing in the Chase for the Sprint Cup for the fifth time: 2004 – Champion, 2005 – 10th, 2007 – Seventh and 2009 – fourth.
• Enters the 2010 Chase fifth in the standings. He earned 20 bonus points for wins at Texas and Charlotte
• Through 26 races this season, Busch has eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes.
• Has competed in 58 Chase races since 2004, 40 of those have been in a Dodge Charger, with 15 top-five and 32 top-10 finishes.
• Has three wins at The Magic Mile (2004 – 2, 2008). Best start at the 1.058-mile track was second in July 2007.
• Has finished sixth or better in last five races at New Hampshire. Started third and finished third in spring race this year.
• In 19 races at NHMS, Busch has led 366 laps, sixth best all-time, with seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes and an average start of 13.4 and average finish of 13.7.
• Kurt Busch has led 1,237 laps in the final 10 races.
• At the 10 tracks hosting a Chase event, Busch has 157 starts with nine wins along with 38 top-five and 70 top-10 finishes.

• New Hampshire’s 1.058 mile speedway has identical front and backstretches that measure 1,500 feet.

“The one change that I’d like to see is a separate point system for the 12 Chase drivers. They should be running against each other and not the entire starting field. That way, if you run into problems during a race and finish 30th, it doesn’t completely eliminate your chances. If it’s structured like that, it will definitely add to the excitement by keeping it close all the way down to the final race. You could still have eight or more drivers with a shot at winning the title going into the final race weekend. Can you imagine the publicity value of that scenario going down to the wire?”
Kurt Busch – No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"So, the Chase begins this week at Loudon. The teams are no doubt ready with their best chassis for this very-flat, 1.058-mile oval. They’ve had weeks to prepare for it. But it's not that easy. The very-flat Loudon is followed by Dover, a one-mile track, but high banked. The next stop is the high-banked, 1.5-mile track at Kansas followed by Fontana, a test on a two-mile track. And that's just the first four races of the 10-race Chase. Teams are now definitely in the crunch part of the season, a new engineering challenge and a new chassis every week."
Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

“I know from experience that if you can get it going in the right direction at Loudon, you can keep the momentum growing and sort of build some insurance for something bad happening later on during the 10-race stretch. But, on the other end of the equation, with so much hype and such great expectations you have going into the first race of the Chase, I’ve definitely seen just how much of a blow it can be to get started on a bad note. When you look at my career, winning the first Chase in 2004 – and especially what happened in the years since then – mine is probably as good of example as any when it comes to considering the importance of getting a good finish in that first race. I guess it’d be really accurate to say that I’ve definitely seen the good and the bad.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"New Hampshire is one of the most challenging tracks that we run at because the cars generally want to get loose entering the corners and there is no banking to hold you. There are not a lot of places to run and be fast. You want to be right down at the bottom (of the track) so your car has to be set up for one particular area, but you still have to be able to move around a little bit to get around people or take their
line away from them.

"We're out there trying to help the No. 2 team get through some more things on race weekend as far as trying to check some more stuff off the list. I think that's how we're best served in trying to help them during the Chase."
Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

“I don’t have any specific goals for the Chase races that we don’t have any other week. We want to go out and do the best we can and challenge for wins. That doesn’t change because we can’t win the championship. It probably gives us some added incentive to go for wins because we don’t have to worry about points. You do have to be mindful of who you are racing because you don’t want to put yourself in bad spots with a guy in the Chase, but if I have a fast car I’m going to get all the positions I can.”
Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger

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CUP: Chasing The Crew Chiefs

September 14, 2010

The 12 drivers who will begin chasing the 2010 Sprint Cup championship this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway are the faces of their teams and, in most cases, the individuals who will determine the success or failure of their runs at American motorsports’ biggest championship.

The title, however, easily could be decided by one of the guys sitting atop the war wagons, the dozen crew chiefs who must motivate team members, plot strategy, watch weather forecasts, figure tire wear, manage fuel loads and keep their drivers from driving them and everyone around them absolutely bonkers during the 10-week playoffs.

If this Chase is at tight as some predict, the line that separates the champion from second place might be drawn by a crew chief making one or more late-race decisions on fuel, tires or the other sometimes difficult choices that can make the difference between winning and wishing.
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CUP: Keselowski About To Get Busy

September 16, 2010

Aside from going upside down at 185 miles per hour at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, Brad Keselowski has had a fairly quiet first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Keselowski, driver of the No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge in the Cup Series, currently sits 26th in points heading into Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. That’s frankly not what either he or team owner Roger Penske had hoped for or expected this season.

In the first 26 races of the year, Keselowski’s best finishes were a pair of 12th-place runs at Martinsville and Darlington in the spring. Neither he nor teammate Sam Hornish Jr. has been able to crack the top 10 in a single race this season.

That’s in stunning contrast to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where Keselowski has a whopping 373-point lead on Carl Edwards and appears headed toward giving Penske his first NASCAR championship.

The problem so far seems to be one of speed. Although Kurt Busch, Penske’s lead driver, qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, most weeks in the second half of the season he has not had the speed of the top cars from the big four teams.

As far as the rest of the Cup season goes, Keselowski and crew chief Jay Guy will continue to look for speed in their Dodge and try to build some momentum for next season.

“I don’t have any specific goals for the Chase races that we don’t have any other week,” said Keselowski. “We want to go out and do the best we can and challenge for wins. That doesn’t change because we can’t win the championship. It probably gives us some added incentive to go for wins because we don’t have to worry about points. You do have to be mindful of who you are racing because you don’t want to put yourself in bad spots with a guy in the Chase, but if I have a fast car I’m going to get all the positions I can.”

And while being 26th in the Cup points has been a disappointment, Keselowski in all likelihood will have both a bigger role at Penske next year and certainly much higher expectations.

Both Hornish and Justin Allgaier, who races a Nationwide car for Penske, are losing their respective sponsors for next season and have been told they are free to pursue other options for 2011. There is still a chance that deals could come together for both of them, but Penske could be a two-car shop on the Cup side next year and one car on the Nationwide side.

Regardless of what happens to Hornish and Allgaier, though, Keselowski will move to the iconic No. 2 Miller Lite “Blue Deuce” in 2011, while Busch will have a No. 22 Dodge sponsored by Shell-Pennzoil. Next year, 26th in points won’t cut it, and no one knows that more than Keselowski himself.

“Expectations are whoever drives that 2 car has got to win,” Keselowski said when it was announced that he’d take over the No. 2. “They have got to perform. Internally we have those same expectations and we want to do it as fast as possible. And we know it's going to take time and hopefully when the time comes, we are ready and I think we are getting there. We are on the path to being able to do that. Although, we need to show more progress that the progress we have shown to date shows that we can get there with time.”
LINK: - CUP: Keselowski About To Get Busy

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NASCAR Qualifying

Status: Field Set

Last Updated: Friday, Sep 17, 2010 5:54 pm, EDT
Sylvania 300

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed
1 Brad Keselowski (12) Dodge 133.572
2 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 133.464
3 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 133.413
4 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 133.389
5 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 133.357
6 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 133.273
7 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 133.249
8 Paul Menard (98) Ford 133.105
9 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 133.096
10 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 133.040
11 David Ragan (6) Ford 132.970
12 Kurt Busch (2) Dodge 132.864
13 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 132.711
14 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 132.637
15 Sam Hornish Jr. (77) Dodge 132.540
16 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 132.429
17 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 132.310
18 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 132.200
19 Elliott Sadler (19) Ford 132.167
20 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 132.117
21 Kasey Kahne (9) Ford 132.099
22 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 132.094
23 Marcos Ambrose (47) Toyota 132.085
24 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 132.057
25 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 131.993
26 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 131.980
27 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 131.884
28 Scott Speed (82) Toyota 131.719
29 Robby Gordon (7) Toyota 131.615
30 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 131.533
31 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 131.193
32 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 131.139
33 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 131.022
34 Landon Cassill (164) Toyota 130.837
35 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 130.676
36 Mike Bliss (55) Toyota 129.998
37 Reed Sorenson (83) Toyota 129.825
38 Michael McDowell (46) Dodge 129.525
39 David Gilliland (37) Ford 129.481
40 Travis Kvapil (38) Ford 129.204
41 Tony Raines (34) Ford 128.754
42 Andy Lally (71) Chevrolet 128.680
43 Bobby Labonte (09) Chevrolet 128.806
44 Johnny Sauter (66) DNQ 128.811
45 Jeff Green (26) DNQ 128.437

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Final Qualifying - Loudon 2

LOUDON, N.H. , Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

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Post-Qualifying Quotes

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 AAA Dodge Charger) Pole Winner
“That run was pretty awesome. We’ve worked all year, this whole team, but haven’t gotten the results until today. This is certainly one of the sparks that we need to get this team energized and run up front. We just need that spark; hopefully, this is that spark. We’ve had a really good race car in qualifying trim since practice started today. We weren’t very happy with it in race trim, but it was really good in qualifying trim. We felt we had a shot at the pole. I feel really good about that lap, it should at least be in the top three. I’m really happy for everyone on this 12 team. We’re really proud for the effort by our AAA Dodge Charger team. We were fast in qualifying trim today. I know it was down to hitting the perfect lap, hit the marks right and put it up there. It was a good lap.

“There are just a lot of things going on this year. From changing sponsors and teams and cars to next year having Miller Lite on board; even this weekend having AAA on board, everything is going crazy, up and down. This is just a great spark for our team for what has been a tumultuous period. I’m really happy for my team. I’m proud for them than any stat that I may get out of it – track record or first pole. They’ve really dug hard for me all year through adversity; it’s great to see them smile. It’s great to see the look on their face. It feels really good.”

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS POLE THAT MAKES YOU FEEL “LEGITIMATE”? “Hell, we don’t have a top 10! We have work to do. It’s been a great year on the Nationwide side, leading the points. It’s been really frustrating this year (in Sprint Cup). I don’t feel bad about sharing that. You shouldn’t be happy being 26th in points and not having a top 10 when you’re with an elite team like Penske. This is a breath of fresh air that legitimizes our team as being able to get up front; being able to have a sponsored ride with Miller Lite next year. There are not a lot of teams out there that can say that. From that standpoint, it really legitimizes us and the ability to run up front when things get right. We’re all committed to that. I sit down and talk to Roger Penske probably once or twice a week, talking about how we’re going to make things better. This is a really good piece for doing that.”

DID THE SUN COMING OUT HAVE ANY EFFECT ON YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? “It’s really hard to tell. The sun was going in and out at the end quite a bit. It’s back cloudy now. The lapped time fluctuation was really hard to predict. If the cars that ran after me would have had faster first laps, I would have said that it was a factor, but they didn’t have faster first laps because that heat in the track should have heated their tires up faster first and slower second. But we didn’t see that. Just from that I would think that it wasn’t that big of a deal.”

HOW HAVE YOU STAYED POSITIVE THROUGH ALL OF THIS? “That’s been a luxury, having a guy like Roger and his staff to tell you we’re going to keep working on it and keep digging. To have the Nationwide program be successful and be surrounding by great people on and around the race track, that keep you going.

“It makes you feel good about yourself. I feel good about that. I feel really good about the people I’m surrounded with. We’re all in this together. It’s been tough. You still try to keep a focus on it and remember how lucky you are to do this. There are only 43 drivers any given weekend and I’m one of them. I’m one of those guys and even through the rough weeks, you sit down and think about that and think about how fortunate you are when there’s thousands of short-tracks racers across the country that have talent and aren’t here and are jealous. I was one of those guys. I was one of those guys who didn’t have a ride and wanted to be here. So now that I’m here, there’s a level of pride of just being here even when things are rough that helps carry you through that period.”

DOES HAVING THE MILLER LITE SPONSORSHIP NEXT YEAR HEIGHTEN THAT EXPECTATION? “Absolutely. You should have high expectations when you’re with a well-funded ride. The 12 car is a well-funded ride as it is right now. You should have high expectations no matter what. Driving for Miller, there’s a brand to live up to. There’s a brand of excellence and performance that’s been established well before I was even born. I want to continue that. I want to put this car in victory lane. It’s won races every year that I can remember. Kurt’s carried on that tradition, making the Chase and winning races. There’s definitely a torch to carry on there and I look forward in having the opportunity to do it.”

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE “VALLEYS” OF THE SEASON THUS FAR? “I guess to have the good you have to have the bad. It’s not that I want to focus on the bad, but the two Michigan weekends were really painful. To not run well at home on the Cup side, that’s rough. After the first one I went home and talked to my whole team and told them and apologized that I was a jerk that whole weekend. I was just upset that we ran as bad as we did. Those were definitely the low points for me. In the summer race, winning the Nationwide race (at Michigan) kind of helped out. Those were probably the low points for me. Obviously, there were the Daytona races – those were races that I felt we were one of the cars to beat and got wrecked out. Those were a struggle, but you could understand and accept them, just not being fast. Pulling in after practice and seeing your name on the wrong side of the sheet is every driver’s worst nightmare, at least mine. To have peaks and valleys – it makes me appreciate it more to have those valleys. In a way, I’m very thankful to be with a car owner who is patient and understands where we are at with the program and has been with me and as supportive as he has. It’s the valleys together that make you stronger as a team and together as a relationship. They make you appreciate the good moments. I appreciate today’s success more than I appreciated any success that I’ve had on the Cup side. Whether that’s running in the top 10 or even winning Talladega, because I’ve been through some lows this year. In a way, you appreciate it more.”

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT PLAYING THE SPOILER ROLE IN THE CHASE? “I would love to be the spoiler of the Chase. I would live for that moment, to be able to capitalize on it; the increased attention to the sport with this being the Chase. To be that guy that can run up front and be there; I’m not going to sit here and say that I will be. We have a lot of work to do. This is a great start. Qualifying never means anything unless you’re on the pole and we are. It feels good.”

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON? “I’m not the type of person that puts numbers on things like, ‘We have to average a 6.3 finish.’ I just want to run up front and be competitive. I want to be one of those guys that you look at and say that he’s a threat to win today. That’s all I want.”

WILL IT DISAPPOINT YOU IF YOU DON’T BACK UP THE POLE ON SUNDAY? “It would disappoint me if we had a great year and we didn’t back up this moment. Absolutely, but you have to keep things in perspective and worry about the things that you can control and try not to get frustrated about things that are outside your control. I will be disappointed on Sunday if we’re just not fast. Other than that, it’s just part of racing. I just want to be fast.”

WHERE DO YOU AND YOUR CAR FALL INTO HELPING KURT WITH SETUPS? “Every once in a while, we’ll revert back to what they had if we’re a ways off. There haven’t been very many weekends where it’s been the opposite and they’ve been able to do that with us. That’s a little bit of a cool deal to be able to do that for qualifying, but in race trim they’re a little bit faster. They have a little bit different car spec than we have; the 2 car does, so I’m not sure how much of would even matter.”

HAVE YOU SAT DOWN AND FIGURED OUR WHERE YOU GUYS ARE LOSING SPEED FROM QUALFIYING? It’s different every weekend. Qualifying has been our strong suit this season, specifically on the short-tracks. Richmond we just got beat by the Gibbs cars that were just faster through the center of the corner. We fought that and the Gibbs cars have a really good short-track package. I think that’s the weakest part that I see. It’s different at every track. I feel good about the power that our cars have. I feel pretty good about the effort that’s put into them, we’re just a little bit off and inconsistent. It’s so fine. That’s that thing about this car, when you’re off it’s just one fine screw and when you find it three weeks later you say, ‘Oh, if we would have turned this screw three weeks ago….that’s what’s so hard about this level and makes it about a people sport and so perfect - finding those things and anticipating them.”

JAY GUY (Crew Chief, No. 12 AAA Dodge Charger)
“We’ve been working really hard on our short-track program at Penske Racing. We learned something from our teammates that went out before us in qualifying and make some slight changes. It’s good to get up front, put this Penske Dodge up front. A lot of hard work goes into this, so it’s really good for the guys, all the people back at the shop and the folks at AAA and Dodge. We hope Mr. (Roger) Penske is watching over in Japan right now, he’s getting ready for the IndyCar race.”

KURT BUSCH (No. Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 12th
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? “It was an exciting lap with our Miller Lite Dodge. We changed a couple things right before qualifying, knowing that we were going out second and weren’t quite sure what the track was going to give us. Overall, I was pleased because we picked up a little bit of time from where we were in practice earlier today. A track like New Hampshire, with it being overcast, it’s crisp and cool and it’s tough to get that grip.”

HOW IMPORTANT IS TRACK POSITION HERE AT LOUDON? “It’s important, but it’s not do-or-die. It’s nice to be up front and if you do have a slightly ill-handling car in the race, you can hang onto that track position. If you have to start in the back and work your way up through the field, it makes for a really long day.

SAM HORNISH JR (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Qualified 15th
“We were a little too free in practice, so we tightened the car up for qualifying. I don’t know if it was this set of tires or how the track changed, but the car was very tight through the middle of the corner. We fixed the issue off the corner, but had to wait on it too long to get back to the throttle, just too tight in the middle. It’s not quite what I wanted out of it, but the Mobil 1 Dodge was good in race trim in practice. The important thing was just being smart, keeping the car all together and getting the opportunity to race well on Sunday. This is one of my favorite tracks. Even though it’s a flat track, there’s a lot of room to race. Qualifying wasn’t what we wanted. Hopefully, the race will be a little bit better.”

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - Kurt Busch Open Interview - New Hampshire 2

LOUDON, N.H. , Sep 17, 2010 -

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
DO YOU HAVE TO ADJUST HOW YOU RACE TO WHAT THE COMPETITON IS DOING DURING THE CHASE? “You can’t focus too closely on one guy per week. I think that you have to look at a group of guys over a few weeks time. I look at the Chase as being broken into three, six, nine (races) and then you have the final Homestead race. If you’re in position at Homestead, that’s when everything is crazy. The first three races, I just kind of group them together and hopefully we finish in front of half of the Chase field and find ourselves in good position. But if a guy goes out and wins these first three (races), you have to change your game plan because you have to keep up or you’re going to get left behind.”

YOUR ONE OF NINE CHASE DRIVERS USING A NEW CHASSIS THIS WEEKEND; ARE YOU A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS? “It’s just giving the confidence to engineers and the groups building the cars. You hope that the quality control is there and that if it’s something new, it must mean that it’s better. The way that three months can go by and you find new speed in the car, the game changes that fast and you have to bring the best piece that you can. Even though it’s not proven yet, you hope that quality control gives you the confidence that you have the best piece out there. And when you feel it out on the race track and it feels different, then you just have to make adjustments to it and hopefully, you’ll have the speed to be there at the end of the day.”

IS IT SIMPLE SET-UP STUFF? “We were able to calm the car down with one big rear-end change. That’s not something that we normally do, but it asked for it, we gave it to it and it picked up speed today.”

CAN YOU LOSE THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN NEW HAMPSHIRE? “Absolutely. I won (the championship) in ’04 by winning this race. I lost it in ’05 by being taken out on the third lap. I was dumped by a non-Chase guy and I finished 40th. That whole Chase, we were digging out of a hole and when you dig out of a hole, you stretch yourself thin, gamble on a pit stop when you’re not supposed to. We got impatient. It’s easy to get impatient when you’re behind.”

WHEN YOU LEAVE LOUDON IN A HOLE, HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO TELL YOURSELF THAT YOU CAN STILL WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP? “It’s tough. You get shot in the leg and now you’re dragging a limp leg the whole time. You’re hoping that the other guys end up getting shot in the leg and they come back to you and they’re easier to catch. You have to sit there and go, ‘We have to race the same way, but we need help now.’ In the end, if you have a top performing car that can run in the top-three every week, you can overcome that type of battle. If you don’t…if you’re a team that’s been running sixth-to-12th all year, it’s tough to make up that kind of ground.”

DID YOU THINK THAT YOU WERE OUT OF IT IN 2005? “That first week was rough. I think that we went to Dover and were running third with 10 laps to go and blew out a right-front tire, so we were behind again. It just seemed like we were behind the whole time. When you have that feeling, it’s hard not to think of it.

“When I had cars that were fast, when I won the race, I had a car that was good on long, green-flag runs. That was key for us. The race that I won on fuel mileage, we had enough fuel to make it to the end and it’s just that the rain came in and we happened to be in the lead. We had short pitted to do that. So you have to be smart in the pits, but ultimately, I think cars that win the races here are the best cars on the long green-flag runs because this track doesn’t chew up tires like some other tracks.”

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Kurt Busch penalized for having extra tires

LOUDON, N.H. — NASCAR held championship contender Kurt Busch on pit road for the first 15 minutes of Saturday's practice as punishment for being caught with an extra set of tires.

Busch, the 2004 series champion, had to sit inside his No. 2 Dodge as cars zoomed around him during the first practice session. A NASCAR official stood in front of his car to signify he was being held.

Behind his Dodge was the car of start-and-park team Gunselman Motorsports, with driver Landon Cassill in the car. That team was also punished because it was their tires that Penske Racing was found to have on Friday.

NASCAR allows teams to use six sets of tires for practice and qualifying on Friday and Saturday. Penske had the option of swapping its assigned six sets with other teams through Goodyear, and Busch's team apparently didn't turn a set in when it was given Gunselman's tires. That pushed their inventory to an illegal seven sets.

NASCAR on Saturday stripped Busch's team of a set as further penalty, leaving him with five sets of tires for use over the two practice sessions.

"The tire transfer wasn't done correctly," Sprint Cup Series director John Darby said, adding that Busch will be allowed the full allotment of eight sets for Sunday's opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Busch crew chief Steve Addington said his team did not use the seventh set of tires Friday, and its mistake was not giving Gunselman's team a set during practice.

The flurry of activity backed up Busch, who went to pit road for Friday's qualifying and found his car wasn't where it should have been.

"Who knows," deadpanned Busch, "there's always drama in our camp."


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NASCAR Results

Status: Final

Last Updated: Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 4:57 pm, EDT
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New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress
1 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 195/10 300 177 $0 Chart
2 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 170/0 300 0 $0 Chart
3 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 170/5 300 12 $0 Chart
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 160/0 300 0 $0 Chart
5 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 155/0 300 0 $0 Chart
6 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 155/5 300 2 $0 Chart
7 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 146/0 300 0 $0 Chart
8 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 142/0 300 0 $0 Chart
9 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 138/0 300 0 $0 Chart
10 Sam Hornish Jr. (77) Dodge 134/0 300 0 $0 Chart
11 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 135/5 300 4 $0 Chart
12 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 127/0 300 0 $0 Chart
13 Kurt Busch (2) Dodge 124/0 300 0 $0 Chart
14 Kasey Kahne (9) Ford 121/0 300 0 $0 Chart
15 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 118/0 300 0 $0 Chart
16 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 115/0 300 0 $0 Chart
17 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 112/0 300 0 $0 Chart
18 Brad Keselowski (12) Dodge 114/5 300 2 $0 Chart
19 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 106/0 300 0 $0 Chart
20 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 103/0 300 0 $0 Chart
21 Elliott Sadler (19) Ford 100/0 300 0 $0 Chart
22 David Ragan (6) Ford 97/0 300 0 $0 Chart
23 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 94/0 300 0 $0 Chart
24 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 96/5 300 100 $0 Chart
25 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 88/0 299 0 $0 Chart
26 Robby Gordon (7) Toyota 90/5 299 2 $0 Chart
27 Reed Sorenson (83) Toyota 82/0 299 0 $0 Chart
28 Paul Menard (98) Ford 79/0 299 0 $0 Chart
29 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 76/0 298 0 $0 Chart
30 Marcos Ambrose (47) Toyota 73/0 298 0 $0 Chart
31 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 70/0 297 0 $0 Chart
32 Travis Kvapil (38) Ford 67/0 295 0 $0 Chart
33 David Gilliland (37) Ford 64/0 295 0 $0 Chart
34 Tony Raines (34) Ford 61/0 295 0 $0 Chart
35 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 58/0 256 0 $0 Chart
36 Scott Speed (82) Toyota 55/0 213 0 $0 Chart
37 Andy Lally (71) Chevrolet 52/0 138 0 $0 Chart
38 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 49/0 93 0 $0 Chart
39 Bobby Labonte (09) Chevrolet 46/0 89 0 $0 Chart
40 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 48/5 60 1 $0 Chart
41 Mike Bliss (55) Toyota 40/0 55 0 $0 Chart
42 Landon Cassill (164) Toyota 37/0 40 0 $0 Chart
43 Michael McDowell (46) Dodge 34/0 29 0 $0 Chart

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Chase Standings
Sprint Cup

Rank (+/-) Drivers Total Pts Behind Starts Poles Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF Winnings
1 - Denny Hamlin 5230 Leader 27 1 6 11 12 2 $4,292,228
2 +6 Clint Bowyer 5195 35 27 0 1 5 15 2 $3,402,729
3 - Kevin Harvick 5185 45 27 2 3 12 18 1 $5,164,351
4 - Kyle Busch 5168 62 27 2 3 8 15 1 $4,861,478
5 +4 Jeff Gordon 5155 75 27 0 0 10 14 2 $4,379,398
6 -1 Kurt Busch 5144 86 27 2 2 8 15 2 $5,464,010
7 -5 Jimmie Johnson 5138 92 27 2 5 10 14 4 $5,338,436
8 +2 Carl Edwards 5135 95 27 2 0 6 14 2 $4,096,479
9 -2 Greg Biffle 5122 108 27 0 1 5 14 2 $3,734,487
10 +1 Jeff Burton 5118 112 27 0 0 5 13 0 $3,943,397
11 -5 Tony Stewart 5106 124 27 2 1 7 14 1 $4,269,900
12 - Matt Kenseth 5094 136 27 0 0 5 10 0 $4,091,273

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - Race Final - New Hampshire Motor Speedway

LOUDON, N.H. , Sep 19, 2010 - KURT BUSCH (No. Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 13th
“I feel like we had a rough day with our Miller Lite Dodge Charger; maybe I was overdriving it. I got into Turn 1 a couple of times over my head, trying to get what seemed to be a sixth to a 10th-place car up into the top five. I almost clipped (Jeff) Burton once, just trying to drive in there and ended up getting (Joey) Logano. I apologize for that. I was just over driving. I wasn’t quite in the zone. I wasn’t quite feeling it today. We survived. We needed to have a good day today and not just survive.”

ANY IDEA WHY YOU WEREN’T IN “THE ZONE” TODAY? IS IT THE PRESSURE OF THE CHASE? “It’s just trying to carry a car on your back that’s only good for eighth-place. I should have settled for eighth. I wanted more. I wanted a good finish today and when you do that, when you stretch yourself thin, you get in trouble. That’s what happened today.”

STEVE ADDINGTON (crew chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
“I didn’t think what we were going to be that bad when we started the day with the Miller Lite Dodge. We have to work on our stuff. We have to work on our front ends to get them to turn better. We have to free the back of the car up. Kurt just got loose a couple of times and spun. That cost us. That’s not Kurt Busch-style.”

IS TODAY ONE OF THOSE DAYS THAT YOU WILL LOOK BACK ON AND BE HAPPY WITH A 13TH AFTER WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE? “I think so. When you spin out once and about spin out again and come back and get a top-13 out of it, that was amazing. You have to point to the driver for that. He drove his butt off those last 50 laps.”

SAM HORNISH JR (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 10th
“We’ve gone through a lot of different things trying to figure out why we haven’t been able to run as well as we did last year. We didn’t have a great run today, but we did what we need to do. I passed about six cars on a restart to get back in position for the lucky dog. It took about 30 laps before we finally got the caution. The Mobil 1 Dodge was pretty good today. It just wasn’t as good as we needed it to be at the end. We were way too tight the last couple of runs. I think if it had played out without those last two restarts, we would have had a top-five car. Every time you bunch everybody back up and are on older tires, it’s hard to get going again. Since we started using the spoiler, we’ve had problems in the middle of the race and had to battle just to get the track position back. We need to work together and not let that happen, get us down and have to battle back.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 AAA Dodge Charger) Finished 18th
“We had a lot of speed for qualifying, but not a lot of speed in race trim, not the speed that we needed. We were probably a 15th place car and then lost some spots there at the end. We had a good qualifying effort. It’s disappointing we didn’t capitalize on it. We qualified well and raced OK the first half of the race. It just didn’t’ work out for us toward the end of the race.”
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