THE RACE: Overton's 301
TRACK: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #19 of 36
Date: Sunday, July 16, 2017 in Loudon, NH
Title Sponsor: Overton's
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:14 pm/et
NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 3:00pm/et
Friday, July 14, 11:30 am - 12:55pm/et, starts on NBC Sports App, live TV at 11:45am/et NBCSN;
Saturday, July 15, 10:00 - 10:55 am/et, TV-none, covered on NBC Sports App;
Saturday July 15, 12:30 - 1:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, July 14 at 4:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: Sunday, July 16 at 12:30pm/et on NBCSN
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, July 17 at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN;
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Thursday, July 13
6:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, July 14
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:30 AM - 12:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:45 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Saturday, July 15
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 - 10:55 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
12:30 - 1:25 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
8:00 PM TRACK WALK
Sunday, July 16
9:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
11:45 AM CONCERT
1:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
2:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM MENCS RACE
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time
Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
Race length: 318.458 miles
Scheduled Laps: 301
Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Straights: 2 degrees
Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
Grandstand Seating: 88,000
Opened: 1990 (first Sprint Cup event 1993)
Grand Marshal: Chris Sununu, Governor of New Hampshire
Command to start engines: Parker Overton, Founder of Overton's
Honorary Pace Car Driver: New England Patriots' Josh McDaniels
Color Guard: Combined Services Color Guard
Invocation: Pastor Joshua Johnson
Canadian Anthem: Kyle Masterson
National Anthem: Jodie Cunningham
Flyover: A-1E Skyraider and F4U Corsair from The Collings Foundation
a look at many new, notes and story lines for the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- New Hampshire
a look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing New Hampshire page
#11-Denny Hamlin won the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a backup car for his 1st win of 2017, 3rd win at New Hampshire and 30th career win.
It is Joe Gibbs Racing's first win of 2017.
Stage 1 was won by #78-Truex Jr., finished 3rd
Stage 2 was won by #18-Busch, finished 12th
#42-Larson (for 7th time this season) finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex Jr. (pole winner and led the most laps), #20-Kenseth, #4-Harvick, #19-Suarez, #14-Bowyer, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski & #48-Johnson.
#78-Truex Jr. increases the Driver Points lead to 38 points over #42-Larson.
There were 11 lead changes among 6 drivers and 7 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps and one short red flag for track repairs.
The average speed of the race was: 105.800mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Pit Times (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Denny Hamlin breaks frustrating drought with New Hampshire victory In a thrilling finish fraught with suspense, and in a backup car after a Friday crash in practice, Denny Hamlin held off a charging Kyle Larson to win the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Before the race, Hamlin and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization was in desperation mode, but when Hamlin took the checkered flag .509 seconds ahead of Larson, the picture changed dramatically. Hamlin secured a spot in the 10-race postseason playoff, which is now seven races away. In winning for the third time at the Magic Mile and the 30th time in his career, the driver of the #11 Toyota broke a personal 20-race drought, dating to last year's playoff event at Texas Motor Speedway. That was also the last time any of the four JGR cars had won a race. Taking the green flag for the final time from the fourth position in the outside lane at a track treated with traction compound before the race, Hamlin passed teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead on Lap 268 and pulled out to an advantage of more than 2.5 seconds before Larson began to run him down. Kenseth had passed eventual third-place finisher Martin Truex Jr. for the top spot on Lap 261, one lap before Ryan Newman's spin in Turn 2 caused the seventh caution and set up the final restart. Kenseth took right-side tires only under the yellow and was no match for Hamlin and Larson, who had fresh rubber on all four corners. Martin Truex Jr. led the first 78 laps and picked up his 14th stage win of the season in the first 75-lap segment, but a caution on Lap 67 for Cole Whitt's blown engine divided the field on strategy. Truex stayed out under the yellow with 10 other drivers and collected the playoff point for the stage victory, while Kyle Busch led the rest of the field to pit road.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](7-16-2017)
Race Fast Facts - New Hampshire
#11-Denny Hamlin won the 25th Annual Overton's 301, his 30th victory in 417 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his third victory and 14th top-10 finish in 23 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
#42-Kyle Larson (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in seven races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2017.
#78-Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 23 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
#19-Daniel Suarez (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
#78-Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 38 points over #42-Kyle Larson.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-16-2017)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr , 758
2) #42-Kyle Larson [2 wins], 720, -38
3) #18-Kyle Busch, 650, -108
3) #4-Kevin Harvick , 639, -119
5) #11-Denny Hamlin , 589, -169
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 150) of the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (lap 150301):
#18-Busch, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex Jr., 5pts
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 75) of the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (lap 75/301):
#78-Truex Jr., 10pts, 1 playoff point
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #23-LaJoie, 31st
Caution 2: no driver a lap down
Caution 3: #55-Gaulding, 35th
Caution 4: #33-JEarnhardt, 33rd
Caution 5: #51-Bilicki, 36th
Caution 6: #34-Cassill, 23rd
Caution 7: #3-Dillon, 15th
See the starting lineup for the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: none reported
New Hampshire Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, July 16: (eastern time)
1:00pm: Driver Crew Chief Meeting
2:30pm: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Introductions
2:58:30pm: Canadian Anthem by Kyle Masterson
3:00pm: Presentation of Colors by Combined Services Color Guard
3:00:20pm: Invocation by Pastor Joshua Johnson
3:01pm: National Anthem by Jodie Cunningham
3:02:50pm: Fly by A-1E Skyraider and F4U Corsair from The Collings Foundation
3:07:50pm: Command to Start Engines by Parker Overton, Founder of Overton's
3:15:20pm/et: Green Flag
Friday New Hampshire Notebook After turning 26 laps in opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, Aric Almirola said he felt as good as he did before the crash at Kansas that broke his T5 vertebra. Back in the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford after missing eight races as he recovered from the May 13 injury, Almirola can thank his diligent attention to his rehabilitation for a return to action as early as possible.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](7-15-2017)
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (26,42,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
With only 39 cars entered, one is not being used, stall 6 is closed BUT counts towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #78-Truex Jr. chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took pit stall 41, the final pit stall.
#20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd, took the 7th stall, right behind the close stall 6.
The final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 2nd.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-15-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Pit Road Times
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex Jr. 130.568
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #78-Truex Jr. 130.094 (32 drivers)
slowest: #51-Bilicki 124.332 & #33-Earnhardt 125.446
no laps run: #83-Sieg, #55-Gaulding
most laps run: #2-Keselowski 55
notes: no incidents.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (7-15-2017)
First Saturday practice for the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex Jr. 131.338
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #42-Larson 130.624 (25 drivers)
slowest: #51-Bilicki 124.650 & #33-Earnhardt 125.624
no laps run: #83-Sieg
most laps run: #48-Johnson 60
notes: no incidents.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 2 speeds page (pdf) (7-15-2017)
#78-Martin Truex Jr. won the Coors Light pole for the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with speed of 133.324mph for his 1st pole of 2017, 1st at New Hampshire and 13th of his career. #42-Larson had won the pole but the car didn't past post-qualifying inspection, so the speed was disallowed. Larson will start 39th.
Truex Jr. has won one time from the 12 previous poles.
#48-Johnson will start 2nd followed by #20-Kenseth, #1-McMurray, #5-Kahne, #77-Jones, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #24-Elliott & #4-Harvick
#42-Larson was fastest in the second round with a speed of 133.436mph, will start 39th
#42-Larson was fastest in the first round with a speed of 133.189mph, will start 39th
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(7-14-2017)
Truex wins New Hampshire pole when Larson's time is disallowed: Inspection issues continued for Kyle Larson and his Chip Ganassi Racing team, whose pole-winning time was disallowed in Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying session because his rear decklid fin was outside specifications. The infraction handed the top starting spot to series leader Martin Truex Jr. Larson dominated Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, posting the fastest lap in each of the three sessions. Because of the penalty, Larson will start last for the second straight race -- the #42 failed to clear pre-qualifying inspection last week at Kentucky. After qualifying second for the sixth time this year, Truex won his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his first at New Hampshire and the 13th of his career, touring the one-mile track in 28.621 seconds (133.077 mph) to warn the right to lead the field to the green flag in Sunday's Overton's 301. Jimmie Johnson qualified second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne. Driving a backup car after crashing off Turn 4 in opening practice, Denny Hamlin advanced to the final round and qualified eighth. Aric Almirola will start 21st in his first race since suffering a compression fracture of his T5 vertebra on May 13 at Kansas Speedway.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](7-14-2017)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
#78-Martin Truex Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 25th Annual Overton's 301 with a lap of 28.621 seconds, 133.077 mph.
This is his 13th pole in 424 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and 15th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in 23 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
#48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2017 and his 21st in 31 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
#20-Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 12th in 19 races this season.
#77-Erik Jones (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex Jr. 132.287
the rest of the top 12: 5 48 11 20 24 2 41
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 4 22 19 21 32 17 88 14 95 43 37 47
First Round of Qualifying for the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 24: 22 18 21 14 48 32 19 5 17 88 43 4 11 41 78 20 47 37 95
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 31 13 3 6 34 27 10 23 38 72 55 15 83 33 51
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 14, 2017 at 4:45pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 4:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Qualifying Order for the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #23-LaJoie.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #55-Gaulding.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(7-14-2017)
Friday practice for the Overton's 301Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex Jr. 133.217
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #11-Hamlin 130.047 (but wrecked)(12 cars)
slowest: #51-Bilicki 124.296 & #83-Sieg 127.138
most laps run: #13-Dillon, 38 laps
notes: with 20 minutes left in practice, #11-Hamlin got loose and spun, nosing into the inside front stretch wall. The team will bring out a backup car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 1 speeds page (pdf) (7-14-2017)
Entry List for the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #43-Almirola, #51-Bilicki*, #55-Gaulding*, #83-Sieg*
Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
TIRE NOTES & FACTS
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -- Race #19 - Overton's 301
NASCAR Xfinity Series -- Race #17 - Overton's 200
New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-mile oval) - Loudon, N.H.
Fast Facts for July 14-16, 2017
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 7 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4564; Right-side -- D-4706
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.64 in. (2,226 mm); Right-side -- 88.15 in. (2,239 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi
Storyline - Lack of Banking Puts a Premium on Grip at New Hampshire: Being a relatively "flat" track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway produces minimal load on right-side tires compared to more high-banked tracks. Because of that, grip needs to be generated through the compounds selected in this Goodyear tire set-up. Both the left- and right-side compounds run at New Hampshire are in the top-three highest performing used in the 2017 tire lineup. One other factor in play this weekend is that because of a lack of banking for cars to lean on, teams look to gain grip in other ways, namely by going below Goodyear's recommended tire pressures. The left-side pressure recommendation for New Hampshire is 12 PSI, and there have been times that teams have dipped into single digits.
"Teams are always in search of grip at New Hampshire," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "To help with that, we bring some of our most tractive compounds to this track, not only because of its short track characteristics but also because of the lack of banking. Teams often try to gain more grip by pushing the envelope on our recommended air pressures. At New Hampshire, our left-side recommendation is just 12 psi, and only Martinsville has a number lower than that. The risk is that if teams go too low, specifically on the left-sides, they over-deflect the sidewall, which can lead to carcass fatigue and eventually air loss."
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up this weekend . . . these teams have run this left-side tire (D-4564) at New Hampshire since 2012 . . . this right-side tire (D-4706) debuted at this track in July 2016 . . . New Hampshire is the only track at which teams in either of these series will run these two tire codes . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.
Upcoming Tire Test: Goodyear will hold a tire test at Darlington Raceway next Tuesday (July 18). Teams scheduled to participate in that test are the #2 Penske Racing Ford (Brad Keselowski), #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (Ryan Newman), #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet (Kyle Larson) and #77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota (Erik Jones).
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