New Hampshire Motor Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying:
Friday, July 13 @ 3:30 pm/et on SPEED
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, July 14 @ 11 am/et on SPEED
Sunday, July 15 @ 1:00pm/et on TNT
Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Ryan Newman – who’s fighting for a Chase “wild card” berth – won both New Hampshire races a year ago. Newman and Stewart finished one-two in the summer; Stewart won at Loudon in the fall, the second of five Chase victories that led to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
Clint Bowyer, on top of the world just days ago as the winner in Sonoma, finds himself the “bubble boy” – 10th in the standings – headed for New England. Good news: Bowyer is the only two-time winner in Loudon over the past nine races.
The “wild card” race remains anything but tame. A three-way deadlock for the 12th Chase spot was broken in Daytona but Joey Logano can’t take an easy breath. He is, however, a former New Hampshire winner. Logano’s a point ahead of defending race winner Ryan Newman; three ahead of Coca-Cola 600 winner Kasey Kahne.
Jeff Burton is New Hampshire’s leading winner with four victories but none since 2000. Fresh off of his second-place finish in the Coke Zero 400, will put him back in Victory Lane for the first time since Charlotte in the fall of 2008.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
NASCAR Nationwide Practice:
Friday, July 13 @ 11 a.m./et & 1:30 p.m./et on SPEED
NASCAR Nationwide Qualifying:
Saturday, July 14 @ 10 a.m./et on ESPN2
Saturday, July 14 @ 2:30 pm/et on ESPN
Saturday’s New Hampshire stop signals the first round of the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ Dash 4 Cash and a $100,000 payoff for four of the series’ elite performers. Points leader Elliott Sadler, Sunoco Rookie of the Year headliner Austin Dillon, defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and rising star Michael Annett face off with the highest finisher claiming the 100K.
It’s a race within a race as the top finisher of the four wins the $100,000 and eligibility for the next round at Chicagoland Speedway on July 15. The next three points-eligible finishers in New Hampshire also qualify for the following week’s $100,000 face-off.
Should the same driver win the first three rounds at New Hampshire, Chicago and Indianapolis, plus the Iowa 250 his overall total winnings will reach $1 million.
Both Danica Patrick and Travis Pastrana will compete in Saturday’s New Hampshire race. At Daytona, Patrick again was on the leading edge of becoming NASCAR’s first national series female winner, leading five times for 14 laps at Daytona International Speedway, before being collected in a late accident. Pastrana will be making his fifth appearance of the season and first since Charlotte in late May. His best finish to date is 17th at Darlington.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Practice:
Friday, July 13 @ 7 p.m./et on SPEED
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying:
Saturday, July 14 @ 6 p.m./et (TV at 6:30) on SPEED
Saturday, July 14 @ 8:30 pm/et on SPEED
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series return to action in Saturday’s American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. Three Iowa races have produced three different winners with resurgent Matt Crafton, coming off a fourth-place finish and Keystone Light Pole at Kentucky Speedway, hoping to duplicate last year’s victory.
Points leader Timothy Peters hasn’t had much success at Iowa Speedway. He currently leads Justin Lofton and Ty Dillon by four points each followed by James Buescher and Parker Kligerman. Dillon won last year’s Iowa ARCA race and helped 2012 champion and older brother Austin Dillon celebrate his first NCWTS victory in 2010 at Iowa Speedway.