Camping World Truck Series:
Saturday, 9/24, UNOH 175, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/24, Visit Myrtle Beach.com 300, Kentucky Speedway, 7:30pm, PRN
Sprint Cup Series:
Sunday, 9/25, Bad Boy Off Road 300, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
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NEXT STOP … NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY … for the second round of the post-season Chase, Sunday’s Bad Boy Off Road 300. The Sixteen Challengers are traveling along a path that will ultimately lead to a championship for one with 3,194.98 “Miles-2-Miami” left before Ford Championship Weekend. A couple high-octane names are running on fumes near the bottom of the Chase standings with just two weeks left before the first four drivers are eliminated. Three-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart is twelfth and 2014 champ Kevin Harvick is tied for thirteenth with Kyle Larson after sub-par showings in the post-season opener last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. The good news? Both Stewart and Harvick are former winners on the one-mile Loudon oval.
THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES … also runs on “The Magic Mile” this weekend with Saturday’s University of Northwestern Ohio 175, the opening round of the inaugural post-season Chase. With five regular-season wins, Kyle Busch Motorsports rookie William Byron is the top seed. He’s joined on The Chase Grid by two-time champion Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, rookie Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, Ben Kennedy, Daniel Hemric and Timothy Peters. The field will be trimmed to six following the third race of the opening round on October 22nd at Talladega Superspeedway.
THE X-FINITY SERIES … heads off to Kentucky Speedway, where twelve title hopefuls begin their post-season journey in Saturday night’s Visit Myrtle Beach-dot com 300. There’s also a rookie holding the top seed in the X-FINITY Series Chase … Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones, who paced the regular season with four wins. He’s joined in the “playoffs” by Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon, Justin Allgaier, Darrell Wallace Junior, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Sieg (Seeg), Ryan Reed, Blake Koch, and rookies Brennan Poole and Brandon Jones. The twelve-man title field will be trimmed to eight following the October 7th race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
► With his third-place finish last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports now enjoys a fifty-five-point lead over Ryan Blaney in the Sunoco Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year standings. Chris Buescher holds third place, twenty-three points ahead of Brian Scott, with Jeffrey Earnhardt completing the top five.
► In the X-FINITY Series rookie chase, Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing holds a commanding eighty-eight-point lead over Brennan Poole following his victory at Chicagoland. Brandon Jones is third, twenty-three points behind Poole, with Ryan Preece and Garrett Smithley making up the rest of this week’s top five.
► In the Camping World Truck Series rookie standings, Christopher Bell has pulled to within eighteen points of William Byron following his fourth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway. Byron, who drives for Kyle Busch Motorsports, placed thirtieth in the American Ethanol 225. Cole Custer, Ben Rhodes and Rico Abreu round out the top five.
ON THIS DATE … 15 YEARS AGO
September 23rd, 2001: Just days after an unexpected weekend off in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Dale Earnhardt Junior scored an emotional victory at Dover International Speedway. Earnhardt dominated before a patriotic crowd of 140,000, leading 193 laps – including the final thirty-nine. After taking the checkered flag, “Junior” took his victory lap holding the American flag while saluting the fans.
TRACK INFORMATION: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon is a one-point-zero-five-eight-mile oval with two to seven degrees of banking in the turns and one degree along the straightaways. The length of both the frontstretch and backstretch is fifteen hundred feet. Grandstand seating capacity is 95,000.
20th RUNNING OF THE BAD BOY OFF ROAD 300 SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE
IN LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE … Sunday, 2:15 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Matt Kenseth delivered Joe Gibbs Racing’s fourth straight victory, joining teammate Denny Hamlin in the next round of the post-season Chase. Kenseth was running second in the closing laps when race leader Kevin Harvick ran out of fuel, opening the door for Kenseth to claim his series-best fifth win of the year. Hamlin followed Kenseth to the checkered flag to grab second place with Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and pole sitter Carl Edwards … another J-G-R driver … completing the top five. Harvick started second and dominated the day, leading a race-high 216 of the three hundred laps. But his gamble on fuel mileage did not pay off.
This Year’s First Race: On July 17th, Matt Kenseth saved his best for last – snatching the lead from teammate Hamlin thirty-one laps from the finish and keeping the Number-20 Toyota in front the rest of the way to post his second win of the season and the thirty-eighth of his career. The margin of victory was two seconds over runner-up Tony Stewart. Logano came home in third place with Harvick and Biffle completing the top five. Pole sitter Jimmie Johnson led only the first lap and finished twelfth. It was a day of domination for Toyota. The manufacturer led all but two of the 301 laps contested on the one-mile Loudon oval including a race-high 133 by Kyle Busch on the way to an eighth-place finish. He dominated the early stages, leading all but fourteen of the first hundred laps. Martin Truex Junior was strong, running out front for 123 laps before a broken shifter and clutch problems forced him off the pace.
Track Position at Loudon: Twenty-three of the forty-three Sprint Cup Series races run have been won from a starting position of tenth or better. Ten winners have come from a starting position of twentieth or worse … Winning From the Pole in Loudon: Just five of forty-three Cup Series races have been won from the pole position, most recently by Ryan Newman in 2011 … Track Qualifying Record: Brad Keselowski (Ford) … 140.598 miles per hour … 27.090 seconds … September 2014 … Track Record, Race Speed: Jeff Burton (Ford) … 117.134 mph … 2 hours, 42 minutes, 35 seconds … July 1997.
Practice Schedule: Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. (ET) … Saturday from 9 to 9:55 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: TODAY at 4:45 p.m. (ET).
5th RUNNING OF THE UNOH 175 CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE
IN LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE … Saturday, 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ran its five hundredth race and Austin Dillon marked the occasion with his seventh career victory. Dillon started from the pole and led a race-high eighty laps, including the final thirty-seven trips around the one-mile oval. He beat runner-up Matt Crafton to the checkered flag by one second with Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters and rookie John Hunter Nemechek completing the top five … Dillon won the 2011 Truck Series championship before moving up to the Sprint Cup Series. His grandfather, Richard Childress, fielded the winning truck for driver Mike Skinner in the series’ inaugural event in 1995 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Friday’s Practice Schedule: From 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:25 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: Saturday at 10:10 a.m. (ET).
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sunday, 10/2, AAA 400, Dover International Speedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/8, Bank of America 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 6pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/16, Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas Speedway, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/23, Alabama 500, Talladega Superspeedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/30, Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, Martinsville Speedway, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 11/6, AAA Texas 500, Texas Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 11/13, Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, Phoenix International Raceway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 11/20, Ford EcoBoost 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2pm, MRN
NASCAR X-Finity Series
Saturday, 10/1, Hisense 200, Dover International Speedway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/15, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/5, O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Texas Motor Speedway, 3pm, PRN
Saturday, 11/12, Phoenix 200, Phoenix International Raceway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/19, Ford EcoBoost 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2:15pm, MRN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Saturday, 10/1, Rhino Linings 350, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 9:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/22, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Talladega Superspeedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/29, Kroger 200, Martinsville Speedway, 1pm, MRN
Indy Car Series