Relive a wild race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as several big name Chase drivers had problems and another Joe Gibbs Racing driver advanced to the next round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Buy Tickets - SYLVANIA 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 's September event weekend will mark the facility's 25th Anniversary. Relive some of the top moments over the past 25 years. From Rusty Wallace capturing the inagural NASCAR Sprint Cup race win to Cole Custer becoming the youngest driver to visit Victory Lane in a National Series event - check out the top 25 moments below. 1. August 13, 1989: Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway (formerly Bryar Motorsports Park). 2. June 5, 1990: Track owner Bob Bahre and N.H. Governor Judd Gregg cut the ribbon to officially open “ New Hampshire International Speedway .” 3. July 15, 1990: In NASCAR's debut at NHMS, Tommy Ellis wins the Grand National Series ( XFINITY ) race. 4. August 23, 1992: Joe Nemechek and Dale Earnhardt (Sr.) bump each other on the way to the finish line with Nemechek taking home the win. 5. July 11, 1993: Rusty Wallace wins the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at NHMS. 6. July 9, 1995: Jeff Gordon earns his first win at NHMS en route to his first Cup Series championship. 7. July 14, 1996: Ernie Irvan captures the win in one of the more emotional victories in NASCAR history. The win came less than two years after Irvan suffered a near-fatal crash at Michigan, where he was given less than a 10 percent chance of survival. 8. June 28, 1998: In his final season as an IndyCar driver, Tony Stewart wins the IRL New England 200, his final career win in the series. 9. Sept. 17, 2000: Jeff Burton leads all 300 laps of the Dura Lube 300 to earn his record-setting fourth Cup Series win at NHMS. The race is infamously remembered for its use of restrictor plates. 10. Nov. 23, 2001: The New Hampshire 300 runs as the last race of the season on Friday after Thanksgiving. Robby Gordon wins the race and Jeff Gordon holds the Sprint Cup Series trophy for the fourth time. 11. Sept. 19, 2004: The Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship debuts with its opening race, the SYLVANIA 300. Kurt Busch wins the race and goes on to become crowned Champion. 12. Sept. 18, 2005: Robby Gordon chucks his helmet at Michael Waltrip after a wreck on the backstretch. 13. June 28, 2008: Chuck Hossfeld edges Ted Christopher by 0.001 seconds in the Whelen Modified Tour’s New England 100, the closest margin of victory in speedway history. 14. June 28, 2009: Joey Logano becomes the youngest winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at 19 years, 35 days. 15. Sept. 20, 2009: Fifty-year-old Mark Martin takes the lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with the 40th and final win of his illustrious career. It was his first and only win at NHMS. 16. June 26, 2010: Kyle Busch ends a streak of 23 straight different winners at NHMS in the XFINITY Series by becoming the first two-time series winner in the track's history. He also won the '09 race and followed up with wins in '11 and '13. 17. July 16, 2011: Kyle Busch earns his 100th NASCAR National Series win and ties Mark Martin ’s record for most XFINITY Series wins with 49. 18. Sept. 25, 2011: Tony Stewart assumes his only lead in the SYLVANIA 300 with two to go when Clint Bowyer runs out of gas. The win was Stewart’s second in as many Chase races and propelled him to the championship. 19. July 14, 2012: NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mike Stefanik beats Ron Silk in the Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire 100 by 0.003 seconds. 20. Sept. 23, 2012: Denny Hamlin follows through on his guarantee to win, and celebrates with military personnel in victory lane. 21. July 11, 2013: Toomas Topi Heikkinen wins the SYVLANIA SilverStar zXe Global RallyCross race when leader Tanner Foust crashes on the final hairpin turn. 22. July 14, 2013: Part-time driver Brian Vickers wins the Camping World RV Sales 301, his first win since battling back from blood clots in his legs and lungs that threatened his life. 23. July 11, 2014: Ryan Newman wins the inaugural Modified All-Star Shootout event, a combination race between the best of the Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour. 24. July 13, 2014: Brad Keselowski ties a NASCAR record by becoming the 13th different non-repeat winner at the same track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 25. Sept. 20, 2014: At 16 years, seven months and 28 days, Cole Custer wins the NASCAR Camping World Truck s Series UNOH 175 to become the youngest winner of a NASCAR National Series race.
RELATED: Final practice results " Practice 2 results Kevin Harvick set the pace in the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Saturday, putting his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet atop the leaderboard at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Harvick turned a lap of 134.577 mph around the relatively flat 1.058-mile track. The defending Sprint Cup champion is set to start second in Sunday's Sylvania 300 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM), the second event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason. The top five on the speed chart was swept by Chase-eligible drivers. Kyle Busch landed the second spot on the leaderboard at 134.150 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. Brad Keselowski was third-best at 134.032 mph in the Team Penske No. 2 Ford, with Jimmie Johnson fourth (133.943) in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet. Coors Light Pole winner Carl Edwards , who was fastest in the first two practices, completed the top five in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota. Edwards also posted the fastest 10-lap average at 133.149, leading fellow JGR drivers Busch and Denny Hamlin in the top three over the longer haul. Hamlin won last week's Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway , etching his name in the Contender Round, the next three-race stage of the 10-race playoffs. Hamlin, a two-time New Hampshire winner, was seventh-fastest on the leaderboard. Defending race winner Joey Logano was 11th-fastest in the 50-minute session. Edwards pours it on in Practice 2 Coors Light Pole Award winner Carl Edwards soared to the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard Saturday morning, setting the pace in second practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Edwards backed up his pole-winning speed from Friday by circling the 1.058-mile track at a lap of 133.516 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota. He also led opening practice in preparation for Sunday's Sylvania 300 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM), the second race in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Edwards' only misstep was a slight scrape of the outside retaining wall with 10 minutes left in the 55-minute session. He resumed practice with the car showing little sign of damage. RELATED: Edwards claims Coors Light Pole Award Defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick was second-fastest in the second practice, clocking a lap of 133.427 mph in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet. He was followed by Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano in third and fourth respectively. Harvick's SHR teammate Kurt Busch completed the top five. Denny Hamlin , Edwards' JGR teammate and last week's winner at Chicagoland Speedway , was eighth-fastest. Harvick set the fastest 10-lap average at 132.412 mph. He was followed by Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson , Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Hamlin in the top five in that category. The practice was halted at the 22-minute mark after Jeffrey Earnhardt smacked the Turn 3 wall in the GoFAS Racing No. 32 Ford. Earnhardt told NBC Sports that he locked up the brakes over bumps on the backstraight entering the corner.
RELATED: Full results from New Hampshire " Updated standings MORE: See the new Chase Grid LOUDON, N.H. -- Kevin Harvick clarified his championship status on Sunday -- but not the way he had planned. After dominating the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for most of the afternoon, Harvick ran out of fuel while leading on Lap 298 of 300, handing the top spot and the victory to Matt Kenseth , who joined teammate Denny Hamlin as an automatic qualifier for the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Despite leading 216 laps on Sunday, Harvick, the defending series champion, heads to next Sunday's Chase race at Dover almost certainly needing a victory at a track where he has never won in order to escape the Challenger Round of the Chase and keep his title hopes alive. Kenseth, who came to pit road for fuel and tires on Lap 239, triumphed for the fifth time this season (tops in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series), for the second time at the Magic Mile and for the 36th time in his career. He finished 8.941 seconds ahead of Hamlin, who nursed his car to a runner-up finish despite a late-race issue with the right front wheel. "It feels great to win here -- a lot of great race fans here at New Hampshire ," Kenseth said. "We had a great car today -- Kevin definitely had the field covered and (Kenseth's crew chief) Jason (Ratcliff) did a great job on pit strategy there, and those new tires paid off better than we thought to get up through the field. "And I was able to keep the pressure on enough and he came up a little short." The victory was the 13th of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing , which has won 10 of the last 13 Sprint Cup events. Joey Logano ran third, followed by Greg Biffle , Carl Edwards , Jimmie Johnson , Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr . The only non-Chase driver of that group, Biffle posted his third top-five result of the season. Dale Earnhardt Jr . had a consistent top-10 car all afternoon, until he, too, ran short of fuel with two laps left and finished 25th. Earnhardt goes to Dover with no margin for error. He’s 12th in the standings, the final position that will survive elimination next Sunday, and just one point ahead of both Kyle Busch and Paul Menard . Busch blew a right front tire on Sunday, pounded the Turn 3 wall on Lap 159 and was credited with a 37th-place finish. Harvick, who finished 21st and declined comment after the race, came to pit road for the last time on Lap 212 and couldn't squeeze the last 88 laps at the 1.058-mile track out of his fuel cell. Restarting third on Lap 243 after the ninth and final caution (for Justin Allgaier 's wreck in Turn 3), Harvick passed Biffle for the lead on Lap 252. Twenty laps later, Kenseth got past Hamlin for second and tried to pressure Harvick, who left Loudon in 15th place, 23 points behind Earnhardt in 12th. "Jason kept saying he (Harvick) was low on fuel, but you never know unless they really run out," Kenseth said. "I was trying to run hard, but I was trying to save a little bit. I got racing Denny pretty hard, and I wanted to save the tires a little bit, but I also know I needed to get by him to pressure the 4 (Harvick). "That was as hard as I could run. I was planning on running up there and trying to pass him. I just couldn't get there. Kind of resigned to finish second with about four or five (laps) to go there. I couldn't get much closer, and he ran out with a couple to go." Second to Kenseth in the standings, six points out of the Chase lead, Hamlin also acknowledged JGR's good fortune on Sunday. "Really, I don't feel like we were dominant today by any means," Hamlin said. "Yeah, our cars finished 1-2, but I'm not sure that we had 1-2 cars most of the day. "So I think we've been very fortunate with some strategies and things that we've played that's worked out in our favor. You've got to just keep working. That's the only way you can stay on top is to not rest."
RELATED: Pit crew rankings after Chicagoland After the second race of the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , PitTalks.com ranks the 16 Chase teams' pit crews For more pit crew news provided by PitTalks.com come back throughout the Chase. No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Kurt Busch Rank: 1 (+1) Wins: 2 -- Richmond and Michigan Notes: The No. 41 crew did what any great crew does: They just stayed consistent. After struggles among the other top three teams after Chicago, this group finds themselves in the No. 1 spot. From the hunter to the hunted ... welcome to the top, boys! No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Matt Kenseth Rank: 2 (+4) Wins: 5 -- Bristol, Pocono, Michigan, Richmond, New Hampshire Notes: This crew was the best team with the worst ranking at the beginning of the Chase. Well, they have now moved into the No. 2 spot with a great day on pit road and a second week in a row with solid stops. No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Denny Hamlin Rank: 3 (-2) Wins: 2 -- Martinsville, (All Star Race), Chicago Notes: After two weeks the No. 11 crew falls out of the No. 1 spot. They struggled on Stop 3 with a slow left rear change. With that they fall to the third spot for this week. No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Kevin Harvick Rank: 4 (+3) Wins: 2 -- Las Vegas and Phoenix Notes: This team was fast during stops Sunday, and we moved them up a few notches in the rankings. There was some concern that the car didn't get filled on the last pit stop, but due to the fact that many others ran out of gas, too, I don't think it was the crew but more the circumstances. No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Jamie McMurray Rank: 5 (even) Wins: 0 Notes: This crew is hard to rank. The car is not running good enough to see them pit under pressure, and they are not being given the chance to potentially move up. They're just kind of staying put in the fifth position. No. 22 Team Penske Ford pit crew for Joey Logano Rank: 6 (-3) Wins: 3 -- Daytona, Watkins Glen, Bristol Notes: This crew had some really fast stops and some really slow ones in New Hampshire . On two separate stops they had trouble on the rear, losing positions on both. That lands them three spots back from third to sixth. No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Carl Edwards Rank: 7 (-3) Wins: 2 -- Charlotte and Darlington Notes: For the most part, this group had pretty good speed on their stops. A penalty on the gas man during the third stop for having equipment out of the box is what lands them three spots back. No. 2 Team Penske Ford pit crew for Brad Keselowski Rank: 8 (even) Wins: 1 -- Fontana Notes: This team had a really good week on pit road and under normal circumstances they would have moved up a few spots. With some top teams moving back and no problems on the teams directly in front of them, they find themselves staying put in the eighth position. No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Ryan Newman Rank: 9 (+1) Wins: 0 Notes: This group seemed to have a pretty solid day in helping Newman to a top-10 finish. Being that they pitted the night before in Kentucky and pitted Sunday on 3 hours of sleep, I have to give them an "atta boy" nod and they move up one spot. No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Kyle Busch Rank: 10 (-1) Wins: 4 -- Sonoma , Kentucky, New Hampshire , Indianapolis Notes: This team had a lot going on this week and I think they handled it all pretty well. They lost one spot on Stop 2, but other than that they seemed to have adjusted to their new front changer quite well. No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pit crew for Jimmie Johnson Rank: 11 (even) Wins: 4 -- Atlanta, Texas, Kansas, Dover Notes: This team did nothing bad this week but didn't seem to do anything great. They suffered a flat tire during the race but were able to get their driver back on the track quickly and help salvage a sixth-place finish. No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pit crew for Jeff Gordon Rank: 12 (+1) Wins: 0 Notes: Solid day by the No. 24 crew and no mistakes. They had a better day than their Hendrick teammates, so we moved them up a spot. No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pit crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr . Rank: 13 (-1) Wins: 2 -- Talladega, Daytona Notes: Not a terrible day by the No. 88 crew, but they seemed to have a slow first stop and a slow two-tire stop toward the end. Running out of gas at the end didn't seem to help things but we can't put that on the pit crew. Many other cars ran out, as well. No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota pit crew for Clint Bowyer Rank: 14 (even) Wins: 0 Notes: Without enough information on their stops, we can't move them up or down on just a guess. The No. 15 crew stays at the 14th spot and if they don't win this week, it might be the last ranking they get. No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Martin Truex Rank: 15 (even) Wins: 1 - Pocono Notes: This team got two new tire changers this week and from what we could tell, they averted a mass destruction. Just because they didn't have a major screwup doesn't mean they did anything great, either. We left them at the 15th spot for this week. No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Paul Menard Rank: 16 (even) Wins: 0 Notes: We wish we had more to judge off of for this team. They finished 15th and ran mid-pack most of the day at Loudon. They need a win to advance or this could be their last ranking, as well. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com
RELATED: First practice results " Complete weekend schedule Making a late run in Friday's opening practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , Carl Edwards soared to the top the leaderboard, his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota turning a fast lap of 136.894 mph. Jimmie Johnson paced the field the majority of the session, taking the lead in the first 30 minutes of the session. As drivers began to make mock qualifying runs, Johnson's No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet tumbled down the charts, until a late run put him back in the second spot (136.311 mph). Brad Keselowski 's No. 2 Team Penske Ford briefly led the field, ultimately settling into the third spot on the leaderboard by the end of the two-and-a-half-hour session with a fastest lap of 136.155 mph. Kyle Larson 's impressive 136.058-mph lap late in the session sent the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Chevrolet to the fourth spot on the speed charts. Kurt Busch rounded out the top group, wheeling the fifth-fastest speed (136.019 mph) in his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. Reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick 's fast lap of 135.434 mph put him 11th on the leaderboard in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. The Sprint Cup Series is back on track at 4:45 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying (NBCSN).
The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing pit crew for Martin Truex Jr 's Chevrolet will have replacement tire changers in the second Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Front-tire changer Dave Collins is out for Sunday's Sylvania 300 after suffering an ankle injury during a Wednesday practice session. Josh Franko, a Michael Waltrip Racing backup pit-crew member, will be his replacement. The rear-tire changing duties are also changing hands as Adam Hartman will take over for Kyle Turner. Hartman is also a backup crewmember for MWR. The Furniture Row Racing over-the-wall crew works from the MWR shop in Cornelius, North Carolina.
RELATED: See the updated Chase Grid " Stats for Chase drivers Advancing: Matt Kenseth waited in the wings for leader Kevin Harvick 's dwindling fuel cell to go dry. When Harvick ran out of fuel, Kenseth stretched out front, leading the final three laps to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , the second race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup 's Challenger Round. Kenseth's victory punches his ticket to the Contender Round. This marks Kenseth's second career trip to Victory Lane at Loudon, his last win coming in 2013. Four in, four out: Here's the bubble picture following Loudon. The four drivers below the line would not advance to the next round (Contender) if the Challenger Round ended today. (Note: The Challenger Round ends next week at Dover International Speedway .) 9. Martin Truex Jr . (14 points ahead of 12th-place driver) 10. Jeff Gordon (+11) 11. Jamie McMurray (+1) 12. Dale Earnhardt Jr . (--) ----------- 13. Kyle Busch (1 point behind 12th-place driver) 14. Paul Menard (-1) 15. Kevin Harvick (-23) 16. Clint Bowyer (-39) Reason for hope: Jimmie Johnson rallied from a cut tire to earn a solid sixth-place result at Loudon. Now sitting fifth in the Chase standings, Johnson heads into a track that he's tamed on more than one occasion: Dover International Speedway . "Six-Time" -- who won at Dover earlier this season -- leads nearly every category at the Monster Mile, including the most all-time wins with 10 trips to Victory Lane. Reason for worry: Kyle Busch 's Chase outlook darkened at Lap 159, when his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota smacked the wall between Turns 3 and 4. "It's killed," Busch said, immediately heading to the garage. While Busch was able to make it back out on the track, his 37th-place result sets him back to 13th in the Chase field -- putting him in a more desperate situation at Dover. Up next: AAA 400 , 2:30 p.m. ET, Oct. 4 at Dover International Speedway (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) Who it favors Most wins: 10 -- Jimmie Johnson Best driver rating: 122.3 -- Jimmie Johnson Best average finish: 5.9 -- Jimmie Johnson Who it hurts Fewest top 10s: 3 -- Paul Menard (in 16 starts) Worst driver rating: 68.8 -- Paul Menard Worst average finish: 19.3 -- Denny Hamlin , 19.2 -- Jamie McMurray
What: 19th annual Sylvania 300 . Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway , 1.058-mile oval in Loudon, New Hampshire . " Learn more about the track. Green flag time: 2:15 p.m. ET (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Forecast: Patchy fog, then sunny; High of 70 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. National anthem: Caroline Carter, Winner of the Speedway Star Competition Grand marshal: Julian Dench, Senior Vice President and General Manager, OSRAM SYLVANIA. Distance: 300 laps, 317.4 miles. Pit road speed: 45 mph. Caution car speed: 50 mph. On the front row 1. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (137.980 mph). 2. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet (137.845 mph). RELATED: See the full lineup Fastest in practice First practice: Carl Edwards , No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (136.894 mph). " Results Second practice: Carl Edwards , No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (133.516 mph). " Results Final practice: Kevin Harvick No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet (134.577 mph). " Results Key story lines 1. Johnson, Harvick open up on Chicagoland scuffle 2. Gordon on verge of breaking Ricky Rudd’s Iron Man record 3. Penalty just the latest setback for Bowyer, MWR Former winners in the field Kurt Busch , Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Ryan Newman , Tony Stewart (3); Clint Bowyer , Kyle Busch , Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano (2); Greg Biffle , Kevin Harvick , Kasey Kahne , Matt Kenseth , Brad Keselowski (1). They said it "I don't look back. I just do what we have to do to focus on what we need to do looking forward. We are not going to use (the media) to make threats. I can do that myself." -- Kevin Harvick on incident with Jimmie Johnson
Tyler Reddick had a rough outing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , two spins on the day left the driver of the No. 19 Ford scratching his head.