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The 2015 5-hour Energy 301 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on July 19, 2015 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Contested over 301 laps on the 1.058 mile (1.703 km) speedway, it was the 19th race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Kyle Busch won the race, his third of the season. Brad Keselowski finished second while Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rounded out the top five.

2015 5-hour Energy 301
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 19 of 36 in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2015 5-hour Energy 301 logo.jpg
Date July 19, 2015 (2015-07-19)
Location New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire
Course Permanent racing facility
1.058 mi (1.703 km)
Distance 301 laps, 318.458 mi (512.603 km)
Weather Mostly sunny skies with a temperature of 87 °F (31 °C); wind out of the south/southwest at 8 mph (13 km/h).
Average speed 108.504 mph (174.620 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 28.179
Most laps led
Driver Brad Keselowski Team Penske
Laps 100
Winner
No. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Nielsen Ratings 2.3/5 (Overnight)[11]
2.4/5 (Final)[12]
3.7 Million viewers[12]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini
Turn Announcers Rob Albright (1 & 2) and Pat Patterson (3 & 4)

Carl Edwards won the pole for the race and led 19 laps on his way to a seventh-place finish. Brad Keselowski led a race high of 100 laps on his way to a runner-up finish. The race had nine lead changes among seven different drivers, as well as seven caution flag periods for 34 laps.

This was the 32nd career victory for Kyle Busch, his third of the 2015 season, second consecutive race win, second at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and seventh at the track for Joe Gibbs Racing. This win moved Busch up to 33rd in the points standings, 58 behind David Gilliland for the 30th place Chase cutoff and 487 behind points leader Kevin Harvick. Despite being the winning manufacturer, Toyota left Loudon trailing Chevrolet by 84 points in the manufacture standings.

The 5-hour Energy 301 was carried by NBC Sports on the cable/satellite NBCSN network for the American television audience. The radio broadcast for the race was carried by the Performance Racing Network on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the track where the race was held.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a 1.058-mile (1.703 km) oval speedway located in Loudon, New Hampshire which has hosted NASCAR racing annually since the early 1990s, as well as an IndyCar weekend and the oldest motorcycle race in North America, the Loudon Classic. Nicknamed "The Magic Mile", the speedway is often converted into a 1.6-mile (2.6 km) road course, which includes much of the oval.

The track was originally the site of Bryar Motorsports Park before being purchased and redeveloped by Bob Bahre. The track is currently one of eight major NASCAR tracks owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports.

Kevin Harvick entered New Hampshire with a 68-point lead over Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. entered 76 back and Martin Truex, Jr. entered 96 back.

The 2015 5-hour Energy 301 marked the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race after the passing of Formula One driver Jules Bianchi on 18 July 2015, who had crashed at the Japanese Grand Prix and remained in a coma for the preceding nine months. Several drivers and team owners paid tribute to Bianchi, many of them in form of messages written on helmets and cars. A minute of silence was held before the race start on Sunday in commemoration of the Frenchman. The drivers and members of the Bianchi family (parents and siblings) linked in a chain arm in arm, with their helmets surrounding Jules' in the middle.

Entry listEdit

The entry list for the 5-hour Energy 301 was released on Monday, July 13 at 11:42 a.m. Eastern time. Forty-four cars were entered for the race. All 44 were entered for the previous week's Quaker State 400. The driver changes for this week's race included Eddie MacDonald in the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford, Derek White attempted to make his first career Sprint Cup Series start in the No. 33 Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet, Reed Sorenson in the No. 62 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet and Timmy Hill in the No. 98 Premium Motorsports Ford.[13]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski (PC3) Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick (PC1) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Tony Stewart (PC4) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth (PC6) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 Jeff Gordon (PC7) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Eddie MacDonald Go FAS Racing Ford
33 Derek White Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
41 Kurt Busch (PC5) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson (PC2) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
62 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
98 Timmy Hill (i) Premium Motorsports Ford
Official initial entry list
Official final entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(i) Ineligible for points
(PC#) Past champions provisional

First practiceEdit

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 28.486 and a speed of 133.708 mph (215.182 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.486 133.708
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.495 133.666
3 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.537 133.469
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

 
Carl Edwards, seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, scored the pole for the race.

Carl Edwards won the pole with a time of 28.179 and a speed of 135.164 mph (217.525 km/h).[15] "I’ve struggled at this racetrack so this is big for me," Edwards said. "We need to get another win."[16] "We hope we’ll keep this speed on race day," said Connecticut native Joey Logano after qualifying second. "We all know how special Loudon is to me, to try to make something happen here, so it’s nice to know we’ve got a fast racecar. It’s good in race trim, as well. We weren’t very good in qualifying trim in practice. We changed a lot of things and lit it up a little bit"[16] "It's not been a good day for us," said three-time New Hampshire winner Jeff Gordon after qualifying 23rd. "We've been struggling. It's disappointing we didn't qualify better."[16]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.581 28.266 28.179
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 28.463 28.120 28.209
3 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.413 28.255 28.209
4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.537 28.307 28.271
5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.557 28.349 28.297
6 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.450 28.280 28.298
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.494 28.321 28.318
8 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.493 28.316 28.333
9 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.406 28.315 28.340
10 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.519 28.314 28.419
11 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.402 28.308 28.424
12 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.420 28.283 28.511
13 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 28.494 28.387
14 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.591 28.408
15 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 28.362 28.415
16 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.345 28.422
17 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.577 28.466
18 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.421 28.469
19 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.627 28.538
20 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.629 28.541
21 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 28.598 28.551
22 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.547 28.598
23 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.607 28.623
24 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.547 28.654
25 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.664
26 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.699
27 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.719
28 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.722
29 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.739
30 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.740
31 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.770
32 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.817
33 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Chevrolet 28.832
34 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.930
35 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 28.993
36 26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 29.081
37 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.127
38 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 29.231
39 23 J. J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 29.438
40 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 29.502
41 32 Eddie MacDonald Go FAS Racing Ford 29.527
42 33 Derek White (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 30.189
43 98 Timmy Hill (i) Premium Motorsports Ford 37.333
Failed to qualify
44 62 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 29.431
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 28.834 and a speed of 132.094 mph (212.585 km/h).[17] In the closing minutes of the session, Clint Bowyer collided with Jeff Gordon just as Gordon was backing out of his garage stall.[18] “You can’t see out of the pit stall,” Bowyer told Motorsport.com. “He just came out and I was a comin’. That poor ol’ boy that was backing him out, I bet he feels like (crap). But you know, it’s a wonder it don’t happen more often. To be honest with you, I was pulling out of my stall, I went to come back out and the guy never moved. I was like, ‘whoa, whoa, whoa.’ But it’s so tight in here. You hate to see that, but damn, especially with the 24 (laughs) and everything we have going on. It didn’t seem to hurt our car too bad. It hurt his bad — it hit in a bad spot. But that’s why we have guys that back us up.”[19] “Hopefully all this hard work and stuff we’re going through will pay off tomorrow," said Gordon, who will start 23rd. "We’ve got a pit cart over there that kind of blocks what you can see of the back of my car backing out there. The guy that backs me out looked over, guess he was just starting to back me out; and I crept out there and he cleared me, but the No. 15 (Bowyer), probably couldn’t really see me because of that pit cart and I don’t know if he kind of glanced away or what, but when he looked back, I was just right there and couldn’t go anywhere. Its kind of a combination of, I guess, both of us could take fault in that. But our team did an amazing job of fixing quite a bit of damage (to the right rear). I love seeing my crew chief (Alan Gustafson) get in there and get dirty, but not for that reason. And, that practice went a little bit better than the other one. So, we’re gaining on it. I don’t want to say it can’t get worse, but I know it can. So, I’m not going to say that. But hopefully this will all pay off for us tomorrow.”[20]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.834 132.094
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.860 131.975
3 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.879 131.888
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Carl Edwards was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 28.614 and a speed of 133.110 mph (214.220 km/h).[21]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.614 133.110
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.768 132.397
3 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.808 132.213
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

First halfEdit

StartEdit

 
Cars racing in the 5-hour Energy 301

The race was scheduled to start at 1:45 p.m., but the threat of inclement weather prompted NASCAR to move the start up to 1:35.[22] It started at 1:38 when Carl Edwards led the field to the green flag. By lap 20, teammate Kyle Busch ran him down, passed him going into turn 3 to take the lead. Debris in turn 1 brought out the first caution of the race on lap 22. Most of the field ninth on back opted to pit under the caution.[23]

The race restarted on lap 27. By lap 64, Brad Keselowski ran down the leader to within half a second. He went underneath Kyle Busch going into turn 1 to take the lead on lap 68. Carl Edwards was the first of the eight drivers that didn't pit under the first caution to hit pit road at lap 77. He was followed by Jamie McMurray on lap 78 and David Ragan on lap 79. Matt Kenseth hit pit road on lap 81. Kurt Busch pitted from fourth on lap 82. Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the pit cycle. Matt Kenseth was tagged for speeding on pit road and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty.[23]

Second quarterEdit

The cars that pitted under the first caution started pitting on lap 87. Brad Keselowski surrendered the lead to pit on lap 88 and handed the lead to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead to teammate Jeff Gordon. He pitted on lap 91 and handed the lead to A. J. Allmendinger. Debris in turn 1 brought out the second caution of the race on lap 96. The debris was the right-front tire on the No. 7 of Alex Bowman catching fire as he was exiting his pit stall.[24] Allmendinger, low on fuel, was forced to pit from the lead under caution and the lead cycled back to Keselowski.[25] Justin Allgaier was tagged for removing equipment out of the pit box. Sam Hornish, Jr. was tagged for too many members of his pit crew being over the wall. Kyle Larson was tagged for speeding on pit road. All restarted the race from the tail end of the field.[23]

The race restarted on lap 108. Debris on the front stretch brought out the third caution of the race on lap 117. Carl Edwards was the only driver in the top ten that opted to pit under the caution.[23]

Second halfEdit

HalfwayEdit

The race restarted on lap 122. Ryan Blaney was running ninth when he made an unscheduled stop for a loose right-rear tire on lap 130. Adding insult to injury, he was tagged for speeding entering pit road and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty. Kurt Busch started a wave of green flag stops pitting from fifth on lap 171. Kevin Harvick pitted from second on lap 176. Brad Keselowski pitted from the lead on lap 179 and handed it to teammate Joey Logano. Jimmie Johnson was tagged for speeding on pit road and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty. Debris in turn 2 brought out the fourth caution of the race on lap 189. J. J. Yeley's car blew up in smoke. Logano pitted from the lead and it cycled back to teammate Brad Keselowski.[23]

The race restarted on lap 194. Keselowski lost the lead to Kevin Harvick rounding turns 1 and 2 and took the lead on lap 195. Paul Menard was running eleventh when he made contact with Kasey Kahne. He missed pit road the first time around on lap 199 and spun out trying to get onto pit road the next lap. This brought out the fifth caution of the race on lap 200.[23]

The race restarted on lap 204. Clint Bowyer made contact with the turn 2 wall and cut down his right-rear tire with 93 laps to go. Justin Allgaier also had what appeared to be a right-front tire rub with 90 laps to go. Eventually, NASCAR called him to pit road with 88 laps to go. It turns out the smoke was engine related. Oil in turn 2 brought out the sixth caution of the race with 50 laps to go. That oil was from Yeley. Kyle Busch opted not to pit under the caution and assumed the lead.[23]

Fourth quarterEdit

 
Kyle Busch celebrates his win in the race

The race restarted with 44 laps to go. Kyle Busch jumped to a two-second lead over Brad Keselowski. With five laps to go, Keselowski cut the lead to half a second. He bobbled exiting turn 4 with two to go and Kyle Busch drove off to his third win of the season after Alex Bowman brought out the seventh caution of the race on the final lap.[26]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

"We've got to keep doing our deal," said Busch. "Every week it keeps getting better and better."[27] “We had a really fast car and led a lot of laps,” Keselowski said. “I’m really proud of the team for bringing me two fast cars these past two weekends. It’s a joy to drive cars that fast.”[27] “It was hot out there. It was fun,” Dale Earnhardt, Jr. explained. “The car didn't really drive that great. We tried to get it better during the race. We had some engine issues. I saw some stuff with the gauges that were way off. We were getting beat down the straightaway all day, even by the Hendrick stuff. Guys will go back and see what's wrong.”[27]

Heat and humidityEdit

Following the race, Michael Annett and Matt DiBenedetto were transported to the infield care center after showing signs of heat exhaustion and in need of fluids.[28] A. J. Allmendinger was also treated for strep throat.[28] "Everyone is working real hard inside the cars," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. "This is a track where you got to drive real hard every lap. The corners don't work for you to where you can kind of settle into a pace. Just good thing they didn't call any red flags - we would have had some heat strokes out there."[28]

Race resultsEdit

 
Kyle Busch, seen here at Sonoma Raceway, scored his third victory of the 2015 season.
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 301 47
2 10 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 301 44
3 12 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 301 42
4 2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 301 41
5 19 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 301 40
6 8 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 301 38
7 1 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 301 38
8 24 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 301 36
9 23 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 301 36
10 6 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 301 34
11 26 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 301 33
12 15 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 301 32
13 22 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 301 32
14 5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 301 30
15 29 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 301 29
16 21 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 301 28
17 32 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 301 27
18 3 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 301 26
19 9 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 301 25
20 25 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 301 24
21 37 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 301 23
22 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 300 22
23 16 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 300 0
24 20 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 300 20
25 28 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 300 19
26 11 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 300 18
27 14 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 299 17
28 33 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 299 16
29 27 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 299 15
30 13 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 299 0
31 17 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 299 13
32 31 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 299 12
33 34 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 297 11
34 18 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 297 10
35 35 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 296 9
36 38 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 296 8
37 41 32 Eddie MacDonald Go FAS Racing Ford 295 7
38 43 98 Timmy Hill (i) Premium Motorsports Ford 292 0
39 42 33 Derek White (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 290 0
40 30 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 284 4
41 36 26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 239 3
42 40 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 230 2
43 39 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 202 0
Official 5-hour Energy 301 results

Race statisticsEdit

  • 9 lead changes among 7 different drivers
  • 7 cautions for 34 laps
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 56 minutes, 6 seconds
  • Average speed: 108.504 mph (174.620 km/h)
  • Kyle Busch took home $276,431 in winnings
Lap Leaders
Laps Leader
1-19 Carl Edwards
20-66 Kyle Busch
67-88 Brad Keselowski
89-90 Jeff Gordon
91-103 A. J. Allmendinger
104-178 Brad Keselowski
179-190 Joey Logano
191-193 Brad Keselowski
194-252 Kevin Harvick
253-301 Kyle Busch
Total laps led
Leader Laps
Brad Keselowski 100
Kyle Busch 96
Kevin Harvick 59
Carl Edwards 19
A. J. Allmendinger 13
Joey Logano 12
Jeff Gordon 2

Race awardsEdit

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton – the all-time wins leader at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with four victories – and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast handled pit road for the television side.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Dave Burns
Mike Massaro
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

PRN had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini called the race from the booth when the field was racing down the front stretch. Rob Albright called the race from a billboard outside turn 2 when the field was racing through turns 1 & 2. Pat Patterson called the race from atop the turn 4 stands when the field was racing through turns 3 & 4. Brad Gillie, Brett McMillan, Jim Noble and Steve Richards worked pit road for the radio side.

PRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice[29]
Announcer: Mark Garrow[29]
Announcer: Wendy Venturini[29]
Turns 1 & 2: Rob Albright[29]
Turns 3 & 4: Pat Patterson[29]
Brad Gillie[29]
Brett McMillan[29]
Jim Noble[29]
Steve Richards[29]

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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