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The 2015 Sylvania 300 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on September 27, 2015, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Contested over 300 laps on the 1.058 mile (2.4 km) speedway, it was the 28th race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, second race of the Chase and second race of the Challenger Round. Matt Kenseth won the race, his fifth of the season. Denny Hamlin finished second. Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five.

2015 Sylvania 300
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 28 of 36 in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2015 Sylvania 300 logo.jpg
Date September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27)
Location New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire
Course Permanent racing facility
1.058 mi (1.703 km)
Distance 300 laps, 317.4 mi (510.9 km)
Weather Clear blue skies with a temperature of 69 °F (21 °C); wind out of the south/southwest at 7 mph (11 km/h)
Average speed 106.480 mph (171.363 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 27.604
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 216
Winner
No. 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Nielsen Ratings 1.7/3 (Overnight)[11]
1.8/3 (Final)[12]
2.9 Million viewers[12]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Wendy Venturini and Mark Garrow
Turn Announcers Rob Albright (1 & 2) and Pat Patterson (3 & 4)

Edwards won the pole for the race and led 19 laps on his way to a fifth–place finish. Kevin Harvick led a race high of 216 laps before running out of gas with three laps to go and finished 21st. The race had 16 lead changes amongst seven different drivers, nine caution flag periods for 41 laps and one red flag period for six minutes and four seconds.

This was the 36th career win for Kenseth, fifth of the season, second at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and eighth at the track for Joe Gibbs Racing. His points lead grew to six over Denny Hamlin. Despite being the winning manufacturer, Toyota left Loudon trailing Chevrolet by 40–points in the manufacturer standings.

The Sylvania 300 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 and 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.

Matt Kenseth entered Loudon with a two–point lead over Denny Hamlin.[13] Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch entered tied for third three–points back. Kurt Busch and Joey Logano entered tied for fifth four–points back.[14] Jimmie Johnson entered seventh seven–points back.[15] Ryan Newman entered eighth 12–points back. Brad Keselowski entered ninth 13–points back. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. entered 10th 14–points back. Martin Truex, Jr. entered 11th 17–points back.[16] Jeff Gordon, the only driver to have started every race at Loudon and made his 42nd and final start at the track, entered 12th 21–points back.[17] Jamie McMurray entered 13th 24–points back.[18] Paul Menard entered 14th 25–points back.[19] Kevin Harvick entered 15th 43–points back.[20] Clint Bowyer entered 16th 52–points back.[21]

New NASCAR recordEdit

Jeff Gordon, who made his first career start in the 1992 Hooters 500 at what was then Atlanta International Raceway, surpassed Ricky Rudd's record of 788 consecutive starts and became NASCAR's all-time iron man when he made his 789th consecutive start.[22] Although proud of the mark, he said that drivers like Rudd and Terry Labonte "are way tougher than me. I've never had to tape my eyelids open to make the race (referring to how Ricky Rudd famously taped his eyes open to race in the 1984 Daytona 500 after suffering a concussion in the previous week's Busch Clash). When you think of those guys and the conditions of the cars, they didn't have any kind of air conditioning, they dealt with some major injuries and fought through. I've had some injuries along the way that I've had to fight through, so I have a taste of it, but certainly nothing like those guys."[22]

Entry listEdit

The entry list for the Sylvania 300 was released on Monday, September 21 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. Forty–four cars were entered for the race. All were entered for the previous week's race at Chicagoland. Four driver changes from the previous race took place for this race: Josh Wise drove the No. 26 BK Racing Toyota, Jeffrey Earnhardt drove the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford, B. J. McLeod made his first career Sprint Cup Series start in the No. 33 Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet, Timmy Hill returned to the seat of the No. 62 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet and Ryan Preece – 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion – made his first career Sprint Cup Series start in the No. 98 Premium Motorsports Ford.[23][24]

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
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota
24 Jeff Gordon (PC7) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 Josh Wise BK Racing Toyota
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
30 Travis Kvapil (i) The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (i) Go FAS Racing Ford
33 B. J. McLeod (i) 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 Timmy Hill (i) 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 Ryan Preece Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
Official initial entry list
Official final entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(i) Ineligible for points
(PC#) Past champions provisional

First practiceEdit

Carl Edwards was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 27.823 and a speed of 136.894 mph (220.310 km/h).[25]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.823 136.894
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.942 136.311
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 27.974 136.155
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 27.604 and a speed of 137.980 mph (222.057 km/h).[26] Edwards stated that Loudon is "a tough place to decide where to be aggressive. This place is simple, so it’s pretty straight forward, but one little mistake here or there can cost you a lot. I really had to step it up. We got a great start to the Chase and we're keeping it rolling. We knew qualifying was important so we worked on it a lot today.”[26] Kevin Harvick, after qualifying second, said that he "left it down in one and two down there, I just wasn’t too aggressive."[26] Brad Keselowski – after qualifying fourth – said that for his team, they "just need to have a good, solid day. If we can win, that would be great. That’s what we want to do. That’s what we’re here to do, but a solid day would almost guarantee us advancing to the next round. The most important thing is to win Homestead and we want to be there when it counts.”[26] Travis Kvapil failed to make the race.[26]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.840 27.792 27.604
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.843 27.664 27.631
3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.661 27.752 27.640
4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 27.760 27.734 27.666
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.938 27.640 27.676
6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.741 27.641 27.697
7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.035 27.748 27.709
8 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 27.955 27.758 27.725
9 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.943 27.777 27.797
10 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.844 27.741 27.887
11 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.967 27.812 27.891
12 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.847 27.723 27.931
13 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.828 27.813
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.868 27.837
15 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.869 27.863
16 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.903 27.900
17 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.037 27.922
18 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.896 27.932
19 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 28.025 27.943
20 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.957 27.989
21 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 28.003 27.996
22 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.884 28.016
23 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.032 28.106
24 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 27.939 28.144
25 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.048
26 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.053
27 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.078
28 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.087
29 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.098
30 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.120
31 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.144
32 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 28.188
33 6 Trevor Bayne Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 28.209
34 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.293
35 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 28.337
36 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 28.362
37 98 Ryan Preece Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 28.399
38 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.519
39 33 B. J. McLeod (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 28.740
40 26 Josh Wise BK Racing Toyota 28.808
41 23 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 28.816
42 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (i)[N 1] Go FAS Racing Ford 28.866
43 62 Timmy Hill (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 29.326
Failed to qualify
44 30 Travis Kvapil (i) The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 28.724
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Carl Edwards was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 28.527 and a speed of 133.516 mph (214.873 km/h).[27] Roughly 22 minutes into the session, Jeffrey Earnhardt locked up the brakes and slammed the wall in turn 1.[28]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.527 133.516
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.546 133.427
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.552 133.399
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 28.302 and a speed of 134.577 mph (216.581 km/h).[29]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.302 134.577
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.392 134.150
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.417 134.032
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

First halfEdit

StartEdit

Under clear blue New England skies, Carl Edwards led the field to the green flag at 2:19 p.m.[30] Kevin Harvick kept the second position for the first 10 laps. He got under Edwards in turn 1 on lap 18, but couldn't get the run off the turn and remained in second. Edwards got high exiting turn 1 and lost the lead to Harvick on lap 21. Lapped traffic allowed him to pull away to a one-second lead by lap 25. The first caution of the race flew on lap 37 when Aric Almirola got the car turning on entry, but then shot up the track and slammed the wall. He finished a disappointing 43rd.[31] Harvick swapped the lead on pit road with Brad Keselowski, but exited with that position. Austin Dillon was tagged for speeding on pit road and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.[32]

The race restarted on lap 44. The second caution flew on lap 48 when Landon Cassill blew an engine in turn 4. The issue stemmed from a loss of power steering.[32]

The race restarted on lap 53. Harvick began pulling away from Keselowski. The third caution flew on lap 60 when Tony Stewart blew his left-front tire out after making contact with Martin Truex, Jr. on the restart and veered toward the wall. Luckily, he didn't make contact with it and pulled his car down pit road.[32]

Second quarterEdit

The race restarted on lap 65. Kevin Harvick drove away to a three and a half second lead over Brad Keselowski by lap 85. The fourth caution of the race flew on lap 120 for a single-car wreck in turn 4. Rounding the turn, Alex Bowman suffered a right-front tire blowout and slammed the wall. Harvick swapped the lead on pit road with Keselowski, but exited with the lead. Casey Mears was tagged for an uncontrolled tire and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.[32]

The race restarted on lap 125. The fifth caution of the race flew on lap 158 for a single-car wreck in turn 4.[33] Kyle Busch suffered a right-front tire blowout and slammed the wall.[33] Crew chief Adam Stevens said that the car had "just came off almost a green flag run and the tires looked fine, the balance was a little off and then had that short run there and the handling went away and just blew a right front. It looks like it just had a slow leak and just overworked the shoulder and finally blew out, but the balance was free, so it’s not like we abused it – especially after we just went a fuel run, you know what I mean? Just one of those things that happens – sometimes you get a pinhole or run something over and we found the fence.”[34] Harvick swapped the lead on pit road with Keselowski, but exited with the lead.[35] Carl Edwards was tagged for removing equipment out of the pit box and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.[32]

Second halfEdit

HalfwayEdit

The race restarted on lap 165. Kevin Harvick pulled to a two-second lead after nine laps. Debris in turn 3 brought out the sixth caution of the race on lap 192. Harvick swapped the lead with Keselowski on pit road, only this time he didn't exit with it. Matt Kenseth exited with the lead after taking just right-side tires.[32]

The race restarted on lap 197. Jimmie Johnson was running third when he cut down his left-front tire on lap 200. He rejoined the race in 29th one lap down. The seventh caution of the race flew for a two-car wreck in turn 1.[36] Going into the turn, Ryan Newman got loose and sent Danica Patrick spinning into the wall.[36] She made contact with the wall, slid back down the track and got t-boned by David Ragan.[36] After a voluntary visit to the infield care center (she wasn't required to visit it since she drove her car back to the garage), she said that she was "on track to have a potentially good finish today. It was kind of back and forth with the two- and four-tire cycle that was happening but definitely on the long run with everyone with four tires or with everyone kind of stringing out we had gotten all the way up to 12th. It sucks. It seems like nothing ever goes wrong on those days that you’re just trudging along in 27th, you know? It only happens when you’re having a good race."[36] Ragan commented that he didn't "know what happened to her, but typically when you hit the wall you hold onto the brakes, you lock it down -- you try not to come back across the track. I saw her coming back down and I was trying. I didn’t want to lock my brakes up because I knew I would hit her, so I was trying to just get it as low as I could and just couldn’t get it as low as I needed to. Unfortunate to get involved in a wreck like that. Just one of those deals. I hate it for everybody that works on these race cars. We needed a good finish today, but I wish that she would have locked her brakes up and would have stayed up on the wall."[36] The race was red-flagged after the blue foam blocks that cover the sides of the roll cage were destroyed and scattered all over the turn.[36] It was lifted after six minutes.[37]

The race restarted on lap 210. The next lap, Kevin Harvick passed Kenseth for the lead just as the eighth caution of the race flew for a single-car wreck on the backstretch involving Brett Moffitt. Kenseth opted not to pit under the caution and assumed the lead.[32]

The race restarted on lap 215. Denny Hamlin drove by teammate Matt Kenseth in turn 3 to take the lead with 81 laps to go. The ninth caution of the race flew with 63 laps to go for a single-car wreck in turn 3. Justin Allgaier suffered a right-front tire blowout and slammed the wall. Greg Biffle opted not to pit under the caution and assumed the lead.[32]

Fourth quarterEdit

 
Matt Kenseth, seen here at Bristol, scored his 36th career victory at the Magic Mile.
“We looked at all the data available to us, all the video, we have the senior official on the ground. We made sure the rules are very clear to everybody, especially in the last couple drivers meetings, to be sure we had everybody informed. It was very clear-cut in our mind based on the video we had, the different angles that we had. By having the individual on the ground directly across from the restart box, they can really get a good understanding and allow us to feel 100 percent that we stamped it with a very good decision.”

Richard Buck, Sprint Cup managing director speaking to reporters after the race.[38]

The race restarted with 58 laps to go. NASCAR decided to review the restart and black-flagged Brad Keselowski for a restart violation.[39] He was forced to serve a drive-through penalty.[39] After the race, he said that he "got the chance to do something again for the first time. The first person to ever be penalized for jumping a restart when I didn’t pass anyone, so that’s a new one, but we moved on and we made the most of a good day with the Miller Lite Ford and got a solid finish that hopefully will make our Dover a little bit easier, so that was good.”[39] NASCAR Managing Director Richard Buck told reporters after the race that "it was very clear-cut in our minds" that Keselowski had jumped the start.[38] He also added that the sanctioning body is "not out to get anybody, [b]ut we're the keeper of the rules and the enforcer of the rules. All anybody asks for in this garage area is to be treated fairly, and we believe we did our job today."[38]

After drag-racing Biffle down the backstretch, Kevin Harvick took back the lead with 48 laps to go.[40] In the closing 15 laps, Matt Kenseth began stalking Harvick who was borderline on making the finish having last pitted on lap 212 and the fuel window being 76 laps. He didn't have enough, lost the lead and finished a disappointing 21st.[41] Unsurprisingly, he left the track without speaking to the media. But he sent out a tweet an hour after the race that simply stated "Fast car. Great day. Bad ending."[42] Kenseth inherited the lead and scored his 36th career victory.[43]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

Kenseth said of his victory that he "had to be there to win it. I was giving Kevin everything I had. I thought he had us beat. He had the better car."[44] He added that he "had to pit that one time today and (crew chief) Jason’s (Ratcliff) like 'it’s fine, relax.' We made it to the front faster I thought. I was giving Kevin everything I got, I thought he was gonna beat us, he had a better car today, I guess he was a little short on fuel.”[45]

Speaking on his third–place finish, Joey Logano said that he would "take it. It was a blue collar day. It maybe wasn't the fastest car and maybe not even a top–five car at times, but we did a good job working on it."[46]

After saving enough fuel to notch a fourth–place finish – his third of 2015 – Greg Biffle said that he felt "really good about this run, especially when we got out in clean air [and realized] how fast the car was. Our Ford Fusion ran really good, and we’re happy to have Kleen Performance on it this week, but we still have a little bit of work to do. They were on a little bit better tires than we were[.] [S]o they showed a little bit more speed than we did right there – the No. 4, the No. 11 and the No. 20 – but I was trying to save a little bit of gas too. I knew I had a long ways to go if we were going to make it that far, so it was a great run for us.”[47]

After falling to 23rd one–lap down following flat left-front tire at lap 200 and rallying to a sixth–place finish, Jimmie Johnson said that the whole ordeal "was really weird. I went into Turn 3 and got on the brakes and the car traveled and slowed down. It felt like something broke in the left-front, but they said there was a lugnut inside the wheel. I guess when I hit the brakes to slow down a lugnut hit the valve stem and took the tire out. Fortunately some cautions fell in quick order to let us get back on the lead lap. We had a solid car and got up there to ninth or something and some guys ran out of fuel and got us to sixth.”[48]

After struggling all day and rallying to a seventh–place finish in his record setting 789th career start, Jeff Gordon said that his team "had a bunch of things that didn't go our way, and then luckily there at the very end, we had it go our way where we came in and got four tires, had a decent restart and we were able to drive all the way up there."[49]

While neither Kevin Harvick nor crew chief Rodney Childers opted to speak to the media after the race (only the top–three finishers are obligated to do so), Childers took to Twitter roughly 90 minutes after the race with a screen grab of a note explaining why he wasn't worried about the team's fuel situation in a tweet titled "Great car all weekend.. To our real fans that actually care.. Not the ones that are jackasses.. Here ya go..".[50]

Media commentsEdit

“From now on, NASCAR must rule with the iron hand they displayed Sunday in the Granite State. They must go by the absolute letter of the law, treating a one-inch violation the same as a mile. The stage is set for the 2015 championship to be decided – not by the drivers – but by a sadly embattled man in an official’s uniform, forced to black-flag the leader at Homestead Miami Speedway for gassing it up three inches early in an attempt to secure the greatest prize our sport has to offer. No more common sense, enough of discretion. All we’ll have left is the empty ache created by the witless desire for consistency at all costs.”

MRN lead turn announcer and host of Sirius XM Speedway on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Dave Moody giving his thoughts on the issue with restarts.[51]

Brad Keselowski being black-flagged for jumping the final restart of the race added to an ongoing issue regarding NASCAR's enforcement, or lack thereof, of drivers jumping the restarts to gain an advantage. Several members of the NASCAR media gave their thoughts regarding the issue of restarts as a whole and whether NASCAR was right to black flag Keselowski.

Dave Moody of the Motor Racing Network said that because fans and drivers don't want NASCAR to show discretion but enforce down to the letter of the law, they should "[b]e careful what you wish for. Because you just got it."[51]

Pete Pistone of MRN said that, while he didn't believe Keselowski jumped the start, there was no doubt "with restarts now under more scrutiny and officiating ramped up, Keselowski got flagged" when he wouldn't have felt the wrath of the sanctioning body two weeks ago.[52]

Matt Weaver of Popular Speed said that "[s]ometimes[,] you get what you asked for[,] but never truly underst[and] what you were getting until it was too late" and that by black-flagging Keselowski, "NASCAR has now set a standard in which all future restarts will be judged."[53]

Darrell Waltrip of Fox Sports said that while Keselowski maybe "did go a dog-hair early...he didn't pass the leader" and that "it should have been 'no harm, no foul.'" He also added that the issue will continue "to grow and quite honestly, I don't think we've seen the end of it yet."[54]

In ESPN.com's weekly NASCAR's burning questions series, NASCAR analysts and writers Ricky Craven, Ryan McGhee, John Oreovicz and Bob Pockrass gave their answers if NASCAR made "the right call on Brad Keselowski's restart penalty."[55] Craven said NASCAR made "the wrong decision to black-flag the leader for gaining nothing. Restarts in the past few years have become a flavorful, entertaining component of NASCAR racing. I had no problem with not black-flagging Jeff Gordon the week before ... until Brad got punished for doing much, much less."[55] McGhee said "by the letter of the law, it was the right call. But ultimately, it's not really a penalty unless there was intent or an advantage gained. I don't think there was any blatant intent, even Greg Biffle said that. And there was certainly no advantage gained. But this is like pit-road speeding used to be. Guys complained and complained about the way it was policed, it received more attention and received more rules-writing ... and well, be careful what you wish for, fellas!"[55] Oreovicz said it looked "a lot more like the No. 16 slowed unexpectedly, whether through wheelspin or gamesmanship. Tricking your rival has been part of the restart game long before NASCAR began examining things under a microscope. I don't think this violation was blatant enough to warrant calling." Pockrass said that NASCAR technically "may have been right (it is difficult from the replays we saw to determine that he truly jumped the restart)," but that giving him a drive-through "certainly didn't seem to fit the crime. The perception is that NASCAR is being heavy-handed and that adds to the confusion, ultimately hurting NACAR's credibility. This at the very least shows that NASCAR should adopt a rule similar to its Daytona/Talladega yellow-line rule that if a driver gives back any position gained with an illegal restart, there is no penalty."[55]

NASCAR commentsEdit

“It's our job to utilize all the technology we have available to us and make the call. Not everyone is going to agree with that. There's a ton on the line each and every race, and so ultimately we've got to make a call. It's difficult to do, but that's our job. We'll certainly seek feedback from the drivers. We'll talk to Brad obviously today, get his feedback, which I'm sure we'll disagree but that's part of it, and then we'll head into Dover.”

Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice-president and chief racing development officer, speaking to NASCAR.com about the final restart.[56]

On the Monday following the race, NASCAR Executive Vice-President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell explained to Zach Albert of NASCAR.com the reason for NASCAR stepping up tighter enforcement of the restarts. Speaking on behalf of the sanctioning body, he said that it was their "job to utilize all the technology we have...and make a call" even though everyone isn't "going to agree with that." He also added that there's a lot "on the line each and every race, and so ultimately we've got to make a call."[56]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 13 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 300 47
2 7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 300 43
3 8 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 300 41
4 25 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 300 41
5 1 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 300 40
6 5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 300 38
7 10 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 300 37
8 21 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 300 36
9 12 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 300 35
10 9 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 300 34
11 27 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 300 33
12 4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 300 32
13 14 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 300 31
14 23 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 300 30
15 20 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 300 29
16 33 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 300 28
17 6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 300 27
18 19 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 300 26
19 3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 299 25
20 29 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 299 24
21 2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 299 25
22 16 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 299 22
23 30 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 299 21
24 28 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 299 21
25 11 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 299 19
26 26 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 299 18
27 31 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 298 17
28 34 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 297 16
29 38 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 297 15
30 35 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 297 14
31 40 26 Josh Wise BK Racing Toyota 297 13
32 37 98 Ryan Preece Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 296 12
33 41 23 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 295 11
34 39 33 B. J. McLeod Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 293 10
35 42 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (i) Go FAS Racing Ford 292 0
36 43 62 Timmy Hill (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 284 0
37 17 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 262 7
38 32 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 242 0
39 24 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 236 5
40 22 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 203 4
41 18 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 203 3
42 36 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 117 2
43 15 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 35 1
Official Sylvania 300 results

Race statisticsEdit

  • 16 lead changes among 7 different drivers
  • 9 cautions for 41 laps; 1 red flag for 6:04
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 58 minutes, 51 seconds
  • Average speed: 106.480 mph (171.363 km/h)
  • Matt Kenseth took home $257,276 in winnings
Lap Leaders
Laps Leader
1-19 Carl Edwards
20-37 Kevin Harvick
38 Brad Keselowski
39 Cole Whitt
40-120 Kevin Harvick
121 Brad Keselowski
122-159 Kevin Harvick
160 Brad Keselowski
161-192 Kevin Harvick
193 Brad Keselowski
194-210 Matt Kenseth
211 Kevin Harvick
212-218 Matt Kenseth
219-239 Denny Hamlin
240-251 Greg Biffle
252-297 Kevin Harvick
298-300 Matt Kenseth
Total laps led
Leader Laps
Kevin Harvick 216
Matt Kenseth 27
Denny Hamlin 21
Carl Edwards 19
Brad Keselowski 4
Cole Whitt 1

Race awardsEdit

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBCSN covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton – the all-time wins leader at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with four wins – and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast handled pit road on 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. Wendy Venturini and Mark Garrow called the race from the booth when the field was racing down the front stretch. Rob Albright called the race from a billboard outside of turn 2 when the field was racing through turns 1 and 2. Pat Patterson called the race from the turn 4 stands when the field was racing through turns 3 and 4. Brad Gillie, Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Hermie Sadler handled pit road on the radio side.

PRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Wendy Venturini[57]
Announcer: Mark Garrow[57]
Turns 1 & 2: Rob Albright[57]
Turns 3 & 4: Pat Patterson[57]
Brad Gillie[57]
Brett McMillan[57]
Steve Richards[57]
Hermie Sadler[57]

Standings after the raceEdit

NoteEdit

  1. ^ Jeffrey Earnhardt started from the rear of the field for a rear-gear change.

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