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The 2018 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on July 22, 2018 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 20th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2018 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 20 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date July 22, 2018 (2018-07-22)
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)
Average speed 110.490 miles per hour (177.816 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Time 28.511
Most laps led
Driver Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 94
Winner
No. 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Steve Letarte, Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nielsen Ratings 1.5/1.6 (Overnight)[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
Turn Announcers Rob Albright (1 & 2) and Pat Patterson (3 & 4)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the track where the race will be 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 the longest-running 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.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Blake Jones BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
99 Kyle Weatherman StarCom Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Kyle Busch was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 28.362 seconds and a speed of 134.292 mph (216.122 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.362 134.292
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.469 133.788
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.475 133.759
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kurt Busch scored the pole for the race with a time of 28.511 and a speed of 133.591 mph (214.994 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.677 28.590 28.511
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 28.685 28.543 28.530
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.613 28.497 28.545
4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.745 28.579 28.560
5 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 28.746 28.593 28.698
6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.815 28.718 28.699
7 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.750 28.555 28.708
8 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.623 28.705 28.720
9 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.699 28.521 28.720
10 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.759 28.667 28.754
11 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.674 28.672 28.771
12 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.880 28.721 28.813
13 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.712 28.727
14 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.736 28.734
15 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.930 28.767
16 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.942 28.772
17 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.971 28.798
18 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.888 28.811
19 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 28.859 28.834
20 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.855 28.846
21 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.932 28.871
22 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.861 28.912
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.013 28.976
24 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 29.013 29.022
25 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 29.020
26 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 29.085
27 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 29.106
28 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 29.123
29 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.171
30 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.179
31 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.190
32 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 29.477
33 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 29.491
34 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 29.495
35 99 Kyle Weatherman StarCom Racing Chevrolet 29.855
36 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 29.860
37 23 Blake Jones BK Racing Toyota 30.579
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Denny Hamlin was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 28.650 seconds and a speed of 132.942 mph (213.949 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.650 132.942
2 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 28.740 132.526
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 28.754 132.462
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Martin Truex Jr. was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of .028937 seconds and a speed of 131,624 mph (211,828 km/h).[15]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota .028937 131,624
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.952 131.556
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.967 131.488
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 75

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 10
2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8
4 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 6
6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3
9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 2
10 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 75

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10
2 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 8
4 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 2
10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 151

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 14 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 301 51
2 3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 301 45
3 13 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 301 41
4 2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 301 51
5 10 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 301 51
6 18 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 301 31
7 5 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 301 38
8 1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 301 45
9 19 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 301 31
10 21 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 301 38
11 8 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 301 26
12 20 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 301 25
13 4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 301 24
14 11 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 301 23
15 31 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 301 22
16 7 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 301 21
17 12 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 301 20
18 22 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 301 19
19 26 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 301 18
20 24 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 300 17
21 17 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 300 16
22 9 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 300 15
23 25 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 300 14
24 27 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 299 13
25 32 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 298 0
26 29 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 298 11
27 33 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 298 10
28 28 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 298 9
29 30 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 298 8
30 23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 296 7
31 35 99 Kyle Weatherman StarCom Racing Chevrolet 294 6
32 6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 293 5
33 37 23 Blake Jones BK Racing Toyota 289 4
34 36 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 267 0
35 15 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 255 9
36 16 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 19 1
37 34 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 13 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 7 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 7 for 31
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 52 minutes and 56 seconds
  • Average speed: 110.490 miles per hour (177.816 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Steve Letarte, four-time and all-time Loudon winner Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call in the booth for the race as part of a NBC Special Analyst Broadcast. Rick Allen, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Play-by-Play Announcer: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Rick Allen
Parker Kligerman
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

PRN had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

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

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "New Hampshire Motor Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 21, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 21, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 22, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  10. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "New Hampshire final TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (July 20, 2018). "Kyle Busch paces first Cup practice at New Hampshire". Motorsport.com. Loudon, New Hampshire: Motorsport Network. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  13. ^ Gelston, Dan (July 20, 2018). "Kurt Busch wins the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway". Associated Press. Loudon, New Hampshire: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  14. ^ DeGroot, Nick (July 21, 2018). "Denny Hamlin leads second Cup practice from NHMS". Motorsport.com. Loudon, New Hampshire: Motorsport Network. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  15. ^ Utter, Jim (July 21, 2018). "Martin Truex Jr. leads 'Big 3' in final Cup practice at New Hampshire". Motorsport.com. Loudon, New Hampshire: Motorsport Network. Retrieved July 21, 2018.


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