Snapshot: New Hampshire
July 13, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
What: 22nd Annual Camping World RV Sales 301
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire
When: Sunday, July 13, 2014
TV/Radio: TNT, PRN
Distance: 301 laps (318.46 miles)
Time: 1:16 p.m. ET, green flag
Pit road speed: 45 mph
Caution car speed: 50 mph
Failed to qualify
Fastest in practice
First practice: Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet (135.313 mph)
Second practice: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske No. 2 Ford (133.745 mph)
Final practice: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske No. 2 Ford (133.254 mph)
Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson just missed advancing to the final qualifying session Friday, and as a result will start 13th at NHMS. Of the seven victories this year won by drivers qualifying outside the top 12, two have come from the No. 13 spot -- Kevin Harvick at Phoenix and Jeff Gordon at Kansas.
Damaged but undaunted
Joey Logano had barely hit the track when the Team Penske driver hit the wall. Damage to the No 22 Ford during Friday's lone practice was sufficient enough to require the team to pull out its backup entry -- which Logano quickly piloted to the No. 6 qualifying position.
Ford on a roll
Ford teams head into Loudon riding a three-race winning streak following victories at Sonoma (Carl Edwards), Kentucky (Brad Keselowski) and Daytona (Aric Almirola). The last time the automaker won four consecutive races came in 2001. Dale Jarrett began the streak at Darlington, Elliott Sadler won at Bristol and Jarrett won back-to-back at Texas and Martinsville.
Former New Hampshire winners in field
Jeff Burton (4); Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart (3); Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer (2); Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano (1).
It's a wrap
Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 is expected to be the final Sprint Cup Series start for MWR driver Jeff Burton. The Virginia native will move into the TV booth to work with NBC Sports as the network begins NASCAR coverage in 2015. Burton, who will make his 693rd Cup start, finished 37th in his first start, which came at NHMS in 1993.
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Kasey Kahne. Kahne took what was a less-than-impressive record at the New Hampshire short track and turned it completely around after the move to Hendrick Motorsports. The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet had only one top-5 finish in his first 16 starts at the 1.058-mile oval, but then he won his first start at this facility with Hendrick two years ago. Kahne returned to scene of his victory in the fall of 2012 and finished an impressive fifth. Kahne should surprise in Sunday's race.