NASCAR Camping World 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Prerace Notes

By Brian Berg Jr.
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

This week NASCAR returns to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Camping World RV Sales 301. This race is important because it is also at a track that will host the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Here are some news and notes that have happened since qualifying on Friday.

Brad Keselowski will lead the field to the green flag on Sunday because he won the Coors Light Pole award. Brad needs to get a win in order to have a chance of making the Chase this year after winning the championship last year. Starting on the pole at a track where track position is key will go a long way to making that happen.

Jimmie Johnson a driver who was expected to do really well here had trouble before qualifying, qualified second only to have his time disallowed due to being too low in inspection. He will start the race from the end of the field. The farthest back a driver has won from was 38th. Jimmie will challenge that statistic since he does have a very fast car.

The NASCAR driver who had the best record at New Hampshire got some business off his back and it ready to heat up the summer as he always does. Tony Stewart finally made it official that Kevin Harvick will drive a No. 4 Chevrolet sponsored by Budweiser. Now that is done he is ready to win. Tony has some work to do since he is starting the race 16th.

Jamie McMurray made contact with the wall during practice on Saturday. There was considerable damage. NASCAR gave the team special consideration and kept the garage open longer so they could fix the car.

There is little chance of rain this weekend at New Hampshire, finally, but since lately NASCAR seems to be a maker of rain that may change.

If you cannot get to New Hampshire Motor Speedway the race will be televised by TNT Sunday, July 14th starting at 12 noon ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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