SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Prerace Notes

By Brian Berg Jr.
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Sunday September 22nd. Here is some news and notes for the SYLVANIA 300 since qualifying on Friday afternoon.

Ryan Newman continued the trend of setting new track records with the new generation six car. Newman will start the race from the pole position. It is all but impossible to pass at New Hampshire Motor Speedway so this Coors Light Pole award is huge for the second race in the Chase.

Jeff Gordon was added as the thirteenth driver in the Chase. He had a great run at Chicagoland and is looking to show that he deserves to be in the Chase. He is on his way and will start the race third.

This will be the first race since NAPA indicated they will not be back on the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 56 driven by Martin Truex Jr. next year. This and the controversy from two weeks ago at Richmond will take up considerable air time during the prerace.

Even though this past spring winner, Brian Vickers is finishing up the Sprint Cup season full time in the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream MachineToyota, he is still running for a championship in the Nationwide Series. Kenny Wallace qualified the No. 55 while Vickers was in Kentucky for Nationwide Qualifying. Wallace qualified a disappointing 29th but that doesn’t matter as Vickers will start at the back due to the driver change. Brian Vickers finished the race seventh and is still fifth in the Nationwide standings.

Ryan Blaney won the Nationwide race at Kentucky Speedway.

Rain might be an issue at New Hampshire Sunday but the it looks like the race will get in. If you are DVR’ing the race plan accordingly.

If you can’t get to New Hampshire Motor Speedway the race will be televised on ESPN, Sunday September 22nd starting at 1 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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