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Status: Final New Hampshire International Speedway

Race Capsule

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 21 of 38 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, NH

  • When:

    July 16, 2006 2:10 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    300

  • Track Length:

    1.058 miles

  • Race Length:

    317.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,204,946

Drivers to Watch

Jeff Burton Veteran driver continues to quietly move his way up the standings with consistent performances; ran second from the pole last week at Chicagoland, his best finish of the season; climbed three spots to fourth in the standings with 2,327 points, 324 behind leader Jimmie Johnson; finished seventh at California and has finished inside the top 10 in nine of his last 12 starts, including a fourth-place finish at Dover on June 4; also ran fourth at Talladega on May 1; placed 14th in this event last season but has fared well here, capturing four checkered flags, seven top-five finishes and nine top-10s in 22 starts.
Kyle Busch Ran third at Chicagoland and remained eighth in the standings with 2,265 points; was runner-up to Tony Stewart at Daytona to climb a whopping four spots; placed 11th at California; bounced back nicely from disappointing 38th-place finish at Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte by placing fifth at Dover; ran seventh at Darlington to register his second consecutive top-10 finish; has six top-five finishes and nine top-10s; finished inside the top 12 in five straight races from February 26-April 2; reigning Raybestos Rookie of the Year placed fourth in this race last season.
Tony Stewart Struggled to 32nd place at Chicagoland and fell two spots to seventh in the standings; captured the checkered flag at Daytona, his second victory this season; defending series champion persevered through a right shoulder injury to finish third at Pocono, his seventh top-five finish this season; crashed in both the Nextel and Busch races at Charlotte and suffered from a fractured right scapula; crashed in lap 30 at Coca-Cola 600 and finished 42nd; was runner-up to Johnson at Talladega, his second straight second-place finish; won his first race of the season at Martinsville; had the dominant car at Bristol before fading late for a 12th-place finish; placed fifth at Atlanta to rebound from a disappointing finish at Las Vegas; won the checkered flag in this race last season and has two victories, eight top-five finishes and nine top-10s in just 14 starts at this track.
Jimmie Johnson Has a series-leading 14 top-10 finishes; ran sixth last at Chicagoland and increased his standings lead over Matt Kenseth to 51 points; ran second at Coca-Cola 600 and won the Nextel All-Star Challenge to continue his early dominance of the circuit; captured the checkered flag at the Aaron's 499 to retake the standings lead from Kenseth; ran seventh at Phoenix and fell to second in the standings for just the second time in nine weeks this season; absolutely dominated the circuit over the first six races, registering two victories among five finishes inside the top six; won the season-opening Daytona 500 and captured the checkered flag two weeks later at Las Vegas; placed 13th in this race last season and has two victories in eight career starts at this track.
Jeff Gordon Made bold late move at Chicagoland, bumping Matt Kenseth in lap 263 and going on to win the USG Sheetrock 400, his second victory in the last three weeks; climbed to 10th in the standings with 2,219 points; struggled to 40th-place finish at Daytona after crashing in lap 155; continued his dominance on road courses by winning at California; it was the first victory in the last 20 races for Gordon, whose previous best finish this year was a second at the season-opening Daytona 500; the four-time Nextel Cup champion has been obscured this season by Hendrick Motorsports teammate and current points leader Jimmie Johnson; placed 25th in this event last season; has three victories, five poles, nine top-five finishes and 12 top-10s in 22 starts at this track.
Kasey Kahne Ran 23rd at Chicagoland, his third straight finish outside the top 20; fell one spot to fifth in the standings with 2,303 points, 348 behind Johnson; leads the series with four wins; registered his second consecutive seventh-place finish at Pocono and captured the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola 600; rebounded nicely from three consecutive runs outside the top 20; has registered six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s this season; won the Samsung/RadioShack 500 to record his third career victory; also visited Victory Lane at Atlanta after registering consecutive fourth-place finishes at California and Las Vegas; placed sixth in this event last season.
Denny Hamlin Finished 14th at Chicagoland and fell to 12th in the standings with 2,169 points, 50 behind Gordon; has run inside the top 10 in five of his last 10 races; leads Clint Bowyer for first place in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings; won his first Nextel Race earlier this year at Pocono; was runner-up to Earnhardt at Richmond and won the season-opening Budweiser Shootout, a non-points event; won the Telcel Motorola Mexico 200, a Busch Series road-course race, on March 5 in Mexico City.
Mark Martin Has run outside of the top 10 in five straight races; is sixth in the standings with 2,291 points, 360 behind Johnson; has eight top-10 finishes and a pair of top-five finishes this year; won the Auto Club 500 at California and the Neighborhood 400 in Dover; was 13th at California; ran 15th in this race last season and has 12 top-10 finishes in 22 career starts here.
Carl Edwards Has struggled over his last two races, running 20th at Chicagoland and placing 39th at Daytona; recovered nicely from a slow start this season, registering six top-10 finishes in nine races from April 22-June 25; is 14th in the standings and is 197 points outside of the top 10; ran sixth at California one week after finishing second at Michigan; finished 12th in this event last season.
Matt Kenseth Appeared primed to win at Chicagoland before getting bumped by Jeff Gordon with four laps remaining en route to a 22nd-place finish; remained second in the standings but fell 51 points off Johnson's pace; placed fifth at Daytona; after three straight top-five finishes from May 28-June 11, ran 13th and 17th the next two weeks; leads the circuit with 10 top-10 finishes; struggled to a 24th-place finish at Martinsville after crashing on a restart in the 493rd lap; appeared primed for a victory at Bristol before being bumped by Kurt Busch in lap 495 and fading to third; placed 10th in this event last season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Placed fifth at Chicagoland and remained third in the standings with 2,394 points, 257 behind Johnson; never was factor at California en route to a 26th-place finish; captured the checkered flag at Richmond, his first victory of the season that snapped a string of 27 starts without a victory; has placed inside the top 15 in 14 of 18 races this season; finished ninth in this race last season and has three top-five finishes and six top-10s in 13 career starts at this track.
Greg Biffle Rebounded nicely from poor finish at Daytona by running 11th in Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway; remained 11th in the Nextel Cup standings with 2,172 points, 47 outside of the top 10; registered seven straight top-10 finishes from May 6-June 25; defending series runner-up captured his first victory of the season at the Dodge Charger 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 13; struggled over the first nine races this season, registering just two top-10 finishes; ran fifth in this race last season and has three top-10 finishes in seven starts at this track.