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Status: Final New Hampshire International Speedway

Race Capsule

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 20 of 41 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, NH

  • When:

    July 1, 2007 2:45 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    300

  • Track Length:

    1.058 miles

  • Race Length:

    317.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,315,335

Drivers to Watch

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ran 13th last weekend at Sonoma to remain 12th in the standings in his second race since signing a five-year contract to drive for Hendrick Motorsports after this season; has fared well since announcing his intention to leave DEI, placing inside the top 12 in five of his last six races; has not won a race since Richmond in May 2006, a drought of 42 consecutive events without a checkered flag; recorded his best performance this season at Martinsville, where he ran fifth; finished 43rd in this event last year with engine problems.
Jeff Gordon Finished seventh in Sonoma last week, despite failing inspection and not being allowed to qualify; holds a 171-point lead in the series standings; has four checkered flags this season and 79 career, just four shy of tying Cale Yarborough for fifth place all-time; endured a crash five weeks ago at Charlotte en route to finishing 41st, his worst showing of the year; reached a landmark milestone at Talladega, recording his 77th career victory to pass the late Dale Earnhardt for sixth all-time; has completely dominated the circuit this season and is on pace to capture his fifth career title, leading the series in poles (6), top-five finishes (10) and top-10s (14); finished 15th in this race last season and has won three times at this track; in 24 starts in Loudon has 10 top-fives and 13 top-10s.
Jimmie Johnson Sits in fifth place, 366 points behind Gordon after finishing out of the top-10 in the last four races; finished 17th last week in Sonoma after starting 42nd due to failing inspection; had a season-worst 42nd-place finish at Pocono after pitting just two laps before the race was called due to rain; started the season strong before his recent struggles by capturing his fourth victory of the season at Richmond and taking second at Talladega; also has captured checkered flags at Las Vegas, Atlanta and Martinsville; despite collecting eight top-five finishes, has been hurt by three finishes outside the top 35; ran ninth in this event last season and has two wins and five top-10s in 10 starts at Loudon.
Denny Hamlin Finished 10th at Sonoma to remain second in the standings, 171 points behind Gordon; has avoided the sophomore slump by finishing out of the top-10 just three times in the past 12 races; has six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s this season; still looking for his first win of the season, but finished second at Darlington and has four third-place finishes, at Las Vegas, Martinsville, Phoenix and Richmond; ran sixth in this event last season.
Tony Stewart Has finished in the top-10 in seven of his last eight races, with a 40th at Dover serving as the lone blemish over that span; moved up to sixth in the standings after finishing sixth last week; has yet to record a win this season and collected just three top-five finishes over the first 14 races; one of the circuit's most inconsistent drivers, collecting 11 top-10 finishes while placing 25th or worse in the other five events; finished 37th in this race last year, but has 10 top-10s in 16 starts in New Hampshire.
Clint Bowyer Remained ninth in the standings after a season-best fourth-place finish last week in Sonoma; has five top-10 finishes over his last seven races; is in the top 10 in the standings thanks to eight top-10 finishes overall this season; prior to Sonoma, his two best performances of the campaign were a pair of sixth-place finishes at California and Atlanta; has made two starts in Loudon, finishing 24th and 27th.
Carl Edwards Finished 18th last week to drop one spot to seventh in the standings; won two weeks ago in Michigan to end a 52-race winless drought; his previous win came on November 11, 2005 in Texas; the win gave Roush Racing its second win of the season; has three top-5 finishes over his last six races, including a third place showing in Dover; finished second in this event last year to Kyle Busch for his only top-10 in five career starts on the "Magic Mile."
Jeff Burton Finished third last Sunday at Sonoma and moved up to fourth in the standings, 354 points behind leader Jeff Gordon; had struggled over his last eight races before last week's strong showing, failing to place higher than 10th after finishing sixth or better in six of the first seven events; has six top-five finishes and eight top-10s this season; captured his first victory of the season at Texas; ran seventh in this event last season and has four wins and 11 top-10 finishes in 24 start in Loudon.
Matt Kenseth Struggled the past two races, finishing 34th at Sonoma and 42nd at Michigan; is third in the standings, 333 points behind Gordon; placed fifth at Dover, his sixth top-five finish of the season; had been outstanding since struggling to 27th place at Daytona, running inside the top 11 over the next seven races; captured his only victory of the season in the campaign's second race at California; ran 14th in this event last season; has nine top-10s in 14 starts in New Hampshire.