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Race Capsule

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 27 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, NH

  • When:

    September 14, 2003 1:00 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    300

  • Track Length:

    1.058 miles

  • Race Length:

    317.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $4,714,296

Drivers to Watch

Ryan Newman He led 125 of 400 laps and won Saturday night's Chevy 400 at Richmond for series-leading sixth victory of the year and seventh of his career; recorded fourth win in last nine races; win gave Dodge its first short-track victory since Neil Bonnett won the Capital City 400 in September 1977 at Richmond; enters the New Hampshire 300 as defending champion having led the first 87 and final 40 laps; also leads circuit with six poles and has 15 top-10 finishes this season; finished fourth in the July race here.
Jeff Gordon His three wins at New Hampshire International Speedway are second to Jeff Burton; also has three poles here; has eight top-five finishes and 12 top-10s this year, but likely out of the championship run in fifth place, 593 points behind Kenseth; the 10th place at Richmond was his first in the top 10 in five races; placed just 24th in the New England 300 in July and was 14th last September.
Jimmie Johnson Highest finishing rookie in this race last year in ninth place; did even better earlier this year in July's New England 300, driving to victory lane; also won the Coca-Cola 600; 501 points behind Kenseth in fourth in the standings; one of just two drives (Michael Waltrip) in the top 10 standings for entire season; lowest position was seventh in mid-season; tops series in earnings with $4,235,560.
Will make 300th career Winston Cup start this weekend; has three wins, seven poles, 36 top-fives, 69 top-10s, and has earned more than $15 million in earnings; made first career start at Charlotte on October 1993; 16th career visit to New Hampshire International Speedway; has one top-10 finish (8th), and has led one race for a total of 10 laps.
Won the first Winston Cup race at the track - the Jiffy Lube 300 in 1993; has had solid performances at this venue, with eight top-10s in 17 races; not a factor in past two stops at venue - 19th last fall and 17th in July; winless this season, with only a pair of top fives and eight top 10s; top effort was third in the Auto Club 500 in California.
Kevin Harvick Fined $35,000 and placed on probation until the end of the year Monday for his role in an altercation with Ricky Rudd on pit road following Saturday's race at Richmond; 23 points behind Earnhardt Jr. for second place, but distant 441 back of Kenseth; recorded one win, a pole and 12 top 10s this season.
Jeff Burton Posted a race-record 117.134 miles per hour in winning this event in 1997; also won the event in 1998-99; led every lap to win the Dura-Lube/KMart 300 at this track in 2000; also did well here in the New England 300 on July 20, finishing ninth; without a victory this year, but scored eight top-10 finishes, good for 12th in the points race.
Matt Kenseth The championship is his for the taking, baring any major problems in the last 10 races; very consistent this year, with lowest finish a 22nd in the Virginia 500 in April; first in the points since the season's fourth week and is 418 points ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr.; leads series with 20 top-10 finishes and is tied with Bobby Labonte and Ryan Newman with 10 finishes among the top five; was 10th in this race last year and third in the July event after starting from the pole.
Kurt Busch Driver with the second-most wins this year (four); dropped to eighth in points after 24th-place finish at Richmond last weekend; also was runner-up four times; the wins and second-place results are the only finishes in the first five; led this event for short time last fall before settling for second behind Ryan Newman; also performed well in the July stop, finishing fourth after a start from 16th.
Tony Stewart First Winston Cup start at Loudon in 1999 was an impressive second after starting fifth; next spring he won the rain-shortened New England 300; finished third last September while this summer he was 22nd; fell out of the top 10 standings after 27th finish at Richmond; is 61 points behind 10th place Michael Waltrip; lone victory for the reigning Winston Cup champion this year was in the Pocono 500 in June.
Mark Martin In 16 starts at Loudon, Martin has performed well but is without a victory. He finished in the top 10 11 times and seven times in the top five; was runner-up three times here, including both races in 1998; no victories or poles this year; five results in the top five and nine top 10s is good only for 14th place in standings.