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Race Capsule

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 32 of 41 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, NH

  • When:

    September 16, 2007 2:15 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    300

  • Track Length:

    1.058 miles

  • Race Length:

    317.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,319,880

Drivers to Watch

Clint Bowyer Chase Points: 5,000 (12th) Sits 12th as the Chase begins; finished 12th at Richmond and ran 20th at California, following a season-best third at Bristol over last three races; has 12 top-10 finishes in 26 races this season; also has a pair of top-five finishes, including a fourth on the road course at Sonoma to go along with his solid showing at Bristol; has finished 30th or worse just three times - 36th at Las Vegas, 35th at Talladega and 37th at New Hampshire; has made three starts at New Hampshire with an average finish of 29.3.
Martin Truex Jr. Chase Points: 5,010 (9th) Finished 15th at Richmond, but only needed to start the race to qualify for his first Chase where he is ranked ninth; has been overshadowed by more famous teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., but has outperformed him all season; won his first career Nextel Cup race at Dover in June; has five top-fives and 10 top 10s, including a third at Pocono and second at Michigan in back-to-back weeks after the win at Dover; finished second in both Michigan races this year; has only two finishes outside the top 30 this season - 42nd at California and 37th at Bristol during the early part of the season; was third here earlier this year.
Kurt Busch Chase Points: 5,020 (5th) Did not qualify for Chase until late in the Richmond race, where he finished ninth, but moved up six sports to fifth in the Chase standings based on his two wins; turned season around over last nine races by finishing out of the top 10 just twice with 11th place finishes at the Brickyard and Watkins Glen; won at Pocono, then later at Michigan during the rain-delayed event; has a pair of third-place finishes at Talladega and the second Daytona race; the 2004 Nextel Cup Champion has six finishes of 25th or worse this season; has two career wins at New Hampshire, but finished 21st here earlier this and 19th in this race last season.
Jimmie Johnson Chase Points: 5,060 (1st) Locked up the top seed for the Chase with consecutive wins at Richmond and California, giving him a series-best six; was 21st at Bristol, but posted back-to-back third place finishes at Michigan and Watkins Glen; defending series champion has suffered through an up-and-down season, finishing 39th at the Brickyard after a fiery crash on the heels of a 37th at Chicago; prior to those two poor showings, finished 10th at Daytona after running fifth at New Hampshire; has also posted victories this season at Las Vegas, Atlanta, Martinsville and the first Richmond race; despite collecting 14 top-five finishes, has been hurt by five finishes outside the top 35; bounced back from a 39th in this race last year to win the title.
Tony Stewart Chase Points: 5,030 (3rd) Finished second at Richmond for his seventh top-10 finish over the past eight races; starts the Chase third; recent surge includes fourth at Bristol as well as running 10th at Michigan on the heels of winning at Watkins Glen - his third win over the past eight races; captured back-to-back victories at Chicagoland and at the Brickyard while placing sixth at Pocono during that stretch; finished 38th at Daytona prior to his win at Chicago after an early-race crash with teammate Denny Hamlin; in 17 starts at New Hampshire has two wins, nine top-fives, and 10 top-10s; finished second here in September last season.
Kevin Harvick Chase Points: 5,010 (6th) Was the final driver to clinch a berth in the Chase where he is seeded sixth; finished seventh at Richmond, ending recent struggles which included five straight finishes out of the top-10; has finished 33rd or worse three times in 26 races this season; was 36th at Watkins Glen on the heels of a 17th at Pocono; won the season-opening Daytona 500 by nipping Mark Martin at the finish line; has four top-fives and 11 top 10s this season; finished second to Juan Pablo Montoya on the road course at Sonoma; won this race last year and was eighth here in July.
Carl Edwards Chase Points: 5,020 (4th) Ran 42nd at Richmond, but will start the Chase in fourth place; prior to troubles at Richmond had four consecutive top-10 finishes, including a win at Bristol and a runner-up finish at California; also won at Michigan earlier this year; has seven top-fives and 11 top-10s this year; has been consistent with only a pair of finishes lower than 30, including a 42nd at Talladega; has only one top-five at New Hampshire in six starts; was 18th in this race last year.
Denny Hamlin Chase Points: 5,010 (10th) Finished sixth at Richmond and starts the Chase in 10th place; followed up his first win of the season at New Hampshire by finishing dead last at Daytona after wrecking early in the race with teammate Tony Stewart; has avoided the sophomore slump by posting 10 top-five and 15 top-finishes this season; finished second at Darlington and Watkins Glen and has four third-place finishes at Las Vegas, Martinsville, Phoenix and Richmond; also finished last at Bristol; has finished in the top-10 in all three career starts at New Hampshire.
Jeff Gordon Chase Points: 5,040 (2nd) Finished fourth at Richmond but was 22nd at California, 19th at Bristol and 27th at Michigan over previous three races; prior to Michigan had finished in the top 10 in 10 straight races; was the first driver to clinch a spot in the "Chase for the Championship" but is seeded second to teammate Jimmie Johnson based on wins; spun with less than two laps remaining at Watkins Glen while leading, costing him a potential fifth win this season - still managed to finish ninth; was docked 100 points for failing post-qualifying inspections at Sonoma, where he ran seventh; has four checkered flags this season and 79 career, just four shy of tying Cale Yarborough for fifth place all-time; reached a landmark milestone at Talladega, recording his 77th career victory to pass the late Dale Earnhardt for sixth all-time; leads the series in poles (8), top-five finishes (15) and top 10s (21); has three wins and three poles at New Hampshire; was second here in July and third last September.
Jeff Burton Chase Points: 5,010 (7th) Starts the Chase in seventh place; finished 18th at Richmond and ran fourth at California; was 12th at Bristol and finished out of the top-10 in four races prior to California; prior to that tough stretch had registered four top-10 finishes over a six-race span; ran seventh at New Hampshire and third at Sonoma to end a streak of four consecutive finishes outside the top 10; has seven top-five finishes and 13 top-10s and has only three finishes of 34th or worse this season; captured his only victory of the season at Texas; has four wins at New Hampshire and finished seventh in this event last year.
Matt Kenseth Chase Points: 5,010 (8th) Starts the Chase in eighth place; did not close strong with a 14th at Richmond after a seventh at California - a week after crashing and finishing 39th at Bristol; ran fourth at Michigan in the rain delayed race; posted fourth straight top-10 finish by placing 10th at the Brickyard; ran 34th and 42nd, respectively, prior to the four straight top-10 results; captured his only victory of the season in the campaign's second race at California; has eight top-five finishes and 16 top-10s this season; finished ninth here earlier this year and 10th in this event last September.