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Race Capsule

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 28 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

  • When:

    September 23, 2012 2:15 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    300

  • Track Length:

    1.058 miles

  • Race Length:

    317.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,313,845

Drivers to Watch

Jeff Gordon 12th, 47 points out of first place.
Kyle Busch 13th place.
Tony Stewart In a sense, Stewart dropped one position after Chicago. He came into the Chase in a three-way tie for second; he exited in sole possession of third, eight points behind points leader Brad Keselowski, five points behind second-ranked Jimmie Johnson and leads a three-driver tie for fourth (Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin), all by seven points.
Carl Edwards 15th, 42 points out of 13th place. Lost one spot last week.
Kasey Kahne Kahne went from a four-way tie for ninth to start the Chase to a three-way tie (with Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin) for fourth after the Chase opener at Chicago. The trio stands 15 points behind series leader Brad Keselowski, seven points behind third-ranked Tony Stewart and two points ahead of seventh-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Paul Menard 16th, 54 points out of 13th place. Gained one spot last week.
Ryan Newman 14th, 41 points out of 13th place. Gained two spots last week.
Martin Truex Jr. Truex went from a four-way tie for ninth to sole possession of ninth, so he didn't really make much progress at Chicago. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 21 points, eighth-ranked Greg Biffle by 2 points and leads 10th-ranked Kevin Harvick by 2 points.
Jeff Burton 19th, 147 points out of 13th place.
Clint Bowyer Bowyer moved up one position, from a two-way tie for fifth heading into the Chase into a three-way tie (with Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin) for fourth after the Chase opener Sunday at Chicago. The trio stands 15 points behind series leader Brad Keselowski and seven points behind third-ranked Tony Stewart and is two points ahead of seventh-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Greg Biffle Biffle, who led the points for 14 of the first 26 weeks, fell from a tie for fifth place entering the Chase to eighth place after the Chase opener at Chicago. Biffle is 19 points behind new points leader Brad Keselowski, two points behind seventh-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr., and two points ahead of ninth-ranked Martin True Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt essentially stayed where he was in the standings, going from a tie for seventh heading into the Chase to sole possession of seventh after the Chase opener at Chicago. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 17 points, trails a three-way tie for fourth by two points and leads eighth-ranked Greg Biffle by two points.
Brad Keselowski With his win in the opening race of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, Brad Keselowski went from a three-way tie for second place into sole possession of first place. He leads second-ranked Jimmie Johnson by three points and third-ranked Tony Stewart by eight points.
Kevin Harvick Harvick slipped slightly after the Chase opener at Chicago. He entered the Chase seeded in a four-way tie for ninth place. After Chicago, he has sole possession of 10th place in the 12-driver field. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 24 points, ninth-ranked Martin Truex Jr. by 3 points and leads 11th-ranked Matt Kenseth by 2 points.
Bobby Labonte 24th, 239 points out of 13th place.
Joey Logano 18th, 99 points out of 13th place.
Aric Almirola 22nd, 199 points out of 13th place.
Jimmie Johnson Johnson essentially didn't gain any ground in the standings, per se. He came into the Chase tied for second place and he left Chicagoland after the Chase opener still in second, although this time he was in sole possession of the No. 2 position. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by three points and leads third-ranked Tony Stewart by five points.
Marcos Ambrose 17th, 62 points out of 13th place. Lost two spots last week.
Kurt Busch 26th, 303 points out of 13th place. Lost one spot last week.
Matt Kenseth 11th, 26 points out of first. Lost three spots last week.
Jamie McMurray 20th, 150 points out of 13th place.
Denny Hamlin Hamlin entered the Chase leading the point standings, but he fell into a three-way tie with Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne for fourth after the Chase opener Sunday at Chicago. The trio stands 15 points behind series leader Brad Keselowski and seven points behind third-ranked Tony Stewart and is two points ahead of seventh-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr.