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Date: Sunday, July 13

Start Time: 1 p.m. ET

Site: New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, New Hampshire

Track: 1.058-mile oval

Laps: 301

Miles: 318.458

Capacity: 93,521 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 22nd

On TV: TNT

Announcers:

On Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Jeff Burton, 1997 (117.134 mph)

Qualifying record: Ryan Newman, September 2013 (136.497 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Brian Vickers

Runner up: Kyle Busch

Pole winner: Brad Keselowski (135.922 mph)

Top 10:

1. Brian Vickers (Start: 13)

2. Kyle Busch (4)

3. Jeff Burton (9)

4. Brad Keselowski (1)

5. Aric Almirola (17)

6. Jimmie Johnson (43)

7. Kevin Harvick (18)

8. Carl Edwards (6)

9. Matt Kenseth (12)

10. Jeff Gordon (5)

Average speed: 98.735 mph

Time of race: 3 hrs., 14 mins., 10 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.582 secs.

Caution flags: 12 for 58 laps

Lead changes: 10 among 6 drivers

Past winners

2013 Brian Vickers, Toyota, 98.735 mph

2012 Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 116.266 mph

2011 Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 104.100 mph

2010 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 113.308 mph

2009 Joey Logano, Toyota, 97.497 mph

2008 Kurt Busch, Dodge, 106.719 mph

2007 Denny Hamlin, Chevrolet, 108.215 mph

2006 Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 101.384 mph

2005 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 102.608 mph

2004 Kurt Busch, Ford, 97.862 mph

2003 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 96.924 mph

2002 Ward Burton, Dodge, 92.342 mph

2001 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 102.131 mph

2000 Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 103.145 mph

1999 Jeff Burton, Ford, 101.876 mph

1998 Jeff Burton, Ford, 102.996 mph

1997 Jeff Burton, Ford, 117.134 mph

1996 Ernie Irvan, Ford, 98.930 mph

1995 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 107.029 mph

1994 Ricky Rudd, Ford, 87.599 mph

1993 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 105.947 mph

Last race

Race: Coke Zero 400 (July 6 -- delayed one day due to rain)

Site: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Florida

Miles: 280 (shortened 120 miles, 48 laps due to rain)

Laps: 112

Finish line order: Aric Almirola, Brian Vickers, Kurt Busch, Casey Mears, Austin Dillon

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 9 mins., 13 secs.

Average speed: 130.014 mph

Margin of victory: Under Caution

Caution flags: 6 for 29 laps

Lead changes: 21 among 14 drivers

Lap leaders: Gilliland 1-4, Kenseth 5-16, Stewart 17-19, Ragan 20-24, Bowyer Gilliland 1-4, Kenseth 5-16, Stewart 17-19, Ragan 20-24, Bowyer 25, Mears 26, Ragan 27-28, Sorenson 29-32, Cassill 33-34, Gilliland 35, Cassill 36-38, McMurray 39-41, Annett 42-43, McMurray 44-51, Biffle 52-59, Ku. Busch 60-85, Biffle 86, J. Gordon 87-88, Ku. Busch 89-97, Almirola 98-104, Ku. Busch 105, Almirola 106-112

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/McDonald's

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Redds

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Dow

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Great Clips/Shark Week

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Freight

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Mobil 1

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/NESN 30th Anniversary

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Cargill/Wegman's

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Interstate Batteries

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/AutoTrader.com

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Tap Out Muscle Recovery

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Duracell

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 Eddie MacDonald (Rowley, MA) Ford/TryAudrozene.com

#33 Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC) Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Taco Bell

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/TBA

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Long John Silver's

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Newtown Building Sup.

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Charter

#44 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/TBA

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Kingsford Charcoal

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/AccuDoc Solutions

#55 * Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA) Toyota/Let's Go Places Toyota

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Burger King

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Royal Teak Collection

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Brian Vickers 11 17 16 35 34 15 Won
Kyle Busch 4 Won 11 25 7 11 36 16 2
Brad Keselowski 6 26 35 5 4
Aric Almirola 23 28 5
Jimmie Johnson 13 9 5 9 9 Won 5 7 6
Kevin Harvick 22 5 8 14 34 5 21 8 7
Carl Edwards 12 2 13 17 19 25 13 18 8
Matt Kenseth 10 14 9 18 22 17 20 13 9
Jeff Gordon 25 15 2 11 2 4 11 6 10
Kasey Kahne 6 8 25 30 10 36 6 Won 11
Jamie McMurray 40 33 16 41 33 18 31 20 12
Clint Bowyer 27 37 22 20 7 17 3 13
Dale Earnhardt Jr 9 43 4 24 13 8 15 4 14
Greg Biffle 5 3 31 21 18 16 18 9 15
Martin Truex Jr 18 3 4 37 22 8 11 16
Paul Menard 39 29 30 28 24 17 17
Denny Hamlin 6 Won 8 15 14 3 2 21
Tony Stewart Won 37 12 13 5 2 2 12 26
Kurt Busch 2 38 21 Won 3 3 10 24 31
Ryan Newman 7 39 10 15 29 6 Won 10 39
Joey Logano Won 9 4 14 40

Notes

The Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the 19th race on 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Originally named New Hampshire International Speedway, this racetrack is located on approximately 1,200 acres, making it the largest sports facility in New England. Groundbreaking for this track took place on Aug. 13, 1989. Speedway Motorsports Inc. agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on Jan. 11, 2008. It was then renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

This 1.058-mile racetrack has banking that ranges from 2 to 7 degrees in all of its turns. There is 1 degree of banking on the straights. The lengths of the frontstretch and backstretch are 1,500 feet.

There have been 38 races in NASCAR's premier series held at New Hampshire, including one event per season from 1993-96 and two each year since then.

Rusty Wallace won the inaugural Cup race at New Hampshire, the Slick 50 300, on July 11, 1993.

Four drivers have competed in all 38 races at New Hampshire: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek. Labonte is not entered in this weekend's race. Burton is scheduled to make just his second start of the season, driving the No. 66 Toyota for Jay Robinson Racing.

Burton leads all drivers with four victories at New Hampshire. He has not won a race there since September 2000, when he led all 300 laps in the event.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at New Hampshire with nine, followed by Jack Roush with seven and Joe Gibbs with six.

Ryan Newman leads all drivers with seven poles at New Hampshire. Newman's most recent pole there came last September. Gordon has the second most poles at this track with four.

The race winner at New Hampshire has started from the pole five times, which is more than any other starting position there. Newman most recently did it in July 2011.

The closest margin of victory in a Cup race at New Hampshire occurred on July 1, 2007 when Denny Hamlin beat Gordon to the finish line by just 0.068 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at New Hampshire is 38th, accomplished by Burton in July 1999.

Four drivers on the entry list for this weekend's race scored their first career wins in the series at New Hampshire: Joe Nemechek (Sept. 19, 1999), Ryan Newman (Sept. 15, 2002), Clint Bowyer (Sept. 16, 2007) and Joey Logano (June 28, 2009). Robby Gordon's first Cup victory also came at this track on Nov. 23, 2001. The fall 2001 event there was postponed due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Brad Keselowski is the only driver who claimed his maiden pole at New Hampshire, doing so on Sept. 19, 2010.

Three drivers entered in this race made their Cup debuts at New Hampshire: Burton and Nemechek's first starts came there on July 11, 1993. Logano's debut occurred at this track on Sept. 14, 2008.

When Logano won the June '09 event (rain-shortened) at New Hampshire, he became the youngest driver to win a race in series history at the age of 19 years, 1 month and 4 days old. Mark Martin is the oldest driver to win a race at New Hampshire. Martin took the checkered flag there on Sept. 20, 2009 when he was 50 years, 8 months and 11 days old.

The next race is the July 27 Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman won last year's event there.

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