Happy anniversary, Matt Kenseth. It’s been one year since you won the mid-July NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Then again, today may be a bit bittersweet for Kenseth, as today’s race also marks the last time he reached victory lane in the Cup series.
That’s right, one year – 35 races – between wins.
Can Kenseth repeat last year’s victory? He’s got a great starting spot: on the inside of Row 2 (third place) in today’s race.
Here are the particulars for today’s Cup race:
(All times are Eastern)
START: Parker Overton, Founder of Overton’s, will give the command to start engines at 3:07 p.m. Green flag is set for 3:15 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 301 laps (318.46 miles) around the 1.058-mile speedway.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 75; Stage 2 ends at Lap 150.
COMPETITION CAUTION: Lap 35
PRERACE SCHEDULE: The NASCAR Cup garage opens at 9:30 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 1 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:30 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race. Coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. with NASCAR America. Countdown to Green follows at 2:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s broadcast on radio and at goprn.com begins at 2 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.
ANTHEMS: Canadian Anthem will be performed by Kyle Masterson at 2:58 p.m. U.S. Anthem will be performed by Jodie Cunningham at 3:01 p.m.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 84 degrees at race time with a 15 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST YEAR: Matt Kenseth led 39 of 301 laps to win. Tony Stewart finished second while Joey Logano was third. Kyle Busch led a race-high 133 laps but finished eighth, while Martin Truex Jr. led 123 laps and finished 16th. Kevin Harvick won the playoff race in September. Kenseth was second. Busch third.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the row-by-row starting lineup.