Last year, Ryan Preece finished second to Kyle Busch in this race. Preece takes over the car that beat him last year and hopes to improve by one position. He’ll have to beat Cup regulars Brad Keselowski and Austin Dillon to do so.
Here’s all the info for today’s Xfinity race.
(All times are Eastern)
START: The command to start engines will be given at 4:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 4:16 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (211.6 miles) around the 1.05-mile track.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 7 a.m. Qualifying is at 11:05 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3:30 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Boston Sports Team Vocalist John Robert Murphy will perform the anthem at 4:01 p.m. The Canadian National Anthem will be performed by Jodie Cunningham at 3:58 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race beginning at 3 p.m. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green on NBCSN. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 78 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST TIME: Kyle Busch beat his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Ryan Preece by more than 10 seconds. William Byron came home third, with Cup regulars Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.
TO THE REAR: Brad Keselowski won the pole for the race but will start from the rear after being late to the driver-crew chief meeting. BJ McLeod will also start from the rear for being late to the meeting.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.
Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. will start from the front row in Sunday’s Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN).
Busch starts from the pole position for the third time this season and the first time at New Hampshire.
The top five is completed by Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney.
Alex Bowman in eighth and Daniel Suarez in ninth earned their best starting position at New Hampshire.
Kevin Harvick missed the final round of qualification and starts 14th.
Click here for the complete starting lineup.
Kurt Busch posted a lap of 133.591 mph in the final round of qualification for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and will lead the field to green on Sunday. Busch was the only Stewart-Haas Racing driver to advance to the final round.
This is Busch’s first pole at New Hampshire, but he has started on the front row twice before – most recently in July, 2013. He finished 31st in that race and was 21st after starting second in July, 2007.
He beat Martin Truex Jr. (133.502 mph) by .019 seconds.
Kyle Busch (133.431), Denny Hamlin (133.361) and Ryan Blaney (132.720) round out the top five.
Alex Bowman (132.618) had the fastest Chevrolet in eighth. This is his best New Hampshire start in his seventh race.
Kevin Harvick (132.554) failed to advance to the final round and posted the 14th fastest time.
Kyle Larson (132.039) failed to back up his practice speed. He had the third fastest car in that session, but failed to make the final round and qualified 20th.
Last year, Kyle Busch won from the pole for the first time since Ryan Newman did so in the July 2011.This is Busch’s first pole at New Hampshire, but he has started on the front row twice before – most recently in 2013. He finished 31st in that race and was 21st after starting second in 2007.
Daniel Suarez (132.581) in ninth earned his best New Hampshire start in three tries.
Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 6-7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and gets a jump on this weekend’s racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Carolyn Manno hosts with Parker Kligerman in Stamford, Connecticut.
On today’s show:
- The New Hampshire race weekend is off and running. Carolyn and Parker have complete coverage following today’s practices and Monster Energy Series qualifying from Loudon.
- They will get reaction from several drivers, including the one who will start from the pole in Sunday’s race.
- Plus, New England native Parker Kligerman jumps in the NBC Sports iRacing simulator to show us the challenges of racing the Magic Mile.
- Nate Ryan of NBCSports.com examines the dominance of NASCAR’s Big 3 of Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
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Click here at 6 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.
Ryan Truex jumped to the top of the speed chart in the final minute of practice for the Lake Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His fastest lap was 128.898 mph.
He beat Brad Keselowski (128.415 mph) by .111 seconds.
Christopher Bell‘s third fastest lap of 128.023 mph was .091 seconds slower than Keselowski and .202 seconds slower than Truex.
Justin Allgaier (128.014) and Austin Dillon (127.958) rounded out the top five.
Bell had the quickest 10 lap average at 127.356 mph.
Click here for the complete final practice report.
Cup regular Keselowski topped the practice chart in the first practice session for the Lake Region 200. His fastest lap was 128.040 mph.
Cole Custer was second in that session with speed of 127.619, which was .098 seconds slower than Keselowski.
Ryan Preece, who finished second in this race last year, landed third on the chart with a lap of 127.491.
Nemechek (127.419 mph) and Matt Tifft (127.321) rounded out the top five.
The only other Cup regular in the field, Dillon (126.412) posted the 15th fastest lap.
Austin Cindric spun with 32 minutes remaining and did significant damage to the No. 60 Ford. He was seventh on the speed chart at the time with a lap of 126.892 mph. The team elected to make repairs instead of rolling out a backup car.
Click here for complete first practice results.