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Sylvania 300 - New Hampshire International Speedway

Newman Wins a Wild One in Loudon
It certainly was a wild and crazy day in Loudon, with all of the hot tempers, wrecked race cars, retaliations, and pit strategies, it sure made for an interesting race to watch. In the end, Ryan Newman emerged from it all with his first win of the season, winning the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, scoring his 12th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 143rd career start, his last victory came at Dover in September 2004, 35 races ago. The end of the race produced an exciting finish between Newman, who had squeaked into the Chase last week, and Tony Stewart, who started from the pole and dominated the Sylvania 300 by leading the most laps in the event, leading the most laps for the ninth time this season, the most of all drivers. Stewart led the race six times for a total of 173 laps to grab those all-important bonus points, Newman led three times for 66 laps as he led the second-most laps on the day. The day’s final caution for debris on lap 280 would see Newman and Stewart ready to restart 1-2 after cars on different pit strategies pitted in front of them under the yellow flag. The restart would come with 16 laps remaining, with Stewart determined to regain his lead. Stewart repeatedly dogged Newman lap after lap until finally making the pass with eight laps to go and many were sure that he was on his way to a sweep of this season’s Loudon events. Well, that is everyone except Newman, who returned the favor and passed Stewart to retake the lead with only two laps to go and held on for a 0.292-second victory to score his second win at Loudon in eight career races there. Newman now becomes the season’s 13th different race winner, tying the total from last year. Newman scored the third victory for car owner Roger Penske at New Hampshire International Speedway. This was Penske’s 57th victory as a car owner and first in 27 races this season. Tony Stewart had to settle for the runner-up position, giving him 13 straight top-10 finishes, including 10 top fives, and extending a streak that began with a second-place finish at Michigan in June. Stewart remained first in the point standings for the seventh consecutive race. Matt Kenseth finished in the third spot, scoring his fifth top-10 finish in his last five races and moved from ninth to fifth in the point standings. Greg Biffle battled his teammate Kenseth at the line but fell short and finished fourth and remains second in the standings, 20 points out of the lead. Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top five by scoring his first top-five finish in his last nine races, since his victory at Chicagoland. With the win, Newman climbed from tenth to third in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.

Sylvania 300 Notes
· Race Results
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Points Standings
· Owner Points Standings
· Old Style Point Standings
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Saturday Letarte Quotes
· Dodge Saturday Mayfield Quotes
· Final Practice
· Practice 1
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Loomis Quotes
· Chevrolet Friday Loomis Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Bobby Hamilton Jr. Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Michael Waltirp Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes

Stewart Kicks Off Chase with Loudon Pole Position
Tony Stewart officially kicks off the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup Championship by winning the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire International Speedway. Stewart’s pole-winning lap of 29.043 seconds, at an average speed of 131.143 mph, gives Stewart his first career Bud Pole at New Hampshire and his second of the 2005 season, his other pole came at Daytona in July. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 28.561 seconds, at an average speed of 133.357 mph, set September 12, 2003. This is Tony Stewart’s ninth career pole position in 239 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races, his fifth pole on a superspeedway. This is Tony Stewart’s 14th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway. Stewart gives Chevrolet its 12th pole this season, while Dodge has eight poles and Ford has five. The next two spots on the starting grid will go to two drivers who missed the chase and got new crew chiefs this week. Jeff Gordon, with new crew chief Steve Letarte, posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 29.058 seconds, at an average of 131.075 mph, and will join Stewart on the front row for the Sylvania 300. Gordon has started from a top-10 starting position in 12 of his races at New Hampshire. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was reunited with crew chief Tony Eury Jr., qualified in third, which is best start of the season. Matt Kenseth in fourth and Scott Riggs in fifth rounded out the top five in the starting lineup. Five Chase drivers qualified in the top-10, the slowest Chase driver is Greg Biffle who will start 26th in the Sylvania 300. Two of the 21 races at Loudon have been won from the pole: Jeff Gordon in August of 1998 and Ryan Newman in September of 2002. The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Loudon was 38th by Jeff Burton in July 1999. Last season, Kurt Busch swept both Loudon races on his way to the 2004 Championship… Tony Stewart won at Loudon in July.


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