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Sylvania 300 - New Hampshire International Speedway

Harvick Wins First Chase Race, Second in a Row
Kevin Harvick threw caution to the wind Sunday and took the first step towards a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship by dominating the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Harvick is now leading both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and the NASCAR Busch Series point standings. For a driver who is in NASCAR’s coveted top 10 in the race for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship for the first time, Harvick drove wide open to victory by leading more than half the laps. It was Harvick’s second victory in as many Cup races. He won last weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series races at Richmond. He finished ahead of two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart after a restart four laps from the finish of the 300 lap race. A multi-car crash involving Martin Truex Jr. and Travis Kvapil marred the exciting finish as cars scrambled behind the leaders to the finish line. Trailing Harvick and Stewart were four-time champion Jeff Gordon and rookie Denny Hamlin. Brian Vickers was fifth. Six of the first 10 positions went to drivers in the chase. Elliott Sadler was sixth, Jeff Burton seventh, J.J. Yeley eighth, Dave Blaney ninth and Matt Kenseth 10th. Burton and Kenseth are Chase drivers. Other Chase drivers and their finish positions: Mark Martin (11th); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (13th); Kasey Kahne (16th); Kyle Busch (38th); and Jimmie Johnson (39th). Johnson had led the points virtually all year until several weeks ago when Kenseth took the lead. He is now last in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship. Points are reformatted for the top 10 drivers and Harvick leads with 5,230 points. Two contenders in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup had problems before the race reached the halfway point. Kyle Busch was involved in a second lap skirmish with Jeff Green and lost a lap while repairs were made in the pits. Jeff Burton barely escaped the wreck which happened directly in front of him. Jimmie Johnson's luck turned sour after only 60 laps when his Chevrolet dropped a cylinder. He was trying to salvage what he could with a sick motor when he was forced hard into the outside retaining wall when several cars stacked up entering turn one on lap 80. Johnson hammered the SAFER barrier hard enough to send him to the garage, where his team scurried around trying to get him back on the track. Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Burton battled for the lead while other Chase contenders kept themselves in the top 10, including Martin, Earnhardt, rookie Denny Hamlin and former champion Tony Stewart, who did not make the Chase.

Sylvania 300 Notes
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· Point Standings
· 'Old' Style Point Standings
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· Final Practice
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· Practice 2
· Starting Lineup
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· Ford Qualifying Quotes
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· Practice 1
· Qualifying Order
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
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· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· MRN Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· David Stremme Notes

Hot Harvick Takes First Pole of the Chase
Kevin Harvick remains one of the hottest drivers in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series as the 2006 Chase for the Championship kicks off this weekend. Harvick, fresh off last week’s win at Richmond, picked up right where he left off, winning the pole position for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Harvick posted a super-quick qualifying lap of 28.793 seconds, at an average speed of 132.282 mph, to claim his fifth career Bud Pole in 205 NEXTEL Cup Series starts. This is his first pole of the 2006 season and he became the 12th different Bud Pole winner in 2006. This is Harvick’s first pole position at New Hampshire although he has started from the top ten five times at the Loudon track. Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.909 seconds, at an average speed of 131.751 mph, and will join Harvick on the front row for the race on Sunday afternoon. Gordon posted his 14th top-10 start in 24 races at New Hampshire. This is his 10th front-row start here. Kurt Busch qualified in the third position, posting his series-leading 19th top-10 start of 2006. It is also his career-best among his six top-10 starts in 12 races at New Hampshire. Ryan Newman will roll off from the fourth position on Sunday, his 12th top-10 start this season and eighth in 10 races at New Hampshire. This is his sixth top-five start here. Rookie Denny Hamlin will start fifth. He started 12th and finished sixth in July, his career-first start at Loudon.

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