WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER NOTES FOR THE LENOX INDUSTRIAL TOOLS 300 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, JULY 1, 2007.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. led six times for 64 laps to earn WIX Filters Lap Leader of the Race honors in the LENOX Industrial Tools 300. He captured the award the second time this season. Earnhardt Jr. also captured the honor at Martinsville, Va. (race No. 6). Earnhardt Jr. has led 302 total laps in seven races this season.
Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth in todayís race, his third top-five and seventh top-10 of the 2007 season. He racked up his second top-10 in the last three races.
UNOFFICIALLY Earnhardt Jr. is 12th in the NEXTEL Cup Series championship standings. He trails 11th-place Clint Bowyer by one point and leads 13th-place Ryan Newman by 127.
EARNHARDT JR. QUOTES: ďIím real proud of Tony Gibson for the job he did as interim crew chief. He filled in really good for me and done a great job. The whole team owes an incredible debt to Tony for taking on that role and doing as good of a job as he did. My car was handling great for the first half of the race. We got a little tight at the end. I was just real good all day long. The car was running good. As it cooled off we got tight. Iím in the car and canít tell what the weatherís doing [smiles]. So I didnít ask for no changes obviously to get the car freed up there at the end as the track got tight.Ē ITíS NO SMALL FEAT TO LEAD THE MOST LAPS HERE. ďIím proud of my day, I really am, my team, the way we drove, the way we had our car setup, everything.Ē
Jeff Gordon leads the overall WIX Filters Lap Leader standings by one race (4-3) over Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson.
WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD STANDINGS
Jeff Gordon 4
Tony Stewart 3
Jimmie Johnson 3
Denny Hamlin 2
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2
Matt Kenseth 1
Martin Truex Jr. 1
Robby Gordon 1
WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD WINNERS BY RACE
Daytona 500 Tony Stewart (35 laps)
Auto Club 500 Matt Kenseth (133 laps)
UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Jeff Gordon (111 laps)
Kobalt Tools 500 Jimmie Johnson (135 laps)
Food City 500 Tony Stewart (257 laps)
Goodyís Cool Orange 500 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (137 laps)
Samsung 500 Jeff Gordon (173 laps)
Subway Fresh Fit 500 Tony Stewart (132 laps)
Aaronís 499 Jeff Gordon (71 laps)
Crown Royal 400 Jeff Gordon (114 laps)
Dodge Avenger 500 Denny Hamlin (179 laps)
Coca-Cola 600 Jimmie Johnson (83 laps)
Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa Martin Truex Jr. (216 laps)
Pocono 500 Denny Hamlin (49 laps)
Citizens Bank 400 Jimmie Johnson (56 laps)
Toyota/Save Mart 350 Robby Gordon (48 laps)
LENOX Industrial Tools 300 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (64 laps)