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Sylvania 300 - New Hampshire International Speedway

Bowyer Wins First Race of the Chase and Career
Clint Bowyer is no longer the only driver in the Chase without a win. Bowyer, one of the nicest guys in NASCAR, won his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race Sunday before a standing-room only crowd at New Hampshire International Speedway. Bowyer did it in convincing fashion. Starting from the pole position, the Kansas City native led more than two-thirds of the 300-lap distance to grab the first Cup win of his career. Sunday's race was the first of 10 in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup and it is the first time Bowyer qualified for the 12-car field. Four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon was second and two-time champion Tony Stewart was third. Kyle Busch was fourth while two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr. was fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Casey Mears, Ryan Newman and J. J. Yeley. Bowyer's victory was the high point for Richard Childress Racing. His Jack Daniel's-sponsored Chevrolet was the class of the field while teammates Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton struggled. The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup couldn't have started on a more perfect, sun-splashed New England day. It was cool enough to remind everyone that "Ole Man Winter" is right around the corner. A driver who knows what cold winters are like proved his pole position was no fluke. Native Kansan Bowyer, who cut his racing teeth on dirt tracks throughout the Midwest, was fast from the get-go. Bowyer led every lap prior to the mandatory competition caution at 35 laps. He also won the race off pit road. Ward Burton spun on the 67th lap to bring out another caution and Stewart's crew put him in the lead with a lightning pit stop. Bowyer, however, drove from fourth to first by lap 112. The race was turning into a six-car battle between Bowyer, Stewart, Gordon, Johnson, Newman, Kenseth and Earnhardt. Other Chase contenders seemed to be out of the running as far as winning this event was concerned. Kurt Busch showed some early speed but engine problems kept him from contending.

Sylvania 300 Notes
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· Practice 1
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· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· Chase Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Team Red Bull Notes
· Sam Hornish Jr. Notes
· Boris Said Notes
· Regan Smith Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· J.J. Yeley Notes
· Juan Pablo Montoya Notes
· David Ragan Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Tony Raines Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Paul Menard Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Kenny Wallace Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes

Saturday Practices Washed Away
The second and final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup practice sessions scheduled for Saturday morning at the New Hampshire International Speedway have been washed out thanks to heavy rain and winds.

Bowyer Kicks Off Chase with Loudon Pole Position
Clint Bowyer won the Bud Pole for the Sylvania 300 with a lap of 29.206 seconds, 130.412 mph. This is his second Bud Pole in 27 career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. This is his second Bud Pole and eighth top-10 start in 2007. This is Bowyer’s first start better than 24th in four races at New Hampshire International Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 29.241 seconds, 130.255 mph. Truex has posted top-10 starts in three of his four New Hampshire races. Kurt Busch (third) posted his eight top-10 start in 14 New Hampshire races. Six of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Bowyer, Truex, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson (fourth), Tony Stewart (sixth) and Kevin Harvick (eighth). Dave Blaney (10th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time. Paul Menard (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.

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