Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tool 301 | New Hampshire Motor Speedway


Tick-tock - the clock is ticking on those trying to make the Chase for the Championship and New Hampshire will present a bit of a wild card element.

There will be several accidents and it's likely that it will decide the outcome of the race. Unlike most 'short tracks,' clean air is the most deciding factor and staying out front is the key to avoiding a multi-car pile-up.

Two drivers are synonymous with New Hampshire and enter today's race as the favorites - Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.

It must sound silly to mention Jeff Gordon as a favorite anywhere in 2012 but this is a team that is in full-desperation mode. That will ultimately propel them to at least one win before the Chase begins, but it is unclear whether or not that will be enough to make the Chase. Gordon has three career wins at New Hampshire and has led laps every race here over the last two years.

But only one driver has finished in the top-five in the last two races at New Hampshire - Tony Stewart. He also dramatically won the last race here, race two of the Chase for the Championship, on his incredible run towards the series championship.

Stewart's also a safer pick on momentum alone. He has three wins this year, including a surprise victory last week at Daytona.

The cream rises to the crop at New Hampshire and the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 will be a statement race for someone. Stay tuned.

Starting Line Up by Row
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
20th Annual LENOX Industrial Tools 301
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, July 13, 2012 @ 05:08 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Jeff Burton 07/13/97 02:42:35 117.134
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 28.548 133.417
2 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 28.551 133.403
2 3 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 28.552 133.399
4 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 28.565 133.338
3 5 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 28.569 133.319
6 39 Ryan Newman ARMY ROTC Chevrolet 28.578 133.277
4 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 28.583 133.254
8 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet 28.595 133.198
5 9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet 28.628 133.045
10 14 Tony Stewart MOBIL 1 / Office Depot Chevrolet 28.651 132.938
6 11 16 Greg Biffle 3M / WB Mason / Post-it Ford 28.665 132.873
12 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevrolet 28.666 132.868
7 13 27 Paul Menard Menards / Duracell Chevrolet 28.730 132.572
14 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Services Chevrolet 28.735 132.549
8 15 55 Brian Vickers MyClassicGarage.com / Aaron's Toyota 28.762 132.425
16 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 28.762 132.425
9 17 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row / Farm American Chevrolet 28.769 132.393
18 47 Bobby Labonte Luke & Associates Toyota 28.782 132.333
10 19 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.797 132.264
20 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 28.811 132.200
11 21 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal / LENOX Ford 28.814 132.186
22 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 28.836 132.085
12 23 43 Aric Almirola Medallion Financial Ford 28.891 131.833
24 22 Sam Hornish Jr.(i) Shell Pennzoil / AAA Dodge 28.952 131.556
13 25 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 28.972 131.465
26 10 David Reutimann Mohawk Northeast Chevrolet 29.016 131.266
14 27 17 Matt Kenseth NESN Ford 29.023 131.234
28 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops / Allstate Chevrolet 29.023 131.234
15 29 83 Landon Cassill Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 29.034 131.184
30 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 29.112 130.833
16 31 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Degree Chevrolet 29.150 130.662
32 26 Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford 29.267 130.140
17 33 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 29.336 129.834
34 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 29.342 129.807
18 35 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 29.371 129.679
36 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 29.406 129.525
19 37 32 Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts Ford 29.453 129.318
38 49 JJ Yeley Robinson-Blakeney Racing Toyota 29.463 129.274
20 39 38 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford 29.490 129.156
40 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 29.504 129.094
21 41 23 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevrolet 29.557 128.863
42 79 Kelly Bires Team Kyle / Bestway Disposal Ford 29.637 128.515
22 43 33 Stephen Leicht # LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet 29.714 128.182

Did Not Qualify: # 19 Mike Bliss(i).
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 17 0 Ford 12 0

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