NASCAR Sprint Cup, Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Coming to NHMS

(Press Release from New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

Tony Stewart was the last driver to win a Chase race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and ride it all the way to a Sprint Cup Series championship in 2011 (Photo: New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

Tony Stewart was the last driver to win a Chase race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and ride it all the way to a Sprint Cup Series championship in 2011 (Photo: New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been the host of NASCAR playoff racing since the inception of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship more than a decade ago.

This year, NASCAR: New England Style means a pair of playoff races, as the Camping World Truck Series will run its inaugural Chase race, the UNOH 175, on Sept. 24, joining the Sept. 25 New England 300 Sprint Cup race.

The two national series playoff races will be two of four races run over the Sept. 24-25 weekend. The UNOH 175 (1:00 p.m.) will be the first race in a Tripleheader Saturday of racing that includes the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 at 3:30 p.m. and the American-Canadian Tour Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational at 5:00 p.m.

The New England 300 on Sunday will be the second of three races in the opening Round of 16 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Sprint Cup Chase Fast Facts

  • Kurt Busch (2004) and Tony Stewart (2011) both won the Sprint Cup Series championship after winning the Chase race that season at NHMS.
  • Matt Kenseth has won two of the last three Chase races at NHMS.
    With his win in July, Matt Kenseth joined Jimmie Johnson (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004) as the only drivers in NHMS history to win back-to-back Sprint Cup Series races.
  • Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski enter the Chase as the top seeds, having both won four races during the regular season.
  • Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray are the only three drivers in this year’s Chase to have never won a race at any level at NHMS.
  • Only two drivers, Jimmie Johnson (39th in 2006 and 25th in 2010) and Kyle Busch (37th in 2015), have finished outside the top-10 in a Chase race at NHMS and gone on to win the championship that season.
  • Chris Buescher and Chase Elliott mark the first time two rookies have made the Chase in the same season.
  • Eight different teams are being represented in the Chase.
  • Toyotas have won 13 of the first 26 races this season.
  • Five of the last 10 and eight of the last 15 winners at NHMS have won from a starting position outside the top-10.

Camping World Truck Chase Fast Facts

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be the first-ever Camping World Truck Series Chase race.
    With one regular-season race remaining (on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway), 18-year-old William Byron (five wins) will enter the Chase as the top seed.
  • William Byron won last year’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race en route to the series championship in 2015.
  • Matt Crafton, the 2014 and 2015 Camping World Truck Series champion, will be a favorite to pick up his third title in four years, but has never found Sunoco Victory Lane in 13 starts at NHMS.
    Cole Custer will be the only driver in the UNOH 175 field that has previously won a Camping World Truck Series race at NHMS.
  • Each of the last four Truck Series winners at NHMS have won the race from the pole position.
  • Toyota has won three straight and eight of the last 10 Camping World Truck Series championships.

For more details and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, or to purchase tickets to next week’s September New England 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, please stop by our ticket office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call our ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931.

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  1. Playoffs? What you talk in’ about Playoffs?….

    .. enter that annoying announcer that tries to conjure up drama with every sentence…

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