Next Up; New Hampshire
The Cup Series goes back to Sunday racing this weekend. The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 will take place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The race is 301 laps on the 1.058 mile oval. That's 318.458 miles. The green flag will wave at 2:00 pm and the race will be televised on NBCSN. The Cup Series coverage has moved from Fox to the NBC networks for the rest of the season.
There are three rounds of practice this week; Friday at 11:05 am and Saturday at 9:05 and 11:35 am. Qualifying is scheduled for Friday at 3:35 pm. Practice #2 is on CNBC while all of the other pre-race action is on NBCSN.
The winner last July was Kevin Harvick who won from the 14th starting spot. Kurt Busch was on the pole with a qualifying speed was 131.591 mph. He finished 8th. This will be the forty-eighth race for the Cup Series at New Hampshire. The winner has come from the pole six times, from the Top 5 thirteen times and the Top 10 twenty-five times. The stages for this race end on Laps 75 and 150.
We have added a link to a recap of the previous race to the menu on the right side of this page.
Dusty Mullet Gets First Cash Of Session Two
A first place score of 234 gave Dusty Mullet their first cash in Session Two. Two teams tied for second place with 223 points; Heartbeat Racing and The Red Dragon. A 219 by Terry Williams was good for fourth place. As mentioned above Dusty Mullet had their first time cashing while Heartbeat Racing also got their first envelope. The other two teams have cashed previously in Session Two.
The top four drivers on the most popular list stayed the same; Daniel Hemric (in Group 7) is on twenty-four rosters while William Byron is now on twenty-two line-ups. Paul Menard is on twenty-one rosters and Michael McDowell is on eighteen. Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch round out the top six. They are both on fifteen lineups. Race winner Kurt Busch, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. are the only drivers who are not on at least one lineup. Matt DeBenedetto and David Ragan are the only drivers on just one lineup. All of the other drivers in the top seven groups were two or more rosters.
The "Move Of The Week" goes to Heartbeat Racing who dropped Jimmie Johnson for Daniel Suarez which gained them twenty-two points. The Babe lost thirteen points with her move this race. The Babe dropped Paul Menard for Ryann Preece. That was the "Goof Of The Week". The league average for the race was 196.7. There were no scores of 235 points or better.
A team made up of the most popular driver in each group would have scored 206 points. No one had those drivers. There were five ties in the race standings which involved a dozen teams. The ties in 9th and 14th were due to identical rosters. That gave us twenty-two unique lineups for Kentucky.
Check out the results from the Quaker State 400.
Session Two Standings
Team East Town held on to first place in the Session Two standings with a 199 at Kentucky. They added twenty points to their lead on Jim Zima who stayed in second with a 179. Jim is now fifty-four points back. Tom Brady (-69 pts.) jumped three spots to third place with a 218. Miller Man (-74 pts.) moved up from fifth to fourth with a 207. Bill Maccoux (-76 pts.) slipped a couple spots to fifth with a 163. Mike Wilcox (6th place / -78 pts.) gained one position with a 213. A 219 jumped Terry Williams (-87 pts.) three spots to seventh. DDT (8th place / -91 pts.) move back a spot with a 200. M J Racing (-93 pts.) fell four spots to 9th with a 183.
Two teams moved up five positions after Kentucky. Dusty Mullet used their league high 234 to jump up to 12th place while The Red Dragon is now in eighteenth place after a 223. Those were the biggest moves up in the session standings. Stocks had a 164 to fall from 15th to 22nd while a 153 dropped APEX from 16th to 23rd. Those were the largest drops in the standings. For APEX it has been a couple of tough races; they also had the largest drop last race. They were in 12th place after Race #5.
The maximum score at Daytona was 279 points. The "Max" scores in Session One averaged 276 points. The minimum score for the race would have been 101 points. Race #10 has the low for 2019 with a minimum of 47.
The Session Two average score dropped nearly one point to 203.8. For the second race in a row and third out of the last four there were no "Big" scores. There have been twenty-five scores of 235 or better this session. Bill Maccoux, Tom Brady, The Babe, Stocks, Team East Town, Jim Zima and M J Racing are the only teams with more than one "Big" score.
Group One drivers had the best average scores this race. They averaged 35.25 points per driver which included thirty-nine stage points. Stage Racing is back in 2019 and some teams have made these bonus points a priority. See who's taking advantage of Stage Racing in 2019. Check out the link below to find out.
There are twenty-seven teams for Session Two. We pay one spot for every three entries so this session the payouts go down to 9th place. Session One paid down to 8th.
All Events Standings
The All Events leader Mike Wilcox added fourteen points to his lead on Ised Jade (-28 pts.). Mike had a 213 to Ised Jade's 199. The Cups (3rd / -127 pts.) scored 196 points to move up one position. Smoke (4th / -128 pts.) jumped four spots with a 207. Stocks (5th / -142 pts.) fell two spots with a 164. Bill Maccoux (6th / -162 pts.) rounds out the top six.
Jim Zima has averaged 217.0 in Session Two and that has moved him up nine spots in the AE standings. Jim is currently in 9th pace. That is the largest move up in the AE Standings since the start of S2. Russ McElrone has dropped ten positions to 19th with an average score of 180.1 in S2. That is the largest move down in the standings. The top eleven teams are averaging over 200 points a race. Dusty Mullet is in 11th with a 200.37 average.
The season average stayed at 198.7 points per race. We have had forty scores of 235 or better.
In the All Events contest we pay out one out of every four teams entered. With twenty-four teams entered we will pay down to sixth place in 2019.
2019 All Events Standings