July 13, 2013

The big race at Loudon

WHAT: Sprint Cup Camping World RV Sales 301

WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday

TELEVISION: TNT

WHERE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (oval, 1.058 miles), Loudon, N.H.

DISTANCE: 318.46 miles, 301 laps

LAST YEAR: Kasey Kahne won, taking the lead on the 240th lap when leader Denny Hamlin fell back with a four-tire stop. Hamlin rallied to finish second.

LAST WEEK: Jimmie Johnson won at Daytona to become the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982 to sweep the season races at the track. Tony Stewart was second.

FAST FACTS: Five-time series champion Johnson leads the standings, 49 points ahead of Clint Bowyer. Johnson and Matt Kenseth are tied for the series victory lead with four. Hamlin won at the track in September. Morgan Shepherd, at 71, should become the oldest driver to start a Sprint Cup race. Jim Fitzgerald set the record at 65 years, 6 months, 20 days at Riverside in 1987.

NEXT RACE: Brickyard 400, July 28, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis.

Driver standings

1. Jimmie Johnson, 658

2. Clint Bowyer, 609

3. Carl Edwards, 587

4. Kevin Harvick, 585

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 548

6. Matt Kenseth, 540

7. Kyle Busch, 533

8. Greg Biffle, 516

9. Kurt Busch, 501

10. Tony Stewart, 499

11. Martin Truex Jr., 493

12. Kasey Kahne, 490

13. Brad Keselowski, 488

14. Jeff Gordon, 487

15. Joey Logano, 483

16. Ryan Newman, 482

17. Jamie McMurray, 475

18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 466

19. Aric Almirola, 463

20. Paul Menard, 460

 

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