Ford Performance NASCAR: New Hampshire Advance

by Official Release On Tue, Sep. 19, 2017

FORD PERFORMANCE NASCAR: NEW HAMPSHIRE PLAYOFF ADVANCE

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs continue this weekend with Round 2 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer have all posted victories at the track with Busch owning a season sweep in his championship year of 2004.

FORD DRIVERS IN THE PLAYOFF STANDINGS

3rd — Kevin Harvick

4th — Brad Keselowski

10th — Ryan Blaney

13th — Kurt Busch

14th — Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

PLAYOFF FIRST

Kurt Busch became the first driver to ever win a race in the Playoff format when he won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 19, 2004.  Busch, who went on to win the series championship later that season, led 155-of-300 laps to complete a season sweep.  Matt Kenseth finished second to give owner Jack Roush and Ford a 1-2 finish.  The victory enabled Busch to grab a share of the points lead as he left Loudon tied with Dale Earnhardt Jr. for first place.

FOUR OVER TWO

A pit call by crew chief Todd Gordon with 53 laps to go proved to be the key decision in helping Joey Logano win the Playoff race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2014.  With Logano running inside the top-five for most of the race, Gordon called for four tires while most of the other teams opted for two.  That put Logano 16th on the ensuing restart, but he quickly moved up to sixth 10 laps later when another caution slowed the field.  Logano endured three more cautions, including a green-white-checker restart, over the final 30 laps to post the seventh win of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.

300-FOR-300

Jeff Burton is the last driver to lead every lap of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race when he did it on Sept. 17, 2000 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Bobby Labonte started from the pole, but Burton grabbed the lead after starting on the outside of the front row.  Even though Labonte and Dale Earnhardt challenged him throughout the day, Burton never gave up the lead, becoming the first driver to lead every lap of a series race since Cale Yarborough did it in the Music City USA 420 at Nashville Speedway on June 3, 1978.  The race, which was run with the use of restrictor plates, ended under caution after Sterling Marlin was involved in an accident with three laps remaining.  It was Burton’s fourth win at the speedway and concluded a stretch that saw him win four consecutive seasons at the Magic Mile.

WEEKEND SWEEP

Brad Keselowski had a weekend to remember as he became the first driver to sweep a NASCAR XFINITY and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, achieving the feat on July 12-13, 2014.  Keselowski led 138 of 305 laps, including the final two under a green-white-checkered finish, to beat Kyle Busch to the finish line.  The win was Ford’s fourth straight series win, marking the first time that had happened since 2001.

OWNER/DRIVER FIRST

Ford’s first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway came in the track’s second year of hosting events in 1994.  That’s when Ricky Rudd outdueled Dale Earnhardt in the closing laps to post his 15th career win.  Rudd led 55 laps on the day, but won it after a memorable side-by-side battle with seven laps to go in which he passed Earnhardt on the inside, only to see the black No. 3 crossover and pull alongside for the next lap.  Rudd eventually pulled in front and held on to take the Slick 50 300 on July 10, 1994.  Rudd went on to post 23 NSCS wins in his career and had at least one victory in 16 consecutive seasons (1983-98), but none may have been as satisfying as this one because it marked his first triumph as an owner/driver.

FORD MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP WINNERS AT NHMS

1994 – Ricky Rudd

1996 – Ernie Irvan

1997 – Jeff Burton (1)

1998 – Jeff Burton (1)

1999 – Jeff Burton (1)

2000 – Jeff Burton (2)

2001 – Dale Jarrett (1)

2002 – Ryan Newman (2)

2004 – Kurt Busch (Sweep)

2008 – Greg Biffle (2)

2014 – Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano

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