New Hampshire Race Report
7th Brian Vickers
10th Martin Truex Jr.
17th Clint Bowyer
2013 CHASE FOR THE SPRINT CUP POINTS
PLACE/DRIVER PTS/Behind Leader
1 Matt Kenseth 2111 ---
2 Kyle Busch 2097 -14
3 Jimmie Johnson 2093 -18
4 Carl Edwards 2075 -36
5 Greg Biffle 2073 -38
6 Kevin Harvick 2072 -39
7 Kurt Busch 2071 -40
8 Jeff Gordon 2069 -42
9 Ryan Newman 2064 -47
10 Clint Bowyer 2063 -48
11 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2049 -62
12 Joey Logano 2042 -69
13 Kasey Kahne 2040 -71
Brian Vickers Race Summary: No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Brian Vickers finished seventh in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Vickers started at the rear of the field after missing Friday practice and qualifying due to his Nationwide Series commitment at Kentucky Speedway. As soon as the green flag fell on Sunday, the Aaron’s Dream Machine began climbing up the scoring chart. By the 100-lap mark the No. 55 raced in 15th. Continued quick lap times combined with two-tire stops saw Vickers climb as high as second by lap 163. After several two-tire pit stops, Vickers restarted the race in 10th with 50 laps remaining. He climbed to seventh with 25 to go and held his position in the closing laps. It was his fifth top-10 finish in 17 races at MWR. Vickers and the Aaron’s Dream Machine return Sunday at Dover International Speedway.
• Finished seventh
• Started at the back of the field after missing Friday practice due to Nationwide Series commitment in
• Quick from the green flag climbing to 15th by lap 100.
• Raced as high as second by lap 163.
• Used two-tire stops throughout second half of race.
• Fifth top-10 finish in 17 races at MWR.
• Kenny Wallace practiced and qualified the No. 55 on Friday.
VICKERS: “We had an Aaron’s Dream Machine capable of winning today, but this place is all about track position and there was a debris caution that really hurt us. The car ran great all day. Our Toyota had a lot more laps on the tires than most of the people we were battling. A seventh-place finish isn’t a victory but it’s still a pretty good day and we’ll go to Dover and try to bring home the trophy. Everyone at MWR did a great job today. I want to thank Kenny Wallace for practicing and qualifying the car on Friday and all the guys working with us this weekend.”
Martin Truex Jr. Race Summary: No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. led nearly a third of the event and finished 10th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The NAPA driver started fifth and quickly showed the field he had a very fast Toyota. He led briefly on lap 32 before taking over the top spot on lap 35 then led the next 75 laps. He led 98 of the race’s 300 laps, a career-high at New Hampshire for the MWR driver. Truex's only handling issue was tight through the center of the turns. The final 50 laps saw a mad dash to the finish. Truex restarted fifth, but slowed when Brad Keselowski almost wrecked in front on him and lost several spots. Truex rebounded to finish 10th - his 12th top-10 of the season. The NAPA team returns to action Sunday at Dover International Speedway.
• Started fifth and finished 10th
• Raced to the lead on lap 35
• Earned career high laps led at NHMS – 98 laps
• In 2013, Truex has one win (Sonoma), six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes
• Truex is 15th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings
TRUEX: "It was great to lead all those laps today for this team and our sponsor NAPA. New Hampshire has been a tough track for us the last couple of years so this means a lot. I can't thank my team for how they persevered throughout everything the last couple weeks. I appreciate it."
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 17th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 16th and slowly worked his way up to 13th by the competition caution on lap 30. Bowyer fell to 36th following an issue leaving his pit box during the lap 30 stop. Bowyer did not pit during the lap 201 caution and moved from 13th to the lead. He gained a bonus point for leading lap 201. Bowyer remained in the top-five until he pitted on lap 243 and a caution flew on lap 245 dropping him lap down. Bowyer earned the lucky dog on lap 247 to return to the lead lap. Bowyer pitted again when a quick caution flew on lap 252, but again had an issue on pit road dropping him to 27th. Bowyer took four tires and raced his way to 17th in the closing laps. Bowyer returns to action Sunday at Dover International Speedway driving the No. 15 Raspberry 5-hour ENERGY Toyota benefitting Living Beyond Breast Cancer. He is 10th of 13 drivers after the second of 10 races in NASCAR’s 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup.
• Started 16th finished 17th
• Struggled during a lap 30 competition caution pit stop dropping him from 13th to 36th.
• Raced up to 13th by lap 200.
• Stayed out on lap 201 caution to take the lead and score a bonus point.
• Had a tire issue during his final pit stop on lap 252
• Raced from 27th to 17th in the final 45 laps
• Bowyer is 10th in the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup
BOWYER: “The 5-hour ENERGY Toyota was fast all weekend, but we stubbed our toe a little today. We just had a hard time in traffic and couldn’t get through the corner like we would have liked. We gambled on track position and I thought we’d be fine, but that caution right after our pit stop killed us. It was a tough day overall for the team, but we aren’t done yet. There is still some time in this deal and we plan to make some noise before it’s over.”
• Matt Kenseth edged by Kyle Busch by 0.533 seconds for victory.
• Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five.
• Seven cautions slowed the race for 37 laps.
• The race lasted two hours and 57 minutes.
• Race featured 19 lead changes among 11 drivers.
NAME: Brian Vickers
HOMETOWN: Thomasville, NC
RESIDENCE: Miami & NYC
NAME: Clint Bowyer
HOMETOWN: Emporia, KS
RESIDENCE: Clemmons, NC
NAME: Martin Truex Jr.
HOMETOWN: Mayetta, NJ
RESIDENCE: Mooresville, NC