Racingone Pitnotes: New Hampshire
September 16, 2006 | 4:33 A.M. EST
- A look at all the news, notes, soundbytes and photos from New Hampshire Int'l Speedway as the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series gets ready to run Sunday afternoon's Sylvania 300.
- Jeff Gordon comments on his previous performance at New Hampshire International Speedway - Listen
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about being compared to his late father - Listen
What's on Tap
View the complete weekend schedule at New Hampshire by clicking here.
Harvick Paces Saturday Practices
Kevin Harvick is showing no signs of slowing down this weekend as he paced both the second and final practice sessions on Saturday. 2nd Practice Speeds | Final Practice Speeds
Skinner New Pole Leader
Mike Skinner captured his 29th career pole on Saturday at New Hampshire Int'l Speedway, breaking a tie with Jack Sprague for most poles in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Story/Lineup
On Friday, Kevin Harvick paid back Denny Hamlin for his actions this week on Live with Regis and Kelly by giving the rookie a hard hit of pie in the face (see picture).
Harvick Captures Bud Pole
Kevin Harvick is off to a fast start in the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup" as the driver of the No. 29 Reese's Chevrolet picked up the pole for Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Int'l Speedway with a lap of 132.282 mph. Starting Lineup | Story
Cut to The Chase: New Hampshire
With only one New Hampshire International Speedway race to his credit, Denny Hamlin has the best average finish (6.0) of all of the "Chase" drivers at this weekend's venue. Behind Hamlin is Jimmie Johnson, who has competed nine times at the 1.058-mile oval and scored an average finish of 8.7. Cut to The Chase
Gordon Fastest in Opening Practice
Jeff Gordon was quickest in Friday's opening practice session, setting a fast lap of 130.968 mph. Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five on the speed charts. 1st Practice Speeds
Salute to You Pt. 3?
Mark Martin's name has again been linked with the Robert Yates Racing team as the driver of the No. 88 Ford next year. Two sources have confirmed Martin has been in discussions with RYR to return for yet another full-time NEXTEL Cup season in addition to his planned full Craftsman Truck Series effort for current owner Jack Roush.
Robby Looking to Expand
Robby Gordon's solo car effort may double in 2007 with the operation switching from Chevrolet to Ford. Gordon was in discussions with RYR about a possible merger between the two teams and/or a purchase, but those talks have ended and pending sponsorship, Gordon plans to add another car to his stable.
Notes from the Pressbox
What drivers are saying this weekend at Richmond
"I certainly understand why people aren't picking us to win it. I am good with that. I will say, we haven't called this year a success. We haven't run the flag up the pole and said no matter from happens from now on, it's good. I don't believe that. Our team doesn't believe that. We have done a nice job up to this point of positioning ourselves to be able to say this is a successful year. The way we run these next 10 races will determine if it was a successful year. Certainly we have made some huge strides. But our mindset isn't 'Hey, whatever happens from here on it, it is all good.' Our mindset is we need to go out and do good things." -Jeff Burton on not being picked as a championship favorite.
"As far as if somebody says hey, you drive like him or you look like him or your sound like him, but I don't like to be compared to him that he won seven championship and you haven't won any. Those kind of comparisons aren't very pleasing. But he was great and I'm fortunate to follow in his footsteps a little bit to be in the position I'm in today." -Dale Earnhardt Jr. on being compared to his father.
"The way I look at it, I think Matt Kenseth for sure. It’s hard to say. You don’t say the right guy and he wins the Chase and you’re completely wrong. You guys will forget about this before then. I think we’re going to be very good. I think the 9, 5, 17, 29 and 48, 8 – just go off the first three I gave you." -Kasey Kahne on who should be considered championship "favorites."