Racingone Rewind: New Hampshire

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    A look back at Clint Bowyer's first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway including news, notes and observations by the RacingOne staff.

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    Inside Line
    Clint Bowyer scored his first career NEXTEL Cup win in dominating fashion Sunday afternoon taking the checkered flag in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

    Keys to Victory Lane
    Bowyer started from the pole and never looked back leading 251 of the 300 lap chase to score his historic victory.

    Zero to Hero
    Matt Kenseth overcame a bad qualifying run and moved from the 30th starting spot to a seventh-place finish on Sunday, leading the Ford brigade.

    Hero to Zero
    Kurt Busch had a third starting spot wasted when his shot at a second NEXTEL Cup title got off to a bad start with a 25th-place finish.

    Rookie of the Race
    David Ragan came from deep in the field at 38th to come home 19th as the best finishing freshman performance of the day.

    Notables
    Jeff Gordon took the green in 18th and quickly moved to the front and finished second. J.J. Yeley started 21st to finish tenth, and Jamie McMurray came from 22nd to post an 11th-place finish.

    Sylvania 300 Loop Data Leaders
  • Average Running Position: Clint Bowyer - 1.6
  • Fastest Early In a Run: Clint Bowyer - 125.715 mph
  • Fastest Late In a Run: Clint Bowyer - 123.936 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 1: Clint Bowyer - 112.730 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 2: Clint Bowyer - 113.311 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 3: Clint Bowyer - 115.696 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 4: Clint Bowyer - 112.290 mph
  • Fastest Laps Run: Clint Bowyer - 78
  • Fastest on Restarts: Clint Bowyer - 123.197 mph
  • Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 89

    Pit Stops
  • Clint Bowyer captured his first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in his 64th start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Bowyer won the 86th race for car owner Richard Childress. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Bowyer became the fourth driver to win at New Hampshire from the pole. He also became the 490th driver overall to win a race from the No. 1 position. Starting Position Facts
  • Bowyer led six times for 222 laps. Lap Summary
  • Bowyer won the 20th race of the season for Chevrolet. It was also the 616th overall win for the manufacturer. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Jeff Gordon's runner-up finish was his 12th top five at New Hampshire.
  • Tony Stewart finished third for his 10th top five of 2007.
  • Kyle Busch's fourth-place finish was his first top 10 at NHIS since winning the 2006 July race.
  • Martin Truex Jr. (fifth) has now finished in the top five in two consecutive races at NHIS.
  • Jimmie Johnson's sixth-place finish was his seventh top 10 in 12 starts at NHIS.
  • Matt Kenseth captured his third straight top 10 at NHIS with a seventh-place finish.
  • Casey Mears was the top finishing non-Chase driver in eighth.
  • Ryan Newman (ninth) finished in the top 10 in both races this season at New Hampshire.
  • J.J. Yeley's 10th-place finish was his first top 10 of 2007 since Charlotte in May.
  • The 300-lap race saw 13 lead changes among nine drivers and an average speed of 110.475 mph.
  • Seven caution flags were thrown for 27 laps.
  • The Sylvania 300 lasted 2 hours, 52 minutes, 23 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • The COT put on a better show at Loudon in July, but then Bowyer wasn't as dominant back then.
  • After all the Earnhardt Jr. fuss last week in Richmond, not much to say about the No. 8 team on Sunday was there?
  • Kasey Kahne says this week's Tuesday announcement won't be what everyone expects. The way the team has performed, no GEM driver should expect a contract extension anytime soon, that's for sure.
  • Jeff Gordon took the high road when asked, but the guy who led the standings in the regular season should get some kind of Chase bonus.
  • How about keeping the bonus points for winning rule intact during the Chase as well as the regular season.

    Garage Talk
  • "It's fun to watch guys get their first wins." -Tony Stewart
  • "If you're going to win your first one, that's the time to do it." -Jeff Gordon
  • “It was a little odd walking into victory lane." -Clint Bowyer
  • "It's kind of a bummer." -Kurt Busch on his 25th-place finish.

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of one to ten light bulbs for the race sponsor, we'll give Sunday's Sylvania 300 at 6. Not the best way to start the Chase with a rather sedate race and a dominating performance from Bowyer, who has clearly established himself as someone who could be a darkhorse candidate to win the title. But overall, a rather calm day. Maybe things will heat up next week with a trip to the "Monster Mile" and Dover International Speedway.

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