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Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines won their third straight race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with Brad Keselowski during the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (Kevin Harvick 2018 and 2019). Keselowski’s win was his third for the NASCAR Cup Series 2020 season. This marked Team Penske’s 50th NCS series win with Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines since 2013.

“Congratulations to Roger, Brad, Jeremy, and everyone at Team Penske,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “The Ford Mustangs ran strong at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and it was great to see the teams of Team Penske, Stewart-Haas Racing, and Wood Brother Racing finish in the top 10. I’m looking forward to racing at Michigan International Speedway this upcoming weekend and thankful for the leadership and commitment from Ford Motor Company.”

Keselowski led the final 81 laps to finish 1.647 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin in the 318 mile race. In total, Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford Mustang led a total of 184 out of 301 laps and won Stage 2. Six Fords finished in the top-10, with Team Penske teammate Joey Logano in P4, Stewart- Haas Racing Kevin Harvick in P5, Wood Brothers Racing Matt DiBenedetto in P6, Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Aric Almirola in P7, and rookie Cole Custer in P8.

“We’ve had a lot of great races this year with the 2 car, but we just haven’t really went out and kind of dominated a race,” said Keselowski. “Talking to Jeremy Bullins and like, ‘Man, what do we need to get to the next level? We’re right there. We need to go out and just dominate a race,’ and that’s what today was for us with the Western Star/Alliance parts Ford Mustang. I’m really proud of my team and the effort that they gave today. A great race car and to all the Team Penske, thank you. It’s so great to be racing back in front of fans again. It feels like forever, so welcome back, guys.”

Ford leads all manufacturers with 11 Mustang race wins while Stewart-Haas and Kevin Harvick lead the owner and driver points standings in NCS.

The NASCAR Cup Series travels to Michigan International Speedway for a double header on Saturday, August 8th and Sunday August 9th while the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Road America.

In the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series at Road America on Saturday afternoon, Multimatic finished P8 while PF Racing finished P13 with the 5.2L V8 Ford Engine. These Ford Mustangs will race again on August 22 – 23 at Virginia International Raceway.

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M&D Blacktop, the oldest and longest lasting seal coating company in Central Ohio, will be the primary sponsor of Spencer Boyd’s No. 20 truck at Michigan International Speedway. 

“The guys over at M&D are great,” said Spencer Boyd.  “They signed on for the dirt race at Eldora because the race was going to be in their backyard right there in Ohio.  When COVID hit and changed up the schedule resulting in Eldora being cancelled, they didn’t skip a beat and came on board for Michigan.  Their flexibility shows what amazing leadership they have running their company.”
 
Founded in 1964, M&D Blacktop’s #1 goal has always been complete customer satisfaction.  Over the years they have grown to become a full service asphalt maintenance company.  With a fleet of custom made equipment and highly trained work crews, M&D Blacktop does asphalt paving, repairs, seal coating, line striping, and sport courts.  Commercial businesses should visit www.mdblacktop.com to check out their award-winning work.
 
“It’s a natural relationship for an asphalt company to be involved with NASCAR,” said M&D Sales Manager Mark Nance Jr.  “Between that and Spencer’s hardworking values, we are proud to be in a position to help get him to the track.  We were going to talk to Tony Stewart about paving Eldora but I guess we’ll have to wait until next year to do that.”
 
Returning to the track after a historic double header in Kansas, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Series heads north to the Irish Hills for Michigan International Speedway’s 2 mile D-shaped Speedway.  Boyd made his NASCAR Cup Series debut at this track in 2019 making MIS the only NASCAR race track at which he has raced all three series. “Michigan is fast,” commented Boyd.  “We’ve got the draft there and you’re in the gas a lot.  I’ve got some asphalt experts in my corner so we’re gunning for a great finish.”
 
The Young’s Motorsports No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado will adorn asphalt on the sides of the truck as their 25 year old driver straps in for the 11th race of the season.  Tune in to FS1 on Friday, August 7 at 6:00pm ET for the 200 mile truck race or listen to the Motor Racing Network or Sirius XM Radio Channel 90.

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The biggest event of the season, the 50th Annual Freedom 76, is quickly approaching at Grandview Speedway. With at least $25,000 up for grabs for the winner of the 76-lap race featuring many of the top names in dirt track Modified competition, interest will be running high.

As is the norm lap sponsorships are being offered. For just $20 it is the opportunity to be part of a history making event at the popular one-third-mile, banked clay oval. The 50th edition of the Freedom 76, The Granddaddy of Modified Classics, is set for Saturday, September 19th.

Those wishing to be a part of this historic event by sponsoring a lap or more need only send a check covering the number of laps to be sponsored, wording to be included with each lap, to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. The lap sponsors will gain exposure in a number of different ways including mentions by the track announcer and listing on track website. Laps may also be purchased at the track through Tommy Kramer or Tina Rogers.

In addition there are qualifying heat race sponsorships available at $200 each plus other opportunities including the Cash Dash. Details are available through track general manager Tina Rogers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 Included in the weekend of action will be the Friday, September 18, Freedom 38 featuring the Sportsman stock cars. Modified racers on hand for the Freedom 76 will be allowed practice laps during the Friday night racing.

More details will be announced as the race dates draw closer.

Grandview Speedway, part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, continues to present T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman each Saturday.

For additional information on racing at the Bechtelsville, PA track please check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

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Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team recorded their sixth top-10 finish of 2020 with a strong sixth-place run in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The finish means DiBenedetto remains 15th in the Playoff standings with six races remaining before the top 16 begin the 10-race, season-ending battle for the championship.

And the Motorcraft team now is within three points of being among the top 12 in the car owner points standings, which is important since those teams draw for the top 12 starting spots for the next race.

Sunday’s race on the one-mile oval in Loudon saw DiBenedetto start 19th in a line-up set by a draw.

He quickly began a march forward and was in 13th place when the competition caution flag flew at Lap 30. He moved up to sixth place for the restart due to the varying strategies employed by race teams and was inside the top five by Lap 40.

He was running fourth in the latter portions of Stage One, and set to collect Stage points, only to see the caution flag fly with 13 laps remaining.
 
After a trip to pit road he ended that 75-lap Stage in 15th place.
 
Throughout Stage Two, he worked his way forward again and ended that 110-lap segment in 10th place, earning one Stage point.
 
In the final third of the race DiBenedetto and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team worked their way into the top five and ran there until the final two laps, when Kevin Harvick, riding on fresher tires, relegated the No. 21 back to sixth place.
 
The race ended with an 83-lap green-flag run to the finish, which saw Ford drivers take six of the top eight finishing positions including the win by Brad Keselowski of Team Penske.
 
DiBenedetto said his crew chief Greg Erwin and the rest of the brain trust on the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team made all the right calls and adjustments to allow him to move up from 19th at the green flag to sixth at the finish of a relatively short race.
 
“From the start I knew we had a pretty good car,” DiBenedetto said. “It was a little loose at first but we tightened it up, which is a credit to Greg and the engineers. They did a good job on that.

 “Once we got up there where we belonged, everything went ok. We got a little tight at the end, which hurt a little, but Harvick was coming pretty hard on fresher tires, and I couldn’t quite hold him off.”
 
DiBenedetto said he feels good about the upcoming races on the schedule.
 
“Back through Pocono, we’ve had cars that can run in the top five, but we had some bad luck for a couple of races,” he said, adding that the handling package run at New Hampshire and at several upcoming tracks really suits his style.

 “The races with the 750-horsepower/low downforce rules are really fun to drive,” he said.

“And there are a lot of those races on the remainder of the schedule.”
 
DiBenedetto, who has a 40-point cushion on the Playoff bubble, said his goal for the next few weeks is to build up as many points as possible before the regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway on Aug. 29.
 
“The thing that I worry about the most is I want as much cushion as humanly possible going to Daytona because that’s just a real crap shoot,” he said. “The more cushion we can have going to Daytona the better.”
 
Next up for DiBenedetto and the Motorcraft team is a double-header at Ford’s home track, Michigan International Speedway, on Saturday and Sunday.

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Race Winner:      Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner:  Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner:  Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):

Clint Bowyer started sixth and finished seventh to earn four bonus points.

● The No. 14 Haas Automation Ford jumped to third on the opening lap before contact with Denny Hamlin dropped him to fifth.

● Bowyer pitted for tires during the lap-17 caution and restarted 14th.

● Bowyer stayed on the track during the lap-30 competition caution and moved to sixth. Told crew he needed the car to turn better.

● Bowyer moved to fourth on the restart and then survived contact with Jimmie Johnson on lap 62 that brought out another caution.

● During the stage break, Bowyer pitted for tires and fuel as well as more adjustments to help his car turn.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-185):

Bowyer started 27th and finished sixth to earn five bonus points.

● The No. 14 Haas Automation Ford climbed to 24th when rain slowed the race on lap 92.

● Bowyer stayed on the track and moved from 24th to fourth during the caution. 

● The Kansas native dropped to eighth by lap 120 losing positions to cars with fresher tires.

● Bowyer started saving fuel late in the stage and was on the verge of pitting when a caution came on lap 171.  

● After another caution, the race restarted with two laps left in the stage and Bowyer in ninth.  

● The veteran driver used some nifty driving over the last two laps to climb to sixth by the end of the stage.

● Bowyer stayed on the track during the stage break.

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Final Stage Recap (Laps 186-301):

Bowyer started sixth and finished 18th.

● Bowyer reported his car was very loose at the start of the final stage and dropped to ninth.

● The No. 14 Haas Automation Ford pitted with 95 laps to go and restarted 15th.

● Bowyer reported even greater handling issues and held 15th-place with 50 laps to go.

● With no cautions over the final 83 laps, the crew couldn’t make handling adjustments and Bowyer finished 18th.

 

Notes:

● By staying 12th in the point standings, Bowyer will start in the top 12 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Aug. 8.

● Bowyer is a two-time winner at New Hampshire (September 2007 and September 2010).

● Brad Keselowski won the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 to score his 33rd career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his second at New Hampshire. His margin of victory over second-place Denny Hamlin was 1.647 seconds.

● This was Ford’s series-leading 11th NASCAR Cup Series win of the season and its 697th all-time Cup Series victory.

● This was Ford’s 15th NASCAR Cup Series victory at New Hampshire and its third straight. Kevin Harvick won the past two races at New Hampshire (2018 and 2019).

● There were 11 caution periods for a total of 52 laps. Twenty of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

● Harvick remains the championship leader after New Hampshire with an 81-point advantage over second-place Keselowski.

 

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We got some bonus points in the first two stages today and we’re still in the top 12. We’ll go to Michigan this week and I know our Fords like that place a lot.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is a doubleheader Aug. 8-9 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The FireKeepers Casino 400 starts at 4 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 8 and the Consumers Energy 400 begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9. Live coverage of both will be provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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Race Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):             

● Cole Custer started 14th and finished 16th.

● During the caution on lap 16, Custer told the HaasTooling.com crew that he was too tight overall. He didn’t pit and restarted fifth.

● On the lap-30 competition caution, Custer pitted from 10th for fuel, four tires and adjustments. He restarted 21st.

● Custer was 16th on the lap-63 caution and didn’t pit in an effort to try and gain stage points. He restarted third with eight laps to go in the stage.

● The rookie driver slipped back to 16th where he finished Stage 1 and pitted for fuel, four tires and adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-185):

● Custer started in 24th and finished 13th.

● On lap 92, the caution came out for rain and Custer reported he could be freed up a little bit while in the 16th spot. He pitted and restarted 17th.

● On lap 141 Custer reported his Mustang felt “way tighter” while running 20th.

● Under caution on lap 172, the California native continued to report his car was tight and he pitted from 13th. Custer restarted 15th.

● In a sprint to finish Stage 2 after a caution, Custer restarted 14th and finished 13th.

● Custer didn’t pit during the Stage break.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 186-301):

● Custer started 12th, finished eighth.

● On lap 196 under caution, Custer told the HaasTooling.com crew that his No. 41 Ford Mustang was really good on the bottom groove. He was running 14th, didn’t pit and restarted 13th.

● Custer was ninth when the caution came out on lap 204. He pitted and restarted 16th after varying pit strategies.

● Another caution on lap 213 and Custer didn’t pit and restarted 11th.

● On lap 225, Custer was in the eighth position and remained quiet on the radio.

● Custer was ninth on lap 267 but eventually regained the eighth position after passing Jimmie Johnson.

● The remainder of the race ran under green and Custer secured an eighth-place finish.

 

Notes:

● Custer earned his fifth top-10 of the season and it came in his first career NASCAR Cup Series start at New Hampshire.

● This was Custer’s second straight top-10. He finished seventh in the series’ last race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.

● Custer was the highest finishing NASCAR Cup Series rookie.

● Custer made three career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at New Hampshire prior to moving to the NASCAR Cup Series this year. He finished in the top-10 every time with a best finish of second, earned last year.

● Custer scored first career NASCAR Truck Series victory on Sept. 20, 2014 at New Hampshire – and he did it from the pole. At 16 years, 7 months and 28 days, he became the youngest race winner in NASCAR national series history.

● Brad Keselowski won the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 to score his 33rd career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his second at New Hampshire. His margin of victory over second-place Denny Hamlin was 1.647 seconds.

● This was Ford’s series-leading 11th NASCAR Cup Series win of the season and its 697th all-time Cup Series victory.

● This was Ford’s 15th NASCAR Cup Series victory at New Hampshire and its third straight. Kevin Harvick won the past two races at New Hampshire (2018 and 2019).

● There were 11 caution periods for a total of 52 laps.

● Twenty of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

● Harvick remains the championship leader after New Hampshire with an 81-point advantage over second-place Keselowski.

 

Cole Custer, Driver of the No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“Today was definitely the run we needed. If we can keep being this consistent, we’ll have something for the playoffs.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is a doubleheader Aug. 8-9 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The FireKeepers Casino 400 starts at 4 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 8 and the Consumers Energy 400 begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9. Live coverage of both will be provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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Race Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):

Harvick started seventh and finished third, earning eight bonus points.

● Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang, pitted on lap 19 for four tires. Said car was a little tight.

● On lap 64, Harvick pitted for four tires, fuel and two rounds in the right rear. Harvick said the car just won’t turn.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-185):

Harvick started third and finished 19th

● Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang, pitted on lap 166 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. He was seventh.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 186-301):

Harvick started 26th and finished fifth.

● On lap 189, Harvick pitted for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.

● Harvick pitted on lap 197 for fuel only and a track bar adjustment.

● The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang moved from outside the top-10 all the way to fifth.

 

Notes:

●  Brad Keselowski won the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 to score his 33rd career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his second at New Hampshire. His margin of victory over second-place Denny Hamlin was 1.647 seconds.

●  This was Ford’s series-leading 11th NASCAR Cup Series win of the season and its 697th all-time Cup Series victory.

●  This was Ford’s 15th NASCAR Cup Series victory at New Hampshire and its third straight. Harvick won the past two races at New Hampshire (2018 and 2019).

●  There were 11 caution periods for a total of 52 laps.

●  Twenty of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

●  Harvick remains the championship leader after New Hampshire with an 81-point advantage over second-place Keselowski.

●  Harvick earned his series-leading 13th top-five and 17th top-10 of the season, and his 13th top-five and 21st top-10 in 37 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at New Hampshire.

●  This was Harvick’s seventh straight top-five and his eighth consecutive top-10. He finished 10th June 22 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, won June 27 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, finished second on June 28 in the series’ return to Pocono, won the July 5 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finished fourth July 12 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, finished fifth July 19 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, and finished fourth last week at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.

●  This was Harvick’s third straight top-five at New Hampshire. He won in the series’ previous two visits to the track in 2018 and 2019.

●  Since joining SHR in 2014, Harvick has only three finishes outside the top-five at New Hampshire. It’s a run that includes three victories (September 2016, July 2018 and July 2019).

●  Harvick’s 13 top-fives at New Hampshire are tied with Brad Keselowski for the most among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers.

●  Harvick has finished among the top-10 in 17 of the 20 races held this year. He has only one finish outside the top-15.

●  Harvick finished third in Stage 1 to earn eight bonus points.

●  Harvick led once for six laps to increase his laps-led total at New Hampshire to 765, second-most among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers.

●  Harvick has now led 10,314 laps since joining SHR in 2014. He has led 14,740 laps in his entire NASCAR Cup Series career.

 

Rodney Childers, crew chief of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“Kevin did a nice job. We didn’t get the late caution which usually happens here. We screwed up and made a bad decision worrying about tire sets. But we got another top-five and I’m proud of everyone on this Mobil 1 team.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is a doubleheader Aug. 8-9 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The FireKeepers Casino 400 starts at 4 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 8 and the Consumers Energy 400 begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9. Live coverage of both will be provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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Brad Keselowski battled Mother Nature, fuel mileage and Denny Hamlin, but came out victorious against all three at the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.

 

New England’s first major sporting event with fans since the start of the pandemic was briefly paused by a rain shower early in the second stage, but the delay didn’t deter excited race fans – and Keselowski didn’t disappoint, leading a race-high 184 laps and holding off Hamlin for the win.

 

"We've had a lot of great races this year with the No. 2 car and we just haven't really gone out and dominated a race, you know?" Keselowski said. "I was talking to (crew chief) Jeremy Bullins and said that's what we really need to get to that next level. We're right there. We just need to go out there and dominate a race; that's what today was for us.”

 

An 81-lap green flag run to the checkers ultimately helped Keselowski pull away from Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to secure the win, his second at New Hampshire, and with it a live, 18-pound Loudon the Lobster.

 

“That thing is heavy,” Keselowski told Foxwoods Resort Casino executives during a virtual Zoom trophy presentation after the race. “I don’t know what happened to it the last time – maybe my crew guys ate it – but I didn’t get any. I’m looking forward to getting to enjoy some of this one.”

 

Despite trading the lead 13 different times over the course of the race, Hamlin had to settle for the runner-up spot for the second year in a row.

 

“It felt like short track racing, like half-mile short track racing,” said Hamlin. “We were crossing each other over, running into each other and knocking each other up the racetrack. We were doing slide jobs in the middle of the corner. It was fun racing those guys. They were very, very deserving today, and I’m happy for them, because you hate to have a fast car and you don’t finish it off, but I felt obviously the two best cars finished one-two today, and they just got the better end of us. Overall, the racing part of it, I was just having a good time racing there on the short run and even that long run there at the end of the first stage with the Penske cars. It was fun.”

 

Martin Truex Jr. and New England native Joey Logano joined four-time NHMS winner Kevin Harvick to round out the top five.

 

Playoff hopefuls Matt DiBenedetto and rookie Tyler Reddick both helped their chances for a championship run with a strong run, finishing sixth and 10th respectively.

 

The race was marked by 11 cautions, the first of which took out 2019 Cup Series champion Kyle Busch just 15 laps into the race.

 

Up next at “The Magic Mile” is Motorcycle Week at NHMS, Aug. 22-29, and Full Throttle Fall Weekend featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Musket 200 presented by Whelen, Sept. 11-12.

 

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Race Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):

●  Aric Almirola started first and finished 10th to earn one bonus point.

●  Almirola led the first two laps of the race.

●  The No. 10 Smithfield Ford driver pitted during the lap-30 competition caution for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments to correct loose-handling conditions. 

●  He restarted 17th with fresher tires than most of the competitors ahead of him. 

●  Almirola pitted on lap 63 for four tires, fuel and more chassis adjustments to restart 15th.

●  He battled his way inside the top-10 before the stage concluded. 

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-185):

●  Almirola started eighth and finished fourth to earn seven bonus points.

●  He pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments on lap 96 to loosen the Smithfield Ford’s handling conditions. 

●  Almirola was scored fourth by lap 150. 

●  He pitted on lap 172 under caution for four tires and fuel to restart fourth, where he ultimately finished the stage.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 186-301):

●  Almirola started fourth and finished seventh. 

●  Almirola pitted for four tires and fuel under a lap 204 caution and was demoted to 14th due to multiple cars staying out. 

●  He raced back to sixth by lap 263 and fell one position to teammate Kevin Harvick before the checkered flag waved. 

 

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“Well the streak continues. Nine top-10s in a row. So proud of this Smithfield Hometown Heroes Ford Mustang team. We ran up front a little bit in the beginning and were just off a bit on balance of our car. It was a solid day. We continue to build a points gap back to the cutoff line to the guys in the playoffs and we just continue the consistency. One of these days we’re going to get us a win.”

 

Notes:

●  Almirola earned his 12th top-10 of the season and his fourth top-10 in 18 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at New Hampshire.

●  This was Almirola’s ninth straight top-10, and it is the longest top-10 streak of his career. He finished fifth June 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, third June 22 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, third June 27 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, fifth June 28 at Pocono, third July 5 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, eighth July 12 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, 10th July 19 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, and sixth in the series’ last race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. His previous best streak was a run of six consecutive top-10s in 2019 that began with the second race at Atlanta Motor Speedway and lasted through the series’ seventh race at Texas.

●  Since joining SHR in 2018, Almirola has never finished worse than 11th at New Hampshire. He earned his best career result at the track when he finished third in 2018.

●  Almirola led once for two laps to increase his laps-led total at New Hampshire to 56.

●  Brad Keselowski won the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 to score his 33rd career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his second at New Hampshire. His margin of victory over second-place Denny Hamlin was 1.647 seconds.

●  This was Ford’s series-leading 11th NASCAR Cup Series win of the season and its 697th all-time Cup Series victory. 

●  This was Ford’s 15th NASCAR Cup Series victory at New Hampshire and its third straight. Harvick won the past two races at New Hampshire (2018 and 2019).

●  There were 11 caution periods for a total of 52 laps.

●  Twenty of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

●  Harvick remains the championship leader after New Hampshire with an 81-point advantage over second-place Keselowski.

 

Next Up: 

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is a doubleheader Aug. 8-9 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The FireKeepers Casino 400 starts at 4 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 8 and the Consumers Energy 400 begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9. Live coverage of both will be provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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Race Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):

Started 37th, finished 30th.

● From his 37th starting position, Suárez was up to 27th by the lap three, then was back to 31st by the time the first caution flag flew for a single-car incident on lap 16. He reported the It’s Good To Be Genuine Toyota Parts & Service Camry was loose on entry and exit and tight in the center of the corner. He stayed out during the caution and restarted 12th on lap 21.

● Suárez was 29th when the competition caution flag flew on lap 30. He pitted for four tires, fuel, and right-rear air pressure and left-rear track bar adjustments. He then pitted a second time to pull a dent out of the left-front fender and restarted 33rd on lap 34.

● The caution flag flew on lap 62 for a single-car incident with Suárez running 28th. He stayed on track and restarted fifth when the race went back to green on lap 67.

● He crossed the line 30th when the stage ended on lap 75, reporting his Camry was still lacking grip and surprise at how quickly the rear tires lost traction during the run. He pitted during the break for air pressure adjustments across both rears and further left-rear track bar adjustments, as well as packer pulled from the left front.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-185):

Started 31st, finished 26th.

Suárez took the green flag 31st on lap 86 and had made his way up to 28th when the caution flag flew for a single-car incident on lap 92. He pitted on lap 97 for wholesale air pressure and chassis adjustments and restarted 25th when the race went back to green on lap 100.

● The race stayed green until the caution came out on lap 171 for a single-car incident with Suárez running 28th and one lap down. He reported his Toyota Camry was still struggling with grip. He stayed out on track, took the wave-around back to the lead lap, and restarted 26th when the race went back to green on lap 177. He was still in that position when the caution flag flew for another single-car incident two laps later, stayed on track once again, and restarted 21st on lap 183.

● The caution flag flew on lap 185 to end the stage with Suárez crossing the line 26th. He pitted during the break for air pressure adjustments all around and left-rear track bar adjustments.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 186-301):

Started 29th, finished 26th.

Suárez took the green flag 29th to start the stage on lap 191 and picked up a pair of spots by the time the caution flag flew for a single-car incident on lap 196. He stayed on track and restarted 23rd when the race went back to green on lap 200.

Another caution flag waved on lap 204 with Suárez running 28th. He pitted this time for tires and fuel expected to get him to the checkered flag, with added air pressure adjustments. He restarted 24th when the race went back to green on lap 208.

Five laps later, the caution flag waved for another single-car incident with Suárez running 26th. He stayed on track and restarted 19th when the race went back to green on lap 218.

The race went green the rest of the way and Suárez held down the 26th position all the way to the checkered flag.

 

Daniel Suárez, driver of the No. 96 It’s Good To Be Genuine Parts & Service Toyota Camry for Gaunt Brothers Racing:

“We gave it everything we had today with our It’s Good To Be Genuine Toyota. We were pretty good on restarts most of the day but then it was surprising how quickly it went away within about 15 laps the early part of the race. We worked to make it better on the long run, and it felt like it was coming to me during the long run at the end. But that was pretty much all we had today. We just need to keep working hard. Next week, we’ll have two chances to keep making things better.”

 

Race Notes:

● Suárez and the No. 96 GBR Toyota have been running at the finish in every race in which they’ve competed this season. That’s 19 consecutive outings.

● Brad Keselowski won the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 to score his 33rd career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his second at New Hampshire. His margin of victory over second-place Denny Hamlin was 1.647 seconds.

● There were 11 caution periods for a total of 52 laps.

● Twenty of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

● Kevin Harvick remains the championship leader after New Hampshire with an 81-point advantage over second-place Keselowski.

 

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule for Suárez and the Gaunt Brothers Racing team is a doubleheader weekend Aug. 8 and 9 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Saturday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 begins at 4 p.m. EDT, and Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 begins at 4:30 p.m. Both races will be broadcast live by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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