Ford Seeking Fourth Straight Cup Win at New Hampshire on Sunday

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The NASCAR Cup and NASCAR XFINITY Series will each take to the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.  Ford has won the last three Cup events at the Magic Mile while the NXS drivers return for the first time after last year’s scheduled event was moved to Kentucky Speedway.

This Week’s Schedule:

Saturday, July 17 – NASCAR XFINITY Series, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)

Sunday, July 18 – NASCAR Cup Series, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)

FORD IN THE NASCAR CUP SERIES AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

·         Ford has 16 all-time series wins at New Hampshire

·         Ford is going for its fourth straight series win at New Hampshire

·         Ford’s all-time winningest NCS driver at New Hampshire is Jeff Burton (4 wins)

FORD IN THE NASCAR XFINITY SERIES AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

·         Ford has 8 series wins by 8 different drivers at New Hampshire.

·         The last Ford winner was Brad Keselowski in 2014.

·         Ford has 3 MENCS/NXS season sweeps at NHMS (1994, 2004 and 2014).

BLUE OVAL GOING FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT CUP WIN AT NHMS

Ford comes into this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway looking to run its win streak to four after Brad Keselowski went to victory lane last season.  Keselowski led a race-high 184 laps and won the last two stages as he and Denny Hamlin waged a one-on-one battle for most of the afternoon.  Keselowski’s win came on the heels of back-to-back wins by Kevin Harvick in 2018-19.

HARVICK HANGS ON

Kevin Harvick survived a last-lap bump from behind by Denny Hamlin to win last year’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, giving him his first NASCAR Cup Series win of the season and second straight at the Magic Mile.  Harvick played the track position game all day long and when Kyle Larson brought out the caution on lap 266 of the 301-lap event, crew chief Rodney Childers’ decision to keep Harvick on the track made all the difference as the top three of Hamlin, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski pitted.  When the race restarted with 39 laps to go, Harvick had to contend with Hamlin, who led 113 laps on the afternoon and reached his bumper on the final lap.  The resulting nudge made Harvick wiggle, but he was able to keep his foot in the gas and retain the lead for what became his 46th career victory.

BUMP-AND-RUN PROPELS HARVICK IN 2018

Kevin Harvick used the bump-and-run on Kyle Busch, passing him with seven laps to go, to take the checkered flag and register his series-leading sixth win of the season in last year’s NASCAR Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Harvick broke a tie with Busch for the most individual wins as the race came down to the final laps following a restart with 40 laps to go.  Harvick steadily gained ground on Busch and made his move in the middle of turns one and two.  He led a group of five Fords that finished in the top 10 as Aric Almirola was third, Ryan Blaney seventh, Kurt Busch eighth and Joey Logano ninth.

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 NASCAR Cup Series career.  

WEEKEND SWEEP

Brad Keselowski had a weekend to remember as he became the first driver to sweep a NASCAR XFINITY and 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.

300-FOR-300

Jeff Burton is the last driver to lead every lap of a 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.

OWNER/DRIVER FIRST

Ford’s first 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 15thcareer 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 NASCAR CUP SERIES 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

2018 – Kevin Harvick

2019 – Kevin Harvick

2020 – Brad Keselowski

FORD NASCAR XFINITY SERIES WINNERS AT NHMS

1994 – Derrike Cope

1995 – Chad Little

1999 – Elton Sawyer

2001 – Jason Keller

2002 – Bobby Hamilton Jr.

2004 – Matt Kenseth

2006 – Carl Edwards

2014 – Brad Keselowski

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