|Race 28 of 36 in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|Date||September 21, 2014|
|Location||New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, New Hampshire
|Course||Permanent racing facility
1.058 mi (1.703 km)
|Distance||303 laps, 320.57 mi (516.1 km)|
|Scheduled Distance||300 laps, 317.4 mi (510.8 km)|
|Weather||Mostly cloudy with a temperature of 73 °F (23 °C); wind out of the SSE at 10 miles per hour (16 km/h)|
|Average speed||98.697 mph (158.837 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|No. 22||Joey Logano||Team Penske|
|Television in the United States|
|Network||NASCAR on ESPN & PRN|
|Announcers||Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree (Television)
Wendy Venturini and Brad Gillie (Booth)
Rob Albright (Backstretch) (Radio)
|Nielsen Ratings||2.4/5 (Final)
3.85 Million viewers
The 2014 Sylvania 300 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on September 21, 2014, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Contested over 303 laps, it was the 28th race of the 36 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and second race of the ten race Chase for the Sprint Cup. Joey Logano scored his seventh career victory. Kyle Larson finished second while Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five. The top rookies of the race were Kyle Larson (2nd), Austin Dillon (11th), and Justin Allgaier (20th).
Brad Keselowski coasted on to victory lane on the final restart in the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. "I am not really sure what to say,'' Keselowski said after scoring his second consecutive victory of the season. "I don't really know what happened. I just know we got to the lead. I saw Kyle and Kevin racing each other really hard, they were aggressively side drafting and I was waiting for an opportunity to strike and it came. The car stuck and everything came together."
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a 1.058-mile (1.703 km) oval speedway located in Loudon, New Hampshire which has hosted NASCAR racing annually since the early 1990s, as well as an IndyCar weekend and the oldest motorcycle race in North America, the Loudon Classic. Nicknamed "The Magic Mile", the speedway is often converted into a 1.6-mile (2.6 km) road course, which includes much of the oval.
On September 16, Ontario Country District Attorney Michael Tantillo issued a written statement stating that the findings into the investigation of the Tony Stewart incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 9 would be sent to a grand jury to determine what chargers if any will be filed against Stewart. The statement reads as follows. "Over the past several weeks, I have reviewed with members of the Ontario County Sheriff's Department their investigation, as it progressed, in the Tony Stewart matter. Recently that office concluded its work and forwarded the complete case file to me. Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter. Accordingly, the evidence developed in the investigation will be presented to an Ontario County grand jury in the near future. "As grand jury proceedings in New York State are strictly confidential by law, I am unable to state when the matter will be scheduled, other than to state that I intend to present the matter in the near future. Similarly, because of the confidential nature of these proceedings, I cannot state who will be called as witnesses, or what any witness's expected testimony will be. When the presentation has been completed and a determination has been made, I will advise the public and the media at that time of the results."
Stewart said he would continue to cooperate in the grand jury proceeding. "I respect the time and effort spent by both the Ontario County District Attorney and the sheriff's office in investigating this tragic accident," Stewart said in a statement. "I look forward to this process being completed, and I will continue to provide my full cooperation." Stewart is expected to race this weekend and NASCAR has issued a statement allowing him to do so. "We are aware of the completed investigation and the announced next steps," NASCAR spokesman Brett Jewkes said in a statement. "First, our thoughts continue to be with all who have been impacted by this tragedy. We will monitor this process and stay in close contact with Stewart-Haas Racing. It would be inappropriate for NASCAR to comment on this case so we will continue to respect the process and authorities involved."
Also on September 16, BK Racing sidelined Ryan Truex and put Travis Kvapil in the No. 83 car. This was a decision made quietly and wasn't announced till Friday, September 19. No reason was given as to why this happened and the team has not announced the immediate future beyond this weekend. "I didn't have anything going on this weekend," Kvapil said. "We had talked about doing something with the 93. These are my guys here. I had been with them for the last two years and feel I had a hand in building this team. I don't know what the plans are beyond this weekend, but it's good to be back."
The entry list for the Sylvania 300 was released on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10:01 a.m. Eastern time. Forty-three drivers were entered for the race.
|1||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||27.516||138.421|
|2||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||27.622||137.890|
|3||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||27.635||137.825|
|Official first practice results|
Brad Keselowski won the pole with a new track record time of 27.090 and a speed of 140.598 mph (226.271 km/h). "Loudon's always been one of my favorite tracks, and we've won a couple poles here before," said Keselowski. "But this one is a little extra special with everything that's going on and going through the Chase and what not. I'm ready to get running tomorrow and hopefully, we'll get another win. I try not to get caught up in statements, I'm just trying to go out there and do our job. The Penske team has done phenomenal this season, and it's great to keep it rolling." "I thought we had a really good car in race trim," said Jamie McMurray who qualified second. "We ran a few laps in race trim to start today. Very similar to the same car we had here the first race. We switched over to qualifying trim we were second quick so yeah our car has been good so far. The track will change a little bit tomorrow when the rubber gets laid down, but overall it's been a really good weekend so far." "We qualified a lot better this time than we did the last trip here," said Dale Earnhardt, Jr. "We saved a set of tires in practice too that will be a big benefit tomorrow in race trim. It was a good day." Forty-three drivers were entered so no one failed to make the race.
|1||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||27.281||27.090|
|2||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||27.377||27.121|
|3||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||27.342||27.193|
|4||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||27.328||27.253|
|5||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||27.368||27.260|
|6||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||27.328||27.319|
|7||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||27.345||27.354|
|8||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||27.286||27.398|
|9||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||27.403||27.412|
|10||42||Kyle Larson (R)||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||27.321||27.425|
|11||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||27.404||27.428|
|12||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||27.338||27.449|
|13||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||27.412||--|
|14||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||27.412||--|
|15||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||27.413||--|
|16||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||27.430||--|
|17||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||27.436||--|
|18||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||27.445||--|
|19||17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||27.485||--|
|20||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||27.495||--|
|21||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||27.498||--|
|22||3||Austin Dillon (R)||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||27.502||--|
|23||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||27.506||--|
|24||51||Justin Allgaier (R)||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||27.542||--|
|25||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||27.558||--|
|26||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||27.563||--|
|27||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||27.582||--|
|28||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||27.676||--|
|29||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||27.684||--|
|30||40||Landon Cassill||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||27.803||--|
|31||26||Cole Whitt (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||27.858||--|
|32||78||Martin Truex, Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||27.863||--|
|33||93||Clay Rogers||BK Racing||Toyota||27.891||--|
|34||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||27.968||--|
|35||23||Alex Bowman (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||27.990||--|
|36||33||David Stremme||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||27.998||--|
|37||36||Reed Sorenson||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||28.042||--|
|38||7||Michael Annett (R)||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||28.067||--|
|39||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Chevrolet||28.162||--|
|40||83||Travis Kvapil||BK Racing||Toyota||28.208||--|
|41||77||Corey Lajoie||Randy Humphrey Racing||Ford||28.306||--|
|42||66||Mike Wallace||Identity Ventures Racing||Toyota||28.472||--|
|43||32||Timmy Hill||Go FAS Racing||Ford||28.614||--|
|Official qualifying results|
|1||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||28.084||135.622|
|2||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.230||134.920|
|3||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||28.231||134.916|
|Official second practice results|
Brad Keselowski was going for the "perfect weekend" (topping the charts in every practice session along with winning the pole), but he came up short as Jeff Gordon was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 28.139 and a speed of 135.357 mph (217.836 km/h).Corey Lajoie, who was making his first Sprint Cup Series start, tagged the wall in turn 4. Greg Biffle spun out exiting turn 2. The only damage that was sustained was a flat right-rear tire. In the closing seconds of the session, Tony Stewart got loose coming off of turn 4 and spun sideways down the front stretch.
|1||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.139||135.357|
|2||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||28.160||135.256|
|3||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||28.164||135.236|
|Official final practice results|
The race was scheduled to start at 2:16 p.m. Eastern time but started three minutes early with Brad Keselowski leading the way, the first caution of the race flew on lap 37, It was a planned competition caution due to overnight rain. Denny Hamlin took just two tires and assumed the lead after David Gilliland pitted after staying out. Keselowski took four and exited pit road 16th, The race restarted on lap 40.
Debris brought out the second caution on lap 105. The debris was from a Z-MAX decal that was located on the backstretch wall past the exit of turn 2. A NASCAR official eventually removed the logo. Harvick and Joey Logano traded the lead on pit road because of where Harvick's pit stall was located, The race restarted on lap 113, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was running sixth when he made an unscheduled stop for a loose wheel.
Debris in turn 3 brought out the third caution on lap 171. Harvick and Logano once again traded the lead on pit road. Only this time, Logano exited first. The race restarted on lap 178, Caution came out for the fourth time on lap 180 when Martin Truex, Jr. got into Cole Whitt and spun out taking David Ragan with him. Denny Hamlin slid into Ragan trying to avoid him. "Unfortunately, in this three-race deal you can't make any mistakes," Hamlin said of the new elimination format, in which four drivers will be out of contention after every third race in the 10-race run to the title. "And we didn't. But a parts failure put us down." "I hate to say it, but maybe some guys get some trouble and let us back in it. Other than that, it's going to be hard for us to do it without some help."
The race restarted on lap 187, Caution flew for the fifth time on lap 188 for another multi-car crash in turn 2. Matt Kenseth got loose exiting turn 2. He pancaked the front of Kyle Busch and that accordioned into Kasey Kahne and sent Busch spinning down the backstretch.
The race restarted on lap 193 and caution flew for the sixth time on lap 194 when Brad Keselowski, racing for seventh with Kenseth, got loose and turned himself around in turn 1.
The race restarted on lap 198 and caution flew for the seventh time on lap 202 after Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. got turned by a loose Dale Earnhardt, Jr. exiting turn 4, The race restarted on lap 206, Caution flew for the eighth time on lap 211 for debris on the backstretch. Brian Vickers stayed out when the leaders pitted and assumed the lead, The race restarted with 85 laps to go.
The race restarted with 76 laps to go, Brad Keselowski retook the lead with 72 laps to go and Debris on the backstretch brought out the tenth caution of the race with 54 laps to go, The race restarted with 50 laps to go, Caution flew for the eleventh time with 43 laps to go after Corey LaJoie spun out in turn 2.
The race restarted with 40 laps to go, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. slammed the wall in turn 1 to bring out the twelfth caution of the race with 37 laps to go.
The race restarted with 32 laps to go, Kevin Harvick retook the lead with 31 laps to go. Caution came out for the 13th time after Paul Menard got loose and spun in turn 3. He collected Matt Kenseth and hit the wall in turn 4.
The race restarted with four laps to go, Caution flew for the 15th time with three laps to go after Tony Stewart got turned and spun exiting turn 4.
Joey Logano took off on the first Green-White-Checker attempt to score his fourth victory of the season. "It feels good to go into the next one," Logano said. "We've got to keep doing what we're doing though. We've got to keep our eye on the prize and think about the big trophy at the end."
|1||7||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||303||47|
|2||10||42||Kyle Larson (R)||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||303||42|
|3||3||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||303||43|
|4||2||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||303||40|
|5||6||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||303||39|
|6||21||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||303||38|
|7||1||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||303||38|
|8||5||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||303||36|
|9||11||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||303||35|
|10||12||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||303||35|
|11||22||3||Austin Dillon (R)||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||303||33|
|12||32||78||Martin Truex, Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||303||32|
|13||27||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||303||31|
|14||14||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||303||30|
|15||23||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||303||29|
|16||26||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||303||28|
|17||8||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||303||27|
|18||9||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||303||26|
|19||18||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||303||25|
|20||24||51||Justin Allgaier (R)||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||303||24|
|21||16||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||303||23|
|22||25||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||303||22|
|23||17||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||303||21|
|24||20||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||303||20|
|25||30||40||Landon Cassill||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||303||0|
|26||13||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||303||18|
|27||34||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||301||18|
|28||35||23||Alex Bowman (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||301||16|
|29||38||7||Michael Annett (R)||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||301||15|
|30||28||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||301||14|
|31||37||36||Reed Sorenson||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||300||13|
|32||40||83||Travis Kvapil||BK Racing||Toyota||300||12|
|33||39||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Chevrolet||297||11|
|34||42||66||Mike Wallace||Identity Ventures Racing||Toyota||296||0|
|35||43||32||Timmy Hill||Go FAS Racing||Ford||295||9|
|36||15||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||268||8|
|37||4||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||265||8|
|38||31||26||Cole Whitt (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||264||6|
|39||19||17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||263||5|
|40||36||33||David Stremme||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||228||4|
|41||41||77||Corey Lajoie||Randy Humphrey Racing||Ford||201||3|
|42||29||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||177||2|
|43||33||93||Clay Rogers||BK Racing||Toyota||33||1|
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Allen Bestwick
Color-commentator: Dale Jarrett
Color commentator: Andy Petree
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Wendy Venturini
Announcer: Brad Gillie
|Backstretch: Rob Albright||Brett McMillan