The winless NASCAR drivers had a glimmer of hope to make the playoffs last week in Atlanta after Kurt Busch became the twelfth winner of the 2021 season, and the first winner since Chase Elliott won the Circuit of Las Americas on May 23.
The 301 Foxwoods Resort Casino at New Hampshire Motor Speedway presents the opportunity for a unique 13th winner to win what should be an automatic playoff spot; But NASCAR hasn’t seen consecutive winners for the first time this season since Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch won at Talladega and Kansas on April 25 and May 2, respectively.
That said, there are five more races, including Sunday’s, to complete four more winners for the 16-car playoffs. Every winless driver from now on will be under even greater pressure to make the playoffs, eventually diminishing before the start of the postseason.
Denny Hamlin is the most likely among that group to get his first win on Sunday. The regular season points leader – has 10 points more than four-time winner Kyle Larson – calm he has not won a race this season, despite 11 top-five and 14 top-ten finishes. But he has enjoyed success in NHMS, including three wins and six finals.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights from the NASCAR race in New Hampshire on Sunday. Follow for full Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 results.
NASCAR in New Hampshire Live Updates, Highlights from Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
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2:26 pm: For anyone curious about the Lobster Trophy at NHMS:
“We don’t want a plastic trophy. We really want to show New England.”
– NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 18, 2021
2:24 pm: Uh oh. Michael McDowell, Quin Houff, Corey LaJoie, Ryan Preece and BJ McLeod are sent to the rear of the starting lineup for failing pre-race inspections.
NASCAR start time today
- Hour: 3 pm ET (TV time)
- Television channel: NBCSN (TSN in Canada)
- Live broadcast: NBCSports.com | fuboTV7-day free trial)
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled to fall at 3:18 p.m. ET.
NBCSN programming will begin at 2:30 pm with the pre-race show “Countdown to Green,” followed by coverage of the race beginning at 3 pm ET. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will call the race and provide analysis. Marty Snider and Dillon Welch will be the pit reporters.
NASCAR starting lineup in New Hampshire
Here’s the full starting lineup for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Foxwoods Casino Resort 301.
|Pos. Start||Driver||Car No.||team|
|1||Kyle busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|two||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||Chase elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Bedroom||Kurt busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|5||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Sixth||Denny Hamlin||eleven||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Seventh||Ryan blaney||12||Penske Team|
|Eighth||Tyler reddick||Eighth||Richard Childress Racing|
|9||Christopher bell||Twentieth||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|10||Kyle larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|eleven||Brad Keselowski||two||Penske Team|
|12||Kevin Harvick||Bedroom||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|13||Austin dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Matt DiBenedetto||twenty-one||Wood Brothers Racing|
|fifteen||Joey logano||22||Penske Team|
|sixteen||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|17||Chris buescher||17||Roush Fenway racing|
|18||Bubba wallace||2. 3||23XI Races|
|19||Chase briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Twentieth||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|twenty-one||Cole custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|22||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|2. 3||Michael McDowell||3. 4||Front row motorsports|
|24||Erik jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|25||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|26||Corey lajoie||Seventh||Spire Motorsports|
|27||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front row motorsports|
|28||Ryan newman||Sixth||Roush Fenway racing|
|29||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|30||Justin haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|31||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse racing team|
|32||BJ McLeod||78||Live fast motor sports|
|33||Garrett smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|3. 4||Cody’s Articles||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|35||Josh bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|36||Quin houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|37||James Davison||fifteen||Rick Ware Racing|