Bad Boy Off Road 300 Race Report

Bad Boy Off Road 300 Race Report

Date:  Sept. 25, 2016
Event:  Bad Boy Off Road 300 (Round 28 of 36)
Series:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location:  New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)
Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Chevrolet)

SHR Finish:
Kevin Harvick (Started 19th, Finished 1st / Running, completed 300 of 300 laps)
Kurt Busch (Started 13th, Finished 5th / Running, completed 300 of 300 laps)
Danica Patrick (Started 24th, Finished 18th / Running, completed 300 of 300 laps)
Tony Stewart (Started 22nd, Finished 23rd / Running, completed 299 of 300 laps)

SHR Points:
Kevin Harvick (2nd with 2,071 points; 1 win, secures berth in Round of 12)
Kurt Busch (11th with 2,067 points; 15 points inside of top-12 in Round of 16)
Tony Stewart (15th with 2,046 points; 11 points out of top-12 in Round of 16)
Danica Patrick (23rd with 534 points)

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 ditech Chevrolet SS for SHR, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon by winning the Bad Boy Off Road 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It was the 35th point-paying Sprint Cup victory for SHR since its inception in 2009 and the organization’s fifth this season.

Harvick led twice for eight laps around the 1.058-mile oval en route to his 34th career Sprint Cup win. It was his third win this season and his second win in 32 career Sprint Cup starts at New Hampshire.

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, finished fifth. It was Busch’s seventh top-five this season and his eighth top-five in 32 career Sprint Cup starts at New Hampshire.

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 18th.

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 23rd.

Matt Kenseth finished .442 of a second behind Harvick in the runner-up spot, while Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch rounded out the top-five. Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson comprised the remainder of the top-10.

There were six caution periods for 31 laps with two drivers failing to finish the 300-lap race.

Harvick, Busch and Stewart are representing SHR in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and they entered the second race of the 10-race, 16-driver Chase ranked 14th, 10th and 12th, respectively, in the Round of 16 standings. Harvick leaves New Hampshire in second place and is locked into the Round of 12 thanks to his victory at New Hampshire. Busch is 11th with a 15-point margin over 13th place. Stewart is 15th, 11 points outside of the top-12. Following the third race of the Chase at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, only those Chase drivers who have won a race or are among the top-12 in points will advance to the Round of 12.

With one race remaining before the Round of 12 begins, the top-16 drivers competing for the title rank as follows:

  1. Martin Truex Jr. (2,086 points) 1 win
  2. Kevin Harvick (2,071 points) 1 win
  3. Brad Keselowski (2,087 points) +35 points
  4. Kyle Busch (2,085 points) + 33 points
  5. Matt Kenseth (2,078 points) +26 points
  6. Joey Logano (2,073 points) +21 points
  7. Denny Hamlin (2,071 points) +19 points
  8. Jimmie Johnson (2,070 points) +18 points
  9. Chase Elliott (2,068 points) +16 points
  10. Carl Edwards (2,068 points) +16 points
  11. Kurt Busch (2,067 points) +15 points
  12. Kyle Larson (2,057 points) +5 points
  13. Jamie McMurray (2,052 points) -5 points
  14. Austin Dillon (2,052 points) -5 points
  15. Tony Stewart (2,046 points) -11 points
  16. Chris Buescher (2,027 points) -30 points