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From Zipline to Finish Line

Kevin Harvick takes the checkered flag in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his sixth 2018 win.

LOUDON, N.H. – Kevin Harvick hit the jackpot on Sunday, taking his sixth 2018 win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after an intense battle with Kyle Busch for the lead in the final laps to cross the finish line first.

Harvick had already conquered the one-mile zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino in May to announce the multi-year partnership between the speedway and Foxwoods Resort Casino, and now, the majestic Rainmaker trophy is his, along with 19-pound Loudon the Lobster, after he conquered “The Magic Mile” for his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at NHMS.

With seven laps to go, Harvick got to the back bumper and pushed Kyle Busch out of the way. Harvick was all over Busch, tapping him multiple times, sending him out of the racing groove into Turn 2 to take the lead for good.

“We were just running out of laps, and I knew I might not get to him again,” said Harvick. “As hard as both of us were pushing, I got to him, and I knew I needed to take my opportunity. I felt like I needed to get him up out of the groove, and I got him up out of the groove and was able to get by.”

Busch didn’t feel like he had the best car in the race, even though he certainly knows how to get to Victory Lane at NHMS. The 2015 NASCAR champion is the all-time leader in NASCAR national series wins at NHMS including a trip to Victory Lane in last September’s race.

“I knew our car wasn’t going to be good enough,” said Busch. “Those SHR cars were all fast today, and we just didn’t have what we needed there, so I was just backing up, and Harvick was using me up there for about four or five corners in a row, which is fine. I think he could have made the move work cleaner than that, but you know, it’s all fair game when you are racing. How you race is how you get raced.”

Harvick qualified 14th, made up seven spots by the end of Stage 1 and was up to fourth by the end of Stage 2. He led three times for a total of 12 laps, including the most important lap – the final one that earned him a spot in Victory Lane.

“I want to thank all the fans for sticking it out in the rain today,” said Harvick. “What a great race today. Thanks everybody from Foxwoods and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Appreciate it! Awesome day!”

For full schedule and ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website atwww.NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Kurt Busch Captures First NHMS Pole

Three-time N.H. winner leads the Loudon field for first time in storied career

LOUDON, N.H. – Kurt Busch turned the first lap in the final session of qualifying and watched as nobody was able to post a faster lap in the five-minute-session to capture his first pole position at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. At a track where his brother Kyle Busch has dominated on qualifying day, today belongs to Kurt, who stood with the Cape Cod Café Pizza Pole Award.

“I like the way we made the right changes through each of the rounds and we stuck to a game plan,” said Kurt. “That’s exactly what you hope to happen each time you go to qualifying where you don’t have to deviate away from the plan you set in place.”

Kurt turned his best lap of the session’s final round with a speed of 133.591 mph for the pole. He was fourth fastest in the first round as he posted a lap of 132.817, and then was sixth in the second round with a 133.221 lap to advance to the final round.

The final results set up a great Sunday duel between the Busch brothers. Kyle steered his no. 18 M&Ms Toyota to the fastest overall lap of 133.656 mph, which was tops in the second qualifying round.  Add to the drama that Martin Truex Jr. qualified second after capturing the 2017 pole at NHMS, and you have a trio of titans ready to lead the field for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

In celebrating his first New Hampshire pole award, Kurt praised the addition of traction compound to the turns of “The Magic Mile.” He predicts the extra stick will mean even more competitive racing this weekend.  “It will help big time,” explained Kurt.  “When your car is working good you can pass with the VHT in lane 1 and lane 3; it changes the game.”

This is the third pole victory of 2018 for the driver of the no. 41 Monster Energy Ford, but he is still searching for his first trip to Victory Lane this season. He’s confident this is a step towards that goal. “It’s great to be on pole,” said Kurt. “It’s exactly what we needed to start that second half vibe going on.”

For full schedule and ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 20-22 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend and the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website at www.NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

NEW GANDER OUTDOORS 400 DRIVER APPEARANCES…

TRICKY TRIANGLE CLUB: NASCAR Hall of Famer and four-time Pocono Raceway Winner, Rusty Wallace, will join Ryan Blaney and William Byron in the Tricky Triangle Club on Sunday morning before the Gander Outdoors 400. For more information on the Tricky Triangle Club, including the perks that come with this great ticket add on, CLICK HERE.

TRUCK SERIES OPEN GARAGE:  Will take place on Friday, July 27th starting at 3:30 p.m. You may even see some of your favorite NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers so be ready for autographs! Wristbands will be distributed, on a first-come, first-serve basis start at 12 Noon at the Pocono Raceway Tent in the Paddock. Space is limited. A Pit/Paddock Pass is required, due to the location, for this event. To purchase your Pit/Paddock Pass Click HereNote: Camping Guests can visit the Infield Welcome Center, located along Earnhardt Road, to request a wristband. These will also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

FAN FEST: Pocono Raceway’s Fan Fest returns Friday, July 27! The drivers who are attending this year include Alex Bowman, Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Gray Gaulding, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano & Ricky Stenhouse Jr. All 2018 Gander Outdoors 400race weekend ticket holders, including camping guests, can attend Pocono Raceway’s Fan Fest for FREE!  Anyone who does not have a ticket can still join for just $10, per car load, at the Gate 1 Tunnel beginning at 5:00 p.m. For more details, including the event run of show, visit www.poconoraceway.com/fanfest.

INFIELD BLOCK PARTY: Join us on the Infield Block Party, being hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Weis Markets, on Saturday, July 28. Cars can enter the Gate 1 Tunnel for $10, per car load, located off Long Pond Road, starting at 5 p.m. Live music with Crazy Hearts, Porter & Sayles and The Dangerous Summer starts at 5 p.m. and our annual fireworks extravaganza will begin around 9:15 p.m. The $10 donation will benefit our local volunteer fire department. For more info Click Here.

NASCAR YOUTH AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Bubba Wallace, Paul Menard and Eric Jones will be part of this year’s Youth Autograph Session. This kid-only event will be open to ages 14 and under behind Victory Lane in the Paddock at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 29th. Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at the same location starting at 8:30 a.m. A Pit/Paddock Pass is required for access to Paddock area. One autograph per child will be permitted. To purchase your Pit/Paddock Pass Click Here.

JOEY LOGANO AT CLUB POCONO: Don’t miss Joey Logano’s Q&A session on Sunday, July 29 at 10:45 a.m. This exclusive event is complimentary for all Gander Outdoors 400 Club Pocono ticket holders. For more information on everything Club Pocono has to offer Click Here.

These latest additions add to an already jam-packed schedule of events this weekend. For a full list of race weekend activities, including already-announced driver appearances and event start times, CLICK HERE.