Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
|NASCAR Cup Series|
|Venue||New Hampshire Motor Speedway|
|Location||Loudon, New Hampshire, United States|
|Corporate sponsor||Foxwoods Resort Casino|
|Distance||318.458 miles (512.508 km)|
Stage 1: 75
Stage 2: 110
Final stage: 116
|Previous names||Slick 50 300 (1993–1995)|
Jiffy Lube 300 (1996–1999)
thatlook.com 300 (2000)
New England 300 (2001–2003, 2005)
Siemens 300 (2004)
Lenox Industrial Tools 300 (2006–2007)
Lenox Industrial Tools 301 (2008–2012)
Camping World RV Sales 301 (2013–2014)
5-hour Energy 301 (2015)
New Hampshire 301 (2016)
Overton's 301 (2017)
|Most wins (driver)||Jeff Burton (3)|
|Most wins (team)||Joe Gibbs Racing (7)|
|Most wins (manufacturer)||Ford (12)|
|Length||1.058 mi (1.703 km)|
Aric Almirola is the defending winner, having won it in 2021.
The race has been traditionally run in July, but from 2007 to 2010 it was run in late June or early July as the race preceding the Coke Zero 400 in order to allow that race to run as close to the 4th of July as possible. In 2011, the race returned to its traditional mid-July date. From its inaugural running in 1993 through 2007 the race was 300 laps, but after O. Bruton Smith and his company SMI bought the track their first date was given the moniker of the extra mile and was increased to 301 laps. In 2008, Kurt Busch won the race after it was called due to rain after 284 laps. One year later, Joey Logano became the youngest winner in NASCAR Cup Series history after the race was also shortened because of rain after 273 laps, at the age of 19 years, 1 month, and 4 days. Starting in 2018, it became the only event at the track because their fall race would be moved to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
During the practice for the 2000 event, Kenny Irwin Jr. was killed after he lost control of his car, which slammed head on into the wall, causing it to flip onto its side. His cause of death, basilar skull fracture, was the same cause that killed Busch Series driver Adam Petty eight weeks prior at Busch 200 at the same track, leading NASCAR to make significant rule changes to maintain driver safety, including an experiment on using a restrictor plate for the next New Hampshire Cup race that season, the Dura Lube 300.
Newell Rubbermaid, through its Lenox Industrial Tools subsidiary, was the title sponsor of the race from 2006 to 2012. Organizers added an extra lap from 2008 to 2012 to represent that Lenox Industrial Tools" is looking for users and suppliers of industrial tools that go the extra mile, whose jobs are physically demanding, day after day, and still find time to contribute to their communities in a meaningful way." The race was dubbed "The Extra Mile at the Magic Mile." for seven year. Under the Lenox Industrial Tools sponsorship, the race was 318.5 miles (512.6 km) in length while the fall race, the Sylvania 300, is 317.4 miles (510.8 km). After Lenox Industrial Tools left as title sponsor, Camping World picked up the sponsorship of the event through its RV Sales department for 2013 and 2014, and since the 301 moniker became popular with the fans, NHMS decided to keep their July event 301 laps long. In fact, the first two races with the 301 lap distance did not go the whole distance.
Starting in 2018, Foxwoods Resort Casino, located in Ledyard, Connecticut, became the title sponsor of the race, after announcing a multi-year sponsorship agreement with the racetrack on May 31, 2018.
Unlike other races, the trophy is in the form of an American lobster provided by Makris Lobster and Steak House. After the winning driver poses with the lobster on victory lane, Makris pressure cooks it and sends the meat to the winning pit crew while a taxidermist reassembles the shell and mounts it on a trophy for the driver.
|Year||Date||No.||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|1993||July 11||2||Rusty Wallace||Penske Racing||Pontiac||300||317.4 (510.805)||2:59:45||105.947||Report|
|1994||July 10||10||Ricky Rudd||Rudd Performance Motorsports||Ford||300||317.4 (510.805)||3:37:24||87.599||Report|
|1995||July 9||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||300||317.4 (510.805)||2:57:56||107.029||Report|
|1996||July 14||28||Ernie Irvan||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||300||317.4 (510.805)||3:12:30||98.93||Report|
|1997||July 13||99||Jeff Burton||Roush Racing||Ford||300||317.4 (510.805)||2:42:35||117.134||Report|
|1998||July 12||99||Jeff Burton||Roush Racing||Ford||300||317.4 (510.805)||3:04:54||102.996||Report|
|1999||July 11||99||Jeff Burton||Roush Racing||Ford||300||317.4 (510.805)||3:06:56||101.876||Report|
|2000||July 9||20||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Pontiac||273*||288.834 (464.833)||2:48:01||103.145||Report|
|2001||July 22||88||Dale Jarrett||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||300||317.4 (510.805)||3:06:28||102.131||Report|
|2002||July 21||22||Ward Burton||Bill Davis Racing||Dodge||300||317.4 (510.805)||3:26:14||92.342||Report|
|2003||July 20||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||300||317.4 (510.805)||3:16:29||96.924||Report|
|2004||July 25||97||Kurt Busch||Roush Racing||Ford||300||317.4 (510.805)||3:14:36||97.862||Report|
|2005||July 17||20||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet||300||317.4 (510.805)||3:05:36||102.608||Report|
|2006||July 16||5||Kyle Busch||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||308*||325.864 (524.427)||3:12:51||101.384||Report|
|2007||July 1||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet||300||317.4 (510.805)||2:55:59||108.215||Report|
|2008||June 29||2||Kurt Busch||Penske Racing||Dodge||284*||300.472 (483.562)||2:48:56||106.719||Report|
|2009||June 28||20||Joey Logano||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||273*||288.834 (464.833)||2:57:45||97.497||Report|
|2010||June 27||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||301||318.458 (512.508)||2:48:38||113.308||Report|
|2011||July 17||39||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||301||318.458 (512.508)||3:03:33||104.1||Report|
|2012||July 15||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||301||318.458 (512.508)||2:44:24||116.226||Report|
|2013||July 14||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||302*||319.516 (514.211)||3:14:10||98.735||Report|
|2014||July 13||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||305*||322.69 (519.319)||2:58:03||108.741||Report|
|2015||July 19||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||301||318.458 (512.508)||2:56:06||108.504||Report|
|2016||July 17||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||301||318.458 (512.508)||2:57:53||107.416||Report|
|2017||July 16||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||301||318.458 (512.508)||3:00:36||105.8||Report|
|2018||July 22||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||301||318.458 (512.508)||2:52:56||110.49||Report|
|2019||July 21||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||301||318.458 (512.508)||3:03:37||104.062||Report|
|2020||August 2*||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||301||318.458 (512.508)||3:10:22||100.372||Report|
|2021||July 18||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||293*||309.994 (498.887)||3:07:52||99.004||Report|
- 2000, 2008, and 2009: Race shortened due to rain.
- 2006, 2013, and 2014: Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish.
- 2020: Race postponed from July 19 to August 2 due to schedule changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 2021: Race delayed due to rain and shortened by eight laps due to darkness.
Multiple winners (drivers)
|3||Jeff Burton||1997, 1998, 1999|
|2||Tony Stewart||2000, 2005|
|Kurt Busch||2004, 2008|
|Jimmie Johnson||2003, 2010|
|Kyle Busch||2006, 2015|
|Denny Hamlin||2007, 2017|
|Kevin Harvick||2018, 2019|
|Brad Keselowski||2014, 2020|
Multiple winners (teams)
|7||Joe Gibbs Racing||2000, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|5||Hendrick Motorsports||1995, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2012|
|4||Roush Racing||1997, 1998, 1999, 2004|
|Team Penske||1993, 2008, 2014, 2020|
|Stewart-Haas Racing||2011, 2018, 2019, 2021|
|2||Robert Yates Racing||1996, 2001|
|12||Ford||1994, 1996–1999, 2001, 2004, 2014, 2018–2021|
|8||Chevrolet||1995, 2003, 2005–2007, 2010–2012|
|5||Toyota||2009, 2013, 2015–2017|
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- New Hampshire Motor Speedway race results at Racing-Reference