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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Loudon N.H.,: Sylvania 300 at a glance

Matt Kenseth, left, talks with Denny Hamlin before a NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C., earlier this month.
Matt Kenseth, left, talks with Denny Hamlin before a NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C., earlier this month. AP

Distance: 300 laps or 317 miles.

Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a 1.058-mile, paved oval in Loudon, N.H.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday.

TV: NBC Sports Network.

Radio: Performance Racing Network.

Last year’s winner: Joey Logano.

Also this week: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, Xfinity Series, Kentucky Motor Speedway, 8 p.m. Saturday, NBC Sports Network; UNOH 175, Truck Series, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1 p.m., Saturday, Fox Sports 1.

Worth mentioning: Second race in the Chase. Will there be more confrontations – on track or off – between Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson?

Who’s Hot/ Who’s Not

HOT

Denny Hamlin: Has sites set firmly on Chase’s second round after victory at Chicagoland.

Darrell Wallace Jr.: Third-place finish in Xfinity race was a career best, outdid others in the series with 1-2 finish by Cup regulars (Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth).

John Hunter Nemechek: Surprise Truck winner at Chicagoland; wasn’t long ago he was a student at Davidson Day.

NOT

Kevin Harvick: Reigning champ quickly dropped to 15th in Chase standings and blamed Jimmie Johnson for it.

Jimmie Johnson: Finishing 11th dropped him from first in the stanings to seventh.

Clint Bowyer: Didn’t do anything at Chicagoland (finishing 19th) to improve his chances of climbing out of the bottom four. Penalty didn’t help, either.

Points Standings

Sprint Cup

1. Matt Kenseth

2,052

2. Denny Hamlin

2,050

3. Carl Edwards

2,049

4. Kyle Busch

2,049

5. Kurt Busch

2,048

6. Joey Logano

2,048

7. Jimmie Johnson

2,045

8. Ryan Newman

2,040

9. Brad Keselowski

2,039

10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2,038

11. Martin Truex Jr.

2,035

12. Jeff Gordon

2,031

13. Jamie McMurray

2,028

14. Paul Menard

2,027

15. Kevin Harvick

2,009

16. Clint Bowyer

2,000

17. Aric Almirola

727

18. Kasey Kahne

697

19. Kyle Larson

656

20. Greg Biffle

634

21. Austin Dillon

604

22. Casey Mears

578

23. Danica Patrick

570

24. AJ Allmendinger

564

25. David Ragan

551

26. Tony Stewart

530

27. Sam Hornish Jr.

522

28. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

494

29. Trevor Bayne

489

30. Justin Allgaier

460

Xfinity

1. Chris Buescher

945

2. Ty Dillon

920

3. Chase Elliott

917

4. Regan Smith

894

5. Elliott Sadler

839

6. Darrell Wallace Jr.

838

7. Daniel Suarez

830

8. Brian Scott

825

9. Brendan Gaughan

798

10. Ryan Reed

716

11. Jeremy Clements

641

12. Ross Chastain

624

13. J.J. Yeley

622

14. Dakoda Armstrong

615

15. Ryan Sieg

611

16. David Starr

561

17. Blake Koch

518

18. Landon Cassill

491

19. Cale Conley

486

20. Eric McClure

445

Truck

1. Erik Jones

628

2. Tyler Reddick

618

3. Matt Crafton

617

4. Johnny Sauter

576

5. Daniel Hemric

519

6. Cameron Hayley

517

7. Timothy Peters

512

8. John Wes Townley

500

9. Spencer Gallagher

488

10. Ben Kennedy

483

11. Ray Black Jr.

442

12. Tyler Young

432

13. John Hunter Nemechek

356

14. Korbin Forrister

349

15. Jennifer Jo Cobb

343

16. Brandon Jones

326

17. Mason Mingus

322

18. Travis Kvapil

307

19. Norm Benning

307

20. Jordan Anderson

260

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