At the conclusion of last year's LENOX Industrial Tools 300, Jeff Gordon said, "Obviously I would have liked to have has another lap," after Denny Hamlin beat him by just 0.068 seconds.
This year, Jeff Gordon will get his wish.
For the first time, drivers and fans alike will have the opportunity to see if that EXTRA MILE will make a difference, when an additional lap is added to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, making it the LENOX Industrial Tools 301.
"This could create the excitement we see with a ‘buzzer-beater" in the NCAA tournament or NBA Finals, a walk-off home run in the 10th inning of a baseball game or ‘Sudden Death' in the NFL," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "Look how many times an extra lap would have made the outcome different in NASCAR racing."
Beyond giving the contenders on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit the chance to show off their racing skills, the extra lap was added to recognize LENOX EXTRA MILE HEROES, users and distributors of industrial tools who go the EXTRA MILE in their community. LENOX Industrial Tools and Jeff Burton will give these EXTRA MILE HEROES the opportunity to win $1 million.
Tickets are still available for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29, and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14. For more information, go online to www.nhms.com or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931. All ticket holders who purchase a ticket prior to Wednesday, June 25, 2008 will be eligible to win a $500 Sunoco gas card, watch the SYLVANIA 300 from a luxury suite, or have their mortgage or rent paid until December, 2008.