Top 10 Tuesday: Best Moments from Race Weekend
The 2014 Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR race weekend has come and gone, and it was a wild weekend of racing.
From Brad Keselowski's weekend sweep to a pair of new qualifying records, there was plenty of history being made between July 11-14. Here's our top-10 moments from race week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
- How Sweep It Is - Brad Keselowski led 290 out of a possible 505 laps between Saturday's Sta-Green 200 and Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301. Regardless of how many laps he led, though, Bad Brad did something no driver had ever done since the Magic Mile began hosting both Nationwide and Sprint Cup events in the same season - and that's sweep the weekend.
- The Streak Continues - A different driver pulled into Sunoco Victory Lane for the 13th straight Sprint Cup Series race, as Brad Keselowski continued the longest streak in NASCAR by winning the Camping World RV Sales 301. The baker's dozen worth of wins by different drivers ties Texas Motor Speedway for the longest streak in NASCAR history - a record that could be broken in September's SYLVANIA 300.
- Third to First - It might not have been the way Jesse Little thought he'd win his first-ever K&N Pro Series East race, but he'll take it - that's for sure. Brandon Jones got into leader Nick Drake on the last turn, allowing Little to sneak past and race to the checkers. The dramatic finish was the most recent in a long line of memorable East finishes at the Magic Mile.
- Cup 'O Mac - Eddie MacDonald, who grew up watching races at the 1.058-mile oval and is a fan favorite of New Hampshire Motor Speedway fans, made his first-ever Sprint Cup Series start in the July 13 Camping World RV Sales 301. MacDonald started 40th and finished 35th, and while he'd be the first to say he wanted a better finish, there was no taking away what was surely one of the best moments of the weekend when the native of Rowley, Mass., had his name called to the pre-race stage.
- Shootout Surprise - Well, not exactly a surprise, but Ryan Newman's win in the inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout wasn't exactly predictable. Starting fifth on the final restart, Newman used a dramatic last-lap slingshot pass of Justin Bonsignore to win the event, his third career Modified win at the Magic Mile.
- Second … Again? - Kyle Busch has been red-hot at New Hampshire Motor Speedway over the last three races. Rowdy has three straight runner-up finishes and will be a favorite to break the record (see No. 2) in September given his last win at the Magic Mile came in 2006.
- Thanks for the memories - New Hampshire Motor Speedway's winningest driver called it a career when Jeff Burton - a four-time NHMS winner - made the final start of his Sprint Cup career. A part-time driver for Michael Waltrip Racing this year, it was a perfect place to call it quits for Burton, who made the first Cup start of his career at NHMS on July 11, 1993.
- Bump-and-Run - That term has a whole new meaning for New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. One of the best interior wideouts in the National Football League, Edelman - the Official Pace Car Driver for the Camping World RV Sales 301 - was told in a pre-race meet-and-greet with Kyle Busch that he might get a little physical with the Patriot. He did just that, pushing the pace car around turns 1 and 2 during the pre-race pace laps.
- It's About Time - In 15 starts at New Hampshire, Bobby Santos had six top-10s, including three top-fives. A win, however, was not on his resume. It is now as the native of Franklin, Mass., won a sprint to the finish line, holding off Doug Coby and Ted Christopher by .065 seconds for his first-ever victory at the Magic Mile.
- Records Fall - Kyle Busch and Ben Rhodes each set new qualifying records for their respective divisions. Busch's speed of 138.130 mph (27.574 seconds) set a new qualifying record in the Sprint Cup Series, while Rhodes' speed of 128.580 (29.622 seconds) put him atop the qualifying record books in the K&N Pro Series East.
These are the top-10 moments from the Magic Mile staff's perspective. Was there a moment that stood out to you that wasn't on this list? Let us know!