Sept 21-22, 2018
Sylvania 300 (2003–2015)
Bad Boy Off Road (2016)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
First race: 1997
Distance: 317.4 miles (510.8 km)
The cars and stars of NASCAR race their way back to New England for the ISM Connect 300, formely SYLVANIA 300 and Bad Boy Off Road, and the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday, September 25. As part of NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs, this 300-lap event is sure to be pivotal in deciding the series champion.
The ISM Connect 300 (New england 300, Sylvania 300, Bad Boy Off Road 300) has been known to be a pivotal race in the early going of The Chase, this annual September Sprint Cup race takes place at the New Hampshire International Speedway.
The "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" Championship starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway! In a region that is no stranger to championships, the best of the best will try to gain the upper hand as NASCAR starts their 10 race showdown for the Cup.
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup starts with the Sylvania 300! Held annually at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, this region of the U.S. is no stranger to championships, and twelve of NASCAR's best of the best will be trying to get a jump on the rest of the field in this opening showdown of The Chase for the Cup.
Each of the 12 drivers who qualify for the Chase will be looking to get off to a hot start in the 10 races what will determine the next Sprint Cup Champion. That makes this race much more important than it was prior to 2004 when the Chase for the Sprint Cup was inaugurated.
In the 13 years since its inaugural race, the CMT 300, Jeff Gordon is the only driver to win more than once, and in consecutive years; winning the first two races in 1997 and 1998. It was announced in 2006 that Sylvania signed an extension to be the title sponsor of the race until 2014, most likely securing this September race through 2016.
2017 ISM Connect 300 Winner: Kyle Busch
2016 Bad Boy Off Road 300 Winner: Kevin Harvick
2015 Sylvania 300 Winner: Matt Kenseth
2014 Sylvania 300 Winner: Joey Logano
2013 Sylvania 300 Winner
Matt Kenseth led a race-high 106 laps in winning for the seventh time this season, for the first time at the Magic Mile and for the 31st time in his career. Winning in his 500th start in the Cup series, Kenseth extended his Chase lead to 14 points over Busch.
2012 Sylvania 300 Winner
Denny Hamlin wins the 2012 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hamlin has 5 wins for this racing season and 22 career wins. This NASCAR victory is the 100th cup victory for Joe Gibbs Racing.
2011 Sylvania 300 Winner
Tony Stewart fell out of the lead when he ran out of gas here a year ago, went to the front when race leader Clint Bowyer, last year's benefactor of Stewart's hard luck, ran out of gas with two laps to go. It enabled Stewart to win back-to-back races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship with his triumph in the 2011 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
2010 Sylvania 300 Winner
Clint Bowyer’s victory in Sunday’s 2014 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway provided the perfect answer. Bowyer led a race-high 177 of 300 laps, but as the race neared its conclusion he was second to Tony Stewart who quickly running out of gas. As both exited Turn 4 on the next-to-last lap, Stewart suddenly slowed, out of fuel. Bowyer passed him and held his breath while his fuel stretched one more lap. He managed to hold off a fast-approaching Denny Hamlin to win the first race of the Chase.
2009 Syivania 300 Winner
The 2009 Sylvania 300 was the twenty-seventh race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and the first race of the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The 300-lap, 317.4 miles (510.8 km) race was held on September 20 at the 1.058 mile (1.703 km) length New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Mark Martin Won The First Chase Race Under Caution.