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2017 Overton's 301

The 2017 Overton's 301 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on July 16, 2017 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Contested over 301 laps on the 1.058-mile speedway, it was the 19th race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a 1.058-mile oval speedway located in Loudon, New Hampshire, which has hosted NASCAR racing annually since the early 1990s, as well as the longest-running motorcycle race in North America, the Loudon Classic. Nicknamed "The Magic Mile", the speedway is converted into a 1.6-mile road course, which includes much of the oval. The track was the site of Bryar Motorsports Park before being purchased and redeveloped by Bob Bahre; the track is one of eight major NASCAR tracks owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports. Kyle Larson was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 28.430 seconds and a speed of 133.971 mph. Martin Truex Jr. scored the pole for the race with a time of 28.621 and a speed of 133.077 mph after Kyle Larson was disqualified after failing post-qualifying inspection.

Martin Truex Jr. was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 29.000 seconds and a speed of 131.338 mph. Kyle Busch was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 29.086 seconds and a speed of 131.338 mph. Martin Truex Jr. led the field to the green flag at 3:17 p.m. Jimmie Johnson, who started second, beat him to the line on the initial start, earning him a pass-through penalty. Kyle Larson, who started last after failing post-qualifying inspection, broke into the top-10 on Lap 30. Truex had a lead of six seconds when caution flew for the first time on Lap 36, a scheduled competition caution, he and most of the cars near the front opted to stay out. Erik Jones made contact with Kasey Kahne exiting pit road, cutting down his left-front tire that went undetected; when the race restarted on Lap 41, the left-front tire on Jones' car failed entering Turn 3 and with no inner-liner in the left-front, which NASCAR doesn't run at tracks the size of and/or smaller than Loudon, rather than the tire un-chord, it sent his car into the outside wall, bringing out the second caution.

Back to green on Lap 47, this green run went 21 laps before caution flew for the third time when Cole Whitt blew an engine in Turn 1. A few of the lead cars, such as Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick, short-pitted the end of the first stage; the first stage ended on a two-lap dash to the finish, won by Truex, with caution #4 flying moments on Lap 76 for the end of the stage. Busch, who pitted under the previous caution, took the lead; the race was red-flagged for five minutes and 29 seconds under this caution for a hole in Turn 3. The race went back green on Lap 84, only for caution #5 to fly four laps when Austin Dillon made contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and spun out in Turn 4. Returning to green on Lap 93, it went green the remainder of the second stage that concluded on Lap 151, won by Busch; that brought out the sixth caution, though. Hamlin exited pit road with the race lead. Restarting on Lap 158, Truex reeled in and passed Hamlin to retake the lead on Lap 175; the race was in his control, until a flat right-front tire forced him to hit pit road earlier than planned, handing the lead to Busch with 83 laps to go.

Running on much fresher tires, he un-lapped himself with 71 to go just as the leaders started hitting pit road. Busch pitted from the lead with 63 to go, handing the lead to Dale Earnhardt Jr. who pitted with 55 to go, cycling the lead back to Truex. During the pit cycle, Busch was handed a pass-through penalty for speeding on pit road, but while the tire advantage played in his favor in the 28 laps he worked to get back to the lead, it turned against him after the pit cycle. Matt Kenseth edged out Truex at the line to take the lead with 41 to go. Caution flew for the seventh time a lap when Ryan Newman spun out in Turn 2. Kenseth did so taking only right-side tires, which proved costly. Hamlin and Truex, who both took four, followed Kenseth out in third. Dale Earnhardt Jr. stayed out to assume the lead. Restarting with 35 to go, Hamlin took the lead from Kenseth exiting Turn 4 with 33 to go. Larson took over second with 23 to go, closed the gap to less than two seconds with 16 to go and less than a second with nine to go.

He ran into lapped traffic with seven to go and the gap didn't change for a lap. This proved key to Hamlin pulling away when Larson closed the gap to three car-lengths with three to go, driving on to victory. Hamlin said after the race. I knew he had a fast car, it just seemed like we were able to get off the corner pretty good and I just ran kind of a pace there which I felt comfortable with. And just in case we had a restart, they wanted to burn the tires up."Larson said of "another hard-fought race" it was "the third time" his team started from the rear and "drove up to second. I wish we could have been a spot better again, but proud of my team and proud of the cars that they’re bringing for me to drive each and every week. It’s been a tough couple weeks through the tech line, so if we make it through here and have a good Tuesday at NASCAR, but we’ll see.” Stage 1 Laps: 75 Stage 2 Laps: 75 Stage 3 Laps: 151 Lead changes: 6 among different drivers Cautions/Laps: 7 for 34 Red flags: 1 for 5 minutes and 29 seconds Time of race: 3 hours, 0 minutes and 36 seconds Average speed: 105.800 miles per hour NBC Sports covered the race on the television side.

Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in

Norway Township, Humboldt County, Iowa

Norway Township is one of twelve townships in Humboldt County, Iowa, USA. As of the 2000 census, its population was 410. Norway Township was organized in 1870, it was built up chiefly by Scandinavians. According to the United States Census Bureau, Norway Township covers an area of 36.2 square miles. Thor Lake Township Liberty Township, Wright County Eagle Grove Township, Wright County Troy Township, Wright County Newark Township, Webster County Badger Township, Webster County Beaver Township Grove Township The township contains East/West Ullensvang, Norway Lake, Norway Township, Willicksen Cemetery. Iowa's 4th congressional district State House District 4 United States Census Bureau 2008 TIGER/Line Shapefiles United States Board on Geographic Names United States National Atlas US-Counties.com City-Data.com