Over the past 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, dating back to June 2008, 11 different drivers have visited Victory Lane. Of those 11, seven of them are contenders in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne. Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and Brian Vickers are the other four most recent visitors to Victory Lane.
One of the Chase drivers not among the 11 most recent winners in Loudon, N.H., is Kevin Harvick, who finished third in the opening Chase race last Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. This Sunday during the SYLVANIA 300 he will try to add his name to that list as the 12th consecutive different winner.
Harvick has found success at the 1.058-mile oval previously. In 25 starts, he has been running at the finish in all 25 races, finishing on the lead lap in 19 of them. He has compiled five top fives and 13 top 10s. He crossed the finish line first after leading 196 of the 300 laps in the September 2006 event, the opening race of that year’s Chase. In 17 races, his average driver rating at the track is 92.1, tied for ninth best among all active drivers.
When the Chase field was reset prior to the Chicagoland race, Harvick was seeded fourth, nine points behind leader Matt Kenseth. Harvick earned six bonus points for taking home trophies after the spring Richmond race and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. He remains fourth in points, 15 markers outside of first.