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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the SYLVANIA 300

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire going into the SYLVANIA 300 on September 22. ESPN’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 2 p.m.

 
NEW HAMPSHIRE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
1 – Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.6
2013 Rundown
·        Six wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 13.4
·        Led 18 races for 1,238 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
·        Five top fives, 13 top 10s
·        Average finish of 13.8 in 27 races
·        Average Running Position of 16.7, 20th-best
·        Driver Rating of 80.6, 20th-best
·        Series-high 1,040 Green Flag Passes
2 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Peanut Butter Toyota)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.2
2013 Rundown
·        Four wins, 12 top fives, 16 top 10s; three poles
·        Average finish of 13.5
·        Led 14 races for 1,169 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
·        One win, five top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 15.8 in 17 races
·        Average Running Position of 14.3, 12th-best
·        Driver Rating of 91.9, 11th-best
·        197 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 124.323 mph, 13th-fastest
·        3,172 Laps in the Top 15 (62.6%), 11th-most
·        444 Quality Passes, ninth-most
3 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.0
2013 Rundown
·        Four wins, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 12.6
·        Led 15 races for 1,179 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
·        Three wins, eight top fives, 16 top 10s
·        Average finish of 9.4 in 23 races
·        Average Running Position of 9.9, third-best
·        Driver Rating of 105.1, third-best
·        409 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·        890 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 124.665 mph, fourth-fastest
·        4,157 Laps in the Top 15 (82.0%), third-most
·        565 Quality Passes, second-most
4 – Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.4
2013 Rundown
·        Two wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s
·        Average finish of 12.3
·        Led 9 races for 53 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
·        One win, five top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 13.4 in 25 races
·        Average Running Position of 12.9, eighth-best
·        Driver Rating of 92.1, ninth-best
·        154 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·        842 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 124.400 mph, ninth-fastest
·        3,275 Laps in the Top 15 (64.6%), seventh-most
·        400 Quality Passes, 13th-most
5 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.2
2013 Rundown
·        Two wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 12.3
·        Led 12 races for 448 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
·        Two top fives, four top 10s
·        Average finish of 14.1 in 18 races
·        Average Running Position of 14.4, 13th-best
·        Driver Rating of 86.6, 15th-best
·        141 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most
·        838 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
6 – Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.4
2013 Rundown
·        Nine top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 14.8
·        Led 13 races for 441 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
·        Three wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
·        Average finish of 15.4 in 25 races
·        Average Running Position of 13.6, 10th-best
·        Driver Rating of 90.9, 12th-best
·        186 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·        869 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 124.382 mph, 10th-fastest
·        3,216 Laps in the Top 15 (63.4%), 10th-most
·        501 Quality Passes, fifth-most
7 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.6
2013 Rundown
·        Five top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 15.2
·        Led 11 races for 239 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
·        Three wins, 16 top fives, 22 top 10s; four poles
·        Average finish of 10.5 in 37 races
·        Series-best Average Running Position of 7.3
·        Driver Rating of 109.4, second-best
·        Series-high 416 Fastest Laps Run
·        848 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·        Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 124.883 mph
·        Series-high 4,576 Laps in the Top 15 (90.3%)
·        Series-high 590 Quality Passes
8 – Ryan Newman (No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.5
2013 Rundown
·        One win, six top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 15.8
·        Led 11 races for 85 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
·        Three wins, six top fives, 15 top 10s; six poles
·        Average finish of 13.9 in 23 races
·        Average Running Position of 13.0, ninth-best
·        Driver Rating of 93.1, seventh-best
·        154 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·        3,744 Laps in the Top 15 (73.8%), fifth-most
9 – Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.1
2013 Rundown
·        Eight top fives, 14 top 10s
·        Average finish of 12.2
·        Led 6 races for 285 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
·        Two wins, four top fives, six top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 14.9 in 15 races
·        Average Running Position of 12.1, sixth-best
·        Driver Rating of 96.2, sixth-best
·        230 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 124.537 mph, sixth-fastest
·        3,236 Laps in the Top 15 (72.4%), ninth-most
·        439 Quality Passes, 10th-most
10 – Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.2
2013 Rundown
·        Two wins, eight top fives, 11 top 10s
·        Average finish of 16.0
·        Led 6 races for 466 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
·        One win, three top fives, eight top 10s
·        Average finish of 15.9 in 19 races
·        Average Running Position of 14.4, 14th-best
·        Driver Rating of 92.1, 10th-best
·        300 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·        907 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 124.498 mph, seventh-fastest
·        3,167 Laps in the Top 15 (62.5%), 12th-most
·        460 Quality Passes, seventh-most
11 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.8
2013 Rundown
·        One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s
·        Average finish of 15.1
·        Led 4 races for 117 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
·        One win, five top fives, eight top 10s
·        Average finish of 16.3 in 22 races
·        Average Running Position of 14.5, 16th-best
·        Driver Rating of 87.1, 14th-best
·        970 Green Flag Passes, second-most
·        2,894 Laps in the Top 15 (57.1%), 13th-most
·        445 Quality Passes, eighth-most
12 – Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.6
2013 Rundown
·        One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 15.5
·        Led 10 races for 248 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
·        One win, two top fives, four top 10s
·        Average finish of 17.8 in 10 races
·        Average Running Position of 22.7, 25th-best
·        Driver Rating of 69.0, 22nd-best
13 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.5
2013 Rundown
·        Five top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 15.0
·        Led 8 races for 148 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
·        Seven top fives, 11 top 10s
·        Average finish of 16.0 in 28 races
·        Average Running Position of 11.7, fifth-best
·        Driver Rating of 96.9, fifth-best
·        3,792 Laps in the Top 15 (74.8%), fourth-most
·        549 Quality Passes, third-most
Chase Contenders
The Top 13
Following Race 27 of 36 / Chase Race #1
                                                                                Rank          Season
                                                                                                    Last            Driver

Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Matt Kenseth 2,063 6 2 1 109.6
2. Kyle Busch 2,055 4 3 3 103.2
3. Jimmie Johnson 2,052 4 2 2 105.0
4. Kevin Harvick 2,048 2 0 4 93.4
5. Carl Edwards 2,040 2 1 5 94.2
6. Kurt Busch 2,040 0 1 10 95.4
7. Jeff Gordon 2,039 0 1 13 89.6
8. Ryan Newman 2,035 1 1 12 81.5
9. Clint Bowyer. 2,035 0 0 8 94.1
10. Kasey Kahne 2,032 2 0 11 98.2
11. Greg Biffle 2,032 1 0 7 82.8
12. Joey Logano 2,011 1 2 6 89.6
13. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,010 0 1 9 93.5
ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
14. Brad Keselowski 758 34. AJ Allmendinger 360
15. Jamie McMurray 747 35. JJ Yeley 360
16. Paul Menard 720 36. Bobby Labonte 343
17. Martin Truex Jr. 717 37. Timmy Hill 137
18. Aric Almirola 696 38. Michael McDowell 123
19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 680 39. Michael Waltrip 102
20. Juan Pablo Montoya 668 40. Scott Speed 99
21. Marcos Ambrose 667 41. Ken Schrader 92
22. Jeff Burton 658 42. Terry Labonte 77
23. Tony Stewart 594 43. Boris Said 48
24. Casey Mears 558 44. Ron Fellows 31
25. David Ragan 508 45. Alex Kennedy 21
26. Danica Patrick 497 46. Justin Marks 14
27. Denny Hamlin 496 47. Victor Gonzalez Jr 10
28. Mark Martin 484 48. Scott Riggs 10
29. David Gilliland 478 49. Brian Keselowski 9
30. Dave Blaney 417 50. Tomy Drissi 8
31. Travis Kvapil 372 51. Jacques Villeneuve 3
32. David Stremme 362 52. Jason Leffler 1
33. David Reutimann 361
Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Top 13 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Matt Kenseth 27 0 0 5 13 1 13.8 80.6
2 Kyle Busch 17 1 1 5 7 0 15.8 91.9
3 Jimmie Johnson 23 0 3 8 16 0 9.4 105.1
4 Kevin Harvick 25 1 1 5 13 0 13.4 92.1
5 Carl Edwards 18 0 0 2 4 0 14.1 86.6
6 Kurt Busch 25 0 3 7 11 1 15.4 90.9
7 Jeff Gordon 37 4 3 16 22 2 10.5 109.4
8 Ryan Newman 23 6 3 6 15 3 13.9 93.1
9 Clint Bowyer 15 1 2 4 6 1 14.9 96.2
10 Kasey Kahne 19 0 1 3 8 3 15.9 92.1
11 Greg Biffle 22 0 1 5 8 2 16.3 87.1
12 Joey Logano 10 0 1 2 4 1 17.8 69.0
13 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 28 0 0 7 11 4 16.0 96.9

 

* – Based on last 17 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
History
·        Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was Aug. 13, 1989.
·        The 1.058-mile oval is located on approximately 1,200 acres; the multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England.
·        The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was on July 11, 1993 – won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace.
·        Speedway Motorsports Inc., agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on January 11, 2008 and then renamed the track New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data
Season Race #: 27 of 36 (9-22-13)
Chase Race #: 2
Track Size: 1.058-mile
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 2 to 7 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 2 to 7 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 1 degree
Banking/Backstretch: 1 degree
Frontstretch Length: 1,500 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,500 feet
Race Length: 300 laps / 317.4 miles
Top 13 Driver Rating at New Hampshire
Tony Stewart………………………. 111.0
Jeff Gordon………………………… 109.4
Jimmie Johnson………………….. 105.1
Denny Hamlin……………………… 103.5
Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………. 96.9
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 96.2
Ryan Newman………………………. 93.1
Jeff Burton……………………………. 92.8
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 92.1
Kasey Kahne……………………….. 92.1
Kyle Busch…………………………… 91.9
Kurt Busch…………………………… 90.9
Mark Martin………………………….. 88.9
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2012 pole winner: Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 134.911 mph, 28.232 secs. 9-21-12
2012 race winner: Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 116.810 mph, (02:43:02), 9-23-12
Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 135.232 mph, 28.165 secs. 7-15-11
Track race record: Jeff Burton, Ford, 117.134 mph, (02:42:35), 7-13-97
Notebook
·        There have been 37 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since.
·        148 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; 120 in more than one.
·        Four drivers have competed in all 37 races at New Hampshire: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte andJoe Nemechek.
·        Mark Martin won the inaugural Coors Light pole at New Hampshire in 1993 with a speed of 126.871 mph.
·        18 drivers have Coors Light poles at New Hampshire, led by Ryan Newman with six.
·        Five drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at New Hampshire: Ken Schrader (1997 sweep); Jeff Gordon (1998-1999); Rusty Wallace (1999-2000); Ryan Newman (twice – 2003-2004 and 2011 sweep); Juan Pablo Montoya (2009-2010).
·        Youngest New Hampshire Coors Light pole winner: Brian Vickers (7/17/2005 – 21 years, 8 months, 23 days).
·        Oldest New Hampshire Coors Light pole winner: Bill Elliott (7/21/2002 – 46 years, 9 months, 13 days).
·        22 different drivers have won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, led by Jeff Burton with four.
·        Two drivers have posted consecutive wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2003 sweep) and Kurt Busch (2004 sweep).
·        Youngest New Hampshire winner: Joey Logano (6/28/2009 – 19 years, 1 month, 4 days).
·        Oldest New Hampshire winner: Mark Martin (9/20/2009 – 50 years, 8 months, 11 days).
·        Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at New Hampshire in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with nine; followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven.
·        Five different manufacturers have won at New Hampshire; led by Chevrolet with 18 victories; followed by Fordwith 11 and Toyota with three.
·        Jeff Burton is the only driver to win the July race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway three consecutive years in a row (1997, ’98 and ’99).
·        Five of the 37 (13.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Ryan Newman in 2011.
·        The Coors Light pole is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (five) than any other starting position at New Hampshire.
·        Eight of the 37 (21.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been won from the front row: eight from the pole and seven from second place.
·        19 of the 37 (51.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·        Nine of the 37 (24.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at New Hampshire was 38th, by Jeff Burton in 1999.
·        Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart are tied for the series lead in runner-up finishes at New Hampshire with five each.
·        Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at New Hampshire with 16; followed by Tony Stewart with 14.
·        Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at New Hampshire with 22; followed by Tony Stewart with 17.
·        Ryan Newman leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at New Hampshire with an 8.348.
·        Denny Hamlin leads NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at New Hampshire with an 8.800.
·        All 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners at New Hampshire Motor Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Ryan Newman and Joey Logano won at New Hampshire in their second appearance.
·        Mark Martin competed at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 25 times before winning in 2009; the longest span of any the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
·        Bobby Labonte leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at New Hampshire without visiting Victory Lane at 37; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 28.
·        Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was the July 1, 2007 race won by Denny Hamlin over Jeff Gordon with a MOV of 0.068 second.
·        15 of the 30 NSCS races scored by electronic scoring at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have had a Margin of Victory less than a second.
·        Two of the 37 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2006 (300/308) and 2013 (301/302).
·        Four of the 37 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was June 28, 2009 – the race was called on Lap 273, 28 circuits shy of the 301 scheduled laps.
·        Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway four times: 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2009.
·        Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Jeff Burton (9/14/93), Joe Nemechek (7/11/93), and Joey Logano (9/14/08).
·        Brad Keselowski (9/19/10) is the only active driver to post his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
·        Four active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Joe Nemechek (9/19/99), Ryan Newman (9/15/02), Clint Bowyer (9/16/07) and Joey Logano(6/28/09).
·        Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at New Hampshire with 1,316 laps led in 37 starts.
·        Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Danica Patrick
32
37
7/14/2013
NASCAR in New Hampshire
·        There have been 37 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in New Hampshire, all at NHMS.
Track Name
City
Total Races
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon
80
37
27
16
·        15 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as New Hampshire; Jamie Aube is the only one of the 15 to record a victory in NASCAR national series competition. Aube won July 12, 1987 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME; it was his only start that season.
Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: New Hampshire
·        New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been one of the 10 tracks of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the playoff’s inception in 2004.
·        New Hampshire Motor Speedwayhosted the first race of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup from 2004 – 2010. 2011 marked the first season NHMS has hosted the second race of the Chase.
·        Twice the winner of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Chase race has gone on to win the championship. Once when NHMS was the first Chase race: Kurt Busch (2004); and also when it has hosted the second Chase race:Tony Stewart (2011).
·        Clint Bowyer has won the most Chase races (two) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: 2007 and 2010.
·        Six of the 2013 Chase Contenders are former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race winners at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon.
·        The worst finish by the eventual champion at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was Jimmie Johnson in 2006 (39th).
·        Matt Kenseth has an eight-point lead over Kyle Busch in the 2013 Chase standings following the first race in the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway. Three times the top two Chase contenders (first and second in the points) have been tied in standings following the first race in the Chase – 2004, 2007, 2008.
·        Chevrolet leads the series in Chase wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with five followed by Ford with two, Toyota and Dodge each have one.

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