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William Byron wins first-ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase race

William Byron wins first-ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase race

 

Sept. 24, 2016

 

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

 

LOUDON, N. H. – William Byron stole a page from his mentor and team owner, Kyle Busch.

 

Leading 161 of 175 laps in Saturday’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway – the first race in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase – Byron cruised to victory, the way Busch has done so many times before, and punched his ticket into the Chase’s Round of 6.

 

Not that runner-up Christopher Bell, Byron’s stablemate at Kyle Busch Motorsports, didn’t make it interesting in the closing laps. As Byron worked traffic in the late going, Bell closed from 1.325 seconds behind with five laps left to .430 seconds down on the next-to-last lap.

 

But Bell ran out of time and crossed the finish line .446 seconds behind his No. 1-seeded teammate, who won for a series-best sixth time.

 

“I wore myself out passing some lappers,” Byron said. “But with the amount of laps we had left, I thought I’d be OK. I was afraid the 4 (Bell) was going to catch us there at the end. We started to get tight, but that’s what happens sometimes when you get out front.

 

“It was really good – just a great race for us. I can’t thank these guys enough. Everyone at KBM, (sponsor) Liberty University – it’s just really cool to get a win here in the Chase. It feels awesome.”

 

Two-time series champion Matt Crafton came home third, followed by Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters.

 

With the Chase field to be trimmed from eight to six drivers two races hence at Talladega Superspeedway, Ben Kennedy and Daniel Hemric fell below the provisional cut line. Kennedy finished 11th and trails Johnny Sauter (10th on Saturday and sixth in the standings) by one point.

 

If Kennedy’s result was only mildly disappointing, Hemric’s was a catastrophe. With his left rear tire cut down to the rim, Hemric spun in Turn 1 on Lap 25 to bring out the third caution of the race. His truck suffered a cut brake line and consequent fire in the left rear wheel well.

 

Hemric lost 33 laps under repairs, finished 28th and fell to last in the Chase standings, 21 points behind Sauter with two races left in the Round of 8. In all probability, Hemric will have to win one of those two events, at Las Vegas and Talladega, to advance to the Round of 6.

 

After leading the first 54 laps, Byron lost the top spot briefly when Cody Coughlin stayed out under the fourth caution and Bell, Kennedy, Crafton and Spencer Gallagher leap-frogged ahead of Byron with two-tire and fuel-only calls in the pits.

 

But Byron regained the lead from Bell on Lap 69 and held it the rest of the way. As Bell gained ground in the final laps, Byron was trying to save his equipment to prepare for a possible late caution.

 

“I was expecting it, so I didn’t push too hard,” Byron said. “I was expecting to get a caution, hopefully save something, but we gave it all we had there the whole race, and I just can’t thank these guys enough.”

 

Byron leaves New Hampshire with a 16-point lead in the standings and guaranteed admission to the next round of the Chase. Crafton (+11 points above the cutoff line) is second in the Chase standings, followed by Bell (+10), John Hunter Nemechek (ninth on Saturday, +5), Peters (+3), Sauter (+1), Kennedy (-1) and Hemric (-21).

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – UNOH 175

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, New Hampshire

Saturday, September 24, 2016

 

  1. (1) William Byron #, Toyota, 175.
  2. (3) Christopher Bell #, Toyota, 175.
  3. (7) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 175.
  4. (4) Tyler Reddick, Ford, 175.
  5. (2) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 175.
  6. (14) Cole Custer #, Chevrolet, 175.
  7. (9) Kaz Grala, Chevrolet, 175.
  8. (6) Brett Moffitt, Toyota, 175.
  9. (15) John H Nemechek, Chevrolet, 175.
  10. (10) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 175.
  11. (12) Ben Kennedy, Chevrolet, 175.
  12. (17) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, 175.
  13. (19) Stewart Friesen, Chevrolet, 175.
  14. (18) Spencer Gallagher, Chevrolet, 175.
  15. (5) Ben Rhodes #, Toyota, 175.
  16. (20) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 174.
  17. (21) Rico Abreu #, Toyota, 174.
  18. (31) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 174.
  19. (8) Cameron Hayley, Toyota, 174.
  20. (16) Cody Coughlin #, Toyota, 173.
  21. (25) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 172.
  22. (23) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 171.
  23. (24) Matt Mills, Chevrolet, 171.
  24. (27) Alon Day, Chevrolet, 171.
  25. (28) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 170.
  26. (29) Timothy Viens, Chevrolet, 160.
  27. (26) Josh Wise(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 147.
  28. (13) Daniel Hemric, Ford, Brakes, 127.
  29. (22) Austin Wayne Self #, Toyota, Accident, 126.
  30. (11) Austin Hill, Ford, Oil Line, 105.
  31. (32) Akinori Ogata, Chevrolet, 75.
  32. (30) Caleb Roark, Chevrolet, Accident, 0.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  95.343 mph.

Time of Race:  01 Hrs, 56 Mins, 31 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.446 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  8 for 41 laps.

Lead Changes:  3 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   W. Byron # 1-54; C. Coughlin # 55-57; C. Bell # 58-68; W. Byron # 69-175.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  W. Byron # 2 times for 161 laps; C. Bell # 1 time for 11 laps; C. Coughlin # 1 time for 3 laps.

Top 10 in Points: W. Byron # – 2,052; M. Crafton – 2,036; C. Bell # – 2,035; J. Nemechek – 2,030; T. Peters – 2,028; J. Sauter – 2,026; B. Kennedy – 2,025; D. Hemric – 2,005; C. Custer # – 369; T. Reddick – 363.

 

09/24/2016 Posted by | 2016 ARCHIVES | Leave a comment

Carl Edwards wins pole at New Hampshire, his sixth this season

Carl Edwards wins pole at New Hampshire, his sixth this season

Sept. 23, 2016

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

LOUDON, N.H. – Carl Edwards never had the reputation as a spectacular qualifier – until this year.

On Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Edwards ran 135.453 mph (28.119 seconds) in the money round of knockout qualifying to earn the top start spot in Sunday’s Bad Boy Off Road 300 (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN), the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The Coors Light Pole Award was Edwards sixth of the year, doubling his previous single-season best. It was his third at New Hampshire, all coming in the last four races at the Magic Mile, and the 22nd of his career.

Edwards edged fellow Toyota driver and last week’s race winner, Martin Truex Jr. (135.212 mph) for the top starting spot by .05 seconds.

During a qualifying session that started slowly because more than a dozen cars were late to the grid thanks to inspection issues, Chase drivers grabbed 10 of the top 12 starting spots for Sunday’s race.

Non-Chaser Ryan Newman (134.896 mph) qualified third, followed by Jimmie Johnson (134.858 mph) and Denny Hamlin (134.796 mph).

Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray were sixth and seventh, respectively, with Matt Kenseth and non-Chaser Kasey Kahne eighth and ninth. Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch completed the top 12.

“These Toyotas are really fast,” said Edwards, who spent considerable time in qualifying trim earlier in the day. “It’s a fun place to drive when your car’s that good. (Crew chief) Dave (Rogers) made great changes.

“That’s what we needed. We didn’t run well at Chicago (a 15th-place finish). I was very frustrated. So to come here and start on the pole and get great pit stall, hopefully we can turn this into a good race.”

With his sixth pole of the year, Edwards won the Coors Light 6-Pack Award, worth $25,000 to the charity of the driver’s choice.

“Half of it’s going to Speedway Children’s Charities and half to the NASCAR Foundation in honor of Betty Jane France,” Edwards said. “It’s really cool of MillerCoors to do that. It’s going to help a lot of people.”

With a long family history at the track, Truex covets a win at the Magic Mile and was delighted with his front-row starting spot.

“I’ve been after this one a long time,” said Truex, whose father, Martin Truex Sr., raced in both the Busch North and XFINITY Series at NHMS. “I feel like we’ve been close before, and there’s no other track I’d rather win at right now.”

Notes: Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet received its fourth written warning for failure of prequalifying inspection and will have the last choice of pit stalls… The No. 4 Chevrolet of Kevin Harvick, the 2014 series champion, also had inspection issues and qualified 19th after getting to the grid. Harvick is 14th in the standings after a 20th-place run at Chicagoland. The 13th-16th-place drivers will be eliminated from the Chase after the Oct. 1 race at Dover… Truex led the second round of qualifying at 135.236 mph, a session that saw the four fastest drivers all within .010 seconds of each other.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Bad Boy Off Road 300

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, New Hampshire

Friday, September 23, 2016

  1. (19)  Carl Edwards, Toyota, 135.453 mph.
  2. (78)  Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 135.212 mph.
  3. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 134.896 mph.
  4. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 134.858 mph.
  5. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 134.796 mph.
  6. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 134.682 mph.
  7. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 134.477 mph.
  8. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 134.363 mph.
  9. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 134.221 mph.
  10. (24)  Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 133.901 mph.
  11. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 133.694 mph.
  12. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 133.445 mph.
  13. (41)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 134.359 mph.
  14. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 134.354 mph.
  15. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 134.184 mph.
  16. (21)  Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 134.108 mph.
  17. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 134.032 mph.
  18. (88)  Alex Bowman(i), Chevrolet, 133.750 mph.
  19. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 133.717 mph.
  20. (95)  Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 133.133 mph.
  21. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 133.031 mph.
  22. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 132.980 mph.
  23. (23)  David Ragan, Toyota, 132.776 mph.
  24. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 131.815 mph.
  25. (44)  Brian Scott #, Ford, 132.966 mph.
  26. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 132.887 mph.
  27. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 132.688 mph.
  28. (34)  Chris Buescher #, Ford, 132.618 mph.
  29. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 132.595 mph.
  30. (7)  Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 132.586 mph.
  31. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 132.485 mph.
  32. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 132.177 mph.
  33. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 131.952 mph.
  34. (38)  Landon Cassill, Ford, 131.624 mph.
  35. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 131.528 mph.
  36. (98)  Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 131.510 mph.
  37. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 131.031 mph.
  38. (55)  Reed Sorenson, Toyota, 130.693 mph.
  39. (30)  Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 129.503 mph.
  40. (32)  Jeffrey Earnhardt #, Ford, 127.701 mph.

09/24/2016 Posted by | 2016 ARCHIVES | Leave a comment

2016 Chase Grid After Chicago

2016 Chase Grid
Pos. Drivers Season Wins Chase Points Pts Back From Leader
1 Martin Truex Jr 2050 1 0
2 Brad Keselowski 2049 0 -1
3 Kyle Busch 2046 0 -4
4 Denny Hamlin 2045 0 -5
5 Joey Logano 2043 0 -7
6 Chase Elliott # 2039 0 -11
7 Matt Kenseth 2038 0 -12
8 Jimmie Johnson 2037 0 -13
9 Carl Edwards 2032 0 -18
10 Kurt Busch 2031 0 -19
11 Jamie McMurray 2030 0 -20
12 Tony Stewart 2028 0 -22
13 Austin Dillon 2027 0 -23
14 Kevin Harvick 2027 0 -23
15 Kyle Larson 2026 0 -24
16 Chris Buescher 2016 0 -34
 1-12 = In position to move to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
 13-16 = In position to possibly be eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
 x = Eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

 

09/21/2016 Posted by | 2016 Chase Articles | Leave a comment

Sprint Cup Series 2016 Top 16 at New Hampshire

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2016 Top 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

  Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Martin Truex Jr

21

0

0

3

7

1

14

88.6

2

Brad Keselowski

14

3

1

5

8

0

10.7

99.8

3

Kyle Busch

23

2

2

8

12

0

14.2

97.2

4

Denny Hamlin

21

0

2

8

13

0

10.2

103.3

5

Joey Logano

16

0

2

6

8

2

15.2

82.3

6

Chase Elliott

1

0

0

0

0

0

34

79.4

7

Matt Kenseth

33

0

3

9

18

1

12.3

90.3

8

Jimmie Johnson

29

1

3

10

19

1

10.6

100.8

9

Carl Edwards

24

2

0

3

7

0

13.5

87.6

10

Kurt Busch

31

0

3

7

12

1

16.2

89.6

11

Jamie McMurray

27

0

0

4

7

3

19.9

72.2

12

Tony Stewart

34

1

3

15

19

2

12.2

103.0

13

Austin Dillon

5

0

0

0

1

0

13.6

73.9

14

Kevin Harvick

31

1

1

8

16

0

13.5

96.7

15

Kyle Larson

5

0

0

2

2

0

14

82.0

16

Chris Buescher

1

0

0

0

0

0

29

45.0

* – Based on last 23 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2005 – 2016).

 

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 28 of 36 (09-25-16)

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 10 Driver Rating at New Hampshire

Jeff Gordon…………………………. 106.1

Denny Hamlin……………………… 103.3

Tony Stewart………………………. 103.0

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 100.8

Brad Keselowski……………………. 99.8

Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 97.4

Kyle Busch…………………………… 97.2

Kevin Harvick………………………… 96.7

Ryan Newman………………………. 90.5

Kasey Kahne………………………… 90.4

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (23 total) among active drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 pole winner:

Carl Edwards, Toyota

137.980 mph, 27.604 secs. 09-25-15

 

2014 race winner:

Matt Kenseth, Toyota

106.480 mph, (02:58:51), 09-27-15

 

Track qualifying record:

Brad Keselowski, Ford

140.598 mph, 27.090 secs. 09-21-14

 

Track race record:

Jeff Burton, Ford

117.134 mph, (02:42:35), 07-13-97

 

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NHMS Top Five Lap Leaders

NHMS Top Five Lap Leaders

Active Drivers

Laps Led

Jeff Gordon

1,373

Tony Stewart

1,302

Ryan Newman

722

Kevin Harvick

698

Kyle Busch

689

 

09/21/2016 Posted by | 2016 Chase Articles | Leave a comment

New Hampshire Motor Speedway: History

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.

Starts

  • There have been 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since.
  • 173 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; 135 in more than one.
  • 16 different drivers have made their first NSCS start at NHMS all-time, but only one of the 16 is an active championship contending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver: Joey Logano (9/14/08).
  • Ryan Newman leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at New Hampshire with a 9.862.

 

Poles

  • Mark Martin won the inaugural Coors Light pole at New Hampshire in 1993 with a speed of 126.871 mph.
  • 20 drivers have Coors Light poles at New Hampshire, led by Ryan Newman with seven.
  • Four active drivers have multiple poles at New Hampshire: Ryan Newman (seven), Jeff Gordon (four), Brad Keselowski (three) and Kyle Busch (two).
  • 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 (07/17/2005 – 21 years, 8 months, 23 days).
  • Oldest New Hampshire Coors Light pole winner: Bill Elliott (07/21/2002 – 46 years, 9 months, 13 days).
  • Two drivers (all-time) have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Brad Keselowski (09/19/10) and Patrick Carpentier (06/27/2008).    

 

 

Wins

  • 24 different drivers have won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, led by Jeff Burton with four.
  • Eight active drivers have multiple wins at NHMS: Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart (each have three); Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano (each have two)
  • Three drivers have posted consecutive wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2003 sweep), Kurt Busch (2004 sweep) and Matt Kenseth (2015 fall, 2016 spring).
  • Youngest New Hampshire winner: Joey Logano (06/28/2009 – 19 years, 1 month, 4 days).
  • Oldest New Hampshire winner: Mark Martin (09/20/2009 – 50 years, 8 months, 11 days).
  • Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing lead the series in wins at New Hampshire in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with nine each; followed by Roush Fenway Racing (seven), Team Penske (six), and Richard Childress Racing (four).
  • Five different manufacturers have won at New Hampshire; led by Chevrolet with 18 victories; followed by Ford (13), Toyota (seven), Dodge (three) and Pontiac (two).
  • 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 43 (11.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 43 (18.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second-place.
  • 23 of the 43 (53.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at New Hampshire is 38th, by Jeff Burton in 1999.
  • The deepest in the field that an active race winner has started at New Hampshire is 32nd, by Kurt Busch in the summer of 2003.
  • Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire without visiting Victory Lane at 27 each.
  • Five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Ryan Newman (09/15/02), Clint Bowyer (09/16/07), Joey Logano (06/28/09), Robby Gordon (11/23/01) and Joe Nemechek (09/19/99).

·         Nine of the 43 (20.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

 

Additional Finishing Position Stats

  • Tony Stewart leads the series in runner-up finishes at New Hampshire with six; followed by Jeff Gordon (five), Denny Hamlin (four), Kyle Busch and Mark Martin (with three each).
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at New Hampshire with 16; followed by Tony Stewart with 15 and Jimmie Johnson with 10.  
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at New Hampshire with 24; followed by Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson with 19 each.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at New Hampshire with a 10.190.
  • All 14 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.    

 

Track Specific Stats

  • 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.
  • 17 of the 36 (47.2%) NSCS races scored by electronic scoring at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have had a Margin of Victory less than a second.
  • Four of the 43 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), 2013 (301/302), 2014 (301/302) and the Chase race 2014 (300/303).
  • Four of the 43 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.  

 

Track Specific Stats

 

Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway five times: fall 2001, summer 2003, fall 2004, fall 2008 and summer 2009.  

  • Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at New Hampshire with 1,373 laps led in 42 starts.
  • Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps completed at New Hampshire with 12,267 laps completed in 42 starts.

 

 

NASCAR in New Hampshire

  • There have been 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in New Hampshire, all at NHMS.

Track Name

City

NSCS

NXS

NCWTS

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon

43

30

18

 

  • 15 drivers that have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series 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 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series on July 12, 1987 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME; it was his only start that season.

09/20/2016 Posted by | 2016 Chase Articles | Leave a comment

NEW HAMPSHIRE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

NEW HAMPSHIRE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

1 – Martin Truex Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.6

2016 Rundown

  • Two wins, five top fives, 12 top 10s,
  • Led 1234 laps
  • Average Finish of 13.1

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Three top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.048, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.793, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.6, 14th-best
  • 3889 Laps in the Top 15 (61.9), 13th-most
  • 512 Quality Passes, 13th-most

 

2 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.8

2016 Rundown

  • Four wins, 12 top fives, 17 top 10s,
  • Led 442 laps
  • Average Finish of 9.7

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, five top fives, eight top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 10.714, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.263, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.8, fifth-best
  • 2987 Laps in the Top 15 (71.3), sixth-most
  • 421 Quality Passes, 17th-most
  • 3 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)
    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.2

    2016 Rundown

    • Four wins, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s,
    • Led 1244 laps
    • Average Finish of 13.1

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Two wins, eight top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles
    • Average finish of 14.217, 14th-best
    • Average Running Position of 12.868, ninth-best
    • Driver Rating of 97.2, seventh-best
    • 4719 Laps in the Top 15 (68.6), 10th-most
    • 598 Quality Passes, eighth-most

     

    4 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.3

    2016 Rundown

    • Three wins, ten top fives, 15 top 10s,
    • Led 404 laps
    • Average Finish of 12.2

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Two wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s
    • Average finish of 10.190, series-best
    • Average Running Position of 11.093, third-best
    • Driver Rating of 103.3, second-best
    • 4720 Laps in the Top 15 (75.2), fifth-most
    • 665 Quality Passes, fourth-most

     

    5 – Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford Fusion)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.3

    2016 Rundown

    • One win, ten top fives, 18 top 10s,
    • Led 389 laps
    • Average Finish of 11.7

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Two wins, six top fives, eight top 10s
    • Average finish of 15.188, 16th-best
    • Average Running Position of 17.685, 20th-best
    • Driver Rating of 82.3, 18th-best
    • 2420 Laps in the Top 15 (50.5), 18th-most
    • 252 Quality Passes, 20th-most

     

    6 – Chase Elliott (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 79.4

    2016 Rundown

    • Seven top fives, 13 top 10s,
    • Led 163 laps
    • Average Finish of 15.2

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Average finish of 34.000, 42nd-best
    • Average Running Position of 10.206, second-best
    • Driver Rating of 79.4, 21st-best
    • 267 Laps in the Top 15 (88.7), series-most
    • 24 Quality Passes, 37th-most

     

    7 – Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.3

    2016 Rundown

    • Two wins, four top fives, 11 top 10s,
    • Led 490 laps
    • Average Finish of 15.4

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Three wins, nine top fives, 18 top 10s
    • Average finish of 12.696, seventh-best
    • Average Running Position of 14.195, 16th-best
    • Driver Rating of 90.3, 11th-best
    • 4183 Laps in the Top 15 (60.8), 14th-most
    • 578 Quality Passes, ninth-most

     

    8 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.8

    2016 Rundown

    • Two wins, seven top fives, ten top 10s,
    • Led 266 laps
    • Average Finish of 15.3

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Three wins, ten top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
    • Average finish of 11.261, fifth-best
    • Average Running Position of 11.392, seventh-best
    • Driver Rating of 100.8, fourth-best
    • 5344 Laps in the Top 15 (77.7), third-most
    • 678 Quality Passes, third-most

    9 – Carl Edwards (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.6

    2016 Rundown

    • Two wins, seven top fives, 15 top 10s,
    • Led 742 laps
    • Average Finish of 12.7

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Three top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
    • Average finish of 13.261, ninth-best
    • Average Running Position of 13.825, 13th-best
    • Driver Rating of 87.6, 15th-best
    • 3907 Laps in the Top 15 (56.8), 16th-most
    • 506 Quality Passes, 14th-most

     

    10 – Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.6

    2016 Rundown

    • One win, six top fives, 17 top 10s,
    • Led 237 laps
    • Average Finish of 12.1

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Three wins, seven top fives, 12 top 10s
    • Average finish of 17.435, 20th-best
    • Average Running Position of 13.337, 10th-best
    • Driver Rating of 89.6, 12th-best
    • 4366 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5), 12th-most
    • 623 Quality Passes, sixth-most

     

    11 – Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 72.2

    2016 Rundown

    • One top five, nine top 10s,
    • Led 0 laps
    • Average Finish of 15

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Four top fives, seven top 10s
    • Average finish of 20.696, 22nd-best
    • Average Running Position of 20.459, 24th-best
    • Driver Rating of 72.2, 23rd-best
    • 2541 Laps in the Top 15 (36.9), 22nd-most
    • 317 Quality Passes, 18th-most

     

    12 – Tony Stewart (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.0

    2016 Rundown

    • One win, five top fives, seven top 10s,
    • Led 35 laps
    • Average Finish of 17.2

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Three wins, 15 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
    • Average finish of 10.955, fourth-best
    • Average Running Position of 11.371, sixth-best
    • Driver Rating of 103.0, third-best
    • 4637 Laps in the Top 15 (70.5), eighth-most
    • 608 Quality Passes, seventh-most

     

    13 – Austin Dillon (No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet SS)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 73.9

    2016 Rundown

    • Four top fives, ten top 10s,
    • Led 8 laps
    • Average Finish of 14.7

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • One top 10
    • Average finish of 13.600, 11th-best
    • Average Running Position of 18.995, 21st-best
    • Driver Rating of 73.9, 22nd-best
    • 346 Laps in the Top 15 (22.9), 25th-most
    • 91 Quality Passes, 27th-most

     

    14 – Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.7

    2016 Rundown

    • Two wins, 13 top fives, 21 top 10s,
    • Led 1211 laps
    • Average Finish of 8.5

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • One win, eight top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
    • Average finish of 13.174, eighth-best
    • Average Running Position of 11.292, fifth-best
    • Driver Rating of 96.7, eighth-best
    • 4893 Laps in the Top 15 (71.1), seventh-most
    • 568 Quality Passes, 11th-most

     

    15 – Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.0

    2016 Rundown

    • One win, seven top fives, ten top 10s,
    • Led 241 laps
    • Average Finish of 15.5

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Two top fives, two top 10s
    • Average finish of 14.000, 12th-best
    • Average Running Position of 16.917, 19th-best
    • Driver Rating of 82.0, 19th-best
    • 655 Laps in the Top 15 (43.4), 20th-most
    • 82 Quality Passes, 29th-most

     

    16 – Chris Buescher (No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford Fusion)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 45.0

    2016 Rundown

    • One win, two top fives, two top 10s,
    • Led 12 laps
    • Average Finish of 26.7

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Average finish of 29.000, 35th-best
    • Average Running Position of 30.146, 37th-best
    • Driver Rating of 45.0, 39th-best
    • 2 Fastest Laps Run, 18th-best
    • Average Green Flag Speed of 123.748, 34th-fastest

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Chase Fast Facts: New Hampshire

Chase Fast Facts: New Hampshire

 

  • This is the sixth year in a row the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup second race has been held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2011 – 2016). New Hampshire was the first race of the Chase from 2004 – 2010.
NHMS Chase Race Winners
Winners Starting Position Season
Matt Kenseth 13 2015
Joey Logano 7 2014
Matt Kenseth 9 2013
Denny Hamlin 32 2012
Tony Stewart 20 2011
Clint Bowyer 2 2010
Mark Martin 14 2009
Greg Biffle 9 2008
Clint Bowyer 1 2007
Kevin Harvick 1 2006
Ryan Newman 13 2005
Kurt Busch 7 2004

 

Eight tracks that have hosted Chase races all 11 previous years – Loudon, Charlotte, Dover, Homestead, Kansas, Martinsville, Phoenix, & Talladega

  • 10 different drivers have won the New Hampshire Chase races, but only two have multiple wins – Clint Bowyer (two) and Matt Kenseth (two).  
  • When New Hampshire was the opening race of the Chase (2004 – 2010) only once the race winner went on to win the title (2004).
    • In 2004 (inaugural Chase), Kurt Busch started seventh and won the opening race of the Chase at New Hampshire, and went on to win the title.
  • Since New Hampshire moved to the second race in the Chase (2011 – 2015) only one driver that has won the event went on to win the title – Tony Stewart (2011). Stewart won five races in the 2011 Chase (series-record) including the first two (Chicago, New Hampshire).
  • The worst finish in a Chase race at New Hampshire by a driver that went on to win the title was by Jimmie Johnson in 2006 when he finished 39th. Last season’s champion Kyle Busch finished 37th in New Hampshire’s Chase race – the second worst finish by a driver at NHMS that went on to win the title.
  • No non-Chase driver has ever won the Chase race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
  • Eight drivers have won the pole for New Hampshire’s Chase races – Brad Keselowski (two), Ryan Newman (two), Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart (each have one).

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Chase Wins

Chase Wins
Track Winner
Round of 16
Chicago Martin Truex Jr.
New Hampshire  
Dover  
Round of 12
Charlotte  
Kansas  
Talladega  
Round of 8
Martinsville  
Texas  
Phoenix  
Championship 4
Homestead-Miami  

 

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