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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 41 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since.
  • 166 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; 130 in more than one.
  • Jeff Gordon has competed in all 41 races at New Hampshire – the only driver to accomplish the feat.
  • 14 different drivers have made their first NSCS start at NHMS all-time, but only one of the 14 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 9.333.

 

Poles

  • Mark Martin won the inaugural Coors Light pole at New Hampshire in 1993 with a speed of 126.871 mph.
  • 19 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).

 

 

Poles

  • 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)
  • 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 (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 leads the series in wins at New Hampshire in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with nine; followed by Roush Fenway Racing (seven), Joe Gibbs 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 (five), 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 41 (12.1%) 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 41 (19.5%) 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 41 (56%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been won from a top-10 starting position.

 

 

Wins

  • Nine of the 41 (21.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 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.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire without visiting Victory Lane at 32; followed by Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears (25 starts 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).

 

Additional Finishing Position Stats

  • Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart are tied for the series lead in runner-up finishes at New Hampshire with five each; followed by Denny Hamlin, 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 14 and Jimmie Johnson with 10.  
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at New Hampshire with 23; followed by Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson with 18 each.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at New Hampshire with a 10.250.
  • 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 34 (50%) NSCS races scored by electronic scoring at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have had a Margin of Victory less than a second.
  • Four of the 41 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 41 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 41 starts.
  • Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps completed at New Hampshire with 11,967 laps completed in 41 starts.

 

Female Competitor Stats

  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Date Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Driver Rating
7/19/2015 Danica Patrick 20 24 56.7
9/21/2014 Danica Patrick 18 19 79.7
7/13/2014 Danica Patrick 29 22 60.9
9/22/2013 Danica Patrick 21 27 57.1
7/14/2013 Danica Patrick 32 37 47.7
Averages 24.0 25.8 60.4

 

NASCAR in New Hampshire

  • There have been 41 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in New Hampshire, all at NHMS.
Track Name City NSCS NNS NCWTS
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon 41 29 17

 

  • 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 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series on July 12, 1987 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME; it was his only start that season.

 

Milestones – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

DRIVER HAS NEEDS MILESTONE DESCRIPTION  
 
Jeff Gordon 788 1 789th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Consecutive Start This weekend Jeff Gordon will become the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leader in consecutive starts with 789, breaking a tie with Ricky Rudd.  
Paul Menard 299 1 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Consecutive Start Menard will attempt to post his 300th consecutive NSCS start this weekend; Menard is 13th on the active consecutive NSCS starts list 16 starts behind David Ragan in 12th.  
Danica Patrick 99 1 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Consecutive Start Patrick will attempt to post her 100th consecutive NSCS start this weekend; she is ranked 20th on the active consecutive starts list; four starts behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 19th (103).  
Josh Wise 124 1 125th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Start Wise is tied with Charlie Glotzbach for 174th on the NASCAR Sprint Cup all-time starts list, one start behind Larry Thomas and J.T. Putney (125 each) in 172nd/173rd.  
Jimmie Johnson 74 2 76th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Jimmie Johnson is eighth on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt in seventh (76 wins).  
Tony Stewart 48 2 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Stewart is 12th on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett in 10th (50 wins).  
Kyle Busch 124 1 125th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top-Five Finish Busch will attempt to post his 125th NSCS top-five finish this weekend. Busch is 28th on the all-time list; eight top fives behind Kevin Harvick (132) in 27th.  
Tony Stewart 299 1 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top-10 Finish Stewart is 17th on the all-time NSCS top-10 finishes list, two top 10s behind James Hylton in 16th (301 top 10s).  
Jeff Gordon 24,872 128 25,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Laps Led Gordon can become the sixth driver in NSCS history to lead 25,000 laps; joining Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson and Bobby Allison.  
#43 car 199 1 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wins The No. 43 car is second on the all-time NSCS wins list, five wins behind the No. 11 car in first (205). The last win for the No. 43 car came at Daytona last season.  
Chevrolet 749 1 750th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Chevrolet will attempt to post the manufacturer’s 750th win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend. Chevrolet leads the series in wins.

09/22/2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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