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Sylvania 300
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sun, Sep 21, 2014
2:15pm EDT - ESPN

Race Data

Chase #: 2 of 10
Race #: 28 of 36 Events
Event: Sylvania 300
Location: Loudon, NH
Track Size: 1.058 Miles
Track Type: Oval
Total Laps: 300
Total Miles: 317.4
2014 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Pit Speed: 45 mph

Previous Winners

4- Jeff Burton 97/98/99/00
3- Jeff Gordon 95/97/98
3- Kurt Busch 04/04/08
3- Jimmie Johnson 03/03/10
3- Tony Stewart 00/05/11
2- Clint Bowyer 07/10
2- Ryan Newman 03/11
2- Denny Hamlin 07/12
1- Joe Nemechek 99
1- Kyle Busch 06
1- Kevin Harvick 06
1- Greg Biffle 08
1- Joey Logano 09
1- Mark Martin 09
1- Kasey Kahne 12
1- Brian Vickers 13
1- Matt Kenseth 13
1- Brad Keselowski 14

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NASCAR Revises National Series Qualifying Format At Talladega

Daytona Beach, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2014) - NASCAR revised its national series qualifying format for Talladega Superspeedway which, in turn, should elevate the on-track competition for fans at the high speed 2.66-mile track.

For the Oct. 17-19 events at Talladega featuring both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, national series qualifying will take on a more rapid pace that should bring out the best in the competitors and provide fans with an extra element of excitement.

Keystone Light Pole Qualifying for the Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will take place Friday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. ET and will air live on FOX Sports 1. Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPNEWS, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

National series qualifying at Talladega will now consist of the following:

* Three rounds with the first round divided into two groups amongst the competitors. The first qualifying round is five minutes in length for each group.

* Competitors will be assigned to a first qualifying round group based on the random draw held earlier in the event.

* The 24 eligible competitors that post the fastest single lap speed from either of the first qualifying round groups will advance to the second round. The remaining competitors will be sorted based on their speed posted in the first round of qualifying in descending order.

* There will be a 10-minute break after the completion of the first qualifying round and the 24 remaining competitors that advance to the second round will have their times reset.

* The second qualifying round is five minutes in length and the 12 eligible competitors that post the fastest single lap speed will advance to the third and final round.

* The fastest remaining competitors will earn positions 13-24 based on their fastest single lap speed posted in qualifying in descending order.

* Following a five minute break, the 12 eligible competitors that advance to the final round will have their posted speeds reset.

* The final qualifying round is five minutes in length and the fastest single lap speed will determine positions 1-12 in descending order.

"This revision in national series qualifying at Talladega should be more exciting for our fans," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR senior vice president of competition and racing development. "It will feature a more accelerated pace, provide greater opportunity for team strategy to come into play and it should more closely resemble actual racing conditions."

The Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Oct. 18 will now begin at 1 p.m. ET, moving up from the original start time of 3:30 p.m. ET. The race will air live on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega on Sunday, Oct. 19, which airs at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, is the cutoff race for the Contender Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and will trim the championship field to eight drivers.

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Pole Winner: Brad Keselowski

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Qualifying Fast Facts
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
18th Annual SYLVANIA 300

Coors Light Pole Winner: Brad Keselowski
Age: 30
Team: No. 2 - Miller Lite Ford
Owner: Roger Penske
Crew Chief: Paul Wolfe

Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 18th Annual SYLVANIA 300 with a lap of 27.090 seconds, 140.598 mph (a new track record). Previous track record was held by Kyle Busch (138.130 mph, 7/13/2014).

This is his eighth pole in 189 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

This is his fifth pole and 22nd top-10 start in 2014.

This is his third pole in 11 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Jamie McMurray (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2014 and his fifth in 24 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Kevin Harvick (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 19th in 28 races this season.

Kyle Larson (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.

This is the 19th new track Qualifying record in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014.

This is the eighth track Qualifying record for Ford in 2014.

This is the fourth track Qualifying record for Brad Keselowski in 2014 - Phoenix, Dover, Kentucky and New Hampshire.






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2014 New Hampshire-2

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Chasers Can Help Break Record At New Hampshire

 

Thirteen different drivers have taken the checkered flag in the last 13 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway - tied with Texas Motor Speedway for the all-time record streak without a repeat winner.
And there's a better than average chance the Magic Mile takes sole possession of the record after this Sunday's Sylvania 300 (2 p.m. on ESPN) as Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are all missing from the 13-in-13 stretch.
Gordon owns three victories at New Hampshire, but has not won there since 1998. He has been knocking on the door for his fourth win of the season after posting runner-up finishes the last two races. The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports driver will attempt to improve on his last Loudon showing in July when he finished 26th, but did lead for 19 laps. Despite his Granite State drought, Gordon boasts the highest average running position in the series at the 1.058 oval (7.7) where he has competed in all 39 of its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events - tied with Jeff Burton for its all-time starts record.
Similar to Gordon, Harvick has one win at New Hampshire, but he notched it eight years ago (September 17, 2006). In his last two races at the track, he has finished 30th and 20th, respectively. Harvick can likely count on a solid starting position, at least. He boasts a series-best six Coors Light Pole Awards on the season and has started lower than sixth once his last eight races, ironically at New Hampshire. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver opened the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a fifth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway.    
After posting three wins, his highest total since he racked up six in 2004, Earnhardt will try to automatically advance to the Chase's Contender Round with a New Hampshire checkered flag. In 30 starts at Loudon, he has seven top fives and 13 tops 10s to his credit, but has never finished higher than third. Since Earnhardt's emphatic win at Pocono, he has posted one top-10 finish in the last six races, a fifth-place showing at Michigan.
 
Keselowski Heads To Contender Round; Looks For Three Straight
Entering the Chase as the No. 1 seed, Brad Keselowski lived up to the billing by registering a win in the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, automatically advancing to the Contender Round.
The No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion driver hopes the win is a good omen. He last won at Chicagoland in the 2012 Chase-opener, the same year he clinched the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Keselowski, who also took the checkered flag in the regular season finale at Richmond, won consecutive races for the first time in his career.
Although he moves on in the Chase regardless of where he finishes at Loudon or Dover, Keselowski looks to continue momentum by finding Victory Lane in this Sunday's Sylvania 300 -- which would mean his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series sweep . The Team Penske driver won the July race at the Loudon in dominating fashion, leading 138 of the 305 laps. He looks to become the first person to sweep the track since Kurt Busch in 2004 (Busch won series championship that season).
 
Joe Gibbs Racing Jumps Into Chase With Strong Showing
The majority of attention heading into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup was focused on the drivers from Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske. And deservedly so. Drivers from those organizations won 13 of the previous 16 regular season races.
But, coming in under the radar, Joe Gibbs Racing made a statement at Chicagoland Sunday.
Its trio of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth finished sixth, seventh and 10th. It was only the third time that's happened this season.
The first time: New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
All that's left for JGR to assert itself into championship contender talk is for one of its drivers to take a stroll through victory lane - a feat it hasn't accomplished since Denny Hamlin won at Talladega in May.
After posting a career-high seven victories last year in his first season with JGR, Kenseth has no checkered flags to his credit in 2014. Still, he's been one of the most consistent drivers in the series, finishing sixth in the regular season point standings (his 17 top 10s rank second only to Jeff Gordon's 18).
Kyle Busch has experienced an up-and-down season. He notched a quick victory at Auto Club in March and owns three runner-up finishes on the season. Simply put: At New Hampshire, he's due. He's finished second the last three races there, with his last win coming 2006.
The New Hampshire race also sets up well for Hamlin. He has three top-10 finishes at Loudon in his last five starts, including a victory, a runner-up and an eighth place showing in July.
 
Rebound Time: Bottom Four Attempt To Stay In The Chase Hunt
Luckily for Ryan Newman, AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's Challenger Round does not end after one race. The revamped playoff system keeps all drivers in the hunt until the very last lap at Dover.
Thank goodness. The four stumbled at New Hampshire and currently reside in spots 13-16 in the Chase standings. Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2 p.m. on ESPN) presents vastly different outlooks for each driver as they try to make the cut after the third Chase race at Dover:
Ryan Newman - The most successful driver of the four at New Hampshire, Newman has to like his chances to advance to the Contender Round. He owns a track-record seven Coors Light Pole Awards and ranks tied for first among all entrants with three wins. His last checkered flag at Loudon came in 2011 and he posted a fifth-place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' first visit there this season.
AJ Allmendinger - In 11 starts at New Hampshire, Allmendinger has one top-10 finish and an average running position of 23.6.
Greg Biffle - Biffle entered the Chase with a string of consistent performances, locking himself into the last spot with five top-10 finishes in his last six regular season races. In 24 starts at New Hampshire, Biffle owns one win (2008), six top fives and nine top 10s.
Aric Almirola - Perhaps the biggest underdog going into the Chase, Almirola was running sixth at Chicagoland until his engine blew with 36 laps to go. The setback caused him to finish 41st. Almirola finished fifth at Loudon in 2013. Otherwise, he hasn't posted a showing better than 18th in seven other starts there.
 
 
Larson, Vickers Look To Play Spoiler
Close, but not close enough. That was the story for Kyle Larson over the weekend in Chicagoland.
Battling Kevin Harvick for the lead as late as Lap 252, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year frontrunner had a golden opportunity to spoil the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Then, in an instant, Brad Keselowski powered between Larson and Harvick and stayed out front the rest of the way to win the MyAFibStory.com 400.
It's been a year of "not-quites" for the 22-year-old Larson, who has flashed his unlimited potential with a runner-up and two third-place finishes this season and barely missed making the Chase on points.
The NASCAR Next and NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate will attempt to capture his elusive first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2 p.m. on ESPN), where he finished third in the circuit's earlier visit this season. He claims fourth and 14th-place showings in his two NASCAR Nationwide Series appearances at the Magic Mile.
Larson is far from the only spoiler candidate in the second Chase race. Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers won at New Hampshire last season and owns five top-10 finishes there.
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Etc.
Clinch Scenarios: Though unlikely, drivers can mathematically clinch a spot in The Contenders Round without a win this weekend. If a Chase driver other than Brad Keselowski wins, anyone who has at least a 45-point lead on the 10th highest winless Chase driver would advance to the next round. If a non-Chase driver or Keselowski wins, the potential clinching driver needs to lead the 11th highest winless Chase driver by at least 45 pts. Conversely, for a driver to be in a must-win situation at Dover, they would have to be 45 points or more behind the 9th ranked winless driver if there's a Chase winner that's not Keselowski; or 45 points or more behind the 10th ranked driver if there's a non-Chase winner or Keselowski. . Corey LaJoie will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend. LaJoie, who finished second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings in 2012, is the son of two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Randy LaJoie.
 
Kentucky Primed To Produce Another First-Time Winner In 2014                       
Kentucky Speedway is the last standalone event on the schedule and possibly the perfect stage for the series' sixth first-time winner to pop up in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Victory Lane (Sept 20 at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN).
In a competitive season that has seen 15 different winners in 26 races it should be no surprise that of the 15, five were first time series winners. Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher all have captured the checkered flag this season. So who's next?
Six of the top-eight drivers in the series standings have a win this season; the two odd men out are Brian Scott and Trevor Bayne.
Richard Childress Racing's Brian Scott sits fifth in the driver standings having posted three Coors Light poles, five top fives, 16 top 10s and a career-best average finish of 9.9. Scott is on the cusp of breaking through and getting his first win. His season-to-date Driver Rating is 100.2, also a career-best through 26 races. Scott has made seven starts at Kentucky with a best finish of eighth earlier this season.
Roush Fenway Racing's Trevor Bayne might be going full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season but by no means does he want to close this season out winless. Bayne is sixth in the standings after posting one Coors Light pole, five top fives, 17 top 10s and an average finish of 10.7. His season-to-date Driver Rating of 92.1 is the second-best in his career through 26 races. Bayne has made six starts at Kentucky posting a best finish of 11th in 2011. 
Of Kentucky Speedway's 16 previous NASCAR Nationwide Series races, five were won by first-time winners, David Gilliland (2006), Stephen Leicht (2007), Joey Logano (2008), Austin Dillon (2012) and last year's event winner Ryan Blaney (2013).
 
 
Musical Chairs: Hornish Returns, McDowell Debuts
With the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in full swing, many of the competitors that normally pull double duty are taking the weekend off and have opened up some valuable seat time.
The driver probably chomping at the bit the most to get back behind the wheel is Sam Hornish Jr. Hornish has made seven starts posting one win (Iowa Speedway), four top fives, two poles and an average finish of 12.9.
Hornish will be strapped in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota this weekend in Kyle Busch's stead. Hornish has made four starts at Kentucky posting one Coors Light pole, two top fives and an average finish of 5.2. He finished second in this event in 2012.
Making his series debut for Team Penske this weekend in the owner points leading No. 22 Ford for car owner Roger Penske is Michael McDowell. McDowell a veteran to the series, but on a limited schedule this season, has made two starts, nearly winning in Iowa (he finished runner-up to Brad Keselowski). Also in McDowell's favor, the No. 22 swept both races at Kentucky last season bringing Ryan Blaney hisfirst career win.
"We know that Michael (McDowell) is a talented guy that's shown much speed, and we feel like together we can come out of Kentucky with a strong result", said No. 22 crew chief Jeremy Bullins.
Through 26 races the owner standings title has primarily been a race between two owners: Roger Penske and Joe Gibbs. Penske currently leads Gibbs by 15 points heading into Kentucky and is looking to win his second consecutive owner title come Homestead.
 
Dillon's Opportunity Knocks To Gain Points On Elliott, Smith
Seven races remain in a season that has seen lots of great action, but time is running out for those on the quest for a championship. Chase Elliott holds the standings lead over second-place Regan Smith (-18) and third-place Ty Dillon (-40), but both Elliottand Smithstruggled the last time the NASCAR Nationwide Series was at Kentucky Speedway which opens the door for Ty Dillon to possibly catch the JR Motorsport teammates.
The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team has seen its share of success at Kentucky. Ty Dillon finished seventh at the 1.5-mile speedway earlier this season and his brother Austin Dillon swept both series races in 2012.
Ty Dillonis still within striking distance of current standings leader Chase Elliott and, even more so, second-place Regan Smith.
Since first visiting Chicago in June, Dillon's season has come alive. In his last nine races Dillon has posted a win (Indianapolis Motor Speedway), four top fives and eight top 10s. His season-to-date Driver Rating is 97.3 and his average finish is 9.3.
 Earlier this season at Kentucky, Chase Elliott finished 12th and Smith finished 28th, but their teammate Kevin Harvick won the event in the No. 5 Chevrolet. Harvick won his fourth race of the season at Chicago last weekend. 
 
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Turner Scott Motorsports will have some fresh faces this weekend. Chase Pistone will make his third and final start for TSM this weekend and with Kyle Larson fulfilling his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series duties in New Hampshire, this will be the fourth and final time that Dylan Kwasniewski pilots the No. 42 Chevrolet. Kwasniewski will return to the No. 31 Chevrolet for the remainder of the NNS season next weekend in Dover. . Austin Theriault will be in the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet that won the race Kentucky earlier this season. This will be Theriault's third start this season for JRM.
 
John Hunter Goes For Nemechek Family Trifecta At NHMS
New Hampshire Motor Speedway has provided some good memories for Joe Nemechek. The 50-year-old, known as "Front Row Joe," captured his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at the one-mile oval in 1999 and logged his first premier series start there in 1992. He has even notched a NASCAR Nationwide Series win at the Loudon, New Hampshire track (08/23/92).
This Saturday, Nemechek's son, John Hunter, will go for the family New Hampshire "sweep" in the UNOH 175 (1 p.m. on FOX Sports 1) as he attempts to clinch his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in his first career start at the track.
The 17-year old will pilot the No. 8 Gaunt Collision Centre Toyota in the hopes of bouncing back from a season-low 25th-place finish in his last series start at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. He has raced a split-schedule this season, sharing seat-time with his father due to NASCAR age restrictions for tracks measuring longer than 1.25 miles. In seven NCWTS events this season, the younger Nemechek has three sixth-place performances to his credit and has finished lower than 15th only once.
"I look forward to my next race which is New Hampshire," Nemechek said. "That's definitely my kind of track so look for us to run strong there and hopefully contend for our first win."
   
 
NASCAR Career Comes Full Circle For Quiroga
German Quiroga hopes to capture his first NASCAR national series victory at the same place as his debut - New Hampshire Motor Speedway - in Saturday's UNOH 175 (1 p.m. on FOX Sports 1).
The three-time champion in Mexico's NASCAR Toyota Series (2009-11) made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the Loudon track in 2011, two years prior to competing full-time on the circuit for Red Horse Racing. Quiroga posted a respectable 16th-place finish that day, and his career comes full circle, as he returns to where it all started.
This year, Quiroga has shown marked improvement from his rookie season in 2013 when he placed ninth in the NCWTS standings after posting two top-five and six top-10 finishes. Currently, the 34-year-old ranks fifth in the standings on the strength of three top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He barely missed his first NASCAR national series victory two weeks ago at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park when Ryan Blaney beat him by 0.05 seconds - the second-closest finish ever in a NASCAR national series road course race.
 
 

 
Defending Champion Crafton Catapults Into Points Lead
Matt Crafton found himself back in familiar territory following his second-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night. The 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion reclaimed the top spot in the standings where he holds a five-point lead over ThorSport teammate Johnny Sauter.
If he can stay out front, Crafton will become the first back-to-back champion and the fourth multi-title winner since the series began in 1995. The No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driver has utilized consistency to climb back into the top spot. Since his 26th-place finish at Gateway, he has posted seven top-10 finishes, including four top fives, in eight races. On the season, he has dominated the loop data statistics among full-time NCWTS drivers, ranking first in driver rating (104.3) and average running position (6.8), as well as second in laps led (244, 10.8%) and fastest laps run (158, 8.9%).
At the moment, Crafton doesn't even have the points race on his mind. He claims he is only focused on winning events until the final race at Homestead.
"Homestead is going to be when we worry about (the points race)," Crafton said. "We are going to go to each and every race trying to win, each and every darn race."
 
 
NCTS Champ To Be Crowned
The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season will conclude and a champion will be crowned at Kawartha Speedway. A first-time champion is assured, as it will come down to L.P. Dumoulin and J.R. Fitzpatrick Saturday. Dumoulin holds a 16-point edge on Fitzpatrick, and can become just the second Quebec native in series history to earn the title with a finish of 11th or better at Kawartha. . There are just two rounds left to determine a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion, and Belgian Anthony Kumpen is seven points ahead of two-time defending titlist Ander Vilarino entering Saturday's semifinals at Autodromo dell'Umbria. The championship is tight, with just 10 points separating first through fourth. . Following a July event that featured an all-time record for official lead changes, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for an encore with Saturday's F.W. Webb 100. Four points separate Doug Coby and Justin Bonsignore atop the standings with three races left on the schedule. . With a fourth-place finish last week at Greenville Pickens Speedway, Ben Rhodes clinched the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East crown with one race remaining on the schedule. Rhodes, a NASCAR Next driver from Louisville, Kentucky, has posted five wins and 11 top fives in 15 races during his first full-time season in the series.




Statistical Advance:
Analyzing the SYLVANIA 300

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2014 Chase Grid

 
Pos.
Drivers
Season Wins
Chase Points
1
 Brad Keselowski
5
2,059
2
 Jeff Gordon
3
2,052
3
 Joey Logano
3
2,049
4
 Kevin Harvick
2
2,047
5
 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3
2,042
6
 Denny Hamlin
1
2,041
7
 Kyle Busch
1
2,041
8
 Jimmie Johnson
3
2,041
9
 Kurt Busch
1
2,039
10
 Matt Kenseth
0
2,034
11
 Kasey Kahne
1
2,034
12
 Carl Edwards
2
2,030
13
 Ryan Newman
0
2,029
14
 AJ Allmendinger
1
2,025
15
 Greg Biffle
0
2,021
16
 Aric Almirola
1
2,007
 
Green = In position to move to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
 
Orange = In position to possibly be eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Challenger Round
 
Red = Eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
 

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
 
1 - Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.8
2014 Rundown
         Five wins, 12 top fives, 14 top 10s; four poles
         Average finish of 13.0
         Led 21 races for 1,340 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         One win, four top fives, six top 10s; two poles
         Average finish of 11.4 in 10 races
         Average Running Position of 13.6, 12th-best
         Driver Rating of 93.8, ninth-best
 
2 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.9
2014 Rundown
         Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; two poles
         Average finish of 9.7
         Led 19 races for 571 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         Three wins, 16 top fives, 22 top 10s; four poles
         Average finish of 11.0 in 39 races
         Series-best Average Running Position of 7.7
         Driver Rating of 107.7, second-best
         Series-high 437 Fastest Laps Run
         944 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 125.153 mph
         Series-high 4,989 Laps in the Top 15 (87.9%)
         Series-high 638 Quality Passes
 
 
3 - Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.9
2014 Rundown
         Three wins, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
         Average finish of 12.9
         Led 18 races for 721 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         One win, two top fives, four top 10s
         Average finish of 19.3 in 12 races
         Average Running Position of 21.1, 22nd-best
         Driver Rating of 72.8, 21st-best
 
4 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Designate A Driver Chevrolet)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.5
2014 Rundown
         Two wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s; six poles
         Average finish of 14.4
         Led 19 races for 1,265 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         One win, five top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
         Average finish of 14.3 in 27 races
         Average Running Position of 12.8, eighth-best
         Driver Rating of 91.0, 13th-best
         178 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
         970 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 124.716 mph, ninth-fastest
         3,700 Laps in the Top 15 (65.2%), ninth-most
 
5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.3
2014 Rundown
         Three wins, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s
         Average finish of 10.9
         Led 12 races for 220 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         Seven top fives, 13 top 10s
         Average finish of 15.5 in 30 races
         Average Running Position of 11.6, sixth-best
         Driver Rating of 97.3, sixth-best
         1,061 Green Flag Passes, third-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 124.987 mph, fifth-fastest
         4,255 Laps in the Top 15 (75.0%), fourth-most
         596 Quality Passes, third-most
 
6 - Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.2
2014 Rundown
         One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles
         Average finish of 14.8
         Led 11 races for 163 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         Two wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
         Average finish of 8.9 in 17 races
         Average Running Position of 10.5, third-best
         Driver Rating of 103.6, third-best
         302 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 124.973 mph, sixth-fastest
         3,843 Laps in the Top 15 (75.7%), sixth-most
         569 Quality Passes, fourth-most
 
7 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.8
2014 Rundown
         One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
         Average finish of 17.7
         Led 13 races for 411 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
         Average finish of 14.4 in 19 races
         Average Running Position of 13.5, 11th-best
         Driver Rating of 94.7, eighth-best
         232 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 124.693 mph, 10th-fastest
         3,768 Laps in the Top 15 (66.4%), seventh-most
         504 Quality Passes, eighth-most
 
8 - Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.0
2014 Rundown
         Three wins, eight top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
         Average finish of 14.1
         Led 15 races for 1,035 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         Three wins, nine top fives, 17 top 10s
         Average finish of 10.5 in 25 races
         Average Running Position of 11.3, fifth-best
         Driver Rating of 102.1, fourth-best
         431 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 125.077 mph, second-fastest
         4,459 Laps in the Top 15 (78.6%), second-most
         602 Quality Passes, second-most
 
9 - Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.7
2014 Rundown
         One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
         Average finish of 18.7
         Led 11 races for 181 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         Three wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
         Average finish of 15.4 in 27 races
         Average Running Position of 13.9, 14th-best
         Driver Rating of 89.5, 14th-best
         187 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
         1,002 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 124.664 mph, 12th-fastest
         3,448 Laps in the Top 15 (60.8%), 12th-most
         531 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 
10 - Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.1
2014 Rundown
10 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole
Average finish of 13.9
Led 16 races for 465 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
One win, seven top fives, 15 top 10s
Average finish of 13.0 in 29 races
Average Running Position of 15.5, 18th-best
Driver Rating of 85.5, 18th-best
Series-high 1,140 Green Flag Passes
471 Quality Passes, 12th-most
 
11 - Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.4
2014 Rundown
         One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s
         Average finish of 16.1
         Led 10 races for 204 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         One win, three top fives, eight top 10s
         Average finish of 16.7 in 21 races
         Average Running Position of 13.9, 15th-best
         Driver Rating of 92.6, 10th-best
         340 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
         1,000 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 124.828 mph, eighth-fastest
         3,709 Laps in the Top 15 (65.4%), eighth-most
         528 Quality Passes, seventh-most
 
12 - Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.4
2014 Rundown
         Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s
         Average finish of 14.9
         Led 9 races for 133 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         Two top fives, five top 10s
         Average finish of 13.8 in 20 races
         Average Running Position of 14.5, 16th-best
         Driver Rating of 86.1, 17th-best
         972 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
 
13 - Ryan Newman (No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.9
2014 Rundown
         Two top fives, 10 top 10s
         Average finish of 14.1
         Led 4 races for 24 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         Three wins, seven top fives, 16 top 10s; seven poles
         Average finish of 13.6 in 25 races
         Average Running Position of 13.1, ninth-best
         Driver Rating of 92.3, 11th-best
         4,131 Laps in the Top 15 (72.8%), fifth-most
         490 Quality Passes, ninth-most
 
14 - AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 Bush's Beans Chevrolet)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.4
2014 Rundown
         One win, two top fives, four top 10s
         Average finish of 20.9
         Led 5 races for 68 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         One top 10
         Average finish of 24.2 in 11 races
         Average Running Position of 23.6, 28th-best
         Driver Rating of 63.8, 28th-best
 
15 - Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ortho Ford)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 80.5
2014 Rundown
         Three top fives, 10 top 10s
         Average finish of 15.6
         Led 6 races for 109 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         One win, six top fives, nine top 10s
         Average finish of 15.7 in 24 races
         Average Running Position of 14.9, 17th-best
         Driver Rating of 86.6, 16th-best
         1,109 Green Flag Passes, second-most
         480 Quality Passes, 10th-most
 
16 - Aric Almirola (No. 43 Smithfield Ford)
         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 73.6
2014 Rundown
         One win, two top fives, six top 10s
         Average finish of 20.9
         Led 5 races for 23 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
         One top five, one top 10
         Average finish of 21.3 in eight races
         Average Running Position of 24.3, 32nd-best
         Driver Rating of 61.9, 31st-best
 
 
 
 
 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 28 of 36 (09-21-14)
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
Tony Stewart............................. 110.0
Jeff Gordon.............................. 107.7
Denny Hamlin............................ 103.6
Jimmie Johnson........................ 102.1
Kyle Larson................................ 99.1
Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 97.3
Clint Bowyer............................... 95.9
Kyle Busch................................. 94.7
Brad Keselowski......................... 93.8
Kasey Kahne.............................. 92.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
 
Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Coors Light Pole winner:
Ryan Newman, Chevrolet
136.497 mph, 27.904 secs. 09-20-13
 
2013 race winner:
Matt Kenseth, Toyota
107.573 mph, (02:57:02), 09-22-13
 
Track qualifying record:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
138.130 mph, 27.574 secs. 07-13-14
 
Track race record:
Jeff Burton, Ford
117.134 mph, (02:42:35), 07-13-97
 
 
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.
Notebook
         There have been 39 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since.
         158 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; 123 in more than one.
         Two drivers have competed in all 39 races at New Hampshire: Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon.
         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 seven.
         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).
         24 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 (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 with seven.
         Five different manufacturers have won at New Hampshire; led by Chevrolet with 18 victories; followed by Ford with 12 and Toyota with four.
         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 39 (12.8%) 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 39 (20.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire have been won from the front row: eight from the pole and seven from second-place.
         21 of the 39 (53.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire have been won from a top-10 starting position.
         Nine of the 39 (23.0%) 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 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 18.
         Ryan Newman leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at New Hampshire with an 8.680.
         Denny Hamlin leads NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at New Hampshire with an 8.941.
         All 15 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.     
         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 30.
         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 31 NSCS races scored by electronic scoring at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have had a Margin of Victory less than a second.
         Three of the 39 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) and 2014 (301/302).
         Four of the 38 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.   
         Two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have made their first career start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: 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 1,371 laps led in 39 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
29
22
7/13/2014
Danica Patrick
21
27
9/22/2013
Danica Patrick
32
37
7/14/2013
 
NASCAR in New Hampshire
         There have been 39 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in New Hampshire, all at NHMS.
Track Name
City
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon
39
28
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.