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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Overton's 301

a look at some of the top statistical performers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire going into the Overton's 301 on July 16

Top 10 Driver Rating at New Hampshire

Top 10 Driver Rating at New Hampshire
Denny Hamlin........................... 102.7
Jimmie Johnson........................ 101.0
Brad Keselowski......................... 99.3
Kyle Busch................................. 98.1
Kevin Harvick............................. 97.5
Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 97.4
Chase Elliott............................... 92.9
Matt Kenseth.............................. 91.9
Martin Truex Jr........................... 90.6
Kasey Kahne.............................. 90.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (24 total) among active drivers 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 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.

· There have been 44 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since.


Starts

· 173 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; 139 in more than one.

· 16 different drivers have made their first MENCS start at NHMS all-time. Active drivers that made their first start at NHMS are BJ McLeod (9/27/2015), Corey LaJoie (9/21/2014) and Joey Logano (9/14/2008).

· Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at New Hampshire with 42; followed by Jeff Burton (39) and Bobby Labonte (38).

· Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in series starts at NHMS with 34; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (33) and Kevin Harvick (32).

· Ryan Newman leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at New Hampshire with a 9.633.


Poles

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

· 20 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won 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) and Juan Pablo Montoya (2009-2010).

· Youngest New Hampshire MENCS Coors Light pole winner: Brian Vickers (07/17/2005 - 21 years, 8 months, 23 days).

· Oldest New Hampshire MENCS Coors Light pole winner: Bill Elliott (07/21/2002 - 46 years, 9 months, 13 days).

· Two drivers (all-time) have posted their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Brad Keselowski (09/19/10) and Patrick Carpentier (06/27/2008).

· Five manufactures won the Coors Light pole in the MENCS at New Hampshire; led by Chevrolet (18), Ford (eighth), Toyota (six), Dodge (six), and Pontiac (one).


Wins

· 24 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; led by Jeff Burton with four victories.

· 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 Monster Energy NASCAR 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 19 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 (1997, '98 and '99)

· Five of the 44 (11.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR 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 44 (18.2%) Monster Energy NASCAR 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 44 (52.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire have been won from a top-10 starting position.

· Nine of the 44 (20.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series among active drivers with the most starts at New Hampshire without visiting Victory Lane at 33.

· Five Monster Energy NASCAR 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

· 23 different MENCS drivers have finished second at NHMS. 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).

· 54 different MENCS drivers have finished inside the top-five at NHMS. Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at New Hampshire with 16; followed by Tony Stewart with 15, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth each have 10.

· 78 different MENCS drivers have finished inside the top-10 at NHMS. Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at New Hampshire with 24; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 20.

· Jimmie Johnson leads Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at New Hampshire with a 10.267.


Track Specific Stats

· Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR 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.

· Four of the 44 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races have resulted in a NASCAR Overtime finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

· Four of the 44 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.

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

· Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at New Hampshire with 1,373 laps led in 42 starts. Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with 722 laps led.

· Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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