Saturday, July 21, 2018

Final New Hampshire Driver Ratings: 2018 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

Kyle Busch is the 5/2 favorite to win Sunday at New Hampshire.
MICAH ROBERTS' 2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES DRIVER RATINGS
2018 FOXWOODS RESORTS CASINO 301
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018 - 1:16 PM ET (TIME CHANGE)

RATING   DRIVER   ODDS                PRAC 1  QUALIFIED  PRAC 2  PRAC 3
 1. Martin Truex Jr. 7/2             9th          2nd           3rd            1st
 2. Kevin Harvick 7/2               7th         14th           5th            2nd
 3. Kyle Busch 5/2                    1st            3rd           4th            3rd
 4. Denny Hamlin 8/1               3rd           4th            1st            4th
 5. Erik Jones 20/1                     4th           7th           6th            6th
 6. Ryan Blaney 20/1                 5th           5th           2nd         11th
 7. Kurt Busch 40/1                  10th           1st           9th          12th
 8. Brad Keselowski 10/1         11th           6th          12th         10th
 9. Clint Bowyer 8/1                 18th         15th         11th         13th
10. Jimmie Johnson 80/1           6th          21st         15th           5th
11. Joey Logano 18/1               15th         19th           7th           9th
12. Aric Almirola 40/1              17th         13th         20th           8th
13. Kyle Larson 8/1                    2nd          20th         19th        14th
14. Chase Elliott 40/1               12th          10th         16th        22nd
15. Paul Menard 300/1              13th          12th         10th        16th
       
Opening odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Micah Roberts, a former Las Vegas sports book director, has been setting auto racing odds in Las Vegas since 1994.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

New Hampshire Betting Preview: 2018 Foxwood's Resorts Casino 301

Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch will be tough to beat at New Hampshire.
Sunday's Foxwood's Resorts Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway's flat 1-mile paper-clip layout will be the 20th race of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series schedule.campaign. It's the first time since 1996 the New England track will have only one race on the season after owner Speedway Motorsports Inc. moved one of its regular two dates to Las Vegas.

I love having two races in Las Vegas and the Sept. 16 race in town to kick off the Playoffs is going to be incredible, but I love the type of racing New Hampshire produces, mostly just because it's different. Another reason is that I've done very well betting New Hampshire races over the years and the method to securing a winner is simply by analyzing what happened in previous races on the season at Phoenix and Richmond, which are both flat tracks at almost the same distance. The cars that do well on either of those tracks always do well at New Hampshire.

So let's refresh ourselves quickly on what happened March 11 at Phoenix and April 21 at Richmond, with more relevance placed on the later date just because it's fresher. Kevin Harvick won at Phoenix like he always does followed by Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and last week's winner Martin Truex, Jr. Busch would win at Richmond with Elliott finishing second, Hamlin third followed by Joey Logano and Harvick. Truex would lead the most laps (132) but finished 14th.

Does anything stand out there in that equation? Yes, of course, the big three of Harvick, Busch, and Truex are very prevalent. They've combined to win 14 of the 19 races on the season. It's a nice three-way battle going with Truex winning three of the past six races on the schedule while Harvick has gone dry in the past seven races.

Truex has been dominant at New Hampshire in the last four races there between the last two seasons leading at least 112 laps in all four. But no Cup wins there in 24 starts.

“We had our chances the past couple of years, leading a lot of laps but couldn’t complete the job,” said Truex. “Last year (July race) we had the best car for a lot of that race but we didn’t at the end. Our focus this weekend is to figure out how to be better the last 75 or 100 laps in our No. 78 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry.”

The track is special to New Jersey native Truex who has won there in two other series.

“It was the first big track I ever won on (K&N Pro East Series), and the first time I ever went to a race and watched Cup cars run," he said. "So there’s just a lot of history there, and it would really be a big one to win.”

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has Kyle Busch as the 5/2 favorite based on his three New Hampshire wins, which includes winning the last race there in the fall, and also is the active leader with 974 laps led. He has eight top-10 finishes in the last 10 races there. His current form is just as good with six top-five finishes in the last seven races this season with the volatile Daytona race being the lone exception. The SuperBook has Truex and Harvick both at 7-to-2 odds.

READ MORE HERE......TOP-5 FINISH PREDICTION

William Byron is 200-to-1 to win at New Hampshire

Expect William Byron to run well at New Hampshire.
William Byron on racing at New Hampshire:
“I enjoy going to New Hampshire. It’s been one of my favorite tracks in the past – it’s just fun for me. I just enjoy the way the corners are – it’s very similar to my background in late model and legend car racing. I’ll try to use what I’ve learned there in the past to make the most of this weekend. It’s a good track for me, so we’re hoping for a good weekend. The handling and what you look for in the car is very critical there, so you have to be really adamant about what your car needs to do. That’s the case every week, but it’s really big at New Hampshire.”

AT NHMS: There are now just four racetracks on the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series schedule – five, if you count the new Charlotte ROVAL – where Byron will make his first Cup start, including this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. However, the one-mile track has been good to the Cup Series rookie on his previous visits in the NASCAR Xfinity, Camping World Truck and K&N Pro Series. In Xfinity last season, he earned a top-five finish, starting seventh and finishing third. In the truck race the prior season, Byron won the pole and capitalized on his starting spot, leading 161 of 175 laps en route to his sixth of seven victories in the Truck Series in 2016. In the K&N Pro Series East in 2015, he qualified on the pole and again went on to win the race, leading 68 of 70 laps.

MICAH ROBERTS' TAKE: #24 William Byron (200/1) - This is one driver to seriously watch and consider for match-up wagers just because his HMS Camaro finished 12th at both Phoenix and Richmond, flat tracks with similar set-up requirements to NMHS. If a driver does well on one, they'll likely be good on the other. The 20-year old rookie should have a solid run, possibly in the top-10.

New Hampshire NASCAR Cup Series Notes: 2018 Foxwood's Resorts Casino 301

Martin Truex Jr. is 7/2 to win at New Hampshire.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
The Place: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
The Date: Sunday, July 22
The Time: 2 p.m.
TV: NBCSN, 1:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 318.46 miles (301 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 75),
Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 150), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 301)


Tried and Truex


Martin Truex Jr.’s victory late Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway gives the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion four trophies on the year, establishing him unquestionably among the top-tier threesome of 2018.

Counting the season’s other two big winners Kevin Harvick (five wins) and Kyle Busch (five wins) – three drivers have earned 14 of the 19 trophies given out so far. The three have combined to lead 2,552 laps to date – Busch - 948, Truex - 564 and Harvick - a series-best 1,040.

A win in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) would be Truex’ first at the track. He was the polesitter at New Hampshire last July and shows up in New England in the wake of three straight top-10 finishes there.

Truex has a series-best four pole positions this year and has clearly demonstrated that his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota team excels “in bunches”. He won three straight pole positions (at Phoenix, Fontana, Calif. and Martinsville, Va.) early in the year. And two (at Fontana and Kentucky) of his four victories have come from the pole.

Truex has led at least 100 laps in each of the last four New Hampshire races – 513 laps of his career-total 661 laps led at the track.


Pushing for the Playoffs

With just seven races remaining in the regular season, and only seven drivers locked in on wins, the pressure is on to get to Victory Lane for the chance at postseason glory.

Here’s a look at active, championship-contending drivers who have wins at upcoming tracks but have yet to visit Victory Lane in 2018:

New Hampshire: Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman
Pocono: Ryan Blaney, Chris Buescher, Ku. Busch, Hamlin, Johnson, Kahne, Keselowski, Newman
Watkins Glen: AJ Allmendinger, Hamlin
Michigan: Ku. Busch, Hamlin, Johnson, Kahne, Kyle Larson, Newman
Bristol: Ku. Busch, Hamlin, Johnson, Kahne, Keselowski
Darlington: Hamlin, Johnson
Indianapolis: Kahne, Johnson, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Newman


On a Roll

Count Monster Energy championship points leader Kyle Busch among those excited to head north this weekend. Busch is a three-time winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won last fall’s race from the Busch Pole position. He has eight top-10 finishes in the last 10 races there, including a streak of three runner-up showings between 2013-14.

Busch has six top-five finishes in the last seven races of this season – the Daytona race, the lone exception. His 15 top 10s in 19 races ties Kevin Harvick for best in the sport right now.


Looking for Six

Kevin Harvick has won five trophies already this season, but it’s been eight weeks (at Kansas) since he last hoisted one. Harvick’s 14 top fives and 1,040 laps led are tops among the competition, but there’s no doubt the Stewart-Haas Racing driver is getting a little anxious to return to Victory Lane.

And it’s not that he hasn’t been competitive in that winless streak – he’s had five top fives in the last seven races, including a pair of runner-ups (Michigan, Sonoma).

New Hampshire has been a good place for Harvick. He’s earned two wins in the fall edition (2006 from pole and 2016) and five top-five finishes in the last seven races overall there. Between 2014-15 he led a series best 379 laps at the track, but only had a pair of third-place finishes to show for all the work up front.

He’s led an impressive 706 laps total at New Hampshire, but only eight laps in the last four races - all in his 2016 win.


Back to Defend

Denny Hamlin is the defending winner of the July New Hampshire event, leading 54 of the 301 laps last year and bettering Kyle Larson by half a second at the checkered flag. It was the first of two wins in 2017 (the other came at Darlington).

The veteran could use a bit of that New England magic this weekend and the track has been good to Hamlin, who has three wins there and has led a solid 549 laps. His 14 top-10 finishes in 24 starts is among the best statistically, too. He led a dominating 193 laps in the fall race en route to the 2012 win.

And the Joe Gibbs Racing driver will take all that good mojo, considering he’s had only two top 10 runs in the last six races, leading only one time for four laps in that span (at Sonoma). He’s led only 239 laps on the year.

There is precedent for Hamlin’s New England grand arrival. He had led only 178 laps on the 2017 season before winning last July.


Newman Looking to Break Through in 2018

The most prolific driver at New Hampshire is three-time winner Ryan Newman, who leads all drivers with 722 laps out front on the circuit. His seven pole positions is also tops among the competition this week. Twice he’s won from the pole – in the fall of 2002 as a rookie in his second start at the track and again in the summer race of 2011.

He has 18 top-10 finishes in 32 starts, his last such, a seventh-place showing in 2016. In a seven-race span from 2009-2012 he finished 10th or better six times.

Newman is getting a head start on his racing this week, running the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday – his first start on the famed dirt track since a third-place in the inaugural NASCAR trucks race there in 2013.

A good showing at Eldora would only bolster Newman’s hopes at New Hampshire, where the Richard Childress Racing driver would gladly take his first top five of the season. He has two top 10s in the last 10 races – both coming on restrictor-plate tracks at Talladega and Daytona. He’s ranked 19th in the points standings.


Rising Up

After 22-year old Erik Jones’ win at Daytona two weeks ago, NASCAR’s group of young Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers is both encouraged and reenergized. And they bring some positive vibes to New England.

Jones’ best finish in two previous New Hampshire starts is sixth-place last fall. He was runner-up in the 2016 Xfinity race there. Alex Bowman has a best showing of 14th also last fall, filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. And last week’s race runner-up Ryan Blaney has a best showing of ninth place at New Hampshire in the 2017 fall race.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader William Byron is the only previous NASCAR national series race winner at NHMS among the young crop of talent. He won a 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the track, leading a dominating 161 of the 175 laps. He was third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race last year.

As with Byron, fellow rookie Bubba Wallace will be making his first Cup start at the track. His best previous showing was a runner-up in the 2014 truck race.

Both rookies are coming off mid-pack results at Kentucky and 22nd ranked Byron holds a 33-point edge over 25th ranked Wallace in the standings.

And Kyle Larson is already considered a favorite at many of the race tracks the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visits. But after runner-up finishes in both New Hampshire races last year, the 25-year old must certainly feel confident returning this weekend.

He has two second-place finishes (at Pocono and Chicago) in the last six races and a total of four on the season. He’s led 365 laps, but only 10 laps in the eight races since Kansas.


Turning the Corner

Two members of Team Penske’s talented driver trio are still looking for wins in 2018 and both arrive in New England fresh off encouraging results. The team’s newest driver, 24-year old Ryan Blaney, was runner-up to Kentucky race winner Martin Truex Jr. His veteran Penske teammate Brad Keselowski led 38 laps and finished third.

It was Blaney’s best finish of the season and just as importantly snapped a three-week streak of frustration and subpar finishes – all 18th or worse. He’s had three DNFs in the last eight races. He’s hopeful he and the No. 12 Ford can seize the momentum gained in Kentucky. He has only one top-10 finish (ninth last fall) in five New Hampshire starts and he’s still looking to lead his first lap there.

Keselowski’s third-place Kentucky finish marked his fifth top-10 in the last seven races and was his best effort since a runner-up at Atlanta, the second week of the season. He won at New Hampshire in the 2014 July race and has three career pole positions there. He’s riding a streak of three straight top-10s in the Granite State coming to Sunday’s race.


Kenseth Back in the Seat

Matt Kenseth is set to make his sixth start of the season in the No. 6 Roush Racing Ford. And New Hampshire has been a good place historically for the 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.

He joins Jimmie Johnson (swept 2003 season) and Kurt Busch (swept 2004 season) as the only three drivers to ever win back-to-back races on the track. Kenseth won in the fall of 2015 then in July the next year, and his three victories in the last nine races is the highest winning percentage in that time.

Although Kenseth remains very cautious about his expectations as a part-time driver this season, he is hopeful to guide the car to its first top-10 finish of the year at a track where he has especially excelled.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Track Facts: 2018 Foxwood's Resorts Casino 301

New Hampshire has only one date on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule.
Rank
Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Average Finish
Driver Rating
 
 
1
Kyle Busch
26
3
3
10
14
0
13.2
100.8
 
2
Kevin Harvick
34
1
2
10
18
1
13.5
96.5
 
3
Martin Truex Jr
24
1
0
5
10
1
12.9
93.5
 
4
Joey Logano
19
0
2
6
9
2
15.8
81
 
5
Brad Keselowski
17
3
1
7
11
0
9.8
99.1
 
6
Clint Bowyer
24
1
2
4
9
1
15.9
87.9
 
7
Kurt Busch
34
0
3
8
14
2
16.2
88.5
 
8
Kyle Larson
8
0
0
4
5
0
10.5
92.5
 
9
Denny Hamlin
24
0
3
9
14
0
10.1
103.6
 
10
Ryan Blaney
5
0
0
0
1
0
14.8
82.3
 
11
Aric Almirola
15
0
0
1
2
1
21.3
62.9
 
12
Jimmie Johnson
32
1
3
10
21
1
10.6
100.5
 
13
Erik Jones
2
0
0
0
1
1
22.5
75.5
 
14
Chase Elliott
4
0
0
0
0
0
17.2
90.4
 
15
Alex Bowman
6
0
0
0
0
1
30.5
51.2
 
16
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
10
0
0
0
2
1
19.9
68.9
 
* – Based on last 26 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2005 – 2017).


Loop Data Leaders: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Monster Energy Series - Top 3 In Key Loop Data Statistics
Driver Rating

Avg. Running Position
Laps Led

Denny Hamlin
103.6
Chase Elliott
9.946
Kyle Busch
974
Kyle Busch
100.8
Denny Hamlin
10.794
Martin Truex Jr
661
Jimmie Johnson
100.5
Brad Keselowski
11.064
Kevin Harvick
639
      
Fastest Laps Run
% of Laps in the Top 15

Quality Passes

Kyle Busch
498
Chase Elliott
88.7%
Jimmie Johnson
773
Jimmie Johnson
457
Jimmie Johnson
79.3%
Denny Hamlin
754
Kevin Harvick
430
Denny Hamlin
76.1%
Kurt Busch
706
Loop Data stats are from 2011 – Present (Active Drivers Only)


New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data
Season Race #: 20 of 36 (07-22-18)
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: 301 laps / 318.458 miles
Stages 1 & 2 Length: 75 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 151 laps

Top 10 Driver Rating at New Hampshire
Denny Hamlin.............................. 103.6
Kyle Busch................................... 100.8
Jimmie Johnson........................... 100.5
Brad Keselowski............................ 99.1
Kevin Harvick................................. 96.5
Matt Kenseth.................................. 93.7
Martin Truex Jr.............................. 93.5
Kyle Larson.................................... 92.5
Chase Elliott................................... 90.4
Kurt Busch..................................... 88.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2017 races (26 total) among active drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Qualifying/Race Data
2017 pole winner:
Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
133.077 mph, 28.621 secs. 07-14-17

2017 race winner:
Denny Hamlin, Toyota
105.800 mph, (03:00:36), 07-16-17

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




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 46 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year from 1997-2017. Starting again this year, the track will host just one event per season.

Starts
·        180 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; 144 in more than one.
·        Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at New Hampshire with 42; followed by Jeff Burton with 39.
·        Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in series starts at NHMS with 36 starts; followed by Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch with 34 each.
·        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).
·        Erik Jones leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at New Hampshire with a 7.000 in two starts; followed by Kyle Busch with a 9.961 in 27 starts.


Poles
·        In total, 21 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won the Busch Pole Award at New Hampshire, led by Ryan Newman with seven poles.
·        Mark Martin won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at New Hampshire in 1993 with a speed of 126.871 mph. 
·        In total 10 drivers have multiple poles at NHMS, six of the 10 drivers have won consecutive 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) and Carl Edwards (2005 sweep).
·        Youngest New Hampshire MENCS pole winner: Brian Vickers (07/17/2005 – 21 years, 8 months, 23 days).
·        Oldest New Hampshire MENCS 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 pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Brad Keselowski (09/19/10) and Patrick Carpentier (06/27/2008). 
·        Five manufactures won the Busch Pole Award in the MENCS at New Hampshire; led by Chevrolet (18), Ford (eight), Toyota (eight), Dodge (six), and Pontiac (one).       

Wins
·        A total of 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).
·        Joe Gibbs Racing lead the series in wins at New Hampshire in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 12 victories; followed by Hendrick Motorsports (9), 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 (nine), 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)
·        Six of the 46 (11.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire have been won from the pole or first starting position; the most recent was Kyle Busch in 2017.
·        The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (six) than any other starting position at New Hampshire.    

·        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 leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series among active drivers with the most starts at New Hampshire without visiting Victory Lane at 30.
·        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 
·        A total of 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, Kyle Larson and Mark Martin (with three each). 
·        A total of 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 and Matt Kenseth with 12.   
·        A total of 81 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 and Matt Kenseth with 21 each.
·        Daniel Su├írez leads Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at New Hampshire with a 7.00 in two starts; followed by Brad Keselowski with 9.823 (17 starts) and Denny Hamlin with 10.083 (24 starts).

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.
·        Below are the top five closest Margin of Victory finishes at NHMS in the MENCS:
Margin of Victory
Date
Winner
Runner-Up
0.068
7/1/2007
Denny Hamlin
Jeff Gordon
0.209
9/14/1997
Jeff Gordon
Ernie Irvan
0.292
9/18/2005
Ryan Newman
Tony Stewart
0.406
7/16/2006
Kyle Busch
Carl Edwards
0.442
9/25/2016
Kevin Harvick
Matt Kenseth

·        Four of the 46 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races have resulted in a NASCAR Overtime finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
Race Winner
Date
Scheduled Number of Laps
Actual Number of Laps
NASCAR Overtime Laps
Joey Logano
9/21/2014
300
303
3
Brad Keselowski
7/13/2014
301
305
4
Brian Vickers
7/14/2013
301
302
1
Kyle Busch
7/16/2006
300
308
8

·        Four of the 46 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; below are the events: 
Date
Scheduled Number of Laps
Actual No Of Laps
Fewer Laps
Race Winner
6/28/2009
301
273
28
Joey Logano
6/29/2008
301
284
17
Kurt Busch
9/15/2002
300
207
93
Ryan Newman
7/9/2000
300
273
27
Tony Stewart


Track Specific Stats
·        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.  
o   Below are the top five active lap leaders at NHMS:
Drivers
Laps Led
Completed
% of Laps Led
Starts
Kyle Busch
974
7627
12.8%
26
Ryan Newman
722
9324
7.7%
32
Kevin Harvick
706
9880
7.1%
34
Martin Truex Jr
661
7081
9.3%
24
Denny Hamlin
549
7141
7.7%
24

Female Competitor Stats
·        Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Danica Patrick
27
18
9/24/2017
Danica Patrick
30
13
7/16/2017
Danica Patrick
24
18
9/25/2016
Danica Patrick
29
14
7/17/2016
Danica Patrick
22
40
9/27/2015
Danica Patrick
20
24
7/19/2015
Danica Patrick
18
19
9/21/2014
Danica Patrick
29
22
7/13/2014
Danica Patrick
21
27
9/22/2013
Danica Patrick
32
37
7/14/2013
Averages
25.2
23.2



NASCAR in New Hampshire
·        A total of 97 NASCAR national series races have been held in the state of New Hampshire, all at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Track Name
City
MENCS
NXS
NCWTS
Total Races
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon
46
31
20
97

New Hampshire Drivers In NASCAR
·        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 New Hampshire drivers to record a victory in NASCAR national series competition. 
·        Aube won in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on July 12, 1987 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME; it was his only start that season.


2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results
Date
Track
Busch Pole
Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Race Winner
OEM
2/18/2018
Daytona
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
N/A
Austin Dillon
Chevrolet
2/25/2018
Atlanta
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
3/4/2018
Las Vegas
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
3/11/2018
ISM
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
3/18/2018
Auto Club
Martin Truex Jr
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
N/A
Martin Truex Jr
Toyota
3/26/2018
Martinsville
None-Weather
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney 
N/A
Clint Bowyer 
Ford 
4/8/2018
Texas
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
N/A
Kyle Busch
Toyota
4/15/2018
Bristol
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski
N/A
Kyle Busch
Toyota
4/21/2018
Richmond
Martin Truex Jr.
Joey Logano
Joey Logano
N/A
Kyle Busch
Toyota
4/29/2018
Talladega
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Paul Menard
N/A
Joey Logano
Ford
5/6/2018
Dover
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
5/12/2018
Kansas
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
5/19/2018
All-Star Open
N/A
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
N/A
AJ Allmendinger
Chevrolet
5/19/2018
All-Star Race
Matt Kenseth
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
Ford
5/27/2018
Charlotte
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Toyota
6/3/2018
Pocono
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Martin Truex Jr
Toyota
6/10/2018
Michigan
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Clint Bowyer 
Ford
6/24/2018
Sonoma
Kyle Larson
AJ Allmendinger
Denny Hamlin
N/A
Martin Truex Jr
Toyota
7/1/2018
Chicagoland
Paul Menard
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Kyle Busch
Toyota
7/7/2018
Daytona
Chase Elliott
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
N/A
Erik Jones
Toyota
7/14/2018
Kentucky
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
N/A
Martin Truex Jr.
Toyota
        
2018 Top Five Performers In Each Statistical Category
 
Rank
Drivers
Wins
 
Rank
Drivers
Runner-Ups
 
1
Kevin Harvick
5
 
1
Kyle Larson
4
 
2
Kyle Busch
5
 
2
Kyle Busch
3
 
3
Martin Truex Jr
4
  
Kevin Harvick
3
 
4
Clint Bowyer
2
  
Martin Truex Jr
3
 
5
Austin Dillon
1
 
4
Brad Keselowski
1
 
 
Joey Logano
1
  
Bubba Wallace
1
 
 
Erik Jones
1
  
Chase Elliott
1
 
     
Clint Bowyer
1
 
Rank
Drivers
Top Fives
  
Kurt Busch
1
 
1
Kevin Harvick
14
  
Ryan Blaney
1
 
2
Kyle Busch
13
     
 
Martin Truex Jr
13
 
Rank
Drivers
Top 10s
 
4
Clint Bowyer
6
 
1
Kevin Harvick
15
 
 
Denny Hamlin
6
  
Kyle Busch
15
 
 
Kyle Larson
6
 
3
Joey Logano
14
 
    
4
Martin Truex Jr
13
 
Rank
Drivers
Poles
 
5
Brad Keselowski
11
 
1
Martin Truex Jr
4
  
Kyle Larson
11
 
2
Kyle Busch
3
     
3
Kevin Harvick
2
 
Rank
Drivers
Laps Led
 
 
Kurt Busch
2
 
1
Kevin Harvick
1,040
 
 
Ryan Blaney
2
 
2
Kyle Busch
948
 
 
Kyle Larson
2
 
3
Martin Truex Jr
564
 
    
4
Ryan Blaney
464
 
    
5
Kyle Larson
365
 



Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Milestones
STARTS
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
598
2
Will become the 29th driver to make 600 or more Monster Energy Series starts.
Driver: Brad Keselowski
Has
Needs
Milestone:
324
1
Will become the 81st driver to make 325 or more Monster Energy Series starts.
WINS
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
83
1
Tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth on the all-time series wins list.
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
48
1
Tie Tony Stewart (49) for 13th on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.
Driver: Kevin Harvick
Has
Needs
Milestone:
42
2
Tie Bill Elliott (44) for 16th on the all-time MENCS wins list.
Driver: Denny Hamlin
Has
Needs
Milestone:
31
1
To tie Dale Jarrett for 24th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Driver: Kurt Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
29
2
Tie Denny Hamlin for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
BUSCH POLES
Driver: Ryan Newman
Has
Needs
Milestone:
51
3
Tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles list.
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
35
1
To tie Rusty Wallace and Rex White for 18th on the all-time series poles list.
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
30
1
To tie Fonty Flock for 23rd on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles list.
Driver: Kasey Kahne
Has
Needs
Milestone:
27
2
To tie Kyle Busch and Ricky Rudd for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Milestones
Second-Place Finishes
Driver: Kevin Harvick
Has
Needs
Milestone:
53
3
Tie Buck Baker for ninth on the all-time series second-place finishes list.
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
46
2
Tie Lee Petty for 11th on the all-time series second-place finishes list.
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
43
1
Tie Tony Stewart for 13th on the all-time series second-place finishes list.
Top Fives
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
224
1
To become the 11th series driver all-time to post 225 or more top fives
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
174
1
To become the 22nd series driver all-time to post 175 or more top fives
Top 10s
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
347
2
Tie Rusty Wallace for 11th on the series all-time top-10 finishes list
Laps Led
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
18,678
322
To become the ninth driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 19,000 laps.