Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New Hampshire NASCAR Cup Series Notes: 2017 ISM Connect 300

Martin Truex Jr is 2/1 favorite to win at New Hampshire Sunday.
Truex Wins Playoff Opener
Martin Truex continued his winning ways in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs opener by taking the checkered flag at Chicagoland Speedway – his second consecutive victory. Because of his win, he advances to the second round automatically.

Truex increased his series-leading playoff point total to 58. Kyle Larson has the next-highest total with 33.

The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing driver ranks first in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins (5), stage wins (18), top 10s (18), average finish (10.6), average running position (7.3), driver rating (115.8), fastest laps run (1,023, 16.7%) and laps led (1,723, 24.0%).

He’ll go for back-to-back wins in the 2017 Playoffs in Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Truex has four top fives, nine top 10s and a 13.3 average finish in 23 starts at New Hampshire. He placed third there in the spring.

Truex Tops Playoff Grid Coming Out Of Chicagoland
Martin Truex Jr. kept his spot on top of the Playoff Grid following his win at Chicagoland. He is followed by: 2. Kyle Larson (49 points above Kurt Busch in 13th place, on the outside of advancing), 3. Kevin Harvick (+41), 4. Brad Keselowski (+35), 5. Kyle Busch (+35), 6. Denny Hamlin (+32), 7. Jimmie Johnson (+20), 8. Chase Elliott (+18), 9. Matt Kenseth (+13), 10. Ryan Blaney (+8), 11. Jamie McMurray (+5), 12. Austin Dillon (even, 16th-place finish at Chicagoland was better than Kurt Busch’s 19th), 13. Kurt Busch (even, 19th-place finish at Chicagoland was worse than Austin Dillon’s 16th), 14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (four points below Austin Dillon on the cutoff line), 15. Kasey Kahne (-5), 16. Ryan Newman (-7).

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s 25th-place finish was the lowest by a Playoff driver at Chicagoland.

Playoff contenders produced all but one of the top-10 finishes at Chicagoland. Joey Logano finished seventh to lead drivers outside of the Playoff field.

Hamlin Hopes For New Hampshire Sweep
Denny Hamlin will go for the season sweep of New Hampshire on Sunday. He led 54 laps on his way to the checkered flag there in July, beating out second-place Kyle Larson by .509 seconds. Martin Truex Jr. finished third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick.

The No. 11 Toyota driver enters Sunday’s race carrying a ton of momentum. He has finished in the top five in 10 of his last 13 races and has scored four consecutive top fives.

In 23 career New Hampshire starts, Hamlin owns three wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s and a 10.0 average finish (second best among active drivers). His 104.0 New Hampshire driver rating tops the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Harvick Goes For Second Straight New Hampshire Playoff Win
Another driver performing well right now with little fanfare is Kevin Harvick – last year’s fall New Hampshire winner. The No. 4 Ford driver has eight top-10 finishes in his last 12 starts, including a third place showing at Chicagoland last weekend where he led 59 laps.

In 33 career starts at New Hampshire, Harvick claims two wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s and a 12.8 average finish. He has produced a top-five result in five of his last six starts at The Magic Mile. His 10.9 average running position at New Hampshire ranks third among active drivers.

Past New Hampshire Winners Look To Gain Automatic Berth In Second Round
Nine of the 16 playoff drivers have previously visited Victory Lane at New Hampshire. They’ll try to channel their experience to do it again and earn an automatic bid to the second round. Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson lead active drivers with three wins apiece at The Magic Mile. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick have won at New Hampshire twice. Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski have each lifted the lobster in Victory Lane once at the New England track.

Logano Can Play Spoiler At Home Track
Just because a driver didn’t make the playoffs doesn’t mean he/she stops racing. Drivers can play spoiler in a race, taking away an automatic transfer spot.

A competitor with a good shot at playing the role of spoiler this weekend is Joey Logano. He placed second at Richmond two weeks ago and seventh last weekend at Chicagoland (best among non-Playoff drivers).

Logano, from nearby Middletown, Connecticut, has two wins, six top fives and eight top 10s in 18 career starts at New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Betting Preview: 2017 ISM Connect 300

Truex won the pole and led most laps in the first NHMS race.
This year's NASCAR Playoffs can't be that easy, can it?

It's only one race in the Playoffs, but it went almost as scripted with Martin Truex Jr. winning at Chicagoland for his fourth win on six 1.5-mile tracks and fifth overall. The win gives him a pass in the final two race in the Round of 16. He can simply park his car if he wanted, but he won't. He's going to try and pile up more wins and put his stamp on the season in his quest to win his first Cup Championship. He's the overwhelming favorite to win it all at the Westgate SuperBook at 9/5 odds (Bet $100 to win $180), something Kyle Busch agrees with.

“(Martin) Truex, and he showed us last week already," said Busch who is the 11-to-4 second-choice to win it all. "Just the way they've run. Now they're picking it up everywhere they go to. They're a scary team. They're a threat, that's for sure. If you look at, okay, what is Truex's worst track, Martinsville maybe. Probably a sixth or a seventh, that's it. Everywhere else it's a win. That's pretty scary. For us, I think we look at it as every track is a pretty good track. You look at Talladega as just being an unknown. For us, I feel like Texas is probably our worst place just with the repave, trying to figure out what it takes to be fast there.”

The rest of the drivers are going to have to make their mark on different type of tracks like this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which features a flat 1-mile layout. Of the nine races remaining on the season, four of them will be on 1.5-mile tracks and that's likely going to mean more Truex Jr. Even the Nov. 19 Championship Race at Homestead is a 1.5-mile layout.

But no need to crown Truex yet. Let's at least see how it plays out.

I've been waiting for some drama between the drivers and we got a little bit of it on Friday, albeit coming via Twitter. I guess that's the new way of talking smack in NASCAR. Whatever, I'll take it, because the physical altercations seem like a thing of the past.

Brad Keselowski saw the top-4 speeds in the first Chicagoland practice all being from Toyota and tweeted "We are all in for a rude awakening. Haven't seen NASCAR let a manufacturer get this far ahead since the 70's."

Odds to win 2017 ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire

Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski are both 8/1 to win at NHMS.
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ODDS TO WIN ISM CONNECT 300
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2017 - 2:16 PM ET


Martin TRUEX JR 2/1
Kyle BUSCH 3/1
Denny HAMLIN 8/1
Brad KESELOWSKI 8/1
Kyle LARSON 8/1
Kevin HARVICK 8/1
Matt KENSETH 8/1
Chase ELLIOTT 20/1
Jimmie JOHNSON 25/1
Joey LOGANO 25/1
Clint BOWYER 35/1
Kurt BUSCH 35/1
Erik JONES 80/1
Jamie McMURRAY 80/1
Ryan BLANEY 80/1
Daniel SUAREZ 80/1
Ricky STENHOUSE JR 100/1
Dale EARNHARDT JR 200/1
Kasey KAHNE 200/1
Ryan NEWMAN 200/1
Austin DILLON 300/1
Trevor BAYNE 500/1
Aric ALMIROLA 500/1
Ty DILLON 500/1
Paul MENARD 500/1
AJ ALLMENDINGER 1000/1
Danica PATRICK 1000/1
Chris BUESCHER 2000/1
Michael McDOWELL 3000/1
FIELD (all others) 1000/1

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Track Facts: 2017 ISM Connect 300

Denny Hamlin won the first NHMS this season, the third win of his career there 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Fast Facts: New Hampshire

·        This is the seventh year in a row the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff’s second race has been held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2011 – 2016). New Hampshire was the first race of the playoffs from 2004 – 2010.
·       
MENCS Playoff Winners At NHMS
Winners
Starting Position
Season
Kevin Harvick
19
2016
Matt Kenseth
13
2015
Joey Logano
7
2014
Matt Kenseth
9
2013
Denny Hamlin
32
2012
Tony Stewart
20
2011
Clint Bowyer
2
2010
Mark Martin
14
2009
Greg Biffle
9
2008
Clint Bowyer
1
2007
Kevin Harvick
1
2006
Ryan Newman
13
2005
Kurt Busch
7
2004
Average
11.308

Eight tracks have hosted Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races all 13 previous years – New Hampshire, Charlotte, Dover, Homestead, Kansas, Martinsville, Phoenix, & Talladega
·        10 different drivers have won the New Hampshire Playoff races, but only three have multiple wins – Kevin Harvick (two), Clint Bowyer (two) and Matt Kenseth (two).  
·        When New Hampshire was the opening race of the series Playoffs (2004 – 2010), only once the race winner went on to win the title (2004). 
    • In 2004 (inaugural playoffs), Kurt Busch started seventh and won the opening race of the Playoffs at New Hampshire, and went on to win the title.
·        Since New Hampshire moved to the second race in the Playoffs (2011 – 2015) only one driver that has won the event went on to win the title – Tony Stewart (2011). Stewart won five races in the 2011 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (a series-record) including the first two (Chicago, New Hampshire).
·        The worst finish in a MENCS playoff race at New Hampshire by a driver that went on to win the title was by Jimmie Johnson in 2006 when he finished 39th. The 2015 series champion, Kyle Busch, finished 37th in New Hampshire’s playoff race that season - the second worst finish by a driver at NHMS that went on to win the title. Last season’s champ, Jimmie Johnson, finished eighth in the Playoff race at NHMS.
·        No non-Playoff driver has ever won the Playoff race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
·        Four different manufacturers have won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at New Hampshire, led by Chevrolet with six wins; followed by Ford (three), Toyota (three) and Dodge (one). 
·        Eight drivers have won the pole for New Hampshire’s Playoff races – Brad Keselowski (two), Ryan Newman (two), Carl Edwards (two), Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart (each have one). 

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Top 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Rank
Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Average Finish
Driver Rating
1
Martin Truex Jr
23
1
0
4
9
1
13.3
92.5
2
Kyle Larson
7
0
0
3
4
0
11.7
88.3
3
Kevin Harvick
33
1
2
10
18
0
12.8
98
4
Brad Keselowski
16
3
1
6
10
0
10.2
98.7
5
Kyle Busch
25
2
2
9
13
0
13.7
98.8
6
Denny Hamlin
23
0
3
9
14
0
10
104
7
Jimmie Johnson
31
1
3
10
21
1
10.5
100.8
8
Chase Elliott
3
0
0
0
0
0
19.3
92.6
9
Matt Kenseth
35
0
3
11
20
1
11.8
92.8
10
Ryan Blaney
4
0
0
0
0
0
16.2
78.2
11
Jamie McMurray
29
0
0
4
7
3
19.8
73.1
12
Austin Dillon
7
0
0
0
1
0
14.1
71.1
13
Kurt Busch
33
0
3
8
14
1
15.6
90
14
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
9
0
0
0
2
1
20.4
69
15
Kasey Kahne
27
0
1
3
10
3
17.1
89.3
16
Ryan Newman
31
7
3
7
18
3
14
88.9
* – Based on last 25 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2005 – 2017).


2017 Playoff Stage Winners / Drivers with Playoff Points
Track
Stage 1 Winner
Stage 2 Winner
Stage 3 Winner
Race Winner
Following Playoff Race #1
Round of 16




Drivers
Pts
Chicago
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
N/A
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
58
New Hampshire


N/A

Kyle Larson
33
Dover
N/A
Kyle Busch
30
Round of 12




Brad Keselowski
19
Charlotte
N/A
Jimmie Johnson
17
Talladega


N/A

Kevin Harvick
15
Kansas
N/A
Denny Hamlin
13
Round of 8




Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
10
Martinsville
N/A
Ryan Blaney
8
Texas


N/A

Chase Elliott
6
Phoenix
N/A
Matt Kenseth
5
Championship 4




Austin Dillon
5
Homestead-Miami
N/A
Kurt Busch
5
Kasey Kahne
5
Ryan Newman
5
Jamie McMurray
3


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 45 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since.

Starts
·        179 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; 140 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), Bobby Labonte (38) and Joe Nemechek (38).
·        Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in series starts at NHMS with 35; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (34), Kevin Harvick (33) and Kurt Busch (33).
·        Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at New Hampshire with a 10.024.
·        Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at New Hampshire with a 10.097.


Poles
·       

MENCS Pole Winners At NHMS
Pole Winners
Coors Light Poles
Ryan Newman
7
Jeff Gordon
4
Brad Keselowski
3
Carl Edwards
3
Juan Pablo Montoya
2
Ken Schrader
2
Kyle Busch
2
Mark Martin
2
Ricky Craven
2
Rusty Wallace
2
Bill Elliott
1
Bobby Labonte
1
Brian Vickers
1
Clint Bowyer
1
Dave Blaney
1
Ernie Irvan
1
Jimmie Johnson
1
Kevin Harvick
1
Martin Truex Jr
1
Patrick Carpentier
1
Tony Stewart
1

21 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won Coors Light poles at New Hampshire, led by Ryan Newman with seven.
·        Mark Martin won the inaugural Coors Light pole at New Hampshire in 1993 with a speed of 126.871 mph. 
·        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 (09/19/2010) 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 (seven), 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.
·        Five drivers are tied for the series-most wins at NHMS among active drivers with three each – Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson.  
·        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 leads the series in wins at New Hampshire in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 10 victories; followed by Hendrick Motorsports (nine), Roush Fenway Racing (seven), Team Penske (six), and Richard Childress Racing (four).


MENCS Race Winners At NHMS
Winners
Wins
Jeff Burton
4
Denny Hamlin
3
Jeff Gordon
3
Jimmie Johnson
3
Kurt Busch
3
Matt Kenseth
3
Ryan Newman
3
Tony Stewart
3
Clint Bowyer
2
Joey Logano
2
Kevin Harvick
2
Kyle Busch
2
Brad Keselowski
1
Brian Vickers
1
Dale Jarrett
1
Ernie Irvan
1
Greg Biffle
1
Joe Nemechek
1
Kasey Kahne
1
Mark Martin
1
Ricky Rudd
1
Robby Gordon
1
Rusty Wallace
1
Ward Burton
1

Wins
·        Five different manufacturers have won at New Hampshire; led by Chevrolet with 19 victories; followed by Ford (13), Toyota (eight), Dodge (three) and Pontiac (two).
·        Five of the 45 (11.1%) 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 first starting position and the 13th starting position are the two most proficient starting positions in the field, producing more winners (five each) than any other starting positions at New Hampshire.    
·        Eight of the 45 (17.8%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire have been won from the front row: five from the first starting position and three from second starting position.
·        12 of the 45 (26.7%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire have been won from a top-five starting position.
·        24 of the 45 (53.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·        Nine of the 45 (20%) 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 34.
·        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, Matt Kenseth with 11 and Jimmie Johnson with 10.   
·        79 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 21 and Matt Kenseth with 20.
·        Denny Hamlin leads Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at New Hampshire with a 10.000.

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 45 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 45 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

·        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. 


Track Specific Stats
·        Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at New Hampshire with 1,373 laps led in 42 starts. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with 787 laps led.  

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
Driver Rating
Date
Danica Patrick
30
13
77.2
7/16/2016
Danica Patrick
24
18
67.5
9/25/2016
Danica Patrick
29
14
64.0
7/17/2016
Danica Patrick
22
40
64.7
9/27/2015
Danica Patrick
20
24
56.7
7/19/2015
Danica Patrick
18
19
79.7
9/21/2014
Danica Patrick
29
22
60.9
7/13/2014
Danica Patrick
21
27
57.1
9/22/2013
Danica Patrick
32
37
47.7
7/14/2013
Averages
25.0
23.8
63.9


NASCAR in New Hampshire
·        A total of 95 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
45
31
19
95

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 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.


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Milestones
Drivers
Has
Needs
Milestones
STARTS
Dale Earnhardt Jr
622
3
To become the 23rd driver in series history to start 625 or more races
Clint Bowyer
424
1
To become the 56th driver in series history to start 425 or more races
Austin Dillon
148
2
To become the 165th driver in series history to start 150 or more races
Jeffrey Earnhardt
49
1
To become the 284th driver in series history to start 50 or more races
WINS
Jimmie Johnson
83
1
Tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip (84) for fourth on MENCS wins list
Kyle Busch
40
4
Tie Bill Elliott (44) for 16th on all-time MENCS wins list
Matt Kenseth
38
1
Tie Tim Flock (39) for 18th on all-time MENCS wins list
Kevin Harvick
36
1
Tie Bobby Isaac (37) for 21st on MENCS all-time wins list
Denny Hamlin
31
1
Tie Dale Jarrett (32) for 24th on all-time MENCS wins list
Kurt Busch
29
1
Tie Denny Hamlin (30) for 25th on all-time MENCS wins list
Dale Earnhardt Jr
26
2
Tie Rex White (28) for 28th on all-time MENCS wins list
Brad Keselowski
23
2
Tie Joe Weatherly, Jim Paschal (25) for 31st on all-time MENCS wins list
POLES
Ryan Newman
51
3
Tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time MENCS poles list
Jimmie Johnson
35
1
Tie Rusty Wallace and Rex White for 17th on all-time MENCS poles list
Kasey Kahne
27
2
Tie Ricky Rudd (29) for 24th on the all-time MENCS poles list
Kyle Busch
26
1
Tie Terry Labonte and Kasey Kahne for 25th on all-time MENCS poles list
Denny Hamlin
24
1
Break tie with Alan Kulwicki and become solely 29th on the all-time MENCS poles list
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
Jimmie Johnson
46
2
Tie Lee Petty for 11th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Dale Earnhardt Jr
149
1
To become the 24th driver to post 150 or more MENCS top-five finishes
Joey Logano
149
1
To become the 53rd driver to post 150 or more MENCS top-10 finishes
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
24
1
To post his 25th career MENCS top-10 finish
LAPS LED
Jimmie Johnson
18,634
366
To become the ninth driver in series history to lead 19,000 or more laps
Kyle Busch
13,791
209
To become the 10th driver in series history to lead 14,000 or more laps
Matt Kenseth
11,653
347
To become the 15th MENCS driver all-time to lead 12,000 or more laps
Kevin Harvick
10,867
133
To become 17th MENCS driver all-time to lead 11,000 or more laps
Kurt Busch
8,874
126
To become 20th MENCS driver all-time to lead 9,000 or more laps
Denny Hamlin
8,524
476
To become 20th MENCS driver all-time to lead 9,000 or more laps
Dale Earnhardt Jr
8,223
777
To become 20th MENCS driver all-time to lead 9,000 or more laps