Driver Handicaps: New Hampshire

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Sunday's Sylvania 300. To help you make your fantasy racing picks, RacingOne brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for the 300-lap event.

Who's HOT at New Hampshire
• Denny Hamlin leads all full-time drivers with an 8.3 average finish.
• Tony Stewart has one win and five finishes of eighth or better in his last nine starts.
• Jeff Burton leads all drivers with four wins.
• Two-time winner Jimmie Johnson has finished in the top 10 in seven of his last eight starts.
• Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in top fives (13), top 10s (16) and laps led (1,205).
• 2008 June race winner Kurt Busch posted an average finish of 3.3 in his last three starts.

Keep an Eye on at New Hampshire
• Martin Truex Jr. has four top 10s with the COT at New Hampshire.
• Greg Biffle is the defending race winner.
• Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have led more than 100 laps with the COT at New Hampshire.
• Mark Martin will be driving the same car that won at Phoenix and finished fourth last weekend at Richmond.
• Kyle Busch has one win and four top fives at New Hampshire.
• Kevin Harvick has one win and an average finish of 13.8 in 17 starts at New Hampshire.
• Sam Hornish Jr. and David Reutimann finished in the top 10 at New Hampshire in June.
• Joey Logano won the rain-shortened race at New Hampshire in June.

Chase for the Cup Driver Outlook
Rank
Driver
Races
Wins
Top 5s
Top 10s
Avg. Fin.
Laps Led
1.
Mark Martin
25
0
8
13
11.1
397
2.
Tony Stewart
21
2
11
13
12.2
976
3.
Jimmie Johnson
15
2
4
10
9.9
274
4.
Denny Hamlin
7
1
2
5
8.3
52
5.
Kasey Kahne
11
0
1
5
16.0
49
6.
Jeff Gordon
29
3
13
16
11.3
1205
7.
Kurt Busch
17
3
6
8
14.8
326
8.
Brian Vickers
10
0
1
1
23.1
53
9.
Carl Edwards
10
0
2
2
13.5
63
10.
Ryan Newman
15
2
5
9
14.2
537
11.
Juan Pablo Montoya
5
0
0
0
20.6
6
12.
Greg Biffle
14
1
4
5
18.1
85


Qualifying Tidbits
Active Pole Leaders
Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Ryan Newman - 4
1. Ryan Newman - 7.6
Pole - Four Times
2. Jeff Gordon - 3
2. Jimmie Johnson - 8.5
Top Five - Eight Times
2. Mark Martin - 2
3. Denny Hamlin - 9.6
Top 10 - 15 Times
4. Eight Drivers - 1
4. Jeff Gordon - 10.0
Top 15 - 21 Times
5. Martin Truex Jr. - 11.1
Worst - 38th, One Time


Top 10 COT Performers at New Hampshire (Based Off Average Finish)
Driver
Starts
Avg. Finish
Avg. Start
Win
Top Fives
Top 10s
Laps Led
Brad Keselowski
1
6.0
36.0
0
0
1
0
Jimmie Johnson
5
6.2
8.6
0
2
5
201
Jeff Gordon
5
6.2
11.4
0
3
3
101
Tony Stewart
5
8.2
11.4
0
2
3
212
Denny Hamlin
5
9.6
10.0
1
1
3
47
Martin Truex Jr.
5
11.2
11.8
0
3
4
47
Kurt Busch
5
11.2
11.0
1
2
3
48
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5
12.4
10.8
0
2
2
176
Carl Edwards
5
12.8
11.4
0
1
1
63
Mark Martin
1
14.0
11.0
0
0
0
1

All Drivers' COT Stats at New Hampshire

Best Average Finish at New Hampshire
Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Kurt Busch
4.5
Four Races
Jimmie Johnson
6.5
Six Races
Jeff Gordon
5.7
Eight Races
Jeff Gordon
7.9
10 Races
Jeff Gordon
9.5
* - The best average finish is based off a driver who has competed in every race during that time span.

New Hampshire Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2009)
*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Tony Stewart
1. Denny Hamlin
1. Jeff Gordon - 7.0
2. Jeff Gordon
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2. Tony Stewart - 9.5
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3. Tony Stewart
3. Jimmie Johnson - 10.1
4. Jimmie Johnson
4. Mark Martin
4. Denny Hamlin - 10.3
5. Clint Bowyer
5. Jeff Gordon
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 11.0
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jeff Gordon - 2413
1. Jeff Gordon - 301
1. Tony Stewart - 115.8
2. Jimmie Johnson - 2240
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 281
2. Jeff Gordon - 109.4
3. Tony Stewart - 2130
3. Kurt Busch - 278
3. Jimmie Johnson - 105.3
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 2097
4. Jimmie Johnson - 277
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 102.6
5. Jeff Burton - 1887
5. Tony Stewart - 270
5. Denny Hamlin - 100.1

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


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Season Loop Data Leaders
*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson - 8.2
2. Mark Martin
2. Denny Hamlin
2. Kurt Busch - 10.8
3. Kyle Busch
3. Mark Martin
3. Tony Stewart - 11.2
4. Jeff Gordon
4. Tony Stewart
4. Jeff Gordon - 11.6
5. Kurt Busch
5. Carl Edwards
5. Denny Hamlin - 11.8
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 6179
1. Kurt Busch - 1388
1. Jimmie Johnson - 110.3
2. Mark Martin - 5864
2. J.P. Montoya - 1302
2. Tony Stewart - 101.6
3. Kurt Busch - 5747
3. Jimmie Johnson - 1276
2. Denny Hamlin - 101.6
4. Denny Hamlin - 5570
4. Matt Kenseth - 1215
4. Jeff Gordon - 100.4
5. Jeff Gordon - 5528
5. Denny Hamlin - 1167
5. Kyle Busch - 99.8

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


RacingOne Staff Picks
Jeff Wackerlin: Jeff Gordon
Pete Pistone: Jimmie Johnson
Rachael West: Kurt Busch

Top 30 Driver Notes - Ordered by Current Standings

(All stats/notes are in regards to New Hampshire unless noted)

1. Mark Martin: Finished 14th in first track start with Hendrick Motorsports in June; Posted 13 top 10s in previous 24 starts with Roush Racing; Will be back in the same car (chassis No. 538) that won at Phoenix and finished fourth last weekend at Richmond.

2. Tony Stewart: Two-time winner; Finished fifth in first track start with Stewart-Haas Racing; Has 13 top 10s and a 12.2 average finish in 21 starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 535) that led 40 laps in June.

3. Jimmie Johnson: Two-time winner; Has finished ninth or better in last five starts; Led 93 laps and finished ninth in June; Will be back in the same car (chassis No. 540) that he drove at NHMS earlier this season.

4. Denny Hamlin: Leads all drivers with two or more starts with an 8.3 average finish; Won the 2007 July race after leading 46 laps; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 246) in the Sylvania 300.

5. Kasey Kahne: Finished 10th in June; Finish was fifth top 10 in 11 starts; Has not led a lap in the last eight races.

6. Jeff Gordon: Three-time race and pole winner; Led 64 laps and finished second in June; Finish was fourth finish of third of better in last six races; Will return in the same car (chassis 542) that raced at NHMS this year and also finished eighth at Richmond in May.

7. Kurt Busch: Has posted an average finish of 3.3 in last three starts; Captured his third win in the 2008 June race; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 576) that finished third in June.

8. Brian Vickers: Finished 35th in last two starts; Best finish (16th) with Team Red Bull came in the 2008 June race; Scored one pole and a top-five finish in first six track starts with Hendrick Motorsports.

9. Carl Edwards: Led 61 laps and finished third in this event last year; Finish was second top five in 10 starts; Will race the same car (chassis No. 647) that finished 19th in June.

10. Ryan Newman: Finished 29th in first track start with Stewart-Haas in June; Captured two wins and nine top 10s in previous 14 track starts with Penske Racing.

11. Juan Pablo Montoya: Will make 100th career Sprint Cup start; Best finish (12th) in five starts came in June; Has yet to lead a lap; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 907) in the Sylvania 300.

12. Greg Biffle: Defending race winner; Victory was one of five top 10s in 14 starts; Will race the same car (chassis No. 610) that finished 18th in June.

13. Kyle Busch: Finished seventh in June: Finish was first top 10 in three starts with Joe Gibbs Racing; Won the 2005 June race with Hendrick Motorsports; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 251) in the Sylvania 300.

14. Matt Kenseth: Has a 26.7 average finish in last three starts; Last of 11 top 10s came in this event in 2007; Best finish is a second, coming in the 2004 September race.

15. Clint Bowyer: Won this event in 2007 after leading 222 laps; Win is only top 10 in seven starts; Finished 20th in June; Will race the same car (chassis No. 265) that finished sixth at Atlanta in March.

16. David Reutimann: Finished fourth in June for first top 10 in five starts.

17. Marcos Ambrose: Finished 23rd in first Sprint Cup track start in June.

18. Jeff Burton: Four-time winner; Led every lap in this event in 2000; All wins came with Roush Racing; Has posted a 12.4 average finish in 10 starts with Richard Childress Racing; Will race the same car (chassis No. 255) that finished 18th at Richmond last weekend.

19. Joey Logano: Won first career Sprint Cup race in June; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 250) that finished 27th at Pocono in August.

20. Casey Mears: Finished 11th in first track start with Richard Childress Racing in June; Two top 10s came with Hendrick Motorsports; Led 53 laps in the 2008 June race; Will be back in the same car (chassis No. 248) that ran in the top 15 for most of the last weekend at Richmond before a penalty resulted in a 30th-place finish.

21. Dale Earnhardt Jr: Has posted an average finish of 14.0 in three starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Led 79 laps and finished fifth in this event last year; Seven previous top 10s came with Dale Earnhardt, Inc; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 541) that finished 13th at New Hampshire in June.

22. Kevin Harvick: Won this event in 2006; Nine top 10s in 17 starts; Will race the same car (chassis No. 285) that finished ninth at Richmond last weekend.

23. Jamie McMurray: Has yet to finish in the top 10 in seven starts with Roush Fenway Racing; Three top 10s came with Ganassi Racing in 2003 and 2004; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 637) that finished seventh in May.

24. AJ Allmendinger: Worst track on the circuit based on 36.5 average finish; 32nd-place finish in June is best in four starts.

25. Martin Truex Jr: Finished 37th in June after a crash took him out of contention; Finish ended a streak of four consecutive top 10s; Will drive chassis No. 31 for the first time in 2009.

26. Sam Hornish Jr: Scored first top 10 in three starts in June with an eighth-place finish.

27. Elliott Sadler: Has two top 10s in six starts with Gillett Evernham/Richard Petty Motorsports; Three other top 10s in 21 overall starts came with Robert Yates Racing.

28. Reed Sorenson: Second-best track on the circuit based on 18.0 average finish; Finished 17th in first track start with Richard Petty Motorsports in June. Lone top 10 in seven starts came in the 2008 June race with Ganassi Racing.

29. David Ragan: Has a 28.0 average finish in five starts; Will race the same car (chassis No. 534) that finished 38th in June.

30. Bobby Labonte: Will race the No. 71 Chevrolet for TRG Motorsports; Finished 21st in June with Hall of Fame Racing; Overall, has 10 top 10s in 29 starts.

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