Driver Handicaps: New Hampshire

Driver Handicaps

Denny Hamlin (C), Jimmie Johnson (R) and Jeff Gordon, respectively, lead all drivers in average finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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To help you make your fantasy racing picks for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Motor Racing Network brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for the 301-lap event.

Who's HOT at New Hampshire
• Defending event winner Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers in top-10s (7) in the eight races with the COT.
• Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in average finish (7.0) with the COT.
• Clint Bowyer, who won last September, leads all drivers in laps led (399) with the COT. 
• Denny Hamlin leads all drivers with a 7.6 average finish..
• Kurt Busch has a 5.3 average finish in his last six starts.
• Tony Stewart has six top-five finishes in his last 12 starts, including a win in 2006.
• Jeff Burton leads all drivers with four wins.
• Kevin Harvick finished fifth in both races last season.
• Ryan Newman has finished eighth or better in his last three starts.

Keep an Eye on at New Hampshire
• Series points leader Kyle Busch is coming off his sixth top 10 in 12 starts at New Hampshire.
• Juan Pablo Montoya has started from the pole and combined to lead 141 laps in two of the last three races at New Hampshire.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. has the seventh-best average finish (13.6) and is fourth in laps led (176) in the eight races with the COT at New Hampshire.
• Kasey Kahne and AJ Allmendinger have respective average finishes of 4.5 and 8.0 in the two races this season that will use the New Hampshire Goodyear tire combination. 
• Matt Kenseth has a 6.4 average finish in the last five races of the season.
• Greg Biffle, who won the 2008 September New Hampshire race, will have a new crew chief starting this weekend.
• Brad Keselowski will look to break into the top 20 in points driving the same car that he finished third with at Darlington in May.
• Joey Logano has two top-10s in the the summer race at New Hampshire, including a win in 2009.
• Mark Martin has one win and a 16.3 average finish in four starts with Hendrick Motorsports at New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Qualifying Facts 

*Active Pole Leaders
Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Ryan Newman - 4
1. Ryan Newman - 8.9
Pole - four times
2. Jeff Gordon - 3
2. Jimmie Johnson - 9.9
Top Five - nine times
3. Mark Martin - 2
3. Jeff Gordon - 10.4
Top 10 - 17 times
Juan Pablo Montoya - 2
4. Tony Stewart - 11.7
Top 15 - 24 times
4. Seven drivers with one
5. Martin Truex Jr. - 12.7
Worst - 38th, one time

* - Must be entered in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

*Best Average Finish at New Hampshire 

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Clint Bowyer
4.0 
Four Races
Kurt Busch
6.3 
Six Races
Kurt Busch
5.3 
Eight Races
Jeff Gordon
7.0 
10 Races
Jeff Gordon
7.4 

* - 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 (2005-2010)  

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Tony Stewart
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
1. Jeff Gordon - 7.6
2. Jeff Gordon
2. Denny Hamlin
2. Tony Stewart - 9.2
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Clint Bowyer
3. Jimmie Johnson - 9.6
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Jeff Gordon
4. Denny Hamlin - 10.6
5. Clint Bowyer
5. Mark Martin
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 11.3
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jeff Gordon - 3206
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 412
1. Tony Stewart - 113.0
2. Jimmie Johnson - 3029
2. Jeff Gordon - 411
2. Jeff Gordon - 107.0
3. Tony Stewart - 2872
3. Kurt Busch - 392
3. Jimmie Johnson - 106.8
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 2807
4. Jimmie Johnson - 390
4. Denny Hamlin - 100.5
5. Jeff Burton - 2554
5. Tony Stewart - 380
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 99.7

*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.


For a look at all the pre-race Loop Data for New Hampshire view the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 pre-race eBook.

Season Loop Data Leaders  

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Kyle Busch
1. Carl Edwards
1. Kyle Busch - 8.9
2. Carl Edwards
2. Kyle Busch 
2. Kurt Busch - 12.1
3. Kurt Busch
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Carl Edwards - 12.3
4. Jimmie Johnson 
4. Matt Kenseth
4. Jimmie Johnson - 13.1
5. Clint Bowyer
5. Kevin Harvick
5. Kevin Harvick - 13.4
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Kyle Busch - 4533
1. Kyle Busch - 1347
1. Kyle Busch - 111.9
2. Carl Edwards - 4009
2. Paul Menard - 1317
2. Carl Edwards - 101.1 
3. Jimmie Johnson - 3681
3. Kurt Busch - 1301
3. Kurt Busch - 98.1
4. Kevin Harvick - 3531
4. Clint Bowyer - 1212
4. Jimmie Johnson - 96.5
5. Matt Kenseth - 3453 
5. Joey Logano - 1155
5. Matt Kenseth - 95.3

*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.


MotorRacingNetwork.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Kurt Busch 
Pete Pistone: Kurt Busch
Craig Moore: Clint Bowyer
Steve Blevins: Jimmie Johnson
John Singler: Tony Stewart
Ricky Hamber: Kevin Harvick

Top 20 Driver Notes - Ordered by current standings
(All stats/notes are in regards to New Hampshire unless noted)

1. Kyle Busch: Coming off sixth top 10 in 12 starts; 15.2 average finish in six starts with Joe Gibbs Racing; Sixth-best average finish (13.2) in the eight races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 311) that he finished third with at Michigan.

2. Carl Edwards: 14.5 average finish in 13 starts; Last of two top-10s came in the 2008 fall race; 10th-best average finish (14.6) in the eight races with the COT; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 782) in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

3. Kevin Harvick: Has finished fifth in last two starts; 11 top-10s in 20 starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 332) that he won with at Martinsville, finished fourth with at Phoenix and 12th with at Richmond.

4. Kurt Busch: Last of three wins came in this event in 2008; Has finished sixth or better in five of his last six starts; Fourth-best average finish (9.8) in the eight races with the COT; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 756) in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

5. Jimmie Johnson: Defending event winner; Win was third in 18 starts; Has finished ninth or better in nine of the last 11 races; Second-best average finish (7.6) and third in laps led (224) in the eight races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 590) that he finished eighth with at Richmond in April.

6. Matt Kenseth: 14.1 average finish in 22 starts; Last of 11 top-10s came in the 2007 fall race; Has yet to lead a lap in last seven starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 766) that he finished sixth with in the All-Star Race.

7. Jeff Gordon: Last of three wins came in the 1998 fall race; Coming off 17th and 18th top 10 in 32 starts; Finished fourth in this event last year; Leads all drivers with a 7.0 average finish in the eight races with the COT; Leads all drivers with 1,207 laps led; Will debut a new car in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

8. Dale Earnhardt Jr: Coming off sixth top five (fourth) in 23 starts; 14.8 average finish in six starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Seventh-best average finish (13.6) and fourth in laps led (176) in the eight races with the COT; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 616) that Jeff Gordon raced to a 20th-place finish at Martinsville last fall.

9. Ryan Newman: Has finished eighth or better in last three starts; 12.5 average finish in four starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Two wins in previous 14 starts with Penske Racing; Fourth in laps led with 539.

10. Denny Hamlin: Winner of this event in 2007; Coming off second runner-up finish in 10 starts; Leads all drivers with a 7.6 average finish; Third-best average finish (8.2) in the eight races with the COT.

11. Tony Stewart: 11.3 average finish in four starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Second-place finish in this event last year was 14th top 10 in 24 starts; Last of two wins with Joe Gibbs Racing came in this event in 2005; Second in laps led with 1,130; Fifth-best average finish (10.1) and second in laps led (366) in the eight races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 637) that he finished 34th at Martinsville in April.

12. Clint Bowyer: Coming off second win in 10 starts; Eighth-best average finish (13.8) and first in laps led (399) in the eight races with the COT; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 365) in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

13. Juan Pablo Montoya: Only top 10 (third) in eight starts came in the 2009 fall race; Two-time pole winner; Fifth in laps led (147) in the eight races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 1110) that he finished fourth with at Martinsville in April.

14. Greg Biffle: Winner of the 2008 fall race; Last of six top-10s came in the 2009 fall race; 17.4 average finish in 17 starts.

15. David Ragan: Has yet to post a top 10 in eight starts; 26.9 average finish; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 755) that he finished fourth with at Richmond.

16. Paul Menard: Has yet to post a top-20 finish in eight starts; 29.1 average finish; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 341) in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

17. Kasey Kahne: Making first track start with Team Red Bull; Last of five top-10s in 14 starts came in this event in 2009.

18. AJ Allmendinger: Only top 10 in seven starts came in this event in 2010; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 736) that he most recently finished seventh with at Richmond.

19. Mark Martin: 16.3 average finish in four starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Won the 2009 fall race; Win was last of 14 top-10s in 28 starts; Fifth in laps led with 465; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 663) that he finished 14th with at Richmond.

20. Joey Logano: Won this event in 2009; Ninth-place finish in this event last year was second top 10 in five starts; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 314) in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

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