Driver Handicaps: New Hampshire

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Brian Vickers, the defending race winner, has finished in the top 10 in his last three starts at New Hampshire and Brad Keselowski has posted the best average finish (5.6) in the last five races there. (Photo: Getty Images)

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MRN.com's detailed notes and statistics to help you set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Who's HOT at New Hampshire
• Jimmie Johnson has finished ninth or better, including a win in this event in 2010, in 12 of his last 14 starts.
• Brad Keselowski leads all drivers with a 5.6 average finish in the last five races.
• Brian Vickers, the defending race winner, has finished in the top 10 in his last three starts.
• Matt Kenseth is coming of his first win and second consecutive top 10.
• Two-time winner Denny Hamlin leads all drivers with 343 laps led in the last four races with current tire combination.
• Kasey Kahne, winner of this event in 2010, and Clint Bowyer each have two top fives in the last four races.
• Kyle Busch finished second in both races last season.
• Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in average finish over the last 10 races (7.6).

Who to Keep an Eye On at New Hampshire
• Chip Ganassi Racing (Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray) Michael Waltrip Racing (Vickers, Bowyer, Jeff Burton), Richard Childress Racing (Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard) and Hendrick Motorsports (Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gordon, Johnson, Kahne) each tested at New Hampshire.
• Team Penske (Keselowski and Joey Logano) tested at The Milwaukee Mile.
• Carl Edwards and Jeff Burton both finished in the top 10 at New Hampshire last season. Burton will be returning behind the wheel of the No. 66 Toyota.
• Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman each have a win in the last six races at New Hampshire. Stewart led 84 laps last year in this event and was running second on the last lap when he ran out of fuel. Newman's crew chief Luke Lambert led Burton to consecutive top 10s last season at RCR. 
• Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has the fifth best driver rating at New Hampshire, is coming off his fifth top 10 at the track with Hendrick Motorsports.
• Greg Biffle is coming off his third top 10 in the last five races at New Hampshire.

Tire Notes: Teams will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires that they have run at New Hampshire since 2012. Jimmie Johnson (4.8), Brad Keselowski (6.5), Brian Vickers (8.0), Jeff Gordon (8.5) and Denny Hamlin (9.0) round out the top five in average finish in that four race span. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Hamlin (343), Kyle Busch (173) and Matt Kenseth (140) lead in laps led.

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Qualifying Facts - Note: First at the Track under new "Knockout" Format

*Poles
*Best Starting Avg. 
Races Won from Starting Pos.
Ryan Newman - 7
Ryan Newman - 8.0
Pole - 5 times
Jeff Gordon - 4
Jeff Gordon - 9.6
Top Five - 11 times
Brad Keselowski - 2
Tony Stewart - 11.4
Top 10 - 20 times
Five Drivers with 1 Martin Truex Jr. - 11.6
Top 15 - 28 times
  Kyle Busch - 11.7
Worst - 38th, one time

* - Must be entered in the Camping World RV Sales 301.

Ryan Newman is the last driver to win from the pole (2011).

2014 Top "Knockout" Qualifying Performers (*16 Races)
Driver Poles Final Rounds
Brad Keselowski 3 12
Kevin Harvick 3 11
Denny Hamlin 2 9
Joey Logano 1 14
Carl Edwards 1 10
Jimmie Johnson 1 9
Jamie McMurray 1 8
Kyle Busch 1 7
Tony Stewart 1 7
Matt Kenseth 1 5
Jeff Gordon 0 11

*Qualifying was rained out at Richmond, shortened at Daytona (July).

*Best Average Finish at New Hampshire

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
2
Kyle Busch
2.0
4.
Jimmie Johnson
4.8
6
Jimmie Johnson
7.0
8
Jeff Gordon
7.4
10
Jeff Gordon
7.6

* - 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 - 2013, 18 Races)*

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Tony Stewart
1. Denny Hamlin
1. Jeff Gordon - 7.4
2. Jeff Gordon
2. Clint Bowyer
2. Tony Stewart - 9.1
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Jeff Gordon
3. Jimmie Johnson - 9.7
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Denny Hamlin - 10.8
5. Kyle Busch
5. Tony Stewart
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 11.7
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jeff Gordon - 4804
1. Jeff Gordon - 618
1. Tony Stewart - 111.0
2. Jimmie Johnson - 4453
2. Jimmie Johnson - 602
2. Jeff Gordon - 109.2
3. Tony Stewart - 4182
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 568
3. Jimmie Johnson - 105.8
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 3976
4. Tony Stewart - 535
4. Denny Hamlin - 102.9
5. Ryan Newman - 3935
5. Denny Hamlin - 526
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 97.3

*Must be entered in the Camping World RV sales 301.
*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during 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 Ratings: 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 Camping World RV Sales 301 Pre-Race Loop Data Book (pdf)

Season Loop Data Leaders

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Brad Keselowski
1. Jeff Gordon
1. Jeff Gordon - 9.6
2. Kevin Harvick
2. Kevin Harvick
2. Joey Logano - 9.9
3. Joey Logano
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Jimmie Johnson - 11.2
4. Jeff Gordon
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 11.9
5. Jimmie Johnson
5. Clint Bowyer
5. Kevin Harvick - 12.1
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Joey Logano - 4317
1. Jeff Gordon - 1260
1. Jeff Gordon - 105.9
2. Jeff Gordon - 4231
2. Joey Logano - 1260
2. Jimmie Johnson - 105.5
3. Brad Keselowski - 4120
3. Denny Hamlin - 1209
3. Kevin Harvick - 104.3
4. Matt Kenseth - 3977
4. Kurt Busch - 1174
4. Joey Logano - 103.9
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 3951
5. Kasey Kahne - 1142
5. Brad Keselowski - 101.5

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Early In a Run: *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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Jeff Wackerlin: Kasey Kahne
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Top 20 Driver Notes - Ordered by Current Standings

Jeff Gordon: Is a three-time winner at New Hampshire but has not visited Victory Lane there since 1998. Gordon, who leads all drivers with a 7.6 average finish in the last 10 races at New Hampshire, tested at the track last month. This weekend, he will debut a new car (chassis No. 881) in the Camping World RV Sales 301.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Coming off his fifth top 10 in 12 starts at New Hampshire with Hendrick Motorsports. Earnhardt and the No. 88 team tested last month at New Hampshire and will bring back the same car (chassis No. 857) they utilized for that test. This is also the same car he finished seventh with at Richmond International Raceway.

Jimmie Johnson: Coming off fourth consecutive finish of seventh or better at New Hampshire. Johnson's average finish of 4.8 in that span is the best among all drivers and all of those races have come with the current tire combination. His last of three wins came in this event in 2010 after leading only nine laps. The No. 48 team tested at New Hampshire last month and will bring back the same chassis (No. 832) that Johnson finished 32nd with at Richmond International Raceway.

Brad Keselowski: The defending pole winner. He has finished sixth or better in four of the last five races. Keselowski's average finish of 6.5 is second-best among all drivers in the last four races with the current tire combination. The No. 2 team tested at The Milwaukee Mile and will be bringing the same car (chassis No. 906) that Keselowski finished fourth with at Richmond.

Matt Kenseth: Coming off first win in 28 starts. Kenseth finished ninth last year in this event and combined to lead 139 laps in the two 2013 races. Last season marked his first New Hampshire starts with Joe Gibbs Racing and it was his best season performance at the track since finishing in the top 10 in both races in 2007 with Roush Fenway Racing.

Joey Logano: Posted a 27.0 average finish last season at New Hampshire in his first two track starts with Team Penske. Logano does have four top 10s in his previous eight starts with Joe Gibbs Racing, including a win in this event in 2009 that was cut short by rain. Logano will look to post his first top 10 at NHMS with Penske driving the same car (chassis No. 905) that he won with at Richmond International Raceway. The No. 22 team also tested at The Milwaukee Mile in preparation for Sunday's race.

Carl Edwards: Finished in the top 10 in both races at New Hampshire last season. Edwards will return in the same car (chassis No. 886) that he finished ninth with at Richmond International Raceway.

Ryan Newman: Tested last week at New Hampshire in preparation for his first track start with Richard Childress Racing. Newman does have three wins in previous 24 starts, with the last coming in this event in 2011 with Stewart-Haas Racing. This weekend, Newman will return in the same car he used in the test and last finished eighth with at Richmond International Raceway.

Kyle Busch: Finished second in both events last season. Busch has yet to start worse than 12th in the last four races, which includes a pole in this event in 2012. His combined laps-led total of 173 ranks second among all drivers in the four races with the current tire combination.

Paul Menard: Still seeking first top 10 at New Hampshire. Menard tested there last week and will return in the same car (chassis No. 448) that he last finished 24th with at Richmond International Raceway.

Kevin Harvick: Making first New Hampshire start with Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick has 13 top 10s, including one win, in 26 previous starts with Richard Childress Racing. Crew chief Rodney Childers helped lead Brian Vickers to the win in this race last year. This weekend, Harvick will return in the same car (chassis No. 868) that he finished 11th with at Richmond International Raceway.

Clint Bowyer: Has posted a 9.3 average finish in four New Hampshire starts with Michael Waltrip Racing. Bowyer won the 2010 fall race with Richard Childress Racing after leading 177 laps, but was handed a huge penalty for post-race infractions. This weekend, Bowyer will return in the same car (chassis No. 798) that he recently tested with at New Hampshire.

Austin Dillon: Will make first Sprint Cup start at New Hampshire. Tested last week at the track and will use that car (chassis No. 477) in the Camping World RV Sales 301.

Denny Hamlin: Last of two wins came in the 2012 fall race at New Hampshire. Although he failed to lead any laps last season, his 343 laps-led total leads all drivers in the four races with the current tire combination. Last year, Hamlin finished 21st and 12th, respectively. His 9.0 average finish overall (16 races) leads all drivers.

Greg Biffle: Finished third last fall for his ninth top 10 in 23 starts at New Hampshire. Biffle, who won the 2008 September race, will return in the same car (chassis No. 856) that he last finished 18th with at Martinsville Speedway.

Brian Vickers: Defending race winner, leading 16 laps of that event. Vickers' 8.0 average finish in the last four races with the current tire combination ranks third among all drivers. The No. 55 team tested at New Hampshire and will bring back the same car (chassis No. 805) that Vickers last finished 14th with at Kansas Speedway.

Kyle Larson: Tested at New Hampshire in preparation for his first Sprint Cup start at "The Magic Mile."

Kasey Kahne: Won this race in 2012 after leading 66 laps. Kahne has posted the best starting average (7.1) in the last nine races, including four times qualifying second. The No. 5 team tested at New Hampshire and will bring the same car (chassis No. 815) that Kahne last finished 14th with at Richmond International Raceway.

Marcos Ambrose: Only top 10 in 10 starts came in this race in 2011. Ambrose has yet to finish in the top 15, or lead a lap, in his last five starts.

Tony Stewart: Last of three wins at New Hampshire came in the 2011 fall race. Last year in this race, Stewart led 84 laps and was running second on the final lap when he ran out of fuel. This weekend, Stewart will return in the same car (chassis No. 792) he raced last year at NHMS and most recently at Richmond International Raceway, where he finished 25th.

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Driver Stats at New Hampshire
Driver Races Avg Start Avg Finish *Driver Rating
Tony Stewart 29 11.4 11.9 111.0
Jeff Gordon 38 9.6 10.6 109.2
Jimmie Johnson 24 12.4 9.2 105.8
Denny Hamlin 16 13.2 9.0 102.9
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 29 16.0 15.7 97.3
Clint Bowyer 16 13.3 15.1 95.0
Kyle Busch 18 11.7 15.1 93.1
Jeff Burton 38 19.2 13.4 92.7
Ryan Newman 24 8.0 14.0 92.5
Kasey Kahne 20 12.1 17.0 92.4
Kevin Harvick 26 14.0 13.7 91.1
Kurt Busch 26 12.3 15.3 90.4
Brad Keselowski 9 14.4 12.6 88.0
Martin Truex Jr. 16 11.6 14.7 87.6
Greg Biffle 23 15.6 15.7 87.6
Carl Edwards 19 15.3 13.8 86.6
Brian Vickers 17 18.8 18.4 84.7
Matt Kenseth 28 20.4 13.4 84.0
Joey Logano 11 22.2 17.5 71.0
Jamie McMurray 22 21.1 21.5 66.9
Reed Sorenson 11 22.3 23.2 66.9
AJ Allmendinger 10 23.7 24.8 63.3
Marcos Ambrose 10 21.9 21.9 62.7
Aric Almirola 7 23.6 21.0 61.7
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2 27.0 29.0 59.5
Paul Menard 14 20.0 24.6 59.3
David Ragan 14 26.2 24.8 59.2
Casey Mears 22 25.2 25.7 58.5
J.J. Yeley 13 31.9 24.8 53.2
Danica Patrick 2 26.5 32.0 52.4
David Gilliland 14 31.6 32.4 45.2
Landon Cassill 7 31.6 31.9 43.5
Josh Wise 4 37.8 35.8 35.4
Morgan Shepherd 14 32.9 31.1 28.3
Timmy Hill 1 42.0 36.0 27.4
Justin Allgaier 0 - - -
Michael Annett 0 - - -
Alex Bowman 0 - - -
Austin Dillon 0 - - -
Kyle Larson 0 - - -
Eddie MacDonald 0 - - -
Ryan Truex 0 - - -
Cole Whitt 0 - - -
* Last 18 Races

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