New Hampshire Fantasy Racing Preview

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Matt Kenseth has posted a 2.8 average finish in the last five races at New Hampshire, including two wins. Denny Hamlin is the most recent race winner at the 1.058-mile oval. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Detailed driver notes and statistics to help set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday's ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Who's HOT at New Hampshire
• Matt Kenseth has posted a 2.8 average finish in the last five races, including two wins.
• Kevin Harvick has finished in the top five in the last three races, including a win in this event last year.
• Denny Hamlin has finished in the top 10 in three of the last four races, including a win in July.
• Martin Truex Jr. has finished in the top 10 in three of the last four races and leads all drivers with 401 laps led in that span.
• Kyle Busch has posted an 8.3 average finish and 441 laps led in the last nine races, including a win in the 2015 July race.
• Brad Keselowski has finished in the top 10 in three of the last five races and has led 108 laps in that span.

Keep an Eye On at New Hampshire 
• Kyle Larson started 39th and finished second in July for his fourth top 10 in seven starts at New Hampshire.
• Kurt Busch and Johnson each have finished in the top 10 in the last two races at New Hampshire.
•  Ryan Newman (3) and Joey Logano (2) are multiple race winners at New Hampshire. Both did not have a good race in July after contact and a mechanical issue, respectively.
• Daniel Suarez (6th) and Clint Bowyer (7th) each finished in the top 10 in July at New Hampshire. The same tire combination that was used in July will be run again this weekend.
• Chase Elliott (9.8), Erik Jones (9.8) and Jamie McMurray (11.0) each rank in the top 10 in average finish in the last five races of the season, dating back to Michigan.

*Best Average Finish at New Hampshire

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Kevin Harvick 3.0
Matt Kenseth 2.0
Matt Kenseth 5.8
Matt Kenseth 5.0
Ten Races Matt Kenseth 6.3

* - The best average finish is based off a driver entered in the race who has competed in every race during that time span.

*Lap Leaders at New Hampshire

Last # of Races
Driver
Laps Led
Martin Truex Jr. 278
Martin Truex Jr. 401
Martin Truex Jr. 401
Martin Truex Jr. 499
Ten Races Martin Truex Jr. 499

* - Must be entered in this weekend's race.

New Hampshire Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2017, 25 Races)*

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
*Avg. Running Position
1. Chase Elliott
1. Brad Keselowski
1. Chase Elliott - 9.0
2. Brad Keselowski
2. Chase Elliott
2. Denny Hamlin - 10.8
3. Erik Jones
3. Denny Hamlin
3. Kevin Harvick - 10.9
4. Daniel Suarez
4. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Jimmie Johnson - 11.2
5. Denny Hamlin
5. Joey Logano
5. Brad Keselowski - 11.4
 
 
 
*Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 5,868
1. Jimmie Johnson - 743
1. Denny Hamlin - 104.0
2. Kevin Harvick - 5,485
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 743
2. Jimmie Johnson - 100.8
3. Kyle Busch - 5,299
3. Denny Hamlin - 731
3. Kyle Busch - 98.8
4. Denny Hamlin - 5,282
4. Kurt Busch - 694
4. Brad Keselowski - 98.7
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 5,180
5. Kasey Kahne - 677
5. Kevin Harvick - 98.0

*Drivers Must be in the top 30 in points to be listed in the chart
*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 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 Loop Data for New Hampshire Click Here to view the ISM Connect 300 Pre-Race Loop Data Book. Click Here to view MRN's Season Loop Data page.

Martin Truex Jr.

Season Loop Data Leaders
*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Martin Truex Jr.
1. Martin Truex Jr.
1. Martin Truex Jr. - 7.3
2. Kyle Busch
2. Kyle Busch
2. Kyle Busch - 9.1
3. Kevin Harvick
3. Brad Keselowski
3. Kyle Larson - 9.5
4. Kyle Larson
4. Chase Elliott
4. Kevin Harvick - 9.9
5. Brad Keselowski
5. Kyle Larson
5. Denny Hamlin - 11.1
 
 
 
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Martin Truex Jr. - 6,489
1. Jamie McMurray - 1,632
1. Martin Truex Jr. - 115.8
2. Kyle Larson - 6,074
2. Chase Elliott - 1,543
2. Kyle Busch - 107.0
3. Kyle Busch - 5,777
3. Ryan Blaney - 1,480
3. Kyle Larson - 103.3
4. Kevin Harvick - 5,683
4. Joey Logano - 1,452
4. Kevin Harvick - 102.4
5. Chase Elliott - 5,669
5. Jimmie Johnson - 1,411
5. Brad Keselowski - 97.9

*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.

MRN.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Kyle Busch
Pete Pistone: Martin Truex Jr.
Robbie Mays: Matt Kenseth
Tyler Burnett: Kyle Busch
John Singler: Kevin Harvick

Driver Notes - Ordered by Average Finish (Top 15) in the Last Five Races at New Hampshire

Matt Kenseth is the only driver that has finished din the top 10 in each of the last five races at New Hampshire. Kenseth, who won this event in 2015 and the summer race in 2016, has yet to finish outside the top five in his last four starts. Kenseth led four laps and posted the fifth-best average running position (6.0) en route to a fourth-place finish in July.

Kevin Harvick finished fifth in July for his fifth top five in the last six races at New Hampshire. He won this event last year after leading eight laps. In July, harvick posted a 5.7 average running position and spent the most laps among all drivers in the top 15 (300). This weekend, Harvick will debut a new car (chassis No. 015) in the ISM Connect 300.

Denny Hamlin is coming off his third win at New Hampshire after leading 54 laps. The win was his third top 10 in the last four races. In July, Hamlin averaged a 3.9 running position, which ranked first among all drivers.

Martin Truex Jr. has combined to lead 401 laps in his last three starts at New Hampshire, which ranks first among all drivers in that span. Truex equaled his best finish at the track in July, leading a race-high 137 laps en route to third place. His 134.6 driver rating in that race topped all drivers.

Brad Keselowski has finished in the top 10 in five of the last seven races at New Hampshire, including a win in the 2014 July race. In July, Keselowski failed to lead at lap at NHMS for the first time since 2011. He spent 239 laps in the top 15 and posted an 11.9 average running position in that race.

Kyle Busch has finished eighth or better in seven of the last nine races at New Hampshire, including one win and three runner-up finished. He led 95 laps in July but a pair of speeding penalties relegated him to a 12th-place finish. Even with the penalties, Busch was able to post a 4.7 average running position in the race.

Jimmie Johnson has finished in the top 10 in seven of the last 10 races at New Hampshire, but has only combined to lead four laps in that span. His last of three wins at the track came in the June 2010 race.

Joey Logano finished 37th in July at New Hampshire after a mechanical failure in the rear suspension sent him to the garage for a lengthy repair. The result raised his finishing average to 9.8 in the last six races. Logano won this event in 2014 for his first of four straight top fives.

Kurt Busch has finished fifth and eighth, respectively, in his last two starts at New Hampshire. He ranked fourth among all drivers in July in laps run in the top 15 (282). This weekend, Busch will return in the same car (chassis No. 977) that he raced in July at NHMS.

Kyle Larson equaled his best finish at New Hampshire in July when he took the checkered flag in second. The finish was his second consecutive top 10 and fourth in seven overall starts. Larson posted a 7.9 average finish and 87 green flag passes in the July race.

Ryan Newman finished 27th in July at New Hampshire after contact with another car caused him to spin. The result was his worst finish in the last eight races. Newman is a three-time winner at NHMS with the last coming with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2011. In his seven track starts with Richard Childress Racing, Newman has posted a 14.0 average finish.

Austin Dillon has posted a 14.1 average finish in seven starts at New Hampshire. His best finish - and only top 10 - came in the 2015 July race.

Jamie McMurray has three finishes of sixth or better in the last eight races at New Hampshire. He posted a 12.3 average running position in July en route to a 17th-place finish.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 14th in July for one of his three finishes inside the top 15 in the last four races at New Hampshire. He completed 81 green flag passes in the July race, which ranked seventh among all drivers.

Kasey Kahne has finished ninth in the last two fall races at New Hampshire. Those two finishes are his only top 10s since finishing fifth in this event in 2012. Kahne, who won at New Hampshire in the July 2012 race, finished 28th this past July, one lap down.

 

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