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Sylvania 300 Fact Sheet
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Track facts for New Hampshire Motor Speedway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 35.
  • First Sprint Cup race: July 11, 1993, won by Rusty Wallace.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: July 15, 2012, won by Kasey Kahne.
  • Won from pole: 5, last time by Ryan Newman in 2011.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 11 times in 35 races (31%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 19 times (54%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 8 times (23%).
  • Worst starting spot for race winner: 38th, by Jeff Burton in 1999.
  • Most laps led: 300, by Jeff Burton in 2000.
  • Fewest laps led by a race winner: 2, by Jeff Burton in 1999 and Tony Stewart in 2011.

  • Track records:

    • Fastest race: 117.134 mph by Jeff Burton in 1997.
    • Fastest qualifying speed: 135.232 mph by Ryan Newman in 2011.
    • Most lead changes: 23 in 1996 and 2002.
    • Closest finish: Denny Hamlin's .068 second margin over Jeff Gordon in 2007.
    • Most caution flags: 17 in 1994.

  • From 2007-2012 a typical New Hampshire race had 17.1 lead changes, 7.1 cautions for 31.7 laps, and an average green-flag run of 32.7 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 18, Ford 11, Dodge 3, Pontiac 2, Toyota 1.

  • Victories by owner: Rick Hendrick 9, Jack Roush 7, Joe Gibbs 4, Roger Penske 4, Richard Childress 4, all others 7.

Driver Notes:

  • The most New Hampshire races without a:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Bobby Labonte (35 races) Bobby Labonte (35 races)
    Top 5: Ken Schrader (26) Ken Schrader (26)
    Top 10: David Gilliland, Paul Menard (11) Kevin Lepage (12)
    Pole: Jeff Burton, Joe Nemechek (35) Jeff Burton, Joe Nemechek (35)
    Lap led: Four drivers (11) Morgan Shepherd (13)
    Lead-lap finish: Michael McDowell (8) Michael McDowell (8)


  • Top career marks at New Hampshire:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Joe Nemechek (35)
    Wins: Jeff Burton (4)
    Top 5s: Jeff Gordon (15)
    Top 10s: Jeff Gordon (20)
    Poles: Ryan Newman (6)
    Laps: Jeff Gordon (10,156)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (1,309)
    Lead-lap finishes: Jeff Gordon (29)


  • Best average finish among active drivers at New Hampshire (3 or more starts):

    1. Denny Hamlin (8.5)
    2. Jimmie Johnson (9.9)
    3. Jeff Gordon (10.7)
    4. Tony Stewart (11.6)
    5. Mark Martin (12.5)
    6. Ryan Newman (12.9)
    7. Jeff Burton (13.8)
    8. Kevin Harvick (13.8)
    9. Matt Kenseth (14.0)
    10. Carl Edwards (14.2)


  • Worst average finish among active drivers at New Hampshire (3 or more starts):

    1. Michael McDowell (38.9)
    2. Hermie Sadler (37.8)
    3. Scott Speed (34.2)
    4. David Gilliland (33.1)
    5. Landon Cassill (32.5)
    6. Travis Kvapil (31.9)
    7. Mike Wallace (31.0)
    8. Tony Raines (30.3)
    9. Mike Bliss (30.3)
    10. David Stremme (29.7)


    'Chase' drivers at New Hampshire:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Brad Keselowski 6 0 2 3 1 1730 6 15.7 15.3 78.8
    Jimmie Johnson 21 3 7 14 0 6107 319 10.7 9.9 105.1
    Tony Stewart 27 3 14 16 1 7525 1180 11.6 11.6 112.0
    Kasey Kahne 17 1 2 7 0 4630 273 13.3 16.8 90.3
    Denny Hamlin 13 1 6 9 0 3866 224 12.2 8.5 101.4
    Clint Bowyer 13 2 3 5 1 3857 475 12.7 15.9 96.0
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 26 0 7 11 0 7183 351 16.5 16.2 97.8
    Greg Biffle 20 1 5 8 0 5647 86 15.6 16.2 87.9
    Martin Truex, Jr. 13 0 3 5 0 3768 50 11.8 14.8 86.2
    Kevin Harvick 23 1 5 12 1 6721 319 14.0 13.8 92.4
    Matt Kenseth 25 0 5 12 0 7271 88 21.0 14.0 78.0
    Jeff Gordon 35 3 15 20 3 10156 1309 10.1 10.7 109.3

    Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

    Other notable Driver Ratings at New Hampshire: Ryan Newman (94.8), Jeff Burton (92.4), Kurt Busch (91.7), Kyle Busch (89.3), Mark Martin (88.9), Carl Edwards (87.1), Brian Vickers (82.2), Juan Pablo Montoya (82.0).