Odds & Ends - New Hampshire
July 11, 2012
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New Hampshire Motor Speedway
-- Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was Aug. 13, 1989.
-- The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was on July 11, 1993.
-- Renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2008.
-- There have been 34 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year since.
-- Four drivers have competed in all 34 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek.
-- Mark Martin won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole.
-- Rusty Wallace won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
-- There have been 17 different pole winners, led by Ryan Newman (six).
-- 20 different drivers have won, led by Jeff Burton (four).
-- Jimmie Johnson (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004) are the only drivers that have posted season sweeps. Those are also the only back-to-back winners.
-- Hendrick Motorsports has won eight races, more than any other organization.
-- The deepest in the field that a New Hampshire race winner started was 38th, by Jeff Burton in 1999.
-- There have been five winners who started from the pole. The last race winner to win from the pole was Ryan Newman last season.
-- Jeff Burton led all 300 laps raced in the 2000 fall race.
-- Five drivers got their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at New Hampshire: Joe Nemechek (1999), Robby Gordon (2001), Ryan Newman (2002), Clint Bowyer (2007) and Joey Logano (2009).
-- Two drivers got their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole at New Hampshire: Patrick Carpentier(2008) and Brad Keselowski (2010).
-- Denny Hamlin (9.0) is the only active driver with an average finish at NHMS in the top 10.
-- Jeff Gordon has led the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series laps all-time at New Hampshire at 1,304.
-- Last fall's event (9/25/11) at NHMS tied the records for most all-time leaders (15), and fewest laps led by the winner (2).
-- Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner: Joey Logano (06/28/2009 - 19 years, 1 month, 4 days).
-- Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner: Mark Martin (09/20/2009 - 50 years, 8 months, 11 days).
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data
Race #: 19 of 36 (07-15-12)
Track Size: 1.058-miles
Race Length: 301 laps / 318.46 miles
-- Banking/Turns: Variable 2-7 degrees
-- Banking/Straights: 1 degree
-- Frontstretch: 1,500 feet
-- Backstretch: 1,500 feet
Top 12 Driver Rating at NHMS
Tony Stewart 114.1
Jeff Gordon 109.0
Jimmie Johnson 104.6
Denny Hamlin 98.1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 96.5
Clint Bowyer 95.1
Ryan Newman 95.1
Jeff Burton 94.1
Kurt Busch 93.3
Kevin Harvick 91.7
Mark Martin 88.9
Kyle Busch 88.5
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (14 total) at New Hampshire.
2011 pole winner: Ryan Newman, Chevrolet (135.232 mph, 28.165 sec., 07-15-11)
2011 race winner: Ryan Newman, Chevrolet (104.100 mph, 3:03:33, 07-17-11)
Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman, Chevrolet (135.232 mph, 28.165 sec., 07-15-11)
Track race record: Jeff Burton, Ford (117.134 mph, 2:42:35, 06-13-97)
NASCAR in New Hampshire
-- There have been 34 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in New Hampshire, all at NHMS. Track Name City NSCS Years New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon 34 1993-2011
-- 14 drivers in NASCAR's three national series (all-time) are listed as New Hampshire natives.
-- There has been one race winner from New Hampshire in NASCAR's three national series: Jamie Aube. Aube, from Manchester, won a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Oxford Plains Speedway in 1987.