NASCAR Pre-Race Media: New Hampshire Motor Speedway Track Trends

TRACK: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-oval). DISTANCE: 301 Laps — STAGE 1: 75 Laps, STAGE 2: 110 Laps, FINAL STAGE: 116 Laps, MILES (318.458 Miles)


Track History/Trends

  • Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr.
  • Trending Down: Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, William Byron, Alex Bowman.
  • Chevrolet has one win in its last 14 New Hampshire starts. Last Chevy win (2016).
  • Last Hendrick win at Loudon (2012). They’ve won 10 of 21 races this season though too.
  • Starting position hasn’t matter much at New Hampshire like it has elsewhere. Five of the last eight New Hampshire winners have come from a starting spot outside of the top 12.
  • We’ve had late race battles for the win in 2 of the last 3 years.
  • 0 overtimes in the last 9 races at Loudon.
  • 8 of the last 10 races saw the driver that led the most laps fail to win in the end.
  • 5 of the last 8 drivers to lead the most laps failed to even score a top 5.
  • We’ve had 5 races run in the stage era, the eventual winner scored stage points in both stages in all 5 races.
  • Just 2 of the 5 races saw the eventual winner even finish in the top five in stage 1.
  • 4 of the 5 races saw the eventual winner finish in the top 4 in the 2nd stage including two wins and a second place effort.
  • This is the 4th straight year to where Loudon has hosted just 1 race.
  • 12 of the last 13 Loudon races were won by a Cup champion. Denny Hamlin is the lone exception.
  • All 4 drivers who’ve made the Championship 4 from 2018, 2019 and 2020 have all finished in the top 10 in Loudon.
  • Also, they finished 1-2 in all three of those years including taking three of the top four spots in two of the three years as well.
  • In 2020, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott combined to lead 285 of the 301 laps. They finisehd 1-2-4-9.
  • In 2019, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch combined to lead 272 of the 301 laps. They finished 1-2-6-8.
  • In 2018, Harvick, Busch, Truex Jr. and Joey Logano combined to lead 131 of 301 laps. They finished 1-2-4-9.

Track Comparison

Flat track with long straightaways. Can pass on the inside lane but the high lane around the track isn’t ideal. Track position key here. Most similar to Martinsville and Phoenix.

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