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By the Numbers: Facts for New Hampshire, Iowa

July 14, 2011, , NASCAR.com



By the Numbers: Facts for New Hampshire, Iowa

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a 1.058-mile oval with variable banking in the corners at 2 and 7 degrees. The frontstretch and backstretch are each 1,500 feet with 1 degree banking.

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0 -- Times a Ford driver has won the pole at New Hampshire in the 21 races with time trials.

7 -- Times in the past 12 races at New Hampshire the winner started from the first two rows, but only twice in the past seven races. However, 11 times during that 12-race span the winner started in the top 10; the exception was Matt Kenseth (21st) in 2004.

9 -- Career victories for David Green, including one at New Hampshire in 2003. Green, who is entered this week in the No. 23 Chevrolet of R3 Motorsports, is set to make his 400th career series start. Green has made 13 previous starts at NHMS, but none since 2006; he has two top-fives and six top-10s there.

Side note: Green is set to become the fifth driver to reach 400 starts in the Nationwide Series: Jason Keller (519), Kenny Wallace (506), Tommy Houston (417), Mike Wallace (400).

594 -- Laps led at New Hampshire by Kevin Harvick, more than twice as any other driver: Jeff Green (295). Harvick also leads all drivers at NHMS in top-fives (seven) and poles (three; he's the only repeat pole winner in the past 19 races there with time trials). He's also the most recent driver to win there from the pole (2007).

Side note: Harvick has made 10 starts at NHMS, and has finished in the top 10 in his past nine races there; he is tied with Mike McLaughlin for the most top-10s in track history.

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2 -- Times in the past two races Kyle Busch has passed Joey Logano for the final lead change at New Hampshire; both times were with less than 50 laps to go. Busch is the only repeat winner at NHMS.

Side note: Joe Gibbs Racing has won the past three races at New Hampshire; Tony Stewart won for JGR in 2008. The only other team to win more than once there is the now-defunct ppc Racing: Chad Little (1995) and Jason Keller (2001).

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1 -- Drivers in the past seven races at New Hampshire to win after leading the most laps: Clint Bowyer (in the September races of 2007 and 2010).

Side note: Bowyer is one of five drivers who scored their first win at NHMS: Joe Nemechek (September 1999); Robby Gordon (November 2001); Ryan Newman (September 2002); Joey Logano (June 2009).

8 -- Times in the past nine races at New Hampshire the margin of victory has been less than 1 second, including the closest race there in July 2007: Denny Hamlin edged Jeff Gordon by .068 seconds. Thirteen of the 25 races with an MOV have been less than 1 second.

Side note: Three of the past six races at NHMS have ended under caution.

11 -- Times in the past 13 races at New Hampshire that Tony Stewart has led, including the past seven in a row. He has led the most laps there five times, including both of his victories (July 2000, July 2005).

Side note: Stewart also has been the driver passed for the final lead change four times.

95 -- Number of races in Jeff Burton's winless streak, since Charlotte in October 2008. Burton is the all-time leader at New Hampshire in victories with four, but none in the past 20 races there. Burton, who doesn't have a top-10 this season, has only one in the past seven races at NHMS (fourth in September 2008).

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2 -- Fewest laps remaining at New Hampshire when the final pass for the lead took place. It's happened four times, including both races in 2010: Jimmie Johnson passed Kurt Busch in June; Clint Bowyer passed Tony Stewart in September.

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0 -- Drivers who have pulled the Nationwide/Cup sweep at New Hampshire. Only five drivers have won in both series at NHMS: Jeff Burton (Nationwide 1/Cup 4); Kyle Busch (Nationwide 2/Cup 1); Kevin Harvick (Nationwide 1/Cup 1); Joe Nemechek (Nationwide 1/Cup 1); Tony Stewart (Nationwide 1/Cup 2).

Side note: Busch, with Truck wins the past two years, is the only driver to win at NHMS in all three series.

1 -- Career Cup Series wins for Joey Logano, at New Hampshire in June 2009. At 19 years, 1 month and 4 days, Logano is the youngest race winner in NASCAR history.

2 -- Laps led by Jeff Burton in the Cup race of July 1999, the fewest of any New Hampshire winner. Burton also holds the mark for fewest laps led by a Nationwide winner at NHMS -- five in July 1992.

Side note: Burton also holds the mark for most laps led by a Cup winner at NHMS -- all 300 in September 2000.

28.515 -- Qualifying time, in seconds, for Brad Keselowski's pole-sitting lap at New Hampshire this past September, setting a track record. He topped out at 133.572 mph. Keselowski also sat on the pole in the Nationwide race last year (29.376 seconds).

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43 -- Cars running at the end of the September 2007 Cup race, the first time the entire field was RAF since 43 cars became the standard in 1998.

Iowa Speedway is a seven-eighths mile tri-oval with 12 to 14 degrees banking in the turns. The frontstretch is 1,075 feet with 10 degrees banking; the backstretch is 869 feet with 4 degrees banking.

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2 -- Place of finish in last year's race for James Buescher, who is fourth in series points (32 behind the leader, Johnny Sauter) despite competing in one less race. Had Buescher not DNQ'd at Phoenix and finished at his season average of 10th, he would have a two-point lead in the standings.

3 -- Drivers who have scored top-10 finishes in both Truck races at Iowa: Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter and Mike Skinner. Sauter is the only one to post top-fives in both races; Crafton finished in the top six in both. Skinner, the inaugural winner, is not entered in this week's race.

22 -- Victories on short tracks for Ron Hornaday, most of any driver. Hornaday also is the series leader with 54 top-fives and an 8.27 average finish in his 101 short-track starts. He is the active leader in poles (10) and top-10s (72). Hornaday finished fourth at Iowa in 2009, but wrecked in last year's race and came home 24th despite finishing the race without a hood.

160 -- Consecutive Truck Series starts for Todd Bodine, dating to Daytona 2005. Bodine's streak was in jeopardy due to lack of sponsorship for the No. 30 Toyota (he was not on the preliminary entry list); however, a deal eventually was reached to put Bodine in the No. 5 Toyota at Iowa. He has finished 19th and 17th in his two starts there.

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187 -- Laps led by Austin Dillon in last year's race. Dillon started on the pole and led the first 106 laps and closed the race by leading the final 52 laps in scoring his first career victory.

Side note: Dillon became the fourth driver to win his first series race in the No. 3 truck: Mike Skinner ( 1995) and Jay Sauter (1997) for Richard Childress Racing; Bryan Reffner (2000) for Team Menard. Dillon's victory for RCR marked the first time a black No. 3 had won in any series since Dale Earnhardt.

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