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By the Numbers: Track records set at New Hampshire, Kentucky

September 21, 2012, , NASCAR.com

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67 -- Richard Childress turns 67 on Sept. 21, date of the Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway where his grandson Ty Dillon made his debut last fall. Dillon, who last week took over the points lead for the first time in his career, finished third in the 2012 UNOH 225 at Kentucky in July.

6 -- The 2012 Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky in June set six track records for fastest race (151.623 mph), fewest cautions (2), caution laps (12), most laps led by a driver (192), largest margin of victory (9.828 seconds) and cars finishing on the lead lap (8).

8 -- Eight Chase drivers have won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (3), Jimmie Johnson (3), Tony Stewart (3), Clint Bowyer (2), Greg Biffle (1), Denny Hamlin (1), Kevin Harvick (1) and Kasey Kahne (1).

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6 -- Six times the driver who won at Kentucky went on to win the championship that season: Greg Biffle (2000), Mike Bliss (2002), Bobby Hamilton (2004), Johnny Benson (2008), Ron Hornaday (2009) and Todd Bodine (2010). James Buescher, who is third in points, 11 out, won at Kentucky in July.

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3 -- There have been three green-white-checkered finishes at Kentucky, but only one in the past eight races. The first two G-W-C finishes, in 2004 and '05, are the only races in which the driver leading with 10 laps remaining didn't win. The 2004 race is the only G-W-C finish in which the driver leading at the end of the schedule distance didn't win: Bobby Hamilton passed Jack Sprague one lap into the three-lap overtime.

10 -- Ten of the 14 races at Kentucky have been won from a top-five starting position. Three others have been won from 14th or worse. Ron Hornaday, the only driver to win at Kentucky from the pole (2009), also holds the mark for the worst starting position (22nd) of a winner (2006).

22-3-2 -- At 22 years, 3 months and 2 days, James Buescher earlier this year became the youngest winner in series history at Kentucky. He's just the third driver less than 30 years old to win there.

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4 -- Matt Crafton finished fourth at Kentucky in July, his fourth top-five at Kentucky and eighth top-10 in the past 11 races there. Crafton has nine top-10s in the past 10 races this season.

5 -- After posting seven top-fives, nine top-10s and a worst finish of 11th in the first 10 races, Timothy Peters has only one top-10 -- a win at Bristol -- in the past five races and his 19th-place finish last week at Iowa -- his second-worst of the season -- dropped him from the points lead; he is eight points back. Peters finished fifth at Kentucky in July, just his third top-10 in eight starts there.

7 -- There have been seven cautions in the past three races at Kentucky and in four of the past five events. In fact, there have been seven cautions in a Kentucky race seven times. The most cautions at Kentucky is nine, in the 2000 inaugural; the fewest is three, in 2002.

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4 -- Four of the past five races at Kentucky have been won from the pole and seven of the past 10 have been won from the front row. Kevin Harvick won the 2001 inaugural from the 11th starting spot; no race since has been won from a starting position worse than sixth. The average starting position of the race winner at Kentucky is 3.3, the second-lowest average start among all 50 tracks at which the series has competed. The only track with a lower average start of the race winner is Gresham Motorsports Park with a 1.7, but the series only competed there three times.

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3 -- Michael Annett has three top-10s in four starts at Kentucky, including his first career top-10 -- a seventh-place finish in 2009 -- and first career top-five -- a fourth-place showing in June.

4 -- Four drivers have posted their first career win at Kentucky: David Gilliland (2006), Stephen Leicht ('07), Joey Logano ('08) and Austin Dillon (June '12). Kentucky is tied for the largest percentage (33.3) of first-time winners among active tracks with Road America, which has one in three races.

25 -- All but three of the 12 races at Kentucky have been won by drivers age 25 or younger. The three exceptions: Todd Bodine (38) in 2002; David Gilliland (30) in '06; and Brad Keselowski (27) in '11.

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4 -- Points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has won four of the first seven races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2012, the most wins in the first seven races on 1.5-mile tracks in series history. The most 1.5-mile track wins in a season is five, by Kyle Busch in 2008. Stenhouse posted his first career top-10 at Kentucky with a ninth-place finish in 2009; he has three top-10s in as many starts there with a best of eight earlier this year. Starting with the return to Kentucky, five of the last seven races of the 2012 season are on 1.5-mile tracks.

112 -- The June race at Kentucky had a green-flag stretch of 112 laps, the longest in the track's 12-race series history by more than 25 laps. Every race at Kentucky has had at least one green-flag stretch of at least 47 laps; five of the past six races have had at least one green stretch of at least 62 laps.

151.643 -- Austin Dillon set a track record in the 2012 Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky in June with a speed of 151.643 mph. Dillon started from the pole and led 192 of 200 laps in a race that took 1:58:42 to complete. It is the fourth-most dominate performance by a driver getting his first win in series history, behind Dale Jarrett, who led all 150 laps in his win at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C., in Aug. 1986; Morgan Shepherd, who led all but two laps in his win at Hickory (N.C.) Speedway in May 1982; and Ryan Newman, who led all but six in his win at Michigan in Aug. 2001. Dillon led 30 more laps in June than any other driver had led there in a single race.

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13 -- The 12 drivers in this year's Chase all finished among the top 13 in the 2012 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire in July: 1. Kasey Kahne; 2. Denny Hamlin; 3. Clint Bowyer; 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.; 5. Brad Keselowski; 6. Jeff Gordon; 7. Jimmie Johnson; 8. Kevin Harvick; 9. Greg Biffle; 11. Martin Truex Jr.; 12. Tony Stewart; 13. Matt Kenseth. The only non-Chaser with a top-13 finish was 10th-place Ryan Newman.

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3 -- Carl Edwards has only three top-10s in 16 races at New Hampshire, the fewest at any track with that many starts.

3 -- The July race at New Hampshire had three cautions, the second consecutive race with just three yellows and one short of the track record, but there were 11 DNFs, the most since the record 13 in the September 2000 race. None of the DNFs were for accidents. The breakdown: brakes (4), vibration (4), engines (3).

15 -- There were 15 leaders in last year's Chase race at New Hampshire, tying the track record first set in July 1996. Five drivers led 43 or more laps. Tony Stewart led two laps, tied with Jeff Burton (July 1999) for the fewest of any winner there.

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1 -- Only one crew chief has more than one win in the past 14 races at New Hampshire: Alan Gustafson, with Kyle Busch in July 2006 and Mark Martin in September '09.

50 -- The final green-flag stretch has been more than 50 laps in the past four races at New Hampshire; the green stretch in last September's race was 123 laps, the longest final stretch. The longest green stretch is 200 laps, in June 2010.

99 -- It's been 99 races since Mark Martin last won, at New Hampshire in September 2009 when he became the oldest winner in track history at 50 years, 8 months, 11 days. Martin is not entered in this week's race; the No. 55 car will be driven by Brian Vickers, who is the youngest pole winner at NHMS, at 21 years, 8 months, 22 days in July 2005.

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