News & Media

By the Numbers: Iowa and NHMS have both parity and rarity

July 13, 2012, ,

For Starters

5 -- The American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway (seven-eighths mile) marks the second of five Camping World Truck Series races in 2012 to be held on a short track. In the series' inaugural season of 1995, 15 of the 20 races were on short tracks.

0 -- There has never been a Nationwide/Cup weekend sweep at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


Breakout Number

6 -- ThorSport Racing has six top-six finishes at Iowa, with Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter accounting for three each. Crafton, the defending Iowa winner, has the best average finish among drivers with more than one start there (3.3). Sauter is the only driver to post a top-five in all three races, including a runner-up finish in 2010. Dakoda Armstrong, who also drives for ThorSport, made his series debut last year at Iowa; he finished 21st.


Track Tidbits

1 -- Todd Bodine and Ron Hornaday, each of who has two series championships in the past six years, have one lead-lap finish apiece in their three starts. Bodine finished 10th last year, his only top-10; his average finish is 15.3; Hornaday finished fourth in the inaugural Iowa race, no better than 19th since; his average finish is 15.7.

5.0 -- The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing truck has a 5.0 average finish at Iowa. All three races were driven by Austin Dillon, who scored his first series win there in 2010. Current No. 3 driver Ty Dillon led 193 of 200 laps in winning the ARCA Series race at Iowa last year. Dillon has posted top-10s in all eight races this season.

22 -- Parker Kligerman finished 22nd in his first Truck start at Iowa last year, his worst series result in races in which he has been running at the finish (he has five DNFs in 34 starts). Kligerman won the 2009 ARCA race at Iowa.

Recent Trends

2 -- James Buescher is the only driver through the first eight races with two wins. Before his win in the most recent race at Kentucky, the seven different winners in the first seven races set a series record. Buescher has posted top-10s in two of his three starts at Iowa, including a fifth-place finish in 2010.

13 -- Points leader Timothy Peters has finished on the lead lap in the past 13 races dating to last season, the longest current streak. Peters has two lead-lap finishes at Iowa with one DNF (engine). Peters leads all drivers in 2012 with five top-fives; his best finish at Iowa is eight, in the 2009 inaugural.

154 -- It has been 154 races since David Starr won a Truck Series race, dating to April 2006 at Martinsville. Starr has two top-10s at Iowa, finishing 10th and ninth in the past two races.


Breakout Number

5 -- Joe Gibbs Racing is going for its fifth consecutive win at New Hampshire; a team has won at least five in a row at one track five times in series history, including twice previously by JGR. Gibbs will try to accomplish the feat again with two drivers: Brian Scott (No. 11 car) and Ryan Truex (No. 18). Scott's best finish in two NHMS starts is 17th; Truex has never made an NNS start at New Hampshire, but has two K&N Pro Series East wins there and has never finished worse than third in four starts.


Track Tidbits

3 -- Kyle Busch has won the past three races at New Hampshire and is the only repeat winner there in the series' 25-race history at the track. Busch, who drove Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 to those victories, is making just his ninth start of the season in his Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 54, and still searching his first win. This is his third chance to win four consecutive races at a track in 2012; he finished 17th at Bristol and eighth Fontana.

7 -- Seven of the past eight races at New Hampshire have been won by full-time Cup drivers; the lone exception was Martin Truex Jr. in 2005. Prior to Matt Kenseth's victory in 2004, only one race at NHMS had been won by a Cup regular: Derrike Cope in 1994. Rick Mast, who won the fall race at New Hampshire in its inaugural year of 1990 -- the track hosted two races a year for its first three years -- competed in 20 of 29 Cup races that season.

653 -- Kevin Harvick's 653 laps led at New Hampshire are more than twice than that of any other driver. He has led the most laps in the most races (five of his 11 starts there), including 166 in his 2007 victory. He also holds the track mark for most laps led by a non-winner: 165; he finished second to Jason Keller. Harvick is also the NHMS leader in poles (3), top-fives (8), top-10s (10) and lead-lap finishes (10).

Recent Trends

2 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has two poles in 2012; he's the only Ford driver to win a pole. A Ford driver has never won the pole at New Hampshire in the 22 races with time trials. Stenhouse has a 12.0 average start in two races at NHMS.

7 -- The driver leading the most laps has won only seven of the 16 races this season but went on to win four of the past five. The driver leading the most laps has failed to win six of the past nine races at New Hampshire but has won three of the past five.

15 -- Fifteen races this year -- every one since the season opener at Daytona -- have been won from a top-10 starting position, including three from the pole. Twelve of the past 13 races at New Hampshire have been won from a top-10 starting position, including seven from the first two rows but only two from the pole, most recently by Kevin Harvick in 2007.


Breakout Number

2 -- Two drivers have made both their first series start and scored their first series win at New Hampshire: Joe Nemechek and Joey Logano. Nemechek made his first start in July 1993, as did Jeff Burton (the inaugural race at NHMS); Nemechek finished 36th. He won his first race in September 1999. Nemechek, Burton, Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte are the only drivers who have competed in all 34 races. Logano made his first start in September 2008 and finished 32nd. He won his first race in June 2009.


Track Tidbits

1-2 -- Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart started and finished 1-2 in last year's summer race at New Hampshire. It marked the first time since the 1989 Daytona 500 that the same two teammates started and finished 1-2 and the first since 1957 that two teammates started and finished 1-2 in the same order.

2 -- Clint Bowyer is the only repeat winner in the past 12 races at New Hampshire, winning two of the past nine, including his first Cup victory in September 2007. He finished 17th and 26th in the two races last year despite both times being the driver passed for the final lead change. Ryan Newman led the final 72 laps in the summer race; Bowyer ran out of fuel as the leader with two laps to go in the fall race.

2 -- Two drivers share the record for most and fewest laps led by a race winner at New Hampshire. Jeff Burton led all 300 laps in a plate race in September 2000; Stewart holds the mark for most laps led in a non-plate race: 232 in July 2000. Both Burton (July 1999) and Stewart (September 2011) hold the mark for fewest laps led with two. Stewart won by more than 7 seconds by stretching his fuel.

Recent Trends

3 -- The final lead change at New Hampshire has taken place with two laps to go in three of the past four races: Clint Bowyer passed Tony Stewart in September 2010 when Stewart ran out of fuel; in September 2011, Stewart passed Bowyer when Bowyer ran out of fuel. In another eventful finish, Jimmie Johnson nudged Kurt Busch with two to go in June 2010. In all, the final lead change at NHMS has occurred with two laps to go five times. There has never been a last-lap pass.

6 -- Jeff Gordon has only two top-five finishes this season (no wins). He has seven top-five finishes in the past 11 races at New Hampshire but he has not won there in the past 26 races; his three wins were in the first eight races. He has finished second five times since his last victory in August 1998, most recently in June 2009.

7 -- Seven different drivers have won the past seven races of the season; eight different drivers have won the past eight races at New Hampshire. So far, there have been 12 different winners in 2012; there were 12 different winners through the first 18 races of 2011. There were 18 different race winners last season, which tied 2002 for second most different winners in the modern era behind 19 in 2001.

©Racing Resources and Services -- Statistics ©Racing Recall®