Thursday, September 29, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Citizen Soldier 400 AKA Round 2 Closer

Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Bristol Raceway • Martinsville Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway •  Richmond International Raceway
Distance: 1 mile

by Carol D'Agostino

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Kyle Busch - 5
All with 4 - Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano 
Both with 3 - Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick

By Track
Both with 7 - Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano
All with 6 - Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth
All with 5 - Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr.  

Recent Pole Winners:
2015 Rained Out
2014 Kevin Harvick
2013 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Last Year's Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

The Likely Suspects: Tighten those belts fans, this race should be an interesting ride. If it's anything like the first two races in this Chase round, the racing should be both chaotic and nail-biting. Oh, and did I mention that things are always a bit chaotic at Dover?  Look for these drivers to run well this weekend: Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenneth, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick is last week's race winner and last year's Dover race winner, Kevin Harvick. Jimmie Johnson is always a good bet at Dover, so I will also go with him. If you don't have any Johnson starts left or you are feeling like the No. 48 team has lost its golden horseshoe, then go with Matt Kenseth instead.

My next picks are: Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman. If I had a Martin Truex Jr. start left I would pick him instead of Stenhouse Jr. I'll round out my team with Jeff Gordon and Ryan Blaney.  

My Final Four: Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray and Jeff Gordon.

Points to Ponder:
  • Over the past three years, Kevin Harvick has had the best loop data driver rating at Dover International Speedway and has led the most laps with 310.    
  • Chase Elliott has the best three-year average finish at Dover with 3.0.
  • Jimmie Johnson has the most wins at Dover with 10.
This weekend Beth Reinke and I will be doing race coverage at Dover. Check back throughout the weekend for articles and photos. Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or follow me on Twitter at @purplecatpr.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Rookie Stripe: Fuel for Speed -- NASCAR Gasoline

Credit: Logan Stewart for Skirts and Scuffs
by Logan Stewart

I have a little red Prius. She’s six years old and takes unleaded gas. I’ve never named her, though I thought about it a few times. At the gas station, I pull out my credit card and fill her up to her capacity of nine gallons, which usually lasts me almost two weeks, if I’m careful.

Back when I was still learning about NASCAR, I noticed that race cars go through a lot of fuel. So I thought, Stock cars probably run on the same unleaded fuel as my red Prius, right?

Not exactly. Let's put on the brakes and focus on racing fuel.

First-Class Fuels

Sunoco® has been the official fuel of NASCAR since 2004 and is the exclusive gasoline for the three top series -- Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. Estimates vary, but around 5,000 gallons are needed to fuel the Daytona 500, or as much as 450,000 gallons of Sunoco racing fuel in a season for all three series combined. Race teams use Sunoco Green E15, actually green in color, and made specifically for high-performance race engines. According to Sunoco's website, the gasoline is a 98 octane fuel blend and contains 15 percent ethanol by weight to keep moisture out of both gas cans and race cars. The fuel is made at Sunoco’s facility in Pennsylvania and transported cross-country by tanker to every NASCAR race.

Credit: Logan Stewart for Skirts and Scuffs
"So how do you make horsepower with racing fuel? Remember the "O" words -- octane and oxygenates. Basically the more fuel and air mixture you can push through an internal combustion engine, along with higher RPM's and a higher compression ratio, then the more horsepower you can generate with it." – Whitfield Oil Company, Sonoco distributor 

High-Octane Handlers

As high-powered as Sunoco racing fuel is, you’ll find some of NASCAR’s most powerful athletes handling it. Gas men, part of the six-man over the wall pit crew, are some of the largest and strongest on the teams. On race days, gas tanks are filled an hour or so prior to the race and put in a staging area in each pit box. Gas runners get the fuel from a fuel distribution area in the infield, which is close to pit road and staffed by Sunoco crew members.

Credit: Logan Stewart for Skirts and Scuffs
Gas dump cans weigh in around 90-plus pounds when full. During a pit stop, the gas man -- wearing fire retardant protective gear, apron and Nomex® head sock -- will hoist the 12-gallon dump cans over the wall, with the help of other crew members who stay behind the wall. Usually a team will use up to two full cans per pit stop. The gas man empties them into the car’s fuel cell in mere seconds, throwing the cans back over the wall when he’s done with each one. They are caught by pit support crew members, who put the cans on wheeled carts and run them back to the Sunoco fuel station.

Credit: Logan Stewart for Skirts and Scuffs
During a pit stop, fueling the car happens in about 12 seconds. In that amount of time, my red Prius and I are probably still sitting at the gas station.

Want to learn more?
For a quick video on the No. 14 team's gas man:
Smokin’ Aces: Life as a NASCAR Gas Man
Read about how teams figure out fuel mileage on When Fuel is All that Matters

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Travel Tips: Dover International Speedway – Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016

credit: NASCAR Media
Race No. 3 in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup sees the stars heading to Dover International Speedway in Delaware for the Citizen Soldier 400 weekend, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Also on the schedule for the weekend: the Xfinity Series and the K&N Pro Series East.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, the NASCAR Hauler Parade begins at the Legislative Mall in downtown Dover at 5 p.m. ET. Sprint Cup Series haulers will make their way through downtown Dover and end at the track at approximately 5:45 p.m. ET. Click here to find out more about the event.

Prior to Sunday’s Citizen Solider 400, country star Easton Corbin will perform a free pre-race concert on the Victory Plaza stage at 11 a.m. ET. Corbin will also perform the National Anthem before the race.

Key on-track times:

Friday, Sept. 30 –
  • K&N Pro Series East practice – 8 and 9:10 a.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – 10 a.m.  ET
  • Xfinity Series practice – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET
  • K&N Pro Series East qualifying – 12:35 p.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Series qualifying – 3:40 p.m. ET
  • K&N Pro Series East race – 5 p.m. ET
Saturday, Oct. 1 –
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Xfinity Series qualifying – 11:45 a.m. ET
  • Xfinity Series Drive Sober 200 – 3 p.m. ET
Sunday, Oct. 2 –
  • Sprint Cup Series Citizen Soldier 400 – 2 p.m. ET
Find out more about the race and purchase tickets at

Fast Facts Redux: Ty Dillon

Ty Dillon at Darlington, Sept. 2016
credit: Charlotte Bray/Skirts & Scuffs
Ty Dillon, driver of Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in the Xfinity Series, has qualified for the inaugural Xfinity Series Chase for the Championship, following a season of 14 top-10 finishes in the regular season. Learn more about this third-generation driver in this week’s Fast Facts, originally published in Aug. 2012.
  • Tyler Dillon was born Feb. 27, 1992 in Lewisville, NC. He is the grandson of Richard Childress, son of Mike Dillon (former Busch Series driver and current general manager for RCR) and brother of Cup Series driver Austin Dillon.
  • Ty Dillon began his racing career in Bandoleros, moving up to the K&N Pro Series East in 2009. In 2010, Dillon spent time in the K&N Pro Series East and the ARCA Racing Series, winning in the K&N Series at Gresham Motorsports Park and twice in ARCA competition, at Kansas Speedway and Rockingham Speedway.
  • Dillon moved to the ARCA Racing Series full-time in 2011. He won seven times and took home the championship in the series, but lost the Rookie of the Year battle to Chris Buescher by two points.
  • After making his Truck Series debut in 2011, Dillon moved to the series full time in 2012, taking over his brother’s championship-winning ride from 2011, winning at Atlanta and winning Rookie of the Year. In 2013, he won at Kentucky and finished second in points.
  • After making his debut in the series in 2012, Dillon moved to the Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series full time in 2014, once again replacing brother Austin. He won the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2014, and finished second to Chase Elliott in the Rookie of the Year battle. In 2015, he finished third in points without a win.
  • Dillon made his Cup Series debut at Atlanta in 2014, finishing 25th. In addition to RCR, he has also raced for Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing (replacing an injured Tony Stewart) and Tommy Baldwin Racing on a limited basis.
  • Dillon married the former Haley Carey on Dec. 20, 2014.
  • Find out more about Ty Dillon at

Monday, September 26, 2016

Travel Tips: Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Oct. 1, 2016

credit: NASCAR Media
The Camping World Truck Series makes a stand-alone appearance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Saturday, Oct. 1, for the DC Solar 350.

The second annual Show and Shine Car Show will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. PT in the Fan Engagement Area, with awards being handed out from 3-4 p.m. PT. There will also be a drivers’ autograph session in the Fan Engagement Area at 12:30 p.m. PT.

Key on-track times:
  • Camping World Truck Series practice – 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. PT
  • Camping World Truck Series qualifying – 3:10 p.m. PT
  • Camping World Truck DC Solar 350 – 5:30 p.m. PT
For more information on race day and to purchase tickets, visit

Right Sides Only: Notes from the Bad Boy Off Road 300 Winning Crew Chief, Rodney Childers

by Stacey Owens

"You have to believe that you can win or you're not going to do it." That's the sentiment that crew chief Rodney Childers brought to the track this weekend, and it just may be a big part of Kevin Harvick's victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The No. 4 team struggled during the opening race of The Chase last week at Chicagoland Speedway. Without a solid performance this week, Harvick was in danger of not advancing to the Round of 12. As it turns out, there's no cause for concern. With the win, the No. 4 team has secured a spot in that next round.

Childers was asked after the race about that need for something monumental to happen, especially given the issues Harvick had in Chicago.

"You know, the attitude in every morning meeting with the 4 team this week was the different attitude. The attitude when we got here to the racetrack, you have to believe that you can win or you're not going to do it. We felt like we brought a good car here and thought that we could pull off the victory if we did everything right, and it just really came down to doing everything right. It's not always going to be that way, but he [Harvick] definitely steps up to the table, and all my guys do, also, and I think it just works out," Childers said.

Combined with Harvick's ability to close when it counts, Childers had some decisions to make, too. Following a long green run at the beginning of the race, Childers' strategy finally had a chance to shine.

Credit: Charlotte Bray for Skirts and Scuffs
"Well, I figured it would go pretty long there at the beginning, and I thought our car was really good on the long run yesterday, and I thought that would work to our advantage, and it did in a way. He was able to drive his way up through there a good ways. But we got to the point where the car was kind of going away and it wasn't turning the way it needed to. I think the racetrack almost came to us a little bit. The car actually ended up getting loose later on.
"But overall, it was a smooth day. I'll be honest with you; not only is the Chase stressful and this format stressful, but racing here is stressful. I used to hate coming here, and then we won here with Brian a few years back, and I've loved it ever since, especially coming here with him. It makes it a lot more fun.
Credit: Charlotte Bray for Skirts and Scuffs
"But you never know what the right thing is. We stayed out a few years ago, and Joey pitted and put four tires on and drove by all of us like we were sitting still. Sometimes you win it by staying out and sometimes you win it by putting tires on, and we talked about it the other day, and we thought tires were the way to go, and then I stayed out and it didn't look like it was going the way I wanted it to, and I thought I gave it away. It really came down to being in the right spot at the right time and him making it happen on the restart," Childers explained.

It helped, of course, that the team brought a great car to the track.

"We had a good car all weekend, and we kept working on it as the day went, and I could kind of tell by looking at our roof camera that we were starting to get a little more even with those guys watching the lap times. I felt like if we could ever get on that front row and have clean air on the nose, we would be in pretty good shape. He did a great job on that last restart and got us in great position," Childers said.

The team is definitely in pretty good shape. Harvick and Childers will no doubt push for another great finish at Dover, but the pressure is off  at least for one more week.


     Stacey Owens lives just outside Music City USA. She's always wanted to be a NASCAR writer, so working as a columnist and support editor for Skirts and Scuffs allows her to live that dream every single weekend.
    The sole NASCAR enthusiast in her home, she's hopeful that one of her three daughters might also harbor an appreciation for NASCAR, but it isn't looking good so far.
    This self-admitted grammar nerd also loves country music, though she can't carry a tune; collegiate football, though she needs a lot of work on her spiral; and Kentucky basketball, even though at 6' tall, she's never played a day in her life.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Caution Clock Chaos: William Byron dominates first race of the CWTS Chase

William Byron celebrates after winning the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Credit: Rainer Ehrhardt 
by Courtney Horn

William Byron dominated at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and became the first Camping World Truck Series driver to secure a position in the inaugural Chase, Round of 6.

Byron lead 161 of 175 laps to secure his sixth victory of the 2016 season. He held a three-second lead for majority of the evening, but won by a 0.446 second margin of victory ahead of teammate Christopher Bell.

“We had a great truck all weekend," Byron said. "We were fortunate enough to test here a couple months ago and came with the right mindset on what changes to make. [We] just executed today, which was really good to see. Just proud of this whole KBM team and Liberty University.”

While Byron cruised to victory, many Chase drivers saw misfortune throughout the UNOH 175.

Brad Keselowski Racing’s Daniel Hemric spun on Lap 25 because of a cut tire that caught on fire, too. Hemric suffered a broken brake line, and returned after repairs to finish 28th. Hemric sits last in the Chase standings, 21 points behind the next round cutoff position.

John Hunter Nemechek was fighting for position with the No. 24 of Kaz Grala before he spun going into the corner. Nemechek battled back for a top 10, finishing ninth.

When Nemechek's No. 8 Chevy spun, Byron lost the lead under the caution, but regained it 15 laps later and held it for the remainder of the event. Byron holds the Chase standings lead by 16 points over two-time CWTS Champion, Matt Crafton.

A Look Forward to the Chase

The Camping World Truck Series heads to Las Vegas for the second race of the Chase. John Wes Townley earned his first series win a year ago at the track after leading 23 laps.

Five current Chase contenders (Peters, Kennedy, Nemechek, Hemric and Crafton) earned top-10 finishes at Las Vegas last season and will be looking for a victory to secure themselves into the next round of the inaugural Chase.

Catch Byron and the other seven Chase contenders as they battle it out at Vegas on Oct. 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Judgment Day: Five Questions for New Hampshire and Kentucky

Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images
It’s all about the Chase, baby.

While we tend to focus on the overly-entertaining Sprint Cup Series, the two lower series have battles brewing, and they need a little love, too.

Chase season is officially underway, and there’s no telling what will happen next. Who emerges as a title favorite in the first playoff race for the Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series? Are there non-Chasers in Cup that will shake things up? This sport is full of storylines, but will any of them come to fruition?

You can’t really predict these things – but that won't stop me from trying. Here’s this week’s edition of Five Questions.

Is Byron the title favorite? The NCWTS is preparing for battle, with a stacked field of eight fighting for the title. At the top of the Chase Grid is William Byron, the young Kyle Busch Motorsports wheelman who nearly has Rookie of the Year locked up. He came in and tore apart the competition during the regular season. As he enters the Chase as the top seed, many expect him to be the one to beat. That’s great and all, but is his success sustainable for the long haul? Yes, but it won’t be easy to cultivate; the other seven contenders are there for a reason, you know. Matt Crafton is right on his heels, and he knows how to win a title. You have other young guns that are just as hungry. Teammate Christopher Bell has the same speed and driving style, while John Hunter Nemechek has an undeniable on-track ferocity. Byron might be the favorite, but you can’t give him the championship just yet.

With Kentucky as the Chase opener, can Xfinity find its groove? The Xfinity Series Chase also kicks off this weekend, and it will definitely stand out. While Trucks and Sprint Cup head to New Hampshire, Xfinity takes center stage in Kentucky. The field of 12 races Saturday night in a bluegrass battle – or will they? It is hard to predict because the series hasn’t been up to par. Since Elliott Sadler’s win at Darlington Raceway, it seems like the series regulars are going through the motions and not creating much drama. Things should ramp up this weekend, especially with Kentucky’s surface. Many drivers were playing it safe, trying to keep their Chase slots. Now that fear is gone, and it's time to focus on that championship. Hard racing will be abundant this weekend. Only one Cup driver, Ryan Blaney, is slated to do double duty, and many low-seeded Chase contenders are ready to prove they are in the championship fight for a reason. Brennan Poole is fantastic at Kentucky, while Brendan Gaughan wants to prove he’s not retiring for a reason. Once the Chase starts, we’ll see it was worth watching drivers play it safe.

When the going gets tough, who gets going? The Sprint Cup Series started their Chase last week, and it didn’t go well for a few drivers. Kevin Harvick had a terrible race; he started from the back, and failed to get better. He finished 20th, a bit off from the “raging bull” mentality he claimed to use for the 10-race playoff. Jimmie Johnson faltered as well, leading plenty of laps yet committing a speeding penalty in the race’s late stages. Other drivers who didn’t do so hot include Chris Buescher, Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon. Can anyone in this group recover in New England? Harvick has the best shot, considering his solid record at Loudon – one victory, eight top fives, and 16 top 10s. Long story short, he’s good. Johnson boasts strong stats as well, wielding three wins, 10 top fives, and 19 top 10s. A recovery is in the cards. However, the other three have a challenge on their hands. Out of that trio, Larson has the most momentum and team unity at this point. His first win pushed him forward, as if solidifying his status as a Cup driver. He drives with more confidence, and that’s not good for everyone else. Sometimes adversity propels people forward – yet only a few know how to do it correctly.

Can non-Chasers disrupt the flow in Sprint Cup? Spoiler alert: there are more than just 16 cars participating in the next 10 races. That became apparent last weekend when three non-Chase drivers – Blaney, Kasey Kahne and Alex Bowman – infiltrated the top 10. Just look at that group. Blaney was in the running to make the Chase, and he has the speed and ability to capture a victory. Meanwhile, Kahne’s playoff chances were crushed at Richmond after a phenomenal run. Their team spent the entire regular season trying to get it right, and they might have hit on something. Bowman is the most impressive driver in this contingent, as he is going above and beyond his job of simply filling in for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He isn’t just keeping the seat warm, he’s auditioning for his next gig. He does a dang good job, too. These three have what it takes to break up the Chase party, so don’t be surprised to see their names in the top 10 – or even victory lane – sometime soon.

Did NASCAR just earn some credibility? NASCAR made changes to the post-race inspection protocol this week, sparked by Johnson and winner Martin Truex, Jr. failing the laser portion after Chicagoland. The sanctioning body adjusted the prerequisites for penalization, something other drivers complained about throughout the year. The immediate reaction from fans is that it was too late, and the constant corrections from NASCAR are both confusing and deterring. That’s how I felt, too – but then I stopped myself. The fact they admitted a mistake and made adjustments is a gleaming example of progress. It’s okay for them to mess up – it is a sport run by humans, and there’s bound to be lapses in judgment. For the first time in a while, they owned up to it. I see it as growth, and I hope the drivers, media, and fans do, too. Judgment Day came knocking at NASCAR’s door, and they shocked a lot of people. I approve.

TV Schedule: Sept. 23-25

New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images
NASCAR splits its time this weekend. The Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series converge on New Hampshire Motor Speedway while the XFINITY Series takes over Kentucky Speedway for a standalone event.

The following is handy guide to track events and television coverage at New Hampshire and Kentucky. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Friday, Sept. 23:
11:30 a.m. Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN
1:30 p.m. Camping World Truck Series practice, FS1
3:30 p.m. Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1
3:30 p.m. XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN
4:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, NBCSN
6 p.m. XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN
8:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Qualifying (re-air), NBCSN
10 p.m. XFINITY Series final practice (re-air), NBCSN

Saturday, Sept. 24:
9 a.m. Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC
10 a.m. Camping World Truck Series Qualifying, FS1
11:30 a.m. Sprint Cup Series final practice, CNBC
12:30 p.m. Camping World Truck Series SetUp, FS1
1 p.m. Camping World Truck Series: UNOH 175, FS1
4:30 p.m. XFINITY Series Qualifying, NBCSN
6 p.m., XFINITY Series Qualifying (re-air), NBCSN
7:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN
8 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series: 300, NBCSN

Sunday, Sept. 25:
11:30 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
1 p.m. NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN
1:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN
2 p.m. Sprint Cup Series: Bad Boy Off Road 300, NBCSN
5:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN
6 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN
11:30 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN
1 a.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1

Thursday, September 22, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: New England 300 at New Hampshire

Track Classification: Intermediate
Similar Tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway • Charlotte Motor Speedway • Chicagoland Speedway  Darlington Raceway • Homestead-Miami Speedway • Kansas Speedway •  Kentucky Speedway 
Las Vegas Motor Speedway • Texas Motor Speedway
Distance: 1.058 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Jimmie Johnson - 4
All with 3 - Brad Keselowski, Brian Vickers, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle,
Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards
All with 2 - Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman,
Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne

By Track
All with 6 - Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson
All with 5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Joey Logano
Both with 4 - Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards

Recent Pole Winners:  
2015 Carl Edwards
2014 Brad Keselowski

Last Year's Race Winner: Matt Kenseth

The Likely Suspects:  Penalties have been playing a critical role for race teams since Richmond. As the Chase moves to the "Magic Mile" the heat will be on. In order to move into the next round, drivers need to have a clean day in Richmond or they will be banking on Dover (no pun intended!) Look for these drivers to run well this weekend: Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin.

My 2 Cents: At this juncture in the season the tendency is to focus on Chasers for your fantasy picks. However, picking for bonus point likeliness or choosing a non-Chaser sleeper may get you more points in the long run.

My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth. My next choices are Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray. I'll round out my team with Cole Whitt and Ryan Blaney.

My Final Four: Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman and Ryan Blaney.

Points to Ponder:
  • Twenty drivers have Coors Light poles at New Hampshire, led by Ryan Newman with seven.
  • Four active drivers have multiple poles at Loudon: Ryan Newman (seven), Jeff Gordon (four), Brad Keselowski (three) and Kyle Busch (two).
  • Eight active drivers have multiple wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS): Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart (each have three); Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano (each have two). 
  • Three drivers have posted consecutive wins at NHMS: Jimmie Johnson (2003 sweep), Kurt Busch (2004 sweep) and Matt Kenseth (2015 fall, 2016 spring). 
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at New Hampshire with a 10.190. 
  • The Coors Light pole is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (five) than any other starting position at NHMS.   
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