Analyzing The G-Oil 100 At New Hampshire Motor Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the G-Oil 100 on Saturday, Sept. 18 in Loudon, N.H. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:
Loudon Race Setup
• Points leader Brett Moffitt is the defending winner of this race and has an active streak of five-consecutive top-five finishes at NHMS.
• A three-time winner at NHMS, Eddie MacDonald enters this race with an active streak of nine-consecutive top-10 finishes at his home track.
• Second in points, Kyle Larson will make his NHMS debut this week. In four previous starts this year at national series tracks the rookie has an average finish of fifth.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
• Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway was Aug. 13, 1989.
• The official opening was June 5, 1990 and the first NASCAR event was a NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 15, 1990 in which NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers competed in combination.
• The first NKNPS East stand-alone race was held on Sept. 2, 1990.
• The track was renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2008.
• The largest racing oval – and the largest sports facility overall – in New England.
• There have been 56 stand-alone NKNPS East races at NHMS, more than any other track.
• There have been 25 different race winners, led by Brad Leighton’s eight.
• There have been 29 different pole winners, led by Kelly Moore’s six.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data
Race: #11 of 14
Track Layout: 1.058-mile asphalt oval
• Race Length: 100 laps (105.8 miles)
• Banking/Corners: 2-7 degrees
2011 pole winner: Darrell Wallace Jr.
2011 race winner: Brett Moffitt
Track qualifying record: Darrell Wallace Jr. (127.602 mph, 20.849 seconds, 9/23/11)
Active Series Career Leaders
1. Brett Moffitt … 9
2. Eddie MacDonald … 6
3. Dale Quarterley … 6
4. Darrell Wallace Jr. … 6
5. Corey LaJoie … 3
Sergio Peña … 3
1. Brett Moffitt … 7
2. Dale Quarterley … 4
3. Darrell Wallace Jr. … 3
4. Eddie MacDonald … 2
Cale Conley … 2
1. Dale Quarterley … 31
2. Eddie MacDonald … 28
3. Brett Moffitt … 28
4. Corey LaJoie … 13
Darrell Wallace Jr. … 13
1. Eddie MacDonald … 72
2. Dale Quarterley … 66
3. Brett Moffitt … 33
4. Darrell Wallace Jr. … 22
5. Corey LaJoie … 16
1. Eddie MacDonald … 19,841
2. Dale Quarterley … 18,589
3. John Salemi … 8.070
4. Brett Moffitt … 5,836
5. Ryan Gifford … 4,960
1. Brett Moffitt … 1,257
2. Dale Quarterley … 706
3. Eddie MacDonald … 668
4. Darrell Wallace Jr. … 542
5. Corey LaJoie … 382
Select Driver Highlights:
Cale Conley (No. 47 PMC/Health Bridge Imaging Toyota)
• Has a win, two poles and three top fives in 15 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career starts. Those top fives have come in his last three starts, including his first victory on July 21 at Columbus Motor Speedway.
• Earned his first career pole at Gresham Motorsports Park on June 9.
• Has finished 23rd in both of his previous starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Chase Elliott (No. 9 Aaron’s/HendrickCars.com Chevrolet)
• Has a win, a pole and 13 top 10s in 22 career NKNPS East starts. First victory came at Iowa Speedway on May 19 and first pole was earned at Langley Speedway on June 23.
• Has seven top 10s in 10 races this year and ranks third in points. Led the standings for five races earlier this year.
• Recorded finishes of 10th and 11th in his first two starts at NHMS during the 2011 season.
Brandon Gdovic (No. 46 Aquis Communications/ComServe Toyota)
• Has 11 top 10s in 21 career NKNPS East starts.
• Already has more top 10s this year (seven) than he had in his entire rookie season (four) a year ago.
• Finished fourth and ninth in his first two NHMS appearances as a rookie in 2011.
Ben Kennedy (No. 96 G-Oil Chevrolet)
• Has eight top 10s in 23 career NKNPS East starts. Seven of those top 10s have come this year.
• Ranks eighth in points through 10 events after he finished 13th in the 2011 final standings.
• Had an average finish of 24th in two appearances at NHMS last year.
Dylan Kwasniewski (No. 20 Royal Purple Toyota)
• Will attempt to make his third NKNPS East start of the season in his first appearance at NHMS.
• 2011 NKNPS West Sunoco Rookie of the year currently sits second in that series’ standings with three races left.
• Has four wins, five poles and 21 top 10s in 25 career NKNPS West starts.
Corey LaJoie (No. 07 Sims Metal Management Ford)
• Has a three wins, a pole and 13 top fives in 29 career starts. All three wins have come this year while his lone pole was earned in the Sept. 2011 race at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
• Nine of his 16 career top 10s have come at tracks in which NASCAR’s national series compete.
• Leads all competitors this year in wins with three and ranks fourth in the season points standings.
• Has three top 10s in five career NHMS starts with an average finish of 12th and a best result of third in July 2011.
Kyle Larson (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota)
• Earned his first NKNPS East victory at Gresham and has eight top 10s in his first 10 career races.
• Earned his first pole and led his first laps at Bowman Gray.
• Leads the Sunoco Rookie standings and has been the Sunoco Rookie of the Race four times.
• Ranks second in overall points, 20 behind Brett Moffitt.
• This will be his NHMS debut, but he has top 10s in each of his four races this year at national series tracks.
• Has finishes of 10th and sixth in two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this year.
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 72 top 10s in 154 career starts.
• Became the 16th driver in series history to reach 150 career starts in June at Gresham.
• Is tied with points leader Brett Moffitt for the most top-10 finishes among all competitors this year with nine.
• Has three wins, a pole, 11 top 10s and an average finish of 17th in 23 career starts at NHMS. He enters this race with a streak of nine-consecutive top 10s at the track.
Brett Moffitt (No. 11 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota)
• Has nine wins, seven poles, 21 podiums and 33 total top-10 finishes in 43 career starts. Is tied for 12th in NKNPS East history in both wins and poles.
• Has wins this year at Richmond and Clearfield, both from the pole, and also earned the pole in the first Iowa race.
• Leads the series this season in top fives (8), top 10s (tied, 9) and laps led (508). He’s led laps in six of 10 events.
• Has held the season points lead following the last three events.
• The defending winner of this race also has two poles and an average finish of seventh in six career starts at NHMS. He enters this race with a streak of five-consecutive top fives at the track, including three-straight podium finishes.
• Finished ninth in August at Iowa in his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut.
Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Toyota Racing Development Toyota)
• Has six top 10s through his first 10 NKNPS East races with a best result of third at Bowman Gray.
• Ranks sixth overall and second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings to teammate Kyle Larson.
• This will be his NHMS debut.
Travis Pastrana (No. 99 iRacing Toyota)
• Has three top 10s in 10 NKNPS East starts with a best result of fourth in the May combo race at Iowa.
• Finished 20th at NHMS in July 2011, his only previous NKNPS East appearance at the track.
• Has made nine NNS appearances this year with an average finish of 21st. His only DNF in those nine races came at NHMS in July.
Sergio Peña (No. 1 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota)
• Has three wins and 16 top 10s in 32 career NKNPS East starts.
• Recorded his best finish of this season last time out at Iowa, third.
• Has an average finish of 10th and a best result of second in four career starts at NHMS.
Daniel Suárez (No. 14 Telcel/Finsa/Roca Acero Toyota)
• Has six top 10s in 15 career NKNPS East starts with a best result of fifth on two occasions.
• Has finishes of seventh and eighth in two career appearances at NHMS.
• Is a two-time winner in Mexico’s NASCAR Toyota Series this year, where he is the points leader after 11 of 14 races.
Darrell Wallace Jr. (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
• Has six wins, three poles, 11 podium finishes and 22 total top 10s in 32 career NKNPS East starts.
• Has three top 10s in four career starts at NHMS with a best result of third on two occasions.
• Is the NKNPS East track qualifying record holder at NHMS, set in this event last year.
• Has finishes of ninth, seventh and 10th in his first three NNS starts. His next scheduled NNS appearance will be at Dover International Speedway.
Up to Speed:
• The 2012 season is the 26th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2012 schedule features 14 races at 12 different tracks across 10 states.
• The NKNPS East season opened with the inaugural series event Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. made a spot-start in the event and won from the pole.
• Darrell Wallace Jr. led all but one lap in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway on March 31. There was no pole winner as qualifying was rained out.
• Brett Moffitt dominated the action at Richmond International Raceway on April 26 as both the pole and race winner.
• Moffitt won his second pole in a row, and was poised for back-to-back wins as well, but Chase Elliott gained his first NKNPS East victory on May 19 at Iowa Speedway.
• Corey LaJoie captured his first NKNPS East victory in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 at Bowman Gray Stadium on June 2. Rookie Kyle Larson earned his first pole prior to the event.
• Larson followed his first pole with his first race victory on June 9 at Gresham Motorsports Park. Cale Conley was also a first-time pole winner in the event.
• LaJoie took his second checkered flag of the season at Langley Speedway on June 23. Prior to the race, Elliott set the K&N Pro Series East mark as the youngest pole winner in series history.
• At CNB Bank Raceway Park on July 14, Moffitt took the pole and led wire-to-wire for his ninth career triumph. Moffitt also took the points lead from Elliott, who had held it since his Iowa win.
• Ben Kennedy earned his first pole, but Conley led wire-to-wire for his first win on July 21 at Columbus Motor Speedway.
• In the second combo race with the NKNPS West at Iowa on Aug. 3, LaJoie returned to Victory Lane for the third time after Conley secured his second pole.
• Following the G-Oil 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway the NKNPS East will return to action on Sept. 28 at Dover International Speedway.
Sources: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR NKNPS East PR