If you’re Matt Kenseth you probably love New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
If you’re Kevin Harvick, you probably think the “Magic Mile” is anything but.
The magic has been with Kenseth since 2013. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has won at the 1.058-mile track three times since then, including the past two visits.
To get his second win there a year ago, he had to pass Kevin Harvick as the No. 4 ran out of gas with three laps left.
Harvick, who won at Loudon in 2006, has been passed for the win at NHMS in three of the past four visits. Harvick has led 379 laps in the last four visits, with none in July.
“I don’t think Loudon is really any different than any other racetrack,” Harvick said in a team release. “It’s just circumstances that can crop up at really any racetrack throughout the Chase. Any track can be a problem, and I don’t think Loudon is any different than the rest of them. If you’re having a bad day, you know it can result in a bad day. You just have to overcome that and try to get yourself out of the hole.”
Kenseth has led 206 laps beginning with his 2013 win.
Here’s a look at who’s hot and cold entering this weekend’s Bad Boy Off Road 300.
Denny Hamlin: Finished sixth at Chicagoland for his ninth consecutive top 10, the longest streak of his career. Two-time winner at New Hampshire, last came in this race in 2012. Finished second in this race last year and ninth in July.
Martin Truex Jr: Won at Chicagoland to advance to second round of Chase. Chicagoland win was his third straight top-three finish and second win in the last three races.
Brad Keselowski: Finished fifth at Chicagoland. Has finished in the top 10 in 14 of the last 18 races, including three wins. Top-five finishes in five of the last seven races. One win at New Hampshire (2014). Top-15 finishes in the last 10 races at New Hampshire, including seven top 10s. Finished 15th in July.
Joey Logano: Finished in the top 10 in 13 of the last 15 races, including top 10s in the last six. Won at Michigan in June. Two-time winner at New Hampshire, including September race in 2014. Finished top four in the last four races at New Hampshire.
Carl Edwards: Finished 15th at Chicagoland, his third straight finish of 15th or worse. Finished top 10 in only seven of last 18 races after having eight top 10s and two wins in the first nine races Last top five was second at Kentucky. Finished fifth at New Hampshire in this race last year for only top five there in the last 15 races.
Tony Stewart: Finished 16th at Chicagoland for best finish in the last five races. Five top fives this season, only had three total in the previous two seasons. Three time New Hampshire winner, last came in this race in 2011 on way to championship. Finished runner-up at New Hampshire in July.
Jimmie Johnson: Finished 12th at Chicagoland after suffering a speeding penalty while running second. Led 118 laps at Chicagoland, the most he has led in a race all season. Only four top-10 finishes in the last 18 races of 2016. Lasy New Hampshire win was July 2010.
Kurt Busch: Finished 13th at Chicagoland, only one top 10 in the last six races. Finished top 10 in 14 of the first 16 races. Last top-five finish was fourth at Kentucky. Three time New Hampshire winner but last was in 2008. Last finish better than 10th at New Hampshire came in 2010.
Other notes of interest ahead of the Bad Boy Off Road 300
- Chevrolet has 18 New Hampshire wins, but is winless in the last eight races at the track.
- The driver who led the most laps failed to win seven of the last 10 NHMS races, including the last four.
- The eventual winner didn’t lead for the first time until after Lap 100 in seven of the last 10 races at New
- Only one of the last eight races at New Hampshire was won from a top five starting position.