By the numbers: The 2013 Chasers at New Hampshire

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With Chicagoland in the rearview mirror, the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the Sylvania 300 – the second race in NASCAR’s post-season run.

Last time out at the Magic Mile, Brian Vickers (a non-Chase contender) earned his first Sprint Cup victory in four seasons – a win that likely proved pivotal for him in landing a full-time program with Michael Waltrip Racing.

But many of the eventual 2013 Chasers also posted strong results at NHMS this past summer. Kyle Busch led this particular group with a second-place result after Tony Stewart ran out of fuel while battling Vickers for the win in a green-white-checkered finish.

The folks at NASCAR have provided some statistics on how each Chaser has fared at New Hampshire over their careers. Check out the numbers below and decide who you think will have a good run this Sunday.

MATT KENSETH (Leader — 2,063 points)
Five Top-5s, 13 Top-10s
Average Finish: 13.8 in 27 races
Average Running Position: 16.7, 20th-best

KYLE BUSCH (2nd place, -8 points)
One win, five Top-5s, seven Top-10s
Average Finish: 15.8 in 17 races
Average Running Position: 14.3, 12th-best

JIMMIE JOHNSON (3rd place, -11 points)
Three wins, eight Top-5s, 16 Top-10s
Average Finish: 9.4 in 23 races
Average Running Position: 9.9, third-best

KEVIN HARVICK (4th place, -15 points)
One win, five Top-5s, 13 Top-10s
Average Finish: 13.4 in 25 races
Average Running Position: 12.9, eighth-best

CARL EDWARDS (5th place, -23 points)
Two Top-5s, four Top-10s
Average Finish: 14.1 in 18 races
Average Running Position: 14.4, 13th-best

KURT BUSCH (6th place, -23 points)
Three wins, seven Top-5s, 11 Top-10s
Average Finish: 15.4 in 25 races
Average Running Position: 13.6, 10th-best

JEFF GORDON (7th place, -24 points)
Three wins, 16 Top-5s, 22 Top-10s
Average Finish: 10.5 in 37 races
Average Running Position: 7.3, series-best

RYAN NEWMAN (8th place, -28 points)
Three wins, six Top-5s, 15 Top-10s
Average Finish: 13.9 in 23 races
Average Running Position: 13.0, ninth-best

CLINT BOWYER (9th place, -28 points)
Two wins, four Top-5s, six Top-10s
Average Finish: 14.9 in 15 races
Average Running Position: 12.1, sixth-best

KASEY KAHNE (10th place, -31 points)
One win, three Top-5s, eight Top-10s
Average Finish: 15.9 in 19 races
Average Running Position: 14.4, 14th-best

GREG BIFFLE (11th place, -31 points)
One win, five Top-5s, eight Top-10s
Average Finish: 16.3 in 22 races
Average Running Position: 14.5, 16th-best

JOEY LOGANO (12th place, -52 points)
One win, two Top-5s, four Top-10s
Average Finish: 17.8 in 10 races
Average Running Position: 22.7, 25th-best

DALE EARNHARDT JR. (13th place, -53 points)
Seven Top-5s, 11 Top-10s
Average Finish: 16.0 in 28 races
Average Running Position: 11.7, fifth-best

Williams to wait until new year before making 2018 F1 driver decision

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Williams will wait until the new year before making an announcement regarding its Formula 1 driver line-up for the 2018 season.

Williams holds the final vacant seat in F1 for next year, with Felipe Massa retiring at the last race of the 2017 season in Abu Dhabi at the end of November.

The Brazilian’s departure has opened up a seat alongside Lance Stroll for 2018, which looked poised to be taken by Robert Kubica, over seven years after he last raced in F1 before injuries sustained in a rally accident appeared to cut his career short.

Doubts emerged about Kubica’s comeback following a test with Williams in its 2017-spec car in Abu Dhabi after the final race of the season, leading to Russian youngster Sergey Sirotkin becoming the favorite.

Besides Kubica and Sirotkin, ditched Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also an option, but Williams has now confirmed it will make no decision on its line-up until the new year.

Sirotkin first entered the frame in F1 in 2013 when he became a development driver at Sauber, with Russian backers SMP Racing pushing to get him a race seat for the following year.

Sirotkin missed out on a full-time role at the team, leading him to focus on racing in Formula Renault 3.5 for 2014 before spending two years in GP2, where he finished third in the standings in both seasons.

Renault struck an agreement to sign Sirotkin in a junior role in 2016, leading to a number of practice run-outs over the last two seasons, but he was passed over for a 2018 race seat when it signed Carlos Sainz Jr.

Williams emerged as an option for Sirotkin following a successful maiden test with the team in Abu Dhabi alongside Kubica, with talks now set to continue over the holiday period.

Sirotkin has not taken on a full-time race program this year, making just a single competitive appearance in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with SMP Racing in the LMP2 class.

Sirotkin has also been involved in the development of the team’s BR Engineering-designed LMP1 car for the 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship season, and is likely to secure a seat should he miss out on the role at Williams.