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

Formula 1: Ricciardo nurses power unit trouble to win in Monaco

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Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo had dominated the Monaco Grand Prix weekend heading into Sunday, topping every practice session and laying down a lap-record 1:10.810 to secure the pole.

The race itself was also going according to plan for Ricciardo, as he got the jump off Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel on the start to lead into Sainte Devote.

However, on Lap 28, after the leaders all made their lone pit stops of the race, Ricciardo’s day nearly came unglued when he reported a loss of power on his RB14.

With the Red Bull team monitoring the issue, Vettel was able to close back in on Ricciardo and began stalking him for the lead.

However, Ricciardo brilliantly utilized a combination of late-braking and sustained cornering speed to keep Vettel at bay and secure his first victory at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The victory, Ricciardo’s second of the 2018 Formula 1 season, serves as sweet redemption after a pit stop error cost him a possible victory in 2016, when he settled for second behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel, meanwhile, saw his challenge hampered after a Lap 72 Virtual Safety Car for a crash between Sauber’s Charles Leclerc and Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley – Leclerc suffered brake failure on the run up to the Nouvelle Chicane, and collected Hartley in the process.

When the VSC ended, Vettel could not get his Pirellis back up to temperature, and Ricciardo pulled away in the final laps.

While Vettel ended up second, Hamilton rounded out the podium in third, despite struggling with a graining issue on his Pirelli ultrasofts in the second half of the race. Hamilton held off Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who also fended off Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas for fourth – the trio finished up third (Hamilton), fourth (Raikkonen), and fifth (Bottas).

Esteban Ocon was sixth for Force India, with Pierre Gasly coming home a strong seventh for Toro Rosso. Nico Hulkenberg ended up eighth for Renault, while Max Verstappen came home ninth after starting last – Verstappen ran long on his first stint before switching to hypersofts on Lap 48. He ran the hypers all the way to the end to finish ninth.

Carlos Sainz Jr. was the final points finisher, coming home tenth for Renault.

Results are below.

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