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

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.