Ward Burton will head back to New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) this weekend trying to defend his title. Last year he won this race by defeating Jeff Green by over 3 seconds.
Ward Burton took the lead from Matt Kenseth (who led a race high 77 laps) last year after he cut a tire with 9 laps remaining. Ward went on to win the New England 300.
Ward's Brother, Jeff Burton also had some success at NHIS. He has 4 wins, including 3 years in a row, 97,98,99. So you can see why these two like coming to NHIS.
Jeff Gordon is running well with three top-5 finishes in his last four races and five top-10 results in his last seven starts. Last week at Chicago he led 47 laps and finished 4th
Gordon also has had success at this track with a win 1995 and came home first in the fall race at this track in 1997 and 1998. Gordon is also the only driver to win at this track from the pole.
Other Drivers to Watch
Ryan Newman has the momentum heading into this race with his win last week at Chicagoland Speedway. He also won last fall's race at NHIS. He has two wins and five top 5's in his last 7 races. Definitely on a hot streak right now.
Matt Kenseth who led a race high of 77 laps and was pulling away before he cut a tire with 22 laps to go. He's been consistent, even with a 12-place finish last week and it will continue.
No pole sitter has ever won the New England 300
Ford has eight wins in 16 races at New Hampshire while Chevrolet has five.
Ken Schrader is the only driver to sweep both Bud Poles in a season at New Hampshire when he accomplished the feat in 1997.
This track has been known as a one-groove track with very flat corners and tight turning radiuses.
They repaved NHIS after last fall's race so that leaves some question marks about what we'll see in this race.