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The Drivers who Struggle at New Hampshire

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The “Magic Mile” in New Hampshire is one of the most challenging race tracks on the Cup Series calendar. Some drivers have struggled to get a handle on it. Which drivers struggle at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

5. A.J. Allmendinger

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 0 Top-5s; 1 Top-10; 13 Laps Led; 22.4 Avg. Finish; 20 Races

Breakdown: With New Hampshire being a finesse-type race track similar to a road course, one would think that A.J. Allmendinger would find a better groove at New Hampshire. His only top-10 at the track came back in 2010 when he was driving the 43 car for Richard Petty. It’s Just not a place he’s had a ton of success at.

4. Chris Buescher

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 0 Top-5s; 0 Top-10s; 0 Laps Led; 23.4 Avg. Finish; 9 Races

Breakdown: Chris Buescher has not had the best equipment at New Hampshire, but he has only two finishes inside of the top-20. His best finish is 15th, which came in 2019 for JTG Daugherty Racing. He has never failed to finish a race, but he just has not been able to put together a great race at the track.

3. Daniel Suarez

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 0 Top-5s; 3 Top-10s; 0 Laps Led; 15.7 Avg. Finish; 7 Races

Breakdown: Recency bias does apply here to some extent, but Suarez has never been a major threat at New Hampshire. Despite two top-10 finishes to start his career in the series at the track, he had four consecutive finished after that outside of the top-15. With a solid finish last year, maybe he is figuring out the track.

2. William Byron

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 0 Top-5s; 0 Top-10s; 0 Laps Led; 13.8 Avg. Finish; 5 Races

Breakdown: Given how much William Byron has improved in his time in the Cup Series, it’s hard to believe that he has failed to get a top-10 or lead a lap at New Hampshire. Most of his finishes are inside of the top-20, so he is not outright terrible at New Hampshire. However, it’s not quite up to his normal standards.

1. Alex Bowman

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 0 Top-5s; 1 Top-10; 0 Laps Led; 24.3 Avg. Finish; 11 Races

Breakdown: Some may look at these stats and note that Bowman started his career in subpar equipment. Sure, that is true, but Bowman have never finished higher than ninth in a Hendrick car at the track. That’s not great for the equipment he is driving in.

A few big names are on this list, but this is a potential weekend for some redemption. Which of these drivers could surprise some people this weekend?

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