Hamlin excels at shorter, flat tracks and New Hampshire suits his style. The eldest of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers tops the tour with an average finish of 7.2 here. Hamlin won this race in 2007 and has never finished worse than 15th at the Magic Mile.
Like Juan Pablo Montoya, Ambrose has picked up considerably on the flatter, short tracks. Ambrose recorded solid efforts at Phoenix and Martinsville. Following his third-place comeback run at Infineon Raceway on Sunday, Ambrose wants to prove he's more than just a road course ace.
Juan Pablo Montoya
J.P. lost his cool last year and punted Kyle Busch in the closing laps of the race. But with the improvement Montoya displayed with a 12th-place finish at Martinsville this spring and the points racing strategy he exhibited last week at Sonoma don't be surprised if he scores his first top 10 at Loudon.
Martin Truex Jr.
Truex finished fourth in this race last June and seventh in the fall event -- his lowest showing in his last four New Hampshire starts. Truex has finished every lap raced and has earned the most points at NHMS in the last two years. His solid average start of 9.3 is indicative of his average 9.8 finish.
While Martin has never won at the Miracle Mile, his alliance with Hendrick Motorsports has offered the veteran opportunities to accomplish feats he never thought possible. Martin has always been consistent at Loudon. He's posted eight top-fives and 13 top-10 finishes in 24 starts.
Biffle kicked off last year's Chase for the Championship with his first win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The victory was also the first for a Ford in eight races on the one-miler. In 13 starts, Biffle has notched four top-fives and five top-10 finishes at Loudon.
Given J.J.'s flat-track success, it's no surprise that he's amassed the most points over the last three Loudon events. In 14 NHMS starts, the No. 48 Chevrolet has scored two wins, four top-fives and nine top-10 finishes. Johnson has only finished outside the top 15 once and maintains an average starting position of 8.9 and an average finish of 9.9.
Tony Stewart led 132 laps in last year's Lenox Industrial Tools 301. Smoke appeared destined for a third trophy until a late-race caution followed by rain ended the event prematurely and squashed any hopes for a win. Stewart's success at New Hampshire is marked by completing half of his starts in the top five. In 20 races, he's also scored 12 top 10s.
While some might credit Kurt Busch's win last summer to pit strategy, don't forget he's been to Victory Lane twice before at Loudon. In 16 NHMS starts, Busch has posted five top-fives and seven top-10 finishes. His only DNF was in 2001 as a rookie when his Roush Racing engine overheated.
Gordon is one of the few veterans that has adapted to the new car at a variety of tracks including NHMS. In 2007, Gordon finished second in both Loudon events. In 28 starts, Gordon has scored three wins, 12 top-fives and 15 top 10s at the Magic Mile. He leads the tour with 1,141 laps led.