Thursday, July 12, 2012

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: New Hampshire



Track Classification: Intermediate
Similar Tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway • Charlotte Motorspeedway Chicagoland Speedway   Darlington Raceway • Homestead-Miami Speedway • Kansas Speedway •  Kentucky Speedway 
Las Vegas Motor Speedway  • Texas Motor Speedway
Distance: 1.058 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Jimmie Johnson - 5
Kurt Busch - 4
All with 3 - Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr.

By Track
Both with 6 - Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson
Both with 5 - Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin
Both with 4 - Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman

Recent Pole Winners:  
2011 Ryan Newman
2010 Juan Pablo Montoya

The Likely Suspects:  This intermediate flat track seems to have an identity crisis with characteristics similar to short tracks like Richmond International Raceway and Martinsville Speedway as well as fellow flat track Phoenix International Raceway. These drivers have mastered both options:  Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart,  Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch.

My 2 Cents: This is not a long race and since this season has been accented by minimal cautions do your final picks by race lineup. Track position will be king. When in doubt between drivers start to cross reference by past performance at Richmond, Phoenix and Martinsville.

My no-brainer pick this week is Tony Stewart. He performs well at this race and this track, and of course, the summer is his season for wins. I'm pairing Tony with Denny Hamlin, who is competitive at New Hampshire as well as Phoenix and Martinsville. Jimmie Johnson would also be a great pick. My next selection includes Ryan Newman, who not only runs well here, but has the possibility of scoring some qualifying points for me. Clint Bowyer, almost won the race last year, but ran out of gas, so he is a given for me. I'm adding in Jeff Burton and Joey Logano, although Dale Earnhardt Jr. is also a great pick. I'm rounding out my team with Brian Vickers and Sam Hornish Jr., who will once again be in the No. 22 car instead of A.J. Allmendinger. 

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