Thursday, July 11, 2013

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Camping World RV Sales 301 at 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 - Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano,  Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne

By Track
All with 6 - Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman
All with 5 - Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer
All with 4 - Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne

Recent Pole Winners:  

2012 Kyle Busch
2011 Ryan Newman

The Likely Suspects:  New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a flat intermediate track that races much like a short track such as Richmond International Raceway and Martinsville Speedway, but it is most like Phoenix International Raceway. This week's likely suspects will be those who have mastered both types of tracks, including Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer.

My 2 Cents: Track position is king at this short race. Use the final lineup as a guide when doing final picks, and when in doubt cross-reference by past performance at Richmond, Phoenix and Martinsville.

My no-brainer pick this week is a three-way tie among Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman. Denny Hamlin should be a tempting pick as well. I'm rounding out my team with Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and AJ Allmendinger.  

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