Thursday, September 22, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: New England 300 at New Hampshire

Track Classification: Intermediate
Similar Tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway • Charlotte Motor Speedway • 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 - 4
All with 3 - Brad Keselowski, Brian Vickers, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle,
Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards
All with 2 - Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman,
Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne

By Track
All with 6 - Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson
All with 5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Joey Logano
Both with 4 - Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards

Recent Pole Winners:  
2015 Carl Edwards
2014 Brad Keselowski

Last Year's Race Winner: Matt Kenseth

The Likely Suspects:  Penalties have been playing a critical role for race teams since Richmond. As the Chase moves to the "Magic Mile" the heat will be on. In order to move into the next round, drivers need to have a clean day in Richmond or they will be banking on Dover (no pun intended!) Look for these drivers to run well this weekend: Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin.

My 2 Cents: At this juncture in the season the tendency is to focus on Chasers for your fantasy picks. However, picking for bonus point likeliness or choosing a non-Chaser sleeper may get you more points in the long run.

My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth. My next choices are Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray. I'll round out my team with Cole Whitt and Ryan Blaney.

My Final Four: Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman and Ryan Blaney.

Points to Ponder:
  • Twenty drivers have Coors Light poles at New Hampshire, led by Ryan Newman with seven.
  • Four active drivers have multiple poles at Loudon: Ryan Newman (seven), Jeff Gordon (four), Brad Keselowski (three) and Kyle Busch (two).
  • Eight active drivers have multiple wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS): Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart (each have three); Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano (each have two). 
  • Three drivers have posted consecutive wins at NHMS: Jimmie Johnson (2003 sweep), Kurt Busch (2004 sweep) and Matt Kenseth (2015 fall, 2016 spring). 
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at New Hampshire with a 10.190. 
  • The Coors Light pole is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (five) than any other starting position at NHMS.   
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