The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to New Hampshire for the Sylvania 300.
Teams that show up with a fast race car will dominate the race because New Hampshire is one of the hardest race tracks for making adjustments on a car. It will be important to use drivers who start the race up front since track position is so important at New Hampshire.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series last raced at New Hampshire in July. The race was won by Brian Vickers. Kurt Busch started the race on the front row and led 102 laps. Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski also led many laps and looked strong during the race. Any of these drivers would be good selections for your team this week.
Here is my top 25 and stats from the NASCAR Media Center based upon the driver’s career statistics at New Hampshire.
Racing for the Win
1. Kyle Busch finished second in the July race at New Hampshire and he is my pick to win on Sunday. Busch has finished the last three races at the race track inside the top five. In his 17 career races at New Hampshire he has one win, five top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes. Busch is the hottest driver in NASCAR right now.
2. Jimmie Johnson has been the best driver in the series on the flat race tracks this season. He finished second at Phoenix; won the first race at Pocono and finished 13th in the second race; finished second at Indianapolis; and finished sixth in the last race at New Hampshire. If you have any allocations left with Johnson, this is the week to use him.
3. Brad Keselowski has a streak of six races at New Hampshire finishing in the top six. In July he started on the pole and finished fourth. Keselowski is still looking for his first win of the season. It could come Sunday at New Hampshire.
4. Jeff Gordon has the best career stats at New Hampshire. He has three wins, 16 top-five finishes, 22 top-10 finishes and four poles in his 37 career starts at the race track. Gordon is a safe bet to run up front this week.
5. Brian Vickers won the last race at New Hampshire and he may do it again. Vickers has performed well in the No. 55 car for Michael Waltrip Racing. His average starting position this season is 14th and his average finishing position is 18th. He was running up front at Chicago when his engine blew up. Vickers is a good selection for Yahoo! Fantasy Auto Racing this week.
6. Kasey Kahne is hard to predict. He has two top-three finishes on the flat race tracks this season and three finishes outside the top 10. Expect the “good” Kahne to show up this week. He will easily finish inside the top 10.
7. Kevin Harvick started fifth and finished seventh in the July race at New Hampshire. He has been a top-10 driver at New Hampshire in his career. Expect the same results from Harvick on Sunday.
8. Clint Bowyer is another driver still looking for his first win this season. Bowyer has two wins, four top-five finishes, six top-10 finishes and one pole in his 15 career starts at New Hampshire. Expect another top-10 finish from Bowyer this week.
9. Matt Kenseth is not the best driver at New Hampshire. His average starting position is 20.8 and his average finishing position is 13.8. Kenseth has exceeded his career averages all season long. He will again on Sunday with a top-10 finish.
10. Jeff Burton is my sleeper pick this week. Burton is a four-time winner at New Hampshire and he finished third in the July race. This is the week to take a chance with Burton on your team.
11. Ryan Newman is good on the flat race tracks. He has one win and three top-five finishes on the flat race tracks this season. Newman will qualify up front and finish just outside the top 10 on Sunday.
12. Denny Hamlin should be much higher on this list because he is so good at New Hampshire. Hamlin has been in a season-long slump and I do not see it ending on Sunday. Still, Hamlin is so good at the race track that he will be able to finish in the top 15.
13. Kurt Busch has three wins, seven top-five finishes and 11 top-10 finishes in his 25 career starts at New Hampshire. In July he started on the front row and finished 31st. He will start up front again this week with much better results.
14. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has an average starting position of 16th and average finishing position of 16th at New Hampshire. He will finish near his average this week.
15. Greg Biffle has one win, five top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes in his 22 career starts at New Hampshire. Recently he has been finishing around the top 15 at the race track. He will finish in the top 15 on Sunday.
16. Martin Truex Jr. has not finished in the top 10 at New Hampshire in the last four races at the race track. He usually runs inside the top 20. Expect Truex to run in the top 20, but fail to crack the top 10 this week.
17. Aric Almirola only has six career starts at New Hampshire and only one top 10 finish. The good news is the top 10 came in the July race. He started 17th and finished fifth. He is a good sleeper pick this week.
18. Jamie McMurray only has four top-10 finishes in his 21 career starts at New Hampshire. He has a streak of five races at the race track finishing outside the top 10. He will extend his streak to six races on Sunday.
19. Joey Logano’s hot streak is over. After a stretch of six consecutive top-10 finishes, Logano now has back-to-back finishes outside the top 20. He started 25th and finished 40th in the July race at New Hampshire. You can do better than Logano on your fantasy team this week.
20. Mark Martin used to be very good at New Hampshire, but his age is finally catching up to him. Martin only has five top-10 finishes in his 20 starts this season. He is a risky pick for fantasy teams this week.
Trying to Stay on Lead Lap
21. Juan Pablo Montoya only has one top-10 finish on the flat race tracks this season (Indianapolis). His average finish on the flat race tracks this season is 18th. He will struggle to break the top 20 on Sunday.
22. David Ragan has finished six of the last seven races in the top 26. He is a good pick for Yahoo! Fantasy Auto Racing this week.
23. Marcos Ambrose has not been very good at New Hampshire. In his nine career starts he only has one top-10 finish. Expect a top-25 finish from Ambrose on Sunday.
24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is much better on the 1.5-mile race tracks than he is on the short flat race tracks. Save Stenhouse for the race in two weeks at Kansas.
25. Casey Mears has not been running as well recently as he did in the first half of the season. Mears only has one top-20 finish in his last nine starts. Mears will slip into the top 25 on Sunday.
Yahoo! Fantasy Auto Racing Picks
Group A: Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson
Group B: Brian Vickers,Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Jeff Burton
Group C: David Ragan, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Fantasy Live Picks
Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Brian Vickers, Josh Wise
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