This is the First race of the chase. Alot of nerves and anticipation build sup before this race and is let out as the green flag is thrown. For all your fantasy players consider these 10 drivers for your top ten.
10th place:Kevin Harvick
Yes While Kevin Harvick hasn't had a good 2009 season sitting 22nd in points with 3 top fives, and 5 top tens. 1 of those top 5s and 2 of those top tens have come in the last 2 races. Harvick always runs well at New Hampshire with 1 win, 3 top fives, 9 top tens, 318 laps led, and an average finish of 13.82. This 29 team is starting to turn things around to make a run at the 2010 chase. I expect the turnaround to continue/
9th place:Clint Bowyer
While Clint Bowyer didn't make the cut for the 2009 chase for the championship his 33 team is still really good run it comes to these flat short tracks. New Hampshire is no exception. Though lacks a top five and top ten outside his dominating win here in the fall of 2007 in which he led 245 of 300 laps, and has a 20.43 finish, expect Bowyer to put together a strong and solid run on Sunday.
8th place:Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards has had success here in the nationwide series with a win but has only 2 top fives and 2 top tens here at New Hampshire. Yet he still has an average finish of 13.50 which is 9th best among drivers and has led 63 laps. Edwards is still trying to find his magic from the 2008 season to a top ten at a type of track that has hurt the Roush Fenway group and infront of the hometown for Fenway would be huge.
7th place:Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson has great stats when it comes to New Hampshire. 2 wins, 4 top fives, 10 top tens, 274 laps led, and an average finish of 9.87. But I wasn't too impress on which how much he fell off at Richmond starting 4th and falling to an 11th place finish. I expect the 48 to run as high as leading a few laps to the bottom half of the top ten. But have a strong run overall.
6th place:Ryan Newman
New Hampshire has been good to Ryan Newman grabbing his first career win here in 2002, and a 2nd win in 2005 taking the lead from Tony Stewart with 3 laps to go. Both wins coming at this particular race for Newman. With 2 wins, 5 top fives, 9 top tens, 537 laps led, and an average finish of 14.20 expect a very strong run from Newman. Perhaps his 2nd pole of the 2009 season.
5th place:Mark Martin
Mark Martin lacks win at New Hampshire but he is still very solid here with 8 top fives, 13 top tens, 397 laps led, and an average finish of 11.08. Mark's team is so fats the perform everywhere they go. New Hampshire will be no exception. They should qualify extremely well as usual, and spend the majority of the race out in front in the top 5.
4th place:Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin has the best average finishof drivers with 3 or more races at New Hampshire with an 8.29. He has a win here aswell, 2 top fives, 5 top tens, and 52 laps led here. He is one of the top 5 best at the short tracks/flat tracks in the sport. Coming off a dominating win at Richmond there is absolutely no reason to think that Hamlin will not have another very strong run at NHMS.
3rd place:Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon is on his mission for a drive for 5. This is a great place for him to stop by for that. He has 3 wins, 13 top fives, 16 top tens, 1,205 laps led, and an average finish of 11.31. J Gordon was a solid top 3 car here in June leading many of the race's laps before it started raining. I'd expect the 24 to showing alot of muscle on Sunday.
2nd place:Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch is in his first chase since 2007. And he is heading into New Hampshire after finishing 2nd at Richmond. New Hampshire he has been no slouch with 3 wins, 6 top fives, 8 top tens, 326 laps, and an average finish of 14.76. Kurt had a very fast car here in June leading laps until the rain came. The Blue Deuce will be one car that you will have to contend with for the win Sunday. And if he doesn't win, he will be close.
Tony Stewart may have had 4 races that are uncharacteristic of him but his number at New Hampshire are too great to ignore. 2 wins, 11 top fives, 13 top tens, 976 laps led, and an average finish of 12.24. Stewart was on his way to winning the race until a little pit miscue and rain the the end but still managed to finish 5th. The 14 team has gotten what they wanted to start:the chase. Expect them to be on their A game this weekend. They will try to gain as many points as they can to win this championship and starting the chase with a win will help that effort.
A few others to watch for.
Watch for Jamie McMurray in his number 26 this weekend. He is bringing teh same car that finished 7th at Richmond earlier this year. If he doesn't grab a top ten he will be very close to it.
Watch out for Martin Truex Jr too. He has always run strong at New Hampshire and was running top 5 here until Kyle Busch wrecked him on a restart. He has been runnign strong as of late but badluck has made him not able to show those results.
And watch out for Sam Hornish Jr. He finished 8th here in June and ran as high as 4th. He is comming off an 8th at Richmond and should be a solid top 15 car here.