Race: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
Date: July 21st
Venue: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
2018 Winner: Kevin Harvick (2:52:56)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Opened in 1990, this 1 mile asphalt/granite oval surnamed the “Magic Mile” has a 12 degree banking. It isn’t the type of course that drivers open up and require restrictors but it does allow a steady move and turn with it that will test drivers ability to keep slight fluctuations vs. other courses where it’s more stop and start.
Ryan Newman (fifth selection this year) — Ryan has a great track record at New Hampshire where he has finished in the top 12 in four of the last five years. In addition he has top 10 finishes in four of his last five races. I think Ryan could be one of the more promising options.
Kurt Busch (fourth selection this year) — He has been in the top 10 the last two years at New Hampshire. In addition he has five consecutive top 15 finishes coming into this race.
High Risk / High Reward
Denny Hamlin (third selection this year) — He has just two finishes in the top 10 in his last five races. He has a good record at New Hampshire where he has finished in the top 15 each of the last five years.
Kevin Harvick (fifth selection this year) — Last week was rough on Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick, I bet we see a rebound from all three this week at New Hampshire. For Harvick this now marks three consecutive races outside the top 10, I think he rebounds here where he has finished in the top 10 each of the last four years.
The Dark Horse
Austin Dillon (third selection this year) — He has an average finish of 14th at New Hampshire over the last four years. He has hit a real rough patch lately with just one top 20 finish in his last seven races. This familiar track could help him snap out of his funk.
Favorite: Avg Finish 13th (33rd Percent)
High Risk/High Reward: Avg Finish 12th (31st Percent)
Dark Horse: Avg Finish 17th (46th Percent)