NASCAR heads north this week. As the cutoff looms closer, like the hot summertime the race to the Chase is heating up. That is just one reason that this week’s stop at New Hampshire is significant; another reason is the 1 mile flat oval New Hampshire Motor Speedway is also one of those paths that will host one of the final ten races in Chase at the autumn.
The speeds are not high here provided the flatness of the turns. However, most drivers like racing at New Hampshire.
“There is nothing fancy about it,” Tony Stewart said this week. “It’s only an enjoyable track. It only seems like it’s always been an enjoyable driver’s track. Your car must work well there but, when you get to rushing guys, you are attempting to out-brake them, trying to get your car to turn and you fight for forward snack. It has only got a little bit of what the drivers look to have a fantastic race.”
Listed below are my favorites for Sunday’s nineteenth race of the year for your betting or fantasy racing leagues. Driver Ratings are accumulated from 2005-2016 races (22 total) among active drivers in New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Driver Rating is a number based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines”loop data” elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of workouts, and other stats. There’s a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. The odds are current as of Wednesday.
Tony Stewart (60-1) isn’t the odds makers favorite, but he is mine this week. No Stewart has not won here since 2011, but in 2011 he wasn’t confronting his final season in Cup racing. He is tied to three drivers for its most wins among active drivers at this track with three total. He’s got the highest driver rating in the area 103.4, a triumph this season , and the motivation to finish his long Cup profession on top. We predict Stewart will be the catalyst to beat Sunday and can give someone a large money.
Kyle Busch (5-1) is the defending winner of the race. That triumph last July was through his unbelievable run to his initial Sprint Cup title. He’s got the seventh best driver rating within the specialty, 95.6 and is looking for a rally following a couple of weeks, He may just get that Sunday.
Jimmie Johnson (8-1) is also looking for a rebound. The six-time winner is one of these drivers tied together with the most wins three. His final one arrived in 2010, but he maintains the third greatest driver rating from the area 101.1. His past two visits here weren’t all that spectacular, he finished 22nd in the this race this past year, and came home fifth in the fall. If Johnson and his team can find some of the old magic they had here, he could turn his season around Sunday.
Brad Keselowski (6-1) has been on a tear in the last two weeks becoming the first driver to score successive wins. He’s won , has the fourth highest driver evaluation from the area 99.5, and was second in this race this past year. It’d be no surprise.