The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Loudon, New Hampshire this week for the New Hampshire 301. The race can be seen Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Be sure to test your fantasy NASCAR skills in the Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing game.
New Hampshire is a unique track and it is hard to compare it to other tracks on the schedule. Some people like to say it is similar to Phoenix, while others say it is a smaller version of Indianapolis. I think it is a combination of both tracks.
The best way to select your fantasy team this week is to use the most recent stats at New Hampshire. Drivers can control how their cars perform by managing their brakes as they get into each corner. The crew chiefs will also be a factor Sunday. This race often comes down to fuel strategy, so do not be surprised to see some drivers try to save fuel to make it to the end of the race. Here are the drivers with the best stats at New Hampshire in the last four races…
Driver Stats in Last 4 Races at New Hampshire
|Races||Avg. Finish||Wins||Top 10||Rating|
|Martin Truex Jr.||4||11.0||0||1||
|Dale Earnhardt Jr.||4||13.25||0||3||
Visit my Fantasy NASCAR Tips Page to see the complete list of driver’s average finishing position and average running position in the last five races.
After a slow start to the season (mostly because I was saving starts), my fantasy picks for Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing have started to heat up. My picks are averaging 272 points in the summer session and this is a great week to post another 300 point performance in your league standings.
There are many good choices in Group A this week, but four drivers stand out above the rest. Kevin Harvick has performed very well at the track but has had a hard time sealing the deal with a trip to Victory lane. Brad Keselowski has been on fire the last two months and no driver has better stats at New Hampshire than Keselowski. Joey Logano will be at his home track and he loves to win races in front of his hometown fans. Logano won his first race at New Hampshire in 2009. Matt Kenseth won this race last year and he has been very good on the short tracks this season. He won the last race at a 1-mile track at Dover. These four drivers are the best choices for fantasy teams Sunday.
Fantasy teams must continue to try to save allocations with Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. whenever possible. Edwards has won two races on short tracks this season so he is a must start. Truex will run well Sunday, but the No. 78 car is too good on the 1.5-mile tracks to use an allocation this week. Save Truex for the larger tracks.
The other good choices in Group B includes Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart. Each of these drivers has had success at New Hampshire in their careers and they have had some good runs on the short tracks this season.
The best choices in Group C will once again be Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney, but fantasy teams must use their allocations with these drivers wisely. Elliott has never competed in a Sprint Cup race at the track and Blaney has only run one race. Do not be afraid of their limited experience at the tracks. Both drivers will be very good this week.
Yahoo Group A Picks
Kevin Harvick (7)
Harvick could have easily won both races at New Hampshire in 2015. He was leading the summer race with 51 laps to go when Kyle Busch made one of the passes of the season to split Brad Keselowski and Harvick before the caution flag was waived. Harvick was leading the fall race when he ran out of gas with only three laps to go. The No. 4 car will be fast this week and if they can avoid mistakes Harvick could win his second race of the season.
Brad Keselowski (9)
Keselowski has been on fire as of late. The Blue Deuce has won two races in a row and has finished the last five races on oval tracks in the top five. Keselowski has a series-best average finishing position and a series-best driver rating in the last four races at New Hampshire. He finished second in this race last year and Keselowski should be in Victory Lane again this week.
Other good choices: Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch
Yahoo Group B Picks
Carl Edwards (4)
Edwards has been the best driver this season on the short tracks. The No. 19 finished second at Phoenix, sixth at Martinsville and won the races at Bristol and Richmond. Edwards won the pole for both races at New Hampshire in 2015 and he finished both races in the top seven. Edwards will be one of the drivers to beat this week.
Kyle Larson (4)
Larson was absolutely phenomenal at New Hampshire his rookie season. He finished third in his first race and second in the fall race. Last year he was just mediocre at the track. I think Larson is getting closer to his rookie season form and should have a good chance to win his first race Sunday. Larson has the eighth-best finishing position on the short tracks this season.
Ryan Newman (4)
Newman has won more races at New Hampshire than any other track on the circuit. He has finished three of his four races in the top 11 since joining Richard Childress Racing. Newman has finished most of the races on the short tracks this season near the top 10. The No. 31 car is a safe bet to finish inside the top 15 Sunday.
Greg Biffle (9)
Biffle got off to a slow start this season but the No. 16 team seems to be heating up this summer. Biffle and his crew chief Brian Pattie are starting to work well together and the car has been very good the last two races. Biffle won the pole and finished eighth at Daytona and followed it up with a sixth-place finish at Kentucky. Biffle finished fourth in this race last year so he knows how to get to the front. This is more of a gut feeling pick than anything else. If Biffle does not look good in practice I have three good drivers to fall back on.
Other good choices: Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr. and Austin Dillon
Yahoo Group C Picks
Chase Elliott (5)
Elliott has been sensational this season on the short tracks. He has the fourth-best average finishing position, including three of the five races in the top 10. Elliott competed in two races in the Xfinity Series at New Hampshire. He qualified in the top 10 in each race and finished both in the top nine. Elliott very well could be the best driver for Hendrick Motorsports right now.
Ryan Blaney (5)
Blaney has only competed in one Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire and he ran very well in the race. Blaney was in the seventh position and moving to the front when his car had a loose wheel. Blaney had to pit and ended up finishing 16th. I expect another solid run from the talented rookie Sunday. Blaney has a top 15 average finishing position on the short tracks this season.
Other Good Choices: Brian Scott and Chris Buescher
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