Camping World 301 Betting News and Notes
Camping World 301 Betting News and Notes
Camping World 301 Preview
By Micah Roberts
Even though I didn't cash a ticket in last week’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, I was happy with the historic results that showed Aric Almirola win his first career race, which was also the first time the famed No. 43 car had won a race since John Andretti did in 1999 at Martinsville (a 25/1 wager I did happen to cash on). It was also the No. 43 car's first win at Daytona since Richard Petty won his 200th and final race in 1984 with Ronald Reagan in attendance.
But not everyone in NASCAR Nation felt the same way because of the race being called at 3:00 p.m. ET due to rain. Several fans at home watching on television and in the stands felt cheated that at a track with lights capable of racing all night, NASCAR pulled the plug too quickly. Maybe they did, but let's remember that the race was scheduled for Saturday night and rain had been pouring all weekend. The weather man even said it was highly unlikely that there would have been any lengthy period where rain didn't pour on the monster 2.5-mile track track. Then they'd take another hour to dry. Come on now, the No. 43 car won! It's history and kind of cool, even if most of us didn't cash.
So let's just chalk it as one of those races where everyone who scheduled their weekend around NASCAR had some bad luck because of Mother Nature, that is everyone except for Almirola who was probably doing a rain dance. The LVH Superbook had Almirola posted at 60/1 odds while many others had him listed in the 'Field' at 40/1 odds.
Anything and everything can happen in restrictor-plate races at Daytona, but this week at New Hampshire should be fairly predictable. There are several layers of handicapping this race on the relatively flat 1-mile track that can narrow the top candidates to win down to two or three drivers. Between looking at past New Hampshire history, recent races on the similar tracks like Phoenix and Richmond, and then seeing how the drivers practice during the final sessions on Saturday, the winner should be gift wrapped.
The big element in the equation is checking out what happened in the Mar. 3 Phoenix race and the Apr. 26 at Richmond. None of the tracks look alike, but all are flat with similar distances meaning that if a team has things figured out on one, they'll likely be ahead of game on the others.
Two drivers dominated between the two similar events run on already this season, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano. Harvick led a race-high 224 laps en route to a win at Phoenix and Logano led 46 laps at Richmond. Harvick also led 23 laps at Richmond before settling for 11th while Logano led 71 laps at Phoenix and finished fourth.
Harvick won at New Hampshire in 2006, a year he also won at Phoenix and Richmond in the same season. In 2009, Logano won a rain shortened race at New Hampshire for his first career win -- oddly similar to Almirola last week -- in what was one of the few New Hampshire surprises.
After Harvick and Logano, two other drivers stand out on a second tier of candidates to win. Over the past 20 New Hampshire races, no one has had a better average finish than Jeff Gordon (8.6) and it just so happens that he led a race-high six times for 173 laps in his second-place finish at Richmond in April. Gordon also finished fifth at Phoenix. Brad Keselowski finished third at Phoenix and led 114 laps at Richmond before finishing fourth.
On the next level, you have to include Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr and the best long shot of all might be Ryan Newman who was seventh at Phoenix and eighth at Richmond. Newman, who should fetch about 30-to-1 odds, is a two-time New Hampshire with the last coming in 2011.
Pay attention to what happens in Saturday's two practices, but you should have a good starting point to work with with the drivers mentioned below.
Top-5 Finish Prediction:
1) #22 Joey Logano (8/1)
2) #4 Kevin Harvick (5/1)
3) #2 Brad Keselowski (8/1)
4) #24 Jeff Gordon (8/1)
5) #48 Jimmie Johnson (6/1)
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New Hampshire Driver Tale of the Tape
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota)
· Two wins, four top fives, six top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 15.1
· Average Running Position of 12.4, sixth-best
· Driver Rating of 95.0, sixth-best
· 233 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 124.704 mph, sixth-fastest
· 3,352 Laps in the Top 15 (70.3%), 12th-most
· 452 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 11th-most
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
· Three wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
· Average finish of 15.3
· Average Running Position of 13.7, 10th-best
· Driver Rating of 90.4, 12th-best
· 187 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
· 920 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 124.559 mph, 10th-fastest
· 3,380 Laps in the Top 15 (62.9%), 11th-most
· 516 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)
· One win, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 15.1
· Average Running Position of 14.0, 12th-best
· Driver Rating of 93.1, seventh-best
· 206 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 124.532 mph, 12th-fastest
· 3,465 Laps in the Top 15 (64.5%), eighth-most
· 480 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet)
· Seven top fives, 12 top 10s
· Average finish of 15.7
· Average Running Position of 11.7, fifth-best
· Driver Rating of 97.3, fifth-best
· 236 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
· 1,002 Green Flag Passes, third-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 124.860 mph, fourth-fastest
· 3,976 Laps in the Top 15 (74.0%), fourth-most
· 568 Quality Passes, third-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)
· Three wins, 16 top fives, 22 top 10s; four poles
· Average finish of 10.6
· Series-best Average Running Position of 7.4
· Driver Rating of 109.2, second-best
· Series-high 433 Fastest Laps Run
· 893 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 125.062 mph
· Series-high 4,804 Laps in the Top 15 (89.5%)
· Series-high 618 Quality Passes
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)
· Two wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
· Average finish of 9.0
· Average Running Position of 10.8, fourth-best
· Driver Rating of 102.9, fourth-best
· 284 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 124.821 mph, fifth-fastest
· 3,547 Laps in the Top 15 (74.4%), seventh-most
· 526 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet)
· One win, five top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 13.7
· Average Running Position of 13.0, eighth-best
· Driver Rating of 91.1, 11th-best
· 156 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
· 904 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 124.568 mph, ninth-fastest
· 3,430 Laps in the Top 15 (63.9%), ninth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
· Three wins, nine top fives, 17 top 10s
· Average finish of 9.2
· Average Running Position of 9.7, third-best
· Driver Rating of 105.8, third-best
· 430 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
· 938 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 124.866 mph, third-fastest
· 4,453 Laps in the Top 15 (82.9%), second-most
· 602 Quality Passes, second-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips / Shark Week Chevrolet)
· One win, three top fives, eight top 10s
· Average finish of 17.0
· Driver Rating of 92.4, 10th-best
· 331 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
· 948 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 124.697 mph, seventh-fastest
· 3,411 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5%), 10th-most
· 487 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
· Three wins, six top fives, 15 top 10s; seven poles
· Average finish of 14.0
· Average Running Position of 13.0, ninth-best
· Driver Rating of 92.5, ninth-best
· 158 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 124.537 mph, 11th-fastest
· 3,935 Laps in the Top 15 (73.3%), fifth-most
· 456 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
· Three wins, 14 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 11.9
· Average Running Position of 9.1, second-best
· Series-best Driver Rating of 111.0
· 408 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 124.972 mph, second-fastest
· 4,182 Laps in the Top 15 (82.5%), third-most
· 535 Quality Passes, fourth-most
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#1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
#2-Brad Keselowski: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-906 at New Hampshire, which last raced at Richmond and finished 4th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-853 which was last used as a backup at Sonoma.
#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 477 in the Camping Wold RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire. This is a new Dow Chevrolet SS that will be utilized under race conditions for the first time this weekend. The #3 team used this Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during a two-day test session there last week.
#4-Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 868 in Sunday's race at New Hampshire. Harvick raced this car to an 11th-place finish at Richmond in April. Harvick has 26 prior NSCS starts at NHMS. He has earned one win (2006), five top fives and 13 top-10 finishes, as well as one pole award (2006). He has an average start of 14.0 and average finish of 13.7 at the track.
#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-815 for Sunday's race at New Hampshire. Kahne has driven this chassis five times -- thrice in 2013 and twice so far in 2014. Notably, Kahne has raced this car in his last two outings at Phoenix's one-mile oval, where he recorded an average finish of 6.5. Most recently, he drove this car at Richmond in April, where he started fourth and finished 14th. In 20 Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire, Kahne has collected one win, three top-five finishes, eight top-10s and has led 305 laps. He has started from the outside pole position five times at the 1.058-mile oval, including three of the last five events there.
#7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
#9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
#10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-865 which debuted in March at Martinsville, where Patrick qualified 10th but finished 32nd. It has not been used since. Backup Chassis No. 10-823 was used for the first time in September 2013 at New Hampshire, where Patrick started 21st and finished 27th. It was then used in November at Phoenix, where Patrick started 32nd and finished 33rd after a midrace accident not of her making caused her to finish 10 laps down. It was last used in March at Phoenix, where she started 33rd and finished 36th after an accident.
#11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
#12-Ryan Blaney: Primary Chassis for Michigan is PRS-919, which is a new chassis.
#13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 798 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at New Hampshire. The chassis also served as Bowyer's primary at Phoenix (13th), California (16th) and Richmond (43rd) earlier this year. The team also tested the chassis last week at Loudon. Chassis No. 795 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis served as back up at several races, most recently at Pocono in June. Bowyer has two wins (September 2010 and September 2007) at NHMS, has four top-five and six top-10 finishes in 16 starts, completed 4,759 of 4,770 laps (99.8%) of competition and has led 480 laps, average start 13.3 and average finish 15.1.
#16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 NESN 30th Anniversary Ford Fusion team will run chassis RK-856 at New Hampshire, which made its debut a year ago at New Hampshire, resulting in a 15th-place finish and last ran Martinsville and finished 18th. The backup chassis RK-876 last ran at Phoeix and finished 17th. Biffle has 23 starts at Loudon, earning one win, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Biffle has an average starting position of 15.6 and average finish of 15.7 at the 1.058-mile track.
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Cargill Beef/Wegman's Ford Fusion team will be using primary chassis Chassis RK-877, which is the same chassis that the #17 team raced at Richmond when Stenhouse Jr. was running lap times faster than the leader before suffering a blown right front tire on his #17 Ford, forcing the 2013 Rookie of the Year to settle for a 38th-place finish. The backup chassis is RK-888, which last raced at Bristol and finished second. Stenhouse has two Sprint Cup career starts at New Hampshire with an average starting position of 27.0 and average finish position of 29.0.
#18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
#20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
#22-Joey Logano: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-905 at New Hampshire, which last raced at Richmond and won the race. The Backup Chassis is PRS-858 which was last used as a backup at Sonoma.
#24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-881 for this Sunday's race. This chassis is new and has never been raced. In 38 Cup starts at New Hampshire, the driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS has three wins and four pole positions, while his 16 top-five finishes and 22 top-10s are the most all-time at "The Granite State" track.
#27-Paul Menard This weekend in the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire, Paul Menard and the No. 27 Duracell / Menards Chevrolet SS team will race chassis No. 448. This Chevrolet SS was previously raced this year at both Phoenix Raceway and Richmond International Raceway. In 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Menard has an average starting position of 20 and an average finish of 24.6. Menard has completed 99 percent of the laps around the 1.058-mile track. In addition, Menard has six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts amassing one top-five and three top-10 finishes.
#31-Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 435 in Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire. This #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS competed earlier this season at Martinsville on March 30 and at Richmond on April 26. It was also utilized last week during the two-day team test at the 1.058-mile oval. In 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, Newman is a force to contend with having three victories; the 2002 and 2005 fall events and the 2011 spring race. The "Rocket Man" also owns seven pole awards. In total, he owns six top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. Also, he has led 722 laps in competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of eighth and average finish of 14th. Plus, he ranks seventh in most points earned in the last 10 races at Loudon.
#34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
#36-Reed Sorenson chassis not reported on race preview.
#38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
#41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 790 in Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire. Chassis No. 790 debuted at Richmond in 2013, a former #39 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing, and finished 15th with driver Ryan Newman. Since its debut, No. 790 started 24th and led four laps en route to a third-place finish at Richmond in September. In 2014, No. 790 has served as a backup at both Phoenix and Richmond, but has not seen race action.
#42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
#43-Aric Almirola:: chassis not reported on race preview.
#47-A.J. Allmendinger chassis not reported on race preview.
#48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-832 for this weekend's race, which Johnson most recently raced at Richmond earlier this season. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-806, which Johnson cruised to a fourth-place finish in September 2013 at New Hampshire. In 24 starts at New Hampshire, Johnson has three wins, nine top-five finishes and 17 top-10s. While Johnson has never scored a pole at New Hampshire, he has compensated with his finishes, posting top-nine results in 12 of the last 14 races at the 1.058-mile oval. The three-time New Hampshire winner recorded his first two victories at "The Granite State" track in 2003, sweeping both sanctioned events that season. He last visited New Hampshire's Victory Lane in 2010, when he started from the 10th position to take the checkered flag.
#51-Justin Allgaier chassis not reported on race preview.
#55-Brian Vickers:Primary chassis 805 finished ninth at Bristol & 14th at Kansas. Backup chassis 812 finished 43rd at Dover.
#66-Jeff Burton: will drive Chassis No. 794 at New Hampshire which has never raced.. Chassis No. 779 will serve as the backup, it has not raced. Burton has 38 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire. He owns four wins (1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000), nine top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. He has led 783 laps and has a finishing average of 13.4.
#78-Martin Truex Jr. chassis not reported on race preview.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-857 this weekend at New Hampshire. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a seventh-place finish at Richmond in April. Earnhardt also tested this chassis at New Hampshire in June during the team test. In 29 Cup starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has led 368 laps en route to seven top-five finishes and 12 top-10s. He has an average start of 16.0 at the 1.058-mile oval and an average finish of 15.7.
#99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal Ford team will unload primary chassis RK-886 which was last run in 2014 at Richmond, starting in the 16th-spot and finishing ninth. Backup chassis RK-874 was last brought to Dover in 2014 where it started in 29th and ended the day in the 14th-position. Edwards is still looking for his first victory at NHMS, with a career-high finish of second in 2006. Edwards has 19 Sprint Cup starts at the 1.058-mile track with an average start of 15.3 and an average finish of 13.8.
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Drivers to Bet - Loudon
The NASCAR circuit moves north to New Hampshire for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 race at Loudon’s “The Magic Mile.” This is no cookie-cutter track, considered to be one of the toughest oval courses for drivers, as it is sometimes referred to as “Martinsville on steroids.” This 1.058-mile track completed in 1990 is mostly flat with 1° straights and turns varying from 7° to 9°. The frontstretch and backstretch are both exactly 1,500 feet, making it a true oval. This race has had a different champion in each of the past 12 starts, with last year's winners being Brian Vickers in the summer and Matt Kenseth in the fall.
Drivers to Watch
Denny Hamlin (12/1) - Hamlin's odds have more than doubled since he was tabbed with a 5-to-1 price in last year's Camping World RV Sales 301. Not only does Hamlin own the best average finish (9.0) at this venue in the history of NASCAR among drivers with multiple New Hampshire starts, but he has done this with a pedestrian average starting spot of 13.2. Over his past nine starts in Loudon, Hamlin has cranked out five top-3 finishes, which included his second win at this venue in 2012. He also has three top-6 showings in his past six starts this season, including a 6th-place finish at rain-soaked Daytona last week. With double-digit odds, Hamlin should garner your largest wager for Sunday's race.
Jimmie Johnson (5/1) - Sure the odds are miniscule, but Johnson is the clear-cut favorite of this race for good reason. His three career wins, nine top-5's (38%) and 17 top-10's (71%) in 24 Loudon starts have given Johnson the second-best average finish (9.2) among all drivers at this venue with more than one start. Since 2007, he has a single-digit finish in 12-of-14 New Hampshire races. Also, consider that before last week's crash at Daytona, Johnson had pounded out seven straight top-10 finishes, including three victories (Charlotte, Dover and Michigan). Although Johnson doesn't offer a big payday, you should still save some of your betting dollars for the No. 48 car on Sunday.
Ryan Newman (40/1) - A great value pick for Camping World RV Sales 301 is Newman, who has long odds despite his 14.0 average finish at this venue which ranks 10th among active drivers. In 24 career Loudon starts, Newman has banged out 15 top-10 finishes (63%), which includes three victories in 2002, 2005 and 2011. Last fall, Newman won his seventh career pole position at New Hampshire, which is quite impressive considering Jeff Gordon (4 poles) is the only other NASCAR driver with more than two poles at this venue. Newman has also been shooting up the points standings over the past month with an average finish of 12.0 over his past five starts, which includes a third-place showing in Kentucky two weeks ago. At 40-to-1, you should drop a small wager on Newman in hopes that he can bring home his fourth New Hampshire title.
Tony Stewart (20/1) - His odds keep rising in this New Hampshire July race, as Stewart had 6-to-1 odds in the summer of 2012, 12-to-1 odds last July and now he's a legitimate darkhorse at 20-to-1. Considering how much success he's had in this New England venue (14 top-5's in 29 starts), this price tag seems almost too good to be true. Stewart's 11.9 average finish at Loudon ranks fourth among active drivers, as he's taken home the checkered flag three times, in 2000, 2005 and 2011, and has been the race's runner-up finisher five times (1999, 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011). Because Stewart usually heats up in the summer months, placing a one-unit wager on the No. 14 car appears to be a sound strategy for Sunday.
Aric Almirola (200/1) - Last week's winner at Daytona was quite a surprise, especially since Almirola was a 60-to-1 longshot. But that is nothing compared to the 200-to-1 price tag given to him for Sunday's race. Almirola has made only seven career starts in New Hampshire, but his best finish occurred last July when he placed 5th despite a mediocre starting spot of 17th. And with last week's victory, he now has top-8 finishes in four of his past 15 races this season. Lightning may not strike twice in a two-week span, but if it's the monster payout you crave, place that one-unit bet on Almirola.
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Driver Handicaps: New Hampshire
By: Jeff Wackerlin
MRN.com's detailed notes and statistics to help you set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Who's HOT at New Hampshire
• Jimmie Johnson has finished ninth or better, including a win in this event in 2010, in 12 of his last 14 starts.
• Brad Keselowski leads all drivers with a 5.6 average finish in the last five races.
• Brian Vickers, the defending race winner, has finished in the top 10 in his last three starts.
• Matt Kenseth is coming of his first win and second consecutive top 10.
• Two-time winner Denny Hamlin leads all drivers with 343 laps led in the last four races with current tire combination.
• Kasey Kahne, winner of this event in 2010, and Clint Bowyer each have two top fives in the last four races.
• Kyle Busch finished second in both races last season.
• Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in average finish over the last 10 races (7.6).
Who to Keep an Eye On at New Hampshire
• Chip Ganassi Racing (Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray) Michael Waltrip Racing (Vickers, Bowyer, Jeff Burton), Richard Childress Racing (Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard) and Hendrick Motorsports (Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gordon, Johnson, Kahne) each tested at New Hampshire.
• Team Penske (Keselowski and Joey Logano) tested at The Milwaukee Mile.
• Carl Edwards and Jeff Burton both finished in the top 10 at New Hampshire last season. Burton will be returning behind the wheel of the No. 66 Toyota.
• Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman each have a win in the last six races at New Hampshire. Stewart led 84 laps last year in this event and was running second on the last lap when he ran out of fuel. Newman's crew chief Luke Lambert led Burton to consecutive top 10s last season at RCR.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has the fifth best driver rating at New Hampshire, is coming off his fifth top 10 at the track with Hendrick Motorsports.
• Greg Biffle is coming off his third top 10 in the last five races at New Hampshire.
Tire Notes: Teams will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires that they have run at New Hampshire since 2012. Jimmie Johnson (4.8), Brad Keselowski (6.5), Brian Vickers (8.0), Jeff Gordon (8.5) and Denny Hamlin (9.0) round out the top five in average finish in that four race span. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Hamlin (343), Kyle Busch (173) and Matt Kenseth (140) lead in laps led.
MRN.com Staff Picks
Jeff Wackerlin: Kasey Kahne
Pete Pistone: Kevin Harvick
Dustin Long: Kevin Harvick
John Singler: Kevin Harvick
Top 20 Driver Notes - Ordered by Current Standings
Jeff Gordon: Is a three-time winner at New Hampshire but has not visited Victory Lane there since 1998. Gordon, who leads all drivers with a 7.6 average finish in the last 10 races at New Hampshire, tested at the track last month. This weekend, he will debut a new car (chassis No. 881) in the Camping World RV Sales 301.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Coming off his fifth top 10 in 12 starts at New Hampshire with Hendrick Motorsports. Earnhardt and the No. 88 team tested last month at New Hampshire and will bring back the same car (chassis No. 857) they utilized for that test. This is also the same car he finished seventh with at Richmond International Raceway.
Jimmie Johnson: Coming off fourth consecutive finish of seventh or better at New Hampshire. Johnson's average finish of 4.8 in that span is the best among all drivers and all of those races have come with the current tire combination. His last of three wins came in this event in 2010 after leading only nine laps. The No. 48 team tested at New Hampshire last month and will bring back the same chassis (No. 832) that Johnson finished 32nd with at Richmond International Raceway.
Brad Keselowski: The defending pole winner. He has finished sixth or better in four of the last five races. Keselowski's average finish of 6.5 is second-best among all drivers in the last four races with the current tire combination. The No. 2 team tested at The Milwaukee Mile and will be bringing the same car (chassis No. 906) that Keselowski finished fourth with at Richmond.
Matt Kenseth: Coming off first win in 28 starts. Kenseth finished ninth last year in this event and combined to lead 139 laps in the two 2013 races. Last season marked his first New Hampshire starts with Joe Gibbs Racing and it was his best season performance at the track since finishing in the top 10 in both races in 2007 with Roush Fenway Racing.
Joey Logano: Posted a 27.0 average finish last season at New Hampshire in his first two track starts with Team Penske. Logano does have four top 10s in his previous eight starts with Joe Gibbs Racing, including a win in this event in 2009 that was cut short by rain. Logano will look to post his first top 10 at NHMS with Penske driving the same car (chassis No. 905) that he won with at Richmond International Raceway. The No. 22 team also tested at The Milwaukee Mile in preparation for Sunday's race.
Carl Edwards: Finished in the top 10 in both races at New Hampshire last season. Edwards will return in the same car (chassis No. 886) that he finished ninth with at Richmond International Raceway.
Ryan Newman: Tested last week at New Hampshire in preparation for his first track start with Richard Childress Racing. Newman does have three wins in previous 24 starts, with the last coming in this event in 2011 with Stewart-Haas Racing. This weekend, Newman will return in the same car he used in the test and last finished eighth with at Richmond International Raceway.
Kyle Busch: Finished second in both events last season. Busch has yet to start worse than 12th in the last four races, which includes a pole in this event in 2012. His combined laps-led total of 173 ranks second among all drivers in the four races with the current tire combination.
Paul Menard: Still seeking first top 10 at New Hampshire. Menard tested there last week and will return in the same car (chassis No. 448) that he last finished 24th with at Richmond International Raceway.
Kevin Harvick: Making first New Hampshire start with Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick has 13 top 10s, including one win, in 26 previous starts with Richard Childress Racing. Crew chief Rodney Childers helped lead Brian Vickers to the win in this race last year. This weekend, Harvick will return in the same car (chassis No. 868) that he finished 11th with at Richmond International Raceway.
Clint Bowyer: Has posted a 9.3 average finish in four New Hampshire starts with Michael Waltrip Racing. Bowyer won the 2010 fall race with Richard Childress Racing after leading 177 laps, but was handed a huge penalty for post-race infractions. This weekend, Bowyer will return in the same car (chassis No. 798) that he recently tested with at New Hampshire.
Austin Dillon: Will make first Sprint Cup start at New Hampshire. Tested last week at the track and will use that car (chassis No. 477) in the Camping World RV Sales 301.
Denny Hamlin: Last of two wins came in the 2012 fall race at New Hampshire. Although he failed to lead any laps last season, his 343 laps-led total leads all drivers in the four races with the current tire combination. Last year, Hamlin finished 21st and 12th, respectively. His 9.0 average finish overall (16 races) leads all drivers.
Greg Biffle: Finished third last fall for his ninth top 10 in 23 starts at New Hampshire. Biffle, who won the 2008 September race, will return in the same car (chassis No. 856) that he last finished 18th with at Martinsville Speedway.
Brian Vickers: Defending race winner, leading 16 laps of that event. Vickers' 8.0 average finish in the last four races with the current tire combination ranks third among all drivers. The No. 55 team tested at New Hampshire and will bring back the same car (chassis No. 805) that Vickers last finished 14th with at Kansas Speedway.
Kyle Larson: Tested at New Hampshire in preparation for his first Sprint Cup start at "The Magic Mile."
Kasey Kahne: Won this race in 2012 after leading 66 laps. Kahne has posted the best starting average (7.1) in the last nine races, including four times qualifying second. The No. 5 team tested at New Hampshire and will bring the same car (chassis No. 815) that Kahne last finished 14th with at Richmond International Raceway.
Marcos Ambrose: Only top 10 in 10 starts came in this race in 2011. Ambrose has yet to finish in the top 15, or lead a lap, in his last five starts.
Tony Stewart: Last of three wins at New Hampshire came in the 2011 fall race. Last year in this race, Stewart led 84 laps and was running second on the final lap when he ran out of fuel. This weekend, Stewart will return in the same car (chassis No. 792) he raced last year at NHMS and most recently at Richmond International Raceway, where he finished 25th.
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Starting Lineup Breakdown
By Bob Pockrass
Here’s a breakdown of the lineup for Sunday:
1. Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota — Finished second in both races last year at New Hampshire. After being upside-down last week at Daytona, he could use something good to happen for him, and he got it with the pole . He’ll be fast Sunday, too.
2. Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet — Has three career Cup wins at New Hampshire. But no matter the history, it’s Johnson. He’s fast everywhere.
3. Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota — This used to be one of the tracks where he could be counted on to be a factor — he led 343 laps and had a first and a second in 2012 alone. Probably wasn’t considered a factor until the stout performances by he and Kyle Busch in qualifying.
4. Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet — Has three career Cup wins at New Hampshire and led 84 laps in his last visit to the track. Has a good starting spot, so very well could be a factor Sunday.
5. Jamie McMurray, Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet — McMurray’s fifth at New Hampshire last September was his first top-10 at the track in his last six starts. Maybe his testing there a few weeks ago will help. Maybe not.
6. Joey Logano, Team Penske No. 22 Ford — Won his first career race in a rain-shortened June 2009 race at New Hampshire. But track isn’t always nice to him — he blew a tire and wrecked in the race last July. And he blew a tire Friday in practice and needed a backup car.
7. Brad Keselowski, Team Penske No. 2 Ford — Had four straight top-six finishes at New Hampshire before an 11th last September. His strength in fuel mileage also could help.
8. Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing No. 15 Toyota — His first career win came at Loudon in 2007. This is his style of track.
9. Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Chevrolet — Led 98 laps and finished 10th at New Hampshire last September, capping an emotional week when he found out that sponsor NAPA was leaving his MWR team.
10. Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet — A former New Hampshire winner, he had a great car last year before a hard crash and then a bizarre interview when he couldn’t hear the questions amid the car noise outside the media center. Hoping for a better race and a better soundbite this time.
11. Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet — Gordon won three Cup races from 1995-1998 at New Hampshire. That was a long time ago, but the points leader still knows how to get around the track.
12. Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet — Harvick won a Cup race at New Hampshire back in 2006 but this has not been one of his better tracks.
13. Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet — First trip in a Cup car to New Hampshire. And he was fast in practice. But his real test will be patience in the race as a few bad weeks have dropped him below the Chase cutoff.
14. Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing No. 99 Ford — When he announces where he’s going next year (expected to be Joe Gibbs Racing), don’t expect it in a prime-time special nor a letter to fans.
15. Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota — Kenseth won the last race at New Hampshire in September. With the changes in the cars this year, that probably doesn’t mean much.
16. Paul Menard, Richard Childress Racing No. 27 Chevrolet — Blew a tire in testing at New Hampshire a couple of weeks ago. That’s why you test. Bet the team doesn’t blow a tire Sunday.
17. Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 Toyota — Won at Loudon a year ago and hopes to have another career moment Sunday. But looking at where he and the other 2013 NHMS winner (Kenseth) are starting, a lot can change in a year.
18. Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet — Team lost 10 points after having too much separation from the height of the track bar from one end to the other. More frustrating? Starting 18th at New Hampshire.
19. Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford — Entered the weekend on a huge high from Daytona victory. And he should — it was 125 races and seven years of Cup racing in the making. But things turned sour Saturday morning with a crash in practice. He'll go to a backup and start at the rear Sunday.
20. AJ Allmendinger, JTG Daugherty Racing No. 47 Chevrolet — Allmendinger made his NASCAR debut in a truck race at New Hampshire in September 2006. A lot has happened since then, but it looks like he’s found a NASCAR home.
21. Marcos Ambrose, Richard Petty Motorsports No. 9 Ford — Not a good track for Ambrose, and he’ll need some strategy to get t rack position.
22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford — Hard to believe how far he’s fallen in the standings. He’s 28th in the points. You-know-who is 27th.
23. Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet — Dillon ran pretty well at New Hampshire with a pair of top-three finishes in Nationwide and a second in the trucks. He tested there a few weeks ago so don’t rule out a solid finish as he comes off career-best Cup finish of fifth.
24. Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet — Won the modified all-star race Friday at the track. That’s nice, but he needs a win in the big stock cars and had expected to start higher than this.
25. Justin Allgaier, HScott Motorsports No. 51 Chevrolet — First Cup race for Allgaier at New Hampshire could be a long one. Not his type of track.
26. David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Ford — With restrictor-plate races done for the regular season, his hopes to make the Chase have taken a hit.
27. Greg Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 Ford — Biffle and Kahne talked this week about Daytona crash. No hard feelings but Biffle would probably want a suggestion on car setup this week.
28. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet — Could this be his first victory at New Hampshire? Look where he’s starting. When thinking of places for his first victory, more likely in two weeks at Indianapolis.
29. Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Chevrolet — A 37th and 27th in her two starts at New Hampshire. This could be a long day although 301 laps at New Hampshire goes by pretty quick.
30. Jeff Burton, Michael Waltrip Racing No. 66 Toyota — Second Cup race of the season for Burton, which will at least help when he’s in the NBC broadcast booth next year.
31. Casey Mears, Germain Racing No. 13 Chevrolet — Coming off a fourth-place finish at Daytona, this is a disappointing starting spot for Mears.
32. Josh Wise, Phil Parsons Racing No. 98 Chevrolet — Not a good track for Wise but at least no drama as far as his sponsor this week..
33. David Gilliland, Front Row Motorsports No. 38 Ford — Good news is that he had his career Loudon best a year ago. Bad news is that was 18th.
34. Landon Cassill, Hillman Racing No. 40 Chevrolet — Looking to bounce back after being among those wrecked at Daytona.
35. Cole Whitt, BK Racing No. 26 Toyota — Fastest of the four BK Racing cars in qualifying.
36. Alex Bowman, BK Racing No. 23 Toyota — Enjoyed career - best finish last week at Daytona with a 13th.
37. Reed Sorenson, Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 36 Chevrolet — With five DNFs this year, he needs to bring this one home clean.
38. Ryan Truex, BK Racing No. 83 Toyota — Has one top-30 finish this year. This might be a place for him to get another one.
39. Michael Annett, Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7 Chevrolet — Was fifth last year in Nationwide race at track. But for him, this will be about being some on the track and beating some by attrition.
40. Eddie MacDonald, Go FAS Racing No. 32 Ford — Making his Cup debut, the Massachusetts driver has a Nationwide and a truck start at the track.
41. Mike Bliss, BK Racing No. 93 Toyota — A late entry, this car is giving the field 43 starters.
42. Timmy Hill, Nemco Motorsports No. 87 Toyota — Young driver being given an opportunity in car that typically runs when Joe Nemechek is not in the No. 66 car.
43. Morgan Shepherd, Circle Sport Racing No. 33 Chevrolet — Will break his own record as the oldest starter ever for a Cup race. On race day, he’ll be 72 years, 9 months and 1 day old. He did start a race earlier this year at Phoenix but you have to question being about 11 mph off the pole speed at a 1-mile track.
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Camping World RV Sales 301 Post-Practice Betting Notes
By: Micah Roberts
LAS VEGAS – Brad Keselowski was fastest in the final two practice sessions Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, making him the driver to beat in Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301. Not only was Keselowski fast in single lap times, but he also had the best 10-consecutive lap average in the final session.
Keselowski is one of three drivers to finish within the top five at both Phoenix and Richmond, which had already made him one of the strongest candidates to win prior to Saturday's practices. The setup requirements at Phoenix and Richmond are similar to what is needed at New Hampshire, and both Penske drivers, Keselowski and Joey Logano, are among three drivers that have finished in the top five in both races. Keselowski is using the same chassis he ran fourth with at Richmond.
Logano, who is using his winning chassis from Richmond, didn't have practices as strong Keselowski, but he should still be considered a candidate to win on his home track. He won his first career race at New Hampshire and should be in line to get another top five this week, maybe even a win.
Jeff Gordon has three career wins at New Hampshire, and his 8.6 average finish over the past 20 races there is the best among all drivers. Like Keselowski and Logano, he finished within the top five at Phoenix and Richmond. Gordon was blazing fast in practice and looks like the top candidate to beat Keselowski this week. In Saturday's early session he had the best 10-consecutive lap average, showing that he'll be good in long runs.
Early in the week we thought Ryan Newman or Carl Edwards presented the best long shot value, but after practice, Jamie McMurray looks the best candidate. He was fast in short and long runs and has the look of possibily getting his best career finish at New Hampshire, which was fourth in 2010. He finished fifth last fall.