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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on July 11, 2011

It’s back to Sunday afternoon racing for the Sprint Cup Series when they make their way to Loudon, New Hampshire at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  This 1-mile oval hosted its first Sprint Cup Series race in 1993, which Rusty Wallace won.  The track doesn’t have much banking (2°/7° turns) for the boys to use so speeds tend to be lower.

The 2010 chasers have been hot lately, holding the top five average finish positions over the last 5 races of the season.  The 2010 chasers have also fared well at the track with 10 of them having at least one career victory.  It looks like it could be another tough race to pick the three non-chasers.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Kyle Busch
No one has done better over the last 5 races this season than Kyle Busch.  He’s averaging a 4.6 place finish and moved up two spots to take the points lead after his win last week.  When Busch is on, it can be scary, and it’s looking like he’s getting into that ON position.  Adding his recent record at New Hampshire to this and you can see why he is the chaser to beat this week.  Over his past four races at the track Busch has three top ten finishes with one top five.  His confidence is up, and he’s going to a track that he knows he can dominate.  That’s a tough combination for the rest of the field.

Alternate Chaser: Jeff Gordon
Gordon is one driver that shouldn’t be intimidated by Kyle Busch’s recent success.  (Mostly because Gordon was way, way, more successful than Busch when he was that young.)  Gordon has raced here 32 times with 3 wins, 14 top five and 18 top ten finishes.  His 11th place average finish is 3rd best among active drivers.  Gordon has also been pretty dang good over the last five races this season.  He’s averaging a 7.2 place finish in that span with a win, 2 top five, and 4 top ten finishes.  Don’t count out the 4-time series champion.  Only 14% of you owned Gordon last week.  He could get you big points that others miss out on.

Ryan Newman
Flyin’ Ryan Newman has had a very solid season with 5 top five and 8 top ten finishes, sitting 9th in the point standings.  New Hampshire Motor Speedway could be where he gets his first win of the season.  Newman has won here twice already in 18 races and has 5 top five along with 12 top ten finishes.  His average finish of 13th at the track isn’t too shabby either.  He was on 40% of the fantasy teams last week, so a lot of you already know he’s good.  It’s time for others to jump on the bandwagon and pick up the points Newman will earn you this weekend.

Joey Logano
Earlier in the season I said that this would be Logano’s make or break season, and at first I thought he would break, but the recent surge he has put on may save his season and possibly keep him around the series longer.  Logano is averaging a 10.4 place finish over the past five races (6th best) and has done well at this track.  He got his one and only career victory here in 2009.  Logano has only raced here 5 times, but the win and a 9th place finish shows that he is a contender to do well.

Dark Horse: David Reutimann
After last week’s 2nd place finish Reutimann moved up 2 spots to 24th in points.  NHMS isn’t necessarily similar to Kentucky, but it gives him some desperately needed confidence that he can race with the big boys and contend.  Reutimann does have some success in New Hampshire as well with a top five and 2 top ten finishes at the track since 2009.  So, take the confidence from a 2nd place run last week and add in some confidence in a track he’s done well at, and that equals a dark horse worth having on your team.  Less than 2% of you had him on your team last week.  Give him a try this week and he could get you big points that no one else will have.

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