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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on September 21, 2011

Fuel was the main issue in Chicago, allowing Tony Stewart to jump up in the standing to 2nd place and Kevin Harvick take the lead.  With the new points format most of the chasers are still in it, although Kenseth, Gordon, and Hamlin have their work cut out for them.  Will they be able to rebound this week in New Hampshire?  Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin have fared well here in the past, so maybe they can get back into the hunt for the title.

Overall, the race in Chicago was clean, and pretty much incident free, with the chasers taking 8 of the top 10 spots, but New Hampshire isn’t as easy of a track to get out of the way and avoid wrecks.  Will we see some of the chasers collected in messes that they didn’t cause?  Hard to tell, but it should be a more entertaining race than Chicago proved to be.

This Week’s Recommendations

Chaser: Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin’s average finish of 7.2 in New Hampshire is best among active drivers and more than 2 spots better than 2nd place Jimmie Johnson.  Hamlin has won a race here along with 5 top five and 8 top ten finishes in 11 career races.  He finished a miserable 31st last week in Chicago and will be looking to redeem himself.  Hamlin can’t afford another poor effort or his chances at winning his first championship will be over before they really got a chance to begin.

Alternate Chaser: Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman’s three wins here are tied for second best among active drivers.  He has finished the last four races at the track in the top ten.  In 19 career races Newman has finished in the top ten 13 times, and 6 times he has finished in the top 5.  Newman isn’t a glamorous pick compared to some of the other chasers, but he does real well here and has a legitimate shot at winning the race.  If your first week in the chase didn’t go well in Fantasy NASCAR and you have some points to make up, Ryan could be the driver to help get that done.

Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. is having a so-so year sitting 17th in points.  He has a couple top five and eight top ten finishes this season, so he has been able to run up front at times.  His record at New Hampshire is about as so-so as he has been this season.  In 11 career races he Truex has five top ten and 3 top five finishes, averaging a 15th place finish.   He probably won’t go out and win the race this weekend, but he could contend for a top ten finish and probably finish in the top fifteen.

Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer has four top ten finishes in New Hampshire for his career, and two of those were wins.  Over the last four races here Clint was able to finish in the top ten three times with one victory.  Hopefully that trend continues this weekend and he can earn you quite a few fantasy points.

Dark Horse: Jeff Burton
No active driver has more wins in New Hampshire than Jeff Burton.  His four victories leads four other drivers that have three.  The downside is that he’s raced at the track 33 times and only finished in the top ten 13 of those.  He has also finished outside of the top ten the last five times racing here.  In my book that makes him due for a good finish.  He’s having a horrible season with only one top ten finish, and needs to try and get some respectable runs going into 2012.  Maybe this weekend can be one of them.

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