NASCAR Preview 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

The Race for the Lobster trophy is set for this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick has won the last two races at the track and he’s the favorite to win the Foxwood Resort Casino 301 coming in at +350.

Are you ready for a big stat early in an article? According to NASCAR stats, Denny Hamlin has a better overall finish record at New Hampshire than Harvick. Hamlin, at +400 for the race, averages a finishing position of 9.9 at the track with Harvick having an average finish of 12.8.

Another interesting fact to consider this weekend is that New Hampshire is the shortest race on the Cup Series schedule. There is not a lot of time to come from the back to the front multiple times in case a driver has to serve a penalty or is shuffled back due to an unplanned pitstop.

Like last week, every driver at +900 and below for this weekend’s Cup Series race have won at Kansas in their Cup-Series careers. Here are the top-five favorites according to intertops.

Kevin Harvick +350

Denny Hamlin +400

Kyle Busch +600

Martin Truex Jr +800

Chase Elliott +900

I picked Denny Hamlin to win and Brad Keselowski behind him last week at the Super Starr Batteries 400 and they both came through for me. You can read more about my Kansas picks in my article.

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Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Info

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire

Type: 1.058 miles, Oval

Banking: Turns: 2/7°, Straights: 1°

Race Distance:  301 laps,  318.46 miles

Defending Track Winner: Kevin Harvick

TV/Radio: NBC-SN / MRN

Start Time: 3:00 PM Eastern

Wins by manufacturer: Chevrolet 19, Ford 15, Toyota 9, (Dodge 3, Pontiac 2)

Kevin Harvick +350

You just can’t get past the fact that Kevin Harvick has owned this track for the last year winning back-to-back in 2018 and 2019. Overall he’s won at New Hampshire four times in the Cup Series which is the most among active drivers. If Harvick gets to the front he will be hard to beat.

Kyle Busch +600

I’ve faded Kyle Busch a few times over the last few weeks due to inconsistent runs. However, New Hampshire is a track where he can pull everything back together in a short race. I talked about how dominant Harvick is at the track above. The best stat in Kyle Busch’s favor, other than having three wins at the track, is that he has 1128 laps as the leader. Harvick is second among active drivers with 759.

Ryan Blaney +1000

Ryan Blaney is fifth among active drivers at New Hampshire at 12.1 and he’s had strong cars almost all season long. He finished fourth at the track last year and has finished in the top-ten the last three races.

Others I like

Chase Elliott and Joey Logano: Chase Elliott (+900) has been the strongest of the Chevy drivers this season and he has done well at New Hampshire with a fifth-place run in 2018. Joey Logano (+1400) has finished in the top-ten three races in a row at Hew Hampshire and he has two wins at the track.

Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Odds

Kevin Harvick +350

Denny Hamlin +400

Kyle Busch +600

Martin Truex Jr +800

Chase Elliott +900

Ryan Blaney +1000

Brad Keselowski +1000

Joey Logano +1400

Aric Almirola +1800

Kurt Busch +2800

Alex Bowman +3300

Erik Jones +3300

Matt Dibenedetto +3300

Jimmie Johnson +4000

Clint Bowyer +5000

Matt Kenseth +5000

William Byron +5000

Christopher Bell +6600

Tyler Reddick +6600

Cole Custer +6600

Austin Dillon +8000

Ryan Newman +10000

Ricky Stenhouse Jr +20000

Chris Buescher +25000

Darrell Wallace Jr. +30000

Ty Dillon +30000

John Hunter Nemechek +50000

Ryan Preece +50000

Daniel Suarez +75000

Michael McDowell +100000

Brennan Poole +250000

J.J. Yeley +300000

Joey Gase +300000

Timmy Hill +300000

Quinn Houff +300000

Corey Lajoie +300000

Garrett Smithley +300000

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Kent Whitaker is an award-winning author, culinary writer and sports writer. Whitaker's books range from BBQ, Grilling, Tailgating and additional culinary titles to WWII history books, books about NASCAR and racing and titles for kids.

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·      Great American Grilling – Ultimate Backyard Barbecue and Tailgating

·      The Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

·      Smoke in the Mountains - The Art of Appalachian Barbecue

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·      The USS Alabama - The History of the Mighty A

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·      Bullets and Bread - Feeding the Greats and Grunts of WWII

·      Big Mo's Tennis Ball Hunt

·       Why Are the Mountains Smokey?

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