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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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.
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