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GANDER OUTDOORS 400

POCANO RACEWAY

2.5 MILES

BANKING Turn 1 14 degrees, Turn 2, 8 degrees, Turn 3, 6 Degrees

July 29th, 2:30PM ET on NBC-SN TV

Is this a road course, a flat track, or a tri-oval? How about all of the above? Only three turns, yet each one is banked slightly differently. When you attend this race in this spectacular part of the country, it is like watching a road course because you can’t really see every turn on the track. There are only six races left before the Playoffs and win here could cement a driver in the Playoff hunt. There is nowhere better than here for a surprise winner. We have seen 16 different drivers win here in the last ten years. Those 16 drivers come from eight different teams. Two teams though have 55% of those wins. Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins in the last ten years, with six – two from Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and one each from Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne. But their last win was in this race in 2014. Joe Gibbs Racing has five wins in the last ten years – one each from Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth and two from Denny Hamlin. That has helped Toyota to get nine wins in the last 12 races. Does Chevrolet or Ford have anything for the Toyota’s? We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our top 10 drivers on flat tracks. Thursday we rank the top 30 drivers for Sunday’s race.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

My #5 driver is the defending champion of this race, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny’s win here last year was his third win here. Denny has 24 starts, three wins, and ten Top 5’s. His team Joe Gibbs Racing has won 40% of the races here in the last ten years and Denny is my #5 ranked flat track driver.  

The #4 pick is my #1 rated flat track driver, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 34 starts, two wins and ten Top 5 finishes. Kevin is #2 hottest over the last six races. His last win was in the Chase race in 2016.

The #3 pick is the hottest driver at the moment, #78 Martin Truex. Martin is the #1 hottest over the last six weeks. Martin has 23 starts here, no wins and ten Top 5’s. Martin has been red hot everywhere this year but here he is ranked #7 on flat tracks.

My #2 driver is the #2 rated flat track driver, #2 Brad Keselowski. Here in the Granite State Brad has 17 starts, one win and has seven total career Top 5’s (41%) including a fourth place in the Playoff race here last year. He is rated #2 for me on flat tracks and has the #2 average finish. Over the last six weeks, he is #6 hottest.  

My #1 pick is the most recent winner here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 26 starts, three wins and ten Top 5’s. Kyle is a very good flat track driver and his win here last year shows he knows how to get it done.  His team Joe Gibbs Racing, so far this year, has won five of the last six races here.  

Monday look our preview the Gander Outdoors 400.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 DRIVERS:FOXWOOD’S 301

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

 

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  3. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  4. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  5. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  6. MATT KENSETH #6
  7. JOEY LOGANO #22
  8. KYLE LARSON #42
  9. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  10. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  11. RYAN BLANEY #21
  12. KURT BUSCH #41
  13. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  14. ERIK JONES #20
  15. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  16. CLINT BOWYER #14
  17. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  18. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  19. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  20. PAUL MENARD #21
  21. A. J. ALMENDINGER #47
  22. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  23. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  24. TY DILLON #13
  25. KASEY KAHNE #95
  26. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  27. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  28. DARRELL WALLACE #43
  29. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  30. DAVID RAGAN #38

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST KENTUCKY

  1. FURNITURE ROW RACING (LW #1)
  2. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #2)
  3. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #3)
  4. TEAM PENSKE (LW #4)
  5. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #5)

 

  1. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #6)
  2. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #7)
  3. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #8)
  4. JTG RACING (LW #9)
  5. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (LW #10)

 

For the fourth week in a row we see Furniture Row Racing at the #1 spot. Not only did they hold their place all the teams held their spots. Stewart Haas Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske and Hendrick Motorsports all stay put in the Top 5. Even the big exciting win from Erik Jones can’t move his team up. Chip Ganassi Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Richard Childress Racing, JTG Racing and Roush Fenway Racing all also stay in place this week. This is the third week in a row we have seen the Top 10 frozen. As we roll into a race in New Hampshire I’ll be surprised if we see a great amount of movement next week.

 

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers at New Hampshire.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: FLAT TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  3. KYLE BUSCH #18
  4. MATT KENSETH #6
  5. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  6. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  7. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  8. KYLE LARSON #42
  9. JOEY LOGANO #22
  10. KURT BUSCH #41

Top 10 on Flat tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s Foxwood’s 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

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FOXWOODS 301
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
July 22nd, 2:00PM on NBCSN TV
1.05 Miles, 7 Degrees of Banking

This week the drivers of the NASCAR circuit head north to the Granite State, to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The track is located about 75 miles from downtown Boston and easily reached from Portland, ME and Providence, RI. This very flat 1.05 mile track always provides a very interesting race. The introduction of stage racing has really tracks like this both races last year were helped by the three stage format. Sadly it was too little, too late and we lost the September race to Las Vegas so this will be the only stop here this season. Seven different teams have won here in the last ten years. Joe Gibbs Racing has eight of those wins, Hendrick Motorsports, Team Penske and Stewart Haas Racing have three each.  Richard Childress Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and the now defunct Michael Waltrip Racing have one each. Toyota has really dominated here with nine wins in the last twenty races, including five of the last six races. With just seven races to go before the ten-race Playoffs, some of the drivers will be getting even more aggressive than usual. Because of the flat, tight turns there is always beatin’ and bangin’ on this track. Which driver can get one race closer to locking himself into the Playoffs? We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on tracks like New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

QUAKER STATE 400 from KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY

My #5 driver has never won here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin sits #2 in points and #3 hottest over the last six weeks. He has never finished here in the Top 5 but he five straight Top 10 finishes. Also he has won in the Camping World Truck Series and in the Xfinity Series here in the Commonwealth.

My #4 driver has not only never won here, he has never finished Top 5, #20 Erik Jones. Erik is #6 hottest over the last six weeks and more importantly coming off a bif win Saturday night at Daytona. His only start was last year and he finished 6th

My #3 driver to watch has won here before –three times!- #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad won the Cup race here two years ago,  two years before that and two years before that. Brad has also won in the Xfinity Series. Brad comes in here 5th in points and #6 hottest over the last six weeks.  Brad who is known as a high risk high reward driver finished 37 here last year. But he is three time Cup and Xfinity winner.

My #2 driver is very hot right now, #78 Martin Truex Jr. Martin is #1 hottest over the last six weeks. Here he has seven starts and one Top 5 finishes. That was his win here last year, making him the defending champion of this race. Almost more importantly he is #1 ranked on tracks like this. 

The #1 driver to watch won here in the Camping World Truck series, the Xfinity series, AND was the first driver to win here in the Monster Energy Cup series, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle won Kentucky Speedway’s debut Monster Energy race and won again three years ago. In his seven races five have been Top 5’s. The highest percentage of any driver. He has 12 wins in all three series here, will he make it 13? We’ll find out Saturday night.

Monday look for our preview of the Foxwoods 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.