RACE PREVIEW

GANDER RV 400

POCANO RACEWAY

2.5 MILES

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

July 28th, 3:00PM ET on NBC-SN TV

Stages end 50/100/160 Laps

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 14 different drivers win here in the last ten years. Those 14 drivers come from eight different teams. Two teams though combined have 65% of those wins. Joe Gibbs Racing has the most wins in the last ten years, with seven – three from Kyle Busch, two from Denny Hamlin and one each from now Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth. That has helped Toyota to get five wins in the last eight races. Hendrick Motorsports has six wins in the last ten years, two each from Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and one each from Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne. Jimmie of course is the only driver still on the team and their last win was in this race in 2014. 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 starting to heat up like July, #42 Kyle Larson. Kyle is 13th in points but he is #5 hottest over the last six weeks. Here in the Granite State he has nine starts and has four Top 5’s (44%) including two second place finishes in 2017.  He is rated #5 for me on flat tracks.

The #4 pick is the defending champion of this race, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 35 starts, three wins and 11 Top 5 finishes. He is my #2 ranked flat track driver but he is also #11 hottest over the last six races.

My #3 driver is another three time winner, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny’s win here in this race in 2017 was his third win here. Denny has 25 starts, three wins, and nine Top 5’s. His team Joe Gibbs Racing has won 42% of the races here in the last ten years and Denny is my #4 ranked flat track driver. 

The #2 pick is winless here, #19 Martin Truex. Martin is winless but he is getting close. He finished in the Top 5 in his last three straight races. Martin has 25 starts here, no wins and six Top 5’s. Keep in mind three of those Top 5’s came in the last three races. Martin has had some rough races lately and is looking to turn his fortunes around here in New Hampshire.     

My #1 pick is my #1 rated flat track driver and by the way yet another three time winner here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 27 starts, three wins and 11 Top 5’s. Kyle is a very good flat track driver and his latest win in 2017 shows he knows how to get it done.  His team Joe Gibbs Racing, have won the most races so far this season and as I mentioned have won the most here over the last ten years.   

Monday look our preview the Gander Outdoors 400 in Pocano.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 DRIVERS:FOXWOOD’S 301

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  3. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  4. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  5. KYLE LARSON #42
  6. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  7. JOEY LOGANO #22
  8. RYAN BLANEY #12
  9. KURT BUSCH #1
  10. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  11. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  12. DANIEL SUAREZ #41
  13. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  14. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  15. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  16. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  17. ERIK JONES #20
  18. CLINT BOWYER #14
  19. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  20. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  21. PAUL MENARD #21
  22. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  23. TY DILLON #13
  24. DANIEL HEMRIC #8
  25. DARRELL WALLACE #43
  26. RYAN PREECE #47
  27. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  28. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #95
  29. MARK TIFFT #36
  30. DAVID RAGAN #38

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST KENTUCKY

  1. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #1)
  2. TEAM PENSKE (LW #2)
  3. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #5)
  4. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #3)
  5. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #4)
  6. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (LW #6)
  7. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #7)
  8. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #8)
  9. JTG DAUGHERTY RACING (LW #9)
  10.  LEAVINE FAMILY RACING (LW #10)

After two weeks of no change in the Top Ten, this week, we see a shake up. Of course we still find Joe Gibbs Racing at the top spot where they have been for most of the season. Team Penske are just behind JGR on their heels in the #2 place. #1 Kurt Busch got the win in Kentucky and helped move Chip Ganassi Racing up two places to the #3 place. Hendrick Motorsports drop back a position to #4 and Stewart Haas Racing do the same and drop back a place to #5. The bottom five positions remain the same. Roush Fenway Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Richard Childress Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing and Leavine Family Racing all the held their spots.   

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. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  5. KYLE LARSON #42
  6. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  7. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  8. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  9. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  10. KURT BUSCH #1

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

FOXWOODS 301
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
July 21st, 3:00PM on NBCSN TV
1.05 Miles, 7 Degrees of Banking

Stages end: 75/150/301

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 in 2017 were helped by the three stage format. Sadly it was too little, too late and we lost the September race to Las Vegas so like 2018 this will be the only stop here this season. Six different teams have won here in the last ten years. Joe Gibbs Racing has eight of those wins, Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart Haas Racing have three each.  Team Penske and Richard Childress Racing have two wins each. The now defunct Michael Waltrip Racing has one win.  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 30 DRIVERS

Quaker State 400 from KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY  

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  5. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  6. ERIK JONES #20
  7. RYAN BLANEY #12
  8. KURT BUSCH # 1
  9. JOEY LOGANO #22
  10. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  11. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  12. KYLE LARSON # 42
  13. PAUL MENARD #21
  14. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  15. CLINT BOWYER #14
  16. DANIEL SUAREZ #41
  17. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  18. DARRELL WALLACE #43
  19. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  20. DAVID RAGAN #38
  21. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  22. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  23. MICHAEL McDOWELL #34
  24. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  25. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #95
  26. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  27. TY DILLON #13
  28. RYAN PREECE #47
  29. MATT TIFFT #36
  30. DANIEL HEMRIC #8

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in the Quaker State 400.