NASCAR Picks for New Hampshire
Kurt Busch, #78 Furniture Row, Furniture Row Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Busch rolls into New Hampshire having logged seven top-15s in his last eight starts, including three straight finishes of sixth or better. Meanwhile, Busch is also a three-time winner at New Hampshire. In his last 10 starts at the track, he has logged six top-10 finishes. Busch has finished sixth or better in five of his starts during the stretch, so he has plenty of upside this weekend.
Joey Logano, #22 Shell-Pennzoil, Penske Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Although he used fuel strategy to win in just his second start at New Hampshire, Logano has continued to pile up solid finishes. He has finished in the top 15 in five of his last six starts at the track, including four straight. In general, Logano has been one of the more underrated flat track options in the series the last couple of years, and he definitely deserves consideration from fantasy owners this weekend.
Kyle Busch, #18 Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries, Joe Gibbs Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Despite being a former New Hampshire winner, Busch has had mixed results at New Hampshire throughout his career as his 16.7 average finish at the track suggests. In fact, Busch has failed to crack the top 10 in his last four starts at New Hampshire. He always has potential to get to victory lane, but fantasy owners may want to save Busch for another week in Yahoo! leagues and other similar formats.
Greg Biffle, #16 3M/Bondo, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Biffle is one of the harder drivers to judge this weekend. He won at New Hampshire in dominating fashion in the fall of 2008, but the victory is one of only four finishes of ninth or better in his last nine starts at the track. That being said, Biffle has also managed to crack the top 20 in all nine races during the stretch. At the very least, Biffle should salvage a decent day for fantasy owners, but his strong showings at the track have been sporadic.
Martin Truex, Jr., #56 NAPA Auto Parts, Michael Waltrip Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Throughout his career, New Hampshire has been a track where Truex has always been able to be competitive. He owns a 14.9 average finish in 14 starts and has only finished outside the top 20 on three occasions. Truex is currently riding a streak of five straight top-20s at New Hampshire, and he has finished eighth and 11th in his last two starts at the track in the July event.
Carl Edwards, #99 Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class B]
The good news for Edwards is that he has made 17 Cup starts at New Hampshire and has only finished outside the top 20 once. On the flip side, he has only finished inside the top 10 in three of those starts. In other words, Edwards' upside is limited this weekend, so fantasy owners in Yahoo! leagues and other similar formats will probably want to save him for another week.
Jeff Burton, #31 Caterpillar/Cheerios, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Although he is a four-time winner at New Hampshire, Burton hasn't been to victory lane at the track since 2000. He hasn't finished in the top 10 at the track in his last eight starts either, but he has cracked the top 15 six times during the stretch. Burton certainly won't carry fantasy rosters this weekend, but he could sneak out a top-15 and make a decent sleeper option.
A.J. Allmendinger, #47 Kingsford/Clorox, JTG Daugherty Racing [Yahoo Class C]
Allmendinger didn't participate in either race at New Hampshire last year, but he could make a serviceable sleeper option when he returns this weekend. After all, he has finished 12th or better in three of his last four starts at the track. Allmendinger has also finished in the top 20 in five of his eight Cup starts this year, so a decent run wouldn't be out of the norm.
Juan Montoya, #42 Target, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class B]
He has had a couple of strong runs at New Hampshire during his career, including a ninth-place effort in the fall of 2011. He has also finished in the top 15 in three of the four flat track races this season. However, Montoya's overall numbers at the track have been below average, so there is definitely plenty of risk involved with Montoya this weekend.
Paul Menard, #27 Menards, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class B]
His 25.5 average finish at New Hampshire leaves a lot to be desired, and he is still looking for his first top-10 at the track. That being said, he has been trending upward lately. Menard has improved his finishing position in four straight starts at New Hampshire, culminating in a 12th-place run last fall. If the trend continues, he could be a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners.
Marcos Ambrose, #9 Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools, Richard Petty Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]
With a 21.0 average finish in eight starts at New Hampshire, Ambrose obviously isn't a great fantasy option. However, he has been decent in the summer race in recent years. Ambrose has cracked the top 20 in the last three July events at New Hampshire, logging a pair of top-15 finishes during the stretch. Fantasy owners might be able to sneak a top-20 finish out of him this weekend.
Jamie McMurray, #1 McDonald's/Cessna, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class B]
After some success at New Hampshire early in his career, McMurray has really struggled at the track lately. He has managed just a single top-10 finish in his last 16 starts. Worse yet, he has managed just a single top-15 finish in his last 10 starts at New Hampshire. McMurray has minimal fantasy value at best.
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