By: Pete Pistone – @PPistone | MRN.com on July thirteen, 2017 | three:30 P.M. EST&#thirteen;
Kyle Busch, who’s in search of his first win of the season, has completed within the prime 10 in 4 of the final 5 races at New Hampshire, together with a win on this occasion in 2015. (Photograph: Getty Pictures)&#thirteen;
MRN’s Pete Pistone will get you prepared for Sunday’s Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a take a look at a number of the drivers within the subject for the nineteenth Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection race of the season.
Who’s Scorching in New Hampshire
Martin Truex Jr.: Don’t search for a Kentucky runaway like final week for the Furnishings Row Racing driver however Truex Jr. could have some additional pep within the step after his effort within the Bluegrass State. He’s been strong at Loudon during the last 5 races with a mean end of eleven.zero. He mixed to steer 264 laps in each races final season, together with 123 on this occasion final yr till a damaged shifter took him out of rivalry.
Joey Logano: He has the perfect common end during the last 5 New Hampshire races of four.four, together with a win again in 2014. The Staff Penske driver wants a win to lock himself into the playoffs and what higher place for that to return for Logano than at his residence monitor in Loudon.
Kevin Harvick: A primary and fourth was what Harvick placed on the board at Loudon final yr. He’s all the time a menace at “The Magic Mile” and a flat monitor specialist at locations like Loudon and Phoenix the place he all the time spectacular.
Kyle Busch: Nonetheless on the lookout for his first win of the season, Busch brings a string document of Loudon success into Sunday’s race. He has 4 prime-10 finishes in his final 5 New Hampshire begins together with a win within the 2015 season.
Kyle Larson: You’ll be able to’t low cost Larson any week of the season even at New Hampshire the place his numbers aren’t eye-popping. Larson was second two years in the past however his final 4 outings have resulted in finishes no higher than tenth final season. However this yr is totally different for Larson, who is robust on a close to weekly foundation.
Chris Buescher: Final yr’s Cinderella story within the playoff race is near having the clock strike midnight this yr. Buescher solely has eight extra photographs within the common season to duplicate the win he had at Pocono final season and his two New Hampshire finishes are twenty ninth and thirtieth.
Trevor Bayne: The Roush Fenway Racing driver is making an attempt to hitch his teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the winners record this yr and in addition make the playoffs. He’ll have to beat a mean Loudon end of 27.three
Danica Patrick: New Hampshire has seen Patrick have a couple of flashes of operating properly throughout his Cup profession however general her monitor report isn’t the best. Her final 5 begins have averaged a 23.zero end.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: A two-time Cup winner this yr, Stenhouse Jr. may have work to do that weekend to proper the ship at New Hampshire the place he’s struggled in recent times. Final season the Roush Fenway Racing driver posted finishes of tenth and twenty fourth.
Paul Menard: He’s sq. within the dialogue about plans for 2018 however the Richard Childress Racing driver must concentrate on ending up the common season on a robust observe. His New Hampshire document features a 19.6 common end courting again to the 2014 marketing campaign.
Who to Watch in New Hampshire
Clint Bowyer: He has previous success at New Hampshire together with a pair of wins when he was a member of Richard Childress Racing. Nevertheless prior to now 5 races, Loudon has been a problem for Bowyer with a mean end of 24.zero. He appears to show that round in his first monitor begin with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Kurt Busch: The Daytona 500 win looks like a very long time in the past for Busch, who like his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Bowyer has loved previous success at New Hampshire. He did have a prime-5 run in Loudon final fall.
Aric Almirola: He’s again behind the wheel of the Richard Petty Motorsports No. forty three journey this week after recovering from again accidents suffered in a Kansas accident two months in the past. Almirola did end sixth at Loudon in 2014.
Matt Kenseth: Now that he’s formally out of Joe Gibbs Racing at season’s finish it is going to be fascinating to observe Kenseth down the stretch of his last season with the workforce. He’s all the time robust in New Hampshire and has completed first or second within the monitor’s final three races.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: He didn’t race at New Hampshire in any respect final season, lacking each races together with his concussion damage. Earnhardt Jr. must discover a method to Victory Lane within the remaining eight races to make the playoffs. He has a prime-5 at Loudon in 2015.
MRN.com Employees Picks
Pete Pistone: Kevin Harvick
Jeff Wackerlin: Kyle Busch
Robbie Mays: Martin Truex Jr.
Tyler Burnett: Kyle Busch
John Singler: Denny Hamlin