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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the New Hampshire 301

On an average weekend, a Sprint Cup event at an oval track ranges between the 400-500 mile distance, with one race going even farther to hit the 600-mile mark.

Not this weekend.  Instead, it’s a bit shorter but one still must go that extra mile.

Despite not having the sponsorship it had a few years back, New Hampshire has seemed to find it’s niche in having a summer race that isn’t all about even numbers.  Sure, the race has less mileage to complete than many of it’s other larger size tracks, but they wanted to stand out more.  So, why do an even number of laps and miles, when it’s sometimes that extra mile that can make a difference.

One driver this week went the extra mile to get help, because what was originally thought to be allergies turned out to be much more.  He may be NASCAR’s most popular driver, but his decision to not race has received more respect and love since his health is more important than points.

Even knowing the possible replacement driver for next week doesn’t cover up the fact that he put his own body first, instead of trying to compete.  His fans, and fellow competitors, all praise his choice, and look forward to his return.

But the show still goes on, and every writer knows that.  So, without any more waiting, here’s the picks for Sunday’s New Hampshire 301:

 

Misan Akuya:  Tony Stewart

New Hampshire has been a good track for Smoke and Stewart-Haas Racing in general.  In his farewell tour, Stewart has been making some ground with one win, two top-fives, and three top-10’s in the last four races.  Another win in the Granite state would get him to win #50.

Rob Blount:  Joey Logano

No reason given.

Mary Jo Buchanan:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Stephen Conley:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Ryan Newman

Newman is always sneaky good at NH. He could lock up a spot in the chase with a win.

Ashley Hobbs:  Kurt Busch

No reason given.

Ashley Hull:  Denny Hamlin

No reason given.

Kara Martin:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Ashley McCubbin:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Denny Hamlin

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Kurt Busch

The momentum is on Keselowski’s side right now, but Kurt has seen great success here.  I’ll take the 41.

Patti Rodisch:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Ryan Blaney

It’s about time I go back to being bold with my race picks once again.  I saw how well this racer took to New Hampshire Motor Speedway last year and I believe we’ll see more of the same this weekend.  Look for Ryan Blaney to capture his first career Cup win up in my hometown track.

 

Standings after Kentucky:

Ashley McCubbin (571) Kevin Harvick finished 9th – 2

Ashley Hull (556) Brad Keselowski WON – 8

Sal Sigala Jr. (544) Kyle Busch finished 12th – 2

Patti Rodisch (529) Brad Keselowski WON – 3

Dustin Parks (527) Kyle Busch finished 12th – 1

Rob Blount (505) Joey Logano finished 39th – 4

Klarissa Mitchell (476) Matt Kenseth finished 8th – 1

Mary Jo Buchanan (468) Brad Keselowski WON – 3

Billy Fellin (464) Brad Keselowski WON – 2

Rob Tiongson (455) Kyle Busch finished 12th – 2

Misan Akuya (433) Joey Logano finished 39th – 3

Ashley Hobbs (423) Brad Keselowski WON – 2

Kara Martin (409) NO PICK SENT – 1

Stephen Conley (384) Jimmie Johnson finished 32nd – 1

 

Summary of Picks:

Kurt Busch-2

Kyle Busch-2

Denny Hamlin-2

Martin Truex Jr-2

Ryan Blaney-1

Kevin Harvick-1

Joey Logano-1

Ryan Newman-1

Tony Stewart-1

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