Comments: NASCAR Picks for New Hampshire

Comments: NASCAR Picks for New Hampshire

With a rainy, wild weekend at Daytona in the books, the Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this season for the first of two races at the flat, 1.0-mile oval. Given the lack of banking (but somewhat sizable straightaways), it is no surprise that passing is difficult at New Hampshire. Getting alongside a car is one thing, but completing a pass is an entirely different task. On top of that, drivers have to be sure not to abuse their brakes as they work their way through the field. Needless to say, track position is crucial and crew chiefs will no doubt be toying with tire and pit strategy throughout the race in order to get their drivers into position to win when it matters most.

Unlike last weekend's race at Daytona where just about any driver had a shot at picking up a decent finish, New Hampshire has largely been dominated by a small group of drivers. Yes, some other drivers have broken through and reached victory lane, but there is a clear gap between the top few drivers (especially Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon) and everyone else as far as consistency goes. With that in mind, I highly recommend starting with a strong core when assembling fantasy lineups for New Hampshire and filling in the rest of the spots with middle-tier options and sleepers. You could also try the opposite strategy and try to gain ground on the rest of your league by going with a more unconventional lineup, but that strategy is much more likely to backfire than it is to pay off this weekend.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  2. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/3M
  3. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  4. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  5. Matt Kenseth, Dolllar General/DeWalt
  6. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  7. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  8. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  9. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  10. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  11. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Great Clips
  12. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  13. Brian Vickers, Aaron's Dream Machine
  14. Carl Edwards, Arris/Stanley
  15. Greg Biffle, Ortho
  16. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  17. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  18. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  19. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  20. Kyle Larson, Target
  21. Paul Menard, Menards
  22. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  23. Austin Dillon, Dow Chemical/Cheerios
  24. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  25. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  26. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Zest/Fastenal
  27. Casey Mears, GEICO
  28. Danica Patrick,
  29. Justin Allgaier, Brandt
  30. Reed Sorenson, Golden Corral
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