Race: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
Track: New Hampshire Speedway (Loudon, New Hampshire)
Track length: 1.0 Mile (Asphalt)
Distance: 318.5 Miles (301 laps)
Defending Champion: Denny Hamlin
Welcome back NASCAR fans! Last week at Kentucky, Martin Truex put on another clinic and looked like the Truex of old as he dominated the 1.5 mile track for the victory. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t see anyone dominating the race and Truex was the least likely that I saw and it cost me. It looks like the Toyotas have closed the gap on Stewart Haas Racing but don’t look past the Penske drivers as they had a great showing. And now heading to a track they traditionally like, they’re in the discussion and poised for a win.
We head to the Monster Mile this week in Loudon, New Hampshire. Prices aren’t released yet due to the time I’m writing this so there isn’t a price next to the drivers below. As everyone knows, qualifying position can move a lot of value on drivers so that will be reflected in the Made, Trade, & Fade writeup on Saturday. Let’s get into a few drivers to watch as we head into the action this week.
Drivers to Watch
Martin Truex Jr.: As I mentioned earlier, dominated last week at Kentucky. We now head to a track that he has never won at, although he calls Loudon his home track. In his L4 races at New Hampshire, Truex has led at least 112 laps in each race and finished in the T7 in 3 of them. He’s also started no worse than 5th in those 4 races. Truex has the momentum and wants to win here, which is a dangerous combination for the defending Monster Cup Champion. I expect another great showing out of Truex with the possibility of dominating again.
Daniel Suarez: In his only two Cup starts here last year, he finished 8th and 6th. He qualified outside of the T10 in both races and averaged a place differential of 12.5 last year at Loudon. Joe Gibbs Racing has been good here so it’s no surprise that Suarez did well here last year. His qualifying position and price will matter a lot when I determine his usage so we will keep an eye on him.
Austin Dillon: Has done a little better in the July race v. September race but he’s been fairly consistent as a top half driver. In his 8 career races, he is averaging a 14.8 finish with a place differential of 6.7. In his 4 July races, he has been in the T15 every race with an 8th place finish in 2015. A qualifying result in the 20s would make him a target but understand a T10 may be the highest ceiling for him right now.
The Cup cars get on the track Friday for a practice in the early afternoon before qualifying in the evening. However we get two more practices Saturday so there is plenty of track time to assess for lineup building this week. I would expect the DFS preview to be posted around the time of the Xfinity race Saturday (3PM CST) or during. Be sure to check it out as @SDBoyle1 will be back this week and he always has a matchup play ready to go!