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New Hampshire 301: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/17/16

New Hampshire 301: Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

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We head to Loudon this weekend for the New Hampshire 301, a race that debuted in 1993 and is a little over 318 miles long.  We’re getting closer and closer to the Chase for the Sprint Cup, so it’s show and prove time for everybody in the standings.

Here are some racers to consider for the 2016 New Hampshire 301.

New Hampshire 301: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/17/16

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t had his best season and has finished outside of the top-10 in four straight races. However, Earnhardt has four top-10 finishes in his last five appearances at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which includes a fifth place finish in last years 5-hour Energy 301. It’s only a matter of time before Earnhardt gets back on track, and it might as well come on a track he’s very familiar with and has had success at throughout his career.

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski looks to win his third straight race, and he has a solid chance given his history in New Hampshire. Keselowski has finished no worse than 12th in his last nine appearances at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and that includes a victory in the 2014 Camping World RV Sales 301 and a runner-up finish in last year's 5-hour Energy 301. Keselowski should be on your card anyway given his current hot streak, but his history on his track makes him that stronger of a play this week.

Jamie McMurray - Jamie McMurray is coming off a solid seventh place finish last week and has two top-10 finishes in his last four races. McMurray is probably in his best form all season, which is why he’s worth a look this week. In five of his last six races at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, McMurray has finished 16th or better, which includes a fourth and fifth place finish in the 2014 and 2013 Sylvania 300. It’s been awhile since McMurray has won a Sprint Cup race, but i like his form and his recent history on this track.

Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin has been hit or miss since winning the Daytona 500, but he’s bound to be a hit after some rocky finishes the last couple of weeks. There’s probably nobody who enjoys the New Hampshire Motor Speedway more than Hamlin, who has a top-10 finish in seven of his last 13 appearances, which includes a runner-up finish in last years Sylvania 300 and a victory in the 2012 Sylvania 300. Hamlin holds the track record with an average finish of 8.9.

Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson continues to hold his own and now has 32 top-10 finishes in just three full seasons of Sprint Cup racing. Larson has yet to get his first victory, but he is returning to a track where he’s done well in the past. In just four races at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Larson has finished third or better in two of those contests. Larson also has a respectable finish in last years Sylvania 300. Larson has been about as consistent as you can find and victory lane isn't too far behind for the 23-year-old. I’ll take a shot here given his success in such a short span.

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