Foxwoods Resort Casino 301: NASCAR Preview, Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/22/18
The 2018 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
Foxwoods Resort Casino 301: Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
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We make our first and only trip of the year to New Hampshire for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. Last week was one of our better weeks of the season, as we not only had the winner, but all five of our drivers finished ninth or better in the Quaker State 400. It was almost how past seasons have gone, so maybe we refund our mojo for the home stretch. Let’s hope at least…
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Odds weren’t released when this article was posted)
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Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin has done little this season to deserve being put on our card, but he does have top-10 finishes in five of his last nine races, so it’s not like he’s completely bombing. Hamlin is a two-time winner at this event, which includes being the current defending champion, and he’s finished ninth or better in five of his last seven appearances at this event. Hamlin has three victories overall at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. There’s a chance this will be Hamlin’s first win since the 2017 Bojangles' Southern 500.
Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch is also a two-time winner at this event and has several victories at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series. Busch has finished eighth or better in eight of his last 10 appearances at this track. Of course, it’s tough to argue with his current form, as Busch has been one of the more consistent drivers all year and has finished fifth or better in six of his last seven races overall. Combine his current form with his history in New Hampshire, and Busch has to be included on any card this week.
Martin Truex Jr. - Martin Truex Jr. has never won a race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but history doesn’t matter much with this driver. Truex has not only won three of his last six races, but he’s also finished fifth or better in 19 of his last 25 races overall. With that type of consistency, it’s almost impossible to leave the 38-year-old off any card. It’s Truex’s world, and we’re all just living in it.
Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson hasn’t won a race since the 2017 AAA 400 Drive for Autism and has been a money burner all year, as I continue to make a case for him at least once a month. Johnson has just two top-10 finishes in his last eight races and hasn’t really come close to a victory. The good news is that Johnson has finished ninth or better in 15 of his last 22 appearances at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and he’s a two-time winner at this event. So, again, I don’t blame you if you’ve completely given up on Johnson, but there is value with him given his history at this track.
Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick has finished fifth or better in nine of his last 11 races and has finished seventh or better in all but four races this season. Harvick has also finished eighth or better in five of his last six appearances at this event and eighth or better in seven of his last 12 appearances overall at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Harvick has two career wins at this track, but he’s never won the first race. Still, Harvick is a strong play this weekend.