We make our first and only trip to New Hampshire for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, a race that debuted in 1993 and has finished under three hours in nine of the last 12 years. We just missed out on a winner last week with Kyle Busch at +550 odds finishing runner-up and Ryan Newman gave +22000 odds a run with a top-10 finish. Hopefully we can get back to victory lane for good.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Will update with odds once they’re released.)
Kevin Harvick, +650 - We keep losing money on Kevin Harvick, as he has yet to win a race this year and has finished outside of the top-10 in three of his last five races. At some point we just throw up our hands and stop including him on the card, but Harvick has won two of the last four races at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and has finished fifth or better in six of his last eight appearances. Harvick has also won three races here overall when you include his victory in the 2006 Sylvania 300. There’s a good chance this week ends the drought.
Kyle Busch, +285 - Kyle Busch has finished fifth or better in five of his last seven races and you can expect that to continue considering he’s won this race three times and finished runner-up here last year. Busch also has six career wins at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and three victories in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. You can argue nobody has the amount of success at this track like Busch, and he should probably be the favorite this week.
Joey Logano, +1100 - Despite finishing outside of the top-20 in two of his last three races, Joey Logano has been one of the more consistent drivers these last three months, finishing seventh or better in eight of his last 11 events. Logano won this race in 2009 and also won the 2014 Sylvania 300. Overall, Logano has top-10 finishes in six of his last eight appearances at the Hampshire Motor Speedway. Except a bounce back week from Logano.
William Byron, +8800 - If you’re looking for a name outside of the usual 10 guys listed and probably a massive potential payout, William Byron may be worth a look as a shot in the dark. While Byron lacks experience and has yet to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in his second season, he did win the 2016 UNOH 175 in New Hampshire and won a race here in the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Byron also finished third in the 2017 Lakes Region 200 at this track. Byron clearly enjoys this track and could surprise some people this week.
Denny Hamlin, +1250 - Denny Hamlin won this race in 2017 and has either won or finished runner-up in seven of his career appearances at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hamlin has top-10 finishes here in eight of his last 16 trips overall and did win the 2015 Lakes Region 200 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Hamlin is due for a breakout performance, as he’s been pretty much an afterthought since his win in late March.