Sunday, July 17, 2016

New Hampshire 301 Betting Notes

The Gibbs cars look tough to beat on Sunday.
A Joe Gibbs Racing-powered Toyota hasn’t won any of the past five NASCAR Sprint Cup races after winning eight of the first 13. But following Saturday’s final practices at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it’s a good bet the minidrought ends in Sunday’s New Hampshire 301.

Take your pick of any JGR driver to win because they all look relatively the same and they all have great history on the flat one-mile layout as well as other tracks like it. Carl Edwards (8 to 1) has never won at NHMS in 23 career starts, but he was the fastest on the long runs during practice and dominated at Richmond in April, which is key because it required a similar setup to NHMS. He looks to have the best car of the bunch.

But Las Vegas’ Kyle Busch (5-1) was almost as good and he has track history going for him with two wins, including this race last season. Since winning his third race of the season at Kansas, Busch has had only one top-five (Daytona) in the seven races since. Yes, he’s due for a win. He’s also one of three drivers to have top-five finishes on the similar tracks of Phoenix and Richmond this season.

If you don’t like either Edwards or Busch, Matt Kenseth (8-1) is a nice choice considering he won for the second time at NHMS last fall. When things were going rough for him this season before winning at Dover in May, his best races were seventh-place finishes at Phoenix and Richmond.

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