Fantasy Live Picks for New Hampshire

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The NASCAR Cup Series will travel to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the Crayon 301. This is race No. 20 on the 2023 season. That means there are only seven races left in the regular season and in the Fantasy Live season. Two of the races are on road courses (Indianapolis and Watkins Glen), one is on a Tricky Triangle (Pocono) and one at a Superspeedway (Daytona). It will be important to post a high score this week, because the rest of the schedule could get crazy. The Crayon 301 can be seen Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on USA.

The Fantasy Live picks have been so close to posting nearly perfect lineups. Most of the drivers in the lineup were running up front on the Chicago Street Course and then NASCAR decided to shorten the race and that ruined the picks. The same happened last week at Atlanta. Most of the drivers were running up front and then Mother Nature ended the race after most of my drivers had to pit for fuel. So close, but yet so far… Hopefully we can get some better luck at the Magic Mile.

Here are the Fantasy Live Points so far this year….

 

 

STRATEGY FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE

This will be the fourth race on a short, flat track using the short track aero package (Phoenix, Richmond and Gateway are the other three). The Toyota’s dominated the race at New Hampshire last year, but the Chevys have swept the races on the short, flat tracks in 2023. William Byron won at Phoenix, Kyle Larson won at Richmond and Kyle Busch won at Gateway. I am focusing my picks this week on what happened in 2023 while using the short track aero package.

 

CUP SERIES PRACTICE SPEEDS

The Cup Series did not have any practice last week at Atlanta, but they were given 20 minutes Saturday to shake down their cars for the Crayon 301. Most of the teams were able to make some long runs in practice, so now we have some data to work with. The drivers who were fast in practice should be fast in the race. It will also be important to remember that passing on the short tracks has been difficult. Track position will be important Sunday, so you will want to use some drivers who start up front.

Here are the practice speeds for the Crayon 301 at New Hampshire….

 

 

FANTASY LIVE LINEUP FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE


MARTIN TRUEX JR. (4): Truex dominated this race last year. He qualified on the pole, won both Stages, led 172 laps and finished fourth in the race. We have a new aero package this year, and that seemed to slow down the No. 19 team at the beginning of the season. Truex finished 17th at Phoenix and 11th at Richmond. The Toyota’s found some speed at Gateway and Truex finished fifth. This week, Truex posted the second-fastest speed in practice and qualified second for the race. I only have four allocations with Truex, but I only need him in four of the final seven races.

CHRISTOPHER BELL (6): New Hapshire is the best track for Bell. He raced three times at the Magic Mile in the Xfinity Series and he won all of them. Iowa Speedway is similar to New Hampshire and Bell finished 1st, 1st, 2nd and 2nd in his four races at the track. Bell won his Cup Series race at New Hampshire last year and he finished second at the Magic Mile in 2021. I have plenty of allocations left with Bell, so I will use one of them at his best track.

JOEY LOGANO (5): It is hard to predict what you are going to get out of Logano because he has been so hit or miss this season. He has been decent on the short, flat tracks this season. Logano finished 11th at Phoenix, seventh at Richmond and third at Gateway. This weekend, Logano posted the 13th-fastest lap in practice and qualified fourth for the race. I will use Logano in his home state of Connecticut and if he struggles, I will put the No. 22 car in the Garage.

RYAN BLANEY (6): The Fords have not been great on the non-Superspeedway tracks this year, but Blaney has had some success. He finished second at Phoenix and the No. 12 car led 83 laps and finished sixth at Gateway last month. Blaney posted the 17th -fastest speed in practice and qualified fifth for the race. He should have a good chance to finish up front Sunday.

BRAD KESELOWSKI (7): Keselowski leads the Cup Series with 120.9 Driver Rating and has led the most laps (237) in the last three races at the Magic Mile. He did this while he was in slump. The most similar track to New Hampshire is Richmond. Keselowski finished 10th in that race and his car looks fast again this week. Keselowski posted the eighth-fastest speed in practice and qualified ninth for the race. I have seven allocations with seven races left in the Fantasy Live season. I will use one of them Sunday.

(GARAGE PICK) KEVIN HARVICK (3): Harvick has been the king of the short, flat tracks in his career and this year is no different. The No. 4 car finished fifth at Phoenix and fifth at Richmond earlier this season. Harvick has a Cup Series high four wins at the Magic Mile and an average finishing position of third since 2017. I have Harvick in the Garage as an insurance policy Sunday.

 

*The Garage pick was a tough choice between Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin. I like Harvick slightly more, and I need my three allocations left with Hamlin for other tracks.

 

Good luck and be sure to follow me on Twitter @MrFantasyNASCARI will send out a Tweet during the race to let you know if I plan to swap out one of my drivers for my Garage pick.