Fantasy Live Picks for New Hampshire

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The Cup Series will go racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this week. The race is a month earlier on the schedule then it has been in the past, but I doubt the track will be much different in late June than it was in July last year. The teams have plenty of data to work with since this is the sixth race on a shorter, flatter track this year (Phoenix, Richmond, North Wilksboro, Gateway and Iowa were the other races). I expect a pretty good race this week at the Magic Mile. The USA Today 301 can be seen Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.

We are two-thirds of the way through the regular season and the Fantasy Live picks are on track to have another awesome season. The picks are ranked 76th out of 352K entries. We only have nine races left in the regular season. I will do my best to get us to the top of our league standings this year.

 

 

CUP SERIES PRACTICE

The Cup Series had a four-minute practice before it was washed out from rain. Most of the drivers did not even get up to speed and some teams did not even make it onto the track. We will not learn anything from the short practice this week.

Qualifying was also washed out. That means the starting lineup was set “per the rule book.” The race at Iowa last week is similar to the race at New Hampshire Sunday. The drivers who start up front were fast at Iowa. They should be fast at the Magic Mile too.

 

 

FANTASY LIVE PICKS FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE

RYAN BLANEY (2): It took Blaney 17 races to find Victory Lane. Can he win again Sunday? The No. 22 car looks like they unloaded with the same speed they had last week in Iowa. Blaney starts on the front row, so he has the track position to score a lot of Stage Points and finish up front in the U.S. Today 301 in the top five.

CHASE ELLIOTT (2): Elliott has become the most reliable driver in the Cup Series this year. He only has one win (Texas), but his 9.1 average finishing position through the first 17 races is by far the best in the Cup Series. The No. 9 car looks fast again this week. Elliott was the driver who benefitted the most from qualifying being rained out. Elliott will start on the front row and the No. 9 team will have the No. 1 pit stall. I know I am running low with my allocations with Elliott, but I cannot fade him from the pole.

CHRISTOPHER BELL (4): Bell has been a beast on the tracks similar to New Hampshire. He had the best driver rating at Phoenix and Gateway, the fifth-best driver rating at Richmond and the sixth-best driver rating at Iowa. He won at New Hampshire in the Gen-7 car in 2022 and he will have a good chance to do it again Sunday.

JOEY LOGANO (3): Logano has been at his best on the shorter, flatter tracks this year. Logano finished second at Richmond, destroyed the field at North Wilksboro, finished fifth at Gateway and sixth last week in Iowa. Logano also finished three of his last four races at New Hampshire in the top-four. I will take a chance with Logano at his home track.

MARTIN TRUEX JR. (7): New Hampshire ranks as the best track for Truex. He has finished eight of his last nine races at the Magic Mile in the top seven. That includes a trip to Victory Lane last year and an average finishing position of fifth over the last decade. The problem with Truex this year has been with qualifying. That will not be an issue Sunday. Truex will start seventh since the lineup was set “per the rule book.” Truex has the track position to score a lot of Fantasy Live points at his best track.

(GARAGE PICK) BRAD KESELOWSKI (7): Can Keselowski find his way to Victory Lane again Sunday? New Hampshire is one of his best tracks. Keselowski won at the Magic Mile in 2020, finished third in 2021, seventh in 2022 and fifth last year. Keselowski has an average finishing position of 6.25 on the tracks similar to New Hampshire this year. He should be a good insurance policy to have in the Garage Sunday.

 

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