2007 NASCAR Fantasy Preview: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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Fuel Mileage Fiasco

After a fuel mileage fiasco of a road course race in California the series heads to Loudon, New Hampshire this week. If NASCAR wants their viewer ratings to go up they had better think a little harder before they try and change things on the cars like the fuel cells. Yes, safety should be their number 1 concern but they also have to think about entertainment value.

After all, it is a business.

My Pick To Win Loudon

This week’s race is another COT race. That makes you think Hendrick, Gibbs, Penske and Childress to be the serious contenders. I am going to go with Tony Stewart for the win this weekend. Tony has finished 1st or 2nd in 3 of the last 4 races run at Loudon. He also had the car to beat at Bristol earlier this year in the first COT race ever run.

Loudon Frontrunners

The Hendrick teams have won almost every race run with the COT this season but Jimmie Johnson has been average here since sweeping the events in 2003 and Jeff Gordon has only 3 top 10’s in his last 11 races in Loudon. Kyle Busch won the race here last spring but followed it up with a 38th place finish last fall.

Ryan Newman has 2 wins and 7 top 10’s in 10 races run at Loudon. The Penske teams have been gaining momentum in the COT races as the season has progressed. Kurt Busch has also won at Loudon before, sweeping here in 2004 and then coming out to finish 2nd in the spring race of 2005. Since then Kurt has struggled a bit at the track.

Denny Hamlin has only 2 starts at Loudon but he seems to favor the flatter tracks on the circuit anyway. Denny finished 6th and 4th in his starts at the track last season and should be a serious contender when all is said and done.

Kevin Harvick won last falls race at Loudon as the Chase began. Kevin was awesome on these types of tracks all last season and the Childress teams have had good COT’s this year. They just seem to have some type of trouble mechanically during the races. Jeff Burton has 3 straight top 10 finishes at Loudon and has won here in the past. He also gave Kyle Busch a run for his money at Bristol earlier this year in the first COT race.

Martin Truex Jr. and DEI won the last COT race not taking into account last weeks race at the road course. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has 5 top 10 finishes in his last 8 races here while Martin had finishes of 18th and 22nd last season in his only 2 Cup starts at this track.

Roush Is Struggling

Roush Racing seems to be the big name team who is a little behind the curve when it comes to the COT. I’m not saying that they are terrible it just seems that they don’t have quite enough to contend for a win in these races.

Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards find themselves towards the front of the pack during the races but just can’t seem to find the right adjustment to make at the end to give them the shot at winning. Matt has finished in the top 10 at Loudon in 8 of his last 9 races. Greg has 3 top 5 finishes in his last 4 starts here and Carl finished second here last spring.

Yahoo! Fantasy Picks

Group A

  • Tony Stewart (starter)
  • Jimmie Johnson

Group B

  • Ryan Newman (starter)
  • Jamie McMurray (starter)
  • Kurt Busch
  • Denny Hamlin

Group C

  • David Stremme(starter)
  • JJ Yeley

Dark Horse

  • Jamie McMurray

Stay Away From

  • Casey Mears
  • Clint Bowyer