Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (Cup Series) Predictions, Odds & Picks
- Ford drivers share the spotlight as the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads for Kansas, even though they’re a small minority.
- Austin Cindric has a great chance to tie Sam Ard’s record series record for consecutive victories—and a good chance to break it.
- Hard-luck Brandon Jones could use another victory to keep his championship effort on the rails.
NASCAR Cup Series at New Hampshire Odds
The odds for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook
|Martin Truex Jr.||+750|
Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Predictions and Picks
The odds are against another first-time Cup winner, so don’t look for a rookie to triumph, as Cole Custer did at Kentucky. New Hampshire is a track for veterans with superb car control and the ability to hustle around a speedway that features aged asphalt and very little banking.
Kevin Harvick hasn’t had blazing speed at 1.5-mile intermediate speedways lately, but we like him to win for the third straight time at the relatively flat Magic Mile.
Kevin Harvick (+400)
How to Watch the New Hampshire Cup Race
|What||Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR Cup Series race|
|Where||New Hampshire Motor Speedway|
|When||Sunday, August 2, 3 p.m. EST|
|How to Watch||NBCSN|
After eight straight races on speedways of 1.5 miles or more, the NASCAR Cup Series heads north to the Magic Mile in Loudon, New Hampshire. Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 won’t feature speeds approaching 200 mph, but it should provide tight racing among the top stars in the series.
The race is a stand-alone, with both the NASCAR Xfinity and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series taking the week off. The event at the 1.058-mile track is scheduled for 301 laps (318.46 miles), with stage breaks at 75 and 185 laps.
Because the event is one of the shortest on the Cup schedule, and because passing can prove difficult at Loudon—even with traction compound spread in the middle lane—starting position will be a key element on Sunday.
Kevin Harvick Looks to Extend Mastery at One-Mile Flat Tracks
Kevin Harvick has four victories at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, having won the last two NASCAR Cup Series events at the 1.058-mile track and three of the last five. When it comes to one-mile speedways with minimal banking, it would be hard to dispute Harvick’s mastery.
At one-mile Phoenix, Harvick has a current streak of 14 straight top-10 finishes, including six of his track-record nine victories. He and crew chief Rodney Childers have a knack at setting up their No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Fords at speedways that put more of the onus back in the drivers’ hands.
At +400, Harvick is an excellent choice to win for the third straight time at the Magic Mile. With Denny Hamlin having taken the checkered flag last weekend at Kansas Speedway, Harvick needs another victory to pull even with his chief rival, who boasts a series-best five wins so far this season.
Kyle Busch Heads for New Hampshire with a Sense of Urgency
Reigning Cup Series champion Kyle Busch scored a minor breakthrough last weekend at Kansas Speedway. He won the first stage of the Super Start Batteries 400 and earned his first Playoff point of the season.
Busch, however, remained winless through 19 races, his longest drought to start a season since his 2005 rookie year. While Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin has raced to five victories, Busch hasn’t had the speed in his No. 18 Toyota to mirror Hamlin’s success.
With just seven races left in the Cup regular season—four of them on doubleheader weekends at Michigan and Dover—Busch (+750) is under pressure to win and win quickly. Yes, he’ll qualify for the Playoffs, but without Playoff, points to sustain him in the event of a disaster on the track, he won’t go far. The quickest fix is a victory, worth five Playoff points, and New Hampshire is a track where Busch has enjoyed success with two wins in the last eight races and three overall.
Aric Almirola Defies Fate in Grid Position Lottery
Starting with its reopening at Darlington in May, NASCAR has eschewed qualifying in favor of a pill draw for starting positions. The top 12 cars in owner points draw lots for the first 12 starting spots at each track (except in the case of doubleheaders, where the top 20 finishers in the first race are inverted for the second).
Aric Almirola (+2000) defied the odds by drawing three straight second-place grid positions, starting with the May 31 race at Bristol. After falling out of the top 12 for two races, Almirola returned with a vengeance. In the next five-position lotteries, he drew the pole at Pocono, fifth at Indianapolis, fourth at Kentucky, the pole at Texas and third at Kansas—all within a pool of 12.
Guess where Almirola starts on Sunday at New Hampshire. Yep, he’s on the pole again. Whether he can win remains a question, especially since his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, Kevin Harvick, stands in his way. But at a track where the starting position is key in a short race, Almirola isn’t a bad bet at long odds.
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Award-winning motorsports writer Reid Spencer has served as lead writer for the NASCAR Wire Service for 16 years, having also spent a four-year stint as NASCAR columnist and beat writer for Sporting News. He is currently serving as president of the National Motorsports Press Association.
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