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DFS NASCAR: New Hampshire Cup Picks and Xfinity Preview
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There are only seven races before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs begin. This week, drivers can lock themselves into the playoffs with a victory in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is the first season in NASCAR history when the Cup Series will only visit the track once per year.

CUP SERIES PREVIEW FOR FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO 301

TOP-PRICED PICKS

Kyle Busch ($11,600 on DraftKings, $12,500 on FanDuel) is the most recent winner at New Hampshire. In 26 starts at the track, Kyle Busch has three wins, 14 Top 10 finishes, and 974 laps led, which leads all active drivers. He has led the most laps in two of the last four New Hampshire races and he placed 12th or better in nine of the last 10. Kyle Busch has shown consistency by placing in the Top 5 in six of the last seven races this season. Since 2015 at the track, Kyle Busch has the second-best ARP (6.5), the most Fastest Laps (266), and the best Driver Rating (121.1). He was first in first practice and starts third. Look for Kyle Busch to be one of the favorites to win this week’s race based on history and his first practice speed.

Martin Truex Jr. ($11,300 on DraftKings, $12,700 on FanDuel) continues to display the same level of performance that won him last year’s Cup title with his victory last week at Kentucky. Truex has placed in the Top 10 in four of the last five New Hampshire races and led over 100 laps in all of his last four starts at the site. Truex is one of the hottest drivers right now as he has placed in the Top 4 in each of the last four races in 2018. Since 2015 at New Hampshire, he has the fourth-most Fastest Laps (209), the third-best ARP (6.7), and the third-best DR (115.2). He was ninth in first practice and starts second. Truex is one of the strongest options at New Hampshire based on history at the track and his recent performance this season.

Kevin Harvick ($11,000 on DraftKings, $12,300 on FanDuel) is a good choice for New Hampshire this week. In 34 starts at the site, Harvick has two wins and 18 Top 10 finishes. He has placed in the Top 5 in five of the last seven New Hampshire races and finished in the Top 5 in five of the last six races this season. Harvick has the fifth-best ARP (8.1), the second-most Fastest Laps (211), and the fourth-best DR (107.9) since 2015 at New Hampshire. Harvick was seventh in first practice and starts 14th. Harvick will likely finish in the Top 5 based on past history while picking up a few points from Place Differential.

Denny Hamlin ($10,000 on DraftKings, $11,500 on FanDuel) is one of the best all-time drivers at New Hampshire. Hamlin has three wins, and 14 Top 10 finishes in 24 starts. He is the defending race winner and has placed in the Top 15 in the last six races at New Hampshire, which includes three Top 10 finishes. Hamlin was third in first practice and starts fourth. Hamlin is a driver that must be strongly considered for lineups based on history and his first practice speed.

Kyle Larson ($9,900 on DraftKings, $11,000 on FanDuel) was the runner-up in the last two New Hampshire races. In eight starts at New Hampshire, Larson has five Top 10 finishes, which includes each of his last three starts. Larson was second in first practice and starts 20th. Based on his first practice speed and recent results at New Hampshire, Larson will compete for a Top 5 finish and score plenty of points from PD.

Brad Keselowski ($9,700 on DraftKings, $10,700 on FanDuel) is the top definition of consistency at New Hampshire. He has placed in the Top 15 in the last 13 races at the site, which includes Top 10 finishes in his last three starts. Since 2015 at the track, Keselowski has the third-best Average Finishing Position (7.7), fifth-most Fastest Laps (138), and the fifth-best DR (105.6). Keselowski was 11th in first practice and starts sixth. Look for Keselowski to compete for a Top 10 finish based on his history.

MID-RANGE PRICED PICKS

Ryan Blaney ($8,600 on DraftKings, $10,000 on FanDuel) is a driver that must be considered for lineups this week. In five starts at New Hampshire, Blaney has three finishes of 12th or better. Blaney also scored a finish of second last week at Kentucky, and he was fifth in first practice. Blaney will start fifth and based on his first practice speed, Blaney will compete for a Top 5 finish.

Erik Jones ($8,200 on DraftKings, $9,800 on FanDuel) will be a good option for lineups this week. Jones placed sixth in his last start at the track and he has finished in the Top 10 in the last four races this season. Jones was fourth in first practice and starts seventh. The most recent winner at New Hampshire is Matt Kenseth, who drove for the same team as Jones last season. Jones is a very good pick, as he will compete for a Top 5 finish based on his first practice speed and recent momentum.

A driver that should not be overlooked is Daniel Suarez ($7,100 on DraftKings, $9,000 on FanDuel). Suarez has finished in the Top 10 in both of his starts last season after qualifying outside of the Top 10. Suarez has placed in the Top 15 in three of the last four races this season. Suarez was 22nd in first practice and starts ninth, but expect him to finish in the Top 15 based on recent races with a chance of placing in the Top 10.

Alex Bowman ($7,000 on DraftKings, $8,100 on FanDuel) is another driver that will be a nice pick for New Hampshire. Bowman placed 16th in his last start at New Hampshire and has since gained more experience driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Bowman has finished in the Top 10 in three of the last four races this season on a variety of track types. He was eighth in first practice and starts eighth. Based on his first practice speed, Bowman will compete for a Top 10 finish.

BARGAIN VALUES

Paul Menard ($6,600 on DraftKings, $7,700 on FanDuel) has placed in the Top 20 in three of his last five starts at New Hampshire. In 22 starts at New Hampshire, Menard has nine Top 20 finishes. He has placed in the Top 15 in two of the last three races this season. Menard was 13th in first practice and starts 12th. Menard will finish in the Top 15 based on his first practice speed.

A.J. Allmendinger ($6,200 on DraftKings, $7,200 on FanDuel) is one of the best bargain values for New Hampshire. Since joining JTG Daugherty Racing in 2014, Allmendinger has placed 23rd or better in every race at New Hampshire, which includes four Top 20 finishes. He starts 16th and was 14th in first practice. Look for a finish in the Top 15 this week.

Chris Buescher ($5,700 on DraftKings, $7,000 on FanDuel) must be considered as a bargain play. Buescher finished in the Top 25 in both of his starts at New Hampshire last season, which includes his best finish at the track (21st). Buescher was 26th in first practice and starts 24th. Buescher will finish around his starting position based on his first practice run.

XFINITY SERIES PREVIEW FOR LAKES REGION 200 (DRAFTKINGS ONLY)

Brad Keselowski ($12,800), Christopher Bell ($10,900), and John Hunter Nemechek ($9,000) are the top picks for this week’s race for New Hampshire. Keselowski has placed in the Top 5 in each of his last five starts at the site and has two wins. Bell and Nemechek are both making their first start at the site. Keselowski was first in first practice, second in final practice, and had the ninth-best 10 Consecutive Lap Average in final practice. Bell was seventh in first practice, third in final practice, and had the best 10 Consecutive Lap Average in final practice. Nemechek was fourth in first practice, sixth in final practice, and had the second-best 10 Consecutive Lap Average in final practice. All three of these drivers’ practice speeds indicate finishes in the Top 5.

A few notable Xfinity regulars to consider are Ryan Preece ($9,200), Ryan Truex ($8,400), and Brandon Jones ($8,300). Preece scored a runner-up finish in his last New Hampshire start last season. Truex is making his Xfinity debut at New Hampshire this week. Jones’ best finish in two starts at New Hampshire is 11th. Preece was third in first practice, eighth in second practice and had the fourth-best 10 Consecutive Lap Average in final practice. Truex was sixth in first practice, first in final practice and had the sixth-best 10 Consecutive Lap Average. Jones was 14th in first practice and seventh in final practice. Preece and Truex will compete for a Top 5 finish while Jones will vie for a Top 10 finish based on practice speeds.

Austin Cindric ($8,100), Johnny Sauter ($7,800), Kaz Grala ($7,500), and Alex Labbe ($6,900) are the bargain values for the this week’s race. All four drivers are making their first starts in the Xfinity Series at New Hampshire. Cindric was ninth in first practice, 15th in final practice and had the eighth-best 10 Consecutive Lap Average in final practice. Sauter was 13th in first practice and 16th in final practice. Grala was 20th in first practice, ninth in final practice and had the 10th-best 10 Consecutive Lap Average in final practice. Labbe was 22nd in first practice and 19th in final practice. Cindric will compete for a Top 10 finish based on his practice speeds. Sauter and Grala’s practice speeds point to a Top 15 finish. Labbe’s practice speeds indicate that he has a good chance of scoring a Top 20 finish.

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