Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has some sleeper value at New Hampshire. He’s done a pretty good job here coming home with decent finishes. Since 2014 minus a fall 2014 wreck he has a 12.3 average finish but don’t overlook his 18.8 average running position and 21st best driver rating. This spring performance wise he was likely a high-teens driver but he escaped with a 10th place finish because of how the end of the race played out. Additionally in the race it should be noted he had an 18th place average running position and the 18th best driver rating. Last fall he had a very respectable showing. He finished 13th, earned the 15th best driver rating and ran nearly a quarter of the race in the top fifteen. Its important to note drivers running out of gas during the closing laps bumped him up about 3 positions. In July 2015 he finished 17th, had a 21st place average running position and earned the 21st best driver rating. In September 2014 he was mid-teens good but was involved in a wreck that led to an asterisk mark 39th place finish. In July 2014 he finished 9th. For the entirety of the second half of that race he ran 13th or better. (Yahoo B Driver)

Paul Menard – At New Hampshire I think it’s safe to assume Paul Menard will likely be high-teens good. Over the last five New Hampshire he has an 18.4 average finish, 19.2 average running positoin and the 25th best driver rating. This July he didn’t have a great showing. In the race he finished 18th, had a 23rd place average running position and earned the 25th best driver rating. Last fall he finished 15th, had a 19th place average running position and earned the 19th best driver rating. If a few drivers didn’t run out of gas at the end he would’ve finished 18th. In July 2015 he finished 25th but it should be noted he was better than his result. On lap 197 while he was running in 11th he had a significant tire rub which forced him to come to pit road. As he approached pit road he spun which brought out the caution. In fall 2014 he was on pace to get his first top ten but his race wasn’t incident free. With 31 laps to go he was battling Matt Kenseth for 6th but they both spun. That dropped him back to the mid-twenties with only 30 laps remaining. When the checkered flag waved he finished 15th. (Yahoo B Driver)

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