If you’ve grown tired of hearing about the VHT substance on race days, you won’t have to worry about that this weekend, because New Hampshire Motor Speedway used PJ1 on the track this weekend! It’s basically the same thing. Essentially, the folks at the track are trying to create multiple racing grooves on Sunday, and it worked pretty well in practice this weekend, but definitely started wearing out toward the end. Keep an eye on Jayski to see if they add any more after the Xfinity Series race on Saturday.
There were two practice sessions held on Saturday here in New Hampshire, but it should be noted that race conditions are going to much hotter on Sunday. Still, the practice speeds from those two sessions can be found here: Practice #2 — Happy Hour, and, as always, our in-depth practice notes can be found here: Practice #2 — Happy Hour. Martin Truex, Jr. is on the pole for Sunday afternoon’s Overton’s 301, and the full starting lineup can be found by clicking here.
Final Top 25 Ranking For The New Hampshire Overton’s 301
1. Martin Truex, Jr. – Starts 1st – DraftKings Price: $10,300 – Yahoo! A Group
**Risk Factor: Low Risk**
Truex had a dominant car at Kentucky last weekend, and he might have an even better car here at Loudon this weekend. The #78 team was awarded the pole on Friday after Kyle Larson’s time was disallowed, and honestly that’s a little bit disappointing for fans because it would have been great to see the #78 and #42 cars battle it out all day on Sunday. With that being said, that was good news for Truex fans because he’s now, hands down, the best car in the best position in the field–at least to start the race. During Practice #2 on Saturday morning, it was heard on the #4 car radio that the #78 Toyota rolled the center better than anyone, and that’s going to be huge during the race this weekend. Truex ended that session with the best lap and 5th-best ten-lap average, and then during Happy Hour he wound up 2nd and 1st on those two charts, respectively. He hasn’t had a top 5 finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since the 2008 season but that is going to change this weekend.
2. Kyle Busch – Starts 7th – DraftKings Price: $10,500 – Yahoo! A Group
**Risk Factor: Low Risk**
For just the second time in the last nine races, Kyle Busch didn’t qualify inside the top 5 this weekend. And while that’s not a major deal here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it’s still somewhat noteworthy. With that being said, the #18 Toyota has plenty of speed in it, and it should be able to lead a portion of this race on Sunday. Busch was 7th-fastest in Practice #2 on Saturday morning and then wound up with the best lap in Happy Hour. He ranked 2nd- and 4th-best in ten-lap average during those two sessions, respectively. As far as his record here at Loudon, Rowdy is a two-time winner here (most recently in 2015) and has finished 8th or better in seven of the last eight races at this track. Additionally, five of those races ended with Kyle Busch in 3rd-place or better. This #18 team has yet to go to victory lane this season but they should be in contention at the end of the Overton’s 301 on Sunday.
3. Chase Elliott – Starts 11th – DraftKings Price: $9,100 – Yahoo! B Group
**Risk Factor: Medium Risk**
Chase Elliott and the #24 team had a rough couple of months in April and May but after their 2nd-place finish at Kentucky last weekend, it’s safe to say that they’re back on their game–and maybe better than ever. With his runner-up performance on week ago, Chase now has five finishes of 8th or better in the last six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, with the only exception being his 22nd-place result at Daytona 2. Here at Loudon, Elliott hasn’t yet finished better than 13th, but that should change this weekend. The #24 Chevrolet was 4th-fastest in Practice #2 on Saturday morning and wound up 5th-best on the Happy Hour speed chart. In terms of ten-lap average, Elliott was 3rd in both of those two sessions. Remember, Chase easily had top 10 cars in both races here last season but had some back luck during both races, which gave him less-than-stellar finishes.