Daniel Suarez – There’s horses for courses and shorter flat tracks like New Hampshire seem to be Daniel Suarez’s thing. On this track type over his eight races he sports a 9.5 average finish. He’s also been a remarkably safe option having only once finished lower than 12th. This year at shorter flat tracks he’s been solid finishing 8th at Phoenix and 10th at Richmond. At New Hampshire, Suarez is a perfect 2 for 2 in terms of finishing in the top ten. Last fall, Suarez had a solid race. He started 25th, had a 15th place average running position and finished 8th. Over the course of the event he slowly climbed up through the running order to get his good result. Last summer when he made his debut he had a good race and closed out strong. When the checkered flag waved he finished 6th. Additionally, he earned the 12th best driver rating and had a 15th place average running position. On Sunday I would view him as a low-double digits driver who has a good chance to finish in the top ten.
Jimmie Johnson – Jimmie Johnson should have a solid performance at New Hampshire and compete for a top ten. Over the last five New Hampshire races he has a 10.0 average finish, an 8.8 average running position and the 7th best best driver rating. Last fall Johnson finished 14th but he was better than his result. A bunch of late restarts were to his detriment and had him falling back a little late. Additionally, Johnson had an 8th place average running position, earned the 9th best driver rating, finished 8th in Stage #1 and 7th in Stage #2. Prior to the mass of late cautions coming out he was running around 6th. Last summer he started in 2nd but his race got off to a rough start when he was penalized for jumping the start of the race. He remained on the lead lap but that greatly increased his level of difficulty. When the checkered flag waved he finished 10th, earned the 9th best driver rating and had a 12th place average running position. I will note performance wise he was slightly better than his result. In fall 2016 Johnson had a solid showing. He finished 8th, had a 6th place average running position and earned the 6th best driver rating. In July 2016 he used an experimental setup and went on to finish 12th and have a 9th place average running position. Richmond is the last shorter flat track visited and he finished 6th there.
Aric Almirola – Aric Almirola will be a good dark horse fantasy NASCAR option at New Hampshire. His track record is extremely poor but I would just focus on his weekly level of performance in 2018 since he’s in a vastly more competitive situation. On Sunday I would look for him to be a low-double digits driver who’ll compete for a top ten. Phoenix is a similar shorter flat track and earlier this year at that venue he finished 7th. At New Hampshire over the last four races he has a 21.5 average finish and a 21.8 average running position. Last year he had results of 26th and 24th. In 2016 he finished 17th and 19th. Like I said earlier, just focus on how he’s run on a weekly basis in 2018 and don’t put much stock in his track record.