The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series is back after a mini-break. The Foxwood Resort Casino 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 2, 2020, will happen nine days after the last race of the year. It also marks the start of a busy stretch for NASCAR where three races will happen during a seven day period.
The Foxwood Resort Casino 301 will be the 20th race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season and it will be contested over 301 laps around the 1.058-mile speedway in New Hampshire. The first race was held in 1993 and this year’s race is the 28th running of the race.
Jeff Burton is the winningest driver in this race with three victories. Meanwhile, five current drivers have won twice in this race. Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick each have two wins in this race. Harvick has won the last two installments of the race while Hamlin won in 2017.
2020 Super Batteries 400 Results
Last Thursday’s Super Batteries 400 looked like a preview of the NASCAR Cup Series’ Championship 4 race later this year with four playoff drivers, including the top two in the points standings racing for the win. In the end, it was Denny Hamlin who outdueled Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr. to pick up his season-best fifth race win.
Following a wild restart on Lap 246, Hamlin passed Harvick on Lap 255 and then held off a late charge from Keselowski to notch the 42nd win of his career and his third victory in Kansas. With the victory, Hamlin moved up to 4th place in the regular-season points standings.
This is the current drivers’ standings after the 2020 Super Batteries 400 race last Thursday:
|7||Martin Truex Jr.||602||1||4|
Here are the favorites to win the Foxwood Resort Casino 301 on August 2, 2020:. These odds were taken from the online sportsbook MyBookie.ag as of 07/29/2020:
|Martin Truex Jr.||+700|
Who Are the Favorites?
Denny Hamlin has climbed up to 4th in the points standings. The 39-year old has won a total of five races this season, the most by any driver this year. Hamlin is coming off a win at the 2020 Super Batteries 400 last Thursday and he has five Top 4 finishes in the last eight races including three wins. When it comes to Newhampshire, Hamlin has five Top 10 finishes including one win in his last 10 starts there. He won this race in 2017 and finished second last year. His average start of 6.7 is third-best among current drivers.
Kevin Harvick continues to pace the points standings. The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has established a 97-point lead over second-place Brad Keselowski. Harvick is the most consistent driver this season with a total of 12 Top 5 finishes. He has finished in the Top 10 in each of the last seven races of the season, including six straight Top 5 finishes. Harvick is the current and back to back winner of the Foxwood Resort Casino 301 race and he has won in New Hampshire three times in his last 10 starts and has finished in the Top 5 seven times during that period. His 440 laps led here in the last 10 races at the track is third-best among current drivers.
Kyle Busch is still at the bottom of the Top 10. The defending Cup Series champion has yet to win a race this year and has struggled to find his true form. He has been inconsistent all season long and in the last 10 races, he’s alternated a good race with a bad one. Busch’s last 10 races have produced these finishes: 2-19-6-32-5-38-6-21-4-11. If that’s a reliable trend, then he’s up for a big finish this weekend. When it comes to New Hampshire, Busch has two wins in his last 10 starts there. He has eight Top 10 finishes including five in the Top 5 during that period. Busch has led a total of 790 laps during that span, the most by any current driver, and his average finish of 8.2 is second-best among current drivers.
Ryan Blaney is coming off a career-best 7th place finish in last season’s Cup Series points standings. The 26-year old is currently in third place behind Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski. Blaney had a stretch of seven races where he placed in the Top 4 six times, culminating with a win at Talladega. However, he’s finished 20 or worse in three out of the last four races of the season. Blaney has three Top 10 finishes in seven starts at New Hampshire and he was 4th in last year’s race.
Martin Truex, Jr. is coming off a third-place finish last Thursday and he’s finished in the Top 3 in two out of the last three races of the season. The 40-year old has won just one race this season and has four Top 5 finishes. As far as New Hampshire is concerned, Truex has six Top 10 finishes there and he is coming off a 6th place finish last year. His last four starts at that race track have produced finishes of 3-5-4-6. His average finish of 8.5 is third-best among current drivers.
Longshot to Consider
Erik Jones at +3300 is an interesting bet because he has two Top 6 finishes in New Hampshire in the last three years including third last year. In the current season, he has finished in the Top 6 in three out of the last four races and is coming off a 5th place finish last Thursday. He has not won a Cup Series race since the 2019 Bojangles’ Southern 500 last season but should be a good bet for a Top 5 finish if that prop bet comes up as race day nears.
There is no question that Denny Hamlin is the hottest driver in the Cup Series right now. He was runner-up here last year and was the winner in 2017. But points leader Kevin Harvick has won this race in the last two years and he has seven Top 5 finishes in his last nine starts in the Granite State. Both drivers are currently priced at +400 but I will go with Harvick here because of his track record at New Hampshire.
Prediction: Kevin Harvick