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New Hampshire

I was fortunate to attend the Fall race at NHMS a few years ago.  It’s a great place to watch a race!  The only thing better than New England in the fall is NASCAR racing in New England in the Fall!

So who will win this Sunday?  Last weekend we saw the Hendrick cars make a comeback of sorts and show a lot of speed they hadn’t displayed recently.  We also saw the Penske Fords run really well, which is flying under the radar a bit with all of the post race contoversy.  Of course the 78 had the best car, the most speed and won the race keeping the Gibbs and Toyota dominance going.  Although the actual Gibbs cars were a bit off.

They won’t be off this weekend but they won’t win.  Team Penske won’t fly under the radar this weekend.  You can’t do that from victory lane.  With both cars long locked into the race they’ve been looking to the chase for quite a while and it pays off this weekend.  Here’s my top 5.

5. Jimmie Johnson

4. Denny Hamlin

3. Joey Logano

2. Matt Kenseth

1. Brad Keselowski

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The first race I saw in person was at Richmond.  It is my second favorite track after Martinsville.  I won’t be there this weekend but I wish that I was going to be, it is an awesome place to watch a race.

Guess who runs well at Richmond?  The usual suspects.  Thats right, with the exception of Clint Bowyer, who won the Fall 2012 race with MWR Richmond has been dominated by Penske, JGR, and SHR drivers.  Matt Kenseth won the last Richmond race in the Fall of 2015.

So will anyone new step in and win this weekend?  Lets look at that as a two part question. Will anyone from outside of the teams who have already won this year win?  No!  Will any new drivers inside those dominant teams win this weekend?  I don’t think that will happen either.  I know there has been a lot of talk about Matt Kenseth finally overcoming the “bad luck” and finding his way to victory lane.  There has also been some question about when the driver with the most wins last season, Joey Logano, will win.  They both may win at some point this season but it won’t be this weekend.  I think what happened between them last season has had more of an effect on both of them than they would like people to think.  Human performance at a high level is a fragile thing.  Confidence is huge, given the presumption they have the ability, and it has obviously taken both of them some time to regain the necessary confidence.

So who will win?  Denny Hamlin.  Denny won that first race I went to at Richmond.  He loves races at his home track and he is in the best equipment, at this point, in racing.  Denny will qualify well and lead a majority of the race.  Richmond lends itself to long green flag runs.  It won’t be a thriller.

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Martinsville Recap

Well, I wasn’t even close!  I was feeling pretty good on Friday after my pick, Joey Logano, won the pole.  That feeling didn’t last long after they dropped the green.

I was actually a little worried about my pick after the Truck race when Kyle dominated on the same tire compound Cup used yesterday.  Apparently that worry was well placed because Kyle completely dominated the race yesterday.  Leading 352 laps!  Wow!  I thought I was watching an Infinity race for a while.

Not my favorite Martinsville race ever but I was happy to see AJ finish 2nd.  New drivers being relevant is always good for the sport.  I look for him to win a race this year and Austin Dillon too. Two new winners would be great!  Denny and Jimmie had sub par runs, especially Denny who killed himself with mistakes.

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Martinsville/Joe Gibbs Racing

So this week I am going to break down the top three teams, that have a chance of winning at Martinsville, and which driver from that team will be in victory lane.  Only three teams?  Only one driver from each team?  Yes, that’s right.  It doesn’t take much research to figure it out.

I am gong to include the 78 car from Furniture Row racing in the JGR team because they are getting so much help from them and from Toyota.  However, it doesn’t really matter because there is only really one driver in the JGR camp who has a shot at being in Victory Lane Sunday afternoon.

When I first started looking at the success of the current JGR drivers I was a little shocked.  Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, and Matt Kenseth have combined for a grand total of 0 wins.  That’s right three of the best drivers over the course of the last ten to 15 years have never won at the paper clip.

Martinsville is a unique track in the Cup series.  It takes a driver with incredible patience and particular skill to drive these high power machines on short tracks.  Denny Hamlin grew up driving a series of tracks that taught him how to do it.  South Boston, Southside, Old Dominion, were tracks where the young Hamlin honed his skills.  This has translated to tremendous success at Martinsville.

Since breaking into the Cup Series Denny has won the second most races at Martinsville, 5.  As the week goes on you will see that he and another current driver are far ahead of the field at Martinsville.

Denny has the speed and power of the Gibbs and Toyota cars.  He certainly hasn’t forgotten how to win at Martinsville.  He has distanced himself from his teammates at Martinsville and clearly represents JGRs best chance to win this Sunday.

Tomorrow we will take a look at Hendrick Motorsports.

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