Guys, we’re about to go two straight weeks without NASCAR. For some reason, the sport is going on vacation due to the Olympics, but unless our boys are going over to compete in a new motorsports Olympics category, I don’t want it. What has me more nervous is that the last taste of NASCAR we’re going to get is New Hampshire.

I should be careful because so far this season all the tracks that I usually don’t like end up being the really good races. This year has just been a solid year all around. We will see if New Hampshire continues this trend and can produce something to hold our appetite for two weeks,

A flat track like this generally has similarities to Richmond or Pheonix, and both those races were solid. My picks are going to be mainly pulled from those two races along with recent performance.

There are a lot of rumors circulating that NASCAR has once again found Hendrick violating some rules, so I have a feeling Hendrick isn’t going to show out this week. Obviously, you can never count them out, and I wouldn’t avoid them in fantasy. The good news is I can truly make winner picks without Hendrick and it’s not a lie.

Favorite: Joey Logano

Ford and Toyota are finally starting to close the gap on Chevy, and Joey Logano has been hot and cold all year, but this track leans towards hot for him. He finished 3rd at Richmond and 2nd at Phoenix. With two wins here in the past, I think he’s going to be the one to take it home Sunday.

With all of the news surrounding Team Penske this week, I think that instead of this being a distraction, I think this could be a strong day for Penske overall. My next picks will wrap that theory up.

Dark Horse: Matt DiBenedetto

We know what happened last time Matty D was getting kicked out of a ride unfairly at Leavine Family Racing, he almost got a win at Bristol. This week has probably been the worst week of his racing career. He made a video venting his frustration and while I don’t think that was the best move for him to make, I think that fans are blowing it up a little too much.

In the last two seasons, he has finished 6th and 5th at New Hampshire, so this is a good track for him. You add that with his team starting to get in a rhythm, and I think we truly could see an underdog story on Sunday from Matt. As long as his team didn’t take that video wrong, I think they will rally around him.

Fantasy:

High-End Picks:

  1. Joey Logano: $9,500
  2. Denny Hamlin: $10,000
  3. Chase Elliott: $9,800
  4. William Byron: $10,600
  5. Kevin Harvick: $10,300

Mid-Tier Picks: 

  1. Alex Bowman: $8,200
  2. Matt DiBenedetto: $7,500
  3. Ryan Blaney: $8,700
  4. Christopher Bell: $7,700
  5. Aric Almirola: $8,400

Low-End Picks:

  1. Tyler Reddick: $6,800
  2. Chase Briscoe: $6,000
  3. Bubba Wallace: $6,500
  4. Erik Jones: $6,700
  5. Michael McDowell: $6,200

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