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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: New Hampshire 301

Fantasy NASCAR Expert Brian Polking ranks the top drivers racing in the New Hampshire 301!

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New Hampshire 301

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The Sprint Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, and the flat, 1.0-mile oval is famous for testing brakes and the patience of drivers.

The straightaways are long enough that drivers really have to jump on the brakes to get the cars through the track's flat, sweeping corners. The lack of banking also makes passing difficult, and bumping and banging is commonplace, especially in the closing laps.

In many ways, flat tracks are kind of their own animal, and certain drivers really seem to handle the lack of banking better than others. As a result, Sunday's New Hampshire 301 does offer fantasy owners a chance to take advantage of some middle-tier options in the Yahoo game that happen to be flat tracks aces.

Don't be afraid to lean on the drivers that have enjoyed success at New Hampshire and other flat tracks in the past in order to conserve some starts from the high-end options in each driver group.

1. KEVIN HARVICK, #4 BUSCH BEER/JIMMY JOHNS, STEWART-HAAS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]

The former New Hampshire winner has been pushing for a return trip to victory lane. He has led a series-best 379 laps in the last three races here, leading more than 50 laps in all three starts. During the same stretch, Harvick has logged a pair of top three finishes.

2. BRAD KESELOWSKI, #2 MILLER LITE, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]

His 8.5 average finish over the last 10 races at New Hampshire is the best in the series, and Keselowski has nine finishes of 12th or better during the stretch. He also has a series-best five top five finishes, including a win and two second-place runs. In his last four starts here, he has led more than 70 laps three times.

3. JOEY LOGANO, #22 SHELL-PENNZOIL, TEAM PENSKE[YAHOO CLASS A]

Logano has flipped a switch at New Hampshire recently, reeling off three straight top five finishes at the track. He has a 2.7 average finish during that span, winning the September race in 2014.

4. KYLE BUSCH, #18 MARS BRANDS/INTERSTATE BATTERIES, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]

He is the defending winner of this weekend's race, and since 2013, Busch has five top 10s in six starts at New Hampshire, including four finishes of either first or second. Busch has led more than 50 laps in three of his six starts in that time frame, including 95 in his win last year.

5. JIMMIE JOHNSON, #48 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS [YAHOO CLASS A]

Johnson is a three-time winner at New Hampshire for his career, and he has remained one of the more reliable drivers at the track in recent years. His seven top 10s in the last 10 races here are tied for the most in the series, and his 11.7 average finish in the same span ranks third.


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