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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Bad Boy Off Road 300

In anticipation of the second race of the Sprint Cup Chase, Fantasy NASCAR Expert Brian Polking ranks the top drivers racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway using Yahoo's scoring system.

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Bad Boy Off Road 300

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After a wild Chase opener that featured a costly mistake by Jimmie Johnson, an ill-timed caution for Kevin Harvick and an impressive rally for the win by Martin Truex Jr., the Sprint Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the second race of the playoffs.

The 1.0-mile flat track is a challenge for an entire race team, and while drivers must focus on managing their brakes and surviving restarts, crew chiefs have to be on top of pit strategy to make sure their drivers have track positon when it matters most.

Fuel mileage is the other factor to consider, and given how important winning a race is the Chase drivers, it should come as no surprise that someone is always willing to gamble on fuel mileage. In fact, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer are just a few of the drivers who have run out of fuel while leading on the final lap at New Hampshire in recent years.

With fuel mileage potentially playing a major role, Sunday's race could be a good opportunity to utilize some sleeper drivers in the Yahoo game if you are running low on starts for the big names in each tier. If you have plenty of starts remaining, by all means load up your lineup with the top drivers.

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

Harvick led a race-high 216 laps at New Hampshire last September before running out of gas coming to the final lap. Even with the bad luck, he has three finishes of fourth or better in his last four starts here, and he has led a series-high 379 laps at the track since joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014.

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

Since the start of the 2013 season, Busch has logged six top 10s in seven starts at New Hampshire, including a win and three second-place finishes. He has led more than 50 laps in four races during the stretch, including a race-high 133 laps in the July race this season.

3. MATT KENSETH, #20 DOLLLAR GENERAL/DEWALT, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]

He has been a different driver at New Hampshire since joining Joe Gibbs Racing. He has cracked the top 10 in six of his seven starts at the track with the organization, winning three times. In fact, Kenseth is going for a three-peat this weekend after winning the September race last year and the July race this season.

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

Logano is a two-time winner at New Hampshire, and the way he has been running here lately, he could be adding to that total this weekend. He is the only driver who has finished in the top five in each of the last four races here, and Logano has compiled a 2.8 average finish during that stretch.

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

Over the last 10 races at New Hampshire, Keselowski's 6.5 average finish is the best in the series. He has finished in the top 15 in every race during that span, logging six finishes of sixth or better, including a win. In the last five races alone, Keselowski has led more than 70 laps three times.


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