Harvick, Hamlin Eye Another Exciting NASCAR Finish In New Hampshire

Written By Drew Ellis on July 30, 2020 - Last Updated on August 16, 2020

The NASCAR Cup Series is back in action on Sunday for the running of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Iowa NASCAR fans can watch it live at 3 p.m. EST on NBCSN on Sunday, Aug. 2.

The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 is a race just over 318 miles, with 301 laps taking place around the track.

A random draw will determine qualifiers for Sunday’s race. NASCAR eliminated qualifying and practices to limit exposure for on-site personnel in attempts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Harvick, Hamlin open as Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 favorites

Sunday’s race should be exciting for auto racing fans and Iowa sports betting, and oddsmakers see it as the same.

At PointsBet Sportsbook, Kevin Harvick (+380) and Denny Hamlin (+460) are favorites in New Hampshire.

FanDuel Sportsbook lists Harvick as a +420 favorite while Hamlin comes in at +480 to win. These two finished first and second in last year’s race.

Harvick is the two-time defending champion of this race. For his career, Harvick has four wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The current points leader, he is a four-time winner in 2020. Also, he finished in the top five of six straight races.

The last driver to win this race prior to Harvick is Hamlin. He was the 2017 and 2007 winner of this event. Altogether, Hamlin owns three wins in New Hampshire in his career.

Hamlin has five wins in 2020 and is fourth in the point standings behind Harvick right now. He is coming off a win in Kansas on July 23.

Keselowski, Elliott provide good value at New Hampshire

New Hampshire has been a strong track for a number of drivers in Sunday’s field.

When it comes to driver rating at New Hampshire, here are the top five on Sunday’s contenders:

  1. Hamlin: 103.6
  2. Kyle Busch (+725 PointsBet; +800 FanDuel): 102.4
  3. Jimmie Johnson (+4,000 PointsBet; +3,500 FanDuel): 99.1
  4. Kevin Harvick: 98.5
  5. Brad Keselowski (+850 PointsBet; +1,000 FanDuel): 98.4

Keselowski is a driver to consider for Sunday. Along with his top-five driver rating at New Hampshire, Keselowski has an average finish of 11.0. That ranks second in the field.

Keselowski won the Foxwoods race in 2014. He also sits second in the current NASCAR point standings and has 14 top-10 finishes to his credit in 2020.

Chase Elliott (+1,000 PointsBet and FanDuel) is another driver to watch. While Elliott has not won at New Hampshire, his 90.7 driver rating ranks eighth in this field.

Elliott is fifth in the standings right now with one win and seven top-five finishes in 2020.

Veterans Busch, Bowyer intriguing long shots on Sunday

NASCAR races provide an opportunity for upsets each week.

With unpredictable wrecks and pit road mistakes, a long shot can make his way to victory lane.

Kurt Busch (+2,800 PointsBet; +3,100 FanDuel) is a name to consider for wagers or DFS lineups. Busch is a two-time champion of this race and a three-time winner at New Hampshire.

Though he is seeking his first win of 2020, Busch has been consistent.

His 12 top-10 finishes rank third this season. Busch has just one DNF (did not finish) in 2020 as well. An 89.9 driver rating at New Hampshire is ninth in Sunday’s field.

Clint Bowyer (+4,000 PointsBet; +5,500 FanDuel) brings a lot of value to the table on Sunday as well. Although Bowyer hasn’t won this race, he is a two-time winner at New Hampshire over his career.

With just one DNF this year, Bowyer finds himself in the mix consistently. He has placed 16th or better in six consecutive races. An 87.0 driver rating at New Hampshire puts him 12th in this field.

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Drew Ellis has lived in Michigan his whole life and has been writing professionally 21 years. Ellis has covered anything from youth baseball in mid-Michigan, a top-25 college football program, and pro sports in the Detroit area. Always keeping busy, Ellis also has over 10 years of experience in covering sports betting, handling all major sports.

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