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|11/13/15||Phoenix: Three To Watch|
|10/30/15||Martinsville: Three To Watch|
|10/18/15||Kansas: Three To Watch|
|10/05/15||Charlotte: Three To Watch|
New Hampshire: Three To Watch
Race week is finally here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway! After 10 long months of waiting, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is back in New England and ready to race during the 25th Anniversary celebration at NHMS.
The Magic Mile has a rather misguided reputation as being a tough track at which to pass and a tough one for drivers to figure out. Here are a few fast facts to dispel these myths:
- Denny Hamlin won the 2012 SYLVANIA 300 after starting 32nd. Before Jimmie Johnson won from 37th at Atlanta in March, this was the farthest back a driver had come from to win a non-restrictor plate race since 2009.
- Brad Keselowski won this race last year to tie a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record for 13 consecutive different winners at one track.
- Kyle Larson finished third and second, respectively, in last year's two races as a rookie.
Joey Logano's win last September reset the consecutive streak of different drivers to 11, but needless to say, there are a plethora of competitors capable of winning the 5-hour ENERGY 301. Here's a look at three drivers to watch:
Green Flag: Brad Keselowski
He's finished no worse than 11th in the last seven races at NHMS, which included the afore mentioned win in this event last year. Keselowski had been stumbling recently, but regained his footing with an impressive showing at Kentucky last Saturday and should continue to impress at the Magic Mile.
Yellow Flag: Kyle Larson
He's looked pretty lost out there for much of the season after an impressive run as a rookie last year. But, NHMS might be exactly the medicine he needs to regain his form. Larson won the K&N Pro Series East race at NHMS in 2012 and, as referenced above, finished second and third is his two starts at the track last year.
Red Flag: Carl Edwards
The switch to Joe Gibbs Racing should be a good opportunity for Edwards to assess his ability at NHMS. He's never been strong at the Magic Mile, managing just five top-10s in 21 starts. JGR, however, has been rock solid at the track in recent races, so it will be interesting to see if Edwards can feed off of that.