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A driver from Joe Gibbs Racing has completed first or second in 14 of the final 15 Cup Sequence races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Half of the occasions that occurred, it was a JGR automotive parked in Victory Lane. After which twice there was a 1-2 end between teammates in Loudon.
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The winners in that span embody Matt Kenseth (3 times), Kyle Busch (twice) and Denny Hamlin (twice). Kenseth now not races in NASCAR after two part-time seasons in 2018 and 2020. Busch nonetheless pilots the No. 18 JGR Toyota, and Hamlin stays with the No. 11 entry. Martin Truex Jr. (No. 19) and Christopher Bell (No. 20) full the four-car storage now, becoming a member of the staff in 2019 and 2021, respectively, from different organizations.
Nonetheless New Hampshire alone, Hamlin and Busch have essentially the most profession wins out of their teammates with three apiece. Additionally they every have 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes, oddly sufficient. Hamlin has that stat line in 27 begins. Busch does in 29.
Neither Truex, nor Bell have gained at New Hampshire. Truex has seven prime fives and 13 prime 10s in 27 begins. Bell solely has his Twenty eighth-place run final yr, however he did go two-for-two within the Xfinity Sequence from 2018-19.
With that mentioned, BetMGM has Truex as not simply the JGR favourite to win Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort On line casino 301 in Loudon (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports activities App, PRN and SiriusXM) but additionally the general favourite. He stands at 5-1 odds – greater than doubtless as a result of he has gained three of the seven oval races with the identical 750-horsepower bundle that’ll be used at New Hampshire. Kyle Larson from Hendrick Motorsports has the second-best odds at 21-4, adopted by Hamlin at 11-2 and Busch at 13-2, so as. Bell is additional down on the board with 20-1 odds.
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Truex (three), Busch (two) and Bell (one) have already gained this season, thus locking themselves into the 2021 NASCAR Playoffs. Hamlin has not.
Hamlin’s 369-point cushion on the cutline seems promising, however there are nonetheless 5 regular-season races left and solely 4 spots remaining within the 16-driver postseason discipline. If he claims the regular-season title – Larson is catching up, now simply 10 factors behind – Hamlin will probably be playoff-bound. If he doesn’t win that or a race, and there are 4 new winners, he’ll get the boot. It’s finest he wins, and New Hampshire affords a stable alternative.
Talking of those that have surprisingly not gained this season and will at New Hampshire, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick was victorious in three of the final six races there. He has 4 wins at New Hampshire for his profession, making him the winningest energetic driver in Loudon regardless of Joe Gibbs Racing’s latest success.