Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Camping World RV Sales 301

by Brian Polking on July 13, 2013 @ 14:10:37 PDT

 


A recent hot stretch that includes four straight finishes of seventh or better has Clint Bowyer sitting second in the standings, and the only thing missing from his 2013 resume is a trip to victory lane. After posting the fourth-fastest lap in both practice sessions at New Hampshire Saturday to go along with the second-best 10-lap average speed in Happy Hour, it looks like he could get the monkey off his back as early as this weekend. Bowyer is a two-time winner at New Hampshire, and he finished third and fourth in two starts at the track last year. Fantasy owners should feel very confident adding him to their rosters this weekend in all formats.

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If Bowyer wasn't the most impressive driver in practice Saturday, Matt Kenseth was. He ranked second and third in the two sessions, and while he hasn't had a top-five finish at New Hampshire since 2005, there is no denying the fact that he has been a different driver with Joe Gibbs Racing this season. Two of his series-leading four victories have come at tracks where he had never won before so a career day at New Hampshire is a real possibility. Forget his average numbers at the track. Kenseth deserves a spot on fantasy rosters.

One guy that always deserves a spot on rosters is Jimmie Johnson, and the three-time New Hampshire winner didn't disappoint in practice. He ranked fifth and sixth in the two sessions, and even though he will have to start from the back after failing post-qualifying inspection, he will likely be near the front before the checkered flag waves. After all, Johnson owns the second-best average finish of any driver at the track, and he has only finished outside the top 15 three times in 22 starts at the track.

The only driver that has better career numbers at New Hampshire than Johnson is Denny Hamlin, and he had himself a solid set of practices, as well. He ranked eighth and 12th in the two sessions, and he appears to have a car capable of building on his series-leading 7.9 average finish at the track. Hamlin already has two wins at New Hampshire, and in 14 starts, he has finished sixth or better eight times. He has also finished third or better four times in his last five starts so he has actually been getting better. Get him in your lineup this weekend.

Two other drivers that owners will want to get in their lineups this weekend are Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon. Both drivers cracked the top 15 in both practices Saturday, and Busch actually topped the charts in the first session. Both drivers are also three-time winner at New Hampshire, and while Busch has finished sixth or better five times in the last 10 races at the track, Gordon has reeled off 15 straight top-15s, including three straight finishes of sixth or better.

Looking at the sleeper options, Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano could both deliver solid results for owners. Truex cracked the top-10 in both practices Saturday, and Logano ranked seventh and 11th. Logano is also a former winner at New Hampshire, and he has finished in the top 15 in his last four starts at the track. Truex on the other hand owns a 14.9 average finish at the track for his career, and he has finished outside the top 20 only three times in 14 starts.

Last but not least, Brian Vickers could be the sleeper driver with the most upside this weekend. After cracking the top 15 in the first practice, he topped the charts in Happy Hour and posted the best 10-lap average speed in the final session. Meanwhile, he has finished in the top 15 in his last three starts at New Hampshire, and he has a pair of top-10s during the stretch. Vickers should be a safe bet for a solid finish, and a top-five effort isn't out of the question.

Happy Hour Speeds (sorted by Best Lap)

Rk
Car
Driver
Make
Sponsor
Best Lap
Best Time
Laps
1
55
Toyota
Aaron's Dream Machine
133.417
28.548
44
2
88
Chevrolet
National Guard
133.212
28.592
45
3
20
Toyota
Dollar General
133.207
28.593
32
4
15
Toyota
5-hour Energy
133.193
28.596
49
5
48
Chevrolet
Lowe's
133.096
28.617
48
6
24
Chevrolet
Drive To End Hunger
132.868
28.666
37
7
16
Ford
3M/WB Mason
132.836
28.673
34
8
56
Toyota
NAPA Batteries
132.762
28.689
42
9
5
Chevrolet
Farmers Insurance
132.757
28.690
42
10
1
Chevrolet
McDonald's Monopoly
132.734
28.695
39
11
22
Ford
Shell Pennzoil
132.674
28.708
46
12
11
Toyota
FedEx Freight
132.646
28.714
36
13
18
Toyota
Interstate Batteries
132.503
28.745
33
14
78
Chevrolet
Furniture Row/Denver Mattress
132.480
28.750
59
15
31
Chevrolet
Caterpillar
132.443
28.758
38
16
42
Chevrolet
Target
132.296
28.790
35
17
14
Chevrolet
Mobil 1
132.296
28.790
43
18
99
Ford
Fastenal
132.245
28.801
39
19
27
Chevrolet
Menards/Libman
132.167
28.818
36
20
17
Ford
Best Buy
132.094
28.834
37
21
2
Ford
Miller Lite
132.062
28.841
42
22
29
Chevrolet
Budweiser
132.057
28.842
49
23
43
Ford
Smithfield
131.975
28.860
33
24
9
Ford
Stanley
131.934
28.869
41
25
39
Chevrolet
Wix Filters
131.888
28.879
38
26
7
Chevrolet
SANY
131.638
28.934
35
27
51
Chevrolet
Phoenix Construction
131.538
28.956
26
28
10
Chevrolet
GoDaddy.com
131.293
29.010
32
29
47
Toyota
Kingsford Charcoal
131.284
29.012
34
30
34
Ford
Taco Bell
130.900
29.097
29
31
93
Toyota
Burger King/Dr. Pepper
130.756
29.129
40
32
30
Toyota
Lean 1/Hannaford
130.752
29.130
33
33
38
Ford
Long John Silver's
130.738
29.133
36
34
13
Ford
GEICO
130.613
29.161
29
35
35
Ford
MDS Transport
130.358
29.218
23
36
83
Toyota
Burger King/Dr. Pepper
130.349
29.220
41
37
36
Chevrolet
United Mining Equipment
130.020
29.294
27
38
19
Toyota
Plinker Tactical
129.794
29.345
3
39
33
Chevrolet
LittleJoesAutos.com
129.401
29.434
25
40
32
Ford
Federated Auto parts
128.911
29.546
32
41
52
Toyota
Support Military pres by VictoryWknd
126.694
30.063
11

Happy Hour 10-Lap Average Speeds (must run 10 consecutive laps)

Rk
Car
Driver
From
To
Avg. Speed
1
55
2
11
132.180
2
15
2
11
132.158
3
88
1
10
132.121
4
1
2
11
132.009
5
5
1
10
131.886
6
78
1
10
131.844
7
56
2
11
131.828
8
48
32
41
131.716
9
14
1
10
131.381
10
11
27
36
131.187
11
99
27
36
131.117
12
9
21
30
131.019
13
29
31
40
130.999
14
2
28
37
130.830
15
22
30
39
130.828
16
20
23
32
130.654
17
39
25
34
130.582
18
27
26
35
130.409
19
38
1
10
130.045
20
30
2
11
129.739
21
83
1
10
129.438

Second Practice Speeds (sorted by Best Lap)

Rk
Car
Driver
Make
Sponsor
Best Lap
Best Time
Laps
1
78
Chevrolet
Furniture Row/Denver Mattress
133.497
28.531
38
2
20
Toyota
Dollar General
133.469
28.537
33
3
18
Toyota
Interstate Batteries
133.347
28.563
40
4
15
Toyota
5-hour Energy
133.245
28.585
39
5
99
Ford
Fastenal
133.217
28.591
23
6
48
Chevrolet
Lowe's
133.142
28.607
33
7
22
Ford
Shell Pennzoil
133.086
28.619
34
8
11
Toyota
FedEx Freight
132.989
28.640
30
9
56
Toyota
NAPA Batteries
132.975
28.643
32
10
42
Chevrolet
Target
132.896
28.660
26
11
2
Ford
Miller Lite
132.887
28.662
28
12
24
Chevrolet
Drive To End Hunger
132.882
28.663
31
13
5
Chevrolet
Farmers Insurance
132.813
28.678
31
14
55
Toyota
Aaron's Dream Machine
132.766
28.688
30
15
1
Chevrolet
McDonald's Monopoly
132.734
28.695
35
16
17
Ford
Best Buy
132.618
28.720
25
17
16
Ford
3M/WB Mason
132.595
28.725
35
18
88
Chevrolet
National Guard
132.568
28.731
28
19
29
Chevrolet
Budweiser
132.466
28.753
36
20
43
Ford
Smithfield
132.379
28.772
31
21
14
Chevrolet
Mobil 1
132.370
28.774
43
22
27
Chevrolet
Menards/Libman
132.342
28.780
25
23
31
Chevrolet
Caterpillar
132.282
28.793
31
24
51
Chevrolet
Phoenix Construction
131.802
28.898
26
25
9
Ford
Stanley
131.747
28.910
21
26
39
Chevrolet
Wix Filters
131.638
28.934
20
27
93
Toyota
Burger King/Dr. Pepper
131.542
28.955
36
28
47
Toyota
Kingsford Charcoal
131.515
28.961
24
29
7
Chevrolet
SANY
131.388
28.989
19
30
30
Toyota
Lean 1/Hannaford
131.143
29.043
23
31
10
Chevrolet
GoDaddy.com
130.833
29.112
31
32
98
Ford
Phil Parsons Racing
130.676
29.147
9
33
34
Ford
Taco Bell
130.438
29.200
25
34
38
Ford
Long John Silver's
130.345
29.221
16
35
87
Toyota
TBD
130.184
29.257
11
36
13
Ford
GEICO
130.140
29.267
27
37
83
Toyota
Burger King/Dr. Pepper
130.006
29.297
31
38
19
Toyota
Plinker Tactical
129.838
29.335
14
39
35
Ford
MDS Transport
129.666
29.374
20
40
33
Chevrolet
LittleJoesAutos.com
129.520
29.407
13
41
32
Ford
Federated Auto parts
128.885
29.552
26
42
36
Chevrolet
United Mining Equipment
128.398
29.664
17
43
52
Toyota
Support Military pres by VictoryWknd
127.248
29.932
20

10-Lap Average Speeds (must run 10 consecutive laps)

Rk
Car
Driver
From
To
Avg. Speed
1
56
1
10
132.053
2
48
2
11
131.946
3
20
1
10
131.898
4
24
1
10
131.893
5
55
20
29
131.598
6
18
26
35
131.568
7
88
2
11
131.411
8
31
1
10
131.147
9
1
26
35
130.957
10
14
32
41
130.333
11
10
2
11
130.142
12
83
1
10
128.991
13
32
1
10
127.884

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About Brian Polking

Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.

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