New Hampshire Odds – Chase due to get off to a flying start

by on September 19, 2009

If you don’t have a NFL Week 2 matchups headache, take a look at the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday as the Chase for the sprint Cup really gets exciting. Look for a driver from the Chase to reach Victory Lane: it’s happened every year since the Chase started in 2004.

New Hampshire Odds – Sunday, September 20, 2:00 PM ET

With no Kyle Busch (+1000) in the fold, it’s on Denny Hamlin (+600) to fly the JGR flag. Rookie teammate Joey Logano won the rain-shortened summer race, while Hamlin finished outside of the top 10 for only the second time in seven races here. Still, his 8.3 average is the best among current drivers, and he has two wins in his last six races, including last week at Richmond, his hometown track.

He’ll have to fight off the Hendrick boys, Jimmie Johnson (+600), Jeff Gordon (+700) and top seed Mark Martin (+800), who had four wins during the “regular season”, but he hasn’t won in 25 trips to New Hampshire. Johnson and Gordon have five wins between them, but none since Johnson swept the 2003 races here on the one-mile track with low banking. All three finished in the top 14 during the summer race, headlined by Gordon’s second-place finish, while Johnson led 93 laps.

If you’re looking for a value pick, your betting software could go for Kurt Busch (+1200), who finished third here in June, and he’s won three races at New Hampshire. He swept the 2004 races en route to the championship, and he added the 2007 fall race to his victory list. Busch finished second to Hamlin at Richmond, and if he gets a good car under him, the No.2 driver will definitely be a factor.

The driver that online betting players should watch out for, though, is Tony Stewart (+800), who would have ran away with the title under the old points system. Stewart’s team took their foot off the gas once they made the Chase to experiment with setups, which made some discount them in the title race. With a 12.2 average in 21 races, including two wins, Stewart knows how to win at New Hampshire. Look for the No.14 driver to make a statement on Sunday, and make Tony Stewart one of your sports picks.

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