NASCAR Picks: 5 Hour Energy 301 Race Preview & Sprint Cup Prediction

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NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series will make the first of two stops this season to Loudon, New Hampshire for the running of this Sunday’s 5-Hour Energy 301. The green flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is set to wave at 1:30 p.m. (ET) and the race will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network.

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5 Hour Energy 301 Preview and Prediction
Race: 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Date: Sunday, July 19                                                                           
Time: 1:30 p.m. (ET)                       
Broadcast: NBC Sports Network
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Kyle Busch made me a winner last week as my 12/1 top-valued contender by taking the checkered flag at Kentucky. Joey Logano pushed his way to a second-place finish and Denny Hamlin ended-up third for the second race in a row.

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The following is a look at my top favorite, contender and longshot to win this Sunday’s 5-hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire based on betting odds provided by Bovada.

The Favorite (odd of less than 10/1)

I am hoping that lightning strikes twice at New Hampshire this Sunday with Brad Keselowski looking to successfully defend last year’s title as a 13/2 third-favorite to win again this season.

The No. 2 car’s current form definitely leaves something to be desired with just two top-10 runs in its last six Sprint Cup races, but overall the team is still holding down sixth in the current standings with 559 total points and it remains pretty much a lock for this year’s Chase with an early victory this year at Fontana.

Keselowski also adds some value to these odds with a finish of seventh or better in six of his last seven runs around this track in a Sprint Cup event.

The Contender (odds from 10/1 to 19/1)

I was torn between going with Kyle Busch again after last week’s win or Matt Kenseth since both contenders have 10/1 odds to win this race. Busch actually finished second in this race last season, but I am going with Kenseth, who has posted an equally impressive performance at this track in recent years.

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The No. 20 car won the second race at New Hampshire in 2013 and followed that up with a fourth-place finish in this race last year. Current form is also strong with Kenseth taking fifth at Kentucky to post his sixth top-five finish of the year.

He should also make the Chase with an earlier win at Bristol this year.

The Longshot (odds 20/1 or greater)

I have been known to reach pretty deep when picking these longshots and I am way out on a limb with this week’s pick.

I am going with the 20/1 betting odds that Kyle Larson posts his first career Sprint Cup victory this Sunday in just his second full-time season in this series.

Call it a hunch since the No. 42 car has only made its way into the top five once this season, but in his rookie year in 2014, Larson placed third in this event and second in the second race at Loudon.

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By Dave Schwab

David Schwab is a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog. While not cheering for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles David can be found working on his blog at David wants to hear from you so please comment below.