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Lenox Tools 300 Preview

Posted by Matt on July 1, 2007

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The NASCAR series rolls in to New Hampshire International Speedway for the Lenox Tools 300, a “Car Of Tomorrow” race.  This is a tough race to dissect as there really aren’t many trends or any one, or two, drivers who have dominated historically.  Kurt Busch in 2004 and Jimmie Johnson in 2003 are the only two drivers to win both races at New Hampshire in a single season and the other Busch, Kyle, won this race last year.

Jeff Gordon has three victories here at New Hampshire, second all-time to Jeff Burton who has four, and starts in the 8th position, however, the majority of races run here at N.H.I.S are won from outside of the Top 10, including three of the last six.  I feel, however, that this might be a race won within the Top 10 as Kevin Harvick won last nights Busch Series race at New Hampshire, while looking strong in doing so, and starts in the 7th position.

The starting grid is an odd one with numerous strangers at the top and Dave Blaney on the Pole, the first Toyota Pole in the history of NASCAR but don’t expect Blaney to hold the lead for long.

Hendrick Motorsports has won five of seven “Car of Tomorrow” races with Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson each notching two wins and Kyle Busch with one.  Martin Truex, Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya have the other two wins combined.

Predictions:

Winner: Kevin Harvick – #29 Shell/Penzoil Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing (won the Daytona 500 and is one of only six drivers NOT in the Hendrick garage to win this season in 16 races, also won last nights Busch Series race at the same track, starts 7th)

Others To Watch For:

Jeff Gordon – #24 DuPont Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports (starts 8th and has three career wins at New Hampshire, has ran well in “CoT” races)

Kurt Busch – #2 Miller Lite Dodge – Penske Racing (starts 2nd and dominated here in 2004)

Denny Hamlin – #11 FedEx Express Chevrolet – Joe Gibbs Racing (starts 11th and would continue the trend of winners coming from outside the Top 10, also finished 2nd in last nights Busch Race at New Hampshire, also has ran well in “CoT” races)

Most Laps Lead: Kurt Busch – #2 Miller Lite Dodge – Penske Racing (starts 2nd and dominated here in 2004)

Makes 200th Career Start: Jimmie Johnson – #48 Lowes Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports

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