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Overton’s 301 (New Hampshire)

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It is now time to head from the Bluegrass state over to New England for the Overton’s 301 in New Hampshire, where drivers will once again race for a giant lobster. Yes fans a real live lobster, but for certain drivers it is more than that as the schedule looks to get tighter without any more mile and a half tracks until the playoffs. For last year’s winner Matt Kenseth (three times), this is an opportunity to clinch a win while driving in his last season for Joe Gibbs Racing while Kevin Harvick (twice) won the September race in the playoffs.

Speaking of JGR drivers, all veterans have won at New Hampshire a combined seven times with Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch each winning two. If you want to count Joey Logano’s rain shortened first career win while with JGR, the team has actually won at New Hampshire eight times with Busch and Kenseth winning three of the last four overall. There are several drivers with multiple wins who are already in the playoffs: Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch also with three each.

Among the most needed, there are two more two time winners among the five needing to cash in. Logano has had severe bad luck since having his Richmond win encumbered and finishing 12th or worst in seven of the last nine races. Clint Bowyer this season since joining Stewart-Haas Racing has three runner-up finishes in 2017 and snapping his near five year winless streak at New Hampshire looks to be the perfect place to do so. It would also help get SHR only their third win in 2017.

Among the single time winners, Kasey Kahne needs one more than anybody. Eight consecutive races with a finish of 15th or worst and not only that, crashing out in five of them. If there were any job security concerns for Kahne, this would be the time to worry unless he somehow snaps his own winless skid. Even if Kahne does win, it may not be enough to stop the rumors.

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