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Magic Mile Must-Win Scenarios – JGR Winless Streak Must Be Broken

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From domination last year with a 12 race winning streak to not even sending a single driver to victory lane this year, JGR has been a lackluster organization at best.

Matt Kenseth is the NHMS defending race winner with 3 victories in 34 starts at the 1.058 mile track. He also has 10 top fives and 19 top 10’s, with an average finish of 12th.

Kyle “Bridesmaid” Busch has two wins, 9 top 5’s and 13 top 10’s. He has a 98.1 driver rating at NHMS, which is fourth best.

Denny Hamlin is 2 for 22 at NHMS, and has 8 top fives and 13 top 10’s. He is, however, the driver with the second best rating.

JGR has won the last 3 out of 4 races at The Magic Mile, with Kyle Busch last visiting VL in the spring of 2015, and Matt Kenseth repeating in the fall of 2015 and the spring race of 2016.

Daniel Suarez will make his Cup series debut at Loudon and boasts two top five finishes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series races.

JGR Drivers have also visited upcoming short tracks and won at Michigan, Bristol, Richmond, and Darlington.

Other drivers that remain winless, and need to hoist the Larry The Lobster trophy at The Magic Mile, as well as the remaining tracks in the playoffs, are as follows:

Clint Bowyer – New Hampshire, Richmond

Kasey Khane – New Hampshire, Michigan, Bristol, Richmond

Paul Menard – Indianapolis

Dale Earnhardt Jr – Pocono, Bristol, Richmond


New Hampshire has also decided to use the much criticized PJ1 Trackbite compound on the track for this weekend’s Overton’s 301 on Sunday, formerly referred to as VHT.

The PJ1 Trackbite compound is a resin that will be used at the very bottom of the track on the yellow line – the hope is that it will open up more real estate on the track and create an opportunity for side by side racing.

Something that is hard to come by when Loudon is notorious for no room to pass another driver, or side by side racing of any kind.


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: Overton’s 301
The Place: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
The Date: Sunday, July 16
The Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, 2:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 318.46 miles (301 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 75),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 150), Final Stage (Ends on lap 301)

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