For the second time in 2011, Ryan Newman will start a race from the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In July, Newman not only started first, but he finished first as well. The three-time winner at the track wasn't on the short list of title favorites entering the Chase, but completing a season sweep at NHMS Sunday would certainly put him in the thick of things. Even if he doesn't win, Newman looks like one of several Chasers that should provide plenty of help for fantasy owners Sunday.
Hendrick teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are on the list of potential fantasy stars as well. They are two of the best flat tracks drivers in the series, and both have piled up excellent numbers at New Hampshire. Not to mention the fact that the two have combined for nine championships. The two were strong throughout practice Saturday, and both will be looking to gain ground after running out of fuel last weekend at Chicagoland.
Making up a lot of ground could be easier said than done, considering both point-leader Kevin Harvick and second-place Tony Stewart were strong on the practice charts as well. In fact, owners shouldn't be surprised if all the Chasers run well Sunday. Since the inception of the playoff format in 2004, the fall race at the track has never been won by a non-Chaser.
About Brian Polking
Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.
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