NASCAR Betting: The Chase Heads To New Hampshire Motor Speedway For Sylvania 300

The Joe Gibbs Racing team got off to an excellent start in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup on Sunday with Denny Hamlin winning for the third time this season. Hamlin moved in to second place in the Chase standings and earned an automatic berth in to the next round of the postseason with the victory. Hamlin and the Joe Gibbs Racing team will look to pick up from where they left off this week with the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. Here is a look at the best bets on the board for this week’s race.

The Favorite
Matt Kenseth +400

Hamlin might have won last week’s race but Kenseth finished fifth and 12 bonus points from winning four races means he is the overall points leader heading in to this weekend. Kenseth has finished in the top-five in three of the last five races including a pair of wins so if he hangs around long enough he should contend for the win. Kenseth started 16th and placed a disappointing 21st in last week’s race at New Hampshire but a lot has changed since then and he should be in the mix on Sunday.

Next In Line
Denny Hamlin +600

Hamlin is coming off a big win at Chicago last week and when you consider all that he overcame for that victory it really makes it that much more impressive. Hamlin qualified 29th, spun out on Lap 2 and raced on a torn ACL but he still managed to navigate through the field and steal a victory. Hamlin should be in the mix again this weekend but it will be interesting to see if the urgency is there especially considering that he has already clinched a spot in the next round.

Kyle Busch +700

Busch might have been the fourth-best car on the fourth-best team in last week’s race but he won here at New Hampshire earlier in the year when he returned with an incredible run that included three straight wins. Busch hasn’t looked anywhere near as dominant as he did during that span but he has registered four straight top-10 finishes and this could be the week he breaks through in a favorable situation.

Joey Logano +800

It was exactly one year ago that Logano won at New Hampshire and took the lead in the standings with the victory. A sixth-place finish at Chicago wasn’t terrible but the bigger concern with Logano and the Penske Racing team is the fact that they don’t have the same level of speed as the Joe Gibbs Racing cars and that could create problems when it comes to actually winning races as the playoff continues.

Sleeper Pick
Jimmie Johnson +1200

Johnson ran in the top-five for most of last week’s race but he finished a disappointing 11th and the pressure will be on him to find a way to bounce back with a win following a disappointing stretch. Johnson is tied for the most Sprint Cup wins this season but he hasn’t won a race since a victory at Dover in May and that is simply unacceptable for a driver with Johnson’s resume and ability. It’s a risk taking a driver that has only two top-10 finishes in his last six starts but Johnson is talented enough and he is worth taking a shot on as a sleeper pick this week.

Best Bet: Kyle Busch +700