The NASCAR Cup Series moves from a larger speedway to the one-mile oval at New Hampshire for the Crayon 301 this weekend, with the Cup Series playoffs rapidly approaching. While William Byron won his fourth race of the season, two drivers earned their first top-three finishes this season in Atlanta. However, New Hampshire has been dominated by Ford and Toyota recently, and our betting preview is filled with their drivers.
BangtheBook reviews the field, recent performances, and the current odds to find the best bets in our NASCAR Cup Series Crayon 301 betting preview.
Toyota versus Ford
While not all sportsbooks have betting lines for winning manufacturers, New Hampshire has been dominated by two teams recently: Toyota and Ford. Ford had won four consecutive races (2018-2021) before Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell won last season’s race.
Toyota (2013, 2015-2017, 2022) and Ford (2014, 2018-2021) have won the last ten races in New Hampshire, with each manufacturer having won five races.
Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing was the team responsible for the last four Toyota wins in New Hampshire and has three drivers among the betting favorites and must be considered for any top-ten betting line picks.
Christopher Bell (+600) has had a drop in their finishing results recently, having six sub-11th place finishes in the last seven races. However, Bell is among the betting favorites, having won in New Hampshire last season and having one race win and ten top-ten finishes this season.
Martin Truex Jr. (+600) is the second contender from Joe Gibbs Racing and has two top-five finishes in his last three trips to New Hampshire. Turex Jr. has two sub-29th finishes in his last two races but has two race wins and nine top-ten finishes this season.
Denny Hamlin (+800) has three top-ten finishes in the last three races in New Hampshire Hamlin has one race win and seven top-ten finishes this season.
The Ford’s in Contention
There are three Fords in contention for the race win, with two drivers having previous wins in New Hampshire.
Stewart-Haas’ Kevin Harvick (+1200) won back-to-back races in New Hampshire in 2018 and 2019 and has three top-three finishes in the last three races in New Hampshire. Harvick has finished 24th or lower in the last three races and has seven top-ten finishes this season.
Team Penske has two drivers in contention: Ryan Blaney (+1400) and 2009 race winner Joey Logano (+1600), and neither has been in outstanding form recently. Blaney has three sub-30th finishes in his last four races but has one race win and nine top-ten finishes this season, while Logano has two sub-17th place finishes in his previous three races but holds one race win and nine top-ten finishes, including three in the last five races.
Hendrick Motorsports-Chevrolet’s Crayon 301 Contenders
If Chevrolet is going to win for the first time in New Hampshire since 2012, look no further than current Drivers’ Championship leader William Byron (+1000). Byron is coming off a win in Atlanta, his fourth of the season, and has 11 top-ten finishes this season and could be a real contender to win the Cup Series Championship.
No NASCAR betting odds or previews are free from Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott.
Elliott has two top-ten finishes at New Hampshire in the last three races and has seven top-ten finishes in the 12 races he’s competed in.
Larson has two race wins and nine top-ten finishes this season but only has one top-ten finish at New Hampshire since February 2020. Larson was riding a four-race streak of top-ten finishes before finishing 26th last week in Atlanta.
BangtheBook’s Crayon 301 Betting Pick
While we have numerous picks for top-five and top-ten finishes, BangtheBook is picking Christopher Bell to score back-to-back wins this season and at New Hampshire.