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Race Preview and Fantasy Picks: Lenox Industrial Tools 301

By admin | June 25, 2009

By Richard Allen

Track and Location:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH

Track Layout: 1.058 mile oval with 12 degrees of banking in the turns

Race Distance:  318 miles/301 laps

Date of Race:
Sunday(June 28, 2009)

Radio Coverage:
PRN(1:00pm Eastern)

Television Coverage: TNT(1:30pm Eastern)

Start Time:
2:15pm Eastern

Last Year’s Winner:
Kurt Busch

Here are some thoughts for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301:

This is one race which may actually be too short rather than too long. The race distance seems more suited to the Nationwide Series than the Sprint Cup Series. This flat, one-mile track puts handling at a real premium. The team that can get their car turning best in the center of the corner will win provided there are no unusual circumstances.

Last year rain played havoc with this track. This race was cut short due to rain and qualifying for the fall race here was rained out.

Kurt Busch was able to win this race last year by staying on the track when most other lead lap cars pitted only to have the rain set in and end the race early.

Drivers who should do well:
Drivers who can avoid overdriving their cars in these flat turns stand the best chance of doing well here.

Martin Truex- Although he has never won here he has scored more points on this track since the inception of the CoT than any other driver.

Jimmie Johnson- A flat track in which handling is at a premium means this guy has to be considered a favorite.

Tony Stewart-
A potentially hot, slick track with little banking sounds perfectly suited for a guy who started racing in sprint cars. He led the most laps in this race last year.

Greg Biffle- He won here last fall which may be a better indicator since that race ran the full distance.

Denny Hamlin- He has had five Top 10s in only six races here.

Drivers to avoid:
Drivers who overdrive their cars or who drive for teams not typically able to find the handle will struggle here.

Juan Pablo Montoya- He has no Top 10s here in four tries.

Brian Vickers- Only one Top 10 in nine starts.

David Reutimann- He has never scored a top 10 here.

Winner of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301: Tony Stewart

These are only suggestions. Do your own research and enjoy the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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