Open Race Thread: NASCAR Nationwide Series New England 200 | New Hampshire Motor Speedway

LOUDON, NH - JULY 16: Andrew Ranger, driver of the #67 Go Canada Racing Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16, 2011 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images for NASCAR)

This should be an interesting race since New Hampshire Motor Speedway is virtually a flat track.  It does have 2 - 7 degrees of progressive banking in the corners however, but ask any driver and they'll tell you the track is flat.

And to make matters worse, this track is fast.  If you don't have good brakes here, you'll find yourself in a whole lot of trouble. 

Given the nature of this track look for those drivers that are good at road courses to do fairly well here, that is why Andrew Ranger is in the Go Canada Racing car (#67) instead of J.R. Fitzpatrick as he is an exceptional road racer.  I expect to see him in the top 10 all day, and if Go Canada gave him a really good hot rod then expect to see him in the Top 5 near the end of the race.

Aside from my personal bias of cheering for Andrew I expect to see Busch, Harvick, Edwards and the Kes fighting it out for the win today.  Ranger, however, is my dark horse pick with Allgaier not too far from him either - it is his wife's birthday this weekend and he wants to get that win for her as a present!

Starting line-up after the jump.  See you on the other side, in the comment area of course!

Oh, and if you haven't done so already, be sure to check out Troy's Nationwide race preview.

 

Pos Car Driver
1 22 Brad Keselowski
2 33 Kevin Harvick
3 20 Joey Logano
4 88 Aric Almirola
5 18 Kyle Busch
6 32 Reed Sorenson
7 16 Trevor Bayne
8 31 Justin Allgaier
9 11 Brian Scott
10 60 Carl Edwards
11 38 Jason Leffler
12 7 Kasey Kahne
13 09 Kenny Wallace
14 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
15 2 Elliott Sadler
16 87 Joe Nemechek
17 66 Steve Wallace
18 62 Michael Annett
19 30 Mikey Kile
20 19 Mike Bliss
21 67 Andrew Ranger
22 01 Mike Wallace
23 14 Eric McClure
24 15 Timmy Hill
25 81 Blake Koch
26 51 Jeremy Clements
27 89 Morgan Shepherd
28 40 Charles Lewandoski
29 74 Mike Harmon
30 23 David Green
31 28 Derrike Cope
32 42 Tim Andrews
33 46 Chase Miller
34 70 Dennis Setzer
35 39 Matt Frahm
36 52 Kevin Lepage
37 47 Scott Wimmer
38 75 Johnny Chapman
39 44 Angela Cope
40 41 Carl Long
41 04 Danny Efland
42 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb
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