Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Lenox Industrial Tools 301 | New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet, poses after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 15 in Loudon, N.H. Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

So you think Kyle Busch will get win number 101 today? I don't, but I wouldn't count him out of contention for a win either.  I'm going with Denny Hamlin for the win today, followed by Smoke, Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon (yep, I wrote that).

My dark horse pick is The Kez.  Penske is on to something there and both Keslowski and Kurt Busch are running well, well enough in fact to be in contention for wins.

Some interesting story lines invovling the Chase are unfolding too, the main one seeming to be will he in or won't he?  He referring to Dale Jr. of course.  And the wild card spots are just as complicated as the NFL's wild card picture each season.

Here is the starting line-up via nascar.com.

See you on the other side, in the comment area of course.

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