NASCAR Cup Series New Hampshire: How to Watch, Stream, Preview and Choose the Ambetter 301

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Given the grand scheme of the motor racing industry, New England feels like a world away from the epicenter of motor racing in the Southeast – complete with harsher winters, more fishing boats, and an entirely different tone than that used in places like Southern Virginia and the Carolinas.

But make no mistake, this is an area that loves its races and loves its racers. And for racers and racing fans alike in this part of the country, the ultimate shrine to their passion is the New Hampshire Motor Speedway at Loudoun, New England’s premier racing facility and popular summer stop on NASCAR’s schedule.

The NASCAR Cup Series is making an annual trip to New Hampshire this weekend for the Ambetter 301, a race that goes the extra mile around a track long dubbed the “Magic Mile.” Although this 1,058-mile track features hardly any banking and is nearly flat along the way, it offers multiple racing canyons and has put together entertaining races for New England fans over the past three decades.

How to watch the NASCAR Cup Series in New Hampshire

  • Date: Sunday 17 July
  • Site: New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudoun, New Hampshire
  • time: 3 p.m. Eastern time
  • Television: USA Network
  • Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

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  • In a week-to-week parity season, last week in Atlanta saw the emergence of a clearly dominant driver for the 2022 season. Chase Elliott became the first driver to win three races this season, edging out five drivers with a pair of wins to their name and confirming he might be the favorite in the championship. . Elliott’s win in Atlanta allowed him to boost his lead in the regular season championship standings, as he now has a 47-point advantage over Ryan Blaney for second.

    Elliott’s win put the onus on four other drivers – Ross Chastain, Joey Logano, William Byron and Denny Hamlin – to build on their victory by the end of the summer. Among that group, Chastain is the only driver with a realistic chance of catching Elliott for the regular season championship (he is third in points, down 50 marks), and who carries with him a hefty bonus in playoff points. However, the rest can easily climb up the match rankings and be on par or even greater with Elliott by winning more races and earning more qualifying points.

  • Speaking of Chastain, his second place finish in Atlanta over the season has gone on to make him explode as a Cup Series star and make plenty of enemies from other drivers along the way. Chastain’s aggressive streak has contributed to multiple car crashes – including Denny Hamlin, whom he had previously run into at Gateway – leading to a natural grumble about Chastain’s driving style and how he might come back to bite him.

    The target on Chastain’s back has certainly grown larger, and New Hampshire is a place where drivers can settle scores and exact revenge on the right track (Ask Robbie Gordon Exactly how does this work). If anyone is actually going to try to take a shot of Chastain’s bumper, it still has to be seen – Chastain is in another hot streak, with three top runs in the last three races and five top 10 in a row dating back to Gateway in June.

  • Last year, New Hampshire was a surprising winning site after Eric Almerola stormed the front late in the race to take the checkered flag and blast himself into the qualifying grid. Examining who won in New Hampshire after last year is where things get really interesting.

    The past four races in New Hampshire have been won by drivers who are currently outside the qualifying grid they are looking for. Kevin Harvick in 2018 and 2019, Brad Keselowski in 2020, and Almerola last year. And now and then, this track has been known to produce downright surprises in the winner’s circle, like when Brian Vickers came out of the pack to score his third and final Cup Series win here in 2013.

    While the New Hampshire winners’ list includes plenty of drivers to expect – including Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano – almost anything seems possible after Cory Lagoe came within a block of a potential win in Atlanta last week. (By the way, LaJoie won this racetrack in the K&N Pro East Series in 2016. Just something to think about.)

  • On the topic of Kevin Harvick, there is plenty of riding on a potential win in New Hampshire this weekend. He will go from 19 points below the cutting streak to strong in the playoffs, and he will also sever a no-win streak that has now lasted nearly two full seasons. He would also become the most successful driver in New Hampshire history.

    With his win this weekend, Harvick will become the most winning driver in New Hampshire history with five cup victories, and the tie-breaker he currently holds with Jeff Burton. Of Harvick’s four wins in New Hampshire, three have come since he joined Stewart-Haas Racing and with crew chief Rodney Childers on top of the penalty area.

Choose to win

(Odds via Caesars Sportsbook)

Christopher Bell (+1500): New Hampshire is the kind of trail that rewards the driver who can tell where the place is, and Christopher Bell discovered this place. He won here in the Camping World Truck Series in 2017, won the last three Xfinity Series races at this track, and probably won the cup race last year as well – he was running on Aric Almirola in the last laps, but ran out of time to catch him and finished in position Second after impending darkness forced NASCAR to shorten the race by eight laps.

It’s safe to say that this could be Bell’s best racetrack, and he felt he deserved for a while to have the kind of outstanding performance his season feels like he’s headed towards. With a clear feel for that track and the need to confirm his place on the qualifying grid, don’t be surprised at all if Christopher Bell gets to the front and stays there.