New England 200 preview from New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch has been a virtual lock at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the last three events, recording three straight wins.

This year he’ll come back with a new team looking for his first win of the year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

The team that he will be driving for, is the team that he owns, Kyle Busch Motorsports, has won already this year, when his brother, Kurt drove the No. 54 Toyota to victory at Richmond.

But since then, there have been a lot of top-fives, but zero wins for the young KBM.

When it comes to NHMS, though Busch can get the job done, and he has. Last year he only led the final 32 miles and laps, but don’t expect him to start from the top and dominate the race.

His best starting position coming from fourth in 2010.

But don’t give the win to Busch right away. He has been dominant in the past at New Hampshire, but it takes one little thing to ruin streaks.

Also with the level of drivers in the Nationwide Series, this year, it’s proven that drivers can go on streaks, but they haven’t been able to continue them.

One driver that is currently on a streak, although a heavily penalized streak, is Austin Dillon.

Dillon dominated Kentucky two weeks ago, winning the pole and the race. In fact, Dillon led all but 8 of the laps of Kentucky and those eight laps were either under caution or when he was in the pits.

But the story started after he took the checkered flag. His racecar was found to be too low in post race inspection. The win stayed with Dillon and his Richard Childress team, but he was docked six championship points and his crew chief Danny Stockman was placed on probation.

Last weekend at Daytona, Dillon was fast again. He qualified for the pole, but after qualifying his car was found to be illegal and his pole run was taken away. Dillon rallied back from his 42nd starting position to finish in the top-five.

It was announced on Tuesday, that Dillon’s crew chief and car chief were both suspended from NASCAR competition until July 25th.

Dillon has been on a streak lately, but it’s hard to continue streaks when a driver is at a track with a new car and crew chief.

Last year it was Roush-Fenway Racing Fords that led most of the race before falling behind late.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the most dominant car in the Nationwide Series earlier this season, when he had the points lead and won two races in a span of just a few weeks, but after Iowa in May his team had struggled.

Last week was a strong run for Stenhouse when he finished second, and coming back to a track that he did well at last year could re-boost the team into their Late April/early May form.

New England 200 entry list: 

  1. Mike Wallace
  2. Elliott Sadler
  3. Austin Dillon
  4. Danny Efland
  5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  6. Danica Patrick
  7. Matt Frahm
  8. Jeff Green
  9. Brian scott
  10. Sam Hornish Jr.
  11. Eric McClure
  12. Blake Koch
  13. Ryan Truex
  14. Tayler Malsam
  15. Brad Keselowski
  16. Jamie Dick
  17. Amber Cope
  18. Jamie McMurray
  19. Justin Allgaier
  20. Kevin Harvick
  21. Kasey Kahne
  22. Josh Richards
  23. Erik Darnell
  24. Timmy Hill
  25. Josh Wise
  26. Michael Annett
  27. Mike Bliss
  28. Chase Miller
  29. Stephen Leicht
  30. T.J. Bell
  31. Jeremy Clements
  32. Joey Gase
  33. Kyle Busch
  34. Johanna Long
  35. Matthew Carter
  36. Mike Harmon
  37. Scott Riggs
  38. Jason Bowles
  39. Kevin Lepage
  40. Joe Nemechek
  41. Cole Whitt
  42. Morgan Shepherd
  43. Travis Pastrana