NASCAR: Will it be another wild weekend at the Magic Mile?

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July 19th, 2019

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway a.k.a. the Magic Mile on Sunday. With the playoffs fast approaching, the races are bound to be as wild as last week's Kentucky finish. Before we get to my picks for this week's race, here are some trends to consider before placing your bets.
  • The last three race winners scored their first victories of 2019
  • The last five races have been won by five different teams
  • The last six races have been won by six different drivers
I love the trends heading into the race this weekend, because they should continue. Stewart-Haas Racing is winless this season. Kevin Harvick, most notably, was considered a part of NASCAR's "big three " last season, but his team has been in a slump, and I believe it's been because of the new 2019 race package. Last week there was some promise from Stewart-Haas early in a race. Maybe the team is starting to turn a corner?

In the last three races at New Hampshire, Harvick has a win and two top-five finishes. The betting market will more than likely have Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch as the favorites, but this is the week Harvick and his team turns the corner and gets into the win column. If you look at all the intermediate tracks (roughly a mile), Harvick has seven top-five finishes in 13 races, including three wins. We're bullish this week on Harvick and hope to get 5-1 odds or more.

Looking for a longshot to consider? Daniel Suarez, Harvick's teammate, will likely be at high odds and is still winless in his career. In three races at New Hampshire, however, Suarez has two top-10 finishes. He has shown promise at the Magic Mile and has been building confidence every week. In the last 13 intermediate-track starts, Suarez has eight top 10 finishes.

Action is in New Hampshire this week, but if you want to take a longer view, check out the NASCAR futures on BetAmerica!