It’s been a tough time at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. We’ve had two practice sessions and have seen four crashes. On Friday, both Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin found the wall. They’d have to go to backup cars as a result and will drop to the rear of the field at the start of Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
But, they weren’t the only two with problems.
On Saturday morning, Kyle Larson crashed his No. 42 Chevrolet while William Byron did as well in his No. 24 Chevrolet. Both will join Newman and Hamlin in the back of the field on Sunday afternoon too.
So will Alex Bowman who had a mechanical failure in qualifying on Friday afternoon and then a crash in final practice meaning he will start last in his No. 88 Chevrolet. Furthermore, his car he’s racing tomorrow is Jimmie Johnson’s backup as the organization is down to just one backup car left. That has given a feast or famine weekend for Hendrick Motorsports overall.
Byron and Bowman have had their fair share of issues. Byron, was only 21st and 29th respectively in practice. Bowman, was sixth and 22nd respectively in practice.
But, Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott have been quietly strong though.
Johnson may not have scored a top five at New Hampshire since 2014 but did finish 10th in this race last year. He has two top five finishes in his last three starts on the season though and four top 10’s in his last seven overall. He was 14th and ninth in practice but also eighth on the 10 lap average chart. He starts 10th.
Chase Elliott is slumping lately but was fifth in this race last year. He also was first and eighth respectively on single lap speed and starts 12th.