Ambetter 301 Race Preview and Pick

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Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford, leads Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Cup Series Busch Light Clash. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP.

Last week, the Quaker State 400 took place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia. Chase Elliott won this race. His victory was meaningful on both emotional and competitive levels. He would love to remain on top — in terms of winning another race and remaining atop the NASCAR Cup Series standings — this week.

Top-rated sportsbooks have released their betting odds for this week’s NASCAR action. On Sunday, NASCAR moves North for the Ambetter 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Read on for all of the information that you should want to know for the race.

At the end of the article, you will find a wager recommendation that you can follow at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review), a sportsbook that you need to register at in order to enjoy its motorsports betting opportunities. 

NASCAR Cup Series: Ambetter 301 

Sunday, July 17, 2022 – 03:00 PM EDT at New Hampshire Motor Speedway


Quaker State 400 Recap

Last week was something of a dream come true for Chase Elliott. The Quaker State 400 took place last week in the vicinity of Atlanta. Given this race’s location, it was a homecoming for Elliott who, for the most part, grew up in Georgia.

He won this race, and his victory was convincing. No doubt, the race was a competitive one, but Elliott was a threat from the beginning since he won pole position. He also won the first two stages of the race. Overall, he led 96 of the laps. With a few laps to go, he made the crucial pass, skillfully earning his win.

His victory was certainly meaningful to him on an emotional level. Not only did he win, but he got to be rewarded by a highly supportive crowd, well-aware of his deep tie to Georgia. Plus, he remains atop the NASCAR Cup Series playoff standings.

How Are the NASCAR Cup Series Standings Looking?

Chase Elliott leads everybody with 684 points. Ross Chastain is 50 points behind him, and then there is an even steeper drop-off to Joey Logano in third place.

Can Chase Elliot Repeat at the Ambetter 301?

Because it is hard and rare in NASCAR to win back-to-back races, we may exclude Elliott from our list of candidates to win the upcoming race.


Ambetter 301: General Info 

This week, the Ambetter 301 takes place in New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in a small town named Loudon in a small state.

Unlike the NASCAR Cup Series races that took place most immediately prior to last week’s competition in Atlanta, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is eminently familiar to NASCAR drivers.

For this week’s New Hampshire rendition, drivers must complete a total of 301 laps. As has almost always been the case this season, there will be three stages for this race.

  • Stage 1: 70 laps
  • Stage 2: 185 laps
  • Stage 3: 116 laps

Entry List for the Ambetter 301

As is customary, an entry list for the upcoming racing event has already been published. 36 teams/drivers out of 40 possible spots are posted on this entry list.

Thus, barring any unforeseen circumstances, we already know which drivers will participate in this race. We may expect all the usual suspects.

Starting Lineup

  • This year and in this race, the order in which drivers start the race gets determined via qualifying.
  • Qualifying takes place on Saturday, the day before the race, at 12:15 PM EDT and it finishes at 01:30 PM EDT.
  • Qualifying will be two groups, single-vehicle, one lap, and two rounds.
  • As is often the case, a practice session immediately precedes qualifying.
  • Practice takes place from 11:30 AM EDT to 12:15 PM EDT on the same day.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Track Info 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is known as “The Magic Mile”. It is a rare one-mile track; Phoenix and Dover host the other two one-mile NASCAR tracks. Its length is 1.058 miles per lap. So, in completing 301 laps, drivers will have accumulated around 318 laps.

This asphalt and granite track is known for its wide turns. Drivers will need to use these turns well in order to corral strong momentum for their vehicles.

There is not a lot of banking here to help them increase their speeds. The turns are banked variably, between two to seven degrees, which is vastly less than other venues. Meanwhile, the straightaways are banked at one degree.


Ambetter 301: Betting Pick and Prediction

Bovada offers strong matchup betting opportunities for this race. My favorite betting pick is to favor Ryan Blaney head-to-head against Chase Elliott.

Blaney is rounding into form, having finished top-six in four of his last five races. This is just the track in which to expect another strong effort from Blaney because it is historically one of his favorite ones. He has finished Top 5 in two of his last three efforts here.

Conversely, Elliott has finished 18th, 9th, and 29th in his last three races here. Plus, he is primed for a letdown since he is coming off an emotional win. Both history and the situation speak against him while Blaney is in a great spot.

NASCAR Pick: Ryan Blaney to Finish Ahead of Chase Elliott (-130) at Bovada

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