Staff picks for today’s Cup race at New Hampshire

Road America — The Joe Gibbs Racing driver rediscovers his magic here and locks into the playoffs. Too many cautions at the end. NASCAR Cup handicapping info for fantasy NASCAR players and NASCAR bettors.

Hendrick Motorsports duo battling for last playoff spot but encouraged by run

Brad Keselowski captures Team Penske’s 500th win in motorsports

With arguably the fastest car on a long run, Truex was undone by four cautions in the last 23 laps that helped Brad Keselowski score his third consecutive win. Truex leaves Las Vegas with the points lead after an afternoon that saw six of the 16 playoff drivers involved in accidents or spins and a few others who finished with crinkled and creased cars.

All the incidents toward the end were too much to overcome for Truex. Unfortunately for us, it took a little bit too long to get rolling. Too many cautions at the end. It really, really took our chance away from winning. The issue for Truex was that he and crew chief Cole Pearn set the car up for long runs. We felt it was going to be a long-run kind of race just because the track is slick and there are so many multiple grooves. Typically, these are the ones that go green for a long time.

We were kind of banking on that and for a while it was working for us. Obviously, at the end it was caution after caution. That really took any chance we had away. Brad Keselowski — Winner: I was worried about running out of gas there at the end. I know the fans can hear on this microphone and I want to say thank you to everyone who braved degree heat all day.

You guys are the real heroes. I get paid to do this. You guys pay to watch and thank you for doing that. Thank you for coming out today and tolerating the heat. What a special day for wins for Penske, three in a row here, first win in the Playoffs. Kyle Larson — Finished 2nd: But, was happy to end up second there. Just glad we had a good day after the tire issue we had early in the race. So, yeah, good points day. With 15 laps or so we could take the lead and drive away. We were actually a little too good on the long run, I wish maybe we could have gone the other direction a little bit and still been able to get the lead.

If we were the leader, we could do okay, I could maintain, but when I was second or third or fourth, it just made me tight enough that I had to wait for the thing to come to me or wait for other guys to start getting off the bottom in front of me. Really proud of the effort. Joey Logano — Finished 4th: I wish I could re-run the race.

Might be a little better. But everyone in the field is probably saying the same thing. Ryan Blaney — Finished 5th: I was good on short runs and long runs I was really loose.

We were trying to get it to where it would last. We got it a little better but definitely not where we need to be. It was a struggle. They worked really hard all day. I tried to stay out of trouble and just survive I guess. Congrats to Brad and the 2 team on their th win for Team Penske, that is pretty neat. We have to work on some stuff but salvaging a decent day is a good day. Aric Almirola — Finished 6th: We got behind on qualifying and that kind of set the tone.

That was my fault. I was trying to get too much and got in the fence and made another mistake and we were able to come down on pit road and get all the damage fixed and the car was back to being good again.

I am proud of that effort. That was a really hard fought sixth place. Man, one of these races we will have it go smooth and we will be a contender.

I am really proud of that effort. That was a really hard fought sixth. Kyle Busch — Finished 7th: Daniel Suarez — Finished 8th: We had a 15 to 20th place car. We have to keep working hard for the rest of the season and hopefully keep improving for our next half-mile track. Austin Dillon — Finished 11th: They brought a really fast race car.

We gave up a lot of track position throughout the day, not just from starting in the back, but on pit stops we really struggled. But, you know, proud of the effort.

That really took any chance we had away. Brad Keselowski — Winner: I was worried about running out of gas there at the end. I know the fans can hear on this microphone and I want to say thank you to everyone who braved degree heat all day. You guys are the real heroes. I get paid to do this. You guys pay to watch and thank you for doing that. Thank you for coming out today and tolerating the heat. What a special day for wins for Penske, three in a row here, first win in the Playoffs. Kyle Larson — Finished 2nd: But, was happy to end up second there.

Just glad we had a good day after the tire issue we had early in the race. So, yeah, good points day. With 15 laps or so we could take the lead and drive away. We were actually a little too good on the long run, I wish maybe we could have gone the other direction a little bit and still been able to get the lead. If we were the leader, we could do okay, I could maintain, but when I was second or third or fourth, it just made me tight enough that I had to wait for the thing to come to me or wait for other guys to start getting off the bottom in front of me.

Really proud of the effort. Joey Logano — Finished 4th: I wish I could re-run the race. Might be a little better. But everyone in the field is probably saying the same thing. Ryan Blaney — Finished 5th: I was good on short runs and long runs I was really loose. We were trying to get it to where it would last. We got it a little better but definitely not where we need to be.

It was a struggle. They worked really hard all day. I tried to stay out of trouble and just survive I guess. Congrats to Brad and the 2 team on their th win for Team Penske, that is pretty neat.

We have to work on some stuff but salvaging a decent day is a good day. Aric Almirola — Finished 6th: We got behind on qualifying and that kind of set the tone. That was my fault. I was trying to get too much and got in the fence and made another mistake and we were able to come down on pit road and get all the damage fixed and the car was back to being good again. I am proud of that effort. That was a really hard fought sixth place.

Man, one of these races we will have it go smooth and we will be a contender. I am really proud of that effort. That was a really hard fought sixth. Kyle Busch — Finished 7th: Daniel Suarez — Finished 8th: We had a 15 to 20th place car. We have to keep working hard for the rest of the season and hopefully keep improving for our next half-mile track.

Austin Dillon — Finished 11th: They brought a really fast race car. We gave up a lot of track position throughout the day, not just from starting in the back, but on pit stops we really struggled. But, you know, proud of the effort. I felt like I got out all I could out of it. Bummer at the end. We needed a top Alex Bowman — Finished 19th: I was running 50 percent probably maybe 60 percent that first run towards the end and just mowing guys down.

Jimmie Johnson — Finished 22nd: We had good speed in the car, good pit stops, everything was going well and unfortunately, cut a right-front tire when we touched the No. So, sure, we finished higher than some guys, but any cushion we could have gotten today would have been nice. Denny Hamlin — Finished 32nd: No grip and just a bad day overall.

Ty Dillon — Finished 34th: