Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Have Won Some Pretty Awesome Trophies


Larson had held a one-point lead in the standings over Martin Truex Jr. after Saturday's race, which Truex won.

The driver to watch is Aric Almirola, who returns this week from injury. He fell to second, trailing Truex by 34 points with eight regular season races remaining. The venerable driver notched an eighth-place finish in September 2015 at the New Hampshire 300, then one-upped himself a year later, finishing seventh. Qualifying is today for Sunday's race.

Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday that Almirola would be back in the No. 43 vehicle this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Larson's crew chief has been suspended and his team was penalized 35 points Wednesday, erasing what had been a one-point advantage over Truex in the driver standings.

No driver has been running as good as Truex and at this point it feels like he should be a lock in DraftKings NASCAR fantasy lineups every week. It's expected to be ready for the playoffs next fall - and it'll be known simply as Richmond Raceway moving forward.

XFINITYOVERTON'S 200Site: Loudon Schedule: Friday, practice, 1 p.m., NBCSN, practice, 3 p.m. NBCSN; Saturday, qualifying, 11:05 a.m., CNBC, race, 4 p.m., NBCSN. Fast facts: Elliott Sadler leads the series with 578 points despite not winning a race. Keselowski had some bad luck here past year when a blown tire resulted in him finishing outside of the top-10. Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway Race distance: 211.6 miles, 200 laps.

What To Watch For: The last five NASCAR Xfinity Series races at New Hampshire have been won from the Coors Light Pole - a series record for any track. The resin was also used at Bristol and Charlotte this season.