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Dennis Michelsen · Wednesday July 13, 2005
Every year I cross my fingers and hope that the racing at New Hampshire International Speedway will improve. Unfortunately every year I am dissapointed. The Bahre family gets an "A" for effort in trying to improve the speedway. But every thing they try seems to fall short of a great change to add excitement to the track. So in the interest of helping NASCAR fans enjoy the very best in racing let me suggest a few ways they could make the racing better.
1. Race at Night With No Lights
This is a huge hit every 4th of July at Rockford Speedway! The Deery family is also one of the great families in racing, albeit on a small track level, and they came up with this feature race many years ago! The tie-in with the New England area is also ready made since back at Rockford they call it the "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere!"
2. Drive Backwards
Imagine 43 cars in reverse! Do I need to say any more?
3. Add Stop Lights on the BackStretch
Imagine the excitement as 43 cars race full speed out of turn two only to have some sadistic track official turn on the red light!
If all else fails, perhaps we can tear the track up and build it back up with progressive banking. This place is excellent for the modifieds but has always given us dissapointing racing for the Nextel Cup level.
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Siemens 300 by the Numbers
NHIS Horses for Courses
Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Kurt Busch.
Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Rusty Wallace, Jamie McMurray, and Joe Nemechek.
Power Ratings Top Five
Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Rusty Wallace, Jamie McMurray, and Joe Nemechek
Handicapping the Race
Top Pick (Last Week Finished 11th)
Tony Stewart- He is on an incredible roll.
Strong Plays (Last Week Finished 19th, 29th, 41st)
Ryan Newman – One of these days he will have a strong race from start to finish.
Kurt Busch – Tough on tough to pass tracks.
Matt Kenseth – Showing great consistency.
Hunch Bet (Last Week Finished 36th)
Jeff Burton- Used to be very tough here.
Longshot (Last Week Finished 9th)
Joe Nemechek at 33-1 odds – One win and five top ten finishes in his career here makes GI Joe a great pick this week.
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