Pencil 301 postponed to Monday at noon ET; starting grid, news, TV channels, streaming info

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to the Northeast this weekend for the Crayon 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s just over a mostly flat oval mile. Joe Gibbs Racing enters the weekend as big favourites, but the weather is expected to be a factor for the third week in a row.

Here’s everything you need to know before Crayon 301:

Crayon 301 TV, streaming, radio program

All times Eastern

SATURDAY
12:05 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.: Workout (US, NBC Sports app, PRN)
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Qualifying (US, NBC Sports app, PRN)

Sunday
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Pre-race show (US)
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Crayon 301 (US, NBC Sports app, PRN)

Monday
Noon – 3:30 p.m.: Crayon 301 (US, NBC Sports app, PRN)

Crayon 301 Starting Grid

  1. Christopher Bell (20), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

  2. Martin Truex Jr. (19), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

  3. Aric Almirola (10), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

  4. Joey Logano (22), Penske Ford Team

  5. Ryan Blaney (12), Penske Ford Team

  6. Tyler Reddick (45), 23XI Racing Toyota

  7. William Byron (24), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

  8. Bubba Wallace (23), 23XI Racing Toyota

  9. Brad Keselowski (6), RFK Racing Ford

  10. Kyle Busch (8), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

  11. Austin Dillon (3), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

  12. Daniel Suarez (99), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

  13. Kevin Harvick (4), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

  14. AJ Allmendinger (16), Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

  15. Kyle Larson (5), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

  16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (47), JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

  17. Michael McDowell (34), Ford of motorsport in the front row

  18. Chase Elliott (9), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

  19. Justin Haley (31), Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

  20. Denny Hamlin (11), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

  21. Ryan Preece (41), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

  22. Austin Cindric (2), Team Penske Ford

  23. Todd Gilliland (38), Ford of motorsport in the front row

  24. Corey LaJoie (7), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

  25. Alex Bowman (48), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

  26. Chris Buescher (17), RFK Racing Ford

  27. Chase Briscoe (14), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

  28. Harrison Burton (21), Wood Brothers Racing Ford

  29. Nyoah Gragson (42), Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet

  30. Erik Jones (43), Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet

  31. Ross Chastain (1), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

  32. BJ McLeod (78), Live Fast Motorsports Ford

  33. Ryan Newman (15), Rick Ware Racing Ford

  34. Cole Custer (51), Rick Ware Racing Ford

  35. Ty Dillon (77), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

  36. Ty Gibbs (54), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

301 pencil details

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.056 mile oval), Loudon, New Hampshire
Length: 301 laps for 318.458 miles
Banking: Turns – 2-7 degrees | Right away – 1 degree
Last year’s winner: Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing

Top drivers and best bets for the Crayon 301

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Toyotas have won six of the last 11 races at Loudon and are therefore well represented among the favorites according to BetMGM. Christopher Bell, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin all come into the weekend with greater than 10-to-1 odds of visiting Victory Lane.

Better chances of winning
• Christopher Bell +600
• Martin Truex Jr. +600
• Denny Hamlin + 800
• Kyle Larson + 900

TALLADEGA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 02: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 Toyota FedEx Express, Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 Toyota Sirius XM, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Toyota Bass Pro Shops, enter pit lane during the NASCAR Cup Series YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 02, 2022 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Denny Hamlin (11), Christopher Bell (20) and Martin Truex Jr. (19) of Joe Gibbs Racing are the three favorites for the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend in New Hampshire. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg wrote earlier in the week about the betting prospects for Loudon and suggests staying away from fourth JGR driver Ty Gibbs (+3500). Gibbs has only competed in one national series event at Loudon – last year’s Xfinity race – and turned a second-row start into a 21st-place finish.

Bromberg points to 2021 Series Champion Chase Elliott (+1200) and Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney (+1600) as good mid-value bets. Elliott finished second at New Hampshire last year while Blaney has been remarkably consistent there with an average start of 10.5 and an average finish of 12.8 in 10 career starts.

Ryan Newman tops list of part-timers

Ryan Newman – who drove full-time in the Cup Series from 2002 to 2021, winning 18 races – will make just his second start since leaving the series when he drives the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Ford entry this weekend -end. Cole Custer will make his second straight start in the No. 15 Ware Racing machine while BJ McLeod will make his 12th start in the No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford as he continues to split time with Josh Bilicki and Anthony Alfredo.

List of Pencil 301 participants

Ross Chastain (1), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet
Austin Cindric (2), Team Penske Ford
Austin Dillon (3), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Kevin Harvick (4), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Kyle Larson (5), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Brad Keselowski (6), RFK Racing Ford
Corey LaJoie (7), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
Kyle Busch (8), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Chase Elliott (9), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Aric Almirola (10), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Denny Hamlin (11), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Ryan Blaney (12), Penske Ford Team
Chase Briscoe (14), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Ryan Newman (15), Rick Ware Racing Ford
AJ Allmendinger (16), Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
Chris Buescher (17), RFK Racing Ford
Martin Truex Jr. (19), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Christopher Bell (20), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Harrison Burton (21), Wood Brothers Racing Ford
Joey Logano (22), Penske Ford Team
Bubba Wallace (23), 23XI Racing Toyota
William Byron (24), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Justin Haley (31), Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
Michael McDowell (34), Ford of motorsport in the front row
Todd Gilliland (38), Ford of motorsport in the front row
Ryan Preece (41), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Noah Gragson (42), Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet
Erik Jones (43), Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet
Tyler Reddick (45), 23XI Racing Toyota
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (47), JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
Alex Bowman (48), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Cole Custer (51), Rick Ware Racing Ford
Ty Gibbs (54), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Ty Dillon (77), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
BJ McLeod (78), Live Fast Motorsports Ford
Daniel Suarez (99), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

Crayon 301 weekend weather forecast

Rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the entire weekend, with an 84% chance of rain on Sunday. NASCAR has a wet weather package that includes brake lights, windshield wipers, and grooved tires that allow the cars to run on a wet track, but nothing more than a drizzle.

Given NASCAR’s protocols (see above) for moving race start times combined with the forecast deluge, a postponement to Monday afternoon seems most likely.

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