NASCAR fan: Five drivers with best chance to win Sylvania 300 in New Hampshire

As NASCAR drivers head to the second playoff race of the season at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, who do you think has the best chance of winning or placing at least a top-5 finish?

Jeff Gordon, 2011.
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Here are five drivers I believe have the best chance of a victory in the Sylvania 300 on Sunday, Sept. 25:

Jeff Gordon

Although Gordon opened the first race in the Chase with a rather disappointing 24th-place finish, don't count him out just yet. The 2011 season has been Gordon's year (at least recently), and on the 10th anniversary of his most recent championship title, he can still become the comeback king in NASCAR.

Gordon hasn't had a win at New Hampshire since 1998, but he has had three victories here, even though they were achieved back in the 1990s. In his last 10 races on at the track, he has five top-5 finishes, and three of those were in second place.

Gordon will need to get his momentum back in the Sylvania 300, and he'll be racing hard to do just that.

Kurt Busch

Busch was one of many drivers that had problems with fuel at Chicagoland, but this weekend the race could easily be his to win. Busch has three wins at the track and an average finish of sixth place since 2008.

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is one of Busch's favorite tracks, and sitting at fourth place in the standings, he has finally pulled ahead of little brother Kyle and he wants to keep it that way.

Brad Keselowski

Although Keselowski hasn't had great finishes in his history at Loudon, coming in at 18th and 35th, respectively, in his last two races, he is not the same driver as he was then. This outstanding driver has the momentum to capture the Cup, and he had an impressive fifth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway.

Keselowski has surprised everyone with his incredible run of success that started just days after his horrific crash ended with him fracturing his ankle. He isn't about to stop now, when it really matters. Keselowski jumped five places in the standings after the Geico 400, and he's got a great opportunity to move up again after this Sunday's race in Loudon, N.H.

Jimmie Johnson

Johnson will be looking for a comeback after he faded out in last week's race as another victim of fuel problems. He had a decent 10th-place finish, but he moved backward in the standings by two places.

At New Hampshire, Johnson has three wins and an average finish of 9.6. He's been on the best drivers on similar tracks and often comes alive during the latter part of the season. The five-time Sprint Cup champion does not want to lose his title, and he'll be especially motivated for a win here.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Even though most of the talk around Junior has involved losing, he did have an impressive third place finish at Chicagoland. He moved up five places in the standings after the Geico 400, and he could be tired about all of those depressing conversations. Could this finally be the race that breaks his ridiculously long winless streak?

The Sylvania 300 would be a great place for him to break that horrific record and surprise us all.

K.C. Dermody grew up watching auto racing at the old Baylands Raceway in Fremont, California, and has been a fan ever since.

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Updated Friday, Sep 23, 2011