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The NASCAR Cup Series makes its annual trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday for the USA TODAY 301.

Ryan Blaney won the race in Iowa last week ahead of Christopher Bell and Chase Elliott, taking his first win of the season.

Weather may play a role throughout the race weekend in New Hampshire, with rain forecast for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Here are The Tennessean's expert picks for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race in New Hampshire:

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Tom Kreager's pick: Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Denny Hamlin has had two weeks of bad luck in a row. That has to stop at some point. And New Hampshire is a place where he has had success, with three wins on the track.

Nick Gray's Pick: Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

It's time for Martin Truex Jr. to win in 2024. Truex won here last year and has a strong track record in New Hampshire ahead of the 2023 victory. He has led 426 of 602 laps in the last two races at Loudon. And that's not just to take the pressure off of having to win in the final two months of the regular season; Truex and the No. 19 team will be in the mix in the regular season championship race with a string of good results heading into the home stretch.

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