Loudon NASCAR: Brian Vickers ends four-year win drought

Brian Vickers ended an almost four-year winless streak with a confident performance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon NASCAR: Brian Vickers ends four-year win drought

The part-time Michael Waltrip Racing driver had the Loudon race in the bag after passing long-time leader Tony Stewart with 14 of the 301 laps to go.

But for the 12th time the race went under a full-course caution, and Vickers had to survive a green-white-chequer finish to end his 75-race losing run.

Stewart had moved to the front by non-stopping during one of those many cautions at roughly three-quarter distance. The Stewart-Haas team stuck with its gamble despite the many opportunities to pit, but fell short when Stewart's Chevrolet ran dry just after the final restart.

This left early race leader Kyle Busch to take up the charge, but there was no time left to deny Vickers his win.

On a day when numerous teams tried something different to get track position, Jeff Burton enjoyed one of his strongest races in years, taking third place for Richard Childress Racing.

Kurt Busch appeared to have the pace to win, but was shuffled down the order by taking four tyres when most of the rest took two. A tap from Matt Kenseth sent him spinning into Ryan Newman, effectively ending both their races.

Poleman Brad Keselowski took fourth, Aric Almirola was fifth, while Jimmie Johnson, who started last when his second-place qualifying time was disallowed, fought his way up the order to claim sixth.

Results - 302 laps:

Driver                   Team/Car                         Time/Gap
 1.  Brian Vickers       Waltrip Toyota               3h14m10.000s
 2.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota                   0.582s
 3.  Jeff Burton         Childess Chevrolet               + 1.013s
 4.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford                      + 1.263s
 5.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford                       + 1.717s
 6.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet               + 2.065s
 7.  Kevin Harvick       Childess Chevrolet               + 2.732s
 8.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford                + 2.809s
 9.  Matt Kenseth        Joe Gibbs Toyota                 + 2.815s
10.  Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet               + 3.063s
11.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet               + 3.265s
12.  Jamie McMurray      Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet      + 3.395s
13.  Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota                   + 3.634s
14.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet               + 3.733s
15.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford                + 3.753s
16.  Martin Truex Jr     Waltrip Toyota                   + 4.048s
17.  Paul Menard         Childess Chevrolet               + 4.141s
18.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford                   + 4.308s
19.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford                   + 4.522s
20.  David Stremme       Swan Toyota                      + 4.594s
21.  Denny Hamlin        Joe Gibbs Toyota                 + 4.663s
22.  AJ Allmendinger     Phoenix Chevrolet                + 4.884s
23.  Dave Blaney         Baldwin Chevrolet                + 5.068s
24.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet      + 5.197s
25.  Joe Nemechek        NEMCO Toyota                    + 12.251s
26.  Tony Stewart        Stewart-Haas Chevrolet          + 52.481s
27.  Bobby Labonte       JTG Daugherty Toyota              + 1 lap
28.  David Reutimann     BK Toyota                        + 2 laps
29.  JJ Yeley            Baldwin Chevrolet                + 3 laps
30.  Ken Schrader        FAS Lane Ford                    + 3 laps
31.  Kurt Busch          Furniture Row Chevrolet         + 18 laps
32.  Landon Cassill      Circle Sport Chevrolet          + 21 laps*
33.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford                      + 24 laps
34.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford               + 26 laps
35.  Josh Wise           Front Row Ford                  + 31 laps
36.  Casey Mears         Germain Ford                    + 59 laps

* Not running at finish

Retirements:

     Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet           237 laps
     Travis Kvapil       BK Toyota                        236 laps
     Ryan Newman         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet           225 laps
     Joey Logano         Penske Ford                      211 laps**
     Morgan Shepherd     Keselowski Toyota                 92 laps
     Michael McDowell    Parsons Ford                      89 laps
     Mike Bliss          Humphrey Smith Toyota             75 laps

** Running again at finish
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