New Hampshire NASCAR: Matt Kenseth wins ahead of Tony Stewart

Matt Kenseth won the New Hampshire NASCAR Sprint Cup race for Joe Gibbs Racing, surviving a series of late-race cautions

New Hampshire NASCAR: Matt Kenseth wins ahead of Tony Stewart

He took his 38th Cup win by a margin of 1.981 seconds over Tony Stewart, but for most of the 301 laps it looked to be a battle between Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.

Jimmie Johnson had started the race from pole position but lost the lead to Kyle Busch on the third lap.

Truex managed to wrestle his way past in his Furniture Row Racing Toyota and the lead alternated between the two for a while.

Truex had gearshift issues in the closing stages of the race, which left him permanently stuck in fourth gear.

This proved problematic on the many restarts during the final 50 laps, and so he was down in 16th by the chequered flag.

Kyle Busch meanwhile struggled on the restarts and dropped back to eighth position by the end, while his JGR Toyota team-mate was victorious.

Stewart finished second in his Stewart-Haas Chevrolet after consistently moving up the field through the race, continuing his run of good form that includes a recent win at Sonoma.

Joey Logano was next to cross the line, putting all three manufacturers into the top three. His Team Penske Ford moved up and down the order for a while and was second until Stewart passed him with three laps to go.

Kevin Harvick was often found near the front of the pack, and the Californian was fourth by the finish, giving Stewart-Haas Racing two cars in the top four.

Greg Biffle completed the top five, ahead of Jamie McMurray.

There were seven cautions overall and four of these were during the final 40 laps.

The final yellow came with 16 laps to go as Kyle Larson spun on the back straight in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, which tangled up a few other drivers including Kasey Kahne, Ryan Blaney and Carl Edwards.

Alex Bowman subbed for Dale Earnhardt Jr in the #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, as Earnhardt was suffering from concussion-like symptoms.

Bowman was all set for his first top-10 finish in the Cup series until he cut a tyre in the closing stages, bringing out a caution and leaving him 26th at the flag.

RESULTS - 301 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2h57m53.s
2 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 1.982s
3 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 3.671s
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 3.690s
5 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 4.265s
6 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 5.483s
7 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 5.989s
8 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6.138s
9 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6.566s
10 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 7.144s
11 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 7.594s
12 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7.945s
13 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 8.519s
14 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 8.887s
15 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 9.116s
16 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 10.226s
17 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10.379s
18 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 10.883s
19 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 11.060s
20 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 11.181s
21 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 11.524s
22 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 11.985s
23 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 12.706s
24 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 15.267s
25 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 25.005s
26 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.402s
27 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
28 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 2 Laps
29 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford 2 Laps
30 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 2 Laps
31 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 2 Laps
32 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 4 Laps
33 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 6 Laps
34 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7 Laps
35 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 7 Laps
36 Eddie MacDonald Go FAS Racing Ford 8 Laps
37 Ryan Ellis Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 9 Laps
38 Brian Scott Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 23 Laps
39 Michael McDowell Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet Electrical
40 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet Accident

PROVISIONAL CHASE FIELD

On wins: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart

On points: Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Dale Earnhardt Jr


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