New Hampshire NASCAR: Matt Kenseth wins, Kevin Harvick out of fuel

Matt Kenseth won at New Hampshire to secure his place in the second round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase, as long-time leader Kevin Harvick ran out of fuel

New Hampshire NASCAR: Matt Kenseth wins, Kevin Harvick out of fuel

Harvick dominated the race, leading 216 of the 300 laps, but slowed with just two laps remaining after trying to stretch fuel mileage through a wild end to the event.

That handed the lead to Kenseth, who came home to claim his fifth win of the campaign by eight seconds from Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Denny Hamlin.

Defending Cup champion Harvick dropped to 21st after his late stop and now sits 15th in the Chase rankings with just a single race left in the opening round of the playoffs.

Joey Logano was third for Penske, ahead of non-Chase runner Greg Biffle and polesitter Carl Edwards, who made it three Joe Gibbs Racing cars in the top five.

Jimmie Johnson dropped down the order after a front-left tyre failure but battled his way back through to finish sixth, from Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr.

Kasey Kahne was ninth, while Ryan Newman rounded out the top 10.

Brad Keselwoski featured at the front of the pack for the opening 250 laps, but picked up a penalty for a restart violation that dropped him to the back of the lead lap.

The Penske racer, who was judged to have jumped the restart after the 10th caution, fought his way through the field to finish 12th.

Like his Stewart-Haas team-mate Harvick, Kurt Busch ran out of fuel in the closing stages, dropping to 19th at the chequered flag.

Kyle Busch's Chase ambitions took a dent when he crashed heavily just after the halfway mark, losing 36 laps and finishing 37th.

RESULTS - 300 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2h58m51.s
2 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8.941s
3 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10.372s
4 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 12.473s
5 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 12.871s
6 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 13.503s
7 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 14.497s
8 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 15.194s
9 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 16.120s
10 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 18.147s
11 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 21.334s
12 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 21.906s
13 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 23.300s
14 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 25.139s
15 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 25.343s
16 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 25.594s
17 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.643s
18 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 28.914s
19 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
20 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 1 Lap
21 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
22 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
23 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
24 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 1 Lap
25 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1 Lap
26 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 1 Lap
27 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 2 Laps
28 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 3 Laps
29 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 3 Laps
30 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 3 Laps
31 Josh Wise BK Racing Toyota 3 Laps
32 Ryan Preece Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 4 Laps
33 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 5 Laps
34 B.J. McLeod Circle Sport Chevrolet 7 Laps
35 Jeffrey Earnhardt Go FAS Racing Ford 8 Laps
36 Timmy Hill Premium Motorsports Ford 16 Laps
37 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 38 Laps
38 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 58 Laps
39 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet Accident
40 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet Accident
41 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Accident
42 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Accident
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Accident

CHASE STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Matt Kenseth 2099
2 Denny Hamlin 2093
3 Joey Logano 2089
4 Carl Edwards 2089
5 Jimmie Johnson 2083
6 Ryan Newman 2074
7 Kurt Busch 2073
8 Brad Keselowski 2072
9 Martin Truex Jr. 2071
10 Jeff Gordon 2068
11 Jamie McMurray 2058
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2057
13 Kyle Busch 2056
14 Paul Menard 2056
15 Kevin Harvick 2034
16 Clint Bowyer 2018


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