Matt Kenseth Takes The New Hampshire 301

Matt Kenseth saved his best for last Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, snatching the lead from teammate Denny Hamlin thirty-one laps from the finish and keeping the Number-20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in front the rest of the way in posting his second win of the season and the thirty-eighth of his career.  The margin of victory was two seconds over runner-up Tony Stewart.  Joey Logano came home in third place with Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle completing the top five.  Pole sitter Jimmie Johnson led only the first lap and finished twelfth.  Sunday’s race was a day of domination for Toyota.  The manufacturer led all but two of the 301 laps contested on the one-mile Loudon oval including a race-high 133 by Kyle Busch on the way to an eighth-place finish.  He was seeking a weekend sweep after winning Saturday’s X-FINITY Series race.  Busch dominated the early stages Sunday, leading all but fourteen of the first hundred laps.  Martin Truex Junior was strong, running out front for 123 laps before a broken shifter and clutch problems forced him off the pace.  He came out of New England with a sixteenth-place finish … The only non-Toyota drivers to lead Sunday’s race were Johnson and Brad Keselowski – who each led one lap on the way to finishes of twelfth and fifteenth, respectively … 23-year-old Alex Bowman placed twenty-sixth in the Number-88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.  He was subbing for Dale Earnhardt Junior, who sat out Sunday’s race with concussion-like symptoms after recent crashes at Michigan and Daytona.  Earnhardt’s status for next weekend’s race at Indianapolis is uncertain … Sunday’s race included thirteen lead changes among six drivers.


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