NASCAR: Race for the Lobster in Loudon

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runs one of its shortest races of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire with the New Hampshire 301.

The track in New Hampshire is a one mile flat track that drivers call wicked fast.

Six time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson wins his first career pole at New Hampshire this week with current Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch starting along beside Johnson on the front row. Busch dominated the Xfinity race on Saturday leading 190 of the 200 laps…including the final lap to win the race.

The starting line up for the New Hampshire 301:
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
AJ Allmendinger
Kasey Kahne
Tony Stewart
Carl Edwards
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Kyle Larson
Matt Kenseth
Jamie McMurray
Alex Bowman – sitting in for injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Casey Mears
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
David Ragan
Paul Menard
Ryan Newman
Aric Almirola
Michael McDowell
Greg Biffle
Danica Patrick
Landon Cassill
Trevor Bayne
Clint Bowyer
Brian Scott
Regan Smith
Chris Buescher
Reed Sorenson
Michael Annett
Eddie McDonald
Josh Wise
Ryan Ellis

Brad Keselowsi will be trying to win his third race in a row.

NASCAR has announced a competition caution on lap 35 after an overnight rainstorm.

Jimmie Johnson brings the field down for the green flag and immediately gets challenged for the lead by Kyle Busch. Johnson hold on to lead the first lap; but on lap two Kyle Busch passes Jimmie Johnson for the lead of the race.

Lap eight, Jimmie Johnson has pulled out to a half second lead.

Lap 13 Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over a second.

Lap 22 Kyle Busch is already lapping cars with 38 cars on the lead lap and a lead of over two seconds.

Lap 28 Kyle Busch’s lead is nearly three seconds and there are 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 32 Kyle Busch’s lead is nearly three and a half seconds.

NASCAR throws the first caution flag of the race – the competition caution – on lap 35. The caution flag erases Busch’s lead and tightens up the field. Regan Smith gets the “lucky dog”.

Taking only two tires, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road and brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 40.

Brian Scott had to serve a pass through penalty for having too many men over the pit wall during his pit stop.

Kevin Harvick had a slow start due to lug nut gun issues.

Lap 46 Brian Scott is off the track.

On lap 60 Kyle Busch holds a lead of half a second over second place drivers Martin Truex, Jr.

Brian Scott has reuturned to the track 21 laps down.

Michael McDowell is off the track.

Lap 70 Kyle Busch continues his dominance at New Hampshire, there are 33 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 77 Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over a second with 31 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr has caught up with Kyle Busch and is on Busch’s bumper as Busch battles to lap Matt DiBenedetto.

Lap 85 Martin Truex Jr increases his fight with Kyle Busch for the lead and has come close to passing Busch several times.

On lap 33 Martin Truex Jr finally makes the pass on Kyle Busch for the lead of the race.

On lap 91 Denny Hamlin gets past Kyle Busch for second.

Chris Buescher brings out the second caution flag of the race after spinning out. Matt DiBenedetto is the “lucky dog”.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 109.

Lap 113 Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over a second. Michael McDowell has returned to the track 37 laps down and Josh Wise is off the track. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 121, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to over two seconds and by lap 123, he has increased that lead to nearly three seconds.

Since passing brother Kurt to get in to second place, Kyle Busch has decreased Martin Turex Jr’s lead to less than a second and a half on lap 132.

Lap 139, Kyle Busch has decreased Martin Truex Jr’s lead to less than a second.

Halfway – Martin Truex Jr has a lead of less than a second and there are 27 cars on the lead lap with only Josh Wise out of the race.

Lap 172 Kyle Busch has caught Martin Truex Jr and passes Truex to retake the lead of the race. In trying to stay on the led lap, Trevor Bayne held up Truex enough to help allow Busch to make the pass.. By lap 175 Busch has increased his lead to half a second.

As Kyle Busch tries to work his way around Danica Patrick, Martin Trues Jr catches up to Busch but Busch gets around Patrick and holds on to the lead. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 181 Jimmie Johnson is the first driver to make a green flag pit stop and begins the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Ryan Blaney was caught speeding on pit road. He will have to serve a pass through penalty.

After green flag pit stops have cycled through Kyle Busch reclaims the lead of the race.

Lap 194 Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over three seconds 19 cars on the lead lap.

A 100 laps to go and Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly two seconds.

With 86 laps to go, none of the drivers can make it to the end of the race without making a fuel stop.

Kyle Busch is looking for the weekend sweep as he continues to dominate the race.

Only the third caution flag of the race comes out on lap 219 for debris on the track. Kyle Larson is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service – may be their last stop of the day.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

AJ Allmendnger geta a penalty for his pit crew coming over the wall too soon.

Choosing the inside line, Martin Truex Jr will lead the field down to the green flag restart on lap 227. Martin Truex Jr takes the lead with Matt Kenseth getting past Kyle Busch to take second and stays on Trux’s bumper.

Lap 237 Matt Kenseth challenges Martin Truex Jr for the lead of the race but so far Truex has held him at bay.

With 52 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race by a narrow margin over Matt Kenseth.

With 45 laps to go, Matt Kenseth gets around Martin Truex Jr for the lead of the race.

Lap 254 the fourth caution flag of the race comes out for debris on the track. The drivers take advantage of the caution to come down pit road for service. Martin Truex Jr has shifter issues and lost the clutch when he left pit road. Matt Kenseth wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Denny Hamlin will lead the field down for the green flag restart on lap 268.

Lap 269 Matt Kenseth challenges Denny Hamlin for the lead of the race and on lap 270 Matt Kenseth takes over the lead of the race.

The fifth caution flag of the race comes out when Alex Bowman cuts a tire and hits the wall. Chase Elliott also has tire issues.

Matt Kenseth brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 24 laps remaining in the race. Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Kurt Busch brings out the sixth caution flag of the race for a flat tire on lap 281. Denny Hamlin comes down pit road with a tire rub. Brad Keselowski also came down pit road with tire issues.

Matt Kenseth brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 17 laps to go but the caution flag comes out on lap 285 when Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne make contact and runs into Kyle Larson sending Larson skidding across the track into the grass. Ryan Blaney was also involved in the wreck.

Matt Kenseth brings the field down one more time for the green flag restart with only eleven laps remaining in the race.

After dominating the race, Kyle Busch finds himself back in the field in eighth with just a handful of laps left in the race.

After passing Joey Loagano with only three laps to go, Tony Stewart sets his sights on matt Kenseth.

Matt Kenseth takes the white flag with a two second lead.

Matt Kenseth wins the New Hampshire 301 for his second consecutive win in Loudon.

The unofficial results of the New Hampshire 301:
Matt Kenseth
Tony Stewart
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Greg Biffle
Jamie McMurray
Ryan Newman
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Jimmie Johnson
Austin Dillon
Danica Patrick
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Paul Menard
Aric Almirola
Carl Edwards
AJ Allmendinger
Kurt Busch
Trevor Bayne
Clint Bowyer
Kasey Kahne
Alex Bowman
Casey Mears
Landon Cassill
Chris Buescher
David Ragan
Matt DiBenedetto
Regan Smith
Michael Annett
Chase Elliott
Reed Sorenson
Eddie McDonald
Ryan Ellis
Brian Scott
Michael McDowell
Josh Wise


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