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Ryan Newman captured his 15th career victory in today's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Newman, who captured the pole position in record-setting fashion, finsihed ahead of his boss, Tony Stewart, who qualified second fastest.
Denny Hamlin finished third and Joey Logano finished fourth while Jimmie Johnson finished fifth.
Caution No. 10, Lap 240:
Jimmie Johnson spins in Turn 2. No contact with wall. No contact with drivers.
he drops to the end of the lead lap in the 33d position.
After a cycle of pit stops, Johnson moves up to 25th. Dale Earnhardt Jr., however, takes an outside-the-pitbox penalty and goes to the rear of the lead lap.
Caution No. 9, Lap 225:
Red Bull Racing driver Kasey Kahne takes out his teammate Brian Vickers on the frontstretch.
Leaders pit. Among them, Stewart, who voiced his concern about being able to make it to the finish on his fuel, radioing to his crew ``Are you sure?''
We now have had nine cautions for 40 laps.
The Top 5: 1. Clint Bowyer, 2. Ryan Newman, 3. Jeff Burton, 4. Greg Biffle, 5. Kurt Busch.
Caution No. 8, Lap 216:
Debris brings out the eighth caution period.
Leaders pit. Jimmie Johnson forced to return to pits because of a missing lug nut on his left front >tire. He is running 21st on race restart on Lap 221.
Joey Logano takes green as the race leader.
Less than 100 laps to go and Tony Stewart remains the race leader. He has a 1.446-second lead over Kurt Busch, 1.8 over Carl Edwards. Jeff Gordon has made an astonishing climb from 34th, one lap down, to the 10th position.
With 205 complete, Gordon is now running ninth, 6.277 seconds behind Stewart.
Caution No. 7, Lap 184
Mark Martin blows a left rear tire and spins in Turn 2. He avoids heavy contact in heavy traffic and slides into his pit stall for a tire change.
With 195 laps complete, the Top 5: 1. Tony Stewart, 2. Kurt Busch, 3. Carl Edwards, 4. Ryan Newman, 5. Brian Vickers.
Caution No. 6, Lap 171
Jeff Gordon gets his lap back when Denny Hamlin spins and causes a four-car melee in Turn 2.
Gordon is now looking good. He's got a car that is handling well through the corners, with four fresh tires, a tank full of fuel and fresh batteries. He'll be heard from before it's all said and done, even though he's running 26th right now.
Caution No. 5, Lap 160:
David Stremme blows an engine, leaking oil in Turns 3-4. It was a fortuitious turn of events for Jeff Gordon, who was running 34th (25 seconds off the pace) because of battery problems.
Gordon dropped one lap down when he went to the pits for left side tires, fuel, and a new battery. He came back one lap later for right side tires. When the race resumed, he was the only driver who was one-lap down, meaning he was certain to get the lap back on the next caution.
Caution No. 4, Lap 144:
After race leader Jimmie Johnson pits under green for four tires and fuel, he gets the caution he needs to regain his track position (29th) when Brad Keselowski blows a tire and hits the wall in Turn 3. David Stremme was the Lucky Dog beneficiary and got back on the lead lap.
We've reached the halfway point and your new leader is Kurt Busch.
Kyle Busch, by the way, has returned to the track. He is running 38th, 75 laps down.
Caution No. 3, Lap 101:
Debris in Turn 3. Leaders pit, but Jimmie Johnson stays out and gains valuable track position to assume the lead. The running order of the Top 5: 1. Johnson, 2. Kasey Kahne, 3. Ryan Newman, 4. Jeff Burton, 5. Kurt Busch.
Caution No. 2, Lap 59:
Sprint Cup Series points leader Kyle Busch dropped out of the race when he blew a tire in Turn 2 and made hard right-side contact with the wall, causing heavy damage to his No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota.
"Just blew a tire.'' said Busch, who vaulted to the points lead with his victory in last Saturday night's inaugural Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. ``One of them deals, I guess. Just working really, really hard to make up track position.''
Busch wound up being scored in 39th after completing 58 laps.
He was among five drivers who droppped out of contention in the first 60 laps. The others: 43d, Jeff Green (11 laps completed); 42d, Mike Skinner (17); 41st, Joe Nemechek (37); 40th, Michael McDowell (46).
Caution No. 1, Lap 30:
Debris in Turns 3-4. Leaders pit for tires and fuel.
Jamie McMurray stays out and takes race lead. The running order of the top 5 upon the resumption of racing on Lap 35: 1. McMurray. 2. Ryan Newman. 3. Brad Keselowski. 4. Kurt Busch and 5. Tony Stewart.
The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is underway. Ryan Newman, who won the pole position in record-settting fashion Friday with a lap of 135.322 miles per hour, led the first six laps of the race before allowing his car owner, Tony Stewart, to move to the front on Lap 6.
It's an absolutely gorgeous, cloudless, Sunday afternoon here in the Laconia region. A good day for racing. We'll get back to you with more as it warrants throughout the race.
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