NASCAR: Kyle Busch wins 5 Hour Energy 301 in New Hampshire

In a mostly clean and trouble free race, Kyle Busch won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. That’s the third win this season for the recovering Joe Gibbs Racing driver. The race began on time with Carl Edwards on pole, and Joey Logano lost the second place to Kyle Busch.

The top three was followed by David Ragan and Kurt Busch, whereas the battle for seventh spot between Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson began immediately. Hamlin eventually dropped to ninth, behind Keselowski, Ragan and Kenseth, who was fifth. Kyle Busch was closing the gap and by lap 20, it was already 0.138s. On the same lap, Kyle Busch gained the lead, and on lap 22, the first caution flew for debris. A lot of drivers pitted during the period, icluding Keselowski and Harvick, but the leaders stayed out on the track.

The race restarted on lap 27 and Kurt Busch overtook Carl Edwards who dropped to third. On lap 52, Brad Keselowski made a move on his team mate Joey Logano and went up to fourth, and on lap 55, he went up to third by overtaking Carl Edwards and then to second by passing Kurt Busch. Kevin Harvick and Dale Jr. seized the opportunity and went up to fourth and fifth. On lap 67, Brad Keselowski took the lead from Kyle Busch and started expanding the gap.

Around lap 78, the green flag pit window was open and Carl Edwards was the first to pit, followed by Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin. Kyle Busch went to the pits from second and replaced all four tires. Kenseth was issued with a drive-through penalty for entering the pits too fast. On lap 88, Harvick and race leader Brad Keselowski pitted, leaving Jeff Gordon in the lead until he went to the pits as well on lap 91 which pushed AJ Allmendinger to the lead. Caution soon flew for debris and Alex Bowman’s car caught fire in the pits.

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