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Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch dominated much of Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kyle paced the field from the pole, but Hamlin spent the most time out front. The race as a whole was fairly straightforward, but a few drivers left with some raised eyebrows over NASCAR's infamous debris cautions.
The long green-flag runs put the race win down to pit strategy, and it was Hendrick Motorsports that won the chess match. Mistakes put Busch behind the leaders, and changes the team made on pit road actually sent him backward. In another JGR pit, Hamlin's team called for four tires on the final stop when the rest of the field went for two. The No. 11 was then forced to chase down the leaders.
In the closing segment it was down to Hendrick to hold off the charging JGR. Busch was out of the picture due to bad chassis adjustments, and Hamlin was also behind after losing track position on the four-tire call. It was Kasey K...
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For Denny Hamlin, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Lenox Industrial Tools 301 was his for the taking - until the caution flag flew for oil on the track on Lap 235.
Hamlin, who had led five times for a total of 150 laps at that juncture in Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, pitted with the leaders. However, crew chief Darian Grubb misunderstood the radio communication from Hamlin...
THE MODERATOR: Denny, take us through your run out there today.
DENNY HAMLIN: You know, just a great racecar, really a great racecar. You’re going to have days like this. It’s part of racing. That’s why it’s such a team sport. It’s the pit crew, the driver, the car, the crew chief, all those things put together. We just had a slight miscommunication, that one...
Joe Gibbs Racing had two of the best cars of the field Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch qualified first and third. Combined, those two led 216 of 301 laps. Early on, it looked like Kyle was in another zip code and no one was going to touch him.
Things were going pretty good until his green-flag pit stop. His No. 18 team then experienced a double...
New Hampshire Motor Speedway hasn't always been kind to Kyle Busch.
Although he won in just his third start on the one-mile track, NASCAR's transition from the old-style car to the new-style car threw the young driver for a loop.
"I won the spring race in 2006, not the last COY (Car of Yesterday) race here, but close to it," Busch said. "I felt like I was...
Experience has taught Denny Hamlin the best way to handle adversity.
The 32-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup star lost a race on Sunday he almost certainly should have won. A mix-up over how many tires to change late in the race dropped Hamlin from the lead to 13th place for the final restart. A furious charge to the end still left him a little more than two seconds and 10 car lengths...
Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports dominated the top-five running order through much of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. In the end, a Hendrick driver, Kasey Kahne, drove his No. 5 Chevrolet into victory lane to claim his second win of 2012.
Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Toyota, dominated...
Kasey Kahne celebrates at NHMSA strategy filled afternoon in New Hampshire put Kasey Kahne in victory lane at the end of the race. Kahne won his second race of the season and put himself in the first wild card position. Kahne said to make the chase he “need(s) to stay after it.” This win was definitely a momentum builder for Kahne and will help him come chase time. Rain threatened...
Kyle Busch continues to battle for spot in Chase.
LOUDON, N.H. – Kasey Kahne won his second race of the season by holding off Denny Hamlin in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) in his No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet. Kahne led a total of 66 of the 301-lap event. The victory is his first career win at NHMS in 17 starts. His second trip to winner’s circle has moved him to 12th in the point...
We have been seeing the action on pit road play a pivotal role in the outcome of some of these NASCAR Sprint Cup races lately and sometimes, not in a good way.
I believe we are seeing a combination of the pressure as the Chase for the Sprint Cup nears, the hot weather and the effects of a very aggressive race schedule.
As a former crew chief, believe me when I tell you that every...
NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship wild card hunt took a definitive turn at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.
We are just about half way through the NASCAR race season – with 19 races down and only 7 to go before the Chase grid is set.
(July 14, 2012 – Source: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images North America)
If the season ended right now, who would be in and who would be out? We have broke it down so you can see the drivers that would be in the Chase this season if the last race was New Hampshire...