Kenseth wins at New Hampshire

Kenseth's win puts him into the next round of the Chase

Kenseth’s win puts him into the next round of the Chase

Matt Kenseth has stormed past a spluttering Kevin Harvick with three laps to run to win the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and ensure his progression in the NASCAR version of the Playoffs.

For Harvick a 21st place finish means he all but has to win next week at Dover to advance through to the next phase of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Kenseth led 27 of the 300 laps as he beat home another Joe Gibbs Racing 20 Toyota in Denny Hamlin to give that organisation its fourth-straight win and 13th of the season. It was Kenseth’s fifth win of the season, second at Loudon and 36th of his career.

After a cut tyre saw Harvick find the fence last week at Chicagoland Speedway, the defending champion led 216 laps, but couldn’t stretch the fuel window on the run to the finish. He sits 15th in the standings and with the format rewarding race winners, victory or bad performances from others seems the only way he can be within the top-12 in points after Dover.

Kenseth’s performance came on a discouraging day for a handful of Chase drivers. Kyle Busch’s hopes took one of the hardest hits as his No. 18 Toyota smacked the wall on the 159th lap, forcing him to lose 36 laps in the garage for extensive repairs. He finished 37th.

Carl Edwards seemed doomed for a bad day after a pit-road penalty, but he hit back to finish fifth.

Kurt Busch suffered the same fate as his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Harvick, running out of fuel with two laps remaining and sinking to a 19th-place finish. It was the same fate for Dale Earnhardt Jr. who went from a top-10 to 25th.

Jimmie Johnson made an unscheduled stop at Lap 200 for a flat tyre, but he showed his determination to battle back from 30th to finish in sixth.

Clint Bowyer is another driver who must win at Dover, after a points penalty for technical infraction last week, he faded to finish in 26th.

The biggest incident of the race occurred on lap 205 when Danica Patrick slid into the wall after contact with Ryan Newman. Her car came down the track and was collected by David Ragan. Neither driver was injured in the incident, but the race was stopped to clean-up a massive amount of debris.

VIDEO: Race wrap

RESULTS: Sylvania 300 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 13 300 27 Running 47 4
2 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 7 300 21 Running 43 1
3 22 Joey Logano Ford 8 300 0 Running 41 0
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 25 300 12 Running 41 1
5 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 1 300 19 Running 40 1
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 5 300 0 Running 38 0
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 10 300 0 Running 37 0
8 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 21 300 0 Running 36 0
9 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 12 300 0 Running 35 0
10 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 9 300 0 Running 34 0
11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 27 300 0 Running 33 0
12 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 4 300 4 Running 33 1
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 14 300 0 Running 31 0
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 23 300 0 Running 30 0
15 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 20 300 0 Running 29 0
16 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 33 300 0 Running 28 0
17 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 6 300 0 Running 27 0
18 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 19 300 0 Running 26 0
19 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 3 299 0 Running 25 0
20 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 29 299 0 Running 24 0
21 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 2 299 216 Running 25 2
22 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 16 299 0 Running 22 0
23 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 30 299 0 Running 21 0
24 35 Cole Whitt Ford 28 299 1 Running 21 1
25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 11 299 0 Running 19 0
26 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 26 299 0 Running 18 0
27 34 Brett Moffitt Ford 31 298 0 Running 17 0
28 38 David Gilliland Ford 34 297 0 Running 16 0
29 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 38 297 0 Running 15 0
30 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 35 297 0 Running 14 0
31 26 Josh Wise Toyota 40 297 0 Running 13 0
32 98 Ryan Preece Chevrolet 37 296 0 Running 12 0
33 23 Jeb Burton Toyota 41 295 0 Running 11 0
34 33 B J McLeod Chevrolet 39 293 0 Running 10 0
35 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 42 292 0 Running 0 0
36 62 Timmy Hill Ford 43 284 0 Running 0 0
37 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 17 262 0 Running 7 0
38 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 32 242 0 Running 0 0
39 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 24 236 0 Accident 5 0
40 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 22 203 0 Accident 4 0
41 55 David Ragan Toyota 18 203 0 Accident 3 0
42 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 36 117 0 Accident 2 0
43 43 Aric Almirola Ford 15 35 0 Accident 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Matt Kenseth 2099 Leader 28 5 12 18 2
2 Denny Hamlin 2093 -6 28 2 11 15 1
3 Carl Edwards 2089 -10 28 2 5 11 2
4 Joey Logano 2089 -10 28 3 17 22 0
5 Jimmie Johnson 2083 -16 28 4 11 18 0
6 Ryan Newman 2074 -25 28 0 5 14 1
7 Kurt Busch 2073 -26 25 2 9 15 0
8 Brad Keselowski 2072 -27 28 1 6 19 1
9 Martin Truex Jr 2071 -28 28 1 7 18 2
10 Jeff Gordon 2068 -31 28 0 3 14 1
11 Jamie McMurray 2058 -41 28 0 2 7 1
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2057 -42 28 2 12 17 1
13 Kyle Busch 2056 -43 17 4 6 10 2
14 Paul Menard 2056 -43 28 0 2 4 1
15 Kevin Harvick 2034 -65 28 2 18 22 1
16 Clint Bowyer 2018 -81 28 0 2 11 0
17 Kasey Kahne 732 -1367 28 0 2 7 2
18 Aric Almirola 728 -1371 28 0 2 3 2
19 Kyle Larson 683 -1416 27 0 1 8 4
20 Greg Biffle 675 -1424 28 0 3 4 0
21 Austin Dillon 626 -1473 28 0 1 4 2
22 Casey Mears 604 -1495 28 0 0 1 3
23 AJ Allmendinger 585 -1514 28 0 0 3 3
24 Danica Patrick 574 -1525 28 0 0 2 3
25 Tony Stewart 563 -1536 28 0 0 2 4
26 David Ragan 554 -1545 28 0 1 1 5
27 Sam Hornish Jr 546 -1553 28 0 0 3 2
28 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 525 -1574 28 0 1 1 2
29 Trevor Bayne 517 -1582 28 0 0 2 3
30 Justin Allgaier 465 -1634 28 0 0 1 4
31 Cole Whitt 430 -1669 28 0 0 0 2
32 David Gilliland 419 -1680 28 0 0 0 2
33 Brett Moffitt 350 -1749 24 0 0 1 0
34 Alex Bowman 340 -1759 27 0 0 0 4
35 Matt DiBenedetto 309 -1790 25 0 0 0 1
36 Michael Annett 302 -1797 28 0 0 0 3
37 Josh Wise 226 -1873 21 0 0 1 4
38 Jeb Burton 171 -1928 22 0 0 0 3
39 Michael McDowell 163 -1936 12 0 0 0 1
40 Alex Kennedy 93 -2006 10 0 0 0 0
41 Reed Sorenson 48 -2051 6 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 39 -2060 3 0 0 0 1
43 Brian Vickers 32 -2067 2 0 0 0 0
44 Michael Waltrip 26 -2073 2 0 0 0 0
45 Ryan Preece 12 -2087 1 0 0 0 0
46 B J McLeod 10 -2089 1 0 0 0 0
47 Mike Wallace 8 -2091 1 0 0 0 0
48 T.J. Bell 7 -2092 1 0 0 0 0
49 Eddie MacDonald 7 -2092 1 0 0 0 0
50 Will Kimmel III 6 -2093 1 0 0 0 0
51 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -2097 1 0 0 0 1
52 Ryan Blaney 0 -2099 11 0 1 1 3
53 Landon Cassill 0 -2099 28 0 0 0 4
54 Brian Scott 0 -2099 8 0 0 0 3
55 Ty Dillon 0 -2099 4 0 0 0 0
56 J.J. Yeley 0 -2099 26 0 0 0 4
57 Regan Smith 0 -2099 4 0 0 0 0
58 Chase Elliott 0 -2099 5 0 0 0 1
59 Matt Crafton 0 -2099 1 0 0 0 0
60 Johnny Sauter 0 -2099 1 0 0 0 0
61 Chris Buescher 0 -2099 6 0 0 0 0
62 Boris Said 0 -2099 2 0 0 0 0
63 Brendan Gaughan 0 -2099 8 0 0 0 2
64 Justin Marks 0 -2099 1 0 0 0 0
65 Mike Bliss 0 -2099 10 0 0 0 0
66 Travis Kvapil 0 -2099 3 0 0 0 0
67 Joe Nemechek 0 -2099 1 0 0 0 0
68 Jeffrey Earnhardt 0 -2099 2 0 0 0 0
69 Timmy Hill 0 -2099 8 0 0 0 1
70 Joey Gase 0 -2099 2 0 0 0 1
71 Derek White 0 -2099 1 0 0 0 0
72 Jeff Green 0 -2099 1 0 0 0 0
73 Erik Jones 0 -2099 1 0 0 0 0
74 Tanner Berryhill 0 -2099 0 0 0 0 0

 

Join the discussion below in the Speedcafe.com comments section

Please note: Speedcafe.com reserves the right to remove any comment that does not follow the comment policy. For support, contact [email protected]