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Kenseth Takes Sprint Cup Win In New Hampshire


Matt Kenseth spent most of the day watching fellow Toyota drivers Kyle Busch and Martin Truex dominate at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon. But when the checkered waved, it was Kenseth who scored his second consecutive win at the “Magic Mile”.

Kenseth led 38 laps en route to his second win of the year after his triumph at Dover in May. Kenseth was the benefactor of several drivers running into trouble in the late stages of the New Hampshire 301. The win was Matt’s 3rd on the 1.058 mile oval in Loudon, New Hampshire and second in a row. He also won the event there last September.

Sunday also marked the first win for Toyota since the Coca-Cola 600 in May. Ford and Chevrolet had claimed the past 5 races after Toyota dominated much of the early part of the 2016 season.

Truex had his shifter break in the final 100 miles that crippled him on restarts and ended his shot at a win. Truex fell to 16th at the finish. Cut tires from on track contact brought Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Chase Elliott to pit road unexpectedly in late going. Alex Bowman, filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr while Earnhardt recovers from concussion-like symptoms, also cut a right rear tire and ended up in the turn one wall with only a handful of laps remaining, leaving him 26th at race’s end.

Stewart continued his typical summer surge with a runner up finish. Stewart already has a win, 3 top fives and 5 top tens in only 10 starts this season since returning from an offseason injury. Stewart only needs to finish 30th or better in points to qualify for the Chase. Joey Logano came in third, Kevin Harvick rebounded from some early pit road miscues to finish fourth and Greg Biffle scored his first top 5 of the year in fifth.

Finishing sixth was Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman took seventh, Busch fell to eighth at the finish, while his teammate Denny Hamlin came in ninth after gambling on a late pit stop to not take tires. Ricky Stenhouse Jr continued the Roush resurgence with a tenth place finish.

Next up for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is the Crown Royal 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday July 24th.