BUSCH: Loudon Race Story

Jones battles to NHIS victory LOUDON, N.H. Buckshot Jones reclaimed the lead from Kevin Lepage on lap 154 and held on the rest of the way to win today's 200-lap NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division's Gumout Long Life Formula 200 at the...

Jones battles to NHIS victory

LOUDON, N.H. Buckshot Jones reclaimed the lead from Kevin Lepage on lap 154 and held on the rest of the way to win today's 200-lap NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division's Gumout Long Life Formula 200 at the New Hampshire International Speedway.

Jones recorded his second career victory in his 67th start after driving a steady second half following contact at the start of the race.

Jones grabbed the lead from Shane Hall on lap 139, lost it for two laps, and then moved past Lepage and was never headed thereafter. His first victory was at Milwaukee in July 1996.

"The guys are the one that deserve the credit," Jones said. "They made the car run well. I'm glad he (Casey Atwood) was a lap down, he is a good driver."

Jones led for 58 laps to give Pontiac win No. 2 of the 1998 season. He began the race from position 26. The win improved Jones one spot up to fourth in the standings, 59 points behind new leader Mike McLaughlin.

Tony Stewart made the day a 1-2 finish for Pontiac after starting 13th, while Chevrolets occupied positions three to 21 to finish in the lead lap.

Ed Berrier gave Ford the best position at 22. Lepage, Jeff Purvis and Randy LaJoie rounded out the top-five.

Stewart matched his best career finish recorded earlier in the year at Rockingham. Purvis, who started 29th, reached the top five in the second part of the race and placed fourth. Lajoie, the reigning Busch series champion, matched his best finish of the season at fifth.

Glenn Allen, Mike McLaughlin, Keving Grubb, Robert Pressley and Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the top 10.

Bud Pole Award winner Joe Bessey was forced out on lap 150 with damage to his Chevrolet following a crash. This was the fifth torn car in six races for Bessey. Bessey led for 107 aps.

"I went down into Turn 1, I clipped under Elliot and got my front up underneath," Bessey said. "I am really disappointed. We just got to persevere through this."

In the last 12 NASCAR Busch Series races at New Hampshire, there has yet to be arepeat winner. Drivers raced for 211 miles competing for a purse of $471,543. The race was slowed down by five cautions.

The series continues with the First Union 200 at Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania, on Sunday, May 17th.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kevin Lepage , Shane Hall , Buckshot Jones , Robert Pressley , Casey Atwood , Mike McLaughlin , Jeff Purvis , Ed Berrier