Loudon II: Goodyear Racing race report

Race recap: It was an almost magical Clint Bowyer day, all the way from pole to finish as the driver at the end of the line in 12th position for the Chase to the Championship got off on the right foot. He started from the pole, won his...

Race recap: It was an almost magical Clint Bowyer day, all the way from pole to finish as the driver at the end of the line in 12th position for the Chase to the Championship got off on the right foot. He started from the pole, won his career-first Nextel Cup race, dominated the race and moved up to fourth in the Chase. Bowyer led 221 of the 300 laps on Sunday at the New Hampshire track sometimes called the Magic Mile. He persisted through 13 lead changes among nine drivers and seven cautions.

Bowyer crossed the line 6.469 seconds ahead of Gordon and averaged 110.475 mph through the race. He exuberantly celebrated at the end doing a burnout with his Goodyear Eagles and blowing up his engine. He had to walk to victory circle, but his car was pushed in.

In the points chase top five, Jeff Gordon and teammate Jimmie Johnson are tied for first. Tony Stewart is 10 points behind, Bowyer is minus 15 and Kyle Busch is minus 35.

Goodyear quote from Phil Holmer, NASCAR racing manager: "A combination of track position and good pit stops that sometimes included alternating two-tire and four-tire changes for teams often seems to be the key to winning at Loudon, as it was this Sunday. Our Eagle radials used for this race weekend were the same codes as we brought here for the July race, so the teams have good notes to go by. They also were used at Richmond a week earlier and at a few other tracks during this season. We were very pleased with their performance throughout the event."

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Companion race: The Craftsman Truck Series ran on Saturday and saw another driver also go from pole to a first-place finish. Ron Hornaday Jr. wheeled his #33 Chevrolet truck through six lead changes among five drivers and four cautions for 19 laps to cross the line 4.211 seconds ahead of Erik Darnell. Rounding out the top five were Mike Skinner, Todd Bodine and Mike Bliss. Hornaday remains the points leader, with Skinner trailing by 29 points.

-credit: goodyear racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Mike Skinner , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jimmie Johnson , Mike Bliss , Clint Bowyer , Erik Darnell , Kyle Busch