Two red flags, 13 cautions and numerous wrecks punctuated the 200-miler at New Hampshire International Speedway. In the end, the red flag with 15 to go, allowed Martin Truex, Jr. to hunt down Denny Hamlin to grab the lead of the race. But it ...
Two red flags, 13 cautions and numerous wrecks punctuated the 200-miler at New Hampshire International Speedway. In the end, the red flag with 15 to go, allowed Martin Truex, Jr. to hunt down Denny Hamlin to grab the lead of the race.
But it wasn't a cinch for Truex.
A late race caution, with four to go, bunched the field; but Truex would not be denied his fifth win of the season on the final restart. Carl Edwards gave the No. 8 Chevy all he had, but just did not have enough laps left to complete the pass.
"It's great to come back," said Truex. "It is a place that has helped my career path and meant a lot to me. It's a lot of fun to race here. I just love it.man, once those cautions started falling it just really helped my race car.the track was awesome to race on today."
Edwards settled for second.
"I knew that the outside was going to be best for our car and I didn't want to show my hand until the end," Edwards said. "I am not good at finishing second, man I wanted that one bad. But it's cool for Martin, it's his home track."
Hamlin grabbed his best career finish in a Busch car with third.
"I don't know that we were sitting ducks," said Hamlin. "But we were out there so long on old tires. We just couldn't overcome those tires. The car was pretty good."
Elliott Sadler and Jamie McMurray complete the top five.
"It was a hot day here in New Hampshire," said Sadler. "It was a great day though; we had so much fun.just had a ball racing. We had a good car. We drove from 16th to fourth there at the end. They gave me a great race car today and what's good is I think my Cup car is even better than that."
Martin Truex, Jr. leads Busch series point standings. Clint Bowyer (-142), Reed Sorenson (-170), Carl Edwards (-220) and Kenny Wallace (-347) complete the top five.