Today, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to New Hampshire for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bad Boy Off Road 300.
Sunday's race at New Hampshire came down to Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick again. On a lap 287 restart, it was Harvick getting by Truex (141 laps led) for second before the final caution flew on lap 292. At that point, Kyle Busch was charging toward race leaders Kenseth and Truex. Winless in 26 career starts at the track driving for Jack Roush, Kenseth has three wins at New Hampshire since '13 and has won the last two races here. He won in a similar situation in 2014 at Phoenix when he needed a victory to advance to the championship race. We started to get tight, but that's what happens sometimes when you get out front.
Harvick won for the third time this season and first time at New Hampshire in 10 years.
"One of our main goals this year was to not stretch ourselves out so bad", Harvick said. "But I feel great, I feel like we're running good".
Kenseth said he screwed up the race's final restart. " ... The last restart was my fault". "I was mad at him and I didn't know he was mad, also". "I let Kevin lay back on me - which we're supposed to be side-by-side. In the first practice, I was extremely loose on entry and this one I felt better". "Once we got clean air there at the end, it wound up being really good up front". "I don't want people to look at them as cheaters or look at us as cheaters and say, 'Oh, the only reason they're there is because they're cheating for 10,000ths of an inch', which is really nothing".
"I got beat through [turns] 1 and 2 and it was over".
"I fully expect Truex to dominate the laps led and fastest laps run categories, and as a result, I focused heavily on the place differential category while building the majority of my lineup".
Kenseth led 105 of 300 laps and would have clinched with the win, just as he did last season at New Hampshire when he was in a flawless position to take advantage of Harvick's fuel foul up.
With the Chase field to be trimmed from eight to six drivers two races hence at Talladega Superspeedway, Ben Kennedy, and Daniel Hemric fell below the provisional cut line. He finished 18th in the Chase opener and Chicagoland and is 15th in the standings. This team will look to improve their vehicle this weekend in New Hampshire and next weekend in Dover. His Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Christopher Bell was second. His auto was tagged with infractions that should have drawn a 10-point penalty.
Carl Edwards, a Chase driver who is on the pole Sunday, just wants penalties to be of equal severity to drivers.