Most teams were worried about having enough fuel on Saturday when the CNBC The Profit 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon went into overtime with three-green-white checker attempts and a red flag mixed in. Kyle Busch was able to run the last 94 laps on his last tank a fuel and had enough left over after taking the checkered flag and the win to do a celebratory burnout and drive his car into victory lane.
“This Monster Energy Camry was awesome today,” Busch said. “Although it seemed like we were really good, we had to work for it.”
It was Busch’s four Nationwide win at New Hampshire and his seventh victory of the season.
His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Brian Vickers was able to stretch his final fuel mileage to 96 laps to hold on to the second spot.
Joe Gibbs Racing dominated the event, with Busch, Vickers and Matt Kenseth combininng to lead all the laps. Busch led more than half the race. Kenseth was running up front when he opted to head down pit road for fuel during a caution with about 79 laps to go to make sure he had enough to go the rest of the way. He wound up finishing ninth.
The lone JGR driver to finish outside the top-10 was Elliott Sadler. Sadler ran solidly within the top-10 for most of the race and was towards the front before spinning on the final restart after contact from Regan Smith. He wound up finishing 18th.
With a third-place finish, Austin Dillon claimed the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus and made himself eligible to race for the bonus again next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
“It feels great,” Dillon said of winning the New Hampshire bonus. “I want to thank the good Lord above for keeping fuel in this baby.”
As a result of being the three highest-finishing series regulars, aside from Dillon, Vickers, Brian Scott and Michael Annett will be the other three drivers eligible for the $100,000 bonus next weekend. Scott finished fourth, and Annett rounded out the top-five at New Hampshire.
“This was a great run for Richard Petty Motorsports,” Annett said. “We came back at Charlotte after the injury and just had the worst racing luck I’ve had since I’ve been in the Nationwide Series. We haven’t been getting the finishes that we deserve. Finally, nothing stupid happened and we kept our nose clean and brought home a top-five and now we are eligible for the Dash 4 Cash at Chicago next week.”
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