NASCAR Ambetter 301: New Hampshire Motor Speedway Highlights
The NASCAR Cup Series The July schedule continues on Sunday with the Amber 301 of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola is the defending champion, while his SHR teammate Kevin Harvick – who has four NHMS wins, including back-to-back 2018 and 2019 – is another driver to watch today.
Here are the highlights of Loudon, New Hampshire.
Martin Truex Jr., who took his first pole position in four years for Sunday’s race, got off to a good start and put a few car lengths between him and Chase Elliott early, followed by Bubba Wallace taking second place from Elliot at the end. of round 1.
Alex Bowman, Ty Dillon, Josh Bilicki and BJ McLeod were involved in a hard crash on the straight, bringing out the first warning of the day on lap 6.
All four drivers finished for the day after the collision. It was Bowman’s third DNF in his last four races.
Back on track
The green flag was back on lap 13 and the running order remained stable for the first 32 laps. Truex Jr., Wallace and Elliott retained the top three spots, while Kyle Larson battled Kurt Busch for fourth place.
Elsewhere, Denny Hamlin passed Brad Keselowski in a bid to reach the top 10, while Cindric and Cole Custer charged down the front straight.
Meanwhile, Truex Jr. extended his lead to four seconds with less than 10 laps to go in the first stage.
MTJ takes step 1
Truex Jr. led every lap to win the first stage by around five seconds, followed by Wallace, Larson, Elliott, Harvick, Christopher Bell, Busch, Almirola, William Byron and Hamlin completing the top 10 spots.
follow the leader
Truex Jr. won the race out of the pits to start stage two, but Harvick was hot on his heels after clinching three full places thanks to a fantastic pitstop from his crew.
Bad luck hit Kyle Busch, who spun hard in Turn 2 to bring out the third caution of the race.
bring the heat
The green flag was back on Lap 84, where Larson had moved up to second behind Truex Jr., while Wallace tried to pass Harvick for third.
Things didn’t stay that way for long, however, as a three-car accident involving Harrison Burton, Michael McDowell and Corey LaJoie prompted the fourth warning of the day. Defending champion Almirola was running sixth when that warning came out.
The green flag returned on lap 101 with Joey Logano as the new leader.
Elliott was the star of the show at the end of stage two, moving up 12 places from the restart earlier in the race to enter the top 10 with 65 laps to go in stage 2.
Not so fast!
Elsewhere, Truex Jr. passed Logano and opened up a three-second lead over him to regain control.
The warning came out for Ryan Blaney after he spun into Turn 4, while Hamlin’s pit road issues propelled him to 22nd. After a restart on lap 152, caution was back for a spin from Chase Briscoe.
Kyle Busch circled again coming out of turn 4 in front of traffic without hitting anything or anyone else.
sorry, not sorry
Meanwhile, Dillon and Keselowski went about it cautiously, and both riders took a lot of damage in the process.
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