The top 12 drivers and the rest of the 43-car field start the first race in the chase at New Hampshire International Speedway. Clint Bowyer, the last place driver in the chase, has the poll for this race.
“Pretty good in race trim,” said chaser Kevin Harvick. Chaser Carl Edwards stated that he is a bit concerned about being in a backup car.
The first 100 laps went relatively caution free. The first thirty-five laps saw Clint Bowyer in the lead in the race and then a competition caution came out. Clint Bowyer would have the lead of the race at the drop of the green flag until the next caution at lap 67 for a ward Burton spin. The leaders pitted and Tony Stewart took the lead of the race off a two-tire stop. He would lead all the way through lap 100.
At lap 110 Clint Bowyer would finally take the lead of the race again and would keep the lead until green flag pit stops started around lap 136. A couple laps earlier chase participant Kevin Harvick came in for a blown tire. At lap 121 though chaser Kurt Busch starts complaining of a missing cylinder. They tried to fix the problem later in the race with a change of a sparkplug.
The third caution would finally come out on lap 150 for some debris in turn one. Leaders stay out. The next caution comes out on lap 165 for a Dave Blaney spin. Leaders pit and Kyle Busch lead the race. The green flag drops and it quickly goes back to yellow for a Reed Sorenson spin that also involves Ken Schrader. The green flag drops and it did not last for long and Dale Jr. spins out. The green flag drops, Bowyer takes the lead, and then Dave Blaney spins out for the second time today.
With 100 laps to go Clint Bowyer is firmly in the lead by around 2 seconds. By 70 laps to go he has around a 4.5 second lead and green flag pit stops are occurred in the next few laps. After most of the green flag stops were completed Reed Sorenson had the lead for a while until he made his pit stop. With 47 Laps to go Clint Bowyer finally got the lead of the race back.
With 40 to go Clint was leading Jeff Gordon by 5 seconds. With 25 to go the lead is down to 4 seconds due to traffic. Over radio he is complaining of a tight car. With 10 laps left the lead was back up to over 5.7 seconds and increased to over 6.5 seconds on his way to winning his first ever career race.
“I knew we could do it,” said Clint Bowyer. “Unbelievable.” He also stated at the end of the race he was feeling a vibration in the car.
Kyle Busch who finished in fourth stated it started off slow for them and it was a work in progress.
Martin Truex Jr. stated it was a good day and that his car was too tight to start the race. He finished in fifth.
“Car just did not take off on cold tires,” said Jeff Gordon who finished in second.
“Pretty happy with third place run,” said Tony Stewart.
Casey Mears who finished in eighth stated he was a little tight at the beginning.
“Not a bad performance for us.” said Jimmy Johnson. “One of the hardest places to pass on.” He finished the race in sixth,
“Couldn’t pass,” said Denny Hamlin who finished in fifteenth.
“Today could have been a disaster,” said Kevin Harvick who finished 17th. He
“We survived. It could have been worse,” said Kurt Busch who finished in 25th spot. “A bummer that it happened today” He stated that car has carburetor problem.
In points Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon leave Loudon tied in points. Clint Bowyer moves up 8 spots to fourth 15 points backs of the leaders. Last place in the chase is Kurt Busch 102 points back. Holding onto 13th place is Dale Jr. who is 41 points ahead of Ryan Newman.