Welcome NASCAR fans to my NASCAR blog. Today’s NASCAR race review is the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 held on Sunday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is the nineteenth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Qualifying took place on Friday with Stewart-Haas Racing sweeping the first two spots. 39 Ryan Newman sits on the pole with a speed of 135.232 mph and 28.165 seconds around this 1.058 mile flat track, the Magic Mile. Beside him on the front row is team mate and owner 14 Tony Stewart. 37 Tony Raines, 81 Scott Riggs and 92 Dennis Setzer failed to qualify for the race.
So, here we go! 39 Newman leads from the Pole. 22 Kurt Busch gets by 14 for second. 31 Jeff Burton gets sideways, waiting for the tire pressure to come op. 14 Stewart takes the lead. 18 Kyle Busch brushes the wall, as he usually does in most races. 83 Brian Vickers gets by 18. 48 Jimmie Johnson bumps 18 unintentionally and gives him the spot back.
The first caution comes out during the commercial for debris on lap 29. 39 and 2 Brad Keselowski come out of the pits first, taking no tires, but 1 Jamie McMurray stays out to lead. 1 and 39 race side by side for the lead. 2 and 22 race side by side for third. 39 takes the lead. 2 and 00 David Reutimann battle for fifth. 22 and 39 battle for the lead and 22 takes the lead. 31 slides up the track. 24 Jeff Gordon gets by 2 for seventh. 27 Paul Menard gets by 2. 24 gets by 00 for fifth. 4 Kasey Kahne gets by 1. 48 and 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. get together. 48 and 18 get together. 18 gets into 88 and gets a tire rub.
The second caution comes out for 18 blowing a tire and smacking the wall. 5 Mark Martin stays out to lead. 14, 5, 39 battle for the lead and 39 takes the lead and pulls away. 27 and 6 David Ragan race side by side and 27 gets by. 14 drives inside 4 for third. 14 gets by 5 for second. 22 gets by 42 Juan Pablo Montoya.
The third caution is for debris. 48 stays out to lead. At the restart 4 pushes 48 ahead. 31 and 39 battle for third and 31 takes the spot. 24 is having electrical woes, the gauges not working. 4 catches leader 48. 31 catches 4. 31 drives under 4 for second and slides in front of him. 4 makes the cross-over and gets back by 31. 4 takes the lead. 24 comes up on them and takes the lead. 31 gets by 48. 1 makes a pit stop, has a loose lug nut and looses a lap to tighten it. 31 gets by 4 for second. 29 Kevin Harvick makes a Green Flag pit stop.
The fourth caution comes out when 2 cuts a tire and gets into the wall. 30 David Stremme gets back onto the lead lap. Those that pitted during Green take the wave around and stay on the lead lap (1, 29, 48). 16 Greg Biffle gets by 24. 24 looses power and is slow on the track. He has to switch boxes and gets going. 31 gets by 42. The fifth caution comes out for fluid on the track during the commercial. They go back to the commercials. 18 is back out, 76 laps down. 83 gets by 99 Carl Edwards for second.
The sixth caution comes out for spinning 11 Denny Hamlin. 71 Andy Lally spins to a stop beside 11. 11 stays on the lead lap. 42 got into 43 A. J. Allmendinger who got into 11 to spin him. 27, 42 and 88 are three wide after the restart. 31 gets by 83 for second. 99 drives under 83 for third.
The seventh caution comes out when 5 spins. 33 Clint Bowyer, 5 and 4 were three wide with 5 in the middle and cut a tire. He pits and slides through the stall unable to stop the car. 31 pits while the rest of the leaders stay out. 22 and 99 lead at the restart. 14 drives under 99 for second. 42 and 4 get together. 39 gets by 83 for fourth. 14 and 22 battle for the lead and 14 takes the lead. 48 gets by 88.
The eighth caution comes out during the commercial, for debris. 33 and 42 come out of the pits first, but 20 Joey Logano and 9 Marcos Ambrose stay out to lead. 9 takes the lead. The ninth caution comes out after 4, 83 and 36 Dave Blaney were three wide and 83 gets turned into 36 across 4. 33 is leading. 39 and 33 battle for the lead and 39 takes the lead. 16 gets by 31 and then 33 for second. 16 catches leader 39.
The tenth caution comes out when 48 spins trying to get by 42. 88 had a tire violation. They go Green with 57 laps to go. 22 and 39 battle for the lead but 22 can’t get by. 22 and 99 race for second. 88 and 16 get together. 11 gets by 22 for second. 14 drives inside 11 for second. 78 Regan Smith is out of fuel. 1 is out of fuel. 42 is out of fuel on the final lap.
39 Ryan Newman wins the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 with 14 Tony Stewart right behind him in second. Just the way they started! They run out of fuel after crossing the Finish Line. This is Ryan’s first win this year and fifteenth career win. There have been thirteen different drivers winning this year in nineteen races. There were fourteen different leaders in the race. The race started out with Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart starting on the front row and ended with Newman and Stewart finishing first and second!
Hamlin finished third, followed by Logano, Johnson, Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Martin Truex, Jr., Ambrose and Kurt Busch. In points, Edwards retakes the point lead with Kyle falling four spots to fifth. Johnson moves up three spots into second, Kurt and Harvick switch third and fourth. Matt Kenseth stays in sixth, Gordon stays in seventh, while Newman and Earnhardt, Jr. switch places eighth and ninth. Hamlin remains in tenth.
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