Kasey Kahne started from the front row for the Lenox Industrial Tools at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and stayed in the top five all day but it was a miscommunication between another driver and his crew chief that caused a break for the No. 5 team.
The Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin dominated the race until Busch had an issue on pit road on lap 67 and Hamlin had a miscommunication with his crew chief, Darian Grubb on Lap 236. Hamlin told his crew chief he need tires, and Grubb made the decision to take four instead of two which is what the rest of the drivers on pit road did. Hamlin would end up restarting 14th, but would quickly come back to the front.
Kahne would end up winning his second race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and 14th of his career. The win would was his first at Loudon.
“Denny was obviously the best car,” Kahne said in victory lane. “We had a great Farmers Insurance Chevrolet and had to battle hard the whole race. It doesn’t get us in the Chase yet, but it definitely helps.”
Kahne is the only driver outside the top 10 in points with more than one win.
Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Brad Keselowski round out the top five followed by Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, and Ryan Newman.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has a week off next week, and will return in two weeks as they head to the famed Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Before we say goodbye to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for two weeks, here is what the points look like Kenseth 707; 2. Dale Jr. -16; 3. Biffle -40 behind leader; 4. Johnson -51; 5. Hamlin -79; 6. Harvick -85; 7. Stewart -89.
Also saying goodbye this weekend is TNT. We will welcome ESPN/ABC coverage to the Sprint Cup series when we come back from our two week break.