Kenseth Wins His Second Straight at New Hampshire
Matt Kenseth battled to the lead after a late restart and won his second race of the season and third career race at New Hampshire's Magic Mile on Sunday. Kenseth's victory is his second in a row at the track and the 38th of his career. He led 38 laps and beat Tony Stewart to the finish line by nearly two seconds.
With his second place finish, Stewart improved his position in the Top 30 - a required element of being included in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Stewart currently stands 28th and already has a victory to his credit this season. With that victory and as long as he stays in the Top 30, Stewart will have a chance to win a championship in his final season.
Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle completed the Top 5.
Kyle Busch led a race-high 133 laps but faded to 8th. Martin Truex, Jr. was a contender most of the day, leading 123 laps, but a broken shifter and damaged clutch kept him in fourth gear.
With Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sitting out with concussion symptoms Alex Bowman took over the driver's seat of the number 88 and finished 26th. Even though he hit the wall after his tire went flat he was able to stay on the lead lap. If Jr. is forced to miss next week's race at Indy, Jeff Gordon will take over for him.