Kenseth Wins His Fifth Race of the Season
Kevin Harvick dominated Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but gambled on fuel late in the race and lost. After leading 214 of 300 laps, Harvick ran out of gas with two laps left opening the door for Matt Kenseth to win the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.Kenseth's fifth victory of the season assures he'll move on to the next round of the Chase format and puts Harvick in jeopardy of being eliminated. In order to advance, the defending Cup champion will need to win next week's race at Dover - a track where he's never won.
Denny Hamlin finished second with Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards completing the Top Five. Harvick came in 21st. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was running in the Top-10 most of the race, but like Harvick ran out of fuel with two laps to go and finished 25th.
Harvick, who led most of the race, fell to a 21st place finish. He must now win next week at Dover to advance when the 16-driver Chase field is cut to 12.
Also in jeopardy of being eliminated are 4-time race winner Kyle Busch, along with Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer. Jamie McMurray and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. are just barely in the Top 12 and don't have much wiggle room next week.
The Dover 400 is next Sunday in Delaware.