The End of a Drought
The Magic Mile was a “magical” refreshment to Kevin Harvick’s 21-race winless drought. Harvick won Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, which was his fourth win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Although Harvick led 41 laps, the final laps did not permit an easy victory. Denny Hamlin was able to catch up to Harvick in those final laps, however, he fell short at the checkered.
Erik Jones was able to surmount contact with Alex Bowman on pit road, along with a speeding penalty, and add a third-place finish to his NHMS record.
Ryan Blaney finished fourth, followed by Matt DiBenedetto, who earned his second top-five of the season.
Sharing and Caring Teammates
Alex Bowman had a unique car situation going into Sunday’s race. After his Chevrolet broke during qualifying, Bowman was forced to resort to his back-up car. However, after slamming the right rear of his car into the wall, he crashed his back-up car. Now unsuitable for Sunday’s race, Bowman found himself in a severe dilemma. Fortunately, Jimmie Johnson gave his back-up car to his teammate.
Bowman was able to bring Johnson’s former car to a 14th place finish. Johnson finished 30th after a battle with mechanical issues. This low finish damaged Johnson’s chances at earning a spot in the playoffs.
Points leader Joey Logano finished ninth, right behind Kyle Busch who finished eighth, who is also second in points.
The next NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race will take place this Sunday at Pocono Raceway, which is commonly referred to as the “Tricky Triangle.” With the playoffs in near sight, certain teams may have some “tricks” up their sleeves entering into Sunday’s race.