NASCAR Loudon Results 2012: Kasey Kahne Wins At New Hampshire

Kasey Kahne spoiled Denny Hamlin's heroic drive through the field and held on to win Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, all but securing a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with his second victory of the season.

Kahne led the final 66 laps, as fast-closing Hamlin ran out of time after starting deep in the field on a restart on Lap 240. Hamlin had dominated the race, but a miscommunication on pit strategy cost him track position in the late going and Hamlin ran out of time after securing the runner-up spot.

Clint Bowyer ran third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski. Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman completed the top 10.

After a cycle of green-flag pit stops just past the halfway point, Hamlin stretched his lead over Kahne to 5.5 seconds, as small rain cells moved toward the speedway. Hamlin then began picking off competitive cars, lapping Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard in quick succession.

As Hamlin worked traffic, however, Kahne made inroads into his advantage, cutting the margin between the top two cars to 2.601 seconds on Lap 187. Hamlin's entire lead disappeared two laps later when NASCAR called a debris caution.

With a light drizzle misting the race track, pole-sitter Kyle Busch stayed out while the rest of the contenders came to pit road to refuel. Busch led the field to a restart on Lap 197 but quickly gave way to Hamlin, who opened a lead of 2.304 seconds over his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate by Lap 211.

Racing on tires that were 32 laps older than those of his rivals, Busch kept the rest of the field at bay, but he overshot his pit stall slightly during a green-flag stop on Lap 231 and lost second to Johnson, who short-pitted on the same lap.

A caution on Lap 232 for David Reutimann's blown engine scrambled the field. Hamlin, who took four tires on Lap 235, lost 12 spots on pit road and restarted 13th as Kahne and Earnhardt led the field to green with 62 laps left.

By Lap 253, Hamlin had climbed to sixth. On Lap 257, he got by Biffle in Turn 1 for fifth. Harvick succumbed to Hamlin's superior speed on Lap 263, and the No. 11 Toyota was fourth. Earnhardt was the next victim, surrendering third place on Lap 272. Five laps later, Hamlin ducked to the inside of Bowyer through Turns 1 and 2, took over the second position and took off after Kahne.

Here are the full NASCAR results from today's race at New Hampshire:

  1. Kasey Kahne
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Clint Bowyer
  4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Jeff Gordon
  7. Jimmie Johnson
  8. Kevin Harvick
  9. Greg Biffle
  10. Ryan Newman
  11. Martin Truex Jr.
  12. Tony Stewart
  13. Matt Kenseth
  14. Joey Logano
  15. Brian Vickers
  16. Kyle Busch
  17. Paul Menard
  18. Carl Edwards
  19. Marcos Ambrose
  20. Jamie McMurray
  21. Jeff Burton
  22. Sam Hornish Jr.
  23. Bobby Labonte
  24. Kurt Busch
  25. Juan Pablo Montoya
  26. Regan Smith
  27. David Gilliland
  28. Aric Almirola
  29. Landon Cassill
  30. Travis Kvapil
  31. Ken Schrader
  32. Stephen Leicht
  33. David Reutimann
  34. David Ragan
  35. David Stremme
  36. Casey Mears
  37. Josh Wise
  38. Joe Nemechek
  39. Dave Blaney
  40. Michael McDowell
  41. Scott Riggs
  42. Kelly Bires
  43. JJ Yeley
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