New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Loudon, NH
Sunday, September 22, 2:15 pm ET
Postrace radio chatter: Crew chief Darian Grubb to race winner Denny Hamlin: "You my friend are wicked awesome, way to execute..thanks for making it up to us"
CHECKERED FLAG - DENNY HAMLIN WINS! This is his fifth victory of the season and 22nd of his Sprint Cup Series career.
WHITE FLAG - Denny Hamlin leads.
Lap 290: Top 10 with 10 to go - Hamlin, Johnson, Gordon, Bowyer, Kahne, Keselowski, Stewart, Logano, Vickers, Newman.
Lap 285: 15 laps remaining, Hamlin's already out to a 1.7 second lead. Class of the field today.
Will Denny Hamlin dominate and fail to win at New Hampshire for the second time this season? We'll find out in 22 laps.
RESTART - Lap 277: Hamlin leads.
Radio chatter on Lap 276: Letarte to Dale Jr.: "This is going to be interesting"
Radio chatter on Lap 275: Grubb to race leader Hamlin: "We’ll just let you do what you do all day, putting on a clinic, leading laps and winning races"
Lap 274: Pit road is open under caution and a number of cars pit, but not the leaders - 88, 14, 29, 29, 27, 17, 31, 56, 78, pit
Radio chatter on Lap 272: Race leader Hamlin: "Really?" - he had over six seconds on second place at the time of the caution.
CAUTION - Lap 271: Debris.
Lap 267: With 33 laps remaining, Hamlin's lead up front is 6.205 seconds. Amazing race he's run so far today, almost perfect in fact.
Radio chatter on Lap 263: Greg Biffle thinks he has a tire going down (Running P16). Biffle - "This (expletive) car is terrible"
Lap 261: Jeff Gordon gets around Brad Keselowski for P4.
Lap 255: With 45 laps remaining, Denny Hamlin's lead is 5.615 seconds. Can anybody catch him?
Lap 253: Jimmie Johnson gets around Bowyer to take over P2.
Lap 253: Keselowski gained four positions by taking two tires. He's up to P4.
Lap 249: The pit cycle is complete, Denny Hamlin takes back the lead. Bowyer is second, Johnson in third.
Lap 248: Keselowski pits from the lead.
Lap 247: Gordon gives up lead to pit, Keselowski now up front.
Lap 246: Jimmie Johnson pits from the lead, Jeff Gordon now in the lead.
Lap 245: Race leader Denny Hamlin pits - four tires and fuel.
Lap 242: Cars starting to trickle on to pit road for their final stop of the day.
Radio chatter on Lap 241: Real tight in the middle, entry and exit for the 88 - tighter than it was, Earnhardt adds.
Lap 239: Jeff Gordon passes Brian Vickers for fourth place.
Lap 236: Possible engine problem for No. 99.
Lap 231: Spotter Brett Griffin to Clint Bowyer: "You keep doing this, we'll kick their (expletive) ... You do not need a mirror, nothing's coming"
Radio chatter on Lap 228: Stewart: "Just a little bit too tight back in the gas"
Radio chatter on Lap 219: Crew chief Kenny Francis is talking about an air pressure adjustment in the right rear tire for driver Kasey Kahne.
Lap 213: Ryan Newman passes Joey Logano for ninth.
Lap 210: Juan Pablo Montoya pits.
Radio chatter on Lap 207: Spotter Chris Lambert to Denny Hamlin: "It's gone," referencing the debris that was on the No. 11 car's grille.
Lap 207: Denny Hamlin certainly isn't slowing. He's the fastest car on the track.
Lap 206: David Ragan pits.
Radio chatter on Lap 204: Denny Hamlin: "Temps are rising." The leader apparently has debris on his grille.
Lap 203: Jimmie Johnson moves past Brian Vickers for second.
Lap 202: Denny Hamlin continues to set the pace, leading Brian Vickers by 1.725 seconds.
Radio chatter on Lap 198: Jeff Gordon: "(Ryan Newman) and (Tony Stewart) take off like (crazy)."
Lap 197: Jamie McMurray pits. He has sponsorship from Liftmaster on the car this weekend.
Radio chatter on Lap 195: Spotter TJ Majors to Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "Pretty good times there, keep digging." Earnhardt Jr. is 17th.
Radio chatter on Lap 194: Spotter Kevin Hamlin to Kasey Kahne: "Way to work, keep your elbows up." Kahne is eighth.
Lap 193: Kasey Kahne passes Ryan Newman for eighth.
Lap 190: Jimmie Johnson is just over two seconds behind leader Denny Hamlin, but he's turning the fastest laps on the track.
Lap 188: Jimmie Johnson powers past Joey Logano for third.
Lap 186: The battle for spots at the front is tight on the restart.
Lap 184: Denny Hamlin to the lead again!
RESTART - Lap 183: Vickers leads.
Radio chatter on Lap 182: Hamlin: "Just go down the straightaway and it starts wandering one way and so I pull it to the right and boom it just jerks to the wall out of nowhere"
Radio chatter on Lap 180: Hamlin: "I hate to beat a dead horse but this steering is driving me bananas -- I can't keep up with it...it's definitely worse with old tires than it is with new tires"
Lap 180: Top 10 after the pit stops - Vickers (Who gained 13 positions on stop), Hamlin, Logano, Johnson, Bowyer, Gordon, Kahne, Stewart, Harvick, Keselowski.
Lap 179: Leaders pit. Denny Hamlin insists on four tires during his stop.
CAUTION - Lap 178: Debris in Turn 1. This is a huge caution for Denny Hamlin, the race leader was set to pit in just a few laps (remember, he didn't pit during last caution).
Lap 174: Kyle Busch down to seventh, and about to drop to eighth.
Lap 169: Dave Rogers tells Kyle to check his gauges: "They're fine. I would tell you if there was something wrong. I'm not stupid
Lap 169: ENGINE issues for 18. Crew chief Dave Rogers says, "Just ride it out"
Lap 164: Jimmie Johnson moves up to P2.
Lap 159: Jimmie Johnson moves to third. He is currently running the fastest laps on the track.
Radio chatter on Lap 158: Spotter Kevin Hamlin to Kahne: "You're about even with the 11 here but he's doing the late apex, low exit both ends, just so you know"
Lap 156: Denny Hamlin isn't pulling away from the field as well in this segment. He has a 2-second led over Kyle Busch, with Clint Bowyer 3.186 seconds back and Jimmie Johnson 3.699 seconds back.
Lap 154: Last week's winner Brad Keselowski passes Martin Truex Jr. for ninth.
Lap 152: Kahne is really struggling on entry. He's running P6.
Lap 150: Clint Bowyer is up to third. In 13 starts at New Hampshire, Bowyer has two wins. He has five top-10 finishes, three of them top fives, with an average finish of 15.923. He has led 475 laps at the track.
Radio chatter on Lap 147: Steve Letarte to Dale Jr.: "One at a time here, you're doing awesome" Running P16
Lap 146: Tony Stewart is up to P4. He took four tires on his last stop.
Radio chatter on Lap 142: Kahne tells Francis the car is "looser" with a two tire stop.
Lap 141: Dale Jr. moves past Logano for 16th - his car has come to life a bit since the restart - his team made many adjustments on the pit stop under caution.
Lap 137: Tony Stewart nudges Kasey Kahne out of the way to take over fifth.
RESTART - Lap 134: Hamlin leads. Top five stayed out.
Radio chatter on Lap 132: Kahne, "Keep it up, good job...had a lot more grip there...it was crazy how it felt"
11, 18, 15, 56, 17 stayed out during this caution.
Radio chatter on Lap 130: Grubb tells race leader Hamlin -- "They're going to do the opposite of whatever we do"
Lap 130: Some lead lap cars pit, but not the race leader Hamlin. Cars in include 5, 24, 48, 29, 14, 16, 2, 20, 55, 31, 78, 27, 39 and 88 (who managed to stay on lead lap before the caution).
Radio chatter on Lap 129: Teams are currently coming in and taking two or four tires or simply staying out.
CAUTION - Lap 128: Debris on the track wipes out Hamlin's big lead.
Lap 127: How fast is Denny Hamlin's pace? Only two drivers are within five seconds of him on the track. Kyle Busch is 3.168 seconds back and Kasey Kahne trails by 4.507 seconds.
Lap 126: Dale Jr. goes down a lap. The air pressure and track bar adjustments did nothing to help Junior.
Lap 126: Denny Hamlin is seeking a series-leading fifth win today. Last year, Tony Stewart scored five wins - and became champion following a tiebreaker with Carl Edwards based on total victories.
Lap 123: By the way, with the pit sequence now officially complete, Denny Hamlin is back out front by 2.803 seconds.
Interesting to note how many Chase drivers (four) stayed out to lead a lap during the pit sequence - remember if you lead at least one lap you get a bonus point in the standings.
Lap 111: Matt Kenseth pits, gives up lead to Keselowski.
Lap 110: Johnson pits, gives up lead to Matt Kenseth.
Lap 109: Kasey Kahne pits from the lead, gives up spot to Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 108: Denny Hamlin pits, gives up lead to Kasey Kahne. Gordon also among those pitting this lap.
Lap 107: Kyle Busch pits.
Lap 105: Lots of drivers coming to pit road now, including Logano and Dale Jr.
Lap 104: The top 10 includes 9 Chase drivers - think the right drivers qualified for the championship-deciding portion of the season?
Radio chatter on Lap 103: Junior is asking for an adjustment to help him turn through the center of the corners
Lap 97: Watch out - Jimmie Johnson, in fifth is now fastest on the track (Get the "Jaws" theme ready)
Radio chatter on Lap 94: Spotter Chris Lambert to Denny Hamlin: "Welcome to the lead my friend." Crew Chief Darian Grubb to Hamlin: "Nice work"
Lap 93: WOW! Denny Hamlin passes Kyle Busch to take the lead! Amazing drive from a 32nd-place starting spot.
Radio chatter on Lap 91: Kasey Kahne says Denny just drives wherever he wants, he has no specific groove
The power teams are in charge - Joe Gibbs Racing holds the top-two spots with Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin and Hendrick Motorsports has the next three with Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 89: Tony Stewart has paper on the grille...team told him the 48 would help him out -- and doesnt. "So much for the paper," Stewart said. P8
Radio chatter on Lap 80: “I have to stop when the car gets to the center, can’t pick up the throttle, no drive off…," Gordon said. "I tried to search around but the front end is so off when I get into the corner it doesn’t know what the (expletive) it wants" He's running P4
Lap 78: The Ford teams continue to struggle in these Chase races. Right now, there is no Ford in the top 10. Matt Kenseth is 11th, Greg Biffle is 14th and Carl Edwards' lackluster season is continuing as he runs 17th. In the opening Chase race at New Hampshire, Greg Biffle was the top-finishing Ford - in 13th. Kenseth is now 10th on Lap 79
Lap 76: Denny Hamlin has overcome a start deep in the pack. He's up to third now. In 13 starts at New Hampshire, Hamlin has one win. He has nine top-10 finishes, six of them top fives, with a series-best average finish of 8.462 at New Hampshire. Hamlin led 150 laps at New Hampshire in July before settling for a second-place finish.
Lap 73: Denny Hamlin closing in on third-place Jeff Gordon - and cutting the deficit to race leader and teammate Kyle Busch.
Lap 71: Kasey Kahne, up to second, is turning the fastest laps on the track once more.
Radio chatter on Lap 68: “It feels like whatever we do we’re making it get into the right rear a little more,” Stewart said. “We got to keep this right rear going” He's P5
Lee Spencer says: Hamlin's crew chief, Darian Grubb, was all smiles this morning.
Lap 57: Hamlin breaks into the top five!
Lap 54: Entering this race, leader Kyle Busch has led 297 laps at New Hampshire. In 15 previous starts at the track, he has one win. He has six top-10 finishes, four of them top fives, for an average finish of 15.933.
Lap 50: Now Hamlin passes Truex to take over 7th. Incredible run for Hamlin after qualifying 32nd - he's been fast all weekend, except in qualifying, so it shouldn't be surprising but he's making it look too easy.
Lap 47: Denny Hamlin goes three-wide to move from 10th to 8th! Great move from the hard-charging Hamlin.
Lap 46: Kyle Busch made that look easy, bolting past Jeff Gordon into the lead immediately after the restart.
Radio chatter before the restart: Dale Jr. apologizes for getting into the pit box awkwardly ... dropped back to P19
RESTART - Lap 45: Top 10 - Gordon, Kyle Busch, Stewart, Kahne, Newman, Bowyer, Menard, Truex, Johnson and Hamlin.
In case you don't think qualifying is important, Gordon took advantage of the first pit stall (you pick pit stalls based on how you qualify) and took the lead.
Lap 42: Pit road is open and the leaders come in for service. Two tires for the majority of the field. Jeff Gordon out first! He is followed by Kyle Busch and then former race leader Tony Stewart.
Radio chatter on Lap 41: Grubb tells Hamlin he was 3/10ths faster than the field right there
Radio chatter on Lap 41: Greg Biffle: "For some reason I've lost all my turn and I'm loose as (expletive) here"
CAUTION - Lap 41: As planned before the race, this is a competition caution so teams can check tire wear. 33 cars on lead lap at the 1st caution of the day.
Radio chatter on Lap 38: Denny Hamlin moves to 12th, "Hell yeah!"
Radio chatter on Lap 36: Clint Bowyer: "I'm just riding, I really have nothing right now. Can't put the throttle down" (Currently P5).
Lap 35 - Kasey Kahne is turning the fastest laps on the track. Kahne is the series' most recent winner at New Hampshire, leading 66 laps to win at the track in July.
Lap 31: With the competition caution coming up, there are two drivers in the garage (Bires, Sorenson) and cars in position 36th-41st are already one or more laps down.
Lap 25: Kyle Busch, in second, is trying to play spoiler after missing the Chase for the Sprint Cup this season. New Hampshire hasn't been his best track of late, though. In his last five starts here, he has just one top-10 finishes.
Radio chatter on Lap 22: Hamlin: "Really tight exit" (Currently running 18th).
Lap 21: Despite reports of debris on the grille, Tony Stewart's lead is just over a second and he has begun lapping backmarkers.
Perhaps there’s a little extra incentive for a couple of groups that are on track to hit major milestones. Joe Gibbs Racing’s next win will be its 100th in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. Meanwhile, manufacturer Chevrolet is two wins away from its 700 Cup win.
Radio chatter on Lap 16: Crew chief Kenny Francis tells Kasey Kahne his lap times are equal to the race leading No. 14 car.
Radio chatter on Lap 15: TJ Majors tells Junior his "lap times are awesome". Junior replies, "Tight overall". Currently P9
Lap 12: Kasey Kahne has debris on his grille...is running fifth. Kyle Busch moves up to P2
From Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip): "I believe today will be the "Smoke Show" !!"
Lap 7: Denny Hamlin will need to rally from his 32nd-position start. He's the deepest in the field among Chase contenders.He's currently 23rd.
New leader Tony Stewart won at New Hampshire a year ago - and went on to win the title. In 27 starts at New Hampshire, he too has three wins. He has 16 top-10 finishes, 14 of them top fives, for an average finish of 11.556.
Lap 4: Tony Stewart eases past Jeff Gordon to take the lead for the first time today.
Radio chatter seconds before the green flag: Darian Grubb: "The driver and the car are wicked awesome let's do what we have to do today -- execute. Take care of the car and execute"
GREEN FLAG! Jeff Gordon leads the field at the start.
For a look at how all the Chasers have fared at New Hampshire, click here: http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/lists/which-nascar-sprint-cup-drivers-could-excel-at-new-hampshire-motor-speedway-092112
In case you missed it ... three pit crews were delayed arriving to the track due to a mechanical issue with a plane in Charlotte. Crews from RCR, SHR and BKR arrived at NHMS about 1:05 with a police escort from Manchester
Lee Spencer says: Denny Hamlin -- by far the favorite in the field -- will start 32nd today. The last time a driver started that far back and won was Kurt Busch in 2004 -- Busch went on to win the title
There will be a competition caution on Lap 40 today so teams can check tire wear following last night's rain showers.
Two cars dropping to the rear of the field: No. 22 (Driver change), No. 55 (engine change). The No. 55's crew chief Rodney Childers said the engine issue was drive train related
Lee Spencer reports: Dustin Necaise is the new front tire changer for Denny Hamlin. He was part of the pit crew challenge squad which was so successful at RCR and bounced back and forth between the 29 and 33
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