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Lenox Industrial Tools 300 - New Hampshire International Speedway

Kyle Busch Has Enough Fuel to Win in Overtime at NHIS
Kyle Busch held off a hard charging Carl Edwards by 0.406 seconds in a wild green-white-checkered finish to win the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 on Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway. Busch, driving the No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet owned by Rick Hendrick, drove hard all day, yet was patient when he needed to be, and held off the challenges of some of the sport's biggest stars to capture his third career win and his first of the 2006 season. Fuel was a factor as the race neared an end, as a number of drivers were trying to stretch fuel mileage to make the scheduled distance of 300 miles. But when Brain Vickers and Clint Bowyer tangled with only two laps remaining in the event, the caution flag flew and the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 would go into overtime, causing more uncertainties on the fuel-mileage front. But Michael Waltrip ran into Robby Gordon on lap 303 under the yellow-flag period, stretching the caution laps and the worries about fuel. The race finally restarted on lap 307 and Kyle Busch had enough fuel to make it to the checkered flag, while others like Elliott Sadler and Denny Hamlin ran out of gas. Both Sadler and Hamlin lost fuel pressure while running in the top five of the overtime period. A gas-only pit stop under caution after lap 211 turned out to be the winning strategy for Busch and crew chief Alan Gustafson, as they had enough gas to win the extended race and do celebratory burnouts for the crowd. Busch led over a quarter of the race, leading five times for a total of 107 laps to capture the five bonus points for leading the most laps. This is the first time in the 2006 season that Busch has led the most laps in a race. He has now led at least one lap in 10 of the 19 NEXTEL Cup races this season. Carl Edwards, Saturday’s winner in the NASCAR Busch Series event, was coming on strong in the closing laps but finished in the second position. During the caution period on lap 211, Edwards and crew chief Wally Brown chose to take on four tires when Busch took fuel only. The different strategies on pit road ended up with a difference of 0.406 seconds, the margin of victory for Busch. Greg Biffle, Mark Martin and Kevin Harvick took advantage of Hamlin’s fuel woes to grab the third, fourth and fifth finishing positions, while Hamlin coasted to finish sixth. With the win, Busch leaped from eighth to fourth place in the NEXTEL Cup point standings, 334 points out of the lead.

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Newman Notches New Hampshire Pole
Ryan Newman won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300, lapping New Hampshire International Speedway in 29.370 seconds at 129.683 mph. Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 28.561 seconds, 133.357 mph - set Sept. 12, 2003. This is Newman’s 37th career Bud Pole in 171 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races and his second Bud Pole of 2006. Newman becomes the fifth repeat Bud Pole winner in 2006, joining Kasey Kahne with four, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and Jeff Burton with two each as the other multiple Bud Pole winners this season. This is Newman’s fourth Bud Pole and seventh top-10 start in nine NEXTEL Cup Series races at New Hampshire International Speedway. Qualifying was canceled in two of his nine races – giving him four poles in seven qualifying attempts here. Newman gives Dodge their ninth Bud Pole in 2006 while Chevrolet has five and Ford has four. Jeff Burton posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 29.377 seconds, at an average speed of 129.651 mph – and will join Newman on the front row for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300. Burton posted his sixth top-10 start in 23 races at New Hampshire, and tied his career-best set in September 2000. Brian Vickers, who has started from the top 10 in two of his five New Hampshire races, will start from the third spot, while Kyle Busch qualified fourth for Sunday’s race. Tony Stewart will roll off from the fifth position posting 10 top-10 starts in 15 races at New Hampshire.


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