New Hampshire Motor Speedway produced some nice and a few not-so-nice tales over the weekend. (Photograph: Getty Photographs)&#thirteen;


New Hampshire Motor Speedway produced some nice and a few not-so-nice tales over the weekend.

Checkered Flags

Denny Hamlin
Joe Gibbs Racing’s lengthy nightmare is over as Hamlin delivered the workforce’s first Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection win of the season. He needed to maintain off a quick-closing Kyle Larson to take action, however Hamlin’s thirtieth win was simply what the physician ordered for JGR.

Kyle Larson
Needed to begin from the rear of the sector for a second straight week, this time for a deck lid that failed submit-qualifying inspection and took away Larson’s pole-profitable run. However simply as he did in Kentucky, Larson made brief order of the sector and acquired to the entrance, finally difficult Hamlin.

Daniel Suarez
A profession-greatest end for Suarez (sixth) was one other excessive level within the JGR story that noticed the group put Hamlin in Victory Lane and Matt Kenseth in fourth place. The freshman driver is making progress and trending upward because the season races by way of its second half.

Stewart-Haas Racing
A powerful outing for the whole group on Sunday led by Kevin Harvick’s fifth-place end. The group had all 4 of its drivers among the many first thirteen finishers with Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Danica Patrick all having fun with strong outings in Loudon.

Ryan Preece
The New England native made his residence crowd proud with a stellar run in Saturday’s Xfinity Collection race. Preece made probably the most of his alternative in Joe Gibbs Racing gear, wheeling the No. 20 Toyota to a second-place end behind teammate Kyle Busch. It was a efficiency that made brief-monitor racers across the nation smile.

Black Flags

Jason Ratcliff
Positive, it’s straightforward to play “Monday Morning Crew Chief,” however the choice to offer Matt Kenseth two tires somewhat than 4 when he was main late in Sunday’s race value the No. 20 workforce an opportunity for victory. As soon as the inexperienced flag reappeared, Kenseth was toast and settled for fourth.

Kyle Busch
Errors value Busch a shot at profitable on Sunday and sweeping the weekend, specifically not one however two rushing penalties on pit street down the stretch. Busch has solely himself accountable for not being the man to convey JGR win No. 1 of the Cup season.

Joey Logano
Issues have gone from dangerous to worse for Logano and the No. 22 Workforce Penske outfit. He had a mechanical problem on Sunday and completed thirty seventh, placing Logano additional out of the playoff image and into territory the place it seems that solely a win will earn him a spot to run for the championship.

Kasey Kahne
The weekend began properly with a prime-5 qualifying effort within the No. 5 automotive. That optimism shortly vanished on race day with a number of points and questionable technique main to a different disappointing end.

Denny Hamlin’s “Lobster Phobia”
No, it’s not a joke. Denny Hamlin is definitely afraid of lobsters, which made the normal Victory Lane celebration at New Hampshire … properly, awkward. “I’m not going to do something with it. I’ve seen it and touched it for the final time. So far as I’m involved, they should put it again within the water and let it reside,” was what Hamlin stated when requested about his cringing after the over-sized crustacean was introduced to him after profitable.

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