Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin all finished Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the top 10, but none of them could beat Brad Keselowski, who, for the second straight day, beat Busch to the finish line.
Polesitter Busch, in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, finished second to Keselowski in both races this weekend: Saturday’s Nationwide Series race and the Cup race on Sunday. Kenseth, in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota, finished fourth behind Kyle Larson on Sunday; on Saturday, the two drivers swapped places, with Larson finishing fourth to Kenseth’s third-place finish. Hamlin, in the No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, finished eighth on Sunday.
“The guys did a great job today,” said Busch post-race. “This Interstate Batteries Camry was good. Should have been anywhere from fourth to sixth, but we made a gutsy call there at the end to stay out and see if we can make it on fuel - barely made it, ran out right at the start-finish. Couldn’t have timed it more perfect. That was good. Solid effort for our team. We still know we got a little bit of work to do trying to get better and be able to catch up with some of our other competitors. All in all, a decent day to be coming home second for our Interstate Batteries Camry.”
“Overall, it was a good day for our Dollar General Camry,” said Kenseth. “I thought we really gained on it. Denny and them guys really helped us a lot this week. I felt like all three cars were top-five race cars today. I feel like we’re definitely moving in the right direction.”
Ryan Newman finished fifth behind Keselowski, Busch, Larson and Kenseth.
The Sprint Cup Series is off until Sunday, July 27th, when the teams head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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