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Jimmie Johnson follows up Sonoma with a Loudon victory lap

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  (Photo: Todd Warshaw, Getty Images for NASCAR)

Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon) battled his way into victory lane thanks to a race charge to the front of the field.

Johnson bumped his way by Kurt Busch in the closing laps of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart finished second and Busch came in third. Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield) rounded out the top five.
 

"I'm not good at doing that stuff," Johnson said, referring to the bump he gave the No. 2 car to take the lead. "Usually I crash myself in the process. So I tried it once and moved him. The second time I moved him out of the way and got by him."
 

Busch knew his car wasn't strong enough to win and just hoped that late-race tap was enough to hold off Johnson.
 

"We did what we could to get the lead," he said. "I was just counting the laps and was like, man, there's not enough laps. The thought was those 10 points for winning would look a lot better stacked in our deck than in his chip count."
 

The race featured 201 straight laps of green flag racing. Kasey Kahne led the field for most of the race until engine problems took out the No. 9. Juan Pablo Montoya, who started on the pole, was also a player in the battle for the lead until he was taken out by a lapped car late in the running.
 

Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Joey Logano, and A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos) rounded out the top ten.

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