LOUDON, NH- Kevin Harvick used a bump and run move on Kyle Busch with six laps remaining to win the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after a three-hour rain delay. The race was bumped up to 1:00 p.m. but it continued to rain at the start of race time.
Kyle Busch finished in second and Aric Almirola finished in third. Martin Truex, Jr finished in fourth.
The track had the PJ1 surface throughout the weekend. With the heavy rain before the start of the race on Sunday, it washes off the tire rubber from the track. Harvick talked to 22News about the PJ1 Surface
“The track itself was different at the beginning. The PJ1 was fresh. As the race went, it really started to wear off. I was able to find kind of a different line than everybody else. That was really where my car would take off after about 10 or 12 laps. We could make time and turn down sooner than everybody and get to the fresher PJ1 and get better drive up off the corner.” Said Harvick
“Kind of got caked up in the middle of the corner. There was a lot of grip there, but it would turn. If you could get down there soon enough, it really, really helped it.” Said Harvick
Third place finisher Aric Almirola gave his thoughts to 22News on the PJ1 surface.
“I think the PJ1 was really sticky and fired off with a lot of grip. Then as the race went on, it wore off. I think we kind of expected that. We kind of planned for that in practice. By the time Happy Hour rolled around, the PJ1 started to wear off some just because of all the laps that were on the racetrack.” Said Almirola
Pole sitter Kurt Busch finished in eighth. He led a race-high 94 laps. There were 10 lead changes among seven drivers and there was a total of seven cautions for 31 laps.
Fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway got to see some great racing this weekend along with the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the grassroots of short track racing with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Harvick gave his thoughts to 22News
“As far as the grassroots stuff, I’ve enjoyed being a part of the Stafford Speedway conversation. Those guys, they’re up there racing every week for every dollar that they can get. Just to be a small part of it.” Said Harvick.
“Really it’s all about bringing attention to the guys and gals and racetracks and people that need the support from this level. It’s not just me. There’s a lot of guys that do different things, whether it’s supporting them and drawing attention or going racing or sponsoring cars, owning teams, whether it’s Sprint cars, late models. There’s a lot of participation in this garage from a lot of people. It’s really just making that heard. The more you hear about it, the more attention it brings, the more excitement it brings. That’s what we need from that level. When you see the modified race up here, you realize that’s usually probably the best show of the weekend. It was right there at it again this week.” Said Harvick
Martin Truex, Jr won stage 1 and Chase Elliott won Stage 2. There were 10 lead changes among seven drivers along seven cautions for 31 laps.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will head to Pocono Raceway this upcoming weekend. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be back at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, July 21, 2019.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway will have the Full Throttle Fall Weekend featuring the Musket 250 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race along with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the first race here in the U.S. for the NASCAR Pinty Series out of Canada. The race weekend will happen on Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22.