5-Hour Energy 301 2015: Winner, recap and results from New Hampshire

Image courtesy of @kansasspeedway.
Image courtesy of @kansasspeedway.

Image courtesy of @kansasspeedway.

Kyle Busch still isn’t locked in the Chase, but he’s by far the hottest driver in the sport. The No. 18 machine collected a second straight checkered flag on Sunday and third in the last four races.

Busch started the day fourth, but quickly worked his way to the front and led 95 laps en route to another dominant performance. He emphasized the long journey it took to get to this point by saying, “There ain’t no give up in this 18!”

After missing the start of the season due to a broken leg and foot, Busch has charged his way back into the Chase discussion. Thanks to his third win, he’s now closer to locking in a berth with nearly the maximum amount of points. Brad Keselowski earned the most laps led with 101, but came up short against Busch again for a second straight week.

It’s not official yet, but Busch now trails 30th-place David Gilliland by 58 points. Now that he’s won at a road course, intermediate track and flat short venue, nothing seems impossible for Busch at this point.

The No. 18 team wasn’t the only strong crew from Joe Gibbs Racing as Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards finished sixth and seventh, respectively. In the last two races, Gibbs cars have locked in five top-five results and seven total top 10s.

Meanwhile, the Team Penske duo of Keselowski and Joey Logano have both been in the top 10 two weeks in a row. Keselowski finished second on Sunday after Logano was the Bride’s Maid last weekend in Kentucky.

Here’s a look at the full results from the 5-Hour Energy 301 in New Hampshire.

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Carl Edwards
  8. Austin Dillon
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Kurt Busch
  11. Ryan Newman
  12. Martin Truex Jr.
  13. A.J. Allmendinger
  14. Denny Hamlin
  15. Aric Almirola
  16. Casey Mears
  17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  18. David Ragan
  19. Kasey Kahne
  20. Tony Stewart
  21. David Gilliland
  22. Jimmie Johnson
  23. Ryan Blaney
  24. Danica Patrick
  25. Paul Menard
  26. Jamie McMurray
  27. Greg Biffle
  28. Cole Whitt
  29. Sam Hornish Jr.
  30. Landon Cassill
  31. Kyle Larson
  32. Trevor Bayne
  33. Brett Moffitt
  34. Clint Bowyer
  35. Matt DiBenedetto
  36. Michael Annett
  37. Eddie MacDonald
  38. Timmy Hill
  39. Derek White
  40. Justin Allgaier
  41. Jeb Burton
  42. Alex Bowman
  43. J.J. Yeley

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