Busch Wins Loudon Clear

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LOUDON, N.H. - Kurt Busch held off Jeff Gordon on a late race restart to win Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Siemens 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Busch led 110 of the 300 laps chase to score his second win of the season and first since his win at Bristol in March. Busch became the 13th different driver to win at New Hampshire in 19 Nextel Cup Series races.

"It was an awesome day," Busch said. "This feels really good. We came into this week knowing we had to put some points together. We've got to do it now if we want to be in position."

Gordon was followed across the finish line by Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart.

Michael Waltrip, Jamie McMurray, Kasey Kahne, Dale Jarrett and Jeremy Mayfield completed the first ten finishers.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who did not qualify his Budweiser Chevy due to the burns he received in an American LeMans Series race last weekend, started the race but was relieved by Busch Series driver Martin Truex, Jr. on lap 61. Truex, Jr., making his Nextel Cup Series debut, suffered through a long day that included a trip into the outside wall on lap 141. The No. 8 car was credited with a 31st place finish.

"It ain't no fun getting out, I'll tell you that," said Earnhardt. "My injuries really, really hurt bad," Earnhardt said, a smile belying his words. "It's a pain I ain't never felt before."

Series point leader Jimmie Johnson maintained his spot on top the Nextel Cup Series standings with a eleventh place finish.

The Nextel Cup Series now travels to Pocono International Raceway for next Sunday's Pennsylvania 500.

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