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A look back at Kyle Busch's third career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway including news, notes and observations by RacingOne's own Pete Pistone and Jeff Wackerlin.

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Inside Line
Kyle Busch stretched his fuel long enough to win his first NEXTEL Cup Series race of the season and score victory in Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Keys to Victory Lane
Busch took the lead with 69 laps to go and stayed in front the rest of the way to pick up the victory.

Zero to Hero
Scott Riggs started 42nd and worked his way into the lead pack to score a tenth-place finish.

Hero to Zero
Ryan Newman started from the pole, but after getting into a tangle that sent Tony Stewart into the wall was caught in another altercation on the restart and busted a radiator dooming him to a 39th-place finish.

Notables
David Stremme's 11th-place finish was his career best in 22 career starts. Dave Blaney had a strong day after starting 28th and finishing 13th. And Matt Kenseth battled back from early problems to post a 14th-place finish.

Rookie of the Race
Hamlin's sixth could have easily been a second if the overtime hadn't come and run the freshman out of fuel on the final lap.

What's the Points?
Johnson's lead over Kenseth is now 68 with Jeff Burton, Busch and Mark Martin rounding out the top five. Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle are tied for ninth.

Where Are They Now?
Where last year "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup competitors currently are in the standings: Jimmie Johnson (first), Matt Kenseth (second), Mark Martin (fifth), Greg Biffle (10th), Tony Stewart (11th), Carl Edwards (13th), Kurt Busch (14th), Ryan Newman (19th) and Jeremy Mayfield (33rd).

Pit Stops
  • Kyle Busch captured his third career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in his 61st start. The win was also his first at New Hampshire and second top five at the track. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Busch won the 146th race - sixth at New Hampshire - for car owner Rick Hendrick. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Busch became the 109th driver overall to win a race from the fourth starting position. Starting Position Facts
  • Busch led the most laps, leading five times for 107. It was also the first time Busch has led at NHIS. Lap Summary
  • Busch gave Chevrolet their 11th win in 2006 and 584th overall. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Carl Edwards posted his first top 10 in four starts at NHIS, finishing second.
  • Greg Biffle scored his third consecutive top five at NHIS with a third-place finish.
  • Mark Martin posted his 13th New Hampshire top 10 with a fourth-place finish.
  • Kevin Harvick (fifth) captured his sixth top 10 at NHIS.
  • Denny Hamlin was the top rookie, finishing sixth in his first start at NHIS.
  • Jeff Burton led 37 laps before getting caught speeding on pit road. He went on to finish seventh, his 10th top 10 at NHIS.
  • Kasey Kahne (eighth) has now finished eighth or better in four of his five starts at NHIS.
  • Jimmie Johnson's ninth-place finish was his fifth top 10 in nine starts at NHIS.
  • Scott Riggs finished 10th, scoring his fifth top-10 finish of the season.
  • The 308-lap race saw 21 lead changes among 11 drivers and an average speed of 101.384 mph.
  • Eleven caution flags were thrown for 49 laps.
  • The LENOX Industrial Tools 300 lasted 3 hours, 12 minutes, 51 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • Why didn't NASCAR red flag the race after the Waltrip-Gordon dumbness under caution instead of letting guys run out of gas?
  • Edwards' motorcoach driver Tom Giacchi will have to wait another race to see if he can shave his beard. Giacchi, who last shaved a few days before the Texas race in November of 2005, made a pact with himself and Edwards that he wouldn't shave until Edwards wins again.
  • Michael Waltrip will have a lot of 'splaining to do on this week's edition of "Inside NEXTEL Cup" after his seemingly blatant attempts to crash Robby Gordon.
  • You have to love New Hampshire's simple yet stirring pre-race ceremonies. No big celebrities or marketing tie-ins, just a heart-felt invocation and nice rendition of the National Anthem. Kudos.
  • Has there been a race this year when so many big names had trouble?
  • You get the feeling if not for the pit road speeding penalty, Jeff Burton may have had Loudon win number five?
  • Rumor has Loudon going under the lights next year for one or both events.

    Garage Talk
  • "The No. 12 car (Ryan Newman) just took us out. We're starting to learn to race him like he races us and he doesn't give anybody a break so I wasn't about to give him a break. So he'll just take me out then if you don't let him by. It's amazing how he expects you to let him by, but he don't give anybody that same courtesy." -Tony Stewart
  • "We were on fresh tires. I don’t know if Tony knew that or not, but regardless, he didn't live up to what he preaches and that's move over and let a faster car go – especially a car on fresh tires trying to get a lap back. He came down on us a little bit. I came up on him a little bit and we hit. He got the raw end of the deal. It didn't do us any favors, but he sure didn't live up to what he preaches. I was way faster than Tony was." -Ryan Newman
  • "It is frustrating when you got a guy who isn't in the top-10 and won't make the Chase is ruining it for everybody else." -Tony Stewart
  • "We haven't had any engine failures for a long time. I am real proud of my engine department." -Dale Earnhardt Jr. after losing an engine on lap 134.
  • "I don't remember it being this hot here before. We're going to work on our cars and try to get 'em cooled down a little more. They're pretty hot, but the days this year have been pretty hot, too." -Kasey Kahne.
  • "Good Lord, I've never seen so many cautions at the end of a race in my life, but I'm glad we could hang onto it. These Kellogg's guys have worked their tails off." -Alan Gustafson, Crew Chief, No. 5 Chevrolet.
  • "I guess I have to win to get a TV interview so hey, if that is what it takes, that is what I will do. We will be here next weekend. I think we can do it." -Kyle Busch

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of one to ten truckloads of granite (in honor of New Hampshire being the "Granite State"), we'll give Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 300 a 7.5. A big shake-up in points and maybe a little more rivalry excitement in the coming weeks with Stewart-Newman and Waltrip-Robby Gordon joining Kenseth-Jeff Gordon. The overtime made things a little more exciting than many drivers probably would have liked, but the result was definitely some names up front at the end we haven't seen in a while. Next up - don't adjust your calendars, yes it's back to Pocono after only five weeks for the Pennsylvania 500.
    
            
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