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HARVICK WORKS HIS MAGIC IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Kevin Harvick made a great late race pass on Matt Kenseth to win race 2 of the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup at the Magic Mile, New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Harvick had ran well in the top 5 for much of the day, without really challenging the dominant cars of Kenseth and, last week’s controversial winner, Truex Jr, who led 105 and 141 laps respectively. A number of late race cautions however, gave Harvick the chance to make some moves on restarts. On the final restart, Harvick clinched the lead, and never looked back, beating Kenseth to the line by just under half a second.

Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski both came to pit road with 37 laps to go, and nearly made the strategy call work as they finished in 3rd and 4th, whilst rounding out the top 5 was Kyle’s brother Kurt.  Carl Edwards finished 6th, Martin Truex Jr faded on his older tires to 7th, whilst Jimmie Johnson came home 8th. Completing the top 10 were Kasey Kahne, the highest placed non-Chaser, and Kyle Larson, who used that result to move out of the Chase drop zone.

The driver moving into that spot was Jamie McMurray. After looking good for a top 10 finish towards the later stages, some bad strategic calls dropped Larson’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate to the back of the lead lap cars, eventually finishing in 19th. Meanwhile, Austin Dillon, Tony Stewart and Chris Buescher are also likely to miss out on the second round after finishing 16th, 23rd and 30th respectively.

They will head to Dover for the conclusion of round 1 in a must-win situation, a situation Kevin Harvick was in last season. He won that race, and eventually made it all the way to the final round. Those 4 drivers currently in danger will be hoping for a similar bounce back next weekend.

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Top 10 Results 2016 Chase Standings
1.       Kevin Harvick

2.       Matt Kenseth

3.       Kyle Busch

4.       Brad Keselowski

5.       Kurt Busch

6.       Carl Edwards

7.       Martin Truex Jr

8.       Jimmie Johnson

9.       Kasey Kahne

10.     Kyle Larson

Martin Truex Jr – Qualified

Kevin Harvick – Qualified

Brad Keselowski +35

Kyle Busch +33

Matt Kenseth +26

Joey Logano +21

Denny Hamlin +19

Jimmie Johnson +18

Chase Elliott +16

Carl Edwards +16

Kurt Busch +15

Kyle Larson +5

Jamie McMurray -5

Austin Dillon -5

Tony Stewart -11

Chris Buescher -30

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