Race Rewind - Looking back at the Geico 400

jutter@charlotteobserver.comSeptember 16, 2013 

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    Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

    When: 2 p.m. Sunday.

    TV: ESPN

    Radio: Performance Racing Network

    Last year’s winner: Denny Hamlin

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How the Chase drivers faired

Matt Kenseth, 2,063 points : Sunday night’s win was Kenseth’s sixth of the year – the most wins he’s earned in a single season in his career. His previous high was five victories in the 2002 when he was with Roush Racing..

Kyle Busch (-8): Busch took full advantage of NASCAR’s new restart policy, passing then-leader Jimmie Johnson on a restart on Lap 38 to earn a bonus point for leading his first lap of the race.

Jimmie Johnson (-11): Johnson was not without problems on Sunday. He had a slower than usual pit stop due to an official’s mistaken call of a loose lug nut and broke a car jack on another pit stop. Yet he continued to rally from the back each time and ended up fifth.

Kevin Harvick (-15): Thanks to the five-hour rain delay, Harvick and his team had plenty of time to improve the handling of his car from early in the race. Harvick also received some damage to his car after getting collected in a pit road fender bender.

Carl Edwards (-23): Edwards had an incident-free race but never seriously contended for the race. His 11th place finish keeps him in the hunt for the series championship, however.

Kurt Busch (-23) : A costly pit road speeding penalty early in the race sent Busch a lap down but a timely caution got him back on the lead lap and he eventually finished fourth.

Jeff Gordon (-24): Only added to the Chase field on Friday, Gordon certainly showed he could be a contender. He led 22 laps and finished sixth, despite having to make a pit stop under green for a flat tire.

Ryan Newman (-28): Like Gordon, Newman was a late addition to the Chase field and made his appearance count. He was consistently fast throughout both stages of the race and stayed out of trouble, ending up 10th.

Clint Bowyer (-28): While Bowyer had more attention than he cared for over the past week, he drove under the radar in the race, never challenging for the victory but avoided many of the problems other Chase participants encountered and wound up ninth.

Kasey Kahne (-31): Kahne was one of several drivers to receive damage to his car from the pile-up on pit road that also collected Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Many pit stops and repairs later, he managed to work his way through the field and finished 12th.

Greg Biffle (-31): Another Chase participant with pit road issues, Biffle got sent to the rear of the field for driving over an air hose during a pit stop. Later in the race, he was certain his engine was going to blow but managed to make it the distance and finish 16th.

Joey Logano (-52): The race’s pole winner got off to a great start, leading the first 32 laps of the race. He reported engine problems just after the halfway mark of the race and fell off the pace and was finally forced to the garage after 175 laps.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-52): A potentially devastating start to the Chase for Earnhardt, who earned a 35th place finish after the engine expired in his No. 88 Chevrolet after 224 laps.

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