Bowyer wins as Stewart runs out of gas

Coming into the first chase race, not many had Clint Bowyer pegged as a true contender.  Following the race on Sunday at New Hampshire, however, that may have changed.

After leading over one hundred laps through the first three-quarters of the race, Bowyer found himself back in the fifth position.  As the final 50 laps unfolded, Bowyer — while saving fuel — picked his way up to the second position and began his pursuit of Tony Stewart.

[media-credit id=2 align=”alignright” width=”255″][/media-credit]On the final lap, Stewart ducked down to the bottom as his Chevrolet finally ran out of gas, allowing Bowyer to cost around to victory.

With the win, Bowyer broke his 88-race winless streak in the Sprint Cup Series and jumped up ten spots to second in the points standings, trailing Denny Hamlin (who finished second) by 35 points going into the second week of the ten-race chase.

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Non-chasers Jamie McMurray and Dale Earnhardt finished third and fourth, respectively. They joined Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, David Reutimann, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch and Sam Hornish Jr. in rounding out the top-ten finishers for the Sylvania 300.

Seven chasers finished outside of the top-ten, including three who finished outside of the top-20.

After running out of gas, Stewart finished 24th.  Matt Kenseth finished 23rd and Jimmie Johnson finished 25th after both were involved in on-track accidents during the final half of the race.

The largest mover in series points was Bowyer.  However, No driver dropped more than Johnson or Stewart.  Behind Hamlin and Bowyer, Harvick and Kyle Busch held their third and fourth place points position.  Gordon gained three spots and not sits in fifth, trailing Hamlin by 75 points.

Kurt Busch dropped one spot to sixth after finishing 13th.  Johnson, who came into the race ten points behind Hamlin in second place is now seventh in the standings, and trails by 92 points.

Carl Edwards gained one spot and is now eighth, 95 points behind Hamlin.  Greg Biffle lost two positions and sits ninth in the standings.

Jeff Burton stays in the tenth points spot, despite running out of fuel with one lap to go and finishing 15th.

Stewart is now 11th after a five spot drop and Kenseth is 12th and trails Hamlin by 136 points.

Note: Bowyer is used to starting off Chases with Victories.  He won the 2007 race at New Hampshire to solidify his spot inside of the elite Chase field.

UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps
1 2 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 195 10 300
2 22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 170 0 300
3 4 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 170 5 300
4 32 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 160 0 300
5 27 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 155 0 300
6 17 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 155 5 300
7 7 0 David Reutimann Toyota 146 0 300
8 24 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 142 0 300
9 9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 138 0 300
10 15 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 134 0 300
11 10 99 Carl Edwards Ford 135 5 300
12 6 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 127 0 300
13 12 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 124 0 300
14 21 9 Kasey Kahne Ford 121 0 300
15 13 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 118 0 300
16 5 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 115 0 300
17 14 16 Greg Biffle Ford 112 0 300
18 1 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge 114 5 300
19 20 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 106 0 300
20 16 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 103 0 300
21 19 19 Elliott Sadler Ford 100 0 300
22 11 6 David Ragan Ford 97 0 300
23 33 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 94 0 300
24 3 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 96 5 300
25 25 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 88 0 300
26 29 7 Robby Gordon Toyota 90 5 300
27 37 83 Reed Sorenson Toyota 82 0 300
28 8 98 Paul Menard Ford 79 0 300
29 26 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 76 0 298
30 23 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota 73 0 298
31 30 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 70 0 297
32 40 38 Travis Kvapil Ford 67 0 295
33 39 37 David Gilliland Ford 64 0 295
34 41 34 Tony Raines Ford 61 0 295
35 31 20 Joey Logano Toyota 58 0 256
36 28 82 Scott Speed Toyota 55 0 213
37 42 71 Andy Lally Chevrolet 52 0 138
38 18 13 Casey Mears Toyota 49 0 93
39 43 9 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 46 0 89
40 35 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 48 5 60
41 36 55 Mike Bliss Toyota 40 0 55
42 34 164 Landon Cassill Toyota 37 0 40
43 38 46 Michael McDowell Dodge 34 0 29

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