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Mark Martin tops Hamlin in New Hampshire

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Sunday, September 20, 2009

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Mark Martin
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Unbelievable. That's the only word to describe it.

Ageless Mark Martin, 50, held off a tremendous charge by Juan Pablo Montoya and Denny Hamlin with three laps to go to win the Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hamlin finished second and Montoya third in a race full of action.

Three-time champion Jimmie Johnson was fourth and Kyle Busch finished fifth. His brother Kurt was next, followed by Ryan Newman, Elliott Sadler, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers.

Four of the top five finishers are in The Chase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup. The younger Busch did not qualify for it this season.

The stage for the wild-and-wooly finish was set with less than 10 laps remaining when Marcus Ambrose bumped AJ Allmendinger from behind, sending AJ around. It created a down-to-the-wire  dash in which Martin jumped ahead of Montoya by just a few feet. Hamlin was awarded second when a final-lap spin brought the caution out before the cars got back to the start-finish line. Hamlin was ahead when he and Montoya crossed the last scoring line before the caution fell.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., having his best run in many a race (he was running third), was tagged from behind by David Reutimann on Lap 283 and crashed into the outside retaining wall.

Tony Stewart wound up 14th after making a lengthy pit stop to repair a loose axle cap on a left rear tire.

It was Martin's first victory at this track and the popular Arkansas native was beaming afterwards. He is truly "living the dream" in running for a championship in a Rick Hendrick-owned Chevrolet, a championship that is about the only thing he has not won in his career. 

There has never been a more gorgeous day for racing, and the pole winner, Montoya, streaked away to a solid lead when the green flag waved.

Hamlin quickly moved into second ahead of Stewart and the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup was on.

The 75-degree temperature and solid blue sky lent itself as a serene backdrop for 43 screaming stock cars around this one-mile New England speed palace. Montoya was flying and it appeared he would check out on the field but Stewart seemed to be able to keep up.

At 25 laps, it was Montoya, Stewart, Kurt Busch, Hamlin, Gordon, Stremme, Truex, Edwards and Johnson in the top 10.

By Lap 35, Stewart was on Montoya's bumper and Kurt Busch was gaining on both in third position. Stewart took the lead on Lap 37 and Busch hooked himself to Montoya's bumper.

At 50 laps, it was Stewart, Montoya, Busch, Gordon, Hamlin, Edwards, Johnson (all Chase contenders), then Stremme, Kahne ( another Chase contender) Truex, Reutimann and Martin, the points leader coming into the Loudon race.

Four-time champion Gordon moved into third on Lap 65.

Kasey Kahne brought out the first caution of the afternoon with a blown engine on Lap 66. It was tough luck for the Richard Petty Motorsports team, which has a car in the Chase for the first time.

Montoya beat everyone out of the pits and was in front again when the race restarted on Lap 75. Stewart and Hamlin mixed it up for several laps before Stewart took over. Another caution, this one for debris, slowed the field again at Lap 86. Montoya maintained the lead as none of the front-running cars pitted.

Hamlin got into the left rear of Stewart's Chevy and sent him sliding high on the Lap 92 restart. The contact shuffled Stewart back to fifth. It was Montoya, Kurt Busch, Hamlin, Johnson, Stewart, Martin, Earnhardt, Edwards, Newman and Stremme at 100 laps.

Busch passed Montoya for the lead at Lap 124. Another caution fell on Lap 141 and created a mad scramble the pits.

Once again, Montoya came out of the pits first but Hamlin jumped into the lead. At the halfway point, Hamlin and Montoya raced side by side for several laps before Montoya took over again.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 - 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg's 190/5 300 Running
2 - 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 175/5 300 Running
3 - 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 175/10 300 Running
4 - 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 165/5 300 Running
5 - 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 155/0 300 Running
6 - 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 155/5 300 Running
7 - 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 151/5 300 Running
8 - 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 142/0 300 Running
9 - 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Scotch Brand 138/0 300 Running
10 - 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 134/0 300 Running
11 - 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 130/0 300 Running
12 - 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 127/0 300 Running
13 - 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 124/0 300 Running
14 - 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 126/5 300 Running
15 - 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard Yellow Ribbon / DuPont 118/0 300 Running
16 - 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 120/5 300 Running
17 - 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 112/0 300 Running
18 - 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Bush's Best Baked Beans / Market Basket 114/5 300 Running
19 - 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 106/0 300 Running
20 - 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Rain-X 103/0 300 Running
21 - 20 Joey Logano * Toyota The Home Depot 100/0 300 Running
22 - 171 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 102/5 300 Running
23 - 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt 94/0 300 Running
24 - 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Sylvania 91/0 300 Running
25 - 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Berlin City Auto Group 88/0 300 Running
26 - 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 85/0 300 Running
27 - 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 82/0 298 Running
28 - 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 79/0 298 Running
29 - 09 Aric Almirola Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 76/0 297 Running
30 - 96 Erik Darnell Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 73/0 297 Running
31 - 82 Scott Speed * Toyota Red Bull 70/0 297 Running
32 - 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 67/0 295 Running
33 - 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 64/0 287 Running
34 - 98 Paul Menard Ford Sylvania Dot-it / Menards 61/0 287 Running
35 - 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 58/0 283 In Pit
36 - 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald's McCafe 55/0 263 Running
37 - 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 52/0 162 Out of Race
38 - 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 49/0 66 Out of Race
39 - 64 Mike Wallace Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 46/0 48 In Pit
40 - 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 43/0 41 In Pit
41 - 36 Michael McDowell Toyota Wave Energy Drink 40/0 36 In Pit
42 - 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 37/0 23 Out of Race
43 - 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver's 34/0 8 In Pit

* Denotes Rookie

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