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Stewart leads JGR to 1-2-3 at New Hampshire

Nationwide Series
Saturday, June 28, 2008

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Tony Stewart celebrates with his crew
Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR

Aside from Tony Stewart becoming the 22nd different winner in 22 Nationwide Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the outcome of Saturday's Camping World RV Sales 200 was more of the same for NASCAR's Triple-A division.

Stewart's victory was the eighth of the season for the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, which has carried four different drivers to victory lane this year -- Stewart on five occasions and Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and rookie phenom Joey Logano once each.

Hamlin and Busch, in fact, chased Stewart for the final 64 laps, after Stewart took the lead for good on Lap 136. Hamlin, driving Braun Racing's No. 32 Toyota, was within a half-second of the leader when Greg Biffle crashed on Lap 200, the final circuit. The race ended under caution with Stewart, Hamlin and Busch in the top three spots, followed by Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards.

Stewart credited crew chief Dave Rogers, a native of the neighboring state of Vermont, with the consistently excellent performance of the No. 20 Camry.

"There've been four drivers (to) win in this car, so it's not the drivers -- that's for sure," Stewart said. "We're the fortunate ones to be able to drive this thing."

A two-tire call on Stewart's final pit stop in Lap 129 got the No. 20 Toyota out in third place for a restart on Lap 133. Three laps later, Stewart took the lead from Edwards, who had taken fuel only on the pit stop, with a smooth pass entering Turn 1.

On Lap 138, Hamlin passed Edwards for second, and Busch followed into third position three laps after that, but neither could overtake the leader.

"We didn't know it would come down to a track position race," said Busch, who took four tires on his final pit stop, restarted eighth and had to work his way through traffic. "We got out-strategized there at the end."

Notes: Todd Braun's No. 32 and No. 38 Toyotas were painted black, with no sponsor decals on either car. The cars were a symbol of mourning for the team owner's mother, Linda Braun, who died Wednesday. . . The race marked the first 1-2-3 Nationwide Series finish for Toyota. . . Stewart led 75 laps and Busch 63, as the Gibbs cars dominated. . . Series points leader Clint Bowyer finished ninth. . . Polesitter Landon Cassill had to start from the rear of the field because of an engine change. He gained 28 positions before a tap from Bobby Hamilton Jr. sent his No. 5 Chevy into the wall and out of the race on Lap 47. He finished 34th.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 8 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Old Spice 195/10 200 Running
2 17 32 Denny Hamlin Toyota LifeLock 170/0 200 Running
3 4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs 170/5 200 Running
4 5 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Camping World / RV Service 160/0 200 Running
5 11 60 Carl Edwards Ford Under Armour / Red Sox 160/5 200 Running
6 22 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 150/0 200 Running
7 12 99 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 151/5 200 Running
8 7 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Championship Oct. 23-26 142/0 200 Running
9 2 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Camping World / RV Sales 143/5 200 Running
10 9 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet U.S. Navy 134/0 200 Running
11 6 111 Jason Keller Chevrolet America's Incredible Pizza Company 130/0 200 Running
12 18 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 127/0 200 Running
13 10 40 Dario Franchitti * Dodge Fastenal 124/0 200 Running
14 19 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford STP 121/0 200 Running
15 21 7 Mike Wallace Toyota GEICO 118/0 200 Running
16 16 25 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford Curly's 115/0 200 Running
17 23 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Atreus Homes & Communities 112/0 200 Running
18 3 16 Greg Biffle Ford CitiFinancial 109/0 200 Running
19 13 9 Patrick Carpentier * Dodge Wisk 106/0 200 Running
20 27 22 Josh Wise Dodge Supercuts 103/0 200 Running
21 24 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Atreus Homes & Communities 100/0 200 Running
22 14 47 Kelly Bires Ford Clorox 97/0 198 Running
23 28 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 94/0 197 Running
24 30 161 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Long John Silver's 91/0 197 Running
25 33 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge Victory In Jesus 88/0 196 Running
26 36 81 Randy MacDonald Dodge Mahindra Tractors 85/0 196 Running
27 31 24 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty 82/0 194 Running
28 39 52 Brad Teague Chevrolet Dale Jr.'s Whisky River 79/0 192 Running
29 42 01 Mike Potter Chevrolet SAFX.com / SponsorDavis.com 76/0 189 Running
30 35 4 Derrike Cope Chevrolet JVC / The Turning Wheel RV Center 73/0 181 In Pit
31 15 27 Brad Coleman Ford Kleenex / Shaw's Supermarkets 70/0 179 Running
32 20 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 67/0 143 In Pit
33 29 30 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet GrandStay.net 64/0 71 Out of Race
34 1 5 Landon Cassill * Chevrolet Nat'l Guard / 197th Field Artillery Brigade 61/0 46 Running
35 32 149 Kertus Davis Chevrolet Jay Robinson Inc. 58/0 38 In Pit
36 25 37 Burney Lamar Ford Baker Curb Racing 55/0 33 Out of Race
37 38 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Stott Classic Racing.com / racingaction.com 52/0 25 In Pit
38 40 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 49/0 18 In Pit
39 43 01 J C Stout Chevrolet SAFX.com / SponsorDavis.com 46/0 16 Out of Race
40 34 331 Kenny Hendrick Chevrolet GrandStay.net 43/0 15 In Pit
41 26 60 Jason Hedlesky Ford CitiFinancial 40/0 4 Out of Race
42 41 84 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Mike Harmon Racing 37/0 3 In Pit
43 37 05 Justin Ashburn Chevrolet 31-W Insulation / CertainTeed 34/0 2 In Pit

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