Ford and Keselowski Win Streak Ends at New Hampshire Nascar Race

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No three-peat for Brad Keselowski; after winning at Daytona and Kentucky back to back, the number 2 Ford Fusion from Team Penske could only manage a 15th place finish at New Hampshire. Still three Ford drivers cracked the top 10 with Joey Logano placing 3rd, Greg Biffle coming in 5th, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. taking 10th. Matt Kenseth earned his second win of 2016 taking theNew Hampshire Nascar Racecheckered flag ahead of Tony Stewart in 2nd. The top 5 finish for Stewart solidified his hold on a top 30 position in the points standings, with his win at Sonoma, Stewart now sits 67 points ahead of 31st position virtually locking up one of the 16 Chase playoff spots.   Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed the race with concussion like symptoms and now drops dangerously close to falling out of the Chase. Without a win, NASCAR’s most popular driver could lose more points if he is unable to compete next week at Indianapolis. Should Earnhardt be unable to drive at the Brickyard, Jeff Gordon is slated to come out of retirement to fill the seat in the 88 car.With 11 winning drivers locked into the playoff field, competition for the final 5 playoff spots is heating up. Trevor Bayne and Ryan Blaney are the only Fusion drivers with a realistic chance of joining Logano and Keselowski in the final 16.Traditionally New Hampshire is not noted for fantastic racing, grandstands that were less than half full seemed to indicate the fans continued apathy towards NASCAR’s most boring track. With Kentucky’s repaving raising the competition level at that track, maybe it’s time to plow under Loudon’s configuration and start over. High banks would be a good suggestion to rev up the action at the series only stop in New England. More flat track action next week, but at least it’s Indy.

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Steve Sweitzer
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