ISM Connect 300 Tag

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer Another Playoff race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and another Playoff competitor flies just under the radar. Ryan Blaney quietly ran inside the top-10 the entire day, but never had the opportunity to compete for the victory. Blaney had a quiet weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as focus was on Toyotas’ domination once again as well as Joey Logano’s practice penalty. He finished ninth, despite running fifth and ninth at the end of the first two stages. Blaney avoided trouble in hisRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor Each week NASCAR Editor David Morgan will break down who’s hot and who’s not after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend. Today, we break down the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. WINNERS Kyle Busch – Busch has been on a roll in the second half of the season, only finishing outside the top-10 once since picking up his first win of the season at Pocono in late July. After stumbling last weekend at Chicago to finish 15th, Busch and hisRead More
By: Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Busch didn’t need a smokescreen to win Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway – he simply had to survive one. Driving unscathed through a cloud of smoke on the backstretch on the final lap of the second stage, Busch, the polesitter, took control of the race at the halfway point and beat Kyle Larson to the finish line by 2.641 seconds. In winning for the third time this season, the third time at Loudon and the 41stRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor In Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martin Truex, Jr. and his Furniture Row Racing team were once again one of the cars to beat, but nearly found themselves out of the equation after getting swept up in a crash at the end of the second stage. Despite the damage sustained in the wreck, Truex was still able to rebound by the end of the race, scoring a top-five finish when all was said and done. “I could not see anything and I wasRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor When it comes to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, one slip-up can leave a driver in trouble points wise to be able to advance to the next round. At New Hampshire, different issues for Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne leave the two veterans 15th and 16th in the standings with double digit deficits to make up in next week’s Round of 16 elimination race at Dover. Busch was the first to run into trouble at the end of Stage 2 when his Stewart-HaasRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer  Clint Bowyer was just a few restarts away from spoiling the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Despite not being in the Playoffs, Bowyer ran well enough to battle for the lead and finish inside the top-10 in the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bowyer jumped up to second in the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion on a restart with just under 30 laps to go. Before he could make a move on race leader, and eventual winner, Kyle Busch, theRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor The first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs rolls on as the series heads back to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for their second visit of the season and Sunday’s running of the ISM Connect 300, which will also be the final time the Cup Series makes a visit to the track in the fall as they move to just one race weekend in 2018. First joining the Cup Series circuit in 1993, the 1.058-mile oval that has progressively banked turns from twoRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer  How can seven-time and defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson fly under radar in the Playoffs? By being outside the top-10 throughout the entire weekend until the final stage of the Tales of the Turtles 400. Johnson had a quiet weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. He finished eighth, but was 11th at the end of both stages. Unlike some of his fellow Playoff competitors, Johnson had flawless pit stops for his No. 48 Lowe’s / Hitachi Chevrolet SS. Throughout the entire race passingRead More