The beat goes on for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015 as Matt Kenseth delivered the organization’s fourth straight victory Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, joining teammate Denny Hamlin in the next round of the post-season Chase that starts October 10th in Charlotte. Kenseth was running second in the closing laps when race leader Kevin Harvick ran out of fuel, opening the door for Kenseth to claim his series-best fifth win of the year. J-G-R has now won ten of the last thirteen races and will have at least two of its four drivers in the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Hamlin followed Kenseth to the checkered flag on Sunday to grab second place with Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and pole sitter Carl Edwards, another J-G-R driver, completing the top five. Harvick started second and dominated the day, leading a race-high 216 of the three hundred laps. But his gamble on fuel mileage did not pay off and now, the defending Sprint Cup champion finds himself among the bottom four in the Chase standings and facing elimination heading into next weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway.
A win in the Triple-A 400 would move Harvick into the next round. Otherwise, he’ll need to erase a twenty-three-point deficit to climb into the top twelve and advance … Joe Gibbs Racing drivers hold the top three spots in the Challenger Round.
Kenseth carries a six-point edge over Hamlin with Edwards third, ten points off the pace. Sunday’s race included thirteen lead changes among six drivers … There were eight cautions for thirty-seven laps.