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2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301

The 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series motor race held on June 27, 2010, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway; contested over 301 laps, it was the seventeenth race of the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season. The event began at 1 p.m. EDT on TNT. It was also broadcast on the radio station Performance Racing Network at 12 p.m. EDT. The race was won by the Jimmie Johnson, driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Chevrolet driver Tony Stewart finished second, and Kurt Busch, who started from the third position, was third in a Dodge.

The race was Johnson's fifth win of the season, his third at New Hampshire, and the result meant that he would be second in the Drivers' Championship, 105 points behind of Kevin Harvick and six ahead of Kyle Busch. Chevrolet maintained their lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, 14 points ahead of Toyota and 47 ahead of Dodge, with 19 races of the season remaining.



Prior to the race, Richard Childress Racing driver Kevin Harvick led the Drivers' Championship with 2,334 points, and Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson was second with 2,194 points.[1] Behind them in the Drivers' Championship, Kyle Busch was third with 2,193 points in a Toyota, and Kyle Busch's team mate Denny Hamlin was fourth with 2,183 points.[1] Jeff Gordon was fifth with 2,142 points.[1] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet were leading with 112 points, nine points ahead of their rival Toyota.[2] In the battle for third place, Ford had 69 points, one point ahead of Dodge.[2]

Practice and qualifying

Three practice sessions will be held before the Sunday race—one on Friday, and two on Saturday. The first session will last 90 minutes. The Saturday morning session will last 50 minutes, and the afternoon session will last 60 minutes.[3] During the first session of practice, Juan Montoya was quickest, ahead of Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch in second and third.[4] Tony Stewart followed in fourth as his team mate, Ryan Newman was scored fifth.[4] In the morning session, Johnson was quickest.[5] Kyle Busch, and Newman followed in third, and fourth while Kevin Harvick was fifth.[5] In the third and final practice, Johnson was again quickest with a time of 29.166, over three tenths of a second faster than Jeff Burton in the second position.[6] Kyle Busch was scored fourth, and Johnson's team mate Jeff Gordon was fifth.[6]

During qualifying, forty-five cars were entered, but only forty-three was able to race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[7] Montoya clinched his third career pole position, with a time of 28.78.[8] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Kasey Kahne.[8] Kurt Busch qualified third; Rick Hendrick's driver Mark Martin qualified fourth.[8] Newman started fifth, after keeping his speed from first practice.[8] David Reutimann, Joe Nemechek, Sam Hornish, Jr., Clint Bowyer and Johnson rounded off the top ten.[8] The two drivers that did not qualify were Travis Kvapil and Mike Bliss.[8]

Race summary

For the race, it was mostly cloudy with highs in the seventies. Steve Keller from Motor Racing Outreach began the pre-race ceremonies by giving the invocation. Afterward, Foghat performed the United States National Anthem while he Dingeman family, representing Lenox Extra Mile Hero Pete Dingeman, gave the command to start engines. On the pace laps, Bobby Labonte had to go to the rear of the grid because of changing to a back-up car from an accident in first practice.[9]

Juan Pablo Montoya led the field to the start, and he held the lead going through the first corner, as Kurt Busch passed Kasey Kahne for the second position. By lap six, Jeff Gordon had fallen to eighteenth on the grid after starting sixteenth. On the ninth lap, Jimmie Johnson moved into fifth after passing teammate Mark Martin. The field of drivers started to separate after lap 13, as Montoya led Kahne by 1.2 seconds. On lap 14, Max Papis went to the garage because of a brake failure. Over the following laps, Start and park drivers, including Todd Bodine, Michael McDowell and Dave Blaney, went to the garage. Jeff Burton moved into the tenth position after passing Sam Hornish, Jr., as Johnson and Clint Bowyer moved to fourth and fifth because of passing Ryan Newman.[9]

Afterward, Montoya's lead over the rest changed to barely nothing when the first caution came out because of debris on lap 34. Most driver came to pit road for pit stops, as Elliott Sadler and David Gilliland stayed out to gain five bonus points for leading a lap. Kahne became the leader on the restart, as Sadler and Gilliland came to pit road. Kyle Busch moved into second, after restarting fourth on the grid, but on the next lap he fell back to the fourth position because Montoya and Kurt Busch passed him. Johnson moved into third after passing Mark Martin, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch, as Gilliland made an unexpected pit stop. A few laps later, Gilliland drove to the garage. By lap 72, Kahne had a 1.8 second lead over Montoya, as Tony Stewart moved into eighth after passing Mark Martin.[9]

Then, Johnson passed Montoya for second, as Kahne laps Bobby Labonte. On lap 85, Jeff Gordon passed Kyle Busch for the sixth position. On the next lap green flag pit stops began, as Stewart came in early because of not filling the car with fuel completely. Jeff Burton moved into fourth, after passing Kurt Busch. On lap 106, Kahne came to pit road, as Johnson passes him for the lead. As Johnson, pits, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, became the leaders. Johnson had a slow pit stop, and moved him back into the ninth position as Kahne became the leader with Kyle Busch in second after he passed Stewart. On lap 120, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch moved into fifth and sixth, after passing Stewart. After a multi-lap battle with Montoya, Burton moved into third, as Montoya loses another position to Jeff Gordon. On lap 153, Kyle Busch passed Kahne for the lead, with some help from cars that are a lap down.[9]

A few laps later, Stewart pitted because of being off schedule with the rest of the teams. On lap 164, Regan Smith had a punctured tire and went to pit road safely. Afterward, Smith had a drive-through penalty for exceeding the pit road speed limit. On lap 171, the second green flag pit stops began, as Kahne was catching Kyle Busch. Six laps later, Kyle Busch went to pit road, and allowed Kahne to become the leader, but he would inherit the lead to laps later. After the pit stops, Kyle Busch was in the first position, ahead of Kahne and Burton in second and third. Stewart, who pitted before everyone else, was again losing positions as Montoya passed him for the fifth position. Jeff Burton passed Kahne seven laps later, as Kyle Busch led with a 1.9 second lead.[9]

Around lapped traffic, Jeff Burton caught and passed Kyle Busch on lap 201. Kahne became slow and reported to is team that he was having engine troubles on lap 205. By lap 219, Burton had a 2.2 second lead over second place Kyle Busch. On lap 228, A. J. Allmendinger moved into the seventh position, as Johnson moved to fifth after passing Jeff Gordon. On lap 233, green flag pit stops began as Regan Smith came to pit road. Five laps later, the second caution came out because Kahne's engine blew. This run consisted of 201 lap, a new record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Jeff Burton had a great start, retaining his position, as Kyle Busch maintained second.[9]

Three laps later, Montoya and Jeff Gordon were colliding with each other, as Gordon passed Montoya. On lap 251, Johnson passed Kyle Busch for the second position, as Montoya had fallen to the eighth position. By lap 259, Johnson had begun closing on Burton. Kevin Harvick moved into the seventh position on lap 261. Johnson had caught Burton by lap 272, but the third caution was given because Montoya collided with the wall. On the next lap, Burton stayed off pit road as the rest came in. Johnson passed Burton for the lead on the restart because of Burton's older tires. Later on the same lap, the fourth caution came out because Kyle Busch spun sideways. Johnson led the drivers to the first turn, but Kurt Busch collided in the back of Johnson's car and made the pass. On the last lap, Johnson collided with Kurt Busch, making Busch move up the track, as Johnson passed him. Johnson crossed the line first to win his fifth race of the season and his fifty-second overall victory.[10] Stewart finished second, ahead of Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon in third and fourth.[9] In the Drivers' Championship Harvick maintained the points lead, 105 ahead of Johnson in second and 161 points ahead of Kyle Busch.[11]


Pos Starting Pos Car Driver Team Make Sponsor
1 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Lowe's
2 25 14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice
3 3 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge Miller Lite Vortex
4 16 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet DuPont
5 24 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
6 5 39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet Haas Automation
7 9 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Zaxby's
8 31 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy
9 11 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota The Home Depot
10 28 42 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Berlin City Auto Group
11 22 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Interstate Batteries
12 17 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Lenox Industrial Tools
13 12 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota Lance Snacks / Tom's Mega Twisters
14 20 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota FedEx Freight
15 6 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine
16 34 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford American Red Cross / 3M
17 33 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford Crown Royal Black
18 27 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Suave
19 30 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Stanley
20 19 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford UPS
21 4 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Carquest /
22 26 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota NAPA Auto Parts
23 8 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge AAA
24 29 83 Reed Sorenson Braun Racing Toyota Red Bull
25 21 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford Aflac
26 14 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge AAA Insurance
27 15 82 Scott Speed Team Red Bull Toyota Red Bull
28 13 98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Energizer
29 23 36 Casey Mears Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Mohawk Northeast
30 42 7 Bobby Labonte TRG Motorsports Toyota
31 38 26 David Stremme Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford Air National Guard /
32 41 34 Kevin Conway Front Row Motorsports Ford Extenze
33 18 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies
34 1 42 Juan Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Target
35 39 37 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford Taco Bell
36 2 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Budweiser
37 40 71 Andy Lally TRG Motorsports Chevrolet No Sponsor
38 35 46 J. J. Yeley Whitney Motorsports Dodge No Sponsor
39 7 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota
40 43 64 Todd Bodine Gunselman Motorsports Toyota Little Joe's Autos
41 37 55 Michael McDowell Prism Motorsports Toyota No Sponsor
42 36 66 Dave Blaney Prism Motorsports Toyota No Sponsor
43 32 13 Max Papis Germain Racing Toyota GEICO
44 - 38 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford Long John Silver's
45 - 09 Mike Bliss Phoenix Racing Chevrolet Phoenix Construction / GracewayPharmaceuticals


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