Kyle Busch won the 21st Annual ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Credit: 352115(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, takes the checkered flag to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Starting from pole Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Caramel Toyota won the 21st Annual ISM Connect 300, his 41st victory in 454 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races. This is his 3rd win & 17th Top 10 finish in 2017. This is his 3rd win & 14th Top 10 finish in 26 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This win earned Kyle Busch his ticket into the next round of the playoffs. One of the key to Busch’s win was that he made it through the 2nd Caution on lap 151 Big Crash on the backstretch. The crash was described as being like the Days of Thunder Crash with lots of smoke & no visibility. 2nd Place Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet, started from 2nd place posted his 5th Top 10 finish in 8 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 17th Top 10 finish in 2017. 3rd Place Car 20 Matt Kenseth SiriusXM Toyota, started from 10th place posted his 21st Top 10 finish in 36 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Credit: 352119(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire.

4th Place Car 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford, started from 13th place followed by 5th place Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, started from 5th place. 6. 8. Car 77 Erik Jones # 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota, started from 8th place was the highest finishing rookie. 7th Place Car 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford, started from 16th. 8th Place Car 19 Daniel Suarez Comcast/ARRIS Toyota, started from 25th place followed by 9th place Car 21 Ryan Blaney (P) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, started from 4th place. Lastly in the Top 10 Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford, in 10th place, started from 39th place. Martin Truex Jr. (P) leads the point standings by 24 points over Kyle Larson (P).

Credit: 352104(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, leads the field at the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire.

The race had 6 Cautions for 32 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 77 for Stage 1 Conclusion. 2nd Caution on lap 151 for Car 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet, Car 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford, Car 10 Danica Patrick Code 3 Associates Ford, Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota, Car 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Hulu Chevrolet, Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet Big Crash on the backstretch. The big Crash was caused by Austin Dillon spinning Kevin Harvick, which caused so much smoke the blinding all the drivers. 3rd Caution on lap 221 for Debris in Turn 4. 4th Caution on lap 264 for Car 5 Kasey Kahne Road to Race Day Chevrolet Crash in Turn 4. 5th Caution on lap 269 for Car 38 David Ragan Camping World/Good Sam Ford Crash in Turn 2. 6th Caution on lap 274 for Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford Crash in Turn 2.

Credit: 352121(Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, leads the field at the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire.

The race had 6 Lead Changes among 3 drivers: Lap Leaders: Kyle Busch (P) 1-39; M. Truex Jr. (P) 40-77; K. Larson (P) 78; M. Truex Jr. (P) 79-149; Kyle Busch (P) 150-264; M. Truex Jr. (P) 265-267; Kyle Busch (P) 268-300. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Kyle Busch (P) 3 times for 187 laps; M. Truex Jr. (P) 3 times for 112 laps; K. Larson (P) 1 time for 1 lap.

Credit: 352118(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane with his wife Samantha and son Brexton after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Stage:
Stage #1 Top Ten: 78,42,18,77,21,20,2,48,11,4
Stage #2 Top Ten: 18,20,2,77,42,78,48,11,21,1

Credit: 352114(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, celebrates winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Number 28
Unofficial Race Results for the 21St Annual Ism Connect 300 – Sunday, September 24, 2017
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, NH – 1.058 Mile Paved Total Race Length – 300 Laps – 317.4 Miles

Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 1. Car 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M’s Caramel Toyota 300 Running
2. 2. Car 42 Kyle Larson (P) Target Chevrolet 300 Running
3. 10. Car 20 Matt Kenseth (P) SiriusXM Toyota 300 Running
4. 13. Car 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Miller Lite Ford 300 Running
5. 5. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota 300 Running
6. 8. Car 77 Erik Jones # 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota 300 Running
7. 16. Car 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford 300 Running
8. 25. Car 19 Daniel Suarez # Comcast/ARRIS Toyota 300 Running
9. 4. Car 21 Ryan Blaney (P) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 300 Running
10. 39. Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 300 Running
11. 14. Car 24 Chase Elliott (P) Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet 300 Running
12. 3. Car 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Ground Toyota 300 Running
13. 18. Car 31 Ryan Newman (P) Childress Vineyards Chevrolet 300 Running
14. 12. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson (P) Lowe’s Chevrolet 300 Running
15. 24. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (P) Fifth Third Bank Ford 300 Running
16. 11. Car 1 Jamie McMurray (P) Cessna Chevrolet 300 Running
17. 20. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 300 Running
18. 27. Car 10 Danica Patrick Code 3 Associates Ford 300 Running
19. 17. Car 3 Austin Dillon (P) Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet 300 Running
20. 19. Car 27 Paul Menard Sylvania/Menards Chevrolet 300 Running
21. 22. Car 37 Chris Buescher Scott Products Chevrolet 299 Running
22. 30. Car 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Chevrolet 298 Running
23. 31. Car 95 Michael McDowell Procore Chevrolet 298 Running
24. 23. Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 298 Running
25. 28. Car 34 Landon Cassill MDS Transport Ford 298 Running
26. 29. Car 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 297 Running
27. 33. Car 23 Corey LaJoie # Schroth Racing Toyota 297 Running
28. 35. Car 15 Reed Sorenson Ol’ Hick Cooking Pellets Chevrolet 297 Running
29. 21. Car 38 David Ragan Camping World/Good Sam Ford 296 Running
30. 32. Car 72 Cole Whitt Rinnai Chevrolet 296 Running
31. 26. Car 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford EcoBoost Ford 295 Running
32. 36. Car 83 * Brett Moffitt(i) Super Donut Toyota 294 Running
33. 34. Car 55 * Gray Gaulding # Wind River Environmental Toyota 293 Running
34. 15. Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 289 Running
35. 9. Car 5 Kasey Kahne (P) Road to Race Day Chevrolet 289 Running
36. 6. Car 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Mobil 1 Ford 148 Accident
37. 7. Car 41 Kurt Busch (P) Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford 148 Accident
38. 37. Car 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Hulu Chevrolet 143 Accident
39. 38. Car 51 * Cody Ware Lilly Trucking Chevrolet 74 Rear Gear

Race Comments: Prior to the green flag, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: No. 13 (backup car), No. 34 and 37 (transmission change). Failed to Qualify: N/A.
Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 54 Mins, 47 Secs. Average Speed: 108.958 MPH. Margin of Victory: 2.641 Seconds. Caution Flags: 6 for 32 laps: Laps. Lead Changes: 6 among 3 drivers.

American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kyle Busch, #18. Coors Light Pole Award: Kyle Busch, #18 135.049 mph. Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Denny Hamlin, #11 5 positions. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Toyota Racing Development (TRD), #18. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kyle Busch, #18. Moog Go the Extra Mile: Matt Kenseth, #20 crew chief Jason Ratcliff, 0.142 seconds Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Kyle Busch, #18. Sunoco Rookie of the Race : Erik Jones, #77.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race: Oct. 1, 2017 – Dover International Speedway

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