March 2, 2024

Winners, losers from the New Hampshire Cup race

A look at the winners and losers from New Hampshire:

WINNERS

Tyler Reddick – The winner at Circuit of the Americas in March, Reddick has finished no better than 27th in the last five races. He went to New Hampshire and scored points in the first two stages before crossing the finish line in sixth place. Reddick is 13th in the standings with six races remaining before the playoffs.

Chase Briscoe – He did not produce a top-10 finish from Talladega on April 23. New Hampshire entered the weekend with six straight finishes outside the top 20. He finished 10th after a much-needed clean day.

Bubba Wallace – He entered Monday’s race below the playoff shortstop after five straight races outside the top 15. He had a brake issue early in New Hampshire, but recovered and finished eighth. This put him ahead of both Michael McDowell and Daniel Suarez in the hunt for a relegation spot. Wallace is 15th in the standings.

Michael MacDougall – The weekend arrived trying to focus on points after some struggles at New Hampshire. They scored a bonus point in stage 1 and kept the car clean throughout the race. He finished a career-best 13th at New Hampshire and maintained his spot atop the playoff skate. Mission accomplished for him and crew chief Travis Peterson.

Somewhere in the middle

Brad Keselowski – The driver owner at RFK Racing was quite happy leaving New Hampshire. He had “maybe (the) 11th place car” and finished fifth after a solid day on the track and pit road. He also expressed frustration when he and Chris Buescher failed to match up for the win. They just aren’t where the owner wants them to be.

LOSSES

Kyle Busch – The 301-lap race started from the back of the field after hitting the wall in practice and qualifying. He struggled to move through the field before the caution flew on Lap 29 for AJ Allmendinger’s spin. Busch ended the day in the garage after spinning and hitting the outside wall on the final lap of stage 1. It was his third DNF in the last four races at New Hampshire.

Ryan Blaney – He started fifth and scored points in the first two stages. He was able to battle for the win during the final stage with the fast Team Penske Ford, but received a penalty for running over his air pipe on his final pit stop. The day ended on the 22nd day overall.

Christopher Bell – He started from pole and secured points in the first two stages. I had to fix a loose wheel before the restart of stage 2. Then he spun and hit the wall with 13 laps left in the race. Bell finished 29th.

Aric Almirola – Almirola started the race on the second row, and stayed inside the top five for most of the first two stages. He was able to take the win after using a two-tire strategy to take the lead, but an issue on the fence road caused his wheel to detach. Almirola hit the wall and finished 34th.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *