Vickers ends win drought at Loudon

Vickers ends win drought at Loudon

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Vickers ends win drought at Loudon


Brian Vickers ended an almost four-year winless streak with a confident performance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The part-time Michael Waltrip Racing driver had the Loudon race in the bag after passing long-time leader Tony Stewart with 14 of the 301 laps to go. But for the 12th time the race went under a full-course caution, and Vickers had to survive a green-white-checker finish to end his 75-race losing run.

Stewart had moved to the front by non-stopping during one of those many cautions at roughly three-quarter distance. The Stewart-Haas team stuck with its gamble despite the many opportunities to pit, but fell short when Stewart’s Chevrolet ran dry just after the final restart. This left early race leader Kyle Busch to take up the charge, but there was no time left to deny Vickers his win.

On a day when numerous teams tried something different to get track position, Jeff Burton enjoyed one of his strongest races in years, taking third place for Richard Childress Racing.

Kurt Busch appeared to have the pace to win, but was shuffled down the order by taking four tires when most of the rest took two. A tap from Matt Kenseth sent him spinning into Ryan Newman, effectively ending both their races.

Poleman Brad Keselowski took fourth, Aric Almirola was fifth, while Jimmie Johnson, who started last when his second-place qualifying time was disallowed, fought his way up the order to claim sixth.

Results - 302 laps:Driver                   Team/Car                         Time/Gap 1.  Brian Vickers       Waltrip Toyota               3h14m10.000s 2.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota                   0.582s 3.  Jeff Burton         Childess Chevrolet               + 1.013s 4.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford                      + 1.263s 5.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford                       + 1.717s 6.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet               + 2.065s 7.  Kevin Harvick       Childess Chevrolet               + 2.732s 8.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford                + 2.809s 9.  Matt Kenseth        Joe Gibbs Toyota                 + 2.815s10.  Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet               + 3.063s11.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet               + 3.265s12.  Jamie McMurray      Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet      + 3.395s13.  Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota                   + 3.634s14.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet               + 3.733s15.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford                + 3.753s16.  Martin Truex Jr     Waltrip Toyota                   + 4.048s17.  Paul Menard         Childess Chevrolet               + 4.141s18.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford                   + 4.308s19.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford                   + 4.522s20.  David Stremme       Swan Toyota                      + 4.594s21.  Denny Hamlin        Joe Gibbs Toyota                 + 4.663s22.  AJ Allmendinger     Phoenix Chevrolet                + 4.884s23.  Dave Blaney         Baldwin Chevrolet                + 5.068s24.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet      + 5.197s25.  Joe Nemechek        NEMCO Toyota                    + 12.251s26.  Tony Stewart        Stewart-Haas Chevrolet          + 52.481s27.  Bobby Labonte       JTG Daugherty Toyota              + 1 lap28.  David Reutimann     BK Toyota                        + 2 laps29.  JJ Yeley            Baldwin Chevrolet                + 3 laps30.  Ken Schrader        FAS Lane Ford                    + 3 laps31.  Kurt Busch          Furniture Row Chevrolet         + 18 laps32.  Landon Cassill      Circle Sport Chevrolet          + 21 laps*33.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford                      + 24 laps34.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford               + 26 laps35.  Josh Wise           Front Row Ford                  + 31 laps36.  Casey Mears         Germain Ford                    + 59 laps* Not running at finishRetirements:     Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet           237 laps     Travis Kvapil       BK Toyota                        236 laps     Ryan Newman         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet           225 laps     Joey Logano         Penske Ford                      211 laps**     Morgan Shepherd     Keselowski Toyota                 92 laps     Michael McDowell    Parsons Ford                      89 laps     Mike Bliss          Humphrey Smith Toyota             75 laps** Running again at finish