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Starting from the rear of the field at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne quickly got to work Sunday afternoon. In the first 15 laps he had already advanced into the Top 25, and by Lap 44 he was running 20th. Kahne would race inside the Top 10 for much of the second half of the race and finish ninth in the Bad Boy Off Road 300, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.

Impact

Kahne kept his current string of Top 10's alive with a great performance at the New England short track Sunday. He would have to race from the rear of the field to the front, but he would pull off another good finish. The No. 5 team now rides a four-race Top-10 streak into Sunday's contest at Dover. Although Kahne is not participating in the Chase, he's been one of the hottest drivers in the last month and not to be overlooked in fantasy racing circles.

Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway featured extensive green-flag runs for the first 240 laps of the race - and a flurry of cautions in the final 60 laps. Through it all, the four Hendrick Motorsports teammates all finished inside the Top 14, led by Jimmie Johnson in eighth, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.

Impact

The opportunity to pit for fresh tires with 16 laps to go would pay big dividends. Johnson would race from the middle teens to finish eighth over the closing laps. The moves were great for salvaging a Top-10 finish and keeping Johnson's hopes of advancing to the Round of 12 in the Chase alive. Currently eighth in the championship standings, the Hendrick Motorsports star stands a good chance of advancing this weekend at Dover.

A late-race caution helped propel Truex Jr. to victory at Chicagoland Speedway. But Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway the Furniture Row Racing driver suffered the opposite effect when two cautions in the final 15 laps took him out of contention for the win, furniturerowracing.com reports.

Impact

"I raced with Matt (Kenseth) so hard for the lead for such a long time that I just kind of burned my tires up and then really had trouble getting going on those last two restarts," explained Truex. "It was unfortunate to have a car that good all day long and then come home seventh. But all in all it was a fun day." While not a win, the seventh-place finish was still a good showing in this second race of the Chase. Truex is set to challenge for the championship based on how well he's racing to this point.

Kurt Busch finished fifth in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The driver of the No. 41 Chevrolet needed a good finish to improve his chances of advancing in the Chase, and that's what Busch delivered at Loudon. The Stewart Haas Racing veteran started 13th on the grid and he quickly raced into the Top 10 and stayed there much of the day. After 300 laps of action at the Magic Mile, Busch would cross the finish line third. His 11th Top-5 finish of the season holds Busch at 11th in the Chase standings and in precarious position heading to Dover next weekend.

Brad Keselowski finished fourth in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

Keselowski came to New England just looking to shore up his position in the Chase and not do anything to beat himself Sunday at Loudon. The Penske Racing star would do just that and race inside the Top 10 most of the day. The final 36 laps would be slowed by three cautions and restarts, but that would prevent Keselowski from grabbing his series-leading 14th Top 5 of the season. He assumes the Chase for the Cup standings lead by 1 point over Martin Truex Jr.

Kyle Busch finished third in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The driver of the No. 18 Toyota would start 12th on the grid and battle inside the Top 10 most of the day. Busch would lead just a scant 3 laps in the early going as he just didn't have the speed to really challenge for the win. He would use good pit strategy and work track position in the closing stages to secure his 12th Top-5 finish of the season. Busch currently holds down third in the Chase for the Cup standings at 2 points behind leader Brad Keselowski.

Kyle Busch finished third in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The driver of the No. 18 Toyota would start 12th on the grid and battle inside the Top 10 most of the day. Busch would lead just a scant 3 laps in the early going as he just didn't have the speed to really challenge for the win. He would use good pit strategy and work track position in the closing stages to secure his 12th Top-5 finish of the season. Busch currently holds down third in the Chase for the Cup standings at 2 points behind leader Brad Keselowski.

Matt Kenseth finished second in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The Joe Gibbs Racing star came to Loudon looking to win three in-a-row at the one-mile oval. Things looked good for most of the afternoon with Kenseth dominating and leading 105 laps. However, the veteran driver could not hold off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick in the closing laps. Kenseth would surrender the lead to the No. 4 Chevrolet and cross the stripe second after 300 laps. He failed to get the win and automatic pass into the next round of the Chase, but Kenseth's fifth Top 5 of the season moves him into fourth in the Chase standings and more certain of advancing after Dover next week.

Kevin Harvick won the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

It would take a late-race surge and some great restarts, but Harvick would come through with a clutch victory at the Magic Mile. Harvick would take the lead from Matt Kenseth with 6 laps to go and cruise to the big win in this second race of the Chase. The Stewart Haas Racing star gets his ticket punched to the Round of 12 in the Chase with the win.

Ryan Blaney finished third in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night.

Impact

The driver of the Penske Racing No. 22 would have to deal with several cautions over the final 25 laps of Saturday night's race. Blaney would lead a combined 10 laps during this stretch, but the multiple restarts would work against him in getting the win. Blaney would eventually cross the stripe third at lap 200 for his second Top-5 finish of the season in just his sixth start.

Kyle Larson was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 132.577 mph.

Impact

Larson swept both practice sessions Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and turned in the fastest lap of the day in final practice. The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet looks incredibly consistent and strong in these practices, and should be set up to crack the Top 5 in Sunday's Bad Boy Off Road 300.

Kyle Larson was fastest in Saturday's first practice for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He turned a fast lap of 132.186 mph.

Impact

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver showed the speed that he had in pole qualifying Friday. Larson paced the opening 55-minute session and edged Martin Truex Jr. for the fastest lap of the practice. The No. 42 Chevrolet appears to be dialed-in and ready for Sunday's 300-mile race at the Loudon oval. Larson looks like a potential Top-5 finisher in this second race of the Chase.

Carl Edwards won the pole for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 135.453 mph.

Impact

The struggling Joe Gibbs Racing star looks to have gotten things together this weekend for the second race in the Chase for the Cup. Edwards beat out Martin Truex Jr. to claim the pole position during Friday's knockout qualifying. It was his sixth pole of the season and third-career at the Loudon short track. Edwards will be a Top-5 threat in Sunday's 300-mile race at New Hampshire.

Kyle Larson was fastest in opening practice for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Friday. He turned a fast lap of 135.941 mph.

Impact

Chevrolet dominated this opening session of practice at the Magic Mile with bow tie drivers taking the top three spots on the scoring pylon. Larson led the way by beating out Chase Elliott for the fastest lap of this 85-minute practice. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has had great speed the last month and it looks like the No. 42 team has brought a very fast car to Loudon this weekend.

Matt Kenseth battled an extremely tight-handling race car for most of Sunday's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, but he would power through to claim a ninth-place finish in this opening race of the Chase for the Cup, joegibbsracing.com reports.

Impact

It was good to see Kenseth battle back to his Top-10 ways Sunday at Chicago. The Joe Gibbs Racing star has been nearly invisible over the last month with sub-par finishes each week. Kenseth is still a long way from contending for race wins and challenging for the championship, but this performance was a good step in the right direction for the No. 20 Toyota team.

Kasey Kahne spent a majority of the race at Chicagoland Speedway inside the Top 10, along with his Hendrick Motorsports teammates. A late-race caution put Kahne in the second position and he ultimately completed the race with a seventh-place finish in the No. 5 LiftMaster Chevrolet, kaseykahne.com reports.

Impact

The No. 5 team have finally found something that works for veteran driver Kahne. He racked up his third-straight Top-10 finish with his performance at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday afternoon. Even though the driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet is not a Chase participant, he looks as though he's going to provide a valuable fantasy racing boost to players down the stretch run of the season.

Kyle Busch started the No. 18 Skittles Toyota from the pole position at Chicagoland Speedway and led the opening 21 laps before finally relinquishing the lead and falling back to run third prior to the first round of pit stops. A pit road speeding penalty would put Busch back in the field, but he would rally to finish eighth in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, joegibbsracing.com reports.

Impact

It wasn't the performance Busch was looking for in his opening race of the Chase for the Cup. He was fast early, but the pit road speeding penalty erased any hopes of a win or even a Top-5 finish. The Joe Gibbs Racing star will survive another week to potentially race his way into the next round of the Chase at Loudon.

Denny Hamlin led Joe Gibbs Racing with a sixth-place finish in this afternoon's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, joegibbsracing.com reports.

Impact

A late caution and round of pit stops foiled Hamlin's chances of cracking the Top 3 or even challenging for the win. He would restart seventh on the final restart and have to navigate some traffic to forge a solid sixth-place finish in the opening race of the Chase. Hamlin will head to Loudon this week fourth overall in the Chase for the Cup standings.

Brad Keselowski finished fifth in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The Penske Racing star would start on the outside pole in this 400-mile battle. Keselowski would led seven laps scattered over the first-half of the race. The veteran driver would not play a big factor in the outcome, but he would race inside the Top 10 for most of the day at the Chicago oval. Keselowski kicked off the quest for his second championship with a strong performance. The Top-5 finish was his 13th of the season, and it moves him into second-place in the Chase Standings heading to Loudon next week.

Ryan Blaney finished fourth in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

It was a day for young driver's to shine in this first race of the Chase. Blaney did his part to impress. He would charge through the field from 22nd-place on the starting grid. He would get to the front and lead eight laps in the closing stages of the event, but Blaney could not hold off Martin Truex Jr. on the final restart for the win. It was Blaney's third Top-5 finish of the season.