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Tempers Flare At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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The NASCAR Cup Series was back in action on Sunday afternoon as the field took to New Hampshire Speedway. The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 got underway shortly after 3 pm local time.

The field was led to the drop of the green flag by pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr as he parked his Joe Gibbs-owned race car in the front row earning his first Busch Light Pole Award. The number 19 Toyota Interstate Batteries sponsored car would have a solid day finishing in the top five as he took the fourth place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The race winner was young driver Christopher Bell who piloted the number 20 Toyota Camry car owned also by Joe Gibbs Racing to the front in the late stages of stage 3, he would ultimately bring it home for his first win this season, the win also caused the playoff picture to change as Christopher now sits 8th in the NASCAR Standings.

The talk of the race was focused on two drivers, not in the top five but they sure made it known they didn’t like each other after a very heated exchange on the track, using their cars. Part race team owner Brad Keselowski and young driver Austin Dillon dealt with their dislike for each other while driving down the back straightaway at New Hampshire. It appeared as though Austin Dillon initiated the contact with competitor Brad Keselowski going down the backstretch and that caused Keselowski to retaliate. Both drivers would trade paint before driving beside each other as they headed around the track in New Hampshire.

Post-race interviews had plenty of interested parties trying to figure out what went wrong to cause the disagreement.

The Driver standings following the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 are as follows, Chase Elliot holds the top spot with 734 points, and 3 wins this far. Ross Chastain is second with two wins this year,  Ryan Blaney is third, Martin Truex Jr is fourth, and Kyle Larson rounds out the top five. 

Up next for the NASCAR Cup Series is Pocono Raceway on July 24th, Kyle Busch won the previous race at the triangle-shaped race track. To close out July will be the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard on July 31st.

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