3 THINGS WE LEARNED FROM NEW HAMP­SHIRE

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - — God­win Kelly, god­win. kelly@news-jrnl.com

1. Ju­nior sur­prise

Dale Earn­hardt Jr. had to sit out Race 19 (of 36) af­ter ex­hibit­ing con­cus­sion­like symp­toms dur­ing a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion ear­lier in the week. The sur­prise was that he re­mained in­side the cut line for the Chase play­offs. He now sits on the Chase bub­ble, 14 points ahead of Trevor Bayne.

2. Two-face race

Sun­day’s race in New Hamp­shire had two per­son­al­i­ties. Over the first 219 (of 301) laps, there were two cau­tions. Over the last 82 laps, there were five more, which helped scram­ble the field and com­pletely change the fin­ish of the race. Greg Bif­fle fin­ished fifth? See what we mean?

3. Mile mas­ter

There are three NAS­CAR Cup Se­ries ovals that mea­sure a mile or real close to it — Phoenix, Dover and Loudon. Matt Kenseth has won two of those races this sea­son. Each of those tracks has a Chase event, which puts Kenseth in a good po­si­tion, at least on pa­per. His is­sue with NAS­CAR's post-race laser in­spec­tion at New Hamp­shire might be a neg­a­tive fac­tor, how­ever.

EHRHARDT GETTY IMAGES/RAINIER

Dale Earn­hardt Jr. had to sit out the race at New Hamp­shire, but he stayed in the hunt for a Chase play­off berth.

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