Joe Gibbs Racing’s bad day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway just got a whole lot worse.
While battling for eighth position, Matt Kenseth got loose and bounced off Jamie McMurray on Lap 194. As Kenseth tried to gain control, teammate Kyle Busch couldn’t slow down in time and ran into the back of Kenseth’s Toyota Camry.
While Kenseth’s car suffered minor damage, such was not the case for Busch, whose front end and hood was crumpled up like an accordion.
Kasey Kahne’s car also suffered significant front end damage when he was unable to avoid Busch’s suddenly slowing car.
And yet another Chase driver, Ryan Newman, also was caught up in the mishap, but his damage was not as pronounced as Busch’s or Kahne’s.
Kenseth, Newman, Kahne and Busch are all in the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Just a few laps before that, Denny Hamlin was caught up in a wreck involving David Ragan, Cole Whitt and Martin Truex Jr.
Hamlin’s Camry suffered extensive front and right front side damage; he managed to limp it to the garage, but it appears his day is done.
Prior to that wreck, Hamlin had a mechanical failure of the fuel-filler receptacle, which put him back four laps off the lead lap as repairs were made.
“You just can’t have any mistakes in this three-race deal, from the driver, crew and the team,” Hamlin told ESPN. “No one made any mistakes, we just had a mechanical failure that hasn’t bit us for a while.
“It’s frustrating, to say the least.”
Then on lap 197, Chase points leader Brad Keselowski spun around, incurring moderate damage to the left rear of his Ford Fusion.
Keselowski went to pit road twice for repairs and went back on the racetrack.
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