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Minute-by-Minute: Sunday at New Hampshire

July 14, 2013, NASCAR.com

Recap all the updates from Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301

4:54 p.m. ET -- That will do it for today's Minute-by-Minute coverage of today's Camping World RV Sales 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. We'll leave you with a last shot of Brian Vickers celebrating in Victory Lane:

@toyotaracing: VICTORY LANE! @BrianLVickers & his @MWRteam celebrate his #NASCAR victory at @NHMS pic.twitter.com/4ipt33JuGO

4:47 p.m. ET -- Plenty of well-wishers on Twitter for Brian Vickers after ending his long drought:

@BrianLVickers: WINNER!!!!!!

@AllWaltrip@mw55: I'm at the wrong track!!!” Don't let that stop you from celebrating, so proud of you and your team, congrats brother!

@ReganSmith: Congrats to @BrianLVickers and @rchilders55 on the win today

@Team_Onion: Huge Congrats Great to see @BrianLVickers back in victory lane. Congrats to @rchilders55 @mw55 @toyotaracing this is so awesome. #respect

@55MarkMartin: Wow, this is the most awesome thing. 🏁 @BrianLVickers @rchilders55 @aaronssports @toyotaracing I am so happy 😃

@Elliott_Sadler: So happy for my teammate @BrianLVickers .. That's freaking awesome.... Also congrats to @rchilders55 .. Congrats man!!

4:38 p.m. ET -- From the radio booth, it's a special celebration for Brian Vickers:

@Riceman61: Here is your winner @nhms that would @BrianLVickers pic.twitter.com/oSGWa1tolG

4:33 p.m. ET -- Brian Vickers brings it home for the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing team.

@NHMS: CHECKERED!!! @BrianLVickers with the victory here at the Magic Mile today! #CWRV301 #NASCAR

4:27 p.m. ET -- Biffle, Montoya come in. Stewart cutting his car off in major conversation mode in 2nd place. Heading for a green-white-checkered finish.

4:23 p.m. ET -- Vickers passes Stewart for the lead, seeking his first win since 2009 in the Sprint Cup Series.

4:19 p.m. ET -- Brian Vickers slips by Kyle Busch for second. Vickers ran second to Busch in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

4:15 p.m. ET -- Tony Stewart still leading, but awfully tight on fuel.

@StewartHaasRcng: That last caution should give Stewart the cushion he needs to go the distance on fuel... provided there is no green-white-checkered.

4:08 p.m. ET -- Solid restart for Aric Almirola, who's impressing in the top five:

‏@RPMotorsports: Great restart by @aric_almirola! Up to 2nd for #43 @SmithfieldFoods Ford. #nascar

4:01 p.m. ET -- Caution No. 11 flies after Paul Menard bumps Jeff Gordon into a spin. Kenseth, Bowyer, Montoya among those pitting for fuel insurance.

3:55 p.m. ET -- Danica Patrick solemn in her post-crash interview.

@NASCARONFOX: Danica and Ricky to the garage. Danica says she "misjudged" the braking point. #NASCAR

3:47 p.m. ET -- Caution No. 10 takes out boyfriend and girlfriend alike as Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. crash with Travis Kvapil in turn 1 on Lap 237.

@CandiceSpencer: '@StenhouseJr: Did he just right rear us? Spotter Mike Calinoff: It was the 10 #NASCAR

3:38 p.m. ET -- Ninth caution for a crash in turn 1 derails the race-contending run of Kurt Busch after contact with Ryan Newman in a three-wide battle with Matt Kenseth:

@StewartHaasRcng: Looks like Newman got caught in chain-reaction wreck. Kenseth and Kurt Busch touched, and then Kurt slid up track into Newman.

@FR78Racing: Caution Lap 224. Kurt Busch saying car won't roll forward after spin. #NASCAR #FurnitureRow

@JoeGibbsRacing: Kenseth pits. Will have to make a comeback now. Along with Hamlin. #NASCAR

3:31 p.m. ET -- AJ Allmendinger gets his own free pass, spinning Danica Patrick to bring out the eighth caution. All front-runners pit except for race leader Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya. The report:

@JeffGordonWeb: The @Drive2EndHunger #24 comes to pit road. Right side tires & fuel. Had to check up leaving the box due to #11 coming in. #NASCAR #Team24

@EGRTeams: Caution out lap 218 @jpmontoya continues to battle with handling. "Won't turn and snappy". Will stay out. Restart 2nd.

@FR78Racing: Caution Lap 218. P9. Fuel only. Restart P10 #NASCAR #FurnitureRow

@dustinlong: #NASCAR … AJ Allmendinger after contact with Danica: "What am I supposed to do there I'm already on the bottom? #AskMRN @MRNRadio

@MRNRadio: "Let AJ's spotter know that it was $*&t$*&t" says @DanicaPatrick. Replay shows that @AJDinger got into her right rear. #AskMRN

3:25 p.m. ET -- Caution No. 7, also for debris, gives Denny Hamlin the free pass. Pit road is open on this quick yellow, but no takers at the front of the field. Vickers comes in for right-side tires and a top-off with Sunoco fuel.

3:20 p.m. ET -- Caution No. 6 flies for debris. Round of pit stops coming, but likely no one will be able to go the distance from here. The report:

@NASCARStats: Lap 204 - A three-time winner at @NHMS, Stewart gets the lead on pit road with Burton coming out second and Gordon third. #CWRV301 #NASCAR

@StewartHaasRcng: Stewart takes right-side tires only on lap 203. Comes off pit road P1.

@MWRteam: Lap 203: caution. @MartinTruexJr56 pits for 2 rights and fuel. Same it's been all day. P9 @napaknowhow @toyotaracing #NASCAR

@JoeGibbsRacing: Busch and Kenseth pit for 4 tires. Nearly 10 others take 2 and come out ahead. #NASCAR

@FR78Racing: Caution on Lap 203. 4 tires. Pit stop time 13.7 seconds. Restart P11. #NASCAR #FurnitureRow

@RCRracing: Lap-207 restart - Burton P2, Harvick P8 and Menard P23.

3:11 p.m. ET -- Great view from the seats at New Hampshire from fan @HarryNASCAR:

3:05 p.m. ET -- Jeff Burton in second place, eyeballing his best finish since he ran fifth at Richmond in April:

@RCR31JeffBurton: Nice move on the restart by JB. P2. -PR

2:55 p.m. ET -- Fifth caution (for debris) brings another flurry of pit stops. The reports:

@NASCARStats: Lap 159 - Kurt Busch wins the race off of pit road during pit stops under caution. Stewart in second, Kyle Busch third. #CWRV301 #NASCAR

@MWRteam: Caution: Vickers is keeping a positive attitude on the radio. Says the car is better and we will get a change of luck soon. P26.

@Hendrick88Team: Four tires, fuel and an air and chassis adjustment under caution.

@JoeGibbsRacing: Reversal: The cars that took 4 tires last time now take 2, putting Kenseth back a few spots. #NASCAR

@MRNRadio: .@DanicaPatrick gets lucky with that caution. She needed to pit and would have gone a lap down. She is currently p.24. #AskMRN #NASCAR

@interstatebatts: Kyle says car handles great by itself but gets really tight in traffic. Says "it's not you; it's me." Dave disagrees. #Mission18 #NASCAR

2:47 p.m. ET -- A spectacular view from the Turn 1 grandstands of Matt Kenseth's lead at the halfway point:

@ToyotaRacing: LEADER! @mattkenseth leads the field at @NHMS in the #NASCAR #CWRV301 #LetsGoPlaces pic.twitter.com/fuNP60lINW

2:41 p.m. ET -- Three-time New Hampshire winner Jeff Gordon lost a couple of spots in that exchange, but he's been among the top 10 for the bulk of the day:

@JeffGordonWeb: Spotter @EddieDHondt - "Here we go, you're doing a great job today, bud." #JeffGordon - 10-4, thanks." #NASCAR #Team24

2:34 p.m. ET -- Denny Hamlin's blown right-front tire brings out the yellow flag, sends everyone to pit road. Twitter reports on that round of stops:

@NHMS: Matt Kenseth wins the race off pit road followed by #DaleJR and Keselowski, everyone did something a little different #nascar

@LowesRacing: Lap 124 @JimmieJohnson makes a pit stop under caution for 4 tires, fuel, and adjustments #lowes48 #NASCAR

@Hendrick5Team: .@kaseykahne pits for 4 tires, fuel & quick adjustments during stop under caution.

@RCR31JeffBurton: Four fresh @GoodyearRacing tires and @SunocoRacing fuel under caution on lap 124. No changes. -PR

@MWRteam: Lap 123: @ClintBowyer pits while in p13. Comes for 4 tires, fuel and several small chassis adjustments. Trying to fix the center. #nascar

@JeffGordonWeb: #JeffGordon - "Just not turning the middle, that's where we're getting beat in (turns) 3 & 4." #NASCAR #Team24

2:27 p.m. ET -- Special visit before the green flag for Danica Patrick with New Hampshire's governor:

@GovernorHassan: Governor Hassan meeting @DanicaPatrick before the race @NHMS #CWRV301 pic.twitter.com/02kTHZptnH

2:22 p.m. ET -- Steady showing from Jeff Burton, a four-time New Hampshire winner, in seventh place:

@RCR31JeffBurton: JB takes seventh away from the 5. On the move! Fastest car on the track. -PR

2:13 p.m. ET -- Morgan Shepherd, who set the all-time age record in NASCAR's top series by taking the green flag, is behind the wall. He's listed with 69 laps and 71 years complete.

Our writers discuss: @dcaraviello: Great. There goes my fantasy lineup. RT @_HollyCain: Morgan Shepherd heading to garage. Not sure yet if he's calling it a day. #NASCAR

2:08 p.m. ET -- Caution out for debris right after the cycle of green-flag stops is complete.

2:04 p.m. ET -- Pit-lane penalties for Denny Hamlin (loose lug nut) and Brian Vickers (removing equipment).

@dustinlong: #NASCAR … Darian Grubb to Hamlin about penalty: "Sorry about that.'' #AskMRN @MRNRadio

2:01 p.m. ET -- Insight from @JoeGibbsRacing, which currently has all three of its Toyotas in the top 10 heading to the first round of green-flag pit stops:

The sun has come out after a cloudy morning. That will drastically change how the cars handle. #NASCAR

1:56 p.m. ET -- Busch passes Busch, in this case it's older brother Kurt taking the lead from Kyle on Lap 63.

@FR78Racing: Let's hear it, fans! RT @NASCAR_TNT Which Busch brother do you think will finish ahead today? Vote #Kyle #Kurt

1:46 p.m. ET -- Marcos Ambrose is back on track, 24 laps down, after being punted by Kevin Harvick to bring out the second caution.

According to @BudweiserRacing: Contact w/the #9 at lap 13 and the caution flag is out. "I held my line," says @KevinHarvick. #NASCAR

1:40 p.m. ET -- Apparently, there's some pooling of resources toward the back end of the grid:

@Noble_Jim: Interesting - Morgan Shepherd can't pit until after the 35 car of Josh Wise does - the two teams are "sharing" a gas man #NASCAR

1:27 p.m. ET -- One driver/owner tuning in to NASCAR.com from across the pond is Michael Waltrip at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, rubbing elbows with Grand Prix legend Sir Stirling Moss.

@mw55: What an honor. Talking @NASCAR with Sir Stirling Moss. Wish I coulda driven one he said. @kauffmanrob @fosgoodwood pic.twitter.com/9Hhqah0bXK

1:21 p.m. ET -- Just four laps after the green, it's a significant hit into the turn one wall for Joey Logano, who spins the car around and clips a crewman after pitting backward.

@CandaceSpencer: "Flat (expletive) tire!" screams @joeylogano. left rear blew...he's backwards in his pits. Team says sheet metal damage, new nose. #NASCAR

1:01 p.m. ET -- From @EGRTeams: The No. 1 of Jamie McMurray has McDonald's Monopoly tie-in with a lucky couple collecting $200 every time McMurray passes "Go." It won't be Monopoly money they win, which would total $60,200 if he completes all 301 laps.

12:51 p.m. ET -- A couple of tributes on the paint schemes for the ageless Morgan Shepherd and Dale Earnhardt Jr. before the race starts, with pics thanks to @MRNRadio:

The hood of Shepherd's car honors the fallen Arizona firefighters:

Earnhardt Jr.'s car will sport a decal honoring the brother of a Team Hendrick employee:

12:41 p.m. ET -- Welcome to today's Minute-by-Minute coverage of the Camping World RV Sales 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Driver intros are under way.