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Lap-by-Lap: Loudon

July 14, 2012, ,

Lap 200 -- CHECKERED FLAG: Brad Keselowski claims the victory over Kevin Harvick. Austin Dillon finishes third to win the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus. After the checkered flag, Kevin Harvick gives Amber Cope a slight nudge entering pit road.

Lap 197 -- Brad Keselowski isn't facing any kind of a challenge up front right now.

Lap 195 -- Five laps are left, and there's a gap of about 6/10ths of a second between leader Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 193 -- Austin Dillon finally gets under Sam Hornish Jr. for third, and he clears the Penske Racing car on the backstretch.

Lap 192 -- Austin Dillon still isn't able to make a move on Sam Hornish Jr. in their battle for third.

Lap 190 -- Ten laps to go!

Lap 189 -- Austin Dillon is taking another look at Sam Hornish Jr. for third place.

Lap 188 -- This time it's Brad Keselowski having to negotiate lapped traffic.

Lap 185 -- Kevin Harvick is running in Brad Keselowski's tire tracks, two or three car lengths back.

Lap 182 -- Brad Keselowski is 4/10ths of a second in front of Kevin Harvick.

Lap 180 -- Twenty laps to go. The tussle for fourth place is back on between Austin Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 178 -- Kevin Harvick gets stuck behind a pack of lapped cars, which allows Brad Keselowski to roar by in Turn 3 for the lead.

Lap 176 -- Kevin Harvick's lead over Brad Keselowski stands at 1.4 seconds.

Lap 172 -- Austin Dillon has passed Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for third place, and he's going after Sam Hornish Jr. for third.

Lap 166 -- Kevin Harvick has been able to open up a lead of nearly 8/10ths of a second over Brad Keselowski.

Lap 162 -- Austin Dillon is going back after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for fourth place.

Lap 160 -- Forty laps to go. Kevin Harvick hasn't been able to shake Brad Keselowski.

Lap 158 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. clears Austin Dillon for fourth place. Both are going for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.

Lap 157 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon are side by side for fourth place.

Lap 155 -- Brad Keselowski takes a hard look at the lead, but can't wrestle it away from Kevin Harvick.

Lap 154 -- GREEN FLAG: Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr. and Kasey Kahne are the leaders. Harvick clears for the lead coming off the second corner.

Lap 152 -- Ninth-place Elliott Sadler is the first of the leaders to pit.

Lap 150 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: Danica Patrick spins in Turn 4, after bouncing off Jason Bowles.

Lap 148 -- Kasey Kahne is trying to run Sam Hornish Jr. down for fourth place. He's a few car lengths behind right now.

Lap 146 -- Kevin Harvick has lost a couple of tenths of a second on leader Brad Keselowski the last few laps.

Lap 142 -- Brad Keselowski has a 1.1-second lead over Kevin Harvick.

Lap 140 -- Sixth laps to go. Sam Hornish Jr. loses third place to Austin Dillon.

Lap 138 -- Austin Dillon is pulling up close to the rear bumper of third-place Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 136 -- Third-place Austin Dillon is running the best of the four drivers going for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.

Lap 134 -- Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne are duking it out for fourth place. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is waiting to pounce if either slips up.

Lap 132 -- Elliott Sadler makes contact with Justin Allgaier in Turn 4, but both are able to continue.

Lap 130 -- Kevin Harvick grabs second from Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 129 -- GREEN FLAG: Brad Keselowski, Sam Hornish Jr., Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray are the top five. Keselowski clears for the lead coming off Turn 2.

Lap 122 -- Brad Keselowski leads the field back down pit road. Brian Scott, 10th out of the pits, is the first car to take four tires.

Lap 120 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Danny Efland gets turns around going into Turn 1 by Cole Whitt.

Lap 118 -- Austin Dillon takes another look at Sam Hornish Jr. off Turn 4 for second place.

Lap 115 -- The sun is now shining bright at New Hampshire. Let's see what that does to chassis setups.

Lap 113 -- Austin Dillon is closing even more on Sam Hornish Jr. for second place. He takes a look in Turn 4, but can't pull the trigger just yet.

Lap 111 -- Four seconds. Brad Keselowski is told by his crew, "You like going fast. We get it."

Lap 108 -- Second-place Sam Hornish Jr. has Austin Dillon in his rear-view mirror.

Lap 105 -- Elliott Sadler thinks his car is way more sensitive than the others he's racing against.

Lap 104 -- Austin Dillon has taken over third place.

Lap 102 -- Brad Keselowski's cushion now stands at 3.5 seconds.

Lap 100 -- Halfway!

Lap 99 -- Sam Hornish Jr. takes second place from Cole Whitt. There's a line of traffic behind them waiting to follow.

Lap 97 -- Once he retook the lead, Brad Keselowski has been able to check out again. His lead over second-place Cole Whitt is now two seconds.

Lap 95 -- Elliott Sadler still isn't handling well. He's losing positions big time.

Lap 93 -- Elliott Sadler is trying to get under Justin Allgaier for eighth place. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. goes under them both off Turn 4.

Lap 91 -- The aggressive move by Kevin Harvick didn't work out as well as he might have hoped. He's back to seventh place.

Lap 89 -- GREEN FLAG: Brad Keselowski, Cole Whitt, Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick are the leaders when the green comes back out. Harvick goes three wide under Kahne and Sam Hornish Jr. on the backstretch. Wow.

Lap 83 -- The leaders hit pit road for a second time today. Brad Keselowski and Cole Whitt take just two tires. Everybody else bolts on four.

Lap 81 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Travis Pastrana pounds the wall between Turns 3 and 4 after having a tire go down going into the corner.

Lap 77 -- The leaders are having all kinds of problems getting around lapped traffic today. Justin Allgaier and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. just had a near-disaster with Joey Gase coming down the frontstretch.

Lap 76 -- The top five are currently Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Justin Allgaier.

Lap 73 -- Elliott Sadler's handling problems aren't getting any better, but he's been able to hang on to 11th place.

Lap 72 -- Kasey Kahne puts another lap on Travis Pastrana.

Lap 67 -- Kasey Kahne's lead over Austin Dillon is now up to 1.9 seconds. Third-place Brad Keselowski is 4.2 seconds down.

Lap 65 -- Justin Allgaier, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. are running in a tight three-car pack. They're at odds over fifth place.

Lap 63 -- Not only is Elliott Sadler not handling well, he was very nearly taken out of contention when he and Amber Cope made contact.

Lap 61 -- Elliott Sadler is experiencing severe handling problems right now.

Lap 59 -- Kasey Kahne has a lead of 9/10ths of a second over Austin Dillon. It's nearly two more seconds back to third-place Brad Keselowski.

Lap 54 -- The gap up front is now up to 8/10ths of a second.

Lap 51 -- Brad Keselowski gets under Sam Hornish Jr. for fourth place.

Lap 49 -- Kasey Kahne is now leading Austin Dillon by 4/10ths of a second.

Lap 47 -- Danica Patrick leans hard on Jason Wise going through Turns 3 and 4. Hey ... eight tires corner better than four!

Lap 46 -- Ryan Truex is having trouble getting to the bottom of the track after the restart. He's dropped several spots. Kyle Busch has taken his car to the garage.

Lap 44 -- Justin Allgaier and Ryan Truex are battling hard for third place. Allgaier comes out of the fray with the spot.

Lap 43 -- GREEN FLAG: Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Ryan Truex and Brad Keselowski are the leaders on the restart. Kahne is clear with the lead between Turns 1 and 2.

Lap 41 -- Kyle Busch is back on pit road. The team has changed the carburetor.

Lap 39 -- The leaders are on pit road. Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon and a few others take just two tires.

Lap 37 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: There's debris on the frontstretch.

Lap 35 -- Kyle Busch has been lapped. Could his Nationwide Series win streak at New Hampshire be in jeopardy? Don't count him out just yet!

Lap 34 -- Kasey Kahne has closed ground on Kevin Harvick for second place.

Lap 32 -- Leader Brad Keselowksi is working through a pack of lapped traffic, which includes Travis Pastrana.

Lap 30 -- The tug of war for the lead between Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick has settled down for the time being.

Lap 27 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has taken over fourth place from Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 25 -- Kyle Busch is having to coax his car around the track, cutting it off in the turns and then back on coming down the straightaways.

Lap 23 -- The battle for the lead gets even tighter in Turn 3 as Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick encounter a lapped car. Keselowski is still on top of the leaderboard.

Lap 21 -- Kevin Harvick has closed in on Brad Keselowski for the race lead. There are now only a couple of car lengths between the two Cup stars.

Lap 20 -- Kyle Busch is well off the pace on the backstretch.

Lap 18 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is going after Sam Hornish Jr. for fourth place.

Lap 16 -- Kyle Busch has a fuel pressure issue, dropping him to ninth in the rundown.

Lap 13 -- Danica Patrick reports a vibration in her car's setup.

Lap 11 -- Austin Dillon, running in eighth place, has Gil Martin serving as his crew chief today.

Lap 9 -- Brad Keselowski is cruising up front. He's built a lead of 9/10ths of a second over new daddy Kevin Harvick.

Lap 8 -- The near-miss at the green flag appears to have been triggered when Brad Keselowski brought the field off Turn 4 very, very slowly.

Lap 5 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is working on Kyle Busch for fifth place. Busch has won the last three Nationwide Series races here at New Hampshire.

Lap 4 -- Elliott Sadlers wasn't able to grab fifth from Kyle Busch, and he's now in the process of losing sixth place to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 2 -- Brad Keselowski is the leader, and Kyle Busch is under attack from Elliott Sadler for fifth place.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The race gets under way at 3:46 p.m. ET. There's a big stack-up back in the pack when the green falls, but everybody's able to continue without sustaining damage.

3:43 p.m. ET -- Cars are on the track for the start of the pace laps.

3:39 p.m. ET -- John Provencal gives the command to fire engines.

3:31 p.m. ET -- Amanda Daly sings the national anthem.

3:30 p.m. ET -- After the colors are presented by the New Hamphsire Emergency Medical Services Honor Guard, Capt. Shaun Belanger of the Manchester Salvation Army gives the invocation.

3:29 p.m. ET -- The Canadian national anthem is sung by Kirk Young, a music teacher and native of New Hampshire.

3:19 p.m. ET -- Ten minutes until the start of the invocation and national anthems.

2:58 p.m. ET -- So that's got to be a first in NASCAR history ... Austin Dillon was just shown walking through the garage, signing autographs, wearing a cowboy hat and earphones!

11:07 a.m. ET -- Brad Keselowski is on the pole for Saturday's Nationwide Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne will start second, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in the top five. Sam Hornish Jr., Elliott Sadler, Brian Scott, Jamie McMurray and Cole Whitt round out the top 10.