Bowyer wins Sylvania 300

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:11 AM ET

The price of a litre if gas rose to about $128,402 U.S. on Sunday for Tony Stewart and the No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet team.

That was difference -- between finishing 24th and the winner's purse -- after Stewart lost the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to Clint Bowyer and the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

Stewart had gambled he had enough fuel to stay in front of Bowyer, but with less than two laps to go his Chevy slowed to a funeral-cortege pace allowing the No. 33 a clear path to victory lane.

Looking at the big picture however, the biggest loser on Sunday might have been Jimmie Johnson who entered the first race of the 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship just 10 points behind leader Denny Hamlin but dropped down to seventh -- the most of any of the 12 Chase drivers -- after his 25th place finish.

And it all -- Bowyer's win, Stewart's gas issues and Johnson's woes -- can be attributed to a series of spins, crashes and general mayhem over the final 50 laps or so.

One Chase driver after another -- Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch -- were involved in a wrecks directly or indirectly that led to their demise on this day.

Hamlin and Kyle Busch were able to recover sufficiently to hold their positions -- first and third -- but the same couldn't be said for the rest.

Stewart lost five spots and will start next week's race at Dover 11th in the Chase; Kurt Busch dropped to sixth; Greg Biffle to ninth and Kenseth to 12th.

The biggest winner was Jeff Gordon who finished sixth at Loudon, taking him up three notches in the championship to fifth.

Kennington in front

With just one race to go, D.J. Kennington and the No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge team can finally see some daylight at the front in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series championship.

Kennington, who has fought a pitched battle with J.R. Fitzpatrick and the No. 84 Schick Chevrolet all season long, took over top spot after a winning the Komatsu 300 at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S., on Saturday.

Combined with Fitzpatrick's 13th-place finish the win gives Kennington a thin 40-point lead heading into the final race of the season next weekend at Ontario's Kawartha Speedway.

Finish lines

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