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NASCAR At Loudon: Denny Hamlin Remains Out Front With 100 Laps Remaining

The major story of a largely uneventful opening 200 laps at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, of course, has been Denny Hamlin's charge to the front early in the race. He remains out front with 100 laps remaining and, though anything can happen in a NASCAR race, seems well on his way to a big win in the Sylvania 300.

Another driver who's made his way up through the field is Brian Vickers, who had to start at the rear of the field due to an engine change. Vickers, making one of his limited starts behind the wheel of Michael Waltrip's No. 55 Toyota - normally driven by Mark Martin - currently runs second after taking two tires on his most recent pit stop. Jimmie Johnson runs third, Tony Stewart holds fourth, and Clint Bowyer rounds out the top-five.

The top-10 is completed by Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, and Brad Keselowski.

It has been a struggle of a day for Chasers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle, who have struggled all race. Biffle runs 16th, matching his car number, with Earnhardt one spot behind him.

Kyle Busch, who has led the second most laps on the race, has had some sort of engine malady creep up with his No. 18 Toyota. He now runs 22nd, next to last on the lead lap, after running 20 spots better behind his teammate Hamlin earlier in the race.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.