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Jimmie Johnson bumps back past Kurt Busch for New Hampshire win

Nick Bromberg
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What goes around comes around in the Sprint Cup Series. At least during the final laps at New Hampshire.

The promise of round two of Martin Truex-Jeff Gordon or Kevin Harvick-Joey Logano didn't materialize but a great battle between Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch did for the win in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

After the final restart with eight laps to go, Busch restarted second to Johnson, and proceeded to pull the bump and run manuever on Johnson in turn three.

"And then we got going on that restart, Kurt knocked me out of the way and I thought 'I don't care if I win this race or not, I don't care if I finish this damn thing, I'm running into him and getting back by him one way or another," Johnson told TNT in Victory Lane.

That's precisely what Johnson did, bumping his way back past Busch with two laps to go.

"I'm not good at doing that stuff, usually I crash myself in the process. So I tried once and moved him. I'm like 'ok, I gotta hit him harder,' and the second time I moved him out of the way and got by him and was able to get going," Johnson said.

Busch knew that he was a sitting duck after he couldn't get away from Johnson after initially bumping the 48.

"Battling with Jimmie, we did what we could to get the lead and I was just counting the laps, going 'man, there's not enough laps.' We battled the best we could," Busch said.

Busch ended up losing second place on the last lap to Tony Stewart, who loked ready to pounce on the lead had Johnson done what he proclaims to usually do and taken himself out in the process.

Oh, the beer that Chad Knaus doused over Johnson's head in Victory Lane? Bud Light, of course.

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