LOUDON, N.H., May 11 (UPI) -- Bobby Hamilton Jr. took the checkered flag Saturday at the Busch 200 for his first career NASCAR Busch series victory.
Hamilton, the son of Winston Cup veteran Bobby Hamilton, grabbed the lead from rookie pole-sitter Shane Hmiel on the low side following a pit sequence with 14 laps remaining. Hamilton took a splash of fuel in his Ford Taurus while Hmiel went for two fresh tires on his Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
"I was able to lead a lot of laps, everything just fell our way," said Hamilton, who set a record with an average speed of 110.368 miles per hour.
The banks at Loudon were widened from 3 1/2 to 12 degrees.
The 24-year-old Hamilton earned $48,345 after leading four times for a race-high 83 laps.
Last week, Hamilton had the checkered flag within reach at Richmond International Raceway before encountering a fuel problem late in the race. There were no such problems at New Hampshire International Raceway as he defeated Todd Bodine by 2.547 seconds.
Jack Sprague grabbed the Busch series points lead with a third-place finish in a Chevrolet. He moved 64 points ahead of Jason Keller, who was out after 72 laps.
Hmiel and Mike McLaughlin rounded out the top five. McLaughlin improved three positions to fifth in the standings but trails Sprague by 223 points.
Hmiel led the first 11 laps and again between laps 137-186 en route to his second top-five of the season. He is second in the rookie standings behind Scott Riggs.
Randy LaJoie, Riggs, Hank Parker Jr., Jamie McMurray and Kevin Grubb filled out the top 10.