Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Brad Keselowski won his third NASCAR Cup Series race of the season after he held off Denny Hamlin to take the checkered flag at the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Keselowski and Hamlin led a combined 18 times before Keselowski earned the victory Sunday in Loudon. Keselowski led a race-high 184 laps in the 301-lap event. He crossed the finish line 1.647 seconds before Hamlin.
"I feel like I drove a really strong race," Keselowski told reporters. "I was able to get in nice rhythms and dictate the pace and make a difference."
"We've had a lot of great races this year with the No. 2 car, but we just hadn't really gone out and dominated a race," Keselowski said. "I was talking with [crew chief] Jeremy Bullins and we were like maybe that's what we need to get to the next level. We're right there.
"We needed to just go and dominate a race and that's what today was for us."
The Cup Series schedule continues with the FireKeepers Casino 400 at 4 p.m. EDT Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
Harvick leads Keselowski by 81 points in the Cup Series standings. Hamlin ranks third.