“It was a three-wide accident and everybody is going hard,” said Busch. "We had a great car, which was capable of winning this race. But once again we didn't have the finish worthy of our performance.
"We took a hit in the points, but we're still in the Chase hunt – that's the good news,” he added. "But we need to have more consistency and can't have these kinds of finishes with only seven races remaining before the Chase."
With his run at New Hampshire, Busch became the first-ever Furniture Row Racing driver to lead the most laps in a Sprint Cup race, which gave the 34-year-old from Las Vegas cause for optimism: “There are so many positive things happening with this race team and that's why it hurts even more to finish where we did today with a fast race car. But I am confident when we get to Indianapolis for our next race the #78 Chevrolet will once again be fast."
Ryan Newman had less cause to be positive about things especially after learning coming into this race weekend that he would be losing his race seat at Stewart-Haas at the end of the current season and was out-of-sorts with his fellow drivers at Loudon.
“We just got whacked by a bunch of guys - the #18 hit me first, the #2 hit me next and then I guess it was Kurt that went underneath three-wide and bypassed the #20 come and clipped us and knocked us into the fence and took himself out," he fumed. "That was the best I could tell, I don't know - I guess the #20 had a little influence on it.
"We kind of were in a bad spot having a little bit older tyres," he admitted. "We didn't have the greatest car ... But just a lot of disrespect from a bunch of guys on restarts. What comes around goes around," he muttered darkly.
Newman's current team mate and boss Tony Stewart continued to lead at the restart but once again the green was short-lived before another multiple-car incident, this time taking out the third Stewart-Haas driver Danica Patrick along with Travis Kvapil, and also catching up the #17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford of Patrick's off-track partner Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
"Either I misjudged the braking or everyone jammed up a little bit," admitted Patrick. "I got sideways trying to slow down so that I didn't drive up into the back of anyone. I just got sideways and there is nothing you can do. The worst part is that you know obviously I didn't want to take anybody with me. I feel bad - what can I say. We were having a reasonable race and just didn't mean to do it."
Stenhouse - who alone of the three was able to continue, albeit many laps off the lead after repairs for extensive rear-end damage to his car - took an understanding position on the incident. "Its not the first time you get crashed on accident. I have crashed people on accident as well. It is part of it. It is the first crash we have had in a long time so we are pretty lucky that we have been making it to the end of these races. It is kind of what has kept us where we are in points. We didn't have a good car anyway today."
Stewart led at the restart on lap 241, optimistic that the number of cautions - there was soon another for Jeff Gordon spinning in turn 2 on lap 256 - would help him on his fuel conservation strategy. Behind him there was an interesting "comeback" look to several of the runners now in strong positions: Jimmie Johnson was flirting with the top six despite having been forced to start from the back of the grid after his qualification times were deleted when it was found that the #48's front ride height was too low.