Dale Jarrett took full advantage of a late race restart to steal victory in the New England 300 from team-mate Ricky Rudd and title rival Jeff Gordon.

Former champion Jarrett had been running second to Rudd for much of the closing stages, but surged past the Texaco/Havoline car with five laps to go, as the race was restarted following the exit of Jerry Nadeau.

Rudd hit the front with 48 laps of the 300 remaining, resuming the leading role he had held briefly before, and used the lapped car of Casey Attwood as a shield between himself and Jarrett's identical Robert Yates Ford. Only when Nadeau and Jimmy Spencer got together with ten laps to run did the protection crumble, and Jarrett was able to surge past to take the win.

Despite Gordon also jumping Rudd to take second spot, Jarrett moves back in to sole possession of the championship lead.

The race was interrupted by ten cautions in all, with Ron Hornaday having the luckiest escape after his Conseco car mounted the wall mid-race.

Full report to follow....

Leading finishers - New England 300.

1. Dale Jarrett
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Ricky Rudd
4. Jimmy Spencer
5. Tony Stewart
6. Steve Park