Hamlin features playoffs momentum with dominant Kansas win
Denny Hamlin continued his march towards a possible Championship Four look together with his fifth win of the season Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway.
It got here in dramatic trend as Hamlin needed to survive two extra time restarts. Simply barely making it to the white flag within the first extra time when a crash occurred off Flip 4, Hamlin led the sphere once more for the second try and this time raced his means again to the checkered flag forward of Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch.
Hamlin led a race-high 153 laps after taking management within the second half of the Hollywood On line casino 400. Taking the lead with 34 laps to win Stage 2, Hamlin gained the stage after which continued to flex his muscle. The victory is his second at Kansas Speedway and the 36th of his Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Collection profession.
“It is a nice feeling,” mentioned Hamlin throughout his frontstretch interview. “That automobile was superior to dominate that complete second half. I’ve to thank everybody who pushed me there on the restarts — it was Kyle (Busch), the 19 (Martin Truex Jr.), and the 9 (Chase Elliott) there on the finish.
“Hey, I’m simply actually comfortable for this complete FedEx workforce; this has been nice. Been operating actually good. Can’t wait to get to Martinsville.”
Kurt Busch completed fourth and William Byron fifth. Rounding out the highest 10 had been Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, and Jimmie Johnson.
After the second stage, each Hamlin and Truex had clinched their spots within the subsequent spherical of the playoffs.
It was the ultimate two cautions that modified the complexion of the postseason and who superior. The warning to arrange the primary extra time try included Joey Logano, who was in a position to put contemporary tires on below yellow and get again on observe. Logano, who scored stage factors in each phases together with profitable Stage 1, completed 17th and superior.
Nevertheless, ending up behind Logano on the playoff grid was teammate Brad Keselowski who took the wave round to get again on the lead lap below the warning that arrange the primary extra time. When the warning got here out once more, Keselowski pitted for contemporary tires to make a run towards advancing, however completed 19th on the finish of the second extra time and missed the switch spot by three factors.
Additionally failing to advance had been William Byron, Clint Bowyer, and Alex Bowman. All three discovered themselves needing to win the race to advance.
Pole-sitter Daniel Hemric did lead the race early on. Different leaders included Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. In all, there have been 12 leaders with 15 lead modifications and 7 warning flags.
The Spherical of Eight begins subsequent weekend at Martinsville Speedway.