The win was the 30th of Hamlin’s Cup profession.
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The aid was palpable.
In an exciting end fraught with suspense, and in a backup automobile after a Friday crash in apply, Denny Hamlin held off a charging Kyle Larson to win the Overton’s 301 Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Sequence race on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Earlier than the race, Hamlin and your complete Joe Gibbs Racing group have been in desperation mode, however when Hamlin took the checkered flag .509 seconds forward of Larson, the image modified dramatically.
Hamlin secured a spot within the 10-race postseason playoff, which is now seven races away. In profitable for the third time on the Magic Mile and the 30th time in his profession, the driving force of the No. 11 Toyota broke a private 20-race drought, courting to final yr’s playoff occasion at Texas Motor Speedway.
That was additionally the final time any of the 4 JGR vehicles had gained a race.
“Yeah, it’s only a nice feeling,” Hamlin mentioned. “I do know we’ve been getting higher and higher because the yr goes on, however undoubtedly wanted a win for the group and for myself and simply form of get some momentum going with the playoffs developing, so we’ve obtained to get going. Actually that is superior.
“We get within the playoffs, we get some playoff bonus factors, and we’re able to go now, so we’ve obtained to … we’ve nonetheless obtained a whole lot of work to do. I really feel like we’d like just a little bit extra velocity out of our vehicles to be aggressive week in, week out, however, actually, it is a good spot to start out.”
Taking the inexperienced flag for the ultimate time from the fourth place within the exterior lane at a monitor handled with traction compound earlier than the race, Hamlin handed teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead on Lap 268 and pulled out to a bonus of greater than 2.5 seconds earlier than Larson started to run him down.
Kenseth had handed eventual third-place finisher Martin Truex Jr. for the highest spot on lap 261, one lap earlier than Ryan Newman’s spin in flip two triggered the seventh warning and arrange the ultimate restart. Kenseth took right-side tires solely beneath the yellow and was no match for Hamlin and Larson, who had contemporary rubber on all 4 corners.
Kenseth held fourth forward of Kevin Harvick over the closing 35-lap green-flag run.
Martin Truex Jr. led a race-high 137 laps and completed third.
Having began the race from the rear of the sector after his qualifying time was disallowed due to a nonconforming rear deck-lid fin, Larson had a transparent benefit in velocity over Hamlin within the remaining run however couldn’t get near the bumper of the No. 11.
“I used to be catching him a pair tenths of a lap there, after which it appeared like once I obtained form of shut there, I do not know, inside 4 or 5 automobile lengths on the finish, my lap occasions form of evened off just a little bit with him,” mentioned Larson, who now has seven second-place finishes to go along with his two victories this yr.
“I began getting too tight on exit, and I could not carry the velocity on exit like I wanted to. I might acquire rather a lot on him on entry, however I could not maintain the ability down and maintain the entrance turning on exit there that final run.”
Martin Truex Jr. led the primary 78 laps and picked up his 14th stage win of the season within the first 75-lap section, however a warning on lap 67 for Cole Whitt’s blown engine divided the sector on technique. Truex stayed out beneath the yellow with 10 different drivers and picked up the playoff level for the stage victory, whereas Kyle Busch led the remainder of the sector to pit highway.
Busch inherited the lead when Truex and the remainder of the vehicles that had stayed on the monitor got here to pit highway beneath warning on the finish of the stage. The second stage belonged to Busch, who led 75 consecutive laps in selecting up the playoff level.
However Busch misplaced three positions on pit highway through the warning between the second and remaining phases, and two subsequent pit highway dashing penalties derailed his profitable possibilities. The driving force of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota rallied from his second infraction to complete 12th.
Truex had a late-race subject, too, having to make an unscheduled pit cease for a flat proper entrance tire on lap 218 of 301. Although Truex later regained the lead, he was at an enormous tire drawback and ultimately misplaced the highest spot to Matt Kenseth earlier than Newman’s spin introduced out the yellow flag for the ultimate time.
Sunoco rookie of the yr contender Daniel Suárez ran sixth within the No. 19 JGR Toyota, matching a profession greatest. Clint Bowyer was seventh, adopted by Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson.
Notes: Truex widened his collection lead over second-place Larson from 34 to 38 factors. … Joey Logano suffered a rear suspension failure and misplaced 33 laps within the storage whereas his No. 22 Ford was repaired, completed 37th and fell 52 factors behind Kenseth for the ultimate berth within the playoff. … Paced by Truex’s race-high 137 laps, Toyota drivers led 290 of 301 circuits. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who completed 18th led twice for 10 laps, as soon as on the finish of a cycle of green-flag pit stops, as soon as by staying out on previous tires for the ultimate restart. Larson led one lap.
The win was the 30th of Hamlin’s Cup profession.
Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Sequence Race Outcomes Overton’s 301
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, New Hampshire
Sunday, July 16, 2017
1. (eight) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 301.
2. (39) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 301.
three. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 301.
four. (three) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 301.
5. (12) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 301.
6. (14) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 301.
7. (19) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 301.
eight. (9) Kurt Busch, Ford, 301.
9. (10) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 301.
10. (2) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 301.
11. (11) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 301.
12. (7) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 301.
13. (30) Danica Patrick, Ford, 301.
14. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 301.
15. (26) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 301.
16. (25) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 301.
17. (four) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 301.
18. (18) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 301.
19. (15) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 301.
20. (27) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 301.
21. (23) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 301.
22. (29) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 301.
23. (28) Landon Cassill, Ford, 301.
24. (21) Aric Almirola, Ford, 301.
25. (22) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 300.
26. (20) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 300.
27. (24) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 300.
28. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 300.
29. (32) David Ragan, Ford, 300.
30. (16) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 299.
31. (31) Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, 298.
32. (36) * Ryan Sieg(i), Toyota, 298.
33. (37) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 297.
34. (35) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 296.
35. (34) * Grey Gaulding #, Toyota, 295.
36. (38) * Josh Bilicki(i), Chevrolet, 290.
37. (13) Joey Logano, Ford, 269.
38. (33) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, Engine, 66.
39. (6) Erik Jones #, Toyota, Accident, 40.
Common Pace of Race Winner: 105.eight mph.
Time of Race: 03 Hrs, 00 Minutes, 36 Secs. Margin of Victory: zero.509 Seconds.
Warning Flags: 7 for 34 laps.
Lead Adjustments: 11 amongst 6 drivers.
Lap Leaders: M. Truex Jr. 1-78; Kyle Busch 79-153; D. Hamlin 154-173; M. Truex Jr. 174-217; Kyle Busch 218-237; Ok. Larson 238; D. Earnhardt Jr. 239-245; M. Truex Jr. 246-260; M. Kenseth 261-263; D. Earnhardt Jr. 264-266; M. Kenseth 267; D. Hamlin 268-301.
Leaders Abstract (Driver, Instances Lead, Laps Led): M. Truex Jr. three occasions for 137 laps; Kyle Busch 2 occasions for 95 laps; D. Hamlin 2 occasions for 54 laps; D. Earnhardt Jr. 2 occasions for 10 laps; M. Kenseth 2 occasions for four laps; Ok. Larson 1 time for 1 lap.
Stage #1 High Ten: 78,20,42,1,18,5,31,21,11,24
Stage #2 High Ten: 18,11,four,41,48,78,20,21,42,14
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