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Hamlin Takes JGR Into Playoffs With Third NHMS Victory

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Hamlin snaps 20 race winless streak, won last year in Texas.

Joe Gibbs Racing has been winless in the last 28 starts, but Denny Hamlin broke that streak with a win at NHMS.

He also did it in a back up car, which he had to pull off the truck after a practice crash on Friday.

Hamlin was the 11th driver to secure his spot in the playoffs, with just 8 races to go until the 2017 season goes into playoff mode. His last win here was in 2012.

Kyle Busch was trying to break a 34 race winless streak for JGR, but suffered two pit road speeding penalties.

Even though Busch finished in 12th place, he was able to get the stage 2 win.

READY, SET, JUMP!

On the starting lap, the 48 of Jimmie Johnson was called to pit road for a start violation.

NASCAR said that he jumped ahead of the race control car, which you can’t do at the start of the race.

Johnson said he was confused about the call, as well as his crew chief Chad Knaus.

“I don’t know what we did, they just want you to come in for a pass through.”

CAUTIONS HELP SOME DRIVERS, HURT OTHERS

Erik Jones left the track early in the race after a left front tire went down and he struck the wall in Turn 3.

On Keselowski’s pit stop, a brand new jack failed to work properly, sending the Penske driver backwards to 22nd.

Cole Whitt suffered a blown engine on Lap 68 and had to go straight to the garage.

Austin Dillon spun his #3 car around in turn 4 and A.J. Allmendinger barely thread the needle on the inside and went below the spinning 3 car.

DID THE P1J COMPOUND HELP AT NHMS?

The PJ1/VHT compound added to NHMS this weekend seemed to open up more lanes for passing.

Several drivers found it beneficial to have more than one lane to run going into the turns.

It created opportunities for passing and 3 wide racing, which is not normally common at New Hampshire.

22 HAS REAR END ISSUES – AGAIN

Joey Logano’s rear end is again in the spotlight – and not in a good way.

NASCAR confiscated a part from his #22 Team Penske car, which was the rear end suspension.

Logano’s issues came midway through the race after “something broke”.

He returned at lap 210, and finished in 37th place. Logano desperately needed a good points day coming into NHMS.

“I don’t know (what the issue was), I haven’t looked at it yet. I just got out of the car. Got to gain a lot of points to get into the playoffs and might have to win now. This is a pretty big hit.”

Logano now sits outside the top 16 looking in, along with Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez (who finished 6th), and Trevor Bayne.

Your top 10 at Loudon were Hamlin, Larson, Truex Jr, Kenseth, Harvick, Suarez, Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Keselowski and Johnson.

Truex and Johnson sit on top of the points standings with three wins each, Larson, Keselowski and Stenhouse with 2 wins, and Hamlin joins a handful of drivers with their first win which gets them into the playoffs.

Next week NASCAR heads to The Brickyard in Indianapolis. Eight races are left to make this years 10 race playoffs which culminates at Homestead Miami Speedway

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