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Denny Hamlin Takes Second Southern 500 Win

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Denny Hamlin Takes Second Southern 500 Win 

Hamlin found a way to tame The Lady in Black on Sunday night after it looked like he was in hot water.

With 54 laps to go, the Flying 11 car (a throwback to modified driver Ray Hendrick) missed the entrance to pit road.

He lost 10 seconds on the track with that snafu and had to claw his way back to the front.

Hamlin started picking off competitors like a man on a mission, and didn’t stop until he reached victory lane.

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? That’s probably a good idea.


Richard Petty, the King of Motorsports, was the honorary pace car driver in his iconic blue #43.

Petty seemed like he didn’t want to get off the track so NASCAR black-flagged him.

He eventually peeled off onto pit road a lap later with the pace car right behind him.


The Oakridge boys sang The Star Spangled Banner and three of the 2018 Hall Of Fame class members gave the command to start engines.

The preferred line to run was right up against the wall, and that’s where most drivers ended up throughout the night.

Dale Earnhardt Jr ran his final Southern 500, and Kevin Harvick led the field to green from the pole.


The 21 of Ryan Blaney was the first of the evening to earn his Darlington stripe after he hit the wall while running 10th.

He also missed pit road the first time and had to go back around before he could get his car worked on.

Caution came out for the 6 of Trevor Bayne who connected with A.J. Allmendinger. The 47 got sideways into the 6.

During the caution, Kevin Harvick pitted with what he thought was a loose wheel.

His pit crew had trouble jacking up the car on the right side. He lost 9 spots on the stop.

Martin Truex won stage 1 after a last lap battle with Kyle Larson. This was Truex’s 16th stage win.


Ken Squire, Ned Jarrett and Dale Jarrett took over the announcing duties in the NBC booth for stage two.

Joey Logano had trouble re-firing his engine twice after shutting the car off during pit stops.

His team gave him a piece of tape to place over the shutoff switch so it would remind him not to touch it.

On lap 155, the caution flag waved for AJ Allmendinger spinning (again) and collecting two other drivers.

With 3 laps to go, the 83 of Gray Gaulding came to pit road with a flat tire needing service.

Jamie McMurray had to start at the rear of the field after being penalized for too many men over the wall.


On lap 222, Dale Earnhardt Jr gets “crazy loose” and spins sideways almost collecting teammate Kasey Kahne.

The 38 of David Ragan and 21 of Trevor Bayne both get collected when Bayne cut down both left side tires.

He had to pit and go under the 5 minute crash clock due to the damage.


With 6 laps to go, Hamlin hits the 34 of Landon Cassill in the rear, sending him into the wall.

In the last 4 laps, Hamlin catches the 78 of Truex who ends up cutting a tire.

That clears the way for Hamlin to take the lead and the win.

Denny Hamlin Takes Second Southern 500 Win

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