Denny Hamlin wins, Chase Elliott returns Kyle Busch

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Kyle Busch his middle finger. “Data-reactid =” 23 “> Denny Hamlin won a rain-shortened race in Darlington Wednesday night after Chase Elliott showed Kyle Busch his middle finger.

Elliott knocked down Busch after hitting the inside wall of Busch’s bumper on the 200th lap of the scheduled 228-lap race. Elliott had passed Busch for second place behind Hamlin and as Busch tried to get back in line behind Elliott, he instead sent Elliott to head for the wall.

Kevin Harvick finished third. “Data-reactid =” 27 “> The rain came shortly after Elliott’s crash and stopped the race 20 laps from the finish. Hamlin, who had to stay on the track before the previous caution because his team was short of tires, won while Busch finished second and Sunday’s race winner Kevin Harvick finished third .

Elliott had one of the fastest cars in the Wednesday night event. He seemed destined to at least finish in the top five before the crash and had led three times for 28 laps.

Elliott team leader Alan Gustafson had a chat with Busch on the pit lane after the race call.

” There is no question. I know I made a mistake and misjudged the gap, “said Busch. “When we were running over there with [Elliott] and i knew [Hamlin] had a run on him and I knew I had to queue as fast as possible. And in doing so, I looked at him and his momentum going, then tried to look in the mirror and see where Harvick should go in and I just misjudged him. “

Gustafson said he believed Busch’s explanation, although that does not necessarily make it easier to manage what had happened.

“In the end, he made a mistake and I understand. I don’t think it intentionally destroyed us, but you’re tired of coming out too often on the wrong side of these deals, ”said Gustafson. “And I certainly feel like we were in a position to win this race and Denny was in trouble with old tires and we were going to clear out Kyle.”

And no, Elliott will not be sanctioned by NASCAR for what he did.

This victory is Hamlin’s second this season. He won the opening Daytona 500 of the season before Ryan Newman’s terrible accident at the finish line. Newman finished 14th in his second race back from the accident.

Fox takes to the track during the rain delay

NASCAR called the pilots on the pit lane after Elliott’s crash as raindrops fell before the official end of the race. As the drivers waited on the pit lane, a fox made its way onto the empty track.

Yes, the Wednesday night race was broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

Denny Hamlin’s terrifying mask

Some drivers have been creative with the mandate to wear a NASCAR mask. And nothing more than Hamlin, who pulled out his “happy face” mask after being officially declared the winner.

This will give you nightmares.

Clint Bowyer leads 71 ​​laps, finishes 22nd “data-reactid =” 51 “> Clint Bowyer leads 71 ​​laps, finishes 22nd

On Wednesday evening, Clint Bowyer won each of the first two stages and nevertheless finished outside the top 20.

Bowyer entered the wall by running in the top 10 during the third stage of the race. Contact with the wall cut his right rear tire off and a few laps later on lap 194, Bowyer turned away to bring out a warning.

This prudence ultimately gave Hamlin his victory. The teams received nine sets of tires for the Wednesday night race and Hamlin was on his ninth set when Bowyer crashed. He stayed on track as other teams arrived on the pit road and inherited the lead.

Six laps later, Elliott crashed against the wall before the rain.

First Wednesday race in 36 years

Was Wednesday night’s run a test for NASCAR midweek races in the years to come? The race rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic was the first time NASCAR has hosted a Cup Series points race on a Wednesday night since 1984. And that could be a sign of things to come as NASCAR searches for ways to gain viewers and potentially compressing a season that runs from February to November.

Over 6 million people watched Sunday’s race in Darlington, the first for NASCAR since March 8 in Phoenix. While Wednesday’s audience will undoubtedly be lower – the race was on FS1 while Sunday’s race was more widely available on Fox – but should still give the sanctioning body a decent idea of ​​what l The appetite for midweek racing is across the United States, particularly during the summer months in a normal year when baseball would be the only sporting event.

Complete results

1. Denny Hamlin

2. Kyle Busch

3. Kevin Harvick

4. Brad Keselowski

5. Erik Jones

6. Joey Logano

7. Aric Almirola

8. Jimmie Johnson

9. Matt DiBenedetto

10. Martin Truex Jr.

11. Christopher Bell

12. William Byron

13. Tyler Reddick

14. Ryan Newman

15. Kurt Busch

16. Bubba Wallace

17. Michael McDowell

18. Alex Bowman

19. Ty Dillon

20. Austin Dillon

21. Ryan Blaney

22. Clint Bowyer

23. Chris Buescher

24. Corey LaJoie

25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

26. Quin Houff

27. Daniel Suarez

28. JJ Yeley

29. Joey Gase

30. Matt Kenseth

31. Cole Custer

32. Gray Gaulding

33. Timmy Hill

34. Garrett Smithley

35. John Hunter Nemechek

36. BJ McLeod

37. Brennan Poole

38. Chase Elliott

39. Ryan Preece

Nick Bromberg& nbsp; is an editor for Yahoo Sports. “Data-reactid =” 104 “>Nick Bromberg is an editor for Yahoo Sports.



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