Denny Hamlin wins at Homestead to get 40th win


HOMESTEAD, florida. – Denny Hamlin found the magic once again at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Hamlin went to the lead for the last time with 30 laps left and held off Chase Elliott to his record-tying third NASCAR Cup Series victory at Homestead.

The old drivers Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle are the other three winners. Hamlin is in the club now, after battling Elliott for part of the night.

“It was really special,” Hamlin said.

Hamlin earned his third victory of the season and 40th overall. He opened the season with a victory in the Daytona 500 and won last month at Darlington. When the night was over, Hamlin, who wears the Michael Jordan “Jumpman” logo on his race suit — does not hide that it is the race with energy to these days.

“I am motivated. I’m motivated more than ever, ” Hamlin said.

He led 137 of 267 laps on the 1 1/2-mile track in Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota, the finish 0.895 before Elliott.

“I just need to get through lap traffic better,” Elliott said.

Ryan Blaney was third in a race often delayed by rain and lightning. Tyler Reddick finished fourth.

“I just need to run a little better,” Reddick said. “It was hard. We were just a little rest in the last two races. ”

Rightly, a very long day was the capper to a very long week for NASCAR. There have been three Cup Series races in eight days, all providing drivers in hot and humid weather conditions that has left many of them exhausted, all wrapped around the ongoing national outcry surrounding the battle for racial equality.

Bubba Wallace, the only black driver in the Cup Series, became the sport’s most prominent activist after he successfully called on NASCAR last week for the banning of the flags Confederate at its events. The serial is quickly done — for most of the rave reviews. On Sunday, the fans — 1 000 of them, most of them prompted the military, which could bring a guest — were back to a NASCAR race for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, and there had not banned the flags in view.

Most of these fans disappeared when Hamlin drove under the checkered flag at 10:46 pm, ending on the day of the marathon.

“I knew that if I was just patient, ran the pace that I wanted and the pace I was comfortable with, we were going to be hard to beat in the long run,” Hamlin said.

Wallace finished in 13th place. Jimmie Johnson, seven-time world champion, who had the tunnel that leads to the trail named in his honor earlier in the weekend and has retired as a full-time driver after this season, was the 16th.

Hamlin has won the first two stages and bucked a trend this pilot season that does not end with the victory.

Elliott has swept the first two steps, in Las Vegas, before finishing 26, Clint Bowyer, it was done prior to the end of the 22nd at Darlington, Alex Bowman has taken the first two in Charlotte, but finished 19th, and Elliott did it again and finished 22nd at Bristol.

The most recent driver to win the first two stages and win the race of Martin Truex on Oct. 27 at Martinsville.

“I’ll take every victory I can,” Hamlin said. “Let’s just keep piling up. “

Sunday’s winner was Denny Hamlin’s third of the season and 40th overall. Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The time played with the race all day. A light shower, in which it was raining most of Turns 3 and 4, popped up around the time that the driver fired the engine to make things happen. That was followed by the day of the first batch of the lightning, and the delay caused the race to start 55 minutes later than expected.

The drivers obtained through the three towers — not even 5 miles, before lightning was spotted near the runway, and attention was turned to a red flag stop and lasted for 2 hours, 8 minutes. After about 25 more rounds once things finally resumed, the lightning struck again at the prompt from the interruption of almost 39 minutes.

“It was a little different,” Blaney said. “Obviously, we ran later than we thought, but on the other side of it, the race that we are used to here-the bottom usually ends a little later, too. … It was difficult to get in and out of the car, that part stinks, but safety is important. ”

The counting of the pre-race delay, which was 3 hours, 42 minutes of sitting around to weather stops on a day where most of the track was completely dry throughout. It is 8: 15 p.m. when the green flag dropped again, and the drivers-who had been through just 33 laps to this point — started the final 234 times around the Farm from the surface.

Austin Dillon has had a day he will never forget, even with his seventh-place finish. Dillon and wife Whitney became parents early Sunday, announcing the birth of a boy by the name of Ace.

“The most difficult thing I ever had to do was say goodbye to go racing today,” Dillon wrote in the Instagram post in which he announced the birth. “I hope that we bring home a trophy for the Ace on the first day, we welcomed into the world! ”

Instead, the trophy went to Hamlin, who has now won this season with full of fans (Daytona), no fans (the second of the race at Darlington), and some fans (Homestead).

“This is a number that I’ve looked at for a few years, and at one point I don’t know if I’ll get there,” Hamlin said of the 40-victory milestone. “I’ve adjusted my goals since. … I do not think we are at the top of our game with our team for the moment. “


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