Polesitter Denny Hamlin sweeps stages at Miami

Completing the stage sweep, Denny Hamlin won Stage 2 of Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota led from Lap 123 to 160 to take the mini victory.

Rookie Tyler Reddick, who won two NASCAR Xfinity Series championships at Miami, finished runner-up to Hamlin in the second stage. He’s even credited now with two laps led at the 1.5-mile Florida track in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and William Byron rounded out the top five. Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola completed the top 10.

RELATED: Stage 2 results

Through the first two stages, Hamlin led 51 laps. Blaney led a race-high 69 laps. Hamlin actually took the lead from Blaney during some green-flag pit stops. Hamlin pitted a lap sooner than the No. 12 Team Penske Ford driver and reclaimed the front spot when he returned to the track.

After two red flags and three cautions, not including stage conclusions, there was not a single yellow flag thrown throughout Stage 2.

The third and final stage was set for 107 laps.

Finish Driver Team Points
1 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 10
2 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing 9
3 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 8
4 Ryan Blaney Team Penske 7
5 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports 6
6 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports 5
7 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing 4
8 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing 3
9 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 2
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing 1

 


STAGE 1 RECAP

With four laps to go in the opening stage of Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400, Denny Hamlin took the lead from Ryan Blaney and kept it to win Stage 1 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The mini victory marked Hamlin’s second stage win of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. He led eight laps of the 80-lap opener in his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, starting from the pole position after a random draw set the starting lineup earlier this week.

Blaney, who led a race-high 39 laps, finished second, followed by rookie Tyler Reddick. Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola made up the rest of the top five, while Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Clint Bowyer and Chris Buescher completed the top 10.

RELATED: Stage 1 results

Joey Logano took the lead from Hamlin on the first go-around and led 27 laps in the early going. He ultimately finished 20th in the first stage.

It took a while for action to truly get going. A light shower paired with a lightning delay pushed the start back nearly an hour. Five laps were then completed before a red flag came out due to lightning in the area again. That red flag lasted 2 hours, 8 minutes and 5 seconds. Another 28 laps were turned before a second red flag flew. That pause lasted 38 minutes and 43 seconds.

Cars remained on track from then on out for Stage 1.

Finish Driver Team Points
1 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 10
2 Ryan Blaney Team Penske 9
3 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing 8
4 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 7
5 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing 6
6 Brad Keselowski Team Penske 5
7 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports 4
8 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports 3
9 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing 2
10 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing 1